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RATINGS: General Hospital Gains In Total Viewers And In All Key Demos!

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The ratings are out for the week of August 25th through August 29th and it was General Hospital that showed the best performance in the audience numbers.  GH was the only network soap to add in their total viewer count adding +92,000 bringing their weekly tally to 2,872,000.

In addition, General Hospital showed gains in the all important key women’s demo categories.  Adding +29,00o to the women’s 18-49 demo, +3,000 to the women’s 18-34 demo, and +50,00o to women 25-54 demo.

Stories for the week included: The reveal that Levi Dunkleman is really Peter Harrell (Zachary Garred), the kidnapping of Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Lulu (Emme Rylan), Silas (Michael Easton) sleeping with Nina (Michelle Stafford) and her fantasy stabbing of him afterwards, Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) getting info about Ava Jerome (Maura West) from Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise), and Ava’s possible involvement with running the car off the road that was responsible for Sabrina eventually losing baby Gabriel, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) telling off Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) over him trying to chose between her and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), and Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) getting closer.

Elsewhere, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful remained in the top and second spots in total viewers, respectively, despite being down in viewers for the week.  However, it was NBC’s Days of our Lives that took the biggest hit losing -143,000 in total viewers for the week reducing its tally to 2,247,000!  Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

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So, what did you think of GH during the ratings week?  Glad to hear it scored well?   What do you think of DAYS numbers?  Share your comments below!

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su0000
su0000

That is good..
Nonetheless;
I do not care about the numbers..
I care about me.. my enjoyment, pleasure watching GH
If GH had only 2 viewers I would be one of them (Harry the other) until either I or GH dies 🙂

Long Live the #1 soap General Hospital!!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Numbers=buy rates and without sponsors you and Harry would be acting out scenes in your basement of old GH scripts!

robert
robert

Days ratings are horrible. The show is so boring. I think Days may be the next soap to be cancelled.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Days has all their stories pumped and primed ready to go, but for last couple of weeks it seems to be stalling the progression of these stories to a snail’s pace. Hopefully now that September has rolled around they will let loose and fur will fly with the return of Stefano and Chad– John coming out his coma—Clyde actually doing some damage other than smiling and acting like a country bumpkin. For me the last couple of weeks on Days was like waiting for a pot of water to boil— you know it will boil, you know you can’t cook until it does– so come on already, boil dammit boil. LOL

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

I agree with you…James Reed is being wasted as Clyde…i expected better for him…the show is too focused on Sami/E.J.s storyline which is starting to get a bit stale…hopefully the return of Stephano, Chad, maybe Melanie and the arrival of Melissa Archers character will start the pot boiling…lol

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS numbers would be way higher if Nielsen households stopped watching on YouTube, which does not count. Any given episode uploaded on YouTube brings 3 times the viewers than that of Y&R! If you’re a Nielsen viewer, stop watching on YouTube!!!

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

If i miss an episode i check it out on youtube…it doesnt mean some only watch it that way…they might miss an episode and try to catch up like i did last week…its still the best soap but the Clyde/Jordon/Ben storyline is uneventful and uninteresting…this is the shows biggest problem…they need to excite it up or just drop it…Kristen is fun to watch but had she returned to town with a baby claiming its Bradys and later revealed to be Erics just as he is reinstaded as a priest, that would have made an awesome shocker! Hopefully the return of Stephano, Chad and i heard Melanie might come back in Nov., might heat things up…also Melissa Archer may help!!!

su0000
su0000

There are other ways to watch online that are counted..
NBC, xfinity, HuLu, on demand, and others..
If they choose to watch where they are not counted, that could be a problem..

I watch GH at ABC/ counted
I watch Y&R at xfinity / counted.

nicole
nicole

Actually that is half true. X-Finity is counted.

Hulu/Watch ABC and others do not count towards Nielsen ratings because they do not show the same ads as the network broadcast. When they do then they will count.

Maybe that will change . Let’s not forget that Neilsen is for advertising so if one does stream the platform has to be ad supported. Even if one DVR’s and blows past commercials.

The real story will be the live plus 7 day numbers, that will give a more accurate idea if there is a significant jump for all soaps or if it is a medium most watch live.

harry
harry

It doesn’t count unless you’re part of the Nielson family.

David
David

The best way to stop people viewing on youtube is to go after the youtube accounts of those posting the episodes there. I have noticed the networks getting some of these pulled the last few weeks obviously realizing it is costing them viewers

Tea
Tea

Glad for the GH numbers. Honestly, the only think I liked for the week for Sonny & Carly.

Paula
Paula

I love Days .They have the best storytelling by far. I agree, it’s a little bit slow right now as they hase out characters, but I think it’s the most interesting.

Marc
Marc

People need to start watching Days. If one network goes soap operaless they all will. Not to mention Days is the most entertaining of all the shows that are left

lulu
lulu

I’m so excited for GH they are doing well and is the best thing ever happened to them I’ve been watching this show since I was 12 years old ever ever gets cancelled I refuse to watch ABC ever againit’s a beautiful thing way go GH and I love all the actors are in the show the only one is got to go is Levi

Ann Marie
Ann Marie

Day’s does need to move the storylines a little faster. I hope Kristen does not get a free pass for raping Eric.

aria
aria

The ratings or following them seems so pointless, its the same results all the time for the most part, with Y&R and BB, then GH and then DOOL, nothing really drastic happens to change those numbers no matter what, its not like the Today show making the monumental mistake of firing Anne curry and loosing their #1 standing to GMA, now that was juicy and it finally happened, and we had our villain (matt Laur) to blame, and over @GMA a survivor to cheer on(Robin Roberts), where are all those defectors that supposedly left Y&R when the evil JFP fired and let go of Michael Muhney and Billy Miller? so no matter what, its going to take who knows what for either Y&R to loose over 2 million viewer or for the other 3 to gain 2 million viewers for the ranking to change.

