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Former GH Star Kelly Sullivan Lands New Role On The Young and the Restless!

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Courtesy/KellySullivan.com

For all of us who have been waiting for acting spitfire Kelly Sullivan to re-appear on our daytime screens, it’s finally happened! And for those of you who have been hoping that it would be Y&R that would be a fit for Kelly’s talents, your wish has come true.

The former General Hospital favorite and Daytime Emmy nominee, where she played  Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri is said to have been cast in a recurring role (for now) on the CBS sudser named “Sage”!

According to Soap Opera Digest the character is: “Intelligent, competent, discreet, and reserved. However, that reserve masks a well of passion and fire beneath the surface. She’ll do anything for those she loves.” Kelly revealed on her great casting news: “I’m incredibly honored and flattered to even be considered to be part of the ‘Young and the Restless’ family.  I’m also thrilled to be working with (Executive Producer) Jill Farren Phelps again like we did on GH.”

Sullivan begins taping on September 24 and look for her to first appear on-screen on the October 28h episode of Y&R!

So, what do you think about the role Kelly will be playing in Genoa City? Glad to know she will be back on the soaps?  Share your thoughts below!

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4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I should have a score card to keep track of the GH/Y&R casting war!

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

I was hoping to see her on Days as another Dimera…Stephano and Lee Dumonde’s unknown daughter whom i’ll name Tracy…Tracy and nuChad couldve been Salems new Kristen and E.J.!!!

Patrick
Patrick

Shucks !

dang !

double Shucks

I’m incredibly ecstatic to see her BACK

just lamed : why didn’t DAYS see fit to hire her…

talk about charismatic… has it all in spades…

at this point… I don’t see who she could pair up with

I could have seen her with almost any one at DAYS

Timmm
Timmm

Seems like Days is asleep at the wheel?

Momma
Momma

She is so going to be a recast for Kelly.

Ugh

JustSaying
JustSaying

Scorecard you say?

Billy Miller, Michelle Stafford, Maura West, Emme Marcy Rylan (sp?) – 4 for GH

Kelly Sullivan – 1 for YR

I think GH beats YR.
Now if you’re talking about ABC vs. CBS, that is more difficult.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Wait a minute. I completely forget Steve Burton. 2 for YR.

Also the scorecard is based on the past 2 years or so.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

What about Tristan Rogers?

Bonnoe
Bonnoe

you forgot Steve Burton

harry
harry

Can we please stop with the score card nonsense?

JustSaying
JustSaying

Yep, I forgot Tristan and Ignacio Serricchio. 4-4 Tie.

I think Ignacio counts, right?

Julie
Julie

You forgot Steve Burton for Y&R…

Omar
Omar

The thing is that there are only 4 remaining soaps, so the ones with the extra income and higher ratings in the 18-49 demo, are signing vets left and right and trying to lure more ratings..I must give credit to B&B, they are no overcasting and there ratings are fairly solid…It is not a casting war between GH and Y&R, its just 4 soap, and lots of actors in need of work.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

This is FANTASTIC news! Kelly Sullivan is a pro at what she does, and her talents were wasted once Ron came on board with General Hospital. The character of Kate could’ve been so much more than a cornered character with DID. Hopefully the writers at The Young and the Restless can write for her, which I know they can!

I also saw Kelly as a potential replacement for Michelle Stafford’s Phyllis, so this is great! I need her to debut now! I’m ready to be WOW’ed!

tskyent
tskyent

I’M SO HAPPY! She is Fabulous! I thought the same on Michelle Staffords Phyllis Also. She is a Beauty

su0000
su0000

I like Kelly Sullivan ..
she was great as Kate/Connie on GH ..
However– I do not feel she can save Y&R from its’ bad everything, but it will help!..
Looking forward to seeing her, again

KS;
”I’m also thrilled to be working with (Executive Producer) Jill Farren”
( LOL azz kissing done well 🙂

Nicole
Nicole

Not necessarily since she hired her for GH in the first place. 🙂

su0000
su0000

Hi..
I don’t know who hired her, but-
Kelly/connie was Created by Robert Guza, Jr.
And Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps

I like Connie too bad she died..
soap actors always say;
they never when it will be their turn to get killed off, that’s soap business! lol

joanna
joanna

it was definitely ass kissing all the way around. JFP has been trying to get her on board at Y&R for awhile. She’s a good actress but I’ve heard she’s a trainwreck as a person. I prefer to see people who who are likable on screen and off screen. She seems to just be using this as a way of pedaling her business venture anyway, which is a bit off putting.

nathalie
nathalie

who will she play? lol

ins ans out every single time. so tired of it! its getting old. hate it.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Did you not read the article? She’s playing “Sage”; that’s all we know name-wise.

