Legion Nominated for Peabody Award

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The Peabody Awards announced their list of nominees this week, which includes FX’s Legion in the Entertainment category.

In a release, the organization said the 60 nominees, “represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2017.”

“True to tradition, we are proud to present a rich mix of excellence in the craft of storytelling,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. “These stories reflect important social issues and exemplify the power of diverse voices and platforms in media today.”

Among the other television shows nominated, Legion is joined by sci-fi show Star Trek: Discovery. 

Although shows adapted from comic books are often snubbed by traditional awards, this isn’t the first time a comic book show – or even a Marvel show – has been nominated for the award. Jessica Jones won the Peabody Award in 2016 for its first season.

The Peabody judges praised Jessica Jones for, ” deploying a popular genre to ask unpopular questions about power and consent, [and] for constructing such vivid and compelling characters and putting them through the wringer.”

At first glance, it might not seem like the two shows have much in common, but both have included storylines that address mental health (PTSD, schizophrenia). 

Legion showrunner Noah Hawley previously won the award for his series Fargo in 2015.

Winners in the Entertainment category will be revealed on April 19. 

Legion currently airs on FX on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET. The show stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Amber Midthunder, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Jean Smart and Jemaine Clement.

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