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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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Ashton Arbab Says Farewell To General Hospital: “It Was Such An Honor To Have Worked Alongside Of Such Talented Actors”

Yesterday, viewers of General Hospitals witnessed that as a result of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib; it meant the end of the road for a couple of characters.  One of those was Dev, and thus ends Ashton Arbab’s over two-year run in the role.

In key scenes, Dev dies in the ambulance ride to the hospital and thanks Sonny (Maurice Benard) for making him a part of the family and tells Sonny to tell Josslyn (Eden McCoy) that he is sorry.  Will Sonny recall what Dev said and pass that on to Joss? Will anyone figure out Dev’s duplicity in keeping Joss and Cameron (William Burton) apart? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Ashton took to Twitter on Tuesday and shared these words of praise and ‘thank you’ for his time on the ABC daytime drama series.

 

Arbab expressed: “I am forever grateful to Producer Frank Valentini and Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) for this amazing opportunity. It was such an honor to have worked along side of such talented actors and I’m beyond blessed for your friendship. Most of all thank you General Hospital fans.”

So, what did you think of Dev being killed-off? Will you miss Ashton? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.


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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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Mark Lawson Shares Heartfelt Sentiments As He Exits General Hospital

General Hospital fans knew Monday’s episode would bring with it who might have survived the explosion at the Floating Rib, and who might still be in peril or who did not make out.

This afternoon as viewers were learning the fate of several characters including Dustin, who was proposing to Lulu (Emme Rylan) as the bomb went off, his portrayer, Mark Lawson took to his Instagram to announce his exit from the series.

Mark expressed: “Actors know this moment is bittersweet.  Job well done, but leaving a set full of like-minded, inspired people. Playing Dustin was a joy. Every day on set was a gift, as were: Emme Rylan, Kirsten Storms, Brian Lane, Dominic Zamprogna, Lisa LoCicero, Maurice Benard, Bradford Anderson (And others that don’t have social media!) Thank you General Hospital. Honored to be part of television history not only on this show, but to be among the first actors back to work in town post-Covid. The set always felt safe, and I was proud to be in front of the camera in such a strange time  Thank you for everything.  Stay soapy.”

Check out Mark’s post below.

So, are you sad that Dustin is no longer on the canvas in Port Charles? Will you miss Mark in the role? Comment below.

 

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