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Diane Delano Joins General Hospital!

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One of the best character actresses we know, Diane Delano has joined the cast of ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Delano will begin to appear in the newly created role of Margarethe, the assistant to Huxley, played by the incoming Trent Dawson (Ex-Henry).

Look for Delano to begin airing later this month.  Diane has extensive series credits including on Northern Exposure, Popular and on soaps on Days of our Lives and on the hit web series, Fumbling Through The Pieces.

Could Margarethe be a new villain on the GH scene? A fun quirky assistant to Huxley? Share your thoughts on Delano’s casting in the comment section below!

 

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Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

She’s all kinds of fun. Yeah

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Why oh why couldn’t they let her be Tracy’s assistant–wouldn’t she play well off of her? Remember when Laura worked in Mr. Quartermaine’s office–made for a lot of derring-do–and just plain fun when the “real” Luke walked in–and out. Sigh for the good old days of mixing it up with the whole cast. And do you remember all the sturm and drang at The Floating Rib and in the hospital cafeteria and in the disco? I’m waxing nostalgic–better go back to youtube and watch me some more “classic” GH–LOL! 🙂

Justin
Justin

oh, Nancy, I remember the good old days. I’m surprised they don’t use a hospital cafeteria anymore, that’s where everyone went to talk about their problems (and take hostages).

Alan
Alan

Loved her as Bobbi Glass and her twin sister Jessi on POPULAR. Wish Ron Carlivati was still writing the show — he would know how to write to her strengths.

Phyliss Wood
Phyliss Wood

I hope this new character has a part in one of the storylines going on now with one of our legacy actors ,so many of our actors now do not have storylines ,and not as much screen time as they did so hard to understand why bring in new people if not part of a storyline going on with one of our actors now..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree with you. More integration of characters/plot line needed–as it used to be in the golden era.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

The cast is TOO BIG and just keeps growing. It’s like GH is the unemployment pool of former daytime. UGH.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Paired with Dawson I am sure they will be funny and quirky– and although I am glad to see talented actors get a gig, not sure why GH keeps adding new characters instead of writing for the characters they already have.

I understand that over the course of fifty years it is impossible not to create new characters, but how did a show that once focused on the lives of those work in a large hospital morph into a show with mobsters, spies, mad evil scientists and the corporate world? One only has to look at prime time shows like MASH and ER to see how it is possible to withstand changes in cast without losing the core, the heart, the essence of what made the show tick.

With every new character any soap creates that has noting to do with original vision of the show, the further the show drifts from what it was, the more the show is written like it a whole new soap under the guise of a establish show, the more viewers tune out– because what is on screen isn’t the show the signed up to watch—

I think what GH needs right now is to go back to the original vision for the show, and find it’s heart again, and find writers that are willing to write with that vision in mind instead of creating new characters because it is easier and more profitable for them. Because right now if I was just starting to watch this show I would be really confused about what it is about, it seems to be just a collection of characters with no real binding force between them other than the fact they all live in Port Charles.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Couldn’t agree more with your sentiments–GH needs to “find its heart again.”
You are correct that it “seems to be just a collection of characters with no real binding force.” Yes, confusing to new viewers–and confounding to the “old” 🙂 ones.

Melissa
Melissa

Appreciate and agree whole-heartedly with your sentiments.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Also agree, Mary SF. Andre, Jordan, Rachel/Hayden, Naomi, Finn, Aaron (talk about amateurish acting!), Parker, Nurse Amy, Claudette (sight unseen), you can keep them all! Bring back sexy Johnny and live wire Spinelli. At least they have some life in them.

Kathy K.
Kathy K.

Who the hell is Huxley?

Mo
Mo

A new character played by Trent Dawson.

jaybird369
jaybird369

INTERESTING……….

su0000
su0000

These actors coming in from from the dead soaps. I have zero knowledge about them, so to me they are simply newbies..
That being said; I like new characters. They take screen time away for the cringe worthy Sam ugh, so all is good ahaa!
Anyways- I do like new stuff, so new characters are always good for me.
I hope she will be a nasty piece of work, a real bonafide bitch- but I highly doubt it ..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

There are some “dead” soaps, su0000–can we unearth them? LOL!

dmr
dmr

The character of Sam IS cringe worthy and speaks in a monotone. Also, she is a terrible P.I. For years now, the character seems to be integrated into numerous storylines. It’s awful.

Lisa
Lisa

Who is Huxley?!?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Another new character we’ve yet to see…sigh….

elm1951
elm1951

who the heck is “huxley” and why are we getting all these new characters???????

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

She and Huxley looking for those diamonds, they are hiding Nik, Claudettes family, Finn stole Roxy from them, they are assassins out to kill Griffen, she had Sonny’s 100th child and its Huxley, they are relatives of Spinneli, Helene using a youth serum created by Finn, long lost Qs…ok, people with absolute no connection to the show….all the above!!!-lol

Justin
Justin

A new character attached to a new character that might somehow be connected to some other new characters.

fginaspy
fginaspy

We don’t know who Huxley is yet. A short term role, so they say now, to be played by Trent Dawson late of ATWT. This is an interesting development. I will proceed with caution as I am not currently liking the character of Julian and his behavior. He is creepy. I am thinking of not watching the entire show at all.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’ll give her and ” Huxley” a chance but i never heard of either of these actors. And if they want quirky, funny and endearing they should bring back Spinelli full time!

Melissa
Melissa

Maybe they’ll play Spinelli’s parents?! Does Spinelli even have parents or are they both dead?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Lol, I don’t remember. I think he was raised by his grandmother.

Rochelle
Rochelle

Yeah, who the hell is Huxley?

Celia
Celia

I’m with you, Rochelle. Never heard of either, albeit she looks very familiar to me.
At this point, only the Griffin-Nathan story and the outcome of Alexis’s predicament , interest me…. with a dash of Hayden, her mother and Liz.
I have never felt pity for a character, whom I was not really into before, as I do for Alexis. It took her such a long time to snap out of this hypnotic state and do the right thing.
I do appreciate new faces, but, I am eager to see Alexis through this and rid herself of Julian once and for all.

Shay
Shay

Hello, Celia!!!! (I mean, “CeeCeeGirl!”)….If you have ever seen “Northern Exposure,” then the delightful Ms. Delano should look mighty familiar as she appeared as the firearms-fixated, super alpha-female cop/main squeeze of former astronaut Maurice Minnefield…and what an absolute hoot she was in all of her over-enthusiastic policewoman glory! (How hilarious would it be for her to go fisticuffs with “The Dominator,” aka, Alice??? I wouldn’t want to place bets on the outcome….LOL.) Not unlike yourself, I’m currently much less engaged in GH and the convoluted mess it has become…in fact, over these past few months, I watched the Anna/Duke farewell and Laura/Kevin disco scene and that was about it…..I intended to tune in for the NB until I discovered Dr. O’s gargantuanly gifted Kathleen Gati was being kept off the stage in favor of much lesser talents and I boycotted the whole thing in protest. Quite frankly, I’ve really lost my patience with this dreadful show….it never seems to get better, only worse by repeating the same mistakes again and again, such as adding more and more unnecessary newbies, and over-emphasizing the wrong characters, both old and more recent ones. As for the pathetic Alexis???? I’ve loved her fall from her own self-inflicted hubris….it’s truly time for this romantically-deluded woman to give up on the stubborn notion of being Port Charles’ version of Susan Sarandon and resort to becoming a crazy cat lady with a houseful of felines (That one’s for you, Timmmbo!) since she is so obviously incapable of having a healthy adult relationship, instead always opting for her default setting of a lovesick high schooler who falls for the “Leader of the Pack” whenever the opportunity presents itself. (Perhaps that proverbial suggestion to take up knitting as a hobby might also not go amiss!) By the way, I’ve responded to you a few times via my new phone and even though the remarks were posted, they ended up at the bottom of the thread as opposed to below your direct link where I placed them….don’t know what was up with that, but just wanted you to know that you had not been ignored. Anyway, hope all is well with you and that your great-gran is feeling better.

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
HELLO, MY LOVE:
Unfortunately, I never watched NORTHERN EXPOSURE. But, she does look very familiar to me.
I am not into GH as I am into Y&R these days. I am not enjoying Jason Thompson’s Billy….but, I see a light at the end of the tunnel for the soap, again. Y&R has always been my favorite soap….sooooo, I am invested.
Only you can make the words to describe Alexis jump out and grab me.
Yes, Alexis should have known better; but, as I stated days ago, I do feel sorry for her predicament. She was caught up in her devil-may-care extravaganza, running amok after that degenerate who was able to pull the wool over her eyes and promise her rainbows……turning coal to gold right before her eyes.
I also know that her wayward ways, acting as a teen, blinded her to Julian’s deception….yet, I have softened toward her because her story somehow touched my sensitivity; my emotions.
I am interested to see how far Alexis will go. Does she have the chutzpah to bury him. How will she prove it, if he took the last piece of evidence. Or has he? There’s always the dagger.
The cad is actually still working her by having Lucas’ wedding at the house. I want Alexis to be strong and turn a new leaf and make sound decisions from now on. I WANT to like this character. LOL.
See what I mean, Shaybelle? What’s going on with me? I feel pity for Alexis. Go figure.
I also think Nancy’s performance was stunning. Never saw her in this light. I like it! Why? Because Alexis has been acting the adult, as she looks at Julian through, clear, judicious eyes.

