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OLTL's Roger Howarth & Trevor St. John named "Power Performances of the Week"

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Who would have ever thought soap fans would live to see the day that two of the most prolific daytime actors of all-time, both hugely popular, both unique in their own way, would end up finally sharing screen time together in a tale that could only be told and made plausible on the soaps.  And in doing so giving the genre, and most of all the fans of One Life to Live, some of the greatest dramatic must-see moments in recent memory. After all, who wasn’t clamoring to find out which one of these guys was the real Todd after so many false starts?

Now, we know, we know, that the convoluted plot and explanation via psycho-momma-baddie, Irene Manning was a little far-fetched, and also hard to follow, but c’mon.  We are soap fans, we get it. How on earth were we going to get around to why we have two Todd Mannings? And, how could everyone in Llanview not know Todd was Todd, plus he had another face altogether? Well, as the tale of what went down via Irene to her two twin sons, Todd and Victor Jr., was revealed, we were so upset to learn that Victor Jr. had his face sliced thanks to mom, and then reconstructed, thanks again to mom, to look like Walker Laurence! And, how upset we also had been finding out that the original Todd had been kept in captivity for 8 years away from all the people he loves.  And that is just scratching the surface here!

But all of this story repositioning has given way to amazing performances this past week from Trevor St. John (Victor) and Roger Howarth (Todd).  And so… On-Air On-Soaps is proud to name Trevor and Roger this week’s Power Performances of the Week! From the moment of Irene’s reveal, the subtlety, anger, horror, disbelief and sadness, and relief (in the case of Howarth’s Todd) portrayed was watching two actors at the very top of their game. We don’t think we will ever forget, Howarth’s Todd asking his sister, Viki for a hug after they realize they are true brother and sister, and that he had been so isolated from everyone he loves for so long…a truly beautiful moment.  Subsequently, when Todd goes to see Starr after the bombshell and they reunite, and then he sees his granddaughter Hope for the first time, this is the stuff that soaps are made of and it was played to perfection.

And then on the flip side: there is St. John’s, Victor Jr. completely destroyed, lying to this family that has come to know him as Todd, that he is still Todd, till the gig is up thanks to Starr. What followed was an amazing moment when all of Todd’s children tell Victor Jr. they still love him no matter what. St. John played every moment of this, and the desperation to get out of town to perfection, and we can’t wait for Victor and Tea to have their emotional showdown.

In our book, Howarth and St. John are true originals; they played magnificently off of each other and made creative, daring and exciting acting choices along the way with the material given to them. All we can say is, it has been a pleasure to watch. More please!  For now, watch some of the clips below of the moments over the last few airshows we have discussed, and tell us your thoughts on the performances and the story.

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tasneem
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tasneem

I’m from South Africa the show does not air here but thanks 2 youtube I can see why people love Trevor he is an excellent actor I give him all the props for making this role his own I wish him much success. I love watching Roger because I’ve been interested him since my country just brought ATWT here I love how he makes a character his own u felt all the emotion he had with Blair, Starr and little Hope it was a reunion of a family. I wish the Daytime Awards can. Nominate Trevor Roger Michael(Adam) Daniel (Cane… Read more »

Doe
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Doe

Michael, you are so right on your power performances picks. These two actors are simply the best of the best. All I can say is Bravo,,Bravo…The writing is so imaginative and clever, making the story about two Todds and how they became who they really are, top notch and dynamic. I don’t remember when I have seen better writing and better acting. Everyone of all the family members also played their parts very well. I can’t wait for Monday’s episode Kudos to you Michael, for recognizing true quality actors with different styles at their best…..

Di
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Di

One word….BRAVO!!

SabrinaD18
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SabrinaD18

The BEST scenes of RH & TSJ together were the scenes with David!

