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January 14, 2008

Producers announce producer-less awards

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The indie sensibility and cable TV are high on the Producers Guild of America awards list, which came out today while everyone's still not atwitter from last night's Globes.

It may seem odd that the PGA gives shout outs without naming any actual producers. That practice started last year and, until some legal flaps are resolved, the projects will be on the list producer-less. Maybe the hordes of producers lusting for credits should just hop on over to NBC's "American Gladiators" and settle it with spandex and giant Q-tips? Just a thought.

The nominated movies include "Juno," "No Country for Old Men," "Michael Clayton," "There Will Be Blood," and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." And while they're all indie at their core (they have the measly budgets to prove it) they still sprang from the loins of major media conglomerates like News Corp., The Walt Disney Co. and Viacom.

TV picks run the range from "Deadliest Catch" and "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-list" to "High School Musical 2" and "The Colbert Report." There's little love for network.

Check THR for the full rundown and start making your picks (if that's the kind of thing you're into) ahead of the Feb. 2 announcements.

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