The lives of Joan Rivers, Leonard Nimoy, Jan Hooks, Wes Craven, Harris Wittels, and many more were remembered Sunday at the Primetime Emmy Awards in a moving segment honoring their contribution to television.
The montage featured Eva Cassidy’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and had Mike Nichols opening and Nimoy closing the reel.
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Emmys executive producer Tom Mischer told reporters at the Television Critics’ Association’s semi-annual press tour in August that creating the In Memoriam segment is undoubtedly a “tough assignment.” “We compile a list and it’s got hundreds of names on it and we try to make the best decision we can, knowing that we’ve got about … three minutes and 45 seconds to actually do this piece.” Though this will be Mischer’s 12th time producing the Emmys telecast, it remains “very tough.”
Host Andy Samberg empathized with Mischer at the TCA panel, adding that it “seems like an impossible job. … There’s no way to quantify an individual’s life against another’s.”