Fox Sets First American Country Countdown Awards

3:15 PM PST 06/12/2014 by Philiana Ng
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The two-hour "concert event" is the latest country music awards show to hit TV.

Fox is going country.

In a pact with Cumulus and Dick Clark Productions, Fox will bring country music's longest-running radio countdown show to television with the American Country Countdown Awards, just in time for the holiday season. Marking its TV debut, the awards show will air live from Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, Dec. 15, from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

Billed as a "concert event," the new awards show aims to "honor the year's best country music with awards, thrilling performances, special moments and additional surprises." Though no names were announced, Fox promises the genre's "biggest stars" and a tribute to the first NASH Icons winner.

"Fans of the American Country Countdown are some of the most loyal and passionate fans around, so it's a natural next step to bring that popular brand to television," said Simon Andreae, executive vp alternative entertainment for Fox. "Fox has a long history of big, bold music events, and we can't wait to bring down the house in Nashville this December with some of the most popular names in country music."

The American Country Countdown Awards is a TV broadcast of the popular American Country Countdown With Kix Brooks, which launched in 1973. It currently airs on more than 280 radio stations and covers 90 percent of the U.S.

This marks the latest live event for Fox, following on the heels of the April greenlight for a three-hour production of Grease, as broadcast and cable networks alike look to live programming to increase viewership in a competitive era. Additionally, Fox will air a Pitbull-hosted New Year's Eve live event.

The American Country Countdown Awards will join several other televised country music award shows already on the air: the Academy of Country Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, American Country Awards and the Country Music Association Awards.

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