April 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm #662358
Went through 3 so far. Bryton James storyline is so LOL that he is not winning. Jacob did not need the gun stuff in the first couple minutes but the rest is strong. Sean has a great start and ending but lags in the middle.April 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm #662367
Just finished watching all five Emmy reels. 4 were excellent and one has me scratching my head wondering WHY was he nominated?
1. Jacob Young (Rick, B&B) (13:08) Jan. 26 and May 18
The first scene lasts 3 1/2 min. and is unneccesary. I hope it doesn’t hurt his chances because the last 9 1/2 min. are Emmy gold for him. Rick shoots a gun and interrupts grandpa Ridge with Caroline smooching at Forrester Creations; Maya reveals to Rick she’s transgendered. he has a surprising supportive reaction. I’m not a huge JY fan nor Rick fan, but his work in 2015 was Emmy worthy. But… why oh why wasn’t Karla Mosley nominated? Huh? (btw, in my notes: i really can’t stand the sound of Thorsten Kaye’s voice!)
2. Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH) (14:00) July 8 & Nov. 3
The first longer part of his reel – Dante suspects Lulu of having an affair with Dillon – was much beter than I had remembered; the 2nd part, Lulu confronts Dante about his affair with Valerie, was really Emme Rylan’s scene. I don’t care for DZ or Dante, and was surprised by how much I liked his reel.
3. Bryton James (Devon, Y&R) (11:10) Oct. 29 & Nov. 20
Again, the 1st part of his reel felt unneccesary: Devon thinks Hillary might be dead; but the 2nd part, when Neil confesses (and rationalizes) came alive with solid acting choices. I hated this storyline but BJ and KstJ both did really good work in it. My one question: why would thse two men fight over such a dreadful woman? (;
4. Sean Blakemore (Shawn, GH) (12:15) May 26 and May 27
Shawn’s exit – 1st part: in jail with Jordan he learns TJ is his son; 2nd part: in the courtroom, he pleads guilty and says goodbye, particulary to TJ. It’s solid work, but I never ever liked Shawn and was glad to see him go. There were other actors (don’t know if they submitted) such as Bryan Datillo and John Aniston who deserved nominations – and Christopher Sean, Greg Rikaart and Wally Kurth all deserved nominations more from the pre-nominations list. I esp. enjoyed Vinessa Antoine’s performances in both episodes.
5. Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) (7:10) May 14 and July 14
The longer section is part 1: breaking up with Avery. The 2nd part is an unneccesary short scene after Avery has been attacked. He is so “meh” in his reel. He is outacted a million percent by Jessica Collins. Why oh why was he nominated? He has been on both GH and Y&R, which I think answers the question. He better not win. Geesh!
I am predicting Jacob Young – he really didn’t need that first part to his reel and I am hoping the stregth of the 2nd part will be enough for the win. Show loyalties among the panelists is the only way he loses imo. I wonder what Days panelists thought of these reels? (which brings up: I do wish we knew the composition of the panels! it’s impossible to really predict without that knowledge!)April 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm #662379
Sean Blakemore as Shawn Butler (GH)
Wow, he’s good. Why couldn’t he have been this animated for the rest of his run? His outburst towards Jordan was great. He had a few great scenes at the beginning of the reel. I don’t know if that will be enough though. Vinessa Antoine takes over and proves she should have been nominated too. The reel starts with a bang and ends with a whimper.
Steve Burton as Dylan McAvoy (Y&R)
He’s not bad in the breakup scenes with Avery but the reel as a whole is short and underwhelming. This shouldn’t be enough to make him a contender.
Bryton James as Devon Hamilton (Y&R)
Good outburst with Paul and nice confrontation scenes with Neil. He’s effective throughout. The exposition and dialogue is ridiculous but his acting is on point.
Jacob Young as Rick Forrester (B&B)
Rick finds his father making out with his wife and pulls a gun on them. Then, his girlfriend tells him she’s transgender. His performance is strong throughout but he may be hurt by the fact that Mosley is the focus for most of it. He’s not unbeatable, but a good performance plus a buzzy storyline may be enough to get him another Emmy. I thought the Caroline/Ridge scenes add good range. That violent rage at the beginning contrasts nicely with the sympathetic lover at the end.
