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58 July 16th, 2013 On GH: Is Franco A Twisted Freak, A Dangerous Man, Or Just Misunderstood? – Watch The Promo!

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This week’s General Hospital heats up the story of Franco and Roger Howarth in a very unique way!

In this week’s ABC promo for its daytime soap opera, Sam  (Kelly Monaco) exclaims to Franco, “You are a twisted freak!”  While the voice-over announce adds, “Just when you think you know someone…”, while Sonny (Maurice Benard) exclaims, “He is a dangerous man” and then Franco extolls, “It was always going to end … like this!”

But notice  … Franco is wearing a black t-shirt and leather jacket a la his brother, Jason! But then notice later in the promo … he is wearing a hoodie!

So just what is going to go down? Do you like what the writers are doing to the character of Franco, and giving meaty material for Daytime Emmy winner Roger Howarth to play? Do you think ultimately the show has to redeem Franco in a major way and this is the first step to doing it?

Do you think Franco is a twisted freak, a dangerous man, or just misunderstood? We know many of you have read the spoilers out there about the Franco and Jason part of the story, is that intriguing to you?  Watch this week’s promo from GH after the jump, and then Comment away!

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  1. Sandy says:

    He’s a dangerous man who is adding much excitement to the show. He has many on the edge of their seats. Bravo!

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  2. Georgia says:

    I love that Sam gets to clobber him again. I am actually looking forward to this storyline, not because of RH, I just love watching Kelly Monaco in any role they give her and those two interact so well I am hoping they make them antagonizer to each other

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    Chris replied

    I like Kelly a lot too, and I really feel for her that she’s being forced into these crap stories. She really deserves better as an actress.

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  3. Chris says:

    No wonder GH is in a free fall in the ratings with crap like this. The show overall has been awful in the last two months and the writing has been downright putrid. I’ve quit watching and won’t tune in again until/unless this Franco (or as I call him, “Tanko”, since that’s what’s happening to the show) nonsense is played out. I’m so sick and tired of Franco, Kiki, and Silas. To think, three entirely new characters dominating the show played by the same actors who came from another soap that really shouldn’t be there anyway! And no acknowledgement from any other character they look familiar?! What a joke.

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    Justin replied

    I agree Chris, you nailed it. It’s sad, GH was back on track and doing well. All of the actors they made such a big deal about bringing back (Genie, Finola, Ian, etc.) we rarely see. I’m struggling to hang on.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    What if he’s really Jason?

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    Dani replied

    I totally agree with Justin and Chris!!! The past few months have been HORRIBLE. I’ll still watch it (but my fast-forwarding makes GH about a 15 min show if that). I’m tired of the Franco storyline and quite “Frankoly” that storyline was NOT necessary and has thrown the whole show off balance. Storylines are left hanging for days. When Ron and Frank wrote for OLTL it was never this disjointed. What a mess.

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    Tali replied

    “Tanko” – how fitting, LMAO!

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    mary replied

    I love RH and will watch him but I want him as Todd. I also really lover JF as Franco. I have learned to watch GH, dont read spoilers and enjoy the show.

    Elizabeth replied

    Have to laugh at the “Tanko” comment but other than that what has happened to this show is downright tear inducing. How ABC isn’t humiliated by having to air this crap is beyond me. GET RID OF FV/RC, bring back a couple of talented writers, pay off RH and bring back stories for the GH cast!

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  4. rlk says:

    Watch the promo closely. There is a shot of Franco wearing black and holding (what I assume is) baby Danny, and his face is still all cut up from the attack by Shawn. Also in the promo is a shot of Franco wearing a gray hoodie, and his face is not cut up at all. So are there now two Francos?

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    Patricia replied

    No there are not two francos He stll has the cut up face from the attack but the hood is covering a lot of the injuries and I THINK the makeup dept did not put as much makeup on that day LOL

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  5. jon says:

    Nope, not liking this at all. Roger Howarth is just playing Todd with blond hair and a different name.

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    Dani replied

    That’s what I think too. Same with Silas. At first he seemed a bit “edgy” with that ponytail not he’s just a John McBain spin-off.

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    Annie replied

    The GH version of Todd…the walking punchline. The true Todd airs on TOLN’s OLTL…the dark and twisty Todd that OLTL fans all love.

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    Christy replied

    actually, if you’ve seen him on oltl, that other soap – what was it another world or something – and then on gh — Roger is Roger. I thought it was nice that Trevor ST. John imitated the Toddisms – you know putting his feet on the table, sloppy eating, being obnoxious… until I saw Roger on the CBS soap and notice several of the Toddisms on that character — and realized they are Rogerisms… so z So is the same for nuFranco… there’s a touch of what seems like Todd in there, but it’s actually just Roger.

    I love whomever he plays. He’s fun to watch!

    The only character that was a bit different than the fun Todd, was the character he played on Prey – which was more like the old, long hair Todd only worse behaving.

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  6. Beacon says:

    Nobody cares.

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  7. CTwildheart says:

    I love Roger…but not liking this story line.

