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338 June 28th, 2013 What is Your Take On Roger Howarth’s New GH Character Of Recast “Franco”?

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

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

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

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

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  1. boes says:

    I love Roger Howarth……but this isn’t working. Franco is a repulsive character to begin with – of all choices, why did Ron C. decide to go with this one??? He could have still been a Quartermaine, just not this one.

    And as much as I love RH, him playing Franco as some sort of a lovable psycho, being all jokey about the horrors he committed isn’t working for me. Nothing could me dislike RH, but I’m ff’d through his scenes on the most part.

    I suspect Ron C. also wanted to do another RH/KA father/daughter storyline. But I think that’s an epic fail also.

    So my take is that this is one giant pile of carp -and it’s a shame to see such talent so badly misused.

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    Dani replied

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

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    Norene replied

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

    su0000 replied

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

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

    caliblue24 replied

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

    Anna replied

    “Franco has dealt with his demons”

    ^^^ And replaced them with clowns.

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    Tina Z replied

    LOVE this! Well said.

    nonchalant replied

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

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    Tina Z replied

    Good thought.

    Maryanni replied

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

    Sal Piscioneri replied

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

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    margaret replied

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

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    FuQuan Snead replied

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

    Gina M. replied

    This guy is a good actor but his take on the Franco character
    Is bafoon-like. Its either the writers are not giving him good matmaterial or he doesn’t have the depth it takes to go deep and dark. I suspect it’s the writers’ fault. They tried to reintroduce the devil incarnate, Franco that is, as a redeemed person. That was a mistake. Roger H has a gift for making his audience feel sympathy for the devil. Todd Manning (OLTL) was a convicted rapist yet people loved to hate or hated to love that character. Roger H’s gift/magic doesn’t transfer well onto his portrayal of Franco. Its simply not a character they should have made part of the Port Charles landscape. He must be written in the show in far and few doses to be fully appreciated: like a reality check to let the citizens of Port Charles understand that they must
    never get too comfortable.

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  2. Rachel says:

    It’s stupid. End of opinion.

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  3. Dinah says:

    RH/KA/ME don’t belong on Gh

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    Cathy replied

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

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    su0000 replied

    RH, KA, ME do not want to be PP/OLTL..
    They want to be with GH ..
    They have been and are GH characters, by their choice ..

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

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Being Contractually OBLIGATED is not a Choice……

    Anna replied

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

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    TLW replied

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

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

    MEG replied

    KRISTEN WANTS TO DO OLTL AGAIN,!

    AJ replied

    The 3 seem very happy.. yeah.. they’re ACTORS!!!!

    Epic fail for the brilliantly talented Roger Howarth. GH is on it’s last leg while AMC and OLTL are picking up STEAM!!! They’re a major hit online.. consistently in the top 10 on hulu and iTunes since April.. and now they’re back on TV, even it if it is OWN.. not too long before another cable station buys their re-runs on an indefinite basis.

    Howarth wants to be on OLTL obviously.. or else he wouldn’t have stayed so long playing the role he was born for, Todd Manning.

    GH blows.. hasn’t even been picked up yet for 2014. I believe ABC is going to wait til the last minute and announce GH’s cancellation. They made the mistake of announcing the end of AMC and OLTL nearly a year in advanced and got alot of bad press.. they’ve learned something, even tho it’s a mistake to cancel GH as it was AMC and OLTL, but they’ll do it anyways to keep down production cost. I hope everything that goes into their afternoon lineup fails.. has so far.. hope it continues.

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    Joshua replied

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

    mary replied

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

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  4. Marie says:

    Are you sure you want the answer to this question, Michael? LOL.

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

    It isn’t just Roger, however, it is all three of the former OLTL actors. Kristen Alderson might be Kiki, but she is just acting like Starr with brown hair. Michael Easton seems to be the best of the three, but even there, it feels like he is just being forced on screen.

    Just a big mistake and I wish all three would just exit stage right. The focus on them and the failed Sabrina are big reasons why the show is virtually unwatchable right now.

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    Dani replied

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

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    Ces replied

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

    susan M. replied

    I have no problem with GH & enjoy watching it…

    Joshua replied

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

    Ewwww

  5. Tali ( not Smith) says:

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

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  6. Darci Jones says:

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

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    su0000 replied

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

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

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

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

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    Lala replied

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

    Jovin replied

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

  7. Chrissy says:

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

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    Shari replied

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

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    Anna replied

    It’s called having a difference of an opinion.

    susan M. replied

    I agree with Chrissy!

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    Joann D. replied

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

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  8. Chrissy says:

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

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    Chrissy replied

    However, I loved Todd Manning too

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  9. Kim says:

    I Love Roger as Franco

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    Marisa replied

    I agree.

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    susan M. replied

    I agree also!

  10. Judy Vlcek says:

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

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  11. ej says:

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

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    Darcy replied

    Amen!

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    Mrs Brown replied

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

  12. Jenn says:

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

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    Anna replied

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

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

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    Kim replied

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

    Jenn replied

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

    jan Mcgrann replied

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

    Jane replied

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

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    Anna replied

    Right on, Jane!

    Jenn replied

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

    Anna replied

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

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

    Jill replied

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

    CeCe replied

    I must have missed Michael’s question that asked about oversensitive actresses and fanbases. If you can’t stick to answering the question perhaps you should stay on your little message board and spew your hate.

    That said, Michael I stopped watching GH once it became Mobcentric. I think the day Sonny shot Dante was the day I signed off. I returned when it was announced that the Mannings were coming to GH and I left once I realized I was lied to. Therefore to be fair I have no opinion about RH playing Franco. I will say however since I did watch James Franco play the part that all the re-writes to make Franco redeemable is outrageous and is a sign of lazy writing.

    The sad part about all this is that this did not have to happen especially since PP was willing to share the characters. Jen Pepperman even said that they were hoping for cross-overs and I’ll believe her before I ever listen to Frank and Ron again. If PP who brought the rights to the characters felt the need to advise the writers how the character should be written while on GH then so be it. Of course Frank and Ron had better ideas because they are the saviors to soaps. On that note I’ll leave you with this, I love RH as Todd Manning on OLTL and I care not who he plays on GH.

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    Great post Bravo!!!!

    Gwendolyn replied

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

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    shelle dale replied

    that because the oltl version which is how the character Todd is suppose to act as opposed to the horny pimp they had on gh You are just mad cause your shirtless obsession is gone. Oh by the way how do you know how big this group of supposely loud fans are. Ate you a part of the group? Or perhaps you were once a part of the group but got released because of your loyalties and now is just bitter and if i say so myself you seem a little OVERSENTITIVE FROM ALL OF OLTL SUCCESS Seems like two other males i know. GET OVER IT AND SUCK IT UP AND LIVE WITH IT ONE LIFE TO LIVE IS HERE TO STAY
    One Life is LIve is # 1

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    Anna replied

    Jenn, yes, you are entitled to your opinion, and I’m entitled to call it out, address and critique it if I do not agree with it. It’s called having a conversation in open forum.

    And now insulting characters is equivalent to insulting REAL LIFE people? That’s brand new. Am I not being clear as a cloudless sky on a bright sunny day, hon? FRANCO, the character, character, as in fiction, is a buffoon. I can’t insult Franco, however, you feel the need to coarsely address real life people, fans, actresses, etc? Try reading your original post again, and then try addressing me again with less hypocrisy next time. I’m sure Roger is intelligent and doesn’t need you or anyone else to defend him from his onscreen, see, ON. SCREEN. persona.

    And sweetie, I’m getting what I want. All day, everyday on OLTL. I have no reason to be bitter seeing as how I’m being rewarded as a fan. I’m sorry you don’t feel the same. Such is life. I’m getting Todd in Llanview where he belongs!!! Have an AWESOME day!

    The Loquacious One replied

    Wow. Well, aren’t you a little feisty firecracker?

    So you would love to have Roger play Todd again on GH, huh? Well, guess what? It wasn’t the “nameless executives” that made it impossible for him to be on GH, it was your arrogant messiahs that put an end to that.

    You’re enjoying Franco more than OLTL’s Todd. Fantastic….would you like a cookie? Is it that RH has been on OLTL since April 29 and has yet to be shirtless? Did he not meet your monthly shirtless quota?

    You’re post is extremely transparent and it’s evident by you stating an “oversensitive actress” that the problem is NOT RH on OLTL but that he’s on OLTL w/her.

    And to think she has SO MUCH POWER that PP listened to HER and said, let’s file this lawsuit and get him back, JUST FOR HER.

