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GH's Michael Easton Talks On: Finn & Hayden's Budding Romance, John McBain, and Prospect Park!

Photo Credit: Peter Konerko

Photo Credit: Peter Konerko

The wildly popular Michael Easton, who only gives rare, but substansial interviews, chatted with TV Insider for a look into all the characters he has played over the years on ABC soap operas, and so much more.

Michael, who in his latest soap incarnation is tackling the role of GH’s quirky Dr. Hamilton Finn, talked about his ‘happy’ situation with the soap now, and getting the opportunity to delve into the skin of the self-medicating, seriously ill, infectious disease specialist.  In addition, viewers have seen that Finn and Hayden (Rebecca Budig) are becoming quite close! Are these two ABC daytime superstars headed for a sweeping on-screen romance?

Easton also weighed-in on his thoughts on the knifed-in-the-back Silas Clay, and One Life to Live crossover John McBain and how things got murky with Prospect Park’s online reboot of the series.  Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

Easton on if there is a large scale romantic story blossoming for Rebecca Budig’s Hayden and his Dr. Finn: “There’s definitely something there, but we’ll take our time and see. The writers still have to resolve the Hayden-Nikolas situation. Now that Tyler Christopher’s not coming back that story is on hold until they figure out what to do. And Finn is still very much hung up on his wife, Reiko, and is wracked with guilt that his obsessiveness with finding a cure to his disease led to her death. So who knows? Another great thing about this go-round is that Jean and Shelly told me up front, ‘We have no idea who we’ll put you with romantically.’ That hit me in the right place. I don’t like it when producers or writers say, ‘We are teaming you with so-and-so, and you two will be the next supercouple.; They don’t get to decide that. They don’t even get a say. The audience decides. But, yeah, so far it seems to be working well with Rebecca Budig, who is so wonderful. She has so much nuance, so many layers to her work.”

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Easton if he any part of him wishes he was still playing John McBain, the beloved role which he played on both OLTL and GH: “I never wanted to play McBain on GH.  When they asked me to go over there, I wanted to create a new character but they were trying to lure OLTL viewers. They said, ‘No. You have to be McBain.’ And that proved to be a problem right out of the gate, because there was no way McBain would leave his wife and son in Llanview and be a cop in Port Charles.”

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Easton on why he turned down reprising McBain on Prospect Park’s online reboot of One Life: “At first I thought, ‘Great, the GH audience will get to see McBain’s life in Llanview that he’s always talking about.’  Then I found out that neither show was coordinating story with the other side, so that none of the writing was going to correspond. At that point I said, ‘This makes no sense. You can’t have the same character playing parallel lives.’ It got too complicated.”

So, what has been your favorite soap role of Michael Easton’s?  Are you into Hayden and Finn becoming lovebirds?  What did you think of Michael’s comments and thoughts about what went wrong with crossing over John McBain via either GH or Prospect Park? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Debbie
Debbie

I love Michael and I’m thrilled to have him back on General Hospital. I absolutely love Finn and I am really enjoying his storyline with Hayden.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Debbie,
I was awaiting for this romance to blossom for sooo long!! After Leo and Greenlee; John and Natalie; I thought I would never see the same kind of chemistry as I am seeing between Hayden and Finn.
Mazel tov!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Hi Cee, I am aware of Melisa Archer and I know how bad GH fans want her. Melisa is a very good actress. I dont mind her at all. As I have stated in the past, I LOVE talent. I woulnt dismiss her. I just turn on GH and it seems like every month the GH I knew and loved has disappeared. Robert, Bobbi, Monica, Lucas, Lucy, Kevin, Laura, Ned, Felicia, Mac, AJ, Emily, Duke, Faison, Helena, Luke. Now, looking at this list, I realize there are a lot of older cast members BUT as we see with Y&R, they mix the older and younger characters together and keep a better hold on its history. GH is a shell of itself. It isnt going to change Valenti hates the most of the vets except for Sonny and Carly. Case in point, when Lucy was walking around the hospital with a board member and he was telling her that GH might turn into condos. Lucy looked around at the walls of GH and became melancholy but they showed no clips! This was a perfect time to watch an old clip of the Hardys roaming the halls. NOPE, Frank will have nothing to do with GH and its wonderful history!

Celia
Celia

@Timmm.
Timmmy, I love your sentimentality….you’re a romantic, at heart. I love that in a guy; and exposing one’s feelings does not emasculate a man. It takes a real man to accept and embrace WHAT IS!!
I understand what you’re saying, as I feel the same way. I would have loved to have seen ‘old’ GH clips.
And, yes, I agree about Melissa. I loved Natalie and John; as every other character on OLTL…..and, at the risk of sounding repetitious, ” all right already”….we all love to ruminate and go down memory lane, it fills a void. This is now….it is what it is.
I waited so long for Finn and Hayden; it’s sort of disheartening to rain on my parade.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree. There is enough hate in this world! I was NOT a fan of Sabrina at all. I never said I hated her. Maybe I said I hate the character. Regardless, hate is a terrible word. Teresa I’m sure is a fine human being and smart enough to separate the character from the human. Here is hoping the same about Hayden.

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Totally agree! One of the absolute high points about GH.

kathryn63
kathryn63

I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT REPEAT DO NOT WANT MY ME PAIRED WITH BUDIG/ HAYDEN WHO I CANNOT STAND NOR CAN I STAND THE ACTRESS SHE IS HORRIBLE. THAT IS THE MAIN REASON I HARDLY EVER WATCHED AMC WAS BECAUSE OF HER & THE FACT I COULD NOT STAND HER OR HER CHARACTER GREENLEE! AND NOW WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH HER ON GH! GIVE ME A BREAK SHE NEEDS TO BE GONE ASAP!!!!! AND PLEASE BRING ON MELISSA(MA) OUR MELISSA FOR MICHAEL(ME) & THE LONG-AWAITED MUCH ANTICIPATED RE-UNION WE OLTL/JOLIE/MA&ME FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR & WANT SOOOOOOOOOOOOO BADLY!!! SHE WOULD BE FANTASTIC AS FINN’S WIFE PLAYING HER & WE WOULD HAVE OUR RE-UNION OF OUR AWESOME CHEMISTRY-MEGA COUPLE!!!!! PLEASSSSSE FV READ THIS WHAT I’M POSTING & MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!

Jenn
Jenn

I appreciate your passion Kathryn. I too miss Melissa and Michael. If Melissa comes on GH then I would love for her to have a role worthy of her talents. I do not want her to come on as a spoiler to Finn and Hayden. If she isn’t the love of his life then make her an interesting doctor or Sarah Webber who can catch Finn’s fancy and set him on fire. I would hate for her to be written like crazy Nina. There is so much potential.. If only..

Celia
Celia

Please, kathryn63; speak for yourself, with all due respect. You use the plural, “we” very generally. I am part of the general ‘audience’, and I, for one, LOOOOOVE Rebecca Budig.
So, respect that. I count!!

Patrick
Patrick

i’m back peddling… on track now

when Rebecca Buddig was paired at the very beginning … I thought they were the HOTTEST.

things went south so fast and spiraled…. now that Tyler Christopher is gone… I could care less about Hayden.

is she one of Frank Valentini’ PET ?

now we are force fed Hayden and Finn….

all the while her new girl in town becomes resident bad girl crown bitch ala Erica Kane…. just stomps all over town looking for a job and cash

so she mows over Liz… LIZ ! GET A BACK BONE… Hayden is hardly worth it

there’s little to no spark … with Finn and Hayden… time for them to go

another wasted couple stealing the rightful belong of so many other characters recently let go or fired.

