April 4, 2016 at 3:31 pm #662012
O.K., just finished watching all five Emmy reels for Outstanding Younger Actor. I had mixed feelings about each of the reels. My favorite actor of these five is Nicholas Bechtel; I will be shocked if Bryan Craig isn’t the winner. Here is my assessment of the five reels:
1. Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) (14:13)
Comes home drunk after Kiki dumps him, he has a drunken conversation with Sonny about his feelings that he is a loser and might be bipolar; 2nd part is when is bipolar at the cabin with Kiki, and then confronted by Michael and Carly (and Kiki). My reservations about BC have to do with the fact that Morgan can be too whiney for my taste; the actor has a nasally voice that I sometimes find distracting. But his acting in these scenes are quite good and I believe he will win his first Emmy.
2. Tequan Richmond (T J, GH) (10:07)
T J says goodbye to Shawn at the courthouse and breaks down in tears with his mother and Molly afterwards; he talks to Sonny venting about his mother. This is the 2nd year in a row where I am really impressed by his reel. It’s very strong. He chose well.
3. Nicholas Bechtel (Spencer, GH) (15:39)
Spencer welcomes Sonny back from prison, Sonny gives him a birthday present; 2nd part is the dance at his birthday party (he comes in like Rocky, but in a tuxedo!), dances with Emma; 3rd part he talks with his dad Nicholas about his taking over ELQ. This kid is so charming! I would vote for him, but I feel that he submitted the wrong material: he ought to have just used the one episode where he was burned and not going to the Nurses Ball when he was visited by Britt and then by the ghost of his mother. That was Emmy-worthy material. I hope he wins, but I think BC is going to win this year.
4. Pierson Fode (Thomas, B&B) (6:45)
Thomas and Ridge have a confrontation and Thomas punches his father in the face. PF is a good solid actor but the scene doesn’t really go anywhere. I was VERY distracted by how annoyed I am by Thorsten Kaye’s portrayal of Ridge. It’s a good solid scene, well played but this isn’t an Emmy-winning reel imo…
5. Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R) (6:29)
Fen defends himself about the cabin murders – he spiked the punch that made them all pass out; 2nd scene is when he confronts his parents about their separation and Michael’s battle with cancer. The first part was weird because he’s hardly in it – too many other characters and most of them out-act him! The second part was very short and not particularly moving. I believe the ONLY reason he is nominated is because he is the only Y&R actor who got a pre-nomination in this category.
So… Bryan Craig is going to win; I am hoping for an upset and they give it to Nicholas Bechtel! (:April 4, 2016 at 4:21 pm #662023
All of the reels were…BLAHHHHH
1) Bryan Craig – He gave a one not performance..nothing speacial. Nice Hair though
2) Tequan Richmond – I liked him ever since he was on “everyone hates chris” but this reel is just crying and talking to his mom and Sonny….and I hate when actors talks with all that gravel in their voice. Like Christain Bale as “batman” lol
3) Pierson Fode – Again, one note , nothing special…But he is handsome….
4) Max Ehrich – Um…yea Block Voting works well at Y&R….he does NOTHING…I mean he made me like Hunter King in his own reel…
5) Nicholas Bechtel – this was a hard reel to sit through..I’m not a fan of child actors. the writing and his acting made it seem like some 80’s sitcom..he reminded me of Sam, the red head step brother on “different strokes” nothing speacial..( and why did Maurice Benard show up in ALL 3 reels for the GH actors lol)
Soo I would be happy for any of my top 3 winning the emmy….but watch that lil boy from GH win..*smh*April 4, 2016 at 6:26 pm #662050
Are the reels posted somewhere??April 4, 2016 at 6:55 pm #662063
Nicolas Bechtel as Spencer Cassadine (GH)
Stilted, cliched cute
soap kid acting, absolutely nothing Emmy worthy. Definitely a poor
submission choice, this reel has too much of his cutesy schtick when he
had options that were much better acting showcases. The kiddie quad is
bizarre. He definitely had more
emotional material after the fire. This reel is tedious and tough to get through.
Bryan Craig as Morgan Corinthos (GH)
strong, baity scenes. Well written and well acted by Craig and Benard.
He plays the manic breakdown scenes with Kiki/Carly/Michael really well.
I hope the judging panel will understand that he’s supposed to be
acting manic and that he’s not overacting. I could see those scenes
playing poorly out of context. The Benard scenes are definitely stronger
but overall this should be enough to put him in contention for the win.