Dominic Zamprogna as Dante Falconeri (GH)
Wow, this reel starts with a bang. Dante reads Lulu for filth for sleeping with Dillon (even though she didn’t). Zamprogna is fierce in those scenes. The 2nd half is Lulu tearing into Dante for sleeping with Valerie. It’s good range because he gets to play both ends of the spectrum. Rage and anger in the first half and apologetic and devastated in the 2nd half. This is a killer reel. I could see this being enough to win him the trophy.
This is a tough category to predict. As impressed as I was by Young and Blakemore’s work here, both their reels had long stretches where their scene partners were doing all of the heavy lifting. Zamprogna’s reel delivered good range and he’s the focus throughout. The Y&R reels just don’t compare.
1. Dominic Zamprogna
2. Jacob Young
3. Sean Blakemore
4. Bryton James
5. Steve BurtonApril 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm #662382
These were good reels. Not as great as Younger Actress, but still pretty impressive.
1. I don’t know to rank these. Zamprogna, Young, and Blakemore are pretty much tied for first for me. I think I’d be a little happier if one of the GH guys got it because Young has technically won before (although for a different role 14 years ago). Young is great, but it still pains me that Mosley was snubbed. Anyway, those 3 are tied.
4. Steve Burton
5. Bryton James (Burton’s reel just touched me more than James)
I have no idea who’s going to win here.April 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm #662390
Another solid set of reels.
It’s not quite as competitive as younger actress, as at least here I can
narrow it down to 2 or 3, but pretty good acting throughout from these
guys. When I first heard the nominees, I
actually thought Jacob Young would run away with it, but he definitely has some
competition based on the reels.
April 6, 2016 at 8:53 pm #662454
Jacob Young: Loved this reel! Unlike others, I actually really liked the
contrast between the gun scene and the transgender reveal scene. He got to show the anger and almost crazy
side of Rick in the first scene, and then just this tender, soft side with
Maya, but also disbelief and anger and everything in between. His facial expressions and eye acting were
just incredible in his scenes with Maya!
Dominic Zamprogna: Really excellent choices here! I really loved the two episodes and the juxtaposition
of them. I loved that the first episode
had him seemingly in the right and in control of the scenes, and the second episode
had Lulu in the right and her in control of the scenes. It allowed him to show some different things
in each even though the situations and conversations are similar. He got to show a pretty good range from
anger, to hurt, to guilt, to betrayal etc.
I actually think him and Jacob are neck and neck, and just barely rank
Bryton James: The story here is ridiculous, but the acting
was really great. I liked his choices
too. He got to play the vulnerable and
worried husband in the first episode, and then got to play the anger and
betrayal at his father in the second episode.
Sean Blakemore: Really great beginning and ending, but the
middle dragged for me. I was instantly
pulled in from the beginning with his scenes with Jordan in the jail and I
thought his acting was outstanding there.
However, once it hit the courtroom, the scenes got really short and
choppy, and Sean really didn’t have much to sink his teeth into, so it took the
momentum away. He brought it home in the
end though with his scene with TJ.
Steve Burton: Solid acting, but nothing special. I’m not mad at his nomination seeing this, as
I think he did a solid job. There was
some good emotion in his breakup scenes with Avery, and I could really feel his
pain looking in his eyes. The 2nd
episode adding nothing additional and weren’t necessary, and Jessica Collins
acted circles around him throughout, which was definitely glaring.
None of the reels in this category are flawless. In every reel, the nominee is overshadowed by a fellow actor in some form or another. I see it this way…
1. Dominic Zamprogna
He has the most range, and benefits from the fact that he gets to be on both sides of the infedelity argument. His main weakness is that Emme Rylan dominates the second half of his reel. But he is enough of a player in his reel to get the win.
