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54 October 27th, 2015 Michael E. Knight Chats On Y&R’s Quirky Dr. Neville & His Future, Reflections Of AMC Past & Coming Home To Daytime!

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A few weeks ago daytime soap fans were thrilled to see the face of Michael E. Knight back on their television screens again in his new role of Dr. Simon Neville, the somewhat questionable doctor on CBS’ The Young and the Restless.  After over five years away from the grind of acting on the soaps, Knight is back with a renewed spirit in the genre he spent over 30 years becoming a household name.  And what a name he became!  Does Pine Valley’s Tad Martin, ring a bell?  Michael infused Tad through the years with charm, humor, a touch of bad boy, and with a lot of good man in him.  It is true that no one else could ever have played the role of Tad but Knight, which has become a classic within the annals of All My Children.

Now in 2015, getting to play a bit of an odd duck with quite a high IQ, who has his own way of practicing medicine, Knight began his Y&R journey taping scenes with Kristoff St. John (Neil), Nadine Nicole (Gwen), and Mishael Morgan (Hilary), as the doctor was enlisted by a trapped Neil, and his confidante Gwen, to bring an MIA Hilary out of a coma.  Meanwhile, the whole town of Genoa City is frantically searching for her.  Neil and Gwen need Simon’s help to spring Hilary back to life!  How does Simon accomplish this?  Well, you will have to keep watching this week’s episodes of the number one soap opera to find out!

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Michael Knight during his break from taping some new scenes at CBS Television City to get more insight on how … through his relationships with Y&R executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps, and Y&R executive producer and head writer, Chuck Pratt Jr. … becoming Dr. Neville came to pass.  Plus, how he feels now about his time on All My Children after stepping away from the daytime scene for awhile; if he will be sticking around Genoa City for longer than anticipated; and just what kind of trouble can he foresee Simon getting into, and with whom!

One thing is certain: Michael remains near and dear to daytime audiences.  He is part of our family, because we have watched him grow up, and have been with him through thick and thin, and different phases of his on-screen, and off-screen life.  Currently, Michael has found himself in a great new adventure, and Y&R couldn’t be happier to have him.  Here now is what this multiple Daytime Emmy winner shared on his new home, new role, and reflecting on his AMC past.

Now that you have been here for a bit at Y&R, how are you enjoying it?

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MICHAEL:  There are so many good friends here:  There is Peter Bergman (Jack), who said one of the nicest things ever in print about me, and actually made me weep.  He talked about my work, and what I stand for, and after 30 years of doing this, and it was the sweetest thing ever.  Then there is Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), who was on All My Children.  I have been a big fan of Eileen Davidson (Ashley) for so long.  My first day was with Kristoff St. John which was a blessing, because he made me laugh the entire time.  Y&R is one of the truly easiest places to work ever, and so the only problem I am having is getting back on the bike, sort of speak.  I ran into Jacob Young (Rick) and Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) across the hall at B&B and I forget!  Jacob is now a man with three kids!  I still remember him as my son on All My Children.  You forget that five years has gone by, and I feel like I just jumped out of a pod.  I’m a little frustrated, because in just doing a scene with Steve Burton (Dylan), and I have been a fan of Steve’s forever … and he is one of the nicest men in the world …  I know I am not quite in the groove yet.  However, I am having a good time getting there!

So, when they pitched to you, or told you the kind of doctor you would be playing, and that he may be perceived as a shady guy initially, what was your response?  How did it all come about in the first place that you landed on the number one soap?

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MICHAEL:  It was wonderful.  I got a message relayed to me from Chuck Pratt, through Jill Farren Phelps.  I have to say, one of the reasons I said “yes” to doing this role was because of Jill.  She has been a very, very, very dear friend for a long time.  She has done five soaps and has certain standards, and enjoys working with certain people, and so I, for one, am beyond thrilled to be considered one of them.  So Jill was passing me messages from Chuck, who I also have to say he was one of the few guys who tried to break me out of the domestic orbit over at All My Children.  Initially, they were thinking Dr. Neville needed to be dark and shady, but Chuck said, “What we need is someone who is eccentric.”  I thought initially they meant funny.  I thought since Tad on AMC was always the guy with the one-liner, that of course I could do that.  Chuck clarified that the character was not goofy or ridiculous, but that he has a couple of skeletons in the closet.   One of the things I am now using for inspiration is Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, now Deimos, DAYS), who in some ways I was closest to on AMC than my own love interest, Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie).  Vince and I spent 15 years tried to kill each other on the soap! (Laughs)  Besides playing a doctor, Vince could do that combination of arrogance, and that love to hate him kind of a guy.  But then, he was always a leading man with the women.  He could turn that on a dime.  I thought I finally get to a play a doctor and a guy with the biggest ego in the room, which was Dr. Hayward’s, or ‘Dr. Death’, as we called him on AMC.  I still remember “Libidozone” in the Christmas punch on All My Children.   It was the best storyline … ever.  It gave the words “The Love Boat a whole new meaning! (Laughs)  I thought this is God’s way of giving me a chance to do what Vince did for years and years so incredibly well.  Because Dr. Neville had to be eccentric, I suggested to Chuck that I would like to make Dr. Neville one of those verbal guys.  He is one of those guys who likes to use major vocabulary.  However, as Michael, I just don’t know how to use it yet! (Laughs).

And so you are going, “What do these big words mean?” (Laughs)

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MICHAEL: (Laughs) The writing is really good.  There were times back in the day on All My Children I have to tweak lines and stuff.  Over here at Y&R, it’s a very well-oiled machine.  There is not a lot of meandering … and not a lot of fat … so you can fill it up with acting.  The scripts are a good 12 pages shorter than on AMC.  I might add a word here or there, but they give me a little leeway, but I am not going crazy with it at all.

Rumor has it that you will be sticking around longer on Y&R than originally anticipated.  True?

MICHAEL:  Yes.  Well, it was suppose to be ten episodes, and I think it was a question of having a storyline, and someone to work with.  And it wasn’t just a question of lets get Michael Knight.  It was the perfect confluence of events.   There is a nice space on the canvas, and they said, “Do you want to do this?”  I said, “Absolutely.” 

Apparently, Dr. Neville has his own ways of doing medicine that perhaps nobody else believes in, or would ethically try.  How would you describe him?

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MICHAEL:  I think he rubs people the wrong way, and he thinks a lot of his work, and has confidence in his own work, whether it’s merited or not.  He doesn’t tolerate fools gladly.  Dr. Neville’s really had a mission in life, like helping people in a coma.  He has history with it.  It’s not really about money for him.  It’s really his raison d’être.  I think there is something slightly off about him.  I think he is a guy that’s better and more comfortable over Bunsen burners and beakers, than he is with people.

But, Simon knows he has walked into a real hot mess of a situation with Neil and Gwen, and with what has happened to Hilary.  And lo and behold, as teased this week, Hilary finally wakes up out of her coma!

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MICHAEL:  Simon is definitely stepping-up.  (Laughs)  He is able to wake Hilary up.  But it doesn’t go according to plan.  When you break the rules, sometimes you’ve got to color outside the lines.  Let me just say, this is where an “oops” happens, which is great. (Laughs)

It seems the powers-that-be must be definitely thinking of what to do next with Dr. Neville now that they have seen you bring him to life on-screen. 

MICHAEL:  They are looking at me going: “OK, this is where you enter. This is where we started.”   Now I think they are giving themselves, and me, plenty of room to see where and if the spark happens, and with what other characters on the canvas.  They can give themselves enough time to figure things out.  It’s not like it was on All My Children, where we were only three weeks ahead of airing.  I remember feeling sorry for the kids when we moved AMC to the west coast.  There were a couple of people we hired where it was the kids first job at 25 or 26-years-old.   For them it was like: “OK, here’s your story.  Here’s your back-story.  This is your relationship.  You are the brother of so-and-so, now go!”  Here you get the sense that they are very careful with what they do, and how they do it.  I get the feeling they are checking me out.  However, they have an idea, as I have been told, that there is a next thing that I am going to do, and be a part of.  I think I have been working with enough people on set to figure out if this guy lands in Genoa City on an ongoing basis where he is going to be.  He is obviously not going to be working out of Memorial Hospital.  He got thrown out of there. (Laughs)  If he ends up back there, it would be interesting.  Between Chuck and Jill, they know how to maximize the potential of anything that comes along.

When you look at the leading ladies on Y&R, who would you like to work with as a romantic interest?

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MICHAEL:  I would pick Eileen in a heartbeat!  But, who would I be age-appropriate for? (Laughs).  Well, I love Sharon Case (Sharon), she is awesome.  Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), I have known her since she was a very young girl back in New York.  And then there is Kelly Sullivan (Sage) … she is a walking heart attack, but their characters are all spoken for.  Like I say, I am of that age.  I don’t honestly know how David Canary (Ex-Adam/Stuart, AMC) would get all the young women on AMC! (Laughs)  Honestly, if I had all that money dripping out of my pockets like Adam did you could see that, but otherwise I am just the guy with the Bunsen burner and people going, “Ooh, he makes his own Viagra!  Girls, the line form on the right!” (Laughs)

We’re you concerned, afraid, or at all reticent to come back to the world of daytime drama after spending so much time away from it?  Were you thinking you couldn’t do this again?

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MICHAEL:  It wasn’t that I didn’t think I couldn’t do this again, although I am aware I am a little rusty.   In the old days of All My Children on 63rd street in Manhattan, it was home for most of us.  I knew every inch of that place.  I was very aware of staying a little too long at the party back in New York.  After 2008, when the money crunch came down, we really started tightening belts.  After 20 years on the show, my star was dimming somewhat.  How many times can I marry on-screen Cady McClain?  And because of where I was in my life, that had pretty much become me, and my sense of identify.  There was a certain sense of feeling trapped … good, bad, or indifferent.  I was thinking this is me, and I don’t know what else is out there.  There were five years of me basically getting used to a new life out in Los Angeles.  Most of it good, and some of it difficult.   But when I got the call from Y&R, I thought: I am still my age, what could I contribute? Could I still do it?  How long would it be?  Back at All My Children, we were living under the threat of when is the axe going to fall in the last few years, and when are they going to do it.  I am still pissed off that people had to leave New York, sold their houses, moved their kids out of schools, and moved here to Los Angeles, and then they dropped us on our heads.  It was the one time in my life I felt I didn’t have a career, but I had a job.  If you are in a place, and at a job for 30 years, there are only so many people that can take things away from you.  If you are in one job for that long, and it’s going on three decades, and somebody shows up at the network and says, “You’re not worth it,” then there is very little you can do about it.  It’s a powerlessness, frustration, and anger I didn’t do so well with at the time.

After all you went through on All My Children, especially the down times, it must have been so nice to feel, and to be wanted!

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MICHAEL:  When Y&R said come back and do this part, I was surprised, and it was great.  I was supposed to do a limited thing, but the real surprise came when Jill said, “Do you want to stick around?”  I was like Sally Field’s at the Oscars: “You like me! You really, really like me!” (Laughs)  There is a certain sense of that for me.   Jill and I have a mutual friend, writer Lindsay Harrison.  She came up to me about 8 months ago and said, “Would you want to do a little blast on The Young and the Restless?”  I said, “Hell, yes!”  It was sort of a bee that was put in Jill’s bonnet (Jill talked to Chuck and Chuck remembered me from New York).  I think they felt I could do the role, especially if it was something humorous.  I think they put that away, until this space opened up on the canvas.  The real surprise was everybody said, “Let’s keep this rolling for awhile.”

Chuck Pratt Jr. has done very well with Y&R, and the ratings have shown that.  What are your thoughts on working with Chuck?  I know he really changed your outlook for the better on All My Children!

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MICHAEL:  Chuck has done a great job at Y&R, and I remember meeting with Chuck at All My Children for the first time.  He said, “Here are the issues I have with your character: All I hear is Tad the Cad.”  I have been watching the show non-stop for the last 8 weeks.  The character has become so domesticated to me.  I need to re-establish you, so here is what we are going to do.  I am going to put a bullet in your head, and I am going to have Tad’s best friend do it.”   I walked out of that room happier than I have ever been in over five years.

You have such amazing; loyal, dedicated fans who are always right there with you every step of the way!  What can you say about them?  They have been over the moon that you are back on daytime!

MICHAEL:  It goes back to what Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, AMC, now Devious Maids) says.  I had the greatest teacher in the world in her.  What she said was, “Honey, they will love you for 30 years.  All they want is for you to love them back for 30 seconds.”  And you know what?  Susan is right!  Basically, I send a big hug and a kiss to each and every one of the fans for keeping me relevant.  They did that!

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I imagine your phone was ringing off the hook when people found out you got the gig on Y&R!

MICHAEL:  I got calls from friends.  A couple of them said jokingly: “Oh! You’re finally on a good show!  How does it feel to be on a number one?” (Laughs)  My friend Nancy called me, and told me when it was announced that I was going to be on Y&R, that facebook was going nuts.  I’m not on social media.  I never thought we would see an age where technology would influence politics the way it has.  You basically have political campaigns being run on Twitter now.  Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) tried to explain social media to me, and he is a master of this stuff.  He said to me, “Let me break this down for you.  Remember, back in the day when we were coming up and we used to pay $ 3000 for a publicist a month?  Well, that’s over.  We have cut out the middle man, and now this is your job.”  I would consider joining social media, but I would have to develop a thicker skin to be able to do it.

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In closing, what can you say about Dr. Neville’s skill set, and what that means for the citizens of Genoa City, in particular, Hilary?

MICHAEL:  When you are the smartest guy in the room, you have plenty of chances to find out you’re not!

So, Y&R and AMC fans happy to see Michael again on daytime?  What do you hope happens when Hilary wakes up out of her coma? What did Dr. Neville do to her?  Are you liking Michael in his new role?  Who do you hope Michael is paired with romantically and gets into story with, since he is sticking around Genoa City longer?  What did you think about this comments on his time at All My Children, and his frustration at its final run before its eventual cancellation? Share your thoughts on the comment section below.

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  1. Vicki Black says:

    Michael is simply the best. There are plenty of opportunities to use him on Y&R. The production team is top notch and will find a long-time place for him.

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    Lou Piikes replied

    Yep!!!! Just like Debbie Morgan and Darnell Williams found their place on Y&R.

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    Timmm replied

    Different regime!

  2. Scoma60 says:

    Thrilled that MEK is now on YR. Been a fan since the beginning. I’d love to see Michael opposite Eileen. She’s woefully underused.

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    SZima replied

    Eileen and Michael would be perfect together. And since she’s not in a relationship right now (and hopefully is not going to go after her daughter’s boyfriend) they could be really fun.
    Since MEK is worried about age differences, he and ED are the same age!

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, SZima.
    I doubt Ashley would go after her daughter’s fiancé. She’s not the type to do that to herself or Abbi. When it was first announced that Michael was joining the Y&R cast, I too, said hat he and Ashley would make a fitting couple, unless ‘Dixie’ came back…Lol.
    I hope the good doctor will not get into any trouble over Hilary’s disappearance. I want him to stay on forever. Hilary will be found by someone and she will remember nothing….for the time being. And, that will be a shame because I want Neil and that idiot partner-in-crime of his, Gwen, get theirs.

    Patrick replied

    I’m excited for MEK, should he get the opportunity

    how fun is it to read…. that actors .. as lauded as MEK… mention.. how at the top of his list… is to work with… Eileen Davidson !

    LOL he’s a fan just like us

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    CeeCee replied

    Yeah, Patrick, I adore Michael but TPTB are giving Dr. Neville a bad name already. I was sure Hilary would be found and not deal with the nonsense any longer. I am just dying to punch Neil in the nose and drag Gwen by her hair straight to the police station. And, Lily? How could she abandon her husband like that? Not believe him? Whatever happened to ‘stand by your man’?! More fool he for standing by her and forgiving her. What a travesty. I still don’t get the point of all this stupid, senseless drama.

  3. Mo says:

    I have enjoyed him on Y&R thus far. I too thought he and Ashley should be paired up!

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  4. Timmm says:

    MEK, he was here and gone! Where are you Simon? What a curse to be introduced through that suck azz story involving Neil and Hillary! Michael, it can only get better! Since Stitch is leaving, thank god, I would like to see Simon and Ashley. No, I would love to see Simon and Ashley together! MEK has the same wishes and I think their chemistry would pop! Glad he is sticking around!

