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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.

su000
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I certainly hope so….Anna never should have been replaced by Jordan, who is the worst and most ineffectual PCPD commish ever!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.

su000
su000

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I wrote 4 messages using Firefox
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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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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Lieu Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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