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Michael E. Knight On His Status On Joining Prospect Park's All My Children!

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The man everyone has been waiting to here from, Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin) spoke with Soap Opera Digest and offered up where he stands at this point in time on joining the online revival of All My Children, stating simply, that it’s just an issue of timing right now.  But he also had some encouraging words that Tad might walk through the AMC set doors, sooner than later!

Knight stated, “With me, personally, it was simply an issue of timing, period.  I consider (executive producer) Ginger Smith to be, actually, one of my oldest and dearest friends, in that industry and in life.  And I had asked her for patience with me because as I like to put it, I didn’t say no, I just said, ‘I can’t do it right now.’ I love the fact that the interest is there and I firmly believe Tad is going to be walking through Pine Valley in short order at some point.”

Michael also thanked the fans for wanting to know his status and that of Pine Valley’s Tad relating, “I just want to reach out and express my personal and heartfelt thanks to the audience for even caring enough to wonder where the hell that Tad guy is (laughs).”

So soapers, what do you think about Michael’s statement?  Do you think he will eventually come to Pine Valley?  Let us know your thoughts!

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ethel
ethel

i hope he will be able to join the amc reboot – i am more anxious to see tad than i am seeing erica………….

effie
effie

Me too!! Erica can retire as far as I am concerned

Tad
Tad

I ‘d rather see Erica than Tad. Someone from the original cast should be on th show. And Tad really has lost his allure. He is still funny but hardly romantic. In fact Tad somehow has aged to the point of being in Erica’s territory. I know every one has their favourites but the cast list is rather dubious. If they are aging the kids you would think Kendal/bianca and Erica would be key. Yet those charactters seem to be gone. I appreciate the desire to offer multi ethinic groups but Angie and Jesse while teenage sensations are like MEK rather in that ho hum stage. And they didn’t have grand kids who really could be aged unlike Erica. AMC lost viewers when they had characters wh appered to have little roots with Pine Valley so having Kara and her brother while eye candy really not helping the story line or history. Is there something we don’t know? Ie. the salaries are paltry so it is those who are more desperate to work. I don’t see Ryan dying to come back. Julia Barr obviously would want back – sadly she hasn’t found work despite being an excellent actress, I hope Lucci is not being difficult but it seems her work schedule might be the problem. Can we assume the pay is lower? Maybe Vincent Izarry isn’t in demand so much? I think the case for OLTL is stronger. AMC has a lot of actors without roots to Pine Valley or strong roots and it would Jesse and Angie dont’ have great roots with those cast in the reboot. Surely AMC can figure out something to get Lucci to recurring. Maybe shoot some ghost scenes in Atlanta and insert them at least for now?

Amy Gail
Amy Gail

I’d rather see both! They are AMC!!!

kimberly Robinson
kimberly Robinson

I hope Tad comes back. I miss him so much! He is one of AMC’s favorite Character. For most AMC fans, the show won’t be the same with him!!

kimberly Robinson
kimberly Robinson

I mean the show won’t be the same WITHOUT him…:)

su0000
su0000

I love Tad/ME..
I just don’t feel it, I think he is being polite and that he is not overly gung-ho to go on ..
But, as his ”walk through Pine Valley” would be welcomed..
Maybe he is playing it smart and not committing until he sees how well this new venture goes, first..

Johnny
Johnny

That’s a good point, and you could be right, he may be waiting to see how
this project takes off – when he speaks of the character of Tad he doesn’t
somehow come across as being overly thrilled about it.

SZima
SZima

I agree. I sure wouldn’t commit to an online show with a production company that has dropped the ball in the past. I’d give it time. Why tie yourself up with something that may not work/last?

Patrick
Patrick

his statement; was neither here nor there…. wasn’t it…. hard to read in to…:

picking apart…

Timing….
Patience.
I didn’t say no.

“…FIRMLY believe’s Tad will walk thru Pine Valley.”

