After the critical and ratings success of last year’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony, producers have reportedly asked Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to return for a second consecutive year as hosts of the film awards gala.
Though the comedy duo’s deal was for a one-time hosting gig, NBC and Dick Clark Productions were apparently so thrilled with the success of last year’s ceremony that they’ve approached both Fey and Poehler for a second year. Currently, the network has sent an informal invitation to gauge the funny ladies’ interest. However, Fey and Pohler might not be able to return even if they want to, given their very busy schedules: Fey, in the first season under a four-year deal at Universal TV, has sold two high-profile comedy projects and is expected to pitch more shows, including a project she will write herself. Meanwhile, Poehler is currently both star and a producer on NBC’s Parks And Recreation, in addition to an active movie career. Fortunately, the role of Golden Globe host isn’t as labor-intensive as, say, hosting the Oscars, which requires a massive three month commitment. It helps if both agree to the gig, as the lion’s share of the work could be split between the two. As it stands now, the Globes hosting gig is typically a commitment of only a few weeks, which makes it easier for in-demand talent to serve as emcee.
NBC and Dick Clark Productions are expected to pursue more active conversations with Fey and Poehler in the next month, as the intention is to have the host set by the end of November, just before nominations are announced in early December. This contrasts with last year, where Fey and Poehler were announced as hosts in mid-October. Both the network and the show producers are hoping to duplicate last year’s 19.7 million-viewer haul, which was a 17% ratings increase from the year previous, making it one of the most watched Globes ceremonies ever.