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Elizabeth Hendrickson To General Hospital In New Role!

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Breaking casting news this morning out of Soap Opera Digest, has that none other than Elizabeth Hendrickson, coming off her nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Chloe on Y&R has been signed on over at General Hospital!

Liz, who left Y&R last year, is set to begin taping her new role in Port Charles this week! As viewers know, we first saw Liz as Frankie then Maggie on All My Children, and have followed her career on the soaps as one of the most intriguing actresses who embodies her roles full-on.

When Michael Fairman caught up with Liz on the red carpet at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys, she never let on that she has landed in Port Charles!

Watch the red carpet interview with Liz after the jump, where she talks about her nomination, if she would ever go back to Y&R and her thoughts on her former co-stars, Justin Hartley and Greg Rikaart.

Then let us know, what do you thin of Liz coming to GH! Who do you think she will become involved in story on the show? Comment below!

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Timoteo
Timoteo

I can’t wait to see her on my screen again.. however, the words “new role” make me cringe a little. Love her, nonetheless!

Jimh
Jimh

Finn’s thought dead wife…

Celia
Celia

Good one, Jimmy……you cannot imagine how happy this new role makes me. I love Elizabeth.
Does this mean Chloe is gone for good? Will she ever return to GC?

davlestev1
davlestev1

Because it better NOT be a Hayden/Budding recast. But why does it seem it may be?

Jimh
Jimh

I like her too…just hope her role is interesting and tied to someone already on the show!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I love her too! Y&R kind of literally wrote off her and Kevin so I’m okay with her being on GH. New role? Maybe Nina’s daughter or maybe Valentin was correct in telling Anna that she did indeed have a daughter and its Liz’s new character? I hate Henrick!

Shay
Shay

Once again, our opinions are diametrically opposed, my dear CeeCee! Geez Louise, this is supposed to be GH, not a show which attempts to be all soaps to all people! I am so tired of these “gets” from other daytime dramas usurping the spotlight from Port Charles’ vets…we’ve already had more than enough of that with Ava, Nina, and too many AMC/OLTL alums to count…all with very mixed results! We’re now down to a skeleton crew of legacy characters as it is…please spare us any more of these stunt castings and instead put Genie Francis back where she belongs! By the way, I finally answered both of your previous posts to me on the other threads…do check since the Emmy one didn’t have a direct link to you. Later!

Celia
Celia

@Jimh, Timmm and Shay.
Hey, guys,
J & T,
As you can see some are not too happy introducing a new character. I guess it depends on the viewer and how much said viewer ( such as ouselves) likes the protagonist.
She could be all of the above—-someone’s daughter, sister, long-lost love….yet, I think she will be Drew’s lawyer….and, who knows; she may be all of the above, as well…obviously Elizabeth’s character will be linked to someone.
Shay, my love….we do differ here. I am all for new characters on a soap….it is a living, breathing revolving and ‘evolving’ door.
Vets retire, characters become stale….every vet started out as ‘new’……And, what of young actors/actresses who are just starting out? They, too, deserve a chance……I would love to see characters who are in their twenties and thirties….not enough of them. None of us would have a job if new blood was cast out, LOL.
Legacy characters may not want to stick around any longer. However, I will grant you Genie…..I do agree, unless the actors/actresses choose to leave, then they should stay put.
The way I see it? One has nothing to do with the other. Old and new can co-exist. LOL.
Bye, you guys….

Celia
Celia

@davlestev.
Hi, dav,
You think she will be recast as Hayden? I’m with you….I hope not. I simply cannot see Elizabeth with Finn/Michael.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….My objection has nothing to do with the youth of this newbie character or actress! It’s due to Frank’s habitual castings of his “gets”—-and often “buddies”—-(of all age ranges) from other soaps at the expense of the history of GH, which he neither respects nor reflects with such additions. It’s a constant thing and wholly predictible….the only way he can accomplish expanding his ongoing collection of his chosen ones is to fire/demote vets and put the kibosh on their storylines, hence there really is no “coexisting” to be had! This show is still called “GH,” though quite frankly, I often wonder why, since it’s totally lost its longtime identity. We are now down to a handful of characters with whom I grew up, and most are not even the best and the brightest of that bunch, save for the currently featured Anna and Scorpio—-who shall not be a long-running act——and Monica with her more recent, resurgent presence. As you have stated, you’ve only been with this show for four years, so you never experienced the full flavor of what the soap was all about “BF” (Before Frank….) Of course, you cannot understand why so many of us are absolutely up in arms over yet another favorite soap actress of yours being thrown into this God awful mix….but let me ask you, you have stated that Y&R is your “touchstone” in terms of childhood soap memories, so how would you feel if someone like FV suddenly took over the Genoa City canvas and decided that there was no longer a need for Victor, Nikki, Ashley, Jack, Dina, Lauren and Paul, and instead replaced them with a load of strangers from, say B&B, which you do not watch. Would you happy with that decision? I think not….Or rather, how about if the Horton, Brady and DiMera clans were unceremoniously deemed unnecessary on DOOL? Would that soap still entertain you like it now does? I very much doubt it…..When I tune into GH, I do so to see Port Charles characters…not an influx of new inhabitants portrayed by those who have fled from Llanview, Pine Valley or Genoa City ”en force” to impose themselves upon an audience who expects to see some semblance of the soap they have always known and loved. Why we are supposed to be delighted with the total destruction of our traditional daytime institution when other soap fans wouldn’t dream of it with their own programs is truly beyond me.

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hi, Shaybelle,
Once again, your ‘full-of-heart’ and impassioned writing floored me.
I could sense though and between the lines how much the disruption of your beloved soap, GH, affects you.
I suppose, sometimes, I write without thinking because I do become very exuberant over seeing a favorite player again. It, sort of, makes me appear as an hypocrite since I do remark on the useless intro of characters on both Y&R and DOOL…..such as Stefan ( Tyler Christopher/DOOL and Tessa ( Cait Fairbanks/Y&R)…..I do, emphatically, resent their intrusion.
Thus, I get it…..absolutely—-I see the light, Shay, LOL.
It’s as if the new roles take a piece of history away. It is happening on Y&R as we speak…..where Jack may, suddenly, not be John’s son……we, the fans, are all devasteted over this supposed new revelation ( I believe it’s to prove the pull Kyle has towsrds Victor) ….we shall see.
Thanks for straightening out the difference between newbies and preserving what is/was ‘what’, albeit I did say that I don’t like to see the elimination of vets, at all ( well, except Sonny), LOL.
Losing Genie, also one of my faves since DOOL and Y&R, left me wanting.
Soon, cara.

Celia
Celia

@Hay.
Hi, again, Shay,
Oopsies….I miswrote…I confused Genie with Leann Hunley (sp.) (Anna) on DOOL)….. I completely adored Genie, in a second, when she appeared as Genevieve on Y&R.
Although her tenure was short, I felt her heart and witnessed her superlative acting skills.
I think that my grandmother’s adoration of her from DOOL, rubbed off on me.
Actually, she started watching GH when Genie returned.

Jimh
Jimh

Just so she isnt Robin’s faternal twin who claims to be the real Robin like they done at OLTL with Natalie and Jessica…

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….Thank you for understanding my point-of-view and realizing that I wasn’t personally taking you to task for your own perspective on this latest GH casting “coup,” since that was certainly not my intention! All of my disdain was squarely aimed at Frank, et al, and their nearly total destruction of this once-grand soap! Despite the complaints many have about the other remaining three daytime dramas, I don’t believe that their favorite shows have been so torn asunder as has GH….it’s become a virtual lab experiment for creating some hybrid mega-soap that incorporates all of the mad scientist showrunner’s pets from his network’s previous show and then some. It hasn’t worked in the past and it’s not going to work in the future either….no matter how many failed newbie characters he forcefeeds us, too much is never enough! Will he ever get a clue? (The Emmys certainly should have provided some sort of hint….)

Timoteo
Timoteo

Is she too young?.. I’d buy it anyway because I like her so much. I’m hoping she’s tied to Drew or that they end up together.

Celia
Celia

Well, Timoteo ( italiano?)—you may be right. Jimh has the most interesting ideas, yes….but, you point out a great fact, as well. Elizabeth may be too young to be Finn’s ‘dead’ wife….
So many possibilities….I was actually thinking Drew, as well. That phone number Curtis gave him ( as a divorce attorney?), could very well be Elizabeth in the ‘new role’.
Wouldn’t that be something? Billy ( Billy Abbott) and Elizabeth ( Chloe) back together again!!

Jimh
Jimh

Not really…the actress is near 40

Timmm
Timmm

I like Drew and Kim rekindling their relationship.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Timoteo,
I would love a mother-daughter thing going on, as well. I am really not into Kimberly/Robin because I don’t know her. I haven’t been watching long enough…I didn’t get a chance to ‘acquire a relationship’ with her.
Therefore, if Elizabeth takes Kim’s place will not be a drastic change for me. But, Timoteo, I’m sure the Robin/Kimberly lovers will display a few ruffled feathers, LOL….most fans have watched Kim grow up on GH.
Also, I don’t like Peter August—not yet, anyway….I may change my mind as the character evolves.
I do like your idea, though….Valentin’s son. Oh, Lordy Lord, Timoteo…..imagine Nina’s reaction??
Considering her distaste and distrust for Peter, it would not be a good day in her world. LOL.

