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Denial Is No Longer An Option For GH's Alexis When Faced With A Potential Tragic Event!

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Yes, Alexis Davis  (Nancy Lee Grahn) is quickly becoming the Port Charles town lush on General Hospital! 

After trying to convince herself she doesn’t have a problem with booze, and her drink of choice … wine,  she is faced with a harrowing set of circumstances when watching over her grandson Danny on next week’s episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.  In the latest promo, the voiceover announcer says, “Denial is no longer an option” as Alexis passes out after drinking on her couch, while her and Danny were supposedly making cookies.  Only when she comes to, there is a fire in the hallway towards the kitchen, and no sign of Danny!

Later, Sam (Kelly Monaco) confronts her mother and says, “Were you drinking while you were watching my son?”  Not good!  Looks like trouble ahead for Sam and Alexis and their relationship, too!

Watch the promo after the jump, and then let us know what you think of Alexis going on a bender, and this storyline of watching this once mighty attorney’s fall from grace as played by two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn in the comment section below!

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Silky Bhasin
Silky Bhasin

I think the relationship between Sam and Alexis will for sure be affected and especially Alexis.

Noreen cunningham
Noreen cunningham

Love the relationship between Sam and Alexis. The Davis girls are my favorite family on GH. I think a little strain in any family is common, but it should be a good storyline to watch.

Celia
Celia

I don’t know, Noreen ( love your name) . This is not a little skirmish between mother and daughter….we all have those, of course. But, this is big-time stuff.
Sam entrusted her son to Alexis, who decided to indulge. When the bottle ( or any inebriating/impairing substance) becomes more important than your grandchild, there’s a monumental problem. I would blow a gasket, myself.
However, I am confident in thinking that Sam will not abandon her mother. She will urge her to get help.

Silvana
Silvana

Celia, I agree with you. At first she will be upset but then she’ll tell her mother that she needs to get help.

Celia
Celia

@Silvana.
Ciao, Silvana,
What a beautiful , Italian name ( woodland nymph)! I am sure you are aware Silvana Mangano was a famous Italian actress, wife of producer Dino DeLaurentis, and grandmother to Giada, the famous, Italian born, American chef.

LOL, please pardon my rantings. But, yes, Sam will be upset with her mother, at the same time, they are too close and have come a long way for Sam to just walk out of her mother’s life. Sam loves Alexis and she will do whatever necessary to see her mother through this.
This ‘accident’, which could have, potentially, been catastrophic will be the straw that broke the camel’s back, as it were.
Later.

jaselovesam
jaselovesam

I doubt if there will be a falling out with Sam and Alexis. It will be more of Sam being very concerned about her mother and her drinking problem. I also don’t think Danny is injured, but, of course, he could have been…and that will be the issue. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for Alexis or at least Sam being very aware there’s a drinking problem and will be there to help her mother.

anonymous
anonymous

why did the writers not only make it seem like helenas’ curse is coming true but also made alexis an unreliable grandparent. it isn’t enough that she and Julian didn’t have any happiness soon after the wedding and, sam already has said Julian can’t be part of dannys’ life.

Celia
Celia

I think this is about the hardship, the travesty that Alexis had to endure. I don’t know much about this character, but I hear she has not had it easy. She had the devil on her heels in Helena; felt ostracized; her mother was killed; looked for love in all the wrong places ( where did I hear that line? Hmmmm. LOL)….all this tumultuous negativity came to ‘deadly’ fruition…..brought her life to a halt. Julian was the last straw.
But, I, also, believe that the writers are giving us a slice of reality in the life of someone who may represent any of us.
I suppose Alexis has always been portrayed as a strong, intelligent, prosperous woman, against all odds….this shows her humanity. It shows that she, too, reaches the breaking point.

Celia
Celia

@Ala.
Hi Alan,
I am within that age group ( the big 30 next month), and I think this story, with Alexis ‘losing’ her grip, per se, is different from the mundane formula……as Nikki (Y&R) is . That characters is so fragile, it hurts to watch.
For once, I am intrigued how her children will handle this. This is a new spin. Perhaps I have not watched as many soaps as you, Alan, but I do not think I have seen it happen so ‘orderly’. How does one go from being on top of the world, ending within the earth’s bowels?
And, as I said above, I do not think Alexis’ fall is necessarily all due to the men in her life. It is a lifetime accumulation of negative forces.
But, if the writers have the foresight to make Alexis’ daughters as the catalysts to bring Alexis back, I will be more than satisfied.
I would love to see a concerted effort shown from Sam, Kristina and Molly to get their mother out of her hell.

Timmm
Timmm

I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places
Lookin’ for love in too many faces
Searchin’ their eyes
Lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreaming of
Hoping to find a friend and lover
I’ll bless the day I discover
Another heart lookin’ for love

-Johnny Lee “Urban Cowboy”

Shay
Shay

Good Lord, CeeCeeGirl….This woman is an absolute mess!!!! I take some time away from GH and instead of getting herself together in the interim, Alexis just keeps boozing it up and sliding further down that slippery slope of Mount Alcoholism….what next? Is she going to be picking up some risky one-night stand dudes or perhaps send out a few choice, humiliating TUI’s? (Tweeting Under the Influence….now THERE’S an idea….) She’s already run down/roadkilled Kristina’s physically abusive high-school boyfriend, Keifer, whilst in an impaired state, so she’s been there, done that….as usual, this chick just never, ever learns from her past mistakes!!!! Color me SO not amazed. Oh, incidentally, you made mention of being a December baby…me, too, mia amica!!!!! As for being the big “30?” Take it from me…..just stay 29 forever….it’s much, much easier that way, and you never forget how old you are….hah!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Shaybelle, HI !!!!!!
December baby, you say? Popular month. There are, at least, ten members of my family born in December. My sister-in-law, as well. She was born Christmas day….her name, of course, is Natalia ( Natale, being the word for Christmas in Italian).
Happy Birthday to us all !!.
Anyway, I guess you noticed my one-eighty where Alexis is concerned. This is the thing……I really appreciate her situation, Shay, as I know a couple of friends that are in this predicament.
Therefore, it is real life; which is such a switch from the make-believe world that is GH.
I also have a newfound liking for Alexis sans Julian.
I understand that Alexis has made one mistake after another, but I would think she had no guidance from a woman in her young life. She was, more or less, left to her own devices, and it became a habit, for lack of a better word. A hellion? She lacked the nurturing comfort of a mother. I picture myself not having my Mom…..desolate thought!
She kept stepping in the same caca over and over until it really began to smell. The biggest poop-head materialized in Julian. I do believe he loved her in his own way, but not enough to give her his all.
You know, Shay, the majority of men are very protective of their wifes and would take a bullet for them. It was a shock to Alexis that Julian turned out to be just the opposite. A weasel and a coward; who would rather throw his wife under the bus to save his sorry arse, as perfect as it may be…LOL.
As I said, she broke. She felt her world crumble and riddled with insurmountable obstacles.
I am just happy she is acting human. More so, since her wardrobe has ‘grown up’. She acts as is directed; but her mode of dress is all her. I like the more subdued Alexis. I feel for her.
Can you believe it? I hope she stays away from Julian. She is written so la-di-dah when with him.
Yes, I want her to be sexy and attractive, but with a modicum of elegance.
You must admit that Nancy is killing the role, Shay, regardless of how we may feel about the character.
I’d like to see where her journey will take her. As you say, she’s a mess. And, I hope she does recover and be whole again. This is most inspirational for real women in her situation.
Keep in touch, bell’amica.

Shay
Shay

Well, CeeCeeGirl, at least we can concur on the virtues of Alexis’ newfound modesty via her wardrobe….a refreshing change, to be sure! LOL. I don’t know about the rest, though….I get where you are coming from in terms of your sympathy and such for her current circumstances….but for me they are far too familiar….we’ve been there and done that all before and more than just the once with this woman….that’s pretty much been the set pattern for at least the last decade of this character’s existence…at some point in anyone’s life shouldn’t there be an upward learning curve based upon one’s past mistakes???? Mother or no mother, by the point a person hits their 50’s, I should think that there are no excuses left for making repeatedly bad choices, especially when they seem to be the same kind vis-a-vis picking unsuitable men again and again. Perhaps that’s just me….of course, Alexis’ overactive libido is what always gets her into such trouble…if nature would just finally take its course and allow her randy nature to abate even a tad, it would probably be the greatest favor to her….Maybe then she could quit checking her brain at the door whenever an object of desire is concerned, particularly Julian. However, I’m not holding out hope for that to happen….it would appear that the writers enjoy heaping humiliation upon this character way too much for comfort, thus her uncontrollable quest for “satisfaction,” albeit sublimated to the bottom of a wine bottle at the moment, shall not be something easily abandoned from the basic core of her being. In other words, I predict that even when our Alexis is far, far past her prime, she’ll be some silver-haired doxy still looking for love and its accompanying physical thrills in some retirement community…Haha!!!…By the way, I replied to your “other” post….don’t know if it will take, but I hope you will receive it nonetheless. Later, mia amica.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH is on fire…well, at least in Alexis’s hallway-lol

Shay
Shay

It should have been in her kitchen, jimh….whilst the impossibly inept cook, Alexis, attempted to bake up some of those “Red Wine Brownies” that are currently all the craze…..I mean what could go wrong with that combustible combo? Choccy and booze…hah!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

The fire should had spread to the entire town…knocking off most of the cast…the Finn/Hayden story could had been the first to go up in flames…two doorknobs make a far better romantic couple!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I like the actor too but none of his characters seem to work…i dont see why he couldnt be somehow connected to the police…he was terrific as a brooding cop…i dont care about that dumb lawsuit-how that turn out anyway…he doesnt have to play John McBain…Finn as a private detective or working for Anna or something-he just isnt a believable doctor…if only that drunken cow would had knocked over a lantern and caused that’ Great Chicago’ fire in Port Charles and snuffed out half the cast!!!!

Shay
Shay

Very good thought, jimh!!!!!….Alexis should have been Port Charles’ modern-day equivalent of Mrs. O’Leary!!!!! (They’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight…FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!!!!!) As for Hayden, yep, I’m all for enveloping her in that inferno….along with Nina, Val, Jordan, and of course, the perp herself, Alexis!!!! But not Finn! I like Michael Easton far too much……

su0000
su0000

I saw the drunken tragedy coming 10 miles ahead..
Not surprised, not intrigued, too transparent.
Thing about J&S… you see what’s coming long before it comes YAWN..
Their writing is too generic, never a shocker or surprise.
the Queens of Snoooze are living up to their reputation.

su0000
su0000

0ooh and—-
I have not had one, not one laugh not even a chuckle in a year with J&S, not one.

Fanny
Fanny

Su000, U R soooooooo right on both counts!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Why do you keep looking for “chuckles and laughs” on a soap???

Alan
Alan

Life isn’t all sturm and drang. A good soap understands that it needs balance — drama, romance, intrigue, and tragedy as well as a few laughs — to reflect life and keep viewers entertained. GH’s recipe of mob violence, shootings, and death followed by more mob violence, shootings, and death is a stagnant blend that may hold some viewers but isn’t drawing in significant new ones looking for something to make them forget their problems for an hour a day.

If GH wants to be renewed it’s going to need to change its tired formula because its not making inroads with women 18-34 (who I would guess are — like myself — tired of seeing all the female characters declawed and defined by the men in their lives).

Addison
Addison

Well, Su00, at least I get a laugh and a chuckle from reading your comments.

