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She's Having A Baby He Cannot Accept! But Is There Hope for GH's JaSam? – Watch the Promo!

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On this week’s General Hospital, Jason and Sam try to find their way back to each other after their relationship has hit a rocky slope! 

Jason is turning to Elizabeth and Sam seems to continue to confide in John McBain!  And, it all stems from the fact that, or for the most part, that Sam is carrying Jason’s evil brother, Franco’s child! Due to no fault of the couples horrific drama with the artist whose canvas was murder! So what would you do if you were Jason?  Would you love the baby anyway and make a go of it with Sam?  But there are also a few things that Jason has not been happy with in recent months and one of them was Sam not telling him Robin died to protect him while he was recovering from brain surgery!

Watch the ABC promo after the jump and let us know who Jason should ultimately be with? Sam or Elizabeth?

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kay killgore
kay killgore

As much as I love Liz no I do not want her with Jason first of all we all know this is really Jason’s baby and second of all I can’t stand anymore scenes with Monica & everybody in town dumping on Liz, so please leave Liz out of this.

barbara t
barbara t

I agree with you Kay Killgore, I don’t want Liz with Jason either, and I am sick of everyone putting her down. I say its Jasons baby to and Heather has something to do with the switch, These days anyone can walk in a blood lab and change all the dna tests. In landview if I was going to have a dna test I would have to leave landview and go somewhere else looks like the same is happening in Port charles.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Loving GH right now! I hope Jason and Sam find their way back, but Jason has been a real Dbag lately and she can do better. But not McBain, because he is with Natalie and Liam.

Nancy M
Nancy M

I have never loved GH like this in my life. Johnny today was unreal. Every day is more powerful than the day before. I think they are going to recast Natalie. I am really upset with Jason too. How horrible to act the way he is when the whole problem is not Sam’s. I love my show.

barbara t
barbara t

I f Jason really loves Sam he will be a father to that baby and I think that the secret of who the real father is should stay that way because that poor kid would have to know that franco was a screwed up insane human if you want to call him human. However I do believe jason is the babies father. The way Jason is treating Sam now is horrible he’s giving himself a pity party and treats sam like last weeks garbage and she is the victim of a rape by a low life monster, I hate franco, Please make him stay dead, very dead. Yes if I was sam I would forgive Jason but not overnight, He would have to take back a lot that he said and done to sam after he found out franco was his evil twin. When are the quartermaines going to find out about the latest dead addition to their family?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I think with time, they will find their way back together and Jason will absolutely love this child. I know he believes he will always see Franco and the horror he brought, when he sees this baby – but he is wrong. He will only see the lovely child…and then it WILL turn out to be his after all. 🙂

Stacy
Stacy

Sam belongs with Jason and nobody else!

heidi
heidi

I want Jason to embrace the child as if he were his own… we all know he is the father and this is so not Jason. He loved Michael and loves him still and this is not being true to him. I understand his reaction and yet he will get past this. I am not a Jasam fan but agree with Kay that he shouldn’t be with LIz. She is a great friend and I would like to see Liz and Jason’s friendship grow and be something like Liz and Patrick’s friendship. No offense to KM but I have not really liked Sam with Jason ever and would not mind if they parted and were just co-parents and friends.

Michael Cahn
Michael Cahn

I have a feeling that Heather pulled a Helena and that Jason really is the father of Sam’s baby.

Susan M.
Susan M.

We shall see……………………………………

david
david

Something else is going on behind the scenes at GH because Robin is being held hostage. I doubt we can believe the paternity results or anything else inside the hospital.

Debi
Debi

NOT if Liz Vining has her nosy way!

barbara t
barbara t

Debi, I’m confused, who is liz vining? wasn’t it amy vining? Or are you talking about someone else?

