After trying for weeks to salvage the high-luster Golden Globe Awards ceremony, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is set to announce today that it will forgo the annually televised black-tie event scheduled for Sunday in favor of a scaled-down press conference broadcast on NBC.
The compromise would allow the winners to receive their awards but would cut out the lavish dinner and ceremony, an event the Writers Guild of America had vowed to picket.
The extended press conference would be covered by NBC News, which, though part of NBC Universal, is not a division affected by the ongoing writers strike.
The 9 p.m. press conference would be preceded by a “Dateline” special on the nominees and a clip show and would be followed by an hour-long “Access Hollywood-style” program covering the Golden Globes parties around town, according to what NBC has told the studios.
According to an email sent to the movie studios by NBC on Monday, the Golden Globes broadcast would proceed as follows:
At 7pm NBC will air Dateline with clips and interviews with nominees. (Currently scheduled to air for two hours on Saturday night.)
At 8pm, NBC is in talks with d**k Clark Enterprises for a one-hour retrospective/clip show.
At 9pm there will be a press conference covered by NBC News announcing the Golden Globe winners. (9pm-10pm)
At 10pm NBC will broadcast an “Access Hollywood” style, Golden Globes party show… visiting the various parties in Hollywood.
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