The Critics’ Choice Awards will reposition the annual ceremony as the kickoff to award season with a new December airdate, it was announced Thursday by A&E Network, which has aired the Critics’ Choice Awards telecast for the past two years.
The 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards show will now be the first major award ceremony of the season to honor the best in film and television; it will air live on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT immediately following A&E’s Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live show at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony was held on Jan. 17, 2016, putting it after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes ceremony, which was held on Jan. 10 in 2016 and is scheduled for Jan. 8 in 2017.
“Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller will return as host of the three-hour telecast, which will be broadcast live on A&E from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Last year, Miller took home the Critics’ Choice Television Award for best supporting actor, while “Silicon Valley” won best comedy series.
“T.J.’s tremendous presence and comedic humor complement our mission to make this show bigger and better year after year,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP of programming for A&E. “We are honored to have him return as we lead the way into award season celebrating the best of television and film.”
“The BFCA and BTJA are very excited about moving the Critics’ Choice Awards from the traditional mid-January date to December 11th,” added Joey Berlin, president of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA). “This is the logical time for the Critics’ Choice Awards to be presented in the vanguard of the awards season. The role of critics is to assess new films and television shows and advise the public when they are initially released. So this new date is actually the most appropriate time for our annual year-end assessment of the finest achievements in both media. December 11th will be the first time all of the year’s major award contenders will be gathered together to celebrate the best of the best.”
A&E Networks partnered with the BFCA and BTJA to become the exclusive home to the 2015 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards. That partnership continues through 2017, with the newly formatted three-hour ceremony bringing together both sets of accolades.
The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences.
The 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. BFCA/BTJA are represented by WME and Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig.