The Razzie Awards, the pre-Oscar ceremony that laughingly honors the worst movies of the year, is set to make its TV debut, AccessHollywood.com has learned exclusively.
The 31st Annual Razzie Awards will take place on February 26, 2011, the night before the 2011 Oscars. However, no word on which network will carry the show yet and on what date it will air.
Razzies founder John Wilson and his business partner, Maureen Murphy, have partnered with producer Eric Ortner to bring the Razzies to TV, as well as expand the ceremony’s brand.
“This year, especially with Sandra Bullock, it got me thinking, this is something the world has to see,” Ortner told AccessHollywood.com.
Sandra’s appearance at the ceremony this year to pick up her Golden Raspberry for “All About Steve” – the day before she won the Best Actress Oscar for “The Blind Side” – earned huge buzz for the annual ceremony and almost a million views on YouTube.
Likewise, Halle Berry made a much-discussed appearance in 2005 to take home her award for “Catwoman.”
“When I looked at the metrics behind the show, their Web traffic is through the roof. It gets more coverage than any awards show in the world next to the Oscars,” Ortner said.
Now, the Razzie team is looking to build on that momentum with a show that will be more star-studded than ever.
“You’re not going to have as hard a time getting contenders to show up,” Wilson told Access of the lure of TV. “We love the thing they’ve been doing in the Oscars for the last couple years, where the co-stars talk to the nominees [on stage as the categories are announced] – if we could do a parody of that, that would be a lovely touch.”
He added that the show will stay true to its traditional format, with a variety show, the awards, a roast segment – and, of course, a sense of humor.
“I don’t consider us a slap in the face, I consider us a banana peel on the floor,” Wilson said. “We’re having fun, we’re not here to take you hostage.”
While it’s only April, Wilson said possible Razzie nominees for the 2011 ceremony are already flooding in.
“‘The Bounty Hunter,’ ‘Clash of the Titans’ — the fake 3-D movie – ‘The Last Song,’ ‘Repo Men,’ ‘Tooth Fairy,’ and the remake of ‘The Wolfman,’” he began, before remembering one more film full of past Razzie superstars.
“‘The Expendables!’” he said of Sylvester Stallone’s new action film. “When you read the list, you just go, ‘He won, he won.’ It’s the ultimate Razzie cast.”