2. Jacob Young
He has the most sensitive reel in the group. And he shows a lot of range even though the first third of his reel makes very little sense. But he’s so good in the last third of his reel that it could bring him a win.
3. Sean Blakemore
His is the only reel where he is not upstaged by someone else. But the reel might be too subtle for Emmy voters. But the last scene with Tequan Richmond is fantastic.
4. Bryton James
An excellent performance, but overall it’s very one-note. Devon is upset and angry, and very little else. Kristoff St. John is very good opposite James, and if James had a little more range, I would have ranked him higher.
5. Steve Burton
His is the only reel that I feel was subpar. He’s upstaged by his costar throughout the entire reel. Burton is very talented, but this is not a good showcase for him.
I could see a plausible scenario where any of my top four wins, and I wouldn’t argue with any of them winning. But in terms of reels, Dominic Zomprogna has the reel I responded to the most. A very difficult category to predict.
1. Dominic Zomprogna
2. Jacob Young
3. Sean Blakemore
4. Bryton James
5. Steve BurtonApril 7, 2016 at 5:41 am #662493
The men are BORING me this year…
1) Jacob Young — The first 3 mins made no sense..Him and Maya at the cabin was golden. It feels like a Karla Mosley reel, but she and Jacob are FIRE together..This reel had nice range
2) Dominic Zomprogna – He did alot of yelling, he was decent. Nothing special, nothing bad, just decent.
3) Bryton James – Ok, whoever is cutting and shapping up the black men’s hair and goatee’s over at Y&R needs to be FIRED..both Bryton and Kristoff looks a mess. I mean Kristoff goatee is so uneven, and his hair looks a mess…but Victoria Rowell said they don’t have people over there who knows how to handle black people’s hair, and you can tell..ANYWAY..his reel was ok, a little too whinny..but just ok…
4) Sean Blakemore – He was good in the 1st 3 mins..the rest was just ok..nothing special..but that man is FINE….yes gawd..
5) Steve Burton – Um…he’s attractive and he can remember his lines….that’s all i got..I use to like him on GH…
Sooo I’m rooting for Jacob Young…It would be nice to see Sean on stage too..just to look at him..oh wait, this wont be on TV…..April 7, 2016 at 6:37 am #662500
Based on preference of performance:
1. Dominic Zamprogna – his reel was pretty damn good. He played the hurt, upset husband who wrongly suspected his wife of cheating, and also played the husband who cheated and hurt his wife. It was perfectly put together. I would be OK with a win by him.
2. Bryton James – this guy can really act. I’ve grown up watching him since Family Matters and he has really grown. He plays angry and scared really well. I wouldn’t mind him win with this strong reel.
3. Sean Blakemore – his reel was OK. I like his interaction with TJ. Can’t really rank him higher than #3.
4. Steve Burton – yeah, he was outacted by Jessica Collins. It feels more like an Emmy-winning reel for her, but it’s better than the next person I want to discuss.
5. Jacob Young – I’m sorry, but this guy cannot act. I don’t know what everyone is seeing in this reel, but he really does nothing spectacular and his whole dialogue comes off as too soapy and cheesy, even for a soap opera. Karla Mosley was pretty decent in the scenes with Young, but I just have never been moved by this dude. His 2002 Younger Actor win felt like a joke to me after he succeeded Jonathan Jackson, who won three Younger Actor awards for the same role. I can see him winning based on the storyline itself, but based on performance, there is so much nothingness there.April 17, 2016 at 6:06 pm #1201746881
My take on these reels is (again) somewhat different than everyone else’s.
Jacob Young’s reel was good, but it really showcased Karla Mosley. Young did not select well, from my perspective. He had other stronger episodes.
Bryton James had a very solid reel. He holds his own with all the other Y&R actors, and his reel shows some range. Steve Burton became popular in part because, as Jason, he conveyed great emotion without a lot of dialogue. I think his talent is evident in this scene, and that he holds his own against Jessica Collins.
Dominic Zamprogna had the reel I found the most boring. The entire story, on both parts of the reel, did not ring true for me at all. Sean Blakemore’s reel was quite nice, very dignified, and he is well-supported by his co-stars, but again the writing for his scenes feels hollow and disingenuous.
