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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. • It's a few days before the Golden Globes, and the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom is having a little work done.
Crystal chandeliers are being hung from the ceiling, where they'll illuminate stars including Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Dustin Hoffman and dozens more Sunday night. Workers on cranes are rigging up the 16 cameras that will capture the action inside the ballroom for worldwide TV audiences, and seating charts are being meticulously planned for maximum celebrity interaction.
But by showtime, the ballroom will be beautiful, and veteran live-TV producer Barry Adelman and director Louis Horvitz say they'll be ready for whatever the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards may bring.
"Because of Tina and Amy, we immediately have a fresh start," said Adelman, executive producer of the show.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler both Golden Globe nominees for lead actress in a TV comedy are hosting the show. Producers gave the pair free rein to put their comedy touch on the ceremony.
"They've been here, so they didn't need a lot of guidelines," Adelman said. "The hardest part is to find the time within everything that's going on to allow them to shine, which we have found and they will shine."
"They do television, so their sensibilities are really great for what's going to play well, not only for the room but especially for the viewers at home," Horvitz added, though neither man saw the duo's material until Thursday afternoon.
The hosts said in an interview that they're hoping for some spontaneous moments to riff about onstage.
"That would be really great, so we're trying to plan that," Poehler said.
"We have a lot of spontaneous things planned," Fey added.
Adelman said something unexpected is guaranteed to happen during the three-hour show.
"It's the globes, so something's going to go wrong," he said. "It just means anything can happen and always does."
Golden Globe Awards
The ceremony will be air at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 on NBC/Channel 5). Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host.