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Disney-ABC Officially Cancels KATIE! Talk Show To End After Two Seasons!

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The ax has finally fallen on Katie Couric’s afternoon talker, Katie!  Soap fans can now have some retribution that 2/3 of all the replacements that ABC, or the Disney/ABC Syndication wing came up with to rebrand their daytime lineup, that saw iconic soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live cancelled, and General Hospital moved to a new time slot to  acommadate Katie going into their original timeslot in television markets around the country, has all but failed.  The only show to survive this is The Chew!  The Revolution and now Katie have tanked!

According to an official press release today from Disney/ABC and Katie Couric, “While production will continue on Katie through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show. We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making Katie the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.”

Couric was expected to give the news to the show’s staff after today’s taping, the last before the scheduled holiday break until January!  Seems like a lot of major changes happens in the final week before Christmas in the daytime biz!  For months, we have been reporting that the cancellation was imminent and now Disney/ABC pulled the trigger!

At present time there is  no replacement for Katie.  Disney/ABC is working on finding something to put in the talker’s place, having recently hired syndication executive Lisa Hackner!  The big hurdle there is if the syndication arm  can mount a new production that fast!  ABC found it continually hard to make Couric’s show economically feasible because of its cost, even with a budget reduction.   ABC stations have already been reportedly exploring local newscasts to replace the talk show next fall, with other programming acquisitions as an option to newscasts!  Starting in January, Couric will do Katie along with her duties under her new deal with Yahoo. After Katie ends in May, she will focus on Yahoo while looking for opportunities in TV!

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So, what do you say soap fans?  Are you happy Katie is going to be a-goner? Or, will you miss her talk show? Let us know!

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Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I can’t believe her talk show lasted this long. Katie does well with an ensemble cast. Being on her own just shows how phony she is.

Claudia
Claudia

ABC should now learn from their mistakes that cancelling the soaps was one bad idea. They should put OLTL and AMC on in half hour slots and their numbers would soar.
I am shocked The Chew has lasted longer than Katie.

Heather
Heather

I want One Life to Live to come back too. But I actually like The Chew. My ideal lineup for ABC would be The Chew, One Life to Live and General Hospital.

All My Children can stay dead for all I care.

Kathy
Kathy

I really like the Chew… I would like to se All My Children come back in the 3:00 slot…

mary
mary

YEAH!!! Happy holiday soap fans. this is our gift. Now Please ABC put GH back to 3pm.

Harry
Harry

Better yet, cancel that horrid The Chew with all those idiotic people clowning around for their own pleasure ,and bring back OLTL and AMC. They should never had been cancelled them in the first place.

Kris
Kris

I’m with you!!

Fran
Fran

yes, cancel The Chew ABC buy back AMC/ OLTL and Merge the two soaps like they should have done in the 1st place.

Max
Max

Totally agree, Harry, with everything you said. And does ABC not understand the meaning of “boycott”? I haven’t strayed from standing firm and watching nothing on ABC besides GH since they cancelled two of my favorite soaps.

Janet
Janet

Sorry to crash the party but Katie’s cancellation won’t bring back AMC and OLTL.

First, her show was syndicated so her cancellation has no impact on AMC and OLTL. Secondly, even if her talk show had been a network show, chances are ABC would have replaced it with another talk show instead of a soap opera. Thirdly, her show wasn’t cancelled because of low ratings but rather because her contract was too expansive. If her contract had been cheaper with the same ratings, the show wouldn’t have been cancelled.

Sorry if my post may offend some, but I’m just being realistic here. Katie’s cancellation won’t bring back AMC and OLTL. Anyone who continue to think otherwise will only end up being hurt and frustrated.

Deb
Deb

Amen. Bring back the old afternoon line up

SZima
SZima

Janet, this may have been a “syndicated” show, but it was produced by ABC/Disney and shown primarily on ABC stations. So, ABC is who needs to come up with something to fill that time slot.

Janet
Janet

SZima, ABC doesn’t necessarily need to find a replacement to Katie because her show was syndicated. They may leave the show with no replacement as they did when they cancelled The Tony Danza Show a couple of years ago.

I don’t know why everyone thinks that Katie had a timeslot. In my market, Katie aired on the NBC station and she didn’t even aired at 3:00pm. She aired at 4:00pm. On my ABC station, it’s Ricki Lake that aired at 3:00pm last year. Now that Ricki Lake has been cancelled, it’s another lame talk show that is airing after GH (I think Dr. Oz, but I’m not sure).

Nance
Nance

I am with you, Max, I don’t watch anything in the afternoon BUT GH. I meant it when I said I would boycott any shows that replace AMC & OLTL. It is now time to bring them back, and get your high ratings for those shows, or even combined them for an hour each day. What ABC did was so wrong in every way. All of their talk about people wanting more reality type shows proved them WRONG at every angle and how long is “The Chew” going to last???

Harry
Harry

Any show in which it seems that the hosts are having a grand ole time while forgetting that there are viewers out there is an unmitigated disaster. The Chew makes me want to Spew.

China
China

Same here they should have never canceled. I stopped watching everything on ABC except of General Hospital is a damn shame. I also miss AMC and OLTL. What did was very wrong and I know they’re regretting it.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

ABC gave Prospect Park such a hard time so why don’t they just put AMC & OLTL back on themselves? Don’t they get it? Nobody is watching these crappy new shows! They must be losing money & isn’t that what it’s all about to them?

mary
mary

OLTL is never coming back. It is too expensive to start a soap, even an establish one. sorry.

David
David

Actually, The Chew’s ratings have been rising over the past year. So obviously people are watching and enjoying it even if it’s not soap fans.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Listen to Mary and Janet. OLTL and AMC are dead. Move on.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

What a bunch of haters! Obviously not soap fans!

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

There is enough local newscast as it is…how much news and talk do we need…i hear the headlines and then check out the weath report in the morning and in the evening…sometimes just once a day…breaking news and sometimes follow up reports ill tune in to…and thats all i need…cable news have a rehash of news daily 24/7…we have enough news, talk and reality garbage!!!

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

weather!

mary
mary

Maybe you can ask Propect park if they want to do OLTL again to air at 2pm. Please no more talk shows or reality shows.

alana
alana

a reality show, will replace katie. trust me this will happen. i love reality shows.

brian
brian

you may be alone in that, prime time reality ok, but give daytime back to the soaps please.

Linda
Linda

I’m with you! No more reality, cooking, or news programs! Glad Katie done! Let`s have something new, refreshing with a twist!

ricardo
ricardo

i am so happy, that katie couric has been cancelled. i know i am dreaming but abc needs to bring back one life to live in the fall. Abc should admit, they made a huge mistake in cancelling one life to live and all my children. but, they will not admit it. abc prove me wrong. katie was a flop, i am so happy she failed. the revolution tanked as well. karma is a bitch. I have to say, that i enjoy watching the chew. thats the only show, that survived. just bring back, one life to live and i will be happy again. all my children, can stay dead. I gave up on all my children, the ratings were falling. one life to live rating were way up, and they cancelled it. brian frons needs to be locked up and tortured with jill pharren phelps. she is a soap killer, like brian frons. i will call sheila carter and caesar faison, and they can torture brian frons and jill pharren phelps. merry christmas everyone. merry christmas too you michael fairman.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

My God, AMC and OLTL are DEAD!!!! They’re NOT COMING BACK!!! Let it go, people!!! I loved them also but the writing is on the wall!!! CANCELLED!!!

Cigi
Cigi

Yes but it’s funny that everyone is still talking about them. No one talked about Guilding Lighht as much as these too soaps. I agree, it’s probably too late, but we could still hope.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Finally! Another epic fail for ABC/D daytime tv. I hear The Simpsons’ Nelson Muntz saying ,”Ha ha”.

We all saw this coming.

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

Katie’s Talk Show didn’t really interfere with General Hosp here in Orlando, Fl, as her show was broadcast on NBC at 2:00pm while GH was shown on ABC at 2:00pm. Of course, when Katie was first brought to TV, General Hosp was moved from it’s original 3:00pm time slot which did not make GH’s longtime fans very happy. I personally am now used to watching GH at 2:00pm and hope the ABC network doesn’t change It back to 3:00pm……but I could learn to live with it!!!! I never watched Katie’s Talk Show but wish her all the best!!!!

AJ
AJ

I would have liked to seen Katie join the “View”. I have nothing against Katie or her show, but I’m glad that the show is cancelled.. I hope everything ABC puts into daytime falls apart.

Harry
Harry

I am thinking that The View should be cancelled next due to its abysmal ratings and its horrible co hosts. Barbara Falters has lost it and Dumber and Dumber (Sheri and Jenny) are intolerable. Whoopi is the only sane one on the panel and she looks like she wants to jump out of her skin

Julie
Julie

BRING BACK ONE LIFE TO LIVE!

jp
jp

I totally agree. Of course, with ABC legal issues with PP I highly doubt we would see OLTL or AMC return to the daytime line-up. I am a OLTL fan, but I want AMC fans to have their show too. I wish ABC could admit their mistake, resolve their issues with PP, and put both shows on for a half hour.

