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  • GHFan
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    All of the Younger
    Actor Reels have been posted on the Emmys YouTube page, so I thought I would
    post all of the episode descriptions and links here and we can all post
    our predictions and reel analyses in one thread. 

     Chad Duell

    MICHAEL CORINTHOS considered having 2 dads a good thing. He was
    raised by SONNY CORINTHOS. Michael’s bio dad, AJ QUARTERMAINE recent return to
    Port Charles allowed Michael to get to know his other dad. While Sonny & AJ
    never got along, they both loved Michael. Sonny faced a massive tragedy when
    his girlfriend, CONNIE FALCONERI, was brutally murdered. Before Connie died,
    she wrote the letters “AJ” in blood. Sonny’s anger drove him to seek revenge
    against AJ. Michael would be the only one that could stop Sonny.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSU5_aKFOJU

    Bryan Craig

    MORGAN CORINTHOS returned to Port Charles with his girlfriend,
    KIKI JEROME, after a run in with an online gambling ring. Kiki learned from her
    mother, AVA JEROME that she was related to the wealthy Quartermaine family.
    Morgan & Kiki soon made themselves at home at the Quartermaine estate. Morgan’s
    older brother, MICHAEL CORINTHOS, found he was drawn to Kiki. While Kiki felt
    something for Michael, they knew it could never be since they were Quartermaine
    cousins! Morgan learned that Kiki wasn’t related to the Quartermaine family. To
    keep his relationship intact, he quickly married Kiki before the truth was
    revealed in the local press. Morgan also turned to his father, SONNY CORINTHOS
    and begged him to keep Morgan’s secret: that Morgan knew Kiki was not a
    Quartermaine before the story was published. Ava & Sonny decided to throw
    Morgan & Kiki a wedding reception. Unbeknownst to Morgan, Sonny was no
    longer taking his medication and therefore capable of doing and saying anything
    at any time… 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcnKd2f8m6k

    Max Ehrich

    The affair that Fenmore’s mother, Lauren, had with Carmine Basco
    has been over for a while, yet the scorned ex-lover has repeatedly harassed the
    family, including showing a sex tape of Lauren at an event in her honor. 
    Fen races out of the event in horror; he wakes up the next morning with no
    memory of the night before.  Lauren breaks the news that Carmine was found
    shot dead in the alley and slowly Fenmore comes to a realization: he could be a
    murderer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5VOZKxCnqg

    Chandler Massey

    Will professes his love for his unborn daughter to his true love
    Sonny.  And expresses his desire to raise his daughter in a healthy happy
    family

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L468bkUeVpw

    Daniel Polo

    A juvenile delinquent with a troubled home life, Jamie Vernon
    already had a lot to handle. And then high school classmate Summer began
    harassing him online. Summer’s friend Fen condemned Summer’s behavior at first,
    but when Summer discovered she actually liked Jamie and Fen’s father took an
    interest in the boy – even letting him move in after trouble at his foster home
    – a jealous Fen took over the cyberbullying. When Jamie is found unconscious
    after falling from a roof, he refuses to say what happened but the evidence
    implicates Fen. Fen’s parents, Summer, and Police Chief Paul Williams question
    Jamie about the incident…and they may not like his answers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lDp1P2VA-A


     

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    alokin
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    Good call, GHFan! I wanted to quickly point out that Soapcentral now also has all the clips up on their website, complete with links to entire recaps of the episodes from which those reels came:
    http://soapcentral.com/emmys/news/2014/0516-emmy_coverage_clips_04.php

     

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    Turner Unruh
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    I miss chandler massey as will he was so good he will win I bet hunter king will win the pitty vote because young and the restless fans have treated her like shit

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    GHFan
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    So I sat down and watched all
    of the reels back to back.  I tried to look at them from the perspective
    of the Emmy voters and pretend like I don’t know all the story and I don’t
    watch soaps regularly, because that’s the perspective most of the voters are
    coming from.  My overall ranks are sort
    of a combination of what I thought and how I think voters will respond. 


