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Is Jeff Webber Coming Back To GH? If So, Who Should Play The Part?

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There is much speculation, now more than ever, that General Hospital is bringing Dr. Jeff Webber (the role made famous by Richard Dean Anderson) back to the canvas after decades!

With the storyline heating that it has been revealed that Jeff had an extramarital affair, and is the father to Hayden (Rebecca Budig) although he doesn’t know it, coupled with the fact that his daughter Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) will soon find out she has a half-sister, it seems like the perfect time to bring him back to Port Charles.

Now according to SOD, GH has sent out a casting call with the following requirements that sounds much like it could be a mature Dr. Webber.  The description says  “actor 50’s-early 60’s,  caucasian, handsome, dynamic, charismatic for a “major recurring role”’.

Richard Dean Anderson originated the role and played it from 1976-1981.  Andwerson later went on to star on primetime’s original MacGyver series.

So, who would like to see play the role of Jeff Webber?  Put your casting director hats on and send us your picks in the comment section below!

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

Robert Newman would make a good Jeff!!!

BTripp
BTripp

Robert Newman would be a top pick of mine. My other top pick is John Wesley Shipp. He was great back in the day on Guiding Light and most recently as the evil Eddie Ford on OLTL. He’s currently on The Flash on CW so not sure he’s available. Also Walt Wiley would be great.

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

John would be a good Raymond Berlin-Hayden’s crooked daddy!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

He was killed off on The Flash.

Melissa
Melissa

You know it’s probably going to be Wiley because of the AMC connection with RB. But I didn’t like the way he delivered lines! Still holding out for RDA, though unlikely to happen!

jlh
jlh

I don’t know if John will be in the upcoming season of THE FLASH but his Earth 2 character Jay (the Flash) Garrick is alive and running.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

@jlh…John Wesley played the father of Flash.

Doreen m
Doreen m

I would love it to be Richard Dean Anderson!!

Toni Kelly
Toni Kelly

Grant Aleksander or Walt Willey.

Toni Kelly
Toni Kelly

One more idea – how about casting Bob Woods as Raymond Berlin!!!

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

Those are good choices especially Walt…

nancy
nancy

Yessssss Walt Willey

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Clint Ritchie from OLTL. I love Bob Woods, but I think Clint has more of a presence that would resemble what we saw in Jeff Weber’s character. Walt Willey could also play the role well.

Melissa
Melissa

Oooh. Like the idea of GA.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Clint Richie passed aesy in 2009

Joe
Joe

Clint Richie died years ago. Nice thought to have him as Jeff though.

Celia
Celia

Yes, Toni….Walt would fit right in as Hayden’s daddy. Anna Stuart should have been hired to play Naomi, as well. All back together again.

Robyn
Robyn

Clint Ritchie is deceased.

Mablemae
Mablemae

Clint Richie passed away several years ago.

AnonTVAddict
AnonTVAddict

Hey Max — you know Clint Richie passed away several years ago, right?

gloria
gloria

Clint Ritchie died several years ago I am sorry to tell you. He would be great though-I’d rather see him as Raymond Berlin & see Bob Woods as Jeff Webber. I couldn’t really take Walt seriously for some reason. He doesn’t look right for either part.

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Walt Willey would be great. He played Rebecca Budig’s (Hayden’s) father on All My Children. But Max Dadee, Clint Ritchie passed away back in 2009. He was awesome as Clint on OLTL though!

Wil
Wil

Grant Aleks an de r. Yes!!!

Lana
Lana

That is a good suggestion! He would be great!

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

Maybe they are casting Haydens father?-then i say Ron Raines for that role!!!

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

or Ronn Moss as Jeff…

Chaz
Chaz

Good lord….

kmayne
kmayne

Pass on Moss

Melissa
Melissa

Nooooo!

Suzanne
Suzanne

Eeeeeeewwww to Ronn Moss. Also, I thought Clint Ritchie was dead. I say Walt or Michael E. Knight

Shay
Shay

@jimh….I know people love to pick on Ronn Moss and his lack of acting chops, but in terms of possessing the right age, look and general demeanor, I think he could be the perfect person to portray Jeff, especially if this is not a long-lasting role and just a quick and dirty appearance to give current GH-ers a feeling for the character and his history.

Patrick
Patrick

Robert Newman has that surefire intensity and can real it in when it’s all about family

Melissa
Melissa

Wouldn’t mind RN.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Patrick.

April BERINDE
April BERINDE

What about the original Jeff Webber? Richard Dean Anderson!

Vicki
Vicki

They should try for RDA but if not Newman would be great. What about Larry Bryggman from ATWT or Michael Knight? I know he was on Y & R but he would be a great actor .

Ces
Ces

RDA or no one. Figures everyone wants a recast with some ex AMC or OLTL actor. Yawn.

Jim
Jim

I would love to see Richard Dean Anderson reprise the of Dr. Jeff Weber

Judith
Judith

I agree totally! Bring back Richard Dean Anderson. It would be so good to see him reprise his role. It would be like old times again.. I think viewers like me who grew up watching GH would appreciate seeing the original actor in the role.

Krista M. Ramirez
Krista M. Ramirez

I agree!!!!!

Dylan
Dylan

Are Kale Browne or David Forsyth available? Jerry VerDorn?

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

Jerry would be a good Raymond Berlin if they have to introduce him…

JM
JM

Richard Dean Anderson bring him back he was a awesome actor.

Carly J.
Carly J.

Bradley Cole would be great in the part. He played Richard Winslow and Jeffrey O’Neill on GUIDING LIGHT and also had parts on All My Children and General Hospital years ago.

Sue vandivory
Sue vandivory

Richard Dean Anderson (only) choice

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

My vote goes out to Ron Raines if we can’t have RDA back in the part.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I know he is New York but who says he can’t rack up frequent flyer miles?

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

i like to see him as Haydens father…

Sharon
Sharon

There IS only ONE Jeff Webber – Richard Dean Anderson! Surely he can come back for this storyline. Imagine the ratings! And Heather would have a royal fit!!

Sue M.
Sue M.

I agree (Richard Dean Anderson)!

Donna
Donna

Richard Dean Anderson

Kari
Kari

I would love to RDA reprise his role on GH but if not him then Bob Woods or MEK as Jeff Webber would be awesome.

Wilda Kerney
Wilda Kerney

Richard Dean Anderson

Harry
Harry

Yes, I wonder if he was asked to come back and turned down the offer?
If he cannot come back, I vote for Michael Knight–he’s the right age and he’s a terrific actor.

Melissa
Melissa

Always liked MK!

Timmm
Timmm

Harry, you are a genius, great choice! They wasted him on Y&R!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree Harry!

Krista M. Ramirez
Krista M. Ramirez

Either him or John McCook

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Yes. But he MUST rekindle his romance with Heather!!!!

More crazy Heather, please!!!

Celia
Celia

Yes!!!! More Heather.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I agree. I think it’s time Heather got a breath of fresh air so to speak

Krista M. Ramirez
Krista M. Ramirez

Maybe Susan Pratt could come back – at least for a little visit.

davlestev1
davlestev1

There is only one you in the real world.. In the soap world.. Anybody can play you.. And sometimes better than you play yourself.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Word, Daviestev1.

How about Steve Buschemi in a recast? Those teeth scream “Daytime!”

Peggy Bernard
Peggy Bernard

Absolutely, go with the original!! Love RDA!

Krista M. Ramirez
Krista M. Ramirez

I wish he would come back! But it will probably never happen.

SZima
SZima

Richard Dean Anderson hasn’t had an acting job since 2013 (according to IMDb), and I think that was just a guest star role, so I would think he would be happy to come back to GH…at least short term!

JD
JD

Drake Hogestyn

Celia
Celia

Drake???? Noooooo…….LOL.

Claudio
Claudio

No to Drake lol, he has a job on Days. I want Grant Alexander ex Phillip Guiding Light. Cast liz mother with Anna Stuart, Robin Strasser or Louise Sorel ex Vivian Days. Man I miss my madam on Days. Lol.

Claudio
Claudio

Hi Celia, I hope your ear infection is gone. I hope you feel better my friend.

Celia
Celia

@Claudio.
Thank you, Claudio.
Yes, my friend, I am fine.
Yes, Claudio….let’s leave Drake nicely tucked-in at Days. Lol. Later.

James
James

Sean Christian from Days ??

Celia
Celia

@James.
Hi, James,
Shawn is a good candidate; but, again, it’s the right-age thing. TPTB are being very specific about that.
I love Shawn..but he looks younger than his 50 years. It works for many actors/characters…..so, who knows, right?

caroldee
caroldee

WOW..glad to see that they are thinking of bringing him in since this whole twins separated deal has come up. Some of us remember the original but I think enough time has gone by that we will accept a new actor easily. WHY NOT use some of the actors from OLTL . TUC Watkins or Dan Gauthier.. would be good.

aria
aria

they are not twins, they just share a daddy in common.

Stephanie
Stephanie

They are way too young. Neither is in their early 60’s.

Liz
Liz

Tuc & Dan are both too young. I don’t know why they’re casting late fifties/early sixties. Jeff Webber is Monica’s age. It’s going to be awkward if he’s a lot younger than her. They will have to give the fans some scenes with the two of them. Michael E Knight is too young as well.

Melissa
Melissa

True enough.

Celia
Celia

Yes, true, Liz. But, does it really matter? LOL, I’ve given up. TPTB don’t even look at the age difference. Look at Gina Tognoni and Michael Graziadei ( Y&R’s Phyllis and Daniel)…… Mother and son, six years apart).

caroldee
caroldee

I think Michael Knight could pull it off just fine. JMO..

Suzanne
Suzanne

Please stop the OLTL insanity. I say Walt or MK!

Kim
Kim

Michael Knight would be a fun addition to GH

Ellen M Goodin
Ellen M Goodin

I agree!!

Guest
Guest

Richard Dean Anderson ONLY!!! Bring back Scott Reeves too – he was perfectly cast as his son – Steve [ Steven Lars] Webber – They LOOK so much like father/ son. Time he was paroled on good behavior! Olivia needs her man back! And GH needs Docs WE KNOW!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I “heart” Scott Reeves. Hated when Steven Lars was written out. Legacy character, folks! So much potential here.

As for Jeff Webber… I would like someone like David Forsyth or his clone. Need boyish despite the age. Need a little rakish. And sexy!

Peggy Bernard
Peggy Bernard

Agree 100%

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Scott Reevs is living in Nasville and still on Nashville…unless they wrote him out. Didn’t have a big part.

Timmm
Timmm

I dont see why a casting call even went out. Why not RDA? Same with Paul Hornsby. I love Richard Burgi BUT why wasnt Paul Satterfield rehired to play Paul Hornsby? Do the right thing this time and bring back the original actor!

Brian
Brian

Richard Burgi is better than Paul Satterfield ever was as Paul Hornsby. Sometimes a change is for the better.

Timmm
Timmm

I disagree. Paul was a better Paul. Richard is a first class actor who should have been casted as Raymond Berlin!

AJ
AJ

Paul Satterfield doesn’t act anymore. I had read that he gave his blessing to the recast (not that his blessing really mattered!!)

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

He may still be grieving the death (murder!) of his mother Priscilla Coolidge.
My sympathies to him. Maybe he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight anymore.

Liz
Liz

Paul Satterfield is no longer acting. I would love it if he was but he isn’t.

Timmm
Timmm

I didnt know he doesnt act anymore. When Burgi was brought on and shot Sonny, on a different website Paul Satterfield chimed in. Was it him? I dont know BUT he showed a lot of disappointment on how they were writing Paul! I agree.

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

Richard Bekins

Michael
Michael

OMG- I used to LOVE him as Jamie Frame on AW so many years ago. He still acts- I’ve seen him in NY plays and in small film roles. He was so good back in the day- he’d be great on GH!

Keith
Keith

Clayton Norcross would be good.

Rob
Rob

Why not Richard Dean Anderson?

Lori
Lori

I would like to see Richard Desn Anderson back but if not then Joe Lando or Steven Culp.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Love Joe Lando!

