Q: I am thrilled that Michael E. Knight (who formerly played Tad on "All My Children") is going to be on "The Young and the Restless." Why is he returning to daytime? — Leticia of Austin, Tex.
A: He loves to work and appreciates the medium. After winning three Daytime Emmys, being employed for many decades and making a hefty salary, Knight has nothing but good things to say about daytime drama. He also points out that he has not done a lot of work since moving to LA. The move was made when "All My Children" relocated to LA. When the show was canceled he decided to stay. He was no stranger to Southern California. He grew up in Ojai and his two brothers live in the LA area.
When "All My Children" tried an online reboot (which was a disaster), Knight did not sign on. It was not out of disdain, but because he had things to sort out in his life. His marriage to Catherine Hickland (Lindsay on "One Life to Live") was unraveling. He took an acting break. He had wanted to be an actor since he was 12 years old. A few years ago, he decided it was time to go back to his dream. He made some prime-time guest appearances (such as on "NCIS") and stepped on stage after a 14-year break from Broadway.
He took acting classes. Yes, even actors who have starred in movies and TV shows and have Emmys under their belts often go to acting classes.
When Jill Farren Phelps asked him about a recurring role on "The Young and the Restless" he was delighted. Chuck Pratt is the head writer on "The Young and the Restless." It was Pratt who wrote the last seven months of "All My Children." Unlike Susan Lucci, who said in her memoir that Pratt destroyed the show, Knight had no problems with Pratt's writing skills. Pratt saved the character of Tad from becoming a solid citizen, instead reverting him to "Tad the semi-cad." He had Tad shot in the head. The injury changed his personality. Once again Tad was funny and flippant. Knight does both so well.
He will be playing a doctor on "The Young and the Restless." He will not be a by-the-book kind of doctor. He is going to be a rogue medic who ministers to the comatose Hillary. The doctor is brilliant but off-kilter. Knight is not the most social animal. He loves to binge-watch TV and stay home and watch movies. He has always said that what he missed most about "All My Children" were the people he worked with. So the chance to be on the set with his acting friends is an added perk. He loves the idea that former "All My Children" actor Peter Bergman (Jack) is on the show. He also is looking forward to working with Steve Burton (Dylan). No one is saying how long the character will be around. Knight is fine with that for now; he is taking it one show at a time.
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