Though the Emmys are fast approaching, the awards ceremony will likely be a little more somber than usual.
Following “Glee” star Cory Monteith’s death earlier this month, Emmy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich tells Deadline that the event will pay special tribute to the late star.
“If Cory had passed away in March, we’d have had four months to look at this with a little more perspective,” Ehrlich said. “The reason we’re getting all of this discussion now is because he passed away two weeks ago. But we are going to deal with it.”
Ehrlich then confirmed to Deadline that the homage to Monteith would in fact be separate from the annual “In Memorium” portion of the show and will likely involve music as a nod to the star’s role on FOX’s hit musical comedy series.
While “Glee” did not receive as much Emmy love as it has in the years since its buzzy debut four years ago, Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) and Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Beiste) were nominated for Supporting Actress and Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively.
Monteith performed a musical number at the 62nd Emmy's in 2010, along with much of the "Glee" cast, Jimmy Fallon, Nina Dobrev ("The Vampire Diaries") and more.
The 65th annual Primetime Emmys will air on Sunday, September 22 at 8pm.