—————————–

The excitement and expectations…. if only they all could have said like… Dixie… and Opal….

we are here to support this medium and see it take off and fly….

ok… what i think they said…

Johnny
Johnny

I think Michael is great as Tad Martin, but if they need to, can’t they recast temporarily until he becomes available? In the earlier days of soaps they used to announce “due to the illness of so and so the part of _____is being played by______”. I don’t think viewers were crazy about that sort of thing, but on One Life to Live wasn’t Dorian played by Nancy Pinkerton, Claire Mallis, Dixie Carter and ulimately by Robin Strasser? Isn’t recasting a part of the Soap World?

su0000
su0000

There are some that will be accepted as recasts and there are some that can not be replaced/recast and Tad Martin is one that can not be replaced.

Torrey
Torrey

I agree with you….recasting is a part of the Soap World….Although, I would love to see MEK on the AMC reboot…..I mean, soap fans have had to deal with lots of recasts. I missed Sarah Michelle Gellar in the role of Kendall, but Alicia stepped in and she gained a huge fan following, after time passed. I think it’s all about making the right decision when doing a recast. The casting director just has to turn on their thinking cap and make smart decisions….

jim
jim

In the case of Dorian, the actresses who played Dorian before Robin Strasser didnt stay in the role long enough to make a lasting impression on me as Robin has. I barely remember the others who played the role, or the actress who played the part when Robin briefly left the role in the 1980s. But Micheal is the only actor i remember playing the adult Tad, and he had that role so long it would be a difficult recast just like when DOOL tried to replace John Clarke as Mickey Horton who originated the role in 1965 and played it for over 30 years. Of course some shows have had some successful recasts like Another Worlds Rachel, but then in most of those cases the original actor wasnt in those roles like Micheal has been with his role as Tad. But if he wont reprise his role and the show really needs Tad then i guess a recast is necessary if some of us like it or not.

su0000
su0000

Most have seen teen Tad grow and become a man and to a senior citizen .. WOW near a life time..
No one could replace ME/Tad ,, that just would work, nope ..

jim
jim

Wait…Tad isnt a senior citizen! Soaps age characters fast enough dont do it too. You make me feel really old now, su0000! lol

Jody
Jody

Hey Johnny. I want Michael Knight because He is Good Looking and He is Funny and I think He is A Good Actor. It isn’t 8 Years, but One Life had The Two Todd Mannings. Roger Left so They got Trevor. Then, Roger came back. I don’t want Somebody Else with Michael Knight. I just want Michael Knight. Jody

calie
calie

There is no one like Tad.

Barbara
Barbara

I’m hoping Michael does do a drop-by at least once or twice to AMC. With so many of the original cast still yet to commit to the PP on-line show, I can’t blame Michael for not doing so. I can only assume that PP will be recasting of so many of the cast members. I’ve read so far these are the only original cast who have signed so far are: Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard, Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard, Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward, Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin, Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo, Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt and Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater (I heard rumors that Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney-Martin might be in the works)
I watched AMC since nearly the first episode, but, in my opinion, a show without Erica, Tad, Jackson, JR, Adam/Stuart, Jake, Amanda, Krystal, Colby, Liza, Frankie, Randi, Brot, Natalia, Ryan, Greenlee, Annie, Kendall or the children, Emma, Spike, Ian, Trevor, Little Adam, Kathy, and Jenny (apologies to anyone I missed) will be a sad show. Too many recasts will be too confusing for the loyal watchers of before. Maybe AMC re-boot should be put on back burner a little longer. Wait to see how the re-boot of OLTL goes first. More origninal OLTL cast have signed for the on-line version. Also the availability of where the “new” soaps can be viewed is also going to matter, I hope SoapNet or some other cable network will broadcast the episodes.

Jody
Jody

Hello Barbara. Randi is on A Cable Show and Colby is on A Cable TV Show. Brot or Rather JR Martinez has Already said that He won’t be Back. I think He is Doing Something, but I forgot what it is. He may be Doing Some Project with his Wife. They did have A Baby Last Spring. Therefore, I think Natalia won’t be on Either. I don’t know about the Man that Played Frankie. You would think Prospect Park would have Frankie with Cassandra and Their Parents. Annie is on The Young And The Restless. Erica will be on One Episode. Kendall is Too Busy. Ryan is Too Busy. I don’t think Rebecca will Sign On. Jackson hasn’t been Contacted, but He is Doing Plays and His Stand Up Comedy Act. David Canary Will be on, but It will be An On Going Basis. Jake is Doing A TV Show with his Real Wife. Amanda wants to do A Sit Com. NO, I Do NOT want to wait and see how One Life To Live Does. All My Children has been off Longer than One Life To Live has. I’m Tired of Waiting for All My Children. Jody

