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What is Your Take On Roger Howarth's New GH Character Of Recast "Franco"?

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There is probably not a more original, unique, talented and more beloved actor in the soap genre, then Daytime Emmy winner Roger Howarth!  With his own quirky and riveting acting style, Howarth is able to bring the viewers along the ride for whatever character he plays, and make the audience care, no matter if his on-screen alter-egos are doing not to nice things!  And that goes for his portrayal of Todd Manning on One Life to Live and General Hospital, Paul Ryan on As the World Turns, and now Franco on General Hospital.

Having made the decision to make Roger a recast Franco, originally played on General Hospital by James Franco, due to legal issues between ABC and Prospect Park with the character of Todd Manning, fans have watched for several weeks now as Howarth has been playing the larger than life Franco to the hilt.

For a bit of insight, On-Air On-Soaps caught up with present GH head writer and former OLTL head scribe, Ron Carlivati at the recent 40th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet where we asked him how he felt the repositioning and re-emergence of Howarth, Michael Easton (Silas) and Kristen Alderson (Kiki) was going in their new GH roles to which he responded,  “It is weird, but it’s fun. Once I got my mind around it that Kristen, Michael, and Roger are going to be new people, it’s a lot of fun to see the actors do something else.  It’s mind-blowing to be doing this Franco thing, which came with its own host of challenges like, ‘Are you really going to recast a movie stars part?’ But it seemed to make so much sense, because I think Roger needs to play someone larger than life like Todd was, and also because we had made that character a Quartermaine, and that also put him front and center, and I think that was important.”

So we pose these questions to you; do you think Roger’s new character on General Hospital is a good one for him, now that you have seen him for several weeks in his new role? Are you enjoying him in the role? Do you at all think he is  playing Todd Manning, but with a different character name? Does it matter what part he plays as long as he on GH?  Are you wishing things could revert back and he could be Todd again?  Share your thoughts!

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boes
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boes

I love Roger Howarth……but this isn’t working. Franco is a repulsive character to begin with – of all choices, why did Ron C. decide to go with this one??? He could have still been a Quartermaine, just not this one. And as much as I love RH, him playing Franco as some sort of a lovable psycho, being all jokey about the horrors he committed isn’t working for me. Nothing could me dislike RH, but I’m ff’d through his scenes on the most part. I suspect Ron C. also wanted to do another RH/KA father/daughter storyline. But I think that’s… Read more »

Dani
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Dani

Just awful. I think Roger is super talented and HE deserves better than to be given a severely damaged character and a very WEAK storyline. I honestly hope that Roger will get a permanent prime time offer and leave this mis-cast and dismal period of his career behind. him

Norene
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Norene

I agree. The part belongs to James Franco. The writers should have created a brand new character for him. They took the lazy way out.

su0000
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su0000

DUH .. this is different Franco by RC ..
and this Franco has dealt with his demons, and put it behind him, as should some other people and have fun watching RH being ”’this”’ Franco, his Franco

Take you head out of the past; ma short lived character, is now a different type of Franco..
And RH is knocking his new character Franco out of the park!!!

caliblue24
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caliblue24

Fired Roger Howarth and bring James Franco back! Franco was originated by James Franco, and James is younger and way better looking, and his charms are sleek, mysterious and dark.

Anna
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Anna

“Franco has dealt with his demons”

^^^ And replaced them with clowns.

Tina Z
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Tina Z

LOVE this! Well said.

nonchalant
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nonchalant

If Ron C. wanted to make Roger into a Quartermaine, why he couldn’t he had been Jimmy Lee Holt, Jr…since that branch of the Qs have long been forgotten about..

Tina Z
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Tina Z

Good thought.

Maryanni
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Maryanni

Because Jimmy Lee Holt was way too boring of a character!

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

I love it. RH has won me over, he can play anything, he is the best……….RC good job recreating a role and making KA his daughter AGAIN…………I’m in love with this show…..Kudos my friends at GH….This cast is perfect………..

margaret
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margaret

well i think it is twisted star should be star Todd Todd Michael as him self the cop the whole show is twisted so i don’t watch it as much now an i was a GH fan star an Michael was rocking gh than Jason left that was a blow an everybody came back but Robin wow never thought gh would get it twisted to lose fans an than lulu left wow what a boomer sorry gh is not the thing any more like today….sorry GH im out as well…peace but still nothing but love…..

FuQuan Snead
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FuQuan Snead

Me 2 I think its Kind of Confusing 2 Me Because the Characters of Star Todd And John Oringinated On One Life to Live And ABC pulled the plug Then they Came 2 General Hospital Under That Name How could u recast someone like that and they played well known Characters People who they r doesn’t make no sense!

Gina M.
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Gina M.

This guy is a good actor but his take on the Franco character Is bafoon-like. Its either the writers are not giving him good matmaterial or he doesn’t have the depth it takes to go deep and dark. I suspect it’s the writers’ fault. They tried to reintroduce the devil incarnate, Franco that is, as a redeemed person. That was a mistake. Roger H has a gift for making his audience feel sympathy for the devil. Todd Manning (OLTL) was a convicted rapist yet people loved to hate or hated to love that character. Roger H’s gift/magic doesn’t transfer well… Read more »

Rachel
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Rachel

It’s stupid. End of opinion.

Dinah
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Dinah

RH/KA/ME don’t belong on Gh

Cathy
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Cathy

AMEN! There was no reason to bring them back once OLTL got revived. Roger is on OL again as Todd (thank goodness) & KA & ME could’ve easily found other soap work in LA. Forcing all 3 back in new roles at the expense of longtime GH actors and characters was all about the egos of the show runners and had zero to do with the audience.

su0000
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su0000

RH, KA, ME do not want to be PP/OLTL.. They want to be with GH .. They have been and are GH characters, by their choice .. What RH, KA, ME want to do with their lives is up to them not anyone else.. And all 3 have chosen to be with GH so according them all and GH, that is their soap home, now.. That is how it is.. They do not belong to OLTL, nor where anyone else wants them to belong.. The 3 seem to very happy with GH and all there, it is where they chose… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Being Contractually OBLIGATED is not a Choice……

Anna
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Anna

RH clearly wanted to be on OLTL as he was there on his on merit. People seem to forget that little fact. Not spec, but fact. Please stop speaking for actors you don’t know and telling the rest of us how they feel and think. They have “people” for that.

TLW
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TLW

I pray that Roger returns again to OLTL when production resumes in August. He is tearing it up on that show—and I’m loving his pairing with Blair once again. Their chemistry is off the charts!

RH, ME and KA are still on GH mainly because they are bound by little pieces of paper called CONTRACTS, not necessarily because they no longer wanted anything to do with OLTL. So, I agree with you, Anna. People who have no clue shouldn’t be putting words into the actors’ mouths.

MEG
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MEG

KRISTEN WANTS TO DO OLTL AGAIN,!

AJ
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AJ

The 3 seem very happy.. yeah.. they’re ACTORS!!!! Epic fail for the brilliantly talented Roger Howarth. GH is on it’s last leg while AMC and OLTL are picking up STEAM!!! They’re a major hit online.. consistently in the top 10 on hulu and iTunes since April.. and now they’re back on TV, even it if it is OWN.. not too long before another cable station buys their re-runs on an indefinite basis. Howarth wants to be on OLTL obviously.. or else he wouldn’t have stayed so long playing the role he was born for, Todd Manning. GH blows.. hasn’t even… Read more »

Joshua
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Joshua

Kristen Alderson DOES NOT want to do “One Life to Live” again. She seems to think if she sticks around Los Angeles long enough, she will be cast in a successful TV movie or (gasp!) even a movie.

mary
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mary

I love RH and RH as Todd, a great character. I also LOVE JF as Franco. But, I will watch RH whoever he plays and enjoy it. RH will do his best. but it is still Todd really. I do hate the blond hair. I think RC is doing his best. These days I just watch GH and enjoy.. It is easier and more enjoyable,

Marie
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Marie

Are you sure you want the answer to this question, Michael? LOL. I do like Roger Howarth, but bringing him back as Franco was a huge mistake. To begin with, the writers had to retcon what viewers had already seen over a years long story arc with the original Franco. It comes off as desperate on the part of the writers. Second, Roger continues to act as Todd while he is supposed to be Franco. Third, the massive airtime and focus that he is given while other GH characters like Anna and others are pretty much off screen with no… Read more »

Dani
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Dani

Marie,
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I couldn’t have said it better. GH is so hard to watch these days. There are gaps in storylines that are just too long/wide. The other day when Laura and Lucy were having lunch (and Scotty came in after) I was in shock to see the threesome. I actually said, “Oh, she’s still on? I thought the storyline was abandoned or over etc….”. Then we go back and forth with that go-nowhere Sabrina and Felix and his sister…. I do so much fast forwarding that I don’t think I’m a view anymore.

Ces
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Ces

Agreed. It seems when Days is rockin’ GH is slumping and vice-versa. Glad one of my shows is enjoyable to watch at the moment.

susan M.
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susan M.

I have no problem with GH & enjoy watching it…

Joshua
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Joshua

Yeah, I stopped watching “Days of Our Lives” 20-some odd years ago when they determined that the same lot of people that watch “The Jerry Springer Show” ALSO watch “Days.”

