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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Joey
Joey

Guess that casting call was for Jordan :(. Good for her, though!

Jimh
Jimh

Good luck…

Betty
Betty

I wish you well, Vinessa.

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su000

It is a good thing for Vinessa Antoine (Jordan).
She is not often seen, her role on GH is quite sparse.
I will assume she will be the next to exit GH.

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fginaspy
fginaspy

VA had the credits of Canadian productions behind her before she was cast on GH. Most were supporting or guest starring roles. Diggstown gives her star billing. She is moving on from GH. I am a fan. I hope we get to see Diggstown on Netflix eventually. Congratulations!!!

su000
su000

I think Anna will get her old job back when Jordan no longer is.

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Shay
Shay

I certainly hope so….Anna never should have been replaced by Jordan, who is the worst and most ineffectual PCPD commish ever! I’m glad to see her go….

Janet King
Janet King

Me too Jordon was always boring to me

Jimh
Jimh

Mac needs to return to thepolice force too

Timmm
Timmm

Cue the band!

Soaphound
Soaphound

I didn’t like the character or the actress very much, but kudos to her for breaking through yet another glass ceiling for actresses and women in general. I hope she does well; I can see her being perhaps more likeable in a better role. And, let’s face it, her new character is bound to win more cases than Jordan solved crimes.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Yup. Vanessa will be saying goodbye to GH.

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Rodd
Rodd

Unfortunately, her storyline on GH just fizzled time and time again. It’s a shame, because I think Vinessa is a talented actress that was under used on GH. And now she’s no longer a “series regular”? Who’s going to be able to tell? They didn’t play her very much at all this past year. Oh, sure, a scene here and there. I don’t even care about Stella interfering in her relationship with Curtis because it’s been a onenote story forever. Nothing like bringing in a sudden ex-girlfriend is going to make me care about that.

Good for Vinessa, though, in landing a lead role in a series. I wish her the best!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am from Canada– the only thing most Canadians watch on CBC is hockey, news and Heartland- CBC has a fair amount of made in Canada content as part of their mandate and most of the shows they air do stay on a long time mainly for that reason and government funding– yet the quality of shows have improved vastly over the years, so although she probably made more money on a soap – this might be a good gamble for her– she will definitely get a chance to apply her craft in this series — so I might give her new show a shot–even if just for the scenery, if it is shot out East and not just in TO studio pretending to be the Maritimes

rose
rose

Mary SF…I’m in Toronto area this summer visiting my son and grandson. Heartland looks really good, but since I didn’t see it from the beginning hope they binge it while I’m here. Also have liked some of the other bakery, antique store, flower shop mysteries they tend to show on weekends. Nice, non-violent, and I like the actors. But right now I’m watching the Blue Jays lose to the Red Sox.

Lisal
Lisal

Will miss Jordan on GH … sounds like a great new show. Congrats to Vinessa!

Timmm
Timmm

Why not use Brytni Sarpy? She was talented. Plus, no one really remembers Valerie anymore since they dropped her in favor of all Frank’s other creations!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

She chose to go recurring to pursue other acting opportunities, but Sarpy is returning to set in the next few weeks. As for the character of Valerie, I’ve found her useless since her debut, and have been enjoying not seeing her.

Shay
Shay

Amen, Scott! What could—and should—have been a really substantial character from the Spencer family tree turned into one of the most inconsequential duds ever! It’s painfully obvious there was no forethought put into Val above and beyond the fact that she would be a prospective homewrecker for the Falconeris. Once she achieved that “scarlet status,” as Dante’s adultress, she was all but gone and forgotten. It seems quite pointless to bring her back now…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

My best wishes to Vinessa Antoine; I’ve loved her as Jordan Ashford since she came on as an undercover in the Jerome crime family. Jordan has become one of my favourite female characters on General Hospital, so it’s sad to know she’ll be going to recurring status next month. However, Ms. Antoine is moving onto bigger and better things, and I wish her all of the best! Hopefully, we can view the series in the States, as well, because I would love to see it!

dmr
dmr

Vinessa, RUN like HELL while you can. The show is a train wreck!

