This year’s Peabody winners were announced today, and usually that means I can heave a great sigh of relief. At least the Peabodys always get it right, I usually think. At least I know someone, somewhere is giving an award to BSG, or FNL, or the little-seen but superb Nimrod Nation.
Except not this year. This year, Entourage won. Peabody Awards, why have you forsaken me?
The highly prestigious awards, which “recognize excellence and meritorious work,” went to some completely deserving programming, too: This American Life’s “The Giant Pool of Money” episode, ABC’s docuseries Hopkins, Breaking Bad, and The Onion News Network are all deeply awesome and deserve all kinds of praise. But Entourage? Entourage? We’re putting that show in a league with previous winners like The Sopranos, The West Wing, The Daily Show, The Office (both the UK and US versions), The Wire, Six Feet Under, South Park, House, The Shield, Battlestar Galactica, Ugly Betty, Good Eats, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, Dexter, Man Men, and The Colbert Report? On its best days, Entourage is a fun, fluffy diversion, whose cheeky cynicism tempers its lifestyle-fantasy elements. But more often, I find Entourage to be somewhat cliche-ridden, marginally acted, emotionally empty, and predictable.
Blerg, this makes me crazy. I’d be less bugged by this if the Emmys were more consistently credible. But year after year, the Peabodys have been the awards we can count on to honor the truly best-of-the-best shows, like The Wire or Battlestar Galactica.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Should I channel my irrational anger towards the fact that just-okay HBO documentaries also cleaned up? Or just be glad that SNL’s political sketches and Lost also won?