Winners of the 73rd annual George Foster Peabody Awards were announced Wednesday on "
There were some old favorites among the television honorees, but for the most part the Peabody board looked beyond the obvious favorites and saved most of its recognition for slightly under-the-radar newcomers.
FX's "The Bridge," a murder mystery set on the U.S.-Mexico border, was praised for its "rare, nonstereotypical depiction of two cultures."
A trio of political dramas --
On the comedy side, honorees include Netflix's prison serial "Orange is the New Black," praised for its insight into " the politics ... of mass incarceration," and
The Peabody Awards also recognize excellence in nonfiction programming. The
HBO picked up awards for the documentaries "Six by Sondheim," which profiles the Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim; "Life According to Sam," the story of a teenager with progeria; and "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," which focuses on a Milwaukee priest who abused hundreds of deaf children.
Also honored were the nonfiction series "The Story of Film" (TCM), "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" (CNN) and "Latino Americans" and "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" (both PBS).
The Peabody Awards ceremony will take place May 19 and will be hosted by "This American Life's" Ira Glass. Highlights from the ceremony will be broadcast later this year on the cable network Pivot.
The complete list of winners is available online.