Momma
Momma

Sage = Kelly. Kelly will play Kelly.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

No Momma, she won’t be.

richard
richard

Hmmmm who will they pair her with?? Maybe she’s been taking care of Adam(Justin Hartley)?? Nick, Stitch, Jack and Billy’s dancecards are full. Maybe they will pair her with Dylan and get a Dylan/Avery/Joe/Sage quad going. I’m excited to see Avery’s ex husband reappear. I just hope the writing is good and they don’t waste her talent!! She was insanely phenomenal as Connie/Kate on GH!!!!! I could see her being a good rival for Phyllis too!!! Just keep her away from Nick and keep him with Sharon!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I thought she would have been cast as Stitch’s ex. That seemed logical to me. Oh, well. I am glad she’s back on my screen. Not only is she beautiful, but also talented.
I’m not quite sure who Sage is?

richard
richard

Whatever happened to Stitch’s ex, Jenna?? Its like she disappeared…haha…..,no point in having her on now….theyre going full steam ahead with Abby/Stitch/Ashley…..:)

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Richard, Jenna’s appearance was short-term only; she was never expected to stay beyond 2-3 episodes.

Thomas Procaccini
Thomas Procaccini

GH: Billy Miler, Michele Stafford, Emme Rylan
.Y&R: Steve Burton, Tristan Rogers, Kelly Sullivan
Even yet?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Maura West went to GH one-year after her firing from Y&R; but fans shouldn’t be playing into a *potential* war. And Y&R had Tristan years prior

su0000
su0000

Tristan likes to bounce back and forth from Y&R to GH and back again..
I feel we will see Tristan back on GH when his contract is up..
GH got the better of the exchanges with; Billy and Michele ..

(I think someday GH will have MM, also 🙂

Jimmy
Jimmy

When you put it like that, no, not really. Not that SB, TR and KS aren’t great actors – they are. But BM, MS and ER were fantastic on Y&R and they are sorely missed. Whereas, if SB left Y&R, I wouldn’t care too much because he hasn’t made the powerhouse impression BM and MS did.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Damn I forgot Tristan. So it’s 4-3 in GH favor.

harry
harry

Tristan is worth about a thousand of Michelle’s, and if you’re going to apply this stupid scorecard business to the two soaps you need to factor in the writing.
In that case, Y&R wins.

aria
aria

Y&R can have emme rylan back, i prefer the original actress, julie marie Berman, not that emme is bad, if she was playing another character i would like here, i just don’t think she makes a good Lulu. YR can keep Steve Burton, i do think Billy Miller will make a great Jason. wish we could have Tristan back and Kelly Sullivan on of GH biggest mistake in firing, how insulting to fire an actress for doing a great job, leave a bad taste with me for RC and FV. I’ve never seen Michele Stafford on YR before, and some don’t seem to like her on GH but i’m enjoying the crap out of her, i’m not a fan of the storyline, 20year in a coma is beyond stretching it, but love her with Rosalynn, they are a hoot, and her over the top acting is ok by me considering what they have her playing. to me she’s a keeper. lastly i’m not sure i’m really enjoying all the swapping these two shows have going on, looks fun all the tit and tat but its going overboard, pretty soon the shows will have to swap names if they keep this up.

missellie
missellie

Congrats to Kelly — Y&R is lucky to snag her!

Aria
Aria

Killing off Connie was one if the most pointless plots ever under RC / FV. Regime , the storyline was pointless and letting go of such talent was just plain stupid , actress as talented as Kelly Sullivan don’t grow on trees so I find it hard to believe they let her go.

Patrick
Patrick

well said

her letting go : fired

was the biggest blunder under RC/FV regime

this just smarts… I so wanted her on DAYS

I wish I had the time to watch Y&R…. I’ll be recording only fridays eps
so I can catch my 2 favorite gals…. and that’s Eileen Davidson and Kelly Sullivan

this is powerhouse….. beware : on guard : tumultuous : savor : ideal

along with Maura West on GH

just so much to admire

jimdavis289@yahoo.com
jimdavis289@yahoo.com

I agree…she was one of my favorites!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Absolutely right. What was the point of Connie’s demise? Oh, I know…because all roads lead to Rome……that is, revolting Sonny and wart-full Carly reruns .
Y&R scored big when it cast Kelly S. The soap is getting back on track, I see.

Omar
Omar

Agree…this character had alot of mileage left, and the PTB screw up big time..GH lost is Y&R gain, I hope she wins the fans over and becomes a contract player..i will begin to tune in to Y&R after a 2month boycott.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Could she be a Kelly recast?

