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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's EW Q&A: From Golden Globe hosts to Darth Vader's moms

This interview originally appeared in the Dec. 20th issue of Entertainment Weekly.

In the mid-’90s, they found themselves on the same improv comedy team. In the mid-aughts, they became the first female duo to anchor the “Weekend Update” desk on Saturday Night Live. A few years later, they costarred on the big screen in Baby Mama. And today? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are still finding ways to sit or stand next to each other while trading punchlines. In fact, they just tackled the daunting roles of guest editors for a recent issue of EW. The duo’s next reunion will take place on Sunday, when they host the Golden Globes for the second year in a row.

In the meantime, each is thoroughly busy on her own: Poehler stars on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, is writing a memoir, and is exec-producing an upcoming NBC sitcom and Comedy Central’s Broad City, while Fey, creator and star of 30 Rock, will hit theaters next year in Muppets Most Wanted and This Is Where I Leave You, and recently sold sitcoms to Fox and NBC. Since Poehler is based in L.A. and Fey is stationed in New York, EW decided to spare almost every expense and reunite them for a long-distance conversation over three bagels and one muffin, with Poehler, 42, chatting from EW’s West Coast bureau and Fey, 43, joining via Skype from New York. How did their freewheeling conversation come to involve George Clooney in a Ziploc bag, Siamese-twin judges, and a high-flying geisha? Read on.
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Tina Fey comedy gets pilot order from Fox

Fox has given the official greenlight to a still untitled multi-camera comedy from Tina Fey and fellow 30 Rock alums Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock, EW has confirmed.

With the official OK given, Fox also confirmed that longtime How I Met Your Mother director, Pam Fryman, is set to direct the pilot, which is about a women’s college that begins accepting men.

This is the same project that back in August received a series commitment from the network.

Golden Globes: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have communication fails in new promos

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EW coverladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have released two more promos for their Golden Globes hosting stint, and while their first promo showed them demonstrating that they maybe weren’t the best singers, these next two just feature the best friends being best friends. Or maybe lovers? Don’t worry about it!

Elsewhere, the twosome show you just how silly and goofy they can be while posing on top of a piano. A new game they’ll try out at the Globes? One can only hope. Just picture Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Hanks up there with them. The Internet might collapse in on itself.

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Amy Poehler and Tina Fey talk Golden Globes plans and why they wouldn't want to host the Oscars

Now that the Golden Globes nominees have been revealed (Congrats, American Hustle! Wait, where is Mad Men?), we can start to wonder what returning hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are scheming for next month’s ceremony. Here’s what they told EW about the big night: READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm interviews Ellie Kemper, imagines her future 'SNL' debut

When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over Entertainment Weekly for this week’s issue, they made sure to slip in a little self-promotion (what did you expect from those broads?). Aside from the duo’s gig hosting the Golden Globes, Fey’s next big project is a fall sitcom starring Ellie Kemper, written and produced with her 30 Rock collaborator Robert Carlock, so Fey wanted to shine a spotlight on the Office alum. She did it in typically fun fashion, asking Jon Hamm — Kemper’s onetime drama teacher — to interview the actress for the issue.

Yup, you read that right: After graduating college, the Mad Men star returned to his St. Louis prep school to teach drama, and one of his ninth-grade students happened to be the future funnywoman. When she moved to Los Angeles, Kemper cold-called her former teacher, by then already a TV star, and he helped her network and came out to see her one-woman comedy show. Things have clearly worked out for the Missourians — they even starred together in 2011′s Bridesmaids — and their familiar rapport throughout the half-hour conversation was delightful.

You can check out this week’s issue for more of their chat, but this tidbit — in which three-time Saturday Night Live host Hamm jokingly plots out Kemper’s Studio 8H debut — was a highlight.
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler tease their Golden Globes musical opener

Last night’s live-TV version of The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood was a popular hit… but can you imagine just how amazing it would’ve been if Tina Fey had been Sister Maria or Amy Poehler played a hopped-up-on-teen-hormones Liesl?

Hmmm, maybe not.

During the three-hour musical special, the two comediennes appeared in their first TV spot for returning to host this year’s Golden Globes Awards. Let’s just say they still need a little work on the fundamental Do-Ri-Mis.

You can see the off-tune promo here.

This year’s Globes ceremony airs on NBC on Jan. 12. Plenty of time to rehearse, ladies.

'SNL' ratings hold steady with Tina Fey-hosted premiere

Saturday Night Live has gone through a serious shift during its offseason, losing Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis, adding six new castmembers, and putting Cecily Strong in the Weekend Update chair. One thing that didn’t change, however, is the ratings.

The Tina Fey-led premiere averaged a 4.7 rating and a 2.7 among adults 18-49 — equaling the numbers for the Ben Affleck-hosted season finale in May. The rating is a 10th of a point below last year’s season premiere.

