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'Family Guy' Creator Seth McFarlane to Host 2013 Oscars
October 2, 2012  | By Ed Bark  | 1 comment
 

Oscar organizers returned to a headlong pursuit of younger viewers Monday by naming Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host the 85th annual ceremony.

It's a U-turn from last year's deployment of Billy Crystal, who had been hired as a more traditional alternative to 2011's rather unfortunate "young Hollywood" coupling of Anne Hathaway and a seemingly disinterested James Franco.

MacFarlane, who earlier this month hosted the 38th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, also showed up as a presenter on the Sept. 23 Emmy awards.

"His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said of MacFarlane in a publicity release. "He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."

MacFarlane, who also made his feature film directorial debut this summer with the box office hit Ted, said it's an "overwhelming privilege" to host the Oscars, scheduled for Feb. 24 on ABC. "My thoughts about hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and, two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen roast."

Besides the notably irreverent Family Guy (which has lampooned innumerable Hollywood stars), MacFarlane also is executive producer of The Cleveland Show and American Dad! for Fox's "Animation Domination" Sunday night lineup. And like Crystal, he also enjoys breaking into song.

MacFarlane's first album, "Music Is Better than Words," received two Grammy nominations.

Read more by Ed Bark at unclebarky.com

 
 
 
 
 
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Rich
This is going to go 1 of 2 ways

Either, Hollywood is doubling-down on it's "One of our own" mentality in that Seth is Hollywood enough to host but won't bite the hand that feeds him. Seth will attack & mock everyone in media & possibly a "new President" but not Hollywood's elite. Seth will 'play ball' while mocking the court, but the not the king.

The other possibility is that Hollywood has realized how dry the Emmy's were and that movie ticket sales are way down except for a few big budget blockbusters and this is a last ditch effort to try and be edgy. If you've seen the Charlie Sheen roast on Comedy Central you know that Seth is fearless on stage. He can smile while verbally stunning like a taser-gun or roasting with a flame-thrower, MacFarlane is not to be under estimated. Whether you are Julia Roberts, John Goodman, or Sarah Palin's offspring he can offend equally.

I don't see Hollywood letting Seth be as satirical & witty as the town deserves. This isn't the Golden Globes.
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