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  8. Patricia says:

    I LOVE Roger Howarth in ANY role he is in BUT for me FRANCO is pushing it! For three years we were trained to believe that Franco played by the actor James Franco was the ultimate twisted sicko now we are supposed to believe he is redeemed because of a brain tumor???GMAFB. The gh writers are trying their best to whitewash FRANCO so they can move on and give him a juicy pairing. I am very sure they want to go the carly/franco route just like they did when he ways playing Todd. For me (i know lots of people were/are Tarly fans)i DO NOT see the chemistry between LW AND RH! I personally hope they dont go this route again but GH has an obsession with FRANCO, SILAS AND KIKI(UGH cant stand that name) and i am sure eventually they will. I hope they dont tank GH in the process these three are dominating a show that has MANY LEGACY characters that are underused and MANY MANY FANS TUNING OUT.

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    Raye replied

    Ita! Exactly… We have way too many characters on the canvas before the three arrived… Kiki’s name drives me up the wall.. I keep thinking of Elton john and Kiki dee.. Can we please go back to the fun we were having leading up to the nurses ball when the characters were the ones I love… The ones that keep me watching the show!

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    Elizabeth replied

    You and the 500,000 other viewers that have tuned out since April… what does it take for RC/FV to get a clue!

    Patricia replied

    LOL I never thought of KIKI DEE HAHAHA. And yes there are way to many characters on the canvas that are not used.

  9. Gwendolyn says:

    Lawd…

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  10. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Franco going to be Jason? Viewers would…never mind.

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    Christy replied

    no, he woke up after his stroke and memory is screwed up, so he thinks he’s Jason.

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  11. Margie says:

    Ron is a twisted freak. What a waste. The best actor in daytime.

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  12. Omar says:

    I have one word about this whole Franco storyline…..BORINGGGGGG
    The whole show right now is just boring..It was so good just a couple of months ago and NOW is just a snooze fest (except the July 4 scenes with the bbq doll, that was classic comedic relief)..What happen??

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  13. Nancy says:

    In the end he will not be the real Franco. I think the story is awesome and I cannot get enough GH. Sorry folks I love the show in any way I can get it. I would never stop watching.

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    Rodd replied

    I’m with you, Nancy. I think everyone’s doing their best and love GH.

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    Jake R. replied

    I mostly agree with Rodd & Nancy. I think the writers and cast are doing the best I can, given that they had to create three new characters (two out of whole cloth) for three established actors because of legal reasons. I don’t know if I’ll “never stop watching” but I hang in there and wish the constant complainers would find other things to groan about!

    Christy replied

    I wholeheartedly agree! I wish the shows were 2 hours a day! ;-D

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    Elizabeth replied

    The thing about suspension of belief for a soap storyline is that the viewer has to be rewarded with a good (well written) story. When the story is stupid, offensive, campy, incoherent and lazy in addition to being unbelievable IT DOESN”T WORK.

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    Nancy replied

    Opinions are like assholes everyone has one. That is your opinion not mine. You obviously do not know a good story because it has not played out in the least.

    Elizabeth replied

    Gee Nancy,
    Just because my opinion isn’t yours doesn’t mean I don’t know a good story. Are you RC’s cousin or something? If you look at what people are saying on this board and many, many of the others I’m not alone in thinking this is ridiculous. In fact, most of the comments I have seen are about five to one against this disaster (most commonly referred to as one hot mess!)

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  14. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    There are two Francos…the ‘real’ Franco is still a dangerous, twisted freak…he found Jason alive and gave him reconstructive surgery to look like him and programed his mind to think like him…this is RCs reworking of the Todd/Victor storyline he had done on OLTL!!!

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    su0000 replied

    The DNA test will tell ………………… :)

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    Annie replied

    There is a reason they call him ReRon. Honestly, I can tie most of the GH storylines to something he wrote on OLTL between 2007 and 2012.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    And theyre not half as good…im a RC fan and hoping for a turnaround.

  15. Tali says:

    After watching the little clip thingee…..looks like he’ll become the new Jason! That way they (RC/FV) can have their love triangle – Jason/Sam/Silas.

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    su0000 replied

    No way .. Franco will be nothing like Jason, RC is playing with us, as is usual ..
    Franco will be Franco.. :)

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  16. su0000 says:

    I love Franco!!
    A mysterious character , I like that ..
    Franco is not being written as the 1st Franco..
    Franco is about to bring me some excitement and suspense, love it!!
    Roger is totally owning the Franco character made for him!!!!

    this has just begun, what is coming will be great..
    the journey RC and RH will take us on with Franco will be awesome!!!

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  17. Aunt Six says:

    The end of today’s episode had me literally smacking my forehead. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a negative reaction to a soap. This feels like a rehash of the whole Walker Lawrence/Victor/Todd story from One Life to Live. At least that explains why Franco now has blond hair. Guess the real Jason is being held by shady government forces somewhere and we’ll see him again in 8 years…

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  18. KELLY&MICHAEL FAN says:

    I think RH is a good actor but the FRANCO thing is running a bit too long!!

