In the event you’re a fan of Diggstown, you’ll be glad to know that the present is coming again for a 3rd season. Led by former Basic Hospital star Vinessa Antoine, the present is a Canadian authorized drama.
Vinessa Antoine | Michael Tran/FilmMagicThe actress departed ‘Basic Hospital’ in 2018
Antoine originated the position of Jordan Ashford in 2014 and portrayed the character up till 2018.
She exited Basic Hospital after in accordance with her, the present opted to recast the position as a substitute of letting her play the character whereas she is on Diggstown as effectively. ABC initially stated that Antoine left on her personal accord to pursue the Diggstown pilot. “Vinessa Antoine exercised her pilot out and is selecting to depart the present,” stated the community. “Whereas we’re extremely unhappy to see an actress of her caliber go, we really feel that the character of Jordan Ashford is just too vital to lose and might be recasting the position.”
Antoine disputed this reality in an interview, explaining that she “by no means deliberate to depart the present.” She stated, “I hoped to get to do what the opposite actors get to do…go on a little bit sabbatical. I knew that we have been solely going to be gone for the summer season, so I believed perhaps my character might go away on an undercover mission or fall right into a coma. However that they had different plans, which was out of my management.”
Ashford was recast with Briana Nicole Henry, who’s notably a number of years youthful than Antoine. She is similar age as Tequan Richmond, who’s probably the most notable and recognizable actor to play Jordan’s son, TJ.
She made historical past because the star of ‘Diggstown’
Along with her position Diggstown, Antoine made Canadian tv historical past. Her lead position marked the primary time Black lady has headlined a drama sequence within the nation. The present facilities on Antoine’s character Marcie Diggs, who’s a authorized help lawyer.
RELATED: ‘Basic Hospital’: How Maurice Benard was ‘Blown Away’ by On-Display Son Dominic Zamprogna When He Began
She spoke in regards to the significance of her position and this feat in an interview with The TV Watercooler. “There have been two points [at the time],” she stated. “I cherished that she was a surfer. I hadn’t actually seen a variety of attorneys who surfed on TV earlier than. Particularly black ladies. In order that was type of cool. The second was that I used to be actually curious about telling tales from that narrative of a black lady who lived in Canada. We hadn’t actually seen that earlier than. Particularly one from Nova Scotia.” After its debut on CBC, BET+ picked up the rights of Diggstown for airing in the US.
Deadline reported Tuesday that Diggstown, together with one other CBC sequence known as Burden of Reality, had been renewed. Burden of Reality, in its fourth season, airs on The CW in the US.
“Each Burden of Reality and Diggstown take a look at the authorized world via a definite lens by highlighting systemic corruption, injustice, and discrimination within the authorized system, together with anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism. These two sequence supply a singular tackle the normal crime procedural, and proceed to have interaction audiences throughout the nation every season with sturdy performances and authentic storylines,” stated Sally Catto, Basic Supervisor of Leisure, Factual & Sports activities on the community.
It isn’t identified proper now if the third season of Diggstown will even be on BET+ for U.S. viewers.