Emmys to "Properly Remember Robin" During Primetime Show

in memoriam

Producers of the annual awards show are preparing a special tribute for the late actor.

Aug 14, 2014 | 09:50 PM

The world is still coming to grips with the loss of acting legend and comedian Robin Williams, whose death on Monday left friends and fans in shock. This week, as tributes continue to pour in over social media from all around the globe, Emmy producers are busy preparing a special on-air celebration of the actor's life and work that will be shown during the awards show's primetime telecast on August 25.

"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," producer Don Mischer told TV Guide Magazine. "It's about what can we 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."

It's not uncommon for awards show producers to have to make last-minute adjustments to the "In Memoriam" portion of the program in the wake of untimely deaths. A recent example of this was when the 2012 Grammys honored Whitney Houston, who died just a day before the telecast. Now, Emmy producers hope to create a fitting tribute for Williams. "We all know what Robin meant to the television community and to everyone, and the unique take on comedy that he brought to all of us," says Mischer, who had worked with the funny man on numerous specials over the years. "It's about what can we do to properly remember Robin and create perhaps an emotional moment about him."
While Williams began his career on the stand-up circuit, it was his portrayal as a zany alien—sent to Earth to observe the curious ways of human beings, of course—on TV's "Happy Days" and "Mork & Mindy" that made the brilliant, sharp-witted entertainer a household name. The role gave the actor his first Emmy nod in 1979. He didn't take home the trophy that year, but he did go on to earn seven more Emmy nominations throughout his career, winning twice for variety specials he did in 1987 and 1988. 

His eighth and final Emmy nomination came in 2010, for his HBO comedy special, "Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction." The program, taped during the comedian's sold-out U.S. tour, showed the star doing what he loved most and what he did best—making people laugh and laugh and laugh
"He was born to perform," Mischer says of his friend. "It was the essence of what made him happy and gave him a sense of self-esteem and satisfaction. There's nobody else like that that I've ever worked with."
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