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"Girls," "Southland", "Louie" Honored with Peabody Awards

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- HBO's Girls, TNT's Southland and FX's Louie have won prestigious Peabody Awards. 

The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced Wednesday that the shows are among the 39 recipients of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, which honors excellence in electronic media.

Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels is being honored with a rare individual Peabody Award for his contributions to television comedy. Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards program, called Michaels the "patron saint of satirical TV."

In announcing the awards, Newcomb said, “Reviewing submissions for Peabody consideration is a truly exciting process. It is an astonishing array of outstanding media accomplishment."

"From this array, we must select the best of the best. It’s not always easy, but it always demonstrates the meaning of true excellence in electronic media,” Newcomb said.

Other winners include ABC News for its coverage of Hurricane Sandy and its documentary special, "Robin's Journey", which chronicled the diagnosis and treatment of Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, who battled a rare blood disorder. The ABC Family series Switched at Birth was also honored.

The recipients will be presented with their Peabody Awards at a May 20 ceremony at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

For a complete list of winners, visit the Peabody Awards website.

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