Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Emmys Snub In Memoriam: John McMartin, Marjorie Lord, Plus They Co-Opt Music Greats Like Prince, Bowie, Etc


As usual the In Memoriam section of the Emmy Awards was a big friggin’ mess.

Omitted were John McMartin, Marjorie Lord, and about half a dozen actual TV stars.

But the Emmys included Prince, David Bowie, Natalie Cole and Merle Haggard– music stars who belong in the Grammy In Memoriam. Ridiculous.

They also stretched to include Alan Rickman, who had no TV career at all and Gene Wilder, who had a very minuscule one. They belong at the Oscars. They were film stars.

Also missing from the Emmy In Memoriam: Beth Howland and Marvin Kaplan, each from the “Alice” TV show among others, and Jack Riley from “Newhart.”

I felt really bad for John McMartin– his imdb is a history of TV. And Marjorie Lord played Danny Thomas’s wife in a classic TV show. At least the Emmys didn’t forget Ann Morgan Guilbert. But, really. Prince?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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