TV Junkie: At The Golden Globes

Another year, another Golden Globes and this time the experience was a bit less satisfying than the 2011 edition. The organizers had the foresight to put up tents this year in anticipation of rain which did fall, if not a deluge, would have caused some serious problems for all the electronic equipment and million dollars dresses. The tents, however, did not prevent me from trodding on several expensive dresses and tearing one of them, but thankfully I escaped before incurring the wrath of its wearer. While I wasn't allowed to cover the red carpet, I somehow managed to walk part of it before going into the lobby along with all those TV and movie stars, and the handful of slavering foreigners who seem to comprise the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Then I was shuttled off into the press area.

Ironically, if you attend the Golden Globes as a member of the press, you essentially miss the Golden Globes. While the Golden Globes broadcast is on TV monitors all over the place, the program is constantly interrupted by announcements by production coordinators and the sound is cut off entirely any time a winner or presenter enters either the video or photography rooms where I was stationed. You end up missing the handful of jokes Ricky Gervais was allowed to tell as well as most of the acceptance speeches, which is probably a blessing.

While it was exciting to be in a spot to be able to say "congratulations" in person to the likes of Madonna, Claire Danes, and Jessica Lange, you are disconnected with the proceedings that transfered to the awards to their hands. After about 90 minutes of this nonsense, and I realize these are First World Problems, it was time to get set up at the NBC after party red carpet.

Last year, the red carpet for the NBC after party was uncovered and freezing, something the network fixed this time around, but last year as we waited for presenters, nominees, and winners to arrive, NBC would trot out people from their various shows so that there was always people to talk to. This year there was no such arrangement and it seemed that only a fraction of the nominees and winners made their way to the host network's party. For a half-hour at a time the red carpet would be completely empty and if anybody from an NBC show came through, perhaps 1 out of 5 would actually stop to talk to anybody, regardless of the outlet. After the first hour of this poorly attended carpet, many of the 50+ journalists and photographers who had been assembled began to pack up and leave. This was a huge missed opportunity for NBC, a network that desperately needs as much press and attention as it can get as it brings up the rear in terms of broadcast network viewership.

Several people from E! walked the carpet, seemingly the only NBC Universal property whose staff came to work that night. Above and below find videos of George Kotsiopoulos, Ross Matthews, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, and Mekenna Melvin stopped to talk for a minute or the night would have been a wash-out for this journalist. After packing up and going into the party tent, I made the pleasant discovery that while NBC had a horrible red carpet, they knew how to run a really great party: the evening was saved.


—-
Our Scorecard: Yesterday I posted my picks for the TV categories of the Golden Globes where I scored 6 out of 11 which is way better than the 2 out of 10 I scored last year. Here's what I missed and what I think the reasons were:

Best actress in a comedy:
While my biggest fear was that Zooey Deschanel was going to get this, it went instead to the movie star who is in a program that isn't even a comedy: Laura Dern. I've praised her performance in this show many times but the best actress in a comedy from this list is Amy Poehler.

Best actor in a comedy:
I really wanted Alec Baldwin to get this and while I very much liked "Episodes" and urged you readers to check it out, the entire series last year was not even 3 hours long with only little bits of Matt LeBlanc in it. Congrats to Matt and Showtime, hopefully this means that more people will check out this great show. This win also emphasizes how important a European connection is to the HFPA.

Best actor in a drama:
Kelsey Grammar won, Bryan Cranston was robbed.

Supporting actress:
I said Jessica Lange was a strong contender for her role in FX's "American Horror Story" but I can't believe that Maggie Smith of "Downton Abbey" didn't get this.

Best actress in a TV movie or mini:
I did say that Kate Winslet was a contender for this category despite the yawnfest that is "Mildred Pierce" but this was still a shock.


—-
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "The Layover," "Chelsea Lately," "Conan" (2nd half), "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"

8:00pm Alcatraz Fox - Series Premiere. Detective Rebecca Madsen and Dr. Diego Soto joins forces with a secret agency charged with catching recently resurfaced Alcatraz inmates; the team retraces the steps of the past to apprehend a sniper who is targeting young victims.

8:00pm Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl NBC - A celebration of the actress and comedian's birthday and career includes musical performances and appearances by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

9:00pm The Layover Travel - London Tony visits with chef friends Marco Pierre White and Fergus Henderson, stops by his favorite dive bar and awakes covered in last night's street food.

9:00pm NCRM Freedom Awards KLCS - The National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award ceremony honors Marva Collins, Cicely Tyson, Danny Glover, Bill Russell, Dr. Bill Frist, Hill Harper, Kirk Whalum, Susan L. Taylor, Alonzo Mourning and Usher Raymond; host Wendy Raquel Robinson.

9:00pm Being Human Syfy - Turn This Mother Out Aidan deals with vampires; Josh prepares to reenter medical school; Sally's powers strengthen.

9:00pm Fashion Police: 2012 Golden Globe Awards E! - Hacking away at the fashion hacks of the 2012 GGs

10:00pm Rock Center With Brian Williams NBC - Super-PACs; social gaming company Zynga's CEO Mark Pincus; manufacturing returning from overseas due to increased costs; "S**t Girls Say."

10:00pm Castle ABC - Dial M for Mayor When a woman is found dead in her car, the investigation leads to New York Mayor Robert Weldon

10:30pm Stir Crazy TCM - (1980) Two losers (Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor) dressed as big birds for a bank's PR stunt go to prison after two other big birds rob it.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Giovanni Ribisi; comic Ali Wong; comic Chris Franjola; comic Kerri Kenney-Silver.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Kate Beckinsale; actor Stephen Merchant; St. Vincent performs.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Simon Baker; actress Elizabeth Banks; Seal performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Lucy Liu; actor Kevin Sorbo.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Liam Neeson; TV host Piers Morgan; Chiddy Bang performs.