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)