Chris Harrison, Carrie Ann Inaba
On Sunday's Live at the Golden Globes with Carrie Ann & Chris, starting at 6 ET/3 PT, Carrie Ann Inaba and Chris Harrison will co-host TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage of the awards. The pair spoke with TVGuide.com about what makes the Golden Globes different, who provided their most memorable moments at the Emmys and how they prepare for the big day.
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TVGuide.com: How does it feel getting ready to cover the red carpet now for the second time?
Carrie Ann Inaba: The first time, you're not quite sure what's going on. Chris and I have known each other for a while, but to do it in that set-up was new. Now, it's not new and I think it's going to be a lot more fun.
Chris Harrison: I think with the Emmys, we just wanted to get through that first one without burning the house down. We wanted a clean show and we wanted good interviews. We really weren't trying to make it spectacular and we had to meet our team. As much as Carrie Ann and I are in front of the camera, there's so much that you rely on behind the camera that is every bit, if not more important than we are. Getting the team working is a major, major function. Going into the Globes, I think we have our team in place, our chemistry is in place, so I think we are really set up to have a phenomenal show.
TVGuide.com: What do you think makes the Golden Globes stand out among the many awards shows coming up in the next few months?
Inaba: The Globes are fun.
Harrison: It's a cocktail party. It's like an awards show that gets in the way of a cocktail party. Seriously, it's an open bar and there's champagne on the tables, it kicks off awards season, the fact that TV and movies are together in one room. It's just a very festive atmosphere. It's by far my favorite red carpet to cover because everybody lets their guard down.
TVGuide.com: Did you each have a favorite moment during your Emmys coverage in September?
Harrison: My favorite moment was trying to get [Family Guy creator] Seth MacFarlane, in his Stewie voice, to say, "Back to you, Carrie Ann." He couldn't understand what I was trying to say. It was a disaster, but it was a great moment.
Inaba: I got Marcia Gay Harden's name wrong. It was Glenn Close, Holly Hunter and Marcia Gay Harden and I was horrified because I love them all and I wanted to give them all proper time and make sure I was giving them the right space. They all came up together and by the time I got to Marcia Gay Harden, I was so nervous that I don't know what I said. I wrote to her and said, "I'm so sorry," and she understood.
TVGuide.com: What would you each say is the most surprising aspect of covering the red carpet?
Inaba: I don't think anybody realizes how much work goes into one of these shows. It feels like its just this fun little celebration that happens right before the main show but it's a show unto itself. Chris and I are researching — me more so than Chris because he does the [TV Guide Network's entertainment news program] Hollywood 411, so he's always aware of what's going on in the news. We talk a lot and we go over all the cards. We actually discuss each interview — we've been doing that for the last couple of days now.
Harrison: Luckily, I'm with the most professional woman in the world. We stayed up until midnight the other night, from noon to midnight straight, finishing our cards and that was the second night we had done that. We literally go over any person we might run into and pull up old interviews of people like James Cameron, like, what did he say in this interview? So we come up with stuff that we think we might use.
Inaba: We are also redefining what TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage is all about. We had hosts in the past who had different approaches, so we take a lot of care in how we approach these questions. We don't want to be too tabloid-y, we don't want to be too personal, but we want to ask questions that they'll feel comfortable answering and will also entertain our audience.
TVGuide.com: Can you talk about the 3-D glam cam a little bit? How did that idea come about and how do you think it will add to the telecast?
Harrison: That's her baby [indicates Inaba]. The first-down marker [in football], that yellow line that shows up on the field? The same people have done this technology.
Inaba: So we've gathered some of the previous red carpet looks from some of our favorite celebrities, both women and men, and we'll showcase them so that they'll actually get to stand by their own hologram and look at the way they used to look and talk about it: what they liked about, maybe what they didn't like about it, so it's going to be fun. Also, since Angelina [Jolie] and Brad [Pitt] may not be coming I may want to try to talk to their hologram. [Laughs]
Harrison: When we first heard about this, I was [unsure]. But we've seen this and you cannot tell what's the replay and what's the real person. ... You can literally pan up and down the hologram with the camera. It's crazy technology.
TVGuide.com: Covering the red carpet is obviously very fast-paced. How do you each prepare for the big day?
Harrison: I was an athlete my entire life, so I will approach it like I approach a game. I will cram, do my homework — basically your workout — and then I try to shut it down this weekend. Saturday I'll do a little bit, but Sunday I won't do anything. You just want to get your head clear and you go onto the carpet and trust that you've done your homework and you're ready to go. On Sunday, you want it to be a relaxed moment so when the stars come up, they feel relaxed.
Inaba: I'm going to listen to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" about 100 times and I will be ready.