Debi
Debi

I am joking…remember Amy Vining how nosy she was? I have my own blog now and I have nicknames for everyone! Liz is pretty nosy!!
I tried to post my new blog but Michael won’t let me. Can’t blame him/

kay killgore
kay killgore

I did’nt like them pulling Liz into this but her comment to Molly should apply to both of them, I could have lived forever without the apperance of that kid Molly ever appearing again why don’t they write her off to boarding school.

Rose Kunkel
Rose Kunkel

I agree. I love Liz and he way she treats others with kindness and understanding. I can’t understand why Monica is the way she is. She’s such an evil person sometimes and Heather needs to leave for good… she’s is the most evil person anywhere. I think she’s possessed.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Liz Vining LOL. Good one.

barbara t
barbara t

She was nosy, and there wasn’t anything going on at general hospital that she didn’t know about. She never could mind her own business. RIP Shell kepler.

1lovebcsoaps
1lovebcsoaps

New Blog now…… I see you and I think alike. Hope all is well.

1loveabcsoaps

Debi
Debi

would love for you to stop over and start a conversation at my blog!! lol
All is better……and you??

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

East Coast or West Coast? And don’t forget to send me the link to your blog so that I can come chat.

1loveabcsoaps

barbara t
barbara t

I was all for jason and sam getting back together again until today’s episode. He asked sam to put the baby up for adoption, or was I hearing thing’s? that’s a insult Sams first baby died she went through hell then for years she couldn’t get pregnant and now he want’s her to give it up,That stuff going on in jasons head has really turned him into a self centered ass. If I was sam I would stay away from him for a while she doesn’t need that stress while she in in her last month of pregnancy.

kay killgore
kay killgore

I tell you Jason has always been all about him, why Sam would even want him now is beyond me! Rumors are running rapid that Sam’s baby dies but she ends up with Tea’s didn’t they do this story with amc & OLTL crossing over.

barbara t
barbara t

Yes, On all my children, Babes little boy was switched and Bianca thought hers was dead, they went to landview and the baby turned out to be there, Keven and kelly had him. That will be sad if Sam looses another baby, Talk about bad luck and the way Jason is treating her, Someone hit him over the head again, I would much rather he be a quartermaine again then this self centered rat that he is, he is worse now then before Robin died.

Rose Kunkel
Rose Kunkel

Barbara T. I’m not liking Jason right now. I agree, it’s not her fault his evil brother raped her. It’s HER baby and for him to ask to give it up only goes to show you all those brain surgeries really scrambled his brain..

david
david

Barbara, please see my reply below on this thread.

boes
boes

Jason is such a garden gnome. They just plant him in the park with that blank expression on his moronic face and treat him like the soulless and mindless block of wood he is.

This baby CAN’T be his under any circumstances. If Sam concieved with Jason, she could only give birth to Pinocchio. Jason’s child would be as wooden as he is.

Remind me again why the Quartermaines don’t just write this loser off???

barbara t
barbara t

OUCH, And I thought I was mad at Jason, I do like your referring to him as Pinocchio, lol. From what I am hearing in the end it will turn out to be Jasons baby, But I am also hearing that a baby is going to die and I don’t want tea or sam to lose their babies.

Gloria E
Gloria E

ITA Boes!!! Don’t want any more babies dying though…that’s just too much..let Liz have Jason…I can’t stand either one of them now..especially Liz, never like her…what a hypocrite she is..yuk!!! Even if the baby is Franco’s at least Franco had a personality which is more than we can say for Jason..even if he was over the top whacko..Sam deserves soo much better than what Jason is doing..what a A**hole…it’s not like she had a consentual affair with someone else..she was raped because of her relationship with woodenhead..& franco was his blood…his brain damage is really starting to show..don’t want her with McBain either just because he should be with Natalie even if they recast..

