Golden Globes 2019: Andy Samberg returns to host for reasons beyond just being an NBC favorite
Samberg is co-hosting the Golden Globes this year with Sandra Oh - something NBC Entertainment decided to go with given the shock value in padding the two together
Gone are the days when Andy Samberg was just the funny guy from SNL aka 'Saturday Night Live.' Today he is a producer, an actor of one of TV's most popular comedies ever, a supremely talented musician when it comes to his band, 'The Lonely Island,' and most importantly, one of the most applauded hosts when it comes to coveted award shows.
Back in 2015, Samberg surprised us with his extremely well put together opening skit for the Emmy's opening monologue for one of TV's biggest night. Now, he is to embark on the similar journey of keeping Hollywood's finest entertained alongside Sandra Oh, as the two are about to co-host this years' Golden Globes.
It has been an enormous year for Sandra Oh to begin with. She got her first recognition as lead actress through BBC America's thriller, 'Killing Eve'. And, what's even better is that she also bagged a solid Emmy nomination for playing the titular Eve - a dauntless British agent falling for a sociopath assassin - making her the first Asian woman nominated for the coveted honour.
Now, as she gears up to present the night, it sort of elevates her co-host - Samberg's credibility as a host. Like, here's Sandra Oh - the brilliant performer who's finally being recognized for the powerhouse of talent she is, and next to her is Samberg - who has already hosted the Emmy's and clearly is at par with the legendary actress when it comes to keeping the audience entertained.
I do sound like a biased Andy Samberg fan blabbering about how phenomenal he is, I'll give you that. But there's solid reason and logic to it. For the last five years, Samberg has wowed and amazed us with his power-packed portrayal of the fictional NYPD Detective Jake Peralta on the hit NBC comedy 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine.'
Alongside his acting skills in bringing the immature, sometimes loud character of Jake on screen with all the right kind of nuanced balances about him, Samberg also emerged as a co-producer for the show, indulging in storylines and script decisions next to creator Dan Goor. And, that really shows NBC are huge Andy Samberg fans themselves.
For starters, Samberg has been oriented with them since his initial days on the hit comedy sketch show of the network, 'Saturday Night Live.' His connection with the network goes beyond the eight years he worked with them as part of SNL though.
While 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' initially aired on Fox until the network decided to abruptly cancel it after five successful seasons, a little known fact is that NBC always had ownership rights to the show - which they exhibited in full form when Fox canceled it in early 2018. Within just a day, the comedy was picked up by its very own NBC.
As jubilant as fans were about the idea of seeing yet another season of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' it shouldn't have come as a shock as Samberg himself had elaborated at the time on how going back to NBC felt like going back "home."
“I would’ve been happy almost anywhere because I love this show so much and I wanted to keep doing it, but for me personally having already spent time working at NBC, I really enjoyed that experience,” Samberg shared with Variety at the time, elaborating on how tight his bonds with NBC are. And it's a two-way mutual affair, of course, because NBC has further acknowledged their connection by appointing him host of the network's biggest award ceremony of the year, the Golden Globes.
And for good reason too because much like his quick wit and sporadic quips as 2015 Emmy's host, Samberg has some solid plans about not making his Golden Globe host stint too mainstream and cliche, which includes indulging in political repartee with his co-host, Oh.
“I think people are ready and could use a little smile. Everyone is depressed, and maybe that's as good a reason as any that everyone could use a little time to laugh and celebrate,” Samberg told The Hollywood Reporter. “Not to ignore anything, but we spend so much time every day wallowing in a lot of things that are happening in our world that are really depressing, and with good reason — that stuff needs to be paid attention to — but there's also power to being positive and celebratory in the tougher times as well.”
This is exactly what gives us hope that the 2019 awards season will kick off on a totally unexpected, yet refreshingly unique note. Because next to one of the industry's leading ladies of the year, aka Oh, there will also be the ever so prized favorite boy of NBC, Samberg - the same man who amused us with his 'Game of Thrones' and Bill Cosby references not so long ago, but back at a time where topics like sexual assault and its prevalence in the industry, weren't being directly addressed.
And, if NBC's own words are to be trusted, they decided to slam Samberg and Oh together as co-hosts for the shock value of it. NBC Entertainment co-chairman George Cheeks told the same outlet, "We thought, 'What a coup it'd be to get them.' And then the stars aligned, and we feel like we've won the lottery." So, it wouldn't be too far fetched to imagine a sort of Amy Poehler-Tina Fey-esque hat-trick hosting from Oh and Samberg, especially now that NBC has a new eight-year deal to telecast the Globes.
So, if one finds themselves asking why Andy Samberg is hosting the Golden Globes this year.., sure, calling him NBC's poster child is a valid reason, but what he also happens to be is funny and socially woke without being loud with his jokes, and it's always that essence of subtlety which elevates regular comedy to intelligent comedy. And, we are here for it!