NBC reschedules next year's awards to avoid going head-to-head with Desperate Housewives

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 05, 2005 07:00 AM

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is bowing to the ratings of the ABC hit Desperate Housewives and moving its 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony to Monday, Jan. 16 – a day later than planned.

HFPA president Philip Berk said the switch was requested by NBC, whose Globes broadcast this year was trounced in the ratings. While Globes voters were toasting Desperate Housewives, which was named best comedy series and delivered a Globe to Teri Hatcher as best comedy series actress, the hit show caused the Globes’ ratings to hit their lowest point since the ceremony began airing on NBC in 1996, Reuters reports.

“Speaking on behalf of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, we are not as heavily invested in ratings as they are,” said Berk, while NBC’s statement said: “We wanted to offer the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s premier event – the Golden Globes – a more elevated platform on Monday night … and give audiences a better opportunity to watch all the night’s glamour without facing Sunday night’s intense competition.”

The ceremony will again take place at the Beverly Hilton – on what will be next year’s Martin Luther King Day. Acknowledging that this is a concern, Berk also said that he discussed the issue with several people – he specifically cited Samuel L. Jackson – and decided that the show could pay respect to the civil rights leader by acknowledging the holiday during the broadcast.

Nominations for the Globes will be announced on Dec. 13.

As for the granddaddy of Hollywood awards, the Oscars, they too will face a delay, as it happens. The 78th Annual Academy Awards are set to take place Sunday, March 5, 2006 – one week later than this year’s ceremony.

The ABC event moved in order to avoid going head-to-head against the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics, which NBC will broadcast from Turin, Italy, on Feb. 26.

Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 31, 2006.