Celia
Celia

Another thought, her, Jimmy….
What if Anna did, indeed, have a daughter?…,. What if Peter August is the isdue of another woman?
Elizabeth does have sort of an ‘Anna look’…..

Timoteo
Timoteo

Celia – I’d love for her to be Anna’s child! I always wanted Elizabeth to be reCast Robin, should Kimberly ever opt to not return full time if the show needed/wanted Robin full time. I like Peter August, but don’t want him to be Anna’s. He’d be better off as Valentin’s.

Patrick
Patrick

soap heaven

open up and take this – i’m not sorry; Wes Ramsey is not bringing it.

@soaphound… FUN’ny. Peter August is seriously on… more than Sonny.

All the gushing Maxie is going on about. over kill.

Elizabeth Hendrickson as Anna daughter !!!! absolutely I can believe this.

Finola Hughes – is – GOLD. to stick her with Michael Easton AND Wes Ramsey. poo poo poor.

when their is little to uphold as far as stories go ?

I wonder what – the “writers” – plan on doing with Drew ? seeing as how their is so much chemistry w/Kim and Julian.

Drew and Liz
Drew and Kim
Drew and EH’ character

what a bonanza is this

as long as Julian is not left out.

it’s the oddest thing… do the writers and Frank Valentini watch the dailies ? it’s so clear Peter August is NOT even generating with lulu AND Maxie. they certainly are not my go to ditzichicks.

I ALSO really like the idea of someone for Chase. this guy acts. PLUS doosy. yikes he’s a lot

Jimh
Jimh

Peter is dull…so hopefully you are right and its a girl for Anna!!!

Timmm
Timmm

BINGO!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Thank god you posted, Celia. I need your opinion: Is it just me or is this ridiculous Peter August/Anna mystery dragging on longer than the Iraq war? And those Switzerland scenes with Sam “Spadeless” and a catatonic Jason uncovering (?) more red herrings than an Agatha Christie film festival? I was trying so hard to suppress laughter I nearly broke a blood vessel! Anna deserves better and, frankly, having Nina being the suspicious voice of reason is the only aspect of this that I like. Maxie is vulnerable, granted, but she’s never been clueless as she is now. I want this twisted tale brought to a head NOW, preferably without Sam, Jason, or Spinelli getting any credit.

Celia
Celia

@Soaphound.
Hiyah, my friend,
Too funny, Soaphound…..The notion of Sam and Jason, as the great savants of ‘sleuthdom’, is almost profane. Such an injustice to Dick Tracey and Peter Gunn ( my grandfather loved that show—so much so, he has a collection)…..Jason is more like klutzy Inspector Clouseau’s Peter Sellers ( Pink-pant-her, LOL).
I wonder if Sam, since she’s such a refined PI, “and a good one, at that”, speaks the four official languages of Switzerland?— Romansh, French, Italian and German. ‘Tis a joke!!
Speaking of Maxie…..what happened to her spunk? She had lost most of it before Nathan died. She’s almost unrecognizable. I miss the ‘real’ Maxie.
More importantly, I think Heinrich has the hots for her—how gross!! I like Amy’s brother ( forgot his name)…..maybe? Given time? He and Maxie?
Nina—-my fave of all time—right-on!! You said it, Soaphound. The voice of reason. More, please!!
I am just as sick as you are of this story and the marionettes dancing madly from their strings..let’s just hope the curmudgeon box explodes in their faces. Ha!!

Jimh
Jimh

Hope so…i find Peter boooooring…

Iakovos
Iakovos

Because no is ever dead. Sigh.

Jimh
Jimh

Especially on Dark Shadows!!!!-lol

PennySoap
PennySoap

That would be great!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Jimh, I’m fed up with Finn. Especially his wimpy relinquishing of Anna and his heartless treatment of that sweet Chase. I mean it takes a really hard, selfish person to treat a kid brother that way, particularly such a sweet and sincere (also off-the-charts gorgeous) one.

mike
mike

My thought is that Finn is Chase’s father not his brother.

Celia
Celia

Oh, I get you, Soaphound….the distance between Finn and me is widening. LOL…like he cares?!?!
It’s not Chase’s fault things are the way they are between them….no child is ever to blame for his/her parents’ misdeeds. I really like Chase, myself… there must be a story to tell there, I’d say.
But, you know it, Soaphound, Port Charles is as Orwellian as it gets….everything is centered around Sonny’s totalitarian power, it seems….how dystopian!!

