Broadcast Critics TV Awards to Air on Reelz Channel

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“So You Think You Can Dance” star Cat Deely is tapped to host the new rival to the Emmys.

The newest Emmy contender now has a TV deal, an online streaming agreement and a host for its inaugural awards ceremony.

The recently formed Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), an offshoot of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which does a successful film awards show in January, announced Tuesday that Cat Deely of So You Think You Can Dance will host the Critics’ Choice Television Awards on June 20 in Beverly Hills.

“Cat Deeley instantly puts our awards on the map, plus she ensures an entertaining and lively show,” said Joey Berlin, acting-president of BTJA.

When the plans to expand into TV awards was announced only about a month ago, the group said it expected it would take a few years to get it onto TV. Instead, they have already made a deal for ‘VH-1 to stream the show live and make footage available afterwards on demand. The entire show will also be broadcast on basic cable service ReelzChannel on June 22 (repeating twice more that night and early the next morning).

VH-1 will also offer, according to the announcement, celebrity interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and an opportunity for fans to interact with celebrities backstage with its "fan-cam" stream.

The movie awards have attracted big stars as presenters and nominees, and the TV awards are designed to follow suit.

The categories are all performer and show oriented, including best show and performance honors in drama, comedy, reality and talk. They will also present an award for “Most Exciting New Series” premiering this Summer and Fall, based on a viewing by their judges of the recently chosen network and cable pilots and early episodes.

Bob Bain will executive produce the show for Bob Bain Productions. Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig represented BFCA and BTJA in the negotiations with ReelzChannel and VH-1.com.

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