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GENERAL HOSPITAL: The House Of Horrors That Is The Crichton-Clark Clinic … Stavros Cassadine Returns!

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Oh-oh!  Looks like lots of demented and creepy people are running loose at the now infamous Crichton-Clark Clinic on General Hospital!

And today, while chained to one of the holding rooms, Lulu (Emme Rylan) and Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) are greeted by the resurrected and unfrozen … Stavros Cassadine (Robert Kelker-Kelly)!

This time, Stavros in his obsessive Shakespearean drawl has a surprise for Lulu!  He has fertilized one of Lulu’s eggs that he gleaned while she was his captive on Cassadine Island, and now all that is left to do is implant the embryo into Lulu!

And as Stavros exclaims to a chained Lulu:  “Our child will be of noble blood. Not a blood of some peasants from Bensonhurst!”  In addition on the episode:  Peter Harrell (Zachary Garred) walks into Victor’s (Thaao Penghlis) office, and is definitely thirsty for revenge too, and acting, shall we say, a bit off-kilter!

Watch Stavros’ return after the jump, and then let us know what you thought of it? Glad to see RKK back on your screens?  What do you think in the latest in the ongoing embryo drama for Lulu and Dante?

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Susan Goodman
Susan Goodman

It’s a terrible story line does the writers want the show cancelled because I’m ready to stop watching

dmr
dmr

I can’t disagree with you, Susan. As much as I love The Cassadines and would welcome most veterans of the past back-not in this way, it’s such a ridiculous storyline. It’s such a waste of air-time and talent.

avril_lee
avril_lee

Who cares about the story line at this point? I could watch Robert Kelker-Kelly read a book!

MaxDaddee
MaxDaddee

This is just more “recycling” of way too old storylines. Whatever happened to writers with creative talents? All this focus on horror (blended with the absurd) is annoying to some of us. I shut off the TV as soon as the talk about “you’re going to have my baby”, said the madman, started. I’d rather listen to elevator music than spend time following this storyline.

Timmm
Timmm

Stop watching. This is GH like it was in the 80’s and the Ice Princess. Its over the top but its entertaining. Thats why Y&R was always a good 2nd soap because their show is less campy and more character driven. Your choice.

harry
harry

Timm, you could not be more wrong. This is not at all what we had in the 80’s. Yes, the 80’s had stories which required a suspension of disbelief but it also had great characters like Luke, Laura. Robert etc. etc. We believed in these characters and rooted for them so we were able to follow these character driven stories into that land of suspended disbelief.
We also had a sub text of excellent, solid and interesting characters such as the Quartermaine’s, The Kelly’s and the Baldwin’s. GH in the 80’s had over-the-top stories, yes, but they were leveled by good, solid characters and good, solid writing.
GH has none of that now.

dmr
dmr

MaxDaddee: I agree. I miss watching the Quartermaine’s (love having Ned back), stories based on medical drama at the hospital, friendships and relationships evolve, and romances.

Shay
Shay

Harry’s right! There was a real balance between the reality and fantasy storylines of the 1980’s GH. We had plenty of true-to-life, gripping drama…. relationships and friendships were explored and emphasized in detail, as well. Even the criminals had some sort of basis in the real world, for the most part, they were not completely cartoonish or totally over-the-top. For example, the original Stavros, while chillingly creepy, was still as composed and elegant as one would expect of a Cassadine. Now we have this leering lunatic played by RKK that is so off-the-rails insane that he is hardly amusing or entertaining. Not to mention that revisiting the plots of the best days of Port Charles also exposes the glaring absences of such legacy characters as Laura, Frisco, Noah and Robert….as if any of these individuals would be missing from the canvas given the peril their nearest and dearest are currently facing! So while we are getting a pale homage to the history of GH, we are hardly hitting the same strides that we enjoyed back then. Of course, I am delighted whenever we even get a few crumbs of the way the show once was, but we still have a very long way to go before it can be compared to those glory days!

fed up
fed up

the whole cassidine thing is sooooo old.general hospital is shooting themselves in the leg-actually the heart with this.can’t you think of something new?

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Amen, fed up!

Kyle
Kyle

I love every minute of it! I absolutely love Stavros, and Victor. So glad were getting to see more of the Cassadines again. Now if Helena would just pop up I would be one very happy person. I was not a fan I Levi at all. But this kidnapping storyline is AMAZING. I love how half of the town is involved in this story. I hope that RKK (Stavros) is on for more than just a few Episodes and I hope Victor continues to be on as well. I just love General Hospital it’s so AMAZING!!!

su0000
su0000

This is going to be good!!!
Exciting and suspenseful drama, it doesn’t get any better than that!!

Bring it on home! Stavros Cassadine (Robert Kelker-Kelly) !!!
I’m looking forward to the goosebumps !!!

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

Loving it too…RKK rocks demented like no other. It was a nice Segway to the pathetic Levi story. Way to go RC and FV

CeeCee
CeeCee

It is all repetition..been there done that. How many times can Frankenstein’s monster be recreated? Maybe as a spoof? ….because it is exactly what this is…no goosebumps about it..lol.
There is no suspense. I couldn’t wait for the mad scene between Lulu and Stavros to be over…yeah, she looked really scared. I find more suspense in wishing Maxie a safe haven…awaiting for the cavalry to appear on the horizon and rescue everyone.
Where is Prince Valiant? This would be an opportune and superman-sort-of-effect for Nicolas to show his princely prowess…he doesn’t do much for the soap…so, let’s give him this momentous opportunity to save face.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I think GH should be commended for taking big risks in the present by using past history (Aztec adventure, Cassidine craziness) to complicate current situations. I don’t watch other daytime soaps. But, with only four on air now & competition from online programming, it’s clear GH can’t just be run-of-the-mill and expect to keep an audience by rerunning past relationship tropes. The one thing that set GH apart from all the other soaps were the adventure stories started by Gloria Monty, the bromances, the over-the-top fantasy element, and the humor. Glad to see the current regime remembers these & is returning GH to its strengths. The cast they have is great, and can do all of this. Am really enjoying watching the storylines interweave & unravel in unexpected ways. Go, GH!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Great comment KansasGuest. I agree!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I think GH should be ridiculed for re-writing every classic story they touch. What is the purpose of combining the Aztec Treasure story with the Ice Princess. Its almost as though FV and RC are making a big mush of parody. It would be one thing if it weren’t so plot driven, GH was never like that in the earlier days this team is trying to filch from.

Fanny
Fanny

CRAZY EYES RKK SCARED ME !

mike
mike

RKK is great at tearing up the scenery as Stavros.

dmr
dmr

He plays a great villain. I love Victor, too. Loved Spencer’s scenes with Emma, Patrick, and Sam. That little guy has star quality!

harry
harry

Really? Because I think he’s just a terrible actor. I thought RKK was good back in the day on Another World but time has not been on his side
If they had to bring back a Cassadine back from the dead, why not Stavros who was at least fleshed out to be a multifaceted, and believable character?

harry
harry

I meant Stefan, not Stavros. Stefan was an interesting character whose internal battle between good and bad always provided an interesting story.
But I think Ron is a black and white thinker. His villains have to be mono chromatic black while his heroes have to be all goodness and light.
To me, his villains are not creepy or scary because they are not believable.
I’d rather read a Batman comic book.

dmr
dmr

I think he is supposed to be “over the top;” but, I agree-some of it is too much and it comes off as bad acting. I don’t think the terrible storyline helps matters. The actors must feel ridiculous having to say these dumb lines. It’s completely unbelievable. Tired of the rehashed lines-Lulu and her embryo-tired of listening to the same ol’ lines. I liked Stefan, too.

