The career paths of James Gandolfini and Corey Monteith couldn’t have been any different, but, during the Emmy’s, they will come together in death.
Sunday’s Emmy telecast will feature its traditional “In Memoriam” telecast followed by a second more personal spot. That second spot will focus on James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, and Jonathan Winters.
In remembering the actors, a personal friend will stand on-stage and share memories from their past.
Edie Falco will speak about the life of Sopranos co-star Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox will honor “Family Ties” producer Goldberg; Jane Lynch will remember the good times with “Glee” co-star, Monteith; Rob Reiner will honor Stapleton who played his mother-in-law Edith Bunker on All in the Family, and Robin Williams will honor friend, mentor, and fellow comedian Jonathan Winters. Williams and Winters worked together on Mork And Mindy.
Speaking about the show’s decision to separate the deceased actors, Emmy telecast executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement:
“The ‘In Memoriam’ is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program.”
Enrlich adds, “These five individuals brought us such great entertainment and joy, so having their close friends share personal remembrances is something that will be very meaningful for television audiences across the country and across the generations,” he said.’
Ehrlich took over the Grammys in 2003 and added a live musical part to the ‘In Memoriam’ feature. With the 2013 Emmy’s, he looks to once again be mixing things up.
While James Gandolfini, Corey Monteith, and several others will receive their own segment on the show Enrlich has promised that it will not diminish the importance of the “In Memoriam” segment.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2013 Emmy Awards.
Do you think the actors listed above deserve to have their own highlighted Emmy’s moment?