    Here’s how I think they should be ranked solely
    based on the reels:


    1. Bryan Craig

    2. Chad Duell

    3. Chandler Massey

    4. Daniel Polo

    5. Max Ehrich

     


    Bryan:  Excellent performance!  From beginning to end, I thought he showed a
    great range and really made me feel all of the emotions that he was trying to
    portray as he rips into Sonny and Michael. 
    My only concern is that voters won’t connect to this because of the “soapy”
    premise, seeing as it begins with explaining that Michael and Kiki are not
    cousins and Morgan lied about it.  I
    personally was able to ignore that fact however, when, about 5 minutes in, you
    really start to feel genuinely for Morgan when he says that Michael has always
    been the favorite child and he has always been neglected.  From that point forward, that was a realistic
    emotion to ground the scene and I was really invested especially from that time
    on. 


    Chad:  I was very impressed with this reel.  I also think from a voter’s perspective, they
    did a pretty good job explaining what was going on right from the beginning
    without taking away from the performance. 
    Chad is able to give a range of emotion, starting off light with Dante,
    then instantly turning when he found out about Connie’s death, and finally
    begging for his Bio Dad’s life to be saved. 
    I think it might be a little off-putting when it first cuts to Sonny and
    AJ, and Maurice is viscerally shouting, but as soon as Chad walked in the room,
    he actually grounded those scenes for me and brought a very raw emotion that I
    was really connected to.  The whole story
    isn’t necessarily relatable, but I instantly connected and was invested in the emotion
    that Chad put forth.  Something else that
    might work in his favor as well is that he is heavily featured in Bryan’s reel,
    and he was really excellent in that reel too, so he could have a strong shot at
    taking it since voters will be watching both reels. 


    Chandler: Short,
    but effective.  Chandler was very good in
    this, and it definitely left me wanting more, but it was very short (only about
    3 minutes).  Something in his favor will
    be that it was very relatable.  Most
    voters will be able to relate to that feeling of having a child and wanting to
    be the best parent for that child.  I instantly
    felt for him, but I don’t think it will be enough if the voters actually watch
    the reels.  If they don’t though, he will
    probably win just because he’s won the last two years, but I don’t think he
    deserves it solely based on his reel. 


    Daniel:  Very relatable, but kind of one note.  He was very good in it overall, and portrayed
    the emotions of a bullied kid really well. 
    Him and Chandler were actually on the same level for me, but I gave Chandler
    the slight edge because I thought he showed a little more emotion and just a slightly
    better performance overall.  I wished it
    built a little quicker, because the ending was really great when he and Fen
    were fighting and he concluded that he would press charges, but that was only
    like a minute of the entire reel.  Also,
    something that took away from the performance for me was that it felt
    disjointed.  Every time it cut to a new
    scene, he was with someone else, which for whatever reason, made me less
    invested. 


    Max:  I was actually really disappointed in this
    performance, which I hate to say because I really like him and think he is a
    great actor.  The story itself hurts him
    because it’s not really relatable at all. 
    Also, looking from a voter’s perspective, you can’t really tell what
    they’re talking about until about half through. 
    For all of these reasons together, that’s probably why I wasn’t invested,
    and for me at least, a really effective acting performance will have me
    connected and invested early on.  I
    actually thought he was more effective in the very little screen time he had in
    Daniel’s reel.  Just as a side note, I thought
    Tracy Bregman stole this reel from him, which made me even more upset that she
    didn’t get nominated. 


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    FreemanGriffin
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    1. Chandler Massey, Days – it’s a short reel, but a really powerful one.

    2. Bryan Craig, GH – his anger and frustration is really strong and powerful.

    3. Chad Duell, GH – torn between two dads, he shows his decency and his need for peace between these two fathers at war.

    4. Daniel Polo, Y&R – very strong scene, but perhaps too one-note?

    5. Max Ehrich, Y&R – personally I felt he over-acted; however, this hasn’t hurt other Emmy winners….

    are the voters really so stupid they have to have things explained to them? Do they really not know these characters? Do they have nay understanding of who gives consistent performances?

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    Djoko
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    Hmm… GHFan picking the GH guys first and second. Hmm…

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    eastwest
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    This is a solid category, but I would’ve switched some people out and put some people in (the GH boys and Chandler Masey for Freddie Smith, Eric Nelson, and Casey Moss). What is interesting is that there’s sharing of scenes between contenders in each other’s reels. Anyone who follows the Primetime Emmys know that has been factors for wins like Felicity Huffman and the “Modern Family” men. Chad Duell and Max Ehrich are in this situation and of the two actors, it is Chad that gets the boost. Daniel Polo’s nomination I have been rooting for to happen for the last two years for his wonderful work during the bullying arc. Wished he submitted the scenes on the roof with Doug Davidson, because this reel is just lies there for the most part. I was taken with Bryan Craig ealier on in the year. Pretty and solid acting chops, a rarity for Cartini shows. His reel is pretty bad. Exposition heavy and scream heavy (poor Bryan needed a lozenge!). Shame because the scenes talked about in this reel with Morgan reveling the truth to Sonny were stronger than this one. Chad Duell faired a little better. He made more of an impression on me in Bryan’s reel than his own. He’s a darkhorse with the material he has. Chandler Massey proves that less is more can go a long way. While I feel his co-stars should’ve been here instead of him, he packs a punch with his limited screentime. Max Ehrich has the best reel here and should win. He plays vulnerable really well and has a great screen partner in Tracey E. Bregman (who was robbed of a supporting actress nomination).

    RANKINGS
    1. Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R)
    2. Chandler Massey (ex-Will, DAYS)
    3. Chad Duell (Michael, GH)
    4. Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH)
    5. Daniel Polo (ex-Jamie, Y&R) 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I watched all the reels and I’ll be posting fuller analyses as blog items, but me general thoughts:

    A “General Hospital” actor will win, it’s just a matter of which. Max Ehrich has a chance to spoil. I can’t imagine Chandler Massey’s blink-and-you-miss-it reel will be enough for a third win — he’s good, but not nearly good enough for a three minute submission.

    Craig has the biggest emotional fireworks and the best overall reel, though he’s handing Chad Duell a LOT of extra scenes to show judges. A couple of moments are a little shrill, but that’s more the fault of Maurice Benard. (Benard is awful in both boys’ reels.)

    Here’s how I’m ranking the boys for now:

    1. Bryan Craig
    2. Chad Duell
    3. Max Ehrich
    4. Chandler Massey
    5. Daniel Polo

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    youngsoapfan
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    my predictions

     

    chad duell

    Chandler Massey

    Bryan Craig

    Max Ehrich

    Daniel Polo

     

     

    I am predicting Chad Duell for the win, solely because he is overdue, and Chandler Massey and him actually should have tied the first year that Chandler won….I am predicting Chandler as the upset, because the emmy’s do love repeat winners, and Chandler can act!!!!

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    Kevin
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    My Predictions (and I’m really excited for this category):

    1. Chad Duell
    2. Chandler Massey
    3. Bryan Craig
    4. Max Ehrich
    5. Daniel Polo

    Polo’s reel is really about all the other characters and how they deal with Polo’s injury, not how he deals with it.  His best scene was in the cafe with Paul Williams, but that’s way too short to make an impact.  He seemed out of his league and one-note compared to the other stars.

    Max Ehrich does well with his story, although it is soapy.  It really helps that he has Tracey Bregman, with whom he has excellant chemistry, to play off of.  He has some range, but his reel ends at an awkward moment, in a way that made his performance feel incomplete.

    Bryan Craig is very good at portraying the anger he feels towards his father, brother, and new wife, but he made the wrong choice in reel.  He is completely overshadowed by Chad Duell for the first two or three minutes, then by Maurice Bernard in the next couple minutes.  After the adults leave, he gets his moment, but then Chad Duell gets some more time.  I think this works against Craig, because Chad Duell basically has two submissions now.