MaxDaddee
MaxDaddee

Harry raises a good point about Stefan. His character did struggle between doing good and trying to get what he wanted via the low road. He knew how to love and tried to deal with the Cassadine dark side in him (and his looney family). I think it takes strong writers to be able to develop and maintain plot lines with characters like that. It does make for much more interesting stories and more drama. GH lacks drama these days, it’s more like “here’s a quick glimpse at what’s behind door #1, then door #2…maybe we’ll get back to door #1 after we spend some time with door #3….sigh!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

harry, I also liked Stefan. The only thing I didn’t like was that, whenever he and Laura were about to get close, something would prevent it. Stefan is the only Cassidine I liked.

KMB
KMB

Harry, good point about Stefan. It takes a special writer to write for a complex character like that. I sure miss the days when Patrick Mulcahey wrote for Stefan’s character. Now there was writing. Add Stephen Nichols in as Stefan and it was pure gold. I love watching his old YouTube videos from those days!

rebecca1
rebecca1

The man is phenomenal. He puts the cray in crazy! If he hadn’t already been Stavros he would have more than filled the original Franco’s shoes had James Franco not been cast in the role.

Love to shudder at Stavros. A great looking psychopath played with frenzy and finesse! Didn’t watch today’s episode yet…looking forward to it! Some may balk at his return…but I think it’s a great homage to GH history to have Laura’s daughter (once again) be the latest object of obsession. How thoughtful of Victor to serve Lulu to him. Port Charles cup is running over with loons…LOL…and it makes for one “crazy” ride!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I never thought of him as a possibility for Franco but that’s a great idea! To be honest, Roger Howarth as Franco really isn’t working IMO, I think he would have been much better cast as Jimmy Lee Holt or another Q or maybe even Valentin Cassadine (though I’ve always wanted Vincent Irizzary in that role). It’s just so hard seeing Roger Howarth call Kin Shriner “dad”.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Jimmy! Ha! Ya, it is funny seeing Roger with Kin but all the ages on soaps are skewed. Actors are parents of people ten years younger than them in real life in some cases…

I love Roger…and I like him as the “now” Franco…not the James Franco/Franco…or the infantile Franco they wrote for him until recently. I think…or hope…that the writers are creating a more intelligent…although possibly volatile/devious Franco…as well as someone capable of great love/loyalty…vulnerability…sorta like…guess who? Todd! But Roger plays that so well.

But, yeah, LOL, Robert Kelker Kelly is one hot maniac!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, the father-son thing is kind of kooky. It would have worked if Roger looked younger than his years, but he looks his age. No way could he pass as Kin’s son in reality.
But, it’s a soap, and as such, it is entitled to do as it pleases, no matter how far-fetched. Nonetheless, I love Roger Howarth and I fully expect him to linger as long as possible.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Jimmy, I couldn’t agree with you more. I think, despite Roger Howarth’s great acting ability, the character of Franco is not working. It’s all so contrived and unbelievable, particularly the father/son thing with Scotty.

harry
harry

Rebecca, you say that as if it were a good thing. Yes, GH’s cup runneth over with psychotic, one-dimensional, cartoon villains which renders the show flat and ultimately uninteresting.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank-you, Harry…took the words right out of my mouth…’tis a bore…repetitive. I watched most past episodes…both Gran and Granda filled me in…the same story with sometimes different characters. But, that does not mean I will stop watching. Just expressing an opinion.

su0000
su0000

ohh now Harry, c’mon..
GH;
It is indeed exceptional and absolutely not like the other 3 soaps, and that is a good thing..
If we want low key and boring year long stories played out by the same 12 people, then we watch Y&R ..
See how that woks out !!

GH is for the people who ”get it” ..:)

rebecca1
rebecca1

I did say that Harry…just as you said what you think. I find it interesting and fun…you find it flat and uninteresting.

The one loon I could do without is Heather…kinda fun but played out for me. If I see her eat one more BLT I’m going to have to check myself into Miscavige. As for Nina and Stavros…Dr. O, Faison, Stavros…their evil/loony ways make up a lot of the adventure GH has always dabbled in. There is still enough romance, drama, crime, friendship, complicated relationships, divided loyalties , alliances, betrayals yada yada… I like that Ned is back. I’m looking forward to the new Jason. Curious to see what happens with Sabrina/Carlos, Lucy/Scott, Patrick…Nicolas/Elizabeth/Britt…will Rick come back…There’s a lot going on that mixes it up…and for me…that makes a good soap.

Chacun à son goût…to each his own….

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

Stravos reminded me of Riddler from Batman…and not in a good wayl..lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Agreed, I love Roger too. I do hope he will not be either a devious or volatile Franco. Actually, he seems to be showing some backbone; the way he revealed his doubts to Carly says much,….so no deviousness there…he was upfront.
As far as writing his role as volatile does not jive with this Franco. He seems determined as he strives to tackle whatever is thrown his way; focused with his “students” and the people with whom he deals on a day-to-day basis; nominally, Nina. ….which brings me to the end of my winded comment. But, not before saying that I am still rooting for a Nina/Franco love dance…lol.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ah…CeeCee…Franco is “trying” to be a better person. I believe he really wants to be and is maturing…finally finding a purpose again. He’s in love, he’s working, he’s made a friend in Nina. However, I also believe all that will change once he finds out Carly’s been cheating on him. Then we’ll see the volatile Franco…he’ll be hurt, angry and out for vengeance. He’ll tell Michael about Sonny shooting AJ…it’s the calm before the storm….

CeeCee
CeeCee

C’est vrai, rebecca…est-ce que tu parles francais? I’m still somewhat fluent, thanks to seven years of boarding school.
Awww…..you never want to see Heather and her off-the-wall shenanigans again? Lol.
Ditto to everything you said. I am looking forward to all those things…just no more embryos; stolen or otherwise.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Of course, you’re right about the calm before the storm, rebecca. But, I would think that’s out of anger and hurt, as you say. It’s a human reaction, not necessarily mercurial. We have all been hurt some time or other, but we don’t all break into acts of violence.
However, in this case, I just realized that you may have a point. Franco is a different breed…his ‘tumor’ may insidiously start reappearing (lol) causing him to throw caution to the wind, abandoning all the good intentions filed in his head.
I don’t really want to see this happening…..I think he is very unsure of Carly’s fidelity, thus the discovery of her cheating won’t be such a big blow. This would be the perfect time for some of Nina’s TLC, no? Lol.
Seriously, I really hope Carly and Sonny get what they deserve. I dislike cheaters with a passion. Why cheat? Makes no sense to me. If you fall out of love, have the courtesy to tell your partner, at least. But, I suppose the thrill of sneaking around makes the affair that much more enticing.
I just don’t want to lose Roger.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Bonjour encore CeeCee. LOL (what IS the fFench for LOL?) ;). Je parle un peu francais. Je l’ai pris pour six ans dans l’ecole. Had a few French boyfriends…and went to France twice. And now…i barely remember a word of it! But it’s fun to throw in the occasional phrase, n’est pas?

Sigh, okay, okay. I admit. I don’t dislike Heather THAT much. Anyone part of GH history is fine by me. It’s all good… 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

When you describe Stavros so eloquently, rebecca? Yeah, he excels in his portrayal of the dastardly, demented fiend. He reminds me of Jack Nicholson, in THE SHINING, with his crazy eyes…any minute, I was expecting Stavros. To yell out, ” Luuluu, honey, I’m ho-ome !”

