or


[02/15/10 - 08:19 AM]
Barbara Walters to End Oscar Special After This Year
Today on ABC's "The View," the veteran newswoman announced that after this year, she will no longer host a "Barbara Walters Special" prior to the Oscars.

[via press release from ABC]

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/barbara-walters-end-oscar-special-year/story?id=9818424

Barbara Walters to End Oscar Special After This Year

After 30 Years, Barbara Walters Will Put an End to Oscar Night Special

Barbara Walters is putting an end to one of Oscar night's greatest traditions: her annual sit-down with some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Today on ABC's "The View," the veteran newswoman announced that after this year, she will no longer host a "Barbara Walters Special" prior to the Oscars. Her program has been an awards night staple for nearly three decades.

"ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful -- and I'm thrilled we have such great stars and have such a wonderful show -- but to be honest, I feel like I've 'been there, done that,'" Walters said.

"This special has been a labor of love for 29 years. I will always remember when Hugh Jackman gave me a private lap dance or sitting down with the legendary Bette Davis or being taught to tango by Al Pacino," she continued. "It's those priceless moments that have made this special the Oscar tradition that it has become, but I truly feel enough is enough."

Walters promised to go out with a bang. This year, her guests include best actress nominee Sandra Bullock and best supporting actress nominee Mo'Nique. She'll also look back on memorable moments from specials past.

Walters will still continue to do her other annual ABC News special, "The 10 Most Fascinating People," as well as other ABC News specials and "The View."

Over nearly three decades, Walters has talked with some of the most prominent players in the movie industry prior to their big night. On March 31, 1981, Walters launched her series with a star studded lineup of guests including Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and "Bond" girl Barbara Bach.

Through the '80s and '90s, she played host to a bevy of film world legends, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Anthony Hopkins and Steven Spielberg.

Walters also welcomed bold face names from other public spheres into her Oscar special. Her 1986 show featured interviews with the late President Ronald Reagan (who was serving his term at the time) and his wife, Nancy Regan, as well as Prince Charles.

Over the past ten years, Walters has played host to some of today's brightest stars on Oscar night. Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise all took time out of their hectic pre-awards show schedules to talk with her and muse about what it means to be part of the world's premier awards show.

And of course, one of the most memorable and hilarious moments to ever occur on Walters' Oscar special happened last year, when Oscar host Hugh Jackman offered her a performance she probably wasn't expecting: a lap dance.

Don't miss Walters' final Oscar special, Sunday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET on ABC. On the west coast, Walters' special will air following the awards ceremony. Judging from the show's history, this one is bound to have more than one can't-miss moment.





  [february 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[10/21/20 - 02:53 PM]
An Open Letter from Quibi
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman announce they are winding down the business and looking to sell its content and technology assets.

[10/21/20 - 12:30 PM]
ABC News Announces Three Hours of Special Primetime Coverage of the Final 2020 Presidential Debate, Thursday, Oct. 22, on ABC
Network coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. EDT with a one-hour special, "Trump vs. Biden: The Final Presidential Debate - A Special Edition of 20/20."

[10/21/20 - 11:25 AM]
The Glamorous Sundance Now Original Thriller Returns - "Riviera," Season 3 - Exclusive North American Premiere on Thursday, November 5
The lavish eight-part season adds Rupert Graves and Clare-Hope Ashitey as new cast members, with returning cast members Julia Stiles, Poppy Delevingne and Jack Fox.

[10/21/20 - 10:03 AM]
CBS Announces Next Wave of Primetime Premiere Dates for Five Scripted Series Across Four Nights
"FBI," "FBI: Most Wanted," "Bull," "SEAL Team" and "The Unicorn" are the latest to lock in return dates.

[10/21/20 - 10:01 AM]
Showtime(R) Orders Untitled Series Starring Ziwe
The series will feature interviews, sketches and more - including unscripted and unpredictable real-world rendezvous between everyday people and Ziwe, a writer, comedian and performer.

[10/21/20 - 09:37 AM]
"Archer" Renewed for Season 12
FX Networks confirmed said news on social media this morning.

[10/21/20 - 08:11 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Tops Charts for FOX
Coverage of Game 1 however is down sharply from a year ago among adults 18-49 in the early results.

[10/21/20 - 07:36 AM]
Some Nightmares are Real... Season Two of the HLN Original Series "Real Life Nightmare" Returns Sunday, November 8
Featured in the series is never-before-seen evidence plus a call-to-action that provides viewers an opportunity to be part of the investigation.

[10/21/20 - 07:31 AM]
Video: "The Life Ahead" - Official Trailer - Netflix
"The Life Ahead" starring Sophia Loren and Ibrahima Gueye arrives on Netflix on November 13.

[10/21/20 - 07:11 AM]
Video: "Animaniacs" (Official) Trailer - A Hulu Original
22 years of pent-up zaniness coming your way!

[10/21/20 - 07:05 AM]
Video: Season 7 of "Braxton Family Values" Premieres Thursday, November 5 at 9PM ET/PT on WE tv
Following a year of love and loss, can the Braxtons come together and find their harmony once again?

[10/21/20 - 06:01 AM]
Video: "Mank" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Starring Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey, Sam Troughton, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Burke, and Charles Dance.

[10/20/20 - 04:01 PM]
Video: "Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Australian comedy group Aunty Donna star in this hybrid of narrative and sketch comedy about three roommates making their way through an absurdist world.

[10/20/20 - 03:00 PM]
This January, FOX Brings the Drama with All-New Seasons of "9-1-1," "9-1-1: Lone Star," "The Resident" and "Prodigal Son"
"9-1-1" and "9-1-1: Lone Star" will air back-to-back on Mondays; while "Prodigal Son" is moving to Tuesdays following "The Resident."

[10/20/20 - 01:10 PM]
Netflix Reveals Stats and Facts About Its Top Movies in the Last Few Months
"Enola Holmes" (76 million), "American Murder: The Family Next Door" (52 million), "The Old Guard" (78 million), "Project Power" (75 million) and "The Kissing Booth 2" (66 million) are among the mentioned audiences.