Jimh
Jimh

I am tired of Finn but im sticking with my guess!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Finn is an asshole!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Say it ain’t so, Soaphound. Love my Finn! And, it’s Anna that gave Finn the runaround. She was into it/out/into/out. Each time he tried to speak with her and told her he was willing to take the risk, she bowed out. Stammered. Chickened out. Tried to protect him/protect herself. Doesn’t even matter. He tried numerous times. I also don’t like what’s going to happen if he and Anna decide to make a go of it. I know Alexis will bow out gracefully but she told him not once, but like four times, to make an attempt to speak with Anna; to tell Anna how he felt. She then told him, not once but I think three times, they should just stay friends. She then told him that she told Julian that the two of them were seeing each other but then followed up by saying I’m going to tell him the truth. And then, Finn told her not to. He said, “what if we turn the lie into something real?” (Okay; not verbatim) But he told her he like for them to start actually seeing each other and give it a try. What did Alexis then do? She went and checked with Anna to see if that would be okay with her. Told her if she still had feelings for Finn or if it would be uncomfortable she’d step back. Anna assured her to “go for it.” So now that Alexis and Finn are getting comfortable with each other, now that Anna came to Alexis’s house to ask for legal advice and SAW Finn there and KNEW that they’d just slept together, what does Anna do? She asks Finn to meet her the exact same day to finally tell him how she feels. I was so disappointed in Anna. She had so many opportunities and now that Alexis is in a new relationship with him she decides to have a heart-to-heart? Goes from telling Alexis she “trusts her” and wants her to be her lawyer and goes behind Alexis’s back to try to get back with the man Alexis is now seeing? It doesn’t matter to me if Alexis still has feelings for Julian and Finn for Anna. It’s about honesty and friendship. Finn could have kept it casual with Alexis and not told her he wanted to try an actual relationship; Anna should have spoken up sooner. When she decided, as ill-timed as it was to reach out to Finn, she went to Alexis about legal advice and she had every opportunity to give Alexis the same respect Alexis gave her and ask Alexis is she had actual feeling for Finn; would it hurt her if she attempted to reconnect, etc. As for Chase, gorgeous, gorgeous Chase (model in real life) there’s more to the story, obviously. Finn is harboring some anger or hurt from his father and somehow seeing Chase drags it up for him. It’s not Chase he’s angry with; he seems to be putting up a… Read more »

Donnie Synder
Donnie Synder

She has no ideal what she is in for at GH!

Steve
Steve

Wasn’t his wife Asian? He referred to her as Reiko on numerous occasions.

Jimh
Jimh

Blair on OLTL started out as asian but then her recast wasnt s anything is possible!!!

Celia
Celia

Peter is not just boring, my Jimmy….he’s a blockhead–literally!!

Jimh
Jimh

they should had named the blockhead Charlie Brown-lol

Shay
Shay

@Jimh…..Wasn’t Zeman a trashy nurse on OLTL, too? Seems to me that I vaguely recall her as a tart with the hots for Brad Vernon….talk about being typecast!

Timmm
Timmm

Its great news! She is talented and likable. Y&R was done with her so I have no hard feelings about Liz not being on Y&R and being on GH. Now, I love Kimberly McCullough BUT she has other plans in her life now SO Elizabeth should be a Robin recast. Her and Finola would be great together. BUT, they say she will get a new role. So, I think she will be connected somehow to Nelle. Or maybe she will be Chase’s ex? She could also be a sister to Sam, another child Alexis didnt tell Julian about? A lost Q? Whatever, just hope she isnt attached to Sonny or Jason. She is a Valenti creation so I bet she will be attached to one of his original non-GH attached to history characters! Who will she shack up with? Chase or Griffin? Maybe she is an ex-victim of Bench’s? Good to have Miss Hendrickson, regardless.

Celia
Celia

Wow, T….another great idea!! Robin. Yes, that works….
As I said above, so many possibilities. Where will Elizabeth fit best? I hope and pray with you, she is not linked to Sonny, Timmmy. All roads lead to Sonny…even Griffin is getting on my nerves. Maybe he may have had another ‘stepping-out’, with whatever role Elizabeth is playing?….not just Claudette?
Imagine this sanctimonious, albeit gorgeous ex-priest, who looks down his religious nose ‘pon Ava, yet acclaims Sonny in front of her….he is appalled by her lies? Oh, please!! Griffin, Sonny and Carly are in no position to pass judgment on anyone….even Ava.
Soon, the residents of the Sonny caliphate regime (PC) will need to genuflect each time they pass by him. LOL. I’m on a roll, my T….

Tucker
Tucker

I liked the character of Chloe Mitchell/Kate Valentine, but Jill Farren Phelps & Chuck Pratt ruined the character – where else was there for her to go??

