The winners of the 71st Annual Peabody Awards have been announced. The TV related recipients include The Colbert Report (“[Colbert] mixed cerebral comedy with inspired sight gags, interviews and preposterously funny monologues.”), Game of Thrones (“immerses viewers in a multilayered, distinctly imagined world of mysticism and earthiness, fidelity and deceit, wonder and mayhem.”), Homeland (“a game of cat and mouse, a psychological thriller and a Rorschach test of post-9/11 doubts, fears and suspicions rolled into one.”), Treme (“rich drama in which everyday people get on with life in post-Katrina New Orleans.”), Portlandia (“The satire is fresh, organic and cage-free.”) and Parks and Recreation (“shrewd, good-natured comedy…never condescends or caricatures.”)
Speaking of Game of Thrones, the hit series returned for its second season with series-high ratings of 3.9 million (6.3 across HBO’s three airings on Sunday). Expect a season 3 renewal any day now. In similarly pleasing ratings news The Killing, which famously burned loyal viewers in its first season, returned with a 20 percent decline from last year’s finale.
In what would be his first regular TV gig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse has signed-on to CBS’s Friend Me.
Days after releasing trailers, HBO has announced premiere dates for Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom and the return of True Blood. The series premiere of Newsroom is slated for June 24, while fans can get their fangs into new episodes of True Blood from June 10.
Party Down‘s Ryan Hansen has landed a role in CBS’ pilot from Louis C. K. and Spike Ferensten. Australia’s own Penelope Mitchell (Offspring, Rush) has joined the cast of Hemlock Grove, the new Netflix series from Eli Roth also starring Famke Janssen.
David Letterman and Craig Ferguson have signed deals with CBS to continue producing their late night talk shows through 2014.
The role of the President’s (Bill Pullman) eldest daughter for the 1600 Penn pilot has been recast. Martha MacIsaac (Greek) will replace Brittany Snow.
Watch the first three minutes of Falling Skies second season premiere.
A US company, Kinetic Content, has picked up the rights to the format of the Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules.