Golden Globes Cancelled; NBC to Air Press Conference

After attempted negotiations between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions and the Writer’s Guild of America have failed, NBC has announced that the telecast of the Golden Globe Awards has been cancelled. The will replace the show with an hour-long Press Conference that will be covered by NBC news beginning at 6:00 pm PST on January 13. This news was initially broken by Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke, but was later confirmed by the HFPA.

“We are all very disappointed that our traditional awards ceremony will not take place this year and that millions of viewers worldwide will be deprived of seeing many of their favorite stars celebrating 2007’s outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television,” HFPA President Jorge Camara said in a statement to the press. “We take some comfort, however, in knowing that this year’s Golden Globe Award recipients will be announced on the date originally scheduled.”

This comes following multiple stories that arose throughout the week, beginning with the decision by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to boycott the awards. Understandably, with no actors and no writers crossing picket lines, there wouldn’t be much of a show left for NBC to air — hence, it was cancelled.

This is quite possibly the most devastating blow delivered by the writers strike, ranking right up there with the stoppage of The Office. For the AMPTP, what progress was made with the return of late nite hosts Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and David Letterman to work has been struck down by the cancellation of the Globes. If people weren’t paying attention before (not sure how that’s possible), they will certainly be paying attention now.