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Ashley Jones Back To General Hospital!

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Photo Credit: HutchinsPhoto.com

Pristina fans, some news you have been waiting for!

Ashley Jones (Parker) confirmed via her Twitter account that she is back on set at General Hospital, filming new episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

The official GH Twitter account first posted a photo of her and her co-star Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina).

GH related: “Oh hey, Ashley Jones, Funny seeing you here. #ParkersBack”

Ashley then added in her own tweet: ” Good to be back in Port Charles.”

So, excited to see Parker back in Kristina’s orbit? What do you hope happens next in their relationship? Comment below!

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robbie
robbie

Personally, would rather see Aaron back in the mix, but if it gets me some Lexi scenes, I’m happy.

Patrick
Patrick

I believe this.

just a happy trio… oy : Kristina / Parker / Aaron. till Kristina makes that decision

just a fun loving trio who are not bogged down by any thing or “any one” in all of Port Charles.

isn’t that a relief. PLUS this trio ALL have acting skill

bring this back long term… so we can forget about the NUmob.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I also liked Aaron. However, as someone who works in higher education, I can’t tell you how distasteful it is to see a storyline where a professor sleeping with a student is treated like a grand romance. In the real world, this is called sexual harassment, and university employees (especially instructors at ALL levels – even grad students) have to go thru seminars before stepping foot in the classroom that will outline the HUGE conflicts of interest that even the *suggestion* of a relationship could cause.

Brenda
Brenda

I think it’s an interesting storyline line for Kristina & Parker let it ride…

Sandy
Sandy

I really don’t want to see a connection as I don’t see any chemistry berween them. She is too old for her and not a great actress. I would rather not see her back as too many actors come and go just for a limited number of episodes. Slow down the returns and give the seasoned actors the best storyline. This is what keeps viewers watching for years.

Carrie
Carrie

Yes, Parker and Kristina look like they could be mother and daughter. I was happy when this story dropped away.

Shay
Shay

Perhaps that’s the point, Carrie…Krissie’s sudden crush on Parker after having been involved with and even previously married to only males always screamed “Mommy issues” to me. We never saw any indication prior to this storyline that the character had any attraction whatsoever to females when she was mixing within her own peer group as a teenager….this sudden switch came out of nowhere in the form of a sensational storyline centered around Professor Parker and why this angle was never explored is beyond me. If Krissie had been doing the dirty with an older male college instructor, you can bet your sweet tea that it would have been termed an indicator of a “Daddy Issue,” and the ever-hypocritical Alexis would probably have been the first to throw shade at Sonny over it.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

The older woman thing was a boring and somewhat ridiculous storyline. I thought the young guy Aaron seemed to portray a character that would be kept around. No need to put Ashley on the GH payroll, at least from this viewer’s perspective…

jaybird369
jaybird369

Carrie…EXACTLY!!!!! A-n-d…this time, the story needs to DROP AWAY…FOREVER!!!!!

Take care.

Harry
Harry

I cannot help but feel that Kristina is trying on lesbianism as one would try on a new Hermes scarf. This storyline certainly doesn’t resonate with reality the way Bianca Kane’s did on All My Children.
Also, if Parker were a man they’d be calling him a sexual predator. Anytime a professor makes a move on a student, it’s pushing the boundaries because the professor is in a position of authority. It’s clear Kristina is troubled and that she has issues as she always seems to be in a state of petulant histrionics. For Parker to put the moves on this troubled young student of hers is all kinds of wrong.
Here’s a story which thinks it’s being politically correct but which is actually the anti thesis to being politically correct.

JK
JK

AGREE…LETS GET SOME NEW INTERESTING STORYLINES…..THIS IS ANOTHER ONE TO RECORD AND FAST FORWARD…….

