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Michael E. Knight Chats His Y&R Crafty Doctor Turn, Chuck Pratt Jr. & Why He Wasn't Part Of Prospect Park's Reboot Of AMC!

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Michael E. Knight is beloved and iconic for his role as Tad Martin on the now defunct All My Children.  The actor has not appeared on a daytime drama series since the series was canned by ABC, but now Knight is ready to take on daytime again.  It begins with his recurring role as Dr. Spencer Neville on The Young and the Restless.  Knight will first pop up on the canvas on the October 15th episode of the number one sudser.

Just how does he come on to the show?  In a new interview with TV Insider, we learn that Knight will play a not-so-up-and-up neurologist who is hired by Neil Winters and has become somewhat unhinged after kidnapping his ex-wife Hilary (Mishael Morgan) as part of his payback to her and his “son”, Devon (Bryton James).

Michael also weighed-in on what brought him to Y&R, working with Chuck Pratt Jr. again, (even though many feel Pratt was responsible for the ultimate tanking of All My Children), and why he did not partake with other longtime cast members in Prospect Park’s attempt to revive the series.

Here are a few interesting excerpts from Knight’s conversation below!

Knight on his new Y&R character …  Dr. Neville:  “He’s very cool, kind of eccentric and a rule breaker. And hilarious, though he doesn’t mean to be. He makes no apologies for being brilliant and always thinks he has the highest IQ in the room. He’s here to keep the (Hilary) situation under wraps. And that’s all I’m allowed to tell you… he says, twirling his mustache.”

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Knight on Chuck Pratt Jr.’s tenure as head writer of All My Children:  “I don’t think Chuck was given a fair shot at AMC. I suspect he got his marching orders from Brian Frons, who only wanted the under 35 audience. Chuck had to turn AMC, which was moving very slowly, into a show that demanded your full attention, not something you could half-watch while you were making a ham sandwich. He really had to mix it up. But he was only there for what, seven months? I think he’s a funny, progressive guy. And hey, Y&R is doing pretty well under him!”

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Knight on why he did not participate in Prospect Park’s reboot of All My Children: “That was happening at a really rough time in my life, what with my divorce (from One Life to Live star Catherine Hickland), and selling our house in New York and moving to L.A. with the show. When it was cancelled and got picked up [online], I just couldn’t keep following the show as it moved back and forth across the country. I was stressed out. I needed to step back from AMC, from everything. It took me two years to relax and start breathing deeply and just let life be.”

So what do you think about Michael’s upcoming role on Y&R?  Do you think it will fun to watch him not be such an upstanding guy, and have him get mixed up in Neil’s storyline?  What did you think about his thought on Chuck Pratt’s time at AMC … was the head scribe indeed unfairly judged?  And, are you sad that Michael was not a part of the Prospect Park reboot … or do you feel he sidestepped a bad situation for him?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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su0000
su0000

ohh gee
I can not have an opinion about Michael E. Knight and his role as Dr. Spencer Neville.
((can’t have an opinion until I see him as Spencer in his role as a doctor to have an opinion..
nonetheless; I like looking at him 😉

Harry
Harry

Looking up the term “passive aggressive” in the dictionary and it reads,”See su000.”
Speaking of whom, su000, it is perfectly acceptable and reasonable to express an opinion about Michael Knight’s return to daytime. Are you happy? Excited? What do you hope they do with his character?

su0000
su0000

Dear Harry,,
I have no opinion about his coming to Y&R, I am not familiar with him.
So- I am not excited or happy, and no hopes about what is done with his doctor role..
I will have an opinion after his appearance goes into the 3rd week as to if he can excite me and make me happy .
(I like looking at him lol

My neighbour, the soap lifer, told me of Tad being a bad boy with the girls and a trouble maker, that I like, so I will ”hope” he still will be a bad boy.. ok? 🙂

Dylan
Dylan

As long as he is violent, evil, and a sociopath, and murders people, Su will like him.

su0000
su0000

Dylan..
geeezuz, you stating I’d like him to be- ”violent, evil, and a sociopath, and murders” …. lol c’mon.

