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TV's Awards-Show Gold Rush Spawns a CollegeHumor Parody

Self-Important Ceremonies Are Taking Over TV

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Awards shows have hit peak self-absorption.
Awards shows have hit peak self-absorption. Credit: ABC

Just when we thought there were enough award shows on TV, IFC is joining the gold rush -- but with a twist.

"CollegeHumor Comedy Music Awards" will poke fun at traditional awards shows starting in 2015, with "top musical comedy talent and performances set against the backdrop of a fake, overly self-important awards show," IFC said Thursday ahead of its annual upfront presentation to advertisers.

The cable network is the latest to announce an awards show, even if its is a parody. Both Disney Channel and Nickelodeon have promised new awards shows in their upfront pitches, while CBS and NBC have also picked up awards ceremonies in recent months. Pivot, which targets millennial audiences, said earlier this week that it will start airing the Peabody Awards.

Aside from "Comedy Music Awards," IFC also announced a new comedy series with the working title "American Documentary," from Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers. The half-hour show will curate documentaries and biopics, each about a completely fictitious subject.

Also on tap is "American Storage," a half-hour scripted comedy about a straight-laced employee at a storage facility who befriends a man he discovers living in one of the units.

And the network is developing "Westside" from Joel McHale, which follows a group of suburban schnooks who are forced into a life of crime, and "The Bank," about a dysfunctional family who runs a sperm bank.

IFC renewed "Comedy Bang! Bang!" for an extended fourth season and gave a second-season order to "The Birthday Boys."

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