Armisen to Host This Year’s Peabody Awards Ceremony

Fred Armisen has a date with the Peabodys…

The 48-year-old half-Venezuelan actor and former Saturday Night Live star will host the Peabody Awards ceremony on May 31 at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street.

Fred Armisen

The Peabody Awards will move from being a workday lunchtime event to an evening gala that organizers say will include a “made-for-TV red carpet event.”

In June, Pivot will broadcast a 90-minute special that combines excerpts from the ceremony, with interviews and clips of the winning programs; the ceremony and primetime special are being produced by Den of Thieves – whose credits include Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, the CMT Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special.

Peabody Awards director Jeffrey Jones said the workday ceremony “may have confused people as to the nature” of what the Peabody Awards program at the University of Georgia, has become: a “dramatically re-imagined event” with “TV foremost in mind,” organizers say.

To that point, the award winners for calendar year 2014 will, for the first time, be announced in chunks over a two-week period, beginning Tuesday, April 14 with the Individual/Institutional winners, and wrapping on April 23 with the Documentary, Web/Interactive, Public Service, Education, and Children’s programming winners. Winners in the categories of News and Radio will be announced on April 20.

And the Entertainment winners will be unveiled April 16 – on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Jones said the divvying up was because previously the “smaller” winners often got lost in press coverage in the shadow of the Orange is the New Blacks and the Scandals – among last year’s winners. Announcing them over two weeks will allow for “greater attention placed on news and children’s programming,” he said, while we bit our tongue.

Bichir’s FX Series “The Bridge” Earns Peabody Award

Demián Bichir’s critically acclaimed television series has earned a coveted award.

The 2014 Peabody Award winners — highlighting the best in television, radio and web storytelling — were announced this week on CBS This Morning, with FX’s The Bridge, starring the 50-year-old Mexican actor, among this year’s honorees.

Demian Bichir in The Bridge

From Shine America and FX Productions, the crime drama is set in motion when a murder victim is left literally on the border of West Texas and Northern Mexico.

The Bridge has been honored for “its rare, non-stereotypical depiction of two cultures rubbing against and informing each other.”

It’s the latest recognition for the series, which will begin its second season this summer.

Last June, The Bridge was honored, along with five others, with the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.

This year’s Peabody Awards ceremony will be held on May 19 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria.

Portions of the University of Georgia‘s annual awards will be televised in a special that will air on Participant Media‘s upstart Pivot cable network.