By Meredith Blake
Los Angeles Times via McClatchy-Tribune
NEW YORK — Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will return to host the Golden Globes for the next two years, NBC announced Tuesday.
“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,” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late-night programming at NBC, which broadcasts the Golden Globes. “We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.”
The duo hosted the show for the first time this year, earning rave reviews (from virtually everyone except Taylor Swift) for their playful performance, which included an ongoing gag about a made-up film called “Dog President.”
The telecast was a ratings success, too, generating 19.7 million viewers—the biggest Golden Globes audience in six years. Their banter was arguably the highlight of last month’s gloomy Emmys telecast.
Both Poehler and Fey have longstanding ties to the peacock network, first as cast members on “Saturday Night Live,” then as stars of the series “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock,” respectively. Fey, who wrapped up her run on “30 Rock” in January, has a development deal with Universal Television, and has already sold a pilot to NBC.
Poehler and Fey will return to the 71st annual Golden Globes on Jan. 12.