Smash Creators Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Rehired to Produce 2014 Oscars

Duo pulled in viewers for awards, but not for their own show

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rehired Smash creators Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce the 2014 Oscars, The L.A. Times reported, after this year's show, produced by the duo, garnered solid ratings.

"In order 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 Hawk Koch said in a statement. The selection is unusual, the L.A. Times noted, because the incoming president of the Academy usually makes that decision and Koch's term is up this summer. 

Meanwhile, Smash is anything but: ratings for the NBC show are bottoming out in its second season. NBC moved Smash to Saturday nights, thus sounding a death knell for the series. Star Katharine McPhee reportedly jumped that sinking ship last month.

Nonetheless, Zadan and Meron delivered a successful Oscars broadcast, with an average viewership that justified million-plus-dollar ad spots. The pair, along with host Seth MacFarlane, have been alternately praised for their fresh approach to the 2013 awards and criticized for relying on insensitive and misogynistic humor.

Despite the Academy's desire for continuity, Seth MacFarlane tweeted that he would never host the Oscars again

Publish date: April 17, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT