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Roger Howarth Staying Put at General Hospital!

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After reports of lengthy contract talks, fan favorite Roger Howarth of General Hospital, has signed on to a new contract to continue with the ABC daytime drama series. This according to Soap Opera Digest.

Currently playing Franco on GH since 2013, the Daytime Emmy-winning star was best known for his work as Todd Manning on One Life to Live, and then came to General Hospital playing the same character in 2012 following the cancellation of the beloved soap. In story at present, Franco is involved in a a bit of a mystery with Jason (Billy Miller), Liz (Rebecca Herbst), and Jake (Hudson West).

So, happy to hear there is more RH on the way at GH? Comment below!

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Timmm
Timmm

No, Franco sucks, he and Liz suck and Howarth, although he has a good reputation as an actor, seems bored and lazy as this freak!

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

i want Todd back…i

dmr
dmr

Great actor, funny, and “off the cuff” with his one-liners, awesome when paired with veterans like Kin Shriner. Boring as heck with Rebecca Herbst and Billy Miller-total snooze fest. Awful storyline, chasing a scarecrow in the woods, lol. Who cares?

Patrick
Patrick

“thank you” @dmr and Timmm

i’m just so disenchanted

that Frank , Jean, and Shelley

continue to waste so much talent.. and feature … ??? what ? BRAND NAMES

to further along… lazy writing, dumbed down writing… and just LACK of EFFORT.

I don’t care, either… he and Liz suck.

WASTE.. suck the life out of you.

I will message board this blog.. for what it’s worth

FRANK !
Jean !
Shelley!

WHAT the effin uck is wrong ?

three of you truly see life ? in Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Finn / Hayden / Michael / Nelle ?????

YES.. I laud with fan

YES.. I will forever point to you as the dullard

the GH cast is vast .. huge.. a forever winsome canvas on which to draw

I”M DONE W/ Roger Howarth

he’s no longer the standard on which to beacon

bye bye Roger Howarth

Patrick
Patrick

@dmr.. the one character you left off.. Sam

she is the worst offender

nuJason knows this.. and he’s lackadaisical.. and we all know it

Frank and his Jean and Shelley can spin and turn how tired they’ve become

Celia
Celia

I love you short but to the point remarks, dmr. Billy Miller is not the Billy Miller of “yesterday” he has lost his punch.
Roger is still one of my faves. I don’t know about him and Rebecca, yet. All I know is that I love Elizabeth.
Her lapse in judgment, last year or so is forgiven and forgotten. She just does it for me, as an actress and as a character.
These ridiculous storylines do not help either Franco, or Jason, whose mumbling is like finger-nails on a chalk board.
Later.

Timmm
Timmm

You are right and I said it last year. Him and Kin are comedic gold! They should have lived together!

dmr
dmr

Patrick,
Don’t even get me started on Monotone Sam, the most boring character on the show! I’d rather watch paint dry than watch KM’s portrayal as Sam! Not to mention, the WORST private investigator EVER, only to be outdone out by the PCPD!

Celia
Celia

LOL, dmr. When I started watching GH three years ago, I was not familiar with Kelly Monaco, except for DANCING WITH THE STARS.
Sooo, the first time I saw her on GH, I was not sure why she, not only whispered her lines, but also, there was no intonation or inflection to her voice. I do like her, though.
But, when I commented upon her output, I was, summarily, put in my place……
….glad I’m not alone in this, LOL.

su0000
su0000

hey Timmm !
This franco is not freak, not at all..
He is writen way too mellow. Too mellow.
He needs someting stronger writen for him.

I would be happy if his tumor grew back!!! and he’d be exciting, again.

Timmm
Timmm

su0000, it goes without saying that his biggest problem is his material. He just resigned. I hope they promised him something juicy to sink his teeth into. He is good with Scotty and also with Heather.

Becky
Becky

I love Roger Howarth. That said, I’ll never forget how this character got its start and even Roger can’t pull off the redemption or make him likeable. I’d love to see them bring Roger back as a different character. Actually, now that ABC has rights to AMC and OLTL again, bring him back as Todd Manning. He was great as Todd.

Timmm
Timmm

And Finn as McBain. Both good actors wasted on horrible characters!

Shay
Shay

Oh well, no relief on the “Franco Front.” Just too much of the same old, same old, uninspired GH mix of Nina, Hayden, Ava, Sonny, Carly, Julian, Alexis and yes, Franco…..lather, rinse, repeat….ho hum.

Omar
Omar

I agree Shay!! By far the most boring GH writers ever!! Same old over and over again!! Terrific cast with the most lackluster writing!!

Shay
Shay

Amen, Omar! I swear you can miss multiple GH episodes and come back to find very little has happened….things move at a glacial pace until someone decides to throw the oddly inexplicable monkey-wrench into the dry proceedings and suddenly there’s some nonsensical plot point to dissect into the ultimately meaningless muck that it is! So much true talent wasted on so little real drama!

Celia
Celia

Yes, I get it…HaHa. Alanna. Perfect!!
As I said, there is a third sister, who is supposedly dead. There was also a brother Burt, or Bart. He’s dead, too. This family seems to be cursed, LOL.
I mentioned Aunt Charlotte, and the possibility of her connection with Helena. Do we know where Anna is being held, or imprisoned? Is she, indeed in captivity, in Hungary, as my Gran thinks?
Are she and Helena sisters? I would love for that to be true. My brain is throbbing with the turbulent visuals, my Shay…LOL.

Celia
Celia

Ooooohhh, Shay,
You sparked something in my head….Jennifer Bassey could very well be Charlotte Devane, the evil aunt worse than Helena……Saccubus, non-pareil.
That would be something in which to look forward…..and especially, her interaction with Valentin.
I do believe little Charlotte is named after her. Why? Remains to be seen.
Furthermore, I love what Mary SF said….how she depicts little Charlotte, except that, I think, she is a clone of big Charlotte’s not of Helena’s.

Celia
Celia

I agree, Timmmy…missed talking to you…
What’s going on with Franco? Is his tumor back? I love Roger…please give us something more. Was he en league with Helena? Please, no. If Franco is to remain, I want him whole, not bits and pieces of cryptic signals…is he good, is he bad?
Anyway, About Anna. I knew that was her twin Alex. I said it, albeit it did not seem feasible. This is very interesting. Is Alex Griffin’s mother? Or is Lindsey Devane his mother?
I wonder if the Devane evil aunt, Charlotte, makes an appearance flashback-style. I also mentioned that it cannot be a coincidence that little Charlotte Cassadine has the same name.
Is Valentin Griffin’s father?…. I know, I’m all over the place.
Bye.

Fanny
Fanny

I want Todd back
I want Todd back
I WANT TODD BACK
I WANT TODD BACK‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
I ALSO WANT THE CRAZYYYYYYYY GOOD,PASSIONATE “GENERAL HOSPITAL”
THAT CAPTURED MY ATTENTION DECADES AGO…..NOT THIS WATERED DOWN
IMITATION…THESE WRITERS MUST GO‼️‼️‼️‼️

Shay
Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl…If Valentin is Griffin’s father, than who the heck is Nathan’s bio-daddy? Please tell me that these two are not bros and that Valentin’s not on course to challenging Sonny’s prodigious propensity for impregnating every woman with whom he comes into close proximity….save for the barren Nina, of course!!!! As for the “Alex” angle? Perhaps there was a third, heretofore unheard of, Devane sister, say, “Alanna????” (Get it, ALex+ANNA=?) Hey, anything’s possible on GH….LOL.

k/kay
k/kay

Nobody who is in the circle thought he was going anywhere! Tyler Christopher/Nick could not get a contract from old Frankie. These three will be there until ABC decides they are done ! I do not even read the recaps anymore when you have centered a show on lazy actors I get disgusted when Jane left so did I !

