Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spelling

Sunday's Emmy Awards will pay tribute to legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling, enlisting the stars of some of his many shows to honor him.

"Dynasty" star Joan Collins, "Melrose Place's" Heather Locklear and Stephen Collins of "7th Heaven" -- the only Spelling-produced show still on the air -- will help honor the long and prolific career of Spelling, who died in June at the age of 83.

The Emmy telecast has also added a new round of presenters, among them nominees Annette Bening ("Mrs. Harris"), Craig Ferguson ("The Late Late Show") and "Will & Grace" stars Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes. "Deal or No Deal" host Howie Mandel, Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen and "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl will also hand out awards.

Spelling produced dozens of series and made-for-TV movies in his career, which began with a producing job on "Zane Grey Theater" in the 1950s. The bulk of those shows landed at ABC, which in the late '70s was sometimes referred to as "Aaron's Broadcasting Company." With good reason: In the fall of 1978, for instance, he had six shows on the network.

Although a number of Spelling shows, which also include "The Mod Squad," "Hart to Hart," "The Love Boat" and "Beverly Hills, 90210," were enormously popular, they weren't the stuff of awards all that often. Spelling won two Emmys in his career, for the 1989 telefilm "Day One," about the creation of the atomic bomb, and for 1993's "And the Band Played On," about the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmys air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC.