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Hollywood Film Awards to premiere on CBS in November

The Hollywood Film Awards will make their TV debut on CBS in November

There's a new awards show on the block — or rather, on the air.

The Hollywood Film Awards will make their television debut on CBS on Nov. 14 with a two-hour ceremony airing live on the East Coast at 8 p.m. and tape-delayed on the West Coast, bookended by a 30-minute red-carpet pre-show and an hourlong post-show.

The awards will be handed out at the Hollywood Palladium. The host, presenters and performers will be announced later. "CBS This Morning's" Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell will host the post-show.

Founded 17 years ago by Carlos de Abreu, a Mozambique-born Portuguese entrepreneur, the Hollywood Film Awards tout themselves as "the official launch of the Hollywood awards season," although the ceremony has been viewed with some skepticism in the past. That's due in part to the opaque selection process for winners and early date.

The awards are decided upon by an advisory team of unnamed "film industry insiders and executives," based on "the honorees' body of work and/or a film that is to be released during the calendar year." In previous years, the HFA's mid-October date meant that many of the performances and films honored hadn't actually been seen yet at the time of the show.

Still, the HFA has become an obligatory stop on the campaign trail for A-list stars and Oscar hopefuls. CBS and Dick Clark Productions struck a TV deal for the show in January.

Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement Wednesday: "For almost two decades, the evening has been limited to industry insiders. Teaming with Dick Clark Productions and 'CBS This Morning,' we look forward to giving viewers across the country a front-row seat to the entire night, from red carpet arrivals to honorees' backstage reactions."

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