Daytime has always been known for its top-secret storylines, but now primetime has gotten into the same game. Last year, for example, GENERAL HOSPITAL‘s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) wasn’t allowed to tell anyone he got a guest starring gig on Amazon’s BOSCH. “I’ve seen [secrecy be taken to this] kind of extreme ever since I did TRUE DETECTIVE in 2015,” he noted. “Every day, we showed up for shooting and didn’t get our material until we got there. Even if we did, it was so heavily redacted it was like a Freedom Of Information Act. It was almost down to just your lines. They were so protective of any kind of story getting out.”
While Lindstrom admits that keeping casting details under wraps seems like overkill, he does understand the need for protecting one’s work. “I directed an independent feature that wound up on [file-sharing site] Bit-Torrent before it was even released,” he recounted. “When I finally tracked it down, it had around 10,000 views. That impacts your revenue stream!”
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