TV now has an award for torture -- and it has nothing to do with "Kid Nation."
Human Rights First, a New York-based nonprofit, has nominated five television series - "Lost," "The Closer," "Boston Legal," "Criminal Minds" and "The Shield" -- for excellence in realistically portraying torture or interrogation. .
"As incongruous as it may seem for a human rights group to 'honor' the depiction of torture, these awards recognize that only a handful of TV shows have taken the time necessary to depict torture in a thoughtful, realistic fashion," said David Danzig, director of Human Rights First's Primetime Torture project.
"Viewers of these programs don't walk away saying to themselves, 'Gee, this stuff really works!' "
Torture scenes on television have risen dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, jumping from an average of about four a year before to more than 100 afterward, the group says.