Ewwww

Tali ( not Smith)
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Tali ( not Smith)

Roger is a wonderful actor, but this role? T minus Todd is just Odd. Franco Scarlett, I don’t give a damn. GH has been unwatchable for some months now.

Darci Jones
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Darci Jones

I loved Roger as Todd and as an actor in general, but
I just can’t get used to him as Franco. Franco was who he was
because of James Franco and his acting. I think this was a poor decision. Besides, Roger
and James aren’t even the same age.

su0000
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su0000

RH’s Franco is different and not the same as James Franco ‘s Franco, by plan..

RH’s new Franco is doing nothing that the James Franco’s Franco did, nothing.

The roll was mainly revived to be a Q .. A very intriguing, interesting Q ..

(RH’s Franco is not James Franco Franco, that is more than obvious..

Lala
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Lala

This is hardly a compelling argument. It’s a huge part of the problem.

Jovin
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Jovin

Su…are you on ABC‘s promotional team to pimp and prop this casting and storyline choice to people who hate it? Really…give it a rest already…you have typed the same message 4 times in this one thread. We get it…you like it. You are NOT going to convince the majority of us who hate it no matter many times you defend it. The setiment is clear…we love the actor, hate the character and storyline.

Chrissy
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Chrissy

First, don’t care what part he plays as long as he’s on GH! I think he is doing an fabulous job as Franco! He almost makes the character likeable. I like his Franco too! Um, nothing like Todd Manning, but I loved Todd Manning too

Shari
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Shari

It’s going to take time for all three Actors to “fit” into these different roles. I love RH as anyone and people need to stop hating!

Anna
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Anna

It’s called having a difference of an opinion.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with Chrissy!

Joann D.
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Joann D.

I agree with you Chrissy. It’s like anything else, it takes time for people to get used to new actors playing old roles. Like the new Lulu, I think they brought her in at the wrong time, having a memory loss, so I didn’t like her at first but now I like her better than the first Lulu. She’s not as whiny and is making her a much stronger character. I think the same for the three from OLTL. Love both shows BTW.

Chrissy
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Chrissy

First, don’t care what part he plays as long as he’s on GH! I think he is doing an fabulous job as Franco! He almost makes the character likeable. I like his Franco too! Um, nothing like Todd Manning

Chrissy
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Chrissy

However, I loved Todd Manning too

Kim
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Kim

I Love Roger as Franco

Marisa
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Marisa

I agree.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree also!

Judy Vlcek
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Judy Vlcek

I find it hard at times too see him in a different role. Okay but not thrilled out it all has turned out.

ej
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ej

I believe Roger could play any role. and while I prefer he not be Franco, I’m glad he and Kristen are Father/daughter again and I will watch GH for both of them..

Darcy
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Darcy

Amen!

Mrs Brown
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Mrs Brown

I am strongly creeping out over this kissing cousin thing!!! The characters are fine. Just find another way, PLEASE!

Jenn
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Jenn

LOL Oh Michael this seems like you are baiting for negative comments about the role/actor. I’m not going to say anything negative though. I think Roger is doing a fine job in the role and he seems to be having fun with it. Ideally I would love to have Roger play Todd on GH again but unfortunately some nameless executives have made that impossible. I will say that I am enjoying Franco a lot more than the version of Todd that OLTL is currently subjecting us to. Prospect Park obviously took the ill advise of an oversensitive actress and a… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

Someone sounds a tad bitter??? No one twisted Roger’s arm to return to OLTL, dear. It’s called “a choice” as in, he made a choice to return and play Todd as he felt Todd needed to be played, unlike the buffoon currently walking around on GH sticking tongues out at people and being whitewashed to the hilt.

No need to toss around such rudeness to fans because one may not be getting what they want onscreen.So childish. It’s JUST a soap opera. Chill.

Kim
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Kim

I personally was most offended by the comment against the actress, that’s not necessary here. I support what you’re saying Anna. You’re right. Roger chose to go back and play Todd and is playing him as he wants to on OLTL, and it’s great.

Jenn
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Jenn

Are you sure I’m the one that is bitter? I never said Roger was made to do anything but the writing he has been given on OLTL is lacking. His story line is not fun and TnB’s reunion has been slow and lifeless. I’m entitled to my opinion. Oh and BTW I find it amusing that you are calling me rude you use terms such as “buffoon” to insult an actor’s performance because you are not getting what you want.

jan Mcgrann
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jan Mcgrann

I love
Rh no matter who he plays.He will make Franco his own and everyone will forget it was played by James Franco.He will still play him as quirky and evil and we will love him.RC really had a tough decision to make about the 3 characters and how to keep them.I hope GH fans will give them a chance and the show will be great again.It hit a hiccup because Ron had to explain to the audience what was going on.Now we get it.PLEASE get rid of Britt and Taylor.OMO.

Jane
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Jane

Roger is playing Todd on GH again. There is no difference between “Franco” and GH’s version of “Todd”. They are both shallow buffoons. It’s all surface. If that is the kind of thing you like, then I can see why the depth and nuance PP has returned to Todd Manning seems “boring” to you.

Anna
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Anna

Right on, Jane!

Jenn
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Jenn

PP fired all their writers. I think that’s a good sign that they know what we are being given isn’t gold. They know it’s not working.

Anna
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Anna

RE: Jenn, you *realize* the people who moved up were ALREADY on staff writing day to day dialog, stories, etc.

Yeah. Check the credits if you ever choose to watch again.

Jill
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Jill

I agree with Jan McGrann.
Roger is making himself into Franco slowly. I agree Kiki is just Starr with brown hair; not crazy about that. Michael Easton can play John McBain, Steven Clay, Caleb whoever, Silas Clay OR THE EASTER BUNNY! I don’t care..I love him and he is great!

CeCe
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CeCe

I must have missed Michael’s question that asked about oversensitive actresses and fanbases. If you can’t stick to answering the question perhaps you should stay on your little message board and spew your hate. That said, Michael I stopped watching GH once it became Mobcentric. I think the day Sonny shot Dante was the day I signed off. I returned when it was announced that the Mannings were coming to GH and I left once I realized I was lied to. Therefore to be fair I have no opinion about RH playing Franco. I will say however since I did… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Great post Bravo!!!!

Gwendolyn
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Gwendolyn

You should watch OLTL this July – hot things happening for Todd and his woman!

shelle dale
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shelle dale

that because the oltl version which is how the character Todd is suppose to act as opposed to the horny pimp they had on gh You are just mad cause your shirtless obsession is gone. Oh by the way how do you know how big this group of supposely loud fans are. Ate you a part of the group? Or perhaps you were once a part of the group but got released because of your loyalties and now is just bitter and if i say so myself you seem a little OVERSENTITIVE FROM ALL OF OLTL SUCCESS Seems like two… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

Jenn, yes, you are entitled to your opinion, and I’m entitled to call it out, address and critique it if I do not agree with it. It’s called having a conversation in open forum. And now insulting characters is equivalent to insulting REAL LIFE people? That’s brand new. Am I not being clear as a cloudless sky on a bright sunny day, hon? FRANCO, the character, character, as in fiction, is a buffoon. I can’t insult Franco, however, you feel the need to coarsely address real life people, fans, actresses, etc? Try reading your original post again, and then try… Read more »

The Loquacious One
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The Loquacious One

Wow. Well, aren’t you a little feisty firecracker? So you would love to have Roger play Todd again on GH, huh? Well, guess what? It wasn’t the “nameless executives” that made it impossible for him to be on GH, it was your arrogant messiahs that put an end to that. You’re enjoying Franco more than OLTL’s Todd. Fantastic….would you like a cookie? Is it that RH has been on OLTL since April 29 and has yet to be shirtless? Did he not meet your monthly shirtless quota? You’re post is extremely transparent and it’s evident by you stating an “oversensitive… Read more »

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Perfect example of Sarcasm!!!! LMAO!!!

Alex
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Alex

Love your comment Jenn. You nailed it.
Roger is an amazing actor and he´s able to turn a “most hated temporarily character” into a likable lasting character and make it his own. I enjoy Roger Howarth´s performance as Franco way more on GH than Todd on OLTL.
Sadly Roger´s the 4 week stint had been wasted so far in disrupted story lines. It turns out that my expectations in regards of the OLTL reboot had been way too high.
I´ve closed the “Todd book” on both shows. I´m in full speed on “Franco”.

Kate
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Kate

Franco as a long-term character no matter WHO’S playing him is a major fail. Michael Zaslow, the great DADDY of most of soap’s barely-respectable anti-villains, wouldn’t be able to make this character work with RC’s shoddy, lazy writing and retconning of anything he’s not creative enough to give any real reasons for (AKA, 99% of Franco-as-played-by-James-Franco’s actions). GH will be cancelled because RC refused to give up on the OLTL actors and failed characters like Sabrina and Felix… have there ever BEEN two characters as smug and two-faced and unethical as those two clowns and yet we’re still supposed to… Read more »

Sheila
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Sheila

AMEN, Kate!

Mark
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Mark

I think it was a great choice . Iove watching him work

Verona
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Verona

I was very apprehensive at the idea of recasting Howarth as a character that was pretty much loathed by most GH fans. But after a few days off watching him, I found myself totally enjoying him in the part. He brings his own quirky sense of humor, but can turn it sinister, dangerous, or down-right creepy as he chooses. I never thought I would ever enjoy watching ‘Franco,’ but watching ‘FranQ’ is a blast!

jan Mcgrann
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jan Mcgrann

Verona,well said. (y)

Marisa
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Marisa

I agree. Roger is great.

