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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I certainly hope so….Anna never should have been replaced by Jordan, who is the worst and most ineffectual PCPD commish ever!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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Amanda Setton Cast As GH’s New Brook Lynn Ashton

Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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Networks To Preempt Daytime Programming For Donald Trump Impeachment Hearing Coverage

Just as your favorite soaps are kicking into high gear for November sweeps next week, comes the news that due to the House public impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, daytime programming will endure several pre-mptions starting with the first two on Wednesday November 13th and Friday, November 15th.

CBS was the first network to announce their plans for their extensive coverage, and according to the Washington Post all other networks have followed suit.  By this move by the networks it gives the hearing some extra weight and exposure to the American voters and viewing audience.

So far, leading network coverage for CBS will be reportedly anchored by Norah O’Donnell and for ABC George Stephanopoulos.

On Wednesday, the hearings begin at 10am EST, the second is scheduled for Friday beginning at 11am EST.

William Taylor, the U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine, is scheduled to testify Wednesday and on Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify.

The networks are expecting big numbers for covering the hearings, as they have in the past for impeachment proceedings and hearings.

No word yet how the soaps plan for you to see the episodes that don’t air at their regularly scheduled times, or if it shifts your soap viewing schedule by several days.

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So, what are your thoughts on what the Impeachment hearings could mean for daytime dramas in in the weeks ahead? Comment below.

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Y&R and GH Alum, William Wintersole Dies At 88

For more than 20 years on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, actor William Wintersole played the role of Katherine Chancellor’s (the late Jeanne Cooper) faithful attorney and confidant, Mitchell Sherman.  But tonight, soap fans are learning of Wintersole’s passing on Tuesday the age of 88 due to complications from cancer.

William’s daughter revealed to Deadline that he died at his home in Los Angeles.  Y&R was not the only network soap Wintersole appeared.

General Hospital fans may remember him as WSB Chief Ted Ballantine from 1980-1986 in the heyday of the ABC daytime drama series. Ballantine was the boss of Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) at one time.

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Throughout his career, Wintersole also appeared on primetime series such as:  I Dream of Jeannie, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Quincy, Bonanza, Star Trek and The Fugitive to name just a few.

Wintersole is survived by his life partner, Marlene Silverstein, and daughters Tiffany Harmon and Katherine Ramsey and three granddaughters.

Share your thoughts on the passing of William Wintersole and your remembrances of his performances as Y&R’s Mitchell, or GH’s Ted, via the comment section below.

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