Shay
Shay

Sad, but true, k/kay…There are three or four of Frank’s “pets” that this show could certainly do without…they add nothing special to the mix with their ongoing, intrusive presence and totally dilute the traditional flavor of GH that so many of us are still craving…but they shall remain until the bitter end no matter, that’s for sure. Not even open to debate…..

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…I fear seeking a familial Helena connection is asking for too much…it seems as though the Ice Queen’s “flashback” was merely used to placate those of us who were desirous of Constance Towers’ return, and will have no long-term bearing on her future appearances in Port Charles (Oh, please prove me wrong on that account, since I’m still dead-set against the notion—no pun intended—that Helena no longer shuffles along this mortal coil! I pray that her character is indeed still alive and well somewhere in soap limbo…) Having said that, I also have to wonder if Helena’s little pop-up from the “great beyond” is simply a mechanism for bringing in Jennifer Bassey’s unnamed character onto the GH canvas as a new replacement villainess in the same or similar vein…Oh, Good Lord, I hope not….that would be an absolute travesty!!!

Steve
Steve

@shay
CT looks amazing, but keep in mind that she’ll be turning 84 this week. Who knows how long she wants to deal with the grind of daytime production.

If JB’s character is related to Helena and the two share some fake flashback scenes, that might work. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Mikkos had an affair with Helena’s younger sister (JB), who turns out to be Valentin’s mother. Hmm…

Timmm
Timmm

I miss you to. I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day! You did call the twin angle! I like it and all your theories about Griff are exciting BUT, can JELLY write it the right way???

Celia
Celia

@Steve.
Hello, Steve, your brainstorming is getting better and better. I love what you posted….Ms Bassey as Helena’s younger sister, and Valentin’s mother, to boot.
Is there any chance she is Charlotte Devane, who was married to Devane sisters’ father, at the time of her affair with Mikkos?

Steve
Steve

@Celia

I wouldn’t rule that out, but making JB Charlotte Devane might be “digging in the weeds” too much. The physical resemblance to CT is strong. I just can’t Bassey’s & Hughes’ acting styles melding.

As a side note, we just survived 2 Olivias. Are we really ready for 2 Charlottes? Lol

Celia
Celia

Thank you, Timmmy. You remembered!!!! Yes, I knew Alex would emerge sooner than later after noticing ‘Anna’ s awkward behavior at her first meeting with Valentin.

Celia
Celia

@Steve.
You are right, Steve….I’ Ve yet come to terms with little Jake and big Jake….yeah, very traumatic, LOL.
But, boy; Ms Bassey in action with any of the women in PC? ‘Manna from heaven’!!

Dawn Hennessey
Dawn Hennessey

So happy Roger’s staying put!!!!

Dave
Dave

boring get rid of him.

Michelle
Michelle

Yes! So excited he is staying. Hoping the Liz/Franco romance continues for a long time to come.

Darcey
Darcey

This is the BEST news!! I don’t know if I could have taken the heartbreak of Roger leaving GH. I have grown to love Franco, have always admired Roger, and now I’m treated to a fantastic storyline and pairing with Friz. He and Rebecca Herbst knock it out of the park and have sold the heck out of this pairing. Thank you GH for keeping Roger around for us fans!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

great post, Darcey. agree with everything you said.

Lois
Lois

YES!!!!!!! SO Happy to hear this news! I Love that he’s signed on and his story continues! AWESOME!!

Josie
Josie

I am so happy! Franco and Friz are my faves, so to hear that he signed a new contract is music to my ears.

su0000
su0000

YAAAAA! LOVE fRANCO!
Roger is the only one that could play the very unique Franco..
The new created Franco is absolutly nothing as the original, absolutly a new Franco..
Roger has this Franco as his.

Happy Roger/Franco will be on my screen.
(( an awesome unique charater, for sure ))

Celia
Celia

Agreed, su. But, I want to understand him. I sppise he wouldn’t be Franco if he acted any differently.

Omar
Omar

Franco SUCKS!!

