General Hospital spoilers reveal the revolving door turns once again. This time it spins for Vinessa Antoine (aka Jordan Ashford) to make her exit. She’s not only moving to primetime but she is about to make Canadian TV history by doing so!
Fans won’t see Antoine as a regular cast member on General Hospital in her role as PCPD Chief once she starts shooting her new show next month. The new series title seems to mirror her character’s name, Diggstown. She’ll play Marcie Diggs, a highly accomplished lawyer.
General Hospital Star Makes Canadian TV History
GH spoilers promise Antoine will leave Port Charles as Jordan and turn up with our neighbors to the north in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This is the setting for the new show. Her role comes with the backstory of the character making a move from being a top corporate lawyer to providing legal aid to the less fortunate.
This role will make the General Hospital actress part of Canadian TV history, according to Michael Fairman. She will be the “first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.”
From Port Charles to Diggstown
General Hospital spoilers reveal the show starts shooting in August. That means Antoine steps off as a Port Charles regular after dwelling in the fictional town since 2014. Diggstown is due to air in the fall. The Toronto Star recently talked to the actress about her future role.
Antoine said: “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.” She went on to say what happened to bring the character to a career in legal aid.
Antoine goes on to explain the character’s backstory. She said, “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.”
GH Star and Kerry Washington Have Something in Common
The Toronto Star suggests that Canada is just now catching up with the US with this television first. In America, back in 2012, Kerry Washington made TV history. She was “the first black American to lead a prime-time network drama in four decades” when she stepped into her role of Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal.
Before that, the site said it was 1974 when a black female star last featured in a primetime network show. That was Get Christie Love! starring Teresa Graves. Though it aired for only one season, it made its mark in TV history. Like Vinessa Antoine’s show, it was a legal drama.
Soap Dirt congratulates Vinessa Antoine on her new role and for making TV history. Check back with Soap Dirt often for more General Hospital spoilers and news.