Monday, October 1, 2012

Seth McFarlane: Oscar Host

A couple of weeks ago, Seth McFarlane hosted the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. Then he appeared at the Emmys to present an award. Now he's been announced as the host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards. McFarlane is best known for being the creator of animated television shows such as 'Family Guy' and 'The Cleveland Show' as well as being the director of this summer's biggest comedy hit: 'Ted'. 

Now it seems weird that the Academy would pick the creator of such a crude show as 'Family Guy' to host the Oscars (Especially the year after they went completely safe and retro having Billy Crystal as MC), but I think I can see where the Academy is coming from. 

My first thought was that they wanted to get some of the Ricky Gervais-style action that the Golden Globes were having as of late. You now, for the past few years Gervais has been hosting the Globes and getting headlines for his hard mocking of various celebrities at the telecast.  Now, I haven't seen 'Ted', but McFarlane's tv shows are notorious for relying on asides that usually mock celebrities and pop-culture. 

Going for this kind of "edgy" thing does not always work and I was ready to begrudge the Academy for yet again trying to be hip instead of embracing their true old-fashion nature. Then I remembered what McFarlane's real passion seems to be:

Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have a musical background and it seems that by hiring a guy who both crated 'Family Guy' and recorded a crooner album, they are trying to get both the old and the new into the ceremony.

To say I'm not a fan of 'Family Guy' would be an understatement, but I remain optimistic that McFarlane could end up being a good host. Still this sounds like something that could end up being a complete disaster. We'll just have to wait. 

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