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All My Children's Cady McClain on Susan Lucci, Poison Pancakes & Dixie and Tad!

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All My Children’s Cady McClain always has a lot of insightful things to offer up in an interview when discussing her passion for the genre, the online revival of the series, and her alter-ego, Dixie Martin’s past and present!

In an new conversation with Huffington Post blogger, Mark Brennan Rosenberg, McClain weighed-in on several topics including the MIA Susan Lucci as Erica Kane, Cady’s relationship with former AMC head writer, Megan McTavish which resulted in her being killed-off via Poison Pancakes, and where Tad and Dixie are now, with Michael E. Knight (Tad) still not a part of Prospect Park’s version of Pine Valley!  Here are some excerpts below!

Cady on how she thinks fans will react with an AMC sans La Lucci:  “Susan is obviously a big star, but in the bigger picture of the show, she was always a member of the ensemble that made up the cast of All My Children. I know there are a lot of fans who love her and want her back but I think it’s important to remember there are also die-hard fans of Debbie and Darnell (Angie and Jesse). From what I am getting, the fans are excited to have their show back and that is what comes first and foremost. I’ve heard that Susan is totally supportive of the return of the shows return, and she will always be welcome in Pine Valley!”

Cady on what went down when former head writer, Megan McTavish killed off Dixie via Poison Pancakes:  “I have to say it broke my heart when I was killed off because I had given so much to the show and I had cared so much and wanted the show to be wonderful. I have to say that instead of feeling sorry for myself I took the time to learn the Internet and began blogging and working on a memoir about growing up in show business, a book I hope to release later this year! Megan McTavish and I had some disagreement when it came to the storyline of Tad killing Greg Madden. I really would have liked to film a scene where Tad and Dixie explained to their children that Tad had done a very bad thing and that it wasn’t okay. I wanted Tad and Dixie (American soap opera characters mind you) to be able to tell their kids, “What Dad did was wrong.” Needless to say we agreed to disagree, even though it really sucked at the time. But when I think back, it all worked out for the best.”

Cady on where the reboot is taking the story of Tad and Dixie without Michael E. Knight on board as of now:  “I’m getting great stuff to play. Relationships are what soap operas are all about. I can’t speak to the plot but I feel very fulfilled in what they have given me. In regards to the character of “Tad,” no one knows exactly what is going to happen with that, but just like when Dixie wasn’t on-screen, Tad is still “there,” an important part of the show. I feel like the writers are being very respectful to what is going on. But, it’s a soap opera for Chrissake, so you never know what’s going to happen, right? Anything is possible!”

So AMC fans, what do you think about a Susan Lucci-less AMC?  How the Tad and Dixie relationship will be explained? And about “death” via poison pancakes? Weigh-in!

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BTripp
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BTripp

Cady is my favorite and I love how supportive she is of the soap genre. Megan McTavish can kiss my a$$ for the way she killed Dixie off. I honestly do not think that soaps should kill off the core family characters like Dixie and others. GH made similar mistakes and it takes a new writer to come up with ways to bring these characters back. The fans don’t care how it is done, they just want their faves on their screens. I am very excited to see what Marlene McPherson has planned for AMC 2.0

Tad
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Tad

Well what do you expect AMC folks to say. They have to be positive. They have to say stuff that the show will go on, this lets other actors and characters to take the focus, if they want to be mean the show is aimed at a younger audience and Lucci is over 65, being could be cruel and say Lucci is a hasbeen, too skinny, can’t act, her character too much, too unrealistic etc. But the truth is Susan Lucci really was or is AMC. She was the one star who stayed true to the show throughout its tv… Read more »

jimh
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jimh

I agree with all your comments on AMC and OLTL…you said just about everything i wouldve said!

