Primetime Emmys is in hot water once again as the executive producer of 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards is working on a tribute to honour Robin Williams.
Earlier, it was reported that the actor-comedian Robin Williams passed away from asphyxia. His death sent shock waves around the world and many have mourned the loss of the actor by paying tributes to him in various ways. As such, Primetime Emmy Awards’ executive producer Don Mischer is planning to pay a tribute to the 63-year-old actor in the programmes’ Memoriam segment.
According to Deadline, Mischer said the plans for the tributes are still in discussion phase:
With the tragic loss of Robin, we’re trying to deal with that and figure out what to do in the right, appropriate and meaningful way…It’s about what we can do to properly remember Robin and create perhaps an emotional moment about Robin, knowing all that he did for all of us who love entertainment and love comedy.
However, Primetime Emmys is now stuck in sticky situation due to their past controversial programming decision for not honouring the industry veterans such as Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman in the Memoriam section of the ceremony.
The special tribute was part of NBC broadcast of the award ceremony, in which even the singled out actors including Cory Monteith and Jonathan Winters were honoured at the ceremony as well. In fact, Modern Family exec producer Steve Levitan jokingly said that the Memoriam segment has turned the ceremony into “the saddest Emmys of all time”.
Thus, there are doubts over the Memoriam segment this year and many are hoping that it will be a simple yet meaningful segment for all the other personalities including Shirley Temple and James Avery, as well as the screen legend Lauren Bacall (of “To Have and Have Not” fame) who had died a day after Williams’ death. With that in mind, will the ceremony flop again for the overly-depressing Memoriam segment? What should the producers do to ensure that the ceremony will be both smooth-running and meaningful?
Meanwhile, Primetime Emmys had recently posted an interview video with Robin Williams at the Primetime Emmy Awards last year. Williams had a long history with Emmys as he was nominated for an Emmy for his breakthrough role on ABC’s “Mork and Mindy as well as his guest appearances on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Homicide: Life on the Streets.”
Hosted by Seth Meyers, the 66th annual Emmy Awards will air live Monday, August 25 at 8pm ET.