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CONFIRMED: Billy Miller is Joining The Cast Of General Hospital As Jason Morgan!

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After month of speculations and the reports of the on again and off again talks between General Hospital and three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller, today official word came from none other than GH executive producer, Frank Valentini himself.

And the word is fantastic news for the ABC soap!  Valentini tweeted to his head writer Ron Carlivati a short time ago: “Billy Miller is joining the cast of General Hospital in the role of Jason Morgan. Welcome to Port Charles Billy #GH

In a follow up statement Valentini said, “I am really excited to be working with such a talented and acclaimed actor as Billy. Our cast is thrilled that he will be joining our ‘General Hospital’ family, and I know that he will be an amazing addition to our talented cast.”

Miller will take over the role of Jason Morgan from Steve Burton who departed the ABC series in 2012 and eventually landed on The Young and the Restless, which ironically is Miller’s former soap home where he was beloved in the role of Billy Abbott.

On-Air On-Soaps will continue to have more details including Miller’s first airdate in this developing story, but for now, Jason is returning and it’s GH that nabbed the talented Miller to their A-list cast roster!

So, what do you think of the news? Are you glad to finally know GH has its Jason and it’s Billy Miller? Knowing now that Miller is taking on the role, do you think the Jason that comes to life after Robin revived him, will be a hitman, killer … or will he be Jason Quartermaine-esque, or none of the above?

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

While I am not surprised at this casting, I must say I’m not that excited. Billy Miller is an alright actor, though, has never been my number one favourite. It’s clear they won’t be writing for “JaSam” any longer; he’ll likely be paired with Becky Herbst (Liz) or someone else on the series.

Best wishes to him and this really cluttered cast; I’d rather see Ron fired as headscribe and someone like Lorraine Broderick come in and really fix the mass issues with the stories.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

They keep taking on stars from other shows….. refusing to open their eyes and see that its the writing that is holding the show back. From the end of today’s show I guess we’re descending back into comic book land and the outlandish return from the dead of Stavros – what is it the fourth time he has been revived? Honestly. Just so pathetically bad. I think this time I am just going to give it up and stop looking back.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Re: the writing–nothing is going to happen on that front so long as the ratings remain good (comparatively speaking, that is; no soap really has “good” ratings any more).

And my prediction? Even once Ron C. is replaced—because I suppose that could happen if the ratings should take a dive, as they eventually must, I would guess—we’re going to find it doesn’t make much difference, because I’m betting the real problems are with ABC and not with Frank V. or Ron C., so the next HW will be just as ineffective in fixing the problems. I say that because a lot of the current problems are the same ones the show had been having under the last regime; the problems may be cosmetically different, but underneath they have to do with balance, with mob overkill, with unfathomable story directions, with baffling choices as to which actors/characters to feature while others are allowed to languish—the same problems as before, just manifesting themselves a little differently. But the same problems, nonetheless. And that makes me suspicious that the problem is above the level of FV and RC.

Michael
Michael

They showed a mystery person at the end of the show, but they didn’t reveal who it was.

Heather
Heather

Agreed … The originals are what created the lifelong fans of the show! Billy Miller is good looking ok actor but Steve Burton leaves big shoes to fill and it won’t be close to the same. Stavros Helena etc being back is all crap… The role of Nina is just irritating to watch! Didn’t think I’d like “Todd” as Franco but he is fantastic!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ohhhh, noooooo ! Bite your tongue, Scott.lol…Billy Miller an alright actor? He lights up every scene. I LOVE YOU, BILLY.

Sarah
Sarah

Amen CeeCee,these People are #CRAYCRAY

CeeCee
CeeCee

Michael…not Fairman…,
You have summarily spoken the truth. Well written and thought-out.

@Timmm. Fans don’t like Franco? That’s a big generalization. I may be new to GH, but I love the NuFranco. I guess it’s hard for the diehard fans to separate NuFranco from oldFranco, but Roger Howarth is a rare gem. It is a shame that his talent is being wasted thusly. I am hoping and praying that WHEN he and Nina come together as a couple, they will blow everyone else off the stage…more aptly, the proverbial water. As a couple, Nina/Michelle and Franco/Roger will be a powerhouse. Cupid!s arrow awaits…lol

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Once again, another ass-kisser who refuses to allow someone else to have a sincere enough opinion on a person’s acting. He’s not my cup of tea.

ash
ash

I agree Billy Miller can do no wrong in my book. He’s an amazing actor. Interested in seeing him.as Jason. But I really wish Prime Time would snatch him up. He’s that good.

Phil
Phil

Miller is far more than “alright!” He has an emmy to prove it. He is great improvement as the overrated and emotionless Steve Burton!

Chris F,
Chris F,

he actually has 3 Emmys….but I agree the show is a mess

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Just because he has an Emmy does not mean anything; I don’t find him compelling in his acting.

Jackie
Jackie

I could write better than those on gh are doing now….I’m not a writer but I at least have imagination. GH…p,ease we need better from you!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Not Lorraine Broderick, please. The only show she’s written successfully, in my opinion, is All My Children, with which she just seemed to click—every time she was associated with it. But I loathed her time as HW of One Life to Live and of As the World Turns. (Not that there’s a huge pool of talented people out there who are available and still willing to work in the field, mind you. I am forced to confess that I don’t have another/better suggestion.)

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I find Lorraine’s writing to be strong; AMC was her strongsuit since we was there the most as a long-term head scribe. But I feel like GH needs a writing reboot in order for it to be more cohesive, as well as a change in its direction. Using OLTL cameras that were not made for HD television is lowering the quality of the series immensely.

Timmm
Timmm

Scott, just like Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller will blow you away! These two talented actors came from the #1 soap on TV. IF they can write him correctly, make Nina a little less cartoonish, and nab Jack Wagner back as Frisco, GH will be number one in 2015. You read it here first!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Timmm, I know where Billy is from. I’ve watched Y&R for 21 years; I’m just not sold on his acting abilities. The hype around him is kind of over-rated for me. GH won’t ever be #1 on the soap ratings, especially at the rate it’s going.

dmr
dmr

I agree with you on the fact that General Hospital does have a cluttered cast. The show does not appear to be very balanced with so many new faces, returning veterans, and useless recurring characters. I do think Billy Miller will do well as Jason, however.

k/kay
k/kay

Well I do not normally take up for Steve Burton but he has an emmy in 1999 for best supporting actor. Since that seems to be what everybody bases their assumptions on who a good actor is. Would you like me to list all the actors and actresses who have never won an emmy who can act circles around the ones who do. I like Billy Miller that being said he did not part the Red Sea at least I have not heard that one yet. Steve Burton gave that role everything he could for 21 years I may not like JFP’s favoritism of him but please do not take away what he gave to that role. I wish he was still there because I still can’t warm up to Dylan. I will repeat this once again no actor makes or breaks a soap it is a TEAM effort.

jaybird369
jaybird369

k/kay…y-e-s…EXACTLY!!!!! To me, it’s not about ‘the star of the show’ and all that (which I H-A-T-E BTW!!!!!). To me, it’s all about THE CAST (and their characters) all coming together as a unit and doing THEIR BEST to make it all workable and believable (or at least TRY) onscreen. Anything less…No Thank You. And, k/kay…the last 5 words of your post summed it up PERFECTLY…it is a TEAM effort!!!!!! Yes.

Take care, k/kay. XOXOXOXOXO

Neva Boyd
Neva Boyd

YR and OLTL have taken over GH…Why couldnt they have just worked with Steve Burton instead of bringing back people from the dead? All that money to washed up soap stars. Pretty soon they will rename it the “Undead” Starring fake Franco and nutty Nina. I am not impressed anymore. Been a fan for 50 Years and have never seen GH so bad.

Sara H.
Sara H.

what a blow. back to soap operas. YIKES!

I was hoping he would have gone to a hit prime time show or maybe become a movie star.

what a waste of such potential.

🙁

DP
DP

How is acting on a soap a waste?? Acting is acting.

harry
harry

He still might make it to the big screen or to cable TV.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Acting is acting? Not exactly. There are dramas and there are cartoons…

JustSaying
JustSaying

He gave the impression that he wanted to do something other than soaps. And now he’s back to soaps…. It only took eight months for his return. Geez.

DP
DP

Cartoons?? LOL, ok Elizabeth.

monica mailman
monica mailman

The only thing I can say is that some people see the daytime actors as the bottom of the rung in acting. They put in long hours during the week, then weekends are spent with promoting the show with all weekend get togethers. These guys are worked to death.
Having said that, I would like to say that Billy has his work cut out for him. Not only does he have to jump into very large shoes, he has to convince every fan out there that he is worthy. As we all know, GH fans are the toughest fans around. He better be good or they will eat him alive. literally. I wouldn’t want his job for no amount of money, car, plane, Whatever. Billy better be more than good. Girls have fantasized about this Jason since they were big enough to watch. Can he pull the dark brooding fellow who did most of his acting through his body language and his eyes. Cause if not Billy may be in for a very hard time. I have promised myself that I will say nothing for 2 months unless he is so good that he blows me away.

rebecca1
rebecca1

@Monica…it’s been a few weeks since this post so I’m not sure if you’ll see my reply but I agree with most of what you said. The one place I differ is that I’m not sure this version of Jason will have to be “dark.” I think his personality will be manipulated by the Cassadine’s, unless they were just used as a vehicle to bring him back. In that case, he might be the old Jason Q…which was so different than Jason Morgan. Either way, we may have seen the last of Jason Morgan as we knew him…physically as well as his personality. Thus, Billy may have a great opportunity to make this character his own.

Didi
Didi

Hmmm, i don’t think making a Clint Eastwood movie after Y&R is a waste. I’m sure GH is going to let him to other projects too & that’s why he’s happy to go there.

Sarah
Sarah

Exactly,what a bunch of Negative Nellies posting here! Fill those cups up damn it!

Timmm
Timmm

Why do you watch soaps if you do not respect the art of soaps? It is very hard to do and I would take my hat off to a daytime soap star before I ever would for a night time star or someone in the movies! Billy Miller wanted off Y&R because of Jill Farren Phillips, the same lady who almost killed GH! He never said he didnt want to be on soaps again. Eric Braeden could have done a ton of other TV or movies but he stayed at Y&R out of respect for his craft AND security, something you dont get being a movie star unless your in the one percent.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

FYI, her name is Phelps, not Phillips…

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

Good…i got it right…now i can pat myself on the back and eat a piece of my congratulations cake…and its yummy chocalot…lol

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

Jason Quartimaine, M.D.,…i hope!!!

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

Or as a killer doctor who kills off half the cast after Victor unleashes a deadly virus on PC called ‘FrankenRon Fever’…so if we eliminate about a dozen cast members i wouldnt mind Jason as Jason ‘THE TERMINATOR’ Quartimaine, M.D,…LOL

dmr
dmr

I agree. I have always thought it would be a great storyline if Jason returned as a Quartermaine and had to work through and live with his past as a career mobster.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I’d love to join you, jimh!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Eating that cake, I mean.

Cordero
Cordero

Yes omg ,I’m so happy!!! Not only am I happy that I get to have my favorite Character back on canvas!!! But I Get Billy Miller in the role too! I’m here for it!!!

Elizabeth K. Mahon
Elizabeth K. Mahon

I’m actually excited about this. I think he will fill the black T-shirt admirably. My wish is that TPTB finally let Liz and Jason have the love story they were always meant to have.

Aria
Aria

Yes he looks so good with Liz , I’m liaison fan so I’m keeping my fingers cross

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Aria. Liz nuJason would really complement each other…she’s so pretty.

Timmm
Timmm

Liz is a nurse and she has Nicholas, Ric, and Jason after her. What a life!

nathalie
nathalie

love it! Billy is better off without YR! so happy!

KIm Buca
KIm Buca

nope! you just ruined it for thei 40 yr viewer! I would rather Jason character stay dead! no one is gonna portray that character as well as steve Burton but with this recast and new lame story lines that draw on too long I have whittled gh down to about a 10-15 mins soap!

Timmm
Timmm

Steve was very good BUT give Billy a chance. I bet he will win your heart but the writers have to pick it up and cut the damn fat!