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

We almost think alike…Stravos also reminded me of Jack Nicholson but as the Riddler from Batman…in a very looney and campy cartoonish way…lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

@CeeCee. LOL. I can see that!

rebecca1
rebecca1

It’ll be a REALLY BIG BLOW, CeeCee! It is BECAUSE Franco suspected Carly…and she lied to him over and over…and he went against his own instincts when he doubted her…it is because he allowed himself to be made a fool of by Sonny…because he promised Carly he wouldn’t tell Michael and he kept his word while she went behind his back…it is because of all these reasons that I feel the revenge of Franco will be huge! There’s going to be a lot of damage in all directions. He’s like a pot with the lid on…once he boils over is when I predict he and Nina will be in cahoots and wreak havoc. Only problem is a few of their targets can give as good as they get so it’s going to get pretty messy. Yay! LOL. (And I don’t think we’re going to lose Roger anytime soon…unless he wants to leave of his own accord…)

KatieK
KatieK

Love RKK, wish he would come back to Days. I don’t think its ever going to work for Days and Peter,so Id love it for Robert to come back.

dmr
dmr

When I first began to watch DOOL, RKK was “Bo.” I loved him. I never cared for Peter Reckell, even though he was the original.

Joel
Joel

RKK was amazing as Bo. They’re fools not to get him back.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ehh…same old, same old. Robert Kelker-Kelly should go back to DOOL and re-take the role of Bo Brady. …my mom’s words…
I really did not get into this scene….no drama, bad acting. This scene was not executed as well as it was probably written.
It seems that the Cassadines are coming out of the woodwork…I could have sworn Stavros had little icicles stuck to his brows.

Beth CP
Beth CP

@ CeeCee-Agree. This story, as well as RKK’s schtick is old and worn out. And really, how gag inducing is the thought of L being forcibly implanted with a child that is Nik’s half brother as well as his nephew. The legacy daughter of Luke and Laura deserves to be treated as something more than just a broodmare. As well, DZ deserves to have a story that offers him something more to do than rescue his kidnapped wife. I detested the character of Stavros when he was introduced and still detest him all these years later…….

GH50
GH50

Beth CP- I agree and I think it’s kind of gag inducing just the fact that Stavros “fertilized” the egg. That it exists even without implanting is just gross. I’m not sure if TPTB think that’s really edgy and sick enough to get attention but I think it’s just too much. I’m from crazy stuff going down with the Cassadines, but the thought of this stuff is uncomfortable for me, it borders a little to much on the incestuous.

Beth CP
Beth CP

@ CeeCee-Agree with your assessment here. The story as well as RKK’s schtick is getting old and worn out. Not to mention RC’s writing of this version of L to be little more than a broodmare and D to once again look ineffectual as he’s put in the position of trying to save his wife. Sad when you think how self sufficient both characters were on their own as well as together in the past. I also find it insulting overall to those of us who have family in law enforcement that much of the PCPD is made to look like the Keystone Cops. It’s one thing to have story spring from character flaws and quirks, another when they are written to be flat out plot point dumb.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know how you differentiate “dumb” on General Hospital…

Poisoning the water?

Casey the alien?

Lucy the vampire slayer?

Walking around with other people’s faces?

Resurrecting the dead?

Marrying your rapist? (Luke/Laura)

Carly loving Sonny (after threatening to kill her)

Carly loving Franco (after orchestrating her son’s rape)

Weather machines that can freeze the world…

See a pattern? Dumb? LOL…It’s General Hospital. Love it or leave it…For me, it’s all fun/fiction/fantasy rolled into one.

Beth CP
Beth CP

@ rebbecca1-Yes many things are “dumb” but at least with many of those examples you cited there were other stories going on that counterbalanced the “dumbness”. That Laura married Luke was a gymnastic piece of “dumb” story telling that ultimately was addressed years later. And just because my little musings indicate I’m less than thrilled with the show doesn’t mean I should be given an ultimatum to “Love it or leave it….”. If my honest, from the heart views make me one to be scorned and mocked, so be it.

Beth CP
Beth CP

Apologies for the double post.

CeeCee
CeeCee

No worries, Beth…it happens to all of us. Lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…Beth CP…I didn’t say “love it or leave it” in a nasty way…that actually wasn’t directed at you per se. I just meant that people either love it or not…they love it or leave it…it’s not for some…not their cup of tea…etc……. I was saying for ME…I’m enjoying it. Sorry about the implication…or the way you received it.

Timmm
Timmm

I’d much rather watch this than Epiphany and Milo on a date at Kellys!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Funny. Yeah, I don’t get this storyline either. I hope it does not come to fruition….that it is nipped in the bud. Who wants to date someone old enough to be his mother? I do not normally get stuck on age difference, but this is excessive.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I have a feeling that we’re not going to be seeing that much of Milo or Epiphany so it was just a good-natured comical exit for the two. They’ll probably pop up occasionally but I doubt they’ll have any storyline devoted to them. As for the age difference doesn’t bother me…if guys can date much younger then I’m all for the other way around. I just thought it ridiculous that a guy who’s all about working out and who had a mad crush on Carly…and then Lulu…would be physically attracted to Epip… I actually find THAT dumber than the Stavros story! LOL… (And don’t get me wrong, I love both of those characters…) But I think their “love” is just a little side of whimsy for the fans…

Dan
Dan

I see RKK ditched the beard and goatee this time, and somehow that makes him look even more creepy in this role. He’s a riot as Stavros Cassadine, a totally over the top villain in the mold of soap opera villains from the past. And this scheme to get Lulu pregnant with a Cassadine heir sounds like something a psycho like him would come up with. I wonder what other GH nut jobs they have walking around at Crichton-Clark, lol.

carla
carla

Love every minute of it.I cant wait to wat ch each day.Full of surprises.

aria
aria

will i enjoy this? i’m not sure, look, I love GH, i aint giving up on it anytime soon, never have before and wont now, but i still feel i must express my disappointment when the show turns into a bad sci fi cartoon. what is RC/FV vision for this show? should their vision override viewers vision? yes, FV is the show runner and RC its head writer and neither can do their job if they are not confident in what they bring to the table in their respected positions, and of course no body in their position should be force to write and produce a show base on what fans( even in the majority) want. Its simply not the way to produce a show, however, fans input is still important because it gives you an idea where the show should go and thrive to be.and ratings count so in my opinion , some complaints are more legit then others because they offer insight in what you do best and what the audience enjoys seeing. to me complaints about a certain couple being together vs another couple is not really a complaint but a preference of what that viewer likes for example. But if someone complaints and writes often about how the show tends to be all over the place, where one day you see one story plot playing out and then its dropped and not seen for a while or how over crowded the show is with to many people all over the place, then for me those are more legit complaints that the show still hasn’t fixed. theres also little plot points that irritate the crap out of me, and the one that keeps bugging me is how Morgan acts like Luke is a stranger, often referring to him in scenes like someone he doesn’t know? how can that be when he’s your grandmothers brother and cousin Lulu father. But back to this latest plot developing with starvos, goodness grief, why do we now have to endure this disgusting character impregnating Lulu? its just a sick plot and not even interesting in my opinion. The continuity is bad on this show and because theres so many people sometimes the follow up is never there. look at the Julian and Alexis story, and with Molly not approving, thats juicy and you would think it would be getting airtime, however its now on hold. Liz mourning both A.J and now Ric for 2 minutes also bad storytelling, I know that Ric’s story was put on hold because Anthony Geary is on long term vacation but they still could of play the angle of Liz and Molly finding out he’s still alive and in hiding. Duke has disappeared so what about him getting back at Julian? should we wait 20years for that to play out? Milo and epiphany was obviously only a filler for the show, when will we find out how their date went? never or in 10 weeks when… Read more »

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, it looks like they threw a months worth of scripts up in the air and just picked them up off the floor and started taping scenes!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know, right? Geesh, that Liz…she surely can love ’em and leave ’em! ….well, in her case they died. Still !!!. She actually did mourn them for 2minutes. Then she fell back in love with Nicolas without missing a beat. WOW!!!!!
You surely have expressed it better than I ever could, Aria.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL, Aria! I love GH yet at the same time I agree with some of your points. I, too, get annoyed at little things that are actually big things. When we’re not watching the more fantastical aspects of the show…the parts that are supposed to be close to reality aren’t.

