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SNL's Vanessa Bayer Shows James Franco … The New GH Franco!



If you missed that ever so cute tweet from Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer the other day, we have it for you here!  As viewers know former General Hospital guest star, James Franco (Ex-Franco) co-hosted this past Saturday’s episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

This past weekend, Vanessa tweeted a picture of her and James looking at Roger Howarth as the new Franco on GH!  Howarth became the new Franco after he could no longer play the character of Todd Manning due to the legal issues and dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Bayer tweeted, “Showing Franco the new Franco! @JamesFrancoTV @GeneralHospital #GHsuperfan”  And in a response, GH head writer Ron Carlivati tweeted back, “Hi, Vanessa. Please tell Mr. Franco he’s welcome back anytime to do the Battle of the Francos!”

So, what did you think of the image of Franco seeing Franco?  Would you like to see a story where James Franco returns to GH, and somehow there is a story arc between the two Francos?  Comment below!

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Yeah more Franco vs. Franco
more CARtoons!


Yes! I would love to see them both on there. Both are great actors! What a show it would be!


Ha ha! Tweets, I am pretty sure Vinman was kidding.


No thanks. Not a fan of James Franco and not a fan of Franco, the character. I wish Roger would have been attached to the Quartermaines or even the Spencers, somehow?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ive long said RH shouldve played Jimmy Lee’s son that wouldve tied him to the Qs…maybe there is still a chance of that happening…if we are suppose to believe the masks stories, why not have him think he is Franco when he really is a Q???


I wanted Jimmy Lee and Celia back in the Q house for a long time. Yes Roger could be Jimmy’s son. If James Franco came back to wrap up that character it frees up Roger to be someone else and they could write a story to explain it pretty easily.

Nick D.

Haha love the tweet and Ron’s response but the ONLY way I would accept a “battle of the Francos” is if Roger were revealed not as Franco but as…. Todd! Of course that would entail the end of the lawsuit.

In the meantime, the whole identity of the Franco character (between all the parentage retcons and the Howarth character switch) is convoluted enough without doing a Two Franco thing. Three Lukes is enough right now haha!

4ever DAYS

I think it’s great that General Hospital is getting exposure on SNL, but where’s the love for Days of our Lives? Maybe SNL…an NBC show…will do something big for DAYS’ 50th!

4ever DAYS

They can do a sketch titled “Days of our Saturday Night Live(s)!

Nick D.

I think this was the actress’ own idea/tweet, not SNL’s. However, I agree NBC should do all they can to promote DAYS!


Well, it’s because Franco appeared on SNL and he’s played a character on GH.

PV Jr.

Franco is a cancer and so is the character of “Franco” on GH. It was not needed and now this poor show is STUCK with this horrible sociopath of a character.

I am tired of his face even more so after he poked fun at the Sony breach (for a cheap laugh on SNL) while THOUSANDS of SSNs of employees past and present (not to mention those belonging to dependants of said employees), performance reviews, 401K and healthcare information, emails, home addresses, phone numbers, etc. is all up for grabs – his included.

But when you make millions I guess you do not have to worry about that. Go ahead, James, LAUGH IT UP! 🙁

Mary SF

Sure why not, we can just say Helene brainwashed nuFranco to think he was the real Franco and nuFranco could really be Jason and Billy Miller is really AJ. On this show identities are very flexible.


LOL, Mary SF! “identities are very flexible!” I actually love Roger’s Franco…I think he has more humanity than Sonny, Ava and Julian combined at this point. But if it had gone differently I think he would have made a great nuJason…and Billy a great AJ. (that’s of course only if my much-missed Sean Kanan couldn’t come back.)


Now, that would be entertainment !!!
I would have a great time watching two Francos facing off..
That would be a great time..

James Franco would be a short stay so it would be over quickly, but fun!!
the publicly for GH would be very beneficial, for all ..

(but– it will never happen.. only a dumbass would believe it would happen LOL ..


In a word, no. I would not like to see two Francos. There’s enough of that going around.


C’mon Harry..
It is not about seeing two Francos..
It is;
Roger Howarth and James Franco, the two facing off.. I can’t even imagine how earthshaking that would be !!!!!

