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Come 2014 … The Stakes Will Be Raised On General Hospital!

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As 2013 comes to a close and we are just a week away from the New Year, ABC has released a brand new promo for General Hospital that informs the viewer that there is plenty of drama ahead!

First, Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) are seen cozy in bed, what does the future hold for this reunited couple?   The mob war continues as Sonny (Maurice Benard) warns his son Morgan (Bryan Craig) that a target is on his back as Julian (William deVry) continues his plans to take down the Corinthos clan by any means possible!

And look for catfights galore as Ava (Maura West) gives a very stern warning to Carly (Laura Wright) stating: “I will make it a mission in my life to wipe you off the planet!”  Oh my!  Nothing like seeing two of daytime’s strongest female characters and performers going at it in the New Year!

Watch the latest promo for General Hospital! Then, our very insightful soap fans whom we love, look into your crystal ball and tell us what you think will go down in Port Charles in 2014?

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jaybird369
jaybird369

Dear Michael Fairman,
Hey, dude!!!!! I had to take a moment to wish you the following…
M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S!!!!!
Michael, keep up the GREAT work and have a good one. Peace.

Very sincerely,
Jaybird369

chevjuls
chevjuls

Happy new year to Mr Michael Fairman and all the readers on the conversation board.

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

And im looking forward to it all!!!(except for me becoming a year older…lol)

jaybird369
jaybird369

Dude…I know how you feel. Earlier this month, on December 6th, I turned age 46. More and more, time flies…LOL!!!!!

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

you r still very young compared to me…lol!

Aria
Aria

How bout a storyline with Rebecca Herbts front and center, how bout that for 2014.!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Y-e-s…the VERY AWESOME Rebecca Herbst in a brand-new storyline for 2014 would be very nice. And, it’s something that is LONG OVERDUE.

chevjuls
chevjuls

I think Rebecca will be getting a story line as soon as Britt lies come tumbling down on her. Can’t wait.

Linda Dowell
Linda Dowell

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !! My big wish – is that they make Julian emotionally review his life as he falls for Alexis and his kids. Please, Please, don’t make Alexis like another bad guy. I can’t take that anymore! It’s SO annoying and demeans her intelligence. Very misogynistic. Pass the word lol………..please.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL. OK

you got your turn.

Alexis can advertise frigid dare

and we’ll look the other way… LOL

isn’t she the type of character… and god love her… so do I… tough as nails.. smart as a whip… but… when it comes to lovelorn….

she flies the coop faster then the menfolk

you know.. honestly… the last “man” on GH to stir desire… lust.. and abandon?

Joe Scully, 3rd

LOL… I was so ooh la la.. for him and the women in port charles… I was giddy over the top.. the moon as it were.. that Traci coulda woulda shoulda fallen in LOVE.

why not make him alive again… and dreamboat hisself to port charles… and snare love and trappings

LOL

Alexis can stare down at and god her steely resolve… and pattern her alone for the millionth time… and we’ll never stop rooting for her to get some

Linda Dowell
Linda Dowell

I loved Joe Scully too – I was so sad when they offed him. And he was great w/Traci, you are correct.

Yes, they should bring him back!!!

Sigh.

The young kids fall immediately – the older people don’t – and don’t succeed (unless Luke’s involved lol) what’s up with that?

Charday
Charday

Less Sonny and family, more Quartermaines!!

Rose
Rose

Is it my imagination…wasn’t there Mary Mae and Edward Q with offspring? Wonder why they’ve never followed up with them?

Patrick
Patrick

some one… please agree with me….

that.. it’s rather embarrassing… to watch Sonny any more… not for lack of trying… they steered away from mob story… and it was even more painful to watch Sonny… cringe worthy… he’s become filler… it’s back to the mob.

it’s painfully obvious… that they go this route.. to give Maurice Benard, Sonny, something to act… i’m as tired as Sonny after he machismo’ his mob boss tough guy routine

oye! vexed at how lame and dull this part of the GH canvas has been

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I wish Sonny would go back to the cool persona he had in his hey day of the mid 1990’s…. remember after the war with Joe Scully Sr. was won and Sonny guaranteed that Luke’s club was no longer in danger because he was going to run his territory with “brains, not guns.” He was totally mellow and sexy, somehow now he is so often a parody of himself. Sad really.

Patrick
Patrick

“…he is so often a parody of himself.”

you said it perfectly. unfortunately, for his fan base… and I’m still hanging in

He really needs a good woman by his side.

the letting go of Kelly Sullivan has left a gaping “whole” for the show in itself… and for the actor Maurice Benard. She did it all.

the only other actress that comes to mind… and no… it’s not Brenda… but…
Dahlia Salem, ex-Claire Walsh,GH… she was excellent as a Carlino in Another World…

Sonny needs to romance a lucky Lady

I don’t see it with Olivia.

Shay
Shay

“Sonny needs to romance a lucky Lady”……Perhaps a jailhouse fling?????? (You know who I mean…what better way to shake that decades-long Faison obsession than with a spicy prison romp ala Mr. Corinthos?) Could be “vundabar!” LOL….

Charday
Charday

Can’t stand the Sonny character. Ready for him to leave GH.

Elyse Worth
Elyse Worth

Merry Christmas, Michael.

2014 looks exciting for GH. Can’t wait.

lorenzo I'm cute boyish guy
lorenzo I'm cute boyish guy

I want julian jerome to turn out gay, that would be so good and hot. lol. lucas is gay just like me. lol.

Harry
Harry

I like this idea, and let’s hope Julian makes Sonny his bitch.

lorenzo I'm cute boyish guy
lorenzo I'm cute boyish guy

LOL. I AGREE WITH YOU HARRY. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU MY FRIEND.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL… Julian can be GAY… that would be trepidation… and too HOT!

why not? he was in hiding… as it were… witness protection program’ming… the WSB gives him a face lift… and he works his bodacious bod out…

and so what… if he’s kissed Carly…

Carly wants adulation… and promiscuity from every one… Julian is bigger than her.

so her sired a kid a million years ago….

stretch your wings… big hot Julian… we love you

Shay
Shay

Well, I suppose Julian could always just “straddle the fence” and keep everyone wondering…..including himself perhaps?????

kaffe
kaffe

I think it is a good ideal to make him gay. Will he the first father to be gay on
A soap??

And how will Alexis react to this?
What will Sam and Lucas say?

I think RC miss the mark with that sceniro…..
He still can make the character gay if he wanted too!!!

But I think he kissed Carly and+ he had a baby with Luas mother and Alexis!!

But I don’t care for Sonny!!!

But do he have a girlfriend now…no

That will be interesting!!!

Linda Dowell
Linda Dowell

Nah, I want him hotter than all hell for Alexis. I love William DeVry – and I want him HOT in my world lol. Some other great looking muscle bound guy can come on and be gay..just not my Julian. What a horrible name.

L

Shay
Shay

Well, I suppose Julian could always just “straddle the fence” and keep everyone guessing….including himself perhaps?????

stefano bad boy
stefano bad boy

I want you, Julian jerome you are one hot hot masculine man. You can tie me up and kidnap me anytime dude. LOL.

su0000
su0000

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Best wishes for a great 2014, Michael and ALL..

Looking forward to Carly and Ava facing off!!

Like the mob action is back, even tho there really is no longer mobs, just two gansta families fighting for territory..

The Corinthos clan and the Jerome clan fighting much like the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s.. (not mobs)

Looking forward to Patrick and Sabrina reuniting..

A great 2014 coming our way from GH !!!!

Harry
Harry

Ewww…..Patrick and Sparkle Pony were an un mitigated disaster. Patrick always looked like the trapped wild animal willing to chew off a limb in order to get away from that perky little trap. They has no chemistry, there was no build up to their “romance” and subsequent heart break thus forth most fans are really rooting for Patrick and Robin to stay together. Of course, TM is pregnant in real life and knowing how creatively limited Ron is, he will probably not only have Patrick torn between two women, but torn between two children–oh yawn.

Harry
Harry

“Like that the mob action is back, even tho there really is no mobs; just two gangsta families fighting for territory.” Then, “The Corinthos clan and the Jerome clan fighting much like the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s (not mob). ” Are you listening to yourself? Your self cancelling, oxymoronic phrasing is ridiculous. If it walks like a mobster, acts like a mobster, then it is a MOBSTER! Yes, Virginia, there is a mob in Port Charles and the ghost of Christmas past (Guza) is back.

janet
janet

Harry you hit the nail on the head twice. the mobs times 2. and Right now I dislike Patrick so much for watching Robin fight her way back to her family tortures pain needles and threats, when he didn’t stay with his wife , He was torn,the man who couldn’t get the words I DO out of his mouth YUCK.I don’t care if he is in the middle of the Hatfields and the Mc Coys mob war. Re-Ron does it again. makes it sound like Patprick was torn about going home to Robin, and leaving the sparkle pony .I don’t dislike Suebrina, but I want Robin to win. I didn’t hear him say he loved Robin just that he wanted his family back.! I didn’t watch all the Robin gets saved and the Scorpios get their family fight up. to see this garbage they are giving us.Plus losing Tristan. Franken Ron can think what they like but, those ratings didn’t go up because sparkle pony and her lap dog Felix were on, and it wasn’t his wonderful writing. It was Anna , Robert, Robin, Sean we never got to see get his cure. I will give Ron this ,he did let the super spies win. He also made Luke watchable lately I see his face and FF.I was SOOO looking forward to seeing Robin give her godfather Sean Donnely the cure to save him now that would have been something they could advertise.
Happy Holidays everyone.

su0000
su0000

I see 3 men in the Corinthos mob, 3 is not a mob..
Same goes for the Jerome’s ..
Just near retired leftovers of a GH mob from back in day..