Timmm
Timmm

Kelly and Peter would be great together!

Jimmy
Jimmy

No way, Cady McClain is doing well in the role and she’s a good actress, it wouldn’t make sense to recast the role again.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

You mean the Dixie Coonie actress…good grief! Credit to su0000.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, Cady is fine. Just thinking out loud.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Did you read the report? She’s playing Sage, not Kelly. Cady isn’t leaving Y&R anytime soon.

CeeCee
CeeCee

There are a few options open for Sage. She could be a lawyer hired by Michael and Avery as they venture forth with their new partnership in a law firm. She could be Kelly’s and Stitch’s long, lost sibling….or she could be Austin’s mother? Phyllis’ nurse? So many possibilities.

harry
harry

Great news. GH was so foolish to let her go. I loved Megan Ward’s Kate but was won over by Kelly Sullivan’s charisma and acting prowess. She’s really very good.
Give her a decent storyline, please! And maybe pair her up with Steve Burton because while she’s a sweetheart, Avery is as dull as dishwater. I’d like to see Burton paired up with someone who can jolt him out of his somnolent state.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

With more than usual dull, lifeless characters on Y&R, a pod people storyline could bring “life” to the show…I always liked “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” We can keep score cards for who we think came from pods! What do you think?

carol
carol

Love KS, however, aren’t there enough blondes on the show. We really need some new men for all these girls instead of the same old switching back and forth. Give us another Dylan or Ben.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Congrats Kelly!!! I may try to drop by Genoa City more often because of you.

robert
robert

Love this. Kelly is a great actress
I wonder if Y&R hired her to get back at GH for hiring Billy Miller

Timmm
Timmm

Seems like that could be the case. Both networks win. They are equals as far as talent goes.

jeremy
jeremy

“GH” Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 :):):):)):):)))))):))):)))):::::):)))

damien
damien

The only way y n r needs another character is if she s a foil for the boring cane / lily marriage! Maybe she s an old flame of cane s and has some dirt on him. Cane is much more intresting when he s keeping secrets from lily! lily can than run to tyler which needs to be resurrected! lily and tyler had so much chemistry! i miss tyler on our screens!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Huh? So, how does that make Kelly a foil to a marriage, no less? One cannot be a foil to an abstract. One is a foils to a character…to boost the main protagonist’s qualities….AND, usually of the same gender, not the opposite sex….
Tyler needs to stay exactly where he is, albeit I agree that both Cane and Lily are a snore.

john
john

Congrats to KS but this back and forth with GH and Y&R is getting ridiculous.

Mo
Mo

Again, write for the characters you have. Tired of soaps creating new ones when there are perfectly good characters already on the canvas.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Mixed feelings– love the actress, just not sure if Y&R really needs another new character at this point in time. But willing to see who Sage is and how she fits into the canvas and whose orbit she will be connected to. Last week on a different post I did state it was Y&R turn to snag a former GH cast member– and they did. Now it is GH’s turn — my guess the actress who played Chloe will turn up on GH sometime soon— anyone else agree?

jimdavis289@yahoo.com
jimdavis289@yahoo.com

It most likely will happen sooner or later…im suprised Brandon Barash didnt show up at Y as the nuAdam…but there are only 4 soaps left so if an ex soap star doesnt make it to primetime or movies, and need an acting job, where else are they going to go but another soap…these things are getting to be more interesting than the shows we watch…lol

su0000
su0000

GH;
Power/ Billy Miller (Y&R
Power/ Michelle Stafford (Y&R)
Power/ Maura West (Y&R)
(and Donna Mills (her story yet to come)

Y&R;
Kelly Sullivan (GH) <—good
Steve Burton (GH) <—-dull character
Gina Tognoni (GH) <—-good
Dixie Coonie (AMC) <—- good grief!

Tristen / he's been with both. goes back and forth ..

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Lol, you’re funny!

The set up and delivery has my tummy hurting….”good grief!” is priceless…Thank you!!!

aria
aria

umm Gina was never on GH!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Gina Tognoni One Life To Live

Timmm
Timmm

There you go, there you go! Y&R got one of GH’s finest actress’s. She is so freakin good! For those of you who are not familiar with her she will blow your socks off! She will bypass recurring! She would have been a great Kelly. Her and Peter would have been gold! She may be part of the new Jabot perfume story? I would like her to be a former flame of Dylan since Joe Clark is coming to town.

PatF
PatF

She’s not needed, especially knowing she’s a FOJ. I hate that Phelps keeps bringing people on.