Max
Max

So happy to have Billy back on my TV… Great job GH

Tams
Tams

Disappointed he’s not Lucky b/c I think Billy Miller would have been a perfect fit.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Yep. Lucky would have been a better choice.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think so too, Elizabeth. But, I’ll take Billy in any way, shape or form…even as Jason.

Timmm
Timmm

Dillion Q.

gloria
gloria

Oh he would be a great Dylan Q. Cannot see him as Jason AT ALL. As Billy he was too clownish & silly & he got on my nerves. I guess they wrote him that way.

GH50
GH50

So what happens now. GH pulls in a few Billy Miller fans and some people who are curious about a NuJason? Then after a bump, the ratings go back down and they try and figure out another new actor to cast and the cycle repeats? Is that what this soap has become? Making announcements and roping some new people in because of who is on the show instead of the quality of what they are doing? It’s just so transparent and superficial and it is why the quality on the show is so lacking. They don’t make a commitment to the writing and storytelling, they just rely on castings and events like the Nurses Ball attracting people regardless of the actual quality.

I understand that they want to being Jason back, although I could do without him, and I understand that a new actor has to portray him. But my impression is that the goal was to cast Billy Miller and they chose the character of Jason for him, not that they were dying to have Jason back and then cast the actor. That’s the problem. The story is not primary. The casting is. That’s why we have a show with inferior writng/storytelling.

They have all this money for Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford, but we can’t get GH veteran actors and beloved characters to have any real screen time or stories. It’s a business model that may work for a while and it may not. But due to that model and approach, the quality of the show continues to suffer greatly.

D
D

Sheesh! sooo many negative NANCY’S! If you think the soap drags, or the stories are not worth watching…. WHY DO YOU WATCH???! I along with million of others tune it to be ENTERTAINED! I KNOW it is fictitious and LOVE it that way! If I wanted real life stories, I WOULD WATCH ONE OF THE MILLION REALITY SHOWS THAT FLOOD THE CHANNELS AND HAVE KILLED MOST OF THE SOAPS! Here is a suggestion to all of you Nancy’s out there, CHANGE THE FRICKEN CHANNEL! Just sayin…… I applaud the writers, producers and actors of GH! GH is better now and gets better even after I have been watching 40 something years!

GH50
GH50

Michael Fairman, why was the below comment replying to D not posted? You allow this person to be combative and rude without provocation and you don’t allow a response. Maybe you should post the rules for the comment section because I obviously don’t understand them.

D- Why would you attach to my comment and talk about real life stories vs. fiction? What in my post addressed any of that?
As for why I or anyone else who is disappointed in the show still keeps up, I don’t think that’s really anyone else’s business and not anyone’s place to tell someone else to change the channel. Why not just talk about why you like the show and keep it at that? The comment section here is for people to express their opinions about the show. I don’t ask why you like it and I don’t question the fact of whether you should

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Terrible writing is what killed the soaps. And no matter what they do with recasting from the archives of other shows…. terrible writing will be their downfall.

mindy
mindy

Amen to this, D. You’re absolutely right. I am loving GH right now. The writing is fresh and surprising and GH has employed some of the best actors working ANYWHERE in show biz. Roger Howarth, Michelle Stafford, Jason Patrick … genius.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You have the right to say what you will, right D? Well, everyone else on this site has the same privilege . We are here to exchange thoughts and opinions, not to bash each other.
As yourself, I applaud the writers for entertaining us…as my Gran loves to say…peace out !!

GH50
GH50

Hi Michael-

I fully understand, appreciate and respect that. If a comment of mine is not allowed on based on content, I fully understand. That is why comments are moderated and I give you tons of credit for allowing so many posts, including mine, that are severely critical of the show.

The reason I asked about that particular post was because it was not about content, but a response, quite a civil response I thought, to a poster who I thought was rude, not about the show, but to me.

I appreciate your response. I appreciate this site and how well you do your job and the standard of fairness that you employ.

Best to you.

Fanny
Fanny

THANK YOU D !!! For those who can only criticize, Remote controls were
invented 4U, change the channel or turn it off. See how easy life can be

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, Fanny…you completely missed the point. As long as posters do not get verbally abusive, constructive criticism is great for the soul and could be very informative. It should be as well accepted as any praise-given comment. That’s what makes the world go-’round. When you read what you may think is a negative comment, keep an open mind. You’d be surprise what you may discover. I really don’t want to sound like I’m preaching, but I am certain that we all mean well when we post. None of us wants to intentionally affront anyone. Again, you are entitled to your opinion, but so is everyone else.

Teamsowers
Teamsowers

D: I couldn’t have said it better myself! I love GH, have been a fan since I was a little girl watching Luke and Laura with my mother – and I think the writers are doing a GREAT job… Not everything is perfect (those adorable kids that they write like teenagers instead of the children they are is borderline absurd), and the gay storyline is a little ridiculous (not the actors, or that the characters are gay, but the storyline itself)… But what in this life is perfect?!? I love the addition of Michelle Stafford, Maura West’s acting is second to none – and Laura Wright – just shut up!!!! I love the pace of the show – nearly every episode is can’t miss – there are surprises around every corner, and they do their best to give each and every actor something to sink their teeth into. Not everything works – but when it does it works in SPADES! I can’t wait to see what Billy Miller brings to the table as Jason. I never watched him on Y&R, which I think is only to my benefit as I will not have any preconceived idea of who he should or shouldn’t be! Love you GH – keep up the outstanding work! :0 )

harry
harry

I think Billy Miller is an incredible talent but do feel he was miscast as Jason Morgan. How on earth is he going to harness that natural, bubbling effervescent personality in order to fit that puzzle piece known as Stone Cold?
It seems to me that he would have been better suited as Dylan Quartermaine or as someone else suggested, Lucky Spencer.
I also worry that RC will not do justice for this character. Look what he did to Roger Haywarth also an incredible actor who now just serves as Carly’s confused purse holder.
I know, Miss D, you will call me a Negative Nellie, but my worries are predicated upon the pattern RC has established. And while I am no fan of Dr Phil’s (trust the message, not the messenger) he is right when he says that the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior.

su0000
su0000

Harry..
Billy Miller will be Jason Quartermaine = Quartermaine..
The use to be Jason will gone and a Jason Morgan will be reborn as Jason Quartermaine!!
He will be nothing as SB’s Jason, and that is a very good thing!
Now Harry,, wait for it, you will be surprised are luvin the new and improved Jason 🙂

perhaps Jason’s mind, all that he was, will be erased..
Whatever– he will in no way be as the departed SB/Jason .. you betcha!! 🙂

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I have to agree that given his charm and personality he would have made a better Dillon, or even Lucky, as opposed to Jason. Maybe I’m a bit biased as I never liked Jason Morgan. I am not looking forward to Jason returning unless he is a Q.

