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Lea Michele and Cory Monteith appear at the 2012 Do Something Awards. Monteith will be remembered in a tribute on Sunday's broadcast of the Emmy Awards. (PHOTO: shutterstock.com )

"In memorium" provides perspective for Emmy Awards


Perspective. It can be easier said than done when trying to keep it.

It can be glaring when it is not observed, like when a writer who thinks they know more than they truly do when being condescending and nitpicking of a TV medium they've never worked in.

Calling out pet peeves is easy and lazy when you don't understand the perspective of using call letters and branding to remind ratings diary users which station they are watching. It can be called an epic fail when not realizing that national and local TV newscast coverage is called a show for a reason. The graphics, music, swishing noises, story order, produced teases, franchised features, and the exchanges between anchors and reporters are all parts in a production meant to keep people watching and engaged.

My rant of the shortcomings of a so-called media peer at the city's largest print outlet aside, perspective can be very important when providing an analysis of a production within proper context.

The producers of the Emmy and Oscar awards learned the perspective lesson the hard way. Year after year people are paying more attention to the "in memoriam" portions of awards shows. Critics are quick to point out when notables in television or film may have been missed in these emotional segments.

We, as viewers, feel slighted when someone we may have made a connection with were left out.

When CBS airs the 65th Annual Emmy Awards on Sunday, producers will be spending more time recognizing the efforts of notables lost in the past year.

Actors and producers who have passed on will have more time in the spotlight in extended memoriam segments. Michael J. Fox will be offering memories of working with "Family Ties" producer Gary David Goldberg. Rob Reiner will offer a tribute to his on-screen mother-in-law, "All In The Family" star Jean Stapleton.

Robin Williams will remember comic friend and "Mork and Mindy" co-star Jonathan Winters. James Gandolfini will be missed on and off the screen as his "Sopranos" family counterpart Edie Falco speaks and "Glee" star Cory Monteith will be paid tribute by Jane Lynch.

"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," the awards show's executive producer Ken Ehrlich told the Los Angeles Times.

"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."

The live broadcast hosted by Neil Patrick Harris will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on WDJT-TV CBS 58.

Find a complete list of nominees here.

NERDS: The locally produced "The Nerd Show TV" that airs on WCGV-TV My 24 at midnight on Saturday nights had 19,000 viewers for its second show that aired last weekend.

You can read more about the show here.

The next episode on Saturday will feature super hero tattoos, action figure collecting and all that's "New for Nerds," according to executive producer David Todd.

HERITAGE: The Fox News Channel is presenting the Ailes Apprentice Program's Annual Hispanic Heritage Series on Friday mornings over the next few weeks. The four-part series will be introduced by co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on "Fox & Friends" around 7:30 a.m.

Hosted by Fox correspondent Alicia Acuna, the reports will feature prominent and influential Hispanic Americans in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

The first installment that ran this morning featured the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the nation, Goya Foods. Acuna spoke with owners Bob and Peter Unanue, who built the operation and turned it into a global brand.

Talkbacks

TosaJim | Sept. 20, 2013 at 4:45 p.m. (report)

I'm sorry that Cory Monteith wasted his life and died of a drug overdose...but he's hardly on the level of the other 4 people being honored. I guess they forgot all about Karen Black, Dennis Farina, Jean Stapleton, Annette Funicello, just to name a few....

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