My GG is doing okay. She’s lucid. That’s one thing about her that is indestructible. We should all
Have her mind, at that age. Thank you for asking. Hope all is well with you.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….I’m fine, thank you, just been very busy! (And bored to tears with GH….it’s as you have mentioned regarding your Days, I barely recognize the show anymore, and I’ve become less and less inclined to bother with it, including recaps and spoilers…) But I have read many of your posts since you’ve returned to us, even though I haven’t replied much….other than on 5/21 and 5/31 threads when I sent you quick personal responses that failed to land in the right place! (However, they are still there, if you care to check….) Having said that, I feel for your current family situation, yet how fortunate you’ve been to grow up in such a multi-generational atmosphere….the obvious influence of your amazing grans has definitely made you wise beyond your years and it shows, my dear! Which is why I’m sure you could never be the fool that is Alexis. Whilst I can appreciate your sentiments for the character, perhaps I’ve seen this disillusioned side to her far too many times already….with Sonny, Ric, Jerry, now Julian…..bad boys all, and yet this woman just makes the same poor romantic choices again and again. Both in drama and real life, I have no patience for females who don’t learn from their mistakes, especially when it damages their children and imperils their lives….so as you so optimistically hope for this to be a true turning point for Ms. Davis, all I can think is WHO will be the next smooth criminal that she beds???? After all, the insatiable Alexis is not one to do without for very long….in addition to suggesting professional help to kick her habit of immensely awful taste in men, perhaps in the future she should rely on a more personal form of mechanical stimulation to scratch that perpetual itch of hers….what a storyline that would make, eh? I’m sure NLG could bring just the right “vibe” to that scenario….LOL! (And for the record, I’m also still pushing for that feline menagerie ….nothing says “woman over the edge” like a houseful of cats! It’s classic cuckoo!) Toodles, mia amica!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
I hear you, Shaybelle. Turning Alexis around is exactly what I am trying to impart. I can understand that the character seems like lost cause. Alexis falls into the same fetid pit repeatedly.
I think this is the perfect opportunity for the writers to ‘exhibit’ (lol) Alexis as the smart, sane, mature, officer of the court, advocate extraordinaire, that she is purportedly is. Get Julian. !!!!!
What really incensed me about yesterday’s episode was Carly’s gall. What impudence!!!!
Don’t get me wrong, mia bella, I detest Julian….but, for Carly to spew her hypocritical, holier-than-thou caca against Julian to Alexis, turns me inside-out and upside-down, hither and yon……as if….as if…..as if her husband wears a halo and has wings.
Thank you again, Shay. Yes, I count my blessings for my family. Later, cara.

Shay
Shay

Well, CeeCeeGirl, there’s one thing that Carly has never been short of and that is GALL!!!! She is the ultimate hypocrite in so many ways, and it does wear mighty thin….as you know, I’m no fan of the Corinthi and the manner in which they have been held up as some sort of supercouple….always destined to be together in the end….it actually sickens me, and that is a shame because I consider Laura Wright to be so much better than being pigeonholed as the perpetual mob moll apologist. (She was best with Jax since at least to some extent their romance broke her out of that mold, although Sonny and his unsavory influence was never far away and kept drawing her back into his seamy underworld antics even during her time as Mrs. Jacks.) As for Alexis, I can see your point about redeeming her character into someone who could garner some respect, but for me, it’s simply a case of too little, too late…..I’m just so sick of her….she’s had frontburner status for far too long and it was solely squandered on silly, sophomoric sexcapades. I’m much more invested in seeing where Laura and Kevin’s romantic adventure leads and how Anna moves on with her life…..these are the two “women of a certain age” who grab my interest, along with Tracy, albeit her current inexplicable obsession with someone else’s “nino” grates on me….this is a woman who barely had time for her own sons and now she’s slobbering all over a gangster’s offspring….I find it rather off-putting and blame the aftereffects of Ms. Quartermaine’s brain surgery and Finn’s prescribed course of drugs for her obvious lapse in her signature behavior. Me wants the tried and true Tracy back, in all of her delicious witchy and wicked glory, ready to snatch the reins of ELQ from the hapless and hopeless Mikey! (You go, Girl!) Of course, by now, I’ve learned not to expect much of my desired dramas of GH to come to fruition…..there only seems to be more of the same with characters—both old and new—for whom I hold no regard….maybe that’s why I’m finding it easier and easier to skip this show. Just saying!

Ghlover
Ghlover

Julian Jerome will sadly soon be off. His 4 year comtract will expire soon. After he looses Alexis,it will be over. And even more sad, ava will follow. Sonny always wins.

Dennis Valverde
Dennis Valverde

I agree Sonny always wins. Julian and will Ava Jerome will be Gone for good this time!

Celia
Celia

Sad, isn’t it, Ghlover? Maura West is a gold mine.

Joe
Joe

Geez. Another new character.

mike
mike

Can not wait, she is a great character actress , she would be great with Tracy.

Omar
Omar

She was awesome in POPULAR..I am certain she will bring much needed comic relief to the show!!

soapluv2010
soapluv2010

Truly, it wouldn’t be smart to follow the formula of Mash and ER. They each had a wonderful run but, they’re dead now – for a reason. That was then, this is now and while the past always looks better than it was when we look back at it, it’s a wasted effort to keep hoping it will return. It won’t. It can’t. It shouldn’t. You can never move forward looking back and it’s clear, today’s audience of the core demos doesn’t want to…in any arena. Old retreads of anything are boring. It’s a different world, like it or not. Soaps must evolve if they want to be a part of it. Going back to the original formula will not help them be vital today. It will ensure their demise. Just ask those who refused to change. Oh wait. We can’t. They’re gone.

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right, and to have to fight for something…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The evil-eye necklace!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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