Don't kid yourselves. The Emmy Awards want high ratings. They want eyes on the screens so next time that the organization does their television contract they get big bucks. The Executive Producer of the show also wants big bucks so that means thinking about ratings even when it comes to the memorial tributes to actors who passed away since the last Emmy Awards. This year five actors who died are getting a special tribute in the form of a speech by five living stars and everyone else who died is getting ignored. So you will have Cory Monteith being honored by Jane Lynch and Larrty Hagman gets nothing. Yes, the man who was on television for a lifetime and in some of the biggest shows of all time and the biggest cliffhanger on television of all time gets stiffed so Cory Monteith can have a couple of minutes.
The Executive Producer admitted its about ratings and that Larry Hagman is not going to get good ratings but a young person who died on a semi-hit show is. James Gandolfini did make the list. The other trick in all of this is that the stars chosen to talk about the dead actors are fairly big ratings draws in their own right. Jonathan Winters is being honored just because they got Robin Williams to talk about him.