An example you brought up: Liz mourning…or lack thereof…AJ and then Rick. I detest when soaps give such little emotion to a character…and GH is not the only to do it. People move from one relationship to the next without skipping a beat. Some exceptions…Patrick was about as close to reality as one could hope when he thought Robin was gone. That was “real” grief played out…and moving on took some time. I hate the way they gloss over people like AJ, Rick…even Sam and Molly’s reaction to Rafe’s death should have been stronger/longer. But yet, Silas’s reaction was credible.

As for the “all over the place”…for some reason that doesn’t bother me too much, unless characters disappear for months with nary a mention. Two examples…Robert when he was in a coma. Those who love him dearly barely brought up his name and never went to visit him. That REALLY bothered me. And AJ…when he was sitting in jail he disappeared for months! Michael never even brought him up even with their newfound love/bond.

But the fact that their are simultaneous stories…as long as they’re rotated every week or so is okay with me; I’m usually engaged enough in each of them and take it as if I knew all these people in real life and each one has a story. LOL…So, you visit one friend or friends one week and check in on their lives…and then the others…I don’t know…kinda works for me.

As for being all over the place…I find it helps to break up long posts with paragraphs. Easier reading…less confusing for poster and postee! (is that a word???) 😉

su0000
su0000

WHOOPIE!!!!

I am 100 times more excited to have Stavros Cassadine (Robert Kelker-Kelly) back than Malcolm / Shemar Moore/Malcolm ..

GH and me are now in for some great thrills and chills, and I love that!!!

GH still has the best of the best …… !!!!!

harry
harry

Why even bring up Y&R? If you are loving the all cartoon villain cast of GH then just enjoy it without bringing up Y&R.
It just makes me think thou protest too much.

su0000
su0000

Harry,,
I did not bring up Y&R.. Said nothing about Y&R..
I was differentiating between the returning of –
Stavros Cassadine (Robert Kelker-Kelly)
and Malcolm / Shemar Moore/Malcolm
as to which is more popular in discussion..

Noted also the return of Stavros Cassadine (Robert Kelker-Kelly)
has three times the attention/posts than Malcolm / Shemar Moore/Malcolm’s return..

Stavros Cassadine (Robert Kelker-Kelly) wins three to one 🙂 lol 🙂

Jovin
Jovin

You really need a hobby. Lol.

harry
harry

(Looking at the camera askance, ala Ferris Beuller).
You said nothing about Y&R? Okay, I’m the crazy one here. Is Shemar Moore not from Y&R? Did you not compare his two day visit with RKK’s visit?
(Deep breaths, deep breaths)
And again, I ask you, why bring that up at all?
And since you did bring it up, I will say Shemar brought it home. Malcolm is all grown up–he’s a flesh and blood character with whom we viewers can identify.
I found it interesting watching the little brother interact with his big brother Neil only this time, Malcolm was the wiser one.
I found nothing interesting about watching the scene posted above. It was over-the-top and puzzling. Even Michael Logan of TV Guide Tweeted, “What was that?” Now this is the man who absolutely worships GH and even he thought this latest stunt casting was oddly irrelevant.

Sarah
Sarah

Loving all the twists n turns this storyline is giving!!! I’m also loving all the pairings that are happening!!! General Hospital is on fire!!!

Philip Brooks
Philip Brooks

Considering how many times he’s been fozen/unfrozen, I’m surprised he’s not even more crazy than usual…

Mark
Mark

He should come back to days instead of this mess

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

I agree with CeeCee…he shouldve went back to Days as a recast Bo…some threads ago i said Stravos would return after Levi included Lulu in the kidnapping…i too thought Stravos’ return was a little overplayed-too campy but the episode was still entertaining…not as good as Mondays…love Dr.Mutter and Anna in scenes together!

Timmm
Timmm

Well, if for no other reason, it gives Lulu and Dante something to do and maybe Starvos’s obsession with Lulu will bring Laura back on? What a big hole with all her loved ones in major story lines and no Laura.

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

It would’ve been nice to see Laura again but i doubt it’ll happen…at least not anytime soon!

Ces
Ces

I don’t blame him for not wanting to work with Days considering how they treated him unfairly by bringing Peter back. Not that I dislike Peter, since he is the original Bo, however … RKK was doing a fine job in the role at that time. He just didn’t have much chemistry with K. Alfonso.
I’m just happy to see RKK back and hope he stays on awhile longer this time …

Timmm
Timmm

Sign Robert Kelker Kelly to a 100 year contract! He is just the best.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I thought they took Lulu to help unfreeze him, since she survived her thawing, but lo and behold he was already alive and kicking. But now what? Are they going to kill him off again– I mean each time he returns from the dead he is bit more crazy– I swear he is one death away from becoming full fledged zombie—

Watching him yesterday I kept thinking all he needs is long mustache to twirl and some railroad tracks to tie Lulu to— LOL ( a reference to a classic silent screen villain from the twenties)

CeeCee
CeeCee

Funny you should say that, Mary. I can clearly envision Lulu being tied to the railroad tracks as Stavros furtively looks this way and that making sure no one sees him or stops him…haha…hilarious. My grandparents have an extensive collection of ‘oldies’. As a little girl I would always play these records. One of the 45’s has a song by George Jones titled “Along Came Jones”. I used to play it over and over again. When I read your post, it brought it all back…so funny.

Justin
Justin

While i love seeing the Cassadine’s back in action, i’m so tired of the back-from-the-dead plots. There’s no surprise anymore. Were you really truly shocked to see Starvos? Will you be shocked to see Jason? I love the use of history that RC infuses into the show, but sometimes i can feel my brain cells dying when I watch this show.

Timmm
Timmm

I know, where is Alan and Emily! Two things you can count on soaps for and that is the cops never get the bad guy and people are really never dead until they die in real life.

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s funny, Timmm !!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Even when they die in real life, the character will just get replaced…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly, Justin…no surprise, no suspense…we know the outcome…it’s been written, and rewritten, and rewritten…all the soaps follow a pattern. Once we memorize it, we know what the next line, segment, scene etc. will be. A little variety and originality would go a long way…
I am not complaining, so hold your horses, people…..as I said, I love GH…rain or shine.

su0000
su0000

Well ya know..
After 5 days a week for 50 years, the soaps tend to struggle to find something that has never been before..(possibly impossible lol
I think GH does a great job with it by adding new twists and turns and even surprises to the stories,, and always fun when the vets come back for a story even for an appearance to give some oomph to it ..:)

Ces
Ces

Welcome back RKK, hope you stick around a bit!!
Days blew it when they fired RKK off Days and let Peter return only to want to leave again.

Jovin
Jovin

Peter returned in 1995 and stayed for 17 years. Its not like he came back for a 2 year contract!

