2017-12-30 01:01:14 UTC
NBC Nightly News ran a 5-minute obituary reel, "In Memoriam 2017," at the end of the first segment on Friday night's broadcast.
It's a well-done montage, well worth watching. Especially good was the transition at the end from Rickles to Lewis to Campbell, showing a connection between them.
A few thoughts:
1. Two of the names on the list, Sue Grafton and Rose Marie, had been dead less than 24 hours at the time of the broadcast. They were not otherwise mentioned on the program.
2. A few names were included that were left off of the obit reel on this past September's Emmy Awards: Erin Moran, Charlie Murphy, Judge Joseph Wapner. Several more of these names, of course, will likely be included on next year's Emmy reel.
3. Monty Hall was followed by Chuck Barris - but while Hall was listed as "Game show host," Barris was listed as "Game show creator & host." You'd think Hall would also have been listed as a creator too.
4. Why was J. Geils listed as "John Warren Geils Jr"?
Sir Roger Moore
Harry Dean Stanton
Sir John Hurt
John Warren Geils Jr
Judge Joseph Wapner
Mary Tyler Moore