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

Wasnt he stone cold in that cryogentic chamber…lol…i always found Steve Burtons acting like a mannequin that came to life…i expected twighlight zones Marsha White(the late Anne Francis) to escort him to the ninth floor of some department store to help her pick out a thimble before returning back into a mannequin…lol…maybe SB has won acting awards? but SB’s bland style of acting is just as bad as the wooden actor playing Nathan West…i hope BM as Jason is taken in a different direction…no mob ties…i hope we see a little more Monica but i wont cross my fingers…jmo!!!

harry
harry

Okay, Su00. I hope you’re right.
I think Miller is quite a catch.

Haven
Haven

Harry & Jim H,

1st I’m thrilled so many men watch GH, and soaps in general!

Although he has MANY fans, I also thought SB’s Jason Morgan was stiff (and Jason Q for that matter!). I also thought he was a Debbie Downer butt who was mean to Mama Monica (and his dad) for no great reason! 🙂 HOWEVER….

If anyone can expand the role, it’s Billy Miller! I HAVE to believe that his personality is going to expand when his character finally is awake! Maybe this circumstance is going to be a great opportunity for the transition. If it doesn’t work, surely the writers will change it. Surely we are all on the same side!

Timmm
Timmm

None of the fans like Franco. Giving him a brain tumor and then asking us to reboot is silly. James Franco’s character should have been killed off when he portrayed him. It was his character and he was twisted. Now you reboot Franco with Roger and basically you removed the teeth from the tiger but you still expect it to scare you. Franco is harmless and Roger probably is embarrassed to attach himself to such a character.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Billy Miller is first and foremost an ACTOR. He understands his craft and takes the material/the character/supporting players and brings his artistry to his roles. 3 time Emmy winner actually nominated 4. This is an actor who instinctively understands what he needs to do while on screen AND DOES IT. Where Steve Burton may have seemed one note, and it carries over to Y&R, as far as I am concerned…Billy Miller will bring Jason to true life and be a formidable character on screen. It won’t take long to get used to him and he will play this role with all subtlety and nuance it deserves. Sorry Steve Burton fans…while I appreciate him he isn’t clicking as usual for me. Well let me contradict myself..I finally started to warm up to him once he got with Sam…but then he was gone to the Collonade room and that was that.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Oh the days of Y&R’s Colonade room. The one upscale meet and greet for Genoa city’s best that only brought out the worst in the most refined be it holiday or wedding. I would NEVER have wanted a party thrown for me there. Good luck if you got out unscathed back in the day. So off point but there you have it. LOL!!

Shay
Shay

Harry….Having never seen BM in any soap performances, all I have from which to judge his abilities is his role on an engrossing little show called “Ringer” which played on the CW a few seasons back. Initially, his character, “John,” was supposed to be a good-guy cop, and he played the hero to the hilt. However, it soon became apparent that much more nefarious motives were part of his psychological make-up, and he turned dark and scary on a dime. By the time he was killed off, he had become a totally venomous villain. So, Miller definitely has the right stuff to pull off far more than the familiar cheerful Charlie act for which he seems to be so famous!

KMB
KMB

OMG jimh, I just flashed back to that episode of the Twilight Zone you mentioned and I can’t stop cracking up! Marsha White going with Steve Burton to the ninth floor, LMAO!

Annie
Annie

I agree with GH50 – it’s the stories that make soaps what they are, not the actors. Yes, we grow attached to some actors the longer we watch, but it’s the characters we love and if the story isn’t there, it doesn’t matter who the actor is. I suspect you are correct, they were trying to fit Billy Miller into the show no matter what, regardless of whether the story actually made sense.

harry
harry

Jim, I agree with you somewhat but every now and then Burton would do something to make me think he wasn’t just a wooden boy. He can emote with his eyes at times. I don’t think he is nearly as bad as Nathan West but he’s been uninspired as Dylan on Y&R as of late. I think pairing him up with Avery was a huge mistake.
Annie, I also agree with GH50 and as for you, Miss D? Please stop ordering us long time fans to stop watching if we are not over the moon about GH’s stories and casting. Because as of last May, I have done just that–stopped watching. Despite my complaints I really want GH to improve to generate ratings so it can sustain life. I really don’t want GH to be cancelled. I come to forums such as this one not only to voice my opinion, be it negative or positive, but to get a sense as to whether the show is improving or not.
I remain cautiously optimistic that Billy Miller will shine on GH and yes, I am going to tune in to see how it all unfolds.
Meanwhile, I pray to the soap gods that they do not pair Jason up with Sparkle Pony. Please, soap gods, no, just no!

Timmm
Timmm

Stories are number 1 but 1A is the actor. Case in point the character of James/Nathan. This character has a ton of stories in him but the actor cannot act what is written. It takes two Annie. Any good actor will tell you he or she owes what they do on screen to the writers but writers will tell you that if they dont cast the write actor to read their lines they wrote, it will fall flat.

harry
harry

Hey Haven! I think I know you from somewhere. I do agree that Miller is positively magnetic.
Why. He is so magnetic that he is just crackling with electricity.
Keep Y&R’s Neil Winters away from him!

CeeCee
CeeCee

It is called progress and young, fresh faces, GH50. I appreciate what you are saying, but some of us are ecstatic over this…gushing with pleasure, actually. Inasmuch as this might leave a few viewers disappointed, I missed Billy’s ready smile on my screen. Please, people, don’t put a damper on this exciting news.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I like how you think, su0000.

Dan
Dan

Billy Miller is a fantastic actor, how could anyone not want to see quality actors on GH? I really don’t get it. I was never that crazy about Steve Burton, so I think he might actually be a better Jason than Burton was. This is nothing but a positive thing for GH, in my opinion.

