The winners of the 65th Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia`s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. This year’s entertainment series winners include Battlestar Galactica
, Boston Legal
, and South Park
"Battlestar Galactica," a drama about a war-ravaged, homeless civilization attempting to begin anew, gave SCI FI Channel its first Peabody victory. Also new to the winners` circle were two other basic-cable channels. FX Networks won for the intense police serial The Shield
and Sundance Channel for presenting "The Staircase," French filmmaker Jean Xavier de Lestrade`s eight-part documentary about a North Carolina murder case.
Three other entertainment series with devout followings got nods from the Peabody judges. They were "House," a FOX medical drama about a brilliant, misanthropic diagnostician; ABC`s "Boston Legal," a David E. Kelley dramedy that uses a blue-chip Beantown law firm`s civil cases as springboards to comment about issues from the death penalty to credit-card companies` predatory practices to morning-after contraceptives; and "South Park," Comedy Central`s notoriously rude, undeniably fearless lampoon of all that is self-important and hypocritical in American life, regardless of race, creed, color or celebrity status.