Shay
Shay

I’m with you on this one, Sandy…The current Kristina with anyone is not my cup of tea, but the age difference between these two characters is far too great and really does not make for a very inspiring coupling by any stretch of the imagination. Why this storyline is even back as a retread is really mystifying when the Aaron aspect to Krissie’s relationship roulette was never played out to a logical conclusion. Moreover, I’m still not accepting this particular actress in the role of Sonny’s daughter…I would like to see the former one back in the role…she was much more appealing in personality and totally sizzled with her co-stars, albeit they were all males back then….LOL. For that reason alone, it would be most interesting to see how she would portray this character now…..

Steve
Steve

Lexi Ainsworth assumed the role of Kristina after the character was SORASed in 2009. She played her until her contract was not renewed (under JFP/Wolf). Her youthful appearance may have made it hard to put her in romantic situations (such as her flirtation with Ethan).

FV cast Lindsey Morgan as Kristina in 2012. Many viewers made note of the strange chemistry between her and MB, She might have got a bum deal with Carlivati’s “Mob Princess” reality show storyline followed by the Connie/Trey (mother/son) relevation. Shortly after Trey’s death, Kristina unceremoniously slithered off to college.

Ainsworth resumed the role in 2015 and won an Emmy this year.

Shay
Shay

@Steve….For me, it’s never been the “youthful appearance” that doesn’t work…it’s the attitude, the personality…I just cannot get over the obstinate, wicked child vibe that the current actress brings to the role….I felt the same way the first time around with her and the ensuing years did not make a whit of difference in how I perceive her as this character, regardless of storylines, Emmy, whatever…With Lindsey Morgan, the rebellious nature was still there, but it was sexier and more mature in keeping with the supposed age of the character. Although I never paid that much attention to MB, the “strange chemistry” probably was there as you state because, after all, Sonny is Sonny, but I do know that much like Kelly Monaco, you could see how all the other males appreciated playing off that particular actress. She was the perfect “Mob Princess!”

Soaphound
Soaphound

Shay, I couldn’t agree more. I know there are many Lexifans out there, and I’ll concede she is a decent actress. But that snarky, spoiled brat vibe of hers gets old very quickly and I don’t have the patience for it. And, frankly, Ashley Jones deserves better than a May-December non-romance with this whiner.

Timmm
Timmm

Seems like Frank has coffee with any actor, the actor picks up the tab, Frank says, “What are you doing next Thursday?” AND the actor is booked for a DAY!

Harry
Harry

Stop the presses–I agree with Shay!!! Completely.

Celia
Celia

Yes, Shay, this Kristina does act as the spoiled, privileged daughter of “il padrino”.
But, there’s always a ‘but’, LOL. I thoroughly enjoyed the pent-up anger she regurgitated upon her mother’s deaf ears, and senseless puppy love.
Alexis should have known Julian’s presence would agitate everyone in question, regardless of the fact he is Sam’s father. Actually, coma or not, she could care less.
I agree with you and Soaphound, yes….but, we needed this scene….and, Kristina’s petulance and angst was soooo germane here.

Angelinna
Angelinna

I am so excited, you cannot even imagine! I love so much these two ladies, their chemistry and the story line. I hope Parker stays around, much more than the last time. There is so much potential!! This love story needs to be told, with its ups and downs, like any other.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Angellinna?
This is the first time I’ve ever seen the name with two ens.
Anyway, I would have rather seen this story develop with someone more in line with Kristina’s age….if the story needed to be told, at all.

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

It’s time for Alexis to find solace in Parker’s arms and take her on a wild lesbian ride, GH’s first all girl-mother-daughter triangle. Or maybe she is married to olJason?

Carol
Carol

I like the actress, however, I am not looking forward to the “Parker” story line again. I don’t think she’s the right girl for Kristina at all.

Kat
Kat

I think Parker is definitely right for Kristina. They were amazing together.. The chemistry is undeniable. This happens in every day life. Looking forward to the continuation of these 2 brilliant actresses.

