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Michael E. Knight on the Dixie/tad Reunion, AMC's cancellation & moving on!

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In a terrific interview with TV Guide, long time soap veteran and All My Children all-star Michael E. Knight (Tad) opens up about this thoughts on the handling of the cancellation of AMC, the upcoming Tad and Dixie reunion (don’t miss the August 8th episode) which reunites him once again on-screen with Cady McClain (Dixie) and taking a look back at his extraordinaire run on the once all mighty ABC soap.   There are some great excerpts and here are just a few!

Michael on the gamut of emotions that went down on the set and with him, personally, when AMC was given the network ax! “We know our show is not what it once was — or should be — but you wouldn’t know it from the outcry of the fans, which has been huge. The interest and the energy generated by the cancellation have surprised everyone, including the network. There’s been a collective reaction — not just from the viewers but from the press — that says this show still means a lot to people. Sure, maybe they haven’t watched in 10 years or since they were in college but they’re very upset that AMC was cancelled. “What do you mean it won’t be on TV anymore?” [Laughs] You don’t necessarily want to live with your mother but it’s nice knowing she’s still down the street.”

Michael on if he is prepared for the final tape days and the emotions that come with it: “I don’t think the reality of the whole thing will really be felt until maybe mid-August — that’s when the rubber band is going to snap. There’s a part of me that’s really, really anxious about how that’s going to feel. There’s also a part of me that’s really OK with everything, I gotta admit, because this show has been such a circus in the last few years. It felt like they’ve been trying to remake the wheel as fast as they could and getting it wrong. ”

Michael on if he thinks the appropriate ending for Tad is to be reunited with Dixie! “Fans deserve a happy ending. If this is our curtain call, then mazel tov! I’m glad Cady and I can take our final bow together. Yeah, she came back as an angel, but I don’t care. I feel so blessed that the audience still wants us. [Laughs]  Sure, doing yet one more back-from-the-dead plot is like papering over the old wallpaper but, in this case, I’m totally at peace with it.”

Are you looking forward to the Tad and Dixie reunion? If this is Michael’s final run on AMC and he does not continue with the show to the web, what would you want to say to him for all his years making us laugh and cry in Pine Valley? Let us know.

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Michelle Powell
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Michelle Powell

I wany Michael to know that I have watched AMC on and off for 20 yrs and I loved Tad, he was funny and corky, and just a great actor! I loved Tad and Dixie they were just,amazing together their love connection sucked me in and I am thrilled that they will be reunited for the exit. Thank you for caring about your fans!!!

Sincerely,
Michelle

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

Well this is quite an article. First of all I feel that ABC planned well in advance for this entire fiasco of cancelling AMC and OLTL. I am sure GH will shortly follow. Sadly, it will be a huge loss for ABC. The fans who supported these soaps for years, both young AND old, will no longer be viewing the new shows on ABC. Therefore, these shows will not last. I have talked with many people about their feelings for these shows. Not one had a good thing to say. ABC’s loss! Second, we are all asking Michael to please… Read more »

Mona Prager
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Mona Prager

I have been an ardent admirer of Michael E. Knight since he began as Tad (the cad) on AMC. He is a very talented actor, and has a marvelous sense of humor! He has made me laugh so many times with his charming personality. I grew up with him and got a kick out of him on many occasions. I hope he doesn’t abandon the ship for he has added quite a bit to the show and would be sorely missed!

ethel
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ethel

i have loved michael since the first day he appeared as tad – i will certainly miss him if he doesn’t continue with the online show!

Linda Dowell
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Linda Dowell

I loved Tad always – his sense of mischief – so good. I was always sad that they stopped him and Simone – I wish they’d bring her back to the internet for him. The internet broadcast is the future – so this is a huge change – but I don’t think it’s a tragedy – it might even be cutting edge. It is a way to drive the masses to make the change – because soap opera viewers will figure out how to follow their soaps. I think it’s going to be fine. And I hope he’s there. He… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

Michael it has been a pleasure to watch you on AMC.
You and Tad have been a gift to the show and to the fans may you have continued success in what ever you do next.

Stacy
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Stacy

Michael could never know what watching Tad over the years has done for me. Every single second he was on screen was a joy for me because he could play anything that was written for him brilliantly, even if it was from the heinous group of writers. I am so glad to see the old Tad back (just the scene imagining the beach with Cara was classic Tad). I cannot wait until he reunites with Dixie (though loving him with Cara, too) and I know whatever happens, LB will provide them with great material to play. Hopefully, he ultimately decides… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Go read the entire interview finally someone has the guts to admit what has happened to Daytime, I use to watch AMC in the great days of Tad, Jenny & Greg, Nina & Cliff, Jessie & Angie, ruthless Palmer it was great!! He is right the great writers are gone and then they hire young kids on these soaps who have never had a drama class. My sister teaches Drama and she said these newbies would not pass her high school class!! Sad the end of an era!!!

Joanne
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Joanne

MEK and Cady have always been nothing short of pure magic and I can’t thank them enough and MEK has my heart and always has. I thank him for everything and hope that PP can work something out with him, he’s a “core” vet and I hope that he would consider it. God Bless You, Michael E. Knight.

