“The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards Announcement” — doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?
The on-air nomenclature for Sunday’s Globes news conference telecast was just one of several details firmed up on Wednesday by NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., while E! made the decision to bag its usual full-court press of Globes-themed programming for the night in favor of a “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” marathon that will be branded “Stay at Home Sunday.”
“We’re taking the attitude that if the stars are staying home, we’re staying home,” E! boss Ted Harbert said. “These shows are about stars.”
E! will offer bulletins updating viewers on the Globe winners. TV Guide Network said it would proceed with its plan for three hours of Globe-centric specs on Sunday night.
There was continued hubbub in praisery circles about rumors that SAG and the WGA were still urging Globe nominees and winners to refrain from giving any reaction interviews to NBC Universal-owned outlets after the announcement.
SAG reps deferred to the WGA when questioned about the matter; WGA reps could not be reached for comment. PR reps were quick to blast the guild for “going too far,” in the words of one rep, by denying thesps the publicity benefits of a major award win.
Meanwhile, HFPA and security officials for the Beverly Hilton and the Globes met at the hotel Wednesday afternoon to map out their plans for securing the Hilton’s International Ballroom amid fears that WGA demonstrators will try to disrupt the live press conference.
Lou Palumbo, director of Elite Agency, the private firm that handles security for the Globes, said there may be pickets outside the hotel on Wilshire Boulevard, but they won’t be able to make it into the press conference area.
“No one is going to breach the ballroom,” Palumbo said. “It’s going to be sealed the same way it would’ve been for the awards dinner. It will be a one-hour press conference that will go uninterrupted.”
Journos will not be allowed to bring in cell phones or cameras, and they will pass through an airport-style detection device before being allowed into the ballroom.
It’s understood that “Access Hollywood” co-hosts Nancy O’Dell and Billy Bush have been tapped to announce the film and TV winners in 25 categories. “Dateline” exec producer David Corvo will produce the hourlong telecast.
NBC also confirmed it will air a two-hour Globe-themed “Dateline” clip special, hosted by Matt Lauer, from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday leading into the 9 p.m. live announcement. At 10, the Peacock will serve up a repeat of its highly rated reality show “American Gladiators.”
Over at TV Guide, red carpet hosts Lisa Rinna and Joey Fatone have been given the night off. But the channel will run a two-hour “Countdown to the Globes” special Sunday at 7 p.m., hosted by Chris Harrison and Maria Sansone live in-studio.
Show will feature awards pundits and pre-taped packages about the nominees. Harrison and Sansone will be back at 10 p.m. for an hourlong in-studio “Globes Wrap-Up.”
E! will take a financial hit from losing out on one of its biggest award-show nights, but execs said that its sales team is working with advertisers on make-good packages.
As the Globes situation shakes out, attention has turned to how the strike may affect two upcoming events, the Grammy Awards, to be telecast Feb. 10 from the Staples Center on CBS, and the NAACP Image Awards, set to air Feb. 14 on Fox. There was speculation that the WGA would be inclined to give a waiver to the NAACP kudocast to allow it to proceed without pickets. A guild rep said it has not made a decision about either event.
(Stuart Levine and Michael Schneider contributed to this report.)