Tad
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Tad

Oh and one other problem. I think OLTL has a much better chance of surviving though I note their actors are looking a little haggard (the older ones) What is with Robin Strasser’s hair – it looks like a wig from the dollar store. But I digress, AMC has a cast which while they have Dr. Martin back for a bit as well as David Canary they don’t have very good roots – the relationships aren’t the strongest ties. Miranda without Bianca and Erica regularly as well as Aunt Kendall and their families doesn’t make sense. Likewise Dixie without Tad,… Read more »

The_HugoBoss
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The_HugoBoss

I totally hear what youre saying and get it. But if you look at AMC and expect to get the same show that went off the air, you probably will be disappointed. All My Children started as a show about the lives of teenagers and their dealings within their own lives and the lives of their parents. The show is going back to that format. I for one will miss Susan Lucci. I think her strength was in comedy and “divatude”. And no one could play that like she did! BUT, one of the reasons she is so big is… Read more »

Jewell
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Jewell

Robin’s hair looks cute.. I hope both shows succeed but I have a feeling OLTL will do better, because they are continuing where they left off.and have most of the original cast back, AMC is jumping ahead five years,they have some recasts which seems like new characters and they have hired new people for new parts instead of asking some of the actors they haven’t asked back yet.Like Walt Willey Bobbie Eakes etc.. Maybe if they showed new episode previews like they did for OLTL it would make me feel better..

su0000
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su0000

I hope Tad never has to put up with that PH hillbilly Dixie again.. The woman was nothing but a pain in his butt, Tad was forever cleaning up her messes because she never had a brain in her head that worked. That character was zeroed out without Tad, she was nothing, and when she was gone Tad finally grew, lived happily, found himself, and with Cara he was exploring life and living happily. Tad was a better Tad without Dixie defining him. Maybe this time around she will get a brain and thanky that Tad is not cast to… Read more »

kim
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kim

Your kinda like Dixie yourself…know what i mean! pmp!

Michelle
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Michelle

I couldn’t disagree more, I love Dixie and I was really mad when they killed her off so abruptly and stupidly. I hated the forced pairing of Cara and Tad, the age gap was silly and Cara was always too heavily made up! I’m very much hoping MEK and Susan will return when they’re ready and they can, and I sincerely hope they didn’t recast Walt Willey and Bobbi Eakes, but no matter what I will be watching! dr Joe, Angie and Jesse and David and of course Adam make me happy!

Edna Barefoot
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Edna Barefoot

AMC will survive without Susan. She can always appear. Love Dixie & Tad but if he can’t come back now maybe later. Love that Cady is so excited about the reboot. Thank you Michael for the article. Ready for The 29th.

El rizzo
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El rizzo

I have said this before and I’ll say it again…with any great soap, there is always hope! I know in my heart that if these show are a huge success our favorites will come home!

ethel
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ethel

i like the fact that amc will be 5 years in the future – it can be easily explained why every major character is not there right now. i watched amc from the beginning and it was based around mostly the teens so the show is just going back to how it originally started. as far as susan lucci goes yes she was a big part of the show but she was not “the” show because there was an entire cast and amc will survive with or without her being there……………………..

Jewell
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Jewell

I just love Cady, I have met her a couple of times and talk to her on Twitter, she is a sweetheart.. I hope Michael decides to come back, I just have to have my Tad and Dixie, plus Michael adds humor to the show.

Michelle
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Michelle

Indeed, Michael is really funny and multi-dimensional, heck we grew up and older together!

Moshane58
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Moshane58

I had hopes for Tad and Jake because I love both of those guys together.But Ricky has went to Days and no one can play Dr.Jake like him and he and Tad really seemed like brothers.Even though I am sad about that I still am looking forward to the reboot.

jimh
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jimh

Rickys not on Days…he went Bold&The Beautiful…but he would make a good Bo Brady on Days, i think!

Johnny
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Johnny

I’m sure it will do fine, really. It would be nice if Susan Lucci could return as Erika Kane but I think the writers can write around her easily enough. I think the character of Dixie could branch out, and she was always fighting with Dr. David Hayward, and he’s back on board. I can see some scenes between Jill Larson as Opal maybe arguring with Dixie that she should be faithful to Tad’s memory or something along those lines. Surely it will be interesting to see how the storylines play out.

jas
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jas

I cannot begin to tell you how enlightened I am…and it’s all due to being so well informed by the very intelligent (NOT) Cady McLain. Wow, what would we do without her opinions informing all of us. Like I said before, she is a dullard. Miss Sweetness and Light. In fact, she is like a glass of Crystal Light, you know, the drink that sticks in your throat and you GAG on it instead of refreshing yourself when you’re thirsty! It was her time to go and the lady who made her ‘gone’ should have gotten an Emmy for that.… Read more »

Gloria E
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Gloria E

Yikes,,,I have watched AMC from day one but have never had such animosity towards any of the characters..u r entitled to your opinion tho no matter how negative..