    That is comical, thanks for the laugh & the “small group of fans” comments…*dead*. You slay me, Jen with two n’s.

    And then I loved how you ended your post with a, “Yeah, I said it!”

    But what exactly did you say? You’re so hardcore, bad….YEAH I SAID IT….but you said nothing. “Oversensitive actress”….who are you talking about?

    Subliminal digs are for cowards. Give me back your, “Yeah, I said it” card because you are not worthy enough to carry it. Ha!

    You know where I got that from….the HA?! I got that from your master, Laura Wright. Huh, what…I called her your master??? Yeah, I said it!

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    Joliefan Forever replied

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

    Alex replied

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

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    Kate replied

    Franco as a long-term character no matter WHO’S playing him is a major fail. Michael Zaslow, the great DADDY of most of soap’s barely-respectable anti-villains, wouldn’t be able to make this character work with RC’s shoddy, lazy writing and retconning of anything he’s not creative enough to give any real reasons for (AKA, 99% of Franco-as-played-by-James-Franco’s actions).

    GH will be cancelled because RC refused to give up on the OLTL actors and failed characters like Sabrina and Felix… have there ever BEEN two characters as smug and two-faced and unethical as those two clowns and yet we’re still supposed to see them as the good to Britt’s EVULNESS? Newsflash to RC: You don’t fight the good fight by stooping to your opponent’s level and that’s exactly what Queen Sabrina and her lapdog Felix have been doing.

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    Sheila replied

    AMEN, Kate!

  13. Mark says:

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

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  14. Verona says:

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

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    jan Mcgrann replied

    Verona,well said. (y)

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    Marisa replied

    I agree. Roger is great.

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    Alex replied

    I agree with you Verona. Franco just got started. The question Michael raised should be asked again in a couple of months.

    When I read the negative comments I can´t shake the feeling that it always comes down to Todd/OLTL vs. Todd/GH or Todd/OLTL vs. Franco/GH. Some people can´t wrap their minds around the fact that an actor does not belong to one particular show.

    I was really curious how Roger would play Franco and from what I´ve seen I truly can say I like it. Playing Franco is a huge challenge and I bet not many actors would have been able to make this character successful . Roger can and that makes him an outstanding daytime actor. I bet by the end of the year “Francomania” is in full force.

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    Petra replied

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

    susan M. replied

    Well said, Verona!

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  15. currygirl says:

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

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  16. Becky Z says:

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

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    Tali replied

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

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  17. Kim says:

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

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  18. Mary says:

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

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  19. Fire Cartini says:

    Seeing him as Franco just reiterates that he can only play one character and that is Todd. He is still playing Todd with a new hair color and cut. Out of all the characters in GH’s rich history bringing him back as Franco was a huge mistake. Franco was one of the most hated characters on the show. A few strokes of the pen can’t erase story by whitewashing him.

    Frankly I am sick and tired of these former OLTL actors getting so much airtime and story while others get nothing. There was no reason to bring Roger back or any of the other OLTL characters as they aren’t needed.

    Franco is epic fail.

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    yummy replied

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

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    Fire Cartini replied

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

    Enough is enough. Get rid of the OLTL people.

    currygirl replied

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

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    shelle dale replied

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

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

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  20. Jane says:

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

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  21. Gwendolyn says:

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

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    Tali replied

    Agree Gwendolyn.

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    Kim replied

    I agree also.

  22. Tali says:

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

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  23. mika says:

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

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    Anna replied

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

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    west virgina fan replied

    what character on any soap has been written with more depth than Tracy under this new regime? or Anna (compared to the epic fail when she came back a few years ago). Alexis has been much more prominent than under guza, sonny may eventually have to face the consequences of his actions, Patrick’s grieving Robin, Johnny’s being racked with guilt.
    Name one character that had any story line under the latter guza years that touched any of the dialogue these actors have been given? And when was the last time there was true multi generational story telling on this show (think of edward being brought back for one last scene giving his serum up to emma). What is your measure of depth?–sure there are annoying story lines (sabrina’s cinderella just doesn’t cut it) and the teens are pretty annoying (but what show haven’t they been since amber tamblyn’s emily years)–but a soap has to appeal to all generations and people looking for a variety of storylines. the guza years of shoot em ups, and jason saving damsels in distress (elizabeth is even getting a storyline and Sam has something to do besides get rescued by mobsters). again, what is an example of greater depth on this show since the Labines had their brief glory period?

