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'Game of Thrones,' 'Homeland,' Colbert win Peabodys
"Game of Thrones" -- TV's best series -- was recognized by the Peabody Awards today, as was..."Portlandia," "Homeland" and even "Jeopardy!" ("Jeopardy!"?? Hey, why not?) These are the 71st awards, and the Peabodys, administered by the University of Georgia, are reasonably prestigious. ABC News, CNN and CBS News grabbed some good attention as well...Citiations on some of these below.
The Colbert Report – Super PAC Segments (Comedy Central) Hello Doggie Inc., Busboy Productions, Spartina Productions, Comedy Central: Launching his own Super PAC as a satirical protest against megabucks politics, Colbert mixed cerebral comedy with inspired sight gags, interviews and preposterously funny monologues.
Homeland (Showtime) Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21: This serial drama from Showtime is a game of cat and mouse, a psychological thriller and a Rorschach test of post-9/11 doubts, fears and suspicions rolled into one.
Tremé (HBO) Blown Deadline Productions in association with HBO Entertainment: The storylines snake and swoop like an unhurried jazz jam in this rich drama in which everyday people get on with life in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Portlandia (IFC) Broadway Video, IFC: A funhouse mirror reflection of Portland, Ore., a city that takes its progressivism – and its diet – very seriously. The satire is fresh, organic and cage-free.
Game of Thrones (HBO) Bighead, Littlehead, 360 Television, Grok and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment: Adapted from dark-age fantasy books by George R.R. Martin, the series immerses viewers in a multilayered, distinctly imagined world of mysticism and earthiness, fidelity and deceit, wonder and mayhem.
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley: Inside Syria (CBS), CBS News: With a small, disguised camera and no crew, CBS correspondent Clarissa Ward entered Syria posing as a tourist. Her courageous, undercover reporting gave viewers a rare, close-up glimpse of a country falling toward civil war.
Parks and Recreation (NBC) Universal Television, Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon: This shrewd, good-natured comedy about parks department staff in Pawnee, Ind., never condescends or caricatures. Instead it confronts the characters with problems from the trivial to the serious.
ABC News Brian Ross Investigates: Peace Corps – A Trust Betrayed (ABC), ABC News 20/20: Looking into the murder of a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, Ross’ team made stunning discoveries of sexual assaults and official cover-ups. The result was a Congressional investigation of the iconic humanitarian program.
Jeopardy! (Syndicated), Sony Pictures Television: TV quiz shows for $500, please. “Encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge is this Peabody Award winner’s legacy.” Buzzzzz. “What is Jeopardy!”? Correct.