Chris Rock to Host ABC’s Oscar Broadcast Next Year

Chris Rock is coming back to host the Oscars for a second time.

The show’s producers say the prolific comedian-filmmaker will be at the helm for the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin called Rock “the MVP of the entertainment industry.”

Rock, who hosted the 77th Oscars in 2005, has won four Emmy Awards for his comedy series and specials. He recently directed the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” for HBO. In 2014, he wrote, directed and starred in the feature “Top Five,” and in 2009 produced, wrote and starred in the documentary “Good Hair.”

He was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993.

Online: (AP)


Emmy Changes: Some Awards to be Taped

Emmy organizers say they will tape the presentation of some awards to help make the ceremony more appealing to viewers.

The Television Academy said Thursday the move is intended to create the most entertaining show possible.

The academy board approved the changes Wednesday night, providing for some awards to be given out before the broadcast. Edited clips of the winners accepting their trophies will be shown during the ceremony, which will air Sept. 20 on CBS.

The Emmys have faced slumping ratings, with last year’s ceremony attracting a low of 12.3 million viewers.

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