Ces
Ces

and your point is???? They still fired RKK and brought PR back for no reason OTHER than the original actor had nothing else going on that year.
He’s gone again and perhaps RKK would have still been there …. !!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Ces…y-e-s…where B-O-T-H of your posts are concerned, I was thinking the e-x-a-c-t same thing. Like…DUH!!!!! Also, I always thought that Robert Kelker-Kelly was a WAY BETTER ACTOR than Peter Reckell. Guess what…I still do!!!!! Ces…I can just imagine PR playing the role of Stavros Cassadine on GH…as in N-O-T!!!!!! Nope.

Take care, Ces. Peace.

Ronni
Ronni

This story is so ridiculous. Really isn’t there enough real events in the lives of these characters to write a believe able story. All this coming back from the dead! All we need is a good vampire to complete the nonsense. I can barely watch anymore. So sick of recycled stories/characters. It’s bad enough to be mob invested but now ghouls too. Can’t get behind this crap.

Timmm
Timmm

Its an escape Ronni. Turn on the evening news and you will want to jump off a bridge! Its depressing. I watch soaps to be entertained.

harry
harry

Me too, Timm and GH is not delivering.

su0000
su0000

Well-
Soaps have never been ”believable ” they are make-believe fantasy BS ..
and GH does it greater and better than any other soap..
GH does have a Vampire, Caleb , he is just resting now..
I like the dead coming back/unfrozen.. (what if they are zombies ahahaa..

((it all worked for Dark Shadows that still has a great fan following 😉 lol

GH has a variety of characters and all types of stories, something for everyone ..

I am lovin the Cassadine’s !! the most vivid family of all the soaps..

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

It’s a disgusting story line. Frank and Ron should be ashamed. Robert should go back to DAYS and reunite Bo and Hope.

Timmm
Timmm

Its better than killing another kid.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Gentry Ashmore…What a regal name…love it!

Shay
Shay

Me too, CeeCee! Tres recherché! (And exactly why is the accent mark in “tres” not materializing???? Just one of life’s mysteries, I suppose…..)

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

Absolutely not!! Robert , along with Thaao Penghlis, should be signed to a multi-year contract. And the story line is a lot of fun.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Crazy Eyes Cassadine is back and I couldn’t be happier! I love Stavros and Robert Kelker-Kelly is great! I thought he did really well in this return scene, he was creepy and scary and everything a Cassadine should be! His return scenes last year with Luke and Laura were equally as good. And even though this plot is ridiculous and kind of gross, I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of it plays out!

rebecca1
rebecca1

ditto

harry
harry

In other words, SUoo is saying that you have to be a big ole dummy with short attention span to like GH.

rebecca1
rebecca1

ya know Harry…Michael Fairman has mentioned several times that he doesn’t appreciate posters being nasty. I don’t appreciate it either.

we get it…you don’t like GH. paleeeeeez refrain from your infantile insults aimed at those of us who do.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you for the explanation, rebecca. I had actually posted a paragraph where I mention you, Shay, jimh and Mary in that you explain things to me without insulting my intelligence and making me feel like a nincompoop…I am far from that, believe me. It seems that according to a certain poster, I need to have the RIGHT brain matter with the RIGHT brain cells juxtaposed with GH and all its life lessons. Then, and only then will I have the honor to become a member of its cult. Lol. It seems I am not smart enough to “get” GH. As you can see, the post did not make it.
Oh, well….

While there is no literal translation for LOL in French…I would simply make something up…how about,…rire a’ haute voix?….RAHV? Lol…
Thank you for being there. I can pretty much defend myself…I do have a voice…not too much brawn or height, albeit half of me is Viking…lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey again CeeCee…

Su and I haven’t really responded to each other’s posts as of yet…or that I can remember. But in reading what she wrote I’m not sure (and if she wants she can clarify this)…I’m not sure if she meant it as insulting as it sounded. And I’m not sure it was directed at you.

I think she’s just a die hard fan…doesn’t seem like GH can do any wrong by her…and there are a certain amount of people who don’t like the “out there” stories…or who are not long time fans so don’t get…as you didn’t for example why Stavros was obsessed with Lulu…not because anyone has to be a rocket scientist to follow a soap…RAHV! ;)…I think she was saying that GH isn’t for everyone if they want just romance, drama, friendship, family…”reality only” based stories. As you can see GH has bizarre stories as well that are obviously out of the realm of art imitating life. So, I THINK she means you either like that kind of story…and are not surprised by that kind of story on GH…or maybe GH is not the type of soap for everyone. That’s my interpretation of what she said. Had she directed it at me…I’d be all over that!!! Hahahha…ahem. Kidding. Maybe not.

But seriously, as you can see I got pissed above to at another poster who seems to revel in snide comments on a continous basis. Sigh. Such a tangled soap (web) we weave….

CeeCee
CeeCee

@rebecca/Su…..I just read Harry’s post…had skipped/missed it. That is a VERY insulting remark. How did it get passed by the ‘posting police’? My post was not insulting at all. I expressed my feelings in a very respectful way. I am not antagonistic, but I will defend myself. Standing my ground has been instilled in me since childhood, along with kindness, respect, love and help your fellow-man and never turn the other cheek to ANYTHING.
I can see now, after explaining it to me, that Su was not trying to be provocative or indirectly calling me stupid. It was just the wording. I can see what a diehard fan of GH she is and she meant no harm. Now, it is my turn to apologize…Sorry, Su….I do enjoy your comments…you know I have told you that many times.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I don’t know about that. The storyline is already starting to sound ridiculous. I am so done with these blasted implantation of embryos. C’mon now !!!! Perhaps I am missing something since, as I keep repeating myself, I am new to GH, but why Lulu? Does her uterus look like a castle, or something? I find this whole segment bordering on insanity…then again, from what I gather, that’s the Cassidines, right? Plus, I am not a fan of RKK…that fact doesn’t helm me want to keep watching. But, I do because I love GH.
Also, I almost missed it today because GH shows at 2pm on MV and 3pm in Suffolk County, NY….strange.

su0000
su0000

GH is for a certian kind of viewers..
One has to really ”get it”
If one can not ”get it” then GH is not for them 🙂
GH true fans are as close as ya can get to a cult following, it is absolutely not like the ordinary traditional soaps, not at all ..
That why.. It’s not for everyone..

I love GH it is exciting and is a mixed bag of all types of stories and every character is unique.. 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey CeeCee…

The Cassadines and Spencers have a looooooooong history! They’ve always been at war…many of the stories focussed on kidnapping, revenge, etc.

The thing about Lulu is that Stavros and his mother Helena kidnapped Laura, Lulu’s mother. Stavros was obsessed with her…and it was later learned he fathered Laura’s son, Nicolas (Cassadine.) Thus, Stavros has always been obsessed with Laura (again, Lulu’s mother). He kidnapped Lulu and in true psycho form thought Lulu was Laura! She escaped obviously…and now he has transferred his obsession with Laura on to Lulu.

I can see for those who never watched the show or who don’t know the history why this man’s obsession would come out of nowhere…but believe me, it’s rich in history.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I do not see my post in answer to su0000’s comment which was in my inbox. I believe I deserve the same right as she where she takes the liberty of indirectly insulting my intelligence. Miss Su has crowned herself the interpreter of GH. It’s her way or the highway. I am too stupid to ‘get it’…in other words, I should stop watching GH because it is not for me, or people such as I.
I ask, is that fair?

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

This is the stuff General Hospital was built on! I love how the Cassadines are responsible for all the havoc in town and Happy to see the Good vs Evil storylines return. Ive never bern a fan on Robert as Stavros because she plays the role way too one note. Stavros should be sexy and charming which would make him seem even more dangerous.

su0000
su0000

great!!!!