Barbara
Barbara

Hi Jody, You misunderstood. I want AMC back. Maybe I am being selfish, but I want the original cast, not almost all re-casts. I only suggested that since more of the OLTL cast is willing to work with PP and TOLN that AMC delay their restart. Perhaps if the original cast who have yet to re-sign see how well OLTL does, it might prompt them to agree to sign. If OLTL is a flop, then they won’t lose whatever they are currently involved in. To the best of my knowledge, this is what the AMC alumni are doing. (Alphabetical by actor not AMC role) Justin Bruening (Jamie Martin) is on ABC family Switched at Birth, David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler) has been doing live theatre, Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey) rumored that Actor would be returning to The Bold and the Beautiful, Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery) is on Young and the Restless as Chelsea Newman, Ricky Paull Goldin (Dr. Jake Martin) is executive producing for the STYLE Network, Natalie Hall (Colby Chandler) was on ABC Family hit show Pretty Little Liars as Hanna’s step-sister, Kate, Shannon Kane (Natalia Fowler) was on Hollywood Heights (Nickelodeon) as Traci Madsen, Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) is to be on ABC series Devious Maids as Genevieve Delacourt, J.R. Martinez (Brot Monroe) is an Inspirational Speaker, Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) hosts an online Dallas after show on after every new episode of Dallas on its website and occasionally co-hosts Good Morning America, Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney-Martin) Has published books of poetry and musical albums, Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart) was the lead in the film, “Desires of the Heart” that was filmed in 2012, Chrishell Stause,(Amanda Dillon-Martin) has been doing commercials, Denise Vasi, (Randi Morgan-Hubbard) has been in print-ads as a model, Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) owns and operates Crystal Mesa Farm Bed and Breakfast and performs in live theater, Jacob Young (JR Chandler) is on The Bold and the Beautiful as Eric “Rick” Forrester Jr.

Tad
Tad

The problem with BROT and many of those other characters is that they were brought on to AMC when AMC lost its way and roots; they don’t have the history the other characters have to help bring them into the fold so to speak. MEK and Lucci are key. Oddly MEK is scene as a foundational character but really he was like 15 years or so in. Lucci is needed for roots – they can make her a Phoebe character for now if necessary. Otherwise its AMC with 5 new teens who appear to have ilttle to do with the original characters – sounds like one hot or not so hot mess. Really Angie and Jesse without someone to play off of? Opal without Erica or Tad? Adam without Brooke or Erica?

Jules
Jules

One of the most underrated actors in the genre, but he is simply one of the best to ever grace the industry. I know he’ll be back, and when he joins, it will be spectacular! In the meantime, I will patiently wait and enjoy the show when it comes back.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

Thank you SOD for reaching out to MEK and getting the scoop. I really did not want to read this. I hope they can figure out a way to work the story around him not being there right away. He also spilled the beans that Ricky Paul will not be back as Jake. So I assume that Chrishell Stause won’t be back as Amanda either.

Patrick
Patrick

I recall reading that Chrishell wasn’t interested…. she wanted to be available for …??? prime-time auditions…. a sitcom… show her comedic side….

She is so damned cute….. I was so smitten with her…. her and janet…

i always seem to be taken with single mothers and their daughters….

Janet – Amanda
Susan – Emily
Marion – Liza
Edna – Dottie

i’m sure i missed some….

Patrick
Patrick

it’s too bad, cause Chrishell Stause is hot…

Johnny
Johnny

Good grief though, there have been so many actors playing Jake I have literally lost count, so what does it matter if they recast the character for the umteenth time –
as for Amanda, they could fairly easily recast that role if it’s even necessary, but of course her mom is Janet from another Planet so it could be a key role.

Jody
Jody

Hello Johnny. Jake was Played by Michael Lowry, J. Eddie Peck and Ricky Goldin or whatever his Name is. That is THREE Jakes. That is Not Umpteenth Time if They Recast. That will be Four Jakes. They had Joey Before Michael Lowry. By the way, FIVE People have Played Bianca so It is Pretty Common to have Several People Play A Character. Jody

joe
joe

What is up with the AMC actors? They got practically EVERYONE back on OLTL and they can’t seem to get core characters on AMC. Goes to show you maybe that OLTL was about a TRUE blue loving cast of the show and the medium where is seems AMC is about the money maybe? I dunno. Disapponted in Susan Lucci.

