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Emmy death reel: Was it not 'a bummer'?

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Remember when Emmy producer Mark Burnett promised the death reel this year would be less depressing?

Last month Burnett made headlines when he told critics, ”I think ‘In Memoriam’ doesn’t need to be a bummer.”

The sequence used clips of the dearly departed (including former Spartacus star Andy Whitfield) while The Canadian Tenors sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Glee actress Amber Patrice Riley tweeted, “That was the best rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ I have ever heard. Bravo, I had goosebumps. Just beautiful!”

Some TV reporters getting weary of hearing “Hallelujah” trotted out were less enthused. (And LA Times’ @JBFlint tweeted: “Wasn’t this the category Charlie Sheen was originally supposed to appear in?”).

What did you think of the Emmys’ handling of the “In Memoriam” sequence?

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