The Game Changer: Young and Restless Star Michael Muhney Takes on The Daytime Emmys!


 




Ruh roh, Raggy. The Genoa City Clique might not like this! The Young and the Restless star Michael Muhney (Adam) is speaking out about the insanely unfair and inequitable Daytime Emmy nomination submission process. Here's what the popular star told CBS Soaps In Depth (On newstands now!):

"The blatant oversights need to be rectified," the actor tells Soaps in Depth. "You'd be hardpressed to find people to say that there's not a problem."


Somebody pass the collection plate, because Rev. Muhney is preaching the gospel. It is a doggone shame that actors like One Life to Live's Florencia Lozano, Trevor St. John, Kristen and Eddie Alderson and Y&R's Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott and yes, Muhney himself, continue to be snubbed, while the same old people get nominated year in and year out;  many in categories they don't deserve to be in! On that point, Muhney added:

"When your character inherently supports other people's story, and you spend a lot of time on screen talking about other characters then you're supporting them," he muses. "When you're not on screen, and other characters are talking about you, then they're supporting you."

Okay, see now I'm talking in tongues, because I done caught the Holy Ghost. Dude is telling what God loves about this industry — The Truth! I firmly believe one of the main reasons ratings for the Daytime Emmy telecast continues to erode is because the actual awards have become such a joke. Why put yourself up for a lead actor nomination if…you don't drive story?

Who cares where the Daytime Emmys are held, or if Las Vegas has to be a costar to pay for the thing, until the people who actually deserve the nominations receive them, then the Daytime Emmys will continue to become more and more of an embarassment to the industry. Kudos to Muhney and former The Young and the Restless actress Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru) before him for having the nads to speak out!

37 Responses

  1. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Clearly, Michael Muhney needs to follow the example of this co-star, Michelle Stafford: intimidate others with your ridiculous threats to SCARE them into submission, and bring brownies and donuts to work to kiss the asses of everyone else who actually believe the crap that you are trying to sell them.

    Doing a good job and delivering Emmy-worthy performances have NEVER been the key to getting nominated or winning, except for rare cases when an actor gets very lucky, and the entire ceremony is basically a big popularity contest, one that I HOPE doesn’t get televised next year unless they can get their acts together.

  2. Avatar of Haribon1
    Haribon1

    AMEN AlstonBoy! How on God’s green Earth is that ham sandwich Michelle Stafford nominated year after year? It boggles the mind! Clearly that heffa knows how to rig the idiotic voting system to her advantage.

    Another forever nominee is party girl and ass-kisser extraordinaire Christian LeBlanc!!! The character he plays is barely a supporting player, always licking Victor’s behind, and yet he’s nominated this year. La LeBlanc is hammier than Erica Kane, gesticulating and over-enunciating every damn word! In what planet is that called acting?

    Michael Munhey is very brave for publicly saying what MANY are scared to say out loud. I applaud him and send him good vibes because he’s going to need them to ward off La Stafford’s wrath! You don’t mess with a scientology heffa and get away with it. Just ask Victoria Rowell or Meldoy Thomas Scott.

  3. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    I saw an actress win the emmy this year who clearly did not deserve it compared to the others who were nominated. She was good, and a nice person, but their were other actresses who played their hearts out and should have been considered.

  4. Avatar of emblazoned
    emblazoned

    Aside from Brittany Allen’s win, I firmly believe the best actors won in each category this year. Same for last year aside from Drew Tyler Bell. I agree there are issues with the Emmy prenomination round and with actors being the voting panel, but the right people seem to be winning (more often than not) so I can’t completely bash the system.

    FL, TSJ, EB, MTS, MM, and EA may have deserved noms this year, but I don’t think any of them deserved to win. KA did nothing to warrant a nomination.

  5. Avatar of DynamiteKiddo
    DynamiteKiddo

    The system is shamefully f’d up, but IA that MM is doing this selfishly. He can appear very sweet and accessible, but it’s clear his ego is almost as big as EB’s and there’s nothing remotely humble or even really gracious about him. IMO, he’s just really pissed that he gets overlooked when he thinks he should win–forget just being nominated! However, I do think he’s much better than most soap actors, he just rubs me the wrong way sometimes . . .

