BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – Actor-director Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels and CBS newsman Bob Schieffer are among the notables who will be inducted Monday into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
Also included in the 22nd class of inductees are CBS President/CEO Leslie Moonves, writer-producer Dick Wolf and the late Philo T. Farnsworth, who is credited with the invention of electronic television transmission.
The inductees will be honored during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, with the event benefiting the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television. “The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco will host the event, with Will Arnett, John Madden, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, Ice-T and Aaron Sorkin among those scheduled to serve as presenters.
“Each of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees is incredibly deserving of this honor and is truly a legend of our industry,” according to Bruce Rosenblum, chairman/CEO of the Television Academy. “This will be a spectacular evening, rich with stories and reminiscing.”
More than 120 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1984.
Howard became a television icon with his roles “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days,” and has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most prominent directors, winning an Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind.” His other directing credits include “Apollo 13,” “Backdraft,” “Parenthood” and “Cocoon.”
Michaels was the longtime voice of “Monday Night Football,” and just completed his seventh season as the play-by-play man on “Sunday Night Football.” He has won multiple Emmys during his career, and is famed for his dramatic call during the U.S. men’s hockey team victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics — “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”
Moonves has been with CBS since 1995, when he joined the network as president of entertainment. He previously served as president of Warner Bros. Television, overseeing development of shows such as “Friends” and “ER.” During his time at CBS, the network has jumped to the top of the ratings race with hits such as “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
Schieffer has been a reporter for 55 years and just wrapped up his 43rd year at CBS News. He has been the moderator of “Face the Nation” since 1991 and serves as the network’s chief Washington correspondent. He also moderated a recent presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Wolf is the creative force behind the “Law & Order” franchise. He also produced HBO’s award-winning original movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” He has also worked on shows such as “Hill Street Blues,” “Miami Vice,” “New York Undercover” and “South Beach.”
Farnsworth, who died in 1971, has been dubbed the “forgotten father of television,” establishing Farnsworth Television Inc. in 1926 in San Francisco, where a photograph of a woman was transmitted in a laboratory and became the first crude television image. He patented the Farnsworth television system in 1927.
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