CBS and The Recording Academy announced dates for the next two Grammy Awards. The 56th annual Grammys are set for Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Staples Center, and the 57th Grammys will be February 8, 2015. This year’s awards show February 10 pulled in 28.37 million viewers and a 10.1 rating in the 18-49 demo. That was the second-best audience total since 1993 and came a year after the second-highest viewership ever in the wake of Whitney Houston’s death the night before the awards show.
Are the Oscars moving even later into March next year? All signs say ‘yes’ and the Academy would be wise to announce this sooner than later.
Despite annual (and always wrong) media speculation (including a recent column in a well-known show biz trade) that the Academy Awards are planning to move a month earlier into January insiders have repeatedly told me the Academy’s Board has no taste for that, and as at least one former top officer in the organization told me over the weekend, contractually they can’t do it.
Though they haven’t yet announced any dates for the next Oscar race, the schedule of the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia February 7 through the 23rd puts a big crimp in any plans to keep the Oscars even on in its current berth on the last Sunday of February where it would run smack into the Closing Night ceremonies. In the past when this has come up the Academy has always moved the Oscar show to the first Sunday in March which would be on the 2nd next year. Quite frankly there is nowhere else for the show to go. Do the math.
With the Super Bowl already claiming Sunday February 2nd and the Olympics taking the remaining three Sundays, the earliest date available would be January 26th and every source with whom I have spoken tells me that is the date CBS is claiming for the Grammys next year (moving two weeks earlier than their February 10, 2013 date). Also getting the message are the major show biz Guilds which have all already staked out their 2014 dates and sprayed the territory.
Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.
2ND WRITETHRU UPDATE, 10:25 AM: The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment confirmed the cancellation of all film permits scheduled for Saturday due to two major storms set to converge over the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. Since Hurricane Sandy, shooting permits in parts of Brooklyn, Staten Island and Lower Manhattan have been granted on a case-by-case basis to accommodate the city’s recovery efforts, though the majority of Manhattan remained unaffected. The latest cancellation affects all shoots throughout the city’s five boroughs.
The blizzard is expected to hit New England the hardest, with CNN reporting the storm could reach Boston by 5 PM and deliver 24-36 inches of snow. The network said that all cars and trucks other than emergency vehicles must be off Massachusetts’ roads by 4 PM.
More than 3,000 flights routed through airports on the East Coast have been cancelled, prompting concerns that travel for participation in entertainment industry events or TV broadcasts might be affected. Broadcasts scheduled over the weekend include a new episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Justin Beiber in New York, and the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and 2013 BAFTA Awards in London, both set for Sunday. As for BAFTA, there have been no significant weather-related cancellations so far but organizers are continuing to monitor the situation. In addition, the Motion Picture Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards are scheduled for Saturday, and the American Society of Cinematographers Awards take place Sunday, both in LA.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Executive forces behind the Grammys today addressed the much-protested issue of last year’s elimination of more than 25% of the awards categories — from 109 to 81. The same question that fueled last year’s controversy was asked at the TCA presentation on this year’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards: While the cut streamlined the TV show, has it lead to an underrepresentation of some musical genres?
Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (who appeared on the panel with executive producer Ken Erlich, CBS Entertainment’s executive vice president of specials, music and live events, and returning host/producer LL Cool J) defended the move. Re-evaluating the categories, Portnow said, “hadn’t been done for 50 years,” adding that every genre of music that falls within the eligibility time window “still has a place within our system.” He said that every year the producers will continue to re-evaluate existing categories.
Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Erlich announced today at TCA that CBS will present a documentary on “what happened this year” in music, including the Whitney Houston story. “The footage came in after the fact — we didn’t plan to do …
Next year’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 10 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and will be be broadcast on CBS from 8-11:30 PM (live ET/delayed PT). Also coming back is …
The Grammy Awards, the biggest awards show without a host, is getting one this year. LL Cool J has been tapped for the duties, marking the first time in seven years that the show, which airs on CBS, will have a host. Just like it did with the Tonys, hosted by How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris, and the recent People’s Choice Awards, hosted by The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco, CBS also employed a star from one of its popular series for Grammy emcee duties — LL Cool J is on the network’s drama NCIS: Los Angeles and has music cred having won two Grammys as a hip-hop artist. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Cener in Los Angeles on February 12. LL Cool J has already been part of CBS’ Grammy franchise — he has hosted The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! since the nomination special was launched in 2008.
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A group of musicians protesting the Recording Academy’s move to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is calling for a boycott of CBS, which airs the annual awards event, as well as the sponsors who advertise during the show, the Associated Press reported. The academy in April trimmed the number of categories from 109 to 78, saying the changes would hold for at least next year’s Grammys in February. …
Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert received approval today from the Federal Election Commission to start his own political action committee, which means he can raise money and produce and buy TV time for political ads. If the ads air anywhere but on his Viacom-owned show, they must disclose their funding sources. Colbert started the campaign to mock Citizens United, a PAC that won a Supreme Court case relaxing national campaign finance rules. “I don’t know about you but I do not accept limits on my free speech, I don’t know about you but I do not accept the status quo. But I do accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express,” he told a crowd in Washington DC after the ruling. …
NBC will televise the season finale of fellow Comcast network G4′s original series American Ninja Warrior on Aug. 22 as part of a two-hour primetime special.
The Grammy Awards are staying put at CBS for another 10 years. The network, which has carried the music industry’s top awards show since 1973, has signed a new 10-year deal with the Recording Academy to be the Grammy’s TV home through 2021. With the pact, which includes a series of two-hour Grammy specials, all major awards shows are locked in for the better part of the next decade at their long-time networks. Earlier this year, ABC signed a six-year extension to carry the Oscars through 2020, and the Big 4 broadcast networks just closed a new eight-year deal for the Primetime Emmy Awards. Last fall, NBC moved in to secure the Golden Globe Awards through 2018, signing a new eight-year deal with Dick Clark Prods., but that deal is now the subject of litigation between DCP and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. Of the smaller awards shows, the Tony Awards will air on CBS at least through 2013 with a new three-year deal signed last fall, while the future of Daytime Emmy Awards is murky as the show has been airing via one-off TV deals for the past three years. In the Grammy announcement, CBS also set the date for next year’s awards — Feb. 12. Here is the official release:
UPDATE: CBS, which carries the Grammy Awards, issued a statement from Jack Sussman, EVP specials, music and live events. “On behalf of everyone at CBS, our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s wife Rita, daughters, Maria and Rose and the entire Cossette family,” Sussman said. “I was fortunate to …