Celia
Celia

Have some wine, su….and bake some cookies.

Dan
Dan

Hey Su, if the writing is as boring as you say it is for GH, why are the ratings up for the year and up in the demographics from where they were at this time last year, which was soon after they took over for Ron Cartoon? J&S are obviously doing something right.

Kim
Kim

Yes I agree. MOB stuff needs to end! Bring happiness back to Port Charles.

Rose
Rose

Su…It’s not just with J&S/GH writers that you can see train wrecks like a drunken Alexis coming 10 miles ahead. There’s the Sharon and baby Sully build-up and reveal on Y&R, and then there’s Stephy/Liam/Wyatt, or it could have been Hope in the past. I’m just not sure how you rework these kinds of stories since they seem to be the staples for soaps. And I agree, it would be nice to have some laugh-out-load humor once in a while. If I remember correctly I think Ava provided some good lines with Valentin and/or Nicholas.

Addison
Addison

She is such a gifted actress and I am totally buying her developing a drinking problem at this point in her life. This story is grounded in reality and thus far they are doing a damn good job. I hope they don’t take this story somewhere where it should not go.
Elizabeth Vagras has come out about her alcoholism and she reveals some interesting facts about her disease. She says that most women who suffer from alcoholism also suffer from anxiety disorders. If you recall when we were first introduced to Alexis she had to breath through paper bags to alleviate her anxiety. Like Vagras, Alexis is a high achiever and also like Vagras, her drinking problem did not manifest itself until later in life. I think it would be fabulous if GH could get Elizabeth Vagras to make a cameo appearance on GH as some kind of spokesperson.

Lovesam1122
Lovesam1122

I am looking forward to some strive with Sam & Alexis, their camp has been quiet for quite a while. Kelly & Nancy will bring it because they always do. Kelly Monaco is fabulous at angst & she/Nancy together are gold

Timmm
Timmm

ANYTHING to get Sam away from Sleepy Miller!

Celia
Celia

Sleepy? More like dead, Timmmy. The walking dead.
I can see a different persona in Sam as she interacts with her mother, at least.
Billy and Kelly are a bust together. Do not kill me, people….only my opinion.

Patrick
Patrick

once again… their they are… in matching leather jackets… Nancy Drew and the HARD’y boy… things just drop in their lap… as they are looking for what happened that night the “bomb” went off. Jason sends her out of the car… 3 plus months pregnant.

no worries his tough stance with threatening voice.. and machismo overload with steely eyes… and puppy dog grin are all on the menu. push his buttons

congratulations Jason and Sam… for being the dullest couple

Jason: Sam said yes… she wants to move out of Port Charles. GH does not need either of you.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I saw this coming but i have no problem with it because it gives Nancy a chance to blow us away with her very strong acting chops. This is going to be good.

Catherine Ingraham
Catherine Ingraham

I think it’s a shame but a good story line.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I’m just not interested in seeing another alcoholic story line on the soaps. I feel like it’s been done to death.

Addison
Addison

Well some could say Shakespeare did some themes to death–star crossed lovers, jealousy, ambition, insecurity, parental betrayal, sibling rivalry, etc. but it’s not the repetition that counts. It’s the different circumstances and interpretation which makes it fresh.

Elizabeth r
Elizabeth r

I am tired of Alexis looking bad after a abusive relationship. She is not a bad person . The storyline is making me angry toward the writers.. I don’t look to watch daily because it’s getting old. Some issues definitely should not be dragged or repeated for viewers to get caught up in over written story lines. There’s a difference in Reality and Drama that the writer’s are not really capturing .My opinion. This is why I am not wanting to waste my time daily .. I catch up when Stupidity is over..

