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"So You Think You Can Dance" Judge to Produce Oscars

Adam Shankman, the guy who directed "Hairspray," and who is also an accomplished choreographer -- not to mention the new judge on Fox's dance competition series "So You Think You Can Dance" -- is going to produce the next Academy Awards broadcast for ABC.

Shankman is going to be partnered with Bill Mechanic, an industry suit who's the former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

Yeah, whatevs.

But, getting back to Shankman, he actually performed in an Oscar ceremony, once upon a time, as a dancer.

"To come back as a producer is such an unbelievable honor," he said in Tuesday's announcement, which may be the most genuine canned quote in the history of Academy Awards news releases.

Shankman promised this year's Academy Awards will "celebrate the world's collective love of movies and provide a fun escape from the difficult times were living in."

The news about Shankman triggered a tsunami of "the Oscar show will have a super-major song-and-dance element this year" blogging among The Reporters Who Cover Television.
Shankman's directing credits include "Bedtime Stories," "Hairspray" and "The Wedding Planner" -- but don't hold that against him.

His upcoming projects include "Bob: The Musical," about a Walter Mitty type who gets hit on the head and when he comes to his life has been turned into a musical. Shankman's upcoming projects also include a remake of "Bye Bye Birdie" and a remake of the cheesetastic 1947 Douglas Fairbanks flick "Sinbad the Sailor" only this version will be called "Sinbad."

The Shankman news comes on the heels of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's decision to return the number of Best Picture nominees this year to 10, like it used to be back in the days when there were 10 Best Picture-worthy nominees. This is in hopes of attracting more viewers to the trophy show broadcast, which is exclusive to ABC. The thinking is that fans of 10 flicks -- instead of just five, which is the number of Best Pix nominees in the derby for the past many years -- will tun in to see whether their favorite film of the year cops The Big One.

Now the academy has the considerable task of coming up with 10 films from this year which it can actually nominate without blushing.


By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 20, 2009; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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