'Parenthood,' 'The Big C,' 'Private Practice' among series recognized

NBC’s “Parenthood,” Showtime’s “The Big C,” ABC’s “Private Practice” and the HBO docu “Wartorn 1861-2010″ are among this year’s recipients of Television Academy Honors, kudos designed to recognize programs that illuminate social issues and other humanistic concerns.

TV Acad chairman John Shaffner launched the kudos four years ago to celebrate “TV with a conscience.” The eight programs selected this year are:

ESPN Films’ docu “The 16th Man,” examining the end of apartheid in South Africa through the prism of the 1995 Rugby World Cup;

The pilot seg of “The Big C,” starring Laura Linney as a woman coming to grips with cancer;

“Friday Night Lights,” for the seg “I Can’t,” about a teenager grappling with whether abortion;

“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” the ABC reality skein featuring the chef trying to teach healthy eating habits to a small town in West Virginia;

“The Oprah Winfrey Show,” for the two-episode special that involved 200 men speaking out about being molested as children;

“Parenthood,” for the pilot seg depicting parents’ learning that their son has autism;

“Private Practice,” for an episode “Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King,” featuring the aftermath of rape for one of the series’ main character, played by KaDee Strickland;

“Wartorn 1861-2010,” the docu examining post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans.

Dana Delany will host the TV Academy Honors ceremony May 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Phil Gurin will produce.

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