I LOVE all the dark Cassadine’s!!
Stavros, Helena , Victor !!
The Cassadine’s are returning to creepy Cassadine Island !! 🙂
I am so ready for the surprises, thrills and chills!!!
Only GH can give its audience goosebumps!! GH truly is unique!!

GH is not for everyone.. it is out of the soap box unique!!
So- the ones who are hating it might want to explore the ordinary soaps..
It seems General Hospital has more of a cult type following than just ordinary fans..

Long Live General Hospital !!

Jeff
Jeff

Robert Kelker-Kelly was amazingly creepy and over the top! Love it!! GH is on fire these days. I can’t wait to see who else pops up at the Crichton-Clark Clinic!

soapbaby
soapbaby

Argh…I can’t make it to the opening before having to delete it from my DVR. GH either bores or infuriates me…I fired up the DVR and two episodes in a row, Dr. Liesl Olbrecht is barging into Commissioner Anna Devane’s office to shout insults at her. I.JUST.CAN’T. While I think Kathleen Gati (Dr. O) is a fine actress, I cannot tolerate the character. Why has Anna been written into a corner? She’s been drawn into a complete bore and utter incompetent. That’s not my Anna Devane.

I don’t care one bit about the “Scooby Gang” being held captive. While I like Dante, Lulu & Maxie bore me to tears. Nathan is played by an actor with no visible signs of acting ability or even charisma. Toss a poor-acting (though still handsome) Robert Kelker-Kelly as Stavros and…ZZZ…sorry, I just dozed off. Apparently, the asylum has been overrun by the patients…and I am referring to General Hospital’s writers and showrunners.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Nathan? Boring? Ahh, but look at that specimen of ‘malekind’.

Shay
Shay

Hello, CeeCee! I don’t know that I have necessarily “softened” toward Nathan as much as I have discovered a new appreciation for the direction in which his character has been taken. As a cardboard cop obsessed with pinning his “sister’s” comatose condition on Silas, I was simply bored with his strident attitude and stilted delivery. However, since he magically became Mutter’s son and Levi’s nemesis, I have found him much more appealing and animated….RP has diligently been working on his acting skills and it shows! Hence, I believe he deserves much credit for that…I have tried to emphasize that I find myself to be a relatively impartial observer of his emerging talents since I was never a great fan of his based solely upon what many consider to be his impressive masculine charms and physical attractiveness—which probably worked against him as much as it did for him in many viewers’ opinions. (Sad but true….it’s just human nature for some to dismiss impossibly beautiful people as lacking in other qualities just to make themselves feel better….not my modus operandi, by the way!) Thus, in so many words, there’s the path I took on my Nathan “evolvement!” As for him being Victor’s son, I have long felt that there was Cassadine blood coursing through his veins, and I believe that big reveal is going to take the here-to-fore heroic hunk to much darker territory….should be interesting! P.S. I sent you a reply the other day that failed to post (Fair enough, not complaining, for the record….) but if you received a response in your inbox with a “cheerleading” theme, well, it was from me!!!! LOL….

Mary SF
Mary SF

the “Scooby Gang”– that’s priceless, thanks for the laugh, but I wouldn’t give RC any ideas, otherwise we just might be get a talking dog investigating a haunted lighthouse. LOL.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hi Mary SF,
Hey…the “Scooby Gang” comments (especially yours…thanks) has me thinking (aka an idea): I think that Scooby Doo And The Gang should take a little road trip in their Mystery Machine van and head on over to the Y&R set. And…once they get there, Scoob & Co. should TRICK AND SCARE the following Y&R-ers into leaving:
1. Jill Farren Phelps
2. That SNOOZE-FILLED Dylan
3. Y&R’s current so-called writing staff
4. That O-L-D DINOSAUR Victor
5. Summer
6. Tyler
7. Lily
8. Devon
9. Hilary
10. Nu Abby
Everyone else can stay…LOL!!!!!

Just an idea……….

rebecca1
rebecca1

@soapbaby…it’s interesting how you don’t like Nathan or think the actor who plays him is good. He’s actually become one of (or perhaps is) my favorite character! I am beyond impressed at how much his acting has improved since he first walked on set; I find him so sincere with just a glance…to me he shows more realism than anyone on the show! There’s a naturalness…an easiness…a sincerity…that just floors me! Throw into the mix his stunning looks…and, well…swoon.

Shay
Shay

Even though I am one of those rare females not completely besotted with “Studly Do Right,” I am the first to admit that RP’s acting abilities have vastly improved since first he hit the GH canvas. He is extremely credible and likable as Nathan. He’s absolutely adorable with Maxie…so sweet, and I am thrilled that with their new pairing, her passion for fashion is once again becoming apparent. I’ve been waiting forever for her to shed all that “New Age” nonsense and get back to her old, but fabulous self!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ditto. All he has to do is stand there…he exudes masculinity . But, looks aside…I don’t see why so many posters think he’s wooden. His acting has gotten so much better. He does not have the seal of ‘par excellance’ as yet, but he will get there. His facial expressions, as he performs, are spot on…and, he shows emotion which throws this ‘wooden’ notion right out the window…or stage, lol.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Shay. I have missed you. I am so glad you have softened toward Nathan. He really is a good actor. Your input means much to me, as rebecca’s. Do you think he’s Victor’s son? I do.

mfarris70
mfarris70

RKK is positively meta as Stavros. Everything he’s doing is campy, over the top and just plain wrong but it’s working! His commitment to character is amazing. I hope that DAYS is in the process of bringing him back as Bo Brady.

tank
tank

What a frakkin waste. I would be interested if his obsession didn’t involve Lulu. So glad Shemar Moore is back on Y&R, finally something sexy to look at for a few days.

jaybird369
jaybird369

tank…y-e-s…AGREED!!!!! Now…if Stavros’s obsession and all leaned towards Tracy (yes, Tracy!!!!!) aka The Older Woman/Younger Man Dynamic, that (to me) would be LOTS MORE WATCHABLE!!!!! But Lulu??? No.

rebecca1
rebecca1

With Stavros obsessed with Tracy? So…no.

The whole point of Stavros obsessed with Lulu is because she’s Laura’s daughter…his original obsession. In his mind he’s almost getting Laura all over again…

CeeCee
CeeCee

@rebecca….”By George, I think I’ve ‘got’ it'”. Lol. The obsession is aimed at Laura….and, if Stavros can’t have her, Lulu is the next best thing. Oooh, I’m so smart!!!!!
Seriously, between you and Gran, I’m beginning to unravel this ‘travesty’.lol Thank you.

Also, I am very excited about the imminent storm hitting this fake harmony between Franco and Carly. I hope she and Sonny get their just desserts , and not just because of her cheating on Franco, but also because of their past misdeeds combined.
I would like to see Michelle Stafford be a normal Nina. I would like to see Michelle work it to full potential and not this crazy woman waiting in limbo ….there is no suspense here with the immaterial schemes she is concocting. At least, not for me. This storyline is not maintaining my interest. So, the anticipation will be seeing Nina and Franco come together!!! Yeeessss!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@rebecca. So it isn’t merely because Lulu is the next best thing, it is because in his twisted brain, Lulu is Laura personified. And here I thought, it was to exact some kind of revenge.
‘got it’.

rebecca1
rebecca1

you’re cute, CeeCee. lol! yes… Stavros is twisted. He was obsessed with Laura, he then thought Lulu WAS Laura…and now he’s obsessed with Lulu. (I guess she’s the young-again version of his Laura….)

