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General Hospital's Jason and Elizabeth Competing in Top TV Couple 2016: First Round Voting On Now!

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A battle for the favorite TV couple of 2016 is underway via E! Online! After narrowing down hundreds of couples on hundreds of shows, they have come up with their top 64.  And wouldn’t you know? In the first round of category 4.3, General Hospital’s Liason, Jason (Billy Miller) and Elizabeth (Rebeca Herbst) are in the running, and are the only daytime drama soap couple on the list!

The GH duo are up against in the first round The 100’s Octavia and Lincoln.  Immobolize the troops Liason fans if you want to get your couple through!  The voting goes similar as to that of the bracket set up of the March Madness colleges basketball tournament:  In round one 64 couples compete, and then when the votes are tallied the list goes down to the top 32, then 16, then 8, and then 4 and then to the final round.  Voting for the first round goes until Wednesday, April 13 at 5 p.m. PST.

Liason fans and GH fans use hashtag #TopTVCouple to rally the fan base.  As for primetime soapy duo’s, it’s Nashville’s Rayna and Deacon against Castle’s Beckett and Castle in category 1.3.

So while JaSam begins to pick up steam on-air, after finally making love,  in the end will Sam (Kelly Monaco) or Liz have her man?  In the meantine, E! Online picked Jason and Liz for their contest.  

Will you be voting Jason and Liz through to the next round? Comment below!

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Mika
Mika

For me, I have always loved Liz with Jason (Billy or Steve). For me it must be a preference in general for Liz over Sam. Jason and Sam are a bore to me, but I know we all have our preferences.

Tami
Tami

I Agree . about Jason and Sam. This version is even worse then last version.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I second that. I just don’t see any chemistry between them.

Susan
Susan

Susan < I love Jason and Sam together. I love Nick and Elizabeth together.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Billy Miller and Rebecca Herbst have great chemistry. Kelly Monaco and former Jason, Steve Burton had chemistry. Now that Billy Miller is Jason, the chemstry game changed. I hope TPTB take advantage of Billy And Rebecca’s chemstry instead of trying to force the old chemistry of Steve and Kelly onto Billy…that ship has passed. Also the best ever chemistry that Kelly had with someone has always been Michael Easton, no matter who he is playing. You really have to go with what works.

Michelle
Michelle

I have to agree, while I’m not a huge fan of Kelly Monaco, I do love her chemistry with Michael. That man can make anyone likeable. Haha!

Jason Loves GH
Jason Loves GH

lol

Yvonne
Yvonne

Yes he does!

Sandy J.
Sandy J.

I totally agree with Yvonne’s comments, as well as Michelle’s. The writers would be doing everyone a great service by seeing who has the better chemistry with whom when new actors come on the show. Billy Miller and Becky Herbst bring out the best in each other; I can’t say the same for Billy and Kelly.

Phil
Phil

I disagree… Billy and Kelly have great chemistry. I prefer Billy in the role… I would rather Liz be with Rick, Frank or in a perfect world a not so dead AJ. Sam and Jason belong together end of story!

Dylan
Dylan

Who is Frank?

Harry
Harry

Donny Darko’s friend who likes to dress up as a bunny?

Phil
Phil

sorry, meant for it to say Franco…auto correct changed it to Frank for some reason!

Cathie
Cathie

No won’t be voting 4 Liason. I’d vote 4 JaSam if they’re in it.

Cathy
Cathy

Loathe Liz with Jason. To me her true love will always be Lucky. But until she stops lying to get her way don’t see her working with anyone.

Tracy
Tracy

It’s a soap everyone lies. JaLammers need to realize this is a soap and not real life and Lucky was her childhood not her adulthood.

jeremy
jeremy

CONGRATS!!

Brenda Garces
Brenda Garces

Im sorry but i will not be voting for Liz and Jason. She lied to every one about who Jason really was.And kept it secret for months.Did yall forget that.Jason(Billy Miller) and Sam(Kelly Monaco) belong together.Sorry.Liz has always lied where Jason is concered.Oh if yall will remember Liz could never accept Jasons way of life.The life of being in the mob.Thats why he chose Sam cause she accepted him and everything about him.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Yes, I’m voting for Liz&Jason, what an accomplishment to get a soap couple competing with primetime couples! Every soap fan (except Jasammers of course, lol) should be voting on this poll! It’s great exposure for GH, especially. I am, admittedly, more Liason than Jasam, but I honestly would vote for Jasam if they were the ones on the poll. I’d vote for any soap couple that has the cajones to go up against Clexa! LOL

Christina
Christina

They’re okay but none of Billy Miller’s GH pairings grab me. They’re a tiny bit better than Jasam but that’s not saying much because those two are a cure for insomnia.

