By Patrick Kevin Day
10:57 AM AKST, January 23, 2013
Director-producer (and "Happy Days" and "Andy Griffith Show" star) Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves, CBS newsman Bob Schieffer and "Law & Order" mogul Dick Wolf will be inducted this year into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
They will be joined in the Hall of Fame's 22nd class of inductees by someone who's indirectly responsible for all of their careers: Philo T. Farnsworth, an inventor responsible for the first all-electronic TV transmission in 1927. Without him, Ron Howard may have been stuck doing Opie on stage. Farnsworth's induction will be posthumous, naturally. He died in 1971.
This year's ceremony, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 11, will be the first time the proceeds from the ceremony will go to benefit the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television.
While Howard left his TV acting roots behind for a career as a feature film director, he stays involved in TV as a producer, with "Parenthood" on NBC and "Arrested Development" (for which he also provides the narration) on Netflix.
NBC "Sunday Night Football" commentator Michaels just finished his seventh season on that show and is also a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Under Moonves' leadership, CBS has been the number one network in viewers for nine of the last 10 years and currently has the top-rated drama, "NCIS"; the No. 1 comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," and the No. 1 news program, "60 Minutes."
Schieffer is CBS News' chief Washington correspondent and moderator of "Face the Nation." The 75-year-old newsman also served as moderator for the third presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney and (fun fact!) also has a country band called Honky Tonk Confidential.
Wolf is the executive producer of "Law & Order" and its myriad spin-offs, including "Law & Order: SVU" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." "Law & Order" is tied with "Gunsmoke" as the longest-running drama series on TV (20 seasons).