The 2 fighting families are more like the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s than a mob lol ..
the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s had enough men to be a mob, way more than the Corinthos 3 and the Jerome 3, actually ..

Anyways! loved the shoot out and looking forward to more from the 6 mobsters lol ..

Dan
Dan

This is the first time in months that I recall the mob being featured front and center on the show, and I don’t mind it at all. When it was featured all day every day back in the Phelps/Guza era, that I didn’t like. But I think the current regime has found a nice balance. I’m enjoying the show more now than I have in years. Hope Frank, Ron and company keep up the great work in 2014!

Patrick
Patrick

The “Hatfield & McCoys”

had… Kevin Costner, Tom Berenger, and thee ultra-fine Mr. Big Love hisself… Bill Paxton…. hows that for spurs and riding the saddle

umh… GH has little itty bitty Sonny… and on par hot Julian

heidi
heidi

Looks Fabulous!!! Can’t wait!!! I hope 2014 is a better year for everyone… including the characters of PC!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Maura VS. Laura is one battle I’ve been dying to see on this show. Two of the show’s strongest actresses and two of the strongest in the whole medium. I am so Team Ava, though!

Paul
Paul

I agree Scott, this should be a great battle. I was never familiar with Maura other than reading about her. I liked her almost immediately on GH. She seems to be enjoying playing her character also which makes it more fun for the audience.

Patrick
Patrick

Maura West; on General Hospital, has finally caught my attention.

#1. As the world Turns… Carly… 2 time emmy winner… deserved those accolades… I just had a hard time.. with Carly and Rosanna… debut on the show… as the Snyder farm family was disintegrating and obliterated.. so.. hence.. I didn’t take a true liking to her… be that as it may… I watched ATWT to the very last day…

#2. Dianne… on Y&R. Nothing to say… even she will admit… it’s all a blur… and not worth the effort… she was wasted and coulda woulda shoulda had something with Nick. she was killed off… Y&R’ fault.

#3. Ava Jerome… slithered, sauntered, and sensual’ her steamy seduction… OK… exaggeration… but.. she’s relevant… and I, for one.. like the underlying current with Ava and Julian… Ava and Franco… Ava and Morgan… Ava and the Quartermaines… Ava and Silas… Ava and cat on a hot tin roof.. best Carly

AND: wrtiers! I’m over Kiki! I’m over how dull KA’ Kiki is… get it? to this day… Kiki… has dissed her mother… for the last time… Ava doesn’t need her… yet.. she’ll continue to reach out to her… as this fleshes out evenmoreso her character… it’s KA who needs her… she and dull Michael are window dressing and filler… with Sonny

Ava adds mystique and tittilation

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think her enjoying Ava is what makes her so intriguing to watch. You’re watching an actress excel in her craft in a role she loves playing. Ava is the boss bitch in Port Charles, and I can’t wait to see everyone bowing down to her power.

Gina
Gina

Same here! I wasn’t sure about Ava at first but Maura has made me a believer. She and Julian are a fantastic duo and an epic showdown with Carly is just what the doctor ordered. These two women will kill it!!

Bearzy
Bearzy

Cannot wait for 2014……. 🙂

su0000
su0000

Me too!
can hardly wait for Patrick and Sabrina to get back together, and they will, it is inevitable 🙂

janet
janet

I couldn’t stand Maura’s version of Carley on world turns.hated her she ate the show. Ava she is ok I would love to see her win over Carley. actually she already has. Carley got Franco that’s a lose lose situation/. He set her son up to get raped.Of course Carley also set her other kids to get hurt by Sonny so she is batting a thousand.

Patrick
Patrick

for the love of god… for how revered.. “carly” is… she’s not batting a thousand… in my book…

yes.. I whole heartedly agree with you… with regard to her children… she’s in a losing battle.

when was the last time.. Carly did any thing ???? of interest.. besides hit the sheets in all the room of the metro court? she uses that room key.. more than her guests… she declares it’s her right… well piss off Carly

get a life

paula thomas
paula thomas

my money is on Carly. she is one strong lady/woman.

