Two Chicago series are nominated for a Peabody Award

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have announced the 27 nominees for the Arts, Children’s / Youth, Entertainment, Interactive & Immersive categories.

Yes, The Bear was nominated, and Somebody Somewhere was also nominated. This is the second year Somebody Somewhere has been nominated for a Peabody. Right out of the gate for Season 1, now again for Season two.

Although Somebody Somewhere is set in the small town of Manhattan, Kansas, it is filmed just southwest of Chicago in Lockport, Illinois. Season 2 cast includes Bridget Everett (Sam), Jeff Hiller (Joel), Mary Catherine Garrison (Tricia), Jane Brody (Mary Jo), Murray Hill (Fred Rococo), Mercedes White (Tiffani), Kailey Albus (Shannon), and Meighan Gerachis (Irma), Tim Bagley (Brad), Jennifer Mudge (Susan), and Barbara Robertson (Darlene). The series just recently wrap the filming of Season 3. HBO / Max has not yet release the premiere date for the series.

If I’m counting correctly, this makes 36 award nominations for Somebody Somewhere.

The 84th Peabody Awards nominees represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and streaming media during 2023.

The nominees in the category of entertainment are:

The Bear (FX)
In this dramedy meditation on the work required to transform, to move on, to achieve a dream, highly trained young chefs Carmen (Jeremy Allen White) and Sydney (Ayo Edebiri) lead the charge to turn Carmen’s family’s chaotic Italian beef sandwich shop into a bright light of the Chicago food scene.
FX Productions

Blue Eye Samurai (Netflix)
Netflix’s innovative animated series tells of a young warrior driven by revenge against those who made her an outcast in Edo-period Japan, cutting a bloody path toward her destiny, with voices by Maya Erskine, Brenda Song, Kenneth Branagh, and others.
A Netflix Series / 3 Arts Entertainment and Blue Spirit Productions

Dead Ringers (Prime Video)
Amazon’s modern take on David Cronenberg’s 1988 thriller features Rachel Weisz in the dual lead role of Elliot and Beverly Mantle, twin gynecologists unbothered by committing malpractice toward the eventual end of establishing their own birthing center, allowing for commentary on the abysmal state of health care for women in the U.S.
Amazon MGM Studios, Annapurna Television

The Fall of the House of Usher (Netflix)
Mike Flanagan’s gothic horror miniseries for Netflix is loosely based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, reimagining them to recount the deaths of the six scions of the fictional Usher family, the powerful and corrupt owners of a modern pharmaceutical company.
Intrepid Pictures

Fellow Travelers (Showtime)
Based on the Thomas Mallon novel, this miniseries stars Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey as a state department official and a congressional staffer who fall in love during the McCarthy Era, tracing their secret romance, originally thwarted by the “Lavender Scare,” through several decades.
SHOWTIME Presents a Fremantle and Showtime Studios Production

Jury Duty (Amazon Freevee)
This inventive reality-comedy hybrid goes inside an American jury by following one particular juror, who happens to be the only “real” person in the series. The cast surrounding him is made up of improvisational actors who attempt to push him to his brink, but he always comes out the good guy, demonstrating the positive side of “reality” television as well as good citizens.
Amazon MGM Studios, Picrow, The District, Piece of Work Entertainment

The Last of Us (HBO | Max)
This post-apocalyptic drama created by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann for HBO, is a faithful video game adaptation set 20 years into a pandemic caused by a fungal infection that turns its victims into zombie-like creatures. The story follows Joel (Pedro Pascal), a smuggler who must safely transport Ellie (Bella Ramsey), an immune girl, across the collapsed United States.
HBO in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios, PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Israel-Hamas War (HBO | Max)
In this clear-eyed episode of his Peabody-winning satirical news show, Oliver discusses the ongoing war, establishing that “any conversation around this has to begin with empathy.”
HBO in association with Peyance Productions and Avalon Television

Lupin (Netflix)
This French mystery thriller series is inspired by the adventures of Arsene Lupin, who was created by French author Maurice Leblanc in 1907. But in this modern version, gentleman thief Assane Diop (Omar Sy), in the mold of Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief, sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.
Gaumont Television

Poker Face (Peacock)
Charlie (Natasha Lyonne) has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. When she hits the road in her Plymouth Barracuda, every stop brings a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but investigate and solve, in the comfort-watch tradition of Columbo and Murder, She Wrote.
T-Street, MRC Television, Animal Pictures

Reality (HBO | Max)
This film, starring Sydney Sweeney and directed by Tina Satter, is based on the FBI interrogation transcript of U.S. Air Force veteran Reality Winner, who leaked an intelligence report about Russian interference in the 2016 election to the media.
HBO Films presents a Seaview and 2 Sq Ft production in association with Burn These Words, In The Cut Productions, Fit Via Vi, Cinereach, Tanbark Pictures

Reservation Dogs (FX)
Reservation Dogs’ groundbreaking three-season run comes to an end, exploring the backstories of reservation elders as the four teen characters—Elora (Devery Jacobs), Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Cheese (Lane Factor), and Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis)—give up on their California dreams and consider their futures on and off the reservation.
FX Productions

Somebody Somewhere (HBO | Max)
The touching small-town dramedy’s second season soars to new (and wrenching) heights as the grieving and lost Sam (Bridget Everett) lashes out at best friend Joel (Jeff Hiller) when he finds a new love, while reconciling through the power and love of found family.
HBO in association with Duplass Brothers Productions and The Mighty Mint

The 84th annual Peabody Awards will announce the winners on May 9, and those honorees will be recognized with a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday, June 9.