Humane Society To Award Top Animal-Themed TV And Film

Dogtown: Saving the Michael Vick Dogs

By Jeff Pfeiffer

The Humane Society of the United States has announced its nominees for the 23rd Genesis Awards — a ceremony that honors news and entertainment programs, films and articles that showcase animal issues. Winners from among 58 nominees in 19 major media categories will be announced at an untelevised ceremony March 28.

Here are select nominees from the various film- and TV-related categories:

Feature Film
Marley and Me

Saving Luna

Sid Caesar Comedy Award
Family Guy — “McStroke” episode (FOX)
The Simpsons — “Apocalypse Cow” episode (FOX)

Law & Order: SVU

Dramatic Series
Bones — “The Finger in the Nest” episode (FOX)
Grey’s Anatomy — “Life During Wartime” episode (ABC)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — “Wildlife” episode (NBC)

Childrens Programming
Handy Manny — “Manny’s Mouse Traps” episode (Disney Channel)
SpongeBob SquarePants — “Grooming Gary” episode (Nick)

TV Newsmagazine — National
20/20 — “Elephant PTSD” (ABC)
Nightline — multiple segments (ABC)

TV Newsmagazine — Cable
Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell — multiple segments (CNN)
Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel — “Hidden Horses” (HBO)

TV Documentary
Blinders (Documentary Channel)
Companions to None (PBS)
National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth (PBS)
Planet in Peril: Battle Lines (CNN)

Unscripted Television Series
30 Days — “Animal Rights” (FX)
Dogtown — “Saving the Michael Vick Dogs” (National Geographic Channel)
Escape to Chimp Eden
(Animal Planet)
Whale Wars — “Needle in a Haystack” (Animal Planet)

Talk Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show — multiple shows (Syndicated)
Martha Stewart Living — “South African Chimp Sanctuary” (Syndicated)
The Oprah Winfrey Show — multiple shows (Syndicated)

The Wyler Award — named after the Genesis Awards founder Gretchen Wyler — will this year be given to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi for making news on behalf of animals. This year’s event is dedicated to ending the Canadian seal hunt.


Dogtown: © Molly Wald/Best Friends Animal Society. Courtesy of National Geographic Channel

Law & Order: Credit: Will Hart/NBC