Jackie Meixner
Jackie Meixner

Kat,right on!SOO EXCITED.Thank you GH for bringing back a wonderful actress

Mister Media
Mister Media

I recall this character from, oh, about a year ago in a promising story that was inexplicably dropped like hot rock. The writers didn’t care enough to follow through then, so it’s hard for me to care now…..

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

Bingo!

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

don’t care at all

Pri
Pri

Fans have waited a whole year for Parker to make her return. So happy Pristina will be back! I love their relationship because it is so complicated. The best ones always are. Clearly, Kristina has feelings for Parker which are still unresolved. I hope GH gives them the air time they so deserve. Both Ashley and Lexi are phenomenally talented and have amazing chemistry together. Hoping Parker is back for good and not just swinging by again.

Kat
Kat

I agree with you. They have fantastic chemistry and bringing more awareness in every day issues that people desk with. They both did an outstanding job portraying their characters. Definitrky waited far too long for GH to wake up and bring this SL upfront and center. Too many unanswered questions and it’s time to resume their attraction & journey together.

Jimh
Jimh

Whatever happened to that young guy Kristina was seeing before…the one who showed interest in Sonny…and is Oscar Nelle’s brother???

Shay
Shay

I think Sonny may have had him whacked, jimh! Perhaps his body will emerge in the waters by Pier 52 one of these days….

Jimh
Jimh

Too bad he cant fall in hat place Sonny is in and finish him off-lol

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I was at Pier One Imports and could have sworn I saw him shoplifting. I thought about following, but they were having a great sale. Is there any chance you are miffed that Alexis is somehow living the life you so fervently are desirous of? Teensie-weensie? I tire of Sonny, but suppose I would let him in to use the phone if his car broke down and he didn’t shoot me. Even slip into Alexis’ shoes. If they weren’t ten sizes too small. But I asked you. If I am Donna Beck, albeit without her amenities package and no upgraded appliances, would you be Phoebe? Am I Opal to your Langley? Or am I being summarily dismissed?

Shay
Shay

P.S. So exactly what was Aaron shoplifting??? The Pier does have countless exotic little shiny knick-knacks to be had, but I’m guessing if you noticed this dude’s kleptomaniacal moves, they must have been none too smooth…maybe “ting-ting” down the pant-legs? Please, please tell me now……

Shay
Shay

Haha, jimh! Like we’d ever be so lucky…a meteor could wipe out the entirety of Port Charles, and still, somehow, Sonny would survive! He always has to be the last man standing!

Timmm
Timmm

Sonny would survive AND Scotty Baldwin’s hair!

Shay
Shay

Scotty’s hair would survive Irma!!!! His cornbroom-like coiffure is indestructible!

pamala glover
pamala glover

She was Kristina’s teacher Married, old. Repeately has affairs with her students. Why would they think anyone would want to see this again? Are they trying to get gh cancelled?

Jimmy
Jimmy

I was never too invested in Parker as a character and her relationship with Kristina was undeveloped, so I’m not too thrilled to see her back. I would much rather Ashley Jones return to B&B as Bridget because I’ve missed her (and the whole Jackie M crew for that matter) since their exits. The upside is that Lexi Ainsworth will hopefully be utilized more because she has been back-burned for far too long.

As for GH, it would have been nice to keep Serena Baldwin in town permanently and have her turn out to be lesbian or bi-sexual, and develop a relationship with Kristina. The story would be much more impactful if it was between two of the show’s legacy characters (like Will and Sonny on DAYS) and it would keep Serena in town longer.

Shay
Shay

@Jimmy….For me, Jennifer Finnigan was the definitive Bridget on B&B…always enjoyed her portrayal!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I thought Bridget on Bridget and Bernie was Meredith Baxter Birney?

Harry
Harry

Phyllis, did you know Bridget Loved Bernie before Joanie Loved Chachi?

Shay
Shay

@Phyllis…Why, yes, I do believe she was, however, as it actually turns out, Bridget didn’t really “love Bernie”….In fact, she “loved Bernadette!”

