If you haven't heard the news yet, Seth MacFarlane is hosting the Oscars.
It's a bold, surprising selection, especially since the Family Guy, American Dad and Cleveland Show creator has little to do with films, has no hosting experience and is literally not a famous face. But after you get through the initial shock, MacFarlane is almost an inspired choice by the Academy.
Don't believe us? Here are six reasons why MacFarlane is a good choice to emcee Hollywood's biggest night.
Showtime finished its 2011-2012 season with nearly 22 million subscribers and 22 Emmy nominations, with five of those in the four leading acting categories. Much of that honor goes to freshman drama Homeland, which is the most-nominated series for the network.
After sneak-previewing trailers for two upcoming series -- Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan -- David Nevins, Showtime's president of entertainment addressed this season's farewells to The Big C and Weeds and teased what's coming up for Dexter and Homeland, both of which will return on Sept. 30.
Angela Bassett and Julian McMahon are both in final negotiations to join Fox's untitled spy pilot from Karyn Usher.
The drama centers on the orphaned 14-year-old daughter (Saxon Sharbino) of a CIA operative who gets taken in by Kevin Lear (Nip/Tuck's McMahon), a mysterious rogue agent-assassin who serves as both her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world. Bassett would play Alice Vargas, the director of the CIA.
Billy Crystal will host the Oscars for a ninth time, the comedian announced Thursday.
"Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions," Crystal tweeted. "Looking forward to the show."
Brian Grazer to replace Brett Ratner as Oscars producer; Eddie Murphy steps down
News of Crystal's involvement with the 84th annual Academy Awards comes one day after...
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In the wake of producer Brett Ratner's exit, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has selected Brian Grazer to produce the 84th annual Academy Awards along with Don Mischer, Academy President Tom Sherak announced Wednesday.