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article imageEmmys to honor five individuals with special In Memoriam

By Tim O'Brien     Sep 17, 2013 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - One of the most popular features of the Emmys is the In Memoriam segment. That is also true of the Oscars. It is the time when the audience reflects on members of its family who passed away in the previous year.
It is also a time when people in the industry can get overlooked. Come this Sunday when the In Memoriam is presented, look for special tributes. According to a release, the telecast producers have selected five individuals who warrant special recognition.
"The In Memoriam is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program," said Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich. Those to be honored are: James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters.
"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," said Ehrlich.
Edie Falco will remember "Sopranos" co-star Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to "Family Ties" producer Goldberg; Jane Lynch will remember "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith; Rob Reiner will pay tribute to Stapleton, who starred as Edith on "All In the Family"; and Robin Williams will remember Winters ("Mork and Mindy").
"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," added Ehrlich.
Now, after this airs, one may ask, why single these honorees out this year? And, will this become the norm? Do this once and it will be expected. Meanwhile, every year some major stars pass away. A slippery slope just may begin Sunday in Los Angeles.
The show will also feature a special segment dedicated to Liberace. It will be performed by Elton John.
The Emmys will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles and telecast live on Sunday, Sept. 22 (8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT) on CBS.
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