Michelle
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Michelle

Wow, such a personal attack, hopefully “fans” (not) like you are few, I’m grateful AMC is returning and it looks much richer and fuller, they’re going to do it right! Susan Lucci is indispensable and has always been my fave, that lady can act and she’s so lovely and exudes grace and class.

Joshua
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Joshua

I think we should all be rejoicing with the fact that Cameron Mathison, Rebecca Budig, Alicia Minshew and (gasp!, can’t believe I am about to say this), even Susan Lucci isn’t coming aboard.

Those four individuals hogged up precious screen time for too many years. I’m looking forward to the show delving deeper in the Hubbards, Chandlers and even the Martins (without Tad). I think Dixie will have some amazing storylines to go through before Michael E. Knight comes back. You know he will.

Chris
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Chris

Wow some powerful comments by various posters. I do agree there are lots of good characters that “could” be focussed on but no Susan Lucci or Erica kaneis rather hard to take. Using Dixie and forging ahead new relationships is the best they can do because thelinks are not the best of the returning characters and thus AMC will lose reliance on the “old” or past boost as much as OLTL. Think about it obtectively the characters in order of power (or actor) would be Susan Lucci, Michael E Knight, Camerona Mathison, Alicia Minshew, Rebecca Budwig, vincent iszarry so of… Read more »

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Even if she’s not cast, Lucci should be opening the book in the credits and just say “Welcome Back” on the first show….She’s as vital as Viki on OLTL. As for me….I wan’t Tad!!

Kristy
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Kristy

I am ok w/an AMC sans Erica. So many interesting and fun characters to watch!! I already miss Tad/Michael E Knight… LOVE him! I am hopeful he and the ptb can work out something so he can have some air time:D

Brett
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Brett

As long as Angie and Jesse are on I’m happy!

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

Our shows are back and I hope both are on air for another 40+ years!

Gloria E
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Gloria E

Thank heavens for grateful fans or else the AMC & OLTL would have never made a comeback..

Michelle
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Michelle

Agreed! Viva AMC, the fans, PP and here’s to the next 40 years!

Rapids
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Rapids

I was sick of Dixie at least two ghost stories ago but without tad she and cady McClain are insufferable. Cady must be head public relations and marketing person of the reboot. Having read her blog several years ago I do not buy the Susie cheerleader role for cady but she knows this online reboot may be her last acting paychecks. I agree with the prediction one life to live has a better chance to survive. All my children had lost so much of the audience. I think Michael e knight is the glue that bound viewers to the show.… Read more »

jas
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jas

AMC has had so many really fantastic actors in the ensemble over the years. And I think I’ve mentioned which ones ( who are returning to the re-boot) whose work I have enjoyed and admired and which ones are a big waste of time to watch (I will not). But when you see such horrid actors, i.e. Jordi V., posting himself all over the place, self-promoting ( so very desperate and full of himself is he), it goes to show how sad this re-boot is to hire such a terrible actor and throw him into the mix with really fine,… Read more »

myri
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myri

Susan Lucci is my favorite. SUSAN PLEASE COME BACK TO AMC!!!!!!

AMC
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AMC

I was satisified with the happy ending AMC gave Tad & Dixie. Now that Prospect Park is about to begin, I’m nervous. If they start this show up again and MEK never returns, and the show doesn’t work out, they ruined my happy ending for T&D, I’m not going to be a happy fan.

Tad
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Tad

Everyone is entitled to their opinions I am glad PP or anyone tried to save an iconic soap. I do understand the comments about Cameron Mathison and his looks versus acting skills. I will stand up for Susan Lucci though – the woman is an icon well her character. I am sick and tired though respectfully of those who say she can’t act or don’t like her character. Yes, she can be hard to take (Erica Kane) and yes Susan is hired to be Erica Kane – that is what she is known for when we see her in different… Read more »

Tanja
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Tanja

I will give it a try but I am a huge tad and dixie fan so I am not sure if i will continue the show if they kill off tad. I love dixie as well but can only see her with tad.

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