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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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Ellen Pompeo Rips Into ‘The Bachelor’ Creator And Defends Kelly Ripa For Her Comments

Things just got juicy from daytime to primetime after Kelly Ripa let her thoughts be known about the current ‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown and the ‘Bachelor’ franchise during her morning show with Ryan Seacrest this week,

During a moment on the syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, Seacrest informed Ripa that the new ‘Bachelorette’ would be appearing on Thursday’s episode to which Ripa said: “You know how I feel about this show? It disgusts me. And I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how we feel ladies! We are too special to be arguing over a guy.”  She also called the audience out for watching this “gross, gross, show.”

Following her sentiments, The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss took to his Twitter account as did host and EP, Chris Harrison.  Fleiss said, “Easy, Kelly Ripa.  The Bachelor franchise pays for your salary.”  While Harrison tweeted: “Look out @KellyRipa⁩ is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit.”

Next, none other than Grey’s Anatomy franchise star, Ellen Pompeo joined the fray.  She tweeted in defense of Ripa.  Pompeo wrote: “Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage….

And in the end on Thursday’s installment of the entertainment talk show, Hannah Brown made her guest appearance and she weighed-in on the situation expressing that she didn’t follow the franchise at first, but being on the show has changed her mind. Ripa maintained her disgust for the series.

Brown went on to say to Ripa: “Like you, I didn’t really follow the show, wasn’t a big fan, but being part of the show, it’s not women fighting against each other.  Some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive.”

So what do you think about what Ripa, Pompeo, Brown, Harrison and Fleiss had to share with each other on their Twitter war? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Joins The Cast of The Young and the Restless

Say what? Mario Santos Grey of All My Children is coming to Genoa City?   Well, not exactly, but longtime fan favorite Eva LaRue,who played Pine Valley’s Maria (from 1993-2011) is headed to The Young and the Restless in exciting casting news today.

On Y&R, Eva will play the mother of Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) and Lola (Sasha Calle) named Celeste Rosales.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news: Celeste “shares a complex relationship with her children”, Rey Rosales and Lola Rosales.”

LaRue will begin filming next week and will debut on the June 26th episode of the top-rated CBS Daytime drama series.

Currently, Eva is the host of CW’s Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales.  LaRue is very familiar with being part of the CBS network family having played Natalia Boa Vista on primetime’s CSI: Miami. 

So, what do you think of Eva LaRue joining Y&R? Comment below.

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GH’s Daytime Emmy Winner, Vernee Watson In Cast Of New CBS Comedy ‘BOB ♥ ABISHOLA’

Today at the CBS Upfronts the network unveiled a new comedy series for its fall line-up from Chuck Lorre entitled Bob ♥ Abishola.

The series stars Folake Olowofoyeku as the love interest of Billy Gardell’s Bob, a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant.

Also in the cast is two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Vernee Watson (Stella, General Hospital) who will play Gloria.

The series will air in the fall on Monday night’s in the 8:30-9pm slot.

No word yet if this means less screen time for Stella on the Port Charles canvas … or Watson’s status with the series.

So, what do you think of Vernee’s new role? Let us know in the comment section below.

And check out our backstage interview with Vernee following her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series victory during this year’s 46th annual Daytime Emmys just over a week ago.

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