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Steve Burton's Last Tape Day At GH! Co-Stars Take to Twitter to Share Thoughts!

Photo Credit: MF Soaps Inc.

Photo Credit: MF Soaps Inc.

It is a very bittersweet today in soapland!  General Hospital’s Steve Burton is wrapping up over 21 years as Jason Morgan today on the set of the ABC soap opera.   And as fans, colleagues, and friends in the industry say goodbye, Steve’s family awaits him in Nashville, where Burton will reportedly be living.

Burton took to Twitter early this morning as he went into work with this short but sweet tweet to his followers, ” Good morning! Wow. Today is the day. Much luv 2 u all. Thank u.”

And now as the day is unfolding several cast members have also been sharing their thoughts on Twitter on Steve’s departure and the taping of his last episode, which is set to air in late October.  Here are just a sampling thus far from Steve’s co-stars past and present:

Kimberly McCullough: @1SteveBurton  “Stevie! Wish I could be there to give you a hug on your last day. You’ve done such great work- wow!”

Laura Wright:  “Strange day on the GH set lots of emotions and it’s only 830 am. @1SteveBurton xoxo good luck !!! Love ya BFF!!!! U will miss me yelling JASON!!!!!!!

Kelly Monaco:  “Early morning for me at GH. I don’t like goodbyes.”

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Scott Reeves:  “@1SteveBurton Have an amazing finale! Wish I was there. I’ll be waiting for you on the front porch! Love you brother!”

Derk Cheetwood, “Like to say how much I’ll miss Steve, not only a great actor but person and friend”

Kirsten Storms: @1SteveBurton‘s last day was today. (I’m still in denial. Completely.)”

Kassie DePaiva:  “@1SteveBurton I wish you the very best on your new journey!!!”

We will bring you more updates later today!  So soapers, how are you feeling about this?  Does it seem real that Steve is leaving daytime?  Hard to fathom, but he is moving on!  We wish Steve all the best.

 

 

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heidi
heidi

It is so sad… He is my fave on that show! He is so talented and I have enjoyed his work so much! I also love that he is such a good man and I wish him all good things and best of luck getting roles and opportunities that he will love and excel at. I still hope they are leaving it open for hime to return if he wants to. Enjoy… Steve and thank you for being in our lives through your fabulous 21 years on GH! You will be missed!

Joanne
Joanne

No it doesn’t seem real at all………..we, as fans, have lost so much this past year…….it’s like saying goodbye to a family member. Gh will go on…but it truly will not be the same. When I was at SSW……the throngs of fans waiting to see Steve was unbelievable…………couldn’t get near him. I wish him well…and I’m hoping to see Port Chuck very soon.

terri
terri

I will miss him he is the best what a wonderful actor .. I wish i can meet him in real life just to say you are the best . LOve Terri s from Brooklyn ny

Debi
Debi

Sounds like Scott is his next door neighbor.

Beth
Beth

Suppose all Jason fans can blame Scott Reeves to some degree. He spent alot of years living in Nashville while performing with the country group he was in. I have read that the two of them are extremely close, with their religion and famililes. So I am sure visiting Tenn to visit the Reeve’s, he probably took to the area. Nashville and surrounding areas are beautiful. But I still think he is going to “shockingly” show up in “Wisconsin” interacting with Katherine Chancellor. JMO

Debi
Debi

I live in WI!! Who is Katherine Chancellor?

I don’t blame SR or anyone else but SB. He worked his job for 21 years and did well for himself. Why not take an early retirement from the business?
What religion??

Beth
Beth

Katherine On Y n R

dg
dg

I will miss Steve, but honestly I wont miss the character “Jason.” He has been over exposed for the last decade. And thank God that horrendous Jasam pairing will have to finally end!
This will force Cartini to turn the page on that part of GH history and it’s long over due. Now if Maurice Bernard were to peace out Id be thrilled. Both characters have eaten GH history for far too long. When the Jason character became an Icon that further eroded the standing of the Quartermaine family and it lead to the marginalization of so many solid vet actors and core family characters on GH ( like Stuart Damon as Alan Q).
That is one of the main reasons GH’s ratings sank like a boulder in 2000. The Guza/Phelps/Frons regime turned the entire show over to the Jason and Sonny characters. The show became the Sopranos and ceased to be GH.
Steve and Maurice are both excellent, charismatic actors, but that whole era was to extreme for the health of the show. It alienated millions of long time viewers like me who were not on board with the Jasonny hour. I wish Steve all the best in his future endeavors but I would like to see GH move on and refocus.

