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General Hospital Posts Biggest Year To Year Gain Of Any Daytime Program! Scores Biggest Gains In Key Demos Of Any Daytime Drama!

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There was great ratings news to share today via an official press release from ABC!

After the ratings for the week of June 2nd to June 6th, General Hospital posted the biggest year to year gains of any program in daytime in Total Viewers (+24% – 3.1 million vs. 2.5 million) and of any daytime drama in Women 18-34 (+24% – 216,000 vs. 174,000), Women 18-49 (+22% – 680,000 vs. 557,000) and Women 25-54 (+20% – 909,000 vs. 757,000)!

General Hospital ranked as the week’s #1 program in daytime among Women 18-49 (680,000/1.1 rating – tied on rating) and placed an ultra-competitive #2 in Women 25-54 (909,000/1.5 rating), rising to 8-week highs in the target demos – since week of 4/7/14.

Also impressive, GH spiked to a 21-week high in Total Viewers (3.1 million) – since week of 1/6/14 – with the week placing among the series’ Top 5 weeks in nearly 6-and-a-half years (dates back to 1/28/08).

Congratulations to the hard working men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes of the ABC daytime drama!

So, if you are a fan of General Hospital what do you think of the impressive numbers and year to year increase?   Share your thoughts below!

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su0000
su0000

CONGRATS!! GH!

The staff at GH are doing an awesome job..
All their efforts have paid off in a huge way..

I predict;

Y&R will be eating GH dust, sooner than later .. 🙂

((the sponsors who mainly bring us our soaps care mostly about the demo numbers, and GH has them ..))

AJQ
AJQ

Yeah, great job. I love the PR spin by ABC. GH is up 24% from this time last year when it had only 2.5 million viewers. Anyone remember what happened this time last year? The OLTL 3 came back, a complete disaster replete with relish stories and DVD’s, and the ratings plummeted. So RC/FV and company drive the ratings down a few hundred thousand viewers, and a year later they rebound from their own mess, and it’s a huge gain. OK.

I assume some of the increase is curiosity for Michelle Stafford and some people migrating from Y&R to check it out. The test will be if they stick around.

But be prepared for ABC press releases just like this one throughout the summer. Last June-August, the bad OLTL3 Franco nonsense induced ratings continued for months, so they are bound to be higher this June -August. Nice spin guys.

And again, you are wrong about the demos when it come to daytime. There just isn’t enough in the raw numbers. Being number one 18-49 with only 680,000 does not command high ad rates. Watch the commercials, they are dominated by ads for menopause cream, wrinkle cream, cholesterol medicine, joint medication and products from Kraft, P&G and General Mills that pay the lowest ad rates of all advertisers. Sponsors looking for younger audiences, (movies, telecom, financial, auto etc) .are not flocking to daytime or paying high ad rates. It is all spin.

Evan
Evan

The only spin here is coming from you, AJQ, or GH50, or whatever name you’re going by this week. GH is doing great and you can’t stand it, cause it shoots a big hole in your spin that the show is going down the tubes. “RIP GH”, wasn’t that what you wrote a few weeks back? LOL, GH couldn’t be healthier!

David
David

I see GH50 or should I say AJQ cannot handle when there is good news for GH. Keep on crying, ABC has no reason to spin PR. If they were not happy with the numbers they simply would not send out a release but hey if it makes you happy to post your hate go for it.

Matthew
Matthew

Aww snap. You got served!

Nick
Nick

Evan, if you can’t tolerate any statements/opinions that are less than 100% positive about GH without being rude in return, then I suggest that you go somewhere else or do something else with your free time. This is not a GH-cheerleader thread, and AJQ above has every right to express himself here. Oh yeah, this commenter did something terrible: He actually had the audacity to not gush about how wonderful GH is or kiss Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini’s behinds!

Yes, all things considered, GH is doing fairly well in the ratings now, especially considering how things looked for the show 2-3 years ago, and Ron and Frank deserve credit in that regard for steadying the ship in the big picture.

But you do have to take these network press releases with a grain of salt often because there’s so much spin that you could get dizzy. This was in fact the time last year when GH was dominated by the utter nonsense of the OLTL3 returning and thus, ratings plummeted shortly after the 50th anniversary. The show has simply gotten back to the levels before that sharp drop, thus making the increase larger from last year than it would have been otherwise had it remained more steady from last spring into summer.

Look, it’s perfectly fine to disagree with someone, but I don’t think it’s too much too ask to do it in a respectful way. I mean, in the grand scheme of things, we’re talking about a TV show, for crying out loud.

GH50
GH50

Hey Evan, GH50 here, If someone else is using some of my opinions or former ideas and content, good for them. You seem to think you’re very smart, trying to make a connection and imply that only one person can have the same views, but if you can quote directly from one of my previous posts, then I guess someone else can too, makes sense right?

Thanks for also twisting a quote of mine. When I said “RIP GH” I was talking mainly about the quality of the show. It was a post about Nina and the need to bring Michelle Stafford on to try and boost ratings because people were tuning out. And guess what, the week we are talking about. June 2-6, where there was a ratings spike, is MS’s first week. So I guess I was right. Here’s my actual post.

“It’s just so ridiculous, this whole Westbourne.Obrecht insta-nonsense. This should be GH and it just isn’t anymore. Aside from this being an attempt to establish an RC/FV created family as the core of the show, a show that had existed for 49 years before these two got their hands on it, the story and promo is such a desperate attempt to lure Y&R viewers with an actress they know because fans are tuning out due to how bad the quality is. If they come, they won’t stick around long so then there will need to be another stunt, maybe a Ricky Martin cameo, to try and prop the ratings for a few weeks.

RIP GH. It was great knowing you. You were murdered due to a callous disregard and lack of respect for a once brilliant institution. The weapons: a lack of talent and imagination. My thoughts are with you and your fans.”

So there you have it. Ratings are up with some coming for Stafford, like I predicted. The quality of the show is still awful. It’s still all plot with tons of holes and no character development. And let’s see if these people stay. Let’s see if the ratings stay at 3.1 million even a week later,the week of June 9. Let’s see how long they stay there.

As to your point about GH doing great and I can’t stand it, not true. First it really isn’t doing “Great” and I’m a fan. I post on sites like this to air my views and I hope that If I along with enough people point out out flaws and dissatisfaction, maybe people at the show will listen and alter some things.

But thanks for your input. @AJQ feel free to agree with me any time and even quote from me, just like Evan was able to do. And Evan, you can go back to whoever you report to and tell them you’re doing your job working the boards for them.

DidjaNoit
DidjaNoit

You are right AJQ, but I don’t think anyone is really paying attention to the actual numbers, other than us. GH has 216k in the 18-34 age group, 680k in the 18-49 demo, and that’s a good thing?? It is an improvement over last year’s ratings for Cartini, but there is no way to spin less than a million viewers in the key demos as a step up for GH. General Hospital stayed on the air because of the numbers it drew in these demos, usually making up half or two thirds of the total viewers. Like you said, the ads for the show aren’t bringing in the big money to pay salaries and overhead.

Nick
Nick

David, the way I responded to Evan above goes for you too. If you cannot tolerate someone posting a comment that is the slightest bit negative or critical about anything related to GH without being rude in return, then I suggest that you get off this thread right now.

If you truly think that any commenter who conveys any bit of constructive criticism about the show or analyzes the ratings numbers in a less than 100% gushing way is spewing “hate” about GH, then YOU are paranoid and YOU’RE the one with the problem, not anyone else. I’m sure many of these people have watched regularly for a long time, and they’re entitled to express themselves however they choose to without you or anyone else stepping on them.

Again, it’s fine to disagree on things and debate back and forth. But if you’re incapable of doing it in a respectful way, then you have no business being on here. Geez, it’s a TV show!

Evan
Evan

Hey Nick, did I miss where you were elected the policeman for this page? Where do you get off telling people to stop posting here? There’s only one man that can do that, his name is Michael Fairman, and he runs the site. You talk about other posters being disrespectful and rude, and here you are doing the same thing that you accuse others of. Seems to me like you’re the one that has the problem here, not anyone else.

