NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES Oct 15 Actresses Tina Fey
and Amy Poehler, the hosts of this year's Golden Globe Awards,
have signed a deal to head the show in 2014 and 2015, organizers
said on Tuesday.
Golden Globe and Emmy winner Fey, 43, and Poehler, 42, will
host the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards from Beverly Hills on
Jan. 12, which will be broadcast live on the Comcast Corp's
NBC network, as well as the show the following year.
Fey and Poehler, who developed a strong comic rapport a
decade ago while on NBC's late-night sketch comedy show
"Saturday Night Live," helped boost the Golden Globes viewership
to its best ratings in six years in January.
The 2013 telecast attracted 19.7 million viewers, a 17
percent increase from the previous year when British comedian
Ricky Gervais hosted the program.
"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," Paul Telegdy, the president of alternative and late
night programming at NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.
Fey and Poehler - who have had their own NBC comedy series,
"30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation," respectively - boosted
viewership 28 percent in the 18-to-49 age demographic most
coveted by advertisers.
The duo won praise from critics for fostering a comedic but
relaxed atmosphere at the awards after three years of Gervais'
acidic humor that some believed was in poor taste and was not
always well received by the celebrity-filled audience.
Fey and Poehler's understated tone also will be mimicked by
the Oscars this year, as organizers brought on comedian and talk
show host Ellen DeGeneres to lead the Academy Awards after
"Family Guy" creator and provocative comedian Seth MacFarlane
drew mixed reviews for his sometimes raunchy act in February.
The Golden Globes, which are given out annually for
achievement in both film and television by the Hollywood Foreign
Press Association, kicks off the Hollywood film awards season.
It does not always tip Oscar winners as the HFPA has fewer than
100 voters while Oscar voters number close to 6,000.
Last year, Iran hostage drama "Argo" won best dramatic film
at the Golden Globes as well as best picture at the Oscars, but
Golden Globe big winner "Les Miserables," which won best
comedy/musical film, was only able to score a single top Oscar
award when Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress.