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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host NBC's live broadcast Golden Globe Awards

by jmaloni
Tue, Oct 16th 2012 04:55 pm

Golden Globe winner Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Golden Globe nominee Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") have signed to host NBC's exclusive coverage of the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast live coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, from 8 until 11 p.m. from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The announcement was made Monday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly, dick clark productions and NBC.

"Having both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board to host this year's festivities is a major coup," said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment. "Tina and Amy have a proven chemistry and comedic timing from their many years together on 'SNL' to their successful co-starring roles in 'Baby Mama.' "

"The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action," said Takla-O'Reilly. "The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show's 70th anniversary!"

Last January, the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards delivered NBC's highest 18-49 rating (a 5.0) and biggest overall audience (16.9 million) in the time period, excluding sports, since the prior year's Golden Globes telecast. It was also the highest 18-49 and total-viewer figures for ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in the time period, excluding sports, in more than 10 months, since the prior year's Academy Awards on ABC. The telecast improved on NBC's time-period average during the prior season by 138 percent in 18-49 rating (5.0 vs. 2.1, "live plus same day" non-sports) and 163 percent in total viewers (16.9 million vs. 6.4 million).

Fey is executive producer, head writer and star of NBC's three-time (2007, 2008, 2009) Emmy Award-winning, one-of-a-kind comedy series "30 Rock," a workplace comedy where the workplace exists behind-the-scenes of a live variety show. Her performance as Liz Lemon has earned Fey an Emmy, two Golden Globes, three SAG Awards and a People's Choice Award. In 2009, "30 Rock" was nominated for a record 22 Emmy Awards, the most ever of any comedy series on television in a single season. "30 Rock" premiered on Oct. 4.

Prior to creating "30 Rock," Fey completed nine seasons on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" with roles as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the "Weekend Update" segment. She is an Emmy winner and two-time Writers Guild Award winner for her writing on "Saturday Night Live" and won an Emmy in 2009 for Guest Appearance by an Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sarah Palin on "SNL."

With an impressive body of work that encompasses both film and television, Poehler has emerged as one of Hollywood's most versatile and sought-after talents. She currently produces and stars in the NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation" from executive producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur ("The Office"). Poehler plays Leslie Knope, an optimistic and over-achieving mid-level bureaucrat and deputy director in the parks and recreation department of Pawnee, Ind. The role has earned her three Emmy nominations for acting and one for writing, and a Golden Globe nomination this past year. She also recently announced that she is executive producing a new pilot for Comedy Central called "Broad City."

This past summer she shot roles in three upcoming features, including "You Are Here," "A.C.O.D," and "They Came Together." Previous feature credits include "Baby Mama," "Spring Breakdown," "Blades of Glory" and "Mean Girls." She has also given voice to a number of animated films, including the "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Shrek the Third," "Monsters vs. Aliens," and "Horton Hears a Who!" with Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. She also created, produced and starred in the Nickelodeon series "Mighty B."

Poehler shot to stardom starring for eight seasons on "Saturday Night Live." Renowned as "a brilliantly inventive sketch comedian," (Entertainment Weekly), Poehler boasted an impressive arsenal of outrageous characters and memorable impressions. She received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show. After her buzzed-about portrayal of Sen. Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential election, Poehler completed her eighth and final season and her fifth as the co-anchor of "Weekend Update."

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be seen in more than 192 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. The special will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

For more information, visit http://www.nbc.com/golden-globes/.

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