The Television Academy abruptly canceled its scheduled May 31st Television Academy Honors.
“Following discussions with the WGA and out of consideration for those affected by the ongoing labor dispute, Television Academy is canceling the Television Academy Honors reception scheduled for next week,” a TV Academy spokesman said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding. The Academy would like to congratulate this year’s awardees and, on behalf of the entire industry, thank them for their groundbreaking and inspiring work.”
The 16th Annual Show recognized six television programs and their producers that have used storytelling to drive societal change. Award winners included two documentary specials, a documentary/nonfiction series, two screenplay series, and a 2022 reality series.
A number of Hollywood events have been canceled or postponed since the writers’ strike began, including Nicole Kidman’s AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony
Each year, the Television Academy Honors recognizes programs that raise awareness of complex societal issues. This year’s award winners produced programs on the topic of neurodiversity; civil rights; LGBTQ+ rights; equal rights for women; the experiences of immigrants and refugees; and racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
Bryan LederGovernor of the Professional Representatives Peer Group, chaired this year’s Television Academy Honors Selection Committee Kim Taylor Coleman, CSAGovernor of the Casting Directors Peer Group, serves as Vice Chair.
The programs to be honored:
37 words (ESPN Films, Industrial Media and Trilogy Films): The full story of Title IX — the hard-fought battle to enforce equal rights in education and sport, the decades-long effort to neutralize its impact, and the far-reaching implications of the groundbreaking civil human rights laws that still reverberating today. This four-part documentary traces the spectacular change that 37 words have unleashed in American culture and women’s lives, and the many ways in which the spirit of this bold law has not yet been fully realized. (ESPN)
As we see it (True Jack Productions; Yes Studios; Universal Television; Amazon Studios): This insightful comedy series follows roommates with autism in their 20s as they try to find and keep a job, make friends, fall in love, and… to find their way in a world that eludes them. With the help of their families, helpers, and sometimes each other, these roommates experience setbacks and celebrate successes on their very own journey to independence and acceptance. (prime video)
Mon (A24): The heartfelt comedy that follows Palestinian refugee Mo Najjar as he crosses the divide between two cultures and three languages while living one step away from asylum on the road to US citizenship. Mon brilliantly captures the experiences of immigrants and refugees navigating institutional systems. (netflix)
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (A Peacock Original, SO’B Productions): This comprehensive feature film delves into the life, historical work and role of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in the Montgomery bus boycott. Through interviews with those who knew her, powerful archive footage and her own words, this documentary tells the story of Parks’ extensive organization, radical politics and lifelong commitment to activism. (Peacock)
The United States and the Holocaust (Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC): This documentary is inspired in part by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibition “Americans and the Holocaust” and is supported by its historical resources. He examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global anti-Semitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the United States, and racial laws in the American South. (PBS)
Were here (HBO Max): This Emmy Award-winning series follows famous drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela on a journey to find deeper truths in small town America and love and connection through the art of drag to spread. The Queens are recruiting a diverse group of local residents to share their stories, raise awareness and encourage acceptance in their communities by participating in one-night drag shows, which at times have met with growing opposition and anti-LGBTQ+ laws are confronted. (HBO Max)
In addition to this year’s honorees, the Honors selection committee gives special recognition to the documentary series In profile: The black man (Discovery+) produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions. The program receives a certificate recognizing its content in the field of social justice.
Lynnette Rice contributed to this report.