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"The Vineyard" TV Cast Introduced

Meet the 11 young characters whose Island adventures are chronicled in a reality TV show that's been filming on Martha's Vineyard since May. The ABC Family "docu-soap" debuts July 23 at 10 p.m.

They've been living and working among us for weeks: Eleven cast members of "The Vineyard," the new, unscripted ABC Family cable series that's caused much comment on the Island since it was announced earlier this year.

Monday, the cable channel released photos and bios of the young characters whose Vineyard adventures at the Black Dog, Sand Bar, Menemsha Beach and other Island locales will soon be shared with the viewing public when the program debuts next month.

Click here to find out more about the series' characters, described by ABC Family as:

"The Wash-ashores:"

  • Katie: "Beautiful and gregarious," who's "using the summer to clear her head and figure out if her boyfriend is her true love or if it's time to move on."
  • Luis: "Charming, spontaneous and impulsive ...  Lou arrives on the island for the summer determined to find the girl of his dreams."
  • Jon: "The All-American pre-med student, Jonathan has this summer to let loose before he has to focus all of his attention on school."
  • Emily: "Sophisticated and opinionated, Emily knows what she wants in life: a successful man to take care of her."
  • Daniel: "Outgoing and upbeat with a great sense of humor ... Daniel just can't seem to find the right girl."
  • Taelyr: "Shy and inexperienced, Taelyr missed out on the wild teen years."
  • Sophi: "A Miami Venezuelan, Sophi is a gifted singer who dreams of a career in music."

"The Locals"

  • Cat: "Rebellious Cat is still trying to decide what she wants to do with her life, an issue that usually puts her at odds with her mom."
  • Ben: "The strong, silent heartthrob, Ben's life has been in a holding pattern since he returned to the island after leaving the Coast Guard."
  • Jackie: "An aspiring writer, Jackie left the bright lights of Los Angeles to move back to the Vineyard and be closer to her ailing mother."
  • Gabby: "Level-headed with a take-charge attitude, Gabby is the confidant for her two best friends, Jackie and Katie."

The ABC Family "docu-soap" debuts July 23 at 10 p.m.

Will you be watching the series? Tell us in the comments. 

