The People's Choice Awards don't have the glamour (or the legitimacy) of the Golden Globes, but it's still the first of this season's award ceremonies to be dramatically scaled back. CBS canceled the ceremony, which was originally scheduled for tonight, and has spent the past few weeks tossing together a different kind of broadcast.
Instead of a star-studded party in the Shrine Auditorium with a red carpet and all the trimmings, tonight's broadcast will instead feature 25 pre-taped acceptance speeches from winners in several of the awards' many categories. (There are more than 25 categories, so I suppose some of the winners must not have taped speeches.) What hasn't changed: Queen Latifah is still the host, and the show is still live on the East Coast starting at 9 p.m.
Since winners can't accept their trophies on stage, crews fanned out around the world to bring the People's Choice statuettes to them instead. According to CBS, "Celebrities were met on their sets, at home, on tour, outside, with our troops and in a variety of other settings." To fill out the two-hour broadcast, CBS will show a series of "Choice Moments" from the previous 33 years of the People's Choice Awards.
So far, more than 10 million votes have been cast for the awards, and though most categories are closed by now, voting for the favorite new TV comedy and drama and the favorite user-generated video of the year will remain open until 10 p.m. EST. Do you think you'll tune in for the People's Choice Awards in this new format?
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