PUBLISHED: 11:47 EST, 22 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:37 EST, 22 September 2013
The son of Quincy star Jack Klugman is livid that his late father is not receiving a tribute at Sunday's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
And Adam Klugman feels it's an unfair and odd decision to pay tribute to tragic Glee star Cory Monteith while omitting his Emmy winning father and other TV icons who passed away this year, like Dallas legend Larry Hagman.
'I think it's criminal,' quote Adam Klugman about his father's omission from the memorial tributes. The Hollywood Reporter
His father - who took home three gongs at the TV Oscars also star into The Odd Couple, and was hugely beloved for his canon of work.
Adam said: 'My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days.'
He added: 'It's an insult 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 of young adults."
The Emmy Awards honouring the small screen's finest on Sunday will feature tributes to five television stars who died in the past year, including one for Cory Monteith of Glee, who overdosed in July.
Adam said: 'What about the people who should be introduced to somebody like my father?'
'I don't mean to say anything disparaging about Cory, but he was a kid who had won no Emmys and it was a self-induced tragedy.'
Cory's mother Ann defended her son's inclusion to she said: 'If he had lived 30 more years he would have accomplished much more.',
The show will also pay tribute to Sopranos star James Gandolfini, All In The Family matriarch Jean Stapleton, comedy legend Jonathan Winters and producer Gary David Goldberg who created Family Ties.
The awards show's tribute segment will not include iconic television actors such as I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas star Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman, star of The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E.
Emmy Awards show executive producer Ken Ehrlich told the in an article on Wednesday that grumbling was to be expected.
'No matter what we do, there will be people who feel we had other options and could have done other things,' Ehrlich said.
The decision to honour Monteith, who died in July at age 31 of an alcohol and heroin overdose, has drawn the most second-guessing.
'It was a rather personal choice. Corey's appeal was to maybe a little different generation than some of the others we were honouring,' he said.
The ultimate decision rested with the show's producers and was a judgment call.
'In all candor, this became a producer's option, and we selected these five individuals knowing that there were certainly others that could have been treated this way,' Ehrlich added.
Close friends of the late actors will remember them during the tribute segment.
Edie Falco will talk about Gandolfini who played her mobster husband on The Sopranos and Jane Lynch will pay tribute to her Glee co-star Monteith.
Rob Reiner will honor Stapleton, who played his mother-in-law Edith Bunker on All In The Family, while Mork and Mindy star Robin Williams will pay homage to his mentor Winters.
Family Ties star Michael J. Fox will honor the show's creator Goldberg.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday on CBS.