As the producer of 11 Emmy Award shows, the most challenging, of course, was the one in 1980. This being the show that was boycotted by the actors. In an effort to deliver some kind of show, I went to Rich Little and found he could imitate most of the possible recipients and some assorted presenters.
My intention was to use him alone: a one-man Emmy Award show. He was hysterically funny and would have given TV one of its most memorable moments. However, the network and ATAS refused to give me a go-ahead (justifiable in retrospect), and we used behind-the-camera and technical salutes. As presenters, we used network and producer personnel.
The show went well but I often dream of what it would have been like with Rich Little.