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Kristen Alderson tweets she has signed a 3-year deal with General Hospital!

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The former darling of One Life to Live, Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) who is set to reprise her role on the  lone ABC soap, General Hospital tweeted her excitement today after signing her official deal with the series!  In the tweet the talented and popular Alderson revealed she has signed a three-year deal to stay put in Port Charles.

There are now all indications that should GH stave off the cancellation rumors that Alderson will be a permanent fixture in Port Charles for some time to come.

Alderson tweeted just a short time ago, “Just signed my General Hospital contract! 3 years! Here we go… You guys ready!? YAY”

Kassie DePaiva, Alderson’s on-screen mom, Blair responded with another tweet stating, “I’m so happy for you baby girl. Shine your light!!!! See you soon, Mama Kas”

So what do you think the plans are for Kristen and Starr once she hits Port Charles? Will her little girl, Hope be with her? Do you think her new romantic interest will be Chad Duell (Michael) or someone else?  What will become of Cole? Let us know your thoughts! And congrats on the new gig and the contract Kristen from On-Air On-Soaps!

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Torrey
Torrey

I don’t see how her signing a 3 year deal guarantees that the show won’t get cancelled. I’m happy for her and wish her the best, but as a OLTL fan, I would much rather see my stars in LLanview. I think that the cancellation of OLTL is still too fresh for me, to get behind this whole concept of OLTL stars joining the cast of GH. I still just don’t get why ABC cancelled OLTL. And does this mean they are bringing on Hope & Cole? I mean Starr can’t be there without her child……besides that, who are they going to pair her up with, because there aren’t too many Port Charles residents that are around her age. OH God, please don’t pair her up with Michael……she’ll be shot by some mobster, within a month.

tim
tim

Hope will probably be recast and aged by a few years,as for Cole who knows.Maybe he’ll get killed saving Starr and Hope.

kara anderson
kara anderson

I say maybe

david
david

You are right: a signed contract means nothing. Wasn’t Frank Valentini given a three year contract just before the cancellation of OLTL was announced?

kara anderson
kara anderson

no there should be go on again

Moviegal
Moviegal

I would love Starr and Michael together. It would give her parents an opportunity to pop in occasionally – plus it would make for some really juicy scenes between Blair & Carly.

Mo
Mo

It doesn’t guarantee the soap will be on. The article just says that if GH isn’t cancelled then Starr will be a fixture on the show for at least three years.

chris
chris

I only watched GH and OneLife, so glad to see the move. Starr/Cole back before hope was born is what got my daughter to watch with me, she’s 11 and has been our tv time together. Now she gets her favorite on GH.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

GH will not be on in 3 years! I’m sick of Starr anyway! All the great actors on OLTL & she gets a contract! It’s not fair!

soapbaby
soapbaby

UGH. Not that the show will last three years but signing this actress to play the same useless character does not give me hope that Ron Carvialti and Frank Valentini have ‘improvement’ in mind for GH. Why Starr for an extended period versus Blair or Todd is BEYOND comprehension.

tim
tim

Maybe Kassie and Roger didn’t want to leave NYC and move to LA full time.

Heather
Heather

“Not that the show will last three years”

Really? How do you know that? Do you work for ABC?

Heather
Heather

“Not that the show will last three years”

Really? How do you know that? Do you work for ABC?

Debi
Debi

THANK YOU HEATHER! I think you & I are the only 2 people that hasn’t received the memo that the show was cancelled!!

Seriously why you people watching GH with all your negativity??
The show has sucked to hell for the past year.
We finally see a change, a positive change, and people still can’t accept the positive.
Stop watching. I for one, am excited with this news. The news is telling me that GH has hope that they will remain on tv. So much hope that they are signing 3 year contracts. If they were 100% sure the show was over, they wouldn’t sign a contract like this. They will have to pay her once the show goes off. Why would they willingly do that? Will the show be cancelled?? Maybe. But it hasn’t yet, nor is anyone aware it has been cancelled. Apparently GH has an idea to keep going. Get on the train and enjoy what is to come, or stop watching the show. Geez if I hated something soo much I wouldn’t waste all my energy on negativity. I would stop what was turning me into the negative person. It is what it is on GH.

barbara t
barbara t

I didnt get a memo either and I hope WE dont , so its 3 people who havent heard that general hospital has been canceled .hey 1loveabcsoaps,what do you think?you havent been around,and there has been alot of news ,abc is bringing the soap bubbles to prime time ,star got a 3 year contract,2 weeks now since any of us have been in landview.some kid is going to glee ,I dont watch that kind of stuff ,I thought michael was playing a joke on us ,but then I read he is a soap star going to glee,anyway Im glad star has a 3 year contract,it does give us some hope,I cant wait to see what will happen to general hospital now that we have real writers there again,its been a long time,maybe now I wont fall asleep at 3 oclock because I was so bored,oh yeah,ron and frank are getting rid of the newbes to ,yes let the new stories begin.

soapbaby
soapbaby

Heather – Dial it back a bit. ABC clearly wants out of the soap game, having dismantled their soap lineup (canceling AMC and OLTL) and allowing GH to tank creatively at this critical time. So, it’s my guess that GH will not last another three years.

aria
aria

no one cares for your pridiction, so zip it.

Heather
Heather

I’m not saying that it will or will not last 3 years. I’m just saying let’s enjoy it while it’s there and let’s stop speculating about its death regardless if its in 9 months or in 9 years.

vik
vik

Yes, it’s very strange that she signed a three yr. contract..when the rumor is the show is going off in SEPTEMBER of this yr. for Katie Courics show.
If ABC could take off the amazing OLTL then why would we think that GH is going to stay? No matter who crosses over or is writing for it. All soaps are going and TOO SOON

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I agree! They are doing the same thing they did with AMC & OLTL! Viewers are stupid if they can’t see that & are being fooled again! ABC sucks & are liars!

Heather
Heather

And I think that you’re stupid to attempt to predict the futture when you’re not a fortune-teller

Moviegal
Moviegal

Heather, this is the same network that denied they were cancelling AMC and OLTL for months and months, let the actors put their necks on the line and make total fools of themselves – and then pulled the rug out from under them. Why on earth would anybody think they wouldn’t do the same thing to GH. Fool me once, shame on you – fool me twice, shame on me. When, exactly, do you think GH would air – as Michael Fairman has reported here, 93% of US markets have signed on to Katie for GH’s time slot? The Chew is on first, then the Revulsion, then Katie…and the next hour belongs to the affiliates.

Heather
Heather

“Why on earth would anybody think they wouldn’t do the same thing to GH?”

Because GH is GH, AMC is AMC and OLTL is OLTL. What happened to AMC/OLTL may or may not happen to GH. But last time I check, you don’t work for ABC so how would you know what will happen to GH?

“When, exactly, do you think GH would air – as Michael Fairman has reported here, 93% of US markets have signed on to Katie for GH’s time slot?”

General Hospital can still air on The Revolution’s time slot should that show fail.

Moviegal
Moviegal

Heather – how do you know I don’t work for ABC? GH’s ratings are lower than OLTL’s were when they were cancelled last year. ABC has said that the time for daytime dramas is over – how much clearer do they have to make it? The Chew’s ratings are higher than we anticipated that they would be. If The Revolution does tank, they move GH to that spot long enough to get another non-scripted program into production-6 months tops-and that’s it. Going thru life with blinders on will not make what you want to happen occur, nor will they make what you don’t want to happen disappear. It’s time to be realistic here.

Heather
Heather

Again, I never said that it couldn’t get canceled. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t happen, then it doesn’t happen. But I just can’t understand everybody’s fascination of speculating the demise of General Hospital.

Heather
Heather

“ABC has said that the time for daytime dramas is over – how much clearer do they have to make it?”

CBS’s Leslie Moonves also said the exact same thing after he axed ATWT and GL. But that doesn’t stop Y&R and B&B from still airing on the network. True GH fans would never incessantly anticipate its death . People who are consistently reminding us weeks after weeks that GH will get canceled are most likely jealous OLTL fans who still can’t accept the fact that GH was chosen over their soap.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Abc S-c-s!!!!!!!!!!!! There are always other T.V. channels other than abc like CBS!!

Moviegal
Moviegal

Heather – you are comparing apples to oranges here. ABC owns and produces their soaps – CBS does not, they lease them from the production companies. Y&R and B&B are #1 and #2 for the network in daytime, respectively. Also, you are probably not aware that Julie Chen, the co-host for The Talk, is Mrs. Les Moonves. That rampant nepotisim, along with poor ratings and P&G’s decision to withdraw from all their affiliations outside of their bread-and-butter niche, led to the demise of GL and ATWT. CBS does not rely on demographics as ABC and NBC – they approach prospective advertisers w/total viewership numbers – and both Y&R and B&B have the raw numbers. The concept of “jealous” OLTL fans is absolutely preposterous – they’re just old enough and wise enough to see when the writing is on the wall, and will no longer allow themselves to be blindsided. Those who think that are the first ones that will be crying in their beer (if they’re old enough to buy it, that is) when ABC makes it announcement after February sweeps.

Heather
Heather

What does nepotism has to do with this? CBS didn’t even know with what they were going to replace the soaps with when they canceled them, let along that Julie Chen was going to be in one of the replacement shows.

But you still don’t get the point that me and other GH fans are trying to make which is why are you making such a fascination about the demise of General Hospital? If the show is ending in September as you keep on saying, would you enjoy it for the little time it it has left on the air instead of obsessing about its death.

And no, I won’t be crying if General Hospital gets canceled. Even if I have watched it on and off for 30 years, it remains just a TV show, nothing more.

Moviegal
Moviegal

Heather – you’re flat out wrong, and apparently have no knowledge of how the TV industry works. I’ve watched GH since the ’70’s, so your 30 years is really not that impressive to me. When GL was cancelled, The Price Is Right had already been cast, tested, focused grouped – and was ready to go. The replacement was announced less than a week after the cancellation. Barbara Bloom, who was then VP of Daytime Programming at CBS, was the one that cancelled GL. Les Moonves did not make his statement until The Talk, starring Julie Chen, had also been vetted in the way listed above…and it was also announced immediately after ATWT’s cancellation was announced. Not doing your homework or naivete, either way, negates your own argument. I’ve studied film and media melodrama and society for over 40 years, and I actually am working on a PHD on that very subject. Nobody – and I mean nobody – is eager to see GH go. You’re the one not getting the point, which is that blind faith on your part isn’t going to change the inevitable. If you want to drink the Koolaid again than knock yourself out. I’ve watched GH longer than you have, and I certainly have no desire to see it go, once again your basing opinions on value judgments and assumptions – which have no basis in fact. You also appear to be entirely missing the point that this is more than “just a TV show” – it’s the dismantling of an entire genre of storytelling and programming. For the networks, it’s putting thousands of people out of work and replacing them w/low budget “non-scripted” shows that results in huge profits for the networks at the expense of quality entertainment.

Heather
Heather

Your level of ignorance is so high that I’m questionning if you’re for real or if you’re just trying to get some attention.

“When GL was cancelled, The Price Is Right had already been cast, tested, focused grouped – and was ready to go. The replacement was announced less than a week after the cancellation.”

CBS canceled GL in April 09. It’s only in August 09 that CBS revealed that the replacement would be Let’s Make a Deal (yes Let’s Make a Deal is the name of the show, not The Price is Right). So what are you talking about with your “less than a week after the cancellation”?

“Les Moonves did not make his statement until The Talk, starring Julie Chen, had also been vetted in the way listed above…and it was also announced immediately after ATWT’s cancellation was announced.”

Are you for real? CBS canceled ATWT in December 09. The pilot for The Talk began in early 2010 and Chen only joined the cast later in April 10. After auctionning several shows (including a remake of the game show The Pyramid), CBS announced in July 2010 that The Talk had been retained as the show to replace ATWT. In case you do know how to count, that makes it 7 months after the cancellation of ATWT.

“I’ve watched GH since the ’70′s, so your 30 years is really not that impressive to me”

And your point is? You want a candy with that?

“Nobody – and I mean nobody – is eager to see GH go.”

Then why are you keep repeating that it’s going to get canceled? To acknowledge once or twice that GH may end this year is one thing (all GH fans have acknowledged that) . But to keep repeating it over and over makes me wonder that 1) you don’t watch GH at all and are making this story about having watching it since the 1970s and 2) that you actually want GH to get canceled. Seriously why would someone repeat over and over that a show will get canceled unless that person actually wanted for the show to get canceled. ?

“You’re the one not getting the point, which is that blind faith on your part isn’t going to change the inevitable.”

You’re the one who’s blinded because you’re the one that is automatically declaring that GH will end. I, on the other hand, am down the earth. I realize that GH may or may not get canceled. That is the realistic and mature scenario regarding GH at this moment.

“I’ve studied film and media melodrama and society for over 40 years, and I actually am working on a PHD on that very subject.”

Well, now would be a good time to reconsider that doctorate you’re doing in movies while it’s not too late. That could save you a lot of money. Because your studies in theatre obviously aren’t doing you any good in the topic.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

This does bring some hope. But I want to see more OLTL.
Sure hope the revolution doesn’t last much longer. Signing a three year deal doesn’t mean that GH will stay. ABC/D throws money away everyday. They would rather be
right than admit a mistake anyways. Cancelling OLTL was a big stupid mistake by ABC and they should admit and put OLTL back on! Imagine how much money has already been wasted on the Spew and the Revulsion?!

toscanti
toscanti

I’m gonna have faith in the new writer/executive producers. ABC clearly has made a huge mistake with the Chew and especially the Revolution, rating are tanking. With all of us pissed off soap fans boycotting the new shows, I predict GH will move to the 2:00 time slot when Revolution is cancelled which could be a win win for the Chew and as a lead in to Katie at 3:00. I won’t watch the Chew or Katie but some may. As for Starr, she and Michael would be good together if the new powers that be tone down this mob non-sense. Makes one wonder if Jill Farren Phelps wasn’t a Mafia princess in her youth. Looking forward to the new material coming down the road for GH.

Another Michael
Another Michael

I too don’t see how her signing a three-year contract really says much of anything about the future of GH. Like most (if not all) soap contracts, hers will have an “out” every 13 weeks, in case they cancel GH, or just decide Starr doesn’t fit in to Port Charles after all.

Re: why Kristen and not Kassie/Roger H., I agree that I’d much rather see Blair and Todd, but I don’t find it beyond comprehension. Two things occur to me: (1) Kristen is undoubtedly making much, much less, and (2) I’m wondering if they are particularly concerned about the ratings among young people and think that Kristen will help them in that department more than Kassie/Roger (they’d probably be wrong, but it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve misread what makes young people tune in–I think they’ve been getting that wrong for the better part of two decades, on all three networks).

By the way, I suspect these decisions are coming from ABC and not Ron and Frank.

barbara t
barbara t

ok am I the only one here that likes hearing this news?we dont know what abc is going to do ,they like to play head games with us soap fans ,they have been doing it for a long time ,abc also likes playing headgames with the people who work for them ,how they told the cast writers and everyone the shows were done ,shows they have alot of heartless bastards working there ,alot and I will say that again alot of people lost jobs over this stupid move by abc ,because they want to line there sleezy pockets with more money.and at the same time there lining there pockets there programing has gone to hell in a handbasket,the cheep shows they replaced the soaps for ,they are for idiots,I would rather shut my t v off then ever watch garbage like abc is throwing at there audience ,its nauseating.I am happy my star is staying with g h ,I hope many people from o l t l moves to port charles ,so for me I couldnt be happier .and to ron and frank good luck ,and good move on getting rid of the neebies,I will be watching and looking forward to a new and improved general hospital.

Jared
Jared

OK, Starr: show them how it’s done! Long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Wendy
Wendy

I’m happy for you, loved OLTL, but also looking forward for you on GH
Good luck on your contract,makes time pass for us old folks

Wendy
Wendy

Me again,

Jenna
Jenna

I think everyone gets “three-year” deals. Back on Y&R there was that chick that helped Nick rehabilitate and she was supposed to be on for three years. The fans didn’t care for her and she was gone in less than a year. Melody Thomas Scott just signed a three-year deal, but Y&R hasn’t been renewed (yet) for that third year of her contract.

Contracts do not seem to mean anything. Giving someone a three-year deal suggests that the show will be on that long, and that is a good thing, but it is no guarantee. I hope the new team can bring GH around so it will be here for the next three years and beyond.

Moviegal
Moviegal

This is true – 3 years is the standard “long term” contract duration in the industry. As a matter of fact, Terri Conn had just signed a 3 year deal less than two months before ABC announced it’s cancellations of AMC/OLTL.

auotb
auotb

when does the new and improved GH start because this present storyline is terrible Johnny is Claudias son CRAZY bring back humor and romance!

lisa
lisa

I’m glad for Kristen that she signed a three year contract…..but that doesn’t mean GH will last last long.
Didn’t her OLTL (daddy) Roger Howarth sign a 3 year deal with OLTL and then a week later they announced the cancellation.

Things aren’t always what they seem…..but good luck kid !!

todd
todd

I love the character of Starr…..or should I say loved. I will tune in for her if she is trying to become a pop star. That was awful. She is a bright girl, can’t she go to school for veterinary medicine…..with an emphasis on reptiles or something? I want to support her, but I can’t stand to watch her sing really uninspired insipid songs. The 3 year contract is not surprising. Frank and Ron were signed to 3 year contracts for OLTL too. The possible cancellation would not be a factor in a contract negotiation. It is a sign of good faith for her character, but honestly any actor can be terminated after any given 3 month cycle.

Mo
Mo

Hope she’s got a backup plan because a contract is no guarantee the show will be on for three years. When is GH’s contract with the network up?

I hope GH is on for more than three years, even though I don’t watch the show.

Good luck to her.

Sean
Sean

I am also very happy for Kristin, i hope General Hospital does continue in some way for a while. I’ve had a great time watching Kristin grow up on One Life. “My little star.” I wish her all the best and maybe her brother will show up some how down the line as Matthew or someone else. We watched him grow up too, just not with as many storylines.

mandi
mandi

It would nice to see Starr go to Port Charles with her little family! What I want to know is if Cole does go GH with Starr if It will be Brandon Buddy (the first Cole) I hope so because he was better lookin I want to see how Hope goes up and so I hope they do come with Starr!

Crystal
Crystal

Unfortunely I doubt ABC will ever ask Brandon to reprise the role again due to his reported legal issues. I can’t see them giving him his job back when they fired Nathaniel Marston after he got into trouble with the law.

mandi
mandi

i hope starr and cole and hope go with Starr to GH i would be cool! I just hope if Cole goes to GH with Starr that it is Brandon Buddy i like him better!

Marla
Marla

I believed Raven Beauty when she warned us all that OLTL & AMC were going to be canceled and it came to pass and I believe her warnings now when she said that..ABC is again yanking fans chains and that.”GH is set to wrap in July to be off the air by September 2012″ .Ugh,, Why do you think their having all the old timers back?? Their wrapping up story lines.

Paula Kate Prince-Meserole
Paula Kate Prince-Meserole

I realized a long time ago that there are no guarantees in this life.

In view of what indeed has happened to OLTL and AMC …I just don’t want to step back into the dark waters of rumors of GH’s possible demise , and while I am doing my part to help save the soaps I am trying so hard to keep a good thought about GH .

Like OLTL and AMC I have been watching GH since the very first week back in April 1963.

I believe that there is a lot to be said for positive thinking…so I am choosing to look at the news of the 3 year contract for KA as something positive.

For some inexplicable reason I still believe that somehow this whole thing is going to work itself out and our soaps will return even if they end up on another network.

I just want to look for and see any positives I can find and be thankful for what we have right now.

Neynerrz
Neynerrz

I personally believe that GH will be around for at least another year considering The Revolution is paying people to sit in their audience and their ratings are terrible. Abc had a huge backlash for canceling AMC and a even bigger one for canceling OLTL, I don’t think they are stupid enough to take away the last and greatest of them all it would be like blackballing themselves.

Joyce
Joyce

I think Starr will show up in Port Charles in hiding. She will be the only one to have escaped a plot to kll the entire Thornheart family. Cole, his mom dad and Hope will have all perished. She’s afraid to return to Llanview so she ends up in Port Charles afraid to trust anyone!

Lynne
Lynne

I am looking so forward in seening Starr again, but i do miss OLTL alot!

General Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right, and to have to fight for something…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The evil-eye necklace!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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