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St. Joe's grad producing fifth Emmys; VMAs drop 25 percent here


This is what I’m thinking:

Williamsville’s Charlie Haykel has gotten the plum assignment to produce the Emmy Awards again with his business partner Don Mischer on Sept. 20 for Fox.

Mischer is a broadcasting legend, who owns a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting and too many other awards to enumerate.

It will be the fifth time that Haykel, a 1984 graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, has either been the producer or executive producer of the Emmys while working with Mischer. He previously produced the Emmys hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers. Andy Samberg of “Saturday Night Live” and the Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is the host this month.

Now you know who to complain to if the Emmys goes too long or there is an insufferable dance number or music act.

Come to think of it, with the success of Fox’s “Empire,” there probably should be a big musical number.

Haykel also was the production manager of the Emmys in 1993 that was hosted by Angela Lansbury. He has worked in Los Angeles for more than two decades, most of the time with Don Mischer Productions.

He also produced the halftime and pregame shows for the Super Bowls in Jacksonville, Fla., and Detroit, where Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones performed and worked on the prime time series that Mischer produced for Wayne Brady.

Rochester’s Jim Nowakowski had his last competitive dance on Monday’s edition of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” He didn’t make the Final Four of the reality series. He and Megan (“Megz”) Alfonso were eliminated, leaving Gaby Diaz, Hailee Payne, Virgil Gadson and Jana “Jaja” Vankova to perform in Monday’s finals.

Ratings Time: Judging by my Twitter feed Sunday night, I thought the rating for MTV’s Video Music Awards hosted by Miley Cyrus was going to be larger than Kanye West’s ego. But it only had a 4.6 local rating on the nine stations that carried it here, which was down 25 percent from the 5.8 rating it had a year ago here on MTV and VH-1. The national viewership fell 5 percent.

MTV had the highest-rating locally this time with a 2.2, with Comedy Central and TV Land (0.7) and VH-1 (0.6) adding most of the rest of the audience here. The VMA’s barely beat the second episode of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” with had a 4.4 live rating. That was a was a 33 percent drop from the season premiere. It should grow over the next seven days On Demand from people watching the VMAs. An exhibition Sunday Night Football game between Arizona and the Oakland Raiders and former University at Buffalo star Khalil Mack beat them both with 5.4 rating on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate.

I knew the Buffalo Bills had made the right choice at quarterback when ESPN buffoon Woody Paige criticized the selection of Tyrod Taylor on “Around the Horn” because Taylor hasn’t started a regular season NFL game.

Reality Show Sighting: Rebecca L. Clower, a former Amherst resident and Williamsville South graduate who has lived in Costa Rica for the last decade and owns a real estate and property management company there, reports she and her clients will be featured at 10:30 p.m. Monday in a “House Hunters International” episode on HGTV.

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