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General Hospital Casts ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Alum Janet Hubert As Mike’s New Love Interest

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Intriguing casting news out of Port Charles on Sunday. The ABC daytime drama series has tapped former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert to play the character of  Yvonne,who is said to be a love interest for Mike (Max Gail) at the nursing home he is now in.

According to EW.com, Yvonne will end up having a connection to someone or someones on the canvas.

Hubert’s first episode is slated to air on December 7th.   Sitcom fans remember Janet from “Fresh Prince’ in scenes with Will Smith in the series in the role of Vivian Banks.

GH is not Janet’s first soap, either.  She appeared on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Layla Williamsom’s (Tika Sumpter) mother, Lisa.  The actress also appeared on All My Children as Alice Dawson.

In another twist, Hubert will reunite with Vernee Watson (Stella)om GH.  The two appeared together on “Fresh Prince”, where Watson played Will’s mother.

So does this mean that Yvonne and Stella are both going to be romantically interested in Mike Corbin?

What do you think of the casting news?  Interested to see this next leg of Mike’s story as he declines from Alzheimer’s, but may find love?  Comment below.

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Aunt Viv Vs Mama Smith! This is going to be interesting!

Can’t wait to see Stella’s reaction to this.

Uummm, why? Seems completely pointless to bring on all these irrelevant new characters. Not in the slightest bit interested.

Just get your Fast Forward button ready, Joe–that’s what I’m doing. Stella is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I can’t imagine what horrors await us.

ehh it will be short lived..
it’s something different so why not..
She is just for a little time, nothing to get excited over – shes headed for the exit door..

sorry as much as i love janet hubert mike does not need a love interest in his condition

Seriously? Another new face? This show is in the toilet!

I hear you, AVP. I can bearly tolerate Stella and Jordan, and Curtis has more chemistry with Drew than either of them. Between this, the obnoxious faux-daughter of Nina, the insipid teacher who has bewilderingly bewitched two gorgeous men (Michael & Chase), and the horrific Charlotte, I’m hitting FF more than ever.

YUP! AGREED!

Ain’t that the truth, AVP??? Although I must add that I very fondly recall this lady as the sassy, irrepressible Adina Phillips on Denis Leary’s hilariously brutal sitcom, “The Job!” She was an absolute laugh riot and I loved every minute of her all-too-brief domineering presence with husband “Pip” and especially, Leary’s “Mike Mc Neil,” of whom she clearly could not abide!!!!

I never watched the Belair Prince, probably wasn’t in my years..

Why not just bring back Mike’s old girlfriend Rita…

Interesting. Very, very interesting…

WE – all know – that @GH never expected , the longevity that Max Gail masterclass

his heartwarming affect, has transfixed

once again.. tho… let’s feature him… since @GH is going to wring this out.. regardless of Mike “condition”. OUTSIDE OF Sonny and Carly.. so we can “move” on ; if @GH wants to continue REELING. I would… because watching Mike and Stella… do any thing… is ^^^ REAL HEART.. which this show NEEDS in spades.. THIS show needs a lot of things.. good script and good actors… when we see continually the same old same old same characters day in and day out… mind numbing blew it stupid

so to see this great surprise… with Mike and Stella… ???? perhaps this is the intent of the show.. that while he whittles away at his respite… this dance

this dance must move without Sonny and Carly
it’s just a shame it’s not with Stella.. what could the reasoning be ? that she’s a social worker ?

I don’t even think Frank Valentini knows what’s going on… you bring on a lady interest for Max… and out of nowhere.. Marcus shows up… from Stella past ? this is supposed to stave off the audience who are clamoring for MORE OF just Max and Stella ? what gives.. ? this is botched all around… you have two outstanding actors… with Max Gail AND Vernee Watson.. who , are outstanding. I agree with another post.. in Max condition ?!?! he gets a love interest and is asking Stella if she’s jealous , next thing you know.. Marcus is greeting Stella. NUT UP Frank / Shelly / Chris… NUT UP

I applaud GH for devoting a storyline to characters that are not 20 and model-pretty and actually have talent. This isn’t a swipe at any specific storyline on this show, but a recognition that, over the past 10- 20 years, few older actors have had a place in daytime (other than those established in long running roles) in lieu of giving the latest model/actor the opportunity to learn to act while getting paid to be on a show. The results of hiring a Max Gail to play the aging Mike Corbin are clear: multi generational storytelling can be intriguing and buzz worthy and a great lesson for the genre to ‘re-learn’. Now if we could just give Max and Felicia something to do on a semi regular basis, that would be awesome. 🙂

I hate it!

