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I certainly hope so….Anna never should have been replaced by Jordan, who is the worst and most ineffectual PCPD commish ever!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

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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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TODAY: Mom and Son Duo, GL’s Kim Zimmer & ‘Animal Kingdom’s’ Jake Weary Live In Virtual Conversation

The Zimmer/Weary family is one talented bunch.  As daytime fans know, multi-Daytime Emmy winner is best known and beloved for her role as Reva Shayne on Guiding Light.

Kim’s husband, A.C. Weary is an actor and a director as well, and their son, Jake Weary has been making quite a name for himself in primetime television roles and his burgeoning music career.

Now today in a very special conversation, mother and son join Alan Locher for a livestream conversation in his Locher Room on You Tube.

The interview and discussion happens today, Friday April 10th begining 5PMEST/2PMPST.

In addition, Jake’s latest music video for his song, “Mist of the Pine” is  debuting today and fans will get an inside look into that, and more about his role on Animal Kingdom where he stars as Deran Cody plus more of his upcoming projects.

So will you be checking out the conversation livestream with Kim and Jake today? Let us know via the comment section below.

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‘Edge of Night’ Mainstay Forrest Compton Dies Following Complications From COVID-19

Sad news to report this Monday.  The longtime star of CBS’ and then ABC’s The Edge of Night, Forrest Compton. has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Forrest died on Sunday at the age of 94.

His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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Sharon Gabet who starred as Raven on Edge of Night, posted on Facebook, a tribute and remembrance of her former co-star: “Woody, as he was affectionately known to all of us on The Edge of Night, was a master professional, hilarious, smart, kind and gentle. I spoke with him a couple years ago on his birthday and he was active and happy in his retirement. Rest in peace, Woody, and give hugs and kisses to Larkin, Lois, Dennis, Nick, Joel, Irving and all the other EDGE alumni up there.  THE story about Woody. He was on EON when they were LIVE. It was brutal, but Woody was one of the best “straight face” men in the business. So he is doing a scene with Nancy his wife (the glorious Ann Flood – another “straight face” master). He walks in the kitchen and sits down and his line was supposed to be “Gee, it’s hard to get up in the morning.” as Nancy gave him his coffee. Instead, Mike Karr says on national TV, “Gee it’s hard to get IT up in the morning, Nancy.” There was pandemonium among the crew during the commercial break as you can imagine.”

Now below, watch the opening title sequence fro the The Edge of Night over the years, many of which feature Forrest as Mike Karr at the very opening or at the end as one of the series most well-known and beloved characters.

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Then, share your condolences and remembrances on the passing of Forrest Compton in the comment section.

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EMPIRE’s Final Season Cut Short Due To COVID-19; Series Finale Now Set For April 21

Will we now ever know just how the lives of Empire’s Lucious  (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and their dysfunctional family will resolve now that the series has had to scrap two of their planned episodes in their final season?  The sixth and final season was scheduled to run for a total of 20 episodes.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production shutdown left them with only 18 episodes tht could be completed.

That means, as first announced during last night’s episode of Empire via voice-over: “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of ‘Empire,’”  that reveal let viewers of Empire know there was change in plans.”  Now, the shortened season and series finale end on FOX on April 21st.

Reports also note that episode 19 was partially shot and that footage of that unfinished episode will be cut into the finale.

As to what happens with the character of Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett, who everyone knows ran into significant trouble with the law; on last reports executives said he would not be back for the final episodes of the series, although there has still have been mentions of the character throughout season 6.

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Come April 21st, there still may be more Empire in our future, if  FOX executives decide to greenlight a potential spinoff headlined Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; that first came to light earlier this year in January as being in heavy discussions.

So, what do you think of how Empire will wrap-up after 6 seasons? Do you feel short-changed, or glad they are trying to work in everything they shot to deliver some kind of series finale for fans of the primetime soap? Comment below.

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