ABC tries something brave: drama with journalist as hero
ABC is bringing actress Hilary Swank and the writer of the 2015 Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” together for a new drama about a journalist working in Alaska. The creator is Tom McCarthy, who wrote the film about the Boston Globe's investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Craig Erwich, ABC entertainment president, calls it a brave show for this era. “American Idol” will return in midseason, while ABC has said the “Dancing With the Stars” franchise is moving to Disney+. We really think that's an opportunity, not just for broadcast television, but it's a place where ABC excels.”___Media Writer David Bauder reported from New York, and Television Writer Lynn Elber reported from Los Angeles.wftv.com
Hostless no more: 2022 Oscars to revive emcee role after 3-year hiatus
2022 Oscars host An Oscar Statue is displayed at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball press preview at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, in Hollywood, California, on Jan. 31, 2020. The 94th annual Academy Awards will revive hosting duties in 2022, following a three-year emcee hiatus. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images) (VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)LOS ANGELES — It’s official: The 94th annual Academy Awards will revive hosting duties in 2022. Erwich did not speculate on potential candidates for the 2022 Oscars host. The 94th Annual Academy Awards will air March 27 on ABC.wftv.com
Steven Soderbergh among producers of upcoming Academy Awards
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is going behind the scenes for the next Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that Soderbergh, “Erin Brokovich” producer Stacey Sher and awards show veteran Jesse Collins have come on board to produce the 93rd Oscars telecast. The 93rd Academy Awards were delayed two months earlier this year because of COVID-19’s effects on the film industry, but the show will still be televised live on ABC on April 25, 2021. Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said that this upcoming show is “the perfect occasion for innovation and re-envisioning the possibilities for the awards show.”Collins also has experience. Earlier this year produced the virtual BET Awards and is also producing the Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl halftime show.
'Designing Women' will stream on Hulu
Hulu via CNN(CNN) - Hulu has made all the arrangements for your next nostalgic binge watch. The streaming network will soon be home to all 163 episodes of "Designing Women." Hulu boss Craig Erwich said the service has been successful in attracting eyeballs to beloved TV series like "ER" and "Seinfeld." "Designing Women" originally ran on CBS for seven seasons from 1986-1993. In making the announcement on Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour, Erwich praised the show for being "ahead of its time."