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Monday, September 23, 2013
Emmys Overlooked Klugman and Hagman
Emmys Overlooked Klugman and Hagman Commentary by Sanford D. Horn September 23, 2013
Not a fan of the numerous televised awards programs put
on by the entertainment industry to validate themselves with their
self-congratulatory faux humility, I actually had a reason to check in on the
Emmy Awards Sunday night September 22.
A pre-awards newspaper brief indicated that five of the
deceased from the past year would be honored with individual acknowledgments
throughout the program, as opposed to the traditional roll call photo montage.
The five included actress Jean Stapleton, actors James Gandolfini and Cory Montieth,
comedian Jonathan Winters, and producer Gary David Goldberg.
Who didn’t love Stapleton and her alter ego, Edith
Bunker? And the comic genius of Winters? Goldberg’s Family Ties was a favorite of mine in the ‘80s – complete with the
comparisons to Alex P. Keaton.
Conspicuously omitted without explanation were actors
Larry Hagman and jack Klugman. Would four more minutes made a difference in a
three-hour-plus awards program rife with bloviating speeches and witless
Actually it should have been a two minute addition as
Montieth should not have been singled out in the first place. The actor, 31, known
for his role on Glee, died of an overdose
of heroin and alcohol, and had previous bouts of substance abuse. While his
co-star Jane Lynch did not omit or excuse Montieth’s substance issues, honoring
his memory as it was done, glorifies his lifestyle and omits the more deserving
Klugman and Hagman.
In fact, during the roll call of photos, Klugman and
Hagman received the most applause. Hagman, following his role of Tony Nelson on
I Dream of Jeannie, was forever known
as oilman villain J. R. Ewing on Dallas.
Klugman, a three-time Emmy winner, was most memorably known for portraying perpetually
sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison on The
Odd Couple. Both actors distinguished themselves on stage as well as the
big screen, and deserved the honors given the other five.
Forty years after the fact, Edith Bunker and Oscar
Madison are still warmly recalled, as is J.R. Ewing 30 years hence. Will the
same be said of Finn Hudson?
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