The 2006 awards calendar could be in for a shakeup, with both the Golden Globes and Emmys poised to move from their traditional Sunday night perches.
Competition from ABC’s Sunday smash “Desperate Housewives” has NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. mulling a move to Mondays as early as next year.
In the case of the Emmys, shift would be temporary, the result of a National Football League conflict. The Peacock, which gets the 2006 Emmycast as part of a four-network rotation, can’t accommodate a Sunday broadcast of TV’s top honors because of its just-inked multibillion-dollar deal for the NFL’s Sunday night football package.
As a result, net has proposed moving the Emmys to Monday, Sept. 11, 2006.
But that date has raised eyebrows at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences because it’s the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Some inside the Academy are worried about staging an awards show on a night when other nets may be filled with coverage of anniversary commemorations, according to a person familiar with the talks between NBC and the org.
It’s understood reps for NBC and ATAS are talking about other possible nights, but the choices are limited since the Emmys contractually can’t air once the official TV season gets under way Sept. 18. Kudos usually air the night before the season kicks off.
A compromise date might be Monday, Sept. 4, 2006 — but that would mean making guests schlep to an awards show on Labor Day (not to mention overtime costs for a bevy of support staff). A midweek kudocast on a Wednesday — the Grammys are moving back to that night next year — is another possibility.
In any event, those familiar with the situation said NBC believes that under the four-net contract signed by ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox back in 2003, the Peacock ultimately has the right to move the Emmys off of Sunday, even if the TV Academy is opposed. It seems likely NBC will try to find a compromise date acceptable to all parties.
An ATAS rep declined to discuss specifics but did confirm there’s a conflict with NBC airing the awards in the usual Sunday night slot. “The Academy has talked to NBC and together they are evaluating the situation,” she said.
Kudos shift back to Fox in 2007, with NBC not slated to air them again until 2010, the final year of the TV Academy’s eight-year deal with the Big Four. Since NBC’s deal with the NFL runs through 2012, Peacock will face the same kudos conflict in five years.
As for the Golden Globes, Peacock and the HFPA apparently share the desire to shift the awards from Sunday to Monday nights.
Kudocast took a 40% tumble in the ratings this year when it went up against the Alphabet’s “Desperate Housewives” juggernaut, ending up with its worst numbers since moving to NBC in 1996. While not an issue this winter, the Globes have frequently had to compete with football playoffs on either CBS or Fox, another reason Monday is much more attractive.
But while both parties want to move to a Monday, there are a number of potential stumbling blocks.
For one thing, Monday, Jan. 16, is Martin Luther King Day — and some groups might object to an awards show being held on a national holiday.
From a financial standpoint, there’s also the issue of forcing hundreds, if not thousands, of support staff — caterers, limo drivers, publicists, etc. — to work on a holiday. Many of those people would have to be paid overtime, adding to the overall cost of the event.
Logistically, it’s not clear if the Beverly Hilton, site of the Globes, would be able to accommodate a shift to Monday so quickly. Even parking could be an issue, since the adjacent Robinsons-May lot might be filled with the cars of holidayshoppers.
Traffic is also a concern, though since it’s a holiday, the flow of cars through BevHills might be lighter. Of course, the cost of paying cops and security guards would be higher.
NBC, the HFPA and the hotel are all said to be talking, but there’s no word on when a final decision might be made about the shift, first reported in USA Today.
A Peacock rep could not be reached for comment regarding either the Emmys or the Globes.