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General Hospital Makes Ratings Sweep At #1 In All Female Demos! Most-Watched Week In Over Six Years!

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Remember the week of December 2nd through the 6th! That was when the viewers saw the efforts and the payoff of the work General Hospital had been leading up to for months!

During that ratings week, which marked the episodes where Robin (Kimberly McCullough) is reunited with Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) and Patrick (Jason Thompson) for the first time in almost two years, and the fallout from Patrick and Sabrina’s (Teresa Castillo) wedding, scored tremendous numbers for the ABC soap opera who is finishing up its 50th anniversary year on a high note!

According to ABC,”General Hospital ranked as the #1 program in Daytime for the first time in over 6 years in Women 25-54 (1.18 million/1.9 rating), and also ranked #1 in Women 18-34 (289,000/0.9 rating) and Women 18-49 (880,000/1.4 rating), marking the series’ first sweep across the key women demos in over six years – both since week of 7/16/07. ”

And with that, the week which included the town of Port Charles reeling from seeing Robin alive,s tood as the series’ most-watched week in nearly six years in Total Viewers (3.31 million)The Friday telecast of December 6th, surged to a near 6-year high in Total Viewers (3.45 million) and near 3 year high in Women 25-54 (1.24 million/2.0 rating) – since 1/21/08 and 2/21/11, respectively.

General Hospital has now posted the biggest year-to-year gains of any broadcast daytime drama in Total Viewers (+30% – 3.31 million vs. 2.54 million), Women 18-49 (+44% – 880,000 vs. 609,000) and Women 25-54 (+55% – 1.18 million vs. 760,000).  And as we previously reported last week, GH is on pace to have their best season in seven years!

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So, were you tuning into the big moment of Robin’s return last week?  What do you think of General Hospital’s ratings? Have you enjoyed the show and what the creative team and cast delivered in this major ratings week? Comment below!

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Noelle
Noelle

I hope the show runners realize it is Robin & Patrick together that brought in the ratings!!

liz
liz

I agree! but the way they are writing it how has lost people and fans are mad for wrecking Patrick and Robin and I am one of them. I hate to say it but if things don’t change I am done. I Want Patrick to pick Robin because she is his one and only love, end or story. I will tell the truth, I fast forward everything but Robin parts of that wedding. I don’t even know if Sabrina said I do. People watched to see scrubs back together ,not Sabrina get her dream wedding.

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

Be patient…i believe Patrick and Robin will get back together maybe for Christmas?

Joshua
Joshua

Kirsten Storms, Bradford Anderson, Emme Rylan, Dominic Zamprogna, Maura West and William deVry should also be applauded for the great job they did in the fantastic peaks of their story lines!

Cathy
Cathy

The article spells out that Robin’s return is what got the ratings. The only part the wedding played is people waiting to see Robin come in and if she would. Come on Michael and be fair and give credit where it is due and that is on Robin’s return. Many like myself left after being baited that the NB was about Robin and when she didn’t return ratings went down. They went up when it was announced Robin/Kimberly was returning. Many like myself came back to GH to catch up. Credit goes to Kimberly FIRST then JT, and Little Brooklyn for their scenes a long with FH and TR. Tired of having others included when they’d didn’t play a part in why the ratings went up. Lets give credit where it is due. Do we have to take this away from Robin/Kimberly when the people whose article it is give Robin and Kimberly credit. Thanks

su0000
su0000

the return of KMc/Robin is not all that brought the ratings up..
People were curious to see her back ,however-
— ”’ALL” the stories are grabbers and the awesome acting and the great stories ‘did’ play a part in the higher numbers..

I watched to see Patrick and Sabrina get married not so much to see Robin, that character is not all that much of a big deal, not at all .. lol ..

David
David

I have to agree with su0000 the shows ratings were up yes a big part was Robin’s return but AJ’s trial etc also played a big part in these episodes. Also the Friday, December 6, 2013 episode which Robin was not even in was the highest rated episode of the week

liz
liz

What do you mean on December 6th Robin was not in it? wasn’t that the day robin and maxie saw each other? I watch GH because of the vets, and that’s where the numbers come from.

su0000
su0000

well,
I am not a Robin fan, I could careless of her return..(wouldn’t have minded if stayed gone)
But!! all the other stories are ROKIN HOT!!!!
GH is outstanding entertainment!
I like Patrick with Sabrina, Robin and Patrick were a worn out dull couple years ago, time to move on ..

love GH !!!

