Peabodys Honor 'Office,' 'Lights'
Awards also go to 'Ugly Betty,' 'When the Levees Broke'
The awards, which honor excellence in broadcasting, went to 35 recipients ranging from an ABC News investigation of former Congressman Mark Foley to HBO's documentary "Baghdad ER" to an episode of "The Boondocks" on Cartoon Network.
"This year the Peabody Board reviewed an amazing array of outstanding material," says Horace Newcomb, director of the awards. "The result is that our work becomes more difficult -- and more rewarding -- as creators and producers of electronic media develop more and more powerful, important and engaging work."
Among the entertainment programs on this year's list are a pair of NBC comedies, "The Office" and "Scrubs," as well as the network's freshman drama "Friday Night Lights." ABC's "Ugly Betty," Showtime's "Brotherhood," HBO's movie "Elizabeth I," BBC America's "Gideon's Daughter" and the Food Network show "Good Eats" also won awards.
The British version of "The Office" won a Peabody in 2003; the NBC show, the awards committee says, "has firmly established its own precise voice and studied brilliance."
Of "Friday Night Lights," the committee says that "No dramatic series, broadcast or cable, is more grounded in contemporary American reality." It also had effusive praise for "Ugly Betty," calling the telenovela adaptation "unmistakably graced with wry intelligence and heart."
A number of HBO documentaries were singled out for awards. In addition to "Baghdad ER," Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke," the sports docu "Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer" and the HBO Family production "The Music in Me" also won honors.
A complete list of winners is available here.