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Y&R's Michael Muhney on exiting female cast members & cast-trimming measures!

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Photo Credit: Glenn Harris

The outspoken Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) of The Young and the Restless spoke recently with Dose.ca of Canada for a very thought-provoking interview.  In it, Michael discusses the cast-cutting measures that have recently sent  daytime favorites, Maura West, Stacy Haiduk, and Eden Riegel off the Genoa City Canvas.

But, Muhney also reveals that fans can look for more core characters getting plenty of airtime towards the holiday season.    Here are a few interesting excerpts!

Muhney on seeing West, Haiduk and Riegel leave Y&R:  ” I will say that it’s been quite an educational experience working with Stacy Haiduk (ex-Patty/Emily), Maura West (ex-Diane) and now Eden Riegel, where all three, upon being told they were being dismissed had a final six weeks to shoot, and in their final six weeks, they happen to be in a storyline with me. I’m acting with talented actresses that have been given really sad news and they have to soldier through it. It’s been such a eye opening experience to see three very professional women handle themselves and come into work and just nail it and still find a way to enjoy what they’re doing knowing they’re one their way out.

Maura West on our final week of work, she started breaking down and said “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to get this emotional” and ran off.  She was trying to thank me and said, “Thank you for being the only person who didn’t treat me like a dead man walking.” And that really hit me. I come to play and at some point in time, I’m leaving the show. Three to five years, or ten to fifteen years and upon my leaving, there’s going to be that time where I know I’m gone and even if it’s on my own terms, I’ll want people being there and bringing it with me, everyday, until the very end. I’m still working with Eden and it’s been interesting. She’s another classy actress who is doing a very fine job.”

Muhney on industry-wide cast-cutting talks to help soaps and Y&R’s longevity and to help ratings:  “There’s been talk by journalists, my fellow actors, by fans and by the network that we have a rather large cast. What if we streamline the cast and knock off, and this is just an arbitrary number, 10 folks and we really cut the fat off? I think that’s happening.  I want to tell people that I think there’s going to be a stronger focus on core characters. I think it’s going to take some time, after Thanksgiving, but before Christmas. It’s already happening. I can sense that the show is telling stories about more core folks and getting rid of other characters.Yeah, it’s losing viewers. It’s hemorrhaging viewers at times, and you have to wonder, how do you plug that leak?”


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Jared
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Jared

First, Latham and, then, Arena-Bell have destroyed this show. I never thought I’d see the day. The character destructions, the history re-writes and the plot driven nonsense have been allowed to go on for too long. I cannot even watch anymore because it’s simply intolerable to me. Y&R needs a renaissance like OLTL had with Carlivati and Valentini. Unfortunately, I’m beginning to think the destruction is intentional, and it’s very sad.

lisa
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lisa

I have noticed recently that story lines are started on Y&R and left dangling just as they are on OLTL.
It makes it hard to keep up with show or at times care.
I suspect this ‘destruction’ as you call Jared,may be intentional.
It is a sad day…
Even sadder is the CRAP they are creating to fill its time slot.

Lew
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Lew

Good interview and I totally agree with Mr. Muhney. The show needs to get back to basics. PLEASE no more new characters for a while!! At times the show is unrecognizable and I don’t know if I am watching AMC or GL.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Well, I hope he can comfort Debbi Morgan because I give it three months tops. MAB knows zip about running a soap opera. I have removed it from my DVR and watched a few minutes last night and I felt like I was at a bad high school play. And you do get the feeling they are letting her do it on purpose every actor is phoning it in. And the rumor is that there has not been this much back biting between the actors since Edward Scisssorhands rode on the back of my motorcycle!!!

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

With all the “cast member trimming down”, I pray that Michael Muhney’s status on “Y&R” stays intact!

Scott
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Scott

To know that Maura cried and ran off set destroys me. No wonder she has no much hostility towards the show now. I hate Y&R right now.

Barbara
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Barbara

Trimming the large cast is a start. However, even with a smaller cast, the show will still decline if better judgment and skill is not brought to the writing (quit wasting time on garbage like launching a real Jabot Cosmetics line!). It doesn’t matter if the show has 10 actors or 100. If the material continues to be as lousy as it has been for the past 3 or 4 years, this show is a goner! I have watched Y&R since the first episode. I am absolutely stunned at how lousy this once great show has become. I can barely… Read more »

jamie conrad
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jamie conrad

There is no excuse for the continued – destruction of each character on this show. Maria Arena Bell – is DESTROYING Bill Bell’s legacy and shame on CBS and Sony for allowing it to continue. Not to mention the idiotic casting and firing on this show. It is appalling.

Steve /Sharon Madaras
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Steve /Sharon Madaras

We as old timers (I’m 78) have watched soaps for years.Y&R has been a favorite up until the beginning of 2011. Whoever took over the writing ( someone obviously has, or the staff has developed brain damage) has seriously damaged the shows ratings. The impression that evil always excels is not realistic. The power for persons to dominate accorded to them because they are wealthy is reasonable to assume in real life. However the limits imagined by the writers is not even conceivable. Further the reluctance for the intimidated to confront one another regarding the truth is unreal and sickening.… Read more »

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