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Joining Michael in-studio as guest co-host was General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos).  The show began with a guest call-in to surprise Laura, which was revealed to be daytime drama icon, and four-time Daytime Emmy winner, Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva) of Guiding Light.  Laura and Kim worked together on the beloved CBS soap where they played sisters.  Kim expressed how much she enjoys checking out General Hospital and the actors performances she has loved watching which included: Max Gail (Mike), and the recently exited Nelle (Chloe Lanier), among others.  Michael, Laura, and Kim bantered on the actresses time on GL and more.

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Michael surprised the listeners with none other than Maurice Benard (Sonny) of General Hospital as the last guest on the show.  Maurice was celebrating his 25th anniversary as Sonny on the ABC daytime drama series.  With Maurice, some of the funniest moments of the night occurred when Jason and Laura recounted what happened the first time they met him.  Maurice also expressed that this past week, he taped some of his most favorite scenes of all-time, and Laura said they have been very emotional.  As announced, look for a special Sonny-centric episode in September in honor of Benard’s 25 years as Port Charles’ top mobster.

Finally, one lucky caller won a pair of tickets to the GH Fantasy Event in Atlanta, Georgia, during our game show trivia segment, when he had the correct answers (with an assist from Jason Thompson) to the questions.

Now, below click on the play button and hear the replay of the Soap Nation Live Season Premiere with Laura Wright, Kim Zimmer, Michael Easton, Stacy Haiduk, Jason Thompson, and Maurice Benard.

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Over the last few days, television news programs have brought to us some heartbreaking, emotional, and uplifting moments from her dear friends: the incomparable Stevie Wonder, who shed tears while speaking of Aretha on the CBS Morning News, and with whom he went to see shortly before she died,  as well as Franklin’s longtime friend, Smoky Robinson, who spoke about his relationship with host Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

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This weekend, several tributes are on tap paying tribute to the mighty Franklin including those on TV One, and on OWN, with Oprah Winfrey’s Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Oprah Interview  tonight at 8PMEST.

But daytime fans were clued in to the fact that Aretha had a passion for the soaps.  She loved The Young and the Restless, and the character of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).  In fact, Aretha was thrilled to be asked to help introduce the Y&R Daytime Drama Series nomination clip package at the Daytime Emmys in 1997.  She expressed why she was superfan of the show: “I watch it in the morning. I watch it when I’m at home. I watch it when I’m in concert. I watch it when I’m asleep …  I watch it!”   And one of the main reasons she loved Y&R, was Victor Newman: “Victor is one of my favorite characters in The Young and the Restless.  I love the way he makes his approach to a woman.  He’s the all-time player.”  The ‘Queen of Soul’ even did her own impersonation of him.

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At the 2005 Daytime Emmys, Aretha presented the Outstanding Drama Series Award alongside Eric Braeden.  It was a thrill for her, and also notable for Braeden as he tweeted about his mishap where he accidentenly said, “God Bless, Eric Braeden,” when he meant to say, “God Bless, Bill Bell”.

Upon learning the news of Franklin’s passing, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Eva Basler (VP Communications for Bell-Phillip Productions and The Bold and the Beautiful) recalled on Twitter: “It was my first year at The Bold and the Beautiful & we were at rehearsals in NYC.  Aretha Franklin was on stage & looked down to the floor & screamed, “RIDGE! THORNE!” excited to see them in the front row. Later, I had the honor of escorting Susan Flannery & her thru the gifting suite.”

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The official show Twitter feed posted: “The cast & crew of The Bold and the Beautiful are sending prayers & good thoughts up to Aretha Franklin & her family. Some of our cast met The Queen of Soul, who is a huge fan of B&B, at Radio City Music in NYC Pictured here with Susan Flannery. We LOVE you Aretha!”

Throughout the last few days so many soap stars have posted their sadness on the loss of Franklin, and what she meant to their lives and to all of ours.

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Then let us know your thoughts on the passing of Aretha, your favorite song of hers, and how wonderful it was to know that this American treasure was actually a soap opera fan, just like so many of you via the comment section below.

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Brown is listed as a series regular for the new season.

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