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240 May 29th, 2013 Wednesday’s General Hospital: Roger Howarth’s Character Revealed To Be Franco!

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Finally, General Hospital has circled together some of their major storylines with definitive reveals, or at least we hope they are so we can move forward! In today’s episode, Roger Howarth’s character was revealed to be … Franco! But not the real Franco no one had ever seen before, but actually Howarth is a recasted version of the original “Franco” played by James Franco!

The shocker came when all of the Port Charles citizens gathered at the Haunted Star to meet the mysterious person who lured them there with a text messaged picture of Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), all immediately recognized Roger Howarth’s character!  It came to be revealed that he was the artist whose canvas was murder, Franco!

We have to give out hats off to Roger Howarth though! He really played each beat, and all the interactions with the Corinthos and Quartermaine clan who were gathered together pretty brilliantly, even if this was a one for the records books in terms of suspending all belief!

Elsewhere, it was revealed by Maura West’s Ava Jerome to Kristen Alderson’s Kiki, that her daughter was actually Lauren Frank!  So this means, Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson are playing father and daughter, once again!

But while all this was going down, we finally to see more of Robert Kelker Kelly’s  creepy return as Stavros Cassadine as Lulu (Emme Rylan) remembered and told Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) in a series of flashbacks, that she married and was forced to consummated her relationship to Stavros!   And if all of that was not enough, Luke (Anthony Geary) was taken ill, rushed to the hospital, with Tracy (Jane Elliot) by his side.

OK, GH fans! So what did you think of the outcome?  Were you happy, mad, outraged, confused, or shocked as to Roger Howarth being revealed as Franco? Share your thoughts below!

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  1. Enrique Buenrostro says:

    I didn’t sign for seeing 3 characters relive their brutal rapes on my screen, so happy I stopped seeing GH, I’m more entertained with Roger Howarth on OLTL

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    Beti replied

    There was NO rape as seen on todays episode

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    Cindy replied

    Correct, things are not what they seem when it comes to Franco. I think RH pulled it off nicely. He never raped Sam, but this whole Michael thing is going to get AJ real mad

    Enrique Buenrostro replied

    you don’t even get what I’m saying.. Franco still raped Sam, not physically but mentally and emotionally

    Jovin replied

    Beti…..what show were you watching that you saw no rape or reliving of rape?????????

    Lin replied

    We did not see anyone remember their rape scene today on GH Enrique. We found out Sam was not raped. And Michael did not remember his rape . the only one who may have remembered was Lulu but we only saw her remembering being told she had to consumate the marriage.

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    Enrique Buenrostro replied

    seriously??? Michael doesn’t remember his rape, did you forget him telling Jason?? Sam wasn’t PHYSICALLY raped, but she was still emotionally and mentally tortured by him

    Lin replied

    Excuse me Enrique we were talking about what was presented on the program I said “We did not SEE anyone remember their rape” I did not say they did not remember. You said you did want to see the characters RELIVE their brutal rapes. WE NOT SEE THEM REMEMBERING THEIR RAPES. . I did not say they did not remember. It did not show the rapes on Wednesday, it did not show them remembering what happened. Michael was NOT shown remembering his rape. I did not say he did not remember his rape and I did not say anything about Sam not remembering. It did not show this.

    Cindylou replied

    what 3? It is just Sam and Michael right? Did u totally stop watching GH or just at that moment?

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    Enrique Buenrostro replied

    Lulu is the other..

  2. Rcraig says:

    Of all the people he could have been that character turns my stomach. Don’t know where they are going with this story and really don’t care. Glad I have a FF bottom on my remote.

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    Lin replied

    I am disgusted it is Franco, but it was very obvious that he was franco. I’m not the best person to figure things out and I figured it out long ago. I probably will be ff Franco and Lauren. I do not like Kiki. Though I did like that she ran out on her mother.

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    Denise DeMoukin replied

    I liked the Todd character better, you could still love him in a way because there was a lovable side. The Franco character is pure evil, and nothing o like.

    Jack replied

    FF Bottom on your remote? You’ll never see that remote again:-)

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  3. Amy says:

    It sucks &kiki sucks once agn GH has ruined the show

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    Linda replied

    GH is not ruined! FV & RC are using the cards they were dealt. Remember all this started with ABC/D and their asinine decision to cancel AMC & OLTL. RH & KA have played Todd and Starr forever it’s going to be interesting seeing them spread their wings. Give the storyline a chance.

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    Barbara t loves One life to live replied

    I agree with you LInda.

    Rehanna Ali-Singh replied

    Roger Howarth has not played Todd forever. Franco is his 5th role in his 20+ career. To me if Franco had to be recast RH is the only daytime actor that could pull it off. HOWEVER I would have rather seen RH, ME & KA come in as fresh characters w/ no ties to PC residents. Fresh relationships & stories to be enjoyed by all. I hope Franco gets killed off & RH pulls double duty on a soap whose writer will do him justice

    Missy replied

    I agree with Rehanna! I would rather have all brand new characters! I absolutely adore RH! But very sad they cast him as Franco….only JF can be Franco.

    mary replied

    I love RH. He is a great actor. I would prefer to play Todd and hope one day he will go back playing Todd. I will still watch him play Franco. I also Love James Franco as Franco. maybe the suits will play nice and RH can go back to playing Todd.

    matthew replied

    Agree Amy, GH got greased by the dream team and is going down the tubes fast! Horrible writing and jarring ‘new’ characters/recasts have made it unwatchable. How FV/RC can make the show the best it’s ever been for well over a year and then trip a brick immediately following the nurses ball and feed us this crap for two months is jaw dropping. Did Richard Simmons shred all the good scripts when he went psycho, because the Pickle Lila Show is making me sick! I can’t believe what they’ve done to the greatest show in the history of daytime television:-( !!!

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    Beth deAcosta replied

    ditto ditto ditto – ridiculous begat more ridiculous – I did quit
    watching but my BFD gives me highlights of the ridiculous…..
    Don’t believe GH will recover from this krapola format and
    save devoted viewers….I am disappointed!!

    robincarrol mayflower replied

    Your so right we are suppose to pretend that Star,Todd and John are competely different people now it’s just to silly and dopey and they have dragged the hell out of the Relish Wars GH has become a joke.

    Elizabeth replied

    Not to mention the Luke and Laura “resolution” – that had to be good for at least a loss of 30,000 – 50,000 viewers offended by five minutes of one day’s episode. That’s where I left for the most part.

    k/kay replied

    Elizabeth I agree have not seen this show in a long time I keep coming here to see if I am missing anything I guess I am not. I knew L&L were not going to end up together but to compare your relationship to a sweatshirt very sad. Why revisit one of the worst characters ever on that show. Franco really!

    Laura replied

    I came back to GH when they cancelled OLTL. I got tired of the Sonny Mob Show. I’ve never been a fan of Godfather movies or The Sopranos, so hated that aspect of GH. I started watching both OLTL and GH in the late 60s while waiting for Dark Shadows to come on in the summers from school. ( NO TIVO of VCR, so could only watch in the summers.) But, quit when it got too mob centered. I loved GH with Todd (went back to OLTL when RH went back.) on it and enjoyed seeing them add back my favorite characters from the past: Anna, Robert, Laura, Scotty, Lucy, Duke, Faison ( favorite villain), etc. Where are they now? Now the show is silly. I just read that Days has beaten GH in the ratings. I don’t like the character of Franco, and feel RH is too old for the part. Oh well, hope the writers can fix this.

    Missy replied

    AGREE AGREE AGREE!!! The show is totally jacked up right now!!!!

    Andrea replied

    I just started watching GH after a long time and you can understand my confusion in all the actors now playing different characters. How did Star become Kiki, John the police officer on All My Children and Todd become Franco. It all seems very dumb. I see only the people they were before. Very confusing

    Andrea replied

    Of John the detective from AMC now is a doctor weird weird

  4. ricardo says:

    I’m not shocked at all. i knew all long it was franco. now we can recast jason.

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    Lin replied

    It was so obvious, wasn’t it.

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    Cindy replied

    Recast Jason? What do you want a riot??? LOL! No one can ever take SB place as Jason, at least that is what we will hear

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    Andrea replied

    I agree only SB IS Jason

    Barbara t loves One life to live replied

    I agree

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    Missy replied

    UGH!!! If they recast Jason I think I am going to have to stop watching! And I have been watching for over 30 years!

  5. carla says:

    Franco should of never been recast. Dont get me wrong Roger is a great actor but James Franco owns the role just as Roger will always be Todd.

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    Jim replied

    As played by James Franco (in only a handful of episodes spread out over two years) and as written by Bob Guza , the character was exceedly dark, one-dimensional and cartoonish. I eagerly await to see the interesting things FV, RC, and RH will do with this role. I think it is a stroke of genius making him this character and tying him to the Quartermaines and Heather Webber and putting him at odds with most of the canvas.

