Is the Writers' Strike Pretty Much Over?
The head of the Oscars wusses out.
Despite any excitement over a possible end to the writers' strike soon, Writers Guild and AMPTP insiders say "there's still a possibility this thing could get fucked."
Mad Men and Ant-Man, returning to the screen sooner than expected!
The WGA continues to play awards-show hardball, being coy today over whether it will grant a waiver for next month's Oscar ceremony.
So get your party hats out of storage, but don't put them on yet, is basically what we're saying.
"What?" you might ask. "I thought the Grammys were a three-hour unscripted mess!"
Plus: The Golden Globes go Bushless!
A list of nominees on the WGA's Website might give away the winners.
Can Letterman make up his long-standing ratings deficit when he can offer monologues and Top Ten lists while his competitor, presumably, can only offer an hour of Jaywalking?
Last night in Los Angeles, the Writers Guild denied a waiver that would have allowed the Golden Globes to use writers for its live NBC telecast, and turned down a request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to show clips from movies and previous awards shows during its Oscar broadcast in February.
Why doesn't everyone do this?
Plus: Guess who died!
Maybe! But we doubt it.
SNL's crew gets laid off, etc.
Not every TV scribe is cut out for the op-ed page. After the jump, we grade some of the good ones, the not-so-good ones, and the one by Jay Leno.
It turns out that in the clash between the Writers Guild and the major studios, the villains may actually be Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and every other enormous star capable of commanding revenue-draining participation deals.