Mary SF
Mary SF

I too find this a refreshing depiction of the disease alcoholism– a lot people who have it are not falling down drunk or running around town slurring their words– or hanging out in a seeded bar with the “regular working class” which soaps often do— most alcoholics are very functional—and the fact she passes out while looking after her grandson is very common– the fire is a bit much– but it is a soap so it has to be a bit much — but overall although the subject matter is very serious– Alexis is fast becoming my favorite soap lush

Rodd
Rodd

IF it accelerates Sam and Jason’s move out of town, I’m all for it. They bore me to tears.

Patrick
Patrick

it’s time right… they simply have to go

I have never seen , a couple, with no energy, or spark.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

LOL

JMER
JMER

A promo that shows Sonny, Carly and Nathan as the faces of GH is sure to be a loser with anyone I know.

It’s time for Sonny & Carly to move to the backburner & let others shine. Nathan should have stayed on the backburner. There is nothing compelling about him. Oh well, maybe by Christmas or Feb Sweeps?

Timmm
Timmm

Nathan is empty unless his shirt is off!

Celia
Celia

I like ’empty’, Timmmy. LOL.

Keffen
Keffen

Why do they hurt Jasam baby. For one thing they should have had Alexis live with Her daughter..this is a mes.we don’t want another child to die

Celia
Celia

Tell me about it, Keffen. Poor babies!!

Alan
Alan

Yet another strong woman reduced to a spineless mess by the current writing team. Alexis has witnessed her mother’s murder, lost a sister, found a secret daughter, battled cancer, killed two men, and helped a guilty mobster beat the rap too many times to count but it was a jerky husband that drove her to the bottle? Give me a break…

Addison
Addison

So far, I like it, Alan.
However, if they go down the road I think they are going I will be more inclined to agree with you.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

That “jerky husband” was someone she was madly in love with who held a knife to her throat, cost her her license, humiliated her, put her integrity on the line, caused Sonny to threaten her life as well, have half the town blame her and basically went from cloud nine to less than zero. And then there’s Nicolas’s death and Kristina hating her (past tense, for now). Cumulatively she’s been beaten down by many things, at the same time. People reach a breaking point. She’s entitled to fall apart. Doesn’t make her or anyone weak if they crumble. She’ll be back.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m just gobsmacked that Alexis came alive…. YES… and it’s all due to her visit from brother Valentin…. he’s asking her to work for him as a consultant. and telling her … she’s more like him than she cares to acknowledge… etc.

it was very refreshing… TILL Jason and Liz show up… and Jason gets all He Man and jumps on Valentin… telling him if you hurt any one I love… do you know what i’d do to you ? etc.

I don’t know the connection with Anna yet… but she also says the same thing.. if you hurt any one… you will be thrown out of this town…

you’ve got all the toy soldiers in ready mode. I guess the biggie is he hasn’t run in to either Sonny and or Julian.

GH… SERIOUSLY Frank/Shelly/Jean you trot out your biggies… to give “fair” warning” @Valentin. let’s have some FUN in the interim… OR

do your pets even know how ? Sonny/Carly – Julian/Alexis – Jason/Sam

let Alexis live… Valentin sent her a case of wine… let these two hide out in her cabin and finish that case… delve in to their lost past and what could be a rich history. what an opportune time… to offer up something as tantalizing as Valentin

Valentin ladies: Alexis / Nina / Ava / Claudette. just don’t bore us about Anna… yet?

I’m hoping that Alexis will absolve and clear Valentin… of all “charges” and he will command attention… lots of attention… and even the menfolk will submit

well… Valentin has upped the amp; upped the ante ; upped the whole show

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Soaps aren’t usually comic fare…nor are they tragicomedies. They always go from one melodramatic, woven-web-we-weave stories, with occasional snark and a zany character or two. GH has Spinelli, Lucy, Scotty, Franco, Dr. Obrecht. Even Finn has a silliness about him. I love all these characters and they’ve all delivered. But I don’t expect lighthearted fare now. Morgan’s death, the rippling effect it’s had touching many of the characters, the resurgence of Valentin and how he effects several of the main characters…the spiraling of Alexis, Carly, Sonny…all realistic and plausible considering everything that’s happened. The stories are what many of us were asking for, centered on family, friendship and relationships. Right now, the characters are reeling. Just as Dillon has to wait for Kiki to get past her grief…we viewers are along for the somber ride, budding and breaking relationships as well.
Works for me…

