Critics' Choice TV and Movie Awards to Combine Into One Event

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The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air on A&E Networks.

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards and The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be combined into one three-hour event for the first time, it was announced today.

The 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air on A&E Networks on Jan. 17, and will feature winners picked by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. 

By combining the film and TV awards into one broadcast, the Critics Choice Awards would appear to be looking to challenge the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globes Awards, which also hands out trophies in both film and TV categories. The Golden Globes will air Jan. 10 on NBC.

The awards show's new focus was unveiled today by Elaine Frontain Bryant, exec vp programming for A&E, and Joey Berlin, BFCA/BTJA president. "We are thrilled to bring the two Critics' Choice Awards shows into one super-show,” Berlin said. "Bringing all these stars together in one room is going to create an incredible night of entertainment."

Earlier this year, Michael Strahan hosted the movie-centric incarnation of the ceremony, which was held in January, while Cat Deeley hosted the television-focused awards show held in May. The host for the upcoming show will be announced at a later date, organizers said.

The Critics’ Choice Awards will air simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime and LMN on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with a live red carpet show at 7 p.m. ET/PT