Alex
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Alex

I agree with you Verona. Franco just got started. The question Michael raised should be asked again in a couple of months. When I read the negative comments I can´t shake the feeling that it always comes down to Todd/OLTL vs. Todd/GH or Todd/OLTL vs. Franco/GH. Some people can´t wrap their minds around the fact that an actor does not belong to one particular show. I was really curious how Roger would play Franco and from what I´ve seen I truly can say I like it. Playing Franco is a huge challenge and I bet not many actors would have… Read more »

Petra
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Petra

Alex i agree with you ….. People look at his acting and not at TODD / FRANCO give RH a brake and let him Play Franco his way .By the WAY I like it …

susan M.
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susan M.

Well said, Verona!

currygirl
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currygirl

He is acting like Todd. Not working for me. Get rid of this character pronto

Becky Z
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Becky Z

Hate it Still love Roger Howarth. They take a despicable character then they try to make us like him by changing history. And it’s obvious they’re going to try to get us to accept him by making him a match for baby Danny, thereby being the one to save his life. I don’t buy it and can’t stand having this shoved down our throats.

Tali
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Tali

I think that is why I lost interest in GH. I loved them on OLTL but FV/RC have changed history and forced OLTL characters into things they would never do and they just keep stuffing more and more down our throats. I’ll just stick with OLTL online! Enjoying RH as Todd on there.

Kim
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Kim

Roger’s great, but I prefer his portrayal of Todd, on OLTL where it’s origin is.

Mary
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Mary

I’m loving RH as Franco. RH is doing a wonderful job. And Franco is such a great role to have for him.

Fire Cartini
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Fire Cartini

Seeing him as Franco just reiterates that he can only play one character and that is Todd. He is still playing Todd with a new hair color and cut. Out of all the characters in GH’s rich history bringing him back as Franco was a huge mistake. Franco was one of the most hated characters on the show. A few strokes of the pen can’t erase story by whitewashing him. Frankly I am sick and tired of these former OLTL actors getting so much airtime and story while others get nothing. There was no reason to bring Roger back or… Read more »

yummy
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yummy

Franco is getting a lot of airtime, but who exactly is getting nothing? Check out the airtime’s for June and for the year up to June: the airtime is incredibly more balanced than in the past.

Fire Cartini
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Fire Cartini

Where are Laura, Scotty, Lucy, Mac, Duke, Anna, I could name more. No he is getting a ton of airtime and I saw those lists. He wasn’t on the show for how many weeks and he is still up there.

Enough is enough. Get rid of the OLTL people.

currygirl
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currygirl

Totally agree. I tuned in when they came back as new characters and tuned right back out two days later. I do not like this new OLTL. I want GH back

shelle dale
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shelle dale

total fail and love your name pray everyday that they fire ron

Ron you have plenty of talented GH character utizlize them and forget OLTL and stop obsessing over it and move on

Jane
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Jane

Franco is disgusting and if RH couldn’t play Todd anymore they should have just released him from his contract.

Gwendolyn
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Gwendolyn

It doesn’t work. I love Roger, but this character does him NO favours. Thankfully, he is kicking butt on OLTL. Nothing beats an in character Todd Manning. I think he’d be better off sticking to OLTL playing a character that actually serves a purpose and he made iconic with writers who actually know how to write.

Tali
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Tali

Agree Gwendolyn.

Kim
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Kim

I agree also.

Tali
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Tali

So many feel the same as I do – GH is unwatchable, you can’t make Franco a likable character if you watched the past few years. My opinion – “EPIC FAIL”!! The fact that ABC wouldn’t share the OLTL characters shows their ego and the fact they wanted it all after canceling it proves to me they could care less about soap fans. That’s ok I could care less about GH & ABC.

mika
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mika

Love Roger, enjoying Franco, i hope we get more depth to the character soon.

Anna
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Anna

Depth? With Ron writing? Do not count on that one.

west virgina fan
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west virgina fan

what character on any soap has been written with more depth than Tracy under this new regime? or Anna (compared to the epic fail when she came back a few years ago). Alexis has been much more prominent than under guza, sonny may eventually have to face the consequences of his actions, Patrick’s grieving Robin, Johnny’s being racked with guilt. Name one character that had any story line under the latter guza years that touched any of the dialogue these actors have been given? And when was the last time there was true multi generational story telling on this show… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

Anna? Oh, is she still on the show?

I wouldn’t know.

carm
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carm

Anna LOL you could say that about any of the vets. They bring them out once every few months to show us its still Gh. WVF I have to chuckle at what you consider “depth” and dialogue, Patrick grieving Robin?? Robin who? Anna?? the commish that has yet to solve one crime? Patrick actually had a personality with Guza. He’s a card board cutout of his once sexy arrogant self. Roger is great just not Franco he’s just Todd with blonde hair. Franco should have stayed dead period. I can’t believe how much of the Q’s house I’ve seen. Yet… Read more »

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

You miss this week…their back…lucy, laura, mac, felicia, scott, duke and anna! hooray!!!

Teri
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Teri

I love RH, I love him as Todd on OLTL and GH. I did not like the character of old Franco, just too psycho & evil & there is so much to undo & forget. Its difficult to separate old & new Franco, and why the blonde hair?? RH is doing a great job with new Franco & if it was any other character I would like the character. I really really wish they had given RH a different Q to play, even just as he is doing, just not the character of Franco. It is a lot to let… Read more »

Darcy
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Darcy

Not liking the hair at all. I think he should grow it long again. Been following Roger since 1993 and will follow him anywhere! He will always be Todd Manning though.

MARGO
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MARGO

He’s horrible. An embarrassment. He’s doing great as Todd but this is a nightmare. Disaster. Unwatchable.

Cathy
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Cathy

Someone above said it feels like a desperate move on the part if ABC & GH writers and I agree. After a year on GH as Todd, Starr, & John, now to force all three actors down viewers throats as new people just to hold onto them is beyond lame. The GH cast was bloated enough, & now Howarth and the other two have taken center stage once again to displace beloved characters like Anna, Duke, Laura, Felicia, the list goes on. ABC cancelled One Life to Live & now it is actively sabotaging PP’s attempts to revive the show.… Read more »

currygirl
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currygirl

Wow, well said Cathy. Totally agree with your statement.

Georgette
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Georgette

GH needs a new heard writer, someone who actually wants to write for GH and is not trying to recreate his old show. RC iis bitter and it shows.

carm
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carm

Bravo, well said Cathy and Georgette yep I agree.

Tescia
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Tescia

It’s so bad, it would be funny. But it’s not. It’s just bad.

Yuck. I can’t believe this is the guy who plays Todd. I don’t think he wants to be there or try as he seems to hate it, too. It’s like he’s laughing at how bad it is.

Meg
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Meg

I am so satisfied how Roger Howarth re-established a character that was real and how Ron & Frank took that dangling thread and made it relevant. RH has never ever disappointed and I enjoy watching GH again. Love the melding of this and the other ‘new’ characters. Previously, it was like a guest star had to come in and left after the story was half over. Now Franco can be as twisted or as misunderstood as necessary, or as good as the writing and acting make us believe. And it IS good and that’s why I love watching RH in… Read more »

Lindsey
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Lindsey

I think Roger as Franco is great fun! Boo to all the haters. Things changes. Deal with it.

Marsha
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Marsha

Bravo! So sick of all the critics and haters…just enjoy the ride!

Lindsey
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Lindsey

I love Roger as Franco. He is great fun. Things change in soaps. Move on…

Me
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Me

Hate it. He’s irritating and on way too much. Its disgusting to see his feet up in the Q house. Many GH’s are backburned or airing a few mins here and there while each episode Franco/RH is on (which is almost everyday) he takes up half the show. And since it can’t be said enough Kiki sucks too.

Frida
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Frida

I still see Todd. Franco is now a clown. Not at all entertaining to me.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

yes, he is not Franco, he is still Todd. What made Franco interesting is no longer there,. and it did die with him, and should have stayed that way.

gloria
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gloria

Agree. There is too much of him on the show also. July 1 & 2 were the Todd/Carly (Carly from ATWT is who I see with this actress unless I am thinking about Diane from Y&R last summer) show. I speed thru the scenes with these two. And don’t like Kiki or Morgan. Get rid of all 4.

Nona
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Nona

I love RH, and was so excited to hear he would be on GH, after watching & loving him on OTLT & ATWT; GH has managed to make me not want to watch him. Franco was probably the very last character that should have been returned to the show and its really a testament to the complete lack of creativity on behalf of the writers.they had an opportunity to create a brand spanking new badass character and settled on a previously dead sociopathic rapist killer. And the waste of time and great lengths this show is going to just to… Read more »

Renee
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Renee

I agree with so many of the other commenters here… It just is not working. I love, love, love Roger… but he is not Franco. Franco became Franco because of the original portrayer James Franco. They have Roger looking nothing like the original Franco first of all, he is behaving similarly, but what they are attempting to do with the character is wrong. I agree that if it wasn’t possible any longer to use Roger as Todd Manning they should have just released him from his contract as they should have Kristen Alderson. I realize we aren’t talking about her,… Read more »

Helen
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Helen

Honestly I think it’s been a big F.U. to GH fans, the GH audience barely tolerated Franco when a major movie star played him. Why would they think that Roger Howarth could make it work. Oh I know because they could retcon his horrific history and really he’s just playing Todd with a bad dye job on the hair. How about RC/FV concentrate on the core GH characters who deserve story more than the three ex-OLTL’rs. The arrogance is what is doing GH in right now the story is horrible and frankly RH is just playing Todd the same way… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

Arrogance! That’s it! Roger and Franco were not needed.

