The Show WILL Go On!

Even though SAG has pledged that not a single nominated actor will attend, NBC plans to hold the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to their contract to present a broadcast of the Golden Globes.

According to Meg James at The Envelope, one option being considered is to push the broadcast back a few weeks… perhaps in hopes that the WGA contract dispute will be resolved in time.

Fat chance.

My hunch is that NBC is bluffing, as its advertising sponsors will be getting more and more pissed at a mounting number of lost presale opportunities and dropping network ratings. That or they really think audiences will tune in to what will likely amount to a clip show… even though I’ve heard the WGA and SAG may be making it hard to gain permission for clips as well.

This major blow to the studios almost makes up for the WGAs major blunder of signing interim agreements with Letterman and boiling drama with Jay Leno.

9 Replies to “The Show WILL Go On!”

  1. Sure is getting interesting…

    I think the late-night thing was a huge mistake. I cringed every time NBC ran a promo claiming that Jay was “running back” to work. For their part, the studios have done a great job with spin in how they are promoting the return of their shows. By now, the casual viewer is probably under the impression that the strike is over. Yay, TV.

    I still believe that the union giving concessions to some shows but not others only serves to weaken the WGA’s overall bargaining power.

    Weak sauce.

  2. You may not like the globes, but judging from the ratings over the past few years, the other 99 percent of the population certainly does. Denying them the show, basically, will not sit so well with that audience and their opinion of the who is to blame. By the way, Conan is funnier than ever, and even Leno is fresher than Letterman has been in the past 15 years.

  3. “P,”

    According to the U.S. Census, there are approximately 303,173,000 people in the United States.

    According to Neilsen’s “Top TV Ratings,” the most-watched broadcast show for the week of 24 December 2007 was NBC’s Sunday Night Football–at some 15 million viewers. (It was considerably less for cable TV and syndicated shows, except for ESPN NFL Regular Season.)

    Hope you’re not manning the cash register anywhere I shop. . .

  4. P: The audience doesn’t really care much about the WGA strike in any way that could actually shape the direction of the negotiations.
    However, I agree that Conan is funnier than ever.

  5. I was almost waiting for someone here to take those numbers at face value, and not read into what was being said, which was that the audience for the Globes keeps growing over the years, as worthless as a show and the HFPA is. But no matter, as people love seeing their stars. And denying them that opportunity will hurt the WGA, at last in the general public’s eyes (certainly not the actual negotiations), whose “support” they have on their side, at least thus far.

  6. I dunno, P. After further thought, this may only help the WGA’s image.
    SAG is acting in solidarity with the WGA. The actors aren’t going as a sign of support for the writers.
    I think this is a simple enough concept for viewers to understand.
    In short, people who could be receiving an award are saying no. These are the stars the viewers love. If viewers take the SAG boycott as a selfless act, they’ll be more on the writers side than ever.

  7. P,

    I could understand if you blurted out the 99% crap while speaking, but to take the time to type such an outrageous figure while attempting to seriously argue a point is no device of debate.

    To imply your were being ironic further undermines your argument.

    In any case, I understood what you meant to state, but I am on neither side, seeing how 99% of broadcast and cable teevee is crap. Now it is regurgitated crap. Screw the studios and the “writers.” Both sides want nothing more than more money.

  8. “… WGAs major blunder of signing interim agreements with Letterman…”

    Actually, the WGA’s move to sign interim agreements, aka divide and conquer the Producers, is working quite well. An on-air Letterman advocating for the WGA every night is the best PR they could get.

    And you can tell it is working because the WGA has just signed a similar interim agreement with United Artist/MGM (i.e. Tom Cruise’s studio). The Studio Bosses are PISSED OFF at MGM’s Sloane for brokering the deal because it is a very significant break in the Producer’s front. A very positive sign indeed.

  9. Trix, the discontent the Letterman deal is brewing is exactly what the Producers want. It breeds further resentment from other production companies who the WGA won’t selectively bargain with. Worst yet, even of Letterman is vocalizing his pro-WGA support on air, audience opinion matters zero in the matter. Whats really happening is that CBS now has fewer pissed of advertisers.

    On the other hand, the UA deal is indeed a step in the right direction… but only if all of MGM or another mini-major studio follows suit. UA under Tom Cruise hasn’t exactly been a success story, so I don’t think the move has much weight beyond Tom gaining some fans within the ranks of the higher paid, hand picked WGA scribes he hires.

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