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General Hospital’s New Opening Title Sequence

Last Friday on the May 17th episode of ABC’s General Hospital, viewers took note of a new version of the opening title sequence of the daytime drama series.

Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

So, what do you think of the new opening title sequence featuring the slides of the characters/cast in Port Charles, the pace of the new theme, and the retro use of the GH hospital image? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Bren
Bren

It’s Cool.

Rodd
Rodd

I think it’s great! I really like that the images are slower and though I was’t crazy about the music the first time I heard it, it has grown on me. I like the whole opening now. Good job, GH!

Betty Penney
Betty Penney

Enjoy the new set up

su000
su000

WOW!
The new opening is 4 days old-
0OO0OPSSY I did not notice it..
But-
it looks good by the above picture !!

aria
aria

I love the new pace and new theme song, I give it two thumbs up.

TeriCarlson
TeriCarlson

Love it

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

The music doesn’t seem to chapter the character of the show very well. Nothing distinguishing about it somehow. I like seeing the cast except I didn’t see Genie in the Wed. montage. Are they going to feature different images on different days rather than showing the entire cast each day. If so, why? I’d take a longer opening with ALL the cast members featured each day. Wouldn’t take much time at all away from the show. I think that would be fairer to all. Why not bring some recognizable music back or at least incorporate it within the newer music–or just update it. I want to hear the recognizable.

TVJeff
TVJeff

Different people depending on the day. My guess is the day you saw, Genie wasn’t on the episode so her picture was excluded.

Candy
Candy

Agreed!

view88
view88

After all of these years, GH is still hoping to mimic and surpass Hollyoaks, and is still a shadow.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

Love it so much

Jimh
Jimh

The opening is somewhat of an improvement…was Monica at the ball when they played tribute to Oscar-he is her grandson…and i commented some time ago Kevin was really Ryan…

Steve
Steve

There has never been an Oliver on GH.

Terry
Terry

It’s so much better than the previous one. Love seeing the hospital featured again. Would have been better to incorporate the “Faces of the Heart” theme music, IMO.

a. h. Waldrop
a. h. Waldrop

Love the view of the cast and the hospital, but the music is terrible. It is Not at all the General Hospital theme. We all understand change, but the music is more like elevator music… not a long running soap opera. The music for this wonderful long running soap should be upbeat like always.

TVJeff
TVJeff

Much better pace. And I do prefer the hospital over the fake skyline. It’s Port Charles, NY a fake suburb of Buffalo. No way would they have that many skyscrapers! And while still the same as the faster version, I do love the fact that non-contract actors are included. I would rather them cut the number of people down from 24 to a number that would allow the actor’s names to be included (& readable). Maybe 18 per day?

TVJeff
TVJeff

And as for the music, it’s fine. People want Faces of the Heart because that’s GH. No, it’s not. The ambulance intro and that music is GH. Faces of the Heart was created in the 90s. The first 25+ years of GH is the original music. I like Faces of the Heart, but it’s not the defining GH intro – it started in 1993ish. And in the world of short (or no) intros, it’s too long…

GHD
GHD

But Faces of the Heart is built on and starts with the same melodic line as the music that went with the ambulance intro. That opening phrase even stayed through the recent intros in some form. I’d at least like those first few notes back.

I never thought Port Charles was a suburb of Buffalo. I think it’s supposed to be a fictional big to mud-sized city. So skyscrapers make sense. But there were definitely too many.

Joel
Joel

I love it, but why hasn’t Lynn Herring (Lucy) been added yet? Both contract and non-contract actors are featured now on the day they appear, but not Lynn. I wonder why.

aria
aria

nor Tristan Rogers, yet the other day they showed dumb ass spinneli who only appeared in one episode, Tristan been on for over a week and yet he hasn’t been. featured. what’s up with that?

Joel
Joel

You’re right, but Tristan has been back for much longer than a week. He’s been recurring since he came back to help Sonny find Dante in Turkey. He deserves a spot in the opening too.

Harry
Harry

Aria, I agree. Robert Scorpio Is a legacy character and has more talent in his little finger than Spinelli dies in his whole giggley, shrill little body.

alic
alic

I thought I saw Lucy in one of the montages, but I could be mistaken.

Toscanti
Toscanti

I love it!!!!!!!!!

Deborah James
Deborah James

The only thing I didn’t like about the new opening, was the music! I think it should be closer to the previous versions. Otherwise, I loved all the rest!lol

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This is much better than the other one they had. Thank god that lasted for a short while!!!

Clb
Clb

Nice update and like the music. Best Daytime Soap with near Emmy sweep in acting categories. Should have been Best Soap! Y&R with all of its changes — no way that it should have gotten best daytime drama.

Ray
Ray

I have always thought it would be great if “DOOL” would update their opening, while keeping the hourglass. I like the opening of “Y&R” that features the star and identifies their name. It would be great to see Deidra, Drake, Kristian, Mary Beth, Abe, Maggie and Victor in the openings.

Cathy
Cathy

Nooooo…please don’t change DOOL opening…it reminds me of my childhood and Gramma shushing us so she could watch “her stories”…❤️

Davy
Davy

I like it a lot. The music is a nice change.

Davy
Davy

I think Lucy’s llama should be featured in the opening credits!

Rosie
Rosie

Yes!!

Joey
Joey

No disrespect to Mr. Glass, but while I love the shot of the hospital and the slowed cast pictures, I find the tune a bit dull. It doesn’t need to be fast paced, but it should be sexy. That being said, I don’t know that I will ever not associate GH with Faces of the Heart, so I guess I’m biased.

Steve
Steve

The slower photos and hospital image is great.

The song reminds me of the time OLTL switched from “faces of Llanview” to the “champagne popping”. Nothing inspiring.

Every version of the opening since the 70s (“ambulance”, “faces of the heart”, “sirens” and the version used until last week all incorporated Jack Urbont’s signature 3-note beginning. Those 3 notes are to GH what the syncopated opening is to DAYS. Change the rest of the song, but keep those iconic notes.

Steve
Steve

Okay, on further analysis, the song ends with the 3-note Urbont key. I can live with that lol

Gloria
Gloria

I am nearly 59 years old. I loved the old opening with the ambulance zooming up to the hospital, the dramatic music. Boy, you knew when General Hospital was coming on! There were other versions of the music in later years & that’s the theme song I love. No problem with the faces thing, not really but this new “music” is not music to me. Need the GH theme song in whatever form.

Carrie
Carrie

Gloria, I know what you mean about the ambulance theme. Some good memories!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Gloria
I so agree with you. I too remember and miss the ambulance and siren years, in more ways than one, but those sounds meant something, signifying that GH was on, with Dr. Steve Hardy and his staff. There is nothing with this in your face montage that sets it apart.
There is something to the old saying, why fix something, if it’s not broken?

Satan
Satan

The “flipbook” is slightly less seizure-inducing, and the music is somewhat better than the last version. But they really need to change the opening (among several other things) back to the pre-2012 model.

Darlene Balistreri
Darlene Balistreri

I Love it

Marie
Marie

I ❤️ it!!! Great job always GH

Tony
Tony

Really upset that Lucy is not there.

Joel
Joel

I totally agree! She is recurring, but all contract and non-contract players are now featured on the day they appear, even Amy and Spinelli, but no Lucy… and Robert too! What gives?

Loretta
Loretta

I love the slowed down pics but not the music at all. You should have stayed with the same music. Love the hospital building that’s great!!

Gail
Gail

I like it. I love gh

Gloria
Gloria

I think its great. Its nice to see the hospital in the opening sequence since the show
is called General Hospital. I have been watching General Hospital for years. I enjoy watching every day.

Tek
Tek

I like it. The other one for images of actors went way too fast. I also like being able to see the hospital at the end. The music is OK, I don’t love it but I don’t despise it either…

DMRR
DMRR

The cast is too bloated! Although, I like the opening. My favorite was “Faces of the Heart” in the 90’s.

jonny
jonny

much better……you can follow the images better and the retro hospital backdrop was long overdue. kudos for the great changes

Beverly Rexford
Beverly Rexford

Love it!

Susan
Susan

I like it, so much better then the one before, when it was so fast, and now we get the Hospital, which I love

Candy
Candy

Love the slower down version of pictures being displayed. Glad to see GH being shown as well at the end too! Actors on the show for that day would be appropriate. Not a fan of the music being played tho! Doesn’t fit GH at all. Too slow and melancholy. More upbeat and similar to previous intro’s would be nice. When I heard the first few bars of GH intro from the 80’s I would coming running!!!! Loved that old theme! Y and R still plays Nadia Theme and it’s still perfect and fits!!!! FYI!!!

Carol F.
Carol F.

Love the new opening!

Priscilla Stultz
Priscilla Stultz

I really like the new opening sequence especially the slowing down of the photos. Previously, they went by so fast that I couldn’t see who they were. And the new music is great. Nice tribute to the old opening sequence with the photo of “General Hospital” at the end. Thank you ABC!

Sally
Sally

Love the slow down of the cast. Please keep the old theme song

Coretta
Coretta

I like it way better than the previous opening. But u also liked the opening before that one.

Carlene
Carlene

Great!

Toni
Toni

I like it

Cindi Atwell
Cindi Atwell

Love it

Cindi Atwell
Cindi Atwell

Love it and love General Hospital. I’ve been watching since day one

Timmm
Timmm

I DVR the show so I dont even watch the opening. I wish this was the biggest problem with this soap but it is NOT!

Mona Bradley
Mona Bradley

Love it

Mona Bradley
Mona Bradley

I love this show

Elise Kiefer
Elise Kiefer

Love it. But slow it down just a bit.

Sophia
Sophia

I keep missing see sonny in the credit. Was he there?

Kevin C
Kevin C

I LOVE the new opening and the music…IMO Paul Glass is one of the best music composer’s/director’s.

Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson

Much, much better. But I add my voice to the chorus that wonders where Robert is! It would be nice if the montage would display ALL contract and recurring characters appearing that day. Everyone but day players. And I too am okay with the music, but I wish that it incorporated a bit more of the original Jack Urbont theme, as “Faces of the Heart” did.

E Hearts GH
E Hearts GH

I love this opening! It has the melodrama that soaps thrive off of!

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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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