Globes Canceled Due to Strike?
Sources are telling Nikke Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards are being called off after threats of a boycott from the Screen Actors Guild and a picket from the Writers Guild of America, the blog reports.
The awards, which would have been broadcast on NBC, were being produced by Dick Clark Productions. Talks of not televising the event in order to evade the picket line were considered, but sources said even those plans have been scrapped, the blog said.
With no show, the HFPA would simply announce the winners.
An official announcement of the status of the awards show is expected today from the HFPA.
Stars Coming Out for Critics Choice Awards
There will be no picket line at the 13th annual Critics Choice Awards, being broadcast live tonight on VH1, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports.
The event is non-union, allowing for the reprieve of picketing, but VH1’s parent companies Paramount and Viacom are struck companies, the blog says.
Maher Returns, Sans Writers
Bill Maher will be back on the air Friday with HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” without his writers, the Hollywood Reporter says.
Mr. Maher will not be performing his standard opening monologue or his closing segment, “New Rules,” the newspaper says. He also will not be scripting any of his material.
Instead, he will talk with audience members at the beginning of the show and carry on extended round-table discussions with guests, the newspaper says.
Directors, Producers Take Further Steps Toward Negotiations
Directors Guild of America heads Jay Roth and Gil Cates met informally with Disney’s Robert Iger and Fox’s Peter Chernin to lay the groundwork for the DGA’s upcoming contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, Daily Variety reports.
The DGA’s contract talks could adversely affect the Writers Guild of America’s talks with the AMPTP. The WGA had asked the DGA to postpone talks until the writers were back at the negotiating table with producers, the newspaper reports.
Guild May Get Tough on Leno
The Writers Guild of America is considering punishment against Jay Leno after Mr. Leno performed a self-penned monologue on “The Tonight Show,” the Hollywood Reporter says.
The WGA wouldn’t comment on any investigations of Mr. Leno. The WGA believes Mr. Leno, a WGA member, is violating strike rules by writing his own material, while NBC believes that’s not the case.
‘Dexter’ Cuts Into CBS Sundays
Showtime’s “Dexter” will make its broadcast debut on CBS starting Feb. 17, Broadcasting & Cable reports.
CBS and Showtime are sister networks. CBS will show the first season of “Dexter,” heavily edited, on consecutive Sundays, the newspaper says.