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    Lin replied

    I hate Franco. We need a real Q back not these interlopers. Unless they totally remake him, (and how can you- we know a lot about Franco) he is not a character I can stomach day in and day out. I leaerned to FF his scenes. He already caused people to get very sick from food poisoning. Many of whom he had nothing to do with. Why make Elizabeth and the people on tehe Chew sick (though I wish he would have had their show canceled). I also despise the Heather weber character.

    Cindy replied

    agree, I think he pulled it off nicely and I get a kick out of RH when he plays his crazy rolls. James Franco could commit to the role, he had other obligations
    I read an interview with James Franco & he’s thrilled to have RH playing Franco ! That RH would be his first choice ( after himself) since the role was open and he can’t commit to a long term contract

    jimh replied

    I agree with you Jim…RH has more connection to the show as Franco than he did as Todd.

    su0000 replied

    I see this as being great story telling on the way to my screen..
    RC, RH, and Franco character will be awesome ..
    I can not wait to see how RC will be writing his Franco and his vision for the Franco character..
    We are in for many surprises..

    karen55 replied

    I totally agree with you Jim.

    jan Mcgrann replied

    I agree Jim.RH will make the character his own and all the haters will love it! I’m excited to see KA and RH father daughter. It wasn;t working for me personally w/Todd and Starr.She was adorable as a child and teens,always wanting her parents back together, her kove of spidersetc, and my fav was the pirhuanas in Max’s bathtub.Now KA can be an adult that’s not so nice.That’s the way I love her.OMO

    SZima replied

    Agreed Carla…That role was written specifically for James Franco and he was perfectly suited for playing that creepy character. And, fortunately he was only on in small doses so we knew we wouldn’t have to put up with him for very long.
    “Franco” should never have been revived/re-cast for ANYONE…especially someone who is a major player on the show and will be around all the time.
    I hope this comes back and bites CarToonie in the ass! In the mean time, this is yet ANOTHER storyline I will be FFing. :(

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    Rob replied

    I don’t understand why they brought back “Franco” either. And I can only see “Todd” in that face so it doesn’t work for me. Now they are trying to make that sicko into a nice guy who did not rape Sam, did not tell Carter to rape Michael in prison???. . . What the heck?

  6. Mysty says:

    Of all the great characters they could have brought back they bought back Franco??? A character that was totally despicable and really nothing to the GH landscape? People has been clamoring for Robert Scorpio to return since the day he was sent into some stupid coma but we get nothing not even a mere mention of him on the 50th, none of family or friends seems to even remember that he’s in a coma, and Robert Scorpio is one of GH greats, he held the show together all through the 80s after L/L had left the building, he had not one but two great super couples and yet he get treated he never existed and yet they bring back a pointless character that was nothing to GH and expect people to be happy with this? I don’t care who’s playing Franco, the character’s was a dud and shouldn’t had been brought back especially when Robert Scorpio is still out there in limbo.

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    Jake R. replied

    @Mysty
    Re: Robert Scorpio-I couldn’t agree more! I love that character more than anyone on the show and to not have him be with Anna is crazy. I realize it services the plot since he knows Robin is alive and clearly Kimberly McCullough isn’t ready to appear on the show again yet as she is pursuing a directing career. However, for no one, not Mac, not Anna, not Luke, to ever even mention him, even in passing, is reprehensible.

    I did read somewhere that a line was cut from a scene around the time of the 50th Anniversary wherein Mac is on the phone at The Floating Rib and he says something along the lines of “OKay Holly, thanks for keeping me informed on Robert’s condition” or words to that effect.

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    Carlee replied

    Instead of getting one of the best GH characters back (Robert Scorpio) we get this nonsense. Someone please explain to me why these 3 mediocre actors from OLTL get this special treatment not once but twice. Once again the GH cast are reduced to supporting characters to reintroduce these actors. So when these characters fail, what will they return as? I shutter to think

    Andrea replied

    How did Robin live through that fire??

    Lin replied

    Mysty and Jake, I totally agree with you that Robert should be there, or he needs to be talked about. Jake R: Kimberly wants to become a director. Unless she fails at that , which is unlikely, she is only planning to come back to give us a crumb once in a while. So why bother having us see her held captive every few months for a few days. ?? I don’t enjoy seeing Robin held captive for 2 or 3 days here and there. I saw Kim (who i wish the very best. I feel like I’ve known her her whole life) in an interview say the role will not be recast. Sorry kim, I love you, but if never want to come back, why should “Patrick” and all of us suffer. I wish you every success as a director, but I don’t want Robin to die “again” or for her to be held captive forever.

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    Elizabeth replied

    Scorpio would have SO many storylines to explore. He could pursue Laura romantically since Luke doesn’t want her and Anna is interested in Duke these days. They had chemistry from the first day he was on in 1980. They could rectify the terrible “Ethan is Luke’s son” rewrite. He could join forces with Anna on some police crime and butt heads with Duke. He could have a relationship with little Emma his grandaughter. He could fnd himself on opposite sides of some issue with Luke and Sonny and be in a quandry about it. Real potential for great stories without the campiness or unrealistic tint.

    Jake R. replied

    Soap writers think of the “long game.” They know that even if Kimberly goes on to direct (and I think she’s doing a movie now), she may eventually want to come back to the show. I personally think they should find her this fall; apparently there’s some big umbrella action storyline like we used to get in the “golden age” coming up with Luke, Sean Donnelly, Jerry Jacks, et. al, but she should have no memory of Patrick or Emma due to shock therapy. Robin decides to move back to Paris, leaving the door open for her eventual return (like Laura) but not having her character in limbo.

    CL replied

    I think RH did a great Franco, things will get better, just give it time. Lots in store for the GH fans

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    Jane replied

    I agree. I hated the whole Franco storyline, and now we will be subjected to more. And Kiki is obnoxious. I loved the characters as they were. Couldn’t they have found a softer, gentler way to reintroduce them. I am sorely disappointed.

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  7. Beth says:

    Ok I’ve been a huge fan of gh and oltl for years but this is ridiculous! Roger is an amazing actor and I love him dearly but he’s franco?!?! Yes, I saw this coming from a mile away but this is utterly ridiculous! Kiki is just horrible! I fast forward through her scenes. Silas…is just pointless. I was excited that John, Starr, and Todd would be on gh but ugh I wish they would go away now. Franco?!?!?!? Ugh! You’ve got to be kidding me! I wish they would just let Franco be dead! I had more than enough of that scum bag character who had no real point at all when James Franco played him. Should have let him stay dead and come up with a better character for Roger. This way, he won’t last long. No way you can redeem something as vile as the pointless Franco.

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    Lin replied

    I totally agree. They could have made him a new character. A debonaire rich hotel owner, or lawyer, doctor, a new neighbor of someone. I dislike Kiki and hate Franco. Not that I hate this Franco yet, but he’s Franco. So unless we forget thigns we know he did, it’s ridiculous. We know horrible things he did to Lulu and to so many others. I agree with every word you said.

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    matthew replied

    LMAO Beth and totally agree! Except about James Franco, I loved every second of that! Now however, that beat in GH’s history has been tarnished. Stupid writing and stupid behind the scenes decisions have GH more rancid than that Pickle Lila relish crap that those obnoxious food people ate on The Spew!

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  8. Cheryl D. says:

    I’ve hated the Franco storyline from the start and I end up skipping episodes when it’s involved until I just stop watching for months at a time. So I’m not happy about it, I will give it a VERY short time to see how it plays out. But then, I DVR it and will just FF anything I don’t feel like seeing or it will be time to take a break again. Never will I totally give up on GH but I can and have taken long breaks from it.

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  9. rebecca says:

    Haven’t caught up yet so haven’t seen the episodes but that doesn’t bode well for the future of both actors on GH. Since I doubt they’ll turn them into new characters again, I don’t see Franco and his daughter on GH for the long run. So much for Roger and Kristen staying on GH.

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    Jules replied

    I don’t watch GH so I really don’t care who these people are and what they’re doing on the show, but I also wonder about their viability to become sustainable, fleshed out characters who can be on the show for many more years. They are plot points, by my understanding- created strictly for the sake of creating a plot, not advancing other ones. Do they have the legs of characters that won’t be written into a corner, and grow and develop over time? I’m just going out on a limb and say doubtful. They probably should have been brand new characters for these reasons alone.

    Given how much FV and RC love KA though (I think they see her like many of us see Kimberly McCullough- a little girl who grew up and matured into a stunning young actress) I don’t think they’ll let her go easily and find some reason, even if this plot fails and yes, she finds herself in a corner, to keep her around. I just don’t see them firing her any time soon. I don’t think in their hearts they can do that. They’d sacrifice a dozen GH characters first. JMO though.

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    Elizabeth replied

    Looks like they’re in the process of sacrificing the entire show. I have to think the probability of GH being gone in a year’s time is pretty high right now.

  10. BS says:

    I turned today’s episode off halfway through and removed the series from my DVR.

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    matthew replied

    I feel ya BS! I’m embarrassed that everyone I know is aware I love GH! If anyone I’ve recommended it to sees it in this shape, I’ll never live it down :-(

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  11. Gina says:

    I did not enjoy today’s episode at all. I don’t know what RC’s vision for the show it, but it seems to center around rape. It’s disturbing. I know the stories of both Sam’s and Michael’s rapes did not originate with RC, he has resurrected them. While Sam was not technically raped, she was drugged and violated, and that seemed to play out as some sort of joke today with Franco. He tormented her just a little more while she begged for answers, then was subjected to the possible humiliation of the entire room watching her rape, if she had indeed been raped; which was unclear at that point. Carly proceeded to ‘out’ Michael’s rape to the whole room, including a completely unaware AJ; Michael’s father. Under this regime, we have had the repeated ‘rapes’ of Kate/Connie at the hands of Joe Scully and (some say) by Johnny, when Kate was one of her alters. Kate also coerced Johnny into sex by threatening his life – another form of rape. Now, it seems Lulu was also raped by Stavros, when she was kidnapped and coerced into ‘consummating a marriage’ or her loved ones would be killed, including (what she believes to be) her unborn child. Also, under this regime, Ewen attempted to force himself on Elizabeth, who is already a victim of rape. RC/FV are systematically destroying GH. Rape is not entertainment, although some pretty powerful storytelling can come from a rape storyline, as we saw with Elizabeth. However, this is not the case with this regime. Rape is played for camp, giggles and serves no purpose other than to sicken the viewer. RC resurrected Sam’s ‘rape’ to destroy her marriage (and pair her with one of the L3, who BTW are so not necessary on this show). It looks like Dante and Lulu may be getting the same treatment. There is no creativity, RC just did this story last summer with Jason and Sam and a baby.

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    Beti replied

    Well if you watched the show……Sam was not raped

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    KarenB replied

    Isn’t it amazing how people always “assume” only to find out later they were wrong? lolol All this ranting and raving over something that never took place. I could swear that we always told our kids never to “assume” anything.

    Gina replied

    Yes, I did. But it was again addressed. RC’s fascination with rape and his mockery of it is disturbing.

    CL replied

    I think ppl on here and elsewhere are never happy for whatever they write for the stories, ppl need to give it a break already, it is a story, fictional, NOT REAL! Complain when it was almost axed, complain when the other 2 were axed and still complaining. Karen I guess ppl will never be happy huh? LOL! Can’t win for losing in the drama game. I guess that is why they call soaps daytime drama. So what if it was addressed again. Maybe it had to be

    Lila replied

    I wouldn’t say that RC is making a mockery of rape. Why do you say that he has a fascination with this horrible act? It wasn’t his writing who brought Franco into the picture and made it seem that Sam was raped. If anything, bringing back Franco to show he didn’t rape Sam is a good thing. I’ll bet that “Franco” was not responsible for what happened to Michael in prison either. RH seems as though he can turn this character around. GH has been

    Lila replied

    Sorry, didn’t finish…GH has been great since RC and FV took over. There are many new viewers. : )

    Becky replied

    If you read the post, you’d see she said Sam was not raped.

    Lin replied

    You know, I never thought of it before, but you may be right about the rape fascination of RC. I despised teh rape story of Michael. The fact that Elizabeth was raped years ago, was somewhat educational for some people in society. Once is enough. There was no need for Jason and sam not to have a happy honeymoon. I t was disgusting. Now another rape? If this continues I may have to stop watching. One more rape and I’m gone. You mentioned some others I had forgotten about. Truly disgusting. Your points are well taken, I hope Michael fairman has TPTB at GH read this.

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    Sharon replied

    RC did the same exact thing on OLTL. Almost every story involved rape, DID or baby switching. :(

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    su0000 replied

    Gina, it not RC who is””fascinated”’ with the rape, it is a group of obsessed fans who are fascinated by rape stories.They can not let them go and do not want to let them go, they nurture them, and hold on to the rapes and bring them up all the time, not RC..
    RC has done very few rape stories count them..
    Agnes Nixon has done more than RC, and greatly done I may add.
    These are not real rapes they are fiction, try to draw a line between real life and frictional stories :) It will be for the best ..

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    Enrique Buenrostro replied

    you did not just throw Agnes Nixon under the bus and compare her to RC, also it may be fictional but real people who were victims of rape, aren’t happy and are disgusted

    Hillary replied

    Not to mention… Ron C didn’t write the rape… It’s history now & he’s got to use it… it is what it is.

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    Lila replied

    RIGHT, Hillary, Ron C DID NOT write the prison rape. The stories on OLTL weren’t all written by Ron either. Neither Sam or Lulu was raped. GH was a much more violent show before FV and RC came along. But really, I hope that there aren’t anymore rapes.

  12. Christy says:

    I was hoping Howarth would be Jerry Jacks and bring back Robin, since Franco’s back then I hope Steve Burton comes back too. The others I’m okay with who they are now playing. Kinda cool that Howrath and Alderson are fatther and daughter again, can’t wait to see what happens there. I just hope Franco aka Howrath is not as creepy as before, when Franco was playing games with Jason. I will always be a GH fan and OLTL fan, I don’t miss a show ever.

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  13. felisha says:

    OMG still trying 2 get used 2 the idea tod & star play family but other characters this means he will take over ??????

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  14. KateK says:

    Roger is a great actor, I never cared much for James Franco version, he was very unlikeable. But, in the few minutes I saw Roger as Franco, I liked him. Roger brings humor to every role he plays. He has the ability to make an unlikeable person, lovable. Ive heard people complaining about how Franco should be in jail. Well, so should the beloved Jason, Sonny, Luke half the town of PC should. This Franco is looking for redemption so give it time. It will be great to see him in scenes with Maura West.

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    CL replied

    agree

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    Hillary replied

    +1

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  15. Aunt Six says:

    Was anyone really surprised? I guess Ron and Frank were so used to writing RH and KA as father/daughter on OLTL that they couldn’t separate them on GH. But why bother dying RH’s hair blonde when Franco had dark brown hair? RH is a great actor but he’s playing this too much like Todd as opposed to the dark and brooding artist played by James Franco. It’s too different. About the only piece of this that I’m interested in is seeing how AJ reacts to Michael being raped in prison. There were so many other ways they could have gone. What a wasted opportunity.

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    Jody replied

    Totally agree; there really could have been an amazing outcome if he would have been brought back as someone completely new on the canvas….and, YES, he is basically playing “Franco” as Todd Manning

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    Hillary replied

    You say this like it’s a bad thing! I LOVE me some Todd Manning. I also love RH & KA in the father/daughter relationship. It’s a lovely thing! So, so smart!

    Jody replied

    ^^not at all a bad thing……..huge fan but I think it could have been more interesting; I’m still hoping it will develop into a good long term storyline

  16. 10261991des says:

    After twenty plus years I dont like the show anymore,I think it really putting it nicely stinks…The writting is so off..Its amazing that it is the same show…What happened? All of the story lines suck…It’s been 8 or more months..With the story of Robin..Now the baby with Maxie…Now the sucky story of LuLu,Now these 3 new stories,It’s the worst,,,,It’s the last of the 50 years…Thanks ABC!

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    CL replied

    stop watching it then, like so many others that watch and complain it is 2013 new age

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    David replied

    Well since Kim Mccullough who plays Robin has limited availability to the show and she had chosen to leave the show before the new writers came on you cannot blame them for that playing out.

    The only option would be to recast Robin and can you imagine the complaints if they did.

    People can complain all they want, stop watching, etc. Just remember don’t come complaining when the show is cancelled

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    Elizabeth replied

    Honestly sometimes I wonder if RC was hired to ensure that the writing was purposely awful so that when ABC DOES cancel GH the complaints will be few and minor since everyone has already stopped watching.

  17. TS1 says:

    Really? Franco is James Franco. Really??? Couldn’t the writers come up with a new character. Someone you grow to learn about their background. Really, how lame is this…now Franco once again has a target on his back. All I can say is really?????

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    CL replied

    yes really

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  18. Buddylee says:

    LOVED every second of it!!!

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    Bookoworm replied

    Ditto… I thought Roger did an amazing job…. Can’t wait to see where this leads. I found James Franco unwatchable…

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    CL replied

    ditto

    Hillary replied

    ditto!!

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  19. leilani says:

    SO DISAPPOINTED IN GH FOR DOING THIS. His demeanor is nowhere near what Franco was. Nor is he charismatic at all. This is such a disappointment. And for the first time in over 30+ years, I may have been convinced to stop watching GH. How do they ask Betsy Franco back and not James?! James even questioned that himself. Shame on you, GH.

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    CL replied

    This is a new Franco, well I think he is making them all believe he is the real deal, maybe he is not, maybe there was another twin, triplet, whatever. He is nothing like Franco, because this one is trying to redeem himself

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  20. Paulette says:

    I think all of the new story lines SUCK!!!!

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  21. madluv4ya says:

    uh yeah totally under-whelmed with roger as franco. I don’t find anything redeemable or interesting about the character – much like snoop like on oltl- gh is on its last days with me as a viewer, I think.

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  22. David says:

    I have never seen such an instant bad reaction to a recast. I personally am willing gto give RH a chance.

