Critics’ Choice Movie & TV Awards Merge To Become One Show

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Critics’ Choice Television Awards are meshing Golden Globes-style into one three-hour awards show beginning next year. The new entity, the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, will be simulcast live January 17 on A+E Networks’ A&E, Lifetime and LMN.

The date falls one week after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards, which also combine film and TV honors. There was no word whether all categories in both Critics’ Choice shows would remain intact for the combined version; some would likely be presented off air (which has been done in the past with tech and even writing categories on the movie show).

A host for this year’s combined show will be revealed at a later date.

Today’s announcement was made by A&E EVP Programming Elaine Frontain Bryant and BFCA/BTJA president Joey Berlin. A+E Networks aired both Critics’ Choice awards shows last year, the TV version for the first time. The new show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.

“At a time when there are so many great movies and television shows to choose from — and so many spectacular performances — it is logical, appropriate and useful for America’s leading film and television critics and reporters to collectively honor the best of the best at the start of the new year,” Berlin said. “Bringing all these stars together in one room is going to create an incredible night of entertainment.”

A+E Networks logo 1Added Frontain Bryant: “Combining the television and film communities within one telecast of The Critics’ Choice Awards even further elevates this star-studded gala event. We’re thrilled to be able to give viewers an up close look at so much talent together under one roof with this unique and enhanced awards show.”

Last year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on A&E drew 1.92 million total viewers when it aired January 15. The Critics’ Choice Television Awards, in its first year on A&E after moving over from the CW, drew 522,000 total viewers on May 31 (315K more in the encore immediately after the live two-hour show).

BFCA/BTJA was repped in the deal by WME and Greenberg Traurig.

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