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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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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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Eva LaRue Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

During former All My Children, B&B and GH star, Jacob Young’s podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young, he welcomed his good friend and former Pine Valley cast mate, Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, AMC, and Celeste, Y&R).

At the very top of the episode, LaRue revealed she and her daughter Kaya tested positive for Covid-19.  She shared, “We thought we had dodged a bullet, but sure enough, on New Year’s Eve, we both tested positive.”

“Oddly enough,” she goes on to say, “I really feel like we’ve been so sick of being scared to death of the invisible monster underneath the bed all last year, always looking over our shoulders.”  Eva added, “Nobody knows which one they are. Are they someone who’s going to survive it or succumb to it? Or have residual effects? All we can do is pray for the best.”

 

However, LaRue has been trying alternative methods of helping her with Covid-19 via IV treatments.  “I’ve got this amazing integrative doctor who I’ve been working with for a long time, and I know a lot of people are like, ‘No, we only do Western medicine,’ and that’s fine, I love Western medicine… but integrated medicine and Western medicine have to go hand in hand, in my opinion. Because, I just feel like, we need to open our minds to what is new and what is out there.”   So because of that, Eva has chosen to receive these treatments to hopefully starve off any long term effects of Covid.

In addition, Eva told Young she has hopes for the new primetime All My Children reboot that is in the works:  “I have my fingers crossed that they’ll be doing something with this new Pine Valley show.”   Remember, the Santos family and the Kanes are said to be the epicenter of the revival, so perhaps LaRue will be a guest-star on it, since she is also close friends with two of the EP’s, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC)!

Send your well-wishes to Eva and her daughter, Kaya and let us know would you love to see LaRue on the ‘Pine Valley’ primetime reboot?  Comment below.

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All My Children Primetime Reboot “Pine Valley” in the Works at ABC from Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos and Andrew Stearn

Huge news that could bring back a new updated version of daytime’s All My Children to primetime!

ABC is eyeing a revival of Agnes Nixon’s long-running beloved series that ran for 41 years on the network and then saw an online reboot from Prospect Park that lasted only one season.

According to Deadline, former AMC stars Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) will executive produce along with Andrew Stearn and Agnes Nixon’s son, Robert Nixon.

 

The series is currently in the early stages of development, but what has been revealed is: the reboot will be written/executive produced by Leo Richardson (Katy Keene, Star), and it will center on a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to expose the dark and murderous history of a town named Pine Valley only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series explores all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.

In the new incarnation, Pine Valley, will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites.  As of this moment, no original cast members have deals, but the plan would be to have them make appearances, plus Ripa and Consuelos could also make a cameo.  Of course, many are already pondering if Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) might actually be a mainstay on the new primetime series; since the Kanes are one of the core families in the reboot.

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Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ tradition of tackling difficult social issues of our time and being inclusive, which the show was known for under the iconic Agnes Nixon’s storytelling.

Of note is that Stearn is also a lifelong fan of AMC and has been the driving force behind the reboot.  In fact when he was deciding between ABC Signature and one other studio for an overall deal, he chose ABC Signature because it was going to allow him to pursue his dream of rebooting All My Children.  It was then he started tracking down the rights to the soap.  As soap fans know, the rights to AMC reverted back to ABC after Prospect Park’s online version fell apart.

Later, after meeting with a number of writers to helm Pine Valley, Stearn went with Richardson, who had worked on the British soap EastEnders in his native Britain. Stearn also got on board the estate of Agnes Nixon, with son Robert Nixon joining the project as an executive producer.

So what do you think of “Pine Valley”, the All My Children primetime reboot being in development?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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