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Sneak Peek Promo For The First Two Weeks Of Katie Couric's New Talker Released – Watch the Video!

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On September 10th ABC unveils its new daytime line-up with The Chew, General Hospital and then Katie!  While we already know, to promote her new series debut on September 10th,  Katie Couric will be a guest on The Chew for a little cross-promotion, we are wondering why the powers-that-be did not insert Couric into a guest stint on General Hospital the same day as well?  Especially, since Katie really wanted GH to be her lead-in!

Well, all that aside, the new talker has released a promo for the first two weeks of episodes.  As already noted, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, and Barbara Streisand, are just a few of the guests slated for the key first weeks of Katie.

Now after the jump, watch the sneak peek just released promo and let us know what you think! Is it just another daytime talker?  Same format, same studio audience feeling? Or, do you think Couric can touch people at home and resonate with the viewers?  Weigh-in!

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kathleen johnson
kathleen johnson

will not watch my soaps were replaced with this crap no way where has quality programing went down the tubes not for me

Torrey
Torrey

Every year we get flooded with new talk shows….and every year, more than half of them get cancelled. This looks like your run of the mill show, that you can watch on any other network, at any other time. I will not be watching. Such a stupid decision to cancel OLTL and bring on this crap!

Dr. Donald G. Boudreau
Dr. Donald G. Boudreau

Boycotting Hatie Couric all across America by turning our TV sets off! She and her show represent just one more episode of ABC/Disney’s disrespecting of scripted programming and the dedicated viewers of millions upon millions of soap opera watchers all across this country who will not rest until such time that ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN are returned to them, where they belong.

As Roger Friedman of Forbes powerfully observed regarding ABC/Disney’s notorious business decision cancelling these iconic and much beloved shows: “[T]he entire episode will be remembered as the New Coke era of ABC Daytime.”

It is past time now for the many shareholders of ABC/Disney to be holding Anne Sweeney PERSONALLY accountable for this major business disaster that has had serious costs for The Disney Company; economic, reputational, and otherwise. This was HER doing, period.

And, for this to be done with a view to to either reinstating these shows forthwith, or be now releasing them at fair market value, thus allowing for a viable network or production company with the wherewithal to be bringing them back to their respective nationwide audiences – without further ABC/Disney obfuscation and delay. Until such time, soap opera fans will not be patronizing The Disney Company or its entities or its sponsors and will not be watching The Spew, Hatie, GAA, or any other so-called replacement shows – to the much beloved writer — Agnes Nixon’s One Life to Live and All My Children.

Dr. Donald G. Boudreau, author
American Business and Daytime Dramas

susan M.
susan M.

I definetely will not be watching K. Couric,GAA, The Sprew ,Hatie….I also don’t watch any show that replaced our beloved soaps……..SOAP FANS WILL NEVER WATCH THIS CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We want them to fail & get cancelled…..

James
James

looks like oprah’s set. no real interest in this.

Scott
Scott

I’ll be looking into Katie Couric’s talk show for its first week or so. Just to see how it is and what she has to bring to the table.

susan M.
susan M.

I am not watching Katie’s show…No way!!! She will bring zero to the table…. I have no interest in watching her show just to even see what it is like…I don’t want to boost her ratings …… I will boycott this show for sure!!!!!!! Want to watch GH and give it all the ratings !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At 3:00 in Sept.10 I will be watching something else….And watching GH at it’s new time at 2:00 p.m. Again I have no interest in K Couric what so ever…

Scott
Scott

Well that’s great for you Susan. However, I won’t be judgmental and close-minded because she’s just trying to make a living to support herself.

Spiro P
Spiro P

It seems as if Katie Couric has never been happy with any or all of the stations she has represented or worked for so why should this one be any different .
Judgemental or not I do not see where s has anything different to add to the table then any other talk show. I think she has done quite well for herself as far as making a living. There is nothing different, new or fresh about Katie Couric……….

BarbJ
BarbJ

just watch any of the other ten million talk shows that are on. Do you really think she’s gonna be any different??

Scott
Scott

I don’t know. She could be different. Hence why I’m going to watch it.

susan M.
susan M.

I am sure she does very well for herself..She probably has a substantial nest egg in the bank…Savings from all the other jobs she has had threw the years….She doesn’t have to worry about employment….

susan M.
susan M.

No loyal soap fans will watch Katie Couric…It will be more of the same stuff … I don’t find these kind of shows entertaining!!!!! We don’t need another talk show especially on daytime programing….Why would watch any of these shows that replace our soaps????It will be boring for sure .I saw the promo….I want to watch drama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not a lot of talk & information…….She is on the wrong part of the day….She should be on in the morning….And I am not being close-minded..I simply will not watch shows that replace the timeslots of our beloved soaps…And I am not the only one who feels this way.I have read alot of other comments from soap fans & they want no part of Katie Couric’s show…Again soap fans won’t watch any show that replaces the soaps…..

Scott
Scott

So because I’m not being an inconsiderable ass, I’m not a “loyal soap fan”? You’re really messed up to even believe that and I am insulted. And I’m not other soap fans, I’m ME. I can base my opinions on a series based on the series’ material. Anyone who doesn’t is completely idiotic and judgmental.

susan M.
susan M.

Sorry!!! I know you are soap fan..I didn’t mean to get so carried away…I just never read that a soap fan would even consider watching a show that replaces our soaps….I am still upset about amc &oltl being cancelled ..And get upset with abc & their replacement shows for the soaps..I was never a fan of Katie Couric..And have no interest in waching her show…To each it own…Sorry again, I didn’t mean to offend you…Let’s start over….Fellow soap lover….SORRY AGAIN!!!!!!!!

Scott
Scott

I hated “The Talk” because it replaced my baby “As the World Turns”, but now I love the show. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t prefer ATWT, but “The Talk” was a decent replacement. Which is why I’m giving “Katie” a chance. Especially since I never watched “One Life to Live” in the first place.

susan M.
susan M.

Good for you..Give her a chance.. But I will not be watching it…I like drama in the afternoon….OLTL was y favorite soap of all time……Watched it a long time…Never got tired of watching OLTL !!!!!!!

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I won’t ever watch Couric’s show! I always thought she was so annoying & still do! I hope it’s a big failure!

Scott
Scott

You’re only saying this because of the AMC/OLTL cancellation. I’m sure NONE of you would be bitching if it replaced anything but a soap. You’re all very judgmental people.

susan M.
susan M.

Katie has all the money in the world .. From all her past shows threw the years…She isn’t going to starve…Not every person is going to appeal to everyone….You can’t like everyone…And I don’t think it is being judemental…The fact is there are too many talk shows on already…I wouldn’t watch Katie even if they weren’t replacing the soaps…I like my drama in the afternoon …Don’t find Katie’s talk show entertaining….Or any talk show for the exception of the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno…You want to give her chance go right ahead it’ s your choice….For me I don’t want to boost her ratings by watching it….I have no interest in her or her talk show.. I am loyal to my soaps…That’s what I prefer to watch. I can’t identify w/ a talk show…There’s no drama or emotion …No characters to identify & can’t wait to see everyday.. This is for comment on 9/4 at 12:46 p.m.

susan M.
susan M.

And I only watch Leno here and there. Because it comes on late…

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Hey Scott! Why does it make sense to watch someone you can’t stand? It doesn’t so I won’t! Why should I waste an hour of my time?

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I have absolutely no interest in this show, or any other on ABC/D. GH only!

susan M.
susan M.

Looks VERY BORING by looking at the promo………I give her show a yawn!!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I won’t watch her show !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is wasting her time because no one will be watching…No soap fans will be watching for sure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ABC is wasting their money on Katie’s show …………………………………………..Poor choose abc………….It won’t fly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christine
Christine

Ugh. Jessica Simpson’s body after baby. Seriously? Is she the ONLY woman to have ever given birth? NO! So why should I care. She has more money than me so she can just pay to have it taken away.

