A Who’s Who of A-list television personalities and jaded pool reporters gathered at the Waldorf Astoria this afternoon for the 70th Annual Peabody Awards, hosted by Larry King.
In a brief appearance at the press room just before the award show began, Larry King took the opportunity to talk about his transition out of CNN. “You do something for a long time, there’s a high in it. And you tell yourself things like ‘oh, I’m going to have more time for this or that. But it’s not easy…. I knew I’d miss it. But I didn’t know how much. I miss the big stories.” Asked what he thought of Piers Morgan, King’s replacement in the 9 pm interview chair, King didn’t exactly kvell. “We work very differently. It’s not night and day, it’s still an interview show … It’s hard to be objective. I like to work a certain way, we all have to go to our own style.”
The awards trotted along rather rather tamely as reporters sipped coffee, talked amongst themselves and occasionally glanced at the proceedings being broadcast on four flat screen televisions with the volume tuned almost to a whisper.
The winners included the FX scripted drama “Justified,” based on Elmore Leonard characters and starring Timothy Olyphant; Patrick Stewart’s television rendition of Macbeth, directed by British stage director Rupert Goold; CNN for its coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill; “The Good Wife,” starring Julianna Margulies on CBS; as well as TNT’s original scripted “Men of a Certain Age” starring Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula.