Emmy Awards telecast boss Ken Ehrlich has defended his decision to single out late Glee star Cory Monteith for a special tribute during Sunday's (22Sep13) ceremony. The tragic actor, who died from a heroin and alcohol overdose in July (13), will be among five late stars who will be honoured onstage during the show's In Memoriam segment, prompting critics to suggest there are others who are more deserving of the honour.
However, Ehrlich reveals there is a special reason why Monteith will be remembered in style.
He tells Access Hollywood, "I do think that when people see this and they see that there is kind of a message involved in what we're saying about him I think they may revise some of this early unfair advanced criticism.
"It does celebrate him because he really did significant work on that show but it's also, in a way, a warning."
Glee's Jane Lynch will honour Monteith at the Emmys, while Edie Falco will salute her late The Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to his former Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg, who lost his battle with brain cancer in June (13), and Rob Reiner will remember his All in the Family castmate Jean Stapleton.
Robin Williams will also be part of the special tributes as he salutes his friend, mentor and Mork & Mindy co-star Jonathan Winters.
Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini will be among the late stars remembered during a special tribute section at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (22Sep13). Organisers of the annual prizegiving, which honours the best of TV, have planned a memorial segment for the pair, alongside actress Jean Stapleton, comic Jonathan Winters and producer Gary David Goldberg.
Each one will be honoured by a close co-star or former colleague - Glee star Jane Lynch will remember Monteith, The Sopranos' matriarch Edie Falco will speak about Gandolfini, actor/director Rob Reiner will pay tribute to Stapleton, Robin Williams will share his memories of Winters, while Michael J. Fox will talk about the life of Family Ties creator Goldberg.
The tribute will be separate to the show's usual In Memorium section, which honours late stars.
Monteith died following a heroin and alcohol overdose in July (13), Gandolfini suffered a heart attack during a trip to Italy in June, Stapleton died aged 90 in May, Winters passed away April, and Goldberg lost his battle with brain cancer in June.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Top producer Norman Lear has paid a heartfelt tribute to his All In The Family star Jean Stapleton following her death on Friday (31May13). The three-time Emmy winner, best known for playing Archie Bunker's long-suffering wife Edith in hit 1970s sitcom All in the Family, passed away of natural causes at her home in New York City, aged 90.
Over the weekend (01-02Jun13) a number of stars and industry executives offered their memories of the beloved actress, with Lear stating: "Back in 1971, possibly the first time I was asked by a journalist, 'What is Jean Stapleton like?', my reflexive response was: 'She's always where she is.' I was surprised by my answer, never had the thought before and never knew it resided within me. Can I reach deeply enough inside me now to express how much that, the idea and Jean Stapleton herself has meant to me? I was at my computer when her glorious children, John and Pam, phoned me (to break the news of her death), and I told them I was working on my memoir, and reflecting on the time I was father to my personal family on Mooncrest Drive while also fathering Archie and Edith and three other families on CBS (network). And I added - so, at 90, here still is Jean Stapleton, 'always where she is,' helping me to see my own frailties and humanity yet again. No one gave more profound 'How to be a Human Being' lessons than Jean Stapleton. Goodbye Edith, darling."
Her co-star Rob Reiner, who played son-in-law Michael Stivic on the show, adds, "Jean was a brilliant comedienne with exquisite timing. Working with her was one of the greatest experiences of my life. My thoughts go out to her family."
Bette Midler took to Twitter.com to write, "Jean Stapleton, beloved as Edith in ALL IN THE FAMILY dies at 90. She was unforgettable in that role...rest in peace...", while Glee's Jane Lynch, who is currently starring on Broadway, added, "Tonight I dedicate @ANNIEonBroadway to the great JEAN STAPLETON and her gorgeous memory."
Veteran entertainer Dick Van Dyke, who sang the TV show's theme tune, added his on Twitter tribute, writing, "R.I.P. Jean Stapleton, such a sweet lady!!"
Those actors are talented and witty! That was the lesson of the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night. Bryan Cranston proved remarkably self-effacing about his non-trophy assets, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway gave the plot of Les Misérables a 2013 pop culture translation (possibly thanks to a viral Facebook post), and Jane Krakowski pretty much summed up what it means to be an actress over 40 in Hollywood. And while your author may choose to believe that none of these were scripted, you can make up your own minds. Here are our picks for the 10 Best Quotes of the 2013 SAG Awards.
10. “Hey, Ben Affleck. Ar-go find your seat.”— Announcer
9. “Amy, I’ve known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham” — Tina Fey
8. “I have to thank my Lord and Savior…Carl Reiner.” –Dick Van Dyke, on accepting his Life Achievement Award
7. “I’m just so thrilled I have dental.” – Anne Hathaway, on accepting Best Supporting Actress for playing the dentally-challenged Fantine in Les Misérables
6. “I’m standing where Daniel Day-Lewis just was. Like, maybe I’ll be a better actor just for the radiation.” — Ben Affleck, on accepting the award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture for Argo
5. “Shut the French doors!” — Phyllis Logan, on accepting Best Ensemble in a TV Drama for Downton Abbey
4. “Wolverine is chased by Gladiator. Catwoman has a baby, who goes to live with Bellatrix Lestrange and Borat. She grows up and becomes the girl from Mamma Mia!” — Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway translating the plot of Les Misérables into 2013 pop culture lingo.
3. “I was cast at the age of 12 in National Lampoon’s Vacation. I played Chevy Chase’s niece. Today, I would play his wife. In two years, I will play his mother. I’m Jane Krakowski, and I’m an actor.”
2. “And then it occurred to me that an actor murdered Abraham Lincoln. So it’s only fitting that every now and then an actor brings him back to life again.” — Daniel Day Lewis, accepting his award for Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture for Lincoln
1. “Tonight, at least, I am well endowed.” — Bryan Cranston, on accepting his award for Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama for Breaking Bad
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As time goes on and the holidays get more stressful, we learn that sometimes certain traditions aren't worth keeping. The same should be true for TV around the holidays. During this week's Thanksgiving episode of New Girl, titled "Parents," Jess and the gang fill up on just about every sitcom tradition and cliche in the book. When Jess invites her divorced parents (played by the great Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner) over for Thanksgiving dinner in an attempt to get them back together, things go completely awry. Meanwhile, Schmidt has his own family drama to deal with when his cousin, also named Schmidt (go-to sitcom guest star, funny man Rob Riggle), had a competition to see who is the manliest Schmidt of them all. Wackiness ensues at every corner.
Rather than our traditional weekly recap (don't worry, like New Year's resolutions, we'll go back to normal in two weeks) let's look at all the sitcom traditions New Girl abides by this and decide which ones should stay and which one should go by the way of your yearly eggnog binges. (Seriously, stop doing that.) Let us give thanks for great shows like New Girl, which is bountiful in laughs and character development for everyone but Winston. Here now, traditions that should stay or go.
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The Divorced Parents That Can't Be In The Same Room: Louis C.K. has joked that divorce is always a good thing. That no two people who no longer wantto be married to each other should stay married. Apparently, the same cannot be said for sitcom parents, who typically can't stand to even be in the same room as each other, no matter how long they've been divorced. During one episode of Friends, Rachel had to throw two different birthday parties in order to keep her sparring parents apart. During a recent episode of Parks and Recreation, Ben did his best to avoid having his bitterly divorced parents interact at all during his engagement party. Jess does the opposite during this week's New Girl when she "accidentally" invites her split parents to Thanksgiving. The parents inevitably come to a head and/or get along and have a brief hint at a the possibility reunion (in the case of Jess' parents, it's to make out in the bathroom.)
Verdict: Divorced parents with an ax to grind is most certainly better sitcom fodder than, say, a pair who see each other on major holidays and can tolerate each other just fine. Plus, most families are pretty damn dysfunctional, especially during parties and around the holidays. Who wants to watch a normal, happy family anyway? Keep.
Guest Stars: New Girl has three guest stars this week, including Hollywood royalty Reiner and Curtis. Curtis fits the bill perfectly as Jess' chipper, perky, huggy mom while the "dark" dad Reiner played well against fellow curmudgeon Nick. Guest appearances, especially as parents, is something of a double-edged sword. While the cameos are likely to earn the guest stars Emmy nominations (my money would be on Reiner here) and you're more likely to remember the characters well, you're also stuck with the celebrity connotations. From here on out, all fans will think of when they think of Jess' mom and dad are Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner.
Verdict: Use sparingly. So long as New Girl continues to use character actors and refreshingly unexpected choices like Curtis and Reiner and doesn't dive headfirst into Will & Grace guest star overload territory, they should be fine.
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Movie Plots Used As Sitcom Devices: When Jess plots and schemes to get her parents back together through a series of misadventures, including giving her mom a makeover to catch her father's eye and make him jealous, Nick (who, lest we completely ignore the fact is completely like Jess' dad, thus reigniting the theory that we all fall for someone like our parents in the end) warned against the perils of a "makeshift Parent Trap." It's hardly the first time a show has called upon a movie plot as their own plot device. On 30 Rock, Jenna and Tracy had to "Elm Street Kenneth" when he was haunting their dreams while Brad loved "Indecent Proposal-ing" with his wife Jane (that's rolling around on their bed of money, for the record) on Happy Endings.
Verdict: Maybe I'm just a sucker for great pop culture references, but this one is most certainly a keeper. Even if Jess' scheme isn't, as Nick points out, exactly a Parent Trap scenario, the episode makes good use of movie references. In addition to learning that Jess used to watch Rocky 4 a lot and that her fallback plan for old age is to "Grey Gardens the crap out of Miami," Nick discovers that he has basically written the zombie version of Twilight.
Turkey Shenanigans: Friends set the standard for Thanksgiving sitcoms when their Turkey Day outings made for must-see TV traditions. That gang did everything from getting locked out of their apartment while their savory food was stuck inside to getting actual turkeys stuck on their heads, but it still somehow worked. Last year on New Girl, the gang put their frozen turkey in the dryer; this time around Jess, having a full-blown temper tantrum about the fact that her parents won't get back together (Zooey Deschanel's character has some growing up to do, in case you hadn't noticed), tries to put the whole turkey down the garbage disposal.
Verdict: Jeez, what did turkeys ever do to you? It's bad enough we eat a lot of them on Thanksgiving, but then we torture them on television too? This sitcom bird is officially cooked.
Hey Dude: Schmidt and Schmidt spent the entire episode attempting to one-up each other in the manliness department, doing everything from exercise routines to cooking competitions. But the whole thing was really to amuse Cece and Winston (hey, they needed some reason to be there) and break out the old gender stereotypes and use kissing a guy as the comic device to prove their masculinity. (When you're using a similar plot line to American Pie 2, you're in trouble. Don't use that movie plot as a movie device.)
Verdict: Give it a rest, dude.
What did you think of this week's New Girl? Do you think the should keep their Thanksgiving episodes a tradition? I'm game if they continue to keep Nick as their Charlie Brown and keep taking away his metaphorical life football. ("I got something bad inside of me. I ruin things.") Happy Thanksgiving!
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Kit Bowen contributed to this report.