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Coverage of the 2012 Peabody Awards

Thomas Attila Lewis

Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, and Aziz Ansari of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" at the 2012 Peabody Awards, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, May 21, 2012


The 2012 ceremony of the Peabody Awards was held this Monday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The awards are bestowed in 2011 so, technically, these are the 2011 awards, leave it up to a bunch of intellectuals to complicate things. We spoke with "Portlandia" co-creators Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel who gave huge props to KPCC in the above video.

In the videos below: we ask "Portlandia" co-creator/co-star Fred Armisen if he will be bringing one of his favorite bands, cult punkers No Means No, on the show next season; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau gave us some insight on his "Game of Thrones" character Jaime Lannister; Retta, Jim O'Heir, and Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation" give us some laughs; and Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy" strongly hints that he would like to be a corpse in a TV crime series.


The Roundup: April 1st is a fool's paradise of TV

"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO this Sunday.

Looks like the hype worked as AMC secured its biggest audience ever for "Mad Men" with Sunday's premiere. It felt a little long to this viewer so I'm eager for the hour-long episodes. AMC is on track to pummel us with another 2-hour premiere, this time it's "The Killing" next Sunday at 8pm which is way too soon, making AMC look overeager to keep their momentum going.

Next Sunday is a veritable traffic jam of quality shows, from Fox's "Bob's Burgers" at 8:30pm, to the season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones," to Comedy Central's world premiere of "Jo Koy: Lights Out" at 10pm. Throw in Discovery's "Frozen Planet," Showtime's "Shameless" and "House of Lies," and PBS' "Great Expectations" and you have over 10 hours of "must-see" TV crammed into a 3 hour block. It's particularly frustrating to note that there is virtually no new programming on Saturday nights yet a deluge of it on Sundays. When will this programming trend change course?