Jody
Jody

Hey Joe. Susan Lucci is on TWO TV Shows. She Can’t just not show up for Them. Susan WILL Be on One Episode of All My Children. Maybe Later, She can come Back. Also, Susan was on 41 Years. She has Spent her Entire Adult Life Playing Erica Kane. Everybody on All My Children had to pull Their Children out of School and Disrupt their Life. If the People on One Life To Live had to do that, then They would be Hesitant Also. Erika Slezak who is Viki Did Hesitate because of how They Pulled the Show out From Under Them. David Canary is Older than Bob Woods and Yet Bob Woods wanted to Retire. Bob Woods is Bo on One Life To Live. They were going to be off for 5 Weeks so Bob Woods Agreed to come back and Be Bo. He said that he is Too Old to Work All the Time. So It’s Not that the People on One Life To Live Love the Show Better than the Money. People are All the Same. It Depends on Their Circumstances. Jody

Patrick
Patrick

well said….

it’s my hope… they… the Veterans….. original’s as it were…

at the very least…. help the Show’s….. AMC needs it more… to get it off the ground and give it wings….

Elhu
Elhu

I so appreciate Michael E. Knight acknowledging all of the interest in his possible return to AMC (thanks Michael). I am encouraged by his words, especially since he has a close friendship and working rapport with Ginger Smith (the EP). I feel confident that Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) will be part of the AMC reboot at some point soon, I truly do.

Didja Noit
Didja Noit

Love Tad Martin, and love Michael Knight too! I sure hope they get Tad back as soon as possible! I can’t wait for the new shows to start airing.

jim
jim

Come to think about it, Micheal E Knight might have been temporarily replaced as Tad somewhere around the late 80s or early 90s but if he was, i dont recall the actor which shows how much i feel that M.E.K. is the one and only Tad. At first i didnt like the idea of a recast but after a few minutes of thinking it over, i guess id rather see a character there connected to the shows history than one that isnt at all.(well i can accept some newbies to help refreshen the show. Tad wasnt there from day one but he was adopted by the Martins who were there from the begining. So you do need some new faces but as long as they connect to the shows history in some way like Tad has done, im fine with it. I just dont like it when someone new comes in and old favorites are pushed in the background in favor of a newcomer and he or she takes over.)

Johnny
Johnny

TAD MARTIN was played by Mathew Anton from 1973-77, and then played by John E. Duan from 1978-81. In 1982 The role was recast with Michael E. Knight in the role of the then “20ish” Tad Martin. In 1990 TAD MARTIN was played by actor Terrell Anthony. Some time after that, Michael E. Knight returned to the role. I do agree that almost thirty years in a role, even on and off, does form a lasting impression on viewers. I have a feeling that for right now, they are not planning to recast Tad Martin (I could certainly be mistaken) – the character went through some rapid aging as SOAPS are known for, but really, Tad Martin would only be about 49 years old, not exactly a senior citizen, geez, if the Martin family found him as little boy in the mid 1970’s.

jim
jim

Thanks for the Tad info. I was trying to recall some of that. Back between the 1960s and early 1980s my family watched a lot of these serials and were always swithing back and forth between some that were oposite each other. we had one tv, no remote and no vcr back then like we do now but that didnt stop us soap addicts.

Jody
Jody

Hey Johnny. I don’t know exactly how Old Tad was, but he was in High School so He was Not 20. That’s how Tad got Involved with Liza and had Scenes with Alfred. In Fact Tad got the Porn Film to Embarrass Alfred who was going to Show A Marx Brother Movie. However, It Turned out to have Jenny in the Film and Embarrassed Her Instead. Jenny was Tad’s Sister. Jody

Johnny
Johnny

Yes, Jody, this may be a shock to you but I remember all that, I am not a kid, have been watching the show for years and years. When Michael Knight took over the role in 1982, he was 23 years old. I’m not saying that Tad was that age, I’m sure they meant for Tad to come across as a bit younger. I am acutely aware that Jenny was Tad’s sister and that she died in an “accident” involving a Jet ski. Dixie came to Pine Valley in 1988 but was not initially played by Cady – and believe it or not I am very aware that recasting is a big part of the Soap world (regarding your other comment) – and I hope that viewers keep that in mind because I sense quite a bit of recasting down the road for this new presentation of AMC.

su0000
su0000

ME/Tad came in 1989 as young teen 17/18ish and soooo handsome!!
And he still is a very very handsome man..

