The Peabody board has finally gotten in touch with its inner ferocity.
Project Runway, The Colbert Report, Dexter and 30 Rock are among the big-name recipients of the 67th Annual Peabody Awards, considered TV Land's most prestigious honor.
The win for Project Runway, Heidi Klum's ode to everything fierce and fashiony, marks the first time a reality show has been on the receiving end at the Peabodys.
The pseudo-conservative truthiness that is Stephen Colbert's Daily Show spinoff, meanwhile, earned its first Peabody Award for services rendered to the art of satire. The esteemed award had so far eluded Colbert for his work on the Report, though he did partake in the Peabody fun back in 2005 as part of Jon Stewart's winning Daily Show team.
As for the rest of the entertainment winners, 30 Rock led the way, adding the Peabody to its massive arsenal of honorable hardware, which already includes an Emmy and several Golden Globes. Likening Tina Fey's brainchild to a modern-day Mary Tyler Moore, the Peabody board offered kudos for its "sly, gleeful satire of corporate media."
30 Rock wasn't Peabody's only winner pilfered from the Emmy nomination pool.
Dexter, Showtime's hit drama chronicling a serial killer with a heart of gold, starring Michael C. Hall, and AMC's breakout period drama Mad Men have also been announced as two of this year's 35 winners of the prestigious prize.
Meanwhile, other notable honorees include the joint BBC-Discovery Channel documentary Planet Earth, which parlayed the advent of HDTV into a breathtaking panoramic view of the planet, and Wounds of War—The Long Road Home for Our Nation's Veterans, a series of ABC news reports filed by Bob Woodruff, himself famously injured while reporting in Iraq.
The awards themselves will be doled out by NBC newsman Brian Williams in a ceremony held June 16 in New York.
Here's the complete list of winners of the 67th Annual Peabody Awards:
- 30 Rock, Universal Media Studios
- Art:21, Art in the 21st Century, Art:21 Inc.
- Speaking of Faith: The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi, American Public Radio
- Bob Woodruff Reporting: Wounds of War—The Long Road Home of Our Nation's Veterans, ABC News
- Money for Nothing, The Buried and the Dead, Television Justice, Kinder Prison, WFAA-TV of Dallas
- Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, NOVA/WGBH Educational Foundation
- Whole Lotta Shakin', Texas Heritage Music Foundation
- White Horse, BBC World News America
- Just Words, The Center for Emerging Media
- CNN Presents: God's Warriors, CNN
- Dexter, Showtime
- Planet Earth, Discovery Channel, BBC
- CBS News Sunday Morning: The Way Home, CBS News
- Fight for Open Records, WTAE-TV of Pittsburgh
- To Die in Jerusalem, HBO Documentary Films
- Design Squad, WGBH Educational Foundation
- Craft in America: Memory, Landscape and Community, Craft in America Inc.
- Univision's Ya Es Hora, Univision
- Nature: Silence of the Bees, Thirteen/WNET New York
- A Journey Across Afghanistan: Opium and Roses, Balkan News Corp
- The MTT Files, American Public Media, San Francisco Symphony
- Project Runway, Bravo
- Taxi to the Dark Side, Jigsaw Pictures
- Security Risks at Sky Harbor, KNXV-TV of Phoenix
- Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!, National Public Radio
- Independent Lens: Sisters in Law, Independent Television Service (ITVS)
- Virginia Tech Shooting: The First 48 Hours, WSLS-TV of Roanoke
- The Brian Lehrer Show: Radio That Builds Community Rather Than Divides, WNYC Radio of New York
- Nimrod Nation, Sundance Channel
- Frontline: Cheney's Law, WGBH-Boston
- mtvU: Half of Us, mtvU
- Independent Lens: Billy Strayhorn—Lush Life, Independent Television Service (ITVS)
- CBS News 60 Minutes: The Killings in Haditha, CBS News
- Mad Men, AMC
- The Colbert Report, Busboy Productions