08/31/13 3:00pm
08/31/2013 3:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Katie Tardif (left) with fellow cast members from “The Vineyard.”

As the premier season of ABC Family’s “The Vineyard“ winds down, Cutchogue native Katie Tardif finds herself as a central character in the drama that comes with reality television.

In the latest episode, Ms. Tardif, 25, finds herself torn between her boyfriend Matt and fellow cast member Luis D’Agostino.

Ms. Tardif, who lives in New York City and has worked for the past year as a merchandise manager at the David Glazer Showroom in Manhattan, traveled in May to Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod notable for its affluence. The eight-episode series follows a group of seven women and four men – some of them Martha’s Vineyard locals and others, like Ms. Tardif, island transplants – living and working together for the summer.

If you missed the latest episode, it’s available online.

There are two episodes left in the season. The show airs at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays on ABC Family.

07/15/13 1:49pm
07/15/2013 1:49 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Katie Tardif (left) with fellow cast members from “The Vineyard.”

Less than eight months ago Cutchogue native Katie Tardif received a very unexpected phone call from ABC Family television producers.

The network, they said, was preparing to film a new, unscripted reality show about a group of 20-somethings living and working together on Martha’s Vineyard, MA and was she interested in being a cast member?

She said yes.

“It was an overwhelming experience,” Ms. Tardif, 25, said of being asked to join the docu-series, which is called “The Vineyard” and premieres on ABC Family July 23. “You’re freaked out and excited, and then you think realistically about it – ‘wait, is this something I really want?’ It all happened very quickly.”

Indeed. Ms. Tardif, who lives in New York City and has worked for the past year as a merchandise manager at the David Glazer Showroom in Manhattan, traveled in May to Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod notable for its affluence.

The eight-episode series follows a group of seven women and four men – some of them Martha’s Vineyard locals and others, like Ms. Tardif, island transplants – living and working together for the summer. Filming wrapped at the end of June, an ABC Family spokesperson said.

Read the complete story in this week’s Suffolk Times.