The old Franco SUCKS played by James Franco!!!

The new Franco SUCKS even more, played by Roger Howarth!!

GH, sorry but you SUCKS..After 1983, I think, i am finally giving up on you!!

Patrick
Patrick

I love the enormity of fan voice

as I’ve posted to @Fanny

in 3-4 months time.. fan uproar.. can expect.. a new lifeline.

this trio is DOA… Frank/Jean/ Shelley

Shay
Shay

So, Omar….How do you REALLY feel about the character of Franco and GH, “in general????” LOL. (For the record, I’m none too pleased with the current clown of Port Charles, but James Franco’s version absolutely made my skin crawl….ick!)

Steve
Steve

I’m not a fan of the character regardless who plays him, but to think about it, visually, James Franco & Becky would make a hot couple

Shannon
Shannon

Thrilled! Roger is an incredible asset to Daytime & the Friz pairing is one of the best executed pairings in years!

JK
JK

GLAD TO READ THIS NEWS…..GREAT ACTOR….BUT NOW LETS GET THIS MAN A HAIRCUT, …CLEAN HIM UP… AND GIVE HIM SOME GOOD MATERIAL!!!!! THIS WHOLE STORY NOW IS HORRIBLE….

Patrick
Patrick

yeah.. right?

give him a spruced up look…

it’s not far reaching to think these actors do think they are worth more than they care to be

I’ve oft asked… ROGER Howarth.. at the very least.. give us a look we can overlook the bad writing and your lack of ability.

yikes.. Frank Jean and Shelley have lost

Debbie
Debbie

I couldn’t be happier. Roger is an amazing talent and GH is very lucky to have him.

PennySoap
PennySoap

Ditto!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thrilled! Love Roger and I’m enjoying Franco more and more. I think he and Rebecca Herbst have great chemistry. I like how Liz is FINALLY showing loyalty. She ditched AJ as soon as the going got rough instead of standing by him. That always bothered me. So I think it’s great that she’s standing by and defending Franco. The way they interact, hold each other, etc is portrayed very naturally to me.

I think Roger’s as Franco ability to be at once comical or almost ridiculous and then somehow vulnerable, loving, concerned is very endearing. He’s showing strength and maturity and I never even think of James Franco’s portrayal. For me, it’s a new character and I like how he’s evolved. Also love his relationship with Kiki and Scotty.

Great news!

Patrick
Patrick

I truly thank you for you optimism.. that’s a huge let.. a huge bargain.. a huge SAVE.

means a lot

TPTB

do not listen… mindless is certainly keying in

at last we get this

Franco is at HIS BEST ; w/ Kiki, Heather, and Scotty

dynamic… combust… and REAL ZEAL

sorry.. but he’s just got to get out from Liz… she deserves more than the GH production want.. production for Roger Howarth

he’s not that big

all these posts are.. at best 50/50

his appeal and star is waning

Sally
Sally

Was any really surprised to learn he was staying on?
Because I wasn’t.
RH is a gifted actor but for the love of quality, can the writers please give him some decent material? I never thought I would fast forward through any scenes Roger is in.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I wrote you a reply, Patrick, which didn’t post. I THINK you were sincerely thanking me for certain parts of my post? (Can’t tell… 🙂 ) If so, thanks. As for the rest, all ll I can say is to each his own. I really think Liz and Franco are great together…and I love that they have art in common. Franco can bring the artist back in Liz if the writers ever go there. It’s so amazing to share creativity.

If they eventually break them up I can see her with Griffin, too. They’d make a gorgeous couple! They almost look physically built for each other.

Scoma60
Scoma60

I am beyond thrilled. The best story on GH the last year has been Friz. We’ve watched 2 people rebuild their shattered lives, grow from frenemies to friends to devoted lovers.
GH gave Friz a classic slow build that has given them a strong foundation.
Roger and Becky have off the charts chemistry be it flirty, comedic, banter, passion, etc…
On a show where GH’s male leads stammer thru their dialogue or sleep walk thru their scenes Roger gives it his all.