I love all the veteran characters too, and it’s a delicate balance trying to find time for everyone. A balance that I think FV, RC and company do a pretty good job of achieving. I’ll always love seeing the beloved veterans on the show. But adding new actors and new characters helps spice things up, and I think they have a good track record with some of the bigger names they’ve added to the show in recent years like Maura West, William deVry, and Michelle Stafford. There’s no reason to think that Billy Miller won’t fit in just as well.

Timmm
Timmm

GH50 you make some valid points. Michelle and Billy are sure to make top dollar. I dont have a problem with bringing in two VERY talented actors. The writing needs to improve and they have to cut the freakin fat! I mean, Nina acting in scenes with James brings her way down. She is so talented and he reads his lines like I read the back of my cereal box! Billy Miller, whatever Jason we get, he is going to be blessed with scenes with Sonny, Carly, Monica, Tracy, Liz, Michael, and Sam. All of who are very good actors. Throw in Robin and Billy Miller hit the jackpot. I love the actor who plays Lucas but they need to get rid of the other two guys. Characters like that wear out my FF button on my DVR!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well GH50 I don’t think you are a negative nellie– I think you really care about GH and truly believe in your heart and soul the direction it has taken will eventually lead to its destruction and you speak up about it hoping someone in authority might read it I find most of your points valid and I have said similar things about my favorite soap Y&R.

I find posters who constantly bash a soap they don’t even watch or rarely watch, are the ones who are negative– putting a soap down for no valid reason except it isn’t the one they watch or like, to me that is far more a turn off than someone like you who dares to say the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes, meaning GH isn’t living up to its potential.

I can tell you really care about GH and your criticism isn’t coming from place of hate but because you care about it, unfortunately sometimes that kind of passion is misunderstood— but when it is, sometimes, it is best just to let it go, and not engage those attack not your points, but your character or your right to make whatever point you want to make.

I think this site would be rather dull if all I read was sunshine and lollipops about the soaps, and hopefully there is room for civilized debate done with respect and kindness. And for me part of the fun of watching a soap is complaining about it, but perhaps I am part of a dying breed, who remembers what that means.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

GH50, I have to say, I have read many of your comments over the past few months, and I have noticed you are excessively critical…. maybe there is perhaps a better platform for you to share your complaints and criticisms.

This is supposed to be a fun escape for us …. while I don’t think we are looking for Pollyanna’ s here, the constant negativity is growing a bit tiresome….

Mark
Mark

Do we have a first airdate or did I miss that?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

No we don’t. He only JUST joined the cast from what I gather, so I don’t see a debut until early November sweeps.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I am not a Jason fan, but I am a Billy Miller fan, so I’m keeping an open mind.

Maybe Jason will finally have a personality!

Diane Catlett
Diane Catlett

After years of watching CBS soaps…General Hospital is now becoming becoming my favorite. It is all because of doing things like getting the best actors in the world. Billy Miller has got to be my #1. Thank you GH!!!!

Rose9
Rose9

I’m surprised that they actually announced it. I really thought they were going to do the same thing they did with Michelle Stafford, and have a surprise one clip scene.

Aria
Aria

So did I but since they dragged this to long they probably just wanted to announce it to calm all the fans that were getting upset for dragging it to long.

Rose
Rose

Could be.

Kaleesi
Kaleesi

No surprise here. This was speculated for months. I’m really excited to see what Billy does with the role. Hopefully he will be more than a Borg.

lisa
lisa

I’m a big fan of Billy Miller – loved him as Billy Abbott and looking forward to his spin on Jason Morgan….I think he’ll be wonderful !

carol
carol

Loved BM on Y&R, but I don’t see him in the role of Jason at all. I think he would have been a better fit as either Lucky or Traci’s other son (can’t remember his name). Nowadays it seems as though all the daytime producers are playing musical chairs with the actors. GH seems like it’s trying to get as many people on the show as they can resulting in minimally developed storylines. I’d rather see fewer characters with more focus.

Mark
Mark

So happy he is so talented and cute!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Mark…I’m thrilled, too!!!!! Y-A-Y!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, Billy Miller is gonna B-R-I-N-G SO MUCH to the GH table!!!!! Bottom Line Here: Y&R’s loss is MOST DEFINITELY GH’s gain!!!!!!

Take care, Mark. XOXOXOXOXO

harry
harry

Billy Miller has a smile which can light up a football stadium.
He is the antithesis to Stone Cold.
Now would be a good time for Spinelli to return.

jaybird369
jaybird369

EXCELLENT point, Harry!!!!! I agree!!!!! To me, Billy Miller has such an easy, easygoing and effortless S-M-I-L-E that lights up 24/7 PERIOD!!!!!

Take care, Harry.

A-C-E-S!!!!!!!

Robert
Robert

I agree with the excitement of having Billy Miller take on the role of Jason, I truly think he has the talents to add emotional levels to the character that I found truly lacking when he was being portrayed by Mr. Burton.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I hope Jason gets a personality transplant. Otherwise don’t bother bringing him back to life.

su0000
su0000

well….
Billy Miller will be Jason Quartermaine = Quartermaine..
The use to be Jason Morgan/hit man will now be Jason Quartermaine!! I betcha!
Jason is being reborn.. so there will change, great change for the Jason character!

Billy Miller! It doesn’t get any better than Biller Miller!! 🙂

jaybird369
jaybird369

Lou…I get what you’re saying. And you make a very valid point. As far as I’m concerned, Steve Burton DOES NOT know how to be comedic onscreen. No. But…Billy Miller D-O-E-S know how to be VERY COMEDIC onscreen!!!!! Lou…if you can, just be patient and give Billy Miller a chance. As a B-I-G FAN of his, I know I will!!!!! Thanks.

Take care, Lou. Peace.

jeremy
jeremy

Loving this awesome news, WOW!! 🙂 Love my GH.

richard
richard

I was hoping he’d be cast as Lucky, but I do love Jonathan Jackson. I really believe they’re going to pair him with Elizabeth, which is fine by me!! They’re obviously going the way of Patrick/Sam, and Becky Herbst is overdue for a hot romance, this triangle with Britt and Nikolas isn’t cutting it!!!! And they can leave Ric off the canvas, bc I want Liz with Jason!!!!