As of now, I only watch GH. Never have and never will watch the chew. The Revolution and Katie fell victim to cancellation and it will continue to happen.

Harry
Harry

Yes, for sure and then cancel The Chew and bring back AMC! I am giving up on both GH and Y&R so I need a decent soap to watch.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

solveig simonsen
solveig simonsen

They should bring back AMC & OLTL half hour slots like B &B.

Susan
Susan

Bye Bye we want our soaps back

Jenny
Jenny

Heck YEAH I am happy she has been axed!! Now just bring OLTL and AMC back and give GH their RIGHTFUL time slot back. Admit it, ABC…you screwed up, now fix it!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

From your lips to God’s ears.

Jefferson
Jefferson

Wow buh bye. Can’t really fill that OLTL spot can they.

Kevin
Kevin

PUT SOAPS BACK ON ABC, Maybe A Revival Of Ryan’s Hope??!!!!???

Delia, Her Kids: Ava & John (Little John), Husband Roger, Daughter In Law Lizzie & Grandson Owen;

That’s A GOOD WAY To Go.

PUT RYANS HOPE Back On ABC!!!! They Would Definitely Be COMPETITION to THE DYING OR DEAD THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, WHICH I STOPPED WATCHING;

Joanne
Joanne

Love to see One Life to Live, come back!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Absolutely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

terri
terri

That would be a Christmas miracle 🙂 !!!

Marsha
Marsha

Talk about Drama….This shows the research arm of ABC, the focus groups and anyone else who had the opinion that Daytime Dramas were no longer viable really didn’t know what they were talking about. Had ABC left their daytime dramas intact and simply brought in capable writers the shows would have flourished, both financially and in the ratings. ABC has found out the hard way–at the expense of fan loyalty and several millions of dollars that cheaper/less expensive programming via talk shows obviously do not hold a candle to daytime dramas.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I couldn’t agree more! whoever is making these daytime programming decisions should join Brian Frons on the unemployment line.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I read the Erika Slezak was told by the then president of daytime that the audience wants information, not entertainment. Well, two of the information shows have tanked. Looks like that executive didn’t have a clue. Of course, we viewer already knew that.

Rapids
Rapids

Katie was syndicated, locally it was on NBC. From what I read the ratings were decent but the production cost was very high due to the ridiculous contract Katie was given. Ratings not high enough to justify the cost of the show. I’m not a Katie fan but I watched her show here and there if she had a good guest. It was decent but not great.
However people need to stop thinking their soaps are coming back. It ain’t happening folks. Meredith Viera will be the next show on the syndicated circuit and local stations will pick up her show in many markets.
Katie keeps coming up like a rose but maybe the jig is up as far as big money goes.

Lisa
Lisa

Gee~ I have a great idea how about reviving the 2 soaps that you dumped like hot potatoes, big big mistake ABC!!!

Lin
Lin

Replace her with All My Children or One Life to Live

jaybird369
jaybird369

Y-A-Y!!!!! I am so ecstatic!!!!! I’m sorry but (to me) that Katie Couric is N-O-T talk-show material at all. No. No Thank You. Next………..

Sarah
Sarah

Katie wasn’t really good at being a talk show host so I’m not surprised it got cancelled. I would not be mad if old episodes of any of the abc soaps got replayed!!!

Libby
Libby

It is not a shocker: Katie’ s cancellation. Now, we will see who prevails with rights to #OLTL #AMC. I think folks are ready to move on after PP debacle. In my heart, I would like to SEE #OLTL have a fair chance.

No matter what comes – no more chat fests, game shows or reality angst. We. Continue to wait it out.

Kevin
Kevin

BRING BACK RYAN’S HOPE!!!!!!!

Theirs So Much You Can Do With It!!!

Now That Delia Has Another Kid

BRING BACK RYANS HOPE

Just Don’t Let JILL FARREN PHELPS WHO KILLED Santa Barbara, Guiding Light, Another World, One Life To Live, General Hospital & Now The Young And The Restless;

And If The NEW HEAD OF ABC DAYTIME DOES SO, She Can Bring Back

The WONDERFUL, CONSUMATE, CREATIVE & TALENTED

Creator, Head Writer & Executive Producer Of RH: CLAIRE LABINE.

