Michael E. Knight is beloved and iconic for his role as Tad Martin on the now defunct All My Children. The actor has not appeared on a daytime drama series since the series was canned by ABC, but now Knight is ready to take on daytime again. It begins with his recurring role as Dr. Spencer Neville on The Young and the Restless. Knight will first pop up on the canvas on the October 15th episode of the number one sudser.
Just how does he come on to the show? In a new interview with TV Insider, we learn that Knight will play a not-so-up-and-up neurologist who is hired by Neil Winters and has become somewhat unhinged after kidnapping his ex-wife Hilary (Mishael Morgan) as part of his payback to her and his “son”, Devon (Bryton James).
Michael also weighed-in on what brought him to Y&R, working with Chuck Pratt Jr. again, (even though many feel Pratt was responsible for the ultimate tanking of All My Children), and why he did not partake with other longtime cast members in Prospect Park’s attempt to revive the series.
Here are a few interesting excerpts from Knight’s conversation below!
Knight on his new Y&R character … Dr. Neville: “He’s very cool, kind of eccentric and a rule breaker. And hilarious, though he doesn’t mean to be. He makes no apologies for being brilliant and always thinks he has the highest IQ in the room. He’s here to keep the (Hilary) situation under wraps. And that’s all I’m allowed to tell you… he says, twirling his mustache.”
Knight on Chuck Pratt Jr.’s tenure as head writer of All My Children: “I don’t think Chuck was given a fair shot at AMC. I suspect he got his marching orders from Brian Frons, who only wanted the under 35 audience. Chuck had to turn AMC, which was moving very slowly, into a show that demanded your full attention, not something you could half-watch while you were making a ham sandwich. He really had to mix it up. But he was only there for what, seven months? I think he’s a funny, progressive guy. And hey, Y&R is doing pretty well under him!”
Knight on why he did not participate in Prospect Park’s reboot of All My Children: “That was happening at a really rough time in my life, what with my divorce (from One Life to Live star Catherine Hickland), and selling our house in New York and moving to L.A. with the show. When it was cancelled and got picked up [online], I just couldn’t keep following the show as it moved back and forth across the country. I was stressed out. I needed to step back from AMC, from everything. It took me two years to relax and start breathing deeply and just let life be.”
So what do you think about Michael’s upcoming role on Y&R? Do you think it will fun to watch him not be such an upstanding guy, and have him get mixed up in Neil’s storyline? What did you think about his thought on Chuck Pratt’s time at AMC … was the head scribe indeed unfairly judged? And, are you sad that Michael was not a part of the Prospect Park reboot … or do you feel he sidestepped a bad situation for him? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!