Michelle
Michelle

Always been a Liason fan, I loved Steve Burton as Jason and never thought he could be replaced but Billy brought it and I absolutely love Becky and Billy’s chemistry as my liason. liason4life ♡♡♡

maritza
maritza

Always hated Liz with Jason. I would vote for #jasam though.

Helen Williams Saddler
Helen Williams Saddler

Vote jasam hottes couple where u go vote jasam

Cindy
Cindy

Jasam!!! All the way!

Aria
Aria

I loved Liz with Jason when he had no memory and was going by jake, now that he’s ” Jason ” agian I’m sort of turned off by his selfriteous attitude, so he can go back to Sam and be selfriteous and boring together. I prefer Liz to find new love with griffin.

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

Im voting for Finn and his lizard Roxy…lol

Michelle
Michelle

LOL!

Rose
Rose

JimL…Finn and Roxie…might as well since we didn’t have any real great daytime romance choices.

I thought romance was what soaps were known for but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. It just seems they miss a lot of steps in between before they “do the thing.” Noted that Anna/Finola said to the shrink in her submission that she and Duke had a real love affair, not just a quickie infatuation that is all too often being passed off as true love.

jenna coley
jenna coley

Is this real? Someone posted that it wasn’t

MC
MC

Yes it is real. It is put out by E! every year. I know some think that Liason fans made it up. Just more misinformation out there.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

It’s a long survey with multiple tv couples from primetime. But, you don’t have to answer every matchup. Just pick the ones you like. I didn’t answer for any shows that I don’t watch (which were a lot of them). Liz & Jason were the only daytime couple in the survey.

elisa
elisa

so cool! that’s awesome for our soaps! have always loved their story. can’t wait to see it continue one day. nothing against the other pairing, really, its just that i want to see more of this story now. always have!

Kim
Kim

THEY AREN’T A COUPLE ON THE SHOW ANYMORE! And Liz treating Jason like he was one of her sons was a TOTAL BORE. Thank God it’s over, hope it stays that way.

Marcie
Marcie

Liason has become my favorite soap pairing since Billy came on the show! He bores me to tears with Sam, the Liason chemistry is OFF THE CHARTS!

Tami
Tami

I voted for Liz and jason, I would have even if I was not a fan. just cause they were the only daytime couple on the poll.

su0000
su0000

Jason with Sam, well– Sam absolutely makes me sick, cringe, ufda!
I like Billy/Jason, I really like him but because of stomach wrenching Sam I have to FF Jason .
I just can not, can not have Sam on my screen it is the worst character, ever.
So– until Billy/Jason is far away from Sam I can not watch my Billy 🙁 and that makes me want Sam the next kill-off more than anyone. GH would do much better without that character <—

I'm 100% for Liz and Jason, they were very good together !
LIZ & JASON !!!!

Nancy
Nancy

Nope

MC
MC

Thank you for publicizing it, Michael.

Gia
Gia

When Sam put Jason’s son in jeopardy a few years back, that did it for me. I voted for Jason and Elizabeth

Freei
Freei

LIZ & Jason are not even a couple this is bs and they have no chemistry together you want Liz to pine for a man that has told her repeat lay HE DOENT WANT HER ???? Liz needs to learn NO MEANS NO #jaSam

Harry
Harry

I have no dog in this fight but must confess that Liz and Jason have a lot more chemistry than Sam and Jason this time around. I am not sure why–who can explain this intangible thing called chemistry?
That said, I want Lizzy to run away from Jason with nary a look back.

Kat
Kat

When did Jason say No? Plus if you look at the polls there were a lot of couples on there that were not couples. This is a big accomplishment for daytime

Amy
Amy

Hated Jason with Liz. Especially Billy Miller because Jake Doe was so blah. Really love the chemistry between Billy and Kelly! It is off the chart sexy! I am so happy to finally see Jason Morgan emerging!

Rose
Rose

Wow…how cool is that! No matter who your soap favorites are, the fact that out of hundreds of couples, down to the top 64, a daytime couple is still hanging in there and representing General Hospital. Way to Go Liz & Jason!!

robbie
robbie

Agree, great to see a soap couple on the list, regardless of who it may

MissySnow
MissySnow

Liason fans rock!

When a TV show has to write Elizabeth telling a lie in order for JaSam to reunite when they had NO interest in each other says a lot!

Melissa
Melissa

The voting is not going their way. So far they only have 30%.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

30% is GREAT considering which couple they’re up against. Clexa’s voters are very determined and they are legion, LOL. They won the March Madness e! poll, I believe. I know they were in the final 2.

Lisa
Lisa

Isn’t that the poll that Liarson fans got caught padding. Lol.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

LOL, I didn’t hear about that .. no, there weren’t any soap couples in the March Madness poll. Jasam was on e!’s Valentine’s poll a couple of years ago though, so I hear

FlameGirl
FlameGirl

I voted! I emailed the link to my friends and family who watch the show, or used to at least. It’s so cool for Day Time to be represented in this poll ! I think that’s almost more important than who the couple is 🙂

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I felt the same way—any recognition this genre can get can only help. Really makes me sad that the numbers for all the shows are as low as they are and that we only have 4 soaps as opposed to the nice handful we used to have. It helps that I do like Jason and Liz as much as I do.

Jeannie
Jeannie

I don’t like Liason – but hell ya I’m voting for the only daytime couple to make the poll… gotta represent the genre!!

Loves GH
Loves GH

Proud to be a Liason fan. Whether it’s Steve or Billy, Rebecca brings first rate classy love in the afternoon!!!!

tskyent
tskyent

I so agree!!!

tskyent
tskyent

Rebecca and Billy are great together! I’ve been watching her since was a kid.Her acting is surpassed! Liaison

Missy
Missy

Love Jason, Elizabeth, bk as a couple Love them
Reunite them bk together bk on track Jason, bk as a Quartermaine. & Elizabeth, being Mrs Quartermaine love Sam, find a new love. Love Sam, be Elizabeth’s Sister. Love this new twist come to the light. PLEASE,

Terri
Terri

I think its funny that liason fams are as crazy as her

Angel
Angel

I couldn’t agree more Terri!! Sam and Jason have always found there way back to each other and anyone with half a brain should see that!!

MissySnow
MissySnow

Right. When the ONLY reason JaSam is together is because Elizabeth had to be written OCC and the duo never once recognized each other says a lot about their so called lurve….

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Exactly. Liz was thrown under the bus to make Jasam happen. Even a non-shipper can see that.

tatiana
tatiana

I sometimes have to wonder if Liason fans even watch the show. Billy had foggy memories about Sam from the beginning. He was living with Liz and Helena brainwashed him to kill Sam and he couldn’t do it because he had memories about making love to Sam. That was his first memory of Sam which happened before he fell in love with Liz. Seriously, get your facts straight. I am not a Jasam fan either as I am just not crazy about this BM in the role of Jason but it irks me when Liason fans keep spouting off incorrect info like its gospel.

Liz has been known to lie and manipulate to get her man and then regret it and cry and cry when she gets caught. How was this any different?

In any case, I am surprised that they made it to this poll. They have no chemistry and there are so many better couples on the soaps: Patch/Kayla, Abby/Chad, Julian/Alexis, Franco/Nina, Victor/Nikki, Jack/Phyllis etc. etc. The list goes on…..

tatiana
tatiana

Sorry I meant Jason, not Billy.

Lisa
Lisa

Sorry won’t be voting for a fake couple. There never was a Liz and Jason. Now if There were a Jason and Sam I’d be voting.

Terri
Terri

Were jasam even a option BC if they were I never saw and highly doubtful to me that liaison was ahead of them with anything all polls I’ve seen liaison comes nowhere close to jasam

Reecpeec
Reecpeec

Regardless of who you support as a couple support of GH and soaps in general should be first. GH is the only show representing daytime! Vote!

Tracy
Tracy

Jason and Sam fans are actively voting for the other couple. Instead of doing what would give GH more exposures . Sad and petty. However, it proves what I have said all alone ng. They to know that Liason is a better couple then JaLame or they wouldn’t feel threatened. I would never vote for JaLamme so if they didn’t vote I would get that but starting a Twitter campaign to vote for the other couple. Makes them Pathetic.

Harry
Harry

Instead of galvanizing the troops to vote for Liaison, I would rather folks put their energy into getting folks out there to vote…….vote on real issues, real candidates. What a colossal waste of time and energy.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I can’t believe with so many great soap couples these two are the ones that made it to this stage in the voting– they were alright, but hardly the greatest soap couple let alone the greatest on television and considering most of their story happened in 2015, one wonders how they made it this far.

MissySnow
MissySnow

Your mileage may vary, but Liason has been around since 1999!

Mary SF
Mary SF

You have a point, but since the poll is about TV couple 2016 I was assuming they were speaking about this recent incarnation of Liz and Jason-so my original point stands but I respect fan love for any couple on any soap and meant no disrespect — just don’t think they were a couple long enough this year to make this poll, but you’re right I don’t have the whole history of the couple, so I will gracefully accept your correction

Nikki
Nikki

I would like to know who they competed against? Is it just the best couple for G.H.?

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

No, it’s the best TV couple, PERIOD. e!online is a very well-known website, and covers entertainment of all kinds. Liz&Jason was the only soap couple to make the poll. Competing with the likes of Castle, Bones, Outlander, Once Upon a Time, etc.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Billy Miller is great with any onscreen actress, but I like him best with Sam.

cooks7570
cooks7570

Liz and Lucky for the win.

