Ryan Seacrest Will Host Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special

Ryan Seacrest (Photo: Fox)

Fox officially named Ryan Seacrest as host of its prime-time 25th anniversary special, airing Sunday, April 22.

The not-too-surprising announcement came Friday evening. By now, Seacrest is America’s tireless TV host, and he happens to work for Fox (“American Idol”) — as well as ABC (as Dick Clark’s co-host on New Year’s Eve) and E! (as an on-air personality and producer of about half the network’s shows), not to mention radio.

You wonder sometimes when guys like Seacrest sleep.

Meanwhile, this 25th anniversary special continues to add guests. The latest are Kelsey Grammer (he plays Sideshow Bob on “The Simpsons”), Hugh Laurie (“House”) and Tommy Davidson of “In Living Color.”

They’ll join the more than two dozen Fox stars who have already been announced, including several cast reunions from various Fox shows reuniting for the first time.

The guest list includes: From “That ’70s Show”Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama; from “In Living Color” — Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans; from “Married with Children”Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal; from “Beverly Hills 90210”Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering; and from “The X Files”Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter.

Watch a classic “In Living Color” sketch starring the incomparable Jim Carrey:
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Also set to appear: Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal”), Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) and animation wunderkind Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “The Cleveland Show,” “American Dad”).

The Fox Broadcasting Network launched on Oct. 9, 1986, which means this 25th anniversary commemoration is a little late. Interesting thing about Fox: Though it’s considered on par with ABC, NBC and CBS by virtue of its ratings, its history and its iconic shows (a number of which are mentioned above), it still only broadcasts two hours of prime-time programming per night (three on Sunday) — seven hours less per week than its older competitors.

“Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special” airs Sunday, April 22, at 8/7c.

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