Norm Macdonald was not part of Monday’s traditional “In Memoriam” segment at the Emmys, although he was screened just before it, when his posthumous comedy special, Norm Macdonald: Nothing specialwas recognized as a nominee in the variety special category.
And people quickly noticed that on social media.
To which others rightly noted that Macdonald was actually featured in last year show. An image of Macdonald sitting by Saturday night Live’s “Weekend Update” desk played just before the end of the pack, while Jon Batiste and Leon Bridges performed Bridges’ song “River”.
Macdonald died on September 14, 2021, after struggling with cancer for nearly a decade. He had chosen to keep his diagnosis private. The Emmys were awarded five days later, on September 19.
However, Macdonald’s special, which won a total of three awards this year, was released in May 2022, qualifying it for the competition. It was Macdonald doing a set that he planned to record in front of a live audience later, but never had the chance to do.
At this year’s show, John Legend gave a moving rendition of his song “Pieces,” as images of Betty White, Nichelle Nichols, Bob Saget, Sidney Poitier, Anne Heche and many others flashed onto a screen.
But there were some notable names that were not included, as is often the case. Among them were friends actor James Michael Tyler, Goliath actor William Hurt and Meat Loaf, who was best known as a musician but appeared in many shows over the years, including: cheerfulness and Elementary.
The Television Academy maintains a database of “the men and women who were included in the televised ‘In Memoriam’ segment, as well as many others who were not” on its website.