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New York (CBS) --Kaley Cuoco, star of The Big Bang Theory on CBS will return to host the People's Choice Awards, live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, at 9pm, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 on CBS & News 19, WLTX.

The People's Choice Awards is the only major awards show where fans determine the categories, nominees and winners across multiple genres of movies, music and television.

Beginning October 23rd, fans will have the opportunity to narrow down a selection of nominees in each of more than 40 categories.

Voting will take place online at www.Peopleschoice.com/nominees until Friday, Nov. 2.

"It's an honor to return as host of the People's Choice Awards and kick off awards season with one of the most fun events of the year," said Kaley Cuoco.

"I am so thrilled that Kaley will be joining us again as host for this year's People's Choice Awards," said executive producer Mark Burnett. "She is such an engaging performer who brings an undeniable energy and passion to our stage. There is no doubt she will be a key part of what makes this year's show a can't-miss event."

Prior to her role as "Penny" on The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco was best known to television audiences for her role as Bridget Hennesy in the series "8 Simple Rules," winner of the 2003 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.