CINDY CLARK
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CINDY CLARK

I have watched you since you stepped on to AMC from day one.I watch a lot of different soaps in the last forty five years and you are my top number one male soap actor.I have enjoyed you so much please please continue with AMC when it goes to PP.Thank you for many years of warm happy memories of Tad Martin!

Gwen West (Grandmagwen)
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Gwen West (Grandmagwen)

Michael, in this short space, I cannot begin to convey all that I want to tell you. Being a fan of AMC and yours, since your first appearance, I have laughed and cried with you over the years. You have brought such joy to so many people with your acting. I absolutely LOVE your sense of wit and humour, and you’re very easy on my eyes too. 🙂 If I could ever find a guy in “real life” like Tad Martin, I’d go after him like a cat after a mouse. LOL Michael, don’t ever let anyone tell you that… Read more »

Mary Lou
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Mary Lou

Michael, you have made us laugh and cry. You’ve given us the highest quality entertainment for many years. Thank you seems inadequate, but I do thank you with all my heart. I am hoping and praying that you will continue to do the show with Prospect Park. AMC desperately needs Tad. Tad has become the wise man for the younger people to turn to, and the show desperately needs that, along with the tender love with Dixie or Cara, and all the laughs. AMC would face a huge loss without Tad. Also, I have to add that my 87 year… Read more »

Jane
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Jane

I have watched AMC for all of the 40+ years and I remember when you first arrived in Pine Valley. It was a serious scene and I wondered where this fine, young, handsome actor had come from because you owned the role immediately. Later we saw your lighter side, the humor that made AMC a delight to watch five days a week. I will most definitely watch the internet version of AMC and hope you will decide to remain as Tad. It would not be the same without you, your fans would sorely miss you. Yet whatever decision you make,… Read more »

Kathy J.
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Kathy J.

Michael, throughout the years, you have entertained us with your humor, your tenderness, and your sensitivity . You have also been very easy on the eyes.. very easy. 🙂 All My Children has been a part of my life since it began and over the years there have been many wonderful characters, but Tad is that extra special character that you cheer for, that you cry for, that you laugh with, and you can’t imagine not having around. You bring Tad to life so effortlessly because you are an amazing actor. AMC is a part of our family and so… Read more »

Kim A.
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Kim A.

Tad the Cad…Sometimes good, sometimes bad…Together we laughed, together we cried…You always came back, even when we thought you had died…That blue-eyed twinkle, that cocky grin…We ate it up, we drank it in…I’ll never forget your Speed-o scene, don’t remember the chick, (not to be mean)…Opal and Ruth, and Wine Mama, too…All couldn’t help lovin’ you…The curtain may fall, but all will be fine…If we fans
have our way, we’ll see you ON-LINE!!!!
Much Love~
(AMC fan for 34 yrs…and counting….)

mike
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mike

Who would have thought all those years ago when he came to Pine Valley that Tad would become the true heart and soul of this show? Without Michael Knight there can be no All My Children, if he does not continue the show is doomed.

Rosie
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Rosie

Really enjoyed your interview with Michael E. Knight,thanks for posting!! I too cannot fully express in words how much I love all of the actors and characters on AMC(and OLTL and GH,for that matter.) I grew up watching the Tad and Dixie saga-theirs is one of the most unforgettable love stories in daytime history and Michael and Cady are two of the most talented actors ever. I am so happy to see Cady back,and hope that Tad and Dixie not only ride off into the sunset together,but that their love story continues when AMC goes online. Much love to Michael… Read more »

CHERYL
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CHERYL

From the very first scene you had me as a fan, you have made me laugh , you have made me cry, I have rooted for you to get the girl and cried with you when you lost the girl. I have loved the scenes with your moms [yes plural lol] and your ablities to carry a scene with just a facial expression. I have watched your character grow and mature and the reason that TAD THE CAD is such a fan hit is because of you Michael.I want to be selfish and not have you leave AMC but i… Read more »

Louise Avery
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Louise Avery

We hope Michael E. Knight remains w/AMC. Everybody loves him so much and he is such an integral part of the show – it just will not be the same without him!!!!

Tina
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Tina

I have adored you, Michael, since the day Ray Gardner left Tad in the park and the Martins took you. You are a wonderful actor and I will support you, wherever you go. I’m so sorry for what Disney has done to you……………………

Torrey
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Torrey

Finally, an actor speaks out about how the show has been headed down a wrong way, on a one way track…..I love AMC, but there have been problems for a few years now. The problems with soaps is, when you have a terrible writer in charge, even once they are fired, their stories linger on for months to come, because of the taping schedule that soaps have. I’m just hoping that the writers can do right by AMC before the finale.

