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SNL's Vanessa Bayer Shows James Franco … The New GH Franco!

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If you missed that ever so cute tweet from Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer the other day, we have it for you here!  As viewers know former General Hospital guest star, James Franco (Ex-Franco) co-hosted this past Saturday’s episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

This past weekend, Vanessa tweeted a picture of her and James looking at Roger Howarth as the new Franco on GH!  Howarth became the new Franco after he could no longer play the character of Todd Manning due to the legal issues and dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Bayer tweeted, “Showing Franco the new Franco! @JamesFrancoTV @GeneralHospital #GHsuperfan”  And in a response, GH head writer Ron Carlivati tweeted back, “Hi, Vanessa. Please tell Mr. Franco he’s welcome back anytime to do the Battle of the Francos!”

So, what did you think of the image of Franco seeing Franco?  Would you like to see a story where James Franco returns to GH, and somehow there is a story arc between the two Francos?  Comment below!

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vinman
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vinman

Yeah more Franco vs. Franco
more CARtoons!

Tweets
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Tweets

Yes! I would love to see them both on there. Both are great actors! What a show it would be!

Harry
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Harry

Ha ha! Tweets, I am pretty sure Vinman was kidding.

Timmm
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Timmm

No thanks. Not a fan of James Franco and not a fan of Franco, the character. I wish Roger would have been attached to the Quartermaines or even the Spencers, somehow?

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

Ive long said RH shouldve played Jimmy Lee’s son that wouldve tied him to the Qs…maybe there is still a chance of that happening…if we are suppose to believe the masks stories, why not have him think he is Franco when he really is a Q???

Timmm
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Timmm

I wanted Jimmy Lee and Celia back in the Q house for a long time. Yes Roger could be Jimmy’s son. If James Franco came back to wrap up that character it frees up Roger to be someone else and they could write a story to explain it pretty easily.

Nick D.
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Nick D.

Haha love the tweet and Ron’s response but the ONLY way I would accept a “battle of the Francos” is if Roger were revealed not as Franco but as…. Todd! Of course that would entail the end of the lawsuit.

In the meantime, the whole identity of the Franco character (between all the parentage retcons and the Howarth character switch) is convoluted enough without doing a Two Franco thing. Three Lukes is enough right now haha!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I think it’s great that General Hospital is getting exposure on SNL, but where’s the love for Days of our Lives? Maybe SNL…an NBC show…will do something big for DAYS’ 50th!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

They can do a sketch titled “Days of our Saturday Night Live(s)!

Nick D.
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Nick D.

I think this was the actress’ own idea/tweet, not SNL’s. However, I agree NBC should do all they can to promote DAYS!

Harry
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Harry

Well, it’s because Franco appeared on SNL and he’s played a character on GH.

PV Jr.
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PV Jr.

Franco is a cancer and so is the character of “Franco” on GH. It was not needed and now this poor show is STUCK with this horrible sociopath of a character. I am tired of his face even more so after he poked fun at the Sony breach (for a cheap laugh on SNL) while THOUSANDS of SSNs of employees past and present (not to mention those belonging to dependants of said employees), performance reviews, 401K and healthcare information, emails, home addresses, phone numbers, etc. is all up for grabs – his included. But when you make millions I guess… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Sure why not, we can just say Helene brainwashed nuFranco to think he was the real Franco and nuFranco could really be Jason and Billy Miller is really AJ. On this show identities are very flexible.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

LOL, Mary SF! “identities are very flexible!” I actually love Roger’s Franco…I think he has more humanity than Sonny, Ava and Julian combined at this point. But if it had gone differently I think he would have made a great nuJason…and Billy a great AJ. (that’s of course only if my much-missed Sean Kanan couldn’t come back.)

su0000
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su0000

Now, that would be entertainment !!!
I would have a great time watching two Francos facing off..
That would be a great time..

James Franco would be a short stay so it would be over quickly, but fun!!
and-
the publicly for GH would be very beneficial, for all ..

(but– it will never happen.. only a dumbass would believe it would happen LOL ..

Harry
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Harry

In a word, no. I would not like to see two Francos. There’s enough of that going around.

su0000
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su0000

C’mon Harry..
It is not about seeing two Francos..
It is;
Roger Howarth and James Franco, the two facing off.. I can’t even imagine how earthshaking that would be !!!!!

