Daytime drama bled into real life recently when Michael Muhney was stunningly scratched off the 'Young and the Restless' roster. This apt actor didn't shy away from the spotlight after his personal story line played out. Instead, he defined his part in this most unexpected pre-Christmas week development.
The honest emotion Muhney relayed regarding family responsibilities and his instant unemployment concerns reconfirmed Hollywood's hard corporate culture.
CBS is a major media player. Despite a transformed television landscape, this old-fashioned network has maintained broadcast power and is currently parlaying its brand through various digital platforms.
Everyone who has worked within any corporation knows the game. The regular 'cast' rarely achieves greatness, but exists to serve their managing masters. They, in turn, direct the minions, which keeps the money flowing.
This isn't a knock against the system, as failed businesses employ no one. However, there are differing allowed limits within every mom-and-pop store.
Any viewer, even a one-episode wonder, saw that the 'Adam Newman' character was hardly a bit role. Muhney seized his opportunity to shine in June 2009 and quickly became a soap opera star. But, feathers can be ruffled when one surrenders his soul in every scene.
In a past column this author compared Muhney to the iconic (and dearly departed) Michael Zaslow, aka 'Roger Thorpe' from CBS' 'Guiding Light'. Every hardcore soap fan knows the back stories regarding Zaslow's request to return to GL after he had been afflicted with ALS. For those who are uninformed, his hopes were never realized.
Like millions of people across the nation, Muhney is now jobless. His state isn't similar to what Zaslow endured before his passing. However, a cold link between how two terrific talents were treated is surely relevant.
With however Muhney acted off-camera, his riveting performance was unrivaled anywhere within the weekday scene. The power of a ratings draw should see him appear in a different fictional form on another steamer in the near future. That does assume he will accept any offer to return to the medium.
Unless some unexplained behind-the-scenes 'plot line' becomes public in the future, it appears as though one of today's modern monsters actually wasn't seen through Muhney's portrayal of 'Victor, Junior'.
Instead, the real villain replayed an age-old scenario: Hire someone in an attempt to corner the market on a unique talent. Encourage that person to use their natural abilities in order to maximize profits. Subjectively discard that human being whenever said talent supposedly pierces any piece of thin skin.