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Knots Landing’s Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee & Donna Mills Share Backstage Memories, Watch Back Classic Scenes & Remember the Cul-De-Sac On Its 40th Anniversary

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The primetime soap that lasted longer than them all was not Dallas, Dynasty or Falcon Crest, but Knots Landing! The series about the lives of the people of the cul-de-sac at Seaview Circle in Southern California ran on CBS from December 27th, 1979 till May 13, 1993.

Throughout Knots’ run, the show centered on the lives of female characters; most notably Joan Van Ark as Valene Ewing, Michele Lee as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie and Donna Mills as Abby Cunningham Ewing (yes, there were several other married names too!).

What made Knots Landing so special was its more ‘grounded in reality’ storylines (than over-the-top on the other primetime soaps), while also delivering the soapy goodness and those riveting cliffhangers and those gut-wrenching performances that had millions of fans tuning in every week on Thursday nights.

Who can ever forger the 3-year story arc of Val having her twins taken from her at birth, or Sid’s death that left Karen a grieving widow, or the moment we saw Abby’s other side as mother lioness with her children, trying to deal with her daughter Olivia’s drug problem.  These were only some of the unforgettable moments and portrayals by these three women.

To commemorate Knots Landing’s 40th anniversary. Michael Fairman sat down with Joan, Michele and Donna at Donna Mills’ home for this very special deep-dive conversation for his You Tube channel, The Michael Fairman Channel. 

During their conversation the ladies share: what they thought of it each other the first time they met … if there was any competition between them, their thoughts on the leading men on the show that included: Ted Shackelford, Don Murray, Kevin Dobson, William Devane and more.   In addition, they dish on the wealth of talent that came through the show including: Alec Baldwin, Julie Harris, Howard Duff, Halle Berry and so many more.  Plus, if there were a reboot of Knots’ just where would Val, Karen and Abby be now!

In some of the most heartfelt and touching moments contained within the interview. Michael had chosen several clips from ‘Knots’ to play back to the women to get their reactions and thoughts to those fan favorite moments.   A must-see for all die-hard and longtime  “Knots” fans.

We won’t spoil anymore, but suffice to say, we hope you check out the full interview below featuring Joan, Michele, and Donna.

Then, let us know what were your favorite moments contained within the interview … and share your favorite ‘Knots’ memories during its run via the comment section.

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I still miss this show. Those cliffhangers! Remember when Abby spent an entire episode trying to find a place to bury Peter Hollister’s corpse…finally dumping it in a hole destined for concrete? Then later the slab cracked and Karen said, “The whole area has to be dug up and repoured. What do you think, Abby?” That look on Donna Mills’ face was priceless. And the episode when Abby locked daughter Olivia in the house to force her to detox! Classic TV that we just don’t have anymore. And why, oh why, is this show not available on DVD? Some of… Read more »

DMRR
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DMRR

I remember the concrete burial! Lotus Point, right?
Olivia’s storyline was SO well-done!

DMRR
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DMRR

I loved “Knot’s” I LOVED Abby! Donna Mills, always so beautiful & talented. I remember her in “Play Misty for Me.” Just fabulous.

shelly
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shelly

Thank you Michael for this interview!!! Beautiful, timeless ladies; very gracious. Sometimes my Dallas obsession makes me forget that Knot’s Landing was a favorite as well. Watching Knot’s on Thursday nights was a welcome to the weekend during my college years. I was still a kid at home and remember the very early scenes when Sid was killed and Ginger’s baby shower was interrupted by violence. Reunion please!! (I could’ve done without the political stuff but that’s ok).

DMRR
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DMRR

I remember Sid’s death; and I thought Ginger was so gorgeous

Jimh
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Jimh

Joan Van Ark played on Days,,,Donna played o LIAMST and GH

Kay
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Kay

Joan van ark was on y&r she was the original Gloria !

Jimh
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Jimh

thanks…i forgot that one!!!

Patrick Rose
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Patrick Rose

MARQUEE : ^^^^ ” A must-see for all die-hard and longtime “Knots” ” what an enviable position, you are… not that I’d know what to do… gush over KNOT”S forever my fave prime time… yeah, even before Dallas! AND I was Sue Ellen #1 when I even think about what daytime never failed… that would go to As the World Turns, I was so caught… yet I have to add in “Another World” it was sophisticated… Just wow on seeing how these three FRIENDS for all time , remain just kudos… thanks MF for keeping us alive; continue to imagine

Patrick Rose
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Patrick Rose

congrats… “pat” on the back.. which is really hug

what a bucket “drop” WHAT

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you had a time, @

Joan Van Ark, Michelle Lee, Donna Mills !?!?!? mind blow up

Steve Ward
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Steve Ward

Loved the interview. It’s hard to believe that Donna, who I watched on ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing’ back in the late 60s is on the doorstep of turning 80. She is always gorgeous.

Adam
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Adam

Great interview! Knots is my all time favorite show. Loved that Michael got almost an hour interview with the three leading ladies.

Patrick Rose
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Patrick Rose

“Michael” you look elated; like a kid in a candy store ; one for the books; man

knot’s women

^^^pic – that’s a framer

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I liked Knots Landing. However, I’ve disliked the interviews that I have seen with its stars in the past decade (including this one) for two reasons. One, Michele Lee and Joan Van Ark talk WAY too much, constantly interrupting the interviewer and (worse) cutting off the remarks being made by the former co-star who appeared with them. In this interview, I’m not even sure Donna Mills managed to finish a sentence without Lee or Van Ark interrupting her. Two, the interviews (including this one) significantly ignore the importance Laura (Constance McCashin) played to the show. There are passing references to… Read more »

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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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MaxUpdatesGH & WWE Weighs-In On The Latest in Port Charles and ‘Friday Night Smackdown’

We have a new internet sensation in the form of 7-year-old Max, who posts his daily video recaps of episodes of General Hospital on Twitter and Instagram, as well as his weekly video recaps of WWE Smackdown.

In one of Michael Fairman’s favorite interviews for his Michael Fairman Channel of all-time, he chats with Max and the two find out they have a lot more in common then they knew – their love of soap operas and professional wrestling.  Some of the highlights of the interview occurred when Michael revealed to Max his time with the WWE.

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During the fun conversation, Max reveals just who are his current GH favorites, his thoughts on what might happen with Jason (Steve Burton) & Carly’s (Laura Wright) pending nuptials and Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) ultimate return, and what he thought of the ending of the Peter August (Wes Ramsey) storyline, the return of Roger Howarth (Ex-Franco, now Austin) and just  how he goes about taping his daily recaps.

 

In addition, Max talks about his passion for the WWE and that he ultimately would like to become a pro wrestler. During his talk with Michael, the discuss some of their favorite wrestlers including: Sting, Ultimate Warrior, and Max’s favorite, John Cena. and the latest happenings on Smackdown heading into Summerslam with Sasha Banks vs/ Bianca Belair and Cena vs. Roman Reigns.

Later in the interview, Max’s mother, Sarah Tomlin, joins in the conversation and fill us in on how Max got started doing his on-camera updates, and just how smart this kid really is – he knows the storylines, the characters, the play-by-play, the moves, the moments on GH, etc.  We think he has could have a career as a pro wrestler, or a host on a top TV entertainment news show!

Watch this heart-tugging and hilarious interview with Max below. And make sure to “subscribe” to the Michael Fairman Channel, if you have not already done so for more celebrity interviews.

Then let us know in the comment section below, what was your favorite part of it … and if you are following Max on Twitter at @MaxUpdatesGH @MaxUpdatesWWE and on Instagram @Stomlin21.

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