After Globes debacle, Emmy Awards enter spotlight

Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:40am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva and Ray Richmond

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The Golden Globes were supposed to be Matthew Weiner's coming-out party on the big awards stage. After eight years of trying to get "Mad Men" made, his acclaimed AMC show about ad executives in the 1960s won best drama series and best actor for star Jon Hamm.

But Weiner and AMC executives were huddled in a penthouse at the Chateau Marmont hotel that January evening -- and not at the Beverly Hilton -- when the Globes winners were announced.

That's because the traditional Golden Globes ceremony had fallen victim to the Hollywood writers strike. Winners were announced during a brief news conference.

"I would've loved to have made a speech and thanked my wife on international television," Weiner says. "I've been rehearsing that speech since I was a little boy and would've loved to have given it."

Weiner and this year's other Golden Globe winners will get a second chance at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, and despite the fact that the contract of another Hollywood union, the Screen Actors Guild, has expired, there will be no labor-related disruptions to TV's biggest party of the year.

"The opportunity to have our television community get together at the Emmys is destined to resonate with show business," TV academy chairman John Shaffner says. "With all the negativity that's been bandied about, this is an opportunity to give everyone a sense of getting back to business as usual."

But is it really business as usual?

The three-month writers strike clobbered the ailing broadcast TV industry and accelerated the network audience erosion.   Continued...

<p>File photo shows actors John Slattery (L) and Jon Hamm during the 24th Annual Television Critics Association Awards in Beverly Hills July 19, 2008. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas</p>