So while some 50 departed folks ranging from Brittany Murphy to Soupy Sales to Lena Horne had their faces grace the screen during last Sunday’s Emmy telecast, a person who made a huge impact on the world of television bizarrely didn’t make the cut. Writer and producer David Mills, who died of a brain aneurysm this March at age 48, was not included in the montage. You might ask who Mills is, but if you’ve seen “The Corner” or “Homicide” or “ER” or “Treme” or “NYPD Blue,” you know his work. He also wrote and produced many episodes of inarguably the greatest television series of all time, “The Wire,” which was passed over by Emmy time and time again for the likes of “Boston Legal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
While snubbing “The Wire” is irritating, the Emmys’ forgetfulness in honoring Mills’ legacy is downright appalling. He WON two Emmys for “The Corner,” for Christ’s sake. If you can remember the likes of [insert name here.. there’s a few, but singling out a dead person for their lack of accomplishments in comparison to Mills seems a bit tasteless… no one deserved not to be there, obviously], you should have been able to remember Mills.
Here’s their statement of apology:
“Compiling the In Memoriam is always an arduous task. On occasion, a well respected member of our community may be left off in error. This is certainly not intentional and does not indicate any lack of regard for their accomplishments.”
I can’t say I’m satisfied… But I guess who wants their last moment of public recognition to be Jewel singing a mediocre song as your face gets three seconds of screen time, anyway? If “The Wire” was too brilliant for the Emmys to recognize, it makes sense that so was David Mills.