Four series win Peabodys

NEW YORK— NBC’s “Law & Order,” ABC’s “NYPD Blue” and Fox’s “The Simpsons” and “The X-Files” are among 31 winners of the Peabody awards, a prestigious TV and radio honor.

Other recipients include Steven Spielberg, winning his second Peabody, for “Survivors of the Holocaust,” produced with Turner Original Prods.; and Lily Tomlin, who won two awards, for ABC’s “Edith Ann’s Christmas” spesh and HBO’s “Celluloid Closet” docu, of which she served as co-exec producer and narrator.

Pubcaster WGBH Boston won six awards, a record for a single station, while HBO’s four honors also set a new record for a cable network. The kudos to four primetime series are up sharply from last year, when NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” was the lone winner. More typically two or three series get the honors.

Judges cited “The X-Files” as an “innovative and creative dramatic series which is reinvigorating the form,” and applauded “The Simpsons” for its use of “biting satire as social commentary.” They called “Law & Order” “provocative and intelligent,” and singled out “NYPD Blue” as “an extraordinary series which transcends other police dramas.”

The 56th annual Peabodys, presented by the U. of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are scheduled for May 12 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

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