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Kirsten Storms Comeback From "Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century" To General Hospital!

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According to a great piece in the Huffington Post, Kirsten Storms is due for a comeback, due to the fact that Kirsten’s movie from years ago, “Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century” was shown on Disney Channel again late last week and, “Fans went crazy, causing the film to trend on Twitter.”

Yes our Maxie Jones, was Zenon, an important fact! Now while “Zenon” was  was shot 15 years ago it is still causing a quite stir.  Huff Post equated that with the fact that Storms just signed on for a longer stay at the ABC soap, General Hospital in her role as Maxie Jones that the young actress is having a comeback of sorts!

In addition to “Zenon”, the article takes a pictorial look at Kirsten’s career starting with  … Johnny Tsunami in 1999, to 7th Heaven in 1998 -2001, to Days of our Lives, where Kirsten played Belle from 1999-2004, to the “Zenon” sequels in 2001 and 2004, to Kirsten playing the animated character’s voice of Bonnie Rockwaller, Kim Possible’s arch-frenemy and head-cheerleader in the series Kim Possible, to finally General Hospital  from 2005 to 2013.

So what do you think? Should another “Zenon”  feature be made starring Kirsten now?  Have you followed Kirsten’s career since the beginning? What do you think of Maxie’s story on GH currently? Let us know your thoughts!

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Aria
Aria

Love her n hope she sticks with GH wish is in need of a comeback n they need all the fave they can get to do that..

Iakovos
Iakovos

I wish daytime actors would be used in primetime for guest spots and story arcs on current series. Of course, there is not as much episodic television as there once was, but still, with daytime’s mroe rushed schedules, larger casts, and frequent hiatuses, surely Kirsten Storms could spread heer wings on an ABC, ABC Family or Disney show.

We really do not need to see har again in ZENON.

Mo
Mo

I thought she was going to be ‘big’ when she left Days to do that primetime show, but then it was cancelled and she didn’t really do anything else until she signed with GH. As she has been working since she did Zenon, it does not qualify for a ‘comeback’. It’s not like she has been clerking at Home Depot and did DWTS and then signed with GH. Guess Huff Post doesn’t consider soaps as acting.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH is in need of a comeback at the moment(im still watching but its loosing the addictiveness it had for me 1 year ago. It has nothing to do with the three’s return…its the whole show. i no longer care about Maxis baby story. Britt can leave anytime. Sabrina still has a little growing up to do. Felix needs a life of his own. Taylor is boring. Monica is m.i.a. Was Leslie even there? Scotty seems useless…thought his daughter is coming to pc but the show doesnt need more characters, finally Mac and Felicia were shown again but im not sure i care…come on RC i know you can do a better job…some days the shows interesting…then its not…Franco/Ava/Kiki could be something good but they are overexposed and spend too much time in Monicas house. I want Monica to throw open the drawing room doors and announce to Franco and co. Get the HELL out of my house! and let them get there own house. Balance the show, give equal airtime to all, and connect the characters more. Maybe Kiki isnt Francos…maybe Ava and Duke had a moment together…say Duke had amnesia…hint he is possibly Kikis father and shes not a Quartimaine after all…then she can be with Micheal. And what happened to Epihany?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Spelling mistakes but who cares…my point is still there.

Ces
Ces

I totally agree with you on this!
Franco/Ava have been on practically everyday and their conversations are
SO damn boring.
Sabrina isn’t good enough for Patrick, she’s too starry eyed.
Hate the name Kiki.
Anna & Duke haven’t even had a chance to recapture their love again.
Genie Francis is our beloved character and all Laura does is walk around
with her dimwit daughter all day Lulu.
Tony Geary will be off on vacation now so there goes any L&L stuff,
not that GH is showing them anyway.
Maxie has been pregnant forever and Maxie & Spinelli never have any
scenes together anymore to build on anything.
Hoping for SOMETHING to come of Sam & Silas or dump this story.
Felix, sister, TJ, Sean — BORING. Go bye-bye.
Sonny & Olivia pairing? Yuk, can’t stand her.

At least Days is worth watching at the moment except JJ/Daniel/Jen crap.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was a bit surprise to read this comment from a veteran soap watcher as yourself. I expected to read something like it from the younger fans who think daytime dramas should have the same pace as a night time show or night time soap. Daytime has to tell a story for 5 days a week 365 days a year as opposed to 10-20 episodes a year. So you could not have been surprised that GH could not keep up the level of storytelling they had leading up to the 50th anniversary?

I began watching last fall based on the raves the show was getting on this website and I only had to watch a week to know, no daytime drama could keep up the pace I was seeing back then– so the bubble bursting did not catch me off guard.

But you know how daytime dramas work– you have to look at their time, not our time to determine how long it has been since a character has been on. Some daytime drama’s “day” take a month to play out. So we don’t see character A for the whole month, on screen, but in Port Charles in has only been 24 hours.

Also most daytime dramas play out like a book with shows being like chapters with the various characters coming and going to tell the larger story of the plot. But I have found GH is more like a series of short stories and they don’t switch to another story until they finished the one they are on. Eventually all these smaller short stories form a larger story, but while one short story is playing, we don’t see the characters in the other stories. I don’t know if GH was always like this but this is vibe I get watching it.

I think it is that method of storytelling when most daytime dramas are more integrated together makes GH seemed choppy and unbalanced but since getting the knack of it, I don’t find it all that bad once you know you not going to see certain characters until it is their turn at the can.

I don’t know if any of those insights help, but I hope it does. It still a good show- and I am glad you guys got me to watch last fall– but don’t get mad at it for being what it is. Daytime, not nighttime

As for the topic I always liked KS from her times on Days and now. I am sure when her time comes, and this baby short story gets the writers full attention it is going to be worth the wait and KS will knock it out of the park.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I have been watching soaps for 50 years now…between the mid 1960s and to the late 1970s i rarely missed an episode unless i was in school. I was glad Another World was on at 3pm when i was in high school when i got out at 2pm and got home in time to watch. I feel this show was at its best between 1968 to 1979. I loved the stories of the Mathews, Frames, Corys and the Randolphs. DOOLs was super cool too when it was mostly the Hortons, and i enjoyed The Doctors and still trying to figure the name of the song nurse Lauri James used to sing on that show. My all time favorite was the vampire soap Dark Shadows with its colorful characters, twist and turns, and every episode ended almost everyday with a cliffhanger. Also Edge of Night, Return To Peyton Place, Somerset, Strange Paradise, Mary Hartman and so many others in that same era i had watched. Back then the stories where compelling, character driven storylines and rarely dull. I couldnt wait to tune in tomorrow. Much of the 1980s had its moments too. The 1990s to the present i wasnt watching soaps as much as i used to. Dool, Passions, and Oltl i watched the most while ATWT, GL, and GH was on again and off again for me. By 2010 i only watched Dool and OLTL with a few trips of Y&R and B&B. OLTL was very addictive in its final 2 years on abc. i wrote dozens of letters protesting its cancellation. Then a year ago i got addictive to gh, watched dool occasionally and stopped watching the cbs serials but i sometimes watch y&r on occasion. GH i hardly missed since i returned about a year ago…shortly before oltl 3 joined. i even got my sister to watch and my friend kim started watching more as well. DOOLs got real good in the past month and now its my favorite while the last two weeks ive started to loose interest in GH. I dont mind the rotating cast and storyline when the show was so good there for several months before the NB and for a few weeks afterward but now it feels like the stories are going nowhere and i dont see any big payoff down the road. Ive stopped reading spoilers and thats helping…i miss the good old days when you didnt know what will happen next…its what makes me tune in tomorrow. I waited 8 years for them to reveal Mike Hortons paternity on Days and waited 6 years for Doug to marry Julie on the same show. But back then the shows were smartly written, there were rarely any characters i disliked and even when days credits appeared after the shows last scene even made the show more interesting and i couldnt wait for the next episode. IMO…soaps arent as addictive as they once were…maybe im getting old and grumpy…maybe my kidney stone(which will be… Read more »

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thanks. I enjoy your posts as well. You have a wicked sense of humor, but you can also stick to guns when need be on topics you believe in- I have watched almost as long as you have, not quite as long, but up there and I have to disagree with your notion that story writing was better in the early days. Whats changed is not the quality of the writing or the storytelling, but the world. Just look at the difference between JFK and Bill Clinton. Both fooled around on their wives, but during JFK day it was covered up because it would had destroyed his career– because back then, good men didn’t cheat, at least they wouldn’t get caught. But Clinton was caught and YAWN, no one really cared. The world changed and the scandal wasn’t the scandal it would have been in the 60’s/ My point being the stories soaps told in the sixties and seventies were topics never discussed on television before, abortion, divorce, premarital sex, drug use, adultery, addiction issues, domestic violence, etc and for those us growing up with the society at the time, these were exciting stories to hear. But now, if I watch a soap couple cheat on one another it doesn’t hold the punch that kind of story had back then. Also I have changed; before I had life experience under my belt, certain story lines interested me, like what is it like falling in love for the first time, finding Mr. Right and living happily ever after. Soaps were like a more grown up version of the fairy tales I listened to as a child. And once I did fall in love, got married had children, soaps were like a reminder of what was. But now, those stories seem quaint. I laugh when I watch the young teenage girl on a soap pine away for a guy. Or see lovely young woman scheme to get a man. I just want to say ” honey child, he ain’t worth all the trouble or tears. So today I don’t think there is a story a soap could tell that would get me excited to watch like I did when I was younger. For me, I watch not for the overall stories, but for the moments. Because that is where life is for me now. Experience has taught me that life happens in the day to day moments. So for me, I watch every show looking for the moment. For example, yesterday on GH, the moment for me was the scene between Carly and Sonny as they were reconciling– that was great. During all the dialogue between Ava and Franco there were certain looks exchanged between the two that were priceless. Yes, the overall show yesterday, in comparison to sweeping epics of the 80’s may have been dull as dirt– but if you look in the dirt long enough you might find a treasure. So that is how I watch now- l look… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I love this reply…and your right about the writing…that stuff back then was so fresh and new…there isnt nothing the soaps, including the reboots, can do anymore thats different(well, some of that cussing is…but i dont care for it…even if i do it myself but im cutting back on that too…it feels trashy to me and im tired of feeling trashy…i want to feel like the better person i really am…well, at least i think i am…lol) i have lost one of my friends unexpectantly very recently and my constant health problems is the reason today i like to watch soaps…they are my grown up fairytales, minus the happy endings, that takes my mind of things and helps me escape the real world problems of the day. Ironically i was at a relatives house while they were watching ATWT on the day it was interupted for JFKs assasination. (Sometimes you cant escape the real world.) But for the topic ive strayed from here, i like KS and wish she could do both GH and DOOLs. I miss Belle and Shawn D…and Bo!

Theresa
Theresa

love love love her as Maxie!! so glad she is staying because there was a rumor that she was going to leave, so glad it’s not true!

Greta
Greta

I love Kirsten! I’ve been watching her since she was Belle on Days, and Maxie is my favorite part of General Hospital. She’s a very charismatic actress and just lights up the screen. I do wish we saw here more on GH though, maybe as it gets closer to Maxie’s due date we will. I would love it if Jack Wagner could come back for the birth, I really enjoyed their scenes together.

Ces
Ces

agree with you on everything!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Jack Wagner should come back for that…hopefully Mac and Felicia will be shown more by then as well.

heidi
heidi

Love Kirsten/Maxie!!! Was so hoping for a SPIXIE return… but with Bradford going recurring… not sure that will happen. I would want Kirsten to do everything and anything she can… she is very talented!!! I hope she stays with GH for a very long time! Miss having her on more!!!

Ellie
Ellie

I have followed Kirsten throughout her career and have loved her in every role! She is of a rare breed. Someone who is nice, wholesome, true to herself, mature, talented, charismatic, versatille, her talents and personality compliments are endless! And to top it all off she is quite a pleasure to look at. 🙂 I love her character maxie and she is the main reason that I watch GH but I sure do wish she would be on more!!! I also wish tptb would give her more to do, especially being pregnant. She is practically the only pregnant soap character ever to have not fallen down some stairs or have had stress induced cramps or had some sort of mysterious bleeding by this point in the pregnancy. I mean come on!!! Give her at least one of those or a heart attack or give her charge of crimson when connie leaves and make the stress have a strain on her, something, anything, come on, the fans are begging for more maxie!!! Hopefully the writers are just saving all the good stuff for this third trimester. Overall I love love live maxie and I think Kirsten does an exceptional job with this role! (I just wish we could see a bit more of her)
As far as another Zenon… I say YES PLEASE!!! I would love to see another one! Kirsten could definately pull it off and I would love having another something to watch her on! 🙂 (maybe she could even record a song for the soundtrack, hehe)
I LOVE KIRSTEN STORMS aka my inspiration

Vickie
Vickie

I love Kirsten as Maxie! When she was off “sick” I feel she was missed quite alot! I hope Kirsten is around for a long time to come.

Mo
Mo

Why did you put sick in quotes like you don’t believe she was really sick?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I have enjoyed Kirsten’s acting since Days of Our Lives. I watched the Zenon movies because of her. Loving her on GH. I think she could make another Zenon movie and stay at GH….sounds good to me. 🙂

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

We need to see KRISTEN AND SAM share some scenes,!!!!!

Come back to MAXIE AND SAM FRIENDSHIP!!!!

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GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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