GOODBYE TO GOLD
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler know it’s time to wave their farewells to the Golden Globe awards after several hit years hosting the show
… THIS IS HOLLYWOOD AND IF SOMETHING KINDA WORKS THEN JUST KEEP DOING IT UNTIL EVERYBODY HATES IT.
When hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler step out on the Golden Globes stage on Monday to deliver their opening monologue, it’ll be for the last time.
The duo, who met at an improvisation class in Chicago in 1993 and became famous through Saturday Night Live, took over hosting duties three years ago from the controversial but hilarious Ricky Gervais.
They’ve received almost universal acclaim for their witty and good natured hosting, elevating what’s often a three hour trudge into comedy gold.
Ratings hit a ten-year high in the US in 2014.
Too smart to wear out their welcome, the writing was on the wall during last year’s Globes when Fey joked about why they’d been asked back: “Because this is Hollywood and if something kinda works then just keep doing it until everybody hates it,” she said.
The 30 Rock creator is determined not to let that happen.
“It’s the law of diminishing returns, which is why this is our last time,” she told Today.
This year’s Globes also marks a rebirth, with Kathy Griffin taking over hosting duties from her dear friend the late Joan Rivers on Fashion Police for its red carpet special.
The 54-year-old won’t be taking prisoners. “In her honour, I will not be holding back,” Griffin said recently. “I am giving no passes, I am going to let people have it, I’m gonna bring the hammer down.”
Major TV networks are mostly overlooked for cable and streaming sites, particularly in the comedy categories where perennials like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory have been overtaken by upstarts including Amazon’s Transparent and cable shows Jane The Virgin and Silicon Valley. True Detective, Fargo, and The Affair picked up multiple nods. No surprise 32 nominations were for shows screening here on Foxtel.
Fey and Poehler won’t be short of work in 2015: they’re co-starring in Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore’s new comedy Sisters. Fey is also cowriting and producing Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy
Schmidt, starring Ellie Kemper ( The Office) as a former cult member rebuilding her life. Following the end of Parks and Recreation in February, Poehler is executive producing an untitled new comedy for NBC about an atheist who inherits a church.
Who will dare follow them as Globes hosts next year? “I hope maybe they change their mind,” says Globes executive producer Barry Adelman. “(But) I want this to be a great send off. That’s what I’m concentrating on.”
The Golden Globes, Monday, Noon/7.30pm, FOX8; Fashion Police, Tuesday, 8.30pm, E!
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.