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Golden Globes: It's official. Actors won't show

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Gg_l NBC is maintaining that the show will go on January 13, but it looks like the Golden Globes will feature few, if any, of the movie and TV stars that make it worth watching. The major public relations firms that promote Hollywood’s elite are releasing the following statement:

“We represent the vast majority of the 2008 Golden Globe nominees and many of the actors who have been invited to appear as presenters on the Jan. 13 broadcast. After much discussion by our clients, we have concluded unanimously that the actors we represent WILL NOT cross the picket line out of respect for the WGA membership. Our clients are extremely grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press and would love the opportunity to be recognized for their work but will only do so in the event that NBC and Dick Clark Productions reach an interim agreement with the WGA for the Golden Globes.”

It is signed by companies 42 West, BWR, IDPR, Imagine Management, Patricola Lust, PMK/HBH, Seltzer and Associations, Stan Rosenfeld PR, Wolf Kasteler, BNC, and True Public Relations.

Given this development, it seems doubtful that NBC will broadcast the Globes, but stranger things have happened: During the 1980 actors’ strike, NBC aired the 32nd annual Emmys with just one winner present: Powers Boothe.

NBC insists it still intends to broadcast the Globes, and that means the WGA still intends to picket. “We have no indication that Golden Globes will not be televised,” said WGA spokesperson Jeffery Hermanson. “We are proceeding with our plans to picket, and we expect a large number of writers and many actors to be on the picket lines outside the Beverly Hilton on January 13.”

All of that, of course, presents the HFPA with a very big problem: How do you produce a show celebrating Hollywood if no stars show up? “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been placed in an extremely difficult position with the ongoing Writers Guild strike,” said HFPA president Jorge Camara in a statement released late Friday afternoon. “We are making every effort to work out a solution that will permit the Golden Globes to take place with the creative community present to participate. We hope to announce a resolution to this unfortunate predicament on Monday.”

Additional reporting by Lynette Rice