Vernee Watson’s ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ Picked Up for Full Season at CBS
General Hospital star joins primetime hospital series.
Updated October 23: Soaps.com has great news for viewers who have been enjoying General Hospital’s Vernee Watson (Stella Henry) playing the role of Gloria in Bob Hearts Abishola. CBS has ordered a full-season of the comedy for the 2019 – 2020 broadcast season! The series has averaged well over 7 million viewers and airs Mondays at 8:30 PM.
On May 15, we alerted fans that General Hospital’s Daytime Emmy award-winning actress, Vernee Watson, who plays Stella Henry, has landed another television gig that takes place in a hospital setting, this one in primetime on CBS’s new series, Bob Hearts Abishola. The actress will play the role of Gloria on the new fall comedy from award-winning creator, executive producer and writer Chuck Lorre, which is billed as a love story between a middle-aged businessman from Detroit who sells compression socks for a living and his cardiac nurse, an immigrant from Nigeria. As Bob recovers from a heart attack he becomes determined to win over Abishola’s heart despite her initial disinterest and the differences between them. Billy Goodell (Mike & Molly, Young Sheldon) plays Bob, while Folake Olowofoyeku (Transparent) was cast as Abishola. Other cast includes, Christine Ebersole (Royal Pains, Madame Secretary) as Dottie, Matt Jones (Mom) as Douglas, Maribeth Monroe (The Good Family) as Christine, Shola Adewusi (Emmerdale) as Auntie Olu, Barry Shabaka Henley (Bosch) as Uncle Tunde and Travis Wolfe Jr. (Raven’s Home) as Dele. There is no word yet if Watson’s new primetime role will affect her status at General Hospital.
Vernee Watson, who joined General Hospital in 2013, briefly as a nurse, is no stranger to daytime or to roles in the medical field. She played Birdie on Young and the Restless in 1999, Dr. Ella Kraft on Days of our Lives in 2007, and appeared as a nurse in primetime series such as House, Two and a Half Men, and Young Sheldon. In Watson’s 2019 Daytime Emmy interview backstage, she spoke of being ‘shocked and surprised’ as well as ‘happy and grateful’ to have won her second award in as many years.
Bob Hearts Abishola will air on Monday nights on CBS in the 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM ET time slot beginning in the fall.