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    Harry replied

    Timm, did you see him yesterday? When he woke up and discoverd Hilary was gone his voice cracked as he called out nervously,”Mrs. W—crack!” This is how funny MEK can be.
    I am sure the voice crack was MEK’s idea.
    Oh and poor Cane. I just knew Hillary would run into him at that park. Of all the people to meet, it had to be him. And she had to have disappeared.
    There he is with a broken elbow, a broken spirit and no one but his dear old dad will believe him when he protests that he had nothing to do with the kidnapping or the ransom money. Of course, Neil believes him because he knows he is the true kidnapper.

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    Timmm replied

    As I said before Harry, this is my first time watching MEK and I am loving him! I hope his sense of humor is utilized! And I know this is a soap but why the hell didnt Cane just take Hillary to the hospital! As soon as he walked away you knew she would wander off! I dont care, I want Cane with someone new. What about Gwen’s sister?

    CeeCee replied

    Ohhh, Harry I am so mad at Neil.
    And, yeah, Michael has your kind of ‘funny’. Truly…lol…I love it.
    The best looking today at the bash is Abbi. She looks gorgeous.
    Plus, what are the chances the ‘devil’ is Sharon’s psychiatrist? Those red-gloved hands looked too small to belong to a man.

  5. Rob says:

    I am just glad they hired someone who can actually act.

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  6. Linda Braudy says:

    It is so great to see Michael again. I am sure the powers that be at Y&R will do right by him. It is nice that he is back with old friends. It is interesting to have an inside view as to what happened at AMC,

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  7. Denise Daye says:

    I grieved the loss of All My Children , and I had decided that I was done with daytime dramas. I started watching Y&R when they announced he would be joining the cast. Michael was and will always be my favorite actor! I am beyond thrilled to have him back! I hope he has a long, happy, successful run on Y&R. I hope he decides to jump into social media because he has legions of adoring fans!

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  8. dyanna banta says:

    Michael had such a large range of emotions through the years on All My Children, that I have been waiting for someone to appreciate them and cast him somewhere for years now. Had hoped to see him In Prime Time, But love the fact that he returned anywhere. This will just give us all the option to see him branch out and WOW US with a new persona. Loved Tad for years, but appreciate Michael for the talent and drive he brings to the table.

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  9. sadie soaper says:

    I’m very happy to see Michael on my screen again. I’m sure he’ll do very well in his new gig and character! A few weeks ago, I started watching Y&R again when I heard Michael was joining the cast.

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  10. LeeAnne A says:

    We keep getting confirmation from people who work at Y&R that Y&R is a happy place to be and that Jill Farren Phelps and Chuck Pratt are respected there. That puts all those untrue internet rumors to rest. I have always loved Michael so it I great seeing him back in daytime. I hope that he has a long run on the show. Welcome back, Michael.

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    clh replied

    Um, because they need their job? The majority of the real talent the show had chose not to kiss butt and left.

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  11. Susan says:

    I am so happy to see Michael E. Knight on the Y&R. He is a fine actor. I’d like to see Walt Willy on Y&R too. Another fine actor. The way AMC & OLTL were canceled was nothing short of what big corporations do to employees when they downsize these days instead of just calling it what it really is a massive lay off! Go pound the pavement and these Soap stars work harder than most actors which many people don’t realize.

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  12. Katherine says:

    so happy to see Tadd /Michael again I miss all my children but I now watch Y&R hope he stays

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  13. clh says:

    Best casting from Y&R in YEARS! Now if they could get rid of dead weight Summer, Kyle, Stitch, NU Billy, and Dylan, the show would be watchable.

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  14. Barb says:

    Why on earth, would I as a fan, care that MEK is on YR, when Jess Walton and Tristan Rogers can’t buy 2 lines of dialogue in a 60 day period…

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    Patrick replied

    I will never understand this….

    I don’t know what did it?

    it seemed like when Tristan Rogers Colin first came back… these two were being lauded for their chemistry… humor… and YES… I lapped it up… the romance and sex between two people… having FUN

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    Timmm replied

    Jess is semi-retired and Tristan is wasted!

