Tonight is the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, and as all viewers know each year the telecast honors those who have passed away this past year in the TV industry. This year, in addition to the traditional “In Memoriam,” the broadcast is including a special tribute to five TV individuals who’ve impacted the small screen. However, some disagree with the decision and the tributes.
One person in particular who is not happy with the Emmys special tribute is Jack Klugman’s son, Adam Klugman. In an interview with The Associated Press he said, “I think it’s criminal. My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days.”
For those unaware, ‘Glee’s Cory Monteith, ‘The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini, ‘All in the Family’s Jean Stapleton, comedian and actor Jonathan Winters, and ‘Family Ties’ producer Gary David Goldberg, are the five selected for the special tribute.
The exclusion of Klugman, a three-time Emmy winner and veteran of show’s like ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘Quincy M.E.,’ is hurtful to his son, “It’s an insult and it really seems typical of this youth-centric culture that has an extremely short attention span and panders to only a very narrow demographic.”
He added, “What about the people who should be introduced to somebody like my father? I don’t mean to say anything disparaging about Cory, but he was a kid who had won no Emmys and it was a self-induced tragedy.”
Emmy executive producer Ken Ehrlich is defending the decision and said, “To a younger generation, Cory Monteith’s portrayal of Finn Hudson (on ‘Glee’) was highly admired, and the producers felt that he should be included along with the four other individuals we have singled out.”
Klugman isn’t the only TV veteran being left out of the special tribute. Two other legendary actors excluded that have rubbed others the wrong way are Larry Hagman from ‘Dallas’ and Charles Durning from ‘Evening Shade.’ The three will appear in the group remembrance when the Emmys air tonight at 8/7c on CBS.
What do you think? Should the Emmys stick purely to the traditional memorial? Do you think excluding Klugman, Hagman and Durning is “criminal”? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts.