Monday, April 22, 2024

Golden Globes Show: Terrible Hosts, No Point of View, No Humor All Led to Very Bad Ratings and a Tepid Night


Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh were random choices for hosts of the Golden Globes. The result was equally pedestrian. IN the Beverly Hills Hilton ballroom, black tie dressed guests roamed around looking for food– the dinner is removed before the show starts– while the hosts unfurled a tragically humorless opening bit that made no sense. It was forgettable as it was spoken.

The ratings reflect the basic strangeness of the night. This year 15.71 million people watched the show on average. The first hour boasted 19 million coming off the football game, but by the time the show ended there were just 12 million. That’s a disaster.

It’s not like the movies were ones no one had seen. “A Star is Born” has made $200 million. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has too, and a total of $750 million worldwide. Lady Gaga is a huge draw, and was presented first in the show.

But then the Globes’ antipathy toward “A Star is Born” and Gaga became apparent, and the ratings dropped commensurately. So did the interest in the room. Plus, after all the hoopla about “Black Panther” being nominated, the movie was forgotten on the show. So those fans tuned out, too.

And what was the point of view? The word “Trump” was never mentioned once. Two years ago, the Globes were on fire with political messages. Meryl Streep delivered a fiery speech. ThisĀ  year, no one said a word. The closest we got was Christian Bale comparing Dick Cheney to Satan. NBC clearly asked the HFPA to tone it down this year rather than lose the big football audience that flooded into the first hour. But in the end, those people left anyway.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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