Don Mischer back with Emmys

Producer on board after five-year absence

After a five-year absence, veteran producer Don Mischer is returning to the "Primetime Emmy Awards" as executive producer of the upcoming 61st edition of the awards show, which will be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 20, on CBS.

"From the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics to the recent presidential inauguration at the Lincoln Memorial to Super Bowl halftime shows, Don Mischer is one of the great big-event producers of our time," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said. "He knows how to bring excitement and pageantry to live events, and how to produce memorable moments on television."

CBS and the TV Academy said Mischer had presented them with new ideas for this year's telecast but wouldn't elaborate further.

At the helm of the Emmys, Mischer follows Ken Ehrlich, who exec produced the ceremony for the past four years, including last year's ill-fated experiment with the five nominated reality hosts as co-MCs.

Mischer has won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards for his work. His producer/director credits include "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial," "Fashion Rocks," "XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony," "Motown 25" and several of "The Tony Awards," "The People's Choice Awards," "The Kennedy Center Honors" and Super Bowl halftime shows, including the Rolling Stones, Prince and the recent Bruce Springsteen appearance, among others. This will mark his ninth time as exec producer of the "Primetime Emmy Awards."