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Today's Brilliant GH! Anders Hove Returns As Faison Is Revealed & Another Shocking Twist!

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General Hospital‘s Monday episode has now aired in all parts of the country, and all we can say is “Wow!”

Although it had been highly suspected that Anders Hove was returning to GH and reprising his role of uber-villain Cesar Faison (which from the get-go made the most sense on who on earth would do such harm to Robin and Anna) seeing Faison again as he revealed himself to Robin  as the man behind the “Duke” mask was just delicious drama!

How great though were Anders Hove and Kimberly McCullough (Robin)?  The scenes between the two were played brilliantly reminding us again of the power of these two actors,  especially since its been decades since Hove was on GH!

The entire episode of the show was great, which included some major developments in the other highly emotional  story which had Monica hauling off and slapping Carly as A.J/Michael/Monica and Carly all had a showdown which led to the arrest of A. J via Dante! But as you can tell, Michael is really pissed at his mom for that one.

However, there was another HUGE twist to the Faison story at the end of the episode, when Faison tells Robin, he has one more loose end to tie up.   NOTE:  If you have not seen GH today you may want to wait till reading further)

Next, we see Faison entering a room, very angry, and then we see strapped to a bed the real Duke! (Ian Buchanan) OMG, the real Duke is alive too!

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So soapers, what do you think of today’s General Hospital and the storyline with Faison being revealed as the person behind all the torment that has gone on since Robin blew up in the lab at GH many months ago?  Weigh-in! And take a look at the moments today when Faison revealed himself to Robin, as well when viewers saw that Faison has the real Duke in the clip belows!

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Mary Lou
Mary Lou

I said for weeks, maybe it was Faison..oh how delicious! Anders is the best, up there with Helena..as far as villans go..can’t wait for this story line to play out! Brillian GH!! and the real Duke is alive..icing on the cake..I would hate to see Duke not alive after all this..let Luke go back to Tracy or Laura come back and let them rekindle their love..ground up..and let Anna & Duke light up the screen..these are my views..

jp
jp

Totally agree! It’s like reliving my childhood as a kid. Anders Hove is so compelling and fascinating as Fiason. A classic villian! Bravo GH.

kim delmotte
kim delmotte

so very happy he is back great move
the girl going after patrick i do not like

susan M.
susan M.

The lady doctor is full of herself. And she doesn’t care for Emma..Patrick will dump
her because him and Robin will be together again shortly….

Dan
Dan

What a fantastic storyline twist! Faison is one of the best villains in GH history, and even though I kind of had an idea all along that he would be the person behind all of this, it didn’t make the scene when he revealed his face to Robin any less chilling. This show has been on fire!

And kudos to them for managing to keep some of these returns quiet, so we can actually have some surprises again. Never saw Ian Buchanan’s return coming, had no idea Stuart Damon was making an appearance last week, and they kept Anders Hove’s return under wraps as well. Great job, Frank and Ron! Thank you for making GH must see again!

SZima
SZima

The Ian and Stuart returns were spoiled weeks before they came back. Anders Hove’s was talked about, but always with the caveat that his green card had elapsed, and no one reported that he had come back. No “sightings” at the GH studios reported, no tweets by cast members, nothing at all…that I saw anyway.

So this was a very well kept secret and I LIKED IT THAT WAY. Sometimes I really miss the “good ‘ol days” (pre-internet) when everything was a surprise. It made soaps much more fun to watch and the Friday cliffhangers were really that…cliffhangers!

Christine
Christine

There was that thing back in the spring, maybe, where Anders Hove and Kassie DePaiva were photographed together. That’s when I first got the idea he was coming back as Faison.

Aria
Aria

GH rocks plain an simple.

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!

Staci
Staci

Simply delicious! Today I felt giddy watching the developments, caliber of acting, and spectacular dialogue. GH is at the top of its game right now, and I am loving every second of it! Kudos to the team.

Sandra
Sandra

I loved GH in the 80’s and grew crazy frustrated and stopped watching when it was all about Sonny. GH is on fire again. I’m seriously hooked. The Quatermaines (wha’ts left of them) getting air-time again, the veterans of GH are back, the action and different storylines have me hooked. The only storyline that is getting real old is Connie/IKate….which of course involves Sonny. Regardless, Loving my GH again!

Laurie
Laurie

GH is just awesome right now. I loved all these characters! I feel like I am getting the best of then and now all in one show..every day is something new and always a twist. I cant believe how great its become and I am glad all these actors come back and give us a chance to revisit some great characters..THANK YOU Ron, Frank and to all these great actors for making GH be #1!

Scoobydum
Scoobydum

Today was one of the best shows in years really. At least since the Luke intervention episode. I was secretly thinking they might fake us all out and go with having it be David Hayward but Faison is a great reveal. Who wants to take bets that Maurice Benard is playing a mobster on Young and the Restless in a year?

Sue
Sue

You’re on – and he can take that slutty tramp Kate/Connie w/him – the first actress who played Kate was totally believable as a classy high fashion maven & probably could have played the tougher part of the alter as well – don’t care for the new one, just not polished enough

Joe
Joe

WRONG! Megan Ward was a stiff and totally out of place. Kelly Sullivan ROCKS!!!

Sue
Sue

Well, since we can’t have my all-time very most favorite character, the inimitable BILLY CLYDE TUGGLE, Cesar FAISON is such a close second!!! Agree with the person above who hates the new doc chasing Patrick – but don’t you just love that dear little nurse Sabrina – Emma likes her & can’t stand the other one – kids always know…

Rodd
Rodd

The element of surprise is back in soap operas and it is to be found in full florish on GH! This is the way to make watching your favorite soap “can’t miss TV”. Too many spoilers make missing an episode alright; you know what’s going to happen and can fill in the gaps later. Not knowing exactly what’s going to happen is thrilling, especially when it is as well done as GH has been serving up.! Kudos to all at GH!!!

