The first televised Hollywood Film Awards will air on Friday, November 14. The 17-year-old awards franchise founded by Carlos de Abreu signaled its intention to go to the screen last year when de Abreu partnered with awards show specialist Dick Clark Prods. A TV special, produced by DCP, was shopped and picked up by CBS. The Friday air date for HFA is somewhat surprising but it takes pressure off the show to perform great off the bat, and CBS plans to make it an all-night event on the November sweep Friday. The network has cleared the 7:30 PM-8 PM half-hour for a red-carpet pre-show. Following the 8 PM-10 PM ceremony, broadcast live on the East Coast and tape delayed in the West from the Hollywood Palladium, there will be an hourlong post-show hosted by CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell. That 8-10 PM scheduling also is unorthodox as Big 3 networks usually let their awards shows start a bit later (The Oscars kick off at 8:30 PM) so they span the remaining hours of primetime until 11 PM. “We’re excited to schedule an expanded Friday night lineup to celebrate the kick-off of the annual awards season with the first live broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman CBS Entertainment. “For almost two decades, the evening has been limited to industry insiders. Teaming with dick clark productions and CBS This Morning, we look forward to giving viewers across the country a front row seat to the entire night, from red carpet arrivals to honorees’ backstage reactions.”
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