Saturday, June 15, 2024

2020 Tony Awards Get Compromise Hybrid Show Set for September on Paramount Plus and CBS Network


The 2020 Tony Awards are coming, at last, almost 18 months late.

The date is September 26th. The show will be divided between Paramount Plus streaming service and CBS network. From 7 to 9m, the Tonys go on the former so CBS can have “60 Minutes” and “The Equalizer.”

Then at 9m the Tonys will have had a decent lead in. Maybe on “The Equalizer,” Queen Latifah can avenge a murder on Broadway. Compatible programming!

The 2020 Tony Awards ceremony part will likely mostly be on Paramount Plus as the nominees are not that exciting. Aaron Tveit was the only nominee for Best Actor in a Musical, from “Moulin Rouge,” so presumably he’s won.

What the producers should do is make the two hour CBS part a big preview of all the new and current shows. Ticket sales are not so hot for some of the shows, a story I’m getting to shortly. For example, seeing something live like a little moonwalking from “MJ The Michael Jackson Musical” on the Tonys will help goose sales.

Broadway is coming back!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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