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  15. Ricardo says:

    Michael Knight welcome back to Daytime, they need to sign him to a long term contract.

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  16. Harry says:

    Boy did I enjoy reading that review–thank you, Mr Fairman.
    I am delighted to hear MEK will be staying on longer than anticipated. He has such a natural talent which cannot be learned or forced.
    What a terrific review! Just what the doctor ordered (no pun intended).

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  17. Mr. X says:

    I know of but am not familiar with Michael’s work on AMC. This was a well done interview with him and he seems like a good guy. Not really a fan of the story he’s starting in but i’m happy for him if his character is sticking around for a while.

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  18. su0000 says:

    I really like the man and he is fun to look at ;)
    Y&R has had a great turnaround.
    During 2014 I actually noded out many a time while watching, the whole year was awfully boring, empty of drama.
    The best decision CBS/Y&R made was to fire the snooze queens head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante (now snoozing up GH) and bringing in Pratt who has not once made me yawn :)
    Michael will do great as Dr. Neville under Pratt .. I’m sure he will get good material.
    I am enjoying watching Y&R since Pratt arrived. Looking forward to Dr. Neville.

    ((lovin that Sharon is locked up and hardly seen! can only hope they throw the key away and keep her far far far away from Dr. Niville.. )

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  19. Judy says:

    I would love to see them test him with Eileen! She certainly needs a love interest and I think they could be fabulous together! Glad he is sticking around!

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  20. elm51 says:

    OMG!!! what a great interview – so happy to see michael back on daytime where he belongs – i almost peed my pants when he mention david hayward & “libidozone”…..
    that was so hilarious!!

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    marishka ruth embreus replied

    yes it was!! a real sex fest!!! lol..

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  21. Rose says:

    It’s one thing when you hear it in Michael’s own words what it was like when AMC was moved from NYC to Los Angeles, compared to the stories and rumours about what it was like for the cast at the time. And then they pulled the rug out front under them. Brutal! All the more reason fans of GH never will fully trust ABC execs. Just hope Y&R treats Michael with more respect and honesty than ABC’s soap powers/Frons did. And hope Y&R does better by him than what they did with Cady McClain.

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  22. Kate A says:

    I love Michael Knight in any role. He is great! Love watching him. Hope he becomes permanent on Y&R. Still miss Tad but I will take whatever I can get!!!

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  23. Nellie Cant says:

    Glad to see Michael again. He is very underrated and has more talent than he has been able to show. I hope this is the beginning of a long stay on Y&R and hope this will open up even more doors for him. Welcome Michael!

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  24. Joan Brigham says:

    There can not be anyone on the planet happier than I am that Michael E Knight is on television again. He was one of the main reasons to watch AMC, and one of MY main reasons for boycotting ABC. He is without a doubt , one of the best actors to ever be on any show and I am just thrilled to be able to see him on Y&R. It has become my favorite show on daytime. Y&R will be 100 times better just for adding him!

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  25. Lin says:

    I am thrilled Michael is back acting again and that is putting it mildly. I hope his part on the show grows so he be a long lasting member. I never watched the show till it was mentioned that he was going to be starring in it. I new then I had to watch. No words to express how much he has been missed. I will say if this soap part is short lived, I hope to heck Days of Our Lives picks him up! Love, love love Michael, welcome home to our world of soaps.

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  26. Patrick says:

    I don’t know why I find this so surprising…. what do I know?

    what is not, a surprise… is when Actors laud and respect said person (s), they work closely with

    it’s a giddy treat to read this stuff :

    “… One of the things I am now using for inspiration is Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, now Deimos, DAYS), who in some ways I was closest to on AMC than my own love interest, Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie). Vince and I spent 15 years tried to kill each other on the soap! (Laughs) ”

    sincerely, AMC was the first serial I became enamored hooked and caught

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  27. Torqumada says:

    I bet he’d have great chemistry with Ashley.

