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Y&R's Steve Burton Addresses Dylan/Paul Reveal & Complaints Of "The Dylan Show"!

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It is going to be a big couple of weeks on-screen, off-screen and at home for daytime favorite, Steve Burton (Dylan) of The Young and the Restless!  On-screen viewers will finally get the truth that they have suspected for months that Dylan and Paul (Doug Davidson) are related, in fact Paul is Dylan’s bio-dad not Ian Ward!

Off-screen, Steve Burton goes for his second Daytime Emmy win on Sunday at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills as he is nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category, and at home, wife Sheree is about to give birth to the newest addition to the Burton clan!

Burton talked with TV Guide Magazine about the plot twist of Dylan being the son of Paul Williams and the ramifications of that and even addressed the complaints that Y&R has become “The Dylan Show” ever since EP Jill Farren Phelps brought the soap superstar to CBS after his long time reign as Jason Morgan on General Hospital!   Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

Burton on the reveal of Paul and Dylan being related:  “This is whole new territory for those two and for many others. You’re going to see how this affects Paul and Nikki, and Paul and Christine, and Victor and Nikki. Do not miss these episodes, people!”

Burton how people comment that Y&R has become “The Dylan Show”:  “Listen, without the fans we don’t have a show. I understand their frustrations and I know that they don’t necessarily like change. I guess maybe my coming to Y&R upsets people because they don’t really know the truth of what happened.  What you and I both know — that GH didn’t make a deal with me. And that’s the whole truth. My contract was up and they didn’t want to play ball and make it work. At the time, I didn’t want to throw anyone under the bus over there but of course, as soon as it was announced I was going to Y&R, people thought the whole thing was planned by Jill from Day 1, which it was not. I vividly remember my manager telling me how ABC Business Affairs had called him to say, “Hey, is Steve going to Y&R now that Jill’s over there?” And my manager said, ‘No, he wants to make a deal with you! Quit dragging your feet. Make a deal.’ But they wouldn’t.”

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So, what do you think of Paul being Dylan’s bio-dad?  Better than having it be Ian Ward (Ray Wise)?  Or, would you have preferred it to be Ian?  And are you off the mindset that Y&R is truly “The Dylan Show”?  Share your thoughts below!

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Melissa
Melissa

As a GH fan I hate the whole way this has
played out.Seems the story has changed
A bit.I thought originally he just wanted a break
and to be in Nashville.
It does seem odd is loyalty to JFP.But Y&R
Can keep her.
I was such a SB fan or really I guess a
Jason fan..I do really miss him but
Think it was sad for his fans when he joined
Y&R.but it’s his life..I never watch CBS
soaps and that won’t change for anyone.
Jmo..

scyren
scyren

He said from the get go that they didn’t make an effort to make a deal. Not sure what people expected him to do. He said he wanted to spend some time with his family. GH didn’t want to make a deal so he moved on. I was really bummed to. But, I was glad to see him on Y&R so at least he was still on my screen

I love gh
I love gh

I remember it differently. He wanted to move to Nashville. That’s why everyone was so shocked at the YR job. We’re really just splitting hairs, though, because he’s gone from GH either way.

k/kay
k/kay

Your post caught my attention so I went and looked up the interview with Michael Logan/TV guide he did when he left GH. He was wanting to leave had sold his house he wasn’t negotiating blah, blah & blah. Then the last question was about JFP being at Y&R would he go over there he said I will never say never because I could show up there. Maybe next time he might want to go back and read his old interviews so he can keep his story straight. When he is gone and JFP I will start watching again but until then it stays off the DVR.

harry
harry

Yes, but in this interview he said at the time he couldn’t throw anyone under the bus at the time so he had to zip it.
GH did not renew his contract, didn’t even try and negotiate with him leading validity to the contention that they also didn’t play ball with Tristan Rogers and Kimberly Mcculough. Burton would have stayed had they negotiated a new contract with him. Instead they did not and meanwhile, they did what the could to ruin the character of Jason so 1. Fans would not mourn his leaving the show and 2. To make room for the pairing of Sam and John McBain. Frank n’ Ron wanted Steve Burton out of the way.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

What soaps are you watching right now? Just curious.

Kevin
Kevin

It’s not “The Dylan Show.”

It’s THE DULLAN SHOW.

aria
aria

i smell something fishy, he should not try to get into politics cause he can’t keep his stories straight, there might be some truth about ABC not wanting to pay extra or give him that much time off like they do with Anthony Geary, yet if irecall he was trying to sell some show to sony along with bff jfp and james franco and i’m sure that played someting into him exiting GH along with him wanting to “retire”” and live in TN, who cares anymore, he can stay at Y&R with bff jfp and hopefully we’ll get a younger hotter Billy Miller to play NuJason.

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

To much Dylan time. To much Chelsea stuff. Enough, bring back the old style writers

k/kay
k/kay

@ 4everDays I still watch GH from time to time curious to see if Michelle Stafford /Nina is going to go all crazy on us, shades of the first years of Phyllis on Y&R when she was so much fun to watch before they put an apron on her and made her crazy over a school boy. I did catch SK/Deacon on B&B simply because I think when he has good material he is smoldering. Y&R I just read the recaps of the storylines I refuse to watch a show that the writing and the acting is so BAD that a high school play holds my attention more. Still have not went back to Days I have not watched in so long I would be lost.

Toni
Toni

I love it! It means that Doug will be around for a while! I think Steve and Doug will be great together ! Can’t wait.

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

AVERY AND DYLAN ARE AS BORING AS CHELSEA AND ADAM WERE. BRING BACK VICTORIA ROWELL AS DRUCILLA AND SOME OF THE OLD CAST

Toni
Toni

I agree that Avery and Dylan are boring. I think Avery is always boring. I like Dylan with Paul and think it could be a great story. I liked Dylan and Chelsea but that didn’t last.

Whitney S
Whitney S

Dullan is the worst. I knew when JFP brought him in he’d eat the show alive. I’ve never seen one of the most untalented actors get this much screen time in my life. It’s disgraceful that CBS and Sony have allow JFP to turn Y&R into absolute trash. They need to send both Dullan and Avery off to the great cook-off in the sky. Can’t stand either of them.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I enjoyed Steve Burton on CH and I enjoy him on Y&R. Y&R was due for a refresher of characters and stories after so many missteps in the MAB era. Is everything the JFP team done good? No. But there is progress. I like Paul and Nikki together very much, more than Victor and Nikki. Seeing them more on the screen is a plus for me. The idea of Paul and Christine worrying about a baby now seems a little farfetched. I know there are late-in-life pregnancies but really? I am weary of Victor and would appreciate a change in direction somehow. Does he smile? I miss the Abbotts as a core family. I miss scenes with any family or group doing routine things. The Abbott breakfasts. Those nights everyone seemed to be at dinner at The Collonnade Room. Some luxurious model shoots or concerts. Please find more engaging storylines for the Winters family and for Jill. And mine the histories (the good histories) for new developments. It is difficult to care about an Austin or such when we really do not feel his need for revenge other than realizing it is a plot device.

lisa
lisa

Oh crimminy – The Dylan Show ? Really ? How silly is that ?
I’m thrilled that Paul is Dylan’s bio dad.
Paul and Nikki have a long standing history – and the reveal that they now share a child (an ADULT) one at that ….doesn’t mean it has to be a threat to Victor or Christine.
I would think that Victor would be more comfortable with Paul being Dylan’s dad than evil Ian Ward.
Nikki is already establishing ties with Dylan ,this gives Paul another shot at parenthood……bonus if he and Christine wind up pregnant.

Sammie Jo
Sammie Jo

ITA! I like Dylan, Avery is fine, no, they’re not the most exciting couple in the world, but does every couple have to be in the midst of some drama every day?
You can’t please everyone.
As far as dull goes, imo, neil is the dullest person on the show, along with the perpetually horny Cain and the perpetually snotty Lily.
I am so sick of their faux paris scenes I could vomit.
Colin is another bore and I don’t know what they’re doing to jill besides making her dummy of the year.
Hey writers, check your facts, Inheritances are NOT community property UNLESS you co-mingle the funds.
JFP is not the greatest, but she sure is compared to MAB and Latham.

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

Whether or not what he say is true what went down at GH, its still the dullan show…however, its better to tie him to a legacy character like Paul than newbie Ian!!!

scyren
scyren

He’s not even on as much. It’s been the Shick show more than anything. Between that and Victoria/Billy, they’ve taken up most of the show.

Timmm
Timmm

Seems like he is a good guy, happy with his career, and okay with GH recasting Jason.

Laurel Twist
Laurel Twist

That’s right Steve, blame fans who don’t like “change” , divert, & NEVER answer the questioned posed. We fans are too dumb to notice. O_o

scyren
scyren

What are you talking about?

Elaine
Elaine

I am not at all keen on the Dylan S/L also the same goes for Avery she is supposed to be a Lawyer not a cook they are making Y & R ridiculous they need to improve on all S/L and for heavens sake get replacements for the actors who have left.
I do hope that the rumor is right that they have asked MM back to play Adam again, and please wake Phylis up from her Coma ! enough already.

Mo
Mo

Phyllis has been recast so she should appear soon.

Elaine Oxford
Elaine Oxford

Oh super that is such good news I am looking forward to seeing the new Phyllis.

Amy Martin
Amy Martin

Yes! Hire back Mr. Muhney.

Michael
Michael

JFP did indeed ask MM to come back to the role of Adam Newman but to put it politely, he told her to take her offer and shove it. This is why the show has ramped up it’s efforts to recast the role of Adam Newman in the last week or so. Still no word on who will be playing Adam.

Dinah
Dinah

Just glad that Steve is on YR

k/kay
k/kay

Gosh could this guy be anymore full of himself? I use to care but now he can have the show because it is not the Y&R Bill Bell created.

scyren
scyren

How is he full of himself? He’s actually a really nice guy. He’s not even on a lot.

harry
harry

I am with you, Scyren–I thought he came off as being down to earth in that interview.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Yeah, he does come off that way in the interview.

Mark
Mark

He was good as Jason but he bores me now

scyren
scyren

Not his fault. It’s writers fault.

Laurel Twist
Laurel Twist

So, it seems you are going down the line of comments & challenging those who see through this PR political disaster. JFP, is that you?

Lew S.
Lew S.

Hey, if you are handed lemons, you make lemonade.

carol
carol

I love the fact that Paul is Dylan’s bio dad. I don’t think it’s the “Dylan” show at all. I think there is a pretty fair balance of all the characters although most of the s/l’s are totally boring.

Hope Martin
Hope Martin

I followed Jason to Y&R love the show and there can never be too much Dylan! And I think Steve Burton handled leaving GH like the gentleman he is!

Lisa
Lisa

Indeed! He is a great guy. Doesn’t deserve the nasty coments. GH treated him badly. He’d been there for 20 years and deserved some consideration to work a few less days to be with his family. I started watching UR as soon as it was announced and am so glad I get to see him. If you think he and Avery are boring, don’t blame them. Blame the writing.

DidjaNoit
DidjaNoit

No, I think the main reason people think it’s the Dylan show is because it has been so much “the Avery show” for the past year, and Dylan was made her boyfriend. And before Avery, it was Chelsea. I wish tptb would let this story be about Nikki, Paul and Dylan, and leave Avery out of it, although I know they won’t. I know Jessica Collins/Avery has fans, but I’m not one of them and she bores me.

scyren
scyren

I do agree with you about Avery. But, honestly, Steve is not on as much as people make him out to be. I can’t stand Avery.

I love gh
I love gh

True. I think the animosity is really about JFP, and he’s a logical easy target because of their friendship.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t think the Dylan show is about screen time, it is about the fact this new character is being connected to everyone on the show. He is Nikki’s and Paul’s son which ties him to the Newman’s, Nick, Victoria, Abby etc. He is tied to Williamson’s now. He is tied to Ben, who only came on the show as his friend and now is thrown into front burner status; to Avery which ties him to all their stories and connections of that character such as Phyllis and Summer. And now with Paul he is indirectly tied to Lauren and Michael because they are friends of Paul. He is friends with Sharon. In less than a year this new character is woven deep into the fabric of the story and in all my years of watching I never seen that happen before. It is only a matter of time before they find a way to connect him to the Abbotts, and then he will literally be a the center of Y&R universe, and that is what they mean by the Dylan show.

DidjaNoit
DidjaNoit

To Mary SF, if you’ve never seen a character be integrated into the show the same way as Dylan, you must have missed when Avery joined Y&R. She came on and was immediately connected to Victor, Sharon and Adam. Then Phyllis, Daniel and Summer became her family. She was involved with Michael Baldwin and Leslie. Was given a connection to Nick and Faith, then Dylan. Everyone loves her, and she’s so great we had to watch endless shows featuring her cupcakes and cooking show! Avery has been front burner since her arrival in 2011. Yes, Dylan has been woven into the show, just as he should be as a new character. Does he get too much exposure? Maybe a little, but that’s on the writers, just as it is with Avery.

CLH
CLH

There’s a difference between not making a deal, and being asked for things that can’t be worked out no matter how much they want to keep an actor.

I suspect there were rumblings of him going to Y&R or the manager wouldn’t have been called and asked. Probably put out there to hopefully get better leverage to get what he wanted. Didn’t work.

I was really tired of the one dimensional character of Jason anyway. I’m hoping with a new actor they will send Jason in a new direction (or should I say old direction) of Jason Quartermaine. I miss the Qs, ALL of them! I would love to have Monica, Dillon, Ned, Jason, Allen (no reason Robin can’t be saving him too), Tracy, and Skye all back under Monica’s house (Allen gave it to her!)

scyren
scyren

I don’t see how they can just change Jason’s personality after all these years unless they totally make him Jason Q again (which I honestly have no desire to watch).

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

“Old” Jason was planning on becoming a doctor & following in his parents’ footsteps before his accident. While recasting Jason may bring some new opportunities, the chances of him taking over the Q’s medical mantle @ GH have long passed. I really don’t know what GH will do with Jason if he’s brought back, other than have him throw a wrench into the romantic lives of Sam & Elizabeth. It’s not like they need more romantic male leads @ GH. There is an overabundance as it is.

Rob
Rob

I dont blame him, per se. I blame that showruiner JPF.

I think he has been pretty gracious and seems to be a decent guy, I just dont like the character and the way he is being anchored to the canvas.

Maybe JFP should have played ball with the real talent that walked out the door in the past year and given a less is more approach to Dylan.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Completely agreed, GH didn’t “play ball” with Burton, but JFP has done the exact same thing with Y&R’s top talent. Billy Miller is a prime example. He wanted a few changes made to his contract and Y&R didn’t offer them to him, which forced him to walk. Since then, the role of Billy has been a trainwreck in terms of casting because David Tom doesn’t fit the role anymore and now a new guy is coming in when all we want is BM back.

As far as “The Dylan Show” goes, I think Y&R is pretty balanced in terms of using its characters. Yes, Dylan was sort of crammed down our throats at first, and I think it would have been different if he was an interesting character. But the writing for the whole show has been subpar and the storylines are boring right now.

Side note, isn’t it ironic that Miller is now rumored up for Burton’s old GH role, and they both had the same problems with the shows they worked for?

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

I completely agree with everything you said!!

Lisa
Lisa

Yes, I miss the Quartermaines, also. Those writers have turned GH into a copy of One Life to Live. Too many stories with little meaning and no resolutions. Hated that story and stopped watching years ago.

PatF
PatF

So he never really did address the issue of him being on the screen so much.

Who cares why he left GH. The issue the fans have is the amount of unfair screen time he has. That was the question posed…and NOT answered.

I don’t think ANYONE would have given a s##t if he’d been introduced like most new soap characters.

scyren
scyren

He said in the original article that he is not on that much. What else was he supposed to say.

PatF
PatF

All he said above is that the fans don’t like change.

That’s not addressing people feeling it’s become the Dylan show.

He IS on less these days, but Phelps made him her priority since day one.

His time on the show has been mostly a big mess.

scyren
scyren

This article is linked to the original one. Did you read the full article? Cause he directly said he’s not on that much and that is why he doesn’t understand why people say the Dylan show. He said that it was more understandable when people called it The Jason show on GH.

Furthermore, he does not dictate script and lines. Why are people in his face? Go complain to JFP. The whole freaking show is a big mess. The writing for everyone sucks. Are we suppose to blame the actors and get pissed at him. I don’t know what you want him to say.

k/kay
k/kay

That is why he would make a good politician never gives a straight answer! I loathe the show the storylines are so dull I mean they have literally neutered the character of Jack. Neil is acting like a needy teenager and bringing Camryn Grimes on as Mariah epic fail because Cassie was so loved. Billy falling for Chelsea the woman who drugged him and raped him. Nuts!

Laurel Twist
Laurel Twist

Exactly! Not once did he answer a direct question with a direct answer.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Giving Dylan a twin would kill Y&R.

su0000
su0000

I believe most all knew Paul was Dylan father from near day one..
Y&R is very obvious with their plots.
Seems the fans usually know months ahead of time what comes to be ..

also to mention-
It was mainly ABC, not RC or FV that did not OK the deal SB wanted..

believe it or not, RC and FV are not totally in control of GH, ABC is.. 🙂

Christina Parker
Christina Parker

I like Steve Burton on Y&R. I don’t think it’s the Dylan show. It’s most of the rest of the show that’s a problem. All the un-interesting characters and too many of them. Not to mention, just like GH didn’t make a deal with Steve, Y&R did the same with Billy Miller. I can honestly say, they truly, let the fans down in a BIG way with that one. Between not being able to enjoy Villy anymore and what would have been a great storyline between Billy and Victoria, plus numerous boring characters/actors, it is turning this show into something un-identifiable. Sad.

Mo
Mo

Glad he’s having so much fun on the show–that’s what it’s about. The actors have all the fun and the viewers none.

I don’t think it’s the Dylan show, but there have been times when a little goes a long way and I don’t mean that in a good way. I have fast forwarded through a lot of Dylan/Avery scenes because they are so inane. The cooking story added nothing. I guess it was so they could get to Paul being shot and the sire story, but surely there had to be a less painful way to get there.

harry
harry

Ha, Mo–your first two sentences made me chuckle.
I do agree, however, I do not see this as the Dylan show at all. When Burton first arrived in Genoa City I was really enjoying his new role as Dylan. He showed he really does have the acting chops. He was poignant and touching playing an ex American soldier suffering from PTD. Moreover, he got to wear color and he looked great! I thought he enjoyed great chemistry with Sharon but for some reason the writers and maybe JFP were determined to pair him up with Avery. Sometimes writers and producers fall in love with the idea of a couple and they stubbornly cling to that idea despite all evidence which shouts out that it’s not working.
Again, I don’t mind Burton being in front burner storylines if the writing and the coupling is up to par. Sadly, it is not.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am thrilled Dylan’s is Paul’s son– I don’t know why they even bothered with this Ian Ward nonsense in the first place– it should have been Paul from the get go—

As for the Dylan show– what is done is done– Dylan is now woven into the fabric of the show– so I’m embracing it— I rather watch Dylan than watch what they did to Neil and Lily– both characters are no longer the Neil and Lily I grew to love— I rather Dylan than watch Summer, or Noah and his girlfriend, Tyler and Abby etc. If the plan was to make all the other characters and stories so bad that Dylan looks good next to them then it is working. LOL

Joanne
Joanne

I for one think SB is a great actor. I have been watching gh for 40 years lets just say its time to give it a rest people Steve is a good actor and needed change who cares weather or nothe stayed or went he is getting paid not me! Lol he can also take on any role . I think as far as playing Dylan he is doing a good job. the show is not just about him they have to finish stories, so they gave him a longer one. good for him I like seeing him play Pauls son anyday. so go SB on your journey you deserve it for being a great actor, you have my support I watch both shows.

Nikki
Nikki

Am I the only person who finds him very cocky? I’ve never been a huge fan of him as an actor, but ever since he left GH and went to Y&R, he, as a person, has come off very negatively, too me. Even in this article, when asked about complaints of it being “The Dylan Show” because of his constant airtime, he throws it back on the fans saying that “they just don’t like change.” No, change is fine, change is good in moderation, not when a character is suddenly everywhere, all the time. Now, granted, that’s not Steve’s fault necessarily, he isn’t a writer or producer, but instead of casting that onto the fans, his answer should have been akin to, “Hey, I just work when I’m told to work, you’ll have to ask that to Jill or Jean or Shelly.”

Also, he originally said he left GH because he was moving to Nashville and wanted to spend more time with his family. But he’s on Y&R an awful lot, it seems like he isn’t granted all that time to be with his family. Which is interesting because all Billy Miller wanted from Y&R was more time to do other projects and Jill Farren Phelps and CBS refused him.

Honestly, I was never a Jason fan so I was happy when he left GH, very happy, so I won’t complain about that. Stay at Y&R, for all I care, as long as he doesn’t come back to Port Charles.

Laurel Twist
Laurel Twist

No, you are not alone on this. I agree with your assessment.

Nikki
Nikki

🙂 I was expecting hate from his fans; it’s nice to know I’m not alone, thanks.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Nikki…I totally agree with you!!!!! Thank you.

Peace.

k/kay
k/kay

Nikki there are obviously a lot of viewers who are not that in love with the actor. I believe GH ratings with women have went up since he left and Y&R’s have gone down.

Sand
Sand

Bwahaaaahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!! – the ratings must REALLY be terrible for him to put this plea out there for fans to watch! …..I’m a long term watcher and I’m not buying it…..He said they wouldn’t give in to his demands…..and I DON”T BLAME THEM ONE BIT!……I only imagine this as Steve thinking that he wa GH’s bread and butter and he wanted his comeuppance – like Tony Geary….Even Maurice Bernard isn’t bytching about pay…..that’s what blows his story outta the water because if ANYBODY should be asking for more money and expecting it, then it would be Maurice…….Steve bit the bullet and that’s it – what’s done is done and I hope ABC shuts that door forever. He should have considered the FANS – the ones that make his pay negotiable…..So I hope his plane rides have been lovely and his commute is even better now – be well and enjoy the new addition to your family…You certainly have the time you asked for now, no need for explanations…..LoL!!!!

Geri Bowling
Geri Bowling

I don’t believe Steve Burton as to how and why he moved to Y&R. That was the plan between him and Jill all along when his contract came up for renewal. BUT, I no longer watch Y&R so I don’t care what Steve Burton does, I think he’s dull and not a very good actor. Why he is even nominated for a Emmy is beyond me, what did he do to deserve the nomination? I see Jill’s hand in this. I refuse to watch the Emmys but I will be hoping Steve does not win.

Charday
Charday

Good riddance from GH. I never liked Jason Morgan after he became Sonny’s flunkie. I hope the inevitable Jason re-cast goes the Quartermaine route.

canuck
canuck

He doesn’t answer the obvious, he doesn’t address the fact that most fans don’t buy the load his is selling…and sadly he doesn’t get he is a downright bore.

Andrew Esposito
Andrew Esposito

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ! GH SOOOOO much better since he’s gone.