Shannon
Shannon

I am so proud of my OTP making the cut for this contest of predominately prime time powerhouse ships! Liason fans never give up and I am thrilled that we can represent daytime in this contest! I just wish that the GH brass would acknowledge this great opportunity! I’m voting!

Linda
Linda

I like BH and I like Liz, but I hope that this was the last of her with Jasom for a long time. I do not think pairing Liz with Jason has done anything positive for her in a long time. When Jason helped Liz after Lucky “died” there were amazing scenes! When SBu left and came back I thought there were some good Liason scenes, but I have enjoyed each re-pairing less and less since early 2000. Liz can be such a strong character but I do not enjoy who she is now with Jason. There has just always been some big secret or lie that keeps me from really enjoying the relationship. Let Liz be with a leading man where the story and relationship can be about them. I get that GH probably wants to play off of fan wars, but it is at a detriment to the characters and story. Liz has been stuck with being pulled in the middle of Jason and Sam since like 2006. The character is so much more than that so PLEASE, GH, write for that!!!!

Rose
Rose

As much as I want a soap couple to win, Liz and Jason just don’t do it for me. Since romance is supposed to be a staple of the soaps, maybe the writers should pick up on the fact that “love in the afternoon” has been MIA for a long time.

Peggie
Peggie

I am Jason and Sam all the way. Elizabeth had to lie and scheme to get him because his memory was gone. I am so happy Jason and Sam are together.

Tracy
Tracy

Sad thing is Michael. Jason and Sam fans are so jealous of the chemistry of Liason and know they are the better couple. That they are campaigning and voting for a couple they don’t even know. So instead of just not voting because it’s not their couple. They are screwing GH chance to get some real exposure. So pathetic!!!! However, it does show how afraid of the chemistry of Liason. Billy and Be key have so much more chemistry then Kelly and Billly. Every non GH watcher I showed clips to agreed. They agree deep down to or they wouldn’t be so threatened. It’s just St so pathetic to start a Twitter campaign to vote again Liason.

96meimei
96meimei

I’m just glad someone from daytime is represented I really liked BH/BM didn’t like the s/l but everyone should be happy soap actors are included if that’s your genre then vote for them-you don’t have to love them.

Cathy
Cathy

Loathed Liz and Jason gag worthy at best

Rodd
Rodd

As of this posting, they’re at 31.7% to the other couple’s 68.3%. let’s vote for them even if you don’t care for them. It would be great to see a daytime couple get some recognition. It all adds up as a win for all in daytime.

su0000
su0000

I’m not sure but
Liz and Jason are the only daytime couple, yes?

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

that’s right, that just shows how many dedicated fans they have! And yet, GH has chosen to never give those fans what they want. I know, I know, they can’t have both Jasam & Liason as endgame. But they could have at least let Liason get married and be happy for a little while (and not with a lie between them either!) Those fans have been waiting 16 years, it’s outrageous for GH to deny them for so long. I wouldn’t blame Liasons if they got fed up and quit watching.

Jen
Jen

I love seeing my favorite soap couple in a poll with primetime faves of mine like Oliver and Felicity and Castle and Beckett. Love it. Jason and Elizabeth are great.

Ari
Ari

I consider myself an original Liason fan. I loved SB and Becky’s Liason. When Billy Miller joined GH, I was interested to see how his Jason would work with Elizabeth. Immediately I saw great playful and at times sexy chemistry, but the moment it was clear that he was Jason , I knew the story would be unjust. I knew that eventually BM was brought back to GH to reunite Jasam. So the so called love story we got for Jason and Elizabeth was half hearted, tainted with lies and deceit. I could not get on board with the new Liason, because it was all a big setup for a dramatic jasam reunion. It NEVER EVER was about Jason and Elizabeth. I don’t know how the Liason fans could find any joy in them. However, I do think that Billy & Becky work well together. Too bad they were never intended to be. Just think of Liason was the end game and if the writers wrote a true love story for them. It would have been AMAZING.

As for Jasam, well they never were a couple I enjoyed very much. Still I’m not going to say they are boring , well yes they are boring, but Biilly and Kelly do have chemistry. How can they not. Aren’t they dating in real life. It’s kind of unfair that they get the love story, and Liason got the shaft. I hate that because Jason and Elizabeth really did love each other and mutually agreed to part way. Now with the new re-wright of Liason, they have it almost impossible for them to ever be a couple by having Elizabeth deceive him like she did. Talk about crap all over a favorite couple. That said, I will vote for Liason to honor their history and to help a genre I truly love , Go vote all, do it for GH ! Next year your couple may make the list.

Barbara
Barbara

Nope jasam all the way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right, and to have to fight for something…

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

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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