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General Hospital Villains: Constance Towers and James Franco To Star In Hulu's Miniseries 11.22.63!

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Helena and the original Franco together in an online series?  That’s the word today from TV Insider.   The General Hospital baddies will play key roles in the upcoming Hulu original miniseries 11.22.63.  

The show is set to bow next month on Monday, February 15th.  It was a very specific and important date that was chosen for the premiere being that it is President’s Day due to the theme of the show.

In 11.22.63,  James Franco plays Jake Epping, a present-day English teacher who ends up traveling through a time portal that takes him back to the early 1960s. There he tries to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  As for Towers, her role is being kept under wraps as to not spoil a delicious plot twist in the miniseries.

TV Insider spoke with Towers to ask her thoughts on if she would have liked to have teamed up with James Franco for some villainy in Port Charles, and if she thinks the “dead” Helena is not dead at all!  Here are some excerpts:

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Constance on working with James Franco in 11.22.63 and not having worked with him on GH:  “What fun that would have been! (Laughs) Leave it to Stephen King to bring us together! All my scenes in 11.22.63 are with James, so it was wonderful to finally connect. Even though GH never wrote a story for our characters, James knew we had the soap in common and he right away asked me, “What is Helena doing now?” And of course I had to say, “She’s dead. Again!” (Laughs)

Constance on how Helena was “killed off” this most recent time and the reactions from the characters:  “You’d think there’d be at least one, ‘Ding dong, the witch is dead!’ A parade. Something. (Laughs) So maybe that’s a hint she’ll be back. There certainly are so many unanswered questions, like how Helena took Jason’s memory away, and what happened to little Jake during all those missing years. Nikolas is going to need help and she knows all about ELQ business. And Helena did put a curse on Sam, which they could really have some fun with. And they’ve never really dealt with the fact that Helena did an O.J. and slashed the throat of Alexis’s mother. So I do hope she’ll be back. (Laughs) That’s one of the few things I have in common with Helena. For both of us, hope springs eternal!”

So, what did you think of Constance Tower’s thoughts on the future of Helena Cassadine?  Does she have some unfinished business to take care of?  Do you think the original Franco mixing it up with Helena would have been fun to see?  And what do you think of James Franco and Constance together in 11.22.63? Will you be checking it out? Comment below!

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Christy
Christy

Helena’s death was so anti-climatic, I figure it was either that look alike she hired years back, or it meant she really didn’t die. Who else will torture Sam with the “curse”! ha!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

it was such a hoot… when Helena… told Sam off… that she was nothing but a guttersnipe!

ROFL

yeah, Helena… come back and exact revenge on the dull Sam…

I’m still reeling… with Sam new years eve “Aladdin pants” what color was it… a light shade of purple? woah! I think I can tolerate her painted on skin tight jeans! which ! doesn’t do much for her … at all

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Can i come…i want to go back to the 1960s when soaps were thriving and i lived on a tree-lined dirt street in a once nice middle class neighborhood with nice neighbors and many relatives living within blocks of each other and three small mom and pop grocery markets within walking distances. Those were the days.

Anthony
Anthony

Jimh – Gosh how right you are! I grew up in a similar neighborhood, in a similar time. What I wouldn’t give for those days – and that soap schedule of the early 70s. One summer, from 9am til 4pm…I watched soap after soap after soap – I started out with Love of Life in the morning and ended with the Edge of Night in late afternoon. Crazy, yes, but looking back, it was fun too. I believe the 69-70 season was the banner year for soaps as 19 of them were on the air. Oh, and BTW, I think Helena is alive.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I watched that way too starting with Love Of Life and ending with Edge or Dark Shadows…my mom had her favorites but i was always sampling all the soaps…didnt watch all faithfully but tuned in to watch certain stories…i really could of used a remote back then and how i wish they had invented the vcr a decade earlier.

Timmm
Timmm

My friend, I thought they’d never end!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

the soaps or the 60s?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Awwww, my Timmm. Have you ever thought of writing a song with those words? LOL. ‘Nite…sleep tight….

Timmm
Timmm

You are slippin Jimmy! “Those were the Days ” by Mary Hopkin 1968.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I got that song stuck in my head …also “All In The Family” had a completely different opening theme song with that title. Not totally slippin after all…lol

Jake R
Jake R

Yeah that was a great time! Just ask any African-American, woman, or homosexual who was treated worse than a second class citizen. I’m sure they long for those “simpler times” too. As far as your neighborhood stores goes, how often do you shop at Wal-Mart? Or online? That’s why you have no more mom and pop stores anymore.

Timmm
Timmm

Its great to hear how excited Constance is about possibly returning to GH because of all the storyline possibilities. Four different angles she rattled off just in the interview. I hope she brings Stephan with her! As for the other half, not a fan of FRANCO in any way shape or form, GH or THE man!

Denise Pettit
Denise Pettit

Yes I Think they would be great Together Love James Franco and Helena

su0000
su0000

The original Franco, James Franco was awesome!
He created a great and very unusual character, the kind all spaps need ..

J&S should be tar & feathered and run out on a rail !
Killing-off and not reviving the Queen of mean. And presenting Helena lying weak and fading with tubs up her nose is a slapable offense, and then she drinks poisoned tea..GMAFB!
SHAME on J&S! that was soap sacrilegious!

Helena is a very needed character, she holds all the answers to the secrets that need to be known to move onward.
J&S need to get their lame act together and handle all the many dangling go-nowhere stories.

I do not have Hulu and do not want it, but I can get passwords from various people to watch.
Constance and James together is a dream pairing..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, WOW! I knew she wasn’t dead!…..LOL.

Shay
Shay

You and me both, CeeCeeGirl!!!! (And Thank God!) GH is simply not the same without the icy, elegant presence of Miss Constance Towers…..Long live Helena!!!! Having said that, I do so hope that 2016 is treating you and yours well….thus far. I’ve been meaning to send you a little reply here and there, but whenever you’ve made comment on the threads of interest, there have been no no direct links for you. This was the perfect opportunity. Later, mia amica!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Having read the book 11/22/63, I am pretty sure I can guess the character that Constance is playing….. all I can say is, the book was a truly great read – great vacation book! And CT is a great pick for the casting I am envisioning!

lovesam1122
lovesam1122

She needs to be writing for GH. She hit on some details that need to be addressed.

Jane
Jane

cool

Jeremy
Jeremy

The delightful Constance Towers is just that delightful. Congrats to her on her new project with James, however, as much I’m not a fan of characters continuously returning from the dead, I’ll gladly welcome a Helena return, Constance is right, there are so my unanswered questions, and it would be great fun to see what this “curse” does to Sam and watch that play out. I think GH and Constance need to decide if/when Helena really dies, and just do that. But, definitely into seeing a “return” of Helena, she’s got things to do with Spencer, too. And, with Laura back, so much fun to be had. Constance definitely deserves some Daytime Emmy love, special guest-star, anything! She’s that good, and she’s still working it till the cows come home! I love that about Constance. Good for her. GH, get Helena back to Port Charles, STAT!!!

Patrick
Patrick

Constance, – clearly – NEEDS to come back!

and yes, selfishly… it’s all to help out Nicholas…. retain control of ELQ

I don’t know… about the writing… as of late… what with Jason… suing… Nicholas… to regain his shares.. and BAM! that’s the end of the big mystery of ELQ

Jason is that quick of a hero! he’s already it a.. going all gung ho… wanting legalese for shared custody of lil’ Jake

is this a signal that there may not be a reunion with Liz?

back to Nicholas… his attempt at blackmailing Jason… with regard to his accident. just a sham !

this is rivetingly good stuff… for NIcholas and Jason to play out …. the GH writers need to figure out ways to up the ante… and give Nicholas some power. why give ELQ back to the Q’s….

They don’t seem to want to write for Traci… Michael is back to being a Corinthos’ and Ned is MIA… and it seems most want Jason to be a doctor. Dillon is better off with Maxie and Nina.

we need Helena back in Port Charles to help her grandson… and to tell Nicholas to stop being a patsy and think with his real head… I want Hayden to profess her true love and alliance with the love of her life… Nicholas

rebecca1
rebecca1

James Franco is a brilliant, talented actor, albeit a tad eccentric… out of the box. Love his filmwork…including his portrayal of James Dean, his role in Spiderman, Harvey Milk’s lover in MILK…and countless other characters in his diversified body of work. His lunacy on GH was mesmerizing madness…a tad like Batman’s Joker with a gorgeous face!

Constance Towers is Helena to me. I’m not familiar with any of her other work…but she’s crazy, diabolical fun on GH. Loved her early stuff with Alexis, Luke, Stefan, Nicolas, Laura. The Cassadines, including Helena, worked better as an evil empire. Sad how theey killed them all off. Pointless…

I’d love to see Helena back but if she returns I really feel they need to ressurrect more of the clan. She doesn’t even have Luke anymore to play out their game of seductive destruction.

I think she and James will probably create magic in their new venture. (They would gave been hilarious together on GH.) Definitely good casting…will check it out.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I’m glad that Towers’ comment pointed out that this is based on a book by Stephen King of the same name.

The article glaringly fails to mention that point. I’m no journalist but having a show based on recent best seller by King seems like a fact that would be mentioned initially in the article. I’ve read the book and immediately thought this show must be based on it. Just as quickly, I noticed that this was not mentioned until we get Towers’ quote. Even then, it isn’t explained. A reader of the article who was completely unaware of the King book would logically wonder why is Towers mentioning him??

Rose
Rose

One of my after Christmas reads was going to be this Stephen King book…finally. Love the whole premise of it.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

For me, King’s books have been hit or miss for two decades. Some are good; some are a waste of time. This one was good. You’ll enjoy it.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

Also, if the series follows the book’s plot, it is pretty clear who Towers will be playing.

Kathy Krawetz
Kathy Krawetz

I cant wait it going to be very interesting to see them work together I Love them both yea. Till then

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Short Film ‘She & Her’ Starring GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Has Premiere Screening With Support Of Daytime Community

A very topical short film in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement made its debut recently.  The film, She & Her directed by General Hospital production associate Nate Hapke, and written and co-produced by Y&R script and story coordinator, Rosie Grace, explores the complicated friendship between three women as they attempt to find their voice and tell their own stories in Hollywood.

The short stars the one and only Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, GH) in the role of Poppy Sinclaire, a jaded ex-actress whose past comes back to haunt her when a young up and comer encourages her to publicly share her story of Hollywood abuse.

Hennesy’s co-stars include: Gwen Hillier who now is in front of the camera after working as a casting associate at GH.  Gwen has appeared on Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the other part of this trio is Mackenzie Breeden.

During its world premiere of She & Her (March 30th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) The Young and the Restless’ Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Kate Linder (Esther) were on hand to lend their support; as was former GH star, Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle).  (Hapke is pictured below flanked by Lanier and Sarpy).

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Following the film’s screening, the cast and crew took to the stage for a Q&A.  The cast was engaged through a lively discussion about the making of  the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers tackled topics such as  sexual assault, without exploiting the sensitive issue..

Following this LA premiere, She & Her will be embarking on its festival run, screening at venues all over the world.

Screenings will be announced on the official She & Her Facebook and  Twitter pages.

The film is the work of P 1 2 3 Productions and Soza Productions.

It’s always refreshing to see those behind the scenes of the soaps, and those in front of the camera, coming together for an artistic project.

So, are you intrigued to see Carolyn and her co-stars in She & Her? Check out the trailer, and let us know via the comment section below.

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On Tuesday, General Hospital via their social media accounts posted an important video  message and challenge to their viewers and colleagues featuring Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Cassandra James (Terry)  This coming Friday, April 12th is the day when the initiative  “Day of Silence” will take place for many LBTYQ students in their classrooms.

The annual day spearheaded by GLSEN is a student-led national event to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment.  During it, students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ students

In story on GH, the character of Elizabeth’s longtime friend, Terry, is transgender, and is played by trans actress, James.  In addition, GH has been shedding light on the bullying of  a young boy through the storyline involving Elizabeth’s young son, Aiden, who is experiencing trouble from his fellow students at school.

GH expresses these important facts and their challenge in the video: “Nearly 80% of LGBTQ students experience verbal harassment in school. This silent video is in support of youth & all those organizing the on 4/12 in their schools – we challenge you to make a video & tag 3 more friends!”

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is the leading national education organization working to create safe schools for ALL students.

For more on the “Day of Silence” check it out here.  

Watch the video of Herbt and James below.  Then let us know, will you be standing with them on April 12th and LGBTQ Students who have been harrassed or bullied? Will you make a video and be part of the challenge? Comment below.

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