In case anyone was losing confidence about this show's potential for major awfulness, a press release:
Beverly Hills, CA — Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart will present at the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. This will be Cyrus and Efron’s second appearance, and Lautner and Stewart’s debut on an Academy Awards telecast.
I'm thinking the comparison to Allan Carr, which may work as far as the pure dismal quality, is inexact. Carr was catering to a dwindling demographic -- people who were actually excited to see Merv Griffin, or "Ryan and Farrah together". These people had been turned off to movies pretty much since Jack Valenti amended the Production Code, so Carr's bow to them seemed a hopelessly past-it notion.
But Shankman is tryuing to bring in a demographic that's NEVER watched or cared about the Oscars -- the young folk whose interest in movies is utterly limited to the crud that infests the malls weekend after weekend. It makes sense he's staging a tribute to John Hughes, because Hughes is the 20-30 years ago miner of that stratum. Such crud movies existed when I was a kid, too -- there were people whose greatest film-excitement was about stuff from Taras Bulba to You Only Live Twice -- but such persons, to my knowledge, never expressed the slimmest bit of interest in the Oscars. If they did express an opinion, it was disdain.
So, the difference is this: Carr was calling out to an Academy that was a has-been; Shankman is seeking one that never was.