Patrick
Patrick

DAYS of OUR Lives – NEEDS to hire this lady… she could be a recast Sami Brady

OR – she could be Maggies daughter

why couldn’t she be Kates granddaughter Chelsea

I LOVE Ashley Jones natural presence the camera loves her. and so must Lexie

the trio of Lexie / Parker / Aaron was so HOT.

this welcome back with Ashley Jones is already more interesting than Steve Burton

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Long, hot summer in Port Charles. Couldn’t think of a better time for a refreshing dip-in the ladypond! Shame the waters are so shallow-as once they dive-in, rest assured they will join the ranks of Felix, Brad and is it Lucas-can’t remember-have not seen him in ions. Is Brad still even employed at GH or did he pack his tainted urine samples and leave town? Why her, why now-when so many, many people and no money and firings-one invests their interest in one after another who is then either shown the door or perennially MIA? What happened to the very attractive young man that was interested in Kristina? What makes most sense to me is Mommie Dearest Alexis-who has a new AA sponsor that allows beer and wine-better yet, a trip to the Valley of the Dolls. Neely O’hara! Alexis surely needs someone to ease her past Julian-and perhaps a truly sordid Ladypond mother/daughter stinkfest love triangle. Tiring of tepid, please-bring it up a notch.

Steve
Steve

Sparkle, Phyllis, Sparkle!

Adorable Aaron moved into the vanishing vortex with Alice, Rosalie and Ric.

Celia
Celia

Oh, yeah!! I had completely forgotten about Rosalie.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

xox, Steve

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Many of my posts here are in that vortex. Would you happen to know the mailing address? I am growing fond of you, Steven Lars, very fond indeed. But sorry you failed to see Kelly Sullivan’s remarkable talents as Connie Falconeri. I can’t remember her alter’s name right now, but found her performances electrifying and then she was promptly fired, of course. Then to Y&R. where psychotic Sharon fans promptly trashed and campaigned against her-so they killed her off as well. I have not seen her new Tyler Perry show but would love to- she is one of my favorites. Do you mind if I smoke?

Shay
Shay

I suggested the exact same thing eons ago when it looked as though the “Parker-Go-Round” was going to go full-tilt in Port Charles, and it was roundly pooh-poohed, Phyllis. I also subsequently maintained to similar nays that it’s time for Alexis to go swimming in a new kind of waterpark….after all those failed, disastrous relationships with the opposite sex, she needs to find an alternative to that stale groove she’s been locked in forever with her endless parade of criminal male miscreant paramours! Tsk, tsk!…Nothing could be better than the scenario you have so vividly constructed…I always said that Krissie’s attraction to Parker was due to her own mommy issues, so what could be more psychologically messed up than the “Two Mommies” having their own sort of lovefest up close and personal in this sulky child’s face??? In your own words, that would most certainly “bring it up a notch!”

Celia
Celia

Hmmmm. Interesting. Alexis and Parker should give it a go. Wow!!!!! Cat fights galore.
And, one never knows….finally, Alexis may find just the thing to challenge her overactive wander-lust.

Shay
Shay

Seems Miss Phyllis is suddenly playing the coy coquette with us….first she dazzles us with her brilliantly saucy wit and hilarious repartee and now zip, zero, nada…What’s with the “Touch me in the morning and then just walk away….” act, Ms. DeMarco???? Not nice, not nice, even if you do enjoy leaving us wanting more!!!!

Steve
Steve

Phyllis, I don’t mind if you smoke, but I think the management of the MetroCourt would. We only have this room until noon.

What do you say we spend the day shopping at Wyndham’s. Then for dinner, I have a two-for-one Groupon for the Floating Rib. People rave about the ribs, but I remember the namesake restaurant fondly, where as a child that floozie Susan Moore would bring my dad Jeff some prime rib. Ah, memories.

We’ll just have to disagree on the acumen of Miss Sullivan.

Michael
Michael

I hate the couple nicknames.

