Deadline‘s Mike Fleming has reported that Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer, producers of the 2011 Oscar telecast, tried to hire Hugh Jackman as the host. That tells you how hip and adventurous Cohen and Mischer are — they wanted Jackman to do his song-and-dance routine again. Does anyone else have a really bad feeling about these guys?
What exactly was wrong with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin ‘s hosting last time? They were amusing, zippy, debonair. New York/Vulture observed that they “did what they do every time they separately host Saturday Night Live: Through sheer force of wit and timing, they elevated jokes that would flatline in ordinary hands. Trading gags like a latter-day Rowan and Martin, they even made unforgivably tired punchlines forgivable.”