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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

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When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Would have been better off bringing on Tad Martin. Sorry, but I am still smarting after all these years on the cancellations of AMC and OLTL and want to see the actors brought onto GH to reprise their former soap roles.

Celia
Celia

I’m with you, James—–as far as I’m concerned I don’t find GH all that great, comparatively speaking……Especially now with these quixotic storylines and characters. Comedy of Errors….. with Drew/Franco as Dromio of Ephesus……

nowya
nowya

It’s not really healthy to STILL be “smarting” after all these years. I miss Johnny Carson, but time moves on – and so should you.

Tony
Tony

Well if Cady Mclain would have been chosen as Nina this would have been perfect

Celia
Celia

Oh, my gosh, Tony!!
Why didn’t I think of Cady? She would be the perfect Nina—-I don’t know how much longer I can take nuNina ( can’t even think of her name—scary eyes).
Secondly, two birds with one stone—-Tad and Dixie reunited…….and Valentin her brother?? LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, NuNina is a bust! I gave her a chance but she has NO chemistry with Valentin, Sasha or even Jax!

Celia
Celia

Hi, T,
I have not had time to breathe these last couple of weeks….I’m teaching full time—I’m off sick ( cold–cough)—-missed you, my friend.
Tell me about it—-nuNina is trying too hard. I have been bitten by the Stafford bug—she is the original Phyllis and Nina—-very rarely do re-casts live up to the original—
The Nina/Sasha story was explained away with the notion thst Sasha strikingly resembled Nina—well, no more!! There goes that… They are as physically different as night and day.
Nevertheless, I think that Sasha really is Nina’s daughter, after-all…..would be an ironic twist, if only these writers would have an original idea and a Shakesperean imagination. I see no suspense; no comedy, no artful, dramatic tension offered by our soaps of yesteryear. The courtroom debacle can only exist in la-la-land—-This is a trial? The perpetrator becomes the victim? I guess it’s supposedly a device to create anger and stir the viewer’s sense of unfairness? Not working for me.
Here I go with my ranting again, LOL.
Later, Timmmy❤️

Timmm
Timmm

Get well and get some rest!

Shay
Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl! Welcome back……you’ve been missed! Hope you feel better soon! Incidentally, I cannot agree with you more that Cady would have made an excellent Nina recast…actually better than the original in my opinion! Hah!…(Oddly enough, I had always envisioned her as Nina from the moment Silas first mentioned his so-called saintly wife way back when, and I also suggested her as the perfect replacement to fill that role when we bandied about possible candidates to play NuNina…) What can I say? Great minds think alike….although not always! I guess I’m one of the few not even remotely excited over Knight’s upcoming GH stint…I couldn’t stand Tad, and so to see his portrayer coming to Port Charles leaves me less than impressed. Seems that’s just me though….Lol. Later, mia amica!

Jim
Jim

What if he played Jeff Webber

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Hi Celia,
Welcome back, you’ve been missed by many. I told Shay a few days ago that I was a little worried, that I had not heard from you since M.V.I figured you were back teaching and so busy with your own kids as well. Sorry you haven’t been feeling well.I am a big fan of Vitamin D -3 and take 2000IU daily. Have not had a cold in years, knock, knock. I have some news to share with you, and as I told Shay, it is amazing how small this world is.I was notified by Ancestry DNA that I have a relative living in NY. Turned out, she is a niece living in Sag Harbor, where she and her husband own an Italian restaurant. I could not believe it. Right away I thought of you and the possibility of you dining there. My, my such excitement for this old lady, huh? I know we are of track and should be soap talking. I am so ready for Michael to get his baby .Hopefully that little one will let go of the thing that’s always in his mouth. Poor kid is uncomfortable with all the handling.I wonder when Nelle comes into play. I had read she escapes also, to keep Shiloh away from Wylie. How are you liking Robert as DA? He hasn’t done much yet. I too would have liked Cady M. as Nina. I even liked her on Y&R when she was seducing Jack away from Phyllis. Well, feel better, hope to hear from you.

Celia
Celia

Hello, Miss Violet,
Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness…..
I’ve had a pretty rough week.
I thought I had left ear infections behind me in my childhood……hadn’t had one in eighteen years, as a teen. Go figure—I have vertigo, from an ear imbalance. …much better now.
I am getting very frustrated with GH—too messed up and incoherent—-has no flow!! This Peter thing just popped up out of nowhere—–but, I guess it’s not much of a surprise considering his sire. I am not even convinced Anna is his mother—-more like Alex.
I have missed a few eps—will catch up tonight, albeit halfheartedly—-Shiloh, Peter, Franco, Sonny, Sam, Carly, Nina—-practically all the cast—even Bobbi—–all getting on my last nerve.
Have a great day—little chilly this morning —-here I go battling traffic!!
Soom, my friend. Stay well. ❤️

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Hi Celia
Hope you are feeling better by now. Those infections can really drag on.Well at least we are rid of Shiloh, now to deal with the aftermath.Can’t wait for the autopsy, showing whether that flare actually killed him or something or someone else did.Is Lulu really going to blurt out her eavesdropping info, breaking her daughter’s heart about her beloved papa? Certainly there could have been a better way.
Glad you are feeling better, now keep it that way, o.k?
Oh, I wonder if you would want your kids going to a bar, mornings before school, or would you meet your students there? That whole thing really bugs me. Am I just being old fashioned?

Jim
Jim

i have had that cold/cough for two weeks now…also being checked for other problems…why i have rarely been here

Shay
Shay

Awwww….get well soon, Jimh! (And “Double C,” too!) It’s a lot less fun around here when the two of you aren’t regularly posting! As for your suggestion that Knight play “Jeff Webber?” Even though I would love for Liz’s daddy to visit Port Charles, I don’t think that Knight is age appropriate for that particular role. Keep in mind that originally Jeff was mentioned to be a “tad” (no pun intended…) younger than Monica….thus, I somehow cannot picture “Tad the Cad” as Dr. Quartermaine’s ex! Lol….

Jim
Jim

On Edge Of Night Nicole went from 40ish to 20ish with a recast so a younger Jeff why not…..anyway wish he was Tad…i think Gordon Thompson would make an ok Jeff

Shay
Shay

@Jim…I would love to see Gordon Thomson on GH, although I’m not so sure as Jeff! Dynasty’s former Adam has such an elegant, sophisticated vibe, whereas Jeff was much more laidback and casual…I would prefer someone who better captures the essence of Richard Dean Anderson as a Jeff recast. Quite frankly, GT would have made an excellent Cassadine! I suppose it’s not too late to make that happen…

Celia
Celia

Hope you’re feeling better, Jimmy—-I hardly ever get sick—got me “but good”. LOL. For some reason cough syrup upsets my stomach——so, I had to weather it cold turkey…. pardon the pun. HaHa….
Glad to see you peeking in ( as I do) once in a while.
As far as Michael Knight possibly cast as Jeff, I am not familiar with him at all—-except from references made on the GH sites, now and again.
I would think Michael is too young to play Lizzie’s father; but, this is Soapland—-Sam and Julian are less than ten years apart, I believe—so, age is irrelevant.
You may be right. What I don’t like is bringing in new characters, especially someone as well known and beloved ( at least, that’s how I perceive him) as Michael, for a short sojourn……I am anxious to see exactly what his role will be.
Well, Jimmy—I will truly be looking forward to hear you are feeling yourself again—-among other things—-next time you post. ❤️

Jim
Jim

i havent been well in three years but recently more problems popped up

Celia
Celia

I remember, Jimmy—-you had Barrett’s Esophagus? Protonix works very well—-however, all this new science comes along with negative reviews ( Gastric carcinoma)….makes one’s head spin. What to do??
I try to stay away from meds, even the over-the-counter offerings. Dependable ‘drugs’, for sinus, headaches etc. have consequences, if abused….
Take it easy, my friend—hang in there. I hope you have a good, caring and patient doctor. It makes a big difference to your well-being and state of mind.
I do hope to hear from you. I miss your take on plots, characters and which path a storyline should take. ❤️

Patricia Petersen
Patricia Petersen

Agreed bring back Kady

Celia
Celia

I propose two choices—–Michael will either play the lawman or the outlaw. Either way, all the baddies in PC ( and its outreach) will have something in common—-Faison and Helena.
I pray Michael is a good guy….love him to pieces…
I anticipate the ousting of Kim, Shiloh, Peter, Julian , Brad and maybe Franco—-not sure yet (Did I forget anyone?). None of them is to be absolved.

