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.