21 April 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The fact that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are returning to produce the Oscars for the third time running is no surprise. I took it for granted that they would come back for another round. Their last two shows --with hosts Seth MacFarlane and Ellen DeGeneres, respectively--played well enough both inside and outside Hollywood that the Academy and ABC were likely to want them back. “This year’s show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records,"  said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, "proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world.” The 87th Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015. Part of Zadan and Meron's skill is knowing how to mount an awards show with strong musical numbers--they are adept musical producers in theater, film and television, whose »


- Anne Thompson

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