With the sudden appearance of “Marcus”, it seems fairly obvious the direction this will be going. Marcus has mentioned that his wife is somehow “impaired”. He didn’t specifically mention Alzheimer’s but that seemed to be the implication the way the conversation was going. So this “Yvonne” character will probably be Marcus’s wife, who meets Mike at this nursing home or whatever it is, and – probably because she forgets she’s married – develops feelings for Mike. Leading to some bizzare senior citizen quadrangle which will end up being as unwatchable as the quad of Cam/Joss/Spencer/Emma when they were all still in third grade.

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The Young and the Restless Renewed for Four More Years at CBS

Congratulations are in order to the cast, crew, creatives and fans of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. On Wednesday, the top-rated daytime drama was renewed by the network for four more years.

The renewal will bring Y&R through the 2027-2028 television season, and brings the series through its 55th season. The Young and the Restless has continued to remain the #1 daytime drama for over 36 years and is CBS’ longest-running series.

In a statement, Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment shared, “The Young and the Restless has been a staple of daytime television for over 50 years, and it is with great pleasure that we will continue that legacy at CBS,The talented cast and writers deliver compelling performances and stories on a daily basis and have provided iconic moments that have kept the show on top of the ratings and thrilled generations of fans for over five decades. We look forward to seeing what new creative twists and turns they have planned for the folks of Genoa City.”

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According to CBS, Y&R is averaging 3.50 million viewers this season. The series is also the #1 daytime program among African American viewers. Full episodes of the series are streaming on Paramount+ and CBS TVE.  The soap opera airs weekdays at 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m.-12:30 p..m. PT.

Y&R notables are also celebrating anniversaries in 2024 including series icons: Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) for 45 years this month, and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) for 44 years. In April, the show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nikki and Victor’s wedding, which aired in April 1984 and was one of the highest-rated episodes in the history of the show.

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Other notable cast anniversaries in 2024 include: Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) at 35 years and Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) all at 30 years.

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The Young and the Restless debuted on March 23, 1973 and the show celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2023. Y&R was co-created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. At present, Josh Griffith currently serves as the series executive producer and head writer.

Share your thoughts on the news that Y&R had been given a four-year renewal by CBS and will continue on with the lives of the people you love in Genoa City through its 55th season via the comment section below.

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Kimberlin Brown ‘Killed-Off’ as Sheila Carter on The Bold and the Beautiful in Shocking Twist

The Monday, February 26th episode of CBS daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful brought with it the apparent end to one of the all-time villains of soap opera.

In story, Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) was being stalked by Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) in the dark. Eventually, Steffy stabs Sheila in the heart with a knife and she apparently dies.

Speaking with TV Insider, Brown admitted that it is extremely hard to leave a now iconic role she made soap-famous since 1990 on first The Young and the Restless and then The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Kimberlin expressed: “It’s a tough place for me to be in right now; I’m not going to lie about this. I guess if anyone were going to take Sheila down, I’m happy it’s Steffy. I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  Three time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood expressed: “It’s bittersweet because I absolutely love working with Kimberlin; she is just the consummate professional.”

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However, the stabbing is vindication for Steffy as Wood related, “This is her moment. How long has it taken Steffy to take her down and it’s finally happening, so it’s going to be a big shock.”

As to her B&B death scene and to her future plans, Brown revealed, “Laying there on that floor when the paramedics pronounce the time of death, my eyes were closed and you’re holding your breath so it doesn’t look like you’re breathing. It was just like, ‘Wow, OK, I guess we’ll have to see what might come next for me.’”

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If this holds up and Sheila is “dead” dead, it will open up the story and trouble in the marriage of Finn (Tanner Novlan) and Steffy, because ultimately, Steffy killed her husband’s biological mother.

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This is leading many to believe this move will bring Steffy back together with Liam (Scott Clifton) while Finn and Hope (Annika Noelle) draw closer. Is that part of the reason for Sheila’s death? Stay tuned.

What do you think about The Bold and the Beautiful killing-off Sheila Carter and Steffy to be the one who put an end to her life? Comment below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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