Writers Strike May Soon Deprive TV Reporters Of Winter Press Tour Parties

· NBC drops out of the Television Critics Association winter press tour due to the writers strike, a move that will rob reporters of the chance to witness a retaliatory beatdown of Peacock perfect storm Ben Silverman by the network-running rivals he recently disparaged as "D-girls". [Variety]
· Entourage's Kevin Dillon joins Emma Roberts, Don Cheadle and Lisa Kudrow in hotly anticipated canine-housing drama Hotel for Dogs. [THR]
· Wistfully envisioning a time when writers and studios can once again skip down Hollywood Blvd hand-in-hand, New Line signs Neil LaBute to script a remake of The Woman Next Door once the strike is over. Helen Mirren's husband [Ed. note—HAAACKFORD!] to direct. [Variety]

· The Producers Guild announces the nominees for their TV portion of the 2008 PGA Awards, with HBO and ABC leading the field with four nods each. [THR]
· The Golden Globes will present Steven Spielberg with its Cecil B. DeMille award, a statuette he'll toss on the steadily growing pile of honorary hardware he keeps in his basement—at this point in his life, only the Oscars make the mantle. [Variety]