Seth on button for the Oscars
producers of this year’s Oscars show say they have no ‘‘big red button’’ to press in case boundary-pushing host Seth MacFarlane oversteps the mark. Family Guy creator MacFarlane, the brains behind foul-mouthed big-screen teddy bear Ted, is seen as an edgier choice of host for the Oscars in what could be a bid to target a younger demographic. But Neil Meron, who is coproducing the show with Craig Zadan, says they are confident they won’t have any surprises. ‘‘There’s no oversized red button,’’ he says. ‘‘I mean, Seth is Seth, and we love him.’’ The Oscars show, watched on TV around the world, usually airs with a few seconds’ delay. Zadan adds: ‘‘Also, we’re working together on the show, so he’s one of the few hosts who has been in every production meeting. So as he’s writing it, we’re part of the process of him saying, ‘Is this good? Is this funny?’ We’re working as a team. We’re totally cool about it.’’
The Oscars screen in Australia on February 25.
Oscars host Seth Rogen