I clearly said what I’d like him to be’
quote me
;; Tad being a bad boy with the girls and a trouble maker, that I like, so I will ”hope” he still will be a bad boy.;;

yup- That ^^ is what I’d like him be, for a starter..
(not a violent, evil, sociopath, murder <– but that does have merit 😉
as long as he is hotly intriguing, I'll be luvin' the handsome guy heh..

what do you want him to be; a Hollyman Doctor. LOL
or a poor suffering love struck sap ?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I look very much to Michael’s debut on Y&R and I completely can understand why he did not join the online reboot of AMC, which ultimately was handled very poorly.

Jonboy
Jonboy

Susan Lucci doesn’t seem to think so.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, Susan Lucci is on her last Olive Oyl leg.

Harry
Harry

Seeing his beautiful eyes and endearing smile makes me feel like I am seeing a long lost and beloved brother. I heart Michael Knight.
But Mr. Pratt? Yeah, I am talking to you, buddy. Please do NOT make his character a one dimensional bad guy who is written into a corner. I beg of you. You will get a lot of viewers tunning into Y&R just to see Michael, and they do NOT want to see him twirling his mustache. This I know for sure. Leave that antic to the real Mustache.
Michael’s humanity always shines through making him a deeply flawed, complex and yet beloved ,character. Please write accordingly–I beg of you.

Margie
Margie

ICAM. I want him to be a badass with a heart.

CeeCee
CeeCee

So, Margie….you want him to be Thad, the cad? I second what Harry said.

su0000
su0000

hmm dunno about him still being a ”cad”
cad
kad/Submit
a man who behaves dishonorably, especially toward a woman.
((lookin’ good ^^^ 😉

He was born 1959, 56 yrs old..
I hope they will not mellow him out and they will keep his boyish reputation as a cad strong and going!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Su….sort of Like Morgan Corinthos; bedding both mother and daughter. Let’s not hope for a repeat. There’s enough let’s-keep-it-in-the-family-bed-hopping on Y&R.

Vicki
Vicki

Can we make it so he stays and some of the characters we dislike go? LOL….I would trade Michael Knight for Hilary/Devon/Sage/Joe/Abby/Summer/Kevin/Colin/Luca/Marisa-I wish they would get back to REAL storytelling. Let Days be the show with the outlandish plots (LIKE the days of James Reilly) and Y & R get back to good old-fashioned romance and plots that don’t wreck characters legacies.

Vicki Black
Vicki Black

I am thrilled that Michael will be back in the Biz. He has always been one of my favorite actors and has a wide range. Absolutely can’t wait! As for AMC cancellation, I believe that the suits a ABC had made up their mind long before Pratt came into the picture. He did the best he could with an ax hanging over his head. He landed on his feet and is doing a great job at Y&R.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Vicki, I agree with you about the suits at the alphabet network. They wanted out of the daytime drama business and did everything they needed to do to make that happen. I’m shocked that GH has remained on the air.

I definitely feel that Chuck Pratt is a bringing much needed fresh air to Y&R.

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

I can definitely relate to Michael’s feeling of needing a break after experiencing so much all at once. I’m going through a rough patch right now and I literally just needed to take break from everything for a few months just to regroup. I wish him all the best and I’m glad he seems to be getting his life back on track with his new job.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Wishing you the best too TNT.

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

Thank you so much! That means alot to me 🙂

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

[As I posted earlier on another newsfeed heralding the second-coming of Pratt/Phelps: popularity is not a sign of quality.] >:-(

Just because people have their sets on doesn’t mean they are not screaming at the tv, bemoaning the fact that the decades of investment they’ve made in this show is FOR NAUGHT. Together this team GUTTED a show beloved and revered for 42+ yrs and have turned-it into something totally different: flipping-the-bird to anyone who dares question their motives or execution. This sort of self-serving arrogance didn’t serve Frons, Bloom, Goutman or Wheeler well either; what have any of THEM done lately?! :/ (Beware Pratt/Phelps: you are destined to repeat the same path, but you’ll be in good company at the “McTavish Home for Daytime Destroyers”!) 😛

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Thanks for sharing this, Mr. Fairman. I’m really looking forward to seeing MEK’s work. I’m a longtime fan. Glad he’s back in the game.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Same here. I love MEK also I just hope the writers will do him justice. It took Tad forever to get to redemption. I don’t want the new character to take the same route. I only wish he will be a stand-up guy. No Liza Colbys or Marians anywhere, please.

