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AMC's Jordi Vilasuso and Lindsay Hartley – Were the Castillos shoved out of the way?

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In a new interview out today from TV Guide, the on-screen brother/sister act of All My Children’s Jordi Vilasuso and Lindsay Hartley, (Griffin and Cara Castillo) opened up about the about-face in their storylines once ABC announced that they canceled the 41-year-old ABC Daytime legacy soap opera.

As fans are witnessing now, some very strange changes have been made on the canvas regarding Cara and Griff! First, Cara fell into bed with David Hayward! And somehow Griffin has just disappeared thanks to of all people, Zach Slater, who is acting kind of weird himself!

Here are a few excerpts from the piece about these actors trying to get their footing when they have been thrown curve ball after curve ball!

Lindsay and Jordi speak to how once the cancellation was handed down of there were conversations about what that meant for their characters.

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Hartley: “Yeah, as you know Cara had gotten involved with [Jake’s brother] Tad. They were going to try and incorporate me having feelings for Tad in a different way than I did for Jake. That was going to be another love triangle, or rather, an obstacle to keep Jake and Cara from being together too soon. The episode where Jake and Cara kissed, they were actually supposed to sleep together, but when the show got canceled the writers turned it into a kiss so it would be easier to make future adjustments. They switched me to Tad altogether when Dixie was coming back. They said to me that Tad and Dixie are the supercouple. I wasn’t aware of David though! I thought that Tad going back to Dixie was the end of my story, and that Cara would just go back to Doctors Without Borders. I don’t think the producers knew at the time either that I was going to have this relationship with David. I figure they would have told me.”

Vilasuso: ” At first, I was weird about it. I had a kind of blasé attitude about it. That was probably a defensive thing. I guess when it really hit me I did get upset about the whole thing because there was nothing I could say or do about it. We had discussions with [executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers] about what we were going to do to wrap Griffin up, and I think they’ve done what they can do. They have so many people coming back, and they want to fulfill so much of what they believe the fan base really wants … But I think it’s become a little diluted in terms of what the real arc of Cara and Griffin should be.”

Lindsay and Jordi if after seeing the final scripts, do they think longtime fans of the show will be satisfied.

Hartley: “We hope so. That’s what they’ve been trying to accomplish. Hopefully that will be what happens.”

Vilasuso: “I hope so too, but it’s out of our control at the end of the day. I think it’s hard to wrap up 42 years in 40 minutes. Susan Lucci threw a lunch yesterday and she talked about how she did a interview for some Internet radio show and after she agreed to do it, the guy had 500,000 people write in, excited she was going to be on. I think the fans are part of the reason we’re staying alive. I think a great number of them are going to come along.”

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Chris
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Chris

Sorry but I am not interested in reading or listening to these two whining about what has happen to them. They are newbies and really have no history with AMC. I care more about the people that have been on the show for many years and all the people that work behind the scenes. They are all losing their jobs too. Many of these people moved out to California thinking that the show was going to be saved and they would have a job for many years to come. These two need to get over themselves.

Torrey
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Torrey

LOL….true and funny. In my opinion, that’s been the problem with AMC…..too much focus on these stupid newbies or people that should be supporting cast members, and not enough time given to the Veterans of the show. I mean, think about the cast members that they have right now…..with the exception of a handful of actors, the majority of the people are newbies or younger actors who should not be anchoring this show.

boes
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boes

It was important for them to step aside so that the show could honor the characters the fans have cared about for years. The characters that SHOULD have been anchoring this show all along, not just at the broadcast end. If Frons and Sweeney hadn’t tried to reinvent the wheel with AMC, and hadn’t dumped both veteran performers and legacy characters, there is a good chance the show would still be broadcast. And in that case, these two would still have jobs. And from what I’ve heard, they’re both going with PP online deal, so what do they have to… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

OMG!!!! I have been thinking that about Gordi for the longest. I’m glad I’m not the only one that noticed that.

louise avery
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louise avery

For heaven’s sake at least spell his name correcty (Jordi) if you’re going to refer to him! He’s the most gorgeous hunk that’s ever been on that show – some people are bored sick w/the same old annoying actors! My women’s club is nuts over him! What is this hatred thing? Why do you hate this actor? He knows how to convey emotion with his voice instead of coming across stiff and robotic like some of your so-called legacy characters.

