Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls,’ ‘Louie’ and Lorne Michaels win Peabody Awards

By Daniel S Levine,

Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls, Louis CK’s FX show Louie and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels are among the recipients of the Peabody Awards.

The 72nd annual awards, handed out by the University of Georgia, recognized Girls’ first season, which the judges called a “singular, decidedly unglamorous take on sex and the single girl and the city reverberates with anxiety, angst, insight and rueful humor.”

The prestigious award is just the latest for Dunham, who won two Golden Globes for the series. It just wrapped its second season earlier this month and was renewed for a third.

Louie, which finished its third season in 2012, was praised for being a “self-reflective, shape-shifting series.” It was also called a “milestone of comedic reach.”

Michaels earned an individual award for his impact on television comedy. As the creator of SNL, he has made the sketch comedy format a mainstay on TV. Michaels was called “the patron saint of satirical television comedy and, as one of his old co-conspirators would say, you’re not.”

As HitFix notes, other big TV winners in entertainment include HBO’s Game Change, ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and Comedy Central’s D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List.

On the news side, CNN and NPR won for their coverage of the conflict in Syria.

image: FX

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