While it's a new year, the same old back-and-forth continues. Yesterday, there appeared to be a light at the end of the Golden Globes tunnel, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (or HFPA) sent out a press release claiming to have resumed talks with the WGA in an attempt to get that same sort of interim deal the WGA made with The David Letterman Show and Worldwide Pants, which would allow writers to pen scripts for the Golden Globes ceremony. That deal isn't so much about getting people to write the "witty" banter between stars on stage as it is finding a way to still televise the event and get people to show up.

But HFPA's play-nice propaganda was a bit premature, as the WGA later put out a statement saying they still intend to picket the Globes ceremony as planned: "Dick Clark Productions is a struck company. As previously announced, the Writers Guild will be picketing the Golden Globe Awards. The WGA has great respect and admiration for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but we are engaged in a crucial struggle that will protect our income and intellectual property rights for generations to come. We will continue to do everything in our power to bring industry negotiations to a fair conclusion. In the meantime, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the talent community."

So where is this heading? Well, most likely the ceremony will not be televised (unless a miracle agreement is reached), and HFPA will cross their fingers and hope that the WGA will not picket if the event is not televised, allowing actors and actresses to attend the ceremony, as well as the more important (and expensive) after parties. And you should care ... why?

[via Deadline Hollywood]