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Behind The Scenes Of The Corinthos Vs. Jerome Mob Wars On General Hospital!

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This week on General Hospital, it’s an all out mob war between the Corinthos clan and the Jeromes! Who will come out the victor?  Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) is in trouble!  Morgan (Bryan Craig) is working with the Jeromes! Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Shawn (Sean Blakemore) are seen in the warehouse ready to do battle!

General Hospital went on location under the guidance of executive producer Frank Valentini, and all the talented crew, to make these very special scenes actually look more primetime crime drama, than daytime soap fare!

Watch this just released extended video as fans are taken behind the scenes at the making of the shootout that is set to rock the town of Port Charles!

What do you think will happen with Sonny, Carlos, Max (who looks to have been shot!), TJ, Julian, Duke, Anna, and more when the gun powder is cleared?  Weigh-in below, and watch the video after the jump!

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su0000
su0000

AMAZING!! OUTSTANDING!!

GH is becoming prime-time!!!

The many cameramen, crew, all on stage, it is a big production for daytime!! ,,, It is prime-time!

GH is growing in a variety of directions, something for everybody!!!

GH has become- watch with pop corn later at night, for me!!

The stories, ALL the stories , have put me on the edge of my seat..

BRAVO to ALL for my thrills and chills and loving tender moments!!!

LONG LIVE GH !!!!!

Harry
Harry

Your check is in the mail

SZima
SZima

Haha…right!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Ahh come on guys it’s Christmas time— what happen to peace on earth and good will toward men— couldn’t we have saved the mob wars until the new year. LOL.

Harry
Harry

Better yet, the GH fans were collectively very upset back in the day when Guza treid to copy The Sopranos. Fans welcomed Ron and Frank because they were going to leave the poor man’s Sopranos behind and get back to the heart of GH.
Now we are back to square one. And as bad as Guza could be, at least he finished the storyboard once the action started accelerating. Ron will leave a plot line right at the story’s peak, and come back to it in a few weeks. The man does not know how to multi task which is why so many say his story telling skills are choppy at best. Sometimes he hits it out of the ball park which makes it all the more appalling when he gets it so wrong.

rachie
rachie

GH has always brought action to the soap world. Luke and laura vs. cassidines. anna, robert,frisco, shawn constant wsb action. Holly was part of a crime family. Seriously guys thats why GH has stayed 50 years because it offers something for everyone. As long as it doesnt get stuck on one theme it will continue to please a broad audience and we’ll get to keep our soap.

Linda Dowell
Linda Dowell

So fun to see this!!

Harry
Harry

But we already saw this again and again with Guza–only Guza did it better and trust me, I am no fan of the man’s.
Who thought this idiotic idea was a good one? It’s like they are trying to ruin GH and doing a damn good job of it.

Harry
Harry

Well there goes the “at-least-Ron is better than Bob Guza” defense. Between this and the firing of MM as Adam, I guess my soap watching days are coming to a close.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think that was an absolutely action-packed, behind-the-scenes powerhouse of a clip!

With that said I’ve been wondering lately if I really appreciate “getting to know” the actors via Twitter, Facebook and interviews. I’m beginning to wonder if I really want to go behind-the-scenes…or if I’d rather just get so immersed ini the stories….the fictional world…that I don’t know what the actors are really like or how they shot a scene.

Yes, we have the ability to suspend our disbelief…but I also wonder if maybe it was better “back in the day” .. when actors had more of an air of mystery…

Scott
Scott

Well it’s the best of both worlds isn’t it.For the people who love the behind the scenes info and actor interviews,it’s great.For the people who like to stick to just the story,just don’t click on the links.
Everyone makes out.

Johnny
Johnny

A mob war shoot out on GH? What a novel idea!!! And so appropriately timed…right before Christmas. I think Jill Farren Phelps has been wearing a Frank Valentini mask and Bob Guza has been wearing a Ron Carlivati mask. How else to explain the mob rise?

Johnny
Johnny

I don’t know…I have never ever heard even one single fan of any soap clamor for MORE senseless violence…MORE shoot outs…MORE mob wars, MORE blood stains…more death. I just don’t get it. Back in the day we would have had Dr. Steve Hardy rounding up the kids for the Christmas story at this time. This is what we get instead. We had a decade plus of this crap already. Its not excitong…its now new…its not different…it is same old same old where this show is concerned.

