“CSI,” “Glee” and “Private Practice” are among the shows tapped for this year’s Television Academy Honors recognizing programs that tackle social and moral issues.
The kudos are bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences but are not formally considered Emmy Awards. The eight selections were made from submissions of a range of programs that aired last year. The awards will be presented at a dinner event set for May 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
“This year, we were impressed by not only the number of entries received but also by the breadth of subject matters addressed,” said TV Acad prexy John Shaffner.
“CSI” will be recognized for the “Coup de Grace” seg about racial tensions and police officers. “Glee’s” selection came for the “Wheels” episode in which a few of the show’s characters are challenged to spend a week in a wheelchair. “Private Practice” got the nod for the “Nothing to Fear” seg about physician-assisted suicide.
The other five honorees are:
- HBO’s “Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?,” the Maria Shriver docu about children dealing with grandparents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
- National Geographic TV’s “Inside Death Row,” featuring interviews of three death-row inmates in Huntsville, Texas.
- HBO’s “Taking Chance,” the telepic starring Kevin Bacon about a military man who escorts the body of a dead soldier back to his family.
- Discovery Health’s “Unlocking Autism,” a study of leading autism researchers.
- Current TV’s “Vanguard,” for the episode “The OxyContin Express,” which investigated the illegal trade in prescription drugs.