Both are great stars/actors and for any soap to have two great ones as Roger and James in a story on screen, is phenomenal ..!!!



jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

You wouldnt see two Francos…RH would really be someone else…a Q?


hey jimh…maybe we’d find out Jason and Franco really were twins…and Roger’s Franco really is Jason (saved at Crichton and brainwashed to think he’s Franco)…then James Franco would be the real Franco…and Billy would be AJ. Hahahhahha…the hilarious but oh-so-sad truth is they could really pull this off! (if they wanted to but that’s in the what-if category James Franco came back for a stint.)


RC should show Vanessa Bauer the love and invite her too she’s the one tweeting clout the 2 Franco’s and stop the butt kissing of James Franco!


meant to say Vanessa bayer she’s the one tweeting n show her the love and stop being so desperate to get James Franco to do GH again, his buddies JFP & Stevie burton will play their bff card n have Franco guest star on y&r before he does GH agian work on showing genie Francis some love n let’s see Laura!


Missing #Toddmanning #OLTL


Cute and I’m all for it! I love James Franco. But GH had better think this one through and make sure they do it right without destroying the character!


James Franco is way too busy to come to GH even for a week even for a day lol, not going to happen..
but-it would be great fun!!


GH is a joke and the show is the worst show on tv.It should be canceled.


As much as I belly ache about some GH stories, the last thing I want is for it be cancelled. And it has been more interesting lately.
I am still missing OLTL and AW. I missed AMC long before ABC pulled the plug on it because it bore no semblance to its former self.


Cute scene of her showing him Roger portraying Franco. I guess he doesn’t own a TV – lol. I don’t think James should re-appear on GH, but if he and/or SNL would invite Roger to do a skit – that would be the best!




Please – No James Franco at GH! Once was too much! ug! Like him on the first Spiderman, hated him on GH.


I watched a little bit today and James Franco’s mother was on. Watching her try to act was as painful as listening to Maxie’s vocal fry.

PV Jr.

Not wanting to post here, but wanted to let you guys know that Rick Springfield just announced he has joined season two of TRUE DETECTIVE.

bubba colvin

that be awesome? but who would let be real franco? i say you let james be the real deal franco and that Roger Howarth is really todd manning trying be franco or that france brain wash todd

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GH’s Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Talk Their Love Connection & The Demands Of Daytime

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After presenting for the first time together, at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys since they’ve been a couple, Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter aka Henrik) of General Hospital have certainly been in the throes of a romantic, fun, and cherished relationship. The two former stars of Guiding Light reconnected last year at Emmy time. Now, sharing their over one year anniversary, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Laura and Wes to get some insight into what makes their relationship work amidst the hustle and bustle, and pace of both being on a network television daytime drama series, and with the pressures of Hollywood where often relationships between two actors seem to start hot and heavy but then fizzle out.

If you caught this week’s GH, you witnessed that the town of Port Charles has found out that Peter is the notorious Cesar Faison’s son, and the ramifications that will be felt for weeks and months and potentially years to come. Meanwhile, Carly is in all sorts of trouble, thanks to naughty Nelle (Chloe Lanier). Nelle is making Carly look awfully unstable and what happens next could change Carly’s life forever.

So, what do these two lovebirds have to say about their relationship and their passion for working on the soaps? Check out what they had to share below. 

Wes, you had met Laura originally years ago on Guiding Light.

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Wes: Yes, 15 years ago in New York.

And what did you think of her then?

Wes: Well, I was smitten, but I had to keep it to myself.

You had to keep it under wraps, huh?

Wes: Yep!

Laura: I was married then.

Wes: She was pregnant with her second child.

Laura: And he’s a good Kentucky boy.

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Wes: Uh-huh! But we would run lines in the green room and I would try very hard to make sure she didn’t catch me staring at her… too often. But we laughed, and had great conversation.

Laura: I would always say, “Wes, will you run lines with me?,” because I would want to run my lines.

Wes: We never had story together, but she always knew I was game to hang out with her for a moment.

It’s good when you’re in a relationship with someone and you can laugh with them. You seem to be able to do that a lot!

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Laura: Oh, gosh. I think that’s all we do.

Wes: Yes, yes, yes, yes…

Laura: Like, we belly laugh. It gets to the point where people would think we were ridiculous. We’ll say things and just think it’s the funniest thing ever and people would be like, “You guys have a problem …” and we’re like, “Yeah.” (Laughs)

Laura, and then he comes back into your life years later…

Wes: That’s right, it was Emmy weekend 2017.

Laura: I totally was not expecting it at all. Even when I gave him my number I walked away going “huh…”

You mean you thought he wouldn’t call?

Laura: No, I didn’t feel that… because he hit on me hard. He’ll tell you that.

Wes: I still am hitting on her.

Laura: I remember I walked away quick after he got my number. I was like, “Oh, my God … I gotta go.”


Wes: There was an assertiveness on my part that was for sure 15 years in the making. I did not expect to run into her. I also did not expect for her to tell me that she was recently single. In that split second, it was one of those, “stop the presses!” moments. Like, you need to give me your number, I’m taking you to dinner.

Laura: I go, “Oh, be quiet! Are you like, 32, because I can’t do that.” (Laughs)

Wes: And I said, “Far from it.”

Laura: He’s like, “I’m getting ready to be 40.” And I’m like, “I can do that!”

Then, on top of all of this, Wes, you land a primo role on General Hospital. That of Henrik aka Peter, Cesar Faison’s son.

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Wes: Yes, a dream come true.

Laura: I’m going to jump in and say it’s a role that he worked all on his own for. He had to screen test against 8 plus guys, 3 different auditions, 2 different days.

Wes: That’s true.

Laura: I can’t say strong enough that the best actor got the role. Meaning, Wesley is so talented and has the ability to give this character the depth, and emotion, and layers that it needs to tell the story that needs to be told. I just think he’s incredible.

So, did you know from the get-go who you were going to be playing?

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Wes: I did not.

Laura: I did! (Laughs)

Wes: I’m thrilled that the writers have been giving me such incredible material to dive into.   Each month that goes by, it becomes more and more complex, and more and more layered and intense. I love the depth… I love the conflicts… I love the humanity… I love the desperation… I love the psychology behind it. It’s a very interesting story and a great journey to tell.

Laura: I was getting ready to say, where you mentally have to go to be the son of Faison and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)! To blend that together is amazing. It’s incredible to watch.

You used to run lines together on Guiding Light. Do you run lines together now on GH? It’s like a full circle moment.

Laura: We do, and we carpool.

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Wes: Something we were trying to manifest together. We thought it would be a lot of fun to work together one day.

Laura: The last week we worked, we didn’t. He worked all afternoon. I worked all morning. I was like, “Are they doing this on purpose?” I was so mad! I was like, “Why are you in the afternoon everyday?” (Laughs)

Wes: She lost her chauffeur. (Laughs)

Laura: I did! He always drives us to work. I also love when we both have afternoon calls, because we love having mornings together. So, I didn’t get my morning, nor did I have my chauffeur!

So, two actors can have a good relationship? You see so many Hollywood relationships with actors and they go bust. But that’s not always the case …

Wes: Oh, my God, yes.

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Laura: I’m going to say this; I think I can see it being more difficult for daytime

actors, because the work we do is so intense. I know the weeks he’s getting ready to go into, and I’m getting ready to go into. Where we go emotionally and psychologically to tell these stories, on the level that we tell them, as quick as we tell them, you kind of have to become really in a headspace. The fact that we can …

Wes: … the long hours …

Laura: Yes, and exhaustion! You really have to go, “Wow! It’s not about me right now. It’s about us individually as actors.” Thank God, we know the workload. I know what he’s getting ready to go through.

Wes: I have always had so much respect for Laura’s work. On Guiding Light, I’ve always been in awe of what she’s capable of doing. So, the level of respect is obviously there. But also, the understanding whatever it is that you need from a personal assistant in one moment… or a life partner in another moment … or a best friend in moment … or whatever it is in order to get through the day-to-day and the week-to-week, so we can do what we love to do. We know we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love.

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Laura was such a great co-host on my Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nomination Specials, in particular when she talks about acting. It’s so rewarding to hear the other actors who are guests on the show listening to what Laura has to say about her craft and respecting the hell out of her.

Wes: Without a doubt. You can’t watch her work and not be in awe. It speaks for itself.