    Anna replied

    Anna? Oh, is she still on the show?

    I wouldn’t know.

    carm replied

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

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

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

  24. Teri says:

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

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    Darcy replied

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

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  25. MARGO says:

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

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  26. Cathy says:

    Someone above said it feels like a desperate move on the part if ABC & GH writers and I agree. After a year on GH as Todd, Starr, & John, now to force all three actors down viewers throats as new people just to hold onto them is beyond lame. The GH cast was bloated enough, & now Howarth and the other two have taken center stage once again to displace beloved characters like Anna, Duke, Laura, Felicia, the list goes on. ABC cancelled One Life to Live & now it is actively sabotaging PP’s attempts to revive the show. Making Franco & Kiki father/daughter is one example of that sabotage. As a lifelong GH fan I’m disgusted with how all of this has gone down. ABC should have paid these 3 for the duration of their original contracts & allowed them to go out and do other work. There are 3 remaining soaps in LA & I’m sure all of these actors could’ve easily gotten roles on them. Meanwhile I continue to watch Howarth in an authentic soap opera role – that of Todd Manning on OLTL. But the stubborn egos of ABC & GH show runners has turned me off that soap for good.

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    currygirl replied

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

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    Georgette replied

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

    carm replied

    Bravo, well said Cathy and Georgette yep I agree.

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  27. Tescia says:

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

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

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  28. Meg says:

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

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  29. Lindsey says:

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

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    Marsha replied

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

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  30. Lindsey says:

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

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  31. Me says:

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

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  32. Frida says:

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

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    Bonnie replied

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

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    gloria replied

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

  33. Nona says:

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

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  34. Renee says:

    I agree with so many of the other commenters here… It just is not working. I love, love, love Roger… but he is not Franco. Franco became Franco because of the original portrayer James Franco. They have Roger looking nothing like the original Franco first of all, he is behaving similarly, but what they are attempting to do with the character is wrong. I agree that if it wasn’t possible any longer to use Roger as Todd Manning they should have just released him from his contract as they should have Kristen Alderson. I realize we aren’t talking about her, but frankly I’m not liking the character they have her playing either. Kiki… I mean really! and to have her dye her hair brown to play another person, kinda ridiculous. I realize actors do it all the time, but it doesn’t work for me, especially after she has already played Starr on GH and been involved with Michael, established a relationship and now to bring her back as his cousin! What the hey. None of this story is working except maybe the one with Michael Easton.

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  35. Helen says:

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

    The arrogance is what is doing GH in right now the story is horrible and frankly RH is just playing Todd the same way KA is now just playing Starr.

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    Anna replied

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

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

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

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    gloria replied

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

    Bonnie replied

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

  36. Jennie says:

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

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    Patricia replied

    AMEN TO THAT!!!!

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    su0000 replied

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

    I’d bet Roger Howarth does not like bitter people :)

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    Sue replied

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

    Anna replied

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

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

    Joliefan Forever replied

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

  37. ME says:

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

    They also should have never made him a Quartermaine. The family is badly diminished and instead of bringing on characters from the past, they just make new ones. I will never understand the reasoning in bringing back franco. Then telling a story of him not getting to be with his child, his ex lover, his life , fears. As if he were a normal character and not a monster. Then telling that story every day ALL day frontburner. No, GH It doesnt work. Cease to show it and him .Thanks.

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    su0000 replied

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

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

    Rh and Franco were made for each other ..

    I love the new Franco played by Roger Howarth

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    Anna replied

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

    Lets try that again.

  38. Cejaycee says:

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

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    Tali replied

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

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    Patti V replied

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

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  39. Jennilouwho says:

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

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  40. Robert says:

    To be honest, at first I hated the recast of the RH, KA and ME. Now that a couple of weeks of passed, I have warmed to the new roles for Roger and Kristen. Unfortunately, Michael’s character of Silas is a misfire and a shame. It feels forced and it looks like even Michael Easton is not comfortable in that role. Roger and Kristen because of their father/daughter history on OLTL is making it work and I am intrigued to see where this will go. Roger is a hoot to watch regardless of who he is playing and Kristen it has been a pleasure watching her grow up since OLTL so it feels like we are watching “our daughter” grow before our eyes.

    Still wish PP and ABC could have worked things out as both would have benefited greatly from it but greed ruins everything! ABC you messed up royally!!

