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'Southland,' 'Girls,' 'Doctor Who' among Peabody Award winners

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  • Ben Mackenzie (left) and Shawn Hatosy star in TNT's now Peabody Award-winning drama "Southland."
Ben Mackenzie (left) and Shawn Hatosy star in TNT's now Peabody Award-winning… (Doug Hyun / TNT )
March 27, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

"Southland," "Girls," "Game Change," "Louie," "Doctor Who" and "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels are among this year's Peabody Award winners honoring the best in electronic media.

It's nice to see "Southland"--one of the best shows the Emmy Awards consistently overlook--in the mix. Also, "Doctor Who" would probably think this honor was cool, really cool.

The 72nd Annual Peabody Awards were announced Wednesday by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The 39 winners were chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for the year 2012.

Here's the complete list of those honored.

"Southland" (TNT)
John Wells Production in association with Warner Bros Television
Shot on location in Los Angeles neighborhoods both posh and blighted, the show focuses on characters whose personalities have become more nuanced by the season. It's a gritty, weekly ride-along, as convincing as cop drama gets.

Lorne Michaels
A rare Individual Peabody goes Lorne Michaels because he's the patron saint of satirical television comedy and, as one of his old co-conspirators would say, you're not.

"Doctor Who" (BBC America)
The BBC Cymru Wales
Seemingly immortal, 50-years-old and still running, this engaging, imaginative sci-fi/fantasy series is awarded an Institutional Peabody for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.

"Game Change" (HBO)
Playtone Productions and Everyman Pictures in association with HBO Films
A behind-the-scenes account of what happened after John McCain picked Alaska's charismatic, combative governor to be his running mate; it's a story worthy of Euripides and Robert Ripley.

"Louie" (FX)
Pig Newton Inc., FX Productions
Louis C.K.'s self-reflective, shape-shifting series about a single, show-biz dad is daring and endearing, scandalous and sensitive, a milestone of comedic reach and candor.

"Girls" (HBO)
Aptow Prod and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Creator/star Lena Dunham's singular, decidedly unglamorous take on sex and the single girl and the city reverberates with anxiety, angst, insight and rueful humor.

"Under Fire: Journalists in Combat" (Documentary Channel HD)
JUF Pictures Inc., Documentary Channel, Canada
A fascinating exploration of the mentality of war-zone reporters and the toll their dangerous, chosen work can have on them.

"Why Poverty?" (PBS)
Steps International
Eight films, each distinctive in tone and style, give us parallax views of poverty today and through the ages.

"MLK: The Assassination Tapes" (Smithsonian Channel)
1895 Films for Smithsonian Channel
Painstakingly configured from rare footage collected at the University of Memphis in 1968, the documentary relives the events leading up to the murder of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and its aftermath.

"Reel Time: Salat" (Bone Dry) (GMA News TV)
GMA Network Inc. (GMA News TV)
This unflinching portrait of a widow with six mouths to feed personifies a brutal statistic: two out of 10 Filipino children are malnourished.

"Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighborhood" (Al Jazeera)
Al Jazeera, Just Vision
A Palestinian teenager whose family is evicted from an East Jerusalem neighborhood by Israeli settlers finds unexpected allies in this honest, hopeful documentary.

"The Loving Story" (HBO)
Augusta Films and HBO Documentary Films with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities
A fresh, poignant reconsideration of the now almost unthinkable arrest and prosecution of Richard and Mildred Loving in 1958 for the "crime" of interracial marriage.

"Marina Abramovi: The Artist is Present" (HBO)
Show of Force, Mudpuppy Films and HBO Documentary Films
Like the "godmother of performance art" herself, this film about Abramovi? and her Museum of Modern Art. The retrospective is performative, challenging and provocative.

"Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished" (Channel 4, U.K.)
ITN Productions for Channel 4 Television, U.K
Combining amateur film and "trophy" videos with the results of a three-year reporting effort, the filmmakers document the civilian death toll--as high as 40,000--of Sri Lanka's civil war.

"Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile" (ITV1)
ITV Studios and
"Exposure: Banaz: An Honour Killing" (ITV)
Hardcash Productions/Fuuse Films
A hard-hitting pair of ITV films examines two different cultural horrors in Great Britain, the first the predatory sexual perversity of beloved TV icon, the second the murder of an independent-minded Kurdish-British girl by her own family.

"Putin, Russia and The West" (BBC2 UK)
Brook Lapping Productions, National Geographic Channel U.S.
How a former KGB spy made himself the Czar in the Grey Flannel Suit?and what his reign has meant for the U.S. and Europe?is detailed in this monumental four-part documentary.

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