ME went from teen to senior citizen in Pine Valley .. wow!

Jody
Jody

Michael Knight Did NOT Come in 1989. Michael Knight Came in 1982. He was in High School when his Sister Jenny became Involved with Greg. There was Liza and Alfred. Tad Started to go out with Liza’s Best Friend Amanda. Then, Tad was with Liza and had the Affair with Liza’s Mother Marian. Later, Tad got Involved with Dottie and then Tad got Involved with Hillary. Then, Jenny Died on the Jet Ski. Right after that, Tad and Hillary got Divorced. Then, Dixie came to Pine Valley in I think 1989. Jody

su0000
su0000

Yes, you right, it was 1982,, 🙂

Lin
Lin

I believe last time he did not sign up for Prospect Park either and said (if I remember correctly) that Tad had not been front burner in a long time and was basically a narrator. I think they’d have to promise him an interesting story line long term. I think he felt he had turned into what Joe had been, the good guy of the town who had no real story line. I think AMC blew it when they put Tad together with Dixie again. Tad and Cara was exciting. So Prospect park and writers- I think maybe you can have a chance with Michael Knight (if he’s interested in appearing at all) if you tell him you’ll have Tad and Dixie realize that train has passed and put him back with Cara and give him true story lines. Maybe then he’ll come back. Please Michael..! Regardless I wish him much luck and happiness.

su0000
su0000

ME/Tad became so alive and full of new life when with Cara!!!
When they put him back with Dixie the life went out of him and he became a dull older man again, so sad,,

Jim
Jim

Wow, in that SOD interview he says Ray McDonnell (Joe Martin) will be part of the show!

Lin
Lin

I’m guessing it will only be once in a while- but regardless, if Ray is on there I will be so glad. Especially if Michael Knight is not, as least we’ll have a Martin, as it said there will be no Jake. Of course they’ve changed Jakes from time to time so they could get a new Jake. I wish Julia Barr would come back on. That would be fabulous.

Jody
Jody

Hello Lin. Several Places have said that Julia Barr IS Joining All My Children. Jody

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

Love Michael, so I hope he eventually will come on board.

Ceridwyn2
Ceridwyn2

I’d love to have MEK come back as Tad. I’ve loved that character for eons. I remember him pairing up with Dixie at the back when Dixie and her siblings first came to Pine Valley.

And as Jill Larson and Cady McClain also coming back that would be a huge incentive, too. Martins, Chandlers and Kanes are the long-standing families.

Jody
Jody

Tad was on All My Children around 7 Years Before Dixie came to Pine Valley. Tad got Involved with Liza in High School and that was in 1982. Jody

Lin
Lin

Thanks so much, Jody. I saw that online yesterday. Very excited. I also read a comment which sounded like Michael Knight plans to join AMC at some time in the future. Here’s part of a quote:”Then, when we start working together we’ll have some time to deal with it. I’ll be very interested to see what happens — and I’ll be watching!”

Ellen
Ellen

Hoping to see Michael E. Knight back in Pine Valley. Love the Tad character and Michael is a great actor.

Dawn Burrows
Dawn Burrows

I can’t wait for him to return. He’s one of my favorites. Tad is role that can only be played by Michael, so I would rather wait until he is available than to see them recast his role.

Eileen
Eileen

I have missed every actor and actress on AMC, however, I have missed Michael probably more than any other character (no pun intended)! I miss his humor most of all. I think he’ll be back and sooner rather than later.

Scary Mary
Scary Mary

Be still my heart! I miss you Tad!

