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Y&R's Michelle Stafford Becomes Social Media Ambassador for The ACM Awards This Weekend!

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In another great show of synergy, CBS  is utilizing the talents of The Young and the Restless, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) as the very special Social Media Ambassador during Sunday night’s upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) special on CBS and throughout the weekend!  This is a perfect extra gig for Michelle, as we know she loves Country music, plus she gets to head to Las Vegas where the award ceremony is being held!

Look for Michelle, during the weekend and throughout the live broadcast of the awards show, as viewers will get to see her interviewing performers and nominees; go backstage; watch rehearsals and hit the red carpet, all at the CBS website.

What you need to do to be part of the action,  is follow Michelle on Twitter to get all the real-time tweets and special coverage. Go to @TheRealStafford.  The ACM awards air this Sunday April 7 at 8 pm EST on CBS.

Stafford’s appearance is part of  #CBSTweetWeek whick kicks-off today Thursday, April 4 though Wednesday, April 10, with CBS Television Network’s biggest stars and creative talent signing on to chat live with fans. This #CBSTweetWeek, fans will have direct access to talent from their favorite primetime shows plus, for the first time, stars from CBS’s top-rated daytime lineup will also participate. In addition, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network analysts will be tweeting live during the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four and Championship game, and Academy of Country Music Awards social media ambassador Michelle Stafford from Y&R will provide live updates from the special in Las Vegas.

#CBSTweetWeek will be hosted in the CBS Connect Lounge on CBS.com where fans can attend a virtual lounge and chat live with CBS stars, producers and creative talent. Many stars will be tweeting during the East Coast broadcasts of their respective programs and taking fan questions, posting photos and videos, sharing insights on the making of the episodes, offering commentary, and more.  In the lounge, fans will also be able to follow conversation streams related to their favorite CBS shows and chat live with other fans.

To participate, fans can visit the CBS Connect Lounge on CBS.com, which is also optimized for access via mobile devices, and log in with their Twitter accounts to pose questions to CBS stars and talent during the scheduled times detailed below. Fans can also join the conversation on Twitter by following the show-specific hashtags listed below, #CBSTweetWeek, or by tweeting the talent’s Twitter handle when submitting questions directly from Twitter.

Now below check out a little video from Michelle promoting her being named Social Media Ambassador for the ACM’s! Will you be following updates from Michelle Stafford this weekend? Let us know!

 

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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.

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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Lauralee Bell On Her 35th Anniversary With Y&R: “My Hope For Cricket Is To Smile The Way She Used To & Chill Whenever Possible.”

Congratulations are in order this Sunday to Lauralee Bell who is celebrating her 35th anniversary with The Young and the Restless.  Hard to believe, it’s been 35 years since the perils of a young Cricket became front and center and those young love stories with Danny (Michael Damian), Phillip (Thom Bierdz) and eventually, Paul ( Doug Davidson).

As Cricket matured, so to was the decision to now call the character by her birth name, Christine.  After all, she became quite the legal eagle! For over three and a half decades with time-off in between, Lauralee has shared memorable storylines with the amazing Tricia Cast, and the late Jeanne Cooper as Nina and Katherine, and let’s not forget Michael Baldwin, played by Christian LeBlanc, to name just a few/

In a few tweets on Sunday, Lauralee acknowledged the day stating: “We all couldn’t do what we love to do without the viewers so thanks to them!”  She followed that up with a tweet filled with photos of herself and her co-stars throughout the years ,and some self-effacing humor stating: “Wasn’t going to post for YR anniversary, because I’m not one to put attention on me but no denying these people have made my life better. Thanks to crew & fans and my hope for Cricket is to smile the way she used to & chill whenever possible”

As viewers know, Lauralee is the daughter of Y&R creators, the late, great Bill Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell.  We are sure Bill is smiling today for Lauralee and proud of this accomplishment.

Share your congrats for Lauralee on this milestone via the comment section below.  Then let us know your most memorable or favorite Cricket/Christine moment on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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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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  • Jeremy: “A true class act. I knew from day 1 when Vinessa Antoine debuted on GH, I felt she'd go…
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