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    ME replied

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

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    Jenn replied

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

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    gloria replied

    Why the name Silas of all names?

  41. yummy says:

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

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  42. Rod says:

    He’s totally amazing. I hate we brought this Franco story back but Rodger is making it work and I actually care now!!! But I’m close to leaving GH behind because the stories and the actors they are leaving me with and not fighting to keep the amazing talent around like Kelly S makes me not care!!! Dante Lulu are boring. The kids are boring. We never see Sam and when we do it’s lame. Is Maxie even on this show??!!! Over Luke & Laura. They didn’t fight to save Steve Burton,Brandon Barash, now Bradford went to recurring,they get rid of amazing talent like Kelly and keep godawful talent that fans don’t want likeDr Britch, Sabrina & Felix!! GH IS ON MY LAST NERVE!!! Said as I e watched for 30 years abs its never been soooooo bad

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  43. Nancy says:

    The phrasing of the request for comments does seem to include a lot of negative choices even though the general tone of the post itself is positive. Anyway, I can only speak for myself, but I think he is doing an amazing job. Yes, Franco was a risky choice, but it is paying off wonderfully in my opinion by involving a wide variety of characters and giving them the opportunity to avenge themselves on somebody they have reasons to hate. The fun part is that then some are put in the position of being forced to be nice to him for his ELQ shares. I think it makes for entertaining drama and plenty of humor as well, and I agree very much with what Verona said: “He brings his own quirky sense of humor, but can turn it sinister, dangerous, or down-right creepy as he chooses. I never thought I would ever enjoy watching ‘Franco,’ but watching ‘FranQ’ is a blast!” Another favorite aspect for me is watching Franco try to win over KiKi because it seems to be the one thing he wants above all else: to get to know his daughter.

    I too had concerns about bringing back the character of Franco, but I am finding it a fascinating and multi-faceted performance, and I’m not surprised at all about that part. I always have high expectations for Roger Howarth, and he has never disappointed me yet.

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    Philip Chase replied

    Succinctly put, Nancy. As a long-term soap opera fan from the b&w 15-minute episodes in the 1950′s to the over ripe 60-minute color episodes for the past several years, I’ve enjoyed RH since his debut on OLTL and ability to turn a loathed day player into a beloved permanent member of the Llanview families … and welcome him as FranQ. FV/RC must receive great credit for their clever solution to the PP/ABC quandary. I’m liking blond Franco, dark-haired Kiki, and pony-tailed Silas: all 3 well devised characters who will become, hopefully, permanent Port Charles fixtures (at least as “permanent” as soap opera characters can be, LOL). GH is now a daily treat to view with its great characters and plots. (We RH fans receive a pleasurable double dose of him as GH’s Franco and OLTL’s Todd,) All these complaints about the 3 recasts leave me somewhat puzzled as I watch daytime dramas simply for entertainment and most likely would be watching the Roy Winsor and Irna Phillips creations daily if they’d not been cancelled. Let’s sit back and ENJOY the over-the-top melodrama we’re offered weekdays by the big 3 networks and internet reboots. We’re lucky we still have any soap operas. Remember when the different stories started in the morning on the networks and aired through early evening?

    James Franco is one of my favorite movie actors, but I felt his Franco characterization on GH was a grave mistake after his initial appearance. Now, Mr. Howarth is adding that zestful spark to Franco’s personality which had been missing. Things are heating up in the Quartermaine mansion, so I for one will be watching!

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  44. MM says:

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

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

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  45. Mary SF says:

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

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  46. mike says:

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

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    elle replied

    I agree with this entire statement :)

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  47. Anita says:

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

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  48. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

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

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  49. Lady Truth says:

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

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  50. Susan says:

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

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  51. Kay says:

    Roger plays Todd with class and perfection, being true to the character, on OLTL. Currently, there’s nothing like watching him – he’s amazing as Todd when written by writers who can embrace depth and the rich history of a character. As for Franco, others may like it, I don’t. It’s overkill and just too strange and taking up time from other important GH legacy characters. Todd belongs on OLTL, and it’s beautiful what Roger’s creating there. Whatever Roger decides to do on other shows, inlcuding GH, is his decision.

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  52. longtimesoapster says:

    Disagree right off the bat. I can name at least ten actors who I think are more talented and beloved. More unique and original in character and acting abilities. But it’s all opinion right? Not fact.

