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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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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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John Cena Sets World Record After Granting 650th Wish for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation

There is nobody more requested at the Make-A-Wish Foundation than John Cena. The 16-time WWE wrestling champ-turned-actor for years has granted the wishes of children with critical illnesses for the non-profit foundation.

Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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