LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC’s “Modern Family,” Fox’s “Glee,” HBO’s “In Treatment” and Craig Ferguson were among the 36 recipients of Peabody Awards unveiled Wednesday by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2009, reflect wide diversity in genre, sources of origination and content.
The recipients included the aforementioned “Modern Family,” ABC’s droll, perceptive comedy about a multicultural extended family; HBO’s “Thrilla in Manila,” a documentary that probes the hype, mythology and meaning of the politically charged Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fights in the early 1970s; and “The Great Textbook War,” a radio documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting about a 1974 skirmish that presaged “cultural wars” still raging in America.
“Jerome Robbins — Something to Dance About,” an insightful portrait of the director-choreographer from Thirteen/WNET’s “American Masters,” received a Peabody, as did the Desmond Tutu installment of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” described by the board as “a talk show without borders.”
Other entertainment programing winners included “Glee,” Fox’s musical dramedy about the diverse members of a high-school choral club; “In Treatment,” HBO’s therapy-session drama; “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” HBO’s series about a female private eye in Botswana; and “Endgame,” a PBS/Masterpiece film about secret negotiations that facilitated the end of apartheid in South Africa.
The Peabody Awards, the oldest honor in electronic media, do not recognize categories nor are there a set number of awards given each year. The 16-member Peabody board is comprised of television critics, broadcast and cable industry executives, academics and experts in culture and the arts.