Carol
Carol

The Franco and Liz storyline needs to end, it hasn’t made sense from the beginning. Glad that Roger is staying, I like him as an actor.

rocky83
rocky83

So right! Writers NEED to write him away from Liz & Jason ASAP. He was much more interesting when he was with Nina.

Patrick
Patrick

GH needs to do everything they possibly can.. and bring back Kelly Sullivan…

in those few short days.. their was wildfire combustible passion

Todd and Connie takeover and lead

Nina is complete with Valentin

Britta and Nicholas return

you are talking sensual passionate tryst

Todd and Connie
Nina and Valentin
Britta and Nicholas
Dillon and Kiki
Brad and Lucas
Kevin and Laura
Ned and Olivia
Valentin and Nina

HOTTEST through the roof

Ric
Ric

I agree 100% this sucks!

Chadam
Chadam

I’m glad Roger is staying put because I have an interesting theory about Franco. What if Franco is not actually Franco? In theory, he is actually AJ Quatermaine. Maybe after he faked his death in 2005, AJ wanted to make Jason pay and so he does his research and finds out about Franco and has plastic surgery to assumed the real Franco’s identity and becomes the murdering “artist” but doesn’t kill the people since taking on his identity. This means the Franco currently played by Roger Howarth and James Franco from 2009 to 2012 was actually AJ Quartermaine

The tumor “Franco” got was either from his fall from the stairwell with AJ or from the car accident that gave Jason amnesia!

The AJ played by Sean Kanan from 2012 to 2014 was an imposter that AJ himself brainwashed into thinking he was AJ! It was all his plan to get Michael to hate Sonny and Carly after they took custody away from his son. However, AJ had successfully brainwashed himself to think he is Franco and now no one knows AJ is alive.

He actually worked with Helena Cassidine to have all his DNA switch to Franco’s and the imposter AJ to have his DNA so no one will know!

Again just a theory, not confirming anything!

Erica
Erica

So happy that RoHo is staying ❤️ Franco & Liz are my favourite part of GH!

Shay
Shay

Having never been a “Francophile”—during either of his “incarnations”—this news hardly gladdens my heart.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Best news for me..BRITBOX USA now LEGALLY has CORONATION STREET EMMERDALE AND EASTENDERS..i’ll save my afternoon cartoon time for SPONGEBOB!!

Shay
Shay

I hear you, davlestev1!!! I actually wrote you a detailed response about the British soaps and programming, in general, but it failed to post. Hope you received it in your inbox.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Yes…Shay…Shay…Shay…what you want…lol but I didn’t respond as there was no post..which probably had to do with your Square spoilers LOL..I WAS SURPRISED. .but now the spring trailer is out for EE and of course it’s bonkers. I wish Charlie Brooks would return ineed my Janine fix and rumors are flying she may be behind max vendetta and return after being wrongly jailed for Lucys murder. .and before she tumbled Dot probably said “oh I say “…Corrie lost Blanche. .the Dales lost Edna…I didn’t see Julie H in that but I did see her in CUCUMBER from the brilliant Russell t. Davies..I paired it with VICIOUS on PBS LOL…right now the best is EMMERDALE. .Ashley death from dementia. .Faith Dingle camp personified in the best way. .Pierce and Rhona. .and always Red Rock on Amazon Prime an extremely well done Irish Police soap. Corrie is a bit all over the place under Kate Oakes right now and she had such a good run on Emmerdale especially the Wool Pack siege with Debbie and Chas but she killed off my Val now I won’t hear her say in that annoying voice “eeerrrick” talking to Eric and that Medusa smile LOL. ..