Jennifer Lopez (not JLO anymore? Who cares anyway) dating a younger man? You mean this is some great story about some celebrity who broke up her family so she could date someone else. Again, who cares? I have heard enough and seen enough of this major diva to last a lifetime.

Why doesn’t Katie talk to some celebrity ROLE MODELS with children if she wants anyone to watch. I can’t wait until it is announced that she has the freakin’ Kardashians on there because you just KNOW it is going to happen.

Is Katie going to give out Christmas presents in December like Oprah too? Wash, rinse, repeat. So sick of talk shows. 🙁

Dina
Dina

Not interested in the least! Why can’t ABC just admit its mistake of canceling OLTL and AMC, and save itself the embarrassment of yet another talk show/ reality show flop!

Carol
Carol

I will not be watching. Nothing against Katie but there are already too many talk shows on tv.

faith haraway
faith haraway

hello,
Just to let you know I won’t be watching your show nor will any soap fans , sorry to tell you your show will be a flop:)

susan M.
susan M.

Ditto !!!!!!!!!!!

Scott
Scott

False statement. LOL.

Jacob Pratt
Jacob Pratt

why another talk show I wont be watching… All My Children & One Life to Live are the only show I want to see on daytime tv

susan M.
susan M.

Me too !!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I don’t care what guests she has ………I will not watch it…If you watch it you will be boosting her ratings…And we soap lover’s don’t want to do that…

Sara
Sara

I will not watch. Release the rights to AMC & OLTL.

susan M.
susan M.

Me Too !!!!!!

Patty
Patty

Wow – Katie’s pulling out all the stops with her guest line-up. Unfortunately I doubt it’s going to work. The only way I’d watch her show is if she had a OLTL & AMC reunion and announce that our soaps would be returning!! For as low as the ratings will be, they will give her so many opportunities before they pull it. But it’ll only be a matter of time and another ABC faux pas will bite the dust!! #NotwatchingKatie

Debbie
Debbie

Not interested. I watch talk shows at 9am or 4pm. That’s it. Afternoons are only for taping my soaps. Sorry Katie.

Stella
Stella

Sorry won’t be watching…never ever like Couric…this should be the last of her, for she’s hit every other network. Way to go ABC….I only watch General Hospital on ABC…

Shawn
Shawn

Looks like the old set of the Oprah Winfrey show.

mjanssen
mjanssen

I will never watch this show!!! I hate all these reality shows so sick of them, they need to put amc and oltl where they belong!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate Katie Couric!!!

april
april

Really Katie you think viewers will watch this NOOOO I wont be watching it i will watch the doctors at 2pm on channel 2 since general hospital is coming on at 1pm I want all my children and one life to live & general hospital in my afternoons not you

Rosie
Rosie

Definitely will NOT be watching Katie Couric’s talk show-i refuse to support any other programming on ABC besides GH. You made a great point,though,Michael-why didn’t ABC make Katie guest on GH? Maybe they thought fans would balk at such shameless cross-promotion.

lee
lee

ll not be watching this garbage there are too many talk shows and I have a problem with this show. due to the fact that this show cost more to produce then One life to Live. I will not watchanything on ABC until they restore the soaps they cancelled

Lisa
Lisa

NO! I will not be watching Katie’s new show. I’m not a fan of hers, and have never been.

Thank you Dr. Donald G. Boudreau. Well done!!

Beth
Beth

I will not be watching Katie Couric’s show! I also will never watch The Chew,or Good Afternoon America,or anything else that is put on in place of All My Children,or One Life To Live! OLTL was my favorite show on television,and it is dearly missed. None of these cookie cutter talk shows will ever measure up,or provide as much joy,and entertainment!

faith
faith

I agree , I can’t believe they took OLTL 🙁 have watched as longs as I’ve been alive Abc is run by a bunch of idiots . I watch General Hospital from 3-4 and thats the only time i go near ABC

metejt
metejt

It appears to be just another talk show, in which I have absolutely NO interest. Actually looks like it’s an Oprah wannabe and even the “real” thing ran it’s course. She may have stood a chance if ABC hadn’t cancelled it’s best daytime lineup, but without the soaps for lead ins I don’t believe she’ll make it. And I find it irritating that General Hospital is losing it’s decades long time slot to accommodate HER. Won’t be watching.

