MATT LAUER HOSTING GLOBES SPECIAL

Published on: January 10, 2008
MATT LAUER HOSTING GLOBES SPECIAL

With the Golden Globes crushed by the writers strike, NBC will fill the award show's time slot with a two-hour Dateline special hosted by Matt Lauer. The special, titled "Going for Gold" will air Sunday from 7 to 9 pm and feature interviews with big name Golden Globe nominees — including Sally Field, William Shatner, Kyra Sedgwick, Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette.

The interviews were conducted by NBC News correspondents Hoda Kotb, Natalie Morales and Tiki Barber; comedian Kathy Griffin also includes commentary. The 2-hour special was originally set to air this Saturday, but the writers strike left airtime to be filled on Sunday, the big night.

"Going for the Gold" will culminate with the announcement of the Golden Globe winners in a subdued press conference at 9 pm. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which stages the Globes, ditched the usual extravagant awards ceremony in order to avoid the display of picketing writers and absent celebrities.

The Screen Actors Guild, which represents over 70 Globe nominees, told members to show solidarity with the striking Writers Guild and not cross picket lines this Sunday.