  6. Avatar of tedew
    tedew

    No matter what your thoughts are regarding MM from what I can gather, the whole daytime Emmy process is a bit of a joke.

    I think it would be much more legitimate if actors simply nominated other actors based on their yearly work such as SAG does for their process. Would it not be nice to have someone win on merit rather than popularity?

  7. Avatar of emblazoned
    emblazoned

    @tedew – How is your suggestion any different from what already happens? As long as actors are involved in the nomination process, popularity will always trump merit.

  8. Avatar of tedew
    tedew

    emblazoned … you could be right so maybe critics (if they exist for daytime) could do it. However, I think the actor system is probably less a popularity vote than you think.

    With daytime it seems that the actors submit only their most histrionic, comic or tear drenched scenes that they think will guarantee one of those cadmium plated statuettes.

  9. Avatar of jphelps
    jphelps

    The daytime emmys are no diff than most awards which are a popularity contests. Studios pimp their actors in movies and TV shows to get nominations also. And many times like in the Oscars a person wins for a lessor performance because the people who vote feel they were overlooked for years.

    The daytime emmys have been this way for years not just the past 10 years as have other awards. It doesn’t make it right but its sadly a fact.

    MM is just a sorehead because he thinks he’s the next Victor on Y&R and deserves a lead nomination and award. Newsflash MM you are not any better than most of the other actors on Y&R so get over yourself.

  10. Avatar of cgoff
    cgoff

    I am sorry, but talk about sour grapes!! he and EB need to form a mutual BS society. Neither one of them are worthy of an Emmy so I don’t understand him getting up on his “soap” box and spewing like Mt. St. Rowell, queen of “why can’t I get an Emmy!!!! waaaahhhhh!!!!”

    and all the bashing of those that do get nominated! the hatred of the actors by some is a joke, just because someone goes to work and has a good relationship with cast and crew does not mean that they are “buying” their pre-nom or nom votes, certain people can only vote in certain categories, so why would MS bring brownies or whatever for “everyone” if “everyone” can not vote??? do you think a key gripe gets a vote for Best Actor?

    like I said on another board, I am happy when anyone from my favorite show gets nominated and/or wins!! and as a viewer of soaps since the late 50′s, I will take what I can get for however much longer we get to have Daytime Emmy’s.

    I can solve ya’ll problem with the Daytime Emmy’s real easy
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    don’t watch! see that was simple!

  11. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    I’m not going to apologize for my comments,so here I go:

    YA ALL ARE JUST JEALOUS OF MICHAEL MUHNEY AND YA ALL NEED TO GET OVER YOURSELVES! Michael is 100% correct in his statements regarding the Daytime Emmy nomination process. It’s awful, it’s unfair, unbalanced, and the system needs to be changed once again.

    Michael has a reason to gripe. He had some extremely strong material last year and he SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED (and certainly over Billy Miller I might add who did not have all that strong of a year last year)!!! The fact that he wasn’t along with MTS getting snubbed yet again tells me that the nomination system needs to change and drastically!

    He’s an extremely good actor and probably a much better actor than a 1/4 to a 1/2 of the Y&R cast. He always brings his “A” game when he’s got himself in a meaty storyline (which is most of the time these days, but I’m not complaining) and does not chew up the scenery like MS or BM do in their scenes.

    BTW, I tweeted this story to Michael and told him that a lot of you were badmouthing him and I hope he comes on here and puts some of you to shame for your tacky and tasteless comments.

    ‘Nuff said!

  12. Avatar of Ceridwyn2
    Ceridwyn2

    I’m not a fan of Muhney’s in that I don’t watch Y&R. I’ve heard a couple podcasts he’s done w/ DC folks and he is amusing. That said, he does make a point that the daytime Emmy nomination process is flawed. Performances and writing nominations should be considered for consistent performances over the course of a year. So much of it is a popularity contest, rather than strictly performance based. There are a few nominations and a win or two that had me shaking my head (cough *Brittany Allen* cough.), when there were others that were more deserving of the win.

    Maybe something like the Golden Globes that are decided by the foreign press…now that wouldn’t work for daytime, but perhaps a mixture of soap press and mainstream press?

