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Jax Is Coming Back As Ingo Rademacher Returns To GH!

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GH fans were rejoicing after executive producer, Frank Valentini, answered a question from longtime General Hospital fan Nicholas Bloom during this week’s #AskGH on social media.

Bloom asked if Jax would be returning anytime soon, to which Valentini replied  “YES! And it will be a HUGE payoff for Nelle, Carly, and Sonny.”    That means, popular star Ingo Rademacher (Jax) is set for a return on the ABC daytime drama series.

Viewers last saw Jax in Port Charles when he spent the Thanksgiving holiday with Carly (Laura Wright) to help through her son Morgan’d death.  They kissed when Carly had moved out of Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) after blaming him for the car bomb explosion that killed their son. However, Jax left to return to Australia after his mother, Lady Jane, became ill.

With Jax coming back on to the scene, will he finally divulge what he knows in the Josslyn kidney donor mystery that will have huge ramifications for Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Carly?  Will Carly, now believing Sonny cheated on her with Nelle, fall back into the arms of the dashing Jasper Jacks?  Stay tuned.

So, are you glad there is more Jax on the way? Comment below!

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Tammy
Tammy

I want him to clarify things but I don’t want them back together again.

JK
JK

I am with you!!!!

Kathleen
Kathleen

He’s as much at fault as Nelle for what happened! Max j
Knew all along, but kept him mouth shut! What
kind of a man (former husband, friend) does that? Why couldn’t he just be honest with Carly?
Nelle was a pawn in her father’s schemes.,,he was a money hungry SOB and he didn’t care how he got or who he had to use to get it !! He was a liar and a user too! I hope Jax tells the truth so Sonny and Carly could be happy again !!

Carol
Carol

PLEASE..no more musical men for Carly. Put her back with Sonny and then they can attack the world together…There are other things to write about, situations to attack. You do not have to constantly break them up.

Celia
Celia

I suspected Jax would make an appearance. It was inevitable….he holds the key to something….to the kidney mystery, I think. This story is so discombobulated…..
Will his presence/explanation enlighten us? Did he seek Nelle out? But, why her, specifically?
The greatest twist in this imbroglio would be if Jax has a secret concerning Nelle’s true paternity, or maternity. Perhaps, Benson is not her bio dad? Is Jax her father?
There is a big age difference between Carly and Nelle. Is it possible Nelle is her daughter? Is it plausible to say Carly was pregnant as a teen giving birth to Nelle and was told the baby died?
I guess I find myself with too much time on my hands and the mind gallops.

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

I originally thought she was Carlys daughter but now i cant see how…she seems younger than Micheal but maybe she is Jax’s daughter and he is the one who paid Benson to get the kidney to save Josslyn…Benson knew Jax was the father but kept it quiet…Nelle is really Jax;s daughter ,Jumpin’ Jax-lol

Celia
Celia

You’re right, Jimmy. The timeline for Carly doesn’t stand up. But, it could for Jax. I just want this story to be done, already.

Shay
Shay

Or Jerry’s daughter, jimh! That would certainly explain her peculiar psyche….and her suitability as a kidney donor for Josslyn.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think Jax would ever give up his daughter…not knowingly. Maybe some fling of his had her and he never knew she was his daughter. That would explain how she was a match for Jocelyn…and still keep her unrelated to Michael if they’re going the relationship route.

Tea
Tea

I also was waiting for Jax to come back and hopefully explain this kidney, or pancreas or lower intestine problem I’m so confused that story at this point! I’m mashugana already enough!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Yes, Shay. Jerry is also a contender. I do not know Jerry well, but from the little I’ve gleaned, he is evil.
I cannot equate Nelle’s psyche to his. Somehow, I think Nelle is a good girl…just messed up!
We shall see. Let’s hope Jax has something of import to reveal. Soooo tired of this story, Shaybelle.

Timmm
Timmm

Helena cannot hold a candle to Jerry!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….I was thinking back to the early days when Nelle seemed to be rocking that whole “Bad Seed” vibe, which would jive quite nicely with Jerry Jack’s “gleevil” (That would be “gleefully evil!”…..) persona.

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hey, Shay,
I was wondering; as inimical and pernicious Jerry is, does he have any friends? Did he ever? Does he even have a relationship with Jax?
For some reason I was not repulsed either by him, or Faison….I know I should be. I suppose Roche’s superlative ( and the fact that he is part Scottish) acting and Hove’s (who is part Dutch) hilarious ‘pazzia’ enthrall me, regardless their virulent personae.

