Anyone with the constitution necessary to make it all the way through the typical three-hour-plus running time of an Oscar ceremony knows that it is usually not an entirely unpleasant experience for the most part. As historically presented by the American Broadcasting Company, there are, generally speaking, at least a few moments that do not make home viewers want to choke on a washrag. And that is exactly the kind of not-wholly-unacceptable coverage that award show aficionados can expect for years to come, since ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have extended their telecast agreement through the year 2028.
“We’re honored to continue our storied and successful partnership with ABC in broadcasting the most watched live entertainment event of the year,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced in a press release. “In 2028, we’ll mark the Oscars 100th anniversary, and ABC is the perfect partner to help us celebrate the magic of movies with our fans.”
Although the Oscar ceremonies were first televised in a less-than-spectacular fashion by NBC back in 1953, ABC has been continuously delivering totally-good-enough coverage of the star-studded proceedings since 1976.
“We are elated the Oscars will continue to call ABC home,” Channing Dungey, head of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. “The ceremony is an important part of network programming, and we’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Academy and delivering a multi-faceted, and multi-platform, ceremony celebrating the world’s biggest stars and honoring excellence in filmmaking.”