The Academy Awards air on ABC in March will have a host – for the first time in four years.
Appears at the Television Critics Association virtual winter press tour on Tuesday, Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, confirmed that the film’s biggest night will have a host this year, though he had no details to share at this time – including whether ABC’s late night star Jimmy Kimmel could return as emcee .
Other topics addressed, albeit vaguely, by Erwich during the TCA press conference:
* Declares grey’s Anatomy to be “still at the top of his game creatively” (as well as broadcast TV’s No. 2 rated entertainment program), Erwich said that in addition to this week’s season 19 renewal, “any decision regarding that franchise will be made by managers of the franchise – [series creator] Shonda [Rhimes] and [showrunner] Krista [Vernoff] and [star] Ellen [Pompeo]. “He then added:” We want just as much Grey’s which we can have. That’s one of the things we’re most proud of about ABC. ”
* Erwich had no updates at this time on primetime All my children follow-up, with the title Pine Valley, Was sent into the development over a year ago. But he said that a la NBC rival Days in our lives‘recent streaming miniseries and independent holiday films, he is “always open to further iterations or explorations” of ABC’s Almen Hospital franchise.
* Erwich confirmed there will be more passes from Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lears Live in front of a study audience the franchise, but again had no details to share.
* Requested an update regarding Who wants to Be a Millionaire‘s fate (the primetime quiz’s season 2 finale aired back in late March), Erwich again had nothing to share.