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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Oh, Goody

posted by on December 18 at 10:25 AM

No jokes, no patter, no… clips from movies? Damn, the Oscars are going to be a four-hour train wreck this year.

Dick Clark Productions and the Foreign Press Assocation had sought a waiver from the guild’s strike rules to allow writers to work on the awards show, to be aired on NBC Jan. 13.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had asked the guild for permission to use clips from movies and past awards programs that could be shown during the awards shows on ABC in February.

However, Patric M. Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America, West, rejected the requests in letters to both groups Monday night, citing the union’s ongoing battle with studios to negotiate a new contract to replace one that expired Oct. 31.

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Isn't Jon Stewart the host again this year? I'd say that 4 hours of Jon Stewart ad-libbing in favor of the writers strike is going to be a nightmare for the studios.

Posted by el ganador | December 18, 2007 10:30 AM

Good. You don't win a strike by giving waivers. And I hope they throw rocks at Jay Leno when he starts doing his show again, without writers.

Posted by Fnarf | December 18, 2007 10:38 AM

in a trainwreck way, I'm curious to see what Leno will pull off. he used to be a comedian himself, and i remember he wrote material himself that was funnier than his writers, as far as i recall.

maybe he'll go all bob saget on everybody.

possibly, he'll just make a lot of writers' strike jokes he wrote, then have a boring show as usual.

more likely, the latter but using scabs as writers.

Posted by mackro mackro | December 18, 2007 10:52 AM

You mean there'll be no god-awful pre-award patter recited in a near-monotone by glassy-eyed actors on their fifth glass on Cristal? Oh yeah. That's gonna suck. That's always been the highlight of the Oscars for me: people reading off of a teleprompter.

Posted by Jay | December 18, 2007 11:10 AM

if leno's "banter" with guests is indicative of his wit (as opposed to his writer's), nothing save a train wreck is possible.

Posted by infrequent | December 18, 2007 11:25 AM

is anyone else really enjoying the writer's strike?

Posted by max solomon | December 18, 2007 11:30 AM

The Oscars are still 10 weeks away. Strike may be over by then.

Posted by DOUG. | December 18, 2007 11:45 AM

These award shows, like the electoral college, should be abandoned. A more pointless exercise I have never witnessed.

Posted by Hernandez | December 18, 2007 11:48 AM

@6: I don't even *notice* the strike. There was nothing on I wanted to see that was new. I usually watch re-runs anyway, when I watch TV at all. :P

Posted by Toby | December 18, 2007 11:51 AM

why should this award show season be any different from the past? Four hours of tedium occasionally interrupted by brief moments of entertainment.

which also describes my sex life...

ba dump bump!

Posted by michael strangeways | December 18, 2007 12:09 PM

Leno's situation is going to be even more precarious when he discovers a lot of A-List Hollywood celebs (who are members of SAG) will refuse to cross a picket line to appear on his show.

Get ready for Z-List, "Who The Fuck Are They?" week!

Posted by COMTE | December 18, 2007 12:14 PM

i hope the writer's strike continues. i love the idea of people slowly turning away from their tv s because it's nothing but lame reality shows and re-runs, and starting to pay attention to the things which really matter, like their lives, their children's lives, and the state of the world. it's great timing.

Posted by ellarosa | December 18, 2007 12:16 PM

Wait--where's the logic in that assumption? If we eliminate the banter, the jokes, the clips, etc--wouldn't the Oscars be mercifully SHORTER than a FOUR-HOUR trainwreck, and might just be a 2 hour series of silly, extemporaneous thank-you speeches?

Posted by andy niable | December 18, 2007 12:18 PM

I'm enjoying the strike also. There's too much to say about that bullshit industry, it's nice to see it's foundation get a little wobbly now and again.

Posted by Dougsf | December 18, 2007 12:29 PM

Fuck 'em. Pay the writers or go fuck yourselves, I say. Have fun turning your networks into clones of the Game Show Channel.

Posted by K | December 18, 2007 1:02 PM

Can't we just outsource late night comedy shows to Britain - they're way funnier than what we get here anyway ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 18, 2007 1:49 PM
Damn, the Oscars are going to be a four-hour train wreck this year.

As opposed to what?

Posted by lostboy | December 18, 2007 3:48 PM

I'll posit that the Oscars will be a one hour trainwreck this year. Without the pointless scripted bits and clip montages, there's no reason to have it run any longer than that.

Besides, most of those actors won't cross the picket lines anyway, thus no acceptance speeches.

Posted by keshmeshi | December 18, 2007 4:14 PM

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