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.”