Laura: I just love the journey of going to the places that we go; to bleed for it.

Wes: Leave it all out on the floor.

Laura: I know that process. So, when I see another actor that’s bleeding, I just bow to them, because I know what it takes to go there. I know the work that Wesley does. When I see that he’s spent at the end of the day, I’m like, “Babe, I so get it.” So, I can see where it could be really difficult for people that haven’t been there, because it’s a lot of work and you’re spent. It’s hard! For us, that works.

What do you think of Laura and Wes’ love connection? What do you think of the latest developments for GH’s Carly and Henrik? Comment below.

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2018 Conclusion: Anna Learns Henrik Is Her Son, Maxie Has Her Son, Ava Wows, Mike & Sonny Duet!

In the most moving and exciting episode of this 2018 GH Nurses’ Ball, all roads lead to the truth about Henrik and how he is really living his life as none other than Peter August (Wes Ramsey).  First, Robert (Tristan Rogers) who has punched out by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) on stage drags him outside of the ballroom for his part in the cover[up.  Robert is worried about Anna’s (Finola Hughes) safety. Nina (Michelle Stafford) confronts her husband about how long he’s known who Henrik is.  She later figures out why he has been trying to whisk her and Charlotte out of the country.


Onstage Mike (Max Gail) takes a mic, and makes a moment of saying he has Alzheimer’s and then launches into the song he remembers,“The Summer Wind.” As he sings, he imagines being accompanied by a big band as he proceeds to deliver a showstopper.  Suddenly, in reality, Mike is lost and disoriented … scared he stares around at the audience.  Sonny (Maurice Benard) gets up to the stage to help his dad by cluing him into the lyrics.  Sonny sings with Mike and gets him through the song.  They receive a standing ovation.

Ava (Maura West) who is preparing to perform her number comes across a moment between Kiki (Hayley Erin) and Griffin (Matt Cohen) backstage where they are in a hug.  Little does Ms. Jerome know that Griffin was consoling Kiki after her lewd run-in with Dr. Bensch (James DePaiva).   Then it is Maura West, who truly brings down the house for this year’s ball with her Ava’s rendition of “You Don’t Own Me.”  That tune was certainly a nod to all those that Ava feels have wronged her.  Yup! Sonny, Griffin and Kiki we think are some on her list!   Dressed in a white pant suit and accompanied by a bevy of male dancers, West knocked the interpretation of the song out of the park, to make it work for her character and the Nurses’ Ball.


Elsewhere, Maxie (Kristen Storms) has gone into labor, and Peter is right there safely delivering her baby boy. Maxie is taken by paramedics to the hospital, while Peter calls Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) at Maxie’s urging to let him know what happened.  Spinelli has just found out, through Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) that Peter is Henrick!

Anna is walking into a trap on the pier as she waits for Henrick. When he appears, he has no idea that Anna is his mother, and thinks it’s all been a set-up.  He points a gun to eliminate her once and for all, but Anna says she has something to tell him.

The Nurses’ Ball concludes with a touching finale of “Champion” featuring: Epiphany (Sonya Eddy), Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Amy (Risa Dorken) and the other nurses.

So, what did you think of the final episode of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2018?  What did you think of the musical performances? Do you think Maxie’s baby will be OK? Will Anna be able to tell Henrik that she is his mom? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ryan Paevey Sends Out Touching Tweet On The Birth Of His TV Son On General Hospital!

On yesterday’s GH, viewers saw the tender moment when Maxie (Kirsten Storms) delivered her baby, who is the bio-son of her late husband, Nathan West.

When Maxie finds out she had a boy to carry on the legacy of her beloved husband, she is overcome.

Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan), who left the series earlier this year, took to Twitter upon seeing the episode and the image of the little baby that is his on-screen offspring.

He expressed: “Welcome to the world, little one …. it’s a scary place sometimes, and i so wish i could have been there to show you all the good stuff. Your mother loves you,and will take care of you and teach you …. watch out for her her for me will ya?”

Aaawww.  So many GH fans have been touched by the gesture, and how nice it is that it makes the whole journey and end of Nathan’s West story heartbreaking and bittersweet.

Were you touched by Ryan’s tweet?  Missing him on GH? Comment below

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