Michael E. Knight Believes ABC Knew They Were Ditching Soaps Before Moving AMC Out West

DC's been saying it; Brian Frons fessed up to it and now All My Children's Michael E. Knight just co-signed it. The actor spoke with TV Guide's Michael Logan, revealing he believes ABC knew they were ditching their daytime soaps years ago.

TV Guide Magazine: Could this cancellation have been avoided?

Knight: I'm not smart enough to figure that out. In retrospect, as I sit here on the lowest level of the food chain trying to do the math — as we all are — it seems to me that ABC knew years ago, before AMC moved out to California, that they'd be getting out of the soap industry. Our world is in a tremendous state of flux — economically, politically, culturally — and the network is hedging its bets. From a creative and financial standpoint, something had to change. I think they were between a rock and a hard place. Look, it's been a great ride. When [AMC creator] Agnes Nixon, in all of her brilliance, came up with the idea for our show she didn't think she'd still be writing stories and keeping it alive over 40 year later — not in her wildest dreams! I'm just really, really glad I got to be a part of it. The amazing thing about being at AMC this long, and being this age, is that you never know what you had until it's gone. You come on a show when you're 22-years-old thinking this is the way life is and that it's always going to be like this. And then you watch the show change and grow and morph and struggle and finally come to realize how much you should have appreciated it when you had the chance. Being on AMC has been an experience that's amazing, sometimes frustrating, sometimes really exciting, sometimes a little boring. I will never forget the gift Agnes gave me, but I gotta say that the last eight years have not necessarily been easy.

 To find out what Knight thinks about Dixie's (Cady McClain) latest return from the dead click here!

6 Responses

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    With those idiotic hacks, Chuck Prattless and David “Killer” Kreizman behind the wheel, not to mention one of the biggest dingbats of the decade, Julie Hanan Carruthers, I think in the back of our minds we all knew that AMC’s days were numbered. This show hadn’t TRULY been entertaining for me since 2004, so it was merely operating off of fumes for 7 years, which is not good for ANY soap.

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    I think that he is correct. oltl has brillant actors, stories and writers. Very little publicity because, for some reason, they were not fav of any higher ups I guess. So there is nothing else they could have done to keep the show going. I am so glad many have found it finally and it will go off the air being 3rd in ratings.

    gh will not be on network past 2012.

    I fear the only soaps that will survive a few more years are y&r and B&B. They tend to have that extra million folks which may keep them safe.

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