TV Junkie: Golden Globes Recap; SAG Awards Next; Last Week of Conan Flavored 'Tonight Show'?
We were initially surprised at how badly we did with our Golden Globe picks compared to the winners in last night's broadcast but when we realized how little we have in common with a film reviewer from Luxembourg we felt a lot better. Yes, a small group (<100) of foreign journalists award Golden Globes for what they consider the "best" in American TV programming and we couldn't second guess them - fail, we only got 4 out of 11 right. It might have helped if we knew which networks might have thrown them soirees in advance but that info wasn't available. Supposedly the fact that they are so malleable is something that makes the Golden Globes "cooler than the Oscars" according to CNN, but we're not buying it.
We're not sure that Ricky Gervais did as great as people said he did - we think he did as he could do under the circumstances but after the NBC bashing, it's unlikely that he will be back at the Globes to give it another try, which is unfortunate as he is a quick wit. What was with the floorplan? Nobody seemed to be able to make it to the stage without difficulty, and it wasn't because of the booze (this time). It just seemed like some of the basics weren't addressed: award announced, person climbs the stage, thank-yous are made (repeat). Still, viewership was up which means that this will probably make it back to the big networks next year, and this is in part due to NBC's active marketing of the show for more than a month - unlike their lack of marketing for the Olympics. Did anyone see a single Olympics ad before/during/after the Globes on NBC? And yet NBC wants to bitch that they will lose over $200 million on the Winter Olympics.
Congratulations to the winners, however, especially Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow from Showtime's "Dexter", Toni Collette from "United States of Tara", Chloe Sevigny from "Big Love", and everybody from HBO's "Grey Gardens", AMC's "Mad Men", and Fox's "Glee".
Tell us your favorite moment(s) from the broadcast of the red carpet and the show itself.
We're looking forward to attending this Saturday's 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - please pray for it to stop raining by then as we don't want to short out our video camera. We're hoping our picks are spot-on this time but please check out the nominees, nominees that are selected and voted upon by their peers, not some select group of wonky foreigners. Look for more coverage from us throughout the week, up to and including the broadcast this Saturday at 8pm on TNT and TBS.
Get ready for Friday night, most likely the last time we'll see a new episode of "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" whose ratings are soaring BTW. And while Jay Leno's staffers insist Jay "is not the bad guy" in this situation, please check out the video clip at Gawker TV in which Jay Leno, on national TV in 2004, explicitly hands over the show to Conan O'Brien. At best, Leno is not a man of his word, no matter how NBC or his handlers try to spin it. Jimmy Kimmel told Leno last week to leave others' shows alone and somehow the guy is incapable of doing it. While the majority of the blame for this situation rests squarely on execs at NBC, it's not as if Leno isn't making a decision here.
The TV Junkie Plan: "24", "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations", Conan (Colin Firth), Fallon (Ashley Judd)