Felicia
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Felicia

I recorded all the episodes but I saved the ones from this week. I love both Todds and when I watched Fridays episode, I cried and laughed. Trevor is an excellent actor and so is Roger. I wish the show will continue becuz OLTL is the best, hands down!

lisa
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lisa

Bravo to both gentlemen for knocking it out of the park this week. I always knew in my heart of hearts that Roger was the true Todd…..and now to find out all these years and under these circumstances that he has a twin brother. And Trevor (Victor ) at first trying to maintain that he is Todd…. it didn’t matter to Todd’s children that he is in fact their uncle – they love him anyway. And then there’s the evil Irene – I feel for her sons ,she sacrificed both of them….but her cryptic message upon leaving Llanfair…..”If you think… Read more »

Annmarie
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Annmarie

Amazing—both of them

MEG
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MEG

THEY ARE SUCH FOOLS LETTING TREVOR GO ,WITH THEM BOTH THEY HAVE THE BEST ON DAYTIME AND PRIMETIME!!

hmm
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hmm

I couldn’t agree more, Michael! Bravo to the both of them. Awesome TV! I

todd
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todd

Trevor has a more difficult task…..and is doing it so well. There is so much going in Victor Jrs mind and Trevor has been playing perfectly with all the paranoia, self-doubt, and fear of losing his family. I hate that OLTL is losing Trevor, but he wanted out of his contract. He wanted to stay on only after learning it was cancelled for an additional 4 months. The show did not get rid of him….they just honored his wishes. As long as either Todd makes it to OLTL v. 2 then I will be watching.

Torrey
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Torrey

They were both awesome… All I have to say is, I hope to God that TPTB see the special dynamic that they have with these two actors, and make the smart decision to bring TSJ back. It would be lunacy to not have these two men to play off of each other. That alone is Daytime Gold.

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

This story has been one of my favourites of late and has me glued to my seat when I watch them (either live or in time delayed recording). I loved the scenes with the then two Todds & David, and then RHTodd’s reunion with Starr and Hope, then with Blair walking in on Todd playing with Hope on the floor. Just brilliant!

mike
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mike

I hope they keep the door open for a possible return for Trevor. While Roger Howarth will always be Todd to perfection, Trevor St.John is a very good actor and the two work very well together. OLTL has a cast that has no equal.

Alison
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Alison

I became a fan of Roger Howarth during his time on ATWT and agree that he is an amazing actor.

Trevor St. John is absolutely brilliant (as the Brits would say). He is hands down superlative!! I can’t think of a good enough way to describe my appreciation… But it is vast.

If there is even half a brain amongst the executives at Prospect Park they will realize that they need to do whatever it takes to bring TSJ back to the OLTL fold. There is no excuse for letting go of a superb talent!

Ann
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Ann

I agree with the comments about Trevor. He is and will always be Todd Manning as far as I’m concerned. Trevor always delivers stellar performances. He is phenomenal in the role and he’s made it his own. As for the twin thing, in my mind, RH is Victor Jr. It’s the only way the story could work and even then it is a bit much. But Trevor is a true pro, a true joy to watch. Once he leaves, I’ll be watching him on my tapes. I never tire of watching TSJ as Todd! He always draws me in! TPTB… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Their performances were fabulous! I even thought they played the twin thing to perfection before Irene arrived. It was very subtle but there. I wish that TSJ was staying they have such an opportunity to do fun things with the two of them being Todd. I think we must also give huge credit to the performances that Vicki, Tea, Blair and Starr gave supporting the Todds. It was a great week! Please keep TSJ!!!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Maybe the Emmy gods will revise their convoluted misdirected awards process so top-drawer acting and storytelling gets some deserved love. Can Howarth and TSJ be nommed as a set? OLTL has had some dynamite peformances in recent years and these are the latest and greatest. Wow!

Sissylee
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Sissylee

I love watching these two todd I hope they work together in oltl online hopeful someone rehired Trevor

Annie
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Annie

TSJ is finally acting after walking through his scenes for the past few years. I am so thrilled to see Roger. The one and only Todd.

alberta
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alberta

i am most sadden to see trevor st john leave the show.;he was fantastic. i really wish the producers could have kept the twins on the show. i am so hurt to see trevor die. i know it is just on the show, but i looked forward to seeing him every day. he will be greatly missed. please bring him back!

Deb Rafter
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Deb Rafter

I think it is a shame that they are leading everyone to think that Todd killed Victor. Why did Victoro have to die? Seems there could have been lots of juicie stuff there. I hate to see St. John go.

LAURA PUGLIESE
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LAURA PUGLIESE

I have watched OLTL my entire life. I remember when RH left, and I did not think there was an actor out there that could come in and take his place PLUS win me over. I have never been a fan of recasting characters. I usually spend half the time wishing the original actor would just come back already. That is not true in this case! TSJ came in and found a way to take over AND make this VERY complex character his own. Years ago when I faithfully watched RH I would not have believed I would ever think… Read more »

Linda Ziemak
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Linda Ziemak

All I can say is that ABC made a big mistake when they let Trevor St John go. He is a GREAT actor. It is a real shame. I have no reason to watch anymore. I do hope they try and bring him back……

Mary Jeffers
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Mary Jeffers

When I first started watching OLTL many years ago and Roger Howarth was Todd Manning then, I admired his acting skills when Todd was a really bad guy (the rape of Marty Sayebrook and harrassing Nora Gannon when she was blind) but then he left OLTL and they brought in this amazing Trevor St. John as Walker Laurence and I think he was responsible for Mitch Laurence’s death. Anyway, even though both are excellent actors, my heart goes with Trevor St. John. Trevor has that Jack Nicholson spark about him… I recorded the last two weeks when Victor Lord, Jr.… Read more »

General Hospital

Ashton Arbab Says Farewell To General Hospital: “It Was Such An Honor To Have Worked Alongside Of Such Talented Actors”

Yesterday, viewers of General Hospitals witnessed that as a result of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib; it meant the end of the road for a couple of characters.  One of those was Dev, and thus ends Ashton Arbab’s over two-year run in the role.

In key scenes, Dev dies in the ambulance ride to the hospital and thanks Sonny (Maurice Benard) for making him a part of the family and tells Sonny to tell Josslyn (Eden McCoy) that he is sorry.  Will Sonny recall what Dev said and pass that on to Joss? Will anyone figure out Dev’s duplicity in keeping Joss and Cameron (William Burton) apart? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Ashton took to Twitter on Tuesday and shared these words of praise and ‘thank you’ for his time on the ABC daytime drama series.

 

Arbab expressed: “I am forever grateful to Producer Frank Valentini and Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) for this amazing opportunity. It was such an honor to have worked along side of such talented actors and I’m beyond blessed for your friendship. Most of all thank you General Hospital fans.”

So, what did you think of Dev being killed-off? Will you miss Ashton? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.


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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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Mark Lawson Shares Heartfelt Sentiments As He Exits General Hospital

General Hospital fans knew Monday’s episode would bring with it who might have survived the explosion at the Floating Rib, and who might still be in peril or who did not make out.

This afternoon as viewers were learning the fate of several characters including Dustin, who was proposing to Lulu (Emme Rylan) as the bomb went off, his portrayer, Mark Lawson took to his Instagram to announce his exit from the series.

Mark expressed: “Actors know this moment is bittersweet.  Job well done, but leaving a set full of like-minded, inspired people. Playing Dustin was a joy. Every day on set was a gift, as were: Emme Rylan, Kirsten Storms, Brian Lane, Dominic Zamprogna, Lisa LoCicero, Maurice Benard, Bradford Anderson (And others that don’t have social media!) Thank you General Hospital. Honored to be part of television history not only on this show, but to be among the first actors back to work in town post-Covid. The set always felt safe, and I was proud to be in front of the camera in such a strange time  Thank you for everything.  Stay soapy.”

Check out Mark’s post below.

So, are you sad that Dustin is no longer on the canvas in Port Charles? Will you miss Mark in the role? Comment below.

 

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