vanity fair has confirmed that the Screen Actors Guild Awards have parted ways with TNT and TBS as its broadcast partner, after running between the networks for the past 25 years.
The news comes at crucial times for both Warner Bros. Discovery, the newly formed parent company of those cable networks, and for Hollywood’s winter awards season schedule, which was thrown into chaos after NBC was refused to broadcast this year’s Golden Globes due to controversies surrounding Hollywood. Foreign Press Association.
New leadership has instituted rapid seismic changes within WarnerDiscover properties, most notably the abrupt suspension of the new CNN+ streaming service, as part of the new CEO David ZaslavThe promise of finding $3 billion in cost savings across the enterprise. It recently emerged that scripted programming would be dropped on TBS and TNT, which have aired series including Chad Y Clawsthough it’s unclear whether losing the SAG Awards, one of the networks’ liveliest live events, marks an extension of that plan.
The Golden Globes’ struggles to regain cache in the wake of the HFPA’s years-long public relations nightmare opened the door for a starry new start to awards season. Those behind the Critics Choice Awards, which air on the CW, have openly discussed aspirations to fill that void, though COVID-19-induced delays allowed SAG to kick off with a top-flight event in 2022. The show rose in audience ratings. , after a prerecorded 2021 special drew fewer than 1 million live viewers, and correctly forecast the eventual best picture Oscar winners and all four acting categories. On the television side, Emmy champions Succession Y ted lasso prevailed, along with stars from incoming contenders like squid game Y silly.
Last year marked the final SAG Awards for Lifetime Executive Producer. Kathy Connell, who helped launch the program nearly three decades ago. Voted on by members of the SAG and AFTRA unions, the SAG Awards have long been considered a major Oscar benchmark due to their membership overlap with Academy members and their track record in predicting potential winners. There’s no word yet on where the show will go next, but if it can find a bigger network, it could give the Globes, which are returning next year on NBC, a real run for their money.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news of the split between SAG and TNT/TBS.
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