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The Broadcast Television Journalists Association will honor Ryan Murphy at this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards with the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award.

The award was established to honor an icon in the television industry. Murphy is known for creating, writing and directing “American Horror Story,” “Glee” and “Nip Tuck.”

Murphy’s latest directorial project was HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer.

“The Normal Heart” is nominated for five CCTAs including “Best Movie,” and “American Horror Story: Coven” is nominated in three categories, including “Best Mini-Series.”

“From poignant reality-based movies to dark and twisted horror to musical theater, Ryan Murphy’s creativity knows no bounds,” said Joey Berlin, BTJA president. “It is a privilege to be able to recognize the incredible talent and breadth of work that he has developed for television viewers thus far in his career, and we look forward to seeing what lies ahead.”

The BTJA will also honor seven shows with the title of “Most Exciting New Series” this year: CBS and Steven Spielberg’s “Extant,” starring Halle Berry; Fox’s “Gotham,” the Batman prequel series starring Ben McKenzie; “Halt and Catch Fire,” AMC’s new period drama centered around the rise of the PC; “The Leftovers,” adapted by Damon Lindelof for HBO from Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel; Starz’s “Outlander,” an epic time-travel romance adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling book series; “Penny Dreadful,” Showime’s gothic horror piece from John Logan; and “The Strain,” a vampire thriller from Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro. The category was judged from pilots, early episodes and trailers for any announced series premiering after May 1, 2014.

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards will air live on Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.

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