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    Lori replied

    Me too, David. I think that this time Franco will NOT be that evil “freak.” They will probably make him out to be halfway decent. I don’t think that he will be the one responsible for what happened to Michael in prison. Roget is AWESOME!!

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    Jody replied

    So…his “name” is Franco, but his personality is “Todd” hmmmmm; interesting way to get around the lawsuit……I’m willing to see how this plays out…..

  23. leilani says:

    why am i feeling like this is sabotage to GH, so that those soaps that didn’t survive on actual television, can have some stupid unrealistic chance on hulu? … yeah, that will never happen. thanks for screwing with MY soap, Ron. i am beyond peeved. Jason Thompson, Anthony Geary, etc. should go find a good home somewhere else, or fight for our original storylines. Ron and Frank are screwing everything up!

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    CL replied

    oh stop already! We will have no problem taking GH on to hulu. They do have a chance, OLTL was #2 on the hulu list. Better story lines on them too. I see nothing wrong with Franco, the story needs to play out, his real story needs to be told, how he had no love in his life because witch Heather switched him at birth. He was raised without love of the Q,s I still say this is not the real deal, I think there is another brother

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    leilani replied

    that’s the problem. i don’t want GH to have to resort to a pathetic HULU life. it is the surviving ABC soap, and rightfully so, and should continue with the right people taking it to better places. ron and frank are catering to the actors that lost their jobs, instead of focusing on the ones that actually have jobs, and were doing fine BEFORE we had to take in the strays.

    terri replied

    First off GH was not the number one ABC soap when it was taken off the air. Second the 3 OLTL characters, the headwriter, and producer of OLTL went to GH and now the ratings have risen, and lastly I would gladly have all three amazing actors back on OLTL( well we have RH’s Todd which I am grateful for). Why can’t we be happy for each other and support weach other….give RH time he will make this character his own as he is an actor (in my humble opinion) on par with Anthony Geary. OLTL on HULU is a bit different but I am grateful for it and enjoying every minute of it…..it still has heart.

    Delainey replied

    yep! When there are power houses like Anthony Geary and Jason Thompson, among others, the writers should be focusing on utilizing those who act. Instead, gh now has writers who focus on their babies and lazy stories.

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    Jody replied

    fYI….#OLTL is #1 right as we speak…….

  24. KarenB says:

    No wonder all of our soaps get cancelled! Why don’t you all just change the damn channel and let the rest of us enjoy our soaps?!

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    CL replied

    lol yep

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  25. Eileen Hargis says:

    Suspending belief in a soap opera plot is standard fair. and while I can take K.A. as Morgan’s gf, she will quickly move in to his older brother so that will fix one problem. ME playing the brother to the dead would be vampire is believable and outs him right back into Sam’s orbit. But having to believe all these PC citizens who knew Todd Manning a few weeks before, see him.again and think he is Franco formerly played by JF, is not only hard to believe, its stupid

    !

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    CL replied

    how can she do that, they are related

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  26. Eileen Hargis says:

    Why would these people think he is Franco, are they blinded by something? It makes no sense at all, why not just let RH be someone new who comes to PC and starts to interact with everyone. Why bring Franco back, most all fans hated him, hated the way the actor played him, and he was norhing but an interruption of the story. They did well for two, and left the third one in the toilet, guess there wasnt enough time left to do him justice, or the lawsuit is keeping them busy!

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  27. Tori says:

    I love Roger’s song and dance with his captive audience on the Haunted Star. Roger’s version of Franco will be hypnotic. I can’t wait to see how he and A.J. will have a battle of tragic blood, over what happened to Michael in prison.

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    jimh replied

    I feel the same way…i cant believe the others negative response to this…they should wait and see where they go with this character first…i believe its going to be great…Franco has more ties to this show than Todd did…

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    Mary SF replied

    I wasn’t watching GH when the first Franco was on, so I have nothing to compare RH to, but IMO, it looks like they are trying to redeem the character a little bit. They would have to if they want the character on canvas for a long time. And after all they did to get RH I doubt they would want him to be so evil no one could stand him. So I agree, give the writers a chance to work this character into the canvas today and see what they do with him before calling it quits. If we can live through vampires maybe new Franco will be worth sticking around for.

    Ces replied

    I’m just thrilled to see this talent Roger Howarth back on my screen!! I’m willing to give his version of Franco a shot. For an actor, this must be great fun for him to play someone else for a change! Hope Carly becomes intrigued because I’d like nothing more than for RH & LW to be acting partners again!

    su0000 replied

    RC writing for RH as Franco, will be outstanding..
    This is going to be very good..
    I see RC has much in store for us suspense wise with this Franco.

    Some are too dense or watching with blinders on lol to see this is not going to be 2011 Franco..
    this is RC’s Franco, new and improved and back in Q mode…

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    Dimples02 replied

    I agree! Soapy goodness! :)

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    KateK replied

    I totally agree,Im excited to see RH as Franco fight AJ, as the Qs, & RH interact with Ava.

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    Hillary replied

    exactly!! loving it!

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  28. Norma Wilder says:

    it didn’t make any sense to me. How could everyone just look at him and say Franco when they looked nothing alike. It would have made us believe it more if he has his face done to change his looks, that I could believe. He killed so many people that once everyone knows its Franco wouldn’t he go to jai; for life. I thought Roger came back to stay no to end up in prison. Doesn’t make any sense. I wish he had have been a whole different character.

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  29. Josie says:

    I blame the press for this. For the past year they have constantly sang the praises of TPTB and how they saved GH. On and on how the three OLTL characters brought new life into the show. BULLCRAP. The 3 did nothing for the show in terms of a ratings. TPTB have done some wonderful things but the Press making them GH savior overinflated their egos. Making RH FRanco is nothing more than TPTB thinking the can do no wrong and GH fans will accept anything they throw at them. Today’s show turned my stomach. I’m no longer invested i this show enough to endure watching them redeem Franco by rewriting history. It’s too much for this fan. Ill never understand TPTBs obsession with the three OLTL actors. The GH cast is bloated and doesn’t need them.

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    Tali replied

    You nailed it Josie!

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    leilani replied

    YES.

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  30. Lin says:

    I figured out a long time ago that he was Franco and I was disgusted. This is bad. I do not like any of the new characters. The way these were done is bad.

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  31. Tima says:

    Roger is good at what he does, but this whole storyline is stupid. Franco is suppose to be younger than AJ and sorry, but no amount of suspending belief will make this work for me.

    I can’t even be angry since I find it to be so hilarious. The writers worked so hard to keep the OLTL 3 and make them the center of GH that they were more than willing to throw GH stars onto the back burner and in the process may have done a better job of alienating fans than those who messed up AMC when it was on ABC.

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  32. Becky says:

    HATED IT. Why take a wonderful actor and turn him into the most despised character ever on GH. I couldn’t buy into Sam letting everyone watch the tape to see if she was raped. And there’s nothing to say he didn’t come back and rape her after the tape shut off. Really? She was going to have everyone watch her get raped? If they let RH act like Todd’s personality (so entertaining), I may come to accept it, but really I think his time on GH is now going to be limited. Don’t like Silas but will to give it more time. Thought I might think Kiki OK at first but she’s quickly getting on my nerves. ABC should have worked harder with Prospect Park to keep the characters. Things aren’t looking good, but I am willing to give it more time to develop. It always takes a while to get to know characters. Very disappointed RH is playing Franco though.

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  33. Annalee says:

    I don’t know what to think at this point. To me Roger Howarth is an actor who plays Todd. I
    But Wednesday’s episode was jam packed. Maybe The writing team wanted to ‘rip off the bandaid’ and throw it all out there to unwind over the lazy summer months. Only to be epic for yet another ratings sweeps month. I just had a hard time watching Laura Wright as Carly hold back emotions after having such a tumultuous and sexy pairing with Roger as Todd. It must have been difficult for the actors too.
    It all is a bit wacko for us who have been watching for-EVER.
    What I can say is thank goodness they balanced the whole crazy episode with Luke & Tracy even though it is heartbreaking to see Luke in the ER.
    Back to my original statement…
    I don’t know what to think about it at this point, but being a true soap fan means sticking with it not bailing on the first episode you don’t like.

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    Jody replied

    ^^THAT…..for those of us, ahem, like me, who have been around soaps for decades I certainly have the patience to give it some time………

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  34. heidi says:

    I haven’t watched Wednesday’s episode yet… but as I was watching Tuesday’s I was beginning to think that maybe he was playing the real Jason that might have been switched and raised by someone else and the Jason we know and love was someone else’s baby. Now that would have been a much better move on RC and FV’s part!!!

    The one character I did not want him to play… was to recast the James Franco’s… Franco! I am very disappointed. I know RC can do wonderful things and maybe with the hair color change Franco had a labotomy or something that will take care of his dark… dark… evil side. He could be Kevin’s patient and he may be getting better. I too am not loving the Kiki character and wish she would get hit in the head or have a fall and wake up a nicer and classier person. Maybe someone can give her lessons… we know she will not be getting it from Franco.

    I love GH and I will stick with it… but very disappointed! Maybe Roger can get this character killed off and come back as Alexander Quartermaine a business tycoon and all around interesting Q!!! I will hope!!!

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  35. Mary says:

    Can they really put Kiki and Michael together? They are first, albeit half cousins since AJ and Franco are half brothers. They have the same paternal grandfather in Alan Quatermaine. Isn’t that kind of creepy?

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  36. Mary says:

    And I like RH so I’m willing to give him a chance.

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  37. Nananes says:

    Roger Howarth — Franco? NOT a surprise. RH is an excellent actor , but the character of Franci is a despicable serial killer (although yesterday he seemed like Todd, just called Franco)… That is the only way RH could come back to GH? And I abhor the reintroduction of rape as the HW’s idea of entertaining storytelling….it’s not. News flash to Ron Carlivati…most of his viewing audience is women who prefer romance, love, mystery, adventure in the afternoon…not violent abuse against women (or men for that matter, in Michael’s case)….why doesn’t he get this? Or maybe he does and doesn’t care? Thought GH was trying to increase viewership? This isn’t the way to do it,

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    Hillary replied

    RH will make you love him. Mark my words!! :-) We will all love him. Just a matter of time.

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    Ces replied

    agreed Hillary.

  38. Lori says:

    Hey,
    We all know that Franco is a despicable character. Give Roger a chance. Let’s see what he can do, he is awesome!! He couldn’t very well play beloved Robert Scorpio, the fans would be disappointed. So many people complain and complain about “newbies.” TBTB probably gave RH a choice and he chose the most interesting, difficult character. I’m sure that Franco will not be the evil guy everyone thinks he is.

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    su0000 replied

    We will be a seeing a different Franco..
    Some people have no attention span to wait for it..
    This Franco will be a Q, as he is destined to be :)
    Watching this unfold will be an adventure!!

    RC does not write like G and has his own ideals for his Franco, and we’re in for a ride!!

    some people need to pull their heads out of umm the past and flow with the future..
    New people, new stories, new adventures!!

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  39. Robert Lee says:

    Hated it and hate all the new characters RH, KA and ME are forced to play. ABC please release these actors from their contracts so that they can go back to OLTL!!!

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    David replied

    You do realize that both Michael Easton and Kristina Alderson have both said even if for some reason they were released from GH they are not moving back to the east coast. So if they get fired you won’t see them on OLTL

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    Enrique Buenrostro replied

    but you do forget that Kristen is open to returning to OLTL

    David replied

    She has said for a short term basis but she enjoys living on the west coast and would not want to be on the show permanently.

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  40. Dana says:

    Hate the Franco and KiKi thing. Hope it runs its course and fast!!

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  41. solveig simonsen says:

    I love Roger and glad he’s still on GH but the was a far stretch even for a soap (or not). The emotions of he characters yesterday left me flat I just couldn’t get into it knowing that James Franco a totally different looking character was now being played by “Todd”, I don’t know how Roger can make this his own. I hope to buy into this soon. I think Roger could have been the return of Jason a much better fit

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  42. su0000 says:

    RC did well having RH be Franco!
    I see many good stories coming and the part was made for RH..

    All the old fuddyduddies whose purpose in like is to bellyache and complain, don’t watch, go do something else..
    If you don’t like Franco, don’t watch, it will cut down on the complaining, greatly..

    I can’t wait to see how this will grow, it is only a day old, and I see this Franco as being very intriguing ..
    RC is not writing him as G did, this Franco will be different :)

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  43. nancy dillingham says:

    Today’s show was the nadir for GH. Sadly, the viewers’ loyalty has been tossed by the wayside. I don’t know what it is about the viewers of daytime drama that writers, even some actors, sadly, of soaps see their viewers as easy targets and have fun denigrating and making fun of them. Today’s “episode” reveals just how deeply that bias goes. This was NOT a show for the discerning, loyal viewer but was, instead, a show to message the writers’ and the actors’ egos. Art is a two-way street: there is the artist and the responder to the art. Today, IN NO WAY, was art..

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  44. Dimples02 says:

    I’m giving this story a chance! They are obviously trying to redeem just a little bit of Franco. He will always be out there! But glad to know that he didn’t rape Sam. He and Kiki are Q’s! It’ll be fun to see more drama at the Q’s. This is going to get really interesting! Still loving GH!

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  45. Rodd says:

    I didn’t watch GH when the Franco stuff was on so I’m not on one side or another. I just know he supposedly did some really horrible things. The scenes during the last week have leaned heavily toward RH playing Franco, so it wasn’t a big surprise. And the scenes yesterday lead me to believe they’re going to try and deconstruct some of the “bad” things Franco did so he seems to be a bit more redeemable; thus allowing him to stay around longer. (?)

    I find it interesting that RH and KA will play father and daughter again. It really doesn’t matter to me that they played the same before. What I’m interested in is how this relationship will be played.

    Both are very talented actors and the production team is first rate. I’m one who likes to go along for the ride and hope fore the best. It amuses me that so many people get so angry about a fictional story that their lives are set on end. Sad, but amusing. I would gently like to suggest they get a life, but that might be cheeky, eh?

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  46. Kim says:

    Thought RH did a great job, just hope he sticks
    around, he’s a great actor and really enjoy seeing
    him on GH!

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  47. Mo says:

    I’m confused.

    How are they explaining the absences of the three characters the actors originally played?

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    Becky replied

    Anna gave a message to McBain that he was called away on special assignment for the FBI, with no way to know how long the assignment would last. Starr got a call from a friend she had to go help, and later called and broke up with Michael over the phone. We didn’t actually see her and she is no longer referred to as Starr, just Michael’s last girlfriend. Todd got called away to go help Dani in Llanview. I don’t think there was anything about him calling anyone to say he wasn’t coming back, but I don’t watch every minute so who knows (and they wouldn’t be allowed to even call him Todd when explaining he wasn’t coming back anyway).

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    Mo replied

    Okay, thanks!

    Jody replied

    They didn’t; not permitted to re: lawsuit

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  48. Lois says:

    I was totally entertained with the whole show, most especially the Franco reveal. I feel there is plenty story available to find out who this Franco guy really is. Ron is taking a big risk here, but a role like this is perfect for Howarth and I have confidence it will pay off. I was glad to know Franco didn’t actually rape Sam.

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  49. Anita says:

    I thought. Franco saiid I am here to say I’m sorry. I think he will tell each & everyone how sorry he was. Now it is up to the writers to ramp it up with Tracy &AJ. I think the story with Mara West will be great and will make his daughter better. The only thing I wish they get rid of the blond hair on him and the brown hair on Lauren

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  50. Max says:

    I love that Tod and Star will be father and daughter again, but I wish he was the real Franco and the other was a fake. Tod could have had a fresh start on the show. Having him carry that crazy baggage and an artist come on. Tod is no artist not with canvas, maybe con artist. Love Tod and Star and just glad to still be seeing them.

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  51. jon says:

    First Lulu, then Morgan and now another recast. Too many all at once. Howarth appears to be Todd Manning going by the name of Franco. Not happy with this.

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  52. Mary Anne Robertson says:

    I’m LOVING MY GH !!!!!! Roger is BRILLIANT & I know that they won’t let us down. People need to open their eyes & their minds & give this some time. I’m not disappointed in the show or the writers. I very disappointed in the fans that say the nasty & negative things about the show, actors, writers. We need to except change in life, so why don’t we except changes in our show. Change is a part of LIFE & it is a part of SOAPS !! Hats off to the actors & the writers of GH !!! This viewer you will never lose :)

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    B.J. replied

    I accept it is their right to change the actors and characters as they see fit.

    However, that doesn’t increase my desire to watch the “The Roger Howarth” show in place of the former GH show.

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    Josie replied

    Mary Anne, the I’m assuming you would gladly accept any change that would result in Roger being fired. After all you only want GH lovers to be heard.

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    terri replied

    Love your positive vibes!!!

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  53. marie says:

    I would like to know. What is going on at GH. It seems tat a several of the major stars have left. Is this beacuse of Ron C or Frank V? Or is this just the way the business is? I this Roger is grest. I am a big fan of his I loved his early Todd Manning. I would have liked someone other than Fanco. But is certainly puts a good spin on things.

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  54. nyca81 says:

    I am hoping this is a Cartini “not everything is as it appears” so I am willing to be patient and see how this plays out. I like Roger and I know he is going to act his heart out in this role and yesterday you could tell he was having fun with it. My concern is when an actor plays a certain character for as long as RH played Todd there is still an “essence” of that character in them and yesterday I saw a bit of Todd Manning mannerism in Franco. Whether you are a fan of James Franco or not he played Franco a little more chilling and all I see right now is a blonde Todd Manning. Also, if this does not end up a Cartini smoke and mirrors story line I will be angry that they insulted my intelligence by forcing me to pretend that James Franco never played Franco and RH, who looks nothing like the original Franco, is the back from the dead original. I know the writers were forced to create new characters and I am thinking that RH would have been better as the unknown offspring of Heather and Edward.

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    Jody replied

    Exactly my thoughts down to the “offspring of Heather and Edward” ….now that would be a great twist, wouldn’t it?

