With so many secrets and teases and moving parts, Meron said he and Zadan are subsisting on caffeine. "Thank God for the little green mermaid," said Meron, adding that putting on the Oscar show is like mounting a Broadway production.
"This is out-of-town previews, opening and closing night, all at the same time," he said. "It is an enormous responsibility. It really is. And actually, it's an enormous honor, especially to be asked back again... It was not something that we had planned on, but when we were offered the opportunity to come back, we discussed it and said, 'Yeah!' Just for the reason it's good to see what a second time would be like."
Anyone who wants to find out has to tune in March 2.
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