She Did A —- Of A Wonderful Job On Ryan’s Hope But Also On General Hospital;

Brining Back The Hospital Format FRONT & CENTER
Stone & Robin Love Story
Monica’s Cancer
BJ’s Accident
Maxine’s Heart Transplant

Remember Those???

helen
helen

No no no ryans hope will never come back. i hated that soap.. General hospital and days of our lives are the best shows right now to see

Kevin
Kevin

Sorry Left Something Out:

Just Don’t Let JILL FARREN PHELPS WHO KILLED

Santa Barbara, Guiding Light, Another World, One Life To Live,
General Hospital & Now The Young And The Restless;

Be Involved With Ryan’s Hope If That Happened, God Knows What Would Happen To A Woman Who Has Done NOTHING But Destroy.

QbanMinotaur
QbanMinotaur

Guess Disney/ABC has to eat crow… as the old saying goes… “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Bring back AMC , OLTL to their old time slots, give them good writers and appease those loyal soap opera fans.

Marie
Marie

Not going to happen.

Diana
Diana

Finally! She should have never been put on in the first place! Now the Mouse is moving her over to their other partner Yahoo – can’t wait for her to go down in flames there! Cha- ching Cha-ching, she still gets a paycheck as the Mouse is still picking up the tab! Glad they are loosing a bundle! Hope they STOP throwing good money after bad & bring back OLTL & AMC. Return GH to its 3PM slot along with its iconic theme song & opening montage with Luke walk off! No more beep beep beep & lame photographs!

Michael
Michael

Give us back our soaps!

Kate
Kate

I really don’t understand why The Chew is still on. That is a horrible show! Glad to see Katie gone. Want ABC to fail at everything. Bring back our soaps!

peter
peter

The chew is a huge hit. people love the chew, I love carla and mario. gh is the soap to watch now. gh ratings are getting higher and higher, that’s great news.

Kate
Kate

The U.S. is the fattest country in the world. The fact that a show exists that is called The Chew is so sad. It is not a huge hit. It is just cheaper to produce.

Debbie Meads
Debbie Meads

It is a shame Katie has been cancelled. She provided one of the most intelligent talk shows on the air. I am a huge soap fan and would love to see AMC and/or OLTL come back, even if they could do only half hour shows. Katie spent more time on topics, allowing a more in-depth discussion of important issues. I will be sad to see her go.

DANA RUSHING
DANA RUSHING

TO BE HONEST THERE ARE TO MANY TALK SHOWS ON THE NETWORKS RIGHT NOW WHAT THE DISNEY/ABC NETWORK SHOULD DO IS WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT HE FANS ARE MORE IMPORTANT BECAUSE WITH OUT THE FANS RATINGS ARE GOING TO FALL SO I’M BEGING THE NETWORK PLEASE BRING OUR SOAP FAMILY BACK HOME WHERE THEY BELONG

Nancy
Nancy

Awesome Christmas present for us AMC/OLTL fans. The news of her tanking. Any chance of them getting smart and putting OLTL back on air. Unfortunately AMC cast have moved on but I bet they can get some of the cast back from OLTL. Some AMC cast can be moved to OLTL. Get smart ABC/Disney. They pulled Soapnet already, I thought that was suppose to air until 12/31/13.

Debby
Debby

I am very glad that they finally got rid of Katie. Next they need to get rid of The View and the Chew. They both are bad. There are to many talk shows on. Now on to the soaps. ABC should bring back AMC and OLTL. They can buy back the rights from PP use 2 different studios make them both half hour shows. That way it would save ABC money. It might bring up their ratings for daytime. Also, I am not happy about Soapnet being taking off for good. Disney has just thrown us under the bus. There are other things out there for kids. Maybe we should bocott Disney and see how they like it. The soap fans are strong and maybe ABC should start to listen to the soap fans instead of the suits in New York.

dinah
dinah

I want my AMC/OLTL back now

brian
brian

Hey ABC… wise up ! Give the people what they want ! AMC & OLTL !

Deena
Deena

Why did they cancel All My Children and One Life To Live for this stupid talk show, it was so totally boring, glad its been canceled!

andy
andy

I loved katie couric, her talk show was terrific. oltl and amc will never come back. and that’s a good thing. gh is the best soap right now.

mgb357
mgb357

Isn’t it obvious….. no talk show created or distributed by ABC/Disney will succedd in this timeslot. And we all know it. Soap fans have a lifelong loyalty to their stories and the tv families that theyhave embraced.

We will not be told that talk shows or local news shows are what we want….

The olny thing that wll bring back the viewers is SOAPS – daytime drama (scripted – not phony reality nonsense).

Here is my plan – start repeating highlights from AMC and OLTL durng the summer and plan to roll out brandnew shows in September or January 2015.

Make it a hybrid of both shows – you will see the fans flock back to ABC – and everyone will behappy. ABC – you can use this idea – I will not even charge you for this advice – just give me a week long pass for my family to visit DisneyWorld.

