For the second year in a row, the Rose Parade spotlight will be turned on the announcers calling the play-by-play on New Year’s Day.
Last year, it was veteran color commentators Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks turning over their microphones to Leeza Gibbons and Mark Steines to remark on every little detail about the floats, bands, drill teams and equestrian acts.
This year, Gibbons and Steines won’t be giving up their new jobs, but they will have company in the pairing of Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon starring as Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan in the Funny or Die and Amazon Prime production of “The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord and Tish.”
The show starts streaming live to Amazon Prime Video subscribers at 8 a.m. — at the start of the 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda.
“Tish and I wait all year for this and this year it’s going to be the biggest, the best, the most fun parade ever!” said Ferrell as Cord. Added Shannon’s Tish in a video promoting the show, “Pasadena in January! I wouldn’t miss it for the world!”
“Cord and Tish are parade legends, beloved the world over, and it was such a coup for us to steal them away to Amazon Prime Video for their first-ever live-streamed parade,” said Heather Schuster, Amazon Originals’ head of unscripted programming, herself staying in character with the show’s stars. “We’re excited to bring Prime members this unprecedented live event from these ‘veteran parade commentators.’”
The theme of this year’s event is “Making a Difference,” featuring actor Gary Sinise, Lt. Dan of “Forrest Gump” fame, serving as grand marshal.
For their part, Ferrell and Shannon, who last worked together on “Saturday Night Live,” will stay in character throughout the event.
In their respective roles, the two are TV and radio veterans who have been calling the parade together on a local TV channel for the past 25 years. This year, calling the event for Amazon Prime, is their shot at the big time.
There’s been no word from Gibbons and Steines on their new competition, but the Tournament of Roses Association doesn’t seem to mind the extra attention.
“We are honored to work with Amazon Prime Video on this exciting broadcast,” Tournament President Lance Tibbet is quoted in a statement issued by the association.