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ksw430 June 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Given that the Vineyard values it's diversity, interesting that there are no apparent African Americans on this show...and that several of the girls look pretty much alike...sort of cookie cutte-resque. Just not a fan.
Eileen Maley June 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Will we be able to watch it on the Vineyard. According to the Comcast channel lineup, ABC Family is on Channel 784, which is a blank screen - HD only?
Salkal June 26, 2013 at 01:08 PM
A wash-a-shore is someone who was not born on the Vineyard but has moved there permanently. They don't just come for the summer--those are tourists
christine white June 26, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Agree with ksw430
Fred Roven June 26, 2013 at 01:47 PM
If chained down with my eyes pried open.
Charles Brown June 26, 2013 at 02:29 PM
The diversity on the Vineyard is part of what makes it so special. The cast seems to be just of the "blond blue eyed" persuasion. Not a fan and won't be watching.
George hartman June 26, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Barbie Dolls and Beef Cakes. Ho-hum, BORRING!
Martha Magee June 26, 2013 at 03:33 PM
People who summer on the Vineyard and have done for years are not tourists. Most of them own houses and are summer residents. This show looks shallow at best. So much for " reality " T.V. A must miss!! Crawl don't run!
Michael West June 26, 2013 at 04:22 PM
This is not about the people of the Vineyard. "The Vineyard" is a chic, scenic backdrop to a loosely-scripted UNSCRIPTED (forget Reality) series for ABC Family. So you know it is vanilla, and white and has nothing really to do with Martha's Vineyard. They are just using that to sell the show to unsuspecting viewers.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) June 26, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Eileen, I'm stumped on this because I don't own a TV and am too miserly to subscribe to cable or dish - but apparently ABC Family makes episodes available online as well "for a limited time," and as we get closer to the premiere date, I'll be posting all the viewing information I can get.
annie casey June 26, 2013 at 09:16 PM
salkal, i agree with you, of course. they are tourists/summerdinks. but i guess we're not surprised they're using actors and models. too bad they couldn't find someone who actually knows about the island - but i don't think that's what they're looking for - they're just looking to make another "reality" show with people drinking, arguing and hopping into bed with each other. not my taste in t.v. i prefer netflix anyway.
Dave Broome June 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Hi- I'm Dave Broome- The Executive Producer of the series- I appreciate everyone's comments here. Just to clarify something about our cast- Taeylor Robinson is African American and both Sophi Alvarez and Louis D'Agostino are both Venezuelan. Jon Franco is Italian. Also to clarify, Ben Rosi, and Sean O'Brien both on the series were born and raised on MV and Catt Todd was raised on the Vineyard and has been living there since she was six. Some of our cast members have Summered on the Vineyard before, others have never been on the island. No one is an actor. Lastly- we had an amazing experience during our production and I want to thank all of the people on the Vineyard for being so great to us- I believe everyone will be surprised as to what you see on July 23rd and further into the series. Always welcome everyones comments- I understand that most of them come from a place of pride about where you guys live- that's what makes MV such a special place. Thanks Dave
Ashley Gilbert June 27, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Most all of the islanders I know even in that age bracket don't look like that. It's too bad that the "reality" show didn't use real kids we see everyday that live here. Like the older teens/ college kids at Mocha Mott's, Stop and Shop, from the retail stores we know and love, nannies and sitters, kids working at the YMCA. We have so many great, smart people of this age bracket that do live here. That would be much more entertaining to get into. Also, a great start perhaps for some local talent!!
James June 28, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Hi Dave, I will be perfectly blunt: It would have been nice if you would have considered having someone (or some two or three) with a darker complexion on this show and I'm not talking about someone who got that way courtesy of sun rays. I hope this show will make it clear that this cast is not representative of the island which is rich with diversity but is only using the island as a backdrop. I will not be watching at all. You might have well used Appalachia as a backdrop and even there, there is more of a visually diverse representation than what people will see on your show.
ksw430 June 30, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Hi Dave, I agree with James, let's see some visual diversity...and being Italian is hardly minority. BTW, "summered" is not a proper noun and does not require capitalization. Of course they're not actors...any more than the Real Housewives are actors. No one expects acting...just tackiness...a la The Hills. So not Vineayard...but you just don't get that.
Martha Magee June 30, 2013 at 10:27 PM
This too shall pass.
Dave Broome June 30, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Thanks for the response. You can judge now, which you're absolutely entitled to do, or you can actually watch the premiere episode on July 23rd and see if you still feel the same way. You might be surprised. They'll be plenty of time to hate if you would like, I just think you might be surprised if you give it a chance- or not. And if I didn't care about what any of the locals thought about our show, I certainly wouldn't spend the time to respond on a local site. I would only handle national press. We have nothing but respect for the residents of MV. Best, Dave.
Gina July 04, 2013 at 11:16 PM
On the surface it looks and sounds like a knockoff of "The Real World" on MTV. Initially, it was fun to watch the characters on that show learn about each other and the world, but it has turned into an alcohol-induced, sexually-fueled fight club! I will give "The Vineyard" a try, but if it starts to resemble the latest editions of "The Real World"....I'm out!
James July 06, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Yes Dave, I must admit that I was taken aback by your responding on a local public board. I was employed by Disney/ABC for a few years and know they, like most major corporations, are protective of their brand. Their media/communications department is usually the front line when it comes to commenting on programming. Are they aware of your comments here on Patch? Stating a fact should hardly be referred to as "hate". I stand by my belief that people of color are not represented on the show. Without having seen it I would bet the bank that since gay is the new sushi, there will without question be gay representation on the show. Here is an official promo of the show. Now which one is the African American? Because I can't tell: http://bit.ly/125IdJj Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining. If you have moment, read the comments at the link. They are similar to the ones expressed here on MV Patch regarding casting.

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