MONDAY NOON: I’ve just obtained the unofficial NBC schedule for the Golden Globes on January 13th now that the big full frills show has been cancelled because of the Writers Guild picket lines. Instead, NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions are attempting to circumvent the strike by stringing together a series of “awards news” telecasts that allows them to fill up the block of airtime already allotted for the show and sold to advertisers:
“There will be a press conference this afternoon announcing that the Globes Awards ceremony will not go on. Here is the plan:
— At 9 PM there will be a press conference covered by NBC News announcing the Golden Globe winners. (9pm-10pm)
— At 8 PM, we are negotiating with Dick Clark Enterprises for a one-hour retrospective/clip show.
— At 7 PM, we will air a Dateline with clips and interviews with nominees. (Currently scheduled to air for two hours on Saturday night.)
— At 10 PM, we will broadcast an “Access Hollywood” style, Golden Globes party show…visiting the various parties in Hollywood
MONDAY AM: So the Hollywood writers strike can now claim its first awards show casualty. I’m hearing from my sources that NBC will not be broadcasting the big Golden Globes show as planned for January 13th. Nor will even a full frills unbroadcasted dinner party be held, either. Instead, a stripped down news telecast will be aired exclusively by NBC News from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, site of what was supposed to be the big show, where the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce the Golden Globe winners who won’t be present in the room.
Here’s what will happen next: The nominees — actors, directors, writers, producers, etc — will have a Red Carpet event outside the Beverly Hilton. Then they’ll go inside and attend all the various Golden Globes side parties already planned for each film and TV show. The winners will have the choice of swinging by an HFPA table to pick up their awards and then strolling into a press room for photos and interviews. “It’ll now be a news event where the actors can still get all glammed up,” a source told me.
I’ve not yet received any official confirmation of any of this. But insiders tell me that NBC Universal topper Jeff Zucker and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which bestows the Golden Globes made the decision together to scale everything back into a news event.