Beth
Beth

I adore MEK and was a huge AMC fan. I’m happy he’s landed on Y&R for however long his role lasts. It’ll be good to see him do something a little different on a different show. I agree with him that the majority of the blame for AMC’s cancellation goes with Brian Frons for a bunch of reasons. He hired the wrong people to produce the show, write the show, and in the case of certain actors, “save” the show. I blame ABC and its execs. Pratt’s writing helped push the boulder down the hill, but I don’t think he’s the one who buried AMC.

However, MEK is wrong about how long Pratt was the HW at AMC. Pratt was there for at least 18 months, which is plenty of time to write out-of-character stories and stunts (like tornados and Stuart’s murder) rather than character-driven story, and to hire his pets (Jamie Luner, Tamara Braun) and make them front-burner 24/7, regardless of whether the audience wanted to see a vastly different Liza Colby, or a newbie like Reese Williams, all the time. (I’m a big fan of Tamara Braun, but the writing for her did her no favors on AMC.) He wrote the Bianca/Reese love story mostly off-camera and then told the audience to just accept that theirs was a great love. He force-fed Liza Colby on viewers and wrote the former ice queen as the Queen of Hearts and the second coming to Clarence Darrow, regardless of the fact that Marcy Walker’s Liza was a media mogul and business exec, and had never expressed any interest in being a lawyer. Women were always victims or tramps. Pratt’s first script aired in late August 2008 and his last aired around February/March 2010, when AMC was already in L.A. That’s the time frame when a tremendous amount of damage was done. But I get where MEK is coming from. He is happy to be working and he won’t bite the hand that’s feeding him.

As for Prospect Park, it’s a shame he couldn’t be on its version of AMC, but he wasn’t alone, and ultimately AMC suffered because it didn’t look like the AMC I’d known and loved. I prefer to pretend that PP’s AMC never happened because without Tad, Erica, Kendall (full time), and other residents of PV, it wasn’t AMC to me.

sheryl
sheryl

I love Michael in any role . he is a terrific actor and he is a great person , I wish him lots of good luck and I know he will be a great asset to the show . He has a great personality and I can’t wait to see him again.

Rebecca Zertuche
Rebecca Zertuche

When Michael first came onto AMC, he wasn’t squeaky clean. His character eventually grew up, but he always had that mischievous twinkle in his eye. I look forward to seeing him again. Prospect Park didn’t know what to do with AMC or OLTL, he was well out of it, though he was missed.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

He’s playing a character who has the same name as actor Spencer Neville who played Derrick on DAYS.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I thought it was perhaps a misprint at first. What a coincidence.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Maybe Chuck Pratt is a fan of DAYS. He should just stay at Y&R because Josh Griffith is doing a fine job writing DAYS.

Dee
Dee

I think Michael Knight was an excellent actor, funny and interesting.. I am so glad to see him on another soap.. I guess I will have to start watching Y&R, thou that show need to a lot of improvement. Bores me to watch.

dolores
dolores

Enjoyed Michael on AMC for YEARS; a great actor – looking forward to seeing his return to the soap-world. At Y & R I wish him well. Glad he did not try the Prospect Park reboot – it was a fiasco! They destroyed the characters and disrespected the older characters. He has more class than the Prospect Park Reboot, glad he took time off to heal. Will tune into Y & R now!

susan crovo
susan crovo

I just glad he is back any soap he is great actor Weiss welcome Michael to yr way to go

Timmm
Timmm

He seems like a real cut up and I cannot wait for his arrival. Seems like it could go contract? I hope him and Ashley hookup and Stitch is left all alone with his stethoscope in his hand!. He is talented and grateful. Nancy Lee Grahn are you reading this? Grateful to have a JOB! Welcome Michael.