JK
JK

PLEASE LET THIS STORY BE OVER SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hey, Shay,
I answer you on both counts, my love; but, I see neither of my replies to you….Ahhh, well!!
I had just said that Nelle cried ‘telling’ tears….something which Jerry, I presume, never did. No human emotion or sympathy .
She must have feeling to do that.
However, that fact does not take the possibility off the table. Nelle showed compassion and love (for both Joss and Avery….and, of course, capable of loving a man ( Michael)…so, she may have inherited her mother’s ‘heart’, whoever she is.

Shay
Shay

To which I cry foul, CeeCeeGirl! LOL….But seriously, even though I would certainly not describe Jerry as one of those “touchy-feeling” sort of beta males, he is capable of certain depths of human emotion. When Sebastian Roche took over the role, he had some excellent scenes with his mother during which the long thought dead man’s identity was initially revealed and his much-changed appearance and subsequent change of name explained with a very intriguing storyline….yes, GH once actually had those, mia amica!…He also has demonstrated a protective, soft-spot for Joss….and has revealed that on a few various occasions, hence I couldn’t say that Jerry is a complete psychopath with ice cold blood in his veins. Somewhere hiding inside the psyche of this complicated criminal there is a feeling, functioning person who upon rare glimpses lets slip his considerable guard of protective armor……I expect you’ve probably never seen it because as a newer viewer you’ve only been treated to the highly-abridged, one-dimensional bad boy version of Jerry that the past few writing regimes have furnished..

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Yes, of course, Shaybelle. What I’ve seen of Jerry was very limited….that time with Robin while she was held captive.
Therefore, my concept of him was not an honorable one, to say the least. Yet, even the worst miscreant can demonstrate some humanity.
You have a point.

Shay
Shay

Just to clarify, CeeCee….I was “crying foul” for the notion that your previous replies to me weren’t posted, not your thoughts or impressions of Jerry based upon your limited exposure to the character! Now that I know exactly just how little you’ve actually seen of Mr. Jacks, I can certainly understand why you would consider him as a solely unsavory sort of sod with more than a scoche of sociopathy….However, if you ever get the chance, go back to the earlier episodes and check out some of Sebastian’s more brilliant and emotionally-expansive performances from his past GH stints…some are downright hilarious given his absolute audacity and mirthful malevolence, but there are also a few rare examples of more down-to-earth moments, as well….not many, mind you, but they do exist in the video archives, believe it or not!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Jerry had a kind streak back in the day when he dated Bobbi. I believe it was a different actor? GH tends to turn all their villains into cartoon characters!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…I’ve not been repulsed by Jerry or Faison, either! I think they are absolute laugh riots, although the notion that the clearly-obsessed Liesl worshipped her “Cesar” as some sort of sexual demigod to be admired with breathless adoration has always been a source of both amusement and puzzlement for me. However, Sebastian Roche’s Jerry is very much an attractive, sophisticated gent with a continental bent and naughty glint in his eye, who—under the proper circumstances—-could be considered quite swoonworthy and desirable, albeit a seriously dangerous liaison, just the same! As for Jerry’s “friendships?” For all the time I’ve known of the current version of this character, he has had “associates” and “flings,” which seems to be about as deep as he is willing to go in relationships, but he obviously loves (or loved) his mother, brother and niece, although that doesn’t mean that any of them have been immune to the consequences of his wicked ways. Apparently, he reached this point because of a past love lost that he once believed to have died…very long story there, yet that seemed to be the turning point for the metamorphosis of this man who went from a small potatoes, often luckless, criminal to one of Port Charles’ most enduring diabolical supervillains. Incidentally, as Timmm has referenced, Jerry was initially played by another actor, a dark-haired dude who gave an entirely different spin to him…much less lethal and mercenary, and even somewhat likeable and sympathetic as the always odd-out child who was the black sheep in the Jacks family…he was actually engaged to Bobbie before he skipped town after another disastrous scheme went awry. During one of Jerry’s return engagements (in the form of Roche) he finally again encountered Bobbie in the thick of yet another caper, and kinda, sorta, fondly referred to her and their time together in the past, which is why he claimed he wouldn’t kill her even though she got in the way of his plans…hence there is still a sentimental heart beating somewhere deep down beneath that cool, calm, collected and yes, often disturbing, exterior.

Celia
Celia

@Timmm.
Hey, Timmmy,
Don’t get me wrong, I like Jerry, in a weird way. His and Faison’s malevolent escapades hit my funny bone.
Then, again, my sense of humor goes against the grain. I find some situations hilariously funny. Eg. The scene on the bridge with Rudge and Sonny. He was soooo dwarfed by Rudge–just struck me, as it probably would not others. LOL.
So, please pray tell, did Bobbi date the entire football team, all the townsmen, and then some?? HaHa!!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….Per your query to Timmm about Bobbie’s “antics” back in the day? I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the entire town (or football team, for that matter…shades of Clara Bow, who, incidentally, also never did the deed for which she was famously accused….) made it on her “been there, done that,” list, but yes, she did cut quite a sexual swathe during her earlier years in Port Charles. Of course, she had an impressive(?) head start pre-GH, which is frequently alluded to regarding her past as a prostitute before she segued from the world’s “oldest profession” to the more upstanding medical job sector. But if memory serves, I can list Scotty, Roy DiLucca, Jerry Jacks, Joe Kelly, Dr. Noah Drake—(and his uncle, a US senator, from her time served in the “pro” trenches….hah! Ditto for Carly’s bio-dad, John Durant…)—DL Brock, Jake Meyer, Damian Smith, and even Stefan Cassadine amongst her many conquests….have I missed anyone???? Many of these “characters” were “repeat performers” with Nurse Spencer…and she even married a few of them! However, one prevailing theme to most of Bobbie’s life has been trying to live down her shameful past as a slampuppy for sale, so it did strike many long-time GH viewers as oddly illogical when she suddenly starting bragging about her bordello-derived skill set whilst in her battle with fellow faded-sexpot Lucy Coe over Scotty’s divided loyalties…just saying! As for your “funny bone,” I absolutely share your considerable sense of amusement over the frequent absurdities found amidst the denizens of Port Charles, hence I’m ever so glad that it wasn’t the one broken during your recent skating mishap…and speaking of, hope your leg has healed and you’re back on your feet!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm….You are correct, although I watched very little of the pre-Sebastian Roche version of the Jerry Jacks character. As I mentioned to CeeCee, “Jerry the First” was nowhere near as smooth a criminal as what we see today….he was often betrayed in his schemes by his own general lack of savvy and smarts….much unlike today’s too-clever-by-half archvillain. Basically, he was just one big screw-up….

Timmm
Timmm

Roche could play Daniel Craig’s’ [James Bond] older brother. Both handsome BUT did not like Craig as Bond. Looking for a refreshing reboot.

Shay
Shay

Timmm….I agree with you about Craig’s Bond…although I’m not a fan of the franchise, in general….I did enjoy the actor in a very absorbing British mystery from earlier in his career….It was called “The Ice House.” Sebastian Roche is a most versatile actor….I have seen him appear in numerous guest spots, and he is always excellent….his performances never fail to feature that European mystique and saucy twinkle in his eye….love him! Oh….and long live Jerry Jacks!

Steve
Steve

Hopefully these writers don’t ruin his character at the altar of Saint Sonny. We need some good guys on this show. If they have it turn out that Jax knew Jake wasn’t dead and kept that secret from Elizabeth, we can add Jax to the list (Nikolas, Elizabeth) of good characters that are tarnished because of a dumb plot point.

Someone said it here recently, bringing Jake back from the dead really wasn’t necessary. It gave us a few moving scenes with Lucky, who quickly returned to being a deadbeat dad. Since Jake’s return, it seems like Elizabeth only has one child. Maybe it’s time to SORAS Cameron. If there’s ever a character to experience teen anxiety – it’s definitely him.

Celia
Celia

Agreed, Steve. As usual, you have a knack of putting things in perspective….as Alan, as Shay …without boring me.
Another point I’d like to make is….May ‘ye gods’ keep us from enduring more of Carly. ( Egads!!!!!). The back and forth between these guys is soooooo not enticing. I beg the forces to send her to a spa far, far away, for a prolonged period of time. She needs a cleansing, in more ways than one.

Celia
Celia

@rebecca.
LOL.I want to clarify….when I speak of ‘imposing’ figure, I do not necessarily mean size or height.
Members of l’organizzazione Calabrese Ndrangheta, specifically Condello (and others) did, in fact, pose a “heightened” figure, albeit they are short in stature.
Sonny looked ridiculous next ro Rudge, that’s all, rebecca. I thought they looked hilarious next to each other. Sonny does not have a scary presence…..no aura of any kind….benign or otherwise.
He is a pompous blank, with temper tantrums, baying at the moon.
And, I truly find the writers’s complete and utter dismissal of AJ irreverent; not to mention the hypocrisy displayed by Sonny in seeking revenge for Morgan.
I, for one, have not forgotten…so, this vendetta is so out of place. The same could be said about Carly. She is just as guilty in AJ’s downfall.
Shall I say, “Oh, it’s just a soap?” You know what I mean? Sobeit, then…..it’s just a soap. LOL.

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Too funny, Shay…Napoleon indeed!!
The only siminlarities are their shared lunacy, and their deminuative form, not their stance.
As I said below, one does not have to be tall or hefty to wield power. Napoleon was such…..to a certain point, LOL……he failed big time. Maybe it was that hand he so skillfully tried to hide?
I think, today, Ava let Sonny have it. He seems to hold himself to a higher level/standard from the rest of the lowly ‘commoners’. Soooo glad Ava reminded him of the atrocities in his book of wizardry and misdeeds.
That was so satisfying….not to excuse Ava because this is the classic example of the pot and the kettle.
But, Sonny needs to come down his high horse, if he can without falling off?
On another note. I think all those fellow-posters who said Griffin is Anna’s son, may be right!!
What secret was Olivia J about to divulge to Anna? Is Griffin the secret?

Celia
Celia

Diminutive. Sorry–sp.

Shay
Shay

And of course, the self-deluded Sonny is a legend in his own mind, too, just as was Napoleon, CeeCeeGirl! Now if we could only banish “Crime Emperor Corinthos” to his own version of Elba…LOL! .As for the big secret that Olivia is harboring??? If it is that Griffin is the son of Anna and Duke, it certainly won’t come as any big shock to most. I should think that Olivia being Duke’s babymama, aka Griff’s bio-mommy, would be a more surprising result. Hey, with these writers, anything’s possible!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Mais oui, ma chere.
There is always a remote spot on the Corinth Canal waiting for Sonny–exiled within the bones of a long gone warrior ghost ship, inhabited by mighty Spartan spirits. Lol. N’est-ce pas? I do believe he expects everyone’s subservience by kissing his uhmmm, ring.
Yes! Absolutely, Shay. Olivia as Griffin’s bio mom? That would be a killer impact, albeit a tragic one. Poor Griffin. And, Poor Anna. It would be such an affront; the most stinging slap in the face, ever.
Would the writers go there?

Shay
Shay

Don’t you mean “The Corinthos Canal?” Just joshing, CeeCeeGirl…)Of course, I get your drift! But I truly could envision Sonny “in exile,” his innate madness there to serve as his only companion…’twould make for a compelling–and well-deserved—fate for old SonnyBoy! So, this, ahem, discussion of the Mafiosi and their supposedly shared slight statures begs the question, are there trading cards for followers of these underworld luminaries, complete with height and weight data???? There seems to be an audience for this riveting sort of info, rather the equivalent of sports fans who recite baseball stats!!!! Just had to ask…LOL!….Anyway, I agree that Griffin as Olivia’s son would be an absolute affront to Anna….yet it would also make for great drama. To be in love with your dead spouse’s son that was created with one of your most lethal enemies???? Can’t get much “soapier” than that!!!!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
E’ vero, Shay. That’s why I brought up the potential drama and controversy: Olivia and Griffin; mother and son.
Of course, it would be a blow to Anna…especially to her heart. But, this is what gives a good dramatic and drastic twist to any soapy storyline. I would absorb it; relish it, in a NY minute.
Now, I purposely chose the Corinth Canal amidst thousands because of the Corinthos name; which is Greek, by the by. So, how does Sonny get a Greek name? I thought he was Irish/Hispanic?
Anyhoo, my Shay….I am finally unfettered!!!! No cast. Weirdly enough, my left leg looks slimmer than the right. LOL. I guess I’m also going blind!

Shay
Shay

Sonny is also partially Greek, CeeCeeGirl! His bio-daddy, Mike Corbin, has both Irish AND Greek extraction…his late mama was full-on Cuban. Yes, I’m always up for a fine storyline for Anna, too…and I’m very pleased that Finola’s exquisitely understated performances of the past year have garnered her an Emmy nomination…I so want for her to win! At any rate, it is indeed good news that you’ve finally been released from your cast-laden state….just in time for spring…like a butterfly emerging from their cocoon! Perhaps a bit of muscle-atrophy is to blame for your post-injury difference in leg dimension???

rebecca1
rebecca1

You’re just as obnoxious as ever, Shay. Your obvious references to my reply, as well as Rose, to CeeCee’s observations about Sonny’s height…to which you, too, mentioned Napoleon for his short stature…is…well..obnoxious! Everyone was kinda gettin’ along well in your absence. But you like “teaming” up. So be it. Who am I to deprive you of making fun of everyone and everything?

Carry on.

rebecca1
rebecca1

CeeCee…just so you know…I, too, was (not in a cast) but in a walking boot for four months! Broke my entire foot…ankle, heel, tibia, etc, etc. Just started walking again about six months ago. Point is my leg was thinner than the other too when I finally took the boot off for good. Leg kinda atrophies but it gets back to normal eventually.

dmr
dmr

Jasper Jax is such a wonderful character and man; yet, he is constantly dumped (lack of a better term) in order to prop up Sonny. It’s just awful. Why do such nice guys have to finish last? I don’t care about Nelle or her backstory. I care about romance. It’s daytime and yet we do not receive any daytime “delight” in forms of healthy relationships or romance. What do we get? We get these RIDICULOUS stories about a lab underneath the hospital where a lunatic is trying to bring back the spirit of a dead person, a custody battle over an embryo baby, rewritten stories over a kidney transplant and an adoptive donor sister, an inept police force who can’t detain a perpetrator and botches every investigation, and couples with zero chemistry forced down our throats. Ugh.

Tea
Tea

Thanks. For writing great well thought out post. Sonnyis a great character played by a great actor but relying on him too much hurts the show as a whole.

Any coach will tell you a great team is made up by a lot of good players you can’t focus on the one star.

Celia
Celia

Speaking of Sonny, Tea….I thought that scene on the bridge with Rudge looked so ridiculously misplaced. Rudge dwarfed him….the image just didn’t compute . Sonny, the imperious mafioso did not an imposing figure cut. Au contraire, the parable “The Lion And The Mouse” came to mind; except that without a gun, Rudge would have swatted him in a single swoop.

Shay
Shay

More like “Napoleon” comes to mind, CeeCeeGirl!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Toto Riina (chief of the Sicilian Mafia) : 5’2
-Pasquale Condello ( chief of Ndragheta) : 5’3
-Meyer Lansky (Jewish mob boss) : 5’4
-Pablo Escobar (Colombian Drug Lord) : 5’5
-Semion Mogleivich (Chief of the Russian Mafia) : 5’5
-El Chapo Guzman (Mexican drug lord) : 5’5
-Carlo Gambino (Boss of Gambino family) :5’6

rebecca1
rebecca1

And let’s not forget another tiny toughy…5’4 Joe Pesci in Goodfellas!

rose
rose

Rebecca…Or Edward G. Robinson or James Cagney…maybe even better than the real bad guys?

Timmm
Timmm

Thank GOD! GH and JELLY are famous for leaving potholes in their stories. THIS story with Nelle needs Jax and my prayers have been answered!

Carol
Carol

So glad he’s coming back — I just hope it’s for longer than last time.

Lil' Angel
Lil' Angel

Jax will be the fall guy for the whole Nelle-Josslyn-Jake-kidney mess and then leave after his obligatory two or three episodes. Yawn.

Alan
Alan

“Yawn” pretty much sums up this show since Ron Carlavati left.

Tamika
Tamika

No, I don’t want Jax toget her with Carly because Sonny is the only man for her. I want Jax to come clean about his role in Josslyn’S donor because he was so adamant about Carly dropping the search for the donor. Also, the truth needs to come out about Sonny passing out drunk and not sleeping with Nelly at all. Come on people, if she planted her bra to make them believe that lie

su0000
su0000

Everybody who is Surprised Jax is returning for This story, raise your hand .
ahaa! yah sure UUUUGE surprise, not..

Celia
Celia

Right on, su. I said he would return….he had to. It’s the only recourse in explaining the inexplicable.

su0000
su0000

hi CC==
I really like Ingo Rademacher (Jax).. but I don’t believe he has any intentions of returning to GH outside of the short term stints he seems to be fine with doing every now and then when needed..

yeah, most everyone knew he would be returning to wrap up the story..
And, the total whitewashing of Nell ..

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I lack enthusiasm for his return. During the last several years, it’s always been very short-term. And always very predictable. Doesn’t really serve much purpose for the show overall when they bring back characters who’d been regulars for years just for a few weeks here and there.

Alan
Alan

“And it will be a HUGE payoff for Nelle, Carly, and Sonny.”

Translation: We’re going to ruin Jax’s character by letting him take the fall for this stinker of a storyline so we can redeem fan favorite Nelle and reunite beloved supercouple Sonny and Carly.

Shay
Shay

BINGO!!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

It comes as no surprise. it was intimated when Jax came back last time that he was wary of Nell and holding a secret; so yes…he probably did whatever he could to buy that kidney to save his daughter.

k/kay
k/kay

Yep done with the show Ajax was a great character I have had it with this bunch OLTL got cancelled they need to deal with it and quit trying to recreate it. UGH!

k/kay
k/kay

Jax sorry I hate my IPad jumps!

Alan
Alan

While I totally buy the idea of Jax doing whatever it took to get a kidney for his daughter, it is a stretch that with all his money and the immediate fear of losing his child Jax would think “hey, I should waste precious time looking up Carly’s estranged adoptive father she hasn’t seen in over two decades and see if he’s fathered any non-biological siblings during that time that could be a possible donor match.”

To sell this story I’m assuming Jean and Shelly will go with a retconned memory of Jax remembering that he saw one of the letters Frank wrote to Carly over the years and in that letter he mentioned she had a little sister so Jax took a chance that non-biological sibling Nelle was a match but that begs more questions: why wasn’t Frank blackmailing Jax for more money all these years? Why didn’t Frank show up in Port Charles and just flat out ask Carly for money since he had the kidney as a bargaining chip? Why wasn’t good guy Jax making sure Nelle was taken care of since her kidney saved his daughter?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Good questions, Alan, but let’s wait and see if any of those are answered when Jax gets back to town. We know he can be ruthless in business; that’s how he was portrayed when he was introduced years ago. So, he probably dug up whatever he could…perhaps there’s a secret that hasn’t been revealed. Either way he probably used Carly’s name or forged a letter…something…without Carly’s knowledge.

As for Benson not showing up…Jax is way wealthier than Carly/Sonny. I’m sure Jax compensated him quite well for his silence/absence.

rose
rose

Rebecca….Thought I would add to your list of two “little Napolean” gangsters from film who possibly played the roles better than the real ones…Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney. Or at least made them more entertaining than real life.

And “Oh,” I am so, so ready for the Morgan story from Carly and Sonny to be over. I feel bad for Morgan, and for Carly and Sonny’s pain and mourning. But enough is enough is enough from both of the latter. Especially since they had him farmed out to private school for much of his younger life.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Rose…better???? Hope so!!!!

Also hope you see this response; couldn’t find a place under your name to reply. Yes! LOL..two other good examples.

I’ll trade you one Morgan for one Carly. I actually find her more grating than Sonny. Not Laura Wright; great actress. But I just can’t stand Carly. Wanna slap the smug off of her.

Let’s hope our PBS shows won’t go the way of decency, compassion, meals on wheels, normalcy, healthcare…basic human values, on and on and on. We NEED culture to escape this madness, n’est pas?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey there, Rebecca,
Agreed–Jax was indeed stunning.
PS And thanks so very much for inquiring about my mother–and me! Mother is now stable medically–her doctor saw her this past Thursday–said her heart and lungs sounded good: she’s come back from that 2-wk. fight with institutional pneumonia–and such a fighter at 95! And I’m in a much better place with that news. Take care.

rose
rose

Rebecca…Am home and feeling a lot better. Thanks for asking. Still a ways to go. Thank goodness for soaps in the afternoon.
Luckily there was TCM’s tribute to Robert Osborne with great interviews. In one interview he mentioned he actually started his acting career in a soap called “Unmarrieds” Have you heard of it? I couldn’t find any info on it.
And then for real life drama I watched most of the 5 hr House Intelligence hearing, and was riveted to the questions and testimony that could rival any soap (except maybe Victor). I’m sure you heard what happened so I won’t comment on anything, like the truth behind the tweet, wiretapping accusation.
Hoping the coming of spring will bring in a new breath of fresh, clean air. 🙂

Celia
Celia

Sorry about your leg, too, rebecca.
Yeah, my husband told me the calf muscle gets ‘lazy’ , LOL. Gotta work that muscle.

Celia
Celia

Yes. Jax will be the fall guy, and Nelle will be redeemed.

Celia
Celia

@Timmm.
You’re right. No one can hold a candle to Helena. I still wonder if she’s really dead.
Why are they reintroducing Jakey’s time with her?is she coming back through flasbacks, as a spirit or human form?
I hope this story leads somewhere positive and is finally put to bed, and not brought back for naught.

Timmm
Timmm

Helle will be redeemed!

robbie
robbie

Perfectly stated

Sue M.
Sue M.

Never really cared for Jax. Not one of my favorite characters on GH…

Celia
Celia

Same here, Sue, albrit I have only seen him in short stints. I don’t find him good looking, either, as many do.

Timmm
Timmm

He is a good actor and when he has scenes with Alexis and Carly, they always pay off.

Shay
Shay

He lost his luster long ago for me…

Celia
Celia

@Timmm.
Maybe so, my Timmmy. He just doesn’t do it for me. I love, tall dark and drop dead gorgeous…white teeth and all. LOL.
Seriously, though, I know he’s a great actor. I can easily read his expressions….so, if an actor can do that, he’s worth a zillion. I was strictly talking about his looks.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Alas, guess you didn’t see him in his halcyon days at GH. He was very handsome and his story with Brenda was romantic–great actor, also.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Nancy…hope all is as good as it can be with your mom and that you’re hanging in there.

Agree regarding Ingo/Jax. While he’s still very good-looking “back in the day” he was beyond stunning.

jeffrie
jeffrie

So disappointed in the Nelle reveal!!!Jax return will just make the Jake non kidney donner Nelle kidney donner story wrap up and make us dislike him even more then in previous returns!If we were really lucky when he leaves he will take crazy Nelle with him!!!

Celia
Celia

I know, jeffrie. Nelle’s reveal was a disappointmrnt because we feel let down. I expected this mind-blowing revelation….a secret that would have moved the earth….unless something devasting is forthcoming, we can chuck this story up on the shelf, next to Fluke.

Shay
Shay

Yes, CeeCeeGirl….We’ll just file under “C” this latest installment of GH “Clusters”…… Now there’s “ClusterNelle” to be added to “ClusterFluke” along with all the many other ones that fall somewhere in-between F and N, not to mention A to Z….

k/kay
k/kay

Must need the money no way would I come back and let these writers throw me under the bus. He was a great character now he is a pawn being used to prop up Sonny and Carly I quit Days years ago because of writers done here .

dante williams
dante williams

I suspected Jax had a lot to answer for in this Nelle mess; because he looked guilty as Australian hell each time he reappeared and Nelle was either shown or mentioned. I knew he was hiding something, but I knew that Jax is the type to do even the wrong thing out of love so how could I not forgive and welcome him back, especially his ocean blue eyes? I love when someone is hot AND can act; still a special commodity in actors and actresses to this day. I’m also happy that they give him more than one story and character to be involved with whenever he’s there, like the fact that he ran into Alexis and became involved in her story. They have a great energy together, and I wouldn’t mind a triangle because you KNOW Julian would not be having it and he would be just like Sonny was with Carly, full jealous and dangerous mode, lol. I like when they use the rich canvas of characters instead of letting them collect dust like some underused furniture. Glad they used Lucy after the Nurse’s Ball, and recognized that she is not only legacy but she is connected to I believe the entire cast. They could use the recurring characters in a way that they can still have a little story and it doesn’t take away from the contract players (although to be fair there are several characters I would definitely kill off or just never mention again who have been up there for years and will never ”pop’ but need to be replaced by the ones that barely make any effort and do pop, naturally. I would like Jax to stay permanently, and it’s the perfect time to shore up the cast with legacy so the loss of the great Jane Eliott due to retirement won’t be so jarring. AAAAh, who am I kidding? It would be jarring even if the show had everyone I wanted, and was firing on all cylinders, because she is as essential to the show as the air I breathe is to me. She is the heart, the backbone of the Quartermaine family and woe betide anyone who tries to step to this woman or underestimate her. I love the fact that she can be kind and still not lose her dangerous edge; she is still the woman who kicked her father’s heart medicine an inch out of his reach; and eats companies and people for lunch if she’s hungry. I will always love Tracy, but that’s another story. The show needs permanent characters that matter, like Jax. Carly is automatically, infinitely more tolerable when she’s with a man with integrity who doesn’t kill people that anger him or threaten his livelihood. She doesn’t have to make excuses for him or put her head in the sand while her family is in constant danger as a result. She can be comfortable around him simply because she doesn’t have to clean up any… Read more »

dante williams
dante williams

Also I must mention I would love if Bobbie were used even more, because she is the Spencer matriarch and I know she will do anything to protect her family, just like the other Spencers. They could take this time to add Jax permanently and also give Bobbie, Mac, Felicia, Epiphany, Diane, Felix, Lucas and Brad, otherwise known as the cast that mostly lives their lives off screen when their connections are stronger than half the weaker characters that half been propped to death by every character on the show that we actually care about, and still don’t work! The character of Franco has no business being there without James Franco and is a total waste of Roger’s talent, and I would love he and Liz more if they didn’t act like they were one person, never going a minute without mentioning the other. Nina is still being married off to random characters even after the Ric incident (another character that needs to be there, great actor, great dynamics with everyone), and she is still only tangentially connected to the cast with her weird disjointed family that I could mostly do without, except for Ms. O, Nathan the hair model with the body of steel and eyes of heaven still can’t translate any of that into being remotely interesting as a character, without his shirt coming off. Despite Elizabeth being used to legitimize Franco, who seems to be way more trouble than he’s worth being in some murder mystery every few months constantly being a suspect makes it hard to root for them as a couple when she’s really his babysitter with benefits. However, I can still put up with him way more than the top offenders, Dr. Finn and Haytchel, who was so annoying that they used Elizabeth’s family legacy and last name to prop the hell out of her and for extra padding they used Traci Quartermaine to further buffer the budding couple that no one ever asked for, now or ever to my knowledge. We are not the children who watched and were easily fooled by the great old chestnut bait and switch; characters who can’t hold their own weight without being propped need to be dropped. I said it many times, ‘If you have to prop it, drop it!’ Apparently I need to make t-shirts and sell them to the many others who are aware of this tacky practice that no longer works, and when it did the characters were usually substantial enough that they could be used for propping, lol. So I wouldn’t mind if there were some wild explosion, just ’cause, and my list replaced all the props who for some reason have contract status, and finally we can begin to get a show worth watching. This is my very biased opinion, but this is from someone who loves the show and the legacy that keeps it going. I will give credit to Valentine finally being cast, but even that’s in the shadow of… Read more »

Shay
Shay

@Dante Williams….But how well you rant! I really enjoyed the entire tangent….especially your point about Dr. O.!!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…I have to say I don’t usually have the patience to read extremely long comments…particularly with no paragraphs but I found your rants rather riveting!

Hahahha…Good show. Ummmm…you. Not GH. Well,not true… GH, too. 😉

Kimmy
Kimmy

I have always loved Jax! If only they would give him a good, juicy story line!! One can dream…

su0000
su0000

………. We All know Jax did it …
No surprise here, nope ..

Jimmy
Jimmy

This entire Nelle story has been a total flop. Aside from the performances by Chloe Lanier and Laura Wright this week, there has been nothing interesting about this story. Months of Nelle staring at letters, playing with that damn baby rattle, and giving Carly side-eye behind her back was becoming intolerable.

And the reveal doesn’t even make sense! Frank Benson was not Carly’s biological father, so why would Carly reach out to him for Nelle’s kidney? How would she know it could be a match when Nelle and Joss aren’t blood related? If Nelle did her own research into the situation, she would have realized this massive hole in Frank’s story.

A better story in my opinion would have been making Nelle turn out to be Jax and Nina’s daughter. The one Nina was pregnant with when she lapsed into her coma, that she thought was Silas’ but was really the product of an affair with Jax. The baby could have been given up for adoption to the Benson’s just like Carly was, and Nelle could have returned to Port Charles with a grudge against Josslyn for having the life (and kidney) Nelle didn’t as a child, all as a way to ruin Jax’s family. (This would have meant that Ingo Rademacher would have had to stick around long-term for the story to play out, which would have been an added bonus).

Slowly, viewers would learn that Jax and Nina had a past, that Nina’s baby might not be as dead as they thought, and maybe integrate Nelle into Nina’s life by giving her an internship at Crimson. Then, bam, the reveal comes out. Jax knew all along that Nelle was his daughter because he arranged for Joss to receive the kidney, and Nelle figured all of this out, which instigated her plan. The only missing piece for Nelle was, who is her mother? That’s when it is revealed that Nelle and Nina, who by now have developed such a close bond like the one Nelle and Carly built, is her mother.

Nina is furious that Jax kept her daughter away from her. Jax defends his actions by saying he had to sacrifice his relationship with one daughter (Nelle) to save another (Joss). This would solve Nina’s desire to be a mother, and lead her to decide that Charlotte should grow up with Lulu and Dante instead of her and Valentin.

But instead, we got a story that began in October drag out for months on end with no satisfying payoff, and now Jax’s return will make him the bad guy in this whole mess so they can redeem Nelle and prop Sonny and Carly back together. Atrocious writing.

Timmm
Timmm

Jimmy, what an awesome idea, having Nina and Jax with a past. And Nelle and Nina would have some amazing scenes together!

Celia
Celia

Yes, I love that idea….Nina and Jax with a jarring past. But, Nina was dormant for most of her life. And, from what we were led to believe, she was madly in love with her husband….her world revolved around him and she climbed mountains to be with him.
Actually, I still believe Kiki is hers. If TPTB can incorporate that with Jimmy’s theory, then I’ll buy the the story.
The timeline needs to fit. When and how did Jax and Nina meet? And, most importantly, WHY!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Jax and Nina would make a striking couple visually…but as I’ve said many times, I think it would be totally out of character for Jax to abandon any child of his. I don’t think he’d stay away, and I think if he found out Nell was his he’d seek her out, talk to her and explain the situation…that she could save her sister’s life. I’m not saying the writers couldn’t write it the way you described but I’d find fault for the reasons I just cited.

Good post, though and if Jax were a different type of man I think that’d be a great story line!

k/kay
k/kay

This is a rewrit a destruction of a once great character very sad next Jelly will decide Robin is not Roberts daughter but Valentin’s just watch their path of destruction with old Frankie saying Hell yes

Anne
Anne

No

Susan
Susan

I’m not looking forward to Jax accepting the entire blame for the entire Nell situation.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Let’s hope that his return is permanent, and a reunion between Jax and Carly (Laura Wright) immediately happens!

elm1951
elm1951

i don’t want ingo coming back so tptb/writers can throw him under the bus just so they can have an ending to this sleep-fest of a story line…………….

Keffen
Keffen

What about him with Sam!!

k/kay
k/kay

Lordy I wish I had you guys doing my essays when I was in school! Get over it they are cooked they are done the spitting the overacting is over? God bless America

CJ
CJ

Let him stay GONE. Weak actor!

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

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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