That means none of the more than 70 actors nominated for a Golden Globe, according to Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg. If true, it pretty much kills the Jan. 13 telecast on NBC, even though the network has been insisting that the show will go on. "After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters," said Rosenberg in a statement (he's been a staunch supporter of the writers). Perhaps it's time for NBC to throw in the towel on this one. Rosenberg also urged SAG members to appear on Letterman's "Late Show," where writers have returned to work, but not on Leno's "Tonight Show," where they haven't.
Meanwhile, the guild is getting way too many headlines in its escalating battle with Leno over his apparent violation of strike rules by writing his own monologues. I mean, aren't they supposed to be fighting the networks and studios? The potshots being taken at Leno seem to be a turnabout from the guild’s unofficial position that it didn’t want to make a federal case out of the "Tonight Show" host writing his own material. Why the switch? Well, Nikki Finke is reporting that Leno has threatened to declare "financial core" status, meaning that he gives up any political role with the guild, but retains all benefits. "Bad PR from having Leno go Fi-Core clearly is not what the WGA leadership wanted right now as the strike drags on into a third month and solidarity is still holding," she writes.