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HBO, NBC top Peabody Awards

5 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK --- HBO and NBC led the pack at the 66th annual Peabody Awards ceremony Monday, HBO with five nods and NBC with four.

NBC, as host and employee Bob Costas noted, won more Peabodys this year than any broadcast network in over a decade. The peacock was recognized for series The Office, Scrubs and Friday Night Lights and a Dateline NBC segment which followed a middle-school teacher in Atlanta.

HBO won awards for its film Elizabeth I and documentaries Baghdad ER, Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer, The Music in Me and When the Levee Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Spike Lee's film about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Lee provided an emotional moment as he accepted his award.

"People still catch hell in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast," he said. "They're still up the creek with no paddle, abandoned by local, state and federal governments. We can't forget them."

ABC also had a strong showing, winning three awards. The network was honored for Ugly Betty, a special report titled "Out of Control: AIDS in Black America" and Brian Ross' ABC News investigative report on Representative Mark Foley and his inappropriate instant messaging with young male pages. »

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'Office,' Bradley among Peabody winners

5 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- NBC's The Office, Friday Night Lights and Scrubs along with ABC's Ugly Betty and the late Ed Bradley's investigation of the Duke rape case for 60 Minutes highlighted the 2006 George Foster Peabody Awards announced Wednesday by the University of Georgia.

HBO received five awards, including one for Spike Lee's documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It also won for Elizabeth I, Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer, Baghdad ER and HBO Family's The Music in Me, about young musicians.

The NBC version of the famed British series -- which itself won a Peabody -- was honored because it "firmly established its own precise voice and studied brilliance," according to Peabody judges. Scrubs -- which, like The Office, airs on Thursday nights -- was honored for its parody of The Wizard of Oz, and the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged Lights was awarded a Peabody for its "clear-eyed" reality. Betty is "unmistakably graced with wry intelligence and heart," the Peabody judges said.

ABC News won two Peabodys, for Brian Ross' investigation about the Mark Foley scandal and for "Out of Control: AIDS in Black America," which included some of the last interviews done by the late anchor Peter Jennings. »

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