Hosts with the most: Tiny Fey, left, and Amy Poehler. Photo: NBC/Getty Images
They are the two funniest women on the planet, arguably. That's why the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was willing to pay Tina Fey and Amy Poehler $US4 million each to host the Golden Globes awards ceremony for a second time.
That's happening next Sunday in Los Angeles and being shown here on Foxtel's Fox8 channel on Monday, January 13, at noon.
Nominated: Aaron Paul, left, and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad. Photo: Getty Images/AFP
If you don't subscribe to Foxtel, you'll be able to find the best of the Globes ceremony on YouTube by Monday night. And you should.
As recognitions of talent, the Golden Globes have nowhere near the significance of the Oscars or the Emmys.
The winners are chosen by 90 journalists working for mostly obscure publications in Europe and Asia. But everyone agrees the Globes presentation is the least pompous and most entertaining of all the ceremonies that cram TV schedules at this time of the year.
Favourite: Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife.
As Fey says: "The Golden Globes are a kind of sloppy, loud party … where the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the horrible, disgusting people of television."
Fey and Poehler first met in the mid-1990s when they were perfecting their comedy skills with the Second City improvisational troupe in Chicago.
Both went on to write and perform with Saturday Night Live. Fey created and starred in the sitcom 30 Rock, (which Seven scheduled for the insomniac demographic at 11.30pm).
Kerry Washington in Scandal.
Poehler starred in and co-wrote Parks and Recreation (which appears erratically on Seven, SBS and Foxtel).
You can use YouTube to catch up with their Golden Globes show last year, when they enraged Taylor Swift and insulted film director and producer James Cameron.
Media tend to obsess about the cinema section of the Golden Globes as clues to the Oscars but for Australians, the Globes are more useful as pointers to the best of US television that we could be missing.
These series will be getting the treatment from Fey and Poehler next week:
The latest series of The Good Wife (nominated for best drama; best actress Julianna Margulies; and best supporting actor Josh Charles) should have been shown on Ten in October, but was delayed to this year, so if it wins on Sunday, we won't know why.
The final series of Breaking Bad (nominated for best series, best actor Bryan Cranston, best supporting actor Aaron Paul) is now out on DVD and download and will eventually make its way to SBS or ABC.
Downton Abbey (nominated for best drama) resumes on Seven next month.
House of Cards (nominated for best drama, best actor Kevin Spacey, best actress Robin Wright, and best supporting actor Corey Stoll) is out on DVD and download.
Masters of Sex (nominated for best drama and best actor Michael Sheen) plays here on SBS.
Dancing on the Edge (nominated for best mini-series, best actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and best supporting actress Jacqueline Bisset) was shown on ABC and is out on DVD.
Ray Donovan (nominated for best actor Liev Schreiber and best supporting actor Jon Voight) plays here on Foxtel and is out on DVD and download.
American Horror Story (nominated for best mini-series and best actress Jessica Lange) is a cult success for Ten and out on DVD and download.
The Big Bang Theory (nominated for best comedy and best actor Jim Parsons) is a huge hit for Nine, which shows new episodes within hours of their US broadcast.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (nominated for best comedy and best actor Andy Samberg) has not yet been claimed by any Australian network.
Girls (nominated for best comedy and best actress Lena Dunham) plays on Foxtel and is out on DVD and download.
Modern Family (nominated for best comedy and best actress Sofia Vergara) is a declining success for Ten.
Parks and Recreation (nominated for best comedy, best actress Amy Poehler) is out on DVD.
The Blacklist (nominated for best actor James Spader) is a huge hit for Seven.
Luther (nominated for best actor Idris Elba) shows here on ABC and is out on DVD.
New Girl (nominated for best actress Zooey Deschanel) is shown on Ten, but audiences are declining.
Veep (nominated for best actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus) shows on Foxtel and is out on DVD and download.
The Michael J. Fox Show (nominated for best actor Michael J. Fox) will start on Foxtel's Universal channel later this month.
Arrested Development (nominated for best actor Jason Bateman) plays on Foxtel.
Scandal (nominated for best actress Kerry Washington) is a cult hit for Seven.
Orphan Black (nominated for best actress Tatiana Maslany) starts on SBS later this month - and will be previewed in this column next Sunday.
And the final season of Fey's 30 Rock (not nominated this year but multiple winner in previous years) is out on DVD and download.
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