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TV: Daytime Dramas Post Emmy Pre-Nominations While “Y&R” Fans Buzz About Possible Return of Former Star

The Daytime Emmy pre-nominations are out, and among them is the work of “Young and Restless” actress Marla Adams. She’s the oldest actor in daytime at age 79 with a long fabled resume of work. In 1961, her second ever job was in Elia Kazan’s “Splendor in the Grass” along side Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Adams appeared on “Y&R” in the 80s and returned this fall in the same role except this time her character suffers from Alzheimer’s. She’s done sublime work, and deserves to be nominated and to win.

Meanwhile, on the same show, fans are buzzing about the possible return of actor Michael Muhney. It’s been four years since Muhney was fired from playing the role of Adam. He was replaced with Justin Hartley, who then left and found “overnight” stardom on “This is Us.” Muhney was very popular and got a raw deal. But now signs are pointing to his return, which should be funny since when Hartley took over they said he had plastic surgery!

Muhney, a devout user of social media, went AWOL on November 23. He just shut down. Radio silence. I spoke with him one year ago when it looked like relations between him and the show might be thawing. Since February sweeps begin next week, it’s possible they’ll be seeing him in fictional Genoa City soon. “Y&R” just had a ratings high in the last week. Muhney’s return will send the numbers soaring.

Here are the pre-noms:

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIESSharon Case, as Sharon Newman
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Eileen Davidson, as Ashley Abbott
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Melissa Claire Egan, as Chelsea Newman
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Judi Evans, as Adrienne Kiriakis/Bonnie Lockhart
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Nancy Lee Grahn, as Alexis Davis
“General Hospital,” ABC

Marci Miller, as Abigail Deveraux
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Kelly Monaco, as Sam McCall
“General Hospital,” ABC

Gina Tognoni, as Phyllis Summers
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Maura West, as Ava Jerome
“General Hospital,” ABC

Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos
“General Hospital,” ABC

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Peter Bergman, as Jack Abbott
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Scott Clifton, as Liam Spencer
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Michael Easton, as Hamilton Finn
“General Hospital,” ABC

Billy Flynn, as Chad DiMera
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Galen Gering, as Rafe Hernandez
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Eric Martsolf, as Brady Black
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

John McCook, as Eric Forrester
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew
“General Hospital,” ABC

Stephen Nichols, as Steve “Patch” Johnson
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

James Reynolds, as Abe Carver
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Marla Adams, as Dina Mergeron
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Nadia Bjorlin, as Chloe Lane
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Eileen Davidson, as Susan Banks/Kristen DiMera/Sister Mary Moira
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Camryn Grimes, as Mariah Copeland
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Susan Hayes, as Julie Williams
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Elizabeth Hendrickson, as Chloe Mitchell
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Lisa LoCicero, as Olivia Falconeri
“General Hospital,” ABC

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, as Steffy Forrester Spencer
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Mishael Morgan, as Hilary Curtis
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Arianne Zucker, as Nicole Walker
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Darin Brooks, as Wyatt Spencer
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Steve Burton, as Jason Morgan/Patient 6
“General Hospital,” ABC

Chad Duell, as Michael Corinthos
“General Hospital,” ABC

Bryton James, as Devon Hamilton
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Wally Kurth, as Ned Quartermaine
“General Hospital,” ABC

Chandler Massey, as Will Horton
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Anthony Montgomery, as Dr Andre Maddox
“General Hospital,” ABC

Greg Rikaart, as Kevin Baldwin
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

James Patrick Stuart, as Valentin Cassadine
“General Hospital,” ABC

Greg Vaughan, as Eric Brady
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Reign Edwards, as Nicole Avant Forrester
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Hayley Erin, as Kiki Jerome
“General Hospital,” ABC

Cait Fairbanks, as Tessa Porter
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Courtney Grosbeck, as Coco Spectra
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Olivia Rose Keegan, as Claire Brady
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Victoria Konefal, as Ciara Brady
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Chloe Lanier, as Nelle Benson
“General Hospital,” ABC

Eden McCoy, as Josslyn Jacks
“General Hospital,” ABC

Paige Searcy, as Jade Michaels
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Lexie Stevenson, as Mattie Ashby
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Lucas Adams, as Tripp Dalton
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Rome Flynn, as Zende Forrester
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Pierson Fode, as Thomas Forrester
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Noah Alexander Gerry, as Charlie Ashby
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

James Lastovic, as Joey Johnson
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Tristan Lake Leabu, as Reed Hellstrom
“The Young and the Restless,” CBS

Casey Moss, as JJ Deveraux
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC

Garren Stitt, as Oscar Nero
“General Hospital,” ABC

Anthony Turpel, as Ridge Forrester Jr “RJ”
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” CBS

Hudson West, as Jake Webber
“General Hospital,” ABC