beth behrs peoples choice awards cbs newscom 325 'People's Choice Awards 2014': '2 Broke Girls' BFFs Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs hostTeamwork on your own show just might land you a hosting slot on an awards show.

That’s a lesson to be learned from this year’s fan-voted People’s Choice Awards, marking its 40th anniversary with its CBS telecast Wednesday, Jan. 8. Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, whose “2 Broke Girls” was named favorite new TV comedy at the 2012 event, serve as hosts at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live; their CBS series is now up for favorite network TV comedy and favorite TV gal pals.

“Do you think they had to nominate us because we’re hosting?” the lively Behrs asks Zap2it. “No, no, I’m kidding. It would be great if our show won, but I know we have tons of stiff competition. I like that ‘gal pals’ is a new category, so I hope we win that one. Or we can just make fun of the fact that we didn’t win anything. Either way, it’s going to be great.”

Filming “2 Broke Girls” allows for retakes, but Behrs doesn’t fear doing two hours of live television. “I come from a theater background, so ‘live’ is definitely the most exciting thing to me. With the holidays and everything, I didn’t have a lot of time to worry … which I guess is good.

“The great news,” Behrs adds, “is that Kat is literally my best friend in real life. I know people will be able to see we’re having fun together … and it’s a fun award show. It’s about the fans, so we’ll just make it as much fun for them as we can.”

And it’ll be mostly Kat and Beth, not their weekly characters Max and Caroline. “We’re much more similar,” Behrs says, “so hopefully, it’ll be nice for people to see us out of character and together. And Michael Patrick King, who is our show’s creator and who we trust fully, is helping to write our material.”

Music acts on the 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards include Brad PaisleyOneRepublic and current Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles. Behrs is particularly excited about the latter: “I saw her do a small show recently, and she blows me away. She went to UCLA, as I did, and she came back and spoke one year. I had her EP (extended play disc) that she used to hand out around campus, so I’ve been a fan for a while.”

Posted by:Jay Bobbin