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

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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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.

brothasoap
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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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‘Pine Valley’s’ Leo Richardson Teases First Episode Script of All My Children Primetime Reboot

On Friday, soap fans were abuzz on Twitter, when head writer and executive producer, Leo Richardson of the All My Children reboot in development, showed off the script cover of the pilot and first episode of Pine Valley.

The series is currently in the works over at ABC with former AMC favorites, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and Rebel’s Andrew Stearn as the other executive producers.

Richardson shared along with the script pic, “A year and a half of work comes down to just 60 pages. And off she goes… #PineValley””

Fans of All My Children are thrilled at Richardson’s news and now will await word on what will happen with the proposed show.

Leo has also written the long-running British soap, EastEnders and for Lee Daniel’s Star.

Check out his tweet below.  (UPDATED: Since this original posting, Richardson’s tweet was taken down)

Now, let us know if you are excited to find out just what characters are in the script of Pine Valley in the comment section.

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Kim Delaney on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “All They Have To Do Is Ask, and I’m There”

While Kim Delaney is currently appearing on General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton, and she just appeared in her new Lifetime movie, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt of Justice, the actress revealed she would be up for appearing in the upcoming primetime revival in development of All My Children.

Delaney became soap-famous in the role of AMC’s Jenny Gardner from 1981-1984 before she was killed-off the show in the now iconic jet ski explosion.

Now even though Jenny died, Kim would be up for figuring out how the character could be resurrected or how she could take part in the primetime reboot of the ABC soap opera called, Pine Valley.

In an interview with Soaps.com, Kim shared on being part of the reboot: “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.  Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere… ”

Former All My Children stars and real-life duo, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are executive producers of Pine Valley along with Andrew Stearn.

So, would you like to see an alive and well Jenny Gardner, or some other role for Delaney, in the All My Children reboot? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: Kim Delaney Stars in Lifetime’s ‘The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice’

Make sure to catch General Hospital and former All My Children and NYPD Blue star, Kim Delaney (Jackie, GH, Ex-Jenny, AMC) tonight on Saturday, February 20th when her highly-anticipated Lifetime movie debuts beginning at 8pm EST/7pm CST which marks the cable network’s 400th original movie.

In The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice, it tells the story of Mari Gilbert’s search for the truth behind what happened to her daughter Shannan, a sometime escort who disappeared after a ‘date’ on Long Island.

After Shannan (Katharine Isabelle, Hannibal) fails to come home, her mother Mari (Delaney) knows something is terribly wrong. Pleading to police to take her concerns seriously, she keeps pushing the police for answers. Mari’s insistence that her daughter not be overlooked eventually leads to a horror hidden on Long Island for more than a decade – 19 bodies of young women discovered buried in shallow graves along Ocean Parkway in the area of Jones Beach State Park. Though the search for the killer is still ongoing, Mari’s passionate dedication to giving her daughter and other forgotten women a voice, and the attention they deserve, has kept the case alive with hopes of a breakthrough soon. The movie not only follows a mother’s tireless search for the truth, but it also digs deep into the murders, including Shannan’s, that have gone unsolved for so long.

Delaney’s film, executive produced by Deborah Norville, is based off real life-events that transpired in the early 2010’s where the crimes were never solved.

In an interview with 98.1 WOGL Radio’s Glenn Kalina, Delaney shared: “There is hope in the film… but you also want an answer… what happened to all of these girls?  My character just was relentless trying to find her (daughter) or find answers where she was.  They found a bunch of other bodies, and what they learned was that they were all escorts… and then they learned there was a possible serial killer.”

Check out a promo for the movie below.

Will you be watching Kim in her starring role in The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice? Let us know in the comment section.

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