Overall, I thought the GH reels felt very unbelievable and that the Y&R reels were a lot more convincing.
1. Bryton James, Y&R
2. Steve Burton, Y&R
3. Jacob Young, B&B
4. Sean Blakemore, GH
5. Dominic Zamprogna, GHApril 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm #1201820683
I compiled a group vote for the eight of us who ranked the reels. As in golf, the lowest score wins.
1. Dominic Zamprogna (15 points)
2. Jacob Young (16 points)
3. Bryton James (24 points)
4. Sean Blakemore (26 points)
5. Steve Burton (35 points)April 26, 2016 at 9:16 am #1201821716
Finally got to these last night, and I am having a hard time ranking them as well, more because they’ve got pretty varied strengths and weaknesses than because they’re all particularly competitive. My thoughts:
1. Bryton James, Y&R – I know there’s a lot of flak for how ridiculous the story is, though frankly it doesn’t even feel that ridiculous to me in these episodes. It’s a bunch of soap stuff (someone falling off a cliff, a kidnapping, experimental medication, amnesia!), but no one is time traveling or anything. I thought the acting here was the most solid of all the reels. He made this feel believable and the emotions real, and is also, to me, the only person who never gets overshadowed by a scene partner. He has some range, but not a ton, though I like the way the first episode sets up the second. It’s a strong reel.
2. Jacob Young, B&B – The most compelling thing about Young’s reel is the emotional punch of the scenes themselves. I kind of liked the continuity of the first part of Young’s reel with his reel from last year, continuing the Ridge/Caroline nonsense. I’m not sure if that first part helps or hurts. The whole thing is kind of nuts – it’s not even clear if Caroline was a willing participant or how she felt about any of it – but Rick does seem really crazed in a way that contrasts with the later scenes. The second part with Maya telling Rick she’s transgender is great overall, with strong writing and great acting from Karla Mosley. Young is the least noteworthy thing happening in these scenes, but he has some good emotional moments. Rick is really relatable and sympathetic throughout the scenes. You can understand why he’s upset that Maya hasn’t told him this before, his feeling that he’s been betrayed somehow, the finding common ground with talking about the expectations that were put on him growing up and finally doing the thing you want him to do and accepting Maya. That’s mostly the writing, but it works for Young anyway and he works with it.
2.3. Dominic Zamprogna, GH – These episodes, particularly the first one, played much better for me here than they did in context when I saw them before. Zamprogna has probably the best scenario to play out. It’s pretty universal on a soap – he accuses his wife of cheating and then she rips him for cheating. The episodes go well together, and there’s a lot of room to maneuver. DZ is good in the scenes, but for one thing has a few moments where I feel like he’s not that present, where the emotion slips and he’s no longer feeling what he’s intended to be feeling. The other issue is that he’s just not that dynamic of an actor here. The one moment that kind of saves that is when Dante realizes that Lulu didn’t actually cheat on him, and in two seconds there’s a world of regret that moves across his face because Dante’s already slept with Valerie. But that’s two seconds out of 14 minutes and even that only has impact if the viewer already knows Dante slept with Valerie, which doesn’t come up until later. Note: I had this ranked second, but just changed that based on writing this out.
4. Sean Blakemore, GH – This reel was a chore to get through for me. Blakemore’s acting is good, and obviously I should consider that I’d seen this before and knew where everything was going, but after the first couple of minutes, I’d had enough. It does pick up a little at the end, but the only times things got exciting were when Vinessa Antoine or Tequan Richmond did something to make them more interesting. Watching the reels, it surprises me that this or Steve Burton’s reel was nominated.
5. Steve Burton, Y&R – Burton is indeed an actor who can do a lot with not much dialogue, and his eyes had a lot of emotion in them. But this reel was about as exciting as watching paint dry. I guess not all soap breakups need to be a big dramatic blowout, but this just felt like lazy and boring plotting. The second episode wasn’t any more interesting than the first.