Celia
Celia

I know, Tucker….I wanted Chloe back so badly. One never knows on soaps, though…..wide-open field…

Steve
Steve

If any new characters are needed, GH has a gaping hole in the 20something range.

Since it’s a new character, I’ll rule out Sarah Webber, who Hendrickson would be ideal for.

Perhaps Frank ran into her in the parking lot after the show?

Richard
Richard

I was thinking Sarah Webber as well! Wishful thinking! Ugh.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Guess that means she is signed to a contract.
The “gaping hole” is the absence of Genie Francis!

rebecca1
rebecca1

It’s gaping with more than Laura; Mac, Felicia, Scorpio, Scott. It’s just ridiculous. They’r pushing out all the vets and just interweaving new characters on a constant basis.

As for a recast Robin? No way. I’d rather Robin off the show than recast her.

Shay
Shay

I was thinking the same thing, Steve!..God only knows what newbie GH characters could be coming down the pike given all the soap refugees with whom Frank must have mixed and mingled at the recent Emmys and its afterparty! At this rate, we’ll be lucky to have any vets left by the end of the year….

Jimh
Jimh

I have mixed feelings…did you know Jackie Z-Bobbi was also on OLTL in the 70s-lol…i do wish they would use the vets more and bring Genie back full time…I remember how Another World dropped vets and constantly hired newbie after newbie until the show became unrecognizable to the point it became a whole new show…but if they are going to hire a newbie i rather see a soap jumper with soap experience than those who can hardly act!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Great news!!! As to what she might be doing on GH, I thought she might be a wrench in Nelle trying to land Michael. Of course there are other possibilities for her character but so far, this is what I came up with.

Timmm
Timmm

Liz is way too talented to be weighed down by vanilla Michael!

Celia
Celia

You go, T…agreed. Michael needs some laugh lines….Michael needs a life….Michael needs to learn how ro have fun…..Michael needs to shed the apron strings ( can you see them peeking out of his pockets?).

Joe
Joe

I’m tired of recycled actors. Either hire new actors or use the ones you currently have. GH is getting way out of hand with the hiring and firing thing. Stop already. No structure or direction over there.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Use the ones you currently have.” Good advise, Joe.
And TPTB could “currently have” their gem: Genie Francis!
A reveille for her return!

Jules
Jules

I’m predicting another Rebecca Budig/Bree Williamson/Jessica Tuck situation: bringing on a big name in the industry like a new toy, only to toss it away in a few months.

I’m sure Elizabeth was hoping to book a pilot when she left YR. Unfortunately I just don’t see an ever lasting future with GH.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

My thoughts exactly.

dmr
dmr

YUP. What’s the point?

Shay
Shay

I concur, Jules….and actually hope you are right! The never-ending stunt casting spree for which GH has become known is not a recipe for success…it only breeds contempt from longtime viewers who want to see less newbies/more vet-centric storylines and disappointment on the part of those more recent fans who follow their favorites from other soaps to Port Charles…both are left feeling used and abused! (For the record, I liked Jessica Tuck’s Cassandra…she was the rare exception to my rule of enough already with the mass infusion of ex-OLTL-ers….)

Patrick
Patrick

FIRST : of ALL

how hotted OUT is Matthew Ashford !!!!

that is him isn’t it? LOL. just missing him. who’s that HOT guy

Liz Hendrickson: my gal

YOUR Line : “…one of the most intriguing actresses who embodies her roles full-on”

FULLY

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

She is so much fun. Truly nuts. Good catch, GH.

Celia
Celia

I agree, Robert….just as Jenn Lilley on DOOL. so happy to see her….I guess this Matteo guy must have a harem goingnon, LOL.
I know Elizabeth will do any role justice.

Patrick
Patrick

Rebecca Herbst – Tamara Braun – Elizabeth Hendrickson

BE STILL my Heart

at this point – whatever it takes to distract from Kelly Monaco and Laura Wright

has to be done

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Genie could do it–and DOES–when/if she is onscreen.

dmr
dmr

True. I had the show on during lunch, and Kelly Monaco almost put me to sleep. She just bores me to tears-with her monotone! #MonotoneMonaco

Mateo
Mateo

Maybe Sonny has another long lost daughter…HAHAAH….*sigh*..let me guess Jason had a girlfriend in the clinic and she has his child. Cause God knows if it isn’t Sonny it’s gotta be Jason……I love me some Hendrickson but how can I get excited about this “new” character? It’s bad enough I am two episodes of GH. I will try to get excited and be supportive. GH does have an amazing cast made up of a lot of dearly departed actors from Y&R. I will try. Congrats to Elizabeth Hendrickson for her new role and return to our screens.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Mateo, if this terrific actress is bogged down with Sonny/Carly/Michael or the catatonia twins Sam & Jason, I’ll be really disappointed. Let it be Drew or Anna or that gorgeous Chase that she lands with, please! Elizabeth & Billy were so great together on Y&R. Their daughter Delia’s death was a triumph of great acting for them both…that kind of emotionally involving story is what they deserve.

rebecca1
rebecca1

“Catatonia twins” hahahahaha!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Could Elizabeth H. be a love interest for Chase?