Toya
Toya

I bet on Carly to! They need to wipe Ava off the earth/show!! I can’t stand her…

Phil
Phil

Count me in on that one too! Love Maura West in this role, but Carly is one tough bitch that I wouldn’t mess with!

Shay
Shay

Plus, Carly’s just plain bigger….”Valkyrie” indeed!!!! Someone needs to kick Ava’s butt to the curb……her lack of social graces and just plain bad manners are annoying, like the other day when she traipsed (uninvited) into the Quartermaine mansion, poured herself a drink and made herself to home. Soooo unattractive!

Phil
Phil

So glad Laura Wright is finally being given the credit she deserves!

Amber
Amber

Fire laura wright, rehire sarah brown the origional carly. Sarah is a better actress. Laura needs to be fired now.

Nemi Denise R
Nemi Denise R

I like the original Caroline Leigh Benson portrayed by Sarah Joy Brown, LW over acts the role IMO.

Phil
Phil

I disagree about overacting! I cannot comment on the original Carly as I didn’t watch GH at the time that she was on the show. I was an avid GL fan and liked Laura Wright as Cassie, but love her even more here as Carly in GH! Easily one of my favorites…and her chemistry with Roger Howarth is unmatched by anyone except maybe Kelly Monaco and Michael Easton! I will say that I like Sarah Brown as an actress though, but since I did not see the show with her on it, I simply cannot imagine anyone else playing the role. Being that Laura Wright just signed a multi-year contract that will make her the actress who has played the role the longest, I doubt that you will get your wish! Sorry to disappoint… Overacting by the way is the guy who plays Morgan and even worse TJ!

Linda Dowell
Linda Dowell

Yes, I love Sarah Joy Brown – will love her forever as Carly. It was her role, genuinely and completely hers.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I don’t have anything against Laura Wright – I can see that she is a good actor. I just think she is SO miscast for the role of Carly. Not right physically, no chemistry or believability in any scenes with Jackie Zeman. And the crap with Franco is just appalling.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Sorry, but Laura IS Carly. I’d rather see SJB back as Claudia if anything. But I don’t see a GH return for her, nor do I see Laura leaving a role that is rightfully her’s. She has portrayed it the longest and strongest.

Tsuds
Tsuds

Good thing Milo is hot and good looking.. he def is a bad actor/cryer.. but I def enjoy watching him and would console him if he needed me to.. …

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

I loved him… ooh la la.. .when the nuLulu hid out in “HIS” bachelor pad… sans.. all is clothing… LOL

HOT.. to watch… and yeah.. he’d be consoled by plenty

Patrick
Patrick

Lets have another protein shake

LOL

spill

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

Thats what makes him a perfect match for Sabrina some will say?

Shay
Shay

How about this….since Felix thinks Sappy is all that and then some, why doesn’t he just marry her and help bring up her brat? That’s not to say that Brad can’t still be part of the picture: he can move in and play “manny” then they can all be the GH version of “Modern Family!” Seriously, no other guy (especially sweet Milo!) on that show deserves to be dragged down by Sobby….just look at how she ruined poor Patrick…it will only be the same thing all over again no matter who they pair her up with….she’s an absolute albatross! As I said before, even the slovenly Car-LOS! is looking too good for her at this point…

Li
Li

I’m ready for a good storyline for Sam and Carly! They have been such huge strong women and right now they are getting the shaft with their boring dumb stories…(I’m glad baby Danny is better!)
I just miss them and I miss the mob! Ava and Julian are great! Bring it on… Sonny is ready for a comeback! Now if Robin can come back, maybe we can tangle with Jason coming back this year! That would be great! His absence is so evident! Baby for Lulu- it’ll be fun to see how Britt plays that out and Nikolas can keep his shirt off!! Tracy and Luke can be a regular couple and let’s get rid of Felix and lab tech guy- they’re boring!

Patrick
Patrick

I like the smiles and teasing repartee between Felix and Brad.

the innuendo.. between these two… will fire on and trigger the advantageous triangle… one can hope

tada! Felix, Brad, and Lucas!

I’m on!

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

Whats more fun and entertaing than soaps…reading us poster’s comments argue over storylines, characters and actors who are either let go or fired ect! lol

Patrick
Patrick

I know, right? what’s the point?

LOL… this is thee 5th soapee

my imagination run amok the sensational

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

Yes, Patrick this message board is thee 5th SOAP where one minute, depending on ones comments, we can either be the hero or the villian, and i for one immensely enjoy playing both parts and sometimes comic relief…lol Happy New Year!!!

