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SAG-ging week

The Screen Actors Guild's rank continue to be divided over whether to strike when a vote comes up in January.

SAG is locked in bitter negotiations with the studios, seeking to get better terms than those established in contracts between the studios and the directors', writers' and second actors' union, AFTRA.

Some of Hollywood's biggest names, including the likes of Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Glenn Close and Leonardo DiCaprio, have either signed a formal letter or spoken on the record as to being against a strike, especially during the current worldwide recession.

While SAG president Alan Rosenberg still has some vocal supporters, it's going to be extremely difficult for him to get the required 75 percent vote he needs among SAG's 100,000 members to authorize a strike.

At this point, SAG's leadership might do well to reconsider their position and accept a deal along the same lines as the other guilds.

Meanwhile, SAG could also use some new leadership with regards to how they pick the SAG awards both in films and in TV.

While Heath Ledger of "The Dark Knight" earned a supporting actor nomination, the cast of the movie was left out of the "Best Cast" category despite the movie's overwhelming critical and commercial success.

What does that mean exactly? Well, actors make up the largest voting group for the Oscars, so if "Dark Knight" is snubbed with the SAG awards, it's hard to remain hopeful about the movie's chances in other categories.

Here are the TV nominations:

Male Actor In A TV Movie Or Miniseries

• Ralph Finnes, Bernard And Doris

• Paul Giamatti, John Adams

• Kevin Spacey, Recount

• Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Redemption

• Tom Wilkinson, John Adams

Female Actor In A TV Movie Or Miniseries

• Laura Dern, Recount

• Laura Linney, John Adams

• Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel

• Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin In The Sun

• Susan Sarandon, Bernard and Doris

Male Actor In A Drama Series

• Michael C. Hall, Dexter

• John Hamm, Mad Men

• Hugh Laurie, House

• William Shatner, Boston Legal 

• James Spader, Boston Legal

Female Actor In A Drama Series

• Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

• Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU

• Holly Hunter, Saving Grace

• Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

• Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Male Actor In A Comedy Series

• Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

• Steve Carell, The Office

• David Duchovny, Californication

• Jeremy Piven, Entourage 

• Tony Shalhoub, Monk

Female Actor In A Comedy Series

• Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?

• America Ferrera, Ugly Betty

• Tina Fey, 30 Rock

• Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

• Tracey Ullman, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union

Ensemble in a Drama Series

Boston Legal

Dexter

House

Mad Men

The Closer

Ensemble in a Comedy Series

30 Rock

Desperate Housewives

Entourage

The Office

Weeds

For some inexplicable reason, "Boston Legal" continues to dominate the awards circuit, scoring nominations here for both Shatner and Spader. Meanwhile, Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), who won the Emmy a few months ago, didn't even score a nomination. "Legal" also got a nomination in the Ensemble category, while shows like "Lost," "The Shield," "In Treatment," and "Friday Night Lights" didn't. 

If this is SAG's idea of great voting, no wonder the union is in such trouble.

R.I.P. MAJEL BARRETT RODDENBERRY: The actress and wife of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry was 76 and died from leukemia. Roddenberry had a voice, quite literally, in every incarnation of "Star Trek" including the upcoming JJ Abrams movie, as the voice of various Federation computers. She was also the original series' first officer in the unaired pilot, "The Cage," and later Nurse Chapel on the original series and the movies featuring the original cast. Later, Roddenberry appeared as Counselor Troi's mother on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine."

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: "Numb3rs" (CBS, 10 p.m.) airs its final new episode of 2008, after a new "Ghost Whisperer" at 8 p.m.

"Sanctuary" has a mini-marathon of new episodes tonight on Sci-Fi before a new episode airs at 10 p.m. 

On Saturday, the college football bowl season kicks off with four games: Navy vs. Wake Forest (ESPN, 11 a.m.), Colorado State vs. Fresno State (ESPN, 2:30 p.m.), South Florida vs. Memphis (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.) and BYU vs. Arizona (ESPN 8 p.m.)

A new episode of "Crusoe" (NBC, 8 p.m.) is also supposed to air on Saturday.

On Sunday, "Brotherhood" (Showtime, 8 p.m.) finishes up its run this season. On the networks, "Cold Case" (CBS, 9 p.m.) and "The Unit" (CBS, 10 p.m.) wrap up 2008 with new episodes.

Even though it is a rerun, "Masterpiece" is rerunning the final "Prime Suspect" miniseries (PBS, 9 p.m.), featuring Helen Mirren in her last appearance as Jane Tennison. 

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