boes
boes

Another alchoholism storyline……sigh……the writers on all the remaining soaps, not just this one, dip into this bag of tricks way too often and easily.
Either they have characters knocking back the booze like it’s soda or passed out in a drunken stupor.
Overkill.

Timmm
Timmm

Julian will save the day and put out the fire, Danny is unharmed!

Keffen
Keffen

I hope he will

Celia
Celia

If Alexis reconciles with Julian? Well, now……I shall lose respect for her all over again. Ugh!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Now, now CeeCee…love conquers all…on soaps! 🙂 I’m still hoping Julian was cursed by the knife so I can forgive him…unless another cutie comes along to steal Alex’s heart.

Alan
Alan

Of course she’ll reconcile with Julian — every woman on this show is either defined by having a man or having baby rabies. The days of strong, smart women are a thing of the past with the current writing team.

Celia
Celia

@Rebecca.
LOL. Yeah….not when your husband tries to slit your throat, it “don’t”.
Maybe Alexis will go to rehab and meet a gorgeous, tall, raven-haired doctor, with dreamy green eyes.

Celia
Celia

@Alan.
What happened to “We’ve come a long way, baby”? When you put it that way, Alan; I guess you have a point.
This storyline should have been written for Ava, not Alexis.
Can you picture a stoned Ava? Sprawled on the ground; her back to the wall of the building in that special alley she loves to frequent. One stiletto carelessly thrown in a corner; her coat half on, half off; her red liptick all smudges; with a bottle of Chateau Margaux in hand? LOL.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

That’s why I mentioned the cursed knife. In the “fantastical” world of GH where Helena casts spells, curses and practices mind control…the one way they could absolve Julian is if he was cursed or controlled or the knife made him do if. LOL. Far fetched, I know. But if GH and its spinoff can have aliens and vampires…well….

Shay
Shay

Me, too, CeeCee!!! Ooops, forgot, I never had any respect for her in the first place!

Vicki
Vicki

She and Julian will end up back together somehow in the middle of all of this.

Celia
Celia

If that’s the case, my dear, Vicki? Then, they’re all living on Mars. I will not move there. LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

I can hear Nancy and Wil now in an interview with Mr. Fairman laughing at the fact that they are back together after Julian had a knife to Alexis’s throat. ONLY on a soap!

Debra m
Debra m

I totally get the Alexis story. She is turning to wine to forget her problems and obviously still has some feelings for Julian. This story line is showing some truth, how women sometimes need to numb themselves from reality. Nancy G has been amazing!

Shay
Shay

You’re not kidding about that wine part, Debra m….At my local grocery shoppe, the meat manager was having a chat with me one day and he suggested a certain vintage to go with my beef selection…he said it was a very popular choice. I thanked him for his input, but told him I don’t drink, never have….and he almost sheepishly apologized for the assumption, before I told him there was no need since so many females DO these days, and certainly not in moderation. After he picked up his jaw from the floor in utter amazement that I should be so candid, this led to a discussion of how women are the largest purchasers in his recently much-expanded wine/spirits department—usually choosing wine by the case–or two—or three, no less—-and I replied that doesn’t surprise me a bit because there is a huge hidden population of female closet alcoholics who think just because that’s all they quaff it doesn’t make it so….even when they down a bottle or two of it in quick succession all by their lonesome in the privacy of their own homes. I do believe my comments gave him an entirely new perspective into his burgeoning sales figures on this particular line of merchandise….LOL. Hence to say that this GH storyline is both a topical and realistic one is a true understatement!

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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