“Never backwards. Always forward."
The groundbreaking Marvel-Netflix series Luke Cage, being the first in the MCU to feature a predominantly African-American cast, has been nominated for a Peabody Award in the category of "Entertainment and Children's programs." The award itself spotlights "instances of how electronic media can teach, expand our horizons, defend the public interest, or encourage empathy with others."
Other nominees in the category include ABC's American Crime, FX's Atlanta, FX's Better Things, Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures' Cleverman, BBC's Happy Valley, Pig Newton's Horace and Pete, HBO's Lemonade, Channel 4 and Hulu's National Treasure, Netflix's Stranger Things, NBC's This Is Us, HBO's The Night Of, and HBO's VEEP.
If Luke Cage wins that will a second straight victory for a Marvel-Netflix show, as Jessica Jones won a Peabody last year.
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city - forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.
Luke Cage stars Mike Colter (Marvel’s Jessica Jones, The Good Wife) as the charismatic lead character, Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) as the villainous Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave, Annabelle) local Harlem politician Mariah Dillard, Simone Missick (Ray Donovan) as Harlem police detective Misty Knight, Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy, Bad Hurt) as the ruthless criminal Shades, Frank Whaley (Ray Donovan, Pulp Fiction) as hard-nosed NYPD detective Rafael Scarfe, Rosario Dawson reprising her Marvel’s Daredevil role as nurse Claire Temple, and Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Moon Over Parador) as Claire Temple's mother, Soledad Temple.