Celia
Celia

I know, Michael. When did that start? Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? Brad Pit and Jennifer Aniston? Hmmmm.
Silly.

Timmm
Timmm

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner?

Celia
Celia

Wow…that should read Pitt.

Harry
Harry

Me too, Michael. And as I asserted above, if Parker were a Peter folks would be calling him a sexual predator.
Parker’s Peter? Peter Parker? Ass Man Landers!

Shay
Shay

@Harry…Loved your Hermes scarf analogy! (That would be the analogy, not the actual scarf, you understand….although I would probably also adore the item if you have that, too!)

mike
mike

Aaron was a good character they should have kept him around. Never much cared for Parker.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Let me “correctus” to “interruptus” 🙂

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I was wondering what was going on with Ashley because I just saw her in a commercial. when i saw her in that, it made me wonder if they dropped the ball on the Parker character. Glad to see they’re ready to go back to her.

Maureen
Maureen

Another combo name. Pristina. Ok, who decides these names? I find Pristina to be very amusing, more so than Karker, I suppose or Partina- no wait, I like Partina.

Mary
Mary

I am excited to see her back. I liked the chemistry between her and Kristena and getting Alexses mad

Debbie
Debbie

Really don’t need to continue this story. Hayden should be here with Finn and Liz. You get rid of fan favorites for unimportant stories no one cares about. Nothing against the actress. Boring story

peg
peg

Boring.

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Did not care for this story or them.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I wish she would come back to The Bold and the Beautiful. I think Eric needs his daughter now. I think she’s a wonderful actress, but I wasn’t to thrilled with this story. She was to old for Kristina. But then again, as a fan of GH from the old days, I refuse to watch after the terrible “tribute show” for Peter Hansen. That was such a letdown

dmr
dmr

Unfortunately, the “tribute” show was a disaster with one flashback! What a complete letdown.

Timmm
Timmm

Good. I like this actress and we get to see Kristina on screen. I hope its a good story and just not a walk on.

Mary
Mary

Mary
This beautiful S/L represents older/younger couples that do exist! This couples deserves happiness just like any other. Age does NOT belong in adult relationships & they are both adults! We all fell in love with Parker because of Ashley’s amazing acting skills. Ashley & Lexi have shown great respect for these characters & this difficult & realistic story. This S/L is different & refreshing from all the others that have the same plots over & over. Ashley is the only one who could play this role. She ownes it and I cannot wait to see her portray all the different layers of Parker. Ashley & Lexi have this amazing chemistry right from the very 1st scene & every scene after that! Their chemistry carries over to Parker & Kristina. You feel it & see it whenever they are in the same room! Parker & Kristina is a wonderfully, beautifully & respectfully written S/L and we never know what’s going to happen. Always an element of surprise!

So those that do not like this story, then just don’t watch it. Stop degrading 2 highly talented actresses who agreed to take on this challenging storyline with hopes of reaching those who are facing many of the same challenges. Ashley & Lexi are understanding, caring actresses that deserve our respect for all those they have helped since this story began!

Jackie Meixner
Jackie Meixner

Mary,you took the words right out of my mouth but to said it even better,thanks

Mary
Mary

Thanks…
It bothers me terribly when actresses agree to take on a new & challenging story and they get disrespected for it. Both Ashley & Lexi wanted the challenge of this S/L.
I have watched many stories I don’t care for & simply fast forward!
Just curious why there wasn’t all this negativity when the couple was Morgan & Ava, Sonny & Emily, Michael & Abbey (she was older & a stripper!!)
I cannot wait for Parker’s return next week

Mary
Mary

Thanks…
It bothers me terribly when actresses agree to take on a new & challenging story and they get disrespected for it. Both Ashley & Lexi wanted the challenge of this S/L.
I have watched many stories I don’t care for & simply fast forward!
Just curious why there wasn’t all this negativity when the couple was Morgan & Ava, Sonny & Emily, Michael & Abbey (she was older & a stripper!!)
I cannot wait for Parker’s return next week

