Carrie Ann Inaba, Chris Harrison
TV Guide Network has signed Chris Harrison and Carrie Ann Inaba to anchor its live red carpet coverage, beginning with the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards in September, the network announced Wednesday.
Harrison, host of ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and Inaba, a judge on the ABC's Dancing with the Stars, will also star in other award-show related programming for TV Guide Network.
"Carrie Ann Inaba and Chris Harrison are two of the highest-profile faces on television today, who bring an instant connection with millions of fans at home and familiar, friendly faces to stars walking the Red Carpet," said Ryan O'Hara, president of TV Guide Network and TVGuide.com. "Partnering with talent of their caliber is a huge win for us as we continue TV Guide Network's transformation as a programming destination that celebrates the best and brightest stars in the world of entertainment."
The signing comes a week after TV Guide Network announced its acquisition of exclusive basic cable off-network rights air rights for ABC's Ugly Betty.
"I'm thrilled to join TV Guide Network during such an exciting phase of its evolution," Inaba said in a statement. "I am looking forward to teaming up with Chris Harrison and making the Red Carpet an inviting place to celebrate Hollywood and the stars."
"Red Carpets are some of Hollywood's most celebrated and most-watched events on television, and I'm delighted to be anchoring TV Guide Network's live coverage with Carrie Ann Inaba," Harrison said. "Together, we will make the Red Carpet experience fun and enjoyable for both the stars and the fans at home."