Mischer Back as Emmys Producer

He’ll produce the August TV honors. Now what about asking back Neil Patrick Harris as host?

Last Updated: March 15, 2010 @ 3:39 PM

No hopey-changey thing for the TV Academy: Don Mischer will be back as executive producer of this August’s Emmy Awards.

Mischer oversaw last fall’s show, which won generally good reviews and solid ratings.

That broadcast, however, was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris — a CBS star whom NBC executives, if they adhere to old-fashioned logic, might not want to invite back.

This year’s Emmys will take place Sunday, Aug. 29, and air live across the country for the first time in three decades. It will be Mischer’s 10th Emmys.

NBC alternative chief Paul Telegdy called Mischer "a legend in television for producing and directing important event programming," while TV Academy chairman John Shaffner said Mischer "hit it out of the park" last year.

"We know he can creatively build on that accomplishment," Shaffner added.

NBC should consider asking Harris to step in again this year, perhaps teaming him up with an NBC talent (Tina Fey?). His CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" isn’t going to add any more viewers just because NPH gets some late-summer exposure. But a good Emmy show with good buzz will help NBC.