Mo
Mo

Why couldn’t she and Kevin come back to Y&R????!!!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Because, Mo, Y&R is TOO busy wasting time with this new, repulsive Kyle and week after week of the Devon & Hillary Hour. I almost wept when they let beautiful, talented, funny Greg Rikaart go; I hope he’s happy on DAYS. Of course, who wouldn’t be happy romancing Freddie Smith? Still, I want him back ASAP, even without Chloe. His raising Bella as a single dad would have been a terrific story for Kevin…and for us. Another bad move.

Mo
Mo

I’m sure Greg would like to return to Y&R. I’m sure he’s having fun on Days. He’s working with Louise Sorel!!!!

Celia
Celia

I know, Soaphound….I miss Kevin so much…..’even without Chloe’…..you said it !!
Greg/Leo, on DOOL has started out as dubious ( for lack of a more suitable description) as Kevin did…..
…..so, I hope Leo does straighten out and extricates himself from Vivian’s claws, albeit she may not survive ( and off the show she goes—too bad, love my Vivian).
I think Sonny has more chemistry with Leo than he had with either Will or Paul.
Needless to say, I still wish for his return on Y&R.

Debra m
Debra m

Another Y &R cast member?!! Why doesn’t GH give better stories to the huge cast they already have? So sick of this long drawn out Hendrick story. Peter August is on more then Sonny now.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

“Peter August is on more than Sonny now.” That sounds like a reason for me to start watching again! 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, why DOESN’T GH give better storoies to the hugh cast they already have????
My question, also.

dmr
dmr

Gotta prop-up Laura Wright’s boyfriend. UGH. #fastforward

rebecca1
rebecca1

I like him, dmr! 😉

Soaphound
Soaphound

Elizabeth Hendrickson is a wonderful actress and I’ve no doubt she’ll infuse some needed spark to the show. How about rekindling her great chemistry with Billy Miller? Their scenes on Y&R were electric and they’d blow the beautiful couple meter off its hinges. If Kim and Drew don’t click, that’s my wish. ANYTHING to stick it to that bubbleheaded Sam, running around playing Sam Spadeless instead of appreciating how great she had it with Drew. Can’t wait for Elizabeth to start!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Sam Spadeless”? Like that! 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

I do like Drew and Kim but you make a good point, Liz and Billy were super hot on Y&R!

Sparker50
Sparker50

She could possibly be playing Drew’ s divorce attorney.
Curtis just gave Drew the phone number of a woman
Drew asked if Curtis was trying to fix him up. Curtis daid, “yea, with a really good lawyer.”

Celia
Celia

Yes…that’s what I said, as well, Sparker50. I guess we’re the only two who noticed that exchange. Hmmm.

Justin
Justin

Oh good, just what this show needs, a new character. Let me guess, no ties to the shows history or any veterans. Yet another smack in the face to longtime viewers that want respect.

K/kay
K/kay

Frank got put in his place at the Emmy show just keep on sooner or later you will indeed implode but my dear Genie Kin etc etc had a good run we live all of you ! Life goes on

K/kay
K/kay

I saw Tristan can you say Wow he will always be lived no one can take that way from him

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

We are on the same wave link, Justin!

dmr
dmr

EXACTLY.

Shay
Shay

Exactly, Justin! Less vets, more newbies….thanks, but no thanks!

Watsontml
Watsontml

I’d rather have Laura Weber Collins back. Loved her and Kevin and their relationship. We don’t need additional characters, let’s get back the ones that were used and tossed to the curb!

su0000
su0000

I’m SHOCKED!!
No one is groaning that no more characters are needed- the cast is too large now– no new anyone use the vets! etc etc.. we all know the (no new characters the cast is too big use the vets ) routine LOL

I like new characters, I like new everything, it helps kill the same old boring stuff..

moviegal
moviegal

I love her – she was great on Y&R as crazy Chloe. I was hoping that either she (or Melissa Clair Egan – another great actress ) would end up on another show.

aria
aria

If i was casting directer for the show i would cast her as sarah webber, get Rebecca Budig back and have a storyline revolving around the webber sister, or i would cast her as Anna daughter, and drop Peter August being her offspring. although i hear she worked w/ billy miller on y&r it would be pointless to have them be connected especially since Tamara was cast already in the role of someone from drews past. either way, i think she will fit in, GH does have a great cast, and as long as they spread the love and not let the show become just about Jason and sam or sonny and carly show, then i’m all for a newbie,. since i’m here writing about this new newbie, i want to give a shout out to the actor playing finns, brother and the new cop in town, he’s really hot, a great replacement for nathan whom i miss, i think he’s fitting in nicely.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree; he’s gorgeous. And can act.

