TV Junkie: Boring Oscars On Tap With Hathaway & Franco; Barbara Walters' Uninteresting People & More
Earlier today James Franco, Anne Hathaway were announced as hosts for the 83rd annual Academy Awards ceremony on February 27, 2011. Not that Hathaway and Franco aren't capable of being humorous, but the Academy Awards broadcast is an excruciatingly long affair that is best buoyed by someone humorous, if not an outright comedian. A comedian will also have some writing chops to counter what is sometimes just terrible writing for the show. I don't see Hathaway and Franco countering what is on the cue cards with any material of their own. It will be a miracle if this show is anything other than seat-squirmingly awful. Will we be watching? Yes, but we'll have to have that extra bottle of Grey Goose on ice to make it through the show.
Here's a show we won't be watching: Barbara Walters' "The 10 Most Fascinating People," featuring Betty White, Justin Bieber, Sandra Bullock, LeBron James, Jennifer Lopez, royal fiancee Kate Middleton, the entire cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore," and Sarah Palin. We could care less about who the remaining 3 "interesting" people will be as there is no way they could outweigh this collection of blah-guests, excepting the exceptional Betty White, of course. Bieber is an underage media pawn; Bullock did nothing this year other than adopt a kid; LeBron is an obnoxious manipulator of the media that doesn't deserve one more second of airtime; there's no way that JLo will make up for the departure of Simon Cowell on "American Idol"; if you really look at them, British royals are patently uninteresting; being drunk and stupid isn't interesting, whether you are from New Jersey or anywhere else; and Sarah Palin...?This is third consecutive year that Palin is on the program, what does Palin and/or the Republican party have on Walters to justify this? From the first of her horrible non-scripted interviews on an non-Fox station, Palin has shown that she really is that one-dimensional caricature you think she is. Heck, even her appearances on FoxNews go badly even when everyone there is pushing her agenda. Why is Walters again offering her forum for Palin to spread her misleading and outright false propoganda? It's one thing to have an hour a week to spew nonsense and glam footage on what has proved itself to be an embarrassment of a network, we're talking about that moronic "Alaska" show on TLC, but it's another to present this person as interesting, for the 3rd consecutive year, on an important broadcast system like ABC. Bawbawa, it's time to tell you that you are too old for this, it's time to retire.