The “In Memoriam” segment of the Emmy Awards this year will include James Gandolfini and Cory Monteith.
According to CBS, the annual award show will pay tribute to several actors, actresses and TV personalities during the “In Memoriam” segment this year but a special dedication will be made to five individuals.
Sopranos star James Gandolfini, Glee star Cory Monteith, producer Gary David Goldberg, comedian Jonathan Winters, and actress Jean Stapleton will get special recognition during the Emmys this year.
Executive producer Ken Ehrlich said:
“The ‘In Memoriam’ is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program. 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. And, our traditional ‘In Memoriam’ segment will be presented in a unique new format that will give added importance to an already much anticipated segment of the Emmy show.”
UPI reports that Edie Falco will say a few words on behalf of Gandolfini and Jane Lynch will speak about Monteith. Michael J. Fox, Rob Reiner and Robin Williams will pay tribute to Goldberg, Stapleton, and Winters respectively.
Yahoo News reports that this isn’t the first time that Gandolfini and Stapleton were honored several times at the Emmys during their careers. Here’s a video of James Gandolfini accepting his award in 2000.
Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the 65th Emmy Awards this Sunday on CBS.