WGA balks at Globes specials

Insiders say Guild okay with news conference

Here’s the latest about the standoff in the war over the Golden Globes: Insiders say the WGA would agree to hold its pickets if the NBC’s Golden Globe Award coverage on Sunday was limited to an hourlong 9 p.m. news special announcing the winners from the Beverly Hilton hotel.

But guild is said to be balking at NBC’s bid to mount clip and retrospective specials from 7-9 p.m. and an “Access Hollywood” party coverage hour at 10 p.m. Insiders said talks among reps for the HFPA, Dick Clark Prods. and the WGA were continuing Monday afternoon.

NBC and HFPA have huddled all day trying to work out a deal to present Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards as an hourlong NBC News special featuring award winners reacting from parties or a press room at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Thesps have said they won’t attend the show if WGA pickets are out in force. Still unclear how enthusiastic top stars and nominees will be for participating in the Globes’ hastily assembled new format.

The HFPA’s hope is to still have a red carpet procession and the traditional Globes parties. Notion is that stars would go down the red carpet and then proceed to the various parties. At a set time an HFPA official would read will off the film and TV winners on the live telecast. Cameras would then cut to star reactions from the various party sites, or winners would have the option of heading to a press room to give reaction statements.

NBC reps declined comment.