Pam P
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Pam P

Michael has been part of my life for as long as I can remember and has always been my #1 favorite on All My Children! I will miss him more than words can say and just wanted to thank him for all the years he has made me laugh, cry, and root for him! I cannot imagine turning on my TV at noon and not seeing his face along with all the other cast members of AMC. I wish him only the best with whatever he choses to do and just know that I will follow him wherever he goes.… Read more »

Selena Celestin
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Selena Celestin

I hope Michael E. Knight, and Cady McClain travel to the internet. It’s still heartbreaking. I’m 15, and been watching this show since I was 5. I love Tad & Dixie together. I wish it could be longer though. One day I believe and hope this show will revive… I mean they’re keeping GH? Which I feel became prosperous from AMC and OLTL’s past… I just hope, people re-think things. I love AMC. I Love Michael and Cady.

sal
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sal

Tad please stay and be with dixie as amc moves to the web you guys rock and are a great power couple so again please stayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

Linda
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Linda

I never miss an episode of all my children, so I am devastated that it is leaving. I have enjoyed Tad all these years, and thought that he was a bright shining star in all the shows episodes. For more than 40 years, I have sceduled all my errands, my work, appointments, etc. around this show, LOL. Several trips to Orlando gave me the opptunity to meed most of the characters in person. AMC, you will be missed.

dena
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dena

Do not think for a moment ” MICHAEL – TAD ” that we will never miss you!!!!. I been a a fan of ” AMC ” , since 1975, I seen you through – out the year’s and become a fine young man . You own all of the places in my heart . Thank you for the year’s you gave my mother something to look forward to when we , her children were at school or work when she would take some time for her self just to relax , she look forward to watching ” All My Children… Read more »

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Mark Consuelos Exits ‘Riverdale’

Last night, All My Children alum, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo Santos) made what appears to be his final appearance for now on CW’s soapy drama, Riverdale.

Consuelos departed Riverdale as a series regular on the season 5 finale, after coming on to the show in its second season in the role of villain, Hiram Lodge.

Riverdale executive producer and showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, shared with Deadline a statement on Consuelos contribution and run on the series: “From the moment Mark joined us, he was up for literally anything, a hundred percent committed to making Archie’s life a living hell. And what’s funny is, Mark couldn’t be more different from Hiram. A classy pro and the sweetest guy, always looking out for everyone. We wish Mark the best and hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Hiram Lodge.

Consuelos offered up these sentiments in a statement on his Riverdale exit: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity. Never before has playing a character that was so bad, felt so good. Huge thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and amazing cast, whom I consider dear friends and family.”

So, will you miss seeing Mark on Riverdale? Elsewhere, still no word on the “Pine Valley” reboot in which Mark and wife, Kelly Ripa, are two of the executive producers of that many All My Children fans were hoping would come to fruition. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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TONIGHT: Jacob Young in Lifetime Movie Network Premiere ‘My Daughter’s Double Life’

Premiering tonight, Lifetime Movie Network kicks-off his “Shocktober” with a thriller starring Jacob Young (All My Children, General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful) in the pivotal role as the leader of cult!

In My Daughter’s Double Life, previously titled, Fatal Following, the story follows Heather, a single mom who is desperate to find her daughter Ally when the teenager goes missing. After the police find Ally’s belongings on the riverbank, it’s presumed that she drowned in the river.  However, Heather isn’t so sure.

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While leaning on her minister and friend, Jack, Heather begins looking into her daughter’s things and is shocked to discover Ally was spending time with a group of troubled teens at a mysterious youth center.  That youth center is led by Bridger, played by Young.

The LMN movie also stars  Jacey Nichole and René Ashton.

You can watch a trailer for tonight below from Jacob’s Twitter account.

So, will you be checking out My Daughter’s Double Life, beginning at 8 pm EST Friday night? Comment below.

Friday Oct. 1st on @LMN ! Start your Shocktober off right! #shocktober pic.twitter.com/KxPSD2HFl3

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Beloved Soap Stars Left Out of 2021 Primetime Emmy Broadcast In-Memoriam Tribute

Last night, during the presentation of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS, the annual In-Memoriam segment brought with it so many households names in a year that saw so many legacy talents and more pass away.

The tribute was performed by Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste to Bridge’s song, “River”, and as the images of the departed played across the screens from Cloris Leachman to Cicely Tyson, to Ed Asner to Michael K. Williams, and more, it was clear that several of the major late daytime soap stars were not included in the on-air tribute as well as other omissions.

Now granted, we know they will all be a part of next year’s 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in-memoriam segment, but still these actors were a part of this community and not only appeared on the soaps, but other shows as well.

Those that daytime fans noticed were not included were: Michael Nader (Ex-Dex Dexter and Dimitri Marick, Dynasty and All My Children) Stuart Damon (Ex-Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital), Ray MacDonnell (Ex-Joe Martin, All My Children) and Jay Pickett (Ex-Frank Scanlon, Port Charles).

From primetime MIA action were: Michael Constantine (Ex-Room 222), Tanya Roberts (Ex-Charlie’s Angeles), Director, Richard Donner, writer Larry McMurty, and DMX, to name but a few.

However, the Television Academy did list all of its members who died on their website in the In-Memoriam section, because due to time constraints, they could not possibly showcase everyone.

What do you feel about the omissions of Nader, Damon, MacDonnell, Pickett, and more from the In-Memoriam tribute? Let us know in the comment section, but first watch the segment.

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