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PopWrapped | Television

Emmys Execs Defend The Inclusion Of Cory Monteith In The Extended Tribute

Dani Strehle | PopWrapped Author

Dani Strehle

Updated 08/14/2014 9:37am
Emmys Execs Defend The Inclusion Of Cory Monteith In The Extended Tribute

Dani Strehle

Content Editor

A few days ago, PopWrapped reported that Cory Monteith will be included in the extended tribute during this Sunday’s Emmys Ceremony; a fact that not everyone is thrilled with. This morning, the show’s Executive Producer, Ken Ehrlich, defended his choice to include the young star, explaining that they were trying to catch the eye of a younger demographic according to Deadline. The extended tribute will take place during the typical “In Memoriam” segment, and will include Jean Stapleton, Gary David Goldberg, Jonathan Winters, James Gandolfini, and Cory. Many feel that Cory did not garner the respect and experience needed to be memorialized alongside artists of the other four’s caliber. Especially considering the fact that Larry Hagman (JR Ewing on Dallas) is not included in the extended portion. But Ehrlich will not yield. “Cory’s appeal was to maybe a little different generation than some of the others, and we felt they needed to be represented,” explained Ehrlich, while also reminding his audience that Cory died at the devastatingly young age of “just 31,” and due to “very tragic circumstances.” “It was important to be responsive to younger viewers, to whom Cory Monteith meant as much as the other four individuals meant to their own generations. We made the choice it was important to have, as part of these segments.” Ehrlich did admit that once the decision to include Cory was made, he and his peers were aware that it could likely cause some controversy. “There was discussion about the fact that this probably is going to become an interesting topic of conversation. We stand by what we’re doing.” Photo courtesy of Emmys.com That isn’t the only reason people are talking about the Emmys, however, as the new “45 Second Rule” was also announced last week. This new guideline offered winners at the Creative Arts Emmys 45 seconds to get from their seat to the stage, accept their award, and give their speech. I imagine women could take that long just adjusting their gowns alone. It was not a popular change, and will not be implemented during this Sunday’s show. Time will be tight, however, as Emmy producers have packed the show to the gills with extras, the tribute included, as well as a special choreography celebration and a tribute to two groundbreaking television events that happened 50 years ago (the JFK assassination and the Beatles’ first television appearance); as well as a few other surprises that Ehrlich teased. Carrie Underwood will also be performing a Beatles mash-up (who came up with that idea?) as well as other random tunes from that generation. Shew. It’s going to be a busy night. Jack Sussman, CBS Specials EVP, talked about not giving the winners a time-limit on their speeches. He warns that they need to be aware of their time, because if the early winners gobble up all the time with their speeches, that will mean the later winners’ time will be severely cut. “We want to give them their moment,” Sussman declared. But he wants the winners to “keep the show moving.” “Many of these people, it’s not their first time coming to the Emmy Awards show, it’s not their first time up to be celebrated. They know the rules, they know what’s expected of them, and I like to think that by in large they really do respect that. They understand the constraints we’re all under to produce a good show and a show that does get off the air on time. We want to be respectful, but…they know we have a job to do as well,” he stated. Ehrlich believes in keeping the Emmys an awards show at its foundation, rather than an ongoing performance based production like the Grammys, which hands out about ten awards during the ceremony. “Viewers want to be entertained…but we are obligated to get out a certain number of awards, and our job is to make the best and most entertaining show possible. Ultimately if you could put more entertainment in it, you’d probably make a better show.” http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.Tumblr.com/ http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.Wordpress.com http://www.PopWrapped.com
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