  13. Avatar of RockiDreams
    RockiDreams

    The regular Emmys have pretty much the same problem and I don’t watch those either. I just knew there was a reason I can’t stand this guy – seems arrogant and self serving, just like the character he plays – no acting reach there. Popular? Really? Not with this viewer, but that is the case with all actors – some you like, some you don’t.

  14. Avatar of cgoff
    cgoff

    [quote=matealestlmo]I’m not going to apologize for my comments,so here I go:

    YA ALL ARE JUST JEALOUS OF MICHAEL MUHNEY AND YA ALL NEED TO GET OVER YOURSELVES! Michael is 100% correct in his statements regarding the Daytime Emmy nomination process. It’s awful, it’s unfair, unbalanced, and the system needs to be changed once again.

    Michael has a reason to gripe. He had some extremely strong material last year and he SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED (and certainly over Billy Miller I might add who did not have all that strong of a year last year)!!! The fact that he wasn’t along with MTS getting snubbed yet again tells me that the nomination system needs to change and drastically!

    He’s an extremely good actor and probably a much better actor than a 1/4 to a 1/2 of the Y&R cast. He always brings his “A” game when he’s got himself in a meaty storyline (which is most of the time these days, but I’m not complaining) and does not chew up the scenery like MS or BM do in their scenes.

    BTW, I tweeted this story to Michael and told him that a lot of you were badmouthing him and I hope he comes on here and puts some of you to shame for your tacky and tasteless comments.

    ‘Nuff said![/quote]

    It is called an opinion and just like you and MM we are allowed to have one! No “one” opinion is right or wrong, what is wrong is denying someone to have one even if it is not the same as yours! I will keep mine, I live that MS has a great relationship with the cast and crew of Y & R! Who wants to work with someone who who is a drama queen and a bitch to the crew?

  15. Avatar of Imjustsaying
    Imjustsaying

    WOW at the comments! I’m about 20 minutes new to Daytime Confidential and it shows. After reading this and other Y&R post, I see that I am missing a whole lot of history. I do agree with Michael Muhney and support him for stating the obvious elephant in the Daytime Emmy room. I stopped watching the Emmys years ago as it did appear to be a big joke. I have a few questions, being new and all so please fill me in. 1) What is the story with Michelle Stafford? I see that her fan base here is extremely limited (to say nicely). I don’t like her acting so I fast forward through her screens. 2) What was her involvement with Victoria Rowell’s departure? 3) Does she have something to do with Melody Thomas Scott being MIA? 4) What was she threatening to do?

  16. Avatar of stackofpancakes
    stackofpancakes

    I had to register just so I could comment on this. I was directed to this post from Muhney’s tweet. I have to say I completely agree with this writer and MM’s comments. The Daytime Emmy nomination system is an absolute joke. How can you legitimately pass out awards to people for performances that by no means deserve it. I will say, they get it right on very, and I do mean very, few occasions. However, there is no justification for the injustices that occur with these awards each year.

    As far as Michael speaking out about this…he has every right to. You can’t tell me that you don’t go to your job day in and day out doing exceptional work and expect not to get some sort of recognition or a promotion from you boss for doing so? Of course you do. Micheal has pulled Adam Newman from a pitiful petulant child into a complexly hated but likeable character. Why else does the show allow him to adlib parts of his lines?

    MM’s performances this last year have been nothing short of riveting. He has breathed new life into the suffering storylines of Young and the Restless. I am transfixed to a point of making sure never to miss the show when an Adam Newman storyline will be involved in the day’s episode. Right along side my fellow co-workers, I pack my lunch to make sure I am in that break room at 12:30pm (est) each day glued to that flat screen TV to see what next Muhney will deliver.

    All your low blows, and tactless comments on Michael’s acting is ridiculous. He deserves to be recognized. If you can’t see what he has done for his show and for the character he plays, then you’re as blind as Adam Newman on a bad day.

  17. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=stackofpancakes]All your low blows, and tactless comments on Michael’s acting is ridiculous. He deserves to be recognized. If you can’t see what he has done for his show and for the character he plays, then you’re as blind as Adam Newman on a bad day.[/quote]

    Stack,

    I could not have said this any better! Thank you for not only defending Michael about his comments but also defending his acting, which as I said in an earlier post is way better than probably half of the cast.

