With a little help from the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, NBC has figured out how to put a halt to overlong awards shows filled with mind numbing banter and vacant acceptance speeches: Have mind numbingly vacant people read off a list of winners! Joining a growing list of examples of collateral damage from the WGA strike is the 65th Golden Globe Awards which would have been held Sunday January 13, live on television. In its stead, the network plans a special Globe-themed Dateline show hosted by Matt Lauer from 7 to 9PM. It will be followed by a "press conference" in which Access Hollwood finger puppets, Nancy O'Dell and Billy "Captain Nepotism" Bush will read off a list of the "winners".
A nominated actor on the grounds of anonimty said: "The Golden what now? Oh those? Yeah..um there's a party that night, is that what that's for?" The network tried to postpone the awards but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark productions would not budge. An HFPA rep commented "If the studios think I'm giving back my "No Country For Old Men" drink coasters or my "Kite Runner" mouse pad, they're out of their frickin' minds!"
The Golden Globes are the Tito Jackson of awards shows and are worthy of respect only slightly higher than that given to the People's Choice and Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards.