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



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:


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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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!


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


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

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.

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.

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.

My friend, I thought they’d never end!

the soaps or the 60s?

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

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

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

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.

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!

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

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..

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

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!

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!

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


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!!!

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

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.

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??

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

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.

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

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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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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