“Glee” is picking up another award this week, this time for its attention to social issues.
The show will be one of eight recipients of the third annual Television Academy Honors, which honors “television with a conscience.” “Glee” is winning its award for the episode “Wheels,” which focuses on the wheelchair-bound Artie (Kevin McHale) and also includes the tear-inducing revelation that Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) has a sister with Down syndrome.
Two other scripted shows are also receiving awards at a ceremony on Wednesday night (May 5) in Beverly Hills. “CSI” is being honored for its episode “Coup de Grace,” about the fallout after a police officer shoots an off-duty colleague, while “Private Practice” will be recognized for “Nothing to Fear,” which deals with physician-assisted suicide.
The other honorees are HBO’s movie “Taking Chance”; “Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?,” an HBO documentary about Alzheimer’s disease; “National Geographic Explorer: Inside Death Row,” which looks at how the state of Texas carries out the death penalty; Discovery Health’s documentary “Unlocking Autism”; and “The OxyContin Express,” an investigation by Current TV’s “Vanguard” into the prescription-drug pipeline from South Florida to Appalachia.
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