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February 14, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

The bad news: Despite evoking universal derision, ABC’s Oscar preshow will return this year. The good news: It won’t be hosted by Geena Davis, and it won’t be so soul-crushingly stuffy. ”Last year, they took a little bit of the excitement out of the show,” says MTV Movie Awards producer Joel Gallen, who’ll be overseeing the 2000 rendition.

”This year, it will be an entirely different feeling, much more energetic, with more frenzy.” Gallen plans to catch celebs from all angles by scattering about 15 cameras around L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium. There’ll also be an on-screen clock that ticks down to the ceremony’s launch. And although he’s not ready to name the show’s ”several” hosts, Gallen says he’s ”not going after movie actors who’ve never hosted anything. I don’t think it’s appropriate.” Joan Rivers, call your agent.

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