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Thursday, January 10, 2008

And the Golden Globe goes to... no one

Forget the inappropriate Red Carpet interviews, the repeated query of "who are you wearing?" and the awkward cutaways of the losers when the winners are announced. The Golden Globes awards show - scheduled for this Sunday - has been scuttled in favor of a one-hour "press conference" starting at 8 p.m. on NBC that will announce the winners.

The first casualty of the writers strike - thanks to an unscripted show and the lack of actors willing to cross the picket lines - the cancellation of the Globes begs the question of what will happen to the Academy Awards next month if the strike continues. Bigger question yet: what are Ryan Seacrest and Joan Rivers going to do?

Speaking of the writers strike, here's a fascinating collection of essays from various TV and film writers including Bill Lawrence ("Scrubs") and Greg Berlanti ("Brothers and Sisters") called "Why We Write." Aside from a peek into television’s creative minds, it's nice to know they love DVR as much as the rest of us mortal folk. Here's an excerpt of an enjoyable entry from Greg Garcia, the creator of "My Name is Earl:"

"The first few days of the strike were great for catching up on my shows. My TiVo was bubbling over with new episodes of "Dexter," "Family Guy," "Friday Night Lights," "30 Rock," and a whole bunch of other shows I’m not going to admit to watching. One by one they were watched and deleted. And now my TiVo is empty. I fear that as the strike goes on my TiVo may try to eat itself to stay alive. Nothing is more depressing than going through the guide for the next few weeks and seeing shows like "American Gladiators," "Clash of the Choirs," "Duel," and "Celebrity Apprentice." I’m not gonna watch that foolishness."

Amen.

--Malavika Jagannathan, mjaganna@greenbaypressgazette.com

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1 Comments:

I think the real question is, What Would Joan Rivers Do? I have that as a bracelet, to remind myself daily.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 13, 2008 at 11:57 AM  

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