Torrey
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Torrey

oh please, the guy can’t act his way out of a paper bag….and frankly, I don’t care how you spell his name. Bring back Josh Duhamel and kick this guy to the curb!!

elle
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elle

Um Lindsay did not move out to LA for AMC shes been on soaps for the past 10+ years, yeah maybe not with AMC but shes been involved with soaps for a while and is a talented actress.

Torrey
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Torrey

I’m not saying she’s not talented, but I don’t think she should be featured so heavily, especially during the last days of AMC on network television. This is a 41 year old institution and she’s only been a part of AMC for less than a year.

Ruth
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Ruth

I don’t think Lindsey Hartley has any reason to complain. She’s getting more airtime than anybody including Alicia. Am I the only one thinking that they are trying to make her the star of the show. As for Griffin, I don’t like the character or the actor at all and I am not a Zendall fan.

Ruth

louise avery
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louise avery

Who cares what you like – in the grand scheme of things it won’t make one whit of difference. Maybe you’re just threatened by a man that attractive.

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brothasoap

I am actually appreciative of the interview the two of them gave. I have greatly enjoyed their presence on AMC and was a little concerned about what would become of Griffin with the return of Zach & Cara with that surprise tryst with David. Given the comments, I am in the proud minority happy with the performances both have given, which have been touching, nuanced, and spectacular. I hope that the AMC powers that be keep both on hand for the online transition because Amanda/Jake/Cara is a triangle which would benefit from the Broderick touch, and I suspect there is… Read more »

Rose Mary Pascucci
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Rose Mary Pascucci

Thank you for this posting. Very well said. I too have enjoyed Griffin and Cara Costillo on AMC. I’m missing Griffin not being on this past week. Hopefully they are offered contracts with PP and stay on with AMC to the Internet or Cable. Very sad that one of my favorite Soaps is ending on TV.

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Star, Michael Nader Passes Away at 76

Heartbreaking news to report this Wednesday morning. Michael Fairman TV has learned exclusively that Michael Nader, best known for his role as “Dex” Dexter on ABC’s original version of Dynasty, and as Dimitri Marick on All My Children, has died at the age of 76.

Nader passed away on Monday, August 23rd at 11:30am from an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi by his side, and Michael’s rescue dog, Storm.

In an exclusive statement to MFTV, Michael’s wife, Jodi Lister expressed: “With heavy heart, I’m sharing the news of the passing of my beloved, Michael.  We had 18 wonderful years together with the many dogs we fostered and adopted. Recently, Michael was so thrilled to reconnect with his friends from the cast of Dynasty during Emma Samms virtual event to help raise funds for Long-Covid research. Michael was working on a book about his life and addiction at the time of his death.  He was a beautiful and fascinating man with many talents and skills.  I will miss him forever.”

 

Michael’s acting career spanned several decades. His first soap role was that of Kevin Thompson on As the World Turns (1975-1978, then the primetime soap, Bare Essence (1983) as Alexi Theopolous, before landing on Dynasty later that year as Alexis Colby’s (Joan Collins) third husband, “Dex”.  Nader remained with the series until its cancellation in 1989.

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When All My Children came calling, Michael took on the role of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) magnetic husband, Dimitri Marick, a role he played from 1991-1999, then again in 2000-2001. Michael returned to AMC during Prospect Park’s online revival of the series in 2013.

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Throughout his TV and motion picture career Nader also appeared in: The Flash, Law and Order: SVU, Cold Case, Gidget, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, Lady Mobster (with Susan Lucci) the miniseries, Lucky Charms, to name but a few.

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Michael is survived by his wife of 18-years, Jodi, stepmother Lillian, sister Stephanie, daughter Lindsay, ex-wife Robin, son-in-law Trevor, and granddaughter Juniper.

A Zoom memorial will be planned at a later date.

Share your thoughts and remembrances of Michael, and send condolences to his loved ones, in the comment section below.

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