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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Dante Leaves A Devastated Lulu Again; What Did You Think Of The Exit Story?

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As we head into the new week, last Friday’s General Hospital brought with it some mighty tears for fans, and the actors, who invest in the couple known as “Lante”.  In story, a fractured Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), after being tortured on his mission that took him away from his wife, Lulu (Emme Rylan) and the rest of his family, must leave Port Charles to get help from the WSB to try to deal with his severe PTSD condition,   While his mission seemed accomplished to bring down Raj, in the process, Dante suffered horribly while in captivity in Turkey.

Thus set the stage for the quick exit of Dominic Zamprogna.  The Daytime Emmy-nominated actor came back for a short ten-episode run to further the story along, while he remains off-contract with the show.

So, how does Dante tell Lulu that he is leaving her again?  At home, he begins by telling his wife he should never have come back.  Lulu is confused as Dante tells her he doesn’t feel like himself and that he has changed, and he doesn’t know how to change back to the man he was before the mission – afraid he could hurt her and his family.  Dante sadly, but firmly, tells Lulu that the kids Rocco and Charlotte, and her, are the most important things in the world to him.  He has to get help away from Port Charles to protect all of them.

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With a bag packed in hand, Dante said he already has said his goodbyes to their son.  A devastated, hurt, and emotional Lulu asks, what should she tell his parents and everyone else who asks for him? Dante expresses that he is broken inside him and he had to get it fixed.

Then in an important point to note, which opens up the possibility of story for Lulu, Dante wants his wife to promise him she’ll be happy and to live her life.  Lulu responds that she will not give up on him, and that she can’t have a full life if he’s not there with her.  With tears flowing, she tells her man that she will wait forever for him if she has to.  But, Dante makes it clear that forever is a long time. Dante exits, but not before telling Lulu he loves her.   Her life turned upside down again, Lulu through her tears says, “I love you, too.” Dante walks out the front door.   We end with a shot of Dante heartbroken on the other side of the door as he is leaving behind the woman he loves, but he knows what he has to do.

So, what do you think about how GH chose to write-off Dante this time?  Do you think this helps free up Lulu?  Do you hope GH and Zamprogna eventually reach a new deal to bring him back to the show full-time? What did you think of these final scenes, for now, between Zamprogna and Rylan?  Share your thoughts via the comment section bellow.

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Phil
Phil

In a perfect world Zamprogna would return, but if that is not possible then at least recast. I would suggest Jeff Branson!

Mary
Mary

I would like no recast. I want to see Lulu finally come to the realization that Dante is permanently gone. No more waiting for Dante to show up or not. Time for Lulu to accept what Felicia long ago accepted. Dante, like Frisco, chose to go off for parts unknown rather than stay home. Lulu needs to find another man who is willing to stand beside her and co-parent the children on a daily basis.

Satan
Satan

Well at least they didn’t kill him off… other than that, it reminded me of Bo Brady’s “return” to Days of Our Lives from a few years back… most of it wasted on scenes out of the country. At least Dante got to play out those scenes in Turkey with Sonny. But not much time with Lulu or the rest of his family.

Realistically, how long could a WSB “un-brainwashing” program take?? I would think he should be back within a few months. And they can pay him with the money they were wasting on a dead-end character like Nina.

Bren
Bren

I wish they would bring him back for good, he is good he’s like a very important presence that’s missing from this show.

Michael Teale
Michael Teale

This was an incredibly sad exit storyline for Dante and Lulu. It’s not going to be the same without Dom as a part of the GH cast.

Ginny Bowen
Ginny Bowen

Wonderfully told and thoughtfully acted!!

Steve
Steve

No mention of the welts on his back or the overturned table? Seemed rushed, just like his previous exit.

Similar to his last two years when DZ was under contract- the writers wasted his skills.

No need to recast, when they can’t write for the character.

Davy
Davy

Totally agree!

