Exclu: Daytime Emmys to honor Dick Clark, focus on performances


The producers behind Daytime Emmy Awards are putting the finishing touches on next month’s kudocast — including a tribute to Dick Clark.

The Awards show, which is set for Sunday, June 27, on CBS, will salute Clark by honoring his iconic TV series “American Bandstand.”

On board to pay tribute will be Barry Manilow, Garth Brooks, Simon Cowell, Jay Leno, Cher, Marie Osmond, Frankie Avalon, Ann-Margret and the Spinners.

While “Bandstand” was a daytime staple — intitially on weekdays, and later on Saturdays — Clark also hosted the daytime gamer “$25,000 Pyramid” for several years.

“It was time for us to talk about Dick Clark and his influence on on daytime,” said Daytime Emmys exec producer David McKenzie. “He had a huge influence on television, and was a tremendous cornerstone of the music business as well. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”

McKenzie, who saved the Daytime Emmys last year when the kudocast was on the brink of disappearing, is promising a two-hour event heavy on performances.

Besides the Clark tribute, the awards show will take advantage of its new home in Las Vegas, tapping Sin City talent including the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, Wayne Newton, Cheech & Chong and Jeff Foxworthy.

Regis Philbin is hosting the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast live from the Las Vegas Hilton.

“This will be a fast-moving, entertaining awards show,” said McKenzie, who serves as president of Associated Television Intl. “Last year we tried to step up the pace, and make it a glamorous and fun event.

“My mantra has been, the Daytime Emmys are an important part of our industry,” he added. “And we need to support them. We took it from death’s door last year, and we want to kick start it again, so it continues forever.”

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