By Casey Rackham, Hollywood Staff
Because we can never have too many award shows, a night honoring solely comedy is heading back to TV next year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has opted to reboot the American Comedy Awards, which will air in May 2014.
The Comedy Awards, which originally aired from 1987 to 2001, will be executive produced by Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel, and Juliane Hare and honor achievements in film, television, and stand-up comedy. Considering that Mischer is a 15-time Emmy winner and has past experience directing/producing the Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Academy Awards, and the Super Bowl halftime show, it looks like we'll be in for quite the production.
We all love a good laugh and the American Comedy Awards will be full of gut-busting material from the best comedians in our business, said Paul Telegdy (president of alternative and late-night programming at NBC), according to THR. With creative genius Don Mischer at the helm, get ready for a night of great hilarity. No joke.
While we all know that the best part of the show will probably be the live entertainment from the comedians themselves (we're looking at you, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), we thought we'd go ahead and decide who we think will take home the Lucy (the award, which is named after Lucille Ball). Based off of the categories from the 2001 ballot and on the shows/movies that have aired since May 2013 until now, here are a few of our picks for winners:
Funniest Motion Picture This Is the End: While The Heat would definitely be a contender, This Is the End received positive attention. The film is overflowing with comedy stars, and the premise was more than laugh-worthy. However, there's a lot more time before the award show actually airs, and we're fully expecting that another comedy will edge its way into victory.
Funniest Female Performer in a Motion PictureMelissa McCarthy: Because we don't want to leave The Heat hanging, we're thinking McCarthy should probably take home the Lucy for best female performer in a movie. Since making her mark in Bridesmaids (even though she starred in several TV shows before the movie came out), McCarthy has shown us what she's made of, and apparently, it's a big ol' pile of funny bones.