All My Children’s Cady McClain always has a lot of insightful things to offer up in an interview when discussing her passion for the genre, the online revival of the series, and her alter-ego, Dixie Martin’s past and present!
In an new conversation with Huffington Post blogger, Mark Brennan Rosenberg, McClain weighed-in on several topics including the MIA Susan Lucci as Erica Kane, Cady’s relationship with former AMC head writer, Megan McTavish which resulted in her being killed-off via Poison Pancakes, and where Tad and Dixie are now, with Michael E. Knight (Tad) still not a part of Prospect Park’s version of Pine Valley! Here are some excerpts below!
Cady on how she thinks fans will react with an AMC sans La Lucci: “Susan is obviously a big star, but in the bigger picture of the show, she was always a member of the ensemble that made up the cast of All My Children. I know there are a lot of fans who love her and want her back but I think it’s important to remember there are also die-hard fans of Debbie and Darnell (Angie and Jesse). From what I am getting, the fans are excited to have their show back and that is what comes first and foremost. I’ve heard that Susan is totally supportive of the return of the shows return, and she will always be welcome in Pine Valley!”
Cady on what went down when former head writer, Megan McTavish killed off Dixie via Poison Pancakes: “I have to say it broke my heart when I was killed off because I had given so much to the show and I had cared so much and wanted the show to be wonderful. I have to say that instead of feeling sorry for myself I took the time to learn the Internet and began blogging and working on a memoir about growing up in show business, a book I hope to release later this year! Megan McTavish and I had some disagreement when it came to the storyline of Tad killing Greg Madden. I really would have liked to film a scene where Tad and Dixie explained to their children that Tad had done a very bad thing and that it wasn’t okay. I wanted Tad and Dixie (American soap opera characters mind you) to be able to tell their kids, “What Dad did was wrong.” Needless to say we agreed to disagree, even though it really sucked at the time. But when I think back, it all worked out for the best.”
Cady on where the reboot is taking the story of Tad and Dixie without Michael E. Knight on board as of now: “I’m getting great stuff to play. Relationships are what soap operas are all about. I can’t speak to the plot but I feel very fulfilled in what they have given me. In regards to the character of “Tad,” no one knows exactly what is going to happen with that, but just like when Dixie wasn’t on-screen, Tad is still “there,” an important part of the show. I feel like the writers are being very respectful to what is going on. But, it’s a soap opera for Chrissake, so you never know what’s going to happen, right? Anything is possible!”
So AMC fans, what do you think about a Susan Lucci-less AMC? How the Tad and Dixie relationship will be explained? And about “death” via poison pancakes? Weigh-in!