Max Ehrich as Fenmore Baldwin (Y&R)
Wow, he needed two episodes to get 6 and a half minutes worth of scenes. He’s not even
focus of the cabin scenes. He shared that scene with about 10 other
actors and they all had more lines than he did. The reel would actually
be better if it was just the scenes with his parents. He’s fine in those
scenes and a nonfactor in the cabin scenes. All together, it’s nowhere
near enough to get him an Emmy.
Pierson Fode as Thomas Forrester (B&B)
well-acted confrontation scenes with his father, he acquits himself
perfectly well. Good, strong, focused scenes that are easy to follow and
well performed. This could get him the trophy.
Tequan Richmond as TJ Ashford (GH)
a solid actor and a good cryer. I wish the Shawn/Molly scenes were
longer and built to a strong finish. They just kind of ended without any
warning and then the Sonny scenes are nothing special at all. His
confrontation with Jordan didn’t really go anywhere either. He’s solid
throughout but I can’t see this getting him any higher than 3rd.
looks like a two way race. If the panel is turned off by Bryan Craig’s
hysterics, than Pierson Fode will win with an easily digestible reel.
Richmond and Ehrich don’t have anything substantial to do in their
reels. Unfortunately, Bechtel has no chance because he picked poorly and
submitted everything bad about his character and storyline.
5. BechtelApril 5, 2016 at 10:25 am #662169
I guess this is place we’re ranking the tapes? Okey dokey. I’ll copy and paste if it seems like the conversation is moving to the other topic.
1. Bryan Craig – this might be his year
2. Teaquan Richmond – great cryer, subtle acting
3. Max Ehrich – much better than last year but, yeah, he mostly silently reacts to other peoples’ good acting lol
4. Pearson Fode – good, solid tape. maybe it’s a “storyline” thing. didn’t feel much.
5. Nicholas Bechtel – he (or the producers) chose the wrong episodes. also, i feel like, even if the actors are allowed to submit 2 episodes, the reels should still tell a coherent story. he either should have picked the scenes with his dead mother, or chosen scenes when he’s wearing the face mask. he probably would be higher on this list.April 5, 2016 at 6:49 pm #662266
This is an absolutely weak-ass category. Really the only one who does anything of note is Bryan Craig. A distant second is Richmond. But the last 3 are really at the back end of the pack. And Bechtel’s reel is just awful. I mean GOD AWFUL. Fode has some good moments where he goes off on his dad, but Thorsten Kaye overhsadows him by prettty much being unwatchable.
Nicholas BechtelApril 6, 2016 at 2:12 pm #662366
As others have already mentioned, this one is pretty cut
and dry. Based on the reels alone, Bryan
Craig should run away with this one.
April 10, 2016 at 6:05 pm #663029
Bryan Craig: I think he chose 2 really great episodes and
got to show different shades of his bipolar.
In the first episode, he got to play drunk and angry, but then he also
got the quiet and vulnerable moments with Maurice when he was breaking down
towards the end and agreeing to seek therapy.
The second episode was a nice contrast, as it was him at his manic high,
and I thought he perfectly portrayed that.
The only negative was that Hayley Erin was distractingly bad, but that
has nothing to do with Bryan’s acting!
Pierson Fode: I actually thought this was a really
effective reel. I think people here are
letting their feelings of Thorsten as a soap fan get in the way, where the
judges will not care anything about that.
The reel was short and sweet, but Pierson gave a lot of emotion and
anger, and it is a situation that is likely relatable – having issues with your
dad and feeling like he wasn’t there for you etc. It had a nice build-up leading to the punch
and I thought he portrayed it all really nicely.
Tequan Richmond: Tequan actually had one of my favorite
moments in all of the reels, but then the rest of his tape did nothing for
me. The short scene saying goodbye to
Shawn actually made me tear up, but I thought the second episode he chose was a
poor choice. He was fine in it, but it
never really went anywhere, and that material with Sonny and his mother didn’t really
give him a lot to do. He should have
chosen from when he was wrongfully arrested as his second episode.
Nicholas Bechtel: He was cute and you could tell he had a charm
and charisma at such a young age, but no real depth to the material or performance. Poor choices of episodes, as he had more
meaty material after his face was burnt.
I also think the child quadrangle will come across really silly to
judges. I remember thinking it was cute
and funny in context when watching GH last year, but in isolation, it seemed
Max Ehrich: Fine, but nothing memorable. He had nothing to do in the first episode,
and the scene with his parents was OK, but too short to make any impact.
My reaction to the reels seems to be different from everyone else who has posted so far.
The Pierson Fode reel was ok. It establishes him as a solid actor. But there is something about the scene that is unconvincing.
Nicolas Bechtel is a charmer. His scenes had substance without going over-the-top. I found his reel more enjoyable than any of the others.