Guest
Guest

Sorry but the ratings are for the VET returns!! Robin coming back after almost 2 years is what made people tune in again…
As a GH fan of almost 40 years , this show under Hacktooni is a JOKE!!! The other s/l are horribly written and many people are going to tune out when it is over!
Also, their hiring people when people like Anthony Geary is offering to take a 50% cut and they wanted him to take half of it. Ridiculous the man help put GH on the map!
The other s/l take forever to be told and it is ridiculous for this show to have such a HUGE ensemble cast when they can’t possibly write for the cast they have….
This fan feels like she is watching a show that has turned into a really bad spoof of what GH once was!
We want VETS!!!!
Also , stop breaking up incredible pairings and forcing others together… Scott and Lucy DO NOT work anymore and their chemistry is not there. He had better chemistry with Heather! Michael and Kaka , Morgan and Ava, Franco and Carly, Sam and SilAss sorry but just because they might seem to work for one reason or another does not mean they do! The chemistry is not there….
More Monica, Tracy, Luke, Mac , Felicia, Anna and Duke , Robert and Anna, Robin and Patrick!!!!!!!
NO MORE baby storylines cause it is obvious they can not write one !!!!!!
Please Bring Wendy Riche {EP } and Claire Labine back!!!!!!

Dale
Dale

GH IS AMAZING!!!! SOOOOO HAPPY ROBIN IS BACK!!! I LOVED IT WHEN EMMA SAID MOMMY?!! MOMMY!!!! & RAN INTO HER MOTHER’S ARMS!!! THE LOOK ON PATRICK’S FACE WAS PRICESS!!!! I’VE BEEN WATCHING GH FOR 50 YRS & IT’S MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SOAP!!! RON, FRANK, & THE ENTIRE CAST ARE AWESOME!!! SO HAPPY THE RATINGS R THRU THE ROOF!!! HERE’S TO ANOTHER 50 YRS!!!!! :):)

Patrick
Patrick

Those two moments… were priceless… out of this world, through the roof ratings….
– what… IS General Hospital…

#1 Emma seeing her mother….

#2 Patrick, seeing his wife

these two happenings… should have snowballed… came crashing in on OUR hearts

this is treading on some serious mayhem…. RC? FV?

I did like the part…. Robin took control…. when Patrick showed up at the door… the following morning… to take Emma to school.

Robin pointedly asked… SO? are we going home with you?

blah, blah, blah… from Patrick… and Robin fired back… “didn’t we already talk to Sabrina”

LOL… that was spot on, Robin

I still haven’t come away with that… all is right with the world… in Port Charles

if this is one of those bait and hook… cheepola… antics… at the expense of the two best.. near best actors… to grace daytime… then… it stinks so far…

LOL… I love this story…

Gina
Gina

In my opinion, the ratings sweeps was largely due to the Robin/Emma reunion. Seeing sweet Brooklyn say “Mommy? Mommy!!” then run down the aisle to her mommy was the most emotionally charged, loving moment I have seen in over a decade on a soap! What a beautiful moment, and I am so glad I got to see it all build up and unfold 🙂 Way to go FV and RC – you know what we want and you delivered big time!!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

It mirrored the moment a 5-year-old Robin ran to Anna’s arms after being kidnapped 30 years ago.

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

Sure, Robins return helped but it still takes good stories to keep the ratings up and GH has them…but there is still room for improvement!

jay
jay

OMG!!!! GH is Number #1 wow, LOVE MY GH. Congrats..

Guest
Guest

Y&R still has MORE viewers over all…..

Mary SF
Mary SF

Been watching soaps a long time and GH is working the formula to perfection. When soaps stick to good story telling everything clicks, invest in your writing team– get writers that understand how the soap formula works and you create anticipation. Anticipation is what drives viewers to watch, if the viewer isn’t interested in the outcome, if they don’t care what happens next, you lose them. GH is great at building anticipation, case in point, waiting the whole episode before Emma saw Robin in the back of the church. Viewers had to watch the whole show, never certain when the reveal with come on screen— no channel surfing or fast forwarding, just anticipating any moment now– no commercial break– darn— and then finally the MOMENT– Mommy? Mommy— it is almost like great sex, lots of foreplay leading to the climax— and that is why GH was number one—-

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

That feeling of anticipation can be related directly to the editing, which changed a lot from a year ago. Scenes are shorter, there is much less verbal exposition, and one episode carries more stories. It just feels like GH has eliminated all the “fluff” usually found in soaps to get to the meat of things. This isn’t always good. Some fans think the writers are pushing the stories too fast & not savoring moments fans look forward to, i.e. Patrick never hearing Robin’s frantic message on his cellphone that she was coming back to him & Emma.

Rodd
Rodd

Love GH; all the cast members and all those behind the sense that make this wonderful show shine and keep me glued to my seat…except when I’m jumping up and down, or shouting at the TV like a nut….Just saying.

Carly
Carly

I agree with Jay …. GH is Number #1 wow, LOVE MY GH. Congrats.. All the characters are so great . Kudos to all!

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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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