    Chandler Massey had so much material from the episode he submitted, I’m not sure why his final reel is only three minutes.  The YouTube clip that was posted of his reel included so much more range from him.  He got to argue with his mother over how she caused the early labor, and he got many more scenes with Freddie Smith, including one that showed just how much chemistry they have.  This reel has good scenes, but it’s only two.  There is no way this wins against seven and thirteen minutes.

    Duell is great in his reel because of his range.  He gets a little time with Dante absorbing Connie’s death, then gets to talk Sonny down when his biological father’s life is at stake.  I felt that Maurice Bernard overacted the hell out of his lines, but Chad Duell provides a nice constrast with his cool demeanor and slow words.  The last shot of him before he closes the door shows how terrible he feels.  In addition, Bryan Craig’s reel gives him much more material in a totally different story with Kiki.  He’s equally as good there trying to grasp that he is not related to Kiki and that his family told him a lie.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Chandler Massey wins, because they love repeats and they might want to show him support, but Duell has the better performance(s). 

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    A “General Hospital” actor will win, it’s just a matter of which. Max Ehrich has a chance to spoil. I can’t imagine Chandler Massey’s blink-and-you-miss-it reel will be enough for a third win — he’s good, but not nearly good enough for a three minute submission.

    I recall many people saying the same thing about Jennifer Finnigan’s and Jennifer Landon’s reels on their last tries, and they ended up winning again. Ironically, Chandler Massey’s in the same position both of them were in on their third wins; they had left B&B and ATWT, respectively.  I think a laid back, short performance won’t necessarily hurt a defending champ. One thing Massey does have in his favor is a possibility of a vote split. Duell is too much in Craig’s reel and Ehrich is also in Polo’s reel. Those reels may put Duell ahead of Craig and Ehrich ahead of Polo, but Massey really has all his supporters to himself.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    [quote=”Daniel_Montgomery”]

    A “General Hospital” actor will win, it’s just a matter of which. Max Ehrich has a chance to spoil. I can’t imagine Chandler Massey’s blink-and-you-miss-it reel will be enough for a third win — he’s good, but not nearly good enough for a three minute submission.

    I recall many people saying the same thing about Jennifer Finnigan’s and Jennifer Landon’s reels on their last tries, and they ended up winning again. Ironically, Chandler Massey’s in the same position both of them were in on their third wins; they had left B&B and ATWT, respectively.  I think a laid back, short performance won’t necessarily hurt a defending champ. One thing Massey does have in his favor is a possibility of a vote split. Duell is too much in Craig’s reel and Ehrich is also in Polo’s reel. Those reels may put Duell ahead of Craig and Ehrich ahead of Polo, but Massey really has all his supporters to himself.[/quote]

    It’s really all about who’s on that particular voting panel. It’s not the same people who voted for him last year and two years ago, when he had stronger reels, so I don’t think his status as defending champ is much of a benefit to him, and I’m not really taking it into consideration. If I’m a voter, and I see that an actor submits a decent but not spectacular three-minute reel — that’s the absolute best work you did last year out of more than a hundred episodes — I’m not voting for you. I think of it as sort of the Beatrice Straight rule: you can win for 5 minutes, but they better be the 5 minutes of your life. For me, Massey’s reel just wasn’t.

    Vote splitting has also never been much of a factor at the Emmys. Multiple actors from one show help each other more than hurt, especially if you get essentially two submissions for the price of one like Chad Duell has. I’ve actually switched up and I’m leaning towards him now. Craig has the most emotion, but Duell comes off as the better overall actor.

    How long were Finnigan’s and Landon’s reels when they won their third? Do you remember how they compared length-wise to the nominees they were up against? It’s hard to imagine a pretty good three minutes beats 20+ minutes of good work by Duell.

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    [quote=”MusicLuva1″][quote=”Daniel_Montgomery”]

    A “General Hospital” actor will win, it’s just a matter of which. Max Ehrich has a chance to spoil. I can’t imagine Chandler Massey’s blink-and-you-miss-it reel will be enough for a third win — he’s good, but not nearly good enough for a three minute submission.