Jim
Jim

i Would had cast him as Liz’s father Jeff

clb
clb

Congrats to Mr. Knight and his return to daytime! Waiting to see what the new writing team can bring to the GH canvas. I still support bringing back OLTL and All My Children as a 1/2 each lead-in for GH. GMA Day needs to be cancelled, as it is dragging down the ratings for GH. ABC Daytime–wake up!

Ellen Wycuff
Ellen Wycuff

They needed to bring him back as Tad Martin so when #AMC makes a comeback he could step right back into that role

Johnny
Johnny

HAVE to say that I agree with Ellen, it would be great if he could join the show as TAD MARTIN visiting from Pine Valley….it could then have him saying something like “I still have unfinished business in Pine Valley….” and help serve as a Lead-in to the show’s re-launching. I know that there is a lot of talk about bringing back ALL MY CHILDREN and this would help support that.

Ellen Wycuff
Ellen Wycuff

Love your idea. I basically had told someonethe something but in a different way. Bring back #AMC and #OLTL. There is greeting way to many talk shows and court shows inn tv any more

Timmm
Timmm

Lets just hope GH uses him better than Y&R!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Shouldn’t we has a WOMAN head writer also? Tell me, don’t we need a woman’s point of view on GH–BADLY??????????????

Shay
Shay

@Nancy…Instead, how about a head writer who actually respects and mines the rich legacy of GH by implementing modern-day characters and storylines that honor that history? That’s what is really missing from this soap in its current state!!! Good writing is good writing, no matter the particular chromosomal aspects of the person from whom the words emanate!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Can we have an interesting, dynamic character that already knows who he is–and has not had a memory transplant–oh, the horror!

Harry
Harry

I agree, Nancy. GH is one un-HOLY mess right now. Why did Howarth’s Drew turn out to be such a selfish, son-of-a-bitch when Miller’s Drew was a kind and heroic man? Right now, I detest Franco/Drew. He’s a selfish, callous creep.

Celia
Celia

Agreed, Harry—I also regale Kim with those same colorful words, ….true description of Franco. What a jerk!!
And, Kim? The subdued, grieving mother who is so out of her head with her feverish thoughts of replicating Oscar–Drew’s memories transferred into another’s head makes no difference to her—she wants what she wants. She’s as “touched” in the head as Franco—-two solid freaks. These writers must have gone to the same school of Bedlam.
I mean, he’s physically not Drew—-I have another word for her—-but, I will contain and restrain myself.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I thought the same thing, Harry–re the difference between “Drew” and “Drew.”
🙂

Que for you
Que for you

I’d prefer to have kept Billy Miller! They got everyone interested in his story and now we r supposed to believe a navy seal couldn’t save himself?

Please keep general hospital alive by writing for the actors from Core families!

I hope this man is great at his job and that he comes and gets killed off quickly maybe taking Shiloh and Heinrich w him!

KMB
KMB

I 100% agree. Billy Miller should have gotten the memory story a long time ago along with a new love interest and much more screen time. It was absurd. The other stories are just not cutting it either. Now it is just not exciting to hear about new characters anymore because of the bad writing for the characters who are already on the show. When will it change if ever?

Capt. Internet
Capt. Internet

Well, someone needs to take the reins @ Aurora ’til Drew returns or not.

Carolyn
Carolyn

A specialist Dr for Carly’s baby

Satan
Satan

So…… how do all the Michael Knight fans feel now, that we know he was apparently brought in just to prop the psycho Nelle?

Sure, there’s always the possibility he could stick around longer, but right now it looks like a case of Frankie Valentini propping up his pets once again.

Not an AMC viewer, so I don’t have a three headed dog in this fight, but just thought I’d ask…..

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