    And I say that as a fan of Roger myself.

    The problem is exactly what you posted in the first paragraph. Making Roger into something bigger than he is and writing about him as some savior in daytime. It’s this type of attitude that the writers and executives of General Hospital have and continue to have because of statements like yours and others in the press. And because of this they act like they can write him to do anything and every viewer will swoon. Or they write him as the central figure of an ensemble show, turning every other character on it’s head to make his sole character work.

    The arrogance to make him Franco and think it would work with half hearted writing, completely rewriting the villain and what made Franco interesting is what we are left with. Another version of Todd Manning.

    I don’t blame Roger for the writing or for the lack of creativity or the arrogance by Ron and Frank. This cluster of suck is on them. The bad storytelling is on them. The bad decisions to recast three actors as if they were central figures to General Hospital history is on them.

    What I do hold Roger accountable for is the lack of research he did on Franco the character and choosing to just do a Todd Manning impersonation of Franco with a bad haircut.

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    boes replied

    Well said, excellent!

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  53. JEFF says:

    I am enjoying RH chew up the scenery as Franco. RH and Maura have great chemistry together. KA and ME have been fine for me as well. To all the haters who think the character is repulsive, don’t forget that Luke raped Laura many moons ago!! Is that fine?

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    Anna replied

    What does Luke raping Laura have at ALL to do with Franco inadvertently being responsible for a young man’s rape when he was in prison? It’s not even close to being one and the same, and to compare it is completely beyond.

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    boes replied

    What?? HUh??

    Someone has been dipping into the PickleLila sauce, it seems.

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    bj anafan replied

    Didn’t Todd help gang rape a girl once on OLTL? What does that, or Luke and Laura’s history have to do with what we think of the way Franco’s character is being played?

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  54. Gigi says:

    I think what irks me the most is how the OLTL 3 is being forced down our throats. I just saw the episode count for June and can someone explain to me in what world should RH lead the episode count in front of Anthony Geary, Anna Devine, Maurice Bernard and a host of other legacy GH actors and characters. I seriously believe Ron and Frank just wanted to stick it to PP at the expense of GH. Well I hope they are satisfied because this long time viewer is no longer watching. The storylines are atrocious and the favoritism of RH/KA/ME is ridiculous.

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    Jeannine replied

    Well said! Totally agree

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    Mary SF replied

    Yes, they have been on a lot, but I have chalked it up to trying to introduced so many new characters- Ava, Morgan, Franco, Kiki at once. There has to be a storyline that gets these characters into town, then there has to be a way to address Franco’s past, then there has to be groundwork of explaining all their relationships and how they will work in the future. Unfortunately in soaps establishing new characters and fitting them into the canvas has to take away from other characters for awhile, but I truly believe eventually it will even itself out. Personally, I am looking forward to Luke and Tracy going off to find Jerry Jaxs– perhaps finding Robin too. I also think Franco will end up being the perfect bone marrow match for little Danny and everyone’s reaction to that news should be priceless.

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  55. S20 says:

    Franco was horrible other James Franco and is unbearable with Roger Howarth. RH is coming off as a one note actor.

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  56. John says:

    I think there’s a reason that viewers are calling him “Tanko.” It’s almost (almost) like he wants to be written out or let go.

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  57. CindyC says:

    I like him,yes it is not what most people is use to,I hope people gives this a chance.He is a very talented actor.I love him being the father of Kiki.Just like on OLTL they are so good together.Just give this some time.We have GH, AMC and OLTL so I am a happy lady.

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  58. Franco=failkilloffcharacter says:

    Franco is a fail A total absolute fail. The only thing franco is successful at is being a monkey.

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  59. DAG says:

    Roger Howarth is my absolute favorite actor on daytime ever. He’s just mesmerizing to watch and I think he makes Franco his own and I do see him as a separate character from Todd, BUT I love RH as Todd Manning because Todd Manning is my absolute favorite character on daytime ever and and I too agree with others that if he had to be someone else I would never have chosen the character of Franco because that character was never a favorite to begin with. I will always watch and I’m sure enjoy watching but as a lover of the characters too I’m glad I still get to see RH as Todd on OLTL as I have been and hope it continues.