Polly
Polly

Sorry but I don’t watch talk shows. Though I am loving General Hospital right now. Still miss One Life to Live and All My Children like crazy. For me, the purpose of television is to get lost in the drama of an ongoing story. One where you get to know the characters like they were next door neighbors. You know, shows like soap operas. I’m looking to escape the crazy world for a little bit and don’t want to know things like how to make your own conditioners or peak into the lives of celebrities. I doubt they want me up on stage talking about my life so why would I want to do that to them. I know that this is supposed to be a replacement for Oprah but I didn’t watch her either. I would record my soaps and watch them at night. I’m just grateful for GH. Sorry, Katie, but I won’t be watching.

gayle higginbotham
gayle higginbotham

Oh boy, can’t wait!…NOT!!!!!!!….Major “ick” factor…never watched her because frankly, I can’t stomach her…talk shows are boring and there are WAY too many of them….my ABC BOYCOTT continues with the only exception being GH….too many gabfests on network TV and cable…ABC/Disney should’ve put the money they’re paying her back into scripted programming…how many of your lame shows do we have to kill before you listen and learn?

Lydia
Lydia

I will never watch any of the shows that are replacing our soaps. Besides I am sick to death of talk shows. I never watch them. I want my AMC and OL back.

jene
jene

theres no way in hell im watching that crap i neva watched talk shows ever they suck all the same old crap!! whos cheating with your cousin mom i want to be a stripper and last but not least the most playd out topic of all whos my baby daddy and the dna results are come on already what phony bullshit u took off my favorite show for this ive been watching one life to live since im 5yrs old one of the best soaps ever never watched the other soaps on the other chanels they suck!! only watch abc soaps and now i have one show this is an out rage and not for nothing we did not need the chew we have a cooking chanel if want a recipe enough with your experments there not going to work i already knew before that dumb idea for that dumb show the revolution was not going to last before u pulled my favorite show for that crap you know guess hello we have the exercise chanel too you know!! so stop your crapy show experments you guys aint getting no rateing here and by the looks of it no where else either and put back our one life to live hey i have an idea for rateing combined one life to live and general hospital make it an hour and a half long and u guys can squeeze in a half hour new little judge show lol im sure u will get more rateings with that idea or maybe a half hour game show hummm cause katie can kiss my ass lol now experment with my ideas cause yours aint working baby thank u hope to see mt one life to live back and dont even dream off pulling general hospital cause u can completly kiss any abc daytime rateings good bye!! 😉

ethel
ethel

OMG!!! is she trying to be the next oprah or what????????
will not be watching this crap – abc has failed again!

Skyzalex
Skyzalex

I will not watch her show ever! I will set my DVR to record a random show, on purpose, during her time slot! I am sick of reality tv and rather clean my house or read a book. She will not be watched in my home. I really don’t know why the Chew is even still on, this baffles me. Bring back OLTL and AMC, then I will watch all ABC programs again!!

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you…

Terry M
Terry M

Still ABC…still no AMC & OLTL…still NOT WATCHING!

susan M.
susan M.

Could have not sad it better myself!!!!!!!!!!!!! Goes for me too……

Robin
Robin

I won’t Be Watching. I Don’t Care 4 Her Never Have. Besides Only Thing I Now Watch On ABC/Disney Is General Hospital Ever Since They Took Off AMC/OLTL. There Are Way 2 Many Talk Show’s On Tv We Don’t Need Another1.

susan M.
susan M.

Ditto!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle
Michelle

ditto

Terry
Terry

Sorry Katie can not watch and will not watch your show. I did enjoy you on the Today Show in the morning. But since ABC has shaken up daytime so much it makes me so sad. Not to have my family on TV. I so miss All My Children and One life to live. Now you have bumped General Hospital to a new time slot. Sorry but since 1970 I have been watching Gh at 3. That is there time, and forever in my heart when 1 o clock comes I say omg I miss AMC and I do the same at 2. So sorry Katie go back to NBC where you belong. I hear they might need you on the morning show. Lol

susan M.
susan M.