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

Mob stories have been on tv soaps since the 1950s and especially on Edge Of Night(where it was better suited and entertaining) but its a little too much on GH…id be ok with t it wasnt so front and center and Shawn acting so desperate to kill Carlos…i have a feeling T.J. is going to get caught in the middle and shot…with all the violence in the news lately these tv shows need to cut back on violent storylines especially GH…Heathers stabbing i found a bit disturbing…where is the romance? ive watched soaps since the 1960s…there were more romantic moments and less violence…soaps can have some violence in their stories because some plots call for it but they dont have to be so graphic like GHs stabbing of Heather! Sonny and the Jeromes couldve simply been scheming business rivals instead of blood thirsty mob rivals…and like you i do miss Steve reading Christmas stories to the kids…we need more warm moments like that…i agree with you, Johnny!

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

Plus, Sonny has kept Carlos tied up for a long time…if Carlos hasnt had any potty breaks by now he is going to be in serious need of clean underwear…lol

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

Dang, no GH today…

ethel
ethel

i know it’s only fictional but my heart is pounding……………….awesome clip!

Tim
Tim

Why doesn’t Sonny have a coffee shop in Port Charles?

Rodd
Rodd

I didn’t watch GH back in the days when it was mob wars all the time, but as a “newer” viewer (since ABC killed OLTL) I think the show has a good balance. Sonny is supposed to be this big-time crime lord. You just can’t neuter the guy and expect him to remain away from some mob action. GH isn’t bullets and guns every day of the week. We also get a lot of hospital action, love and intrigue. Are people maybe a little trigger happy with their own fears that GH will revert back to the guns without the roses days? I think they have to give Sonny his mob action stories in order to show the big threat that the Jerome family is to him and the rest of Port Charles. These characters are extremely interesting and the actors are brilliant. I totally support GH remaining focused on the hospital and romance vs. mob wars, but there has to be a balance or a transition to calmer times. From what I’ve read and seen, it seems like it was guns all the time to none and now the guns are back. Hopefully, this storyline will help transition Sonny into another story area where he can still be a force to be reckoned with without emasculating him. And I’m going to stop now, my thoughts are becoming too rambled. Via GH!

EliteAdvisors
EliteAdvisors

Very engaging….fun to watch and great story line…. bring back Johnny Z for a full out mob war!!

MK
MK

Wow, Gloria Monty would be proud, this looks her style!

dmr
dmr

I love the Jeromes! Love Derek! Love Ava! Not a fan of Carlos or nuMorgan. Always love Sonny. His scenes with Spencer boxing last week were adorable and fun to watch. Love Maurice Benard. Miss Sonny and Brenda. Love, love, love them. Favorite supercouple of all time!

kaffe
kaffe

The clip is good,I must say….
But when is Julian gonna act like he’s a father and grandfather….

And Sonny well, don’t get me started oh him (oh boy!!!)

Anne
Anne

I wish all these resources were devoted to better writing, relationship development, character development. Most soap devotees are attracted to relationships and drama and some great seasonal vibes, not mob shoot-outs at Christmas. Who cares whether they are shot in some warehouse somewhere. Nix the boxing set while you are at it.

If you’re going to resurrect location shooting, why not take a happy couple, say Sam and Dr Clay, and send them to an exotic locale? Cliched? Of course, but better than mob wars.

su0000
su0000

GH is full of variety, something for everyone..
Many fans like the mob..

Some people like to watch Mary Poppins and some like to watch Breaking Bad..
I am happy to have prime time action and excitement~~!

and- Bob Guza could never do it like FV and RC, they will rock it !!

GH has many awesome stories, many.. some we cry, some are HOT, some mysterious, some are campy, some have humor, some have great love, and some are action filled 🙂 I like them all..

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

Hey, i like Mary Poppins…’Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down…’ its on family channel tonight but it doesnt end til 11:00pm which is way past my bedtime…lol

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

and i wasnt being sarcastic…i do like Mary Poppins!

AJ
AJ

It’s all the mob stuff is what turned alot of the GH people off?

su0000
su0000

Many of us are fans of the so-called mobsters, we like the hard action..
I am happy to see the action!!
FV and RC will do it well..