@GH50/AJQ: That was a very clever line about me going back to who I report to and working the boards, trying to imply that I work for ABC or GH. Lol, I wish I had a great job like that. Sadly, I don’t. But I’ll be sure and go report back to my boss at the office I work at here in New Jersey. Nice try, though.

harry
harry

Dear Evan and David:
Having read many of GH50’s posts, I developed an ear for his/her tone of voice. AJQ has a different narrative voice. Moreover, it’s not like ALQ wrote anything insulting or outlandish so why would GH50 bother changing names in order to fool people? Finally, GH50 strikes me as the kind of person who doesn’t need to resort to changing names in order to make an assertion.
The one thing these two commentators have in common is they make a lot of sense.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Hey Nick (or whoever you choose to call yourself),

Don’t you ever get tired of repeating yourself after 3 years now? Just take your anti-soap agenda, and go home will you?

Nick
Nick

Hey Troy,

No sorry, I won’t “go home”. Don’t give me orders. Why should I, simply because YOU don’t like that I didn’t post cheerleader-type comments? This is a free country and a public board. Don’t YOU ever get tired of spouting the same old, tired, (dead-wrong) nonsense/garbage ad-nausem after three years now and exposing yourself everywhere as a complete buffoon?? It must be a gift. Well, we’re beyond tired of your pathetic act on these sites, so it works both ways.

In case you’re unaware, in this world and especially on Internet boards like this, you’ll find commenters with different opinions. If that bothers you and you can’t disagree like a normal person, tough. Your viewpoints are NOT the only ones that exist out there. If you truly believe that any person who makes even the slightest critical/negative comment about GH or soaps in general has an “anti-soap agenda” (LOL) then you truly are paranoid and need help. I didn’t realize that someone had to provide gushing praise in every way or else they’re not a real fan. You desperately need to grow up, man.

To other commenters posting here- Sorry folks, but “Troy Turner” has long had this coming to him. He keeps popping up on numerous soap threads and acting like a jerk, attacking people who present different opinions than his, calling them names, and giving them childish labels like you see above.

harry
harry

Well, Troy the boy, maybe Nick wouldn’t have to keep repeating himself if people didn’t resort to name calling or other sophomoric antics when someone dares to voice a critical opinion about GH. I for one think Nick the Knife rocks, and he is absolutely right on here.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Nick,

It just galls you that I (and others) can see through your anti-soap agenda, doesn’t it? You’re the one that’s been chasing soap lovers all over the Internet for the last 3 years trying to stifle soap lovers-when YOU are the one that’s been proven wrong at every turn. The old saying goes “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, everyone is NOT entitled to their own facts.” Face it, your facts and agenda are wrong. Give it up, and go home

Angela
Angela

Two Words…Michelle Stafford

David
David

Michelle Stafford was probably part of it but there was also a lot of other stuff going on as well.

Nikki
Nikki

SO proud to be a General Hospital fan! Not just because of this impressive achievement and their growing numbers, but because of the quality of the show. This past year has been the best it’s been in YEARS and I love watching it every day. Is every storyline, every choice, perfect? No, no soap or primetime show is, but the majority, the show as a whole? The strong dialogue, the action, the drama, the rumor, the romance, the twists and turns? The amazing acting, the returning actors, the use of the ensemble cast? It’s all been brilliant and I love it. Great job to Frank Valentini, Ron Carlivati, all the writers, producers, and crew members, and, of course, the very talented cast, thank you! 🙂

