Well, everything is getting lined up early for the Oscars, and I don’t just mean the potential award winners–the producers of the next Academy Awards telecast, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, have announced that Seth MacFarlane will host the ceremony. MacFarlane is the creator of animated TV shows like “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” but he earned his movie cred this year with the wildly successful “Ted.” He’s also a singer and recently hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” that was considered good by current SNL standards.
In an interview after the announcement, MacFarlane talked about how he would approach the job:
“I think it’s important to adapt to the production at hand. I wouldn’t do the show the same way I would do a roast and vice versa. The trick is really going to be to make it as funny as I can and true to what I do but at the same time respectfully adapting the tone for this event which is a very different event than I have been a part of in the past. What that tone is has yet to be determined but it is something I am going to keep a watchful eye on.”
So will Zadan and Meron replace some of the writers who have made the Oscars so painfully unfunny and boring in recent years?
“You said it, we didn’t,” Zadan says. “We are talking about writers that we admire or are excited about, that we want to work with. There are writers that Seth works with that he’s excited about. When we put the writers list together I am sure it will be a conglomeration of people we all want but it is hard to say since Seth has had the job for exactly one day. That process will hopefully start next week. We’ll certainly look at all options.”
I hate to be mean, but anyone who had anything to do with the show over the last few years should not be an option. Sorry.
You can read the rest of the interview here. The Academy Awards will be seen on ABC on February 24th, 2013.