Mark
Mark

Days is a great show, way better than GH which I can only stomach once a week especially watching nina ad nauseum.

Timmm
Timmm

Well listen, Nina is a new character. She is in the middle of a big story and Cartini wants people to see and hear Michelle. She is a great actress and expensive. They will eventually tone her down and she will be fine. If you follow Y&R they brought Steve Burton onto that show and he was a bust until they connected him to the Newmans.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Absolutely correct, Timmm. As I previously stated, my mother told me that when Michelle entered the Y&R stage, she was as crazy as a loon…exact replica of Nina. Everyone wanted her gone as she was the no.1 nemesis of Cricket, the Y&R princess. It would not be long until Michelle’s/Phyllis’s presence was sought full force.
So, yeah, it seems that history is repeating itself with Michelle as Nina. As you say, she will be fine in due time.

jeremy
jeremy

Love my GH 🙂

Pat
Pat

Interesting you didn’t mention the gay s/l. I’ve been enjoying GH. I’m happy for them.

su0000
su0000

.numbers don’t mean crap, it’s only numbers eh ..

General Hospital is the #1 soap ..

Days of Our Lives is #2 ..

B&B is # 3

Y&R is #4 ..

Now, those numbers are correct and honest .. 🙂
and the only numbers that count in my world! .. Keeping it simple …

PatF
PatF

Keep telling yourself that, but that’s not what will keep your shows on the air.

GH for a lot of us isn’t even considered a soap opera under its current team. Sorry.

harry
harry

Pat:
I sadly agree.

CeeCee
CeeCee

In that case, Pat? I would strongly suggest you stop tuning in. And, to whom are you apologizing?
Many of us on this site huff and puff about our likes and dislikes of characters, scenes and situations,yes. But we do it because we are fans and give opinions, as I keep saying…I now sound like a broken record. However, it is different from constantly whining about either the regime and the soap’s format.
After losing my faves, OLTL and AMC, I’ll take whatever soap the networks have to offer.

PatF
PatF

CeeCee…I don’t. And GH offers up what a lot of people want to watch. But in the traditional sense it’s not really a daytime drama full time.

But that’s okay too.

I do want all four show to survive.

Linda
Linda

GH has been really good with the drama between Carly and Sonny and Franco and Ava and Sonny keep the show going all the time. Nina is a good addition and makes me wonder if she plans on stealing Ava’s baby. You’ve gotta have that story line in every soap! It will be interesting to see what is in store with the return of Jason.

CeeCee
CeeCee

The notion of Nina stealing Ava’s baby has already been surmised…whether it is a fallacy or not rests on TPTB. It will be interesting to anticipate where the ride will take us.

Cordero
Cordero

Glad to hear that! GH is number 1 in my heart! I’m a fan of Days as well. I do not think that YouTube is the problem. My reason being is because during their hour they are battling Y&R and B&B. Y&R is 12:30 – 1:30pm (depends on where you live.) B&B is 1:30-2:00 days 1:00 -2:00 pm. I only watch on YouTube if I have a doctor appointment and will miss Days. Other than that I catch it when it airs! I think
It’s their time slot and story, Their story’s are lacking right now. they will heat up. They always heat up around this time!

Janeway
Janeway

Congrats to GH on their ratings rise-they have been on fire!!
But Michael, how could you neglect to mention Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) & Nathan ( Ryan Paevy) who were a HUGE part of the Maxie/ Levi/ Lulu Wedding/Kidnapping story?

I am glued to my set for Lante & Naxi ! I love the adventure and can’t wait for more!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I said this last week and I will say it again since we are talking about ratings. GH will overtake Y&R in 2015 with the addition of Billy Miller. He is talented and he reminds me of Anthony Geary back in the 80’s, you just cannot take your eyes off this guy. He just demands your attention.

harry
harry

I am going to watch GH to see how Billy Miller does. It will be interesting for sure. Yes, I agree he will generate ratings but can he sustain that jump if the writing is not up to par?
I think you’re right–there is a little bit of a young Tony Geary in Billy Miller.
I hope to see Miller interact with the real Luke.

dmr
dmr

I love General Hospital. Have been a fan since the early 80’s. My favorite supercouples were Frisco and Felicia and Sonny and Brenda. I have to say, I can not take the on-slaught of Kristen Alderson anymore. Kiki Jerome is like nails on a chalkboard for me. The actress can hardly hold a scene, nevermind a moving, interesting, or real storyline. Please, let’s just end this debaucle. Having Kiki show up in random scenes-like her overhearing about Sonny and Carly’s one-nighter-only gives her more air-time and that is too precious to waste. I just can’t take it. I wish that the writers would focus on the core characters, the returned veterans, the historic families. Bring back more of the Q’s. Focus more on love stories. Friendships. Cliff-hanger Fridays. Let’s cut the on-slaught of the recurring cast members. The cast is too big. Storylines and focus get lost in the shuffle.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

Soap fans online remind me so much of Lady Gaga vs Madonna fans!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I love them both. So, where do I fit in? Being a fan of anyone or anything does not mean we can’t find fault with them. I love my husband to death. But, .he does things sometimes that drive me nuts…MEN !!! Lol.
The same applies to my soaps…I love them but, by the same token, I critique them.

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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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