CeeCee
CeeCee

Can it get more over-the-top-insane than Stavros cross-wired brain? An egg from Lulu, fertilized by his sperm, implanted into Maxie. Sounds good to me.lol

Rodd
Rodd

I love RKK in this role. I think it’s going to be a winner. Just the little bit from the clips has me anxious to see the air show and more.

Elizabeth K. Mahon
Elizabeth K. Mahon

My big problem with this story line is the lack of Luke and Laura, as well as Frisco (given how Jack Wagner felt about his return, it’ll be a cold day in hell before sets foot on the GH stage). Although it’s kind of appropriately creepy that Stavros would fixate on Lulu since he can’t have Laura. Every time they unfreeze him, he’s just crazier and crazier. I would like to see at least another semi-normal Cassadine like Valentin. I’m sorry that they dropped that idea, unless they revive and it turns out that he’s the son of Alexandria Quartermaine and Tony Cassadine.

Bill
Bill

Yeah, not loving this. But at LEAST something finally HAPPENED on this show! For two days last week, General Hospital was nothing but four sets of two talking heads blathering on between commercial breaks. I was screaming at the TV. “PLEASE! MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN!”

Stavros is too over the top for me. Love Victor, but even he treads a fine line between eccentricity and buffoonery. Tired of Helena, hope (but fear not) she stays dead.

The Crichton labs storyline is ludicrous all-in-all. Let’s wrap this up, stick a fork in Stavros, unveil the new Jason, and get on with our lives. I’d like to see Nikolas, Alexis and yes, Victor as the black sheep revitalize the Cassadines. And PLEASE, Frank and Ron, get back to producing the fast-paced, exciting, unpredictable GH that you were doing in the beginning. Too often this show feels like it’s on autopilot.

rachie
rachie

as a long time fan of GH I am pretty sick of the whole back from the dead stories and stolen embryos/ babies. Every time it seams like they are going to have a good storyline they throw in some funky ridiculous crap and all of a sudden no more about what had you watching with interest. I wanted them to pursue the Valentine Cassidine since even Helena was scared of him that could of been award winning plots but no we have all these unfrozen people with flawless glowing skin and healthy strong bodies yeah ok. sure wish they would get on with it and they better not have nina steal a baby its been done so much on GH that they need John walsh to host a show from port charles lol.

su0000
su0000

With ALL the soaps babies are a drama tool..
Babies are miscarried, stolen, sold, die in accident, kidnapped, switched, it is rare when one survives .. lol 🙂
Every time someone gets pregnant I know that baby is gonna die or something like that..
In ALL soaps it is that way ..

Iakovos
Iakovos

Where is the romance? Where is the humanity? This storytelling once was fresh and exciting. Not now. I like escape and I like fantasy but I prefer it rooted in relevance. I am now only a casual viewer. Will never give up on GH and the acting talent is amazing… but I want balance.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, but, Iakovos , GH is only for those who ‘get it’, don’t you know….don’t you get it? Lol.

harry
harry

Thank you, Ioakovos and I love your name.

dmr
dmr

I have been asking for balance for months now! I completely agree with you! I want to see friendships, relationships, romances, medical dramas, not this crap!

Iakovos
Iakovos

The crap we may not embrace would have more impact if built on deep and longlasting friendships and relationships. It is too much a carnival freak show for me now.

Chaz
Chaz

Don’t know….I kept waiting for them to break out into songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show……that would have been fun!

dmr
dmr

I can’t find the post, but someone commented that Carlivati’s “villians” are not entertaining or frightening because they are so over the top unbelievable. I completely agree! (I do love Faison and Liesel, however-very entertaining)! Remember Ryan Chamberlain (Kevin’s twin)-he used to stalk Felicia-he was frightening. Unfortunately, these ridiculous storylines just aggravate and annoy a lot of us (not all, some find it entertaining). I would rather see medical based real storylines (like when Monica battled breast cancer, Stone battled HIV/AIDS), friendships (like Brenda, Lois, and Ned), romances (like Luke and Laura, Frisco and Felicia, Sonny and Brenda), cliff-hanger Fridays, etc., etc., etc.
Off topic-I hope that Fluke kidnaps Kiki and that she is never heard from again. UGH!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly, dmr. Thank-you!!!!!!!

su0000
su0000

ok-
the two most exciting spellbinding on the edge of your seat with shivers villains, were–

Ray Gardner… and .. Billy Clyde Tuggle ..

None has surpassed them and never will ..

dmr
dmr

Thanks, CeeCee. I actually think that Nina’s crazy look (while plotting) and Sabrina’s turn to the dark side (going after Ava and her baby) are more frightening than the ridiculous plot at the Clinic.

Su0000, two great villians from AMC! I am too young to remember Ray, but I remember the backstory; and Billy Clyde was definitely evil! I miss AMC!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I was born in ’86, so I never heard of these guys…Ithey must have been over-the-top baddies to surpass Stavros. I have to look them up….I miss AMC also.

Caitie
Caitie

Mr. Fairman asked what we thought of this “embryo” story. Nothing good! I cringed the moment Dr O told Dante about their 3rd embryo last spring – and now to introduce a FOURTH embryo??!! Too much! Soon we’ll be having scrambled eggs instead of BLTs at Kelly’s – thanks to the Falconeris. The overused embryo plot points are dong the characters and the couple no favors.

Specifically re this Stavros/Lulu embryo, I’m not surprised – I’ve been expecting this twist for some time. However, it’s not a twist I enjoy IF I take the story seriously – far too much victimization and violation of women.

However, I’m spared being excessively stressed about the deeper implications … simply because this story has no depth or any sense of serious danger. It’s being played as OTT, melodramatic camp and appears to be modeled after old silent movies … complete with the dastardly villain, the damsel in distress and the handsome hero. So I watch it … roll my eyes … and laugh for the most part.

Well, I laugh when I’m not cringing. I’ve never been a fan of excessive camp and OTT acting. As Iakovos says above, “I like escape and I like fantasy but I prefer it rooted in relevance.”

Beth CP
Beth CP

Dittos.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Scrambled eggs…that is a knee-slapper….laughing so hard.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Scrambled eggs? LOL Caitie! Side of rye toast and Nathan, please.

jaybird369
jaybird369

A-W, M-A-N…I thought that Robert Kelker-Kelly retired from soaps (and acting). Anyway…MY BAD!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oooohhhh…the demure Sabrina is starting to show a darker side. Is she sharpening her claws? Will she be in league with Nina against Ava? Is this the beginning of the end for Ava? For Sabrina? For Nina?

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I am not sure if she is on contract… but I think they will use her for revenge against Ava and the baby…she may take the baby or some other cray cray storyline. I just don’t see how they can write Ava having Morgans baby, so it will have to be Sonny’s. That storyline is warped, as Morgan is just a kid.

I do not see her tied to the canvas in any other way for longevity so maybe that’s how she will be written off… Cinderella story turned Psycho Revenge Kitty.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Elite…as I proposed months ago, I still believe Sabrina is Sonny’s daughter.
Perhaps we are beginning to see the Corinthos’ blood starting to boil in her veins.
There is definitely some scheme brewing in Sabrina’s head….written all over her face.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, again, Elite. Imagine if the baby is Sonny’s and Sabrina is also his daughter? What irony! Suppose Sabrina tries to do this baby harm…her own sibling! I think that was the whole purpose of Ava having to go to the ER…..an introduction to an opportunity for Sabrina to grasp and embrace revenge…some vendetta, though. I am not too comfortable with the idea of hurting babies. If she entertains the thought of hurting the baby., that thought will dissipate in seconds. I don’t think Sabrina has the heart to go through with it…but, the loss of a baby/child hurts more than anything in this world. We did get a glimpse of an emotionally ‘unstable’ Sabrina after losing Gabriel. So, she could very well have another episode…a lapse into temporary insanity, as it were..

su0000
su0000

I always saw Sabrina was being from a crime family in Puerto Rico..(very bad guys)
I still think someday, daddy will come to save his daughter and bullets will fly ..