She may be a fine actress. I know nothing about her, so that’s a plus for me. Willing to give her a shot, but never at the expense of YR characters that currently aren’t being written for.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

She is needed for all the GH lovers that dabble in Y&R. As you can see, it’s all about GH.

PatF
PatF

The only GH actors who’ve been lucky enough to sign with the #1 soap on the air are those who’ve worked there with Phelps. None others are there.

And GH fans who also watch YR do so to escape the crazy that GH can be sometimes.

Out of work Days actors are salivating about trying to get their foot in the door at YR!

k/kay
k/kay

I would have used her as a recast for McKenzie and have her team up with Jill & Cane to take back Chancellor from Victor Newman. That would definitely be a storyline worth telling. I happen to like the character of Cane and he has been on the back burner long enough and you will never convince me that Katherine would leave her business to Victor or all her money to sniveling Devon who she knew two years . She adored Brock and Mac the writers dropped the ball on this one.

Nicole
Nicole

She is a great actress. I am happy that she is on Y&R. I would love to see a scene between her and GT.

Ricky
Ricky

This is AMAZING news all around! I actually let out a loud “YES” when I read the headline.

It’s quite clear to me that she will be involved with Adam, for their first tape dates line up perfectly. I would be surprised if she’s not mixed with up with Adam when he returns…only thing we can do is wait and see.

Timmm
Timmm

Makes sense. She is a powerhouse. Her and Michael Muhney would have been great together. We’ll see if her and Justin can connect.

Fanny
Fanny

Wish Kelly Sullivan the best, great addition to any show.

B.J.
B.J.

I agree Fanny. 🙂 I thought Kelly was superb on GH, and I will definitely have to tune back in to Y&R, to see if they give her a role worth watching every day.

Wishful thinking I know, but I hope the writing will improve to help all of the actors still there too.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Why did GH even kill Connie off? It was extremely needless and because of that decision, GH lost one of its best actresses. Kelly Sullivan really took the character of Kate/Connie and flew with it, it was great watching her every day. Her death hasn’t changed anything except it gives Olivia something to preach about and Sonny now has leverage on Ava. In fact, it contributed to the death of another great character, A.J. And, moreover, Ava still hasn’t payed for what she did and it’s been a year now! So why did it have to happen?

Regardless, I’m sure Kelly will do great on Y&R, but they better have good material for her, and they should offer her a contract sooner rather than later, otherwise they might lose her like they lost Emme Rylan when she came back.

Timmm
Timmm

THAT is when I had seconds thoughts about the Cartini regimen. Kate/Connie should have won an Emmy for her fantastic work and then GH kills her off?

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Maybe that would be a good thing losing her back to GH…. GH has Robin bring her back from death….with AJ of course played by Michael Muhney… Connie / Kate was so great with Sonny…they had a special something that he has not has since the old days of Brenda. They had a special magic. Really cant stand Olivia at all. She needs to go off into the sunset with someone somewhere! I fast forward through her every scene… hope Ned is not stuck with her.

aria
aria

just thinking about it makes me mad, GH had their own powerhouse actress, they discover her, she wasn’t some big name from another soap, and what do they do? they get rid of her for being great! hmmm maybe someone should get rid of RC for being “great” how bout that ?

Patricio
Patricio

She is a rare talent, and certainly be part of daytime. See you soon Kelly!

Manuel
Manuel

This is really great news!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

An idea: I think that Y&R should pair “Sage” with Joe (Avery’s ex-husband).

I’m just saying……….

tskyent
tskyent

This is the Best news EVER!!!

kathleen johnson
kathleen johnson

Love her she is such great actress general hospital not the same without her

Alan
Alan

She can get in line behind all the other characters on this show in search of a story (Noah, Courtney, Dr. Barton Shelby, Kevin, Leslie, Summer, Tyler, Abby 3.0, Jill).

Just ridiculous.

Reagan
Reagan

Yeah I had high hopes for Dr. Shelby and Tyler bringing more African American/Ethnic story to the show… but they (especially Barton) are just fillers.

Timmm
Timmm

Barton is a good actor but he gets thrown in with the Winters family and thats punishment!

Rodd
Rodd

Don’t watch Y&R, but I’m very excited for her. She is a wonderful, power-house actress! Viewers should be thrilled.