SNL returns next week with Miley Cyrus as host and musical guest, while Bruce Willis will host on Oct. 12 with musical guest Katy Perry.

Tina Fey, Miley Cyrus, Bruce Willis to host 'SNL' this fall

So much for those Lindsay Lohan rumors.

No, the star of 2004′s Mean Girls will not return to host Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season premiere. Instead, the venerable sketch show will give viewers the writer of Mean Girls: Tina Fey, erstwhile 30 Rock star, onetime SNL head writer and frequent SNL guest. This will be Fey’s third time hosting since leaving the comedy series in 2006.

Fey will be joined by Arcade Fire when the show premieres on Sept. 28. The Canadian rockers are also third-time guests of Saturday Night Live, performing twice as musical guest and once to help the show’s cast and crew say goodbye to Kristen Wiig.

This afternoon, NBC also announced hosts and musical guests for two more upcoming episodes of SNL. Professional provocateur Miley Cyrus will serve as host and musical guest on Oct. 5, while Bruce Willis will host on Oct. 12 with musical guest Katy Perry.

Both Cyrus and Willis have hosted the show once before — Cyrus in 2011 and Willis in 1989 (three years before Cyrus was born). Perry last appeared on the show as host in 2011.

'30 Rock': Sneak a peek at next week's series finale -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

A Titanic-sized blerg is approaching, and it’s called No More 30 Rock.

Tina Fey’s highly decorated NBC comedy winds to a close on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. with an hour-long series finale. In the farewell, titled “HOGCOCK!/Last Lunch,” Liz (Tina Fey) is trying to adapt to adoption, a contemplative Jack (Alec Baldwin) meets up with ex-flames Elisa (Salma Hayek) and Nancy (Julianne Moore), Jenna (Jane Krakowski) is working on a Bro Body Douche Presents The Man Cave TGS farewell song, Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) is busy being the new president of NBC, which is totally taking away from his paying attention to Tracy (Tracy Morgan), and Ice-T and Nancy Pelosi somehow magically fit into the plot.

Watch a clip from the episode below to see Liz and Jack exchange punchlines in his office for the last time, and then start your crying/dry heaving.

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'30 Rock': How does Liz congratulate Jack on his promotion? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Having eliminated Hank’s granddaughter as his competition (here’s a “There, there.” card, Kaylie), Jack Donaghy is receiving the promotion of his dreams: He’s the new CEO of Kabletown! In the third-to-last-ever episode of 30 Rock, which airs at Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC, Jack (Alec Baldwin) is flooded with congratulatory goodies from all sorts of folks, including Liz (Tina Fey). As you will see in the clip below, her note is beautifully written, in a cool ranch kind of way.

Also in the episode, Jack persuades Liz to come with him to Florida, where they discover a secret about Jack’s deceased mother, Colleen (Elaine Stritch). Meanwhile, inmates Jenna (Jane Krakowski) and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) are running the asylum (TGS). READ FULL STORY

Golden Globe hosts Poehler, Fey talk boobs, cheerleaders, 'Argo' on pre-Awards call

In an indication of just how silly this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards on NBC aim to be, hosts Tina Fey from 30 Rock and Amy Poehler from Parks and Recreation further charmed journalists, including EW, during a Q&A conference call on Wednesday.

Was anything off-limits? Not really. The Saturday Night Live alums joked about everything from boobs falling out of dresses to being on pills during the interview to potentially yelling out “Argo!!!!!” during the telecast.

On a more straight-laced note, Poehler said her parents wouldn’t be able to attend the ceremony, but for good reason. “My parents are going to be in Sweden. My brother’s having a baby,” she told EW during the call. Fey’s family will be home and watching on TV. Both women name-dropped Silver Linings Playbook, filmed in Fey’s hometown of Philadelphia and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, as a Globe-nominated film they love.

Check out EW’s longer chat with Fey and Poehler for more about the boozy ceremony. But to further whet your Globes appetite, here are 10 silly moments from the conference call. Cheers!
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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler promise the 'sloppiest, best ever' Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais won’t be hosting the Golden Globes this year (sensitive celebrities, sigh in relief!), but there’s at least one comedically compelling reason to tune in. Make that two. 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey and Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler are teaming up to emcee the 70th installment of the awards show that celebrates film, television, and, er, alcohol. (The ceremony airs live Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.) You can read EW’s interview with the longtime friends — who co-anchored SNL’s “Weekend Update” and co-starred in Baby Mama and Mean Girls — in this week’s issue, which hits stands on Friday. You can also roll out the red carpet for the duo right now by reading this bonus Q&A. READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Liz starts spreading the news -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Is a marriage proposal not real until Jack Donaghy knows? On the Nov. 29 episode of NBC’s 30 Rock, Liz (Tina Fey) lets her boss in on her big news — and Jack (Alec Baldwin) is positively un-Donaghy-ian in his reaction. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

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