“Brothers and Sisters,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “30 Days” are among this year’s winners of the second annual Television Academy Honors.
The awards, launched last year by the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, salute programs that have “had a significant impact on the viewing audience concerning vital issues.”
TV Academy chairman-CEO John Shaffner unveiled this year’s roster on Wednesday. Honors will be handed out at an April 30 Beverly Hills gala to be produced by Phil Gurin (“The Singing Bee”).
This year’s honorees:
“A Home for the Holidays” (CBS): The 10th annual special focuses on adoption awareness. Triage Entertainment and Goldsmith Entertainment produce.
“Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football” (HBO): Docu traces the impact of college football on the Civil Rights Movement. HBO Sports produced.
“Brothers and Sisters” (ABC): The episode “Prior Commitments” revolved around the issue of same-sex marriage. ABC Studios produces.
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC): Show is being honored for the episode “The Martirez and Malek Families.” Endemol USA and Lock and Key Prods. produces.
“God on Trial” (“Masterpiece Contemporary”) (PBS): Teleplay is set among prisoners at a WWII concentration camp who debate the existence of God. WGBH/Boston and Hat Trick produced.
“Stand Up to Cancer” (Multi-net): Primetime special raised funds for the fight against cancer. Entertainment Industry Foundation, Noreen Fraser Foundation, Laura Ziskin Prods. and Seligman Entertainment were behind the special.
“30 Days” (FX): Series features Morgan Spurlock as he experiences someone else’s life for 30 days. Reveille, Warrior Poets, Actual Reality and FX produce.
“Whale Wars” (Animal Planet): Skein spotlights Captain Paul Watson’s efforts to save the lives of whales. Produced by RIVR Media and Lizard Trading Co.
A group of 22 TV Academy members selected the honorees from a roster of nearly 150 projects. There were no restrictions as to the kind of TV programming that could be submitted — hence the diverse list.
“The programming we selected quickly rose to the surface and stood out as incredible examples of TV with a conscience,” Shaffner said. “You watch these programs and get overwhelmed by the passion and enthusiasm and caring and work that goes into these.”
There’s no plan to televise this year’s ceremony, but TV Acad officials are interested in turning it into a TV franchise in the future, Shaffner said.