By Julie Miller, Vanity Fair
The 2013 Academy Awards hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will not, as previously feared by people who do care for the hit series, be a watered-down Family Guy variety special interspersed with award hand-outs. MacFarlane confirmed as much to Rolling Stone, after being asked whether he would recruit his writing team for the telecast.
The staff hasn't been assembled. But this is not going to be Family Guy Meets the Oscars. Hosts who come in with a specific brand and try to turn the show into the brand, it never works. You have to adapt yourself to the Oscars, not vice versa.
However, just because MacFarlane will not be relying on Family Guy humor at the Oscars does not mean that the V.F. New Establishment member will not be relying on Family Guy metaphors to describe the Oscars. "There's a moment on Family Guy that's just Gene Kelly dancing with Stewie," MacFarlane explains. "That's what we have to achieve, a dance between the traditional and the new."
That being said, the 2013 Academy Awards--which we hope may still open with Stewie attempting the Dirty Dancing lift with Bradley Cooper in a Billy Crystal-style spoof of Silver Linings Playbook--will be presented on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
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