Wednesday, June 19, 2024

MTV Movie Awards Shut Down by Writers Strike, Switch to Clip Show and Taped Acceptance Speeches


I broke the story last night that Jamie Lee Curtis had joined Drew Barrymore in declining to appear on the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

Later last night the network announced that Sunday’s show would be without an audience or live presenters. The Writers Strike has basically shut the show down. There will be pre-taped acceptance speeches and clips. That’s it. Watch “Succession” instead.

You have to feel bad for everyone involved. But a picket line will probably still go up at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica Airport. No one was going to cross it.

As the strike wears on, other live broadcasts will be affected. The Tony Awards are five weeks away. and it’s not going to an easy task.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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