Connie Vanslyke
Connie Vanslyke

Love Dante and Lulu together wish he would come back and stay.But he has other things he wants to do.

Patrick
Patrick

Mike -AND – Dante : RING IT UP. knocked out perform IE: this past Wednesday heart searing tug: as Dante “can I share something in confidence ” the total honesty as best Dante – COULD – share; him not even fully knowing the full extent of what happened to him so he shares his fears with Grandpa… AND Max Gail DELIGHT as ever… is just as heart rendering.. BECAUSE PEOPLE.. this was Mike best lucid moment.. and he shared it with Sonny son.. his grandchild. from the start of their conversation : Mike : “I use to be some one who is all their; what you going to do ?” “my head may be full of holes, I can still tell when some thing is going on” to bring this spotlight full : “Mike to Dante” sharing one of his best times .. the night you spent the night in jail with me. (when Dante volunteered , so he wouldn’t be alone) and when Mike shared when he was working at “Charlies” he rented a room to Dante. you know, this just hit, home run after home run. thee one bond between two solid actors. leaving me with the impression… that this is @GH farewell… to Mike and to Dante. AND to @GH and their audience. what more is their to do ? it’s been dragged out so much…. I WILL SAY emphatically… I saw not one scene that bonded or meant any thing between Mike and Sonny ; Mike and Carly ; SURE their were hugs and smiles all around but nothing like what we witnessed with Max Gail and Dominic Zamprogna. as for Dominic acting : from this time around.. we saw layers of intrigue with so much potential.. to be tapped REELED and continue his EMMY Nominations. he’s that GOOD. what the eff is going on with Frank / Shelly / Chris … let me give you proof on his dullard troupe. EVERY ACTOR who is being swallowed up in the Shiloh debacle just stink. COME ON !!!! did big daddy Sonny truly … have to go to TURKEY .. to get his son and bring him home… did Sonny “faking” is death , and/or taking one for the team.. leave us all that bereft … NO .. because , what ? Robert Scorpio couldn’t have brought him home? and it’s not Robert fault that he doesn’t know that Dante feels like he has been brainwashed ? whatever is going on with Dante… with good writing… he can truly ring up shade, intrigue, genuine softness, AND his dark side is just as illuminating as Jon Lindstrom. PLUS he looks good in a suit… so corporate him. @Frank Shelly Chris – this was the tourdeforce scene in which to culminate in the most endearing “HIRE” of the past year… hiring Max Gail. YOU are not going to ring out any scenes with either Sonny or Carly. they do not ring up that way. it’s time to leave well… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

Max Gail lit a fire under all his co-workers. the one other actor who truly .. TRULY, shined w/Max Gail.

Rebecca Herbst, Liz… she was at the chapel the night of the earthquake, waiting for Franco. another stunning HOUR as he waited with Liz…

notwithstanding, the always remarkable.. Stella.

WOW do these three actors have something to remember.

recall post : I was all of 14-16 years when I first happened upon Max Gail.

his smile… lights up our world

robert
robert

so lame

Kay
Kay

Why bother with him. Should have just killed him off. The character of Lulu should meet and get involved with a dynamic actor. GH needs some freshening up!

Rodd
Rodd

I was revisiting the whiplash I got when they wrote him off the first time. As the scenes with Lulu played out, I kept asking why it was so difficult for him to tell her that he felt he’d been brain-washed. Why did he (or better yet, the writers) feel the need to keep those words from his lips? It would have softened the blow a little. And is Anna going to reveal that he’s in a WSB facility for de-programming?

Dominic was a true asset to GH. They lost any focus on him years ago. However, when he was given something to play he knocked it out of the park.

I hope he returns full-time soon.

