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Tonys to stay on CBS

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CBS just closed a new, three-year deal to keep the Tony Awards on the network through 2013.  The awards show, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been on CBS since 1978.

The 65th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live in a three-hour ceremony in June 2011 on CBS. “For more than three decades, the Tony Awards has been an annual CBS showcase and a big part of our ongoing commitment to support the performing arts on television,” said Jack Sussman, CBS’ Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, and Live Events, in a statement. “We look forward to continuing this great partnership and bringing the best of Broadway to our viewers for many years to come.”

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards just received two 2010 Primetime Emmys in the Outstanding Special Class Programs and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special categories.