Kat
Kat

It’s about time #GH brought this SL back. I think Kristina and Parker’s chemistry was natural & undeniable.
They really brought this to life. It’s very important in this day and age to continue with their journey. I don’t
know why Age is such a big issue with this SL there have been many lovers with such a difference in age and it wasn’t an issue then. Doesn’t matter it’s 2 woman Love is Love and it’s Ageless. Ppl need to get with the times. Ashley is a phenomenal actress and her and Lexi are up for this challenge as they have shown. Remember Lexi won an Emmy for this SL. I am very excited they finally brought Parker back & find out more about her life and #Pristina’s journey.

Timmm
Timmm

Funny thing, Lexi won an Emmy and she has barely been on the show since.

rose
rose

I was never interested in the Parker/Kristina relationship. It seemed forced, thrown in by the writers to see if it would stick, and not too believable to me with a theme I just don’t care for. Plus, I’ve just never liked the Kristina character. She always seems to have little hissy fits about one thing or another compared to sister Molly. Must means Lexi is doing her job well for me to feel this way.

But it does seem they could be setting up Kristina to work her way into Sonny/daddy’a buniess. Some commenters have called her “Mob Princess” and it seems to fit. She sure has Sonny’s erratic/impatient temperment , and she made some Sonny-like threats to Julian when he was at the hospital to check up on Sam.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Rose, what a great idea, can’t believe it hadn’t occurred to me! Kristina would be a perfect replacement for Sonny. Similar smugness, erratic to the max (and she does it without having a bipolar reason). I like It! And by the way, if they’re trying to catch up with the 21st century, we already have a same-sex couple with chemistry that blows the roof off…and we NEVER see them. Let’s fill in that blank before adding more superfluous characters. Bring back Brad and Lucas!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Would not be surprised if Parker shows up just long enough to realize Kristina is bipolar. Because we can never have too many bipolar characters. I’d opt for bedwetting or folie a deux-you know I can not recall schizophrenia on daytime but surely have forgotten but would enjoy seeing that play out.

dmr
dmr

I agree with your description of Kristina, Rose, and I posted something very similar below. I think she acts entitled, spoiled, and immature, much like her brother Morgan did.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m up for this, because I feel like the Parker/Kristina storyline got dropped far too soon. Though, low-key, I was hoping for Ashley to return as Bridget on The Bold and the Beautiful, because I miss that character and how different she was from the rest of the Forrester/Logan clan.

Trish
Trish

So excited to read this! Ashley Jones is a very good actress and hot! This storyline had great potential and was abruptly dropped. No one would blink an eye at the 15 year age difference if Parker were a man. Kristina is no longer her student and these two sizzle together. Bring it on!!

Shay
Shay

I beg to differ, Trish…As you may already know if you are a regular follower of this website, age is always a BIG issue here whenever character relationships are discussed and dissected! Furthermore, as far as GH May-December romances go, you need only go back to Sonny and Emily’s nauseating tryst….that was one hugely-panned yuckfest, although mercifully abridged!

Mary
Mary

Agree!!! Age has no business in adult relationships and Parker & Kristina are both adults!! Stop acting & treating Kristina like a teenager

Charleen
Charleen

I am very excited the Kristina&Parker Sthen /L is back. Its 2017 its Reality bbs in todays world

Charleen
Charleen

I am so very Happy and excited the Kristina&Parker S/L is being continued. Its 2017 its Reality in todays world.Two amazing actresses believing in and taking on amazing S/L That is not easy. They have nailed it beyond words.