Remedy
Remedy

DITTO!!!!

lindaK
lindaK

You forgot one question…Who the hell asked you?????

Tammy W
Tammy W

Obviously you didn’t research your facts correctly,the show’s ratings were already down when they gave the story line to Sonny and Jason,their the ones who kept the show going this long.I wish Steve all the success that life can bring ,I’ve watched GH since I was 11 and now 44 lol. and Steve is one of the main reasons I stayed that long.Maurice and Kelly are my other two fav’s.I think GH has been cheated at the Soap awards for years,I love the story line and the betrayal of the characters,It’s a great show and I hope it stays on daytime for a along time to come.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I can’t believe that Steve Burton /Jason will no longer be on GH. He has been such a big part of the show for so many years. And his character means so much to so many of the other characters on GH..what will Spinelli do without StoneCold? Who will Carly come to when in need? Who will kill off folks for Sonny when needed? Who will Elizabeth pine over? And who will Sam love and who will be the father to her baby boy once they figure out he Is Alive? And Michael always goes to his uncle Jason for advice… And Monica loses yet another son. And Edward, a grandson…
We will miss you GREATLY Jason/Steve Burton! Good luck in your new endeavors!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Wow Debbie, you got down to the nitty gritty with those ” who ” questions. It does make you wonder. Like someone posted on here above I believe, Why now? Why now, when we have lost so much in daytime over the last year? Now when you ask the ” why ” question, along with all those ‘ who ‘ questions you posed above, it makes you want to conduct your own interview with Steve Burton and ask. Why? Was there anyway Steve you could of hammered out some agreement for sometime off? Maybe shot just 3 days a week. I have wanted Sam and Jason to have a child for so long, and now it JUST seemed the time ot would happen. Why Steve, why now? Couldn’t you have worked out something? I know Steve wasn’t in favor of getting a divorce from his on screen wife, either.

Remedy
Remedy

What You posted is exactly the reason Jason/SB needs to go along with Sonny. Someone called it the Jasonny hour…lol. That is NOT GH! Thats why they lost so many loyal fans!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Yes, they (the writer’s) got carried away, BUT Steve and Maurice/ Sonny and Jason carried that show for year’s when the writers had no storyline for some of the other character’s. It was year’s……. before viewer’s begun to tune out. Blame the writer’s, it’s not Steve and Maurice’s fault. General Hospital won Best Serial and writing for year’s and year’s and year’s during the Jasonny hour. Keep that in mind.

Remedy
Remedy

They won the emmy for Luke’s intervention.

me
me

I was never a fan of Burton’s (staring into space and never changing the expression on your face is not “acting”). However, his fans can’t really believe that he’ll never be back, can they? He has a family to support. They ALWAYS come back (even he did it before). The only thing that will stop it is if the show is cancelled.

Remedy
Remedy

Ditto

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

No it what totally turned me off about the SB/ Jason character. He has as much energy as a sleeping dog and same amount of interest invested in being there.

1lovesays: Remedy, Steve Burton couldn’t have been there for 21 years if he had NO energy invested in being there!
Now that maybe the case NOW…… (giving you the benefit of the doubt) BUT…. that HAS NOT been the norm.
Overall, I don’t agree with you at all! Plus, you are not a fan of his anyway, so you don’t have an objective point of view, but a BIAS point of view.

Remedy
Remedy

1loveabcsoaps your right I am not a fan at all. I’ll give u that. No more comments from me about SB.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I loved those blank stairs into space. I actually just wrote about it below. It’s not easy (those expressions) to come up with. It really is: ACTING!!!!

Remember Jason had a head injury, and those black, aloof stares are ALL supportive of his injury/ and him being alittle strange BECAUSE of it.

Remedy
Remedy

No it what totally turned me off about the SB/ Jason character. He has as much energy as a sleeping dog and same amount of interest invested in being there.

Christine
Christine

You can tell there is lots of love. I wish him the best, though if the rumors are true, we will see him in Genoa City someday in the not-too-distant future. 🙂

Rebe
Rebe

I hope Steve doesn’t go on The Young And The Restless. I hope
he does his new projects, and then decides to return home to GH.
He is the reason why I’ve watched all these years. What will Sam
do without Jason. The JASAM LOVESTORY WAS THE BEST EVER!!
Jason Morgan and Sonny Corinthos was the greatest team all these yrs.
Many fans tears will be shed on his last day. Soooooooo sad for us.
We’ll miss Steve so much playing the heartthrob Jason Morgan. No
One can fill his shoes. He is a real nice guy, and easy for all to love.
Come back someday Steve….

Nancy
Nancy

I have a strong feeling he might be back at some point but maybe I am just dreaming. I cannot even imagine this show without him. I am sure that is why Sean Keanan is coming.

Aaron
Aaron

I understand that actors like Steve and Kimberly want to move on to other ventures in life. However, what I don’t get is their timing. We all love soaps but we also know that daytime is a dying genre. Both of these particular actors I would assume are making a good payday. Why not just ride it out for however long GH has remaining?

terri
terri

LOve jason just the look great actor ,

Elhu
Elhu

A day of mixed emotions for sure – happy for Steve and his bright future with his famly and in his future business endeavors, where I am sure we will still be able to enjoy his work, but GH will not be the same without Steve’s portrayal of Jason Morgan. He plays such an integral part in so many characters lives, and did it so well (with his unique portrayal) for many, many years. Using tivo/DVR’s, I am sure many people tend to fast forward through some scenes at times, but I can honestly say I have NEVER fastforwarded through any scene Jason/Steve was in, knowing he always brought so much to the show always. Long live GH, and much good luck to Steve Burton – we will miss you very much, but look forward to your future work on TV and the big screen!!!

B.J.
B.J.

I wish Steve the best, but I will really miss him. 🙁

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!

Mojgan Montgomery
Mojgan Montgomery

I wish the best for Steve And he knows all the fan of GH loves him so much I love to see him at least on port chuck for me all the GH characters are the best but Steve burton was more than the best .I wish he Chang his mind and one day he decide to come back For us is very hard how about his co worker and his friend .i miss you dear Steve(Jason Morgan) love you and wish you the best .

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

As a OLTL crossover, I see this change as more OLTL characters. I just wish Sam would go with him.

Remedy
Remedy

Agreed

Ali Wick
Ali Wick

IT’S A SAD DAY AT GH. But we can’t say of how, much we love Steve Burton. For playing Jason and he played, over a decade. And he wants to do other, things like Kimberly Mcllough. Is doing. And I actually personally think, if the rumors are true, about him going on Y&R. That’s great and actually, I personally think that he might end doing the, same the that Kimberly is doing right now, for the show. By popping up on a reoccurring basis, and Ingo. As well. Onto GH. That he will pop up, whenever they want him to, come back, on the show.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Gosh, I CAN’T believe THIS…! I CAN’T BELIEVE.
All Great things come to an end, and THIS, Sonny and Jason pairing was one of the GREAT and BEST Male relationships in Daytime Television that was LOYAL through and through. I am a little misty eyed, and I know IF I see the last air date, I wil cry. Steve deserves the chance to move on and do other projects. I also could see this coming as well. Steve seemed alittle fustrated with the changes at General Hospital. Yes, the show is a better show, BUT it came with the cost of many people losing their jobs while other people gained employment. There is no Sonny without Jason, and no Jason without Sonny. These two compliment one another BC they are so ALIKE and so DIFFERENT all in one. There is NO friendship in Daytime that I have enjoyed more than ‘ this ‘ pairing. Steve, I wil miss you DEARLY. That ALOOF gaze you do when something is told to you that is out of bound, strange, or crazy- I have JUST loooooved that GAZE that you give the camera. I know (have read) you have thanked Maurice for teaching you so much over the year’s, and I say that YOU and MAURICE for one, are FAMOUS for your looks of expression. Both unique (looks ) and complimenting/ fitting for your character’s protrayal. And by no way, simular to each other’s. That’s the incrediable thing, because You AND Maurice have worked so close together for so long, that it would be understandable if they were. Thats the magic of THIS pairing/the partnership, the professionalism and testimont of Maurice (in the beginning) being a good supporting colleague-taking on a much younger Steve Burton. Well Steve, Maurice is as ‘ greatful ‘ to you for your dedication, as you are to him. Trust me, the role of Sonny was as prevelant as it was because of the EVER SO IMPORTANT supporter, of Jason (Quartermaine) Morgan. I will miss YOU, forever. PLEASE come back for the funeral of Edward Quartermain, your grand-father. It would ONLY make sense that YOU do.