Bryan Craig had great reels for the previous two years and did not win. Although I think highly of Craig as an actor, this reel did not work for me, perhaps because the writing for this story did not feel genuine to me.
Tequan Richmond’s reel begins on a promising note as TJ says goodbye to Shawn. Unfortunately, the rest of the reel is bland. Richmond’s lack of vocal variety makes it difficult to distinguish his performance in one scene from the next.
Max Ehrich has a very short reel, but that didn’t hurt Chandler Massey two years ago. He has a very natural yet believable acting style, even though he does not have much material.
1. Max Ehrich, Y&R
2. Nicolas Bechtel, GH
3. Bryan Craig, GH
4. Tequan Richmond, GH
5. Pierson Fode, B&BApril 13, 2016 at 10:16 am #1201674019
Finally started watching reels, starting with this category. While I think all five guys displayed, at some points, good acting in their reels, all of the reels are problematic as well. I tried to watching paying attention to what I was being shown and focusing on the actor, but some things were just very distracting. I mean, by the time I got to Tequan Richmond’s reel, and Sonny Corinthos had been portrayed in the three GH reels as a hero, a loving and wonderful father, and a generous man so caring he even tries to help his nemesis to reconnect with her son, I was disgusted. The fact that this is how the younger generation views this character irritates me to no end.
Putting that aside, my thoughts:
1. Max Ehrich, Y&R — I’m as surprised as you are! Even though he spends most of the first episode just reacting to people attacking him, I he totally kept my interest and really did a great job with very little dialogue, and felt really relatable. (This was one of the more distracting episodes, though, as I kept thinking things like how it looked like a young people party crowd but then also weirdly Kevin and Stitch were there, and how terrible Abby’s outfit was.) The second part was also good, and this was the first time I didn’t think he was blatantly outcasted by Tracey Bregman and/or Christian LeBlanc. For me, he gave the best peformances of the five.
2. Tequan Richmond, GH — I was rather impressed with the emotion he manifested in the first episode, and the episode was lighter and showed a more natural side. (Also loved Jordan in the background of the court scenes in the first episode looking like she’d just come from filming a Jem and the Holograms music video.)
3. Bryan Craig, GH — While Craig clearly has the strongest material to work with, I felt the acting fell a little short, particularly in the first episode. It wasn’t bad by any means, but as a drunk performance, it felt very affected, not really natural. Also problematic for Craig: Morgan is very unlikeable in these two episodes, even when he’s sympathetic. If I were voting, that would have been a tough hurdle for me to get past.
4. Pierson Fode, B&B — In a set of reels preoccupied with boys’ relationships with their parents, Fode kind of loses for punching his dad in the face. Acting wise, I agree with the general sentiment that Fode was solid, and actually I like that his is the only one of these reels without a jarring shift to a second scenario and setting. Like Craig, I think the reels makes Thomas somewhat unlikeable, and the material just isn’t as meaty to allow Fode to fully shine.
5. Nicolas Bechtel, GH — I love Bechtel, but his first episode was a terrible choice. I would actually blame this on the directing of the episode. It’s easy to throw this off on the child actors, but the scenes between Spencer and Sonny were equally awkward and stilted. The best part of the whole episode was Brooklyn Rae Silzer’s reactions to Cameron’s dumb questions and decisions. I remember thinking these scenes were cute when they aired, but watching it back now, oh boy. Bechtel is always adorable and charming, but I didn’t think he did anything worthwhile in the first episode. In the second episode, I thought he did a great job bringing charisma and depth to what could have absolutely been throwaway filler. I liked those scenes a lot, and also liked getting to see how Spencer had grown since the first episode of the reel in terms of his views about wealth and status.April 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm #1201674156
Does anyone think Max Ehrich can pull it off? It’s his fourth nomination, and the voters clearly like him a lot. There’s always that one nominee that wins while doing nothing. I can actually see EmmyLoser’s rankings being the actual results.
I’m still not buying a Bryan Craig win.April 24, 2016 at 4:53 pm #1201820675
PoweR, I think Max Ehrich is going to win. I like Craig and can understand why most ranked Craig at the top, but I have a feeling he will not win due to the writing and direction of the scenes. I have a feeling this is Ehrich’s year.
JW79Bull, your comment “Nice hair though” made me laugh. Thanks!
I compiled a group vote for the eight of us who ranked the reels. As in golf, the lowest score wins.
1. Bryan Craig (12 points)
2. Tequan Richmond (20 points)
3. Max Ehrich/Pierson Fode (27 points)
4. Nicolas Bechtel (34 points)