Oprah links stars, ABC
Roberts, Kidman will interview past winners
Oprah and Oscar are hooking up on ABC.
By Josef Adalian
January 11, 2007
http://www.variety.com/awardcentral_...ryid=1982&cs=1Alphabet has inked a deal with Oprah Winfrey to host her first pre-Oscar interview special. But unlike ABC's perennial Barbara Walters pre-Oscar bash, Winfrey won't be doing the chatting.
Instead, Winfrey has asked three Academy Award-winning thesps -- Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Jamie Foxx -- to interview an Oscar winner they admire. Roberts will speak to George Clooney, Kidman will interview Russell Crowe and Foxx will chat up Sidney Poitier.
Spec is set to air Feb. 22 at 10 p.m., immediately following a new episode of "Grey's Anatomy" and three days before the Feb. 25 Oscarcast.
Winfrey's Harpo Prods. is producing the hour, with Winfrey as exec producer. Project reps the latest Winfrey coup for ABC; net bought two unscripted series from Harpo last month (Daily Variety, Dec. 15).
Walters is still set to host her annual Oscar-night special, which will air just before the broadcast in most of the country (and right after the kudocast for auds on the West Coast). Net has not yet said which celebs Walters will interview.