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On General Hospital, Does Alexis Mow Down Julian? Watch The Promo!

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Doesn’t Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) already have a history of getting behind a car and hitting someone? Sooo, then this Turkey Day plot turn could spell disaster for the boozing Ms. Davis!

In the latest ABC promo for General Hospital, while the Quartermaines and more gather for their annual Thanksgiving gatherings, and Lante looks to saying their “I-Do’s”, Alexis is in bad shape and Julian (William deVry) may, or may not, be her intended target!

As Alexis is behind the wheel of her car, we see Julian walking, then we we see a body flying after a car goes right for him.  Alexis cries, “What have I done?” But was Alexis just watching as this all happens and not the guilty party behind the wheel … or … will it be revealed as is intended in the promo that she ran down the once man of her dreams?

Watch the promo after the jump, and let us know what you think of this latest Julexis conundrum? Comment below!

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Timmm
Timmm

Julian? I would rather she hit Jordan, Nathan, Nina, Curtis, Andre, Griffin or Finn!

Shay
Shay

Well, I can agree with half that list, Timmmbo….and add Hayden and Alexis herself! Either have her hit a tree once she’s completed her vehicular homicidal handiwork or perhaps forget to put her car in park before she gets out of her car to inspect her “roadkill,” then, whoops…Alexis gets plowed down, too!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

But Shay, who would burn the cookies?

Shay
Shay

You mean the “red wine brownies!” Lol…

Fanny
Fanny

I would only keep 2 from UR list, and U wouldn’t be pleased
w/ my choices …Sorry. Is Alexis going fast enough to knock
some serious sense into him…doubtful. And we all know he
won’t become her next casualty, otherwise we’re looking at
Julian being her third victim. And she has the ba–s to call
Sonny and Julian unscrupulous !!!!! REALLY

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Sorry, Fanny. No comparison between mob bosses and a woman with a disease…because at this point Alexis has a drinking problem…she’s not out partying.

Fanny
Fanny

@Rebecca, hi… Yes of course I realize Alexis is an alcoholic
and that it’s a disease. That being said… whatever happened
to the real Alexis…Smart,witty, brilliant attorney, great friend
good mother…. Julian happened and I get it, I really do….but
not with eyes wide shut !!! She chose to pretty much ignore
the ugly truth about Julian again and again…. Even when he
admitted to ordering Duke’s murder, she still married him. So
now she’s a Mobsters wife… Did she truly believe her love
would change him, make him a better man…When a man
tells you who he really is believe him. When reality finally
sets in she turns on him…he sees this as a betrayal and
momentarily snaps tries to kill her and all hell breaks loose.
She drowns her sorrow in the hope that it will help her for-
get… That it was all torn to shreds, love, career, self esteem.
But again…all the life altering decisions Alexis made were
done so before the booze became an issue.

Mrs Kravitz
Mrs Kravitz

All I can say is that NLG is bringing it home with this alcoholism story. She really plays a drunk so very well. The mornings after a bender? Well, you can see the self loathing on her face and if you have a loved one who is an alcoholic, you know that look so well.
NLG is the Meryl Streep of daytime. I just love her.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi again Fanny. As Jax said to Carly, ” We don’t choose who we love…” I make allowances when I watch soaps; there are things that so go against my grain that even suspending my disbelief doesn’t change how I feel. Michael returning Avery to Sonny for example. Michael forgiving Sonny without so much as a lingering conflict. But when it comes to love on GH…I kinda go with the flow if I like the two people in the couple. I love Alexis; always have. And, she’s still all the things you described…smart, witty, a brilliant attorney…she’s still a great mother and friend.

I still like Julian. There’s something about him I just am drawn to. And, I do believe he did and still does love Alexis. I’ve come up with several theories of why he attacked her. One: fantastical…Helena cursed the knife that she returned to Alexis…the same knife that she used to slit Alexis’s mother’s throat. If we are to believe that Helena truly can curse people…than that would exonerate Julian in my eyes for attacking her.

My second more realistic thought is he literally lost his mind when everything started unraveling. He killed Carlos, he felt guilt…but he did it to preserve his life with Alexis. I think when she couldn’t accept that he had lied again, had killed again, he just assumed she’d still stand by him. His love was that deep; he thought their relationship impenetrable. When she went against him by wearing the wire I think he literally snapped from hurt, shock, feelings of betrayal, realization that he was going to lose her and his family…temporary insanity! I tell myself that even though he held the knife to her throat he never would have killed her. If Sonny hadn’t stepped in this is how I want to think it would have gone down:

Julian shaking with fury, holding the knife to her throat, but repeatedly asking “why.” Why, how could you betray me. He thought she loved him..their family..how could she just throw it all away…all the while crying. And then, throwing her away from him, dropping the knife, running away..

Lol. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. As for Alexis, her current state just cries human to me. She loved him deeply and truly believed he had changed. You don’t get over that kind of love…particularly when it all unraveled so quickly..or the shock, the brutality and betrayal she felt. Couple that with the harsh judgment she received from everyone, losing her license, her pride, her reputation, her life with her husband…makes sense to me.

People go through great times in their lives. Other times, they fall apart if the burden is too great.. Cumulative. She’ll bounce back. Eventually…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

One more thing Fanny. If you recall Julian explained to Alexis how he had grown up…in a very cold environment with a mob father. He didn’t feel nurtured, he wasn’t encouraged to feel love or want family. His newfound love for her and his children gave him the incentive to change. So when he told her he would, I truly believe he meant it and so did Alexis. And then…he didn’t. Or should I say he too, fell off the wagon.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Back only to wish Micheal, You, Shay Celia and all other posters too numerous to mention a Happy Thanksgiving…it doesnt look like ill be coming back full time-its been a horrible year and its getting worse!…Sorry, i did not respond last time-been deeply depressed!!!

Celia
Celia

My dearest Jimmy….I wish you find some solace and joy, somehow.
Have faith, my friend. It will not abandon you. Easier said than done, I know it seems that way now. But, my faith, my husband, my son and family picked me up and carried me during my darkest moments.
Much love.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Hoping to hear from you soon.

Rose
Rose

Jimh…Hoping you feel better soon. You are probably the first commenter I wanted to follow when I started on MF a few years ago. As a “story teller” in your own right you always bring humor and wit to whatever you add. So Happy Thanksgiving to you, and look forward to reading more from you about our imaginary alter universes.

Timmm
Timmm

Jim, you are a staple here at Michael Fairman. I hope and pray you have a family member or a church that you can turn to. I dont know what you are going through but remember this, you are a snowflake, we all are, without each of us, there would be no snowman to build, no snowball to throw or not enough snow to ski, hang in there, we need you, EVERYONE counts! Happy Thanksgiving buddy.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Jim, so sorry to read of your troubles. You’ve given us all so much joy and food for thought with your posts. I know cliches don’t really help, so let me just say that there are people who care, even if we’re only online. That, along with my faith and my books and music and the great acting on our shows, always encourage me to see the good sides of life, even in terrible darkness. My prayers will be with you and remember we need you.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Best wishes jimh…try to have a Happy Thanksgiving and “see you” when you feel ready to come back!

Shay
Shay

@jimh….Thank you, my friend! Sending thoughts and prayers for brighter days ahead.. We all have our moments when we feel the need to “step away” from the MF Soap threads, but please don’t allow it to become a habit. Your comments “make our day,” and it’s never the same when those always-anticipated remarks fail to appear, At the very least, promise to keep in touch to let us know you’re hanging in there and still lurking “here” amongst the many regulars who call this website “home!” Take care and best wishes for a most blessed Thanksgiving and holiday season.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I would rather it was a GH/DAYS crossover and she hit loud mouth smart butt kate..THIS ISN’T A TWO FOR ONE SALE MAKE UP YOUR DAMNED MIND ADRIENNE…BWAHAHA..when they finally leave the church Alexis should be drunk driving through Salem after a stop off at TBD and runs that cow over.

Shay
Shay

What beautiful sentiments, Timmm…and so true! Wishing you, as well as the rest of the good people we’ve come to know here at MFSoaps, a Happy Thanksgiving

Timmm
Timmm

Thank you Shay. Also, a belated Happy Thanksgiving to all. Hope everyone survived Black Friday! Back in the saddle, Cyber Monday! Spinelli must get some awesome deals!

JMER
JMER

Lordie, I hope so! If he suddenly died or had to leave town for medical care, I’d root for that.

Steve
Steve

If it’s Julian, back up Alexis and make sure the job is done!

Timmm
Timmm

Thats funny! Sonny under the front tires and Julian under the back tires!

Steve
Steve

Save one tire for Franco

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

All I know is that the Quartermaines better have to call out for pizza on Thanksgiving—the highlight of the GH thanksgiving episodes is always when the Q’s are SOCLOSE to having the traditional turkey when something goes wrong at the last second and they have to phone out for pizza. I do love that running gag!!!

Annette
Annette

I agree totally, back up the car and go home and eat some turkey, you just killed one.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Maybe Alexis runs over the pizza delivery guy– Happy Thanksgiving everyone

Dagwood
Dagwood

Why didn’t Sonny hire Alexis to take out Julian?

su0000
su0000

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NO ! no no, it is NOT Julian that she hits..
But– Julian saw who her drunk hitting whomever and then he blackmails her to take him back as her husband..

J&S are are very weak writers.. can she what’s coming before they finish the script..

Nina Smith
Nina Smith

That’s what I had plotted out as well. Now Alexis can be even more weaker under Julian’s thumb. BLACKMAIL it’s in the air!.

su0000
su0000

hi Nina..
we have it !!
Julian will blackmail Alexis to take him back, yup..

theses drunk person hit&run’s whomever are common.. Y&R has used that one more than a couple of times..
0ooh my neighbor (here) just told me it was a favorite plot on AMC, too, she said Brook.for one.

Marzy Dotes
Marzy Dotes

She definitely hits Julian. He probably runs in front of the car preventing her from driving away plastered. I like that list of better targets in another post much, much better. But not Curtis. Someone’s got to rescue him from the Lets All Make Sonny the Mobster Feel Better storyline.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Natasha needs to have her driver’s license revoked.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Lol…leave Natasha alone….

Dan
Dan

Does Alexis mow down Julian? Probably not, but one can certainly hope. Lord knows he deserves it. Love Nancy Lee Grahn, she’s been knocking it out of the park not only recently but this entire year.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Can we please get some skid marks on Kiki’s back? THAT would be wondrous!

This sweeps period has got to be the dullest on record for General Hospital. One wonders what we’d be watching if Bryan Craig hadn’t opted to leave the show. These stories…save for Anna, Valentin and company…are a snooze-fest!

Will Nick Stabile ever be returning as Nikolas? This is way overdue. Bring him back, Mr. Valentini!

shell
shell

I wish it was Ava and Julian that she hit, maybe now,she will stop hitting the bottle. Not a good look for her.. Diane should be married to Sonny. She gets him..

Msmean
Msmean

Looks to me like she hit Nathan, Julian witnesses it and will try to help her cover up. She wants her license to practice back at beginning of the year so she will go with the cover up. Plus she doesn’t want her girls to know she’s been drinking…

Timmm
Timmm

Hey, maybe she hits Nathan and he wakes up from a coma and he can act!

Celia
Celia

See? That’s funny! Timmmy and his dry humor. Love it!!

Barbara
Barbara

Why did you let Carly an sonny get married
Again only to put Carly back with Jax.

Alexis is a weak wanna be who doesn’t really
Have a part in the show except for being
A wineo maybe this will spice up her life.

Leave Franco an Elizabeth together continue
To keep him a softy but don’t let him b to soft.

Jade
Jade

Hey what if it’s sonny? How would Carly feel if he’ on his death bed again?

Timmm
Timmm

Sonny is under house arrest.

Mrs Kravitz
Mrs Kravitz

Well, maybe Alexis could mistake the accelerator for the brake and ram into Sonny’s mansion thereby running down Sonny lounging on his black leather Lazy Boy while watching Bay Watch repeats.

jaybird369
jaybird369

OK…you know what: I think that Alexis should MOW DOWN the following characters: Ava, Carly, Dante, Griffin, Jordan, Nina, Sonny and Spinelli.

Just an idea……….

Mrs Kravitz
Mrs Kravitz

I like the way you think, Jaybird.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Thanks. Much, much appreciated.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Mrs Kravitz…’lounging on his black leather Lazy Boy while watching Baywatch repeats’…TOO FUNNY…LOL!!!!! GOOD ONE!!!!!

Take care.

Celia
Celia

….or watching BEWITCHED repeats.

Shay
Shay

ABNER!!!!!!!!!!

JMER
JMER

Mr. Fairman,
I would love to know if it’s true that TPTB are planning on redeeming Julian and how far they will go? That is, will they mow over Duke and Anna/Scorpio/Classic GH history in the process? The Jeromes are to Duke and Anna what the evil Cassadines are to the Spencers so if this is a continuation of tossing aside everything Classic GH to accommodate what’s considered hot at the moment (though I hardly think it will still be talked about even 3 years from now), it’ll only confirm the worst fears of lapsed fans. I do recall that Jelly said previously in one of your interviews that they wanted Anna to get her Justice for Duke. Since that hasn’t happened, I can only assume the execs/FV changed the direction to keep WD on canvas which is highly disappointing and much too late considering we haven’t had a chance to sympathize with him at all the entire time. He’s had very little POV. To fill it in now with what is inconsistent with his history and his almost slashing of his wife’s throat with the dagger that killed her mother is hideous at best. Thanks for your reporting as always.

Celia
Celia

Hey, JMER,
Great post….sympathy for a character has many faces.
Now, I love WD, the actor. Not so the character. And, regardless of any redemption coming his way; I have a problem giving him tabula rasa.
Everyone deserves a second chance, but, not Julian; not; Sonny; not anyone of this ilk…..not, when the same pernicious deeds are committed without the blink of an eye on a regular basis. It is pretty presumptuous of them….sticks to the craw when they keep getting away with it.
So, I care not how much Julian loves Alexis. I care not if she may forgive him. I care not how popular a character Julian is with the ladies. I care not how enticingly perfect his derriere is……a cad is a cad is a cad.
Furthermore, I have come to appreciate Alexis….I would be soooo disappointed if I had to revert back to my old concept of her.
…..Follow your brain, Alexis !!!! Stay away the deep!!!!…..even the most beautiful, serene, invitingly blue waters are infested with sharks.
I hope the writers listen to my oh, so sagacious words! LOL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right, and to have to fight for something…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The evil-eye necklace!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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