Cathy Phillips
Cathy Phillips

I will have to watch. I so wanted him to appear on Prime Time or GH. I love MEK. He has sense. I hope the writers remove the real bad character and allow the funny, sensitive and sometimes hard guy to appear. He can do it all. Please give him the opportunity. I fear real bad guys don’t always stay on soaps.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know what you mean, Cathy. I was always so happy to see him on AMC…..he lit up my screen.
This new role of his does not seem too promising as being a squeaky-clean character. There must be something shady in his background for him to agree to be hired by Neil ( on the hush-hush, I take it). It also seems that Dr. Neville can be bought…another black mark on his not-so-stellar reputation. Obviously, he will be treating Hilary until Mishael returns from maternity leave.
If the good doctor/Tad is banned from practicing medicine ( just an assumption), I hope his license was revoked on a technicality. I want Michael to be a good guy too, Cathy. I want this character to have longevity on the show.

LOL. I went to High School ( boarding school ) with a girl named Cathy Phillips…..my heart skipped a beat when I saw your name, Cathy. Wouldn’t it be something if you were she?

elm51
elm51

i so love michael e knight – i can not wait to see him back in a daytime drama – i know he will do well

Nanci
Nanci

So this means Hilary will still be lying motionless in the boathouse
into mid-October (at least)? Til Michael’s character comes onboard
to be in cahoots with Neil…ugh.

JUDY
JUDY

GOOD ACTOR..I ONLY HOPE THEY WRITE A GREAT STORY AND HE WILL BE ON THE CANVAS FOR A LONG TIME……THEY MADE SUCH A MISTAKE WITH MAURA WEST….

su0000
su0000

Y&R brought in; Jesse and Angie Hubbard (Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan)
there ^^ is talent..
They made Debbie a hillbilly drug addict/horrible character lol and Darnel, rarely seen physical therapist.
Also.. wasting Tristan Rogers..

Y&R, if one is not a Newman or an Abbott, or connected to them, then the those characters are short lived or in the background.

Only reason SB/Dylan made it up front is because he was made a Newman via Nikki and siblings.

JUDY
JUDY

AGREE 100%…THEY WASTED SOOOO MANY GOOD ACTORS!

Timmm
Timmm

I liked Darnell. I like Tristan. They just dont know what to do with them. One is gone and the other shouldnt be far behind. GH could really use Tristan. Robert can retake his commissioners job and light a fire under Dumbte and Detective ABS and fire Valerie!

k/kay
k/kay

He should have went over to b&b nhe would have made a great Stephanie Forrester recast!

Regina Kilgore
Regina Kilgore

Hehehehehehehe

Regina Kilgore
Regina Kilgore

I think it’s pretty sneaky of Pratt and Phelps to pull in another one of their “old” friends into the show. I suspect he will have a lot of scenes, we’ll see if they are good or not, and take up a bunch of air dragging this stupid storyline out some more.

Rapids
Rapids

I’m anxious to see how he looks after four years. I worried about his health based on his appearance the last years of AMC.
I’m glad he bypassed the stupid prospect park revival, he was smart not to bother and probably knew it would fail. Prospect park had no money.

Thomas Jenkins
Thomas Jenkins

It is understandable that Michael couldn’t keep running back and forth from the West coast to the East coast because the show was picked up in Connecticut for that “not so great” re-boot by Prospect Park. They ended the show leading us to believe that Michael would come back as Tad Martin. I really thought Prospect Park handled the whole thing in a dreadful, disrespectful way towards both fans and actors involved. Some days, I still cling to the thought that someone will bring the characters of Pine Valley back to life, but as months go by, I realize there’s a very slim chance of that ever occurring. Best of luck to Michael Knight in his new role.

EDNA BAREFOOT
EDNA BAREFOOT

HI MICHAEL, MICHAEL KNIGHT CAN PLAY ANY PART & MAKW IT RIGHT. HE CAN BE FUNNY & SERIOUS TOGETHER. M. KNIGHT IS A WONDERFUL ACTOR. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT GIRL HE GOES AFTER. THANKS FOR THE ARTICLE MICHAEL–LATER

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At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

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Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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