Emmys plans tribute for Gandolfini, Monteith and more
September 17th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

Emmys plans tribute for Gandolfini, Monteith and more

At Sunday's Primetime Emmys ceremony, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will offer special tributes to some of TV's fallen stars.

The organization has planned to highlight the careers of James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg.

The tributes will be part of an expanded In Memoriam segment, and will be presented by a person who was close to the deceased.

So in the case of Gandolfini, his on-screen wife for eight years, Edie Falco, will be on hand to honor the "Sopranos" actor's varied career.

For Monteith, his "Glee" co-star Jane Lynch will present his tribute, and Jean Stapleton's "All In the Family" cohort, Rob Reiner, will speak on her legacy.

Emmys executive producer Ken Ehrlich told the Los Angeles Times that having the "close friends" of these five entertainers participate will add a personal touch to this part of the show.

“The ‘In Memoriam’ is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program,” Ehrlich said. “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 ... Our traditional ‘In Memoriam’ segment will be presented in a unique new format that will give added importance to an already much-anticipated segment.”

For Jonathan Winters, his "Mork & Mindy" pal Robin Williams will present a tribute, and former "Family Ties" star Michael J. Fox will present for creator Gary David Goldberg.

The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on CBS Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, and will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Filed under: Awards Season • Celebrities • Emmys • television

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  1. k.

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    September 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gleek4finn

    I'm glad they are acknowledging him at least. Check out this video! This guy could pass as Cory's twin!


    September 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cristal Cotmon

    What about Dennis Farina? One of the best character actors of our time! I'm disappointed that they would overlook him.

    September 19, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. RexJulian

    The in memoriam is a loving and appropriate tribute to those who have given us so much laughter and joy and emotions via their acting. It is the only thing I look forward to watching.
    My hope is that it doesn't become a stage for some narcissistic actor to hog up time singing a song that has nothing to do with the remembrance, such as earlier this year at the Oscars when that hack Barbra Streisand sang and took away time from looking at the pictures of those who had passed away.

    September 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A

    Whether you are a fan of Monteith and Glee or not, the show has become wildly popular and successful. Monteith was a very talented young man. And while his death may have been an overdose, it's still tragic nonetheless. Would you say the same thing about other actors who have died of overdoses? I mean, look at Heath Ledger or going back further to Marilyn Monroe. Or countless musicians, like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix... Overdoses in Hollywood are far from a new phenomenon.

    And truthfully, while I (at age 27) know who the other stars mentioned in the article are, I guarantee that the younger generations have no clue who Jean Stapleton or Jonathan Winters were or the careers they had. Honestly, I believe they included Monteith as a way to draw in younger (teen/young adult) viewers. And more than likely, they care much more about ratings than they do about those getting recognized.

    September 18, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      You are wrong. What should be said about Monteith is that he was a JUNKIE.

      It should be pointed out that he had a career, success, and money...but he chose to be a JUNKIE.

      While others have to struggle just to put food on the table, he had it all handed to him...and he chose to be a JUNKIE.

      His life is not somethng to celebrate or mourn.

      September 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      And again, look at how many other other celebs have chosen to spend their fortune of drugs and alcohol, those still living and dead. Like I said, it's NOT a new trend in Hollywood. Many celebs (actors, musicians, and athletes) have had a career handed to them and they waste it. Look at Elvis Presley, he was a junkie, but his career is STILL celebrated. Look at Chris Farley, Whitney Houston, Kurt Cobain, Keith Moon, Jon Bonham... All celebs who died as junkies.

      Cory Monteith's addiction and death is not all that uncommon among the Hollywood elite.

      September 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      Is it just possible that because those earlier 'celebrities' were celebrated after their deaths that others wish to emulate them? As sad as it is these people should be noted for not seeking proper help to address their problems. However hard it may be.

      September 19, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      Oh I'm positive that others have wanted to emulate those celebs. And just because they were all either addicted to drugs or alcohol doesn't negate the fact they each and every one were talented in what they did. Jon Bonham, the drummer from Led Zepplin, was one hell of an amazing drummer. I had the chance to see his son Jason perform a couple of months ago with Heart and he was probably the BEST drummer I have ever seen play live. He obviously inherited his father's talent.

      There are celebrities, just like Cory Monteith, that are in and out of rehab their entire lives. Cory had been in rehab earlier this year. He apparently just couldn't keep his demons at bay. While I have never done hard drugs, I can at least understand that there are demons that are hard to shake. Everyone deals with their own, in their own way. And just because any of the celebs I mentioned died from an overdose doesn't diminsh the fact that they left behind some sort of legacy. Just because Cory Monteith died from an overdose doesn't mean he shouldn't be honored. The people that say he was nothing more than a junkie should consider how they would feel if that were their brother, son, boyfriend, husband, etc before they start judging his lifestyle choices. I'm sure their opinion would be different.

      September 21, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. tvnutt

    I agree that Montieth doesn't deserve such accolades. The others ARE legends, he just got lucky in his career. Also, he contributed to his own death by using drugs. he could have gotten help other ways. Addiction is a psychological problem but there are ways out. I hope Lee Thompson Young gets a mention. HE had psychological problems too but decided to end his life. maybe he needed more intervention too.

    September 18, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      Couldn't the same arguement apply to James Gandolfini? I'm sure his weight contributed to him having a heart attack. I don't know what vices the man had, but his lifestyle obviously wasn't as healthy as it could have been and a heart attack at his age was probably preventable with diet and exercise. Or maybe he had an addiction to food which is just as much a psychological problem with a way out just like any other addiction.

      September 18, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Anonymous

    A drug addict does not need to be glorified along with iconic greats such as these. It's completely disrespectful to add him to this special grouping. He only needs to be in the general montage like everyone else.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. TJ

    I still can't believe he's gone. Oh how I loved The Sopranos!! I'm looking forward to seeing the Emmy tribute!!

    September 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Snitch

    Soprano,alto,bass,tenor-that doesn't matter. It's strange he died in Big Italy since he lived most of his life in Little Italy (aka Metro NYC-Newark).

    September 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |

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