Deep Soap: Emmy Week Starts; ‘Y&R’s New Bad Boy Tries Sprucing Up

Kanin Howell (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Kanin Howell (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Welcome to Emmy Week

Today is the official beginning of Daytime Emmy Week: Las Vegas.  Will moving the awards show to a city that encourages heavy alcohol consumption make for more interesting acceptance speeches?  I sure hope so. Will the tribute to ‘All My Children‘ and ‘One Life To Live‘ creator Agnes Nixon get as much time as the tribute to Dick Clark and ‘American Bandstand’–a series that has been off the air for decades?  I think we all know the answer to that question.  There will also be appearances by Vegas acts including The Blue Man Group and Cirque Du Soleil. In other words, there will not be too much daytime in the Daytime Emmys.  I think the idea is to broaden the appeal of the awards show, but I imagine that the number of people who do not watch daytime television but will decide to watch the Daytime Emmys because of the non-daytime talent appearing is approximately zero. The Tonys could not muster up an audience last weekend despite the resurgence of the musical as a popular genre, Denzel Washington winning an award, musical performances by Green Day and the cast of ‘Glee‘.  Nonetheless, I am confident that, at bare minimum, this will be considerably better than last year’s bargain basement ceremony.  I have talked to a number of behind-the-scenes daytime staffers on L.A. soaps who are viewing this as a chance to bring back some of the fun and glamor that came with traveling to New York for the show, on a smaller, more affordable scale.  In other words, it’s going to be a party, at least for the attendees.   On a practical level, the red carpet will be inside this year so for once people will not either be so hot that they are on the verge of passing out (every year in L.A.) or freezing (all of the New York ceremonies I attended.)  I have my press credentials, I’ve made my reservations, and I will be doing my best to ensure that most of what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas.  Stay tuned…

Kanin Howell Cons His Way Onto ‘The Young & The Restless’

During the 1990s, ‘The Young & The Restless’s‘ Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) was wrongly convicted of attempted murder.  In prison, he fought with hardened criminal Warton (Shark Fralick). Eventually, Warton’s role was expanded.  He was released from prison and found acceptance from Genoa City’s A-list.  History may be repeating itself.  Frank Ellis was first introduced as the forger Jack (Peter Bergman) and Adam (Michael Muhney) hired to fake Victor’s diary.  He recently attacked Nick in jail and told Chance (John Driscoll) that he had information on the man who framed him for drug possession.  Viewers are going to be seeing more of Frank.  Now played by Kanin Howell, Frank is getting a backstory and an agenda.   Howell revealed when he learned he was going to be more than a dayplayer and why Frank may be doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons.

When you first got the role, how long did you think you were going to be on the show?  When did you find out you were going to be back?
I thought it was going to be just for a couple episodes. I saw what they were doing with the character.  I saw the episodes that aired a few weeks back when Nick was in jail and I tried to stab him with a needle.  So I think there’s something going on with that and it’s kind of all that there was.  Then, all of a sudden, they thought of me for a different storyline.  The [episode] that aired [most recently] is where they started to think of me for a different storyline.

Check Out Y&R’s Latest Episode:

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What has it been like working with Josh Morrow?
It’s been good.  I’ve had a few scenes with him.  I’ve been working with everybody and everybody’s really embraced me as a family.  On the first freaking day… The first three episodes I didn’t have much.  It was more like a reintroduction to the Frank Ellis character.  So that they embraced me right away was really cool, everybody on the crew, everybody.  We even extended that relationship farther the more episodes that I did.

You were a recast. Was that daunting?
I didn’t come at it that way. I don’t know what happened in the past.  I just got to come at it the way I saw him as, and that’s the way I did the audition.  They booked me and that’s what I do.

What was it like playing Chuck on ‘True Blood’?
Fun times.  One of my episodes was with Alan Ball which was freaking awesome. He got to direct my episode.  To work with him was unbelievable.  Everyone was a blast to work with. We went to Shreveport and had a great time with the whole cast.  We took a chartered plane.  I was like, ‘Oh, man, this show is big time.’  The table reads were filmed by E!. So I knew I was on something big, but I had no idea it was going to be that big.

What’s Frank going to be up to this time?
You know Frank.  He’s always doing something. He’s tired of being in these crappy facilities.  He’s stuck in prison for life. He’s trying to get it spruced up a little bit.

I know you can’t go into specifics, but give me a vague idea of Frank’s arc.
Frank’s a con man. He’s got an autistic son on the outside.  He’s a bad guy trapped in prison for a three strikes law. He’s always trying to do something that’s going to help him, any way that he can help himself.  If he has to be with the Newmans, if he has to be with whoever, it doesn’t matter.

So Frank’s a father.
Yeah.  He’s a father that has an autistic son, Matthew, on the outside.  He can’t afford care.  He’s trapped in prison so that’s what he worries about: his son growing up and him not having a chance.  He’s always trying to cut deals, not for himself because he’s trapped.  He’s in for life. He doesn’t think he can get out. He may be a criminal but he’s not stupid.  But he’s more or less trying to help his son.

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