EXCLUSIVE! Michael E. Knight On Joining The AMC RebootBy SOD Posted: Feb 11, 2013
In the wake of Cady McClain's announcement that she is reprising the role of Dixie on Prospect Park's AMC reboot, and with Jill Larson (Opal) already signed, Digest went straight to the source behind the man so pivotal to both Dixie and Opal — Michael E. Knight, whose Tad was Dixie's fiancé and Opal's son — to see where he stands on the subject of reprising his beloved role of Tad "the Cad" Martin. "Where I stand is, I consider it a blessing that the Martins are going to be represented," he enthuses. "I mean, the news is that I think Jill is incredibly underrated as an actress. I think she's brilliant. I think the Martins are going to be well-represented with Cady and I hear Ray [MacDonnell, ex-Joe, who was an original cast member of ABC's AMC]. I’m sorry if Ricky [Paull Goldin, ex-Jake] won't be. I'm blessed, personally, that the Martins are going to be represented. With me, personally, it was simply an issue of timing, period," he states as to why he won't be present for the debut of the relaunch. "I consider [Executive Producer] Ginger Smith to be, actually, one of my oldest and dearest friends, in that industry and in life. And I had asked her for patience with me because as I like to put it, I didn't say no, I just said, 'I can't do it right now.' I love the fact that the interest is there and I firmly believe Tad is going to be walking through Pine Valley in short order at some point." The actor is particularly pleased that Smith will be at the helm of the reboot. "I applaud Rich [Frank] and [Jeff Kwatinetz, the runners of Prospect Park] for having the vision to do what they’re doing and I have a lot of respect for them for having the innate intelligence to go to Ginger. Let me just say, they've got the right horse in the race." Knight appreciates ongoing audience interest in him and his Pine Valley alter ego. "I just want to reach out and express my personal and heartfelt thanks to the audience for even caring enough to wonder where the hell that Tad guy is [laughs]."