Wednesday, December 19, 2007

And The Golden Globe Goes To...

...(sounds of crickets chirping)...

One of the latest casualties of the strike is that the WGA hasn't granted exemptions to both the Golden Globes and the Oscars, meaning that no writers will be cleared to work on those show.

In addition, all of the writers, plus most of the actors and directors, have said they will honor the picket lines and not attend the awards shows if the strike is still going on when they are supposed to air. That means there will be no one to present the awards and no one to receive them if the producers decide to go ahead and air them anyway. The Golden Globes, set to air in early January, are the first awards show coming up to be affected by the strike.

Though I always have a lot of fun trying to predict who will win what, I can't say I watched any of these shows with any sort of frequency. And this year's Golden Globes nominations were especially annoying with who got picked and who didn't, both on the movie side and the TV side. (I can't think of a movie more overrated by critics for some time than "No Country For Old Men," but that's a discussion for another time.)

Meanwhile, an interesting twist to the strike that may help bring about some sort of resolution has been the willingness of writers to seek out funding for projects other than the studios. With the availability of hedge funds out there as well as new media platforms like YouTube and Google - which have tons of money - some writers are looking to cut out the studios as middlemen and go directly to the Web with their projects.

It's a bit ironic, since the major sticking point between the studios and WGA are residuals for writers from new media broadcasts of their projects. By not giving any ground on this issue, the studios are running the risk of making themselves obsolete.

You can read more about this new idea for making movies at the L.A. Times Web site here:,1,299083.story?ctrack=3&cset=true.

And, Jimmy Kimmel has announced his late-night talk show on ABC would return to production at the beginning of January, joining both "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night" on NBC.

"SCRUBS" FIX: My brother sent me a link to a very funny Web site, which is good for people wanting their "Scrubs" fix. To learn more about the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital, visit here:

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: First off, my apologies. CBS listed a new episode for "NCIS" last night, but re-ran the season premiere.

So, be forewarned that tonight's episodes of "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 9 p.m.) and "CSI: NY" (CBS, 10 p.m.) are also supposed to be new. We'll see.

The finale of "Journeyman" (NBC, 10 p.m.), a complex and clever series that never found an audience, airs tonight. The producers have promised to wrap up at least most of the questions surrounding Dan Vasser's (Kevin McKidd) time travel. That's something, at least, though I would have liked to have seen more of this show. It follows "Clash of the Choirs" at 8 p.m.

I won't get into "Duel" (ABC, 8 p.m.) too much except to say I was really glad that woman who hates men got booted last night. Her "Oh, I think a woman should win it all, and if it was up to me, it would only be women in those chairs" comments made my sense of schadenfreude work overtime when she proved to be less smart than a lunch lady. Buh-bye.

Finally, the CW is all-new with "Crowned" and "Gossip Girl."


Paul said...

I like this actually. They can just air the awards for the performers, and not even mention any of the writers' awards. It's a dirty trick, but if the writers aren't there to collect their awards, then there's no sense in announcing that they've won them on TV. The TV time slot will shrink considerably, and I bet ratings will be higher than usual.

Unless the host sucks without good writers...

zodin2008 said...

I'm enjoying the final episode of "Journeyman" but I really wish this wasn't the final episode. A shame.

As for the WGA, they can kiss my a--. I am in NO mood for any kind of impassioned defense of the people that have ruined my Television season.

Phillip Ramati said...

The actors and directors wouldn't be at any of the awards show the WGA didn't sanction, so it's going to be a very quiet red carpet if the shows do air.

Journeyman did have a fairly satisfying conclusion, considering the producers had little time to prepare a finale between cancellation and the strike. A shame it never caught an audience.

And yes, Zod, the WGA is striking to specifically ruin your TV season.

Jonathan said...

Knocking the Coen Brothers film, how dare thee. Seriously, I don't know if you disliked it or just didn't like it as much as everyone else; I fall in the latter category. I liked it fine, but I can think of ten better films I've seen in 2007.

Phillip Ramati said...

No, I really, REALLY disliked it. I think the viewers got cheated by the way the script unfolded.

I've never been a fan of the Coen brothers. I was lukewarm at best toward Fargo, hated Big Lebowski, hate pretty much everything else I've seen of theirs.

But the Coens are Scorsese when compared to Paul Thomas Anderson, whom I absolutely despise. "There Will Be Blood" is definitely the one movie I won't be seeing during the holidays.

Jonathan said...

If you've never watched it, you should check out "Blood Simple," the Coen Brothers first film which is very similar in tone and pace to "Country For Old Men," but much better.

I have to admit I do love PT Anderson, but "There Will Be Blood" doesn't really excite me too much. Not a big Daniel Day Lewis fan for one thing.