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Y&R's Michael Muhney speaks out on Daytime Emmy voting system & need for reform!

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In a very compelling and interesting interview with one of daytime’s hottest stars, The Young and the Restless’ Michael Muhney, TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco chats with Genoa City’s Adam about  much needed Daytime Emmy reform in order to make the award process viable, fair,  and help the ailing soap opera genre.  Muhney, who along with others notables did not receive a pre-nomination,  have made this year’s final round of nominee announcements. coming next week on May 11th,  shrouded in some controversy.   Here are a few excerpts from the interview below!

Muhney on glaring omissions from the pre-nomination list and the flawed system: “Listen, you have someone who gives a brilliant performance during her alcohol-related storyline — and the woman can’t even get pre-nominated so that her work can possibly be judged to possibly be nominated. Yes, I’m talking about Melody Scott! They won’t even allow her in the room with a reel? They won’t allow me in a room with a reel, either. Since I’ve joined daytime, no one in the industry has seen my work via a reel. I’ve never had a reel assembled for me because I’ve never been pre-nominated because most shows don’t know who I am because I’m so new. In order for you to be pre-nominated, your name has to be checked off of a list by cast members from all the shows. Because the system is so flawed, very talented actors are being overlooked … so this clique mentality continues. What’s going to happen over time is the awards are going to become irrelevant. Soon, a light bulb will go off, which will alert people, “I know why people aren’t tuning into the Emmys anymore!” Why are people not tuning in? Because everyone knows what’s going to happen. They’re predictable. There’s no new blood. And they can’t cheer on a fantastic new, groundbreaking storyline or a riveting performance by an actor or serial. So, year after year, we’re going to bow down our hats to the same people. I guess in that event, I’m the bad guy because I’m calling people out.”

Muhney on the importance of having Daytime Emmy broadcast viewers see the compelling work by performers that may be less known to voters and some viewers: “Hopefully, the day we start honoring new blood will be the day we attract new eyes to our shows. The Emmys are the perfect venue and platform to highlight fresh talent and ideas to a mass audience. If you think about it, if you watch the Oscars, and you haven’t seen any of the nominated and winning movies, you’re going to say, “Damn, I need to go out and see those movies now.”

Muhney on the importance of the Emmy recognition, plus the tenous state the soap industry is in leaving only four shows left in the genre: “We can’t rest on complacency. We cannot rest on old-school mythology because it doesn’t work anymore. You have to realize we’re being squeezed into a group of four remaining shows. We need to value ourselves and take pride in what we do. We are four very rare diamonds in the industry and we should view that as a great responsibility; and I think we are on this show. My heart, of course, breaks that AMC and One Life have fallen by the wayside. My heart truly breaks for the fans who are losing the family they’ve known for decades. I hope the four remaining shows learn the lesson here: Value your shows, your craft, yourself and use this opportunity to exalt soaps and, if anything, pay homage to our fallen comrades by staying on the air and being true to this genre while moving it forward into the modern times so that they don’t become a distant memory but become an inspiration and can live through those remaining.”

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Sorry man, I miss the original Adam in this role!

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I love this guy and yes he was the Best Actor this year! Peter Bergman and Michael Le Blanc were not in a lead story. He and Melody made it rock this past year.

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‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

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In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Breaking News

Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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General Hospital

Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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