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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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mmc

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

davlestev1
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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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Cheryl

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

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum Melina Kanakaredes ‘Greek Candy’ Series to Debut on Amazon Streamer ‘IMDb TV’

We all knew her when she played Eleni Andros on the beloved Guiding Light, and two Daytime Emmy nominations later, actress Melina Kanakaredes left the soap for Hollywood, where she has appeared in numerous TV series and motion pictures ever since.

Now, Melina who currently stars on Fox’s hit medical drama, The Resident is set to launch her very own project in which she not only stars, but co-wrote and is one of the executive producers.

According to Deadline, look for Kanakaredes new series ‘Greek Candy’ to hit the new Amazon streaming service, IMDb TV as part of its inaugural launch.

In story, Melina Kanakaredes and her family’s 100-year-old chocolate factory in Akron, Ohio is the inspiration for Greek Candy. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures Television, tells the story of mom, dad, their three teenage daughters, four very Greek immigrant grandparents, and one very non-Greek “adopted” son and what it means to live the American dream in 2021.

So, looking forward to checking out Melina’s new comedy series? Have you loved her work ever since Guiding Light? Comment below.

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