Timmm
Timmm

The Weber sisters, great idea!

Alan
Alan

Maybe she’ll be a SORAS-ed Avery who turns her back on Ava in total support of her wicked awesome daddy Sonny and super amazing “mother” Carly…

Celia
Celia

Do I detect a tinge of sarcasm there, Alan? LOL.

MB
MB

Fantastic! More actors from other soaps! Pretty soon there will be no GH Vets left. But who needs them, these actors bring ratings right? Just look at all that Howarth, Easton, Stafford, Miller, all of them have done for GH! Lol! Frank is a joke and ABC, Sherwood, Dummer(appropriate) Varni, all of them are a bunch of clowns.

Shay
Shay

Amen, MB! You’ve hit the nail on the head!!!! Even though I personally don’t mind either original “Port Charles” resident, Michael Easton, or Billy Miller, despite their hideously inadequate storylines, it’s the rest of “Frank’s (Ever-Expanding) Gang” who’ve really done nothing positive for this once-top-notch soap! The never-ending stunt casting and hires from (mainly, but not exclusively…) defunct ABC daytime dramas have totally drained the heart and soul from GH to the extent it’s no longer recognizable…or desirable to watch.

Timmm
Timmm

Shay, I get your vibe but Liz is a great casting scoop. She can act and will add to the show IF they cast her correctly! Now, to side with you, I get it, another new character and no Jimmy Lee or Grant Putnam. I’m with you. BUT, its Valenti and he wants to write new characters and get paid so we have to live with it. BUT, lets at least drain the GH swamp and get rid of Peter, Finn and Nina! All his characters who suck!

Lew S
Lew S

Maybe she will be Sarah Webber? Good news!!

Carrie
Carrie

She will be the lawyer Curtis referred to Drew.

robert
robert

i like her,but the last thing they need is more people

su0000
su0000

She will be for Drew ..
somehow someway she and Drew will be !! 🙂 ((perhaps his wife perhaps not)

and I hope Sam has her heart ripped out, heh..
I’ll be over overjoyed to have Sam out of Drews life ..

Patrick
Patrick

oy

I just don’t get the writers

Sam and Jason are “having” a conversation

she tells him she’s divorcing Drew

yet in the same breath… tells him she’ll sit behind the desk for now… @Aurora

and in the next breath…. how she felt like a school girl all senses heightened as she tells Jason… “any time” you need help in breaking another bank , don’t hesitate to call..

bwaa bwaa bwaa

hit the road sweetie … pull up your britches

Soaphound
Soaphound

Thank you, su0000! Sam practically JUMPED on RobotMan Jason in Switzerland and couldn’t wait to don her faux-chic white outfit (Grace Kelly she ain’t) and start throwing threats around. I mean, she and Spinelli were practically high just to be clowning around with J-man again. Meanwhile, Drew is moving on AND up with his life, mending fences with Elizabeth and Franco, spending quality time with adorable Oscar, and bonding with Curtis and Kim. Miss “Find Myself”, meanwhile, goes back to the same old tired dullard. Talk about missing the boat…and the plane, too.

Celia
Celia

Yup!!!!!! His attorney, su.

Shay
Shay

Sam may not possess the elegance and bearing of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, but she’s still head and shoulders above the sorry Markle-sque spectacle being foisted upon the British people!

Rodd
Rodd

If bitching about everything that happens on GH were directly tied to the ratings for the show, GH’s rating would be through the roof. Enough said.

rpm
rpm

great actress wrong show look at our poor michelle stafford our great phyliss being wasted with sub par stories

dmr
dmr

UGH. No thanks. & please, do not allow this character to become involved with “Parking Lot Pete.” The entire cast has been pimped out to prop up this useless character. Have his girlfriend bring him back to the parking lot and wave “Adios to Port Charles.” BTW, Port Charles does not need another new face. We barely see the faces that we actually want to see.

Celia
Celia

Hurraaahhh!!!!!!! I’m with you, dmr. …..Cannot even look at Peter August. If only the name matched the persona….but, it does not, thus far.
Well, I guess ‘Peter’ fits him, but ‘August’? Naaah!
Why was he brought on board? I don’t think he’s Anna’s. I still think Griffin is her son. Ahhh, well…..I am most likely well-off the mark!?
What I don’t understand is how any issue of Faison could turn out to be a good guy?
What’s even more bewildering is how an offspring of BOTH Faison and Liesl, such as Nathan, could ever have been had!!!!!!!!!!

