Emmys: Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week’s Emmy Awards.

Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional “in memoriam” segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement Wednesday.

Mischer said the memorial segment during Monday’s ceremony will include a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

Williams was found dead in his Northern California home Aug. 11.

At last year’s Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast by NBC this Monday. (AP)

Emmy Awards Plan Robin Williams Tribute

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The producer of this month’s Emmy Awards says Robin Williams will receive a “meaningful” remembrance during the ceremony.

Producer Don Mischer says plans for the ceremony’s traditional “in memoriam” sequence are under discussion. He said in a statement Thursday that Emmy organizers are still coming to terms with Williams’ death, but they intend to give him the tribute he deserves.

Williams was found dead Monday in his home in Northern California’s Marin County. Officials say he committed suicide.

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said Thursday that Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died. He had not made the diagnosis public.

Williams was also struggling with depression and anxiety.

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast Aug. 25 on NBC. (AP)

Comedy Star Robin Williams Dead at 63 of Apparent Suicide

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‘Better Call Saul’ to debut in February, AMC Says

AMC-TV says that “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” will debut in February.

The network recently released a clip of sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, arguing about the importance of always having a lawyer. After the clip the word “February” is shown.

Previously, AMC said “Better Call Saul” would premiere in November 2014.

The series will follow Goodman as he defends drug lords, petty criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents.

In “Breaking Bad,” Odenkirk played the lawyer of meth lord Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston.

The New Mexico Film Office said in May that “Better Call Saul” would be filmed in Albuquerque. (AP)

‘Sharknado 2′ Whipped Up Storm of Viewers, Tweets

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Syfy says its sequel to the horror spoof “Sharknado” snapped up 3.9 million viewers Wednesday night.

The film, officially titled “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” nearly tripled the 1.37 million viewers who saw last summer’s premiere of the original “Sharknado” film.

Meanwhile, Nielsen estimates that 5.5 million people saw one or more of the 581,000 tweets posted during the airing. At one point, the film held all top 10 trending topics in the United States. By comparison, 318,000 tweets about the first “Sharknado” film were posted when it premiered last July.

In campy fashion, “Sharknado 2″ moved the action from Los Angeles to New York City, which was besieged by its own fearsome storm of rain and falling sharks.

Syfy said the film will air again Saturday and Sunday. (AP)

Contract Dispute Delays ‘Big Bang’ Production

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Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors.

The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television’s most popular comedy for CBS, said that Wednesday’s scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus has been postponed.

The Hollywood Reporter says Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki currently make $325,000 per episode. They’re negotiating as a group and want salary increases to as high as $1 million per episode as well as a cut of the back-end profits.

Contract disputes aren’t unusual at popular, long-running TV series. It’s unclear how long the impasse would have to take before it would cause a delay in episodes getting on the air. (AP)

So You Ask—

How was my birthday yesterday —

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Besides this crash, I also have TWA Flight 800, JFK Jr’s plane and Walter Cronkite died. It happens.

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