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‘Girls,’ ‘Louie,’ ‘Southland’ Win Peabodys

'SNL' exec producer Michaels also honored

HBO’s “Girls,” FX’s “Louie,” TNT’s “Southland” and ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” are among the 39 works to be honored by the 72nd annual Peabody Awards.

The kudos were chosen by the Peabody board and announced by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. They will be presented May 20 at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley serving as emcee.

Peabodys were also given to three HBO films, “Game Change,” “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present” and “The Loving Story,” along with the paybler’s ongoing series “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” Two segments of CBS’ “60 Minutes” (“Deception at Duke” and “Joy in the Congo”) earned Peabodys, as did Comedy Central’s “D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List,” which was recently selected to be feted at next month’s TV Academy Honors.

BBC sci-fi series “Doctor Who” and Michael Apted’s “Up” series of documentaries were awarded institutional Peabodys, while a rare individual Peabody is being given to “Saturday Night Live” exec producer Lorne Michaels.

Earning Peabodys for their news coverage were ABC News for Superstorm Sandy and CNN and NPR for pieces involving Syria. Two websites – SCOTUSblog and the New York Times’ “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” – were similarly honored.

Other Peabody honorees include:

• Univision’s “Rapido y Furioso (Fast and Furious),” looking at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun-tracking debacle.

• “Robin’s Journey,” a public-service campaign created around “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts’ treatment for a rare blood disease. (Roberts herself will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYs, it was announced this week.)

• Smithsonian Channel’s “MLK: The Assassination Tapes,” in which rare archival footage helped reconstruct the events surrounding Martin Luther King’s murder.

• Al Jazeera’s “Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighborhood,” an encouraging report about a Palestinian-Israeli interaction in an East Jerusalem neighborhood.

“Reviewing submissions for Peabody consideration is a truly exciting process,” said Peabody Awards director Horace Newcomb. “Producers and organizations send us their best work from the previous year. It is an astonishing array of outstanding media accomplishment. From this array, we must select the ‘best of the best.’ It’s not always easy, but it always demonstrates the meaning of true excellence in electronic media.”

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