Shay
Shay

Oh, good, Davlestev1! I’m so glad you received my initial response…didn’t mean to “spoil” your EE-watching! I just wanted you to know that I did make comment to you, in the event that my post was not sent your way….Oh so many great UK programs we could discuss, but since you mentioned “Vicious” I have to say that Frances de la Tour’s Violet was my absolute fave from that show! Is there anything that woman wouldn’t say (or do?) with her trademark great aplomb???? LOL…”Mason” was my other character of choice, as he was just so droll and unimpressed by everything around him….love Philip Voss!. However, the hair-brained Penelope drove me up a wall, her dottiness became deeply distracting, although I’ve seen Marcia Warren in other roles, and she was a laugh riot. Well, better go, as this is most definitely “off-topic!” But please do send your impressions on all shows British when opportunity knocks. Cheerio!

Celia
Celia

Franciphile??? HaHaHaHaHa!! That’s rich.

GemmaG
GemmaG

Franco and Jason beating the crap out of each other on the island was a great time! Otherwise, RH is under utilized on GH. Franco should go completely nuts, then Todd Manning could come back, especially since Carly is getting another divorce….. that would be fun. WhatEVER the material (and it hasn’t always been so great), RH does a fantastic job, and that is why he has such a loyal fan base. Plus, by now, Tea should be completely done with Victor, as Blair would be w Todd, so I say Blair and Victor and Todd and Tea…. yeah….

Patrick
Patrick

you are a blast.. i’m ready for this

Blair and Tea

at last

you know folks.. I will forever repeat

GH will LIVE ON… without … WITHOUT.. Carly / Sonny / Jason / Sam / Finn/ Hayden / Michael / Nelle

bring this show back… General Hospital… with intelligence

Aria
Aria

I’m happy he’s on gh I’m not hung up on him playing Franco as so many seem to be, I understand Todd is. Legacy character from the dead never coming back hence why it’s called oltl I’m sure since abc got the rights to the character if the actor wanted to play him he would . Plus nothing is written in stone, whose to say he won’t play Todd in the near future? People be patient I enjoy the actor so I’m going to concentrate on that

Aria
Aria

Liz and Franco are daytime version of disneys beauty and the beast!

Celia
Celia

I like that, Aria…great analogy.

rose
rose

Aria…Great way to put it. Originally I didn’t like them together, not sold on it yet, but they are growing on me. I’m also liking the way Franco has found a way to be in Jake’s life in an interesting and meaningful way. As well as Jason’s, except for a few vicious punches to jog his memory…HaHaHa. Love the way they play off each other. And give kudos to Roger as an actor having assumed two very serious bad-guy roles…Todd Manning/rapist and Franco/serial killer…and made something of them towards more likeable characters and redemption. But I hear these are the juicy roles actors like.

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t know… I think I read it in SOD… soap opera digest

whenever I read.. how.. serials are an amenable employment .. if you will

when an actor want’s to stay put and start a family

that’s their rationale.. and the fire wanes

I realize that their are 4 serials on the employment line and it’s a free for all

oy

I watch the headline acts that frank jean and shelley continue to feature.. and just nosedive … interest flies

of the leading men… what could possibly be that interesting about Sonny / Jason / Finn / and Michael ?

of the leading women : what’s not to miss about Carly / Sam / Hayden / and Nelle?

this mob style of writing of course is the easy way out. they don’t push the emote

the don’t push the heartbeat

they don’t push the leap to tune in

Steve
Steve

So Howarth was worth the tough negotiations but Tyler Christopher wasn’t?

Patrick
Patrick

I bpw down to you.. and it’s respectively… because your post resonates

why it doesn’t with Frank / Jean / Shelley

is summed up by all the naysay… disappointment and disillusionment with the three dullards.

I love Tyler Christopher and Nicholas Cassadine

Sally
Sally

GREAT points, you both make, Steven and Patrick.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Just because Mr Howarth renewed his contract doesn’t automatically mean that he’ll always be playing that freak of a character Franco. Personally, I’d like it if he stayed chained to that wall on Cassadine Island. Now that ABC has the rights back to the OLTL characters perhaps Todd Manning will indeed live again.

mike
mike

Great news, best actor on daytime.