Reagan
Reagan

With only 4 daytime soaps left, seeing actors show up on different shows doesn’t surprise me at all. To me it’s not so much a “casting war” as limited opportunities and shows capitalizing on established daytime actors. Soaps have always been a roating door. Just my perspective. As for Kelly, I enjoyed her on GH. I was hoping she would show up on Days as a recast of a character we haven’t seen in a long time– or a character deeply connected. YR already has a lot of talent on the canvas but I’d rather see Kelly on the show than no where, or better yet I’d rather see her on the show than less deserving actors.

su0000
su0000

With only the 4 soaps left there are many out of work soap actors..
It is good they can still get soap work and we can still see them..
I see more exchanging of characters coming..
The out of work soap work actors have good managers who try to keep them active in the soaps and bringing home a paycheck ..

Reagan
Reagan

I agree. I just get a little tired of every time a soap actor from one shows up on another soap, fans get all “casting war” or “how dare they leave the show that made them famous”, etc.

Patrick
Patrick

the majority have spoken

#1 she’s a powerhouse of an actress

#2 biggest mistake of GH current regime…. firing her

#3 Y&R biggest gain yet…. after Eileen Davidson, of course

#4 SHE”S Back…. giddy time

i would like to agree with a poster who said… she’d be great… with the nuAdam… what a powerhouse coupling this could

I also loved how one stated… she could be of the charts with Cain… to enliven up the dull Neil Winters clan

I first thought… hummm… what about a Neil pairing… then I read about Cain… then… gobsmacked about an Adam pairing

all off the charts neilsen…. Kelly Sullivan… welcome home

Bonnoe
Bonnoe

Maybe they will put her with Cain, Lilly is sort of selfish

Reagan
Reagan

I always liked Lilly best with Daniel. Otherwise, the writing for her has not worked for me. Shaking things up by pairing her with Cain could be exciting. I think they would look good together.

Beth CP
Beth CP

Very happy to see that KSul will be gracing my television screen again! She gives me a reason to pop over to Y&R which has been off my radar, much of it due to Delia’s unnecessary death. Welcome back, Kelly! 🙂

Ellen Turner
Ellen Turner

I think this is awesome. I am happy to see that former Costars are being cast. Great talent. Would love to see a new Soap created with casts from AMC and OLTL

dmr
dmr

An incredible “find” for Y&R. GH’s lost. Kelly is amazing and beautiful. Very talented. Best of luck to her. Why can’t someone, anyone, scoop up Kristen Alderson (Kiki), of course who would do that to their show or their regime? I have to fast forward every scene she is in. Looking forward to Billy Miller as Jason Morgan. I hope he comes back a Quartermaine!

tank
tank

Replacing Sharon, fingers crossed.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Did you not read it? She’s playing Sage, new character.

k/kay
k/kay

Sharon Case has played the part of Sharon for 20 years Bill Bell picked her and happened to adore her as I do. Leave my girl SC alone.!!

Nanci
Nanci

I have said it before, and now again – can’t believe the continuing addition of new
characters, while current and established ones are not being written for enough.
Hate it.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

The new regime has written for the veterans more steadily and better than Maria’s regime ever did before.

Nanci
Nanci

Well, I said current ones, as well as established ones, i.e. the veterans.
For example, Barton. He has been onscreen for all of 15 minutes it feels
like, since his first appearance. New characters come aboard only to
be soon backburnered…then another new character comes…and so
on and so on…
I would like to see more s/l involving Noah and Courtney, for just one
example. Courtney was brought on, then nothing much happened with
her afterward.
Too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the meal.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree k/Kay. It always puzzled me why the Duchess would leave the company to Victor and her billions to Devon. Unless, of course, it was done to ease her guilt in giving up her son. You certainly came up with the perfect descriptive word for him…sniveling. This guy has no charisma, no drive, no personality. I do not see him as a businessman…a man, period.
I wish they would bring Mac back. I loved that character. And, Brock!!! Loved him too. Such a positive aura about the character. Who knows, maybe there will be some clause in the will that was overlooked or something, where the money is really Mac’s . Things like that happen on soaps , anyway. That would be a good reason for Mac to reappear. Indeed, it may, possibly, also help boost the soap’s rating.

jaybird369
jaybird369

CeeCee…both you and k/kay’s observations and all about that idiotic Devon are PERFECTLY SPOT-ON!!!!! Thank You!!!!! Now…if ya’ll don’t mind, I wanna contribute…observation-wise. Look-a-here…I think that Devon is…
1. annoying
2. clueless
3. gutless
4. immature
5. irresponsible
6. spineless
7. wimpy
CeeCee…if I left anything out (or whatever), feel free to add on and all. Yep.

Take care. Peace.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Is it possible for Sage to be Nikki’s niece? That is, Casey’s daughter…if she ever had one.!!!!

Kathy
Kathy

Let’s rename the combined soaps. Generally Restless! Lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Kathy…not only is that hilarious, but also witty…lol…still laughing.

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.

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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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