‘Glee,’ ‘Modern Family’ win at Peabodys

Craig Ferguson also among honorees

Freshman series “Modern Family” and “Glee” and latenight host Craig Ferguson highlighted the winners list of the 69th annual Peabody Awards.

Among the other honorees were HBO for its “Thrilla in Manila” Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier boxing documentary — one of several factual entertainments selected. Also kudoized were “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains” from ABC News, “The Madoff Affair” from pubcaster WGBH’s “Frontline,” and the “Jerome Robbins — Something to Dance About” installment of “American Masters” from Thirteen/WNET.

Sundance Channel’s “Brick City” (a five-part study of the challenges facing Newark, N.J.) and Current TV’s “The OxyCin Express” also lay claim to Peabody honors.

Of particular interest to Los Angeles viewers, PBS’ “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times” was recognized for its portrayal of the family that operated the Los Angeles Times for a century, as was KCET-produced “Up in Smoke” about California’s marijuana culture. PBS’ “Sesame Street” website also recieved a Peabody.

Two HBO series also recieved Peabody recognition: “In Treatment” and “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”

Fox’s “Glee” and ABC’s “Modern Family” both hail from 20th Century Fox TV. “Yes, it escalates the rivalry between ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Glee,’ but we plan to settle that once and for all with a spirited dance fight,” quipped Steve Levitan, “Modern Family” co-creator/exec producer.

CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” earned its kudo for an episode devoted to Ferguson’s sit-down with South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“We didn’t put any more into that show than we would any other show, other than we were very lucky to get Desmond Tutu,” Ferguson told Daily Variety . “He’s brave and funny and warm, and that makes for a good talkshow guest.”

CBS’ “60 Minutes” was recognized by the Peabody org for the fourth consecutive year, this time for two segments from correspondent Steve Kroft: “Sabotaging the System” on international cyberattacks, and “The Cost of Dying,” focusing on end-of-life care.

The George Foster Peabody Awards are administered by the U. of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. The kudos will be presented May 17 at Gotham’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

“To those who say all media content is the same, or presented from a single perspective, we offer this great range of material as a response,” said Peabody Awards director Horace Newcomb.

A full list of Peabody Award winners follows:

Modern Family (ABC)

Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Levitan Lloyd Productions

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: An Evening with Archbishop Desmond Tutu (CBS)

Worldwide Pants, Inc.

Noodle Road: Connecting Asia’s Kitchens (KBS1 TV)

Korean Broadcasting System

A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains (ABC)

ABC News


Sesame Workshop

BBC World News America: Unique Broadcast, Unique Perspective (BBC America)

BBC World News America, BBC America

The Cost of Dying (CBS)

CBS News 60 Minutes

Independent Lens: Between the Folds (PBS)

Green Fuse Films, ITVS

Glee (FOX)

Twentieth Century Fox Television

The OxyContin Express (Current TV)

Vanguard on Current TV


National Public Radio

The Day that Lehman Died (BBC World Service)

A Goldhawk Essential Production/BBC World Service Production

In Treatment (HBO)

Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions and Sheleg in association with HBO Entertainment

Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times (PBS)

Peter Jones Productions

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (HBO)

Mirage Enterprises and Cinechicks in association with The Weinstein Company, BBC and HBO Entertainment

Sabotaging the System (CBS)

CBS News 60 Minutes

Brick City (Sundance Channel)

Sundance Channel, Brick City TV LLC

Thrilla in Manila (HBO)

Darlow Smithson Production, HBO Sports, HBO Documentary Films

Frontline: The Madoff Affair (PBS)

Frontline, RAINmedia

I-Witness: Ambulansiyang de Paa (GMA Network)

GMA Network, Inc., Philippines

Independent Lens: The Order of Myths (PBS)

Folly River, Inc., Netpoint Productions, Lucky Hat Entertainment, ITVS

Hard Times (OPB Radio)

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Iran & the West

Brook Lapping Productions for the BBC in association with National Geographic Channel, France 3, NHK, VPRO, SVT, RTBF, VRT, NRK, SRC/CBC, DRTV SBS, YLE, TVP and Press TV

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson: Covering Afghanistan (NPR)

National Public Radio

The Great Textbook War (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

Terry Kay Productions

Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools Are Failing Black Students (KLCC Radio)

Nancy Solomon

Endgame (PBS)

Daybreak/Channel 4/Target Entertainment, Presented on PBS/MASTERPIECE by WGBH Boston

Sichuan Earthquake: One Year On (Now-Broadband TV News Channel)

Now-TV News, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong-based news organization noted the anniversary of the terrible

BART Shooting (KTVU-TV)

KTVU, Oakland, Calif.

American Masters: Jerome Robbins – Something to Dance About (PBS)


Chronicle: Paul’s Gift (WYFF-TV)

WYFF 4, Greenville, S.C.

Under Fire: Discrimination and Corruption in the Texas National Guard (KHOU-TV)

KHOU-TV, Houston, Tex., Belo, Inc.

Derrion Albert Beating (WFLD-TV)

FOX Chicago News: WFLD-TV and myfoxchicago.com

Where Giving Life Is a Death Sentence (BBC America)

BBC World News America, BBC America, BBC World News

Up in Smoke (KCET-TV)

KCET, Los Angeles

Diane Rehm Personal Award

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