Caroleena
Caroleena

Has there ever been hope for them? I think if there wasn’t an Elizabeth on canvas for Jason/Sam fans to hate THEY would be bored with Jason/Sam. It’s a contest and so far the least interesting couple is front and center. So there is hope… unfortunately it’s hope that they finally end. Sam was more interesting as a bad-girl anyway.

david
david

What?! I don’t know if Jason said that or not. I may have missed it, but if he did, I agree with you. He is too self-centered that Sam is better off without him.

I thought your question about which personality didn’t like Kate/Connie was hilarious. I laughed so hard, but I also sympathize with the insanely, over the top presentation of DID. Soaps are not the place for medical accuracy. The ORs on GH are a joke. Soaps are for entertainment and the hospital setting is only a plot device.

barbara t
barbara t

David, That’s what I thought he said, I guess that he and sam did discuss giving the baby to other people if it turned out to be franco’s. After hearing jason say that after all the hell sam has gone through to have a baby The sight of him is making me angry. Also about the d.i.d. I wish that the discussion could go on, I still would like to know. I went and googled d.i.d and it is very complicated and not to many people have it and when they do it is found out in a shady brook environment and it takes years to diagnose, and no I do not believe that Sarah was sitting around with her spouse analyzing kate/connie’s d.i.d problem that’s why I asked her which personality doesn’t like kate/connie. When she came after me after what I said I kept my comments back to her clean, if that’s the word I’m looking for I did not believe her,. I will say this that the military people and their families that I know are humble, kind, loving, caring people and not at all like that piranha that attacked me.

Rose Kunkel
Rose Kunkel

Barbara, Jason did mention giving the baby up in yesterdays episode in which Sam told him under no certain terms was she giving HER baby up. Jason needs to go away somewhere and think about it… and by the way where did the cops get the info that Jason killed Franco unless Franco turned him in himself.

barbara t
barbara t

David, Yesterday when Jason went to visit Monica and tell her the truth about franco, he did mention that he did discuss adoption with Sam and he asked her to put the baby up for adoption. Can you believe that ? Who is he to ask he to do that after all the baby disappointments she has had?

david
david

I missed the adoption comment, but I agree with you. It is all the more appalling since Monica raised Jason and he wasn’t her son, but the result of Alan’s affair. I suspect eventually Jason will come around and change his mind. If he doesn’t, Sam will choose what’s best for her baby over Jason.

Patrick
Patrick

Isn’t Sam, knocking it out of the ball park…. ? Touching… makes me cry…. her affecting… shell shocked… performance. she was raped. Wanting Jason to accept whats going on. as theirs?!?! I don’t buy, Jasons… 180 degree turnaround. correct me, if i’m wrong… but, is McBain the only one that knows the truth? about the conception? i mean, it’s so not fair to Sam… that Jason is acting the way he is. the writing is on the wall… for her to re-unite after what jasons doing? She never thought she could have another pregnancy. i’ve posted this before… i still like the possibility, of pairing… Sam and Patrick. Two, “lost loves”… finding each other. yes, i know… robin’s alive… and I will always be a robin and patrick fan. so, for stories sake… and suddenly, and quickly, splitting up these two… sam and jason… is storyline dicatated. Writing, Jason’s attitude as of late… so soon, after Jakes death… doesn’t make sense… OK a year. in any event… it’s more humane stories… steering… out of the mob. i like Jason better with Sam, than with Liz. not 100%. so many posters, fans, want sarah brown back, as johnny’s mom… so, she’d be good with Jason.

GH FanGirl
GH FanGirl

Liz is a total skanky hypocrite who judges everyone harshly when they make mistakes, meanwhile justifying and excusing every bad thing she’s ever done.
Jason is a self-centered and insensitive jerk who can’t deal with his wife’s rape, not even considering how she feels about it.
Sam is taking a stand for her baby and leaving the both of them to each other. Good for her. Although, so sad about her baby being switched by evil Heather. I hope when Jason finds out the baby is really alive and also his, he beats himself up. Though I’m sure everyone, especially Liz will run to him and swear that none of what happened was his fault.

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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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