Angelfinder
Angelfinder

So glad Emmy winning Roger and Emmy winning Rebecca are going to be together for a long time to come. Roger is a great asset to the show and you can tell he is bringing his A game , along with Rebecca.
Love how the romance built up slowly- allowing them to form a friendship and a bond before hopping into bed…unlike other couples.
They are exciting together. Roger with his off the cuff humor, his one liners add to the show.
I know of no other actor who would of been able to turn around the Franco character to someone who is loved by so many.
A lot of his fans know and love him from his time as Todd on OLTL.
Continue with the good writing for Friz and allow the actors to bring their special chemistry to the show. It is so nice to see 2 people together who make you believe it is a true romance and are just not forced to be together and are boring.
Haven’t seen a romance like this since 2015 with Billy and Rebecca…and the sparks they brought to the screen.
So glad you made the right decision on keeping Roger on GH.

Ghlover
Ghlover

If only Susan Haskell would join GH too… I miss them. They were anti-romance magic.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Franco and Jason on the island this week was great entertainment.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Loved it too! Happy Roger is staying! 🙂

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

Oh thank goodness!!! I just woke up and this was actually a part of a dream last night!!!!! lol! I’m really, really glad!!! Roger is an incredible actor and just a lovely, lovely man. I’ve had the honor of meeting and spending time with him twice and he is the anti-Todd. Just delightful, intelligent, well-spoken and FUNNY!!!!!! So relieved!!!!

JLH
JLH

LOVE LOVE LOVE Roger. Franco? Ugh.

Same goes for James Franco–love the actor but his storyline as Franco actually drove me away from GH for several years after 25+ years of watching.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Too bad they couldn’t make Roger getting a better hairstyle as part of his contract—

Some men can pull off the long hair edgy look, but not him, on him it just looks slimy and unkempt — and after a certain age on any man it looks silly— I know it sounds petty, but honestly part of the reason I cannot watch the character Franco other than the lame story line is his hair– it is such a distraction because all I want to do is get some scissors and cut it and since I can’t do that, I either close my eyes or change the channel— of course if the story and the performance was solid I probably wouldn’t notice or care about an actor’s hairstyle–

Mister Media
Mister Media

It’s important to make a distinction between Roger Howarth and the character of Franco. Howarth has proven himself to be a brilliant actor, but the character of Franco should never have been resurrected. Ever since that decision was made the character has not been written with any consistency or through-line. At this point we don’t understand Franco’s motivations or the true nature of his character, so it’s frustrating to watch him. The same exact thing is going on with the character of Nina. Soaps are all about the writing and even the best actors can only work with what they are given. In Howarth’s case I think he’s doing as well as anybody has a right to expect given the material.

Jimmy
Jimmy

You hit the nail right on the head. Both Franco and Nina are such muddles characters because the writing has been so inconsistent for them. Nina started off as a grade-A wacko who kidnapped pregnant ladies and induced labour, while Franco was a deranged serial killer with an obsession for Jason. Now, their characters are wildly different than how they began, which makes it confusing to understand their motives or where their stories are going, and even harder to root for them because they’re just so unlikable and unrelatable.

Celia
Celia

Yes, Mister Media and Jimmy,
Michelle and Roger started on the wrong foot. So disappointing….their fate was sealed from the onset.
Such great thespians, both…..and, it is discouraging for those who were not familiar with these actors, to have their antipathy stand in the way of truly appreciating their acting skills.

Sally
Sally

I could not agree with you more, Mister Media.

