Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Will Host the Golden Globes for Two More YearsPaul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal
Finally, a trilogy everyone actually wants to see. (If this doesn’t sound like you, please locate the X on your browser and click it. Or just grab a Sharpie and mark a fat X over your screen — that will also work.) Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, humor empresses and superlative Neil Patrick Harris hecklers (“Yo, NPH, take those pants off, America wants to see what you’re workin’ with!”), will return to host the Golden Globe Awards not just next year, but even the year after. The BFFs, who totally need their own celebrity portmanteau (is there one already going around? Is it Tinamy? Fehler? Amina Poehley?), brought 19.7 million viewers to the NBC telecast this past January, a six-year high for the show; there was also a 28 percent increase in the 18-to-49 demo. Meaning that, yes, signing Poehler and Fey for two more years was what they in the biz call “a no-brainer.” (Surprisingly rare, though. Ricky Gervais hosted three straight years starting in 2010, but each uncomfortable performance was followed by waves of “he probably won’t be back”/”I’m not coming back” chatter.) Folks — millions of ’em — will tune in for the next two Januarys with purpose, vigor, and high, boozy expectations.
“Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business, and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season,”
says stunts NBC’s Paul Telegdy. “We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.” And that’s not the only effusive comment about the former SNLers, with Dick Clark Productions CEO Allen Shapiro calling Fehler “one of the most talented and captivating pairings of all time.” This will nix Fey and Poehler from the Academy Awards’ hosting short list for 2015 and possibly open up a lane for Ellen DeGeneres to come back if she kills it at the 2014 Oscars. Presuming Tinamy keeps crushing the Globes and the ratings, though, the Oscars might segue from Ellen to a new host for 2015. Perhaps Jimmy Kimmel, giving ABC an opportunity to play up its late-night hero? (ABC has the Oscar telecast locked down through 2020.) Or just someone hilarious who doesn’t have his or her own Billy Crystal–level star, a Louis C.K. or a Kristen Wiig, to make up for the Seth MacFarlane debacle? When the Oscars are competing against a hosting game this tight …
… anything could, and should, happen.