BERNADETTE
BERNADETTE

I LOVE STEVE….. I LOVE HIM MORE AS DYLAN & I AM SOOO GLAD THAT HE OVED TO Y&R. HE IS A GREAT ADDITION TO THE SHOW…. I WATCH Y&R BECAUSE OF HIM & BECAUSE Y&R IS THE OUTSTANDING DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES & HAS THE OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM. I AM SOO HAPPY THAT Y&R WON THE EMMY THAT THEY TRULY DESERVE. I’M SRRY TO SAY GH GOT NOTHING BECAUSE THEIR WRITING TEAM REALLY SUCKS–

BERNADETTE
BERNADETTE

GH HAS THE WORST STORYLINE/STORY WRITING TEAM…. SO MANY S/L LOOPHOLES, KEEP BRINGING THE DEAD PEOPLE (CHARATER), MOB WAR & KILLING OF KIDS & BABIES… THEY SHOULD CALL THIS SOAP ” THE DARK & GLOOM”

Tom
Tom

I stopped watching Y&R after Delia’s pointless death. Now I might watch ten minutes a month at the most. And every time I tune in, without fail, it’s Dylan standing around, looking like an idiot. Or maybe his character is just meant to be perplexed 24/7. His acting was better on GH twenty years ago than it is now–there’s plenty of evidence on YouTube.

suzzzzzy
suzzzzzy

I am not surprised that Dylan is prob Paul’s son. This will drive Christine crazy since she is so jealous of Nikki. As for “the Dylan Show” it’s a breath of fresh air for this soap. Victor and Jack’s feud is getting old . The craziness of Jill and Colon’s relationship is so phony. As is Sharon’s secret. Recast Phyllis and bring her back.

Alan
Alan

The biggest problem with this character has been the show’s insistence on making him a paragon of perfection from the second he appeared.

He’s a war hero. He’s got mad carpentry skillz. He saves little kids lost in the woods. He marries grifters who claim he put a baby in them. He rebuilds kitchens for chicks with the bi-polars after a tree falls on their roof. He shares his Turkey Day dinner with people who are alone for the holiday. Even the off-camera affair he had with a married woman was explained so that the blame was her husband’s for being inattentive ’cause you know, Dylan would never do anything wrong on-camera or off.

And now the one potentially interesting thing about him — being fathered by an evil cult leader — is being rewritten so that he can be the son of the town’s wicked awesome and totes beloved police chief (whose own past as a ladies man and absentee dad — at best — who killed one of his own kids has pretty much been swept under the rug like it’s no big).

The good news for Paul is that if he doesn’t pull through, he knows he’s a lock for a halo with “sired Dylan McAvoy” on his resume…

Carlos
Carlos

This is not “The Dylan Show”, grow up people, really tired of these fans trying to dissect every word and motive of the actors. Move on stop watching the show. let the story unfold…..grow up, you don’t have half as much writing talent as these writers, your opinions don’t really matter.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Our opinions do matter. If our opinions don’t matter, then we don’t matter. If we don’t matter, then Y&R does not matter. The fans tune out and Y&R dies.

I’m so happy to have Days of OUR Lives!

Timmm
Timmm

I’d rather watch the “Dylan Show” as opposed to the “Winters Show!” Steve can only act out what is written. I see the writing on the wall with JFP. If they do fire her, I wonder if Steve Burton would want to stay on Y&R?

Nikki
Nikki

“You don’t have half as much talent as these writers..” Really? Maybe you don’t, but I’m fairly certain that many of us who have been long time Y&R fans, could write a WAY better show than the current regime is constantly putting out. I would love to, actually! Tell CBS to give me a call and we’ll return to this discussion in a few months. 🙂

Fred
Fred

You are absolutely right. It was the fans who insisted that Dylan should be Paul ‘s son when JFP was trying to cram Ian Ward down our throats. Glad JFP relented and gave this to the fans as this is the only story helping to stem ratings from bleeding down below the 4 million mark. But alas, she chose again to put Paul in a hospital death bed so the fans have to endure another agonizing dying storyline. And watch more vets crying relentlessly. Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhhhhh!

BERNADETTE
BERNADETTE

I AGREE WITH CARLOS 100%

nicole
nicole

There is a difference in what Miller wanted and what SBu wanted. What SBu wanted sounds more like a steady schedule that allowed him to work in LA and have time in Nashville.

What Miller wants/wanted is a schedule that producers and writers can’t necessarily plan aroundn. If Miller gets a job and can’t be on set that throws a major wrench in the works especially if the show tapes only 4 to 6 weeks a head. As a producer you can’t plan long term for a major character if he wants to pursue other projects. It isn’t practical.

It is easier to work with an actor who may want extra time on a consistent basis than with an actor who may come in and say ” I just picked up a pilot that may go to series so I won’t be available for the next month” after the scripts have been written.

