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.