The producers who created this year’s Oscars broadcast — which saw boosted ratings as well as criticism for offensive skits by host Seth MacFarlane — will get another crack at it next year.
The U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the Oscars again in 2014.
"To establish continuity with this year's enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening," Academy president Howard Koch said in a statement Tuesday.
For February's ceremony, the pair — known for producing plays and musicals for film, TV and stage — were able to boost the Oscar night ratings with their choice of Family Guy creator MacFarlane as host. The Feb. 24 broadcast drew 40.3 million viewers, the highest in the past three years, as well as more of the young demographic Oscar organizers are seeking.
However, the producing pair also filled the broadcast with old-fashioned dance numbers, a plethora of show-extending musical performances and were unable to enliven the usual lame intros by celebrity presenters. Zadan and Meron also approved the ill-advised We Saw Your Boobs skit MacFarlane delivered as part of his introduction.
Asked days after the Oscars whether he would consider hosting again, MacFarlane replied "no way," before adding that it had been fun to have the chance to do so.
The 2014 Academy Awards are set for March 2.