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    Harry replied

    I think so too.
    I was a bit confused when he said that he cannot find anyone on Y&R who is age appropriate. MEK and Eileen Davidson are exactly the same age–they’d work and she needs to get her mind off of Dr Pepe LePew (Stitch, who falls hopelessly in love with everyone).
    Sharon Case is 12 years younger than he is but his on screen love from AMC (Cady Maclain) is 11 years younger than MEK so she could work too.
    I don’t really see Sharon and Dylan working out.

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    Timmm replied

    I think Dylan will eventually fall in love with Ester!

    marishka ruth embreus replied

    yep stitch would fall for a mop if he could!!

  28. mollie says:

    Glad that Y&R is keeping Michael on…Victor can always use a brilliant and somewhat sketchy doctor! And, I like when the writers write for a “brilliant, verbal” character, as some pretty humorous thing get said.

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  29. Flo DiBona says:

    Thank you so much for this interview Michael Fairman! It is so good to see Michael again and to hear about him – he has been greatly missed! It would take a long time to work out, but I would LOVE to see Michael end up with Kelly Sullivan. What a dynamic couple they would make!

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  30. MB says:

    He is a tremendously good actor. He just makes even the most mundane line actually interesting. I am happy to see the focus on talent at Y&R. I hope he sticks around a long time. Perhaps he can be part of a third family to help open up the world beyond the Newmans and the Abbotts.

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  31. Mary Lou DeVriendt says:

    I am so glad to see MEK on my screen again. He is one of my favorite actors ever! I was disappointed that, after a couple of episodes, he seemed to disappear. I’m happy to hear he’ll be sticking around. I loved AMC. It was fun to read about Michael’s memories and impressions. Libidozone! OMG, what a storyline! Can’t wait to see all the nuances Michael will bring to Dr. Neville. I agree, he would be awesome with Eileen Davidson.

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  32. George says:

    Love MEK and glad he is working again but Pratt was one of the worst things to happen to AMC and he began the exodus of the fans and I was one.

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  33. AMC says:

    Michael E. Knight’s Tad is what kept me watching All My Children for decades. I loved Tad and Dixie’s love story. I haven’t seen MEK since All My Children went off the air and he still looks so handsome. Y&R is lucky to have him in the cast. HE IS A PHENOMENAL ACTOR! The best!

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  34. Tim Welles says:

    I watched him for YEARS on All My Children as Tad, always identified with him. I thought his honest recollections about how AMC was forced to re-locate out to the West Coast only to be cancelled by ABC-TV abruptly was very telling. I think he just didn’t want to up himself up again and fly back east for the (what turned out to be) brief on-line inception of the show in Connecticut by Prospect Park.
    By the way it’s been 4 years not 5 since AMC was cancelled in late 2011.
    Let me also state that, while I like Michael, I don’t have time for another show, and I am certain that Young and the Restless is excellent. When AMC and OLTL didn’t make it as On-line versions, I started to view Days of Our Lives – I really don’t have the time to invest in another soap. I wonder if others feel the same way when a popular actor
    joins another show –
    That being said, I am happy for Michael and happy for the viewers of
    The Young and the Restless.

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  35. JUDY says:

    NOT IMPRESSED SO FAR…..HAD ENOUGH OF THIS HILARY-NEIL STORY LINE.THINK
    PUTTING SUCH A TALENTED ACTOR IN THIS MESS WILL MEAN HIS TIME WILL BE SHORT-LIVED LIKE ALL THE OTHER GREAT PEOPLE THEY LET GO….Y&R DOESNT SEEM TO HAVE LEARNED YET…..

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  36. Tani Sterling says:

    Young and the Restless is the only soap I have watched, so any other role this person has played is irrelevant for me. However, if he is that talented why did they put him into the Hilary-Neil story line which has gone on and on, seemingly forever. The whole concept of this tale is what makes the viewers angry. Too stupid to watch, not enjoyable, not funny, and seems condescending.

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  37. Kay solecki says:

    Omg I just learned Tad is on Y&R I will be watching tomorrow and every day there after.I was heart broken when Amc went off the air and just waiting for him to re-surface.Thanks Y & R for bringing such a great actor back where he should be. Yay!!!

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  38. Debbie Todd says:

    Great to see Michael back on the soaps, hope he stays forever. Hope his character finds a sense of humor.

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