Elaine Oxford
Elaine Oxford

Reading all these blogs we are really all,so unhappy with our once beautiful Y & R I used to wait anxiously
everyday for MY prog. It was always so exciting, those days are gone now I am watching out of habit, I FF most episodes.
Where as I used to always watch it live after 40 years, time has only made it such a sad show instead of the delightful and happy hours I spent watching, I do not think it will ever improve sad to say seems to me the heart has gone out of it,And TBTB do not care what we say !
Thank you Michael for at least giving us a place to Blog about our feelings.

su0000
su0000

I feel many of us are watching out of habit and FF a high percent..
I watch on-line and I FF through the couples, they are so lame boring, and the stories are horribly long and boring..
I watch about 10 mins, rest is FF ..
what a shame ..

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Eileen Davidson will air next month on Days of our Lives.

PatF
PatF

AND THEN…

BACK ON CONTRACT at YR!

YESSS!

SiteAdvocate61
SiteAdvocate61

Simply put: I am an admirer of Steve’s work from the beginning . It’s great to see him wherever he is and the behind the scene politics don’t concern me.

Dan
Dan

GH had become The Jason Show before Burton left, so it’s not surprising the same thing is happening with his character at Y&R, especially considering who’s running the show. I don’t miss him on GH. His character had become stale and way over exposed. So even though people are still talking about how and why he left, personally, I think it was for the best. GH is doing fine without him.

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

I like Dylan and love the fact he is Paul’s son.Thats actually one thing on Y&R that went the right way.

dmr
dmr

I’m not surprised about “The Dylan Show” comments because I am guessing that the show paid top dollar for Steve Burton to join the show.

Nikki
Nikki

I honestly don’t think it was a matter of money. I think why it didn’t work out with General Hospital and DID with Young and the Restless is because Steve was used to having some of the highest episode counts, far above most of the other GH actors, which led to criticism of it being “The Jason Show” (deja vu!). But when the current GH regime took over, I think they told him they wanted a more ensemble feel and he’d no longer have that screen time, where as, his good friend Jill Farren Phelps, who always gave him that screen time and was now at Y&R, said “You’d continue to have that high episode count over here.” and then he leaves GH, goes to Y&R, and now it’s the same old complaint, but with a different character name- “The Dylan Show”.

dmr
dmr

I don’t think that Steve left General Hospital for a lack of money. I meant that I think The Young & The Restless has created “The Dylan Show” because of the amount of money they are paying Steve Burton. I’m sure they are paying him well because he is very popular and talented. They want to make good use of the money spent. But, who knows really? Not me! HA!

Nancy
Nancy

I don’t know how they can say it is the “Dylan Show”. I started watching Y&R only to see Steve Burton and it seems I don’t watch the show more than I watch it.
I am beginning to wonder why they brought him over because all I’ve seen him do is pour coffee. I have been very disappointed with the lack of story. I’m hoping this will all change.

Julie foxy
Julie foxy

To all those bashing Mr.Burton, he is a genuinely good guy. I know multiple people who have met him & have nothing but good things to say about him. He made a career choice and by no means is Dylan ruining the show. In fact, I recently met Sharon Case and she said that Steve is one of the kindest people she has worked with. So, before you make assumptions about him, try to consider there are two sides to every story.

sheila
sheila

love steve burton and i never heard it called the dylan show i am just glad he is getting a story and that paul will be his dad. glad he is on this show since GH wouldnt give him a deal,least we still get to see him,no compaints here.

smoochie
smoochie

I’ve been hanging in faithfully to/with ABC soaps since the end of ’68. I’ve watched SB grow up on GH from a young guy of 20/21 to a man in his 40’s, and always admired how well he acted the part of Jason Morgan. It is to his credit that he could take his character from the extremely bright and sweet character who had a calling to become a Doctor, to a brain- damaged kid who divorced his past and became an emotionless(for the most part) enforcer to a mob boss. I think SB had the perfect right to make whatever change was necessary to support his growing family, and even though I don’t watch the Y&R I’ve heard from my Mother that he is doing a great job there. I am a soap fan like everyone else on this board, and there have been times I have vented about this or that but I don’t understand why people attack an actor when they don’t even know him or her in real life. I’ve never met Steve, and apart from the positive things that his co-workers have all said about him, I’ve talked to people I know personally who have worked with Steve and the consensus is that he is a kind, caring, down to earth, funny guy who really gets along with everyone on a set, be it technical people to his co actors. I perceive him as a regular guy who loves his growing family and wants to take care of them in the best possible way. Wouldn’t any one of us like to be in his shoes? Is there someone out there that wouldn’t gratefully accept an offer from a friend( like JFP)for a work opportunity when they needed it? I don’t think for one moment that SB doesn’t appreciate his fans whether they are from GH or Y&R and this hype about Y&R becoming”the Dylan show” is really hackneyed.