Timmm
Timmm

So am I. I cannot understand why fans hate Hayden? I love the actress and the character.

Celia
Celia

Well, Timmmy, I believe that if people want to ‘hate’ a character, it is definitely their prerogative. However, said people should not impose their will on others and assume that you, I or anyone else feel the same way.
Furthermore, kathryn63 just insulted the actress herself. You know very well I am no innocent; that is, in making my feelings known about a character; but, I try VERY hard not to come out and say, I can’t stand an actor/actress.
Smiles.

Celia
Celia

@Patrick.
Lol, my friend. You toooo??? Just kidding, Patrick, you know how much I love your prose.
Nevertheless, regardless of how much I love Little Miss Liz; she is not lily white. Let’s not forget that she is an accomplice to attempted murder, after the fact. She is also allowing Dhawn to rot in jail for that crime.
As much as ‘iffy’ Hayden may be? So is Lizzie-Girl a criminal.

Sandy
Sandy

The writers have not done anything to make me care about Hayden.

Celia
Celia

You know me through our conversations on these boards; thanks to Mr. Fairman. Thus, my Timmmy, you have had to bear my lamentations about so many characters—Sonny, Julian, Alexis ( of whom I am now a fan—I have converted, LOL) , but never, ever, have I used the word ‘hate’ toward either the actors or the characters.
Thanks, babes.

Harry
Harry

I did not care for Hayden at first blush, but I really like her now. Moreover, she works with Finn—she fits.
After watching characters like Nina, Francoand now Claudette, aimlessly wander around like square pegs looking for a home in a land of circles, it’s nice to see.
I like them together.

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

Prefer brooding John Mcbain…none of his other characters have sparked my interest…i can understand an actor wanting to try something new and different but none of the writers seem to know what to do with his characters…Silas and Finn actually seem like the same character as both talk about their wives and are doctors…Silas-his thought dead wife Nina turns out to be alive and in a coma-blah, blah blah…now Finn is talking about his wife-she will also show up eventually as Finn and Hayden get real close-talk about pararllels…

su0000
su0000

hey Jihm..
c’mon, don’t blame the great Easton for the horrible writing portraying the Finn character and the story he is thrown into.
Just imagine, what a real bonafide drama writer would have done with the Finn characters persona… no matter, Easton is a pro and gives his all to whichever character he portrays..

John McCain- may he RIP …(life moves on..

side note; Jean and Shelly are killing GH, they need to be replaced before they do more damage to GH and its’ characters..

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

Absolutely BRING ON MELISSA AS A HOT LADY DOC. I heard a lady doc in fact named Melissa is supposed to come still waiting on that or Sarah Webber, or certainly Reiko FINN’S wife you know she’s alive why else would they give/say her name. Let it be Melissa playing her or any one of those top 3 choices or anyone else. I don’t care just bring her on FV. We fans deserve it after the debacle of OLTL being cancelled & then the GH/ PROSPECT PARK LAWSUIT DEBACLE. YOU OWE IT TOO US FV BRING HER ON ASAP!!!!

kathryn63
kathryn63

MELISSA WILL BE PLAYING FINN’S(ME’S) WIFE I HAVE A VERRRRRRRRRRRYY STRONG FEELING BECAUSE FV IS EP & HE KNOWS HER SOOOOOOOOOOOOO WELL & ADORES HER & IS HIS PET JUST LIKE ME IS,YOU KNOW THAT AS WELL AS I DO. MELISSA WOULD & WILL BE SOOOOOOOOOOOOO FANTASTIC ON GH! MARK MY WORDS!!!

Harry
Harry

Dear Kathyrn: Typing in all caps constitutes as yelling and makes my ears ring.
I understand you miss Melissa Archer as Natalie and you enjoyed the chemistry she shared with Eastman. But those days are over and trying to recreate the glory days of OLTL on GH has proven to be a depressing and abysmal failure.
Not only that, it ends up paying disrespect to the very characters you love–let those characters rest in peace. In addition, the cast is already over populated and there is no room for new characters.
Honestly, one thing I have learned in life is you cannot go home again–there are no second acts.

Timmm
Timmm

Finn’s wife, ANOTHER new character!

Celia
Celia

No, thank you. LOL…..Timmmy, I know you don’t watch DOOL.
However, I, and so many others awaited with baited breath for Melissa Archer to walk on stage with much expected fanfare.
The writing butchered both the actress’s talent and the character. I would really be ‘put-off’ if the same were to happen to her on the GH stage.

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

YES, FINN’S WIFE REIKO PLAYED BY OF COURSE MELISSA ARCHER ALL THE WAYYYYY!!!!!!!!

su0000
su0000

Awwww yes!
Michael Easton , I luves that man!
No matter which role he plays I luvs him.

Strange but– I got to somewhat know the intestering deeper side of Michael Easton through his facebook, he is talented in many directions.

Celia
Celia

Awwww, I luvs him, too; SuIeQ!!!!
Michael Easton is not the most good looking guy, comparatively speaking…..He has a very angular face with irregular features; but, soooo masculine!! To me, he oozes sex-appeal. To each his/her own, yah??

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Oh CeeCee…Google Michael…then click on images. You can see how stunning he was. I think he’s still very good looking but has gotten very thin since his OLTL days. And, he’s had his nose broken a few times. SUCH a nice person! I’ve heard him interviewed and read many of his posts.

Harry
Harry

Yes, Bec, and besides, symmetrical perfection is boring.
It’s our imperfections which make us beautiful, unique and human.

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

He is the most good-looking guy around & he & Melissa are the most gorgeous to ever be paired together just look at all their beyond incredible JOLIE YOU-TUBE SCENES OLTL!!!!! THEY NEED TO BE REUNITED ASAP ON GH!!!!!!!

Liz
Liz

Great interview and great recap, Michael Fairman. GH fans are very lucky to have Michael Easton back, IMO. The bearded dragon is one lucky lizard to share scenes with him.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

The guy is a class act, no matter what he is doing. I wish ABC would settle that Prospect Park lawsuit so they can get the character of Skye Quartermaine back, along with her daughter, Lila Rae. I think she & Hamilton Finn would be a great couple. It would increase the Quartermaine family, the Quartermaine influence in the hospital would continue, *and* Finn & Tracy would have more scenes together because they’d be family. Win-win all around!

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

YES,YES,YES,YES,YRS,YES, SHE JUST HAS TO COME TO GH & SHE WILL I KNOW IT BECAUSE MORE & MORE NEW CHARACTERS KEEP & KEEP COMING & SHE WILL BE ONE OF THEM FINN’S(ME) WIFE, MELISSA LADY DOC OR SARAH WEBBER I KEEP HEARING SHE IS COMING! AND THEY MA&ME DEFINITELY NO QUESTION ABOUT IT BELONG ON SCREEN TOGETHER!!!

Candy
Candy

no offense to Rebecca but I do not want them as a couple. just not clicking for me, but i am just one of thousands – just my thought anyway.

love Michael Easton.

Jenn
Jenn

Agreed. I see them as friends.Maybe friends with benefits but not on the level of Archer and Easton

Amy
Amy

Not feeling Hayden and Finn

Celia
Celia

Hi, Candy,
I truly appreciate your sensitivity. You spoke your mind without being crass and offensive. Refreshing.
We should all take a cue from the phrasing of your comment. Kudos.

Timmm
Timmm

I did like Hayden and Nick better together.

Maggie
Maggie

Me too

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

Same here they need Tyler Christopher back & pair him back with Hayden or that matter put Hayden with Griffin they would be quite good together. PLEASE JUST NOT WITH FINN/ME.

Dee
Dee

Just glad your back on gh. Your the best . Love Finn

Harry
Harry

Am I the only one who accidentally calls Finn, Silas?
But yes, glad he’s back and I think he’s working well with Hayden.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Harry! Agree. Wasn’t much of a John/Natalie fan either and I, too, liked him with Evangeline. I also liked him during his brief time with both Kelly and Blair. I vaguely remember him with Marty…liked them too if I remember correctly. And, I like Finn with Hayden. Good chemistry.

Rose
Rose

Hi Harry…found a reply button for you. Just in case you are still following MF and/or GH periodically I was just checking up on you to see you are surviving this emotional campaign. Hope for our choice in the election, and then look forward to seeing you back commenting. 🙂

Lia
Lia

Love him as Finn, but I think pairing him with Rebecca’s Hayden is not the right move. I would like to see him with Olivia.

Bev
Bev

I do not like Finn being paired with Hayden either.

Beth
Beth

Enjoying Finn. Michael has chemistry with almost everyone he works with. Just not into Hayden
to be honest.

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

Absolutely I too like Finn but he is acting like Silas & very similar to him & is most certainly the wrong move putting him with Hayden & like you not into Hayden at all & I hope she doesn’t make it from this mysterious illness then we will be rid of her she adds nothing repeat nothing to the canvas. Liz’s sister or not who cares she is a WASTE! I would have only liked Hayden if they’d gotten Melissa to play her it didn’t happen. Oh well, with that being said. Bring Melissa on in any capacity of 3 roles I said earlier Reiko, Sarah, or Melissa the lady doc. Just get/bring her onboard FV PLEASE.

Lia
Lia

Not sure why you think I dislike Hayden, but I don’t. I love her, only not with Finn. I love her with Nikolas. Rebecca and Tyler have amazing chemistry.

Judy
Judy

what’s happening with all the Prospect Park stuff? Was it ever settled? I know some of the OLTL characters were owed moneys (hearsay through the web, so not reliable). Hopefully all was sorted out.

Tali3180
Tali3180

John McBain by far…miss him. Wish ABC would take him, Melissa Archer and Liam to prime time kind of Castlesque like. Cop & Forensic tech work together during the day and love by night with their little family. Michael Easton is one of my favorites.

Jenn
Jenn

Love those two. Wish to see them anywhere anyhow together. So missed

Tim
Tim

Ditto on this to the tenth degree. Love, love me some Archer and Easton!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Was never an Easton fan until he stepped into the role of Hamilton Finn, so I’m glad he was against portraying John McBain on General Hospital; the way off four OLTL characters were initially handled at GH was horribly executed, and should have been a hint that it would not work out.

Terri Skarzynski
Terri Skarzynski

I have always loved Michael Easton’s work and I am very impressed with the acting choices he is making with Dr. Finn. I also completely agree with his remarks about his character of John McBain crossing over to GH. His character was known for his loyalty and enduring connection to Natalie and his son was everything to him. Sometimes soap couples take a while to develop and the best couples take time. I am loving having him back on my screen.

Omar
Omar

Uber cool and brooding John was my favorite character and so was the Vampire he played in “Port Charles” and again the Vampire 2.0 in GH during Ron C. writing regime.

In person, this actor is uber cool , suave and friendly…Very talented in the different aspects of his career!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Great description of character and actor!

Celia
Celia

Hey, Rebecca,
I never thought about it, but, Claudette may, indeed, be a scared, vulnerable little bird.
With Finn? Hmmmm. Maybe. But, he deserves someone who truly cares for him; as you have so eloquently described Hayden.
So far, Claudette has not manifested any altruistic motivation, at all. Not even toward her daughter; if Charlotte truly exists. She is merely using this child as a means to an end.
No display of motherhood, humanity, or honor.
Nonetheless, I would welcome a ‘good’ Claudette. And, speaking of recycled stories. Maybe Claudette is also Josette, LOL.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Now I’m lost, CeeCee…who’s Josette???

Celia
Celia

Oh, my gosh, Rebecca. LOL. I made Josette up????
You know Jessica/Tess ( Bree–OLTL). It would be ironic if Claudette had an alter ego, as Jessica Buchanan did. That’s all.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

CeeCee…LOL! Gotcha. I was wracking my brains out trying to remember Josette!

Lena
Lena

Love that Michael Easton is on GH and enjoying him as Finn. As far as who he should be paired with…it’s a no brainer…Melissa Archer all the way.

Stacey
Stacey

Love Michael but I have to be honest. Yes, he and Rebecca have chemistry but I am still holding out hope that he will be reunited with Melissa Archer. Their story was never finished and that stinks. It was a slap in the face to Jolie fans when the PP mess occurred. Perfect opportunity to reunite these awesome actors.

Harry
Harry

Stacey, I completely understand but the unfinished story of Michael and Natalie cannot be finished on GH!!!

Jenn
Jenn

Bring on Melissa Archer as his wife or a new doctor that will knock his socks off. Cannot stand Hayden:((((

Maria
Maria

Yes please!

Katie
Katie

Definitely not into Hayden and Finn becoming lovebirds, even though it is evident that’s where the story is headed. I would rather see Finn with Tracey than Hayden. Do not like the character, regardless of how much they prop her. Hope his story with Hayden is short lived and sure hope we see him with Melissa Archer eventually. That is proven, wonderful chemistry.

Patrick
Patrick

I just don’t see Michael Easton’ going the young puppy love… romance with all the flowers satin sheets… gushing

he’s an intellect…. he’s in the same arena as Tracy Q…. ????? I think so

now that Paul is gone… why not… give Finn and Tracy bff with benefits.

the quick whit barbs give and take…

Hayden needs to go back burner with Curtis… give the audience a break.

Tim
Tim

I too would prefer him with Tracy rather than Hayden

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I love the Tracy/ Finn FRIENDSHIP…don’t see them as a romantic duo. I actually like him with Hayden. She genuinely cares for him, she kept his secret, she saved his life, she has no ulterior motive with him. They look good together and I like their chemistry. Natural…

If not her…and this comes out of left field…Claudette. Her coy attitude, her manipulative ways may mask a vulnerable, intelligent woman who can hold her own against the quirky but extremely intelligent, loving, protective doctor. I can hear the Natalie fans screaming now…ouch!

Alan
Alan

In addition to having no idea who they were going to put him with romantically, I don’t think Jean and Shelly had any idea what the character was about nor did they have a pre-planned arc for him. Finn came to town with a lizard and a mysterious drug addiction and seven months later the only other thing we know is that he has a dead wife. I liked the actor as John McBain but expecting a character to succeed based solely on viewer goodwill isn’t writing.

Say what you will about Ron Carlivati but the characters he introduced were developed as the story went along and actually had a reason to be in the story.

Celia
Celia

Exactly, Alan. I, among many, loooved John and Natalie. Those were different people living in another world. OLTL was one of my favorite soaps, and I still mourn its death, as I said many times. But, these actors need work; they do not pick and choose who is paired with them.
I am just happy to see Michael and Rebecca.
Disliking Rebecca/Hayden because she is not Melissa/Natalie, just doesn’t hold water. Sure, Melissa Archer would have been a great choice….the two looked so good together….very at ease with each other…believable. But, that does not mean the same would apply in this storyline.
Also, even actors grow and change.
I saw the relationship between Finn and Hayden coming since forever. As a matter of fact, both Timmm and I commented on it. We both relished the idea.
Let it just happen, I say; and, be happy. LOL.

Tim
Tim

Good points Celia. Not being fond of Hayden has nothing to do with Melissa’s character of Natalie. Just not fond of the character.

Alan
Alan

I don’t dislike Hayden because she isn’t Natalie — if anything I am apathetic towards the character and that’s because Jean and Shelly have done nothing to develop her. They just expect us to like her because they do. That’s not writing.

(And truth be told, OLTL’s Natalie got on my nerves A LOT — I was totally Team Jessica all the way.)

Celia
Celia

@Tim.
Thank you, Tim. I am glad you do see my point. Liking or disliking Rebecca/Hayden should have nothing to do with Melissa.
Some people do not like the actress or the character. That’s fine. However, I find the word ‘hate’ sort of harsh, don’t you?
I just do not think it’s fair to bemoan a character her/his role because said character was paired with the ‘preferred’ one’s previous role!!!!!
I wish to see Rebecca paired with Josh Duhamel, LOL,…..is that going to happen? So, should I dislike Michael/Finn because he isn’t Josh/Leo?
I hope I am making some sense, Tim. Double LOL.

Harry
Harry

I actually was not crazy about John and Natalie. Nataline annoyed me with the manner in which she was constantly preening and posing.
I thought John and Evangeline had a smoldering, hot, sexy chemistry.
For me, they were the “it” couple, not John and Natalie. I never thought Natalie was worthy of John.

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

Not true AT ALL in Melissa & Michael’s case their chemistry was beyond phenomenally exceptional & they most definitely would still have it no matter what characters they’d be playing. It is just that plain & simple & you know they WANT TOO VERYYYY MUCH BE REUNITED TOGETHER AGAIN ON GH & THEY HAVE BOTH SAID SO NUMEROUS TIMES IN INTERVIEWS. He said he WOULD LOVE FOR MELISSA TO COME IN & THAT HE MISSES HER/WORKING WITH HER SOOOO MUCH! AND MELISSA SAID THE SAME THING THAT IT COULD VERYYYY WELL HAPPEN THEM BEING REUNITED. She said don’t GIVE UP HOPE! I know she is sorta keeping busy with a movie project here & there but she can certainly do both soap people are quite known for doing that. Look at Laure Lee Bell, Sean Karan, Finland Hughes,Maurice Benard. Melissa soooo deserves to be on GH as does Michael,ROHO,BW. I know BW is off now but heard she may more than likely be back later. Personally I WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE MELISSA THAN BREE ANY DAY BECAUSE MELISSA IS FAR SUPERIOR ACTRESS TO BREE & I just like Melissa 10 millions x times better. She is my FAVORITE actress of all soap actresses & Michael of course is my FAVORITE ACTOR OF ALL SOAP ACTORS. And that is why I want them on GH together/reunited soooo badly. And I have a feeling it will happen at some point sooner rather than later because this pairing with BUDIG will indeed be verrrry short-lived. And there is no one else actress/wise currently on the canvas that he would be a good fit with chemistry/wise like he fits chemistry/wise with Melissa! That is why Melissa needs to come & why I feel they are going to bring her on because you have to have pairings with actors/actresses that have phenomenal proven chemistry & that is definitely MELISSA & MICHAEL! Their is not one couple on GH right now that is super at all! Melissa & Michael would definitely change that they were a SUPER COUPLE ON OLTL. THEY CERTAINLY WOULD BE ON GH! FV PLEASE BRING HER ON ASAP!

Sorry for the long post I’ve just got a lot to say about their reunion & her being on GH with him & wanting it soooo much. Got too get my feelings out & heard & hope fully FV hears me & all of us MA&ME FANS WHO WANT THEM ON GH TOGETHER! All of us their most ardent& devoted fans that we are & there are soooo many of us just have to keep posting & we can make it happen! Keep posting everyone & we can have our MA&ME TOGETHER AGAIN!

Celia
Celia

Same here, Alan….I did not mean to imply you do not like Hayden because she isn’t Natalie.
Nonetheless, I get the feeling this is the jist with most of the comments….the ‘motif’, per se.
I liked Natalie; but, as yourself, I was partial to Jessica and Starr.
I am pretty determined and ‘hard-headed’; in that, no writer can feed me anything I do not desire with which to partake…..much like yourself. LOL.
But, I do admit that my ‘like’ for Rebecca Budig carried over from AMC.

Nikki
Nikki

Really let’s not over analyze. Some will like Rebecca Budig and her character and others will not. This forum is a vehicle to express opinions. Thanks Michael Fairman for offering this avenue for comments.

Celia
Celia

@Nikki.
Hi, Nikki,
That’s exactly what I said, if you followed my ‘interjections’, LOL.Some of us like her, some of us don’t. LOL. Somehow my point got lost after all the responses.
My point was: those of us who like Rebecca/Hayden should be allowed to do so without criticism, as you say, we are here to give opinions.
But, somehow Melissa Archer’s name is always brought up whenever the subject of Hayden and Finn comes into play. It is what it is, I say.
Later, Nikki.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

That’s what happens CeeCee. Fans get stuck on a couple and they don’t want to see one of the two with anyone else. Think of the resentment that occurred almost as soon as Patrick fell for Sabrina. Yes, Robin was alive but Patrick didn’t know it. I could see if people were impatient for him to learn the truth, but in the interim “Sabrina” and the actress got trashed as an interloper by some.

Natalie and John from OLTL? As I posted before…nothing outstanding for me as a couple. I liked John with Evangeline and Kelly. McBain was just so cool that he had chemistry with all of them. As for Finn…I either like him with Hayden or I don’t based on what’s going on with his new character on GH, not his old character with Natalie. Different show, character, etc. Some viewers get stuck. And then the gloves are off, or gauntlets on. One of those… 😉

Steph
Steph

Glad to see Michael on our screens again. He is right about the people deciding what works. That being said, this person says bring on Melissa Archer . Fans have been waiting since 2012 to see these two exceptional actors reunited. Come on!

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

Yes, INDEED COME ON BRING HER ON IT IS WAYYYYY PAST TIME. LOVE THEM SOOOO MUCH.

Elsie Green
Elsie Green

I loved John Mcbain on OLTL and loved him and Natalie ‘s relationship. I was devastated when they Cancled OLTL. I am so happy that he is now on GH and I think he and Hayden can be a very interesting couple.

Marianne
Marianne

Enjoying Finn but will always love Jolie . That being said I too hope to see Michael and Melissa together on our screens again.

Maggie
Maggie

Oh yes!

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

OH YES,YES,YES,

dante williams
dante williams

You can tell that Michael is clearly a writer as well, the way he’s invested in his characters. I was upset he wasn’t on the last OLTL websoap but I give kudos for his reason, and I agree, why play the same character on two shows when they can’t be bothered with making the shows connect the stories together? It’s a waste of everyone’s time, disjointed, and disappoints everyone in the end when they don’t take those seemingly small steps necessary to accomplish huge things, and look what happened. If they really wanted AMC and OLTL to last they would’ve taken care of all of their debts and other problems BEFORE they put those shows back on, then we would never have to deal daily with Franco, an actual person named ‘Kiki’ even if it’s nickname it makes my soul wince when I see or hear it. I don’t know how I feel about Finn, because they were just starting to massage Silas into the canvas naturally, after a year or two he finally connected, and those dumb a$$es killed him off in some whacked murder mystery, much like what’s going on now, and I’m not sure which writing team it was then, Carlivati or if they were in transition, but this show needs another Monty, Riche, miracle to propel it further, because what I see is a show in disarray, desperately in need of overhaul. There’s too many characters that don’t connect on the show with the other characters. I have no reason to care for Haytchel, what they’ve got has got potential, but when I say I want legacy, just making her related to Liz, a character I do like isn’t going to work. Finn is his own island as well, so why should I care about him, no familial connections, his own island, the show is full of that already. We’ve already got Maxie, Griffin, and resident hair model Nathan West being eaten up in another story with Claudette, another character who needs to disappear, because she’s useless, other than some foil in a relationship quadrangle. I’ve gone through that on bold and the beautiful already, not GH please. I don’t know, I continue to watch, and there are characters and stories I do like, and pray.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Dante…I don’t agree with everything you said but still…good post! I do agree with you regarding Michael Easton. He cares about his work and his reasons for not wanting to play the exact same character on Prospect Park and on GH with stories that didn’t correspond or even take place in the same location would have really stretched the ability to suspend our disbelief. The idea was beyond absurd and he chose respect for his character and fanbase over a paycheck. Glad it’s worked out for him…knock on wood! Hope his character becomes more integral at GH thus securing his job with the budget crunchers.

Jay
Jay

Even though I am glad some OLTL characters were brought to GH, I am so mad and disappointed to this day with their stories as they were written on GH.Michael is right in saying that McBain would never have left his family.Natalie and Liam were everything to him. The garbage they wrote just to facilitate McBam stunk. Why in the world would OLTL fans want to see this? Ruining characters and their integrity is never good. That failed as well as Siam and his pairing with Nina(awkward as hell). I can’t imagine that a pairing with Ava would have lasted either. Ok now Michael is back and even though I loved McBain I am enjoying Finn. Now we’ve got a pairing with Hayden the grifter coming. Yes the actors have chemistry but I will always hope that Michael will be reunited with Melissa Archer somehow some way. Their chemistry is amazing. They could just look at each other and speak volumes with their eyes alone. There are Facebook pages for this pairing that are active and growing. So Michael to answer your question I am not on board with a romance for Hayden and Finn even though I know it is coming. Holding out hope someday for a Michael and Melissa reunion especially now that Bree is also on GH with Roger and Michael.

Jenn
Jenn

Well said

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I always loved John McBain but could take or leave Natalie. I liked McBain with Blair, Evangeline, Kelly…buthave no longing to see them on screen together.

Beth
Beth

Jay, I appreciate your comments.I’m with you 100%

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

Exactly they ARE GOING TO BE REUNITED ON GH I JUST HAVE A VERRRRY STRONG FEELING THAT MELISSA WILL BE PLAYING HER (REIKO.) Their CHEMISTRY IS OFF-THE-CHARTS PHENOMENAL & NEEDS TO BE SHOWCASED ON GH!!!!!!!!

Katia
Katia

Fans have been waiting for so long. I hope TPTB wise up and bring her on board. Fayden are already stale to me.

Sue M.
Sue M.

John McBain

Michelle
Michelle

I am enjoying him as quirky Dr. Finn.

Sigrid :)
Sigrid :)

I love Michael Easton in any role that he portrays, but if I had to pick one, it would be that of Caleb Morley on Port Charles. That’s when he first captured my interest. 🙂

Celia
Celia

Hi, Sigrid,
As you say, Michael Easton is one of a kind actor. No matter what role is thrown at him, he makes it his own, with style and relish. That is the crux of his talent. He has the Midas touch. He can lure you in and keep you there.
I loved the scene with Hayden today, when he showed a bit of jealousy towards her ‘admirer’?
By the way, are you Scandinavian? My aunt’s name is Sigrid. Later.

Sigrid :)
Sigrid :)

Hi Celia!
I am Norwegian 🙂 And I too have an Aunt named Sigrid, who I am named after. Incidentally, my Aunt has a cousin named Cecelia (so close) 😉

Celia
Celia

I knew it!! My paternal great-grandfather was born in Kristiansund, Norway. So, I know that Sigrid is an ‘old’ Norse name according to my grandmother. I am so glad to have another Viking (LOL) on these boards.
While “Cecelia” is an ‘old’ Roman name, it did become popular in the North Sea regions. People just keep misspelling it, wanting to spell ‘Cecilia’ because of the Simon and Garfunkel song, LOL.
What we need is a Nordic character on GH. I mean, so many characters are lined up to enter the stage, why not a Scandinavian? But, NOT the typical stereotype of a giant, buxom woman with pale-blond braids, sporting a horned helmet and a blow horn…..DOUBLE LOL.
Later, Sigrid.

Katia
Katia

Ok have your romance with Hayden but then bring on Melissa Archer to GH as a hot techie doctor that lights Finn’s fire

Maggie
Maggie

Honestly Katia, I would be overjoyed to see this.

Ces
Ces

Love Michael the actor/person. Did we need four characters? No.
I really wish every story didn’t involve a dead or ex wife. Watch, just as he and Hayden hit it off, Reiko will appear alive! Writers lack original storytelling. Hope he still gets scenes with Jane Elliot in the future; loved their playful chemistry.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I really enjoyed him as Calab on Port Charles and absolutely fell in love with his John McBain of One Life to Live. I really miss brooding and stoic John. For Michael’s sake, I hope GH gives him something worthy of his ability.

Everyday my heart aches for our beloved One Life to Live.

Bev
Bev

Me too. Love McBain.

Sandy
Sandy

I find Finn & Hayden together – boring.

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

More than boring they are horrible.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I’m really happy they were able to find a way to bring Michael Easton back to GH. Finn is a much more interesting character than Silas was, and I really like the fact that he’s different than others. I really like the idea of Finn and Hayden, mainly because Hayden isn’t as aggravatingly intolerable when she’s with Finn. One relationship I’d like to see more of is Finn and Carly, they have a fun witty banter similar to his with Tracy.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

It’s bad enough that Carly has her claws in Jason. Rather see Finn have a friendship with Liz, Alexis, etc.

Patrick
Patrick

after all the DeMuccio debacle… it seemed like Ava was back on top… with

Tyler Christopher. it was hurry up and wait… and BAM…. all heck broke loose

all of Maura West… leading men… goon too soon

Nicholas… there was so much promise … I dreamed of this
Paul… had a nice … as it should be… tall leading dashing daring man
Morgan… it was always hot between them in whatever capacity
Dr. Joe… adding him because it would have been like her and Carlos… YUM

what does the best of the best do now ? wait for Valentin .. how about Scotty

for starters…bring back her mother…Delia Ryan

now it’s back to checking in on her daughter at Sonnys…. lame

Violet V Lemm
Violet V Lemm

I don’t care who he plays or on what show, as long as he is on GH right now. Never saw him on OLtL, but fell in love the minute he hit Port Charles. Like him very much with Hayden and also like his friendship with Tracy.

Guest
Guest

Well, I loved John. But John McBain will never be seen again and those days are over especially on GH. As far as Silthought Silass was coma inducing

Lorraine
Lorraine

I too love Michael Eastern, I think Finn and Hayden would be an interesting couple.

Matt
Matt

Enjoying Finn and his quirks but McBain is my favorite . Give me some Easton and Archer any day.

Les
Les

Love Michael Easton and glad he is enjoying Finn. As far as budding romance yes it is coming but not a fan of Hayden. This character has been inserted into all sorts of storylines to get her to stick and now shoehorned into a legacy family. Really? She is always looking out for number one. Even if they try and soften her up with Finn she’ll never be likeable to me.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Cheers for Michael! He really seems to have his head screwed on correctly. He doesn’t like it when the WRITERs decide on a super couple–he says the audience decides that. Kudos! He also didn’t want to bring John McBain to GH because it would do violence to the character. Another bravo! And he is HONEST–a quality often lacking: he says TPTB were trying to woo OLTL viewers. But he–like the viewer–knew it wouldn’t work.

Wow! So nice to hear, and to relate to, a person of integrity! I wish him all good things.

Danielle
Danielle

Love Michael Easton, love his chemistry with Kelly Monaco, not really in to him being paired with Rebecca I liked her with a Tyler and GH threw that away for whatever reason. Michael is hilarious with his expressions and one liners, he and Roger are special that way. I love that he is interacting with a lot more characters finally, that’s a yay! I liked how huge a presence McBain was on GH, he rivaled Sonny’s status, Silas and Finn seem to be less Center Stage than McBain was. I miss that, I’m sort of confused about where his story is headed with the drugs and dying I hope this story moves along or gets juicier it’s going kind of slow, he deserves something meatier IMO. All I know is that if ME leaves GH ever again, I will be less likely to watch. He’s TV heaven.

Chrissy
Chrissy

❤️❤️ Michael and his work but he will always be Mcbain to me!

Jamie
Jamie

Agreed. ❤️McBain and Jolie

Tina
Tina

I have to admit I love Michael and Melissa as well and would welcome a reunion of these actors in any forum.

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

So glad that Michael Easton mentioned that John McBain would never leave Natalie or Liam to be in Port Charles. Ron and Frank tried to destroy the integrity of McBain but at the last moment, they rightly decided that he wouldn’t sleep with Sam and would go home only to be pulled back into the FBI.

Frank, since you and Ron screwed up Jolie, you owe it to OLTL fans to do something about it. Perhaps a dream sequence where John, Natalie and Liam are all together and happily reunited perhaps in a Rodi’s like setting. Perhaps playing pool with Liam and their daughter like in the OLTL dream sequence when John almost died. You don’t even need to mention names so that Prospect Park can’t take action. I need some closure like you did on the Series finale only you destroyed it later on. We need a happy JOLIE ending and as JOLIE fans for ten plus years, we deserve it.

Next, GH is horrible right now and it needs a hero. Make Finn more like Michael McBain ‘s character and bring on Melissa as a doctor on GH. JOLIE is ratings gold and if we can’t have Jolie, give us Finn and Melissa. They could be the next SCRUBS. Sorry but there is no chemistry between Finn and Hayden. Can’t stand her. Bring on the fiery redhead and let there be some sisterly bonding with Claudette.

Frank, you owe us for messing up JOLIE. Please rectify it and soon.

Finally, thank you for the goodbye scenes between Roger and Kristin. That was closure.

Les
Les

Love your post Gentry.❤️❤️❤️

Jamie
Jamie

Hell yes!

Tim
Tim

Bottom line: would love to see Michael and Melissa on our screens again.

Stacie K
Stacie K

Thanks Gentry for your post. I know it’s just a soap but soaps would not exist without fans and fans need to let their opinions be known. Personally, I would love to see your scenario materialize.MA and ME rock.

Patrick
Patrick

“… Bring on the fiery redhead and let there be some sisterly bonding with Claudette”

you have me

Sara
Sara

I would sing the hallelujah chorus in praises!

Celia
Celia

Hmmm, Patrick. Why don’t ‘they’ just bring in Archer as Claudette’s alter ego, Josette. Make it a “fantastically mystical” soap–you know, similar to PASSIONS, where the alter ego takes human form. Everyone will be happy, then?? TRIPLE LOL.

Stella
Stella

Gentry loved your post. Thank you for expressing what so many of us have felt for years. Missing Michael and Melissa more than I can say.

Beth
Beth

Yessssssssss!

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

Thank you all for the wonderful comments. Please keep them coming and perhaps Frank will hear us. I have been watching soaps for 40 years and I have loved a ton of super couples, including Luke and Laura but by far and above all others, JOLIE is my favorite. Their love, loyalty and passion resonate with us. Let’s face it, all woman want a McBain and we love Natalie for keeping him in check.

Please give them a beautiful, happy ending. We love Natty and John and we can’t seem to let go.

Tina
Tina

I would be grateful for Melissa and Michael to be reunited on GH. Obviously not as John and Natalie but Finn and……?

Celia
Celia

Beautiful sentiments, Gentry!!
Sadly, the only way you will see Natty and Joh reunited would be if OLTL were resurrected. I would welcome that with open arms, myself.
But, this is GH, and Hamilton Finn has no idea who Natty is—or, John McBain. LOL.

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

YOU HAVE GOT THAT SOOOO RIGHT ABSOLUTELY NOOOOOOO ZILCH,ZERO CHEMISTRY BETWEEN MICHAEL & BUDIG NONE.& EVEN 1 OR 2 PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT MAY BE WHERE IT IS HEADED & WE ARE NOT SURE ABOUT THAT AT ALL IT WILL BE VERRRRY SHORT-LIVED & THERE IS NO OTHER ACTRESS CURRENTLY ON GH THAT MICHAEL FITS WITH OR CERTAINLY IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR HIM PERIOD NOT LIKE HIS MELISSA IS. WITH THAT BEING SAID THEY’VE GOT TOO BRING MELISSA ON BECAUSE YOU HAVE GOT TO PAIR AN ACTOR WITH AN ACTRESS THAT HAS PROVEN PHENOMENAL, MASSIVE CHEMISTRY & THAT IS MICHAEL & MELISSA PERIOD THERE IS NOTHING MORE TRUER THAN THAT RIGHT THERE! FV YOU OWE IT TO US ME&MA/JOLIE FANS TO RECTIFY THIS & SOON. I JUST KNOW YOU READ ALL THESE COMMENTS SO YOU”LL.KNOW HOW ALL WE THE FANS FEEL & HOW BADLY WE WANT MELISSA ON GH! JUST PLEASSSS MAKE IT HAPPEN & BRING HER ON ASAP!

Timmm
Timmm

I just love that Michael is in such a good place. Actors often times cannot say how they feel in fear of their jobs. He has other interests so I love that he can be candid. He flat out hated Silas as did the fans. He loves Finn and is excited to see where it goes. So am I.

Patrick
Patrick

“…Now that Tyler Christopher’s not coming back that story is on hold until they figure out what to do. ”

Michael Easton has not been on GH for 20 plus years… that’s Tyler Christopher

Dr. Finn… has not even solidified any thing as of yet…. Tyler had the whole cast.

apples and oranges….

OUT WITH THE OLD …. IN with the newbie

another thing that grates at: resident bad girl … trying way to hard … @bitch. Rebecca Buddig. what few scenes I’ve seen … especially when Hayden shows up at Liz door… demanding Liz pay her hospital bills…. LOL…. SERIOUSLY ! this is what the resident bitch grand dames . I say Liz needs to dump her. buck up Liz . STAND.

I’ve tried and posted prop for ME. character(s) . no more….

when the likes of : Morgan / Dr. Joe / Sabrina / Paul / Nicholas are fired / let go.

and we are left with … Finn and Hayden

REAL ?

su0000
su0000

The Finn character had it hard being he is not connected to anyone…
And that is why he should have written as a much strong mysterious intriguing man with hidden secrets..

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

I am a true fan of Michael Easton, and it’s always such a treat when he gifts us with a rare interview! I am LOVING him with Rebecca Budig! It’s always so great when soap vets are paired together — and they actually work, and actually make sense. They are a very attractive couple, and they compliment each other so well. And they’re age appropriate!

As for Finn’s wife — I totally think Renee Elise Goldsberry should come on for a few episodes to play his wife. That would be so incredibly awesome, and such a treat for fans of OLTL who loved them as John and Evangeline! Frank, Jean, and Shelley should really reach out to Renee and make this happen for a few episodes, as told through flashbacks like Michael suggested. That way, we can travel down memory lane with JoVan and still currently enjoy HayFinn! It’s a WIN for everyone!

su0000
su0000

Finn’s wife is D-E-A-D….
And this one/her, is really dead..
No, Finn wife will appear unless the writing can become worse than it now is ..

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

Ummm, I’m not sure what you’re trying to tell me here. I know Finn’s wife is “dead”. My question to you is do YOU know that GH is a daytime soap? By default, in daytime soaps, NO ONE is ever really dead.

You do watch this show right? OR is it that I’m not wanting the “right” person to be his wife who’s supposed to be “dead”? If I wanted someone else to be his “dead” wife, would that have been better for you?

Celia
Celia

Oh, thank goodness, Trophy Lady. I don’t feel so lonesome, now.
Hayden and Finn…..Let’s give them a chance and see what happens. I will be the first to naysay a ‘failed experiment’, LOL.
Yes, an appearance, whether through flashbacks or dreams, sounds informative; in that, we glean a bit into their past life together….what made Reiko so extraordinary…..What sealed their love.
But, I agree with su…..let’s leave her dead. It will spoil Finn’s persona, as we have gotten to know him, sans wife.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

I LOVE Finn and Hayden! I think Michael and Rebecca are great together! Quite honestly, I haven’t seen Michael have this much chemistry with anyone since Renee Elise Goldsberry on OLTL!

That’s precisely why I think it would be great for REG to play “Reiko” in a few flashbacks, just to tell the story of Finn and Reiko’s love. Obviously, REG probably can’t commit to GH for months on end, but I’m sure if Frank, Shelly, and Jean wanted to work with REG for the sake of the storyline, she’d probably be willing to do so. She’s said plenty of times how much she loved working with ME on OLTL.

So, yes, give us Finn/Reiko =JOVAN AGAIN; and then give is Finn/Hayden = HayFinn! Everybody wins!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I think it’s a great idea Trophy Lady and since Michael and Rene are good friends they’d probably love playing a few scenes together!

Olivia
Olivia

I soared GH should bring Renee Elise Goldsberry to play Finn’s dead wife. The two of them were so awesome together, soap opera gold. IMHO, Michael Easton would move mountains to work her again. When she won her Tony award he was so very proud of her.

Olivia
Olivia

I didn’t write soared, I don’t know how that happened. I think I wrote I also think GH should bring Renee Goldsberry to Port Charles to play Finn.’s dead wife.

Finn’s wife can be brought back from the dead or she could be written to be a flashback. The only actress I want to see opposite ME is Renee Goldsberry.

Beth
Beth

I’m a casual fan of Michael Easton. I respect his past work with Melissa Archer, and I think there’s an interesting dynamic with him and Rebecca Budig. But I loved the excerpts from the interview which were posted on this site. Soaps 101, which is disregarded by just about everyone, is to bring an actor on to the show, develop the character, and let the fans figure out who he or she should be paired with. Brian Frons on ABC used to violate this rule all the time, and two soaps were cancelled on his watch. The best pairings happen organically, and are so much fun to watch, IMO. I see it now with Roger Howarth and Rebecca Herbst, and I see it with Michael and Rebecca Budig, but it does need to happen slowly and with some care.

I also applaud Michael’s comments about Prospect Park, and how they didn’t coordinate with ABC Daytime (and IMO, there’s blame there on both sides). The decision to re-launch AMC and OLTL was well-intentioned, but poorly funded and without the support and cooperation Prospect Park needed from ABC and alot of the talent formerly associated with both shows. I don’t fault the actors for not wanting to take a chance on Prospect Park’s wild ride. I just prefer to think it never happened in the first place.

Lastly, I love what he said about how John McBain wouldn’t have left his wife and son behind in Llanview to move to Port Charles and be a cop. I respect him so much for remembering and honoring his character’s history, and knowing that the audience may not want to go on the roller coaster if the story doesn’t make sense after OLTL had ended on ABC. Alot of actors do as their told and don’t mention their legitimate concerns about fan reaction, or don’t even think about how bringing a popular character to another show will impact the fans, but Michael realized this might be a tough sell, and IMO, he was right. I respect an actor who has common sense and who knows and values his character’s history, and understands how the fans would probably react.

Celia
Celia

Best comment on this site, Beth. Thank you!!!!
Yes, the relationship between Finn and Hayden should be cultivated; take its time. And, I think it is being well-paced, thus far.
I respect you for respecting actors with common sense and for your own common sense. Admirable quality and post, Beth.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

Letting the fans figure out who the character should be with — that’s EXACTLY how John and Evangeline organically happened on OLTL! They weren’t brought on for each other, and were both with other people. BUT when they started having scenes together — boy, did ME and REG light up the show! It became so OBVIOUS that these two loved working together, and that their characters made so much sense together! Michael Malone was a GENIUS for bringing John and Evangeline to life!

Celia
Celia

Yes, Trophy Lady. This is exactly as I see the Finn/Hayden relationship developing.
There was an instant affinity, per se. Not physical, not necessarily sexual; but whatever attracted them together slowly turned into something more.
You described John’s and Evangeline’s “coming together” to the letter.
I see the same ‘pattern’ unfolding with Hayden and Finn. Love the anticipation. LOL.

Olivia
Olivia

Although I don’t mind Hayden and Finn as a couple, they’re ok, not earth shattering. However, I would love it if Renee Goldsberry would come to Port Charles as Finn’s dead wife. The writers can bring her back from the dead or write her as a flashback fantasy, either way it would be great.

Olivia
Olivia

I think ME and REG would explode on the screen and out shine everyone else, just like they did on OLTL.

Nikki
Nikki

Yes Rebecca Budig is a good actress. Not a fan of her character . Really don’t like that she blames everyone else for her problems. Ok so she is part of the Webber family, so now what? Are they going to have her running GH next? They’ve tried too hard to make her fit just like another fav of mine, Nina:(((

Maggie
Maggie

Agreed. Good actress not liking her character.

Celia
Celia

Very, very true, Nikki. For this reason, I hope the Hayden character does not go downhill, any more than it already has.
But, sometimes we form an opinion and there is no way to erase that image from our heads.
This is why I find it so hard to dislike both Nina, as you say, and Hayden, albeit I know they are not the ‘ultimate’ soap- favorite ‘belles’.
By the same token, Liz, as I keep saying, is no saint….she’s a criminal. But, weirdly enough; I love her. Ahhh, the human brain is a complex machine. LOL.

Pete
Pete

Agree with Nikki. Nina and Hayden will never be likeable to me. Again, nothing against these actors.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

As Dorothy in the WIZARD OF OZ said to the scarecrow, “I think I’ll miss you most of all…”

That’s how I felt about John McBain when the little town of Llanview packed up and took its last bow. I was so elated to hear McBain, via Michael Easton, had survived the destruction and would be surfacing in my other go-to town, Port Charles.

Though McBain has sadly left the building…again…it doesn’t damper my feeling about Michael Easton. Exquisite actor/man. I don’t care how many characters they have to go through to find a match as long as he saunters across my screen.

dani
dani

many fans say FV loves MA and she is one of his favorites..if this was true she would be on GH right now..MA and ME were a very popular pairing on OL and as long as I watched they were pretty much a main story every sweeps but for some reason FV will not bring her on…..I see fans asking for her to be on all the time but I never saw many asking for RB,BW or MS to be on..with that being said I would love for her to be on GH ..she pretty much had chemistry with any man on OL and I think the same would be true oh GH.

Celia
Celia

Hi dani,
You just made me pause, for a minute. Is it possible that Michael Easton and Melissa Archer did not get along? Is it possible that they put on a good face? It does happen…ALL THE TIME. I could name a few, who allegedly, did not like each other.
Perhaps, that’s the reason FV won’t bring them together; or on the same show?

dani
dani

no I don’t think it is that..I think FV just has his favorites and sadly she is not one of them..

Olivia
Olivia

ME and MA were cast members, not best friends. I remember when OLTL ended the cast picture taken they weren’t together like the other couples. Also they took no pictures together at the cast party, although both of them took pictures with other cast members. My observations probably mean nothing, but it’s odd they haven’t hired MA.

Celia
Celia

@Olivia.
Hi, Olivia,
Thank you for responding. Now, I am one of those people who sincerely loves Melissa Archer; and I truly appreciated her and Easton as a couple….they did make the perfect couple.
But to ‘condemn’ Rebecca Budig, at every possible turn because she is made out to be the interloper between Melissa and Michael is ridiculous.
LOL. Olivia, I ‘resent’, for lack of a better word, TPTB many, many times, but , why rush to judgment? It could very well be Melissa, herself, did not want to join the GH cast. We do not know.
Also, look what happend to Melissa at DOOL. That was shameful….that stupid elephant storyline was as bad as Catherine Chancellor’s music box.
Later, Olivia.

Olivia
Olivia

Hi Celia,
Sometimes soap fans confuse fantasy and reality. ME, MA, and RB are actors, hired to to play roles, characters. There’s been plenty of fans asking for MA, I wonder if FV will bring her to GH.
I know MA and ME were a popular couple on OLTL, but I don’t want to see the crazy couple wars on GH, I’d much rather see a temporary appearance by Renee Goldsberry playing Finns dead wife,either as a fantasy or flashback storyline.

Pete
Pete

I agree Dani. Love her as well. Maybe later. I agree with Gentry’s post above. Make her a new doctor. She is a tech wiz, gorgeous and funny. The story would write itself.

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

THAT IS SOOOO NOT TRUE MICHAEL & MELISSA BOTH HAVE SAID THAT THEY HAVE A VERRRRY SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP & MELISSA SAID IN AN INTERVIEW ONCE ABOUT HOW MUCH SHE LOVED WORKING WITH MICHAEL & HOW IT WAS SOOOO PERSONAL TO TALK ABOUT IT & VICE VERSA!!! THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVE EACH & ARE THE BEST OF FRIENDS VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP & LOVED WORKING WITH EACH OTHER. Kk

Kathryn63
Kathryn63

I believe FV WILL BRING HER on at some point hopefully sooner rather than later but I will take later either way just bring her on FV.

Stacey
Stacey

Exactly Kathryn. Hoping for the same.

Jenn
Jenn

I agree with Pete. I’m holding out hope we’ll see her later. Hayden story first then Melissa.

Steph
Steph

Dani. Don’t fret. As they say, “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.” Keep the faith!

Judith
Judith

My favorite character of Michael Easton’s will always be Stephen Clay the vampire on Port Charles. Loved that show and loved him in it.

Christy
Christy

I enjoy him no matter which character he is. Just glad he’s back on gh! I am enjoyoing his relationship with Tracy and Hayden, but not romatically with Hayden…. nor Tracy, 🙂 just like tge threesome they seem to have going. I think if they hook him up with Hayden theyll have less with Tracy, and I enjoy his scenes with Tracy more so.

Maria
Maria

Agreed, especially after this past Wednesday’s scenes. Doing what Hayden did to someone who had passed out even though he was a jerk was awful. I don’t find it cute or clever at all. It certainly doesn’t make me want her with Finn. Let’s assume it was Finn and Hayden was passed out and he touched her inappropriately and placed a condom by her to make her think they had sex. Isn’t that what Franco did to Sam? Wouldn’t that be assault? Sure it would. I know the actress was just doing her job but let me tell you, she is not scoring points with me.

Maria
Maria

I meant the character.

Christy
Christy

No. Its not assault. Making some one think something happened that didn’t is not assault. Has to be the other way around… Like being drugged, taken advantage of, and then making it look like nothing happened when something actually did, that would be assault.

But that was typical old Hayden. Lying for money. Scamming that guy, who she didn’t even have time to see if he was just scamming her telling her he had all that grant money. I don’t think he had any intention yo give her money at all let alone for one night sex.

I was surprised Flint went along with her.

Rose
Rose

Maria…I agree with you about Hayden and the condom. If it was to be clever and cute, it really put me off. I’ve been okay with a romance between Hayden and Finn, but I haven’t liked the way they have been are setting up their “budding” romance ever since she helped him with his injection of his magic cure when he was in jail. Maybe it’s just me but I find these things distasteful.

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Cassandra James Set To Appear in Second Season Of GH Alum Vinessa Antoine’s ‘Diggstown’

In another exciting bit of casting on the Canadian drama series, Diggstown, General Hospital’s Cassandra James (Dr, Terry Randolph) will soon be seen alongside former GH star, Vinessa Antoine in the second season of the CBC series.

Cassandra first announced the news on her Twitter, expressing “Surprise! “Shooting DIGGSTOWN with my GH sister Vinessa Antoine.”

Antoine responded in kind sharing a photo fo the two together on the set of the show relating: “Just a couple of gals making history.  First black person to lead a dramatic show in Canada and first trans woman on a soap together. Wow! Welcome, sister. So proud to have you here.”

On GH, Vinessa exited her role of Jordan Ashford back in September of 2018, and was later replaced by Briana Nicole Henry, after making Canadian TV history when she landed the lead role of Marcie Diggs on Diggstown.  James first came onto the Port Charles canvas as Liz’s childhood friend, back in June of 2018.

Now shooting Diggstown’s second season, no details yet on what role Cassandra will play, or when her episode will air, but MFTV will keep you posted when that Intel becomes available for Canadian fans, and how U.S. fans may be able to view it.

So, what do you think of Cassandra and Vinessa appearing together on Diggstown? Would you like to see more of Cassandra on GH? Missing Vinessa Antoine? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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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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