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MONDAY: General Hospital Is On The Move With Its Timeslot Change In 8 Major Markets!

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Here’s a friendly reminder for General Hospital fans! This coming Monday September 8th, the action in the town of Port Charles is on the move back to its old time slot of 25 years in eight major television markets.

That means GH will air at 3PMEST/2PMPST in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Raleigh-Durham.

There have been several new GH timeslot promos that feature members of the cast to get viewers ready for the change!

And after the jump, watch two from ABC7 which features: Jason Thompson (Patrick), Laura Wright (Carly), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Ryan Paevey (Nathan), Sean Blakemore (Shawn), and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth).  Then let us know, are you ready to catch GH next week?

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Mo
Mo

Where’s the post about Days’ time slot move in major markets?

Tim
Tim

I searched online,but couldn’t find any mention of Days switching time slots.I’m pretty sure that GH is the only soap changing times.

Mo
Mo

Meredith Viera’s show is going to air at 1:00 p.m. so Days is moving to noon starting Monday.

AJ
AJ

Mo – It’s just one market for Days – your market, whereas the GH move is being done by many of the ABC O&O stations.

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

Im still at 2pm for GH…1pm for Days!!!

Shirley Newman
Shirley Newman

I live in Columbus Ga will it be moved for us also?

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

Only if you recieve GH on one of the channels mentioned in the time change…otherwise GH should stay where it is i would believe?

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

Best to check your local listing to be certain…

davlestev1
davlestev1

LORD..i just checked the schedule for Monday in Los Angeles and yes it’s 3pm…following Rachel Ray…ughhh…ABC will be your go to alternative for Food Network daytime if it kills them…and us…LOL

gslam
gslam

“Eat, Ray, Love” is hilarious! Love it!

elm1951
elm1951

i live near philadelphia & gh will be on at 3pm……………..

Joanne
Joanne

This promo show them at 2…..not 3PM…so it;s not intended for us…I’m confused???

Mary SF
Mary SF

That is 2 pm Pacific Standard Time, which is 3 pm Eastern Standard Time. I know time zones are confusing, so just watch your local listing to find when GH will be on in your area.

AJ
AJ

Mary SF!!!!! 2PM PST is NOT 3PM EST!!!! 2PM PST is 5PM EST. Note that it’s daylight saving time so it’s really PDT and EDT. The US has 4 time zones for the 48 contiguous states. Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific. When it’s 3PM in the Eastern zone (NYC), it’s 2PM in Central (Chicago), 1PM in Mountain (Denver), and 12PM in Pacific (SF).

AJ
AJ

It’s Los Angeles. The new time is 3PM Eastern/2PM Pacific. Before it was 2PM E/1PM P

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I ( Mary SF) said time zones were confusing, I just assumed when the article stated it was 2pm PST/3pm EST, that is what that meant. But I should have known better– I have satellite and I was watching the West Coast feed for GH for the last year at 4pm– now that would be 5pm Eastern. Sheez where did I put my my mind when I wrote that reply. Anyway thanks for correcting me, I wouldn’t want anyone missing GH because I goof on the time difference thing. Glad you paid attention in school, because I obviously didn’t. LOL

GH50
GH50

This whole situation is really baffling. GH is a network show, it is not a syndicated program. For ABC to take a network program and decide it makes sense to move it in every single one of its owned markets, all different times zones with varying dynamics and competition, just doesn’t seem logical.

GH, as many shows, benefits from a live social media component. RC tweets during the show almost everyday and there are many live threads on various boards. To disrupt the continuity across the same time zone, taking two such large markets as NY and Philadelphia, out of the mix, taking them out of the conversation, opening those fans up to spoilers just makes very little sense.

The argument that the local stations in NY and Phi prefer GH as a lead in to the 4p news makes very little sense as well. Two local news programs and the wants of the local stations should not take precedence over what a network show needs. Jeopardy also has an audience that would be a more compatible lead in for a news program.
You also lose the CHEW as a consistent lead in for GH, a show that does well and has a comparable audience.

This change seems like it will disrupt the flow, interest and conversations among GH viewers. I don’t see a network doing that if it is fully committed the show. It just makes very little sense to me.

nicole
nicole

New York and Philadelphia aren’t just two local stations. They are among the largest ABC affliates in the country with WABC being the largest. Making the news divisions happy is a network concern.

A couple of years ago when Jay Leno had a primetime show the local news affliates complained because the ratings took a hit and he was canceled. The news division is the most powerful division next to sports. The network will not discount what they want.

GH50
GH50

The Leno situation was national, it affected the entire country, every NBC affiliate. No the two markets are not just any local stations, you might see in my post that I referred to their size. That is the point, the health of GH nationally and in two such large markets should be primary to the 4p news on those stations. You are also confusing network news divisions with local news programming. And Leno was cancelled because the network’s primetime ratings were suffering, the local news affiliates being a casualty was an effect.

Here’s some facts. The GH audience in NY and Phi account for approximately 15% of the entire GH audience. You don’t potentially mess with that for the 4p news. The 4p news on WABC already attracts about 250,000 viewers, about 300,000 when the weather is colder and the audience universes increase. It is the only news program on in the market at that time and has a finite ceiling of viewership based on HUT levels and how many people are interested in news at that time. Its competition, Judge Judy dominates and that won’t change. Those people, who would fit the news demo, know there is a local news and they don’t watch it. Ellen is on at the same time and has a loyal audience. Same is even true of Dr. Oz. There is only so much better that the 4p news on WABC can do based on a number of factors and that potential is not great enough to mess with the continuity of GH.

And going back to the Leno situation, not only did it effect every NBC station across the country, but because the 11p news had competition from every other network. So at 11p, news watchers were content staying on the channel that they already had on for the 10p show. As I mentioned above, the 4p news on WABC has no other news competition. It is alone in the market. If there were other 4p news’s you could possibly make an argument, because there are more news choices at that time and you are competing for the same audience. In this instance you are not.

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

I just cant wait to see how this affects them ratingswise…will it do better or worse?…ive seen time change on other shows and in most cases they experienced significant losses and cancelled soon afterward…on the other hand it might bring an increase…time(pun) will tell if it was a good move or not!!!

su0000
su0000

A fan will watch no matter the time..
thing is;
Most all do have the time to sit in front of a TV for an hour during the afternoon.. they work or do whatever..
A great may watch online.. anywhere anytime..
The way people watch media has changed greatly. We have iPads/phones and smart TV’s etc etc ..
I have not watched a soap live/in front of the TV for an hour/60 minutes since I was able to watch online and it is 36 minutes long via the internet..
I watch at ABC every evening when I’m ready to watch 🙂
Time slots have no effect on me 🙂
Hope it works well for those who still watch during the day ..

su0000
su0000

jimh..
I don’t think it will make a difference..
More watch on line than TV ..
And on line, for a long time, is counted by nielsen ratings..

nicole
nicole

It isn’t just GH ratings that are important in this; if the 4 pm newscasts in these cities suffers that is not good for GH either.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

GH50, I agree. I don’t think the varying timeslots will be good for GH. I hope I’m wrong, but I think the inconsistency in DOOL airtimes is part of the reason its ratings are so low. Maybe it will help both shows that they won’t be competing in major markets? I guess time will tell, but I love both shows. Glad I have a DVR that records 2 shows at once. Both GH & DOOL air at 1 p.m. in my market and that isn’t going to change.

su0000
su0000

I watch the soaps online..
The time I watch varies, but I can watch where and when I want to.
You said you DVR, so time slot is not a difference to you either, you will watch at your convenience..
My grandma watches by TV because she is use to it and old, and doesn’t know internet anything LOL
I do not see how a time slot will affect many, not at all.. there are a few old times that still sit in front of TV that time day to watch soaps, most people do not have the time or opportunity to do that or simply don’t want to sit through an hour when online it is 36 minutes during the evening 🙂
online you can watch two soaps in near the same time watching one soap by TV,,
So.- people who DVR or watch online, a time slot nothing to them ..

harry
harry

Frankly it worries me. Was it As the World Turns which changed its long running time slot shortly before it was cancelled?
And they have that obnoxious Rachel Ray as the lead in to GH? Rachel Ray is on a downward trend–most people find her annoying and her recipes to be not very appetizing. I don’t see her show lasting too long and do not see it as a strong lead in to GH.
The whole thing is worrisome.

nicole
nicole

@GH50 One don’t understand the anger in your response. Two I live in NYC I know what the 4pm landscape here is like. Thank you.

WABC had a choice between either GH as a lead in or Jeopardy. Do you know what their numbers for the 4pm newscast was before they moved the show here to 2pm. While there may not be a huge bump for moving GH to 3 it will probably benefit them as opposed to Katie being in that slot

If Tyra’s show was ready GH may have stayes where it was, because it will most likely go into the 2pm slot here in NYC.

As to the Leno situation I know it was on a national level I uses that to illustrate that news divisions have pull.

But we both agree the show changing time slots in 2012 and 2014 in major markets may not be the greatest move for the show.

harry
harry

Nicole, I don’t think GH50 was angry with you. The problem with social interaction on the Internet is that one cannot hear the other’s tone of voice.
For instance, when I debate with say, Su00, one cannot hear my lilting, affectionate humorous tone of voice.
(fortunately, one also cannot see my clenched teeth).

Dan
Dan

Soap fans are some of the most loyal viewers in all of television, if they want to watch GH, they will find it, whatever time it might be on. And as others have pointed out, in this era of DVR, the timeslot of a show means less than it’s ever meant before.

Here in the NY market, GH was always on at 3pm anyway for as long as I’ve been watching. When it moved to 2pm a few years ago, that took some getting used to. But moving back to its original timeslot that it was in for so many years, I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. I’m sure it will take some adjustment for some people, and there may be a slight blip in the ratings initially, but everyone will catch up.

If you’re a fan of the show, it moving ahead an hour isn’t gonna be the reason you all of a sudden stop watching. You’re not gonna be like “Well I was watching GH at 2pm, but an hour later, that’s a deal breaker!” All of this hand wringing about the timeslot change is much ado about nothing, in my view.

KM
KM

GH50, you raise a good point about the social media aspect of the different time slots in different markets. I’m not a huge follower myself but lots of fans enjoy the back and forth discussions while the show is airing.

RC is one of the biggest and I’ll bet this will make his Twitter head pop off as he’ll have to hold his tongue until the show is actually airing in the O&O’s “official” later time slot while everyone else watching will be discussing away and stealing his thunder. Although in his case that might be a good thing:) The split time slots will put a damper on basic discussion boards too which is important because GH depends so heavily on social media to promote themselves.

I agree with those who say the news division rules and I don’t think Dick Sherwood bodes well for GH. Katie bombed and I get why certain ET markets want a stronger lead for their new but I don’t think they’ll get what they’re hoping for with GH.

Here in the CT land of Chicago I was able to juggle my schedule where 1pm was lunch time for me and sometimes I’d catch a bit of The Chew as well. Now I won’t be around to watch GH live at 1pm so I also won’t be around for the news either. Nor will I go out of my way to catch any of The Chew or wait around through Rachael Ray and game shows in between.

I’ll still record GH but maybe or maybe not have time to watch after work.

I think the end result of the hacked up daytime schedule will actually be weaker lead ins for everyone. Too bad ABC had to mess what was actually working and was giving GH some of its best numbers in years.

Tom Joyce
Tom Joyce

It’s staying at 2:00pm in Boston because Meredith Viera is moving in at 3:00pm. I believe that this is the first time in its history that GH has aired in a different time slot in Boston than in New York and Philadelphia. I’m not sure that is a smart move. Now GH will be airing at 1:00pm, 2:00pn, or 3:00pm in various parts of the country. (Does it air in any other time slot in the continental U.S.?) I think they would be better off keeping it’s time slots as consistent as possible.

July
July

The time change is stupid. Not so much switching the times which I can live with and doesn’t matter an hour later. What’s stupid is what Tom said. I’m in NY, I have friends and family in DC and Boston where it’s staying at 2. I find out from them or go online to social media to see what happens before I even see it. It should be shown in all cities in the same time zone, bad planning by ABC especially since we are getting 2 game shows ugh!!!

Linda jones
Linda jones

What about Florida ? Is it going to stay at 2:00

AJ
AJ

The article states: That means GH will air at 3PMEST/2PMPST in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Raleigh-Durham.

So, yes, it’s staying at 2.

aline robichaud
aline robichaud

here in Canada I don’t know what time it will be please tell me the change thank you

Mary SF
Mary SF

I checked City TV’s website and according to the schedule for next week GH is still going to be aired at 2.pm in Toronto/ Ontario -if you are in a different time zone, just check the website of the City station in your area but I think it will be same time it is on now out west too.

nicole
nicole

Su000 actually that isn’t true. While multi-platform viewing is making in roads it had yet to overtake traditional vvewing especially among soaps core audience the viewers between 25-54. Niesen has yet to track online viewing that most likely comes in 2015.

They count live + same day, 3 day, and 7 day. They also track Twitter activity for 3 hours before and after a show airs but that does not effect the ratings that are released.

MITCHELL BOURQUE
MITCHELL BOURQUE

what? I am so confused

Chris
Chris

In NYC and Phi, with GH moving back to 3pm, it will be preceded by a second run of Jeopardy (i believe it’s repeats from the last season or two). This baffles me and just does not seem like a compatible lead-in for GH in those markets. Nothing at all against Jeopardy (which will continue on for a long time), but the truth is that it’s audience largely skews pretty old (and the viewership will probably be even lower for these afternoon episodes once people realize that they’re repeats).

GH needs all the younger female viewers it can get to have the best chance to survive well into the long-term future, and I just don’t think this move will help in that regard. Also, what makes these ABC stations think that most viewers of GH are going to be more inclined to watch their 4 pm news? Did they ever think that just maybe their local news ratings are low because it’s reached an overkill point? I know it’s cheap to produce, But in this era of the internet, cell phones, etc. do we really need news at 4, followed by news at 5, then more news at 6, before the national network news at 6:30 on over-the-air stations? What lazy and unimaginative programming.

Not to say that this will be a disastrous move for GH in these markets, but I just don’t think it will be a positive thing, even though that was GH’s time slot for most of its run. I hope I’m wrong, but that’s just my gut feeling. I tend to agree with GH50 above. If ABC is really pleased with GH and its performance, you’d think they would leave well enough alone with a consistent lead-in (from The Chew) and time slot within each time zone, rather than catering to the supposed needs of a handful of key stations (which may not transpire for them). This entire situation puzzles me.

su0000
su0000

hey Chris..
you said ”GH needs all the younger female viewers it can get ”
Younger people male and female are not home during work hours to watch soaps.. they most likely would be internet watchers..Anytime anywhere people..
So– a time slot would not be a problem for them,,

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

When ABC changed GH’s time slot to 2:00pm from 3:00pm, this was to make room for Katie Couric’s new Talk Show. Unfortunately, Katie’s show has been cancelled but GH Soap marches on!!! What can I say except that I am not surprised…..GH has had some really good actors and stories this past year. I believe the time will not change back to 3:00p.m. here in Orlando, Fl. This suits me as I have gotten used to the 2:00p.m. time. Bring it On, GH, we need another super year to keep GH up there in ratings and I believe you can do it…..Kudos to a job well done!!!!!

Nick
Nick

Quite frankly, this whole situation worries me. The beginning of the end for Guiding Light was when CBS started to allow individual stations to move the show around the schedule. Same with Another World on NBC back in the day. And I think that one factor in Days’ ratings being on the low side is that not all NBC affiliates air the show at a consistent time.

Jeopardy repeats directly leading into GH? And this will prop up their endless local news? Really? I can’t believe these ABC stations couldn’t come up with anything better than this.

jeremy
jeremy

GH staying at 1 p.m. Mountain Time here In the state of New Mexico 🙂

Andrew
Andrew

How many shows now does that make that have failed to replace the soaps that were canceled? (That’s a rhetorical question to make a point)

I work during the day so it doesn’t matter to me what time the show is on, as long as my DVR picks it up. It’s not 100% reliable of course (Wednesday’s show didn’t record and the ABC.com site doesn’t post the show for a week for Time Warner viewers. I missed all the Victor/Nathan exposition but the nice thing is that when the story is picked up again, they’ll replay the vital points)

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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:

Courtesy/ABC

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.

Photo: ABC

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.

Courtesy/ABC

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)

Photo: ABC

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.

Photo: ABC

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.

Photo” ABC

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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