MK
MK

ITA, Rodd: The ratings went way down when the Promos showed all the spoilers and the Soap Magazines revealed too much. The Soaps were the best when they had the element of surprise.

DomSmythe
DomSmythe

everyone take note: there is collective excitement when mobsters are not running the show. veterans, both heroic and villainous, are the heart of GH. anna devane is one of ron & frank’s very best returns. i’m glad she’s central to the canvas. anders hove, i hope, stays a long while; he’s a great talent and a villain we all love to hate. robin is probably one of the most favorite characters on GH of all time; too bad she stays for guest sints only. finally, although not new, todd manning has become a new GH favorite. i hope the love of his life, blair, can join him. its easy to fall in love with her character as well…

ethel
ethel

i am on the edge of my seat everyday when watching gh – this show is just awesome right now – my hat goes off to ron carlivati!

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

My beloved GH is BACK baby! With budgets the way they are, for Frank & Ron to be able to pull all this off, is simply outstanding. They are mining the rich history of the show which was decimated during JFP and Guza’s reign. Seeing Leslie Charleson back on almost every day is golden. Sean Kanan hasn’t lost a beat as AJ. I now have a new respect for Michael, a character that I couldn’t stand barely a year ago. The Nurses Ball is being resurrected again with Juicy Lucy Coe in charge again. Can’t wait until she sees her best girlfriend Felicia and trade barbs with Tracy. Minor quibbles like Kate/Connie aside, I’m finally back to watching GH again after a decade of not tuning in. Can’t have much better praise than that.

Beacon
Beacon

There are only a handful of iconic villains in soap. Sheila Carter, James Stenbeck and undoubtedly Cesar Faison. They are more than just exceptional, they are inspired and exquisite in making these characters three dimensional. So good to have Faison back!

Joe
Joe

You forgot Mitch Laurence and Helena Cassadine.

susan M.
susan M.

I think Faison is as vicious as was years ago as I rememeber… The wsb days with Robert & Anna, Shawn Donnelly…………………………..And what will happen to Duke? I think Anna will figure it out he isn’t Duke. Anna is a smart lady…Her instincts are alway’s right on!!!!! Deep down I thing Anna knows there is something off about Duke (Faison)…………………….

susan M.
susan M.

I still like Robert Scorpio with Anna…Duke came in second for me…

Violet
Violet

I completely agree. Even when Duke and Anna were at their height of romance and popularity, I always wanted Anna with Robert. The two just seem like they know each other better than themselves and have stunning chemistry. Well, when Robert is being written well, that is. 😉

PJ
PJ

So glad that ABC has finally found a team that is not lazy, complacent and indifferent to GH’s legacy. Frank and Ron have been so respectful of GH’s rich history and wonderful characters. Sure, there are some inconsistencies and annoying characters, but Duke, Faison, Anna, Luke, Heather, Tracy, AJ — all wonderful. Can’t wait to see Robert and Lucy again. Hopefully they can phase out Sonny/Connie/Johnny/Olivia so that they can afford a real kick ass Nurse’s Ball!

Dee Vee
Dee Vee

I am ECXTATIC after watching yesterdays GH!!! Faison and Robin were beyond great acting! The performance was rivetting. I cannot wait to see todays ep. I feel like its 1981 all over again!! The only thing missing is Robert Scorpio. I am sure he will be along shortly. I would LOVE to see him solve this mess with Luke at his side once again like in the old days. And wouldn’t it just be icing on the cake if Jason shows up at the appopriate moment since we now know that it was Faison who shot him before he disappeared!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Not that shocking and not that interesting to me. This character is boring as hell, and the storyline is boring. Move on and just either bring Robin back or don’t!

Mary
Mary

Without a doubt one of my favorite episodes…………….glad real Duke is back….now want Robin to be re-united with Patrick fast…….super fast…I love the shock of seeing Faison again great actor….good job Cartini and entire cast,crew,etc………….

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you Mary!

Beacon
Beacon

It’s such sweet timing that Faison’s return and Anna Duke Robert back in the fray coincides with the release of the new Bond movie, don’t you think? Spy espionage is BACK!!!!!

Violet
Violet

I hadn’t thought about that, but you’re right! However, the NEED to go on a huge spy adventure to show off their mad sleuthing skills!

Teresa
Teresa

Absolutely wonderful. I told my husband back when we found out Robin was kidnapped that it had to be Faison and was totally shocked when it was actually Duke’s face behind it all. It really made no sense that he would do that to Anna. Terrific twist of events. Congratulations.

susan M.
susan M.

Ditto!!!!!!

Joe
Joe

OK…LOVING GH so much right now…BUT…why is everyone dumping on Kate/Connie?? I LOVE Connie! Kelly Sullivan is knocking out of the park in EVERY scene! YES I love the returns as much as everyone,,,and now they need to just add Laura, Scotty, Bobbie and Robert Scorpio permanently and we’re golden, but, Connie is the BEST! She’s a riot and Kelly Sullivan Rocks!
BTW, wouldn’t Dorian Lord be a great addition to Port Charles?? Imagine her and Tracey at each others throats!?!

susan M.
susan M.

I like the storyline about Faison & Duke…It is keeping my interest. Can’t wait to see what happens each day. Faison will be found out for sure…Betweeen Anna & Luke one of them will figure out he isn’t Duke but Faison. And Robin will get back with Patrick and
Emma…..

Christy
Christy

LOVE IT!

General Hospital

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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