Thirty-five recipients of the 66th Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Entertainment series selected included ABC's Ugly Betty
, a telenovela makeover that explores clashing concepts of beauty, class, race and footwear with intelligence, warmth and wit; NBC's The Office
, a British comedy of workplace manners that has been transferred with pitch-perfect brilliance to Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA; and Scrubs
, a unstintingly creative, sixth-season NBC comedy that never loses its respect for humanity despite a narrative style akin to Looney Tunes
Peabodys also went to NBC's Friday Night Lights
, a richly textured serial in which a football-obsessed, Texas town becomes a microcosm of America, and Brotherhood
, Showtime's riveting drama about two Irish-American brothers in Providence, R.I., and their morally comprised pursuits of the American dream.
"Return of the King," an especially provocative installment of the prickly animated series Boondocks
, was the first program televised by Cartoon Network to win a Peabody.
Cable network HBO received Peabody Awards for a varied range of productions. Spike Lee's
elegiac documentary about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
, was recognized by the Peabody board.
The winners, chosen by the Peabody Board as the best in electronic media for 2006, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia Campus. The latest Peabody recipients reflect the ever-broadening definition of electronic media and the international scope of the competition.