Cory Monteith’s death was a tragedy, one that came out of nowhere, despite his recent stint at rehab. He was only 31 years old, and now I’m sad all over again that the only non-awful thing about Glee is gone. And yet even I think this is a terrible idea: “Emmy Exec Producer Acknowledges Pressure For Big Tribute To Cory Monteith.”
Ehrlich admitted he has been receiving some pressure to pay larger tribute to Monteith, which presents the producer of a three-hour celebration of television with a certain dilemma. “If Cory had passed away in March, we’d have had four months to look at this with a little more perspective,” he said. “The reason we’re getting all of this discussion now is because he passed away two weeks ago. But we are going to deal with it.” He added that an homage to Monteith involving music that’s done separately from the annual “In Memorium” honor roll of those who have passed away is indeed under consideration. (Via)
Typically Nikki Finke’s feces-flinging minions, a.k.a. TOLDJA commenters, are the worst people in the world, but I have to agree with this one: “It’s sad that he passed, but his life didn’t matter any more than anyone else in the industry who passed. I think just doing something nice for him in the reel is enough.” The article blockquoted above makes no mention of what the Emmys have in store for James Gandolfini or Jean Stapleton or Dennis Farina or Patti Page or Pat Summerall or Roger Ebert or Jonathan Winters or any of the other TV greats who passed away this year. But to single out Monteith is to say that everyone in the “normal” In Memorium section didn’t matter as much, all because producers want tweens to tweet about the Emmys, which is what all this is really about.
Plus, this: “Ehrlich made it clear that music will be a major component of the Emmy show.” The world really doesn’t need a five-minute mashup of “I Will Remember You” and “You’ll Be in My Heart.” That’s what YouTube is for.
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