There's good news and bad news about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The bad news is that, contrary to popular rumor-peddlers, the pair are not going to host the Oscars in 2015. The good news is that's because they're going to reunite to host the Golden Globes for the next two years. Good ratings have that effect on overstuffed TV awards ceremonies. After Fey and Poehler drew the highest ratings in six years as co-hosts for the broadcast last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions decided to sign them up for a couple more appearances, The Hollywood Reporter said. The show garnered 19.7 million viewers, which is an awful lot for an Oscars dress rehearsal. "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," NBC president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy told THR.
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Tampa 'Voice' contestant ousted
Well, that was quick. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader Donna Allen's time on The Voice came to an end last night, when she was beat in the battle rounds by Jamaican powerhouse Tessanne Chin. The two singers from Adam Levine's team performed Emeli Sande's Next To Me, and boy, it was a brutal match-up from the start. Both singers are better than most of the other competitors, so pairing them up and having to eliminate one was always going to be a tough choice. (Levine even told them he thought both could go on to win the competition.) But in the end, Adam chose Tessanne as the winner, and really, who can blame him? It was surprising that none of the other coaches chose to steal the powerful, raspy-voiced Allen, who delivered a really strong performance last night. During the battle rounds, coaches are allowed a few steals to nab singers from other teams that lose the battle. Watch the performance at tampabay.com/blogs/media. - Michelle Stark, Times staff writer
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Hopkins loved 'Breaking Bad'
The big viral word around Hollywood this week is that Anthony Hopkins is apparently a huge Breaking Bad fan. He binge-watched every episode in a couple of weeks and just had to tell star Bryan Cranston about it. Uproxx.com says both actors Steven Michael Quezada (Gomez) and Charles Baker (Skinny Pete) posted the supposed letter on their Facebook pages, reveling in the adulation of one of the greatest actors of all time telling another one of the greatest actors of all time how Breaking Bad was one of the best TV shows of all time. "From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy," Hopkins allegedly wrote. "If you ever get a chance to - would you pass on my admiration to everyone. ... Everyone gave master classes of performance. ... Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence." Read the full letter at tampabay.com/blogs/juice, but we have to add there's some doubt about its veracity. Both Facebook links have been removed since being posted Sunday.