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I LOVE the nod to the eighties….BUT
I have to say, with the comeback of this storyline, it would be almost IMPOSSIBLE NOT to bring Laura back to come to her daughters rescue…. we never really heard the real story about why she left so hastily, but for her to not come back would be completely irrational. Laura knows she was not there for her kids for most of their life because of her illness, and she lived with that guilt. But now when she is able to be there…. they better not just write her as “phoning it in!”

Last we heard she was going back for tests…. never heard an update and what she is supposed to be doing all this time…. such a shame Tony and Genie cannot work out their differences ( from what I hear)… one minute Laura married Scottie… and literally weeks later it was OVER and she just up and LEFT!?

Maybe we can get Laura to come back during the summer when Luke takes his summer siesta so we can enjoy her 6 months and get him 6 months… win win for us.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

This mirrors Laura + Starvros = Nickolas storyline. So I can see how they are trying to tie it in… so bring Laura back and bring Luke to play with Helena ( ya she’s alive…of course she is) will be fun to see….

Too bad Robert is stuck in Wisconsin!

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

General Hospital is actually fun too watch once again. Thaao Penglis as Victor, RKK as wacky Stravos, Kathleen Gati as Dr O, Finola Hughes as Anna and Anthony Geary as Fluke. Just watching these people work is a joy. I”m actually looking forward to each episode. The only thing that would make it complete would be the return of Helena and Faison.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know what you mean. What are the chances that Dr. O and Anna bond and become best buds?…lol

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

Oh Yeah, right! Dr O and Anna best buds; not in a thousand life times.

Shay
Shay

Best buds, CeeCee???? Never! Perhaps “frenemies,” if and when extreme measures call for it, but I cannot for the life of me possibly envision these two ferociously formidable females ever “doing lunch” together. Still, whatever circumstances bring our laudable ladies into the same frame is just fine with me….watching them banter with such bravado is a treat unto itself!!!!

Andrew
Andrew

I’m not a fan of the OTT Stavros.. a few minutes and I’ve had my fill. But once Victor announced he wanted to revive his brother and mother, it was just a matter of time before one or both of them showed up. Usually he only stays a couple days so I hope that this time is no different.

Kathleen Gati is a true find and I hope that the show can continue to find plausible ways to keep her on the canvas. For some reason, her ‘moustache twirling’ doesn’t bother me as much – maybe it’s because she’s got the relationship with Britta to balance her out. I’m not convinced that she cares that much about Nathan but I do believe that she’s passionate about Faison and indifferent to Victor. All faults that fans have about Ron and his writing, I think it’s been pretty brilliant how he fit her into the canvas. Just can’t say the same thing about Stavros.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

Stavros may be over the top but RKK is so much fun too watch. As for Victor, I hope he does stay around for a lot longer this time. After all, the man has just found out that Nathan is his son. Dr O kept that information a secret for years. Victor is not a man who tolerates that kind of betrayal. The fireworks will be awesome.

ghfan
ghfan

I love him as Stavros. I dont care how evil he is ,hes a very sexy man!!! we will see what he does with that embro….

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

I agree. I hope GH finds a way to keep RKK on the show for a lot longer this time. He is so good at what he does.

CeeCee
CeeCee

So, is that Jason behind the curtain Maxie just pulled open?

celia quartermaine
celia quartermaine

Would have been fun to see Peter Reckell acting as the new Stavros 😉

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

I disagree. I have never been a fan of Peter Reckell.

Joann4619
Joann4619

I can not take another scene with Stavros Casadine. Get some writers that write their own stuff! How many times did GH writers recycle the man obsess with a woman storyline, Faison/Anna, Peter/Felicia, Lulu/Stavros, Laura/…. The 80’s called thet want their storylines back! I love GH but they need to kill those Cassadines off for good!

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

No way! !! GH needs to sign RKK and Thaao Penghlis to long term contracts. Then GH needs to bring back Helena, Stefan, Faison and bring Valentine, the Cassadine Helena was terrified of, on to the canvas asap.

Darnell
Darnell

Someone please get a message to Ron…… We need Laura back to save her daughter and to expose Fluke. No one knows Luke like Laura. We need this super couple back on the canvas for a wild ride that will lead them back into each others arms and turn Port Charles upside down. The Crighton – Clark Clinic has been used for everything. What if……. Laura is being held there and not in Paris as everyone thinks. It utrns out this is where the memory illness she has experienced for years come from. If you can remember, when Leslie was found, she was in that same state.

PLEASE GET LAURA BACK ON THE CANVAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

Laura would be nice. However Anthony Geary in an interview with Michael Logan, TV Guide Magazine on Oct 9, 2013 more than made his opposition to a Luke/Laura reunification known:

“The past is best left in the memory. Nothing stays the same except butterflies under glass. In drama, there has to be conflict and movement. There is nothing less interesting to me than the thought of a 65-year-old man making goo-goo eyes as he feeds his wife strawberries and they forever relive their glory days. The viewers you speak of have always wanted Luke and Laura happy and growing old together like Ward and June Cleaver. They’re like a child who never got over his parents’ divorce and lives in perennial hope that mommy and daddy will get back together again. For a variety of reasons, that is not going to happen. The audience needs to let it go and find interest in tomorrow instead of yesterday.”

The danger is that if the GH writers insist on putting Luke/Laura back together Anthony Geary will walk. He already spends most of the year in Amsterdam. I have no doubt that he has made very wise investments that will allow him to live comfortably for the rest of his life. In other words, Anthony Geary may no longer need GH but the reverse is true. I’m sorry but if keeping Anthony on GH means that Luke and Laura are finished for good then that’s what I will support.

Darnell
Darnell

It’s about the audience and not about the one. Anthony Geary also made remarks about his retirement and how he would like to leave the canvas. That opens the door for a reunion with Laura even if it is short lived. You give the audience what they want or they will walk.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

Some of the audience may want a reunion with Laura but Anthony Geary has made it clear that he does not. He loves the idea of Luke and Tracy. And I think he’s right. Tracy is far better for Luke at this stage in his life than Laura could ever be. Luke and Laura are finished. Marriages end; it is called reality. What happens if Anthony Geary walks as soon as it’s announced Genie is being brought back with the intention of putting Luke back with Laura? Don’t forget this is Anthony Geary we are talking about. I would bet the man has more than a great deal of influence over the Luke Spencer story lines. I know many people who will walk if the writers try and put Luke back with Laura.

jaybird369
jaybird369

I gotta say…

From Sam Fowler (AW) to Bo Brady (DOOL) to currently Stavros Cassadine (GH) (and whatever else in-between over the years), Robert Kelker-Kelly has proven over and over again that he C-A-N A-C-T.

I’m just saying…….

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

I agree RKK can definitley act. Please GH sign him to a long term contract.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Mary Lynn…are you telling me that Robert Kelker-Kelly is not on contract at GH? Suddenly, and for some reason, I’m confused…….

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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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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GH icon Genie Francis chats with Michael Fairman about her return to the soap as Laura after being taken off-contract earlier this year. Leave A Comment

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