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  55. CTwildheart says:

    I believe that Roger will be fantastic in this role. But for me personally, it was yuck. Not thrilled with it. Would’ve rather have him be a brand new character or a different old character we wouldn’t have expected. Someone from the Ward/Quartermaine clan would’ve been good. Oh well.

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  56. Diane says:

    Roger Howarth is an amazing actor! I love watching him, and I also think that nothing is as it seems… It’s just my opinion, but I can feel a major twist in this storyline.

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  57. mel says:

    This is a soap opera recasts are a common thing just like characters getting away with crimes. RH is an accomplished actor, and I think he will bring a different spin on this character with lots of potential story lines. I can’t wait to see him interact with Tracy & Ava, and what happens with the ELQ battle. I am a loyal GH fan for many years I will sit back, and see where all this goes. I hope everyone will give this a chance maybe all this is leading up to a more explosive storyline?!?!?

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  58. Darly says:

    there is no such term as ‘recasted’ … a part is recast

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  59. Jovin says:

    Well, Jill Farren Phelps and Robert Guza would be proud! What a disgusting, revolting episode of GH! We got to see Sam tormented by her rapist, we got to see teenage male rape victim Michael re-live his Brutal prison rape, we got to see teenage rape survivor Elizabeth stand by and watch it, then we got to see Helena send Lulu off to be forcibly raped by her son. In what world is this entertainment???? Then we got to see several of the upstanding Port Charles citizens cavalierly say “Kill him“ about Franco. From the majesty that was the GH 50th anniversary, this is the fastest turnaround into utter misogynistic filth I have ever seen.

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    KarenB replied

    The person has to have raped you first to be called “your rapist” and it turned out he never raped Sam. Where were you when that part was revealed?

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    Jovin replied

    Um, Karen, are you female??? If so I cannot believe that you honestly sent me that reply. Drugging a woman on her honeymoon…and allowing her and husband to believe that she had been raped is not rape???? Wow! I am a heterosexual male, and I think that‘s rape. And you‘re presumably a female who does not think of that as rape. That‘s pretty twisted.

    KarenB replied

    Jovin…no it is not rape and I am not twisted.

    Jovin replied

    Yes…you are frickin twisted!

    su0000 replied

    There was no rape..
    What is was; Franco’s revenge on Jason..

    Franco was mind a player and he played his last game excellently..
    He did not rape Sam, he had his revenge on Jason..
    Franco was not out to hurt Sam, he wanted Jason down, and he did that by using Sam to torment Jason by his own imagination going wild as to what was happening to Sam, which was nothing..

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    Jovin replied

    Wow. Now I know why Phelps and Guza were so successful for a decade with their misogynistic, mob, violence, rape related storylines. You were watching and enjoying. So…pretending you raped someone…drugging them to think so…videotaping it to make people think it was rape….to me thats rape. The fact that you two feel the need to defend a rapist makes you just gross. Don‘t talk to me again please.

    KarenB replied

    You are hilarious Jovin!

  60. Elizabeth Kerri Mahon says:

    I agree with Aunt Six that a) Roger Howart is an amazing actor but b) he was playing Franco like Todd. Even his sense of humor read more like Todd than Franco. Franco as played by James Franco, was a sick, twisted SOB who was obssessed by Jason Morgan in a way that was in no way shape or form brotherly. I hated the way that as I like to call him Unnecessary Recast Franco toyed with Sam, making her think that she was going to have to watch her rape with an audience and then oh, whoopsie, it turned out he didn’t rape her but made her think that he had. That is sick and twisted, and unwarranted. If Roger had to return to GH as another character, it would have made more sense for him to have been a Cassadine. And I agree, I don’t understand why Franco is now a blond when James Franco had dark hair.

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  61. lisa says:

    I don’t think I would have expected RH and KA to be playing anything other than father and daughter – they are so identified with that designation,it would be completely creepy to have them play – say lovers.
    EWWW !!
    Even in 2011 when Roger was returning to OLTL ,KA Tweeted ‘Daddy’s back’.
    It is a little strange to have him as a Franco ‘recast’ though….I’ll keep watching.
    Can I say that I like Lulu as a character – liked Julie Marie Berman in the role,I like Emme Rylan (in the role of Abby Carlton Newman)on Y&R.
    I don’t care for her as Lulu…I don’t think it’s a good fit.
    As for this Stavros Cassadine storyline – it stinks….and I don’t see any chemistry between Emme and RKK.
    JMO.

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    Josie replied

    Then I would call them one-note actors if they can only play characters that are father and daughter.

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    lisa replied

    That’s why I said JMO ,Josie.
    I’m sure that in the history of the acting profession there are actors that have played opposite one another in different roles.
    ie:father/daughter,brother/sister,lovers,etc.
    I just feel it would be weird to watch Roger and Kristen in a different capacity…..not impossible – just weird.

    Deborah Rudolf replied

    I don’t care for the actress playing LuLu
    .if it’s not broken don’t fix it

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    Tali replied

    To me the Stavros Cassadine story line is a reboot of Laura & Stavros. Trying to get more mileage out of an old story.

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  62. mika says:

    I’m loving this story and am excited to see what is coming. I’m sure Roger and the rest of the cast will rock it. :-)

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  63. Jeff says:

    Great episode!! I was hoping RH wasn’t going to be Franco… but Roger Howarth made it work!! I think he plays the part better than James Franco. Both he and Robert Kelker-Kelly really chewed up the scenery as both put in great performances. It looks like the recasts are going to work… at least for me. Come on people give GH a chance to bring the new characters into their fore. I for one enjoyed the episode very much!!

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  64. JJ says:

    GH just keeps getting worse and worse! too bad it’s the only ABC soap left on network tv

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  65. David says:

    Looks like mixed reviews from GH Viewers. The viewers either love it or hate.

    Personally I like it and think given time it will work. Obviously there will have to be some story to redeem Franco if they are keeping him around. If he is going to still be not so good then I would guess Roger Howarth’s days with the show won’t last long.

    They obviously were not going to spend the money to have James Franco on the show on the regular basis as the budget wouldn’t allow for it. Nor do I think he would agree to do it on a regular basis.

    Since Prospect Park forced the writers hands they had to come back as different characters. The ones who are complaining would not have been happy no matter who they made them.

    I have faith in RC/FV that they will make this work. I thought Howarth’s portrayl on day 1 was great.

    As for people saying wow they recognized him right away as Franco, it is a soap suspend the disbelief. Not like it hasn’t been done before.

    Honestly the ones posting negative are more than likely the typical GH haters.

    Let’s see what the ratings numbers look like (The ratings for this week won’t be out Friday of next week) but I think that will tell how the overall audience feels

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    Enrique Buenrostro replied

    really?? what about the viewers who were rape victims seeing this drivel??

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    David replied

    And really rape has been part of soap opera dating back to the 1970s. You just want to hate so go for it. If you don’t like don’t watch but every soap has done it.

    David replied

    So Enrique do you complain about almost every episode of Law and Order Special Victims Unit in which every epsidoe has stories on rape.

    Poor argument there but I am sure you are one of those typical GH haters anyhow

    Josie replied

    Wow David – way to dismiss someone who hates this storyline and character. There’s a lot I love about GH but I think this Franco redemption to give Roger H. a character is awful. I’m not dismissing how you feel as simply “anyone who will drink GH koolaid”.

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    David replied

    The problem Josie is people are already saying it is bad without giving it a chance. I will not dismiss it on a couple days worth of story.

    I stand by every word I said Josie too bad if you don’t like it Now you can go back to your typical GH hating. Like I said the ratings will give a better idea of whether this is good or not.

    leilani replied

    Nope. I am a longtime viewer of GH. I’m negative about what they are doing to a show that withstood many years for a reason; The writers, the cast. These three were brought into Port Charles as their original characters from another soap. Fine. It seemed acceptable. But now they are being thrusted onto the scene again, almost abruptly, and once again the focus is on those three characters. Roger has big shoes to fill. It has nothing to do with being what you call a “GH hater”. Give some of us loyal fans more credit than that. My dislike of Roger in such a familiar role is because he is so known to GH viewers as “Todd”, seeing him as Franco is one, too soon, and two, they are trying to change so many aspects of a character they had no part in creating, just to make Roger “fit” somehow. If they had slowly brought back in these three as new characters (and not old ones), I believe my reaction and others would be different. But we almost seem to be forced into these characters, and are expected to not see them any other way, immediately. Maybe if Roger were eased into the Franci role it would have been more acceptable. But the way the writers pushed them on us in a week and so expeditiously, how can anyone (or longtime viewers from the L& L day) wrap their mind around all of this? I honestly fear for GH right now.

