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Anna Marie Horsford and Obba Babatundé Join The Bold and the Beautiful As Maya's Parents!

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The Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) story is far, far from over on The Bold and the Beautiful.   News on Thursday from TV Insider is that none other than Anna Marie Horsford and Obba Babatundé have joined the CBS daytime drama series as Maya’s disapproving parents, when they come to town to visit their youngest daughter, Nicole (Reign Edwards) and try to get her out of Lala land and away from Maya! Horsford is set for her debut on July 3rd with Babatundé set to arrive on the July 9th episode – their characters of Vivienne and Julius Avant – both are on-board for at least 15 episodes, but they may be sticking around a lot longer!

The actors are no strangers to daytime drama audiences with Obba having appeared in roles on All My Children, One Life to Live and Y&R, while Horsford began her career on Guiding Light.  Both are extremely well-known Broadway and TV and film actors with quite the impressive resumes.

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Anna Marie related on the telling of Maya’s story and being a part of  one of the social issues of the day on television:  “This reunion of the Avant family has opened my heart on so many levels.  I personally know several transgender people but I never really thought of things from the parents’ perspective. The audience has heard Maya’s point of view about what went on in the family. Now it’s time to get Mom and Dad’s side of things! Maya may think her parents never loved her, but that’s her perception.”

And as for Obba, he revealed that when Maya’s folks cast their eyes on her: “Their first encounter after all this time is incredibly powerful. And then [later] they see this new person in the glory of her new world at Forrester Creations and she is absolutely astounding! But how does a father handle that?”

In addition Horsford weighed-in on an additional side to this storyline:  “Gay and transgender subjects are not comfortably discussed in the African-American community. “We might see that our children are different but we don’t tell anybody about it.”

What do you think about the casting of Horsford and Babatunde’ to The Bold and the Beautiful as Maya’s parents?  What are your thoughts about the CBS daytime soap opera exploring all aspects of Maya’s story?  Share your thoughts below!

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I’m excited to see Horsford. I liked her on Amen. I don’t know the other actor, but look forward to seeing Maya’s parents.

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Me to Mo, She was terrific on Amen. Looking forward in seeing her on The Bold and The Beautiful.

richard
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richard

WOW….i am loving the addition of African Americans to BOLD and the story is so rich and about to get better!!!!

Taylor
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Nice to see that they’re fleshing out this storyline and adding to Maya’s family tree. Really like the actors playing these roles and hope that they stick around for a bit.

Lawrence
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Lawrence

Oh lord. First Maya and then her parents

sarah
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sarah

I’m really happy that they are bringing on Maya & Nicole’s mother & father no doubt these scenes are going to be powerful

Gail
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Gail

OMG I loved Thelma on “Amen” in the 1980’s.

Bet they will tap into that sanctimonious bible condemnation most people from the dark ages seem to rely on these days.

Traci
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Traci

Wow this story line is just awesome. Love maya and rick together and I’m glad he stuck by her side

mmc
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It should be interesting….I love the character of Maya & love Karla playing her.

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davlestev1

They couldn’t have picked a better actress. . Frankly I’m surprised she agreed to it as this actress is no slouch when it comes to procuring work. We’ll enjoy her for add long as she is on the canvas and then relegate ourselves to her sure to come replacement… as well add Obba Babatunde.. one heck of a great character actor. . BRAD BELL truly scored with these two. .. Like Erica said. . Just you watch. . LOL..I just recently watched Anna and Tika Sumpter (layla) LOL in a Christmas movie. .meh… but entertaining none the less. . So… Read more »

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Not lol. .layla..OLTL..AUGHHHH.. IT’S LIKE CHARLIE BROWN GOON FOR LUCYS FOOTBALL WITH SPELLCHECKER .. NO ITS RIGHT. . DON’T PROOF IT DAV.. LMAO

davlestev1
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OMG IT SPELLED GOON NOT GOIN’… WHERE’S MY MARTINI SHAKER? ?????

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Ahhhhh

Diva Grandma
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Diva Grandma

I am ecstatic about these two tremendous veteran actors of stage film and television joining Bold and The Beautiful. The depth of telling this story from our African American perspective if written correctly will be incredible!

Cheryl
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I think it is fantastic. It makes the show, more interesting.

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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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‘Dr. Oz Show’ Taken Off the Air in NY and PA Due to Senate Run; Daphne Oz ‘The Good Dish’ to Fill Time Slot

In light of his announcement that he will be running as a republican senate candidate in the state of Pennsylvania, Dr Oz’s daytime talk and medical show, The Dr. Oz Show, is being taken off the air in key markets in New York and Pennsylvania, according to the Fox Station Group.

According to Deadline’s sources, Fox TV Stations proceeded with pulling the Sony Pictures TV-distributed syndicated series because of the prospect of being forced to give other political candidates running in Pennsylvania equal time, expressing that it “would be a nightmare for us, there was no way we were going to be able to do that.”

In its place, look for Dr. Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, to be the fill-in with her show.

Starting on January 18th, Daphne’s The Good Dish, will take over the time slot during the duration of her father’s political campaign.  This potentially could go all the way through November of 2022, if Oz remains in the race through election day.

Last fall, Fox TV Stations renewed The Dr. Oz Show for two more years which gave it life through 2023.

So, do you think more stations will go bye-bye and have The Dr. Oz show pulled? What do you think of daughter Daphne’s series as the fill-in? Comment below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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