The multigenerational comedy/drama Parenthood and the HBO series The Newsroom were among eight programmes winning annual Television Academy Honours recognising socially conscious programming,the group that hands out the Emmy Awards said on Monday.
Joining the two shows were A Smile as Big as The Moon,D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List,Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide,Hunger Hits Home,Nick News with Linda Ellerbee and One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear,Loss & Betrayal.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said the winning shows have used television to create positive social change by focussing attention on topics such as women’s oppression around the world,childhood hunger in America,the increasing support for special education,honest reporting of news,childhood AIDS,post-traumatic stress disorder,and the inhumane treatment of dogs.
“Each year we are seeing more and more programs that educate as well as entertain which is exactly what the Television Academy Honors is all about,” said Lynn Roth,a co-chair of the academy committee.
Last season NBC’s Parenthood tackled topics such as breast cancer,a wedding,children leaving for college,aging parents,post-traumatic stress disorder,adoption and autism.
On The Newsroom,characters struggle to gather and report the news with integrity while confronting corporate and commercial obstacles and personal complications.
Past winners of the honors,which have been awarded since 2008,include Boston Legal,The Big C,Rescue Me,Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,Dr. Oz Show,Brothers and Sisters and Glee.
The awards will be presented on May 9 at a ceremony in Los Angeles hosted by actress Dana Delaney.