Annual post-Oscarcast interviews end run
After 29 years, Barbara Walters will call it a wrap on her Oscar night interview special for ABC with this year’s edition.Walters made the announcement on Monday’s “The View.” As much as the Academy Awards night timeslot is a prime showcase and a magnet for superstars, Walters acknowledged that she’s beginning to “feel like I’ve ‘been there, done that.’ ” The “Barbara Walters Special,” set to air alongside ABC’s March 7 telecast of the 82nd annual Academy Awards (airing before the kudocast in the East and after it in the West), will include Sandra Bullock, Mo’Nique and retrospective clips from past specials. Walters bowed in the post-Oscars slot on March 31, 1981, with a guest list of Brooke Shields and her mother, Teri Shields; country singer Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek won best actress that year for her portrayal of Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”); “Dallas” star Linda Gray; and Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach. The talk with Starr marked one of the first lengthy interviews with a Beatle following the Dec. 8, 1980, slaying of John Lennon. ABC has carried the Oscarcast since 1976. There’s no word yet from the network on its plans for programming that hour of Oscar night next year.