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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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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

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

Joe
Joe

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

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

su000
su000

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..

elm1951
elm1951

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

AVP
AVP

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

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

AVP
AVP

YUP! AGREED!

Shay
Shay

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!!!!

su000
su000

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

Jimh
Jimh

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

jaybird369
jaybird369

Interesting. Very, very interesting…

Patrick
Patrick

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 ?

Patrick
Patrick

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

Caleb
Caleb

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. 🙂

Stephanie Hayes
Stephanie Hayes

I hate it!

Satan
Satan

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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Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

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ATWT and ‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum, Zach Roerig Arrested For DUI

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According to the report: “Zach was busted Sunday around 2:30 AM in Montpelier, Ohio. Police tell us, officers noticed Zach’s pickup truck did not have a front license plate, so they pulled him over.”

Apparently when the officer went up to the driver’s side window they noticed that Zach’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and say he, “reeked of booze”.

Roerig was arrested for  for a misdemeanor and was held overnight in a holding cell.  He was later released.

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Zach’s arraignment is set as of now for June 4th.

ATWT fans will remember Zach as part of the younger set in Oakdale comprised of: multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Landon (Ex-Gwen), Jesse Sofer (Ex-Will) and Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie), all who went on to primetime fame during their careers.

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