  18. Avatar of MichaelMuhney
    MichaelMuhney

    Thank you to those of you who are commenting objectively.

    First of all, the issues that should be laid out on the table are the “similarities” between Adam Newman and myself:
    There are NONE. That is why it is called “acting”. However, I am aware that the contempt that people have for me as a person is strongly influenced by the fact that folks watch me, on a daily basis, being arrogant, patronizing, condescending, antagonizing, and did I say arrogant? So when reading interviews or comments from me there are many folks who are reading my comments in an “Adam” voice with “Adam” tones. How could you not? I really can’t blame people for that. It’s not like you know me as a person. How could you? We haven’t met. You’ve not been around me to see the kind of person I really am. So let’s move along to this issue of knowing the real me…YOU DON’T.

    I am married. A father of two. I’m very dedicated to my family. I love my work. I’m thankful for it everyday. I’ve had a 14 year work-streak that has afforded me a large résumé and a comfortable lifestyle. I am constantly humbled by how lucky I’ve been to live out my dream, live out my passion, and support my family. I have accepted many humbling defeats over the years where big roles have slipped through my fingers when they were offered to big-name actors. So I continued moving forward and pushing on. I am where I am in my career because of me, my family’s encouragement, and a helluva lot of luck. Now let’s move on to this issue of me being egotistical and self-serving…because I AM.

    We all have to have a healthy ego, to a certain extent. Didn’t our mothers & fathers raise us to believe how unique and wonderful and beautiful and gifted we all are? Didnt they encourage us to believe we are amazing because they were preparing us for a world that would constantly tell us how ugly, fat, worthless, and miserable we all are. Isn’t that what you want to instill in your kids? Strength? Belief in oneself? Confidence? We all want that for our children, and we all know they need it to survive the harsh realities of human nature. So if our mothers and fathers raised us that way, and we raise our children that way, how come you are so brutal when you come across an adult that has held on to those values and strengths that we all admit children need to succeed as adults. I believe in myself. I believe I am very talented. I believe I can help make my show better. I believe I can help this dying genre. And yet, it makes a lot of you uncomfortable to hear that kind of confidence. This business regularly crushes people’s souls and leaves them penniless, alcoholic, addicted to drugs, or soul-smothered. You have to learn to fight for yourself and others around you who you care about. In “showbusiness” you have to promote yourself, and believe in your talents, otherwise nobody else will believe in you if you can’t even believe in yourself. So to those of you who are saying an actor has an ego is like saying a chef loves food. The two go hand-in-hand. Is it self-serving to want the Emmy system changed? Sure. What a surprise there! Naysayers are really peeling back the curtain with this one. You mean to say, Michael Muhney wants things changed & fixed with regards to the Emmy system so he has a better chance of winning fair-and-square? Wow. Shocker. What a newsflash! How did you ever connect those dots? I never claimed to be Mother Theresa, because I’m not. But I do believe in speaking up and fighting for what’s fair, and I do believe folks I work with are being unfairly passed over while others are being pre-nominated and nominated when they have NO BUSINESS being in contention. So I speak up for myself (self-serving) and my peers (selfless). Because I am outspoken, and fearless, there are many many co-workers who have come to me and thanked me for speaking out. They have explained that they felt like they would be fired, back-burnered, or blacklisted for speaking out. They explained how they felt like fans would be brutal and judgmental and accusatory of their public stand. They didn’t want to be accused of being sour grapes. But they agree with EVERY WORD I’ve spoken in public with regards to the broken, cliqueish, unfair, Emmy system that has become a joke in Hollywood. So when I speak out, I do so for myself, and all the others. A lot of these people are some of your favorite actors, people who have been snubbed, their storylines neglected, and I speak up for them as well.

    Do you hear ANY actors from my show hinting at negativity towards me? Quite the opposite. I am not Adam, the pariah that you perceive me to be, I am Michael, the person who gets along with everyone in my show, who sticks up for himself and others against bullies. I willingly take the brunt of all your criticism on behalf of all the actors quietly cheering me on.

