Emmy show aims for laughs, including for the dead

By REUTERS
August 6, 2011 05:10

 
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LOS ANGELES - This year's Primetime Emmy Awards will feature a healthy dose of irreverence, and that may even extend to remembering TV performers who have died.

"I think the in memoriam segment doesn't need to be a bummer. It can be a celebration of what is left behind," Mark Burnett, who is producing the 2011 Emmy show, told reporters on Friday.

The "in memoriam" segment honors TV actors, actresses, directors and other industry players who have died in the past year and, more often than not, can be a section that brings sadness to what is supposed to be a joyous awards show.

Burnett said he planned plenty of fun and spoof moments during the Sept. 18 televised ceremony on Fox, when the most coveted awards in TV will be handed out to the year's top comedy, drama, reality show, actors and writers.

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