Nance
Nance

GOOD JOB, MGB!!! I hope they are reading all of these posts on all of the sites, which is pretty much the same on all of them. We Soap fans are VERY dedicated.

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

Finally, Katie is finally off the air, I have no problem with King of Soap Opera,GH The Doctor and Dr. OZ show on ABC station..we,I’m happy that ABC axes Katie.

Tom Welles
Tom Welles

Well, it seems to be unanimous, her boring talk show is cancelled and no one gives a rat’s tail about it.
ABC-TV ought to settle things with Prospect Park and put back ALL MY CHILDREN combined with ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Have the residents of Pine Valley and nearby Landview intermingle. They don’t have to have two full hour soaps, in addition to
Gen. Hospital, but they could trim them down for budget reasons…It will work, fans will watch – but unfortunately it probably won’t happen anytime soon. We could all write to ABC-TV and suggest it, it wouldn’t hurt.

Janice
Janice

thank goodness. She was horrible in this format. Bring back AMC and OLTL!!!!1

Jim H
Jim H

Simple solution Bring back One life to live. Forget the lawsuit with Prospect Park and give the people what they want.

marco
marco

I AGREE WITH YOU. BRING BACK ONE LIFE TO LIVE. AMC NO WAY, I WAS FED UP WITH THE STUPID STORY LINES. AMC CAN STAY DEAD.

ces
ces

Good riddance!

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t know which is worse

sugary sweet Katie or Sappy Meridith Viera… both phony up

I dread the next year.. when her show starts

dina
dina

Meredith will do very well, when her talk show debuts in the fall. katie couric failed, nobody likes katie couric. She is very annoying and boring to watch. I’m so happy, that her talk show is cancelled. Meredith will be a huge hit. I will watch her new talk show.

Rodd
Rodd

Gee, I don’t know what they could ever get to fill that empty hour? I mean, it’s not like they have two soaps that some jerk-wads cancelled and the daytime community has been clamoring to get back on the air, even if only thirty minutes each. No, it’s not like they could just payoff the folks at PP and get the rights to AMC and OLTL back. That might require actual work and then, God forbid if those shows have a healthy life span. I say that unless they work out the details and bring back OLTL and AMC in thirty-minute formats, (because I’d hate to have fans of either show miss out even though I’m a OLTL fan), they should leave the screen dark for that hour. That’s the best use of their money IMHO. LOL!

Linda
Linda

That serves ABC right for cancelling OLTL and AMC. I don’t watch Katie very much as I am sick of all these talk shows. However it is better than that asinine, stupid and silly Chew that needs to be cancelled.

laura
laura

I love the chew, the ratings are way higher this year. bring back one life to live, but i know I’m dreaming.

Heather
Heather

I agree with Laura. The Chew is a great show and so is One Life to Live. They should have both shows on the ABC lineup along with General Hospital. It used to be like that for a brief time but I didn’t watch The Chew back then.

All My Children should not be revived. It doesn’t deserve to. Its final years on ABC were so bad to the point that it literally became an embarrassment for the show to still be on. Prospect Park’s version of All My Children was slightly better but I still wasn’t impressed. Bring back One Life to Live on ABC and keep The Chew.

Coey
Coey

So glad she leaving !!!!!!!! I miss my soaps. Sorry Katie but CEEYA ! I boycotted u because they took my soaps off.and changed time slot of GH Fo HER. Thank God she’s going

Auntie R
Auntie R

SO HAPPY KATIE IS OFF THE AIR!!! Love mgb357’s idea for a replacement.

dmr
dmr

I watched “Katie” very little, maybe if at home at lunch. I’m not a big fan. Nothing ground-breaking like Oprah. Miss my daytime “lunch time” tv. Sad, I remember cliff-hanger Fridays, supercouples, ground-breaking storylines. Just not the same anymore. I’m not a fan of The Chew, either. I can’t “get into” it. Oh, well. Happy General Hospital is still on-air!

Christy
Christy

was the show cancelled or did she quit. I read for a while now that she was leaving to go work for Yahoo….

either way, it took too long.

now if a judge could just dismiss this ABC/prospect deal so we could get our shows back on ABC…. that would be a Christmas miracle!

Tina F. Gray
Tina F. Gray

Good! Yet another failure, ABC/Disney!!!! Get it yet?

Andrew
Andrew

Interesting esp following news of GH’s successful ratings the past couple months…. and GH has been hitting their key demos several times lately. That’s what the suits in charge care most about.

However, would the suits ever be able to say “hey, we made a mistake”?

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.

Courtesy/ABC

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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