The Emmys are all about recognizing excellence in the television industry, so it's only fitting that some of most outstanding TV stars who left us in the past year will receive extra special tributes during Sunday's ceremony.
Producers of the 65th Primetime Emmy telecast have announced that in addition to the traditional In Memoriam segment (which will be presented in a unique format), there will be separate segments dedicated to the late James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, and Jonathan Winters, presented by those who knew them best.
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"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," said executive producer Ken Ehrlich.
After the death of "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, his TV wife, Edie Falco, described him as "a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words." Falco will offer the Emmy tribute to Gandolfini, who died in June while vacationing in Italy. "The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known," she said.
Watch Gandolfini receive his first Emmy for his role as Tony Soprano in 2000:
In what is sure to be one of the most emotional moments of the evening, Jane Lynch will pay tribute to her late friend Cory Monteith. The 31-year old "Glee" actor died of an accidental drug overdose in July, and his co-stars grieved both on and off camera as they filmed a tribute to Monteith and his character, Finn Hudson. Lynch told People that the episode — which is expected to air Oct. 10 — is "really beautiful."
2013 also marked the passing of television legend Jean Stapleton, who won three Emmy Awards for her role as Edith Bunker on the 1970s sitcom "All in the Family." She will be remembered by her television son-in-law, Rob Reiner. After the actress died in May at the age of 90, Reiner called her "a brilliant comedienne with exquisite timing. Working with her was one of the greatest experiences of my life."
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Robin Williams will remember his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters, who co-starred with Williams on "Mork and Mindy." (Winters played Mork's son, Mearth, in the ABC sci-fi sitcom.) And Williams should have no trouble paying tribute to his idol; in April he wrote a piece for The New York Times in which he praised Winters's impeccable talent: "No audience was too small for Jonathan. I once saw him do a hissing cat for a lone beagle," Williams wrote.
See Winters in "Mork & Mindy" as Mearth:
And Michael J. Fox will offer a tribute to "Family Ties" creator Gary David Goldberg, who died in June after a battle with cancer. Following Goldberg's death in June, Fox described the talented TV writer as "my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father, and beloved friend."
"He changed my life profoundly," Fox said.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre LA Live on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.