Larry Hagman's Son Expresses 'Disappointment' With Emmys In Memoriam: 'My Dad Was a Trailblazer'
Preston Hagman was diplomatic in his remarks about the awards ceremony controversy, but said that he had hoped to see his father honored for "the trends he set in the industry."
While Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg were memorialized with individual segments during the 2013 Emmys, the late Dallas star Larry Hagman was seen for only a few brief seconds during the show's In Memoriam slide show.
"How I felt last night watching [the Emmys] was not anger, it was disappointment," Hagman's son, Preston Hagman, told Entertainment Tonight.
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"I think my dad was a trailblazer in the industry," he said, while carefully keeping his remarks as diplomatic as possible.
"I think if they're gonna do a memorial for the Emmys, I think that they should spend more time on that segment," he said. "I think the total of the Emmy segment was probably 20 minutes that they did. So if they're gonna do it, they should do it all. If they're not going to do it, then do it all the same. At the same time, I understand it's very hard for the Emmys to choose what they want."
Hagman is the latest to speak out against the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' decision to honor select actors with tributes, while relegating others to a photo reel. Jack Klugman's son Adam Klugman told The Associated Press that his father was being snubbed by the Academy.
"It's an insult," he said prior to the show, "and it really seems typical of this youth-centric culture that has an extremely short attention span and panders to only a very narrow demographic."
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Hagman died Nov. 23 in the midst of filming season two of TNT's Dallas reboot. For his role as scheming oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, Hagman was nominated for two Emmys, in 1980 and 1981, but did not win.
"The Emmys recognized my father, I appreciate that very much," the younger Hagman said, "but I think the best recognition is for the new show of Dallas to be picked up for a third season for all the cast and crew. … I think that is the best tribute that his legacy can contribute on a new show and a new season."
TNT renewed Dallas for a third season on April 30, 2013. The 15-episode season is set to premiere in early 2014.