Patrick
Patrick

POSTS continually nail all the rationale

I thank all of this

for bringing perspective

Franco is brilliant .. with Kiki / Heather / and Scotty

BRILLIANT

I LOVE Rebecca Herbst… never count her out

she’s being propped to prop RH Franco
there’s only so much the audience can waste

do I think Roger Howarth and Franco are well fused

in the love department… yeah it was believable with Nina.. because they played this OUT

with Blair… absolutely.. because of Kassie DePaiva

anyway it’s long in the tooth

I hate that he is continually plaed 2nd banana to Jason and Sam… that’s the crime
@GH give FRANCO a real job.. distract.. tell us more

Patrick
Patrick

LISTEN all this psycho babble.. with his artsy fartsy ways

is legit

it doesn’t wash with the audience who knows he s the top nut job, who cares if he had a tumor removed

he needs to be in charge.. and leading the pack.. as Todd.. when he was in charge of the spectator… and he ruled how the denizen played

Jimmy
Jimmy

I love Roger Howarth, but I can’t stand Franco. The character should never have been brought back, and Howarth should have been given a much more likable character to play, because his talents have been very underutilized in this role.

Truthfully, I would have no problem with Franco being killed off and Roger coming back in six months or a year as Todd Manning again, or an entirely different character, perhaps a Quartermaine or a previously unheard-of Cassadine.

Linda
Linda

This Franco-Liz-Jake storyline is stupid and boring. Roger needs to ask for new material if he hasnt already done so.

blake
blake

I love the actor but wish he was playing Todd Manning again. I wish GH would get rid of Franco and bring Todd back.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Blake, how right you are! Todd, with that wicked grin, fantastic body, gorgeous hair, and a sense of sexy playfulness, used to make me weak in the knees even while sitting down. Franco is a poor substitute, just as that reprehensible Nina is a waste of Michelle Stafford.

blake
blake

Oh I miss how they were give him shirtless scenes! He has such an amazing chest, and a year or two ago they had him shirtless in a lab chained up and he had great salt and pepper grey hair on his chest. Yowza!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t even know if Todd would feel like Todd anymore. So much time has passed…wouldn’t be interacting with the same characters…different writers. If OLTL came back…that’s be different. But on GH…dunno.

Susan
Susan

I’m so glad for Roger and general hospital

JMER
JMER

I will use song lyrics to express how I feel: “such a shame, the way you play around with my heart, such a shame the way you HURT me.”

Way to hurt fans once again PTB. We all know the Franco character isn’t working with the majority of fans.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Should Drew Get The Flash Drive Back, But Lose The Last Five Years Of His Life In Doing So?

On Friday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Drew (Billy Miller) is faced with a dilemma that could change the course of his life forever.  It all comes down to DA Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), and her vendetta against Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), and how she is leveraging her possession of the flash drive that holds all of Drew’s memories and the key to his past.

In a confrontation at the Metro Court, Drew comes over to talk to Margaux, where he says he is not sure why he hasn’t taken it upon himself to turn her into the cops.  She adamantly points out that she is an attorney, and that he has no evidence that could be used against her in a court of law.  While she goes on about making Sonny pay for what he did to her father, she tries to get Drew to come along with her in her vendetta.  Drew refuses, not because of Sonny or Jason (Steve Burton), but he does not want to do this to Sam (Kelly Monaco) and have Danny be without his father.

Drew then stands up to her and tells he he knows she has been manipulating him for months. Even knowing she has the key to his life with the flashdrive that hold all of his missing years, Drew tells Margaux that she can hold this over his head, but even if he had the flashdrive there is a chance that the procedure to restore his memories could go wrong, and the sad fact that in doing the procedure, he will definitely lose the last five years of his life and all of those memories with Sam and more.  He says to Margaux that those memories mean everything to him.

A confident and irritated Marqaux tells him she is sure he will want the flash drive one day and that he knows her terms if she was to give it to him – helping her bring down Sonny and Jason for the murder of her father.   Drew is left with a difficult decision, while Margaux gets into an elevator and begins to cry over wanting to avenge her father’s death.  But little does she know, that evidence could prove that he was not the man she thinks he was.

So this begs the question to GH fans: Would you like to see Drew retrieve all of his memories as Andrew Cain, at the cost of losing the last five year of his life since being in Port Charles …  or should Drew leave his mind and memories alone and just go forward keeping the last five years in tact, and foregoing what other important history in his life that he may need to know now, or in the future? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

Photo Credits: CBS, JPI, ABC

Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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