    So go ahead, continue to be harsh, continue to attack my character and motivations. But you should know that I know something you’ll probably NEVER know…me. I can sleep at night knowing all that I do for my family, my coworkers, my show, the Emmys, and the daytime medium. I won’t give in to the negativity that is slowly crushing the life out of a beautiful medium. Instead, I’ll do everything humanly possible to insure my coworkers will have jobs for as long as possible, and you have daytime soaps as something to watch for years to come.

    So get outta my way if you’re gettin’ in my way. I’m doing everything I can to help a broken, dying, sinking genre. Are you?

    (THE FOLKS AT DAYTIME CONFIDENTIAL ARE WELCOME TO RUN THIS AS AN EDITORIAL SO MORE FOLKS CAN READ THE TRUTH)

  19. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Well spoken, Michael Muhney. I wish talent and being a well-respected leading star on your respective show were enough to ensure Emmy nominations for deserving actors such as yourself, but sadly that’s not the case.

    I think your co-star, Jeanne Cooper, said it best in an interview she did a few years ago: (Paraphrase): “The only way to ensure that the Emmys are distributed in a fair manner is not to distribute them at all.”

  20. Avatar of SwanQueen59
    SwanQueen59

    Bravo, Mr. Muhney. Much success to you and blessings to your family as well. It’s hard to keep ones head on straight in this industry. While the character of Adam is not a favorite of mine, I recognize the care and craft that has gone into its’ construction. I know what I see on my screen and if I believe what I see, I know that’s due to you, your talent and preparation. Thank you for what you are bringing to Y&R as well as the Soap Opera genre overall. I can’t say what the answer is regarding the Emmy nomination “merry-go-round” that some get on (and never seem to get off). I will leave that to those who are more qualified than myself to decipher…

    Onward and upward, Sir! 0:)

  21. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    I agree with him but don’t expect anything to change. What a great posting he did! I don’t like Adam but I LOVE Michael!

    That awards show is always a joke for so many different reasons. Every year there are new upsets and embarrassments.

  22. Avatar of tedew
    tedew

    Michael Muhney states that there are no similarities between himself and Adam Newman; which is why it is called acting. That is hopefully true for most.

    However, Adam Newman’s witty sharp retorts as delivered by Mr. Muhney; as does his post #24 above demonstrate that there probably are quite a few positive qualities that are shared.

    I think that was a very cohesive and informative response.

    Thanks!

  23. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    (ME): STANDING UP AND CLAPPING! Well done and well said Michael! You’ve got me in your corner and I’ll continue to defend you to anyone who says anything bad about you……….EVER AGAIN!

    You have my utmost respect for sticking your neck out like you did with the original article and with your comments above! I applaud you!

    Oh, and thank you for putting your naysayers in their rightful place………..in the corner, with a dunce hat on, mouth opened, and foot inserted.

    Warmest regards,

    Michael

    (And damn proud I let Michael Muhney know about this thread)

  24. Avatar of SoapGuyFlorida
    SoapGuyFlorida

    [quote=matealestlmo](ME): STANDING UP AND CLAPPING! Well done and well said Michael! You’ve got me in your corner and I’ll continue to defend you to anyone who says anything bad about you……….EVER AGAIN!

    You have my utmost respect for sticking your neck out like you did with the original article and with your comments above! I applaud you!

    Oh, and thank you for putting your naysayers in their rightful place………..in the corner, with a dunce hat on, mouth opened, and foot inserted.

    Warmest regards,

    Michael

    (And damn proud I let Michael Muhney know about this thread)[/quote]

    You scold others in your first post about tacky and tasteless comments, yet proceed to show yourself to be immature and hypocritical in both posts.

    If that is you in your avatar, then start acting your age..

    As for the topic, its well known that the system is a joke. If someone doesnt speak out then nothing will get done, so hopefully this is a first step towards change. Good work MM.