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

Im glad the ratings are good but im also a bit suprised…im still watching and find it sometimes entertaing but the writing is often confusing and dumb. Anna and Jordan should not be seen discussing the mob in a public park where they can easily be seen, how and why did Rafe suddenly become a drug addict and where has he been all this time, the babys death did bring some grim realism to GH but it wasnt well acted and the baby looked too fake(yeah, i know they couldnt use a real baby), the hitman leaving a room full of witnesses didnt seem right to me, and yes i know he was only to shoot Lucas as a warning to Julian, will Lulu ever see a picture of Harry and realize he is the same man with Fluke which would put her life in danger: maybe she gets pregnant, but miscarries(since gh loves these kind of stories) while confronting Fluke about Harry instead of being smart and telling Dante but this stupid cop gives out to much police info to Lulu which doesnt ring true, T.J. is angry believing his mother is involved in criminal activities but is ok with foster dad Suan who is a hitman for Sonny, Jordan just doesnt seem like an undercover agent: she also looks like Michelle Obama, why was the body of the dead hit man taken to the hospitals 10th floor…is this where the emergency room and morgue located?…Ava killing Connie was pointless since Julians identity became known was no big deal, what happen to Lucys business she was planning, how was Luke not found at Miscavige…wasnt the place thoroughly searched after Scott/FLuke were found and after Heathers numerous escapes ect, Sonny calling Ava a lying mouth and a murderer…what does that make him, how did Nina know to go to Dannys birthday at the park and got around PC so well…is she really crippled…she seems like a volcano ready to erupt but im not sure yet if i like this character or not…Alexis too quick to judge Ric but becomes blind around Julian…Alexis and Tracy need to join the stupid, blinded by love club…jmho!!!

Matthew
Matthew

You got a problem with Jordan looking like Michelle Obama?

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

No…i have no problem with her looking like Mrs.Obama…i was just commenting on her resembalance…i just feel she doesnt act like a real undercover agent…which i have a problem with…my family voted for Obama!!!

Matthew
Matthew

Thanks for clarifying that this in the only assessment you made in your comment that you don’t have a problem with. I thought the same thing, there was a moment when the drug bust went down on the pier that Jordan looked identical to the FLOTUS.

Timmm
Timmm

The only way Y&R recovers is to bring back Michael Muhney. Thats it! Viewers of Y&R are pissed. Some I would think are peaking at GH since they snagged Michelle Stafford. Go GH and please write good stories with our veteran actors and include the Q’s!

Jeffery
Jeffery

It’s all Maura West’s fault. Damn her for gluing my eyes to the screen every time Ava appears! What she said in her recent TV Guide interview is right. The writers pack each episode with so much action and plot development that no viewer can afford to miss a single episode. Congratulations to all. Fifty-one years and still going strong!

mgb357
mgb357

when will the network programming wizards take notice?

Rodd
Rodd

I agree with su0000, GH is doing an awesome job! There have been so many high points throughout the last few years and I thank RV, RC, the extremely talented cast and crew, and even those in the offices for working so hard to make this the best show possible.

Is there room for improvement? Of course. But day after day, year after year, I am so happy to be watching GH and the fantastic show they all work so hard to present us, the viewers.

I wish them continued success!!!

Omar
Omar

Great news!!! CONGRATS to the cast and crew and for us fan for supporting the show.

I love the way networks come out all giddy with press releases when their programs show great ratings/gain, yet NOT one of the 3 networks will broadcast the Emmy awards either in primetime or even in daytime, especially CBS and ABC, to SHOW their support for their Daytime line up!!!

Very excited for GH. 🙂

Fanny
Fanny

With Frank C.@the helm, and Ron as head writer the show has been GREAT.

Lawrence
Lawrence

Congrats GH. Hiring Michelle Stafford was worth it

boes
boes

And it’s been a wise financial decision, too. They only have to pay her in animal parts.

Mika
Mika

Awesome! GH has been my #1 soap for over 30 years!

Elhu
Elhu

Congratulations !!!!! I am so happy for everyone at GH (and for all of us – the fans, as well). Going from “almost” extinction to being on top of their game, and topping the ratings charts in important categories – WAY TO GO, and kudos to everyone in front of, and behind the cameras!!!!! Here’s to many more great years of incredible stories!!!!!

JulieW
JulieW

TV Guide’s Michael Logan just tweeted that Billy Miller is going to General Hospital and it’s a done deal. Jill Farren Phelps must be crapping in her diapers. Go GH.