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  66. Hillary says:

    I’m obsessed w/GH right now!! OLTL was always my fav with GH coming in second most of the time. I love it! I love that he & KA are still father/daughter. I also think it was absolutely brilliant to introduce Emme Rylan as the new Lulu w/amnesia. Is there a better way to make room for variances between the two actresses & make the transition less noticeable/more easy? It was perfect. Kudos. Smart people at work & I adore it! Much Love Ron C. <3

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    Hillary replied

    However, I’m still not convinced that Sabrina wasn’t originally supposed to be Franco’s daughter. Had the whole Prospect Park bs not gone down…
    I love this though! I’m raving! LOL Way to make the lemonade, Ron C! :-)

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  67. Christy says:

    it’s an odd choice to have Roger as a recast of Franco… with blond hair. I could see really dark hair and facial hair to kinda match… but I see the Roger-isms are still in there! ha!

    I used to think they were Todd-isms until I watched Roger on other things… I think this Franco will be more fun to watch. The first edition was dreadful.

    I never thought for a minute that Franco had raped Sam… he was all about ‘things are never what they seem to be’.

    NuLu… has she cried yet? I think Lu would be a soppy mess weeping thru telling Dante of wedding Stavros, kissing his and *gag* consumating the fake marriage… and of course something must have happened after that if she forgot all her real life/marriage/family and really thought that Stavros was her husband.

    And Helena married them?

    She must have taken the same online ministry class that Leslie Webber did. :-)

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  68. Enrique Buenrostro says:

    Whitewashing all of Franco’s brutal crimes because Roger is playing him, that’s sad and poor writing. are they going to wipe away that he kidnapped Lulu and Sam and strapped them to bombs and that he’s a SERIAL KILLER, why are they trying to recreate Todd’s redemption on OLTL on GH? but THIS is Ron, and he loves to recreate stories other writers have done, even he recycles his own scripts

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  69. Christy says:

    why do I keep reading that Roger’s character will be revealed on May 31st??? it’s already happened… so what, they’ll tell us that he’s lauren’s dad? we already know – he said so at his “party”.

    and it was rather odd/funny way to spend Anthony Geary’s birthday yesterday with Luke in the hospital…

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    David replied

    Maybe he won’t turn out to be Franco after all

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  70. Linda Dowell says:

    I was a little surprised – but I do agree with one thing – Roger is equal or even better in the ability to be ‘weird’ in a character – which is what first Franco was aspiring to do.

    I will always miss Todd – I love Roger’s acting so much I’d watch him no matter what.

    My major yearning for GH: Alexis’ Rick back, please, and the original teenage Kristina, please, and for gawd’s sake, put Luke and Laura back together. Separating them is INSANE and stupid.

    LindaD

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  71. Pontiac says:

    This is not a good idea in my opinion. The original Franco was dark and scary RH seemed like his usual goofball self. This character didn’t have to be recast or brought back from the dead. GH had a good year, I was waiting for when FV and RC would make their first fumble.

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    David replied

    I don’t hate RH in this role but I will agree today when he was apologizing to Michael it was the same way Todd would have.

    But he needs time to step into the different role.

    People need to see where it goes

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  72. mike says:

    The first bad move that the new regime makes is a whopper. Roger Howarth is a great and likable actor, but Franco is the worst character to ever appear on GH. He is not redeemable. My guess is Howarth and his character will be off the show within 6 months, what a waste of one of their best assets.

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  73. Trisha says:

    I’ve watched GH for almost 50 yrs and I am just so disturbed by the direction it is taking. While I have the utmost respect for RH, KA , ME and MW…I do not understand why suddenly everyone’s involvement in some kind of story has to be built around these characters/actors. I may be getting off point, but the GH actors/characters that I have been watching for the last 14 to 20 yrs are the ones that I am invested in. I am not invested in Franco, Kiki or Ava yet..they seem to be leading the stories, which by the way, I think are horrible.

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    susan M. replied

    That is just one part of the story.. It depends on Kiki (Quartermaine aire) if Tracy get’s complete control of ELQ again! Kiki signinig the paper so Tracy get’s her extra vote or share of her stock.. You have to give RH a chance …I like Gh and have no complaints about the story…

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  74. Engrady Pind says:

    Any attempt to redeem the irredeemable Franco is going to fail miserably and force viewer away from the show. Franco was/is repulsive. I did not buy that he was Jason’s twin and still do not believe he is. I think he is Heather’s son, father unknown. Bringing Roger H back as this character is a big, big, big mistake. Hell, I would have preferred him as a sappy vampire to Franco.

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  75. Engrady Pind says:

    I don’t buy that Jason was/is Franco motivation for every despicable thing he perpetrated on Port Charles. Jason Quartermaine may have been able to accept Franco as his brother, but Jason Morgan was/is not Jason Quartermaine. JQ died the night a drunken AJ wrapped his car around a tree.
    A word in defense of AJ: he quickly became the whipping boy of the Q’s when he and Jason came home from private school. What Carly did to him was criminal. His Aunt Tracy and her princely son Ned did everything in their power to shaft him. Even Alan undermined his son under the guise of fatherly care, and Grandfather Edward never had a good word for AJ. I have no problem with AJ taking ELQ away from the rude and acid-mouthed Tracy. I am glad that he has a positive relationship with Michael. If he can give Carly and Sonny the payback they so richly deserve, I will dance at his wedding. As for a pairing with Elizabeth —- NO< NO<NO! He deserves better than the soiled dove of GH. Right now there is no female character on the show for AJ.

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    susan M. replied

    I don’t think Tracy has an acid mouth. In fact I like Tracy and I want her ti get back ELQ not AJ….I see nothing wrong with Elizabeth in fact she can do better than AJ..

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    anonymous replied

    Yes, ned was always terrible to aj. I don’t know what the writers are going to say he was and/or did while he was supposed to be dead but, I don’t want it to be something where Micheal won’t want anything to do with his real father. I have tried through the original and the different carlys before laura wright to understand why carly would keep aj from his son but, I still don’t get it. Yes,Edward was terrible,and he probably thought there’d be another male heir in the family who wanted to be ceo of ELQ just like ned and aj.
    But letting a mob boss (which is what sonny is) force your husband into signing away his parental rights, I don’t get it. I don’t remember that whole story line but, Carly should’ve gone to alan and he should’ve gotten on edward for trying to act like he was going to take her baby from her . Like aj said before they ended up having sex together, she should’ve helped him up instead of putting him down.
    Every man she’s been with except for jax and tony have been as bad as aj no, worse.Sonny started scottys’ daughter,karen wexler, on drugs,alcazar , mobster,
    todd manning, crazy. Putting him with elizabeth, I don’t know how that will turn out, she could end up saying she wants to be with lucky again.
    He should’ve told her about carly. They do have been the considered the blacksheep in their families in common. Even though elizabeth isn’t really a bad girl, in her family, Sarah was the good daughter. Although I wish they could have an episode where richard dean anderson would come back, and monica and jeff could be in the hospital lounge or something and talk about how they children could end up being together when they couldn’t make their marriage work out.

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  76. Boheme says:

    From the first time I saw him, I ‘ve always admired Roger Haworth’s acting skills and off the cuff wit he injects in any role he plays,, but I don’t feel him in the role of Franco originated by James Franco. There is only one Franco. That being said, as much as I love the actor JF, I didn’t care for the psycho-serial killer/famed artist character that he played. I wish Roger was brought back to GH in a long- lasting more formidable role/story that was created just for him, including a connection to KA .

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  77. Liza says:

    I don’t even care, at least he looks familiar, who cares what his name is. It’s better than Y&R these days where there is a new stranger everyday. I can’t tell the difference between nuAbby & some blond named Courtney.

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  78. Christy says:

    I think this will turn out to be fun. I didn’t like the original Franco… Roger is fun to watch and I think anyone who can annoy AJ more than Tracy will be fun.

    and speaking of AJ, why didn’t he have a manic, I mean Panic, attack today?? te he he

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    Patrick replied

    that’s what i’m hoping…. that franco will now intermingle… mix it up with both Tracy and Monica…. at the manse…

    course, he’ll have to with Kiki being the granddaughter and all.

    it crossed my mind… ala Roger and Viki…. to now… Franco and Tracy/Monica.

    with AJ and he’s good.

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  79. Bryon B says:

    Personally, I think it was a bad idea for him to be a recast for Franco. He is known for his role as Todd Manning. I think GH made a bad mistake by bringing the three OLTL actors as different characters. They should have agreed to Prospect Park and allowed them to return to their original roles on OLTL. They integrated well with the GH cast, now everyone has to pretend this is their first time having interaction with the actors. Doesn’t make sense. Also, it’s interesting how he is the father of Kiki, played by Kristen Alderson, who was Starr. They’ll still have the father/daughter relationship, which is nice. However, they should have remained in their OLTL roles. I see a decline in ratings as many fans aren’t pleased with this recast. I believe the original James Franco was better, that role really showcased his acting and was a perfect fit. Seeing him and Steve Burton together was classic. They should have brought back more GH characters. I only started watching because of the three OLTL characters and have removed this series from my DVR. If they continue to write this way, they won’t remain on ABC too much longer. Prospect Park has already sent out communication stating that they will have rights to the show if cancelled. Makes you wonder, if this is the plan, so much going on behind the scenes.