Rose
Rose

I never thought of him as Lucky but that could have been really interesting. I would have been torn though, I love Jonathan J. So much as that character.

richard
richard

Or they couldve brought him on as Dillon Quartermaine!! Especially now that Ned is back!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

if he’s relegated to mob sidekick w/Sonny and Sean…. and blah, blah, blah whomever else.

that’s not ringing in ANYTHING of interest

put him back at the Q’s…. with mom monica and aunt Traci

let’s see all the drama start their… and HE goes back to the hospital

pant pant

Liz who should be with Ric
Britt who should be with Nich
patient Nina who should be with (dull/snore) Silas or is it uninteresting Franco

I had hoped Billy Miller was a recast Matt. ( Patricks’ Brother)

if he’s a true Q and starts working at the hospital… that’d totally change my mind

Patrick
Patrick

Soap Gawds ! Please don’t even try too soon… to pair him back with Sam or Carly.

too obvious….

I don’t know… i’m disappointed that GH decided to go this route with such an enigmatic prolific mega-watt huge fan base…

he’s star matter and I hope the writing helps… as GH fans know does and can falter

CeeCee
CeeCee

No way, I am with you on this, Patrick. Paired with Carly? As Shay said, she is an Amazon…I will go a hundred steps further and call her a mastodon. She would squash him.
As for Sam? That ship has sailed…could still work, I guess. But, I detected a few sparks under the embers between her and Patrick. We shall see.
And, no…..definitely no involvement with scrawny, scheming, leathery Don Sonny, who, by the by, should join Stefano DiMera wherever he is. Lol

IowaMan
IowaMan

CeeCee: had to say that your comment about Sonny & Stefano had be howling out loud – Good One!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think he’s going back to Sonny or the Q’s in the near future; he’ll be Victor’s puppet. Or…he might have him programmed in that he does go back to both…but is actually the eyes and ears for Victor and crazy defrosted family.

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

I agree with “D”. I’ve been watching GH for 40+ years as well .Yes I can’t remember when GH has been better, yes I’m am thrilled that Billy Miller is going to be playing Jason. I think he will make the character his own. Y&R’s loss is GH’s gain! I loved him as Billy Abbott, and I am looking forward to watching him play Jason Morgan. Honestly, I think it will be a nice departure from the way the character was portrayed by Steve Burton. Jason was getting to be so boring.

su0000
su0000

lol
Y&R got GH’s Steve Burton..
GH got Y&R’s Billy Miller..
GH got the best of the best deal lol
(hope GH lands MM, also)

I’m excited!
Jason is being reborn!!
I feel he will be a powerful Quartermaine!!!

Haven
Haven

Oh my gosh…You made me spit my tea out..Yes, Y&R got Jason & Steve Burton.. GH def got the better end! (I feel awful f or Y&R fans losing half of their next generation cast. I’d be livid!)

MARY DITANNA PENDRAK
MARY DITANNA PENDRAK

I’M THRILLED THAT BILLY IS TAKEN OVER THE ROLE OF JASON. SO GLAD THAT YOU ALL HAVE WORKED IT OUT, AS HE IS AN ASSET TO GH. HE’S SUCH A GOOD ACTOR. LOOKING FORWARD TO HIM COMING SOON AS JASON AND WILL DO VERY WELL. EVERYONE NEEDS TO REMEMBER, HE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE JASON HIS AND ONLY HIS. WISHING HIM THE BEST OF LUCK, AND WELCOME TO HIM TO COME TO THE BEST SOAP ON TV EVER. WILL SAY A PRAYER FOR HIM, AS I BELIEVE THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON.

Howard
Howard

No one///////no one can replace Stone Cold. However I am happy to see Q’s back!! That means more air time for Monica, Ned, Tracy. I miss this family dominating daytime!

They wont pair him with Sam IMO. But with Liz.

Timmm
Timmm

Sam was in love with JM not JQ so I expect that will be one of the first things they cover is Sam accepting that the man who fell into the harbor is not the same guy that has been reborn.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hope you’re right, Timmm. I dread the thought of a nuJason/Sam pairing. ….my omnipotent soap gods, please erase that image from your minds. Seriously, Billy’s counterpart should be as effervescent as he. Why is Sam always so sullen? Perhaps she and Silas do belong together….they have matching personalities.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I think there are many Y&R fans more than willing to give Steve Burton back to GH for the role of Jason, if they could get back Billy Miller back as Billy Abbott.

Right now it looks like there is some kind of competition going between the two soaps. Jill steals Steve, so Frank grabs Emme, so Jill lures Tristen, so Frank takes Michelle and Billy— now it is Jill’s turn— what actor or actors from GH should she try to lure to Y&R?? What part would you have them play?

I think she should try to steal the actress playing Traci Quartermaine to play Katherine’s Chancellor’s husband Phillip’s niece who makes a claim to the Chancellor estate.
And I want Jill to try to get hands on the actor who plays Morgan to be a recast of Kyle

Any other thoughts

michael
michael

hopefully not

Sarah
Sarah

Agreed Michael! Jane Elliot is fantastic in the role of Tracy Quartermaine. Mary SF bite your tongue because,we need our Quartermaines!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thanks for the reply. I think my post was misunderstood, I was just playing a fanciful game of what if– sometimes on sport’s radio they will ask fans what their dream team would be or who should be traded where. I never for a moment thought Jane would leave GH or would want her to, but in alternative universe type of scenario, I could see Jane playing on Y&R a role to what I wrote about. It was all meant in fun.

harry
harry

Love all of your ideas, Mary. But I would rather see Erika Slezak cast in the part you just creatively invented.
ES has so much talent and she needs a job! Y&R could use a new matriarch–ES could be that matriarch. I miss her.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

harry, how could you?! Erika Slezak would be best off as Laura Horton on DAYS! Credit goes to jimh.

I love gh
I love gh

Love that idea Harry!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

You must be talking about Jane Elliot… She’s a keeper! I loved her as DAYS’ Angelica Devereaux!!!

harry
harry

4Ever Days–okay, ES could be on Days! Or GH even! I don’t care but give that woman a job! She’s a real gem and she’s not ready for retirement.
There are empty mansion sets all over daytime just aching for a new, spirited, blood matriarch–ES is that matriarch!