Shay
Shay

“Imagination run amok”….hey, that describes this place to a “t!” “Sensational?” Sometimes yes, sometimes, no…..but always riveting. Stayed tuned!!!! ; )

Patrick
Patrick

well… take as an example

I am literally gobsmacked with the fiery camps, that be:

Scubs: Patrick and Robin
Patrina: Patick and Sabrina

whew! need to take a little breather and steer clear for awhile

back to the trenches?

Toya
Toya

Sabrina needs to NOT be pregnant. I really don’t want them together. Patrick and Robin are an awesome couple and have awesome chemistry on screen. Sabrina and Patrick not so much.So lets see some Robin and Patrick Love!! Now as for Sam and Silas, unless they bring back Jason ( Steve Burton ) they need to just make it work b/c they have good chem as well! Kelly M needs more screen time and so does Laura W… They are AWESOME!!

kaffe
kaffe

Happy New Year To All the GH clan…

A shout out to….

Kelly Monaco and Michael Easton
( I pray that they make Sam have a baby in 2014….A Clay baby!!!!!)

Shout out to Monica (Leslie Charles on)
Alexis Davis ( Nancy Lee Grahn)
Molly Davis Lansing

And our Favorite “stud muffin” Danny Edward Morgan….

Patrick
Patrick

Year 2014! General Hospital… life in Port Charles

Britta and Nicholas

this tantalizing pair… unequivocally reel smoking embers and prospect

add in Dr. O… to flesh out both characters… who are magnificent! and Nicholas rich history… with the cast.

the ultra-refined… tasteful… and NOW reeling passion’ista… let’s GO!

Britt -Nicholas – Liz

w/Dr. O… and the supporting cast… rally around… these two.. ARE: Port Charles.. answer to must see…

with: Patrick and Robin

Shay
Shay

Absolutely right, Patrick! These are the peeps to watch in 2014! Especially our dear, demented, devious “Dr. O.” A star was born on GH this past year and her name was Kathleen Gati! Long live Liesl Obrecht!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

” A Wish for Olivia”

Kelly Sullivan: “let go” firing… is still busting and affecting GH

I miss Olivia and her sister/cousin confidant and extra reel superlative twosome, Connie and Olivia

loved this duo… fond memories

Writers: Sidebar – Olivia spirals

recall her one woman show: her LSD transcended… with her fierce bronx-ette fiery passion… and.. her disjointed life… so she want’s Sonny… I have to let that go… and it’s not their… so she acts the part

she misses and mourns to this day… I do.. her cousin… who was company… being their… and loving each other… these two exemplified that… true force

and she befalls in to madness…. and fights back

why not try this… let’s give.. her a shot and give my girl… of the two together girls… give credence to this pair… and shine some Olivia

guy
guy

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to Michael Fairman! And Thanks for making this the Best Board Ever! Your last name suits you.

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

I am not looking forward to anything mob related, especially with Sonny Corinthos front and center.

I also think the show is missing a great story opportunity by reuniting Patrick and Robin. I think viewers, myself included naturally, would rather see Robin struggle to move on with her life than see Sabrina move forward without her prince charming. No matter how many scenes Sabrina is featured in, she is NOT central to the show. Robin is a heritage character who grew up on the show and deserves A-Line stories, especially after her resurrection. Sabrina, from her first appearance, was molded into a perfect heroine, in other words, a boring character without sufficient flaws for dramatic tension. It’s too bad because the show needs cultural diversity.

What am I looking forward to? How about more Cassadines? More Spencers? More hospital drama? I am all for that.

Judy
Judy

Looking forward to the cat fight between Ava and Carly! Now who’s the guy at the door at Maxie’s place? And I’m so happy Sabrina is pregnant with Patricks baby 🙂
Since Robyn doesn’t want a baby now, hopefully Patrick will go back to Sabrina where he belongs and Robyn can go on her merry away 🙂 Lulu must be pregnant! But when will the news come out the Britts baby is Dante and Lulu’s? Cheers! Looking forward to 2014 of GH! Happy New Years to all!

grandjeepgirl
grandjeepgirl

Sabrina is not key to the central show yet…but will be if her pregnancy story line plays out with Patrick as the father. I think he will go back with Sabrina and raise their baby together. Currently, I don’t think there are an “stable” couples on the show. Patrick and Sabrina have potential to be a couple of stability. To me, there should be at least one couple on the show that would be considered stable. Sabrina was having a sobering and maturing impact on Patrick before Robin came back.

We’ll see happens….

Kimberly. Gubitosa
Kimberly. Gubitosa

Carlos and Sabrina

General Hospital

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:

Courtesy/ABC

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.

Photo: ABC

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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