Monday, January 07, 2008

It stings doesn't it...

Oh that's right Hollywood. Feel the burn. Because your precious Golden Globe Awards show has been CANCELED!!!

After negotiations between the HFPA and the WGA to find a common ground for the awards ceremony that would permit writers to work on the show fell through last week it became clear that there were serious problems afoot. But then when SAG president Alan Rosenberg urged union actors across LALAland to boycott the ceremony, and show their solidarity by not crossing picket lines we went into crisis mode.

And now as reported here it looks like NBC have crumbled under the weighty proposal of a starless telecast. And what pray tell do they have planned in place of the GG awards? What will be put up against FOX's premiere of The Sarah Connor Chronicles? Why a series of super exciting News Telecasts that will reveal the GG winners!!! Wow, the glamor is almost too much to take...

Here's the schedule:
-- At 7 PM, we will air a Dateline with clips and interviews with nominees. (Currently scheduled to air for two hours on Saturday night.)
-- At 8 PM, we are negotiating with Dick Clark Enterprises for a one-hour retrospective/clip show.
-- At 9 PM there will be a press conference covered by NBC News announcing the Golden Globe winners. (9pm-10pm)
-- At 10 PM, we will broadcast an "Access Hollywood" style, Golden Globes party show...visiting the various parties in Hollywood

Wow. When you talk about Hollywood magic I definitely think Brian Williams announcing the Golden Globe winner for best make up in a Lifetime movie...

I hope this makes the AMPTP wake up some, I mean Jesus Murphy, is this what I can expect from my Oscars too???

All this hot on the heels of official word that Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner's United Artists production company has struck a deal with the WGA along a similar lines to Letterman's Wold Wide Pants to become the second production company able to get back to work. And while it may effectively be only a temporary agreement before a larger reaching one is hammered out, it does absolutely nothing to strengthen the studios position.

This news just makes me more and more unhappy with the AMPTP. They need to get back to the table and cut a friggin' deal asap. If this strike bleeds into a SAG strike this summer we probably won't even remember what real television looks like by the time we get anything back.

Watch Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles premiere on 01/13.

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