Nancy
Nancy

Beautifully said!!

BERNADETTE
BERNADETTE

I COULDN’T AGREE WITH YOU MORE SMOOCHIE….. VERY WEEL SAID & I ALWAYS LOVE STEVE BURTON!!!… HE IS THE ONLY REASON I WATCH Y&R!!!

Chaz
Chaz

I am just happy he never showed up on Days or I would be hitting the FF button. Dylan is a boring, character played by a one dimensional actor.

jo
jo

He was CROWNED KING of Y&R. The Genoa City palace was already full of princes and a couple of kings. They did not need King Dylan. He did nothing to improve ratings, and minus Michelle, Michael, Billy and Liz, things are going downhill.
We loved the characters we know and have, this newby wasn’t needed.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Well said, Jo!!!!! I AGREE!!!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Chaz…Y-E-S…THANK YOU!!!!! You are so RIGHT ON!!!!! More and more (real-life and all), watching some of my neighbors FIGHT (verbally or whatever) offers WAY MORE EXCITEMENT than watching that blah and bland Dylan…LOL!!!!! I’ll take watching my certain neighbors THROW DOWN AND ALL over watching that dull-as-dirt Dylan ANY DAY…LOL!!!!! And…whenever Dylan The Dullard starts huffing, puffing and stomping all over Genoa City (aka the show), I keep pressing (over and over again) the Mute button on my DVR remote control until he stops talking…LOL!!!!! Yep.

Take care, Chaz. Peace.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Why is the dude still talking about Gh?? Hmm is he upset Gh is gold with out him? Or is it because Biller Miller is about to show him what a real emmy supporting actor is all about? Me thinks both.

Sally D
Sally D

I have enjoyed Steve Burton’s performances on BOTH “General Hospital”
and “Young and Restless.” I liked his teamwork with both Sonny and Spinelli
on GH, especially…….and go ahead and bash me, but I enjoy seeing him with
Avery, Nikki, and even Victoria on “Y and R.” I certainly don’t care for everything
that’s gone on lately on “Young and Restless,” like the awful Delia storyline,
but the Dylan stuff is OK with me…….I even like his friendship with Stitch!

Sometimes when I watch Stever Burton on Y and R, I have to wonder if
he’s glad not to be playing a mob enforcer–I know I couldn’t stand all the
excess “mob wars” and violence on GH at times (although I did like
Sonny and Jason’s chemistry together), and if I was an actor, I think I’d
go nuts if I couldn’t play some other part than a mobster during my career!
Happy that Dylan does not keep a big gun at the ready in his lockbox,
like Jason used to do!

Thresa Stewart
Thresa Stewart

Sally I agree with you completely. You know all the bashing about Dylan and his acting abilities is getting a bit boring also. I have watched Y&R since it first started and there have been actors and actresses that you just could not stand, but that was their role’s. You know right now this storyline with Victoria and Billy and Stitch makes me sick and I would love to reach thru the screen and shake the devil out of her LOL, but its a role. She is so caught up with what Billy done that she forgets what she is doing. I mean she is still married to Billy and pregnant with a baby and does not know who the daddy is because she slept with Stitch and that was right after she slept with Billy because she still loves Billy but she cannot trust him. REALLY! You really think she is Miss Perfect. Sorry Sally Had to get that off my chest!!! LOL But I still do not sit around and bash her because of the role she plays now or in the past or in the future. She’s an actress and a good one and Y&R may have some story lines that are not what we like sometimes but they have a great ones also.

jaybird369
jaybird369

More and more, Y&R is getting WAY TOO RIDICULOUS…CONSTANTLY throwing that dull-as-dirt Dylan onto our TV screens 24/7!!!!! BLECH and more BLECH!!!!! As an example (or whatever), I wish that Y&R would bring Carmine back. Hey…to me, Carmine is WAY MORE ENTERTAINING than Dylan!!!!! And…Marco Dapper is SO WONDERFULLY EASY on the eyes…H-E-L-L-O!!!!! Bottom Line Here: I’ll gladly watch Carmine The Crazy/Cuckoo Bartender over that Dylan The Dullard ANY DAY…LOL!!!!!

Rosemary
Rosemary

I love the show Young and the Restless. I think its fantastic that Paul and Dylan are related. It will make a great story line.

Rouda
Rouda

I love the young and the restless!! I just don’t want Paul to die. They just killed Delia off, Katherine Chancellor is gone!!! Now to take Paul off is going to cause them to lose me as a fan!!!! They don’t have to compete!!! Too many people, male & female fans love this show. I like the fact that Paul is Dylan’s dad but don’t kill him off!!!!

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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