Geena
Geena

GH continues to collect all the Y&R talent too! BM is apparently heading that way. The gains will keep on coming

Jeremy
Jeremy

Congrats GH cast and crew!!! 🙂 The best soap opera 🙂

David
David

Very happy to see the constant improvement in the ratings and numbers like this. You see all the complaining but the constant improvement in numbers and ABC’s press releases prove that to the majority of the audience(i.e. the non internet posters) they are happy with the show. Keep it up Ron/Frnak, cast and crew

Andrew Esposito
Andrew Esposito

SOOOO VERY WELL DESERVED. NO BETTER SOAP AROUND. THEY WERE ROBBERIES BY THE EMMY’S, WHAT A JOKE !!!

janet
janet

from abc ???

Charles B
Charles B

How about that Mr Frons? Not so smart to say that soaps are no longer popular or profitable. Congrats to GH but a big mistake by the Academy to give a nomination to OLTL over GH.

su0000
su0000

yah.. I do not understand that..
GH has doubled its’ viewers, people are tweeter trending it, fans are excited, GH has arisen and arrived and is breathing down the neck of Y&R, yet it was shunned by the emmy judges..
makes no sense, not at all..

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

To paraphrase Mark Twain-the rumors of GH’S death have been GREATLY exaggerated

David
David

Since the 50th and even just before that GH’s demise has stopped being talked about unless your the typical gloom and doom people who only complain about the show.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Congratulations for making my point for me. There is a certain segment of the GH fanbase that secretly wish for the show’s cancellation so they can be proven right. It does my heart good every time to prove them wrong

dfm
dfm

now ABC needs to bring AMC/OLTL back! even 1/2 each would be good. still 2hour soap block!!

Nick D.
Nick D.

They deserve these numbers. Ever since the new regime took over it has been must-watch. Why? Because the stories are fast-paced and something big happens almost every day. They don’t keep you waiting weeks or months for the payoff most of the time. They also have many, many stories going on so you don’t get bored of seeing the same 10 characters every day for months on end. Also, the cast is fantastic.

harry
harry

They don’t keep you waiting? Are you kidding, Nick D? They not only keep you waiting, the stories sometimes are left on the cliff to hang for weeks on end.
Yes, the show is fast paced, but it is also disjointed and badly paced.
I am convinced that the only people watching have short attention spans.
I get bored because the basic storyboard of good storytelling is not utilized–there is no introduction, rising action, climax and resolution. I think those who watch GH on a regular basis are easily pleased and most likely do not plumb the great books because they lack the patience for it. I watch maybe every two weeks and never a whole show. What was must see TV for the last thirty years has become a burden. I check in once in awhile to check its pulse, and that is it. Most of what I know about GH comes from Twitter feeds and other online soap sites.

aria
aria

finally looks like things are paying off, hopefully the show will stay on track. I’m enjoying all the current storylines, loving the new addition Michele stafford , she’s doing a great job,i’m also loving Jordan, and Anna, talk about girl power, Patrick and Sabrina are breaking my heart. Ava, gurl, you in trouble!, lol, Maura West is badass, the only one i’m not rooting for at al is Julian, he’s proven to be a disappointment, i just don’t see him as Alexis great love, so far he’s coming across like a weasel. I don’t see him as either a villain or anti hero, he’s got some work to do to prove himself, and one more shout out to girl power, Go Molly Go, i hope she takes Julian down.

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

Congrats! GH is great!

Kaffen
Kaffen

It was Sam Silas and Michelle that’s all…It was a good week…

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Congratulations GH.

