Fulfilling a joke -- seriously -- that they told as hosts during last January's 70th Golden Globes ceremony, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will reprise hosting duties for the 71st and 72nd awards telecasts in 2014 and 2015, NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Tuesday.
That joke? "We have no intention of being edgy or offensive tonight," Poehler promised at the outset of last January's telecast, "because as Ricky [Gervais] learned the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times."
Prophesy fulfilled -- and not even a bit surprising either. Not only were Fey and Poehler critical and audience hits, but they scrubbed away a certain acerbic attitude Gervais brought to the role the prior two years. In plain English, they were nicer and funnier.
Meanwhile, viewership also popped dramatically for the telecast, virtually ensuring a repeat performance. In fact, perhaps the only surprise Tuesday was that NBC and the HFPA didn't book them for life.
"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, NBC chief of alternative and late night, in only a modestly over-hyped statement: After all, did he not see the VMAs?
Nevertheless, these two hosted a show seen by 19.7 million viewers, the highest figure in six years. Were they the only reason for the surge? Maybe not -- but they sure didn't hurt.
The 71st awards telecast airs Jan. 12.
Here's a quick look at last year's open... and Newsday app readers, please view at newsday.com/tvzone: