Striking Writers Say No to Awards Shows
Two more strikes against two power players in showbiz today as fallout from the WGA strike. According to a report on KTLA.com this morning, "The union representing striking Hollywood writers has denied requests to allow their members to write for the Oscars - Hollywood's biggest, most glamorous showcase - and the Golden Globes."
Interim agreements and waivers were dismissed Monday by the WGA. The Hollywood Foreign Press, who put on the annual Globes gala banquet and telecast were decidedly unhappy about the Guild's choice not to bend the parameters of their strike to participate in one of the first ego-stroking ceremonies of the awards season. As an additional thumb to the nose of the organization who puts on the Oscars, "a separate letter Monday [from the WGA] to the academy denied the use of clips from movies and past awards programs that could be shown during the Oscars award show in February."
This comes on the heels of yesterday's annoucement that NBC's Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien will be back on the air with new episodes January 2. Late night television programming has suffered the quickest and most noticeably since the onset of the strike over forty days ago, with only the dozen or so people who even remembered Carson Daly had a show on the air happy to have their host back. The fate of Letterman's Late Night and Comedy Central's sorely missed favorites The Daily Show and Colbert Report are still uncertain.
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