Timmm
Timmm

Yes, as happy as I am to have Billy Miller on GH I would make the swap for Steve Burton. He is being wasted over at Y&R. Not going to happen so we have BM and he is soooo talented. He will work as Jason Q. As for Jane Elliot leaving for Y&R, no. She will never leave GH. She would be great over at Y&R and they so desperately need someone to run the Chancellor estate but it wont be Jane.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was just playing a game of wishful thinking, I know Jane would never leave GH– was hoping to hear from others about who from GH they would like to see on Y&R– since the two shows seem to be swapping cast members. I meant the question to be like a sports fan naming their dream team— it’s all for fun, not serious, — I mean can you picture TG (FLuke) playing Victor Newman– that would be a hoot, but by the response I got I don’t think GH fans are too keen even imaging losing cast members to another soap. Oh well, no hard feelings GH fans- just trying to have some fun.

harry
harry

We know Mary, we were playing along with you. They were good ideas.

deb
deb

Good luck to the talented Mr. Miller. I think he would have made a better Dylan Quartermaine but I am willing to see how he portrays the Jason character. Another great loss for Y and R is GH gain.

Rodd
Rodd

Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever read so many negative comments that were so wrong. Billy is a terrific actor. GH is lucky to get him and Frank/Ron were smart to go after him. He’s more than just a bump in the ratings; Billy’s dynamic. You can’t take your eyes off him when he’s on screen. He’s also someone people want to see back on their TV’s. That’s a smart move on TPTB’s part to cast him.

Also, to those saying daytime acting is a waste of talent, I could not disagree more. Most of the people who are involved in daytime have more talent in their little pinkies than those in the movies have in their entire hand. They shoot at a rapid-fire pace without much, if any rehearsal; there are rarely second chances anymore. Any movie star or primetime TV star will tell you they take days to shoot a few pages. With that kind of luxury, there would never be a mistake in daytime. The daytime community is comprised of some of the hardest working, best talent on the planet. I’ll go to bat for them any day of the week. Without them, this site wouldn’t exist and a huge void would exist in many people’s lives. They deserve more respect than a lot of people on this site are giving them. JHMO and I’m sticking to it.

Timmm
Timmm

Rodd, I think the negativity comes from Steve Burton fans and his fans are not familiar with Billy Miller’s work. Billy will knock it out of the park. GH is sooo lucky to have signed him.

Michael S.
Michael S.

Awesome news! Can’t wait to see how the stories unfold! Great job GH recognizing Billy’s talent and brining him on-board!

Sandy
Sandy

Billy Miller is a fantastic actor and GH is lucky to have him. Another big loss for Y&R. Michelle Stafford, Michael Muhney, and Billy Miller. A triple loss.

Timmm
Timmm

I pray MM comes over to GH as a Cassadine.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Wow…that’s a great idea, Timmm. MM would scare the weebie-jeebies out of anybody as a Cassidine. I love him too.

jaybird369
jaybird369

EXCELLENT CASTING NEWS!!!!! Now that Billy Miller is boarding the GH train and all, maybe he can give the character of Jason Morgan something that that overrated Steve Burton never could…A MUCH NEEDED SENSE OF HUMOR!!!!! As for Y-O-U, Jill Farren Phelps…YA SNOOZE YA LOSE!!!!!! Clueless witch.

Jonathan
Jonathan

Glad to see Billy back, but it does not fill the void he left as Billy Abbot. Burgess Meredith Jenkins (sic) reminds me of a Ken doll with a toupee, not Billy.

Iakovos
Iakovos

LOVE this actor. Do not LOVE the Jason role but hey… if you die and get a new lease on life, I sense you change some in the personality department. I expect lots of confusion for Jason about who he was and what he wants to be. Perhaps some memory issues. My hope is embraces his Quartermaine connections and we get a story about a man who works to escape his mob past. And a romance with Liz would be real sweet, too. My guess is we get Jason Morgan back but in name only. New actor. New life (literally for Jason). And new direction.

But I must agree with the earlier post expressing a wish for stories with GH veterans. Here here!

Timmm
Timmm

GH vets are great BUT if they dont have a story line its a waste of time. Laura should be on the show right now. Luke is spinning out of control and Lulu is missing. No mention of Laura?

Chaz
Chaz

I think he will do well in the part…IF….they do away with the last incarnation of Jason. Billy Miller is great at playing the mischievous scamp but I don’t see him as the emotionless, blah Jason that had been on screen for so long.

Hopefully, they will pair him up with Liz (though I am not overly fond of the character ) or even Britt and not try to somehow create a romance with the dreaded Sabrina.

Kaffen
Kaffen

OK Billy Miller is coming to GH…..he’s a fine soap actor…RC has his hand full of females
Sabrina… he might put him with her’
Carly….a little bit too old
Liz….he might go a second round…But I will throw my TV…she’s like Victoria no thanks
Rose-Lie……she got a big mouth…He might put him with her….
Nina….a skip this one
Britt….she’s new, he might put her with him…for effect
SAM……………………………………WE GOT A WINNER

Don’t count out ..Liz, Sabrina, Roselie, or Brittt…But Sam is my 1st choice, ..
n
Now how Jason will deal with Julian his father inlaw, that’s the million dollar ?

Timmm
Timmm

Soap Gods, this is Timmm, THANK YOU!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

high 5

LOL

i’ll post the same… when and if Michael Muhney gets cast … be it GH or Days of OUR Lives as the new EJ… and Jason Brooks comes back as Peter Blake

Nancy
Nancy

In my mind Steve Burton can’t be replaced as Jason, so I won’t start watching the show again. But I wish the best to the new actor, Billy Miller, who will be playing Jason.

Timmm
Timmm

Your loss Nancy. Billy Miller is sooo talented. Y&R would die for him right about now. I promise you he will make you forget about Steve if you open your mind.

k/kay
k/kay

Everybody will just have to wait and see his take on Jason until he airs. I am thrilled that they finally acknowledged that he is going to GH so now just maybe Y&R fans can start trying to welcome Burgess Jenkins in the role of Billy Abbott. It takes time for anybody to replace a beloved actor in a role, now maybe everyone will let it go and quit posting bring Billy Miller back. I wish him much luck in making the part his own!

