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On GH: Is Franco A Twisted Freak, A Dangerous Man, Or Just Misunderstood? – Watch The Promo!

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This week’s General Hospital heats up the story of Franco and Roger Howarth in a very unique way!

In this week’s ABC promo for its daytime soap opera, Sam  (Kelly Monaco) exclaims to Franco, “You are a twisted freak!”  While the voice-over announce adds, “Just when you think you know someone…”, while Sonny (Maurice Benard) exclaims, “He is a dangerous man” and then Franco extolls, “It was always going to end … like this!”

But notice  … Franco is wearing a black t-shirt and leather jacket a la his brother, Jason! But then notice later in the promo … he is wearing a hoodie!

So just what is going to go down? Do you like what the writers are doing to the character of Franco, and giving meaty material for Daytime Emmy winner Roger Howarth to play? Do you think ultimately the show has to redeem Franco in a major way and this is the first step to doing it?

Do you think Franco is a twisted freak, a dangerous man, or just misunderstood? We know many of you have read the spoilers out there about the Franco and Jason part of the story, is that intriguing to you?  Watch this week’s promo from GH after the jump, and then Comment away!

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Sandy
Sandy

He’s a dangerous man who is adding much excitement to the show. He has many on the edge of their seats. Bravo!

Georgia
Georgia

I love that Sam gets to clobber him again. I am actually looking forward to this storyline, not because of RH, I just love watching Kelly Monaco in any role they give her and those two interact so well I am hoping they make them antagonizer to each other

Chris
Chris

I like Kelly a lot too, and I really feel for her that she’s being forced into these crap stories. She really deserves better as an actress.

Chris
Chris

No wonder GH is in a free fall in the ratings with crap like this. The show overall has been awful in the last two months and the writing has been downright putrid. I’ve quit watching and won’t tune in again until/unless this Franco (or as I call him, “Tanko”, since that’s what’s happening to the show) nonsense is played out. I’m so sick and tired of Franco, Kiki, and Silas. To think, three entirely new characters dominating the show played by the same actors who came from another soap that really shouldn’t be there anyway! And no acknowledgement from any other character they look familiar?! What a joke.

Justin
Justin

I agree Chris, you nailed it. It’s sad, GH was back on track and doing well. All of the actors they made such a big deal about bringing back (Genie, Finola, Ian, etc.) we rarely see. I’m struggling to hang on.

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

What if he’s really Jason?

Dani
Dani

I totally agree with Justin and Chris!!! The past few months have been HORRIBLE. I’ll still watch it (but my fast-forwarding makes GH about a 15 min show if that). I’m tired of the Franco storyline and quite “Frankoly” that storyline was NOT necessary and has thrown the whole show off balance. Storylines are left hanging for days. When Ron and Frank wrote for OLTL it was never this disjointed. What a mess.

Tali
Tali

“Tanko” – how fitting, LMAO!

mary
mary

I love RH and will watch him but I want him as Todd. I also really lover JF as Franco. I have learned to watch GH, dont read spoilers and enjoy the show.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Have to laugh at the “Tanko” comment but other than that what has happened to this show is downright tear inducing. How ABC isn’t humiliated by having to air this crap is beyond me. GET RID OF FV/RC, bring back a couple of talented writers, pay off RH and bring back stories for the GH cast!

rlk
rlk

Watch the promo closely. There is a shot of Franco wearing black and holding (what I assume is) baby Danny, and his face is still all cut up from the attack by Shawn. Also in the promo is a shot of Franco wearing a gray hoodie, and his face is not cut up at all. So are there now two Francos?

Patricia
Patricia

No there are not two francos He stll has the cut up face from the attack but the hood is covering a lot of the injuries and I THINK the makeup dept did not put as much makeup on that day LOL

jon
jon

Nope, not liking this at all. Roger Howarth is just playing Todd with blond hair and a different name.

Dani
Dani

That’s what I think too. Same with Silas. At first he seemed a bit “edgy” with that ponytail not he’s just a John McBain spin-off.

Annie
Annie

The GH version of Todd…the walking punchline. The true Todd airs on TOLN’s OLTL…the dark and twisty Todd that OLTL fans all love.

Christy
Christy

actually, if you’ve seen him on oltl, that other soap – what was it another world or something – and then on gh — Roger is Roger. I thought it was nice that Trevor ST. John imitated the Toddisms – you know putting his feet on the table, sloppy eating, being obnoxious… until I saw Roger on the CBS soap and notice several of the Toddisms on that character — and realized they are Rogerisms… so z So is the same for nuFranco… there’s a touch of what seems like Todd in there, but it’s actually just Roger.

I love whomever he plays. He’s fun to watch!

The only character that was a bit different than the fun Todd, was the character he played on Prey – which was more like the old, long hair Todd only worse behaving.

Beacon
Beacon

Nobody cares.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I love Roger…but not liking this story line.

Patricia
Patricia

I LOVE Roger Howarth in ANY role he is in BUT for me FRANCO is pushing it! For three years we were trained to believe that Franco played by the actor James Franco was the ultimate twisted sicko now we are supposed to believe he is redeemed because of a brain tumor???GMAFB. The gh writers are trying their best to whitewash FRANCO so they can move on and give him a juicy pairing. I am very sure they want to go the carly/franco route just like they did when he ways playing Todd. For me (i know lots of people were/are Tarly fans)i DO NOT see the chemistry between LW AND RH! I personally hope they dont go this route again but GH has an obsession with FRANCO, SILAS AND KIKI(UGH cant stand that name) and i am sure eventually they will. I hope they dont tank GH in the process these three are dominating a show that has MANY LEGACY characters that are underused and MANY MANY FANS TUNING OUT.

Raye
Raye

Ita! Exactly… We have way too many characters on the canvas before the three arrived… Kiki’s name drives me up the wall.. I keep thinking of Elton john and Kiki dee.. Can we please go back to the fun we were having leading up to the nurses ball when the characters were the ones I love… The ones that keep me watching the show!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

You and the 500,000 other viewers that have tuned out since April… what does it take for RC/FV to get a clue!

Patricia
Patricia

LOL I never thought of KIKI DEE HAHAHA. And yes there are way to many characters on the canvas that are not used.

Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn

Lawd…

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

Franco going to be Jason? Viewers would…never mind.

Christy
Christy

no, he woke up after his stroke and memory is screwed up, so he thinks he’s Jason.

Margie
Margie

Ron is a twisted freak. What a waste. The best actor in daytime.

Omar
Omar

I have one word about this whole Franco storyline…..BORINGGGGGG
The whole show right now is just boring..It was so good just a couple of months ago and NOW is just a snooze fest (except the July 4 scenes with the bbq doll, that was classic comedic relief)..What happen??

Nancy
Nancy

In the end he will not be the real Franco. I think the story is awesome and I cannot get enough GH. Sorry folks I love the show in any way I can get it. I would never stop watching.

Rodd
Rodd

I’m with you, Nancy. I think everyone’s doing their best and love GH.

Jake R.
Jake R.

I mostly agree with Rodd & Nancy. I think the writers and cast are doing the best I can, given that they had to create three new characters (two out of whole cloth) for three established actors because of legal reasons. I don’t know if I’ll “never stop watching” but I hang in there and wish the constant complainers would find other things to groan about!

Christy
Christy

I wholeheartedly agree! I wish the shows were 2 hours a day! ;-D

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

The thing about suspension of belief for a soap storyline is that the viewer has to be rewarded with a good (well written) story. When the story is stupid, offensive, campy, incoherent and lazy in addition to being unbelievable IT DOESN”T WORK.

Nancy
Nancy

Opinions are like assholes everyone has one. That is your opinion not mine. You obviously do not know a good story because it has not played out in the least.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Gee Nancy,
Just because my opinion isn’t yours doesn’t mean I don’t know a good story. Are you RC’s cousin or something? If you look at what people are saying on this board and many, many of the others I’m not alone in thinking this is ridiculous. In fact, most of the comments I have seen are about five to one against this disaster (most commonly referred to as one hot mess!)

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

There are two Francos…the ‘real’ Franco is still a dangerous, twisted freak…he found Jason alive and gave him reconstructive surgery to look like him and programed his mind to think like him…this is RCs reworking of the Todd/Victor storyline he had done on OLTL!!!

su0000
su0000

The DNA test will tell ………………… 🙂

Annie
Annie

There is a reason they call him ReRon. Honestly, I can tie most of the GH storylines to something he wrote on OLTL between 2007 and 2012.

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

And theyre not half as good…im a RC fan and hoping for a turnaround.

Tali
Tali

After watching the little clip thingee…..looks like he’ll become the new Jason! That way they (RC/FV) can have their love triangle – Jason/Sam/Silas.

su0000
su0000

No way .. Franco will be nothing like Jason, RC is playing with us, as is usual ..
Franco will be Franco..
🙂

su0000
su0000

I love Franco!!
A mysterious character , I like that ..
Franco is not being written as the 1st Franco..
Franco is about to bring me some excitement and suspense, love it!!
Roger is totally owning the Franco character made for him!!!!

this has just begun, what is coming will be great..
the journey RC and RH will take us on with Franco will be awesome!!!

Aunt Six
Aunt Six

The end of today’s episode had me literally smacking my forehead. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a negative reaction to a soap. This feels like a rehash of the whole Walker Lawrence/Victor/Todd story from One Life to Live. At least that explains why Franco now has blond hair. Guess the real Jason is being held by shady government forces somewhere and we’ll see him again in 8 years…

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

I think RH is a good actor but the FRANCO thing is running a bit too long!!

