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'Portlandia,' 'Homeland,' 'Game of Thrones' among Peabody winners


April 04, 2012|By Curt Wagner | RedEye

"Portlandia,""Homeland,""Game of Thrones,""Parks and Recreation,""Treme"and "The Colbert Report"are among the TV winners of the 71st annual Peabody Awards announced Wednesday.

The Peabody board picked 38 winners, including several PBS specials and the game show "Jeopardy!," as the best in electronic media for the year 2011. They were named by recipients were named by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The prestigious awards will be handed out at the May 21 event hosted by Sir Patrick Stewart at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Here are the short citations from the Peabody Board:

Portlandia (IFC)
Broadway Video, IFC
A funhouse mirror reflection of Portland, Oregon, a city that takes its progressivism--and its diet--very seriously. The satire is fresh, organic and cage-free.

Homeland (Showtime)
Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
This serial drama from Showtime is a game of cat and mouse, a psychological thriller and a Rorschach test of post-9/11 doubts, fears and suspicions rolled into one.

Game of Thrones (HBO)
Bighead, Littlehead, 360 Television, Grok and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Adapted from dark-age fantasy books by George R.R. Martin, the series immerses viewers in a multilayered, distinctly imagined world of mysticism and earthiness, fidelity and deceit, wonder and mayhem.

Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Universal Television, Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon
This shrewd, good-natured comedy about parks department staff in Pawnee, Indiana, never condescends or caricatures. Instead it confronts the characters with problems from the trivial to the serious.

Treme (HBO)
Blown Deadline Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
The storylines snake and swoop like an unhurried jazz jam in this rich drama in which everyday people get on with life in post-Katrina New Orleans.

The Colbert Report--Super PAC Segments (Comedy Central)
Hello Doggie Inc., Busboy Productions, Spartina Productions, Comedy Central
Launching his own Super PAC as a satirical protest against megabucks politics, Colbert mixed cerebral comedy with inspired sight gags, interviews and preposterously funny monologues.

Jeopardy! (Syndicated)
Sony Pictures Television
TV quiz shows for $500, please. "Encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge is this Peabody Award winner's legacy." Buzzzzz. "What is Jeopardy!?" Correct. (
An outgrowth of a 1984 conference that brought together leaders in technology, entertainment and design (TED), the site makes creative thinkers and their ideas available everywhere, anytime. 

American Experience (PBS)
American Experience in association with Apograph Productions, Firelight Media and Q-Ball Productions
Three exceptional documentaries – Triangle Fire, Freedom Riders and Stonewall Uprising – are recognized this year under the banner of this grand American history anthology. 

Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families (NPR member stations)
National Public Radio
This three-part report detailed how cultural bias and possible financial gain led North Dakota and 32 other states to ignore federal law barring the separation of Native American children from their families or tribes.

POV: My Perestroika (PBS)
American Documentary/POV/Red Square Productions, Bungalow Town Productions, ITVS International in association with YLE
Russia's past, present and possible future are revealed in nuanced detail by this beautifully constructed film about five schoolmates, now adults, who lived through that country's difficult transition from communism.

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (CNN, CNN International, CNN Espanol)
CNN, Done & Dusted (aka Fun & Trusted)
The star-studded, televised tribute is the culmination of a year-long effort to identify and reward 10 people from around the world who've made truly significant differences in the lives of others.

StoryCorps 9/11 (NPR Morning Edition)
StoryCorps, NPR, POV, National September 11 Memorial & Museum
The oral history project's powerful response to the 9/11 anniversary presented authorized excerpts from interviews with survivors and victims' relatives as well as YouTube postings of short animated features inspired by their remembrances. (
With access to more than 2,000 journalists and the BBC's 72 overseas news bureaus, the site is uniquely situated to provide immediate, evolving coverage of news events great and small.

Who Killed Chea Vichea? (KBDI Denver and other NETA stations)
Loud Mouth Films, Limited, Independent Television Service (ITVS)
This investigative documentary, produced on a shoestring budget, covers the 2004 assassination of a Cambodian trade union leader and exposes corruption in one of the world's top exporters of low-cost clothing.

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