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Faced with many challenges for finding a free weekend night next winter, the Writers Guild has settled on a date for their awards show. Why, it’s Saturday February 1st, which is also the night before the Super Bowl in New York City. Maybe the WGA needs a marketing consultant. But really, even some of the nominees may choose to be in New York at Super Bowl parties, and not at the Edison Ballroom (yikes).

Super Bowl in New York is like Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve and the end of the world all rolled into one. There will so much hype and wildness I doubt very much anyone except the mothers of the nominees will be invested in the Writers Guild East ceremony–especially since the Guild doesn’t even have a closed circuit camera set up so the two coasts can participate simultaneously. (I do think that’s been possible since the late 1950s.)

Anyway, what can they do? Saturdays January 18th and 25th are taken up with the SAGs and the DGA, respectively. I would have gone with Sunday January 26th, the night of the Grammy Awards. But no one asked me.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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