Fey and Poehler will be Golden again


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Q: Will Tina Fey and Amy Poehler ever host the Golden Globe Awards again? — Samantha Paul, Glen Burnie, Md.

A: How does next year strike you? Right on the heels of last month’s event — after which Ricky Gervais declared it would be his last time — Poehler appeared at the NBC portion of a gathering of television writers to announce that she and Fey would return to preside over the 2021 edition of the Globes.

It makes good business sense for both Poehler and the network, given how much they’re doing together these days. Her do-it-yourself series “Making It” has been renewed for a third season by NBC, and she’s executive-producing the women’s soccer comedy “Division One” for the forthcoming streaming service Peacock (where her popular sitcom “Parks and Recreation” also will be available in full).


Q: When Jimmy Kimmel did his full-show tribute to Kobe Bryant, had he had guests scheduled who had to be canceled? — Craig Raft, via e-mail

A: He had, namely Oscar-nominated actresses Kathy Bates and Cynthia Erivo and singer Kelsea Ballerini. It came as little surprise that Kimmel used his late-night ABC program the day after the tragic deaths of Bryant and eight others to remember the basketball icon, who had made 15 guest appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The emotional hour — which saw Kimmel declare, “There is no silver lining here, it’s all bad” — offered a bounty of well-chosen clips of Bryant, linked by Kimmel’s often teary recollections of doing those segments.


Q: Where have I seen Arielle Kebbel of “Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt for the Bone Collector” before? — Gary Walker, Bexley, Ohio

A: Oh, only about a zillion places. The actress has been working in film and television for quite some time, often in supporting roles, so it’s been nice that NBC’s “Rhyme” has given her star status. “True Blood,” “Midnight, Texas,” “Ballers,” “UnREAL,” “The League,” “90210,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Grounded for Life” and “Gilmore Girls” are among the many shows that featured Kebbel previously. The movies in which she has appeared include “Fifty Shades Freed,” “Think Like a Man,” “Aquamarine,” “John Tucker Must Die,” “The Grudge 2” and “Be Cool.”


Q: Will “Pearson” be back? — Janet Swan, Buffalo, N.Y.

A: Unfortunately for those who enjoyed the “Suits” spinoff, no. It was one season and done for the USA Network drama that saw Gina Torres (also a producer of the show) reprise her role from the parent series, which relocated Jessica Pearson from New York to Chicago as a fixer for the Windy City’s mayor.

Two other “Pearson” cast members have gone back to work since. Bethany Joy Lenz continued her association with Hallmark Channel by starring in the recent movie “A Valentine’s Match,” and Morgan Spector is featured in HBO’s limited series “The Plot Against America,” which premieres March 16.


Q: I just heard “The Mel Robbins Show” has been canceled. Please tell me “The Kelly Clarkson Show” is safe. — Marcia Edwards, via e-mail

A: Fear not. Clarkson has been one of the big success stories in weekday syndication in recent years, so she’s not going anywhere (one exception being the set of “The Voice,” where she remains a coach) … and she’s not alone. Tamron Hall also has found substantial success with her entry in the Monday-through-Friday sweepstakes, so she’ll be sticking around as well.


Q: Is it true that Milo Ventimiglia is going to play Evel Knievel? — Rob Darrow, Bend, Ore.

A: Yes. He’s set to star in a USA Network limited series about the motorcycle daredevil, on which he’ll also be an executive producer. The drama will focus on Knievel’s legendary Snake River Canyon jump, which drew bountiful attention to him and the risks he took.

Such an effort might get a live TV broadcast today (witness ABC’s recent specials involving the Wallendas), but back in 1974, it was marketed as pay-per-view event that spectators had to buy tickets to watch via a closed-circuit feed to theaters. That degree of pomp is all but certain to be covered by the Ventimiglia project, which the actor obviously will be filming via a hiatus period for NBC’s “This Is Us.”


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Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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