The cameramen/crew was huge!!!
producing scenes like prime-time was also exciting to watch all the professional work that was done to give us the upcoming scenes..

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

Now would be a very good time to get rid of the mob in Port Charles. Kills them ALL off!

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

It felt akward…imo…when Julian was talking about his ‘facial surgery’ in front of Luke and especially Bobbi…but Jackie Z was looking good today!

rebecca1
rebecca1

agree. I think either her face fell back into place (somewhat) or her makeup should get an award of its own.

Shay
Shay

I vote on the side of makeup….someone took “Patrick’s” expert advice on the time-honored art of contouring!!!! Although there is only so much maquillage can do….what I simply do not understand about these women who ply their faces with such copious amounts of filler is that they could accomplish the same “pufferfishface” effect with a simple combination of carbs and sodium….the results look the same. Not flattering…at all.

Shay
Shay

Only if you define “good” as having cheeks twice their normal size….mercy! Sorry jimh, but sadly, JZ looked wince-inducing…truly not being mean, but she is very hard to watch, and cannot even speak properly due to all the face and lip injections she has had! The distraction totally ruined the mood that she and brother Luke were trying to evoke….someone needs to stage a plastic surgery intervention on her!

k/kay
k/kay

Shay I have to say I get such a kick out of your posts your sarcasm knows no bounds and I truly mean that as a compliment.

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

I still see some improvement…not 100%…but she looks a lot better than in previous episodes…change of subject: it was exciting to see our favorite mutter back! But it doesnt look like im getting my Santa Faison…lol

Shay
Shay

@k/kay….Thank you and I sincerely mean that, although sometimes I think that people take my honest musings for intentional sarcasm, and they truly are not intended that way! If they amuse, then I’m flattered and glad, but I generally do not aim to offend! On the other hand, there are occasions when the sarcastic quips are purely on purpose….mainly on one certain topic, and I know you know what I’m talking about, k/kay!!!! That being said, you come up with some pretty priceless observations yourselfl!!!!! Always enjoy your posts….. ; )

Shay
Shay

Oh yes, jimh, it was “wundervoll” to see our mad, malicious mutta, the delightfully deviant Dr. O again!….that loony lady may be down but she is certainly not out….just as conniving as ever! Rooting for her to triumph once again, and hoping that “Schatzi” can spring her for Christmas!!!! As for “Santa Faison,” I’m afraid that your holiday soap wishlist is going to be incomplete where he is concerned, as it seems he just may be colder than the “North Pole!” (Though I am not completely convinced he is really gone for good….) But as long as Liesl Obrecht remains in the Port Charles picture, then I will have a blissful yule and Happy New Year….wishing you the same!!!!

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

Happy holidays to you too…

Shay
Shay

P.S. The reason it is so disconcerting to watch JZ is that her cheeks look so over-inflated and heavy that I fear if she leans her head too far to the left or right she will tip over from the sheer imbalance….either that, or her neck will snap! And again, I am being completely serious….even if this remark does come off as flip and facetious! Whoever committed that grossly incompetent crime against her face should be sued for malpractice….I just pray for her sake the damage isn’t permanent!

bj anafan
bj anafan

I’m sorry but I am really disappointed in this storyline and I really don’t care how realistic they tried to make it. It’s Christmas time and we get mob wars and violence. I wanted to see a baby reunited with his parents on Christmas Day and the reading of the Christmas story by a Q ( maybe AJ) at General Hospital.

I get that some fans like the mob storylines and the violence but this is not the season for it.

Bah humbug!

Charday
Charday

Here’s hoping that Sonny, Sean, etc., die in a blaze of glory. Can’t stand Sonny for many reasons, including his brutality toward Carlos and AJ.

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

Itll probably only be T.J. who gets shot…

Christy
Christy

hmmm, well Max had the red “syrup” all over him… so we know he gets shot.

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

Dang…i was wrong! I thought it was going to be T.J, then reveal Shawn was his real father and not just his guardian!

Christy
Christy

that was fun! thanks for sharing Michael! I love those behind the scenes deals. I have an old VHS tape of All My Children behind the scenes, it’s interesting (and now historical!) even if it wasn’t “my” soap of choice.

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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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