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HBO series, Watchmen, starring Regina King as the lead, has been honored at the 13th Television Academy Honors.
The Television Academy Honors recognized six “exceptional television programs that impact society through thoughtful, powerful and innovative storytelling.”
Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.
Watchmen reunites Lindelof with Academy and Emmy-award-winning actress King who leads the cast as Angela Abar/Sister Night.
“Being Black, it’s part of my life. What’s happened is that Trump has just emboldened people. They were always there, feeling the way they’ve been feeling, but now, oh my gosh. There are a lot of people – white friends I have – who have had this wedge in their families. They knew maybe a family member was a little less progressive, but whoa! Now they’re finding out their views were so far apart,” she said of the impact of the show.
The series also stars Emmy Award winner Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Hong Chau, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tom Mison, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing and more.
“During this difficult time for our industry and our country, the Television Academy Honors plays an important role in recognizing contemporary programming that speaks to our humanity and brings us together,” said Maury McIntyre, the Academy’s president and COO. “We would like to thank our judges for their commitment and virtual engagement at this challenging time.”
Despite the success of the first season, the show has not been renewed for a second.