Emmy-winning writer and director Ryan Murphy will be honored with the Louis XIII Genius Award at this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The fourth annual ceremony, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will air on the CW on Thursday, June 19, at 8 p.m. Murphy is best known as the creator of the Fox series Glee and the FX miniseries American Horror Story and most recently directed the HBO film adaptation of The Normal Heart. The latter two projects are nominated for three and five CCTAs, respectively.
“From poignant reality-based movies to dark and twisted horror to musical theater, Ryan Murphy’s creativity knows no bounds,” said Joey Berlin, Broadcast Television Journalists Association 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.”
Previous winners of the award include Judd Apatow (2013) and Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, and Julie Deply (2014), all for their film work at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Murphy is the first recipient of the award for his work in TV.