Each of the tributes, which will come in addition to the traditional In Memoriam segment, will be delivered by a colleague who had a close relationship with them.
For Gandolfini, it will be “The Sopranos” co-star Edie Falco. Former “Family Ties” star Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to Goldberg, the show’s exec producer. “All in the Family” co-star Rob Reiner will honor Stapleton, Jane Lynch of “Glee” will remember Monteith and Robin Williams will be the one for his former “Mork and Mindy” mate Winters.
“The In Memoriam is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program,” said Primetime Emmys exec producer Ken Ehrlich. “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.
“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.”
Ehrlich was one of the first producers to enhance the In Memoriam feature when he added a live musical component during the Grammys 10 years ago. Following the traditional remembrance segment, he produced a live performance of The Clash’s “London Calling” with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl and others in tribute to Joe Strummer, who died earlier that year.
At the Sept. 15 Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, the following were honored in the In Memoriam segment, in addition to Stapleton and Winters: Leslie Frankehiemer, Grady Hunt, Billy Barnes, David Ellis, Malachi Throne, Fran Bascom, Dann Cahn, Don Payne, Stanley Karnow, Nicole De Francesco, Norval D. Crutcher, Mike Vendrell, Eileen Brennan, Carl Young, Paul Samaras, Tim Samaras, Gerry Anderson, Rosemary Welden, Barry L. Gold, Andy Williams, William Cartwright, Charles Lisanby, Hector R. Figueroa, Frank Comstock, Charles L. Campbell, Lucille Bliss, Adam Strange, Bruce Solberg, Jim Mees, Bonnie Allen, Frank Morriss, Ken Johnson, Darren Rydstrom, Jim Gross, Fred Waugh, Bret T. Mardock, Robert Linden, Charles Durning and Ray Dolby.
Dolby then received a special tribute from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
At last year’s Emmys, Andy Griffith received an extended tribute from the Academy.