UPDATED 10:14 p.m. PT Jan. 24
Awards will be the industry's first red-carpet event in this strike-fractured awards season, and even the prospect of heavy rain hasn't dampened the enthusiasm.
"Considering we don't know what's going on with the Oscars and the fact that there wasn't a red carpet at the Globes, we're pulling out all the stops," "Access Hollywood
" executive producer Rob Silverstein
The entertainment magazines and cable outlets are ready to throw more weight behind their coverage of this year's carpet and ceremony, following the WGA strike-ravaged Golden Globes on Jan. 13 and given the Oscar uncertainty. That means the SAG Awards -- which received a waiver from the WGA -- likely will attract more hoopla than ever in their 14th year.
Among those beefing up their presence on the red carpet or increasing the amount of time they are planning to devote to the SAG Awards are syndicated TV magazines "Access Hollywood
", "Entertainment Tonight
", "Inside Edition
" and "Extra
" and cable channels E! Entertainment and TV Guide.
Said "Inside Edition
" exec producer Charles Lachman: "We're definitely covering the SAG Awards more than usual. We're always interested in the event, but obviously it will have more news value this go-round because of the strike and the possibility that it might be the only big red-carpet event of the awards season. So we're going all out on it."
Both "Access" and "Inside" are increasing their presence on the red carpet with additional camera positions. "Access" also is shooting in high-definition at the SAG ceremony for the first time and is planning "stunts" backstage and on the red carpet that it normally reserves for the bigger awards shows.
Silverstein said that three-quarters of Monday's TV show likely will be devoted to the SAG Awards, depending on other breaking news. "Access" also will be streaming interviews live from the red carpet on its Web site, marking the first time it will have done so at any awards show.
Lachman said "Inside" is "doubling its resources" for its SAG Awards coverage and also will be backstage in a one-on-one room, though he said it's hard to say how much of Monday's show will be devoted to the ceremony at this point.
" also is ramping up its presence. Mary Hart
will be hosting Monday's show for the first time from the Shrine rather than throwing to Jann Carl
from the studio.