FGS, Franco and Co took over the Q mansion! It’s blasphemy! WTF is Monica?

Silas and “Kiki”? RME, don’t get me started.

gloria
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gloria

You are so right. They are running the mansion! Monica needs to get home! While I love having more scenes at the Q place I cannot stand these characters. When I am in another room & the show is on I feel like I am hearing the old OLTL when Roger is on. I have to stop for a second because he is PLAYING TODD. And Ava is not working for me either. Get rid of them & take Kiki & Morgan with you.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

yes, Monica would not allow these imposters! I agree get rid of them all..though I do like Ava a bit, because she is sneaky and wants to get rid of that terrible guy with the bad haircut! Where is Alice why does she not throw them out?

Jennie
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Jennie

Roger Howarth as Todd Manning belongs on One Life to Live. it’s a shame that the people in charge of General Hospital cannot focus on the fantastic cast they have, instead of focusing so shamelessly on one or two people. the Franco recast is not working and Todd just belongs on his original show. give story back to the vets on GH and the rest of the General Hospital cast and let Todd exist in Llanview.

Patricia
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Patricia

AMEN TO THAT!!!!

su0000
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su0000

Roger Howarth left the Todd character behind before, he stopped being Todd, and that is when TSJ took over the roll of Todd Manning on OLTL.. Roger Howarth moves on with his life.. He left OLTL , did not go on with PP, with exception of his agreed upon 4 weeks etc.. RH has decided to be with GH not OLTL .. And he also took on the roll of Franco because he wanted to .. Roger Howarth is doing and going and being who wants to be and what he wants to do.. You can live his life for… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

Wow you must not have heard that Roger will continue with OLTL as Todd Manning. I for one am thrilled as he’s rockin it as Todd there. GH is unwatchable for me.

Anna
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Anna

I bet more than anything, people speaking for him that he doesn’t know is more disturbing.

And it’s “role”. Roll is a part of a food group.

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

Sorry Sue but the only thing about RH doing both shows is From SON and they are NOT Reliable! And it was already Disputed….

ME
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ME

The decision to make RH is an epic fail. Franco was the type of character that is to be used SPARINGLY. He was never meant to be a long term character . The fact that the writers decided hey, we can just say he didnt REALLY do these things and expect the audience to pretend he didnt , that his actions did not have major effect on characters lives in a tad insulting. Add to that the loved ones of the people he hurt negating just how bad is actions were is even more flabbergasting. They also should have never… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I love RH as Frano a Quartermaine..
He will bring new life to the Quartermaine’s and many great stories will come from it, many suspenseful awesome stories..
and the journey of the changing Franco will awe awesome to watch..

This is not the short run Franco, this is RC’s Franco, and we are in for whole new Franco and a very vivid character with many flaws and layers, and quirks that RH will play with ease and and bring a new life to Franco ..

Rh and Franco were made for each other ..

I love the new Franco played by Roger Howarth

Anna
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Anna

New life to the Q’s? Like Monica? Who we haven’t seen in weeks but strangers are living in her house.

Lets try that again.

Cejaycee
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Cejaycee

They should have made RH a recast Ned who wanted to challenge his mother and his cousin for the position of CEO of ELQ. Then it might have made more sense to have this fool enjoying the unseen Monica’s home and hospitality. As it stands, I for one saw the havoc Franco wrought when he was in PC the last two times, and I don’t care who’s playing him now or how much TPTB try to diminish his dirty deeds. I’m not buying it. At all.

Tali
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Tali

The old Ned was/is good. Another one they should bring back.

Patti V
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Patti V

AMEN Cejaycee…to recast such a recent and perfectly fitting end to Franco, and make him accepted? I will never buy that one either. They might have gotten away recasting a character that was this hated, if he had been on 25 years ago, but 3? How long do they think the viewers have been watching…only since the new writers came on board?