    I hope this story brings Sam Cassidine Morgan “Silas”( I hope her and Silas Get married by the

    Fall!!!!! Together with her father in the mix also!!

    SAM+SILAS+DANNY+HER FATHER—–(WHO IS HER FATHER???)

    Please rap up the FRANCO STORYLINE NOW

    And a baby girl waiting in the wings!!!

    We had enough of FRANCO!!

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  19. Erika says:

    Sigh. This show went there. The Franco-thinks-he’s-Jason-because-of-a-tumor route.

    Okay. I’m hot and tired. I’m just gonna hold my tongue. SMH.

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  20. Li says:

    I am so disappointed with GH right now! It is silly- too many characters and ridiculous story lines. I like Roger as Todd he was good and funny too. I didn ‘t watch GH for a few weeks and sadly didn’t miss it. I miss seeing our regular favorites- Carly, Sonny, Patrick, Elizabeth with good story lines. Poor Sam, she is lost without Jason….

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    KELLY&MICHAEL FAN replied

    sam is not lost…..she will be alright if and when she get married

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  21. Sly says:

    I am becoming a little concerned with GH. They are losing their spunk, their cutting edge. I kind of miss the mafia. Where is the excitement? I don’t mind that Franco is back, but let’s make the character work for us. It’s time to tie up some of these long drawn out stories and start fresh.
    Where’s Jason, Jerry Jax, Helena (we all know she’s not dead), Robin, Diane, Johnny, The “REAL” Spinelli, why is his hair so short now? He looks like he has to be carded to buy a drink, Ned, Dillion, Ric (Molly’s father), Kristina (the original one), Big Alice and the list goes on. I know some of these people will have to be RECAST (hint, hint) but let’s move on. Some of the story lines for the newbies are just not necessary. Why not spice up with the classic GH that we all know and love. Writers, I know you can do better. I wont give up on you. I have been watching for 34 years. And I will continue to do so.

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  22. KELLY&MICHAEL FAN says:

    Franco has ran its course

    Please RC, WORK ON SAM AND SILAS STORYLINE!!

    A MARRIAGE
    A BABY GIRL

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  23. KELLY&MICHAEL FAN says:

    I liie the ponytail he’s gorgeous

    Rh playing Franco is a bust for ne

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  24. David says:

    I am usually the first one to defend GH but the show is just getting bad And look at the ratings continue to go down.

    The sad part is Ron Carlivati refuses to listen to the viewers of the show He has even started to resort to insulting fans who state their dislike of the show to him on Twitter.

    If all this Franco and focus on Howarth, Easton, and Alderson continues, GH may not have long left on the air. So very frustrated with this. I wish ABC would step in. It is time to get rid of both FV/RC and get someone who can do right by the show. I realize ABC probably don’t care and may even prefer the show tank so they can cancel it.

    When the ratings drop and the people in charge refuse to listen to the viewers and fans, never a good sign.

    I have been one of the hardcores who stuck by the show. I even was willing to give the Franco thing a chance but it has been boring, dull, and far too much of his character. The show is going down hill quick. I hope something is done soon or we be saying good bye to yet another soap

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  25. Beacon says:

    The ‘Frodd’ character as I call him is a disaster. If they wanted to integrate Roger Howarth on GH without his OLTL baggage first of all, they should have given him a character who is the polar opposite of Todd and secondly, perhaps as a recast of Tom Hardy so he has ties to Steve and Audrey and the medical foundation of GH. After all, the show is called General HOSPITAL. Frankly I think Ron is starting to coast.

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  26. heidi says:

    I just wish there were no Franco’s! What a mistake t bring the character back and have RH play him

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    He might not really be Franco!

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    heidi replied

    Thanks jimh!

    I just caught up with yesterday’s episode and heard who he thinks he is after the seizure. I am a huge Jason/Steve Burton fan and this has to be scond on my list of characters after Franco that I did not want RH to play! Not happy about this!

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    he might not be Jason…he still might be some unknown Quartamaine…maybe part of triplets for some strange reason was led to believe he was Franco and now Jason…i just wish the storyline would move faster…reveal who he really is…then start showing more of our vets.

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  27. Jem says:

    Please fire these writers or whom ever try to resurrect these three actors into a different character. If they did belong in the show before, they do not belong at GH now. Very bad storyline can ruin any actor. Please find them another job. There is no way this can work now. Do something or everyone will lose their job if GH GETS CANCELLED. Very dissatisfied fan.

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  28. Jem says:

    ABC please step from a big fan of GH for 20 yrs plus. Improve the storyline to exclude these resurrected characters and by hiring a more talented and innovative writers and producers.

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  29. Marta says:

    RH/Franco he is a twisted freak but that is because he is miss understood by those he love because they put him down and let me tell you when you are broken down by your love ones or by anyone in particular your mind starts playing with you. take for instance sonny he’s a mobster he is twisted the only difference he pays people to do his dirty work not Franco he has an issue with someone he takes care if it himself come on seriously
    And That is why RH/Franco is thumbs up for me the guy is freaking amazing!!!!

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