‘Abbott Elementary,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Severance’ Among Peabody Award Nominees

Abbott Elementary,” “Better Call Saul,” “Severance,” “Mo,” “Reservation Dogs” and “We’re Here” are among the entertainment nominees as the Peabody Awards’ board of jurors revealed 42 nominees for this year’s Peabodys in entertainment, arts, children’s/youth, podcast/radio, interactive & immersive, and public service. They join the 27 news and documentary nominees announced by Peabody earlier this week.

According to Peabody, the total of 69 nominees were culled from a list of 1,200 entries in those various categories; the final nods were chosen by a unanimous vote of 17 jurors.

PBS led all total nominees with 13, followed by HBO Max (6), Apple TV+ (4), Disney+ and FX (3 each), and ABC, Channel 4, Netflix, and Vice (2 each).

Also on Thursday, Peabody revealed that Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Shari Frilot will be honored with the org’s first annual Visionary Award. The award “honors an individual whose groundbreaking body of work has shaped the forms, the creators, and the field of boundary-pushing interactive storytelling,” Peabody said. Frilot, who also serves as chief curator of New Frontier at Sundance, established the Sundance Online Film Festival in 2001 and also co-founded the first gay Latin American film festivals, Mix Brasil and Mix México, and also  introduced interactive digital art installation and immersive performance to the festival.

The winners of the 83rd annual Peabody Awards will receive their honors at a Los Angeles ceremony, on Sunday, June 11, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel — the org’s first in-person ceremony since before the pandemic, in 2019, and also its first time here in Southern California. Bob Bain Productions will produce the event.

“From hilarious and heartfelt comedies to interactive and immersive stories that leverage technology to create gripping narratives, Peabody is dedicated to recognizing compelling stories across the media landscape,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of Peabody, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to nominate each of these remarkable pieces of media and to honor the forward-thinking Shari Frilot with our inaugural Visionary Award.”

Peabody noted that this year’s nominees focused on issues including the mental health crisis, mass shootings, indigenous representation, transgender rights and the war in Ukraine.

“After another groundbreaking year of storytelling, we are proud to honor some of the many compelling pieces of media that led us forward,” added Jones. “A reflection of the effort and talent of their creators, the nominees entertained, informed, and inspired, all demonstrating the immense power of a great story.”

Here are the remaining Peabody Award nominees:


“Abbott Elementary” (ABC)

“A group of passionate Philadelphia public school teachers battle budget restrictions, a rival charter school, and their own (mostly) incompetent principal, forging friendships and an occasional love match in this sweet mockumentary sitcom from creator and star Quinta Brunson.”

Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios

“Severance” (Apple TV+)

“This bold, topical sci-fi thriller series stars Adam Scott as Mark Scout, an employee at Lumon Industries, where employees have undergone a ‘severance’ procedure that surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. But he soon discovers a darker conspiracy behind this cutting-edge experiment.”

Fifth Season / Red Hour Productions in association with Apple