Shay
Shay

Tell me about it, CeeCeeGirl! Our Liesl is one smart cookie! How her birth son could have not a scintilla of the Westborne guile and cunning is beyond me…even by osmosis, he should have learned it from his presumed Momma Magda! Speaking of, will we ever see the abominable Dr. O. again? Miss her much! As for Peter, I am so on the same page with you on how I hope he. is not Anna’s actual son…Griffin would be a far preferable choice in terms of looks and demeanor, although if the truth be told, he has lost a lot of his luster since his dalliance with Ava.

Satan
Satan

Another newbie?

For Hell’s sake… enough with this dragonshit.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Would much rather have them spend their budget on Mac, Scorpio, Felicia; actual GH characters.

peter
peter

I wonder if Jordan has any sisters or cousins that could enter her life, it’s must be lonely for her.

Alan Harding
Alan Harding

Didn’t she play Maggie on All my Children who was always fighting with her deranged brother…and wasn’t he played by Billy Miller? Can’t remember the brother’s name on the show – so, in a way, wouldn’t this be a re-matching of two actors from ALL MY CHILDREN?
I like these two actors, so…I may have to start watching General Hospital.
Haven’t watched General Hospital since…..oh I don’t know….since Dr. Joe Hardy would give advice to Nurse Jessy….LOL….so yes it has been a while.

Celia
Celia

No, Alan….Richie ( Billy Miller) played Annie’s brother ( Melissa Claire Egan, who, also, played Chelsea, Y&R).
Maggie ( Elizabeth Hendrickson) was Bianca’s girlfriend —she and Bianca ……one of AMC’s supercouples.
Glad you like…..welcome back. I’ve only been watching GH for four years.

Sandy Pasteur
Sandy Pasteur

Thank you for clearing that up – I wonder if ‘soap actors’ ever get a little tired of going from one daytime show to another – often playing the same “type” of character – the slightly demented brother, the good girl, the bad girl, the evil doctor, the cad, the Long-suffering mom, etc. It seems they get locked into usually the same kind of role on a different show.

Celia
Celia

@Sandy.
Hi, Sandy….
…..nice to meet you. I was an avid fan of Elizabeth during her tenure at AMC…..Other than Ryan Lavery/Cameron Mathison, I loved everyone on that show.
You are right, Sandy, most soap actors/actresses get stuck playing the same one-trick-pony-kind- of role. Billy Miller is one of the exceptions…..he played the devil-may-care Billy Abbott on Y&R, but he was generally a good guy…not a fiend. The same may be said for Drew ( GH)……
….not so Richie….he was the ‘baddest’ of the bad, LOL.
There is something to be said about money, Sandy. Acting is the actors’ bread and butter. Most do accept where there is a job to be had, albeit there have been some actors/actresses who have bowed-out of a role due to their beliefs. One such actor was the original Adam on Y&R; Chris Engen.
Personally, as yourself, versatility is a gift…..so, I like seeing actors in different roles.

ASHLAND CRIPTON
ASHLAND CRIPTON

Yes, acting becomes easy for them especially soap opera actors and actresses, I can imagine… because a lot of them have been doing this “acting” for so long, that it just becomes natural to them.

su0000
su0000

As I said above–
It’s all good..
She will be tagged with Drew ,,
Whomever she will be, she will be with Drew…
And that is a very good thing..
Drew is too great to be with Sam she is a Zero.
Throw Jason and Sam in the Same Old Been There Done that for Decade’s Yawn Pile ..

su0000
su0000

Soap writers have a couples fetish ..
They need everyone to be to a couple.
(( couples are boring- watching them is as tiresome as watching hair grow on a statute.

Single, active, Dating people are intriguing because they actually have a life outside of their mate.

knowing the writers and their fetish of coupling everyone that breaths will, without a doubt, tag Drew with her YAWN,,’
Men need to be freelance, have interesting lives, date search for the one and that takes time.

This is the 21st century and people Do Not put themselves in relationships with everyone they meet and date… Marriage is less popular than it was in the 50-70’s..

((my neighbour, while we were talking of mating everyone up, told me of a Tad the Cad, and he dated even their mothers! That guy rocked!!
I’d bet he never ever bored anyone.

ASHLAND CRIPTON
ASHLAND CRIPTON

Speaking of “Tad The Cad”, I really think that TPTB at “GENERAL HOSPITAL” should “snatch up” Michael E. Knight and have him play / portray a recasted Jeff Webber! And then pair him with either Monica or Bobbie!

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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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