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    Tali replied

    Saw an interview with Ex Producer Jennifer Pepperman of OLTL and it was all ABC that didn’t want the characters to do both shows. I quit GH because ABC was butchering the OLTL characters and now they were the ones not wanting to share. Guess they thought they could do better with new characters, glad to hear they are bombing. Makes me wonder if PP will actually WIN the lawsuit against them, as of right now it sure looks like they want OLTL to fail and actually GH is in “Epic Fail” mode!

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  80. Swift says:

    Stupid having all One Life to Live characters on General Hospital.
    And then recasting them — same actors, different characters – twice!!!
    Too much – didn’t like OLTL

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  81. Gloria E says:

    As one of RH biggest fans I really don’t want him to be Franco..I am just hoping that like someone else here said..that everything may not be as it appears to be….KiKi & Morgan I just want to slap both of them..how annoying are those two??? The Morgan character makes Carly & Sonny look so weak cuz they are just letting him go crazy I hate it…maybe if RH really is Franco he can take care of those two..ya know what I mean?? John’s character really needs some tweaking also…he just seems like an egotistical jerk.. I am hoping Ron & Frank have a plan that is going to evolve into something better..

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  82. Mark Y says:

    I can’t watch this show and I wanted to. Especially with Maura West in the cast. Sonny had a gun in his hand the entire episode and pointed it right in Franco’s direction. Way too cavalier and careless.

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  83. jackie says:

    ive been watching gh for about 40 years and they have had some crazy storylines but this one bringing roger back as franco. how messed up is that. they should of brought him back with a continuing storyline with carly. if they wanted franco back they should of got someone who looks alittle more to james franco…hope this storyline dont drag on. dont know what gh writers were thinking..

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  84. Brenda says:

    I’m really disappointed in RC having Roger play Franco. He is such a good actor, why waste him on a stupid s/l like this. Franco should have stayed dead. There is no way to whitewash his character. I will be fast forwarding through this nightmare if I watch at all.

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  85. Georgia says:

    I actually loved the reveal especially Sam smacking him with the gun. The only thing I think they should have not tied RH/KA together, she needs to learn to fly on her own. I don’t like her character but others do. I think GH has been the best it has ever been since last October when the Jasam baby was recovered. So many people have been brought back and sorry I don’t want to relive all of the characters They chose to leave the show so let them stay where they chose to be. Some have been good and others just plain boring.

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    Patrick replied

    my first thought…. Kiki will go thru some transformation…. from screeching teen angst…. to? once she’s a quartermaine heiress.

    kinda like when Hayley…on AMC… Adam Chandlers’ daughter.

    I am actually liking Michaels’ acting these days…. could it be he’s more relaxed since his pre-marriage days…. he’s chilled out… and his chemistry with AJ is good.

    you know… that… Michael and Kiki will, in the future, hook-up – once she’s calmed herself down…. she needs a chill pill right now.

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    Patrick replied

    ok… dizzy me… was thinking of the former Michael/Starr….

    they are related? as of now.

  86. Chaz says:

    Having tuned out of GH years ago I only started watching again once the OLTL characters had been brought over. Well, that and to see the delicious Robin Mattson as Heather Webber.

    However, I soon realized that although I had the show on DVR every day when it came time to watch I was skipping GH more and more in favor of DOOL & Y&R (although, with JFP pulling a kamikaze on the show that has even been less frequent).

    I did watch the show with the Franco reveal and was not blown away. I think RH is a wonderful actor, especially when allowed to have scenes with humor. But, resurrecting the Franco character seems to be a risk. He was portrayed as a total lunatic. Redeeming him is going to take a lot of work, even with RH’s skills.

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  87. Sandy J. says:

    I was a fan of Ron Carlivati’s writing at OLTL and he did a great job up to and including the 50th Anniversary and Nurses Ball, but the Pickle Lila/Eddie idea was terrible. And now he’s rewriting the show’s last few years’ history by reviving a character everyone hates just so that Roger Howarth has a place in Port Charles.
    Of the three returnees, it seems that Michael Easton’s character is the only one who resembles the OLTL/Port Charles/GH characters and was recognized as such by Sam. However, are we supposed to believe that RH’s Franco and KA’s Kiki have completely different faces than Todd and Starr? I hate what is currently being written for these 3 wonderful actors, and almost wish they had remained at the online OLTL. If they can’t be Todd, John and Starr, I’d rather they not be on the GH canvas.

    I, too, have been wondering why Robert Scorpio hasn’t been mentioned by anyone since he was jabbed by the needle months ago! Come on, GH Team, bring Tristan Rogers back and make the fans happy again. Please.

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  88. Michael says:

    I really like RH but having him play Franco is a Big mistake. The character has never really workfed.

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  89. Alley says:

    I happened to catch some of GH on SoapNet this week and I was a bit mortified. I really hope that the writers don’t plan to redeem Franco. He’s a serial killer, for Pete’s sake.

    Poor RH. I love the guy, but this is a thankless role. If FV/RC wanted him back, they should have made him a Cassadine. Or some other long lost Quartermaine. Anyone but Franco.

    GH is in a very sad state of affairs right now.

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  90. jc says:

    its all so strange all three characters from one life to live played different characters why can’t they played their own as they usually do i don’t get it i’m not used of seeing all of them comes back to gh but not playing with their own characters but different this is outrages

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  91. janet says:

    No wonder days is beating GH in the ratings./ RC writes swill,I have read some of the swill he wrote on OL.FF city here I come Anna, Laura the rest goodbye.

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  92. Allison says:

    Don’t like Franco recast! No one can play Franco, like James Franco.
    James Franco has a mystery about him that this new guy doesn’t have, or the looks to go
    With it! Sorry GH, not a wise recast. Have been a GH fan for years,
    And this is pretty bad!

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  93. Doe says:

    There is no way that anyone can play Franco except James Franco.He is an acclaimed Oscar worthy actor who has been nominated many times. In the beginning, he wanted to experience doing a soap. He was wonderfully creepy and is a true artist.I don’t think PP could pay him now, anyway. He is very brilliant and is always seeking new challenges..

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  94. karen says:

    Worst horrible casting of Franco!! No one can replace James Franco. Maxie had sex with Franco. Does anyone really think she would have sex with this new adaptation of Franco??? James Franco is sexy and his part with Maxie, he was VERY handsome and sexy. Really, Maxie go to bed with this Franco they have now,,, I DON’T THINK SO!! VERY POOR CASTING!! If you couldn’t get the real deal, don’t replace him.

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    Wendi R replied

    Exactly. Almost like whoever decided this would be a good idea was looking to sabotage GH. Was this an intern that pulled this decision out! Omg

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  95. Jeffrey Jonas Moree says:

    I know it is a soap opera but it takes away from the integrity of the story that they were immersed in when they where all OLTL based characters. I really just don’t care for it at all.

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  96. Wendi R says:

    I have watched GH since just before Luke and Laura got married in the 80s! I was in junior high school then and fell in love with the show immediately. The only time I became disgusted with GH was through the corny ice princess period and I stepped away for a year. Until now I’d been its biggest fan (in my opinion) but … Arghhhhh WHY oh WHY the recasting of a father and daughter immediately into a different father and daughter role is certain death. Anyone knows recasting is hard enough and timing is critical for it to work (if it works). So soon and same people in new characters is too much to swallow. I’m so so so sad knowing GH was close to being pulled, blew it out with 50 years of power actors to come on board for an element if surprise making it stronger then ever and now this! Geez. And Franco is not an actor easily replaced much like the role of Jason. Powerful figures that have a “look” that goes with the character. He shouldn’t be recast period. This new Franko could never be Franko. He’s old with a horrid young hair cut and is no Franko on any level. Very sad very., pray GH can recoup from this disaster. :( So sad. Your decision head that went this route needs to be let go bc they single handedly wiped this show off the map.

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    k/kay replied

    Totally agree lightening never strikes twice. But then I am probably the only one who posts on this board who is not a Roger Howarth fan I just have never cared for the actor. This new look makes him look like an old Justin Bieber. They are doing what JFP is doing over at Y&R you have an actor or actors you are very fond of you bring them on to your new show and totally absorb in making them work.

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    Wendi R replied

    It has no rhyme or reason at all. He may be a great actor to some but he is NO Franco nor could he ever be. I’m not sure what irritates me more, the bad bleach job and age innapropriate haircut on an older guy, the fact he was just playing a role of another dad a few weeks ago to the same actress or the fact he’s suppose to be young, hip and hot character at his age with his looks. Blach.. As a prior commentor said.. Maxie could have never been seduced by him. It’s a role that really makes a fool of the actor as well. Looks like mid life crisis. :( Sad

  97. Wendi R says:

    Maybe this is how GH planned on taking it down? I read it was GHs last year this year and was devastated having watched it for 35 of the 50. I can see how they might be weening there fans from the show by doing this. Makes it easier (the only way possible) to let a show we love leave the air forever.:(

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  98. Julie Hear says:

    I hate it! Don’t like the recasting at all!

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  99. Thorn Thompson says:

    I’d say that Jerry Jacks brought his henchman Franco back from the dead. I was right, Franco is working for Jerry Jacks because they are dangerous men according to their enemy Sonny Corinthos.

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