She should have stayed on the morning show…..

Robin
Robin

I Won’t Be Watching I Don’t Like Her Never Have. Only Thing I Watch On ABC/Disney now Is GH Ever Since They Took Off AMC/OLTL, Tooooooooo Many Talk Shows On tv Any Way We Don’t Need Another 1

Clara
Clara

One good thing about this, I like General Hospital at the 2:00 pm spot, of course I still won’t watch the Katie Couric show or the disgusting “Chew”, but now I can finish lunch dishes, turn tv on at 2, and turn it off at 3 to get ready for my afternoon!
ABC BRING BACK ALL MY CHILDREN AND ONE LIVE TO LIVE!!!!!
Other than GMA (local weather on breaks from local station), and GH this household WILL NOT tune to ABC for anything else until the soaps are back!!!!

nancy
nancy

I will never, ever watch anything on ABC during the day except for GH. Besides the fact that ABC cancelled AMC and OLTL I don’t even like Katie Couric. And the Chew is just a silly show

susan M.
susan M.

The Chew should be cancelled…Don’t know why it is still on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And NO KATIE FOR ME !!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue
Sue

Will not be watching anything on ABC except GH

susan M.
susan M.

Me Too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristen Howe
Kristen Howe

Sorry Katie. I won’t be watching your show… EVER.

bsherry
bsherry

I ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT WATCH THESE SHOWS OR ANY OTHER ABC SHOWS WHEN SHE APPEARS. IF AND WHEN THE DECISION IS MADE TO HAVE HER GUEST HOST ON G.M.A., I PREDICT THAT THE RATINGS WILL TANK. THIS WOMAN IS A “WHINY DIM-WITTED JOKE” AND NEEDS TO RETIRE.

susan M.
susan M.

Don’t want Katie on daytime programing !!! Katie go back to the morning show…The morning is the best for you…We don’t want you on daytime programming………

Janet Matrai
Janet Matrai

No way!!!! I won’t watch her…… Loving General Hospital

susan M.
susan M.

Me Too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christopher
Christopher

Bring back one life to live. Katie it is time to give it up.

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

There are talk shows on morning, noon. & night…Even on in the very early morning hours…We don’t need another talk show…………Or cooking shows for that matter…I want my drama in the afternoon……And that is what I watch in the evening..Shows I have watched & liked for a while…Rareley to I watch a talk show especially in the afternoon..And NEVER watched a cooking .. These type of shows I have absolutely no interest in….

Ginny
Ginny

Sorry Katie I won’t watch. I was a faithful viewer of OLTL + AMC since the first shows. They are part of my family. ABCDisney please release the rights.

Michelle
Michelle

Us as mothers do not want to see another talk show about another mother, we want
to enjoy our time with our soaps! ABC is making a big mistake with this talk show…

Amanda
Amanda

I will not be watching this either!!! I see a lot of ppl are upset just like me. I didnt watch OLTL or AMC much, but a lot of people did and loved them, as I do GH. I have been watching GH for many years. Since I was a kid. It has always been on at 3. I dont want to watch stupid talk shows. I dont think many ppl do anymore. And 80 million?!?!! ARE U KIDDING ME?!?! Wow lol thats a lot of money to waste in today’s economy. And it WILL be a waste. I see everyone boycotting ur show but no one really speaking for it here. I hope ur ready for ur show to flop!! And I hope ABC will finally see that WE are the ones who have to watch the things they put on tv and we want what we want. And if they mess with that and move it around and replace it with CRAP LIKE THIS we will boycott all their shows except GH. Then eventually they might play GH 24/7, or bring back the other soaps and have soaps 24/7. WE WANT IT!!!! LOL 😛

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right, and to have to fight for something…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The evil-eye necklace!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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