Both are great stars/actors and for any soap to have two great ones as Roger and James in a story on screen, is phenomenal ..!!!

pinky
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pinky

Lol

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

You wouldnt see two Francos…RH would really be someone else…a Q?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

hey jimh…maybe we’d find out Jason and Franco really were twins…and Roger’s Franco really is Jason (saved at Crichton and brainwashed to think he’s Franco)…then James Franco would be the real Franco…and Billy would be AJ. Hahahhahha…the hilarious but oh-so-sad truth is they could really pull this off! (if they wanted to but that’s in the what-if category James Franco came back for a stint.)

Aria
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Aria

RC should show Vanessa Bauer the love and invite her too she’s the one tweeting clout the 2 Franco’s and stop the butt kissing of James Franco!

Aria
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Aria

meant to say Vanessa bayer she’s the one tweeting n show her the love and stop being so desperate to get James Franco to do GH again, his buddies JFP & Stevie burton will play their bff card n have Franco guest star on y&r before he does GH agian work on showing genie Francis some love n let’s see Laura!

el
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el

Missing #Toddmanning #OLTL

Amy
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Amy

Cute and I’m all for it! I love James Franco. But GH had better think this one through and make sure they do it right without destroying the character!

su0000
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su0000

LOL
James Franco is way too busy to come to GH even for a week even for a day lol, not going to happen..
but-it would be great fun!!

pinky
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pinky

GH is a joke and the show is the worst show on tv.It should be canceled.

Harry
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Harry

As much as I belly ache about some GH stories, the last thing I want is for it be cancelled. And it has been more interesting lately.
I am still missing OLTL and AW. I missed AMC long before ABC pulled the plug on it because it bore no semblance to its former self.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Cute scene of her showing him Roger portraying Franco. I guess he doesn’t own a TV – lol. I don’t think James should re-appear on GH, but if he and/or SNL would invite Roger to do a skit – that would be the best!

brenda
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brenda

No.

Christy
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Christy

Please – No James Franco at GH! Once was too much! ug! Like him on the first Spiderman, hated him on GH.

Harry
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Harry

I watched a little bit today and James Franco’s mother was on. Watching her try to act was as painful as listening to Maxie’s vocal fry.

PV Jr.
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PV Jr.

Not wanting to post here, but wanted to let you guys know that Rick Springfield just announced he has joined season two of TRUE DETECTIVE.

bubba colvin
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bubba colvin

that be awesome? but who would let be real franco? i say you let james be the real deal franco and that Roger Howarth is really todd manning trying be franco or that france brain wash todd

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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John Reilly ‘General Hospital’ Tribute Episode Set to Air May 21st

Details have emerged on the upcoming John Reilly tribute episode of General Hospital.  The popular star passed away back on January 21st and the ABC daytime drama series had promised they would deliver a special show dedicated to the man who played Sean Donely starting back in 1984.

According to Deadline look for GH enduring stars: Genie Francis, Kristina Wagner, Finola Hughes, Jon Lindstom and John J. York to all appear in the special episode, along with Reilly’s real-life daughter, Caitlin Reilly, which had been previously announced.

The story will involve the mourning of WSB agent Sean Donely, which will set Felicia Scorpio (Wagner), Malcolm “Mac” Scorpio (York), Anna Devane (Hughes), Laura Collins (Francis) and Kevin Collins (Lindstrom) into a mystery involving Sean’s daughter, Annie (Caitlin Reilly).

General Hospital EP Frank Valentini shared in a statement: “John Reilly was an incredible actor and a large part of the 58-plus-year legacy that is ‘GH’. This episode is meant to honor him and his contribution to the show’s rich history. With so many fan favorites returning, new and longtime viewers will enjoy it. We had a lot of fun filming and I am grateful that we were also able to include his daughter. Viewers will hopefully also enjoy one more surprise return – it is just too amazing to spoil.”

Mark your calendars for May 21st when the special episode is set to air.

So, looking forward to seeing the John Reilly tribute episode, and who do you think will be the big ‘surprise’ noted by Frank Valentini? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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