EMMYS: Expanded In Memoriam Tributes Set For James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton & Jonathan Winters

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NoHo Arts District, CA. – September 16, 2013- This year’s Emmy® Awards will feature the traditional In Memoriam segment that has become an industry award show staple, and in addition, the telecast producers have selected five individuals who warrant special recognition. To honor them, close friends and co-workers have been invited to provide personal tributes which will be presented during the ceremony, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles and telecast live on Sunday, September 22nd, (8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT) on the CBS Television Network.

Those who will provide special tributes include Edie Falco, who will remember Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox who will pay tribute to Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg; Jane Lynch will remember her friend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith; Rob Reiner will pay tribute to his long time All in the Family cast member Jean Stapleton; and Robin Williams will remember his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters (Mork and Mindy).

“The In Memoriam is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program,” said Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich. “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.”

Ehrlich was one of the first producers to enhance the In Memoriam feature when he added a live musical component during the Grammys 10 years ago. Following the traditional remembrance segment, he produced a live performance of The Clash’s “London Calling” with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl and others in tribute to Joe Strummer, who died earlier that year.

The 65th Emmy Awards are executive produced by Ken Ehrlich. Neil Patrick Harris is both host and producer, and the telecast is directed by Louis J. Horvitz for AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC in association with the Television Academy.



  1. Meh. Everyone should be equal in death. The montage was good enough for all those years, why start playing favorites now?

  2. Shouldn’t Larry Hagman, who passed away in November, get a special tribute as well? He certainly was a huge TV icon.

        1. Sorry to hear about your Dad, Bruce. I’m old enough to have seen Lost In Space, so I do remember that voice. He will be missed.

    1. Well you just lost me as a viewer, wont bother watching now or in the future. Including Corey but excluding Larry is just ridiculous.

  3. Yeah, change makes me all anxious. Why ever try anything new? Black and white served us well for a lot of years too. This color and HiDef is just a gimmick and a passing fad.

  4. Every death is sad, but there is no way that Cory Monteith deserves the same treatment as these other people, who not only contributed far more for far longer to entertainment… but also didn’t die out of negligent behavior and a willingness to break the law.

    Addiction may be a tough thing to overcome, particularly when it begins as a child, but there are still plenty of people who go through tough things and withstand the temptation. Sad as Monteith’s death is, to glorify it, particularly when he contributed so little to this business compared to most of the others, is simply a bad message to give.

    And what about Eileen Brennan, Larry Hagman… and other people who died, who contributed far more to the business and died of natural causes?

    Monteith’s inclusion is an insult to the others.

  5. well Glee comes back Sept.26 and James movie on Sept.20, it’s pretty obvious why. the other names are to placate the hate.

  6. I apoligize for writing… My Dad Announced rhe Emmy’s at least 12 times..He also did the Grammy’s ..Acadamy Awards..all the big live shows..He was also the voice of the Robot in Lost In Space..(tv and film)..He was one of the legends in our business..and worked contiinuly fo 5 generations..His name was Dick Tufeld..Please go to IMDB Pro..Half his credits

  7. Cory Monteith in no way belongs in the same sentence as the others, let alone the memorial segment. Embarrassed for the Emmys.
    Just lost another viewer.

  8. So what they are saying is, here are the 5 people that we are really, really sad died this year. There are others that died as well and you will see a face shot of them along with the rest of the riff-raff we don’t care about in a one minute montage, but these five were the ones we will miss the most and deserve special honors.

    With all due respect to Cory Monteith but his impact in the industry is non existent. He was on a mediocre show for four years and other than that did some unmemorable smaller roles. He never won an Emmy nor was he ever nominated for one, I am sure he was a great person and it’s sad when people die young but it is a serious spit in the face to all the people who truly have had a lasting impact in the industry to do this.

    Completely classless.

  9. Cory Monteith? really? the kid that only will known for play a mediocre character in a mediocre show. What at insult to the real TV stars.

  10. So let’s settle this reasonably:

    Jonathan Winters should get a 10 minute tribute.
    Jean Stapleton also ten minutes.
    James Gandolfini should get maybe five minutes (he did notable television work interviewing American soldiers). I can’t see just a recap of all of Tony Sopranos greatest hits.
    Gary David Goldberg should get Three minutes of Family ties time
    Cory Monteith – well at least the length of one glee number.

    Fair enough? You all out there in emmyland can prorate it accordingly, but the music should start up to mark the end of the individual tribute.

    And as for those true legends of the television industry, I guess according to the comments above, a quick glance of them for barely a second just solidifies the fact that their imprint on the medium is truly unforgettable. I guess for some of us, our television “retention” span is not so short.

  11. We are missing a critical point of the Cory Monteith discussion. Demographics. This is as much about playing to a younger audience as anything else. Typically the awards shows are being watched by those 35 plus (If its not the VMAS or something) –This is one way to “talk ” to a younger audience.

  12. with all due respect to the family of all that passed, should the brunt of these questions be directed to the hitler like decission of the exc pruducer of whom in the dead sence should be recongnized on YOUR show. i under stand that jack and larry never accomplished much in comparison to some of the talent that YOU are honnoring. But if all possible could YOU find it in YOUR heart to at least in the end of YOUR tribute to the ones of the industry young and not that old to say “hey jack and larry what up” some of us who remember them from the black and white era would thank you.

  13. It is truly an insult to those that have been in TV for so many years and you choose to give Corey a special memorial. Whoever made this decision should be ashamed.

  14. I’m in my 20’s, Cory is not an icon, this notion is ridiculous. Many valid points in these comments. And Glee is just a uber liberal show trying to brainwash our youth to conform to a new zero-morality normal. trash tv, no wonder Cory ended his life. Now they are letting this mindless bullshit into the awards shows….no thanks Emmys!

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