Love You,
1loveABCsoaps.

Pat
Pat

GH will not be the same with Jason/Steve. He was one of the reasons I taped the show and I never fast forwarded through his scenes.

Pat
Pat

Meant without Jason/Steve…

Marilynn
Marilynn

I have been watching GH since the begining. So many have come and gone but you are the one that I will miss the most. I just loved your story lines and relationships on the show. You are a great actor and I hope to see you on the screen again in the future. The show won’t be the same without you! Good luck and god bless.

Rebe
Rebe

I am so very sad that our beloved Steve who plays our daytime heartthrob Jason Morgan, is
Leaving GH. It doesn’t seem possible for GH to be without Jason. He was GH really all these
years. Jason Quartermaine/Morgan and Sonny Corinthos has truly kept GH on the air all these
years. They were the best team ever. No one can play Jason Morgan other than Steve. What
will Sonny, Carly and most of all his true love Sam McCall Morgan do without him. His 9 year
love storyline of JASAM was so fun to watch all these years. The day that heartthrob Jason
Morgan met the beautiful Sam McCall was a huge and fabulous storyline to follow. They were
two similar souls destined to find eachother. Watching these two fall deeply in love with all their
times of fun, intreage, adventures, sorrows and HOT STEAMY ROMANCE was so grea! Now they
have been torn apart with the new writers, but we true fans are so hoping that RC reunites Jason,Sam
and their stolen baby boy together before Steve leaves. It’s what they deserve, as well as all us fans.
Some wonder if all the new and different storylines and new actors from OLTL, may have just made the
final decision for Steve to finally leave GH. He and Sonny truly have been day times handsome guys.
I’ve been watching Jason Morgan since he came o GH all those years ago. He was young and very
cute even back then. Steve Burton will be terribly missed by soooooo many fans. It’s sad to see the
end of the beautiful JASAM LOVE STORY.

So Steve I want to wish you great happiness and success in all your future endevors. But I really
hope that you will one day return home to General Hospital. You will be dearly missed, and many
tears will be shed on your last day. Much love and blessings to you from one of your many many
JASAM fans.

T
T

Hello Steve Burton, I am your biggest fan, say its not so, I love the way you played the character Jason, you were so so good. You were the reason for my General Hospital for many years. You will really really be missed. Have a great next chapter in your life.

Sebeda
Sebeda

Steve Burton leaving GH…..I’m in total shock, big fan here in the Bahamas. Loved the character Jason Morgan you played…..personally, you made GH exciting……you’re awesome! You will surely be missed.

Good luck and God Bless in your new endeavors!

janice
janice

Why did GH have to kill Jason off, or is he going to fall in the water and be lost whatever happens you will be missed.

Tisa Barrett-Parham
Tisa Barrett-Parham

So sad to see jason go. He will never reunited with robin and know that she save his life or find out tha danny is really his son but lastly get a chance to bring duke lavery to his knees. I will miss u jason. I have watch GH for 30 years and yesterday was my last day when steve burton left. The keep draggin out robins death and I am just done with the writer and this story line.

Rose Garza
Rose Garza

Today I watched when Jason got shot, and I am so sad he has been my number one on GH, going to miss him

Rose Garza
Rose Garza

Love my Jason, going to miss him

Mary
Mary

I want to let you know that you will be missed. The show will not be the same without you. I want to wish you and your family the best of luck in your next chapter. You and your family will love living in Tennessee, it’s the best!!!!

Shan
Shan

Wow i miss him already i love me some him

Shan
Shan

Wow i miss him already i love me some him, Hear in the Bahamas GH will never be the same you bring must of the action Love Love Love You.

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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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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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