TV Academy Fetes Brothers & Sisters

March 19, 2009
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced its sophomore lineup of Television Academy Honors, featuring TV programming from 2008 which tackled important social issues. ABC's Brothers & Sisters is among the eight honorees. Last season's finale, which featured the wedding of Kevin and Scotty, is the specific episode nominated. The story resonated with the coincidental timing of the Califonia Supreme Court overturning the ban on same-sex marriage. The episode was the first same-sex wedding on broadcast TV between series regular characters. Other programs being feted by the Academy include A Home for the Holidays, a CBS special on adoption awareness; the HBO doc Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - "The Martirez and Malek Families"; the PBS WWII concentration camp film God on Trial; the multi-network special Stand Up to Cancer; the FX series 30 Days for its ongoing examination of prejudice; and Animal Planet's Whale Wars. The selection committee screened 150 entries — scripted comedies and dramas, TV movies, reality and documentary programs — before selecting the eight honorees. The ceremony will be held April 30 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.