Long time fan favorite star of All My Children, Michael E. Knight, has played the role of Thaddeus James "Tad" Martin for close to 30-years. He's seen much, done much, and been a part of much of All My Children for a long, long time.
Imagine being an actor trying to make material seem fresh and new every day for 30 years. Not easy.
Many moons ago, oh, I'd say around 1994 or 1995 or so, he confided to me that
"once, I'd just like to be in a storyline that ends."
It looks like his wish is coming true, at least in its broadcast incarnation.
In an exculsive essay for The Daily Beast, Knight waxes both intellectually and philosphically about his tenure on All My Children, what it meant to him and his career, and his hopes for the future of the series under the new auspices of Prospect Park.
"I must admit this feels a little like tacking pieces of Jell-O to a bulletin board," Knight begins regarding the task at hand. "After all, the show has been a dominant factor, and commitment, for well over half of my life."
He continues, "...for years 'soaps' have been struggling for relevance and, according to some network executives, losing the fight. The genre was always a simple one, easy to satirize and dismiss, though immensely profitable. More recently, due to constantly evolving cultural and economic changes, soaps have been all too easily labeled (even by those responsible for their welfare) as dated and archaic."
Could that last comment be a dig on Brian Frons, the ABC executive cited as responsible for dismissing All My Children and One Life to Live from the network?
Either way, Knight looks from the past to the future when he goes on to acknowledge the stance of Prospect Park.
"It’s gratifying to know that All My Children continues to represent something worth fighting for, as evidenced by the efforts of forward-thinking men like Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz, whose Prospect Park has secured the rights to continue both All My Children and One Life to Live on the Internet (and perhaps cable), with the cast and staff still in flux. A smaller audience, more specifically targeted through an online network, may yet save the day. We will see.
If so, I hope the show’s future is more successful than its recent past."
Soapdom can confirm that Prospect Park has officially reached out to Knight to continue with All My Children, but that's all we know as of this writing.
For more on Michael E. Knight's thoughts on the cancelations and the future of All My Children and One Life to Live, click here.
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