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NEXT ON GH: Anna and Obrecht Have A Showdown Over Faison and Nathan!

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On Monday’s episode of General Hospital, look for quite the meaty scene between female titans, Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) and Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati)!

In this video preview, Obrecht is confronting Anna as to the whereabouts of Cesar Fasion (Anders Hove) and wants Anna to admit she killed him!  While Anna never does say what happened to the sociopath, she questions Obrecht’s motives  for coming to see her, which seem to be using her missing son, Nathan (Ryan Paevey) to get answers about Faison!

Anna admits she has grown very fond of Nathan, and lays into Obrecht for handing her son over to her sister Madeline (Donna Mills) so she could go be with Faison!

Watch the clip after the jump!  Let us know what you thought of seeing the showdown as played by Finola Hughes and Kathleen Gati?  And, the bigger questions … where is Faison?  Will it prove true that Nathan is the love-child of Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) and Liesl?

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GH50
GH50

When was the last time we saw Dr.O and Anna together. I can’t remember. Was it when Robin left? That was six months ago. Was that when Dr.O accused Anna of killing Faison? Has she waited six months to confront her again? Was that last conversation the same one when Dr.O suggested that she knew the reason Robin left and there was more to it than Anna knew? So Anna never followed up on that and Dr.O has waited all this time to try and get answers about Faison?

This is a meaty scene. But that seems to be what GH has become. A bunch of scenes with no story attached. Fans waited months for the Dr.O/Franco scene. Then what? Fans waited three months for Nina and Ava. Then what? Fans have waited six months for Anna and Dr.O. Now what?

We now have episodes that contain a few scenes between characters, and really it’s about scenes with certain actors, becoming some type of event. They are staged, fans critique the acting and the dialogue, and then nothing. No real story, no continuity, just some scenes that people should look forward to because they showcase certain actors together. Is that engaging storytelling? Is that why you watch a serial drama.

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

Scooby Doobey Doo…GH needs you…come solve a case and help poor Anna…Scooby will fill right at home-like any cartoon character-since the show feels like its written by Hanna Barbera…just joking folks?…lol

dmr
dmr

GH50: I absolutely agree with you. Storylines are constantly “lost” because of the on-slaught of new, recurring, and useless characters. I forget about many of the storylines (for example, Carlos, Ava, Sabrina-the accident “cover-up,” etc) because there is no continuity. It’s very sad to see. The show does not appear to have much balance.

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

By now some probably forgot Ric Lansing was there…i know the writer has…lol…if the show would drop about 8 to ten characters and have more continuity it would be so much better and maybe climb even more in the ratings!!!

MaxDaddee
MaxDaddee

I so agree with this. It’s like rather than storylines, we have a constant parade of smoke and mirrors, blasts from the past. Tired of Obrech’s madman ex-boyfriend running around loose tinkering with lives in a health care facility. And then there’s pulling things out of the recycling bin – like the Carly and Sonny liaison… Sonny’s character burned out long ago. They need to bring some stabiity and realism to the storylines. Bring in Erika Slezak and some of the Buchanans from OLTL. The writers have basically shredded the Quartermains out of the picture. Bring in a new cornerstone family like the Buchanans. And did I say I’m really tired of Nina and all that comes out of her mouth?

su0000
su0000

Awesome!!
That is why GH is the true #1 soap!!
With great actors ; Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) and Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) facing-off on screen together their talent is explosive..
They are equal in giving powerful performances..

Same with Mura West/Ava facing-off with Michelle Stafford/Nina..
They are explosive, and even-up in giving powerful performances..

((and some believe Sharon and Cassi Y&R are giving great performance, in comparison to the above 4, they are weak/mediocre …. (cassi better than Sharon)

Gotta give credit where credit is due..
General Hospital=powerhouse !!…. GH is thee #1 soap!!! 🙂

Rodd
Rodd

Powerful actresses, powerful scene; looking forward to this playing out.

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

I agree it is a meaty scene and i look forward to it…and there is a problem with continuity…this paticular scene should have been shown months ago…Dr.O wouldve never waited this long to confront Anna over her beloved Faison…maybe it has something to do with the availability of actors and how many scenes the can do( a show with a bloated cast like this would cost a fortune to produce if all were featured everyday…they need to drop several and focus more on continuity like the other shows do)…in spite of its flaws which i dont see corrected anytime soon, many watch to help keep it on the air…others find enjoyment in it regardless…maybe sooner or later tptb will realize there is problems and finally work on them…in the meantime…i know ive complain and have threaten to quit watching which i may or may not do…but as long as some juicy scenes like this one and the Ava/Nina one from the other day appear every now and then, i’ll tune in for that because its still ten times better than whats on oppisite…jmho!!!

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

Still wish Anna and Dr.Mutter were sisters…faternal twins!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi! jimh…I believe Anna Devane already has an identical twin; Dr. Alex Devane.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I missed a few episodes. Is Fluke really Victor?

Shay
Shay

Exactly, jimh! It’s long past time for these two dynamic divas to once again lock horns…let battle commence!!!! Despite all the delirious declarations of devotion coming from fans of last week’s Phyllina/Ava verbal mash-up, this is the pairing for which I have been waiting….and…waiting….and waiting. Of course, Dr. O. with anybody is quite delicious and satisfying….ever since the Nurses’ Ball, her all-too-brief appearances have been doled out far too judiciously for my taste! Back to the frontburner for Mutter!!!!!!

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

Yes…more Mutter for me too…took forever for this Anna/Dr.Mutter showdown and hopefully it was worth the wait…Nina/Ava scenes was delicious drama but i’ve been starving so long for another juicy round between Anna/Mutter that i litterally lost ten pounds!!!…lol

Shay
Shay

Well, I don’t know about you, jimh, but yesterday’s episode was the first time in an absolute age that I actually felt as if I were watching the real GH. We had Spencers, Cassadines, Scorpios and Westbournes, who despite being the “new family” have ties that reach back to the show’s best days. I actually watched the entire program, beginning to end, with interest!!! Not only were the most fascinating characters and storylines featured, but it was more who we didn’t see that made the episode so enjoyable….no SAPPY, Felix, Sonny, Carly, Kiki, Jordan, TJ, Alexis, Molly, Julian, Ava, Grossalie, et al….and no NINA!!!! (Totally sick of that one eating the show,,,,,) Of course, it wasn’t quite perfect, in that we still had the Quartermaines missing in action and those perturbing prepubescent pipsqueaks hamming it up, but all in all, it was a truly joyful experience! (Short-lived bliss, of course, but must give credit where credit is due!!!!!!)

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

Same here…in my reply to CeeCee yesterday i mentioned it was a better show…its usually better with me favorite Dr. Mutter…hopefully, nuJason’s return will help bring the Quartimaines more airtime…and more Monica!!! But i wont hold my breath…those others you mention will unfortunately show up…GH needs a big disaster to trim the cast and get rid of the lot of them and hopefully in one episode…lol

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

Todays episode…was nearly as good as Mondays…Wed. not looking too good with a few boring characters in the preview but i’ll wait and see…my interest in the show has increased for the better(even with some flaws) since by REALLY BAD day from two weeks ago…

Shay
Shay

And you just knew it was too good to last, right jimh? Tuesday wasn’t as good as Monday, and Wednesday? Forget about it! Back to many of those boring, unnecessary filler castmates that have no place on the canvas! As for today, I see by the preview that we are again being forcefed “LaNina,” as if it would be too much to ask for a week’s relief without that show-eating albatross on wheels, and oh yes, Snippy is there as well, acting all “Mata Hari” with her juvenile revenge-capade. Oh spare me…..

Anti-Nick
Anti-Nick

It is a story, you just dont like the pacing. Those who complain should become a writer and apply for a job or stop the whining.

su0000
su0000

I love the pace 🙂
the writing is awesome suspenseful and giving the actors great moments to perform..
GH is no longer a soap from the 80’s (thanky gawd!)
The world has changed dramatically since the 80’s (another thanky gawd for the loss of the big head hairdos and polyesters)
Since the ”old days” ya know the good ol’ days.. media has changed tremendously, so should the soaps.. GH is the ONLY soap going into 21st century production ..
If the soaps don’t or can’t keep up with the 21st century they will die from 80’s syndrome…
The now gen like fast fast fast, everything fast..
they do not need to see everything evolving moment by moment..
Movies show a lifetime in 2 hours (no need for filler)

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

Its not fast when you have to wait for a nearly forgotten story to continue weeks to months later…yeah, thank God its not the 80s when soaps were still the rage with 3 times more soaps to choose from, highy rated with character driven stories with continuity and made sense…there is a reason they were called the Good Old Days…because they were GOOD…lol…actually soaps arent in the 21st…much of it has step backwards with far less location shootings and big production scenes…there was a lot more of those moments back then compared to today…soaps also didnt need fillers like they do today which drags the shows…back then you had a front burner storyline and as it neared conclusion another one would just be starting which kept you tuning in everyday…so glad i lived in those GOOD old days…just 3 networks and we had many soaps to choose from…today there is just 4…for now…not suOOOO good to me…lol

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

Well suOOOO, the way you describe sports fan is almost exactly the way i am with soaps: i get angry and with great strength i smash my foam cup…after ive drunk all me choclate milk of course and a good burp, with a few naughty ‘Tartersauces’ that i picked up from that bad influence Spongebob Squarepants…my late mother would wash my mouth out with soap if she heard me say a nasty word like Tartersauce but it easly slips out of my mouth…lol…i know exactly what you mean when you say soap fans will write a post as long as War and Peace and whining, sniveling and complaining when watching their soap…wont let go like a dog with a a bone…i usually see that a lot with a ‘certain person’ whenever the subject is about Y & R…that same person rarely says a positive thing about that paticular show…its just entertaiment and that person should learn to have fun and enjoy it instead of the constant moaning and groaning just because Y & R arent written their way…great sex and a cold beer wouldnt satisfy a complainer like that…wouldnt you agree…lmfao!!!

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

No one is whining…just stating the truth!!!

harry
harry

Thank you Jim and GH50. Trying to explain basic elements of good story telling has become as tiresome and redundant as Carly and hooking up again.

Jake
Jake

To me, it’s whining! I’ve watched since 1979 and am satisfied with this writing regime. I’d never want to go back to Guza’s time!

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

Jake…i agree…i woundnt want the Guzza years…i barely watched then…the current regime is somewhat better…however, as a longtime viewer of soaps ive seen even better and know GH could do better than it is doing now…if Y&R can attract over 4 million viewers why cant GH do the same…its the writing…i dont have great writing skills myself so its easy for me to tell when these shows writing isnt doing well…have you ever noticed when GH has some good moments the ratings rise then decrease when certain characters and their part of the story is featured…if the show would drop about ten characters and filler moments and focused more on continuity, i believe GH could either push B&B out of second place or at least tie…GH has good story ideas and can be entertaining some of the time…it should be that way all of the time…GH is better now than the Guzza years but it still has seen better days!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

But complaining is half the fun of watching a soap. Why do sports fans yell at their television when their team fumbles a play? Why do they call into sports radio telling the host what they would do if they were the coach or management? Because it is fun and they are passionate about their team– and likewise for a soap fan with their soap— Yeah, I get there is difference between good nature complaining and constantly bitching, but for the most part die hard soap fans have been complaining about their soaps since the beginning, just now we can do it on line instead at the hair salon, grocery store, dorm room, public transit etc LOL. So, I will stop complaining but not until sports fans stop complaining about their teams fair enough?

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

Mary, you are often right and make a lot of sense in your comments…we soap fans are no different than sports fans…we cheer when our soaps do well and groan when they do not…the same as sports fans…soap fans, however, dont get as aggressive or violent(well, a few who disagree with our comments do sometime sound like they could be…lol) like some of those sports fans who get so upset after a game doesnt go their way they start a riot and turn over cars and loot the local 7-11…lol…we watch our soaps as if we are watching our own families and just want whats best for them…and like our real families we will ‘bitch and complain’ when things we feel arent turning out as well as we know they should… it proves we care…and just like when we ‘bitch and complain’ about our soap families it also means we care about them too and want the best for them…enough said!!!

su0000
su0000

wrong..
sports fans get angry and smash a beer can with a few %^#@**^% words..
They are over it quickly after a moment of outlet by whatever means works for them..
Their words on the subject are mostly F*** the Nancy he can’t kick a ball the Ref is blind, and so forth, not complaining just kicking it point blank , then it ends.

Soap fans will write a post as long as War and Peace whining, sniveling and complaining about everything they hate while watching their soap, watching by their own free will..
They don’t let it go.. like a rabid dog and a bone, not gonna drop it ahahahaa!
Perhaps the most angry ones should go and tip cows or tip cars and have a beer and great sex and be done with it..

Sport fans spend big dollars$$ to see a game, a lot goes into the procedure to make the day great..
so when it turns out ”we lost” they will kick it for the night and then it ends..
Soap fans attempt to analyze fiction and nitpick everything and get upset when the story is not written the way they want it written, and on and on it goes..

Nonetheless; it is all in the game 🙂 🙂 I like it 🙂

GH rocks!!

aria
aria

first and foremost, Anna needs to be on like 3 to 4 times a week, and not 1 time a week for several weeks, this is horrible that non contract players like DR.O gets more airtime. Second, they need her to solve some cases, and become more badass otherwise just give Mac back the commissioner job, at least we became use to him not solving any crimes, but to have Anna in the same boat is insulting. wheres the freaking balance. Third, it would be nice if Anna actually played a bigger role in raising Emma, after all that is the original reason she chose to stay in port charles after Robin “died”. fourth, why is Anna being played so straight and arrow? she use to be a spy, and playing for both sides use to be her job, why isn’t she doing anything possible to let the bad guys know that she runs this town not them. i’m not saying have Anna break the law, but damn, bended it little, and let Julian and Sonny know she’s the one who wears the pants/ skirt in this town and not them.

Elle
Elle

Completely agree with everything you wrote. Anna should be the central character on GH. She has not had a s/l this year and it is ridiculous that she has not solve a case especially when it involves Emma (car accident). Additionally, where is her concern for Robin her one great love in life. That alone is an abomination. Meanwhile we have Nina who has been on the show for merely 3 mos and practically involved in every storyline. Michelle S. was terrific on YR as Phyllis. I find Nina to be too cartoonish and have no care for her. I recently did a poll on twitter asking viewers who they would prefer on screen Anna or Nina. As of 1 1/2 days later with those who participated 49 – 6 prefer Anna (BTW, I only have 19 followers on twitter and more than half did not participate).

GH50
GH50

This is exactly right. Watch that clip. Watch Anna Devane.Watch how commanding Finola Hughes is. Watch her timing, he range of emotion, her acting choices. Not OTT. Not chewing the scenery. Not coming up with little ticks and affectations. And it is more than Finola as an actress. It is about the character as well. A character that she has developed over the years with great acting but has also been developed through great writing, except for now when she is thrown by the wayside.

How much better would GH be, if Anna Devane was taking down her long time nemesis Julian Jerome? If she was doing so with Duke Lavery. If Julian Jerome was not brought back as a protagonist, given a baby mama in Alexis and a daughter in Sam. Not involved with some guy named Fluke. If his sister Ava was not brought on as a means to create Kiki for Kristen Alderson and to take over the show for the first year she was on. If the Jeromes were brought on, as the bad guys they were, to infiltrate Port Charles and needed to be stopped by Anna and Duke and having them need to work with Sonny to do it? Wouldn’t that have been interesting?

But we have a situation where new characters are created and brought on to give new actors roles and to create a totally new show. One that does not utilize its rich history and characters in a meaningful way and when it does tap into GH history, it does so in a way that completely alters it. TPTB are in charge and can do this, but is it the best that GH can be?

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

More Anna…i agree…Duke, where is he…show is a little cartoonish…maybe Scooby Doo and his gang can show up and help Anna solve a case and why she hasnt had a real story and discover why some characters disappeared and havent been heard from in weeks…lol

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Wow, I love reading the comments that come with these articles! I agree it is a shame we can’t see thee these two actresses every week. I believe it does have more to do with budgets, unfortunately. But anytime these two are in a scene together I dare anyone to look away from the screen! They are awesome!

Timmm
Timmm

GH has been better and at times, a lot worse. We as viewers see a couple problems that are talked about, quite often. Too many characters and not enough air time. I dont know who is to blame? Is it the money, the contracts, the writing? Anna is a hell of a character with connections to so many. She isnt on much, she isnt there for Patrick and Emma, never sees Mac, doesnt mention Robert, and who the hell knows where Duke is? Same with Laura. Her love of her life and her kids have or are going through hell and back and the character is not on the show. Maybe the actress isnt interested in acting, maybe she wants too much money, or maybe she isnt a fan of Cartini? Who knows but it just doesnt make sense. We are force fed James and Freako. Ned and Olivia are great. We didnt see them last week. Roger and Kin are pure gold in their scenes but they barely have any scenes together. Maybe Kin is only signed on to be part time? Why not have Bobbi take over Kellys? It gives her more screen time to rub elbows with other people in Port Charles. Speaking of Bobbi, she lied for Carly, Scott kind of spilled the beans to Franco and then NOTHING! Nothing else is written, no follow up scenes with the four of them? It just seems like viewers are left in the dark?

mfarris70
mfarris70

Random thoughts…

…some fans may be complaining but the ratings continue to be great. As long as ratings are solid, writers will not change.

… I’ll take a little bit of Bobbie, Duke, etc over none at all.

… no soap writer gets to write whatever he wants for whoever he wants. There are contracts, guarantees, etc that are taken into consideration which is why some characters seem to disappear for a while. Frustrating, yes but not necessarily a writer’s choice.

… there’s a lot lot LOT more booing on these comment feeds than cheering. How about some of the naysayers tell us what keeps them tuning in every day?

… opinion is not truth.

Chaz
Chaz

Pacing & continuity are GH’s biggest problems. I liken it to a child with a new toy….it gets played with constantly for a while and then forgotten, only picked up again ever now & then.

I believe a big part of the problem is the cast is just too big. It is almost impossible to play every character and story line with the same amount of air time when you are juggling 30+ of them. I also think that they only have Michelle Stafford for a limited time. It has never been said that she signed a 3 year contract. I would bet it is more 6 mos. to a year and they are playing the hell out of her while they have her.

As a OLTL devotee I was happy that RH & KA found homes with GH. But, I really feel that they are not especially dynamic in their new(ish) roles. Making RH Franco and then Todd-ing him up was a mistake. Franco should never have been resurrected. Too much baggage to turn the character, despite that stupid tumor story. Though, it is fun to see RH & Michelle Stafford together. They have chemistry I just do not see with RH & Laura Wright.

It makes me sad knowing that Ron & Frank helmed my favorite show, yet seem not to be able to steer GH on a clear course.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Victor will discovers Nathan is his son….will that fact make a difference? Will he show any kind of paternal feelings?

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

Maybe Victor will take Nathan fishing and to a ballgame or go camping drinking beer and eating hot dogs for some father/son bonding…lol…kidding aside, im replying here: yes, Anna did have a twin i believe when she was on All My Children…i also thought there was a cousin or a nephew…cant really remember…i only watched AMC briefly when she was there!…I thought GH was a lot better today!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Anna did have a nephew. A hottie named Aidan (sp). I loved AMC .

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

I wonder if Stravos is the one at the door where Lulu and Dante are kept…he’d be the only one interested in Lulu…too soon to be Jason or Fluke…not Heather or Levi/Peter…gots to be Stravos…or am i wrong…guess will find out Tuesday!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, I agree, jimh…that is the most logical deduction.

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

I was right…i said a few threads ago Stravos is coming back for Lulu…and that he was the one at the door Monday…i will treat myself to another piece of my congratulions choclate cake…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

I am missing today’s episode as we ‘speak’, jimh. I am on a ferry to MV…..have been driving with the family for 6 hours from the Hamptons. I will have to catch up. Nonetheless, I NEVER doubt your predictions….enjoy your ‘cake’…have an extra piece on me…later.

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

Hope you had a good time…just learned my last Uncle has passed away!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I am so sorry…my condolences, jimh. We are visiting my grandparents on MV….I always worry about them aging…I do not deal well with loss….Sadly, I have walked in your shoes.

I catch up with my soaps late at night when all is quiet. I am so loving GH right now… The suspense of finding out if Nathan truly is Bictor’s bio son is killing me…in a good way, lol.
I like Victor, so I wish TPTB will humanize him somewhat.

Ces
Ces

Why isn’t Finola Hughes on more often? Where’s Duke?? Too many cast members on this show are pushing out favorites like Anna Devane. SO not looking forward to the Jason Morgan show that will be coming up next either!

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:

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.

Courtesy/ABC

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)

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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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