"Glee", "CSI" among TV shows "with a conscience"

Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:44pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wheelchair episode of musical comedy "Glee" and a "CSI" program tackling race and prejudice in the police were among eight shows named on Wednesday as examples of "television with a conscience".

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said the eight shows, which looked at issues ranging from doctor-assisted suicide to autism and Alzheimer's disease, will be honored at a ceremony in May.

The "Television Academy Honors" started three years ago, and is an opportunity to recognize programs that use TV's ability to reach millions of viewers in a thought-provoking and positive way.

It is a separate event from the glitzy Emmy awards, the industry's top honors, which celebrate the best performances, writing and directing on U.S. TV and also are sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

"This year we were impressed by not only the number of entries received but also by the breadth of subject matters addressed," said John Shaffner, chairman and CEO of the academy.

The honorees encompassed highly-rated popular network shows as well as documentaries and programs from cable channels. "Glee" airs on the Fox network and "CSI" plays on CBS.

The other 2009 programs selected for the honors were:

- HBO film "Taking Chance" about the military escort of a fallen Iraq soldier's remains.

- HBO's "Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am," a documentary featuring children whose grandparents are suffering from Alzheimer's.   Continued...

<p>"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy (C) and the cast celebrate backstage with their award after winning for best television series-comedy or musical the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>