Jody
Jody

Hello Barbara. Most of the Cast IS Busy and Involved with Other Projects. That has Nothing to do with Refusing to Sign and If One Life To Live does well, then They will Sign. If they weren’t doing Other Things, then maybe They would Sign. Cady would Love to Sign and She says that They have Talked to her. David Canary has Signed On An Ongoing Basis. I don’t know if that is Recurring, but that is what that Sounds to Me. Michael Knight said that Joe Martin will be on All My Children. Now, I have Read that Several Places have said that Julia Barr is Joining All My Children. Susan Lucci WILL Do One Episode. Also, Jennifer Bassey who was Marian said that There will be Some Wonderful Surprises In A Couple Of Months. Maybe Several People will Finish Their Projects and then will Come on All My Children. Jody

Blake
Blake

He needs to be back on for good, being selfish here. They finally get Tad and Dixie back together, I really hope both are on and together full time for good!

Jody
Jody

Tad was I think 8 Years Old and He was brought to the Hospital. Joe and Ruth Adopted Him. Michael Knight was the Third Tad. When Tad was 8, He was Blond. When Tad was 12, He had Black Hair. He broke up with A Girl so he got on Drugs and He Ran Away. Then, Paul Martin Helped him get out of Trouble because Paul was A Lawyer. Tad came home and that was Michael Knight. The Children in High School are Miranda who is Bianca’s Daughter and Erica’s Granddaughter and AJ who is Adam’s Grandson. I think there may be Kathy and Jenny who are Tad’s Daughters. Maybe there will be Spike who is Kendall’s Son and Erica’s Grandson. Angie and Jesse are on the Show and Angie will work with Joe Martin and David Hayward. Petey who is Tad’s Brother will be on the Show. Maybe Petey will Run Cordtlandt Electronics. Opal will be Involved with what is going on with Petey. Brooke has Signed Up so Brooke will Represent the Tylers who were An Original Family in Pine Valley and Joe Martin will Represent the Martins who were Another Original Family in Pine Valley. Also, Brooke and Adam may be Together. Jody

TRUDY DEREVAGE
TRUDY DEREVAGE

Please come back to AMC Michael E Knight!! You are my favorite actor from AMC and I really am looking forward to seeing Tad again. your #1 fan!!

JIM
JIM

There is another possibility. All of this talk by us helps prospect park to know what we want. If certain characters get a lot of interest from us, it helps PP decide how much salary to offer the actor and how much value they are to the show. The same goes from the actor’s point of view. Michael E. Knight could simply be holding out for more money which might be offered to him at the last minute based on our discussions about him and his character. As well, some actors may be waiting to see how the reboot fairs. If it is successful, then they may be more interested in joining. At that time if it were successful, PP could then offer more money to regain the core cast.

Tina Bruley
Tina Bruley

I really, really hope Tad returns to AMC. I was a teen when he was a teen on the show and crushed on him like crazy. I’ve loved the twists and turns of his character and the Tad and Dixie on again off again sagas. I really liked him with Cara too…and to be honest Pine Valley would not be the same without him.

Lori Barkley
Lori Barkley

I so want Tad to be on AMC again. He is one of my all time favorite characters of any show.

Sandy
Sandy

I sure hope that Tad will return!!! Pine Valley would not be the same without him!!

Amy Gail
Amy Gail

Come on Tad the Cad…we neeeeeeed youuuuuuu!!! <3

A tad fan
A tad fan

Oh please please please come back, I’ve watched AMC since the 80’s and grew up loving Tad and Dixie….. The chance to set their story right would make all the horrible story lines and terrible things they did to what use to be an amazing way to tell stories worth the pain!

Kat Andrews
Kat Andrews

I want Tad & Dixie together! Please make it happen!

km
km

Oh yes! Would love to see it!

Robin
Robin

Everyone would love Tad back. Hope it happens
Soon.

susan
susan

Michael please please please come back to AMC online. I have watched this soap for 30 years and its just not Dixie without Tad.

Clarice
Clarice

I’m hoping Tad will return. He and Erika were always the stars.

fredi barnes
fredi barnes

I hope Tad joins Dixie, after all the years of watching All My children, watching Tad and dixie find their daughter, it just would be wrong not to have him back!

Diane DeBella
Diane DeBella

AMC IS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT TAD THERE. PLEASE COME BACK.

Karen Hallenbeck
Karen Hallenbeck

I have loved All My Children for a very long time and the energy, fun, and interesting story lines that Tad (the cad) brings to the show is amazing. It is just not the same without him. I personally hope he returns sooner than later.

All My Children

Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

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What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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