'As the World Turns': Jon Lindstrom on its last rotations

jon-lindstrom-daytime-emmys-2009-320.jpg Jon Lindstrom is watching his "World" come to an end.

An afternoon-serial star for most of the past 16 years, Lindstrom has scored his first Daytime Emmy nomination ever ... just as his current program is wrapping up its 54-year run. He'll finish taping his work as Craig Montgomery on CBS' "As the World Turns" a few days before the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are handed out in Las Vegas during a CBS telecast Sunday, June 27.

"It feels better than I thought it would," Lindstrom tells Zap2it of being a nominee for outstanding lead actor, "especially while watching our show go away. You never know if this is going to happen again, so I'm going to act as if this is the one-and-only time. And I'm gonna party like a rock star!"

Lindstrom admits to mixed emotions over his Daytime Emmy bid for a job destined to end soon.

"The atmosphere on the set is actually pretty good," he reports. "I don't think it's always been good; it's kind of gone back-and-forth from despair to excitement about the unknown. Now, I think everyone has just accepted that this is the way it's going and we don't have any choice, so let's just move on and make the most of it."

"General Hospital" and "Port Charles" veteran Lindstrom followed several other actors as Craig on "ATWT" -- Scott Bryce, most notably -- when he made his 2008 debut.

"This isn't my first canceled show," Lindstrom says in noting "Rituals" and "Generations" among others, "so I'm kind of used to this, certainly more than most of the people there" at "ATWT," which ends Friday, Sept. 17.

"I tend to take these things a little more in stride. To me, it's a condition of the business. I just hope they find some really authentic ways to send these characters off into the black void of cancellation."

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