Emmys: James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith to receive special tributes

James Gandolfini, left, and Cory Monteith. Getty Images

The Emmy Awards will include an expanded "In Memoriam" segment this year, with special recognition going to five individuals who died this year.

Two of those individuals are actors James Gandolfini and Cory Monteith, the Television Academy announced Monday. The others are actress Jean Stapleton, producer Gary David Goldberg and comedian Jonathan Winters.

Edie Falco will pay tribute to her "Sopranos" co-star Gandolfini, while Jane Lynch will remember fellow "Glee" star Monteith. Michael J. Fox will honor "Family Ties" producer Goldberg, Rob Reiner will pay tribute to "All in the Family" star Stapleton and Robin Williams will do the same for Winters, his mentor and "Mork & Mindy" co-star.

"The 'In Memoriam' is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program," executive producer Ken Ehrlich said. "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."

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live from Los Angeles this Sunday on CBS.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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