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Good Afternoon America Continues To Bring In Abysmal Ratings! Losing One-Half of OLTL's Former Audience in Key Demo!

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When the last regime tinkered with the ABC Daytime line-up by wiping Llanview and One Life to Live off the television map, they tried first to bring viewers the ill-fated, The Revolution.  When that did not fly and to get out of that flop, the network put on in its place the nine-week summer replacement series, Good Afternoon America, the spin off of the highly successful and now top rated morning program, Good Morning America (first time in 17 years)!

However, GAA is also performing extremely bad.  Take a look at the numbers courtesy of TV Media Insight, which indicates that week three of the series, ” dipped to 1.70 million viewers and continues to lose about one-half of the year-ago One Life to Live audience, according to the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen.”

Here are some key numbers in key demos with comparison between GAA and OLTL with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses, so you can  follow the big picture!  Total Viewers:  Good Afternoon America (ABC): 1.70 (-39 from One Life to Live) Women 25-54: Good Afternoon America (ABC): 404,000 (-50 from One Life to Live)  Women 18-49:  Good Afternoon America (ABC): 293,000 (-57 from One Life to Live)  Women 18-34:   Good Afternoon America (ABC): 106,000 (-50 One Life to Live)

How do you feel after looking at these numbers?  Clearly, GAA looks to not have a chance to continue in any form, which is good news for General Hospital.  And from all reports, GH has been given the nod to continue on with the network firmly behind it through its 50th Anniversary.

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With that said, this is no consolation for One Life to Live fans, who suffered the fate of watching their favorite characters and stories being taken off the air only to be  replaced with a lifestyle/makeover series and a afternoon news entertainment program that did not capture America’s hearts.   Weigh-in!

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Vickie
Vickie

LOL!!

susan M.
susan M.

I knew they would fail…Our soaps and that’s it..

nancy
nancy

music to my ears. They deserve to fail with every show they launch in the afternoon that’s not a soap!!

susan M.
susan M.

I AGREE TOTALLY WITH YOU (Nancy)………………………..

Jane
Jane

ABC made a huge mistake cancelling OLTL. I will never watch anything in the OLTL TIMESLOT. In fact, my tv is not tuned to ABC daytime or primetime. My cable company could take ABC off their lineup and I wouldn’t care. Same goes for Disney channels.

Ruby
Ruby

@Jane, we’ve all learned that lesson already. Don’t you miss T.V in the late 90’s and early 2000’s?

MikeT
MikeT

ABC is dead to me except for General Hospital !!

Mike
Mike

Bring back OLTL and all will be well with the world….

Susan M.
Susan M.

Diito!!!

Liz
Liz

AMC and OLTL!
That is daytime TV at it’s BEST

Susan
Susan

ABCD’s replacement shows offer no interest for me. ABC should have stuck with soaps.

Susan M.
Susan M.

To one Susan to another I agree with you …

Iakovos
Iakovos

I do like Josh and Lara very much, but I love my ONE LIFE TO LIVE… all my daytime dramas. My prayer is for GENERAL HOSPITAL to own the 2 PM hour over THE TALK and syndicated fare (the NBC station here airs THE DOCTORS in the time period). ABC took a gamble and it failed. no show of that ilk will succeed, at least in the sort term. ABC’s offerings are too generic, too tame, too lowest common denominator. I’d accept a revival of PYRAMID or CARD SHARKS over CHEW, REVOL-eeeew-TION, or GAA. Maybe a 30-minute serial will come to roost on the Alphabet again one day. We can hope.

rose
rose

No revivals, please!!! I also think they’d like to see GH take audience away from ‘The Talk” since it competes with “The View” which is also losing ratings.

Heather
Heather

I hope that The Talk falls flat on its nose when GH moves at 2pm this September and that we never hear from it again. It was a huge mistake from CBS to bring it in the first place.

I didn’t watched ATWT. But I support the genre and The Talk deserve to die like ABC’s idiotic replacement shows.

Christine
Christine

I just do not understand what kind of idiots ABC thinks we are!

I mean the promos for GAA were horrible not to mention the “talent” they had in them. It is funny because what they thought would be selling points for this show were actually what made me not want to tune in even more (and believe me I already had enough reasons).

And you know another thing, if according to ABC and the Nielsens, they say that we, the soap fans, do not matter, then obviously NO ONE else cares for their lousy programming either! Just look at your numbers, ABC. It isn’t just us soap fans that hate your new shows – everyone else does too. 🙂

Torrey
Torrey

Exactly! I remember them saying how soap fans weren’t home during the day to keep up with their shows, so the numbers have dropped….well, it looks like no one is home to watch these horrible replacement shows. And after reading that article where one of the Execs said that there are no plans to revive AMC or OLTL, that only fuels the fire for soap fans to turn against anything that ABC chooses to air in those time slots. I can’t wait to see how big of a failure Katie Couric’s new show will be….LOL

Susan M.
Susan M.

Soap fans are a good chunk of the nielsens ratings ….Abc wants to admitt to it o9r not….

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

Anything they put on Daytime Network television except for soaps will fail!!!!

Susan M.
Susan M.

CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with you 100%

leigh
leigh

This makes me so happy.

Christy
Christy

I laughed when I read this too!

yes, it’s the little things that make us soap fans happy… like little ratings for replacement shows!

you know if they want a cheap show that we would like, replay old AMC, OLTL, Edge of Night, even Dark Shadows, shows from the past – heck they’ve got over 40 years of shows to use. I’d love seeing shows from way back when – even the old commercials too! Back to the times when Mrs Olson invited you in for some good ole Folgers coffee, or when Marge stuck your finger nails in Palmolive, or when a little dab of Dippity would do ya! 🙂

toscanti
toscanti

YAY!!!!!!!! ABC allowed Brian Frons the hack to destroy their daytime line-up. That they will pay for for a long time to come. LMAO

MK
MK

Revolution and GAA (Plus Katie) will fail quicker then the forgotten game show that replaced SFT in 1987.

Linda
Linda

Too bad ABCD doesn’t have the cajones to admit they made a huge mistake cancelling AMC and OLTL. If the were smart they would reinstate AMC and OLTL, keep GH @ 3pm and air the Oprah Wannabe @ 4p. ABCD created this mess so either fix it or live with it!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I miss OLTL, but I am happy for GH. Still boycotting all ABC/D programming except GH and PLL on ABC Family.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I am so happy these replacement shows are failing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake-up ABC & smell the roses !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They don’t know what they are doing at all………. They won’e admitt to their mistakes to do with OLTL & AMC ……OLTL’s ratings are still better than GAA will ever be……What does this tell you??????? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm ……………………………………. And better than the cancelled Revolution & The Chew which is onn the chopping block… ABC is CLUELESS IN SEATTLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such idiots……………..I hope all these repacement shows continue to flop ..It will be one flop after another…What they are doing isn’t working they are on the wrong tack as usual… ABC WE WANT OUR SOAPS… Do they understand english..WANT OUR STORIES ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give us what we want or you will continue to fail misreably…

susan M.
susan M.

It’s Our SOAPS Or NOTHING abc…………..

Christina
Christina

Bring on Katie. I don’t intend to be looking at those pearly whites.

susan M.
susan M.

She is going to be canceled in no time….It’s happen before , why not again……..She will NEVER LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

terri
terri

It sadly shows what should still be on our beloved OLTL. People will always want fantasy and heartwarming drama OLTL you are sorely missed.

danicajolie
danicajolie

I totally agree with you. I love the OLTL characters and especially Todd being on GH, but I still miss OLTL terribly.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with EVERYTHING you said about OLTL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still miss it TOO!!! It was ONE OF A KIND (OLTL)……………………I like a heart-warming drama like OLTL was…

Robert
Robert

Just wait for the rights to AMC and OLTL revert back to ABC, they will have no other choice to combine the two shows or pick on and put back on the air because nothing they try will work. Period!!!

Katie’s show will flop, sorry Katie you are no Oprah!

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dee
dee

i agree with you too, Katie rating at the beginning may be high enough, just for people to see what her show is about, but just like gman and anyother other crappy talk show they try to put on, we abc fans will not support them, imo hands down only the soaps, it had to be a reason why soaps lasted sooo long, hate abc sometimes, keep loosing all the money on puttinf subpar reallity crap on grrr do they not get it, unbelievable!

BarbJ
BarbJ

One word……HA!!!!!!

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

Bring back OLTL, don’t you see the mistake you all made.

rose
rose

With all of the bad press, angry fans and the drop in ratings for both ABC, because they cancelled AMC and OLTL, and NBC/Today Show for the firing of Ann Curry, ABC could make a big PR coup by bringing back at least one, if not both soaps to the afternoon. They are not getting the demos and audience numbers they wanted anyway. And since Americans and soap lovers love a great redemption, forgiveness story, this could be a perfect , save-face one. I’m not saying there can’t be some tweaks for our shows, just definitely not writers and good story lines.

Johanna
Johanna

from your lips to GOD’s ears

susan M.
susan M.

If I had to choose in bringing back at least one soap, for me I would choose hands down for ONE LIFE TO LIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rose
rose

The ret of the rating’s story…”The news remained grim for week three of last-place ABC daytime entry Good Afternoon America, which dipped to 1.70 million viewers and continues to lose about one-half of the year-ago One Life to Live audience, according to the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen. It will be interesting to see what happens when veteran General Hospital steps into the 2 p.m. ET hour this fall. Elsewhere, The View on ABC is down but still tops; second-place The Talk on CBS was close to year-ago levels; and third-place The Chew on ABC is no All My Children.”

Heather
Heather

Barely doing better than The Revolution. If I was Lara Spence or Josh Elliot, I’d hide away in shame. These numbers are very embarrassing and there’s nothing to be proud of.

ABC may be getting away with The Chew. But the 2pm timeslot is now a complete laughable joke. First The Revolution and now Good Afternoon America. OLTL didn’t deserve to die for all of this masquerade.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I have mixed feelings when I read about news like this. I’m thrilled that any replacement show ABC/D tries in their daytime schedule is failing miserably, but still so sad because I miss AMC and OLTL so much! What a waste of time and effort. They should have just left our shows alone!

dee
dee

i totally agree, abc is soooo bad now, i am so glad that everything is failing on abc , they are loosing a ton of money,what a shame lol. I miss amc with Tad,jake, david and etc, it is extremely sad what abc did!

Johanna
Johanna

We the fans are caught in a catch 22, we want all but #OLTL to fail in the time slot but we also want #GH to suceed and stick around. Boy does ABC suck!!!

Liz
Liz

Love Lara and Josh they are so great and fun! BUT daytime belongs to soaps. I want AMC and OLTL back but how do you bring them back in tacked. AMC without Susan Lucci I don’t think will succeed. If by a long shot it did, it would take a lot of time. Will audience hang in? I may but others? Will ABC hang in with it? How many of the cast would be willing and available to come back? Probably enough. Guess I want it to be like it was. Susan Lucci to be a loss. They need to fire EP, what a MAJOR mstake. He should have been gone already. OLTL- for decades they have had so many recasts, short term characters in and out, fans accept this and show survived. They have done a pretty good job with casting and so they stand a better chance of succeeding right away if brought back. If Erika Slezak did not come back it would not have the impact that Susan Lucci not returning would. OLTL has a strong cast on its own. I miss my soaps!

david
david

Good news, but let this be the year The Chew crashes and is canceled. Soaps or nothing in the afternoon.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree about this is the year The Chew crashes & is canceled once and for all !!!!! Yes, SOAPS OR NOTHING IN THE AFTERNOON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caroldee
Caroldee

I hope someday someone SMART will figure out that OLTL was one of the best shows on daytime..cancelling that was a BIG BIG mistake.. GH..yeah I watch it all the time..it’s no OLTL but it is DAYTIME Soap and that’s what we watch.

susan M.
susan M.

Cancel GAA asap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And any other show abc replaces our beloved soaps with……………………..

Sue
Sue

Soaps? Really? What intelligent human being would admit to that. The filming sucks, the writing sucks, the lighting sucks, the sound quality sucks. Good resume for the crew, but other than that????

Jex
Jex

R u kidding me??!! I watched Today with Hoda and KL at same time slot (mtn time) and I haven’t watched that since – couldn’t stand Revolution – please don’t cancel GAA !! It’s fun & refreshing !! Love it.

Jim
Jim

I am a long time OLTL fan, but I LIKE GAA.

Keep GAA on the air and CANCEL Katie ASAP!

Now criticize me.

Johanna
Johanna

I wish ABC/D would just admit they made a mistake and bring OLTL back. OLTL out performs the “Spew” also so that one should go away too! leaving room for both OLTL/GH then when “Katie” does not perform the way it should could slide AMC back in! Wake up PTB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jocelyne
Jocelyne

Night time soaps are coming back such as Dallas….bring back at least one daytime soap!

judy
judy

I say take all the soaps off. None of them have anything to do with real life. Tired of all the same old story lines. I think the soap watchers need to get a real life…I was once a soaper myself, but you do get tired of who is sleeping with who, who killed who , who has forgotten who they are, who is having who s baby , over and over and over again.. Time to move on people…..

Lisa
Lisa

Besides oltl….what is going on with the news….what they are doing is more like reading a tabloid at the grocery store line. They brought George on and ruined his reputation for telling the news….no wonder they lost Sam Champion… And replaced him with a mouse dressed like she’s going on a hot date everyday. They might be able to save Josh if they get rid of ( always joking) Laura….thank goodness Robin is there or we would be watching entertainment tonight. Shame on you Sinclair broadcasting… Its supposed to be the news after all. P.S. never watching again.

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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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