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As everyone is gearing up for the Emmy Awards this Sunday night, details of the “In Memoriam” tribute have been revealed. One of the most poignant moments of the night, the segment pays tribute to those in the industry that have died in the past year. This year’s tribute promises something special.
For the first time, the segment will include expanded tributes to five people that TV Line describes as “industry powerhouses”. Featuring personal tributes from close friends and coworkers, the tribute will focus on James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, Gary David Goldberg and Jonathan Winters.
Leading the tribute for Gandolfini will be his The Sopranos costar, Edie Falco, Glee’s Jane Lynch will be remembering costar Monteith and Rob Reiner will talk about All in the Family’s Stapleton. In addition, Michael J. Fox will speak about Family Ties producer Goldberg and Robin Williams will pay tribute to his friend, mentor and Mork & Mindy costar, Winters.
In a statement about the segment, Emmy’s 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.”
Make sure you have those tissues handy for this one.
The Emmys are on CBS this Sunday at 8/7c.