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Vinessa Antoine Reveals She And General Hospital Have Parted Ways; After Landing Primetime Series Lead

After the fantastic bit of casting news for actress Vinessa Antoine  (Jordan Ashford) over the weekend, today, via her social media accounts, Vinessa has addressed her future with General Hospital.

As viewers know, Vinessa has been cast as the drama series lead in the new CBC production of Diggstown, and it is groundbreaking making her the first black actress to star in a series on the legendary Canadian broadcasting network,   Originally it was presumed that Antoine would go recurring on GH, while she was away filming, but that is not the case as she revealed in her heartfelt message today.  She and GH have mutually parted ways.

Vinessa’s statement: “There are so many people that God put into place who are directly and indirectly responsible for my time at General Hospital.  You know who you are. I thank you. I came into this world as an artist. My job is to create and inspire. I hope that I did that a little in playing #JordanAshford.

I believe that I have taken her as far as I can.  To clarify, as negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her.

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With that, we decided to mutually part ways.  It’s time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television. I’m grateful to assist in that by starting this new chapter in my journey. I hope you’ll all come along. I feel blessed. Be well. xo”

An ABC rep told Soap Opera Digest that the role of Jordan is being recast.

So what do you think of Vinessa leaving GH for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below and let’s wish her much success!

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Jimh
Jimh

Wish her the best but i never cared much about the character that never grew on me…i do not like the way they written the commish and her involvement in every crime scene…also tired of how anyone can just walk into the jail…and how patients can walk into any doctors office and can be seen in the snap of a finger…and that you can see any doctor who seems to specialize in everything medical…it may be a soap but they still need some reality in their stories…just like Days…Kayla is the Chief Of Staff and the Go To Doctor for all things medical-unbelievable!!!!

JayDogg
JayDogg

Well that casting that went out for a “new” black female character in her 30’s was clearly for a recast of her role..I wish her the best of luck 🙂

Edmund
Edmund

Why are all these actors and actresses quitting on every soap?I think everyone better be prepared for cancellation of 3 soaps next year.I do not see good news out of all these resignations.The fall of 2019 will leave us with one soap.The young and the restless will continue on cbs for years to come.Last year cbs gave only a 2 year renewal for the talk,the game shows and bold and beautiful.Cbs wants to put all news on all day long in the fall of 2019.This will cost nothing.Remember this fall abc replaces the chew with good afternoon america,which will be about trump everyday.Nbc will do the same thing in the fall of 2019.All of daytime will be the election of 2020.The networks know that the next election will be more fighting.The democrats like kamala harris,corey booker,elizabeth warren and eric holder need extensive coverage non stop to defeat trump.Also, trump will again be having rallies 3 times a week for a year.Both sides will be could for ratings.I’m sorry that this will occur.However,we always will have you tube to watch old episodes.I knew 35 years ago that the young and the restless would be the only show to survive in the future.It was the only show that had a completely different look and style.Nbc and abc would not copy Y&R.They ruined all the shows by not doing what the best soap did.Incidently,bold and beautiful will be picked up by a foreign country.However,the cast members will have to decide if they want to travel and live in either ITALY OR MONACO.

Celia
Celia

Gee, Edmund….you cheered me right up!!

Michael
Michael

I wish her well in this new endeavor, but I wasn’t a fan of the Jordan character.

Rodd
Rodd

Sad to see her go. Hope she does well in other projects. All the best, Vinessa!

Jeremy
Jeremy

A true class act. I knew from day 1 when Vinessa Antoine debuted on GH, I felt she’d go far. Fantastic actress and I wish her the best for her Canadian show, super amazing! She did her thing on GH, and I hope they have a loving send-off with her and TJ, especially. I loved her portrayal. I hope GH will send her off better than they did with Dominic. Vinessa is moving onward and upward, I’m so pleased with her. And, appreciative of her acting chops – will miss her scenes mostly with TJ. (which were so sporadic, and that’s a other story).

fginaspy
fginaspy

I wish VA nothing but the best. She is a true talent. She will be missed from the canvas. I look forward to seeing her in future projects.

Linda
Linda

she is such a good actress I hate to see her go but realize she feels the need to move on and wish her well.

Christine Kaufman
Christine Kaufman

Hey Vinessa!! I met you a few times and i felt very comfortable with you. Im so happy of your new journey and i will stand proud along with you.

Satan
Satan

Well, I guess that clears up the question of what role GH was casting a couple weeks back. The character description sounded like Jordan, though a lot of people suspected it might be this mystery woman Aunt Stella keeps calling on the phone.

Guess we know now.

Best of luck to Vinessa in the future, as she’s apparently making a bit of Canadian history with this role. Unfortunately, we don’t get CBC here in Hell, so I’ll probably not have the opportunity to see her new show. She will be missed around Port Charles.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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