Oscar Producers Returning For Next Year's Academy Awards Telecast
The debated started long before Seth MacFarlane and Kristen Chenoweth had finished the painful musical number that closed the Oscars telecast: Did producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron deliver a good show? Well, somebody believes that they did, because the Academy just confirmed via press release that the duo will be back in the booth for next year’s Academy Awards.
“Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy's Governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014," said Academy President Hawk Koch. "In order to establish continuity with this year's enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening.”Academy CEO Dawn Hudson went on to praise Zadan and Meron’s “great relationships, a sense of showmanship, and a passion for our Academy,” which she believes will translate into a special telecast.
Or it could lead to the next host singing about actress’s boobs.
I say “next” host because, even though Zadan and Meron went on record to defend MacFarlane, the comedian has said he will not return to the Oscar stage for a repeat performance. We cooked up possible replacements for MacFarlane, so Zadan and Meron’s first order of business should be to secure Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris or Channing Tatum for the hosting gig. And don’t wait until the last minute to nab a host. The Academy is giving the producers a long lead time to build up a good show. Bring a host in on the ground floor and let him or her help you construct a truly memorable program … because I don’t think we’ve seen one in a long time.
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