DIANNE
DIANNE

I,D LOVE 2 SEE RDA RETURN HOWEVER, THAT SEEMS ULIKELY!! MICHAEL KNIGHT IS AVAILABLE SINCE HE LEFT HIS ROLE ON THE Y&R ISN’T HE? I THINK THAT’S HIS NAME, HE PLAYED TAD MARTIN ON AMC!!

curacaoman
curacaoman

David Forsythe

jaybird369
jaybird369

DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!

Carolina
Carolina

Richard Dean Anderson! He IS in his 60s and he would be a great Jeff Webber!

Sue M.
Sue M.

The original Jeff Webber

Claudio
Claudio

Grant Alexander ex Philip Spaulding Guiding Light, would be terrific in the role of Jeff.

Hayjay
Hayjay

Agree. Wish RDA would come back but think Grant would be a good substitute. J Eddie Peck (ex Cole, YR) would be good if he’s not too young. What about Lucy’s real life husband Wayne Northrop (ex Roman, Days)?

Dylan
Dylan

Lol. Grant Aleksander is NOT in the same age league as Leslie charleson. Far too young! And far too young to be Elizabeth’s father. Elizabeth, despite her youthful glow is pushing 40.

clh
clh

Richard Dean Anderson…..just sayin

Sue M.
Sue M.

Totally agree!

Susan
Susan

Richard Dean Anderson, got really fat, and looks terrible. They are looking for someone, who is sexy and carasmatic. He does not look like that anymore, he is unrecognized able, these days, so it can’t be Richard Dean Anderson. I think that, Jerry Von deem, would be great. I also like Michael E Knight, he’s gorgeous, but I think, he’s too young

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I agree Susan. I looked up recent pics of Richard. They said they’re casting 50s to 60s so Michael Knight would be good…think he’s in his 50s. Love Jerry…and Bob Woods too.

Angel
Angel

If you are going to bring back Jeff Webber- than bring back Jeff ( Richard Dean Anderson). Why are you fooling with recasting Legacy characters- especially since they are still alive.
By the way Jeff is 66 years old –not 50’s.
And Jeff Webber would never cheat on his wife to have Hayden be his child–so this whole storyline is totally unbelievable.
There are those of us who have watched a long time ..and we know the characters. All these rewrites are hurting the show–not helping.
Having characters doing things so – out of character–never makes a story believable or good.It only hurts the show.

If you want ratings for the show- try to use the original characters when possible.

Just like with Jake Webber. James Nigbor was perfect as Jake–because he was Jake! This new boy should of been used as maybe Danny or someone –because he does not have the characteristics of a child who has lived through what Jake went through. He is too happy- go -Lucky for a child who was 5 years with Helena and suffered trauma. This one doesn’t “act” like he would need therapy for stress- so why even have a therapist in the first place? James had the part down exactly right. He was ( and always will be) Stone – Cold’s son.

Boost the ratings- Keep the original actors for the characters as long as possible. Some are irreplaceable…because they are the show…they are the character. ( Steve, Audrey, Jessie, Lucille, Jeff, Liz and Jake, Tracy, Monica, Alan.Luke, Laura, Scott…the legacy characters.)

Darren
Darren

How can you say Jeff would not cheat on his wife, when Jeff’s wife hasn’t even been on screen once? Jeff simply moved to Carson City Nevada. Later we heard that Sarah and Elizabeth were his kids with his new wife but we don’t even know this new wife and mother of Sarah and Liz. Surely Jeff COULD have cheated on a character we’ve never met.

Luisa
Luisa

Anyone could cheat its a soap opera,

Patrick
Patrick

RIGHT on… about James Nigbor as the real Jake

this recast is just too darned cute…. their is nothing left to his character… end of story

IE: Richard Dean Anderson…. hasn’t he aged… “well”

just a little paunch in the gut… got it

otherwise… he LOOKS dag on yummed out

I wonder what posts think about Hayden’ mother…. ??? little to no interest?

RIGHT NOW…. i’m more jazzed that WE are getting Robin Mattson’ Heather

so… as most have called it… at the very minimum… and I mean minimum… Liz and Hayden will be 1/2 sisters… all this to prop the character of Hayden

I would think that the casting of Jeff Webber is going to be instrumental in what lies ahead … for these new foundling SISTAHS

the character of Hayden has gone so far south… with the dismal .. thank gosh… END of the tried too hard… Nicholas and Hayden…. bye bye

I hope it works out with Dr. Finn. seems like these two are at a crossroads any way… Finn and Hayden ???

I vote… RDA – Robert Newman – Ron Raines… and I love the idea that Bob woods returns as Raymond Berlin

Luisa
Luisa

I like first Jake when he was younger, I am the fan hoping that Jake is Lucky’s , and this young man is spunky like Lucky.

Timmm
Timmm

Good post Angel! The new Jake looks like he should be on the Brady Bunch!

IRENE MARY ADAMS
IRENE MARY ADAMS

I want to go outside and scream. GH does not know what it is. Since 1994, it has been about the mob and other character such as Anna, Scorpios, etc. That is what has been the show. It is NOT GH. So it seems foolish to me to try to bring two worlds together. Not going to work. Once in awhile they bring someone back for a few scenes to just claim to be GH. Changing name is out of question from articles I read. It would kill show. So bringing back a Dr Webber is silly. Too late.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

Totally. That is why I stopped watching when the so called mob started taking over. It is totally a different show. The title of the show is General Hospital. It seems the hospital is used as an afterthought instead of the main focus. Like you said trying to mesh medicore with classic will be to much.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

They’re showing more of the hospital…the killings, Liz/her current health crisis, Morgan’s sessions with Andre, Dr. Finn, Dr. Monroe (sp?), Dr. Brecht, Monica, Sabrina might get her job there…etc. i don’t want to watch hospital scenes the whole hour. I think the mix is fine…character’s homes, the outdoor cafe, the park, the bar…And the stories aren’t just about the mob Lulu and Dante, Nathan, Maxi, Griffin, Claudette, Nina, Franco, Jake and Sam the baby…none of these stories are about the mob.

Judith
Judith

I agree, Rebecca1. I’m enjoying the healthy mix of story lines. It’s reminiscent of the GH I grew up with in the 1970’s while at the same time including a bit of everything to keep it interesting.
As much as I love Maurice Benard and his character, Im so happy it’s no longer the Sonny and Jason show. Also enjoying Billy Miller as a new and improved version of Jason. My only request is for Jason and Sam to ditch all the black clothing. It’s getting a little “old”.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Lol Judith…ya, at least lighten them up for summer! I get the NY cool vibe…I wear a lot of black too. But then inspiration hits and I wear white and gasp…colors too! Oh well, at least they’re not wearing polka dots! 🙂

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree, Rebecca. I live in SoCal and also wear alot of black too, so I understand. I also venture out sometimes. 🙂 It was such a nice surprise and so refreshing to see Sam in her off-white wedding dress (non-black clothing).

penny lemmonds
penny lemmonds

why not try and get mr.anderson i have not seen him in anything lately . they need to bring back real actors that was on the show instead of new ones that have no connection with the other actors

Vislas
Vislas

Grant Alekander!

Catherine Antuono
Catherine Antuono

Trevor St John as Jeff would be great.

Harry
Harry

I think he’s too young–he’s too close in age with both Rebecca’s who would be playing his daughters.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Trevor St. John is only 45 and could pass for late 30s.

Penny
Penny

Remember, he was Roger Howarth’s (Franco) replacement on OLTL…

Brenda Garces
Brenda Garces

They should offer this to Richard Dean Anderson since was the original Jeff Webber

Boka
Boka

The great soap star, Michael Knight. He can be suave, he can be a doctor, he can do comedy. As Tad on All My Children, he did it all and he comes with a huge fan base. He has left Y&R.

Harry
Harry

I agree–Michael Knight would be ideal. He has a great sense of humor and I could see him interacting well with Roger Howarth who also has a great sense of humor.

Celia
Celia

I have no idea what Jeff Webber is/was like ( did not watch then), Boka. But, I do KNOW Michael Knight. I will take him in any show in any capacity. As you say, he left Y&R.
Doctor Webber’s return should prove to be quite a surprise….good or bad? I suppose it depends on how one looks at it. Was he a good guy? Was he liked?
This will certainly be the shocker of a lifetime for many….namely, Elizabeth and Hayden.
Oh, that Hayden!! Ironically, the twist will be that she, whom most accuse of pushing Liz down the stairs, will be the one to save her life…..with her blood. Transfusion time, y’all!! Wow!! How original!!

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

Just google him-you are on a computer-lol-ok, seriously Jeff was first married to Monica who was in love with his brother Rick and Rick had an affair with Monica while he was married to Laura’s mom Leslie and while Monica was married to Alan Q the father of AJ and nuJasnooze-lol

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

Jeff was also once married to Heather in GHs good old days!!!!…if you could had seen the show back then…puts todays GH to shame!!!

Celia
Celia

@Jimh( leave it to beaver).
I’m sure of that, Jimmy. All the soaps were top-shelf-writing. Sad.

Celia
Celia

@Jimh.
Awwww, Jimmy. If I told you how lazy I am when it comes to looking up people, you wouldn’t believe me…..or maybe you would.
So, it sounds like the bed-hopping hasn’t changed much. Monica cheated on her husband? Who would have “thunk”. LOL

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

Jim (leave it to beaver ) Truer words were never spoken. In my opinion, GH was in its prime from the late seventies to approximately the early to mid eighties. After that I stopped watching completely until the 50th anniversary nurses ball. Even now I can take it or leave it. No matter what they do to it now, nothing will bring it back to the glory days

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

Yeah…i’ve gotten used to how lazy you are-lol…Yes, i agree from your other post that Anna Stuart should had played Naomi…i have been watching her on her first soap The Doctors when she was soooooo young and had long Cher hair!!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Well that’s the thing soapqueenforever…nothing brings back the “glory days” of the past in real life either. People who watched back then who are still watching now were ten, twenty, thirty years younger than they are today. So were the vets. A viewers perception is different when you’re nostalgic. It’s never going to be what it was…lots of memories are sentimental and wistful. People have passed, young characters have grown up…it’s just different. Gotta sort of look at it with fresh eyes…I bet some of the stories that people thought were great back then would be ripped apart on these boards now! And that’s not to say I don’t have my own nostalgia. It just is what it is…

NancyH
NancyH

Bob Woods or maybe Tuc Watkins, although maybe too young. Or maybe someone unemployed actor who needs a break. Wish it could be RDA but that’s not going to happen.

Celia
Celia

I loooove Tuc, NancyH. If Julian can be Sam’s father ( 9 years apart in real life….and so many others), Tuc as Jeff could be Liz’s father just as well.
Woods, I think, is also a great choice, Nancy. Besides, these are two guys everyone loves. But, there will be some ‘discontents’. Can’t say I blame them, though.

Jake
Jake

Robert S Woods

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Love him! He is good in everything! And audiences love him–and really connect with him. He has a warmth about him.

Thom Bierdz
Thom Bierdz

Me. 🙂 I played Phillip Chancellor on The Young & The Restless….

Kerry K
Kerry K

That is a GREAT idea !!
Reach out to Frank Valenti

Mark Y
Mark Y

Would be great to have you back on either show!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

What needs to happen is for them to bring Phillip back!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Would love to see you back on screen again!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Thom,
What are the chances of you coming back to Y&R? I wish you could/would…..and bring Chance back with you. LOL.
Love your art….I see it as “perception”. Stunning!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

In all likelihood Thom or his character will never return to Y&R, Celia.

The consensus was that once Phillip C. was revealed to be gay, Y&R quickly wrapped the storyline up because of negative fan reaction. He was a no show at his grandmother’s funeral even after Thom was said to have indicated that he was hoping Y&R would have him for a final goodbye to Mrs. C., but to no avail even after he contacted the execs.

Y&R is OK with hiring gay actors such as the ones who play Kevin and Michael as well as a few others including Thom, but Y&R refuses to have gay characters because huge groups of Y&R fans say no.

Celia
Celia

@4ever DAYS.
WOW! 4 ever…how archaic. I had no idea. I cannot believe that! People better wake ip to the 21st Century and grow a heart and some intellect.
I am somewhat confused, though. Was Mrs. C Phillip’s grandmother? I thought he was her husband’s son with Jill?
Later.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m sorry, Celia. I never realized Y&R rewrote what I referenced. At one point Jill was believed to be Mrs. C’s daughter.

Celia
Celia

@4ever DAYS.
Hey, 4ever….
Oh, yesh…you’re right. In that sense, yes. I remember the time when Jill was to ‘supposedly’ have been Mrs. C’s daughter.

Dylan
Dylan

That was one of the most botched, idiotic, poorly planned and executed debacle of a storyline that actually compromised the fabric of the entire show!! Thats why Phillip is rarely mentioned and will likely never be seen on the show again.

Skwyrley
Skwyrley

I’d have to agree with Robert Newman or Walt Willey.

Sue M.
Sue M.

I can’t see anybody else playing Jeff Webber than Richard Dean Anderson 🙂

karen sue reed
karen sue reed

I think timothy hutton or john schneider.

Timmm
Timmm

John is good but he would be too young looking next to Monica.

Deb
Deb

Many of the OLTL actors named are too young for the casting call except for Bob Woods. I think Grant Alexander is a wonderful choice too(not sure he’s that old either but he resembles RDA). All of the suggestions are wonderful though, great actors.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Deb,
Walt Willey ( Jackson Montgomery) played Rebecca Budig’s father on AMC. He is only a few years younger than Leslie Charleson. ‘Jackson’ was also married to Erica Kane ( Susan Lucci), who is older than he, as well.

karen sue reed
karen sue reed

Gregory Harrison from Rizzoli and Isles

Melissa
Melissa

Interesting idea…

Elise Kiefer
Elise Kiefer

Lane Davies. Miss his great acting as Mason Capwell on Santa Barbara. Scott Holmes from As The World Turns would be my second choice.

Hayjay
Hayjay

Lane!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Two excellent choices. Big fan of Scott.

AnonTVAddict
AnonTVAddict

Lane Davies was on contract with GH from 2002-2004. He played the late Dr. Cameron Lewis (Zander Smith’s father). It was GH’s failed attempt to reignite SANTA BARBARA’S Mason/Julia pairing with Cameron/Alexis.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Sounds like a winner to me1

Lisa
Lisa

Personally I’d like to have Richard Dean Anderson come back and play the part he originated.
That would make sense. But I’ve heard he is semi-retired from acting to spend time with his only child,and the last photos of him were not the most flattering……still.

Brian
Brian

I think GH is trying to set some kind of record for the size of a cast on one soap opera. I’m all for bringing back Jeff Webber, he’s a legacy character with ties to the current cast. Don’t care who plays him either, whether they bring back Richard Dean Anderson or a new actor. But how about trimming some of the unnecessary characters off the canvas? Instead of killing no name day players, we need Paul or whomever the GH Hospital Killer really is to go on a murder spree of some of the useless characters on this show, lol.

su0000
su0000

Jeff Webber??
I know nothing about a Jeff Webber, so not excited.
But– as for who to play him; Channing Tatum …
(I’d like that 😉

Celia
Celia

Ok, SuzieQ. We’re in the same boat. I’ll take Channing!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey, su0000, so you love Channing Tatum also, Yummy!

Chaz
Chaz

You now it is only going to be short term so no reason not to bring back the original Jeff….Richard Dean Anderson.

mike
mike

Michael Knight would be a great choice or maybe Christopher Atkins.

Justin
Justin

John James from Dynasty and The Colby’s. He is close in age to RDA and they look somewhat alike. He was on ATWT for a few months and was great. I’m sure he would love the work.

robbie
robbie

John James occurred to me as well, tho it would be a hoot to have RDA back with Robin Mattson

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

robbie, I see what you mean about Brooke Bundy. Her scenes with Mary O’Brien (as Heather) were indeed interesting, particularly the infamous LSD iced tea switcheroo! Take care.

Shay
Shay

Or Gordon Thomson. How about Henry Czerny from “Revenge?” Maybe Jameson Parker….he was on OLTL when it was actually worth watching!

Connie
Connie

Is Richard Dean-Anderson that busy??? Really why don’t someone ask him to play the role he originated?! Duh..

Simon
Simon

While I like the idea of RDA, has anyone seen what he looks like today? It’s not pretty. Google him. Sadly, I’m all for a recast!

mark
mark

I know really

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Still looks ok to me!

Patrick
Patrick

whew ! someone agrees with me…

I think he looks great… great skin… so he’s put on weight…

he looks like a Baldwin brother

plus… if … you google and look at the recent “pics”

I could swear.. he’s also the spitting image of B&B John McCook… RDA could paly his brother

Celia
Celia

Oh, Lordy Lord, Simon. I did just that…GOOGLED him. Triple WOW!!!!! He does not even look like the same guy!!!!! What the hey!!
Frankly, I had never heard of him. Now, I have been educated. LOL.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Robert Newman (ex-Joshua, GL), Michael E. Knight (ex-Tad, AMC; ex-Neville, Y&R) and Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen, B&B, et. all) would be my top three choices of well-established, former soap actors that could qualify for this position, especially if we’re sticking to Robert Sean Anderson’s age bracket. And to those wondering why he may not come back, he’s stepped back from the spotlight to focus on his family, and it’s respectable.

AnonTVAddict
AnonTVAddict

Patrick would be an interesting choice seeing as he played Stephen Logan to Robin Riker’a Beth Logan on B&B.

Mary Shumate
Mary Shumate

Michael Knight or Robert Woods

Gale Rowell
Gale Rowell

Bring Anderson back. Would love to see him.

mark
mark

I loved grant Alexander when he was first on gl but then he fizzled out or maybe it was gl I don’t know but he just doesn’t thrill me. Dan gauthier is a dreamboat probably too young but he would be great to look at.

Lady L
Lady L

First choice: Richard Dean Anderson of course! He was one of the reasons I started watching GH in the first place.
Idea two: Bob Woods as Jeff with Jerry VerDorn as Mr Berlin
The other good idea was Walt Willey.

I like a lot of the other soap actors, but they are too young.

gloria
gloria

Oh, Jerry VerDorn would be fantastic as Raymond Berlin! I forgot all about him! Bob Woods as Jeff would be perfect. Bob looks enough like Hayden & Elizabeth-Walt Willey-No. Too tall & too blond (at least he used to be blond).

Kerry K
Kerry K

The ONLY person to play Jeff Webber should be Richard Dean Anderson.
He should at least be offered the part or considered. What a casting coo !!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Bradley Cole (formerly of Guiding Light).

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Great idea, Brother! And in response to you about the original Rick Webber, Michael Gregory, thanks for Googling him. I think it would be enjoyable to see that cleft chin on the small screen again! 🙂 Take care, Jay!

Alan
Alan

In the hands of another head-writer this news would generate some excitement with me.

Instead, when I read this all I could think is Jean and Shelly are adding yet another character to the already extremely overcrowded canvas and like every other character they’ve introduced — Darby, Curtis, Andre, Nurse Amy, Finn, Aaron, Parker, Griffin, Claudette, Valentin — Jeff will most likely have no story arc in place (except to probably dote on newfound daughter and resident heroine Hayden/Rachel while giving Liz a time out for not recognizing how lucky she is to have such an amazing sister who is EVERYTHING).

As far as casting, I’d go with David Forsythe, Murray Bartlett, Matthew Ashford, or Mark Derwin.

Celia
Celia

Three cheers, for you, Alan!!!!!!! A Hayden fan; YEEESSSS!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think he’s a Hayden fan CeeCee. If it’s any consolation I like her. Couldn’t stand her for most of her stint. She’s grown on me.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I have enjoyed reading everyone’s suggestions to recast Jeff Webber. Personally, I’d prefer RDA to reprise the role he originated. The article does not indicate if he has been contacted. No matter he should be asked. I don’t think he would want to come back to daytime if offered a contract. Thus the choice to recast. I loved many of the names so far. David Forsyth would be my choice. Walt Wiley, Michael E. Knight and Robert Newman are all great choices. Grant Aleksander is 57. As much as I loved GA as Phillip Spaulding I can’t see him as Jeff Webber.

Shout out to Thom Bierdz. So cool that an actor posts offering himself up for a role. IMDB indicates you would be too young for the part.

Clare
Clare

I think you should bring back Richard Dean Anderson, the original.

General Hospital

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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Scott Clifton as Liam

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Airdate: 7-31-2019

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