Patrick
Patrick

the – one – scene which riled

it’s like they have to put them in every way they can… meaning Frank Valentini and Shelly AND Chris… speaking of Carly and Jason @metro as Dante is sitting their having a drink

as Dante acknowledges them… as they share they are glad to see him and glad he’s back.. which would have been OK… good enough… serious overkill. but no.. they have to show Carly sharing what Sonny told her about his and Dante TURKEY trip.

bit by bit; blow by blow… as Carly loud mouths ALL her scenes and is the least feminine. as she shares something like your father beat out the WSB and brought you home. UGH ! it’s just near torture

I hated that when the bar back dropped a ??? cart of dishes… the sound just affected Dante AND he picked up a knife… and lickety split he man himself with dead pan eye boldly holds Dante like imprisoned.. rendering him helpless

Dante … uncharacteristically weakened apologizes like meekly.. AND he leaves

it just smarts that this scene was unnecessary.. wasn’t the dream enough and flashbacks of.. with Lulu.. enough.. as if any audience hasn’t seen with. they had to have Carly and Jason sitting there after the fact… exclaiming what was that all about. ??? made me sick of them that much more

Janeway
Janeway

Over the past ten years phenomenal actor Dom Zamprogna has taken the character of Dante off the script pages and created an amazing, indelible character. Cocky, fearless Dante, as undercover Dominic, ( & madly in love with Lulu) courageous and steadfast as family man/ cop Dante and now a new Dante, as broken and scarred. Dom has amazing range and chemistry with everyone on the canvas. I was ecstatic to see Dom return and to be willing to reprise his role in the future. Dom is Dante, there are no substitutes, IMHO. I couldn’t see replacing him anymore than I could see replacing Maurice, Tony or Genie. The connection Dom shares with Emme Rylan is unparalleled on current GH, as evidenced by the way Dom’s exit blew up SM and had even non Lante fans saying they cried like a baby. This visit showed just what Dom ( and Emme) can do with the right material and intriguing story line. I hope TPTB Take note and bring back Dom sooner rather than later.

Ricky
Ricky

This was a great way to exit. The acting was so powerful. I agree with Phil, if Zamprogna returns that would be great but if not, recast with Jeff Branson. Or bring Jeff Branson in as the new police commissioner as Jordan would have to resign because of health issues and take her character in a different direction. As police commissioner, he would have great chemistry with the DA, Margaux Dawson and create a triangle with Lulu. Hmmmm.

Patty
Patty

Would like to see a PTSD storyline play out. This hasn’t been given that much attention in the soap world as of yet..

Jackie
Jackie

Wonderful acting and SO sad. My heart was breaking for both of them. NO recast of Dante for me. It wouldn’t be the same with someone else.

Payla
Payla

Bring Dante back

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Cassandra James Set To Appear in Second Season Of GH Alum Vinessa Antoine’s ‘Diggstown’

In another exciting bit of casting on the Canadian drama series, Diggstown, General Hospital’s Cassandra James (Dr, Terry Randolph) will soon be seen alongside former GH star, Vinessa Antoine in the second season of the CBC series.

Cassandra first announced the news on her Twitter, expressing “Surprise! “Shooting DIGGSTOWN with my GH sister Vinessa Antoine.”

Antoine responded in kind sharing a photo fo the two together on the set of the show relating: “Just a couple of gals making history.  First black person to lead a dramatic show in Canada and first trans woman on a soap together. Wow! Welcome, sister. So proud to have you here.”

On GH, Vinessa exited her role of Jordan Ashford back in September of 2018, and was later replaced by Briana Nicole Henry, after making Canadian TV history when she landed the lead role of Marcie Diggs on Diggstown.  James first came onto the Port Charles canvas as Liz’s childhood friend, back in June of 2018.

Now shooting Diggstown’s second season, no details yet on what role Cassandra will play, or when her episode will air, but MFTV will keep you posted when that Intel becomes available for Canadian fans, and how U.S. fans may be able to view it.

So, what do you think of Cassandra and Vinessa appearing together on Diggstown? Would you like to see more of Cassandra on GH? Missing Vinessa Antoine? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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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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