What In the World Is Jon Lindstrom Up To Now? Posted by World Turner on November 28, 2010 at 8:01 PM
Also known to As The World Turns fans as the faintly tarnished but lovable Craig Montgomery, Lindstrom just finished a play that received a great review from The New York Times; started a new CD project with his band, The High Lonesome, that will soon be released; and he shot a guest appearance for the CBS prime time hit, Blue Bloods. He even found time to sit down for an interview recently for blog talk radio.
We won't give away everything he talked about on the internet radio show, Outtakes, in case you want to listen. But we will share with you a few juicy tidbits.
The multi-talented actor talked about the recent trends in soap opera production and reality TV:
“Anyone that can come up with the formula, the approach that would make soap opera as a medium, viable again, is going to be the richest person in the world, because the TV networks want it," he said. "They don’t want to put on reality shows any more than you want to watch them.”
The 2010 Daytime Emmy award nominee said that while World Turns could certainly return to the airwaves in the form of reruns if there is a market, it is less likely viewers will see new installments of the show, but he didn't rule it out.
"I don't think there's a hope in hell that the show would be newly produced, but you know, even that situation could change if the people that are involved in it are ready to re-brand it. That is, essentially, reinventing the show under the same title," he said. "I supposed that could happen but, again, they would have to make it cost about a fifth of what it did and it was already stretched to the max to produce it the way we produced it."
While others continue to sing the death song for daytime dramas, Lindstrom said one only needs to watch cable television to see that soap opera is still all around us.
"Sons of Anarchy is a soap opera," he said. "It's about interrelated people and how they cross over because of their emotions, and they have to go searching for their long lost children. They just happen to be doing it on motorcycles," he joked. "So if you look around, soap opera is all around you. I think what's changing is something that has to change. It has to be dressed up as something else that we've gotten used to in order for it to be cost-effective. ... That cost, unfortunately, is what's killing the daytime soaps."
We may very well be relegated to watching "Craig Montgomery" on youtube right now, but we will soon have new music from Lindstrom's band, The High Lonesome, for which he plays drums. Formed in the mid-1980s, the band eventually went on a long-term hiatus, until now. Earlier this year Lindstrom inspired the band, which he describes as alternative/country/rock, to regroup. The band is expected to release a collector's album in about 10 days, according to a post made to its facebook fan page over the weekend. Lindstrom said the group is also talking about making a video for one of the songs featured on the album.
In addition to his music and soaps, Lindstrom talked about his play and the opportunity to work alongside Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan on the CBS soap-style prime time drama, Blue Bloods.
The play, Welcome: This Is A Neighborhood Watch Community, explores the power of money and ideas. Lindstrom portrayed Warren Stanton, a take-charge husband who has some unfortunate ideas about monitoring children. The play ended Nov. 21.
Lindstrom's guest appearance on Blue Bloods was filmed this month and is scheduled to air Jan. 7. In the episode, entitled Little Fish, he plays a judge who mysteriously rules against Moynahan, who portrays a district attorney.
With this much on his plate, perhaps Lindstrom will take a break over the holidays... But I'm not betting on it.