Kathy
Kathy

How about the rest of us who are over 49?? We are the boomers and we have been watching GH since high school! . Why do the ratings people only worry about the younger people watching TV. We are the ones who have the time to watch the soaps. Keep up the good work! I was sad to lose All my Children and OLTL, and I’m glad that some characters from OLTL are now on GH acting as other characters.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Ratings are reported that way because that’s what ad agencies & marketing people need to target their ads. It’s been proven time & again that older people are not as susceptible to advertising as younger people. Ad agencies & marketing companies don’t care about 49+ because in their opinion, they are not seeing substantial returns on their investment when buying ad space for tv commercials. They are the ones who want to know what the age breakdown is of a tv show’s audience, and whether it’s on the increase or decline because they target a specific age group for their ads. Why are ads important to a tv show? That’s where networks make their money! Broadcasting a soap doesn’t bring anything to a network. In fact, it a huge expense. The revenue comes from commercials.

moshane58
moshane58

Regardless what some thing his show has made a big turn around and really good to me. Just think this is Nielsen Box holders. Wonder what the real total viewers are.

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

That is because they have a great cast. But I think the heart felt performance from Teresa/ Sabrina and Patrick Jason Thompson was simply amazing

boes
boes

GH has benefited from soap fans who have lost their shows and, loyal folks that we/they are, they’re watching a subpar production, which is better than none.
I think it’s a toss up as to which show is worse, Y&R or GH – and it’s a shame.

Billy Miller will be a reason to watch, at least until he isn’t. That happens with so much of GH under these two. There can be good parts, good episodes, but the overall show is just a tired cartoon on an endless loop.

The B.S. about these “numbers” is so artificial, such a crock. Look at the numbers OLTL had – as good and sometimes MUCH better. Do you see that show still around??

Deb AD
Deb AD

I’ve been watching soaps for over 35 years, on and off, but started with GH as a teenager during the Luke and Laura years. I have to say, that despite the weak story lines and lack of any real character development on GH, I really love this soap, for it ‘s pure entertainment value. I try to turn off my brain and just enjoy the fun and great performances. Maura West was so boring as Diane on Y&R, yet wonderful on GH. I love the way she devours every scene she is in. Excited that Michelle Stafford has joined the show, and now the rumored Billy Miller may too:-))). On the downside, I do find they have too many characters now, bouncing around and not seeing our favs for a week at a time. Roger Howarth is sadly underused and I miss Todd every time I see him. I wish the writers would be more realistic…too many things that make you go hmmm. A little more attention to the details and more character development, with this cast and it could be the best soap ever.

Andrew
Andrew

Happy for GH. I am grateful for an hour of entertainment that I can rely on day after day, week in and week out. Im enjoying most everything on the show and most every character. I don’t think that there are any characters that I hate (I even like Sonny now that they’ve made him less a hero and more the villain he’s always been). Would like a little more fun on the show and would like to see some of the dropped stories picked up (Milo running Lucy’s healthclub and just who was the mysterious patient that Kevin kept treating for so long?). Happy about the vets getting story even if they aren’t center stage all the time. Best part of the show is Anna. Making her commissioner was the best thing this team has done.

lizzy
lizzy

What is this Bull ____________ about the Daytime Emmy Awards not being on TV . . . . Daytime is TV. What about the regular Emmy Awards where are we going to see them? This is an outrage. I can understand not running them at night. Didn’t daytime awards use to be during the day. In any case they could be taped and shown at a different time. I am like speechless. Is there anyone else out there that thinks something is wrong with this? HELLO. TV awards not being shown on TV. What’s up with that?

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

Nina is going to sneak into Sonnys house and mistakenly stab Carly thinking she was Ava…Ava finds a wounded Carly and picks up the knife just as Sonny walks in…Ava will be arrested for attempted murder…Nina will try to harm Kiki and this is when she’ll learn Kiki is her daughter!

lizzy
lizzy

GREAT!!!!! Love it. – You should apply for a writer’s job only go to B&B because they really need you I am so over all this Wyatt and Hope and Liam crap. They are stuck in a rut over there. BUT I really love what you are coming up with for GH. Put it in a book form and I’ll be the first one in line waving my charge card.

Ces
Ces

I’m always happy for GH’s success ….. however, I will still stand by the fact that we have too many cast members and too many stories just drop off or get picked up weeks later which kind of makes a person lose interest.

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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:

Courtesy/ABC

When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

Photo: ABC

Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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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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