    I recall many people saying the same thing about Jennifer Finnigan’s and Jennifer Landon’s reels on their last tries, and they ended up winning again. Ironically, Chandler Massey’s in the same position both of them were in on their third wins; they had left B&B and ATWT, respectively.  I think a laid back, short performance won’t necessarily hurt a defending champ. One thing Massey does have in his favor is a possibility of a vote split. Duell is too much in Craig’s reel and Ehrich is also in Polo’s reel. Those reels may put Duell ahead of Craig and Ehrich ahead of Polo, but Massey really has all his supporters to himself.[/quote]

    It’s really all about who’s on that particular voting panel. It’s not the same people who voted for him last year and two years ago, when he had stronger reels, so I don’t think his status as defending champ is much of a benefit to him, and I’m not really taking it into consideration. If I’m a voter, and I see that an actor submits a decent but not spectacular three-minute reel — that’s the absolute best work you did last year out of more than a hundred episodes — I’m not voting for you. I think of it as sort of the Beatrice Straight rule: you can win for 5 minutes, but they better be the 5 minutes of your life. For me, Massey’s reel just wasn’t.

    Vote splitting has also never been much of a factor at the Emmys. Multiple actors from one show help each other more than hurt, especially if you get essentially two submissions for the price of one like Chad Duell has. I’ve actually switched up and I’m leaning towards him now. Craig has the most emotion, but Duell comes off as the better overall actor.

    How long were Finnigan’s and Landon’s reels when they won their third? Do you remember how they compared length-wise to the nominees they were up against? It’s hard to imagine a pretty good three minutes beats 20+ minutes of good work by Duell.[/quote]

    I don’t think the panel this year is all that different from the one last year, is it? I do understand your point that Massey’s reel is too short and not very impactful compared to a few of the other reels, and if I were a voter I would pass over him as well. But reels aren’t the only deciding factor. This is the category that gave Drew Tyler Bell a win a few years ago, and I swear that I can’t remember him being a major factor on B&B ever.  

    Vote-splitting does factor in sometimes at the Emmys. I truly believe Kevin Mambo of Guiding Light (who I thought was deserving enough of his wins) benefited a degree from vote-splitting amongst the other nominees in ’96 and ’97, for example. This is a different case, though, since the GH actors and Y&R actors play off each other and Massey stands alone and has all of the energy on him, if that makes sense. So that seems to be something that could work in Massey’s favor.

    I’m not sure the length of the Jennifers’ reels in their last years, but I do remember people not thinking their reels were deserving enough for a third consecutive win, and alas…

    With that said, I do feel that there is an opening for an upset here. I’m iffy with predicting one of the GH actors (I prefer Bryan Craig over Chad Duell) because of the lack of love their show garnered this year in key categories. I wouldn’t be totally surprised by an Ehrich or even a Polo win. 

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    I think the lack of love for GH in the three major categories was entirely about the poor submissions that were made and don’t reflect on the actors at all.

    I actually think Chandler’s reel IS spectacular! (: (I wanted Freddie Smith to win this year, but he wasn’t nominated).

    I thought Chad Duell was going to win two years ago, but was rooting for Chandler that year, so I was happy but got my prediction wrong!

    Also, quiet reels CAN win; Christian LeBlanc’s third Emmy win was for a very quiet reel that didn’t have much histrionics in it.

    I do think this is more wide open and any of these five actors could potentially win, so it’s a weak prediction for me, but I see Chandler threepeating.

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    I think the lack of love for GH in the three major categories was entirely about the poor submissions that were made and don’t reflect on the actors at all.

    Perhaps, but there’s a slight chance that GH actors don’t win any of the acting categories, and the show not being nominated for those big categories would have been a sign of that. There is strong competition in each of those categories. Though I think Jane Elliott will win her category easily. 

    And yes, you’re right. Quiet scenes have won. Does anyone remember what Jordan Clarke submitted for Supporting Actor in 2006? I don’t think he won for anything that was too major that year.

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