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Sibling network MTV has successful mastered the art of the modern awards show, now Comedy Central is giving the genre a shot.
The network is teaming with Don Mischer Productions to revive the “American Comedy Awards,” an annual event celebrating all things funny that ran from 1987 to 2001. ABC carried the telecast several years, and Comedy Central gave it a go in 2001.
Comedy Central plans to premiere the program next year and it will air across fellow MTV Networks channels Spike TV and TV Land.
Awards will be decided by a group of board members featuring the industry talent and executives. There will be a viewer’s choice home voting aspect as well.
“The ‘American Comedy Awards’ areabout celebrating and honoring the genius of the writers, performers, producersand directors who bring us the best in comedy every year and create what therest of us quote and share with all our friends,” said Elizabeth Porter, senior vp of specials and talent at the network. “What the Oscars are tomovies and the Grammys are to music, the ‘American Comedy Awards’ will be tocomedy. We are thrilled to beworking with Don Mischer and know he will make this the biggest comedy event ofthe year.”
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