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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
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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
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effie

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

Tad
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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… Read more »

Amy Gail
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Amy Gail

I’d rather see both! They are AMC!!!

kimberly Robinson
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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
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kimberly Robinson

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

su0000
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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
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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
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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
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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.”

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

su0000
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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
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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
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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
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calie

There is no one like Tad.

Barbara
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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… Read more »

Jody
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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… Read more »

Barbara
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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… Read more »

Tad
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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… Read more »

Jules
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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
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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
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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
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Patrick

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

Johnny
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Patrick
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Johnny
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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)… Read more »

jim
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

su0000
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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
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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
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su0000

Yes, you right, it was 1982,, 🙂

Lin
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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… Read more »

su0000
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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
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Jim

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

Lin
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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
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Jody

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

Lisa J.
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Lisa J.

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

Ceridwyn2
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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
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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
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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
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Ellen

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

Dawn Burrows
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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
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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
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Scary Mary

Be still my heart! I miss you Tad!

Jody
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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… Read more »

Blake
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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
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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… Read more »

TRUDY DEREVAGE
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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
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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.… Read more »

Tina Bruley
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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
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Lori Barkley

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

Sandy
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Sandy

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

Amy Gail
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Amy Gail

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

A tad fan
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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
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Kat Andrews

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

km
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km

Oh yes! Would love to see it!

Robin
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Robin

Everyone would love Tad back. Hope it happens
Soon.

susan
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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
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Clarice

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

fredi barnes
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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
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Diane DeBella

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

Karen Hallenbeck
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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.

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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‘Pine Valley’s’ Leo Richardson Teases First Episode Script of All My Children Primetime Reboot

On Friday, soap fans were abuzz on Twitter, when head writer and executive producer, Leo Richardson of the All My Children reboot in development, showed off the script cover of the pilot and first episode of Pine Valley.

The series is currently in the works over at ABC with former AMC favorites, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and Rebel’s Andrew Stearn as the other executive producers.

Richardson shared along with the script pic, “A year and a half of work comes down to just 60 pages. And off she goes… #PineValley””

Fans of All My Children are thrilled at Richardson’s news and now will await word on what will happen with the proposed show.

Leo has also written the long-running British soap, EastEnders and for Lee Daniel’s Star.

Check out his tweet below.  (UPDATED: Since this original posting, Richardson’s tweet was taken down)

Now, let us know if you are excited to find out just what characters are in the script of Pine Valley in the comment section.

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Kim Delaney on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “All They Have To Do Is Ask, and I’m There”

While Kim Delaney is currently appearing on General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton, and she just appeared in her new Lifetime movie, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt of Justice, the actress revealed she would be up for appearing in the upcoming primetime revival in development of All My Children.

Delaney became soap-famous in the role of AMC’s Jenny Gardner from 1981-1984 before she was killed-off the show in the now iconic jet ski explosion.

Now even though Jenny died, Kim would be up for figuring out how the character could be resurrected or how she could take part in the primetime reboot of the ABC soap opera called, Pine Valley.

In an interview with Soaps.com, Kim shared on being part of the reboot: “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.  Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere… ”

Former All My Children stars and real-life duo, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are executive producers of Pine Valley along with Andrew Stearn.

So, would you like to see an alive and well Jenny Gardner, or some other role for Delaney, in the All My Children reboot? Comment below.

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