Idol Gives Back, HBO’s Addiction Project win Governors Award at the Emmys

American Idol‘s successful but chintsy telethon Idol Gives Back may have been low-rated, but the show is getting rewarded by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Although with HBO’s Addiction Project, a collection of documentaries about addiction, Idol Gives Back will receive the Governors Award.

The ATAS’s chair, Dick Askni, told Variety that “The Governors Award is the Television Academy’s highest honor,” and will honor the two shows “for harnessing the power of television to educate and inform viewers about two very significant issues that touch all of us.”

Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said, “I’m really pleased that the Academy recognized the fact that this was more than a TV show. When the footage came in from Africa, it broke our hearts to edit it. Then we thought, we wouldn’t get the same type of footage from America. But it came in from New Orleans, from Los Angeles, these incredible stories of starvation.”

“The 2007 Governors Award will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmy kudos Sept. 8,” Variety says.

TV Academy salutes ‘Addiction,’ ‘Idol’ [Variety]