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  • sorcery
    Jul 7th, 2011

    My favorite TV awards–the Peabodys–will be announced next Wednesday!

    Last year, they continued their tradition of recognizing at least one scripted broadcast series (which was Parks and Recreation). It’s becoming an increasingly difficult tradition because of the lack of quality series on broadcast, but if they do decide to honor one I think it will be either The Middle or Parenthood.

    I was surprised they didn’t honor Louie last year–it and one of the new HBO comedies (probably Girls) seem to be the likeliest cable winners.

    What say Gold Derby? 

    Nov 15th, 2011

    Winners announced.  And a logic-defying headscratcher, (*) the most overrated show on TV this decade wound up snookering the U of Georgia voters:

    Southland (TNT): Shot on location in Los Angeles neighborhoods both posh
    and blighted, focusing on characters whose personalities have become
    more nuanced by the season, it’s a gritty, weekly ride-along, as
    convincing as cop drama gets.

    Switched at Birth (ABC Family): What could be a reality-show premise –
    two families discovering their teenage daughters, one of whom is deaf,
    were switched at birth – is explored with honesty, imagination and humor
    in this superior family series.

    D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List (Comedy Central): In this provocative
    satirical documentary, the comedian goes on a crusade to get American
    black men the same EPA protections afforded snail darters.

    Game Change (HBO): A behind-the-scenes account of what happened after
    John McCain picked Alaska’s charismatic, combative governor to be his
    running mate, it’s a story worthy of Euripides and Robert Ripley.

    Louie (FX): Louis C.K.’s self-reflective, shape-shifting series about a
    single, show-biz dad is daring and endearing, scandalous and sensitive,
    a milestone of comedic reach and candor.

    Girls (*): Creator/star Lena Dunham’s singular, decidedly unglamorous
    take on sex and the single girl and the city reverberates with anxiety,
    angst, insight and rueful humor.

    Lorne Michaels: A rare Individual Peabody goes Lorne Michaels because
    he’s the patron saint of satirical television comedy and, as one of his
    old co-conspirators would say, you’re not.

    Doctor Who (BBC America): Seemingly immortal, 50-years-old and still
    running, this engaging, imaginative sci-fi/fantasy series is awarded an
    Institutional Peabody for evolving with technology and the times like
    nothing else in the known television universe.

    Robin’s Journey (ABC): By allowing her network to document and build a
    public service campaign around her battle with rare disease, “Good
    Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts inspired hundreds of potential
    bone marrow donors to register and heightened awareness of the need for
    even more donors.  

    Girls?  Are you fvcking kidding me?  GIRLS??????????

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Yay for “Girls,” “Southland,” “Louie,” and “Game Change”! Great and deserving winners!

    Lorne Michaels getting an individual citation is interesting.

    Some other noteworthy citations:

    The Loving Story (HBO)

    Augusta Films and HBO Documentary Films with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities

    A fresh, poignant reconsideration of the now almost unthinkable arrest and prosecution of Richard and Mildred Loving in 1958 for the “crime” of interracial marriage.

    (*This is a great documentary that everyone should see. It won in my personal awards for Nonfiction Special.)

    Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present (HBO)

    Show of Force, Mudpuppy Films and HBO Documentary Films

    Like the “godmother of performance art” herself, this film about Abramović and her Museum of Modern Art retrospective is performative, challenging and provocative.

    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)


    Covering 2012 stories as diverse as fan-on-fan violence, NFL painkiller abuse and the lethal hazing of a Florida A&M drum major, Gumbel’s show continued to be one of TV’s finest news magazines, period.

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    David Buchanan
    Nov 5th, 2010

    Not thrilled to see Girls receive another writing accolade when I’m not too keen on Dunham’s work.  

    It is nice to see Southland receive some recognition; although I have never watched the series, it is a nice success story for a network series that was canceled and bought by a cable network!

    Also happy to see Robin’s Journey recognized, as it was certainly moving and a very nice heartfelt PSA raising awareness for the disease.

    Still, no winner in the bunch that I love as much as I did for Men of a Certain Age from a few years back! 

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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