  25. Avatar of Restless Vixen
    Restless Vixen

    See, this is why I am a Michael Muhney fan. He’s publicly speaking out about Daytime Emmys and owning everything he believes in both in the soap press and the message boards (no sock puppets for him). While what he is saying is not news to most long time viewers (we had to know something was not right when the same people get nominated/win much of the time), it’s nice to have someone ON THE INSIDE confirmed what many of us already suspected. Especially in a genre like daytime dramas where much of the mainstream media pegs us as a bunch of silly “out of touch” fanatics obsessed on a so-called “dead” TV. And what’s more, he seems to also be doing something about it. It’s one thing to complain, it’s another to be part of the solution as well. Good for him, putting his “muhney” where his mouth is!

  26. Avatar of cgoff
    cgoff

    opinions are like ass holes, everyone has one!

    thank goodness we are all allowed to have our own, it is sad that some have to bash someone else for having a differing opinion

    I stand by mine as I have watched soaps since the 1950′s, probably a lot longer than most of the posters here have been alive much less watched soaps. I have watched some of the best,(and a whole lot better then some) actors and actresses on TV in ove 60 years of soaps that have NEVER won an Emmy and didn’t or don’t boo hoo about it or the reason why.

    Be happy with what you do have, be it a job or job and a family. In the real world we just get paid to work! and the majority of us are happy to have a job to support ourselves and our families.

    An Emmy does not make one a better actor or a person, not winning one and being happy and proud of those who do win one makes one a better person though. Some should learn a lesson on how to appreciate what they do have and not covert what others do have.

  27. Avatar of GHdoolFan
    GHdoolFan

    I’m embarrassed that Michael Muhney had to comment on this post to defend himself. Some posters need to stop and think before they start running their mouths. Its pathetic. I’m all about speaking your mind, but maybe you should use your BRAIN.

    First of all…WHO CARES if he’s speaking out for a “selfish” reason? Look…I’m sure he wants to be nominated because HE DESERVES IT! What’s wrong with that? If you’re busting your ass at your job and doing a better job than everyone else and someone who works half as much, has much easier work, and doesn’t really put all of the effort in comes up and gets all of the recognition…are you not going to speak out or at the very least feel slighted? He isn’t the only person who has been screwed over by the horrid nomination process and he isn’t the first person to speak out about it.

    If you can’t differentiate Michael Muhney and Adam Newman, then you have a serious problem and might need to start therapy to talk to someone about this. I know there’s a long history of soap actors being publicly abused in different ways because of their characters actions, but if you’re on the internet then you probably know a lot of the insides and outsides of soaps and should be a little more advanced than that. Its all good to have your favorites and characters/actors that just don’t click with you, but there is a such thing as taking things too far.

    Everyone should agree that the Emmy system is flawed. I can’t imagine someone not thinking that, but that’s just me. It has been a problem for years and I hope that MM speaking out gives some people motivation to change it. There aren’t many Emmys left and I think the last few should matter. People have been getting screwed out of Emmys since they have come into existence. The voting process is completely subjective to the voter, but the nomination process is just a horrid click of people that make a mockery of the award.

    Yes, its just an award and I’m sure MM, NLG, MTS, EB, FL, TSJ, KA, LA, and many others know that they are the real top of the class of actors, BUT who doesn’t want to be appreciated by everyone? If you’re giving out an award for “Best Actor”, “Best Actress” etc…why not get the best actor or actress?

  28. Avatar of
    matealestlmo

    [quote=SoapGuyFlorida]You scold others in your first post about tacky and tasteless comments, yet proceed to show yourself to be immature and hypocritical in both posts.[/quote]

    I am not even going to dignify this with a comment. How’s that for a non-answer!

  29. Avatar of tedew
    tedew

    I’ve never quite figured out why some posters here seem to think that no other opinions matter. Most posters here do allow for opposing opinions and are humorous in their retorts. Most are very friendly and enjoy and play along very well with each other. At least the inciting rabble rousers appear to stumble in and out rather quickly.

    There is absolutely no reason for anyone (no matter who they may be) to attack someone’s character or appearance. You will all note of course that SoapGuyFlorida has no avatar posted so I’m not sure what gives him the right to spout off there. Besides, exactly just what was so immature about matealestlmo’s posts in this thread anyway?

    Others have said that this site would be pretty boring if we all loved Y&R so much that we didn’t express our concerns about what we may not like. However, we can all still do that without having the need to insult while doing it.

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