Jennilouwho
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Jennilouwho

I will be as positive as possible but this character doesn’t work. Franco’s purpose was a short stint to satisfy JF. After the first stint I was fine BUT never wanted a reprise of the role. There is already a large cast of talented actors/actresses…please write for them! I think RH is a talented actor but please let him act like a different character and not just Todd with different hair. He should have been a Cassadine IMO. He and NLG work well together, would have given her a great story possibly?! I just don’t feel like Franco/Ava & Kiki… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

To be honest, at first I hated the recast of the RH, KA and ME. Now that a couple of weeks of passed, I have warmed to the new roles for Roger and Kristen. Unfortunately, Michael’s character of Silas is a misfire and a shame. It feels forced and it looks like even Michael Easton is not comfortable in that role. Roger and Kristen because of their father/daughter history on OLTL is making it work and I am intrigued to see where this will go. Roger is a hoot to watch regardless of who he is playing and Kristen it… Read more »

ME
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ME

I actually disagree. Silas had had a much better introduction than Kiki and Franco. I find his inclusion better because it has not been big and showy.He doesnt offend me as much character wise. Franco is not supposed to be this goofy, giggly character they have made him . It makes it that much worse

Jenn
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Jenn

Excellant post! I do find is curious that a lot of attention is going to RH and even KA’s new roles but not much is being said about ME as Silas. Maybe MF can something about that for us fans.

gloria
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gloria

Why the name Silas of all names?

yummy
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yummy

I like Roger and glad he is on GH, but I do think he has too much airtime and too central for a new character.

Rod
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Rod

He’s totally amazing. I hate we brought this Franco story back but Rodger is making it work and I actually care now!!! But I’m close to leaving GH behind because the stories and the actors they are leaving me with and not fighting to keep the amazing talent around like Kelly S makes me not care!!! Dante Lulu are boring. The kids are boring. We never see Sam and when we do it’s lame. Is Maxie even on this show??!!! Over Luke & Laura. They didn’t fight to save Steve Burton,Brandon Barash, now Bradford went to recurring,they get rid of… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

The phrasing of the request for comments does seem to include a lot of negative choices even though the general tone of the post itself is positive. Anyway, I can only speak for myself, but I think he is doing an amazing job. Yes, Franco was a risky choice, but it is paying off wonderfully in my opinion by involving a wide variety of characters and giving them the opportunity to avenge themselves on somebody they have reasons to hate. The fun part is that then some are put in the position of being forced to be nice to him… Read more »

Philip Chase
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Philip Chase

Succinctly put, Nancy. As a long-term soap opera fan from the b&w 15-minute episodes in the 1950’s to the over ripe 60-minute color episodes for the past several years, I’ve enjoyed RH since his debut on OLTL and ability to turn a loathed day player into a beloved permanent member of the Llanview families … and welcome him as FranQ. FV/RC must receive great credit for their clever solution to the PP/ABC quandary. I’m liking blond Franco, dark-haired Kiki, and pony-tailed Silas: all 3 well devised characters who will become, hopefully, permanent Port Charles fixtures (at least as “permanent” as… Read more »

MM
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MM

This is probably one of the worst ideas to come down the pike in a while. Not only is he in a different role, he’s in it after only leaving as Todd, what, two months before? And this is no leading man role. Franco was a whackjob, but a stone cold one. RH plays it like he’s on speed.

The only pleasure I get in watching GH is seeing the RH/Franco trainwreck barrelling down the tracks…and waiting for the inevitable collision.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well I am in no position to judge since I wasn’t watching GH when Franco was first introduced, nor did I see James Franco’s version of him. But what I will say out of the three of them I am having an easier believing RH is a new character than the other two.

mike
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mike

Howarth is the best actor now working on daytime. Do I like that they made him Franco, hell no, but it’s better than not having him there at all. I think in time he will make the character his own and we will all accept him. It does help that he and Maura West have great chemistry.

elle
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elle

I agree with this entire statement 🙂

Anita
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Anita

Can’t stand his hair color he looks so fake. The writing does not suit him. All the writing is awful . The Q house has been taken over by Kiki Franco Michael and now Kiki’s mother what a joke. They really look like clowns. Not happy

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

I like RH as Franco, MW as Ava, and KA as kiki/Lauren…they r helping revive the dieing Quartimanes…but they show them just a tad too much…they need to balance the show out more and give all characters equal airtime…so is Lesly gone now?…wouldve loved to see Leslie and Monica in some scenes together…all is forgiven between them…then a new man comes to town who attracts both Leslie and Monica but to their suprise he’s more interested in Carly or Tracy.

Lady Truth
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Lady Truth

I love Roger Howarth as Franco and I didn’t expect to because I hated JF’s version. I think Roger is doing a great job. My only complaint is that they have to cut down his airtime. He’s on a bit too much, other than that, I enjoy watching him on GH.

Susan
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Susan

I Love Roger Howarth i am so happy he’s back on GH

General Hospital

ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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