Don
Don

that does not mean that burgess jenkins will be accepted in the role of billy but that is a slap in the face to y&r tough michelle stafford, maura west, and now billy miller general hospital is taking old y&r castmembers.

k/kay
k/kay

If it was up to me he would still be Billy Abbott and Steve Burton would be back at GH playing Jason. This back and forth between GH & Y&R trading actors reminds me of trading ball players. Now it is out in the open and everybody knows as long as JFP is running the show at Y&R BM,MS were never coming back.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You’re so right, Don…for a minute there I thought you had written ‘cast-offs ‘…lol. Y&R must be eating crow.
I can’t even imagine why David Tom was replaced by Burgess Jenkins .( never heard of him before he appeared on Y&R )….. I actually thought that Tom, who originated the role of Billy Abbot, never missed a beat. I always liked him. Billy miller perfected and completed the role.
But, Jenkins? OMG…..forgive me, but he’s got to go.

Timmm
Timmm

Burgess is horrible!

Patrick
Patrick

#1 this is a big boon and definite ADD for Serial

I don’t even want to venture : will he be stuck with Sonny Sean Sam…. mob tied

the best route is for him to go HOME to the Q’s and live with mom for awhile… and go to work at the hospital….

and let him dance with the Ladies

this is just food for thought

the three amigos; to date ; Silas, Franco, and Kiki…. aren’t breaking records… taking hold and charge of their characters in Port Charles

Nina : currently : is being stifled by and with Silas and Sam

PLEASE do not make Jason a mobster… back with monotone excitement …. she looked so good with Steve Burton Jason… because of his stalwart machismo and didn’t have to act let alone TALK

with Silas… and Sam… it went… moved along… the writing has near ruined them
Silas, of the three amigos had the most to generate and make it.
he had the job at the hospital, Rafe, and Sam w/Daniel. there was so much going on…
now it seems like a wash and by the wayside… that this suffers

Billy Miller is astronomical
what a presence

what a shock if would be and bonus…. with added boon…. if he awoke and wanted his mother… and remembers he’s a doctor. LOL in the meantime…. Sam is involved with another doctor… and Silas treats Daniel as his own son

all systems go for this

lots of excitement over this new cast member…. as there should be

my first thought….. where is the writing

Timmm
Timmm

Billy Miller has way too much energy to tie him down as the dark and moody Jason Morgan. He will be a Q!

Don
Don

I am not surprised of the casting at all but this a great addition to the cast and billy miller will do a great job as jason can’t wait to see him working with maurice benard sonny and who he will deal with silas with his wife.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Is there a trifecta in the works…MS, BM and MM?

Patrick
Patrick

you know… i’d accept that…. even if the 3 mentioned… happened on GH

i’d wish MM for DAYS in the biggest way

back to your trifecta : whatever …. it takes : to bring Y&R down

a peg
a pedestal spiral

it’s not a #1 showing

IowaMan
IowaMan

Wow! What terrible news for Miller.
I’ll admit that I think GH is an awful soap (heresy at this site, I know), but things must be *really* messed up behind the scenes at Y&R for him to do this. Such a role certainly ain’t any kind of career advancement… this is really sad – such a talented actor.

su0000
su0000

Now, Billy has freedom to pursue other projects that Y&R would not give him that option….
So- its a very good thing for Billy Miller..
He will be employed and still be able to pursue other projects..

It is great news!!
Billy Miller coming to GH is trendy all over the internet; huge news!

Jason died, he is being brought back from being frozen..
there will be a big change but with no doubt Billy’s Jason will be a surprise and not the Jason that was portrayed by Steve B..

It’s a new day!! New life to GH .. Great talent! …. Rejoyce!!

(I want Micheal M to come to GH, too!!)
MS is doing a helluva job being Nina!!

GH is exciting!!

Timmm
Timmm

GH is far from awful and if you are so down on it, tune out. The fans of soaps realize that Billy signing on at GH is a major get and a major loss over at Y&R.

Elle
Elle

I love the energy of Billy Miller and hope that he will bring a unique spin to Jason and a much needed shot in the arm to GH. I think he could be good with Liz, Robin (unlikely since KMc is not coming back full time) or even with Maxie. He needs a fire cracker. I never liked Jason w/Sam.

In the end, it will all come down to good writing and my expectations at this point are low. I have been a #GH viewer on/off for 30 yrs & was brought back to GH last fall w/Robin’s return. I was underwhelmed with her storyline. I now watch occasionally whenever Robin, Anna, Liz, Maxie or Emma are on screen which is very little and their story lines are below average. I used to like Patrick but he’s become unrecognizable and quite boring. He’s only tolerable when he’s with Emma.

Omar
Omar

The battle for creating a SUPERSOAP is on!!..GH and Y&R are on fire in this departmen at the momentt..Fan base to those show are sure to increase..DAYS needs to get with the program and play this game too and add more huge fan favorites to the show..B&B is doing just fine, without signing fan favorites left to right at the moment.

Like it or not folks, soaps are in a struggle and they need to add all the fan favorites they can get.

mike
mike

GH’s big gain is Y&R’s big loss. Billy is one of the best actors in the medium. Sadly the new Billy Abbot is badly miscast and that has hurt Y&R tremendously. I hope when Jason comes back he is a Quartermaine again.

JUDY
JUDY

SO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS….I JOINED GENERAL HOSPITAL WHEN HE LEFT Y&R…SO THIS IS GREAT NEWS…NOW M.M. AND THEY WILL HAVE THE BEST OF Y&R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marie
Marie

All we need is Adam (Michael M) and we got a top notch Soap.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m not familiar with Billy though I’ve heard great things about him. He’s certainly a cutie! Funny, I saw Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett/OLTL) on some TV movie the other day and I was thinking he would have made a great new Jason!

jo
jo

Happy Days! Billy Miller on my screen! Great looking, great talent! who could ask for more?!

Sarah
Sarah

I agree with Michael. All this Negativity isn’t good for anyone nor for this Site. Why not sit back,let it happen (because it will regardless) and see what Billy Miller brings to the table! I know I’m excited!!!

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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