Does Cory Monteith deserve a special Emmy Awards memorial? Thats the questions in everybody's mind when there are a lot of people worthy of the special tribute.
Adam Klugman, son of the late Jack Klugman is furious about the recent decision of the Award's body to exclude his father from Emmy's special memoriam tribute. "The Odd Couple" star died in December at the age of 90 while the "Glee" star died at the age of 31 last July.
Monteith is known for his character Finn in "Glee" who died due to heroin and alcohol posioning with a relatively short resume . On the other hand, Jack Klugman enjoyed a successful career for over 5 decades and is known for his roles in "The Defenders" and "The Odd Couple."
According to the Los Angeles Times interview, Adam says, "They're celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys.... Cory Monteith never won an Emmy."
"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 [of young adults]", according to an interview in Associated Press.
The special memoriam is paying tribute to 5 notable television talents who died this year and along with Cory, there are 4 honorees who are worthy to be remembered. The other honorees includes writer-producer Gary David Goldberg, the "Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton and comic legend Jonathan Winters.
In a statement, Emmys executive producer Ken Ehlich defended the decision to include Monteith: "Every generation of television viewers has its favorites, and when we decided to expand the 'In Memoriam' segment to remember certain individuals, we wanted these pieces to be representative as well. To a younger generation, Cory Monteith's portrayal of Finn Hudson was highly admired, and the producers felt that he should be included along with the four other individuals we have singled out."
Adam, however, remains unsatisfied and says, "Let's call this what it is. They're doing this because they think they're gonna get a younger generation of viewers to watch.
According to Variety's Editor-in-Chief Andrew Wallenstein, "When Monteith's name is elevated alongside the other four people who are being elevated from the usual In Memoriam reel ... his inclusion risks coming across (as) ill-considered. The unspoken, uncomfortable truth of the matter is that while the work he did on 'Glee' showed great promise, it was not equal to the incredible careers the other four amassed."
He continued, "There will surely be disagreement from his ardent fans, but if Monteith had really achieved that status, those accolades would have been coming even before his death. Unlike many of his co-stars, Monteith never received an Emmy nomination."
Wallenstein ended his argument by saying, "The way to ensure it resonates both now and in the future is to stick to the accomplishments of the talent or the production.
"It's about what has been achieved - not what could have been."
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