I hope this story brings Sam Cassidine Morgan “Silas”( I hope her and Silas Get married by the

Fall!!!!! Together with her father in the mix also!!

SAM+SILAS+DANNY+HER FATHER—–(WHO IS HER FATHER???)

Please rap up the FRANCO STORYLINE NOW

And a baby girl waiting in the wings!!!

We had enough of FRANCO!!

Erika
Erika

Sigh. This show went there. The Franco-thinks-he’s-Jason-because-of-a-tumor route.

Okay. I’m hot and tired. I’m just gonna hold my tongue. SMH.

Li
Li

I am so disappointed with GH right now! It is silly- too many characters and ridiculous story lines. I like Roger as Todd he was good and funny too. I didn ‘t watch GH for a few weeks and sadly didn’t miss it. I miss seeing our regular favorites- Carly, Sonny, Patrick, Elizabeth with good story lines. Poor Sam, she is lost without Jason….

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

sam is not lost…..she will be alright if and when she get married

Sly
Sly

I am becoming a little concerned with GH. They are losing their spunk, their cutting edge. I kind of miss the mafia. Where is the excitement? I don’t mind that Franco is back, but let’s make the character work for us. It’s time to tie up some of these long drawn out stories and start fresh.
Where’s Jason, Jerry Jax, Helena (we all know she’s not dead), Robin, Diane, Johnny, The “REAL” Spinelli, why is his hair so short now? He looks like he has to be carded to buy a drink, Ned, Dillion, Ric (Molly’s father), Kristina (the original one), Big Alice and the list goes on. I know some of these people will have to be RECAST (hint, hint) but let’s move on. Some of the story lines for the newbies are just not necessary. Why not spice up with the classic GH that we all know and love. Writers, I know you can do better. I wont give up on you. I have been watching for 34 years. And I will continue to do so.

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

Franco has ran its course

Please RC, WORK ON SAM AND SILAS STORYLINE!!

A MARRIAGE
A BABY GIRL

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

I liie the ponytail he’s gorgeous

Rh playing Franco is a bust for ne

David
David

I am usually the first one to defend GH but the show is just getting bad And look at the ratings continue to go down.

The sad part is Ron Carlivati refuses to listen to the viewers of the show He has even started to resort to insulting fans who state their dislike of the show to him on Twitter.

If all this Franco and focus on Howarth, Easton, and Alderson continues, GH may not have long left on the air. So very frustrated with this. I wish ABC would step in. It is time to get rid of both FV/RC and get someone who can do right by the show. I realize ABC probably don’t care and may even prefer the show tank so they can cancel it.

When the ratings drop and the people in charge refuse to listen to the viewers and fans, never a good sign.

I have been one of the hardcores who stuck by the show. I even was willing to give the Franco thing a chance but it has been boring, dull, and far too much of his character. The show is going down hill quick. I hope something is done soon or we be saying good bye to yet another soap

Beacon
Beacon

The ‘Frodd’ character as I call him is a disaster. If they wanted to integrate Roger Howarth on GH without his OLTL baggage first of all, they should have given him a character who is the polar opposite of Todd and secondly, perhaps as a recast of Tom Hardy so he has ties to Steve and Audrey and the medical foundation of GH. After all, the show is called General HOSPITAL. Frankly I think Ron is starting to coast.

heidi
heidi

I just wish there were no Franco’s! What a mistake t bring the character back and have RH play him

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

He might not really be Franco!

heidi
heidi

Thanks jimh!

I just caught up with yesterday’s episode and heard who he thinks he is after the seizure. I am a huge Jason/Steve Burton fan and this has to be scond on my list of characters after Franco that I did not want RH to play! Not happy about this!

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

he might not be Jason…he still might be some unknown Quartamaine…maybe part of triplets for some strange reason was led to believe he was Franco and now Jason…i just wish the storyline would move faster…reveal who he really is…then start showing more of our vets.

Jem
Jem

Please fire these writers or whom ever try to resurrect these three actors into a different character. If they did belong in the show before, they do not belong at GH now. Very bad storyline can ruin any actor. Please find them another job. There is no way this can work now. Do something or everyone will lose their job if GH GETS CANCELLED. Very dissatisfied fan.

Jem
Jem

ABC please step from a big fan of GH for 20 yrs plus. Improve the storyline to exclude these resurrected characters and by hiring a more talented and innovative writers and producers.

Marta
Marta

RH/Franco he is a twisted freak but that is because he is miss understood by those he love because they put him down and let me tell you when you are broken down by your love ones or by anyone in particular your mind starts playing with you. take for instance sonny he’s a mobster he is twisted the only difference he pays people to do his dirty work not Franco he has an issue with someone he takes care if it himself come on seriously
And That is why RH/Franco is thumbs up for me the guy is freaking amazing!!!!

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GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

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TUESDAY JULY 17

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WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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