Gary
Gary

Once again, we’re getting the same, old, tired comments… “Oh, I never liked Kristina. I never believed in this s/l. Parker is way too old. She looks like Kristina’s mom. What happened to Aaron? She’s not a good actress. Get somebody younger for Kristina. Have Kristina meet a nice boy.” JUST STOP!!! At least you all could come up with new arguments. And while I’m thinking about it and once again, for the UMPTEENTH time, Parker is not too old, a predator or a pedophile! She never once forced herself on Kristina. Never tricked, manipulated or seduced Kristina. In fact, the night they slept together, it was Kristina who leaned in first and initiated the first kiss. You know what the truth is? All you naysayers and haters are either high or were just born stupid. You’re definitely narrow minded and won’t even give this a chance that it so rightfully deserves. Or is it homophobia? Or ageism? Because either or both of those things could explain a lot. I’ve absolutely LOVED and SUPPORTED this relationship from the beginning and I will continue to do so. I just hope the writers do a better job at exploring this relationship this time. For the life of me, I will never know why or how more people don’t see just how beautiful and wonderful this relationship and s/l really is. No one, I repeat, NO ONE will ever make Kristina feel the way she does the way Parker is able to. No one, I repeat, NO ONE will ever make Kristina smile the way that Parker is able make her smile. Even if they put her with someone else, she’ll only be thinking of Parker. Her heart will always belong to her.

Timmm
Timmm

Same with the Steve Burton bashers! Classless! He made a choice to leave GH. No matter why, its HIS choice! Does he question any of the “Fans” career choices? NO!

Celia
Celia

Yes, T, and I have previously said; we do not know in what capacity Burton is returning….may be a short stay.

Mary
Mary

YES Trish, Ashley Jones is a highly talented actress and I agree, VERY HOT

Mary
Mary

Gary
Very well said

watsontml
watsontml

I am not thrilled with this news….I thought this story line was not developed well at all, could have been, but was not. I found Kristina to be pathetic in her attraction and pursuit of Parker, and Parker, well, sort of pathetic too.

dmr
dmr

Agree, and I posted something similar in my response below.

Linda
Linda

I am happy Parker is back, just hope it is long term and not a handful of episodes. The chemistry between Ashley and Lexi is undeniable.

Maggie
Maggie

Not interested in any story with Parker in it. Give me more Mac and Felicia, Diane and Max, Spinelli and Maxie, Laura and Kevin. Less Parker and Kristina, Michael and Nelle.

dmr
dmr

AGREE, love Mac and Felicia, love Diane, and I love Laura and Kevin.

dmr
dmr

I’m just not interested in this storyline. I think its because the storyline has been dropped many times; and I think the storyline is too mature for the likes of Lexi Ainsworth. I’ve just never been a big fan of hers. Her portrayal of Kristina is much like Bryan Craig’s portrayal of Morgan’s. Kristina is a spoiled, immature brat, IMO. The less air-time, the better. I don’t see what someone like Parker, who appears confident, evolved, and mature would see in Kristina.

patty
patty

I am loving the Kristina /Parker storyline! Finally, something that isn’t focused around the mob !! I think that Kristina could use a more updated hair makeover. The current style makes her look like 16, which is why people are having an issue. They have great chemistry and I cannot wait to see this unfold. Hopefully, they will not make this a once a week episode. When TPTB drag out a storyline too long, people lose interest. During the days of Luke and Laura, we didn’t have so many other things to capture our interest. As far as Aaron, “let sleeping dogs lie.”

Elena
Elena

I feel they should continue with the story line between krystina and Parker. This happens in real life. Let them proceed with their relationship just because Parker is older than krystina. It don’t mean they don’t have the right to be happy.

Mary
Mary

WE ARE STILL TRYING TO GET BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED ASHLEY JONES BACK AS PARKER. CHEMISTRY BETWEEN ASHLEY & LEXI IS AMAZINGLY HOT AND CARRIES OVER TO PARKER & KRISTINA. AGE MEANS ZERO IN MATTERS OF THE HEART.. SHALL WE ASK ELLEN & PORTIA, WHO HAVE A 15 YR AGE DIFFERENCE, SAME AS ASHLEY & LEXI!!!
WE WILL ALWAYS FIGHT & SUPPORT THEIR BEAUTIFUL S/L

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GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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