Wishful Casting: Everybody Hates Chris Alum Tequan Richmond as General Hospital's TJ
It appears the General Hospital casting call everyone has been talking about all day is in fact for a TJ recast. According to setside sources, Krys Meyer booked a new gig, which has resulted in the role needing to be recast.
While I will miss Meyer in the role of TJ—I just wrote yesterday in Ratings, Rants and Raves how much the pairing of TJ and Molly (Haley Pullos) had grown on me—the soap must go on! I would love to see Tequan Richmond of Everybody Hates Chris fame assume the role of Sean's (Shawn Butler) mischievous, lovestruck ward.
Richmond, who is now 19, played Drew, the suave, younger brother of the titular Chris (Tyler James Williams) in the long-running sitcom, based on the coming of age of comedian Chris Rock. Since the sitcom wrapped its four-season run on The CW in 2008, Richmond has been pursuing a career in hip-hop, using the moniker T-Rich, while continuing to act in such series as Weeds, Detroit 1-8-7, Private Practice and more.
Anyone who watched this young brutha on Everybody Hates Chris already knows he has acting chops. Richmond's You Tube videos also showcase a certain swagger that has been sorely missing from daytime ever since Shemar Moore left soaps for primetime.
Casting a young rapper/actor who is well known to the black community would also get GH plenty of exposure on the urban blogosphere, and perhaps entice a few young sistahs in the coveted 12-17 demo to tune in!