Now in their third season of serving up laughs as struggling waitresses on CBS's 2 Broke Girls, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs are taking on an exciting new challenge: co-hosts of the People's Choice Awards. I spoke with the stars as they prepped for their big debut.
TV Guide Magazine: The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco hosted this awards show in 2012 and 2013. Did you pick up any pointers from her?
Beth Behrs: We were in the audience for her first time and she did such a good job. She's the nicest person ever and tweeted out her support for us.
TV Guide Magazine: You have your sitcom writers writing your material, correct?
Behrs: Yes, and we're super excited about that. What they have planned is amazing.
Kat Dennings: It'll be interesting and fun for people to see us as ourselves — but a heightened stage version of ourselves.
TV Guide Magazine: Any standard award show material you want to avoid?
Dennings: I don't like when hosts make fun of people. It makes me uncomfortable, so I don't think we'll be doing any of that.
Behrs: I feel like the only person who can really make fun of people and get away with it is Ricky Gervais because he is a genius. We'll probably be making more fun of ourselves.
TV Guide Magazine: Can we expect a splashy Neil Patrick Harris type of song-and-dance number?
Behrs: I'd be game because I love me some song, but Kat, on the other hand, might not be as game.
Dennings: I'm not.
TV Guide Magazine: The People's Choice Awards honor both old and new shows. Are there any new TV shows you like?
Dennings: We both love Mom.
Behrs: That's my favorite for sure. Allison Janney and Anna Faris are our dressing room neighbors, so we get to see them all the time.
TV Guide Magazine: And what long-running shows do you make time to watch?
Behrs: I like Homeland.
TV Guide Magazine: What's coming up on your show in 2014?
Dennings: Max is going to enter uncharted territory with her partner in her tasting class. He's maybe the first guy she's ever liked just as a friend.
TV Guide Magazine: What about seeing your characters getting engaged this season?
Behrs: The girls are still young and focused on their careers. Unless we run for like 10 years, when we're 2 Broke Old Ladies, we'll probably stay single. We're kind of each other's boyfriends on the show, because we're always together.
Dennings: Absolutely! I'm open to anything, but the romance on the show is ultimately Max and Caroline.
TV Guide Magazine: And lastly, what are your hopes for your characters in the new year?
Dennings: I'd love to see Bette Midler play Max's mom. I love her. Max is always talking about how horrible her mom was.
Behrs: And I'd love Goldie Hawn to play Caroline's mom. We keep talking about how she left and never came back when Caroline was really young.
Dennings: Bette and Goldie are both from The First Wives Club.
Behrs: Either one of them — or even Diane Keaton — would fit in quite well on our show!
The People's Choice Awards air Wednesday, Jan. 8, 9/8c, CBS, with scheduled appearances by Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel, Roma Downey, Marg Helgenberger, Josh Holloway, LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell, Michael Weatherly and many more.