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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
vinman

Yeah more Franco vs. Franco
more CARtoons!

Tweets
Tweets

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

Harry
Harry

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

Timmm
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)
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
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.
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
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
4ever DAYS

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

Nick D.
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
Harry

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

PV Jr.
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 you do not have to worry about that. Go ahead, James, LAUGH IT UP! 🙁

Mary SF
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
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
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
Harry

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

su0000
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
pinky

Lol

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

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

rebecca1
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
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
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
el

Missing #Toddmanning #OLTL

Amy
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
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
pinky

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

Harry
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
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
brenda

No.

Christy
Christy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credits: CBS, JPI, ABC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

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

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

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

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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

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

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

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

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