WGA to picket Golden Globes!

Desperately struggling to maintain some semblance of the usually record ratings (not to mention millions of dollars in lost ad revenue) they garner each year from the Golden Globe telecast, NBC has officially reached rock bottom.

Details are still being worked out, but apparently the network is planning on airing a four-hour evening of Golden Globe “news” and clip segments culminating in a one-hour news conference at 6pm PST to announce the winners.

Duran Duran “Red Carpet Massacre” album cover (Jan. 9, 2008)
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I know…sounds riveting, doesn’t it? The crazy thing is that all this insanity could have been easily avoided had the AMPTP simply returned to the bargaining table and even attempted to negotiate with us in good faith. I mean, come on, NBC, you’d rather cripple one of the highlights of your broadcasting year than even begin to talk to us about new media? Madness…

Anyway, this evening of stellar television will be written and produced by NBC’s news division. Which means they can call the nominated film clips “news” and use whatever they like while having their “news” writers (who are not on strike) draft up some witty banter for the Hollywood Foreign Press’ “news conference” announcing the winners. Aha, what a clever little Peacock you are!

But the bad news (pun intended) for NBC is that many of the planned post-Globe parties that they had been hoping to cover that night have been scrapped. So, that red carpet that NBC was still hoping to roll out to greet the nominees (if they even showed up) as they arrived for the after-parties looks like it might go the way of the rest of the show.

“Red Carpet Massacre” detail (Jan. 9, 2008)
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And the best news of all is that no matter what kind of weak-ass “news” event NBC attempts to cobble together on Sunday night, striking writers will be there in force! Because earlier tonight, the WGA announced that we will, in fact, be picketing outside the Golden Globes from 3-7pm on Sunday evening. Yeah!

And while I don’t predict any of the bloodshed depicted on the otherwise totally unrelated Duran Duran album cover above, I loved the title and couldn’t resist posting these rocking pics. And in case anyone was wondering…I hear from reliable “Duranies” that the new songs aren’t nearly as good as the cover art, but wow, what cover art! Go union!

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2 responses to “WGA to picket Golden Globes!

  1. Thanks for making me go all the way to the last paragraph before explaining why you were using a Duran Duran album cover on your blog post about the Golden Globes. Your arms must be tired, because that is one serious stretch!

    🙂

  2. Ginger

    I’ve only heard some of the songs from this new album, and…well…I guess I’m a tried and true fan of the 80’s music. I give them snaps for trying something new (Justin Timberlake helped out with this album), though. Still a good bass line throughout. But, nothing can match the fabulous sounds of “Planet Earth” or “Is There Something I Should Know”, etc.

    Sigh…

    Ginger “Who Once Thought John Taylor Was All That And A Bag Of Chips And Actually Typed Up Duran Duran Lyrics As Part Of Her Daily Typing Exercises In High School.”

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