The Emmys' in memoriam segment included a lot of people I was worried they'd forget — but it inexplicably forgot quite a few others.
Maybe if the Queen's Gambit director had shut his trap sooner?
Just as bad, the director decided to shoot a lot of footage of the performers Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste. No matter how movingly they performed, they should not have been the focus. I did not need to see them at their mics with Ed Asner relegated to a background longshot.
The most ridiculous omission was Michael Constantine, who won an acting Emmy in 1970 for Room 222 (he was on the show 1969-1974). Norman Lloyd was 106 years old and worked on Alfred Hitchcock Presents (produced 184 episodes, 1957-1962) and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (another 44 episodes, 1963-1965) which should make him a no-brainer.
I also think leaving out Charlie's Angels (1980-1981) actress Tanya Roberts (whose death was so widely reported), Michael Nader (on Dynasty 1983-1989, daytime soaps) and Jay Pickett (Port Charles, 1997-2003; General Hospital, 2006-2008) were surprising snubs.
Among others I noticed missing:
Ben Best — The co-creator and star of Eastbound & Down (2009-2013) just died, but others who died recently were included
Frank Bonner — WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)
Johnny Crawford — Hugely popular kid star from The Rifleman (1958-1963)
Stuart Damon — He was an ideal Prince Charming in TV's second Cinderella (1965), a bona fide sensation in its day, and a longtime General Hospital (1977-2013) actor
Mac Davis — Tons of TV
DMX — Hey, if Biz Markie, the rapping actor, gets a mention, why not sometimes-TV actor DMX?
Richard Donner — Yes, a great film director, but he cut his teeth on TV, including on six episodes of The Twilight Zone (1963-1964)
Arlene Golonka — She was a big party of Mayberry R.F.D. (1968-1971) and was all over TV
James Hampton — He of F Troop (1965-1967) fame, and another ubiquitous face in the medium
Pat Hitchcock — Alfred Hitchcock's (1899-1980) daughter was on 10 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1960)
Tom Kennedy — Game show host
Larry McMurtry — Heavily associated with film (and books), but he adapted his Lonesome Dove (miniseries 1989; series 1994-1995; sequel 1995-1996) for TV
Helen Reddy — Like Mac Davis, she brought her act to TV
Gregory Sierra — Everyone remembers Julio from Sanford and Son (1972-1975), and he was also on Barney Miller (1975-1976) and many other TV series
Felix Silla — Cousin Itt from The Addams Family (1965-1966) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981)