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  60. Patti V says:

    It’s so bad, that I went from rarely ever missing a day of GH in 49 years, to not being able to force myself to endure another moment of it. I love Roger, but this was seriously a bad move. Forcing Kelly & Michael down our throats yet again. *sighs, it’s growing mold it is so old. I also hope KA enjoys her Emmy, it will be the last one she sees on GH playing this current “new” role.

    This whole putting the veteran actors and stories on hold to push all the new ones, serious mistake. Not only are the fans dropping like flies, but so are the actors. At this pace, in another year, it would be a miracle if GH is even around anymore (TV or HULU). I won’t be watching again until they wise up and start making this show even remotely believable. Stop re-writing history for nonsense story lines and recycling old characters & stories from other soaps, it’s creativity at its worst.

    These guys think they are writing cool stuff? It’s only cool if you are still in school and if any rating are better, at the moment, will be because school is out right now.

    There was a reason GH was on top for so many years, until the writers understand why they are just going to drag it, and everyone on it, down to the unemployment line.

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    yummy replied

    Seriously, it is Cartini that brought these LONG-TERM vets back for goodness sakes. Everyone rotates and not all those vets are leads nor should they be. If you look at epi counts, it is actually way more balanced than it ever was under guza.

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  61. Reen says:

    The return of Roger as Franco had this 40 year viewer turning off GH for good. In fact, so turned off by his portrayal, I can no longer watch him on OLTL. It’s that off putting for this long time viewer!!

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    su0000 replied

    I have heard that said by many pouter’s , and yet they watch and post merely to complain..
    Some watch to see what they dont like to complain about it on the boards, and nobody likes unpleasant people, and complainers are very unpleasant. people to be around.

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    Reen replied

    Actually not a pouter. Stopped pouting around age 16. Seriously, I just took the show off my DVR and found better things to do with my time. I’ve read 4 great books, taken some long walks and spent time with friends. Life goes on without GH.

    boes replied

    Now read that to yourself over and over again until you get it.

    Anna replied

    Seems you like to read complaints only to in turn complain about us complaining.

    Mary SF replied

    So are people who swear all the time unpleasant to around, yet you refused to accept that one on a different thread because you are the one doing it. It is so amazing you think everyone should like what you like and dislike what you dislike. If we agree with you, we are wonderful, it we disagree with you are haters, complainers, pouters or fossils.
    But I do not blame you, after being on these message boards for awhile, this is how it works. It is a shame most folks have forgotten that opinions are not right or wrong, they are just opinions. If we thought the same the world would be a dull place. Personally I enjoy everyone’s opinion, even yours, because I do listen to them, and you know sometimes I even learn something from them.

    Reen replied

    I posted a response to a question posed by Micheal that was in my twitter timeline. He was soliciting input, so I gave mine, much like consumer reports does on my durable goods purchases. When a response to my post, calling me names showed up in my email, I responded. Clearly, someone takes issue with my thoughts and why, is beyond me.

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  62. su0000 says:

    Some people who can not move out of past and want Roger Howarth to be Todd, forever..
    They are foolishly angry that RH has accepted a new roll/character that was perfect for him to play and not be Todd til his/RH’s death..
    Nobody but Roger Howarth could play the roll of damaged franco..

    The new Franco and the way RC will be changing him/writing him is going to be an awesome adventure, journey into a new improved Franco, and Roger Howarth is the only actor that can live the roll..

    FV and RC could not have found a better actor than Roger Howarth to play Franco..

    I love it, and am intrigued watching Franco turn the 180, and he will..
    Roger Howarth is doing an excellent job..
    And I feel he is a relieved and excited not to be Todd the rest of his life, and to explore new venues and grow.. RH has left Todd behind him before..
    Good for Roger Howarth!! Move on, move forward, grow!!
    (RH can not be in the Todd rut the rest of his life)

    And some people need to grow up and stop complaining because all in the world is not the way they want it to remain and the world to be never changing..

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    Helen replied

    I never watched Todd on OLTL I could give two hoots about Todd, and I disliked Todd on GH. There is nothing very interesting with what RH is doing with Franco, as I see the same guy who played Todd on GH. Not only is making Franco stupid but over saturating the character on the show isn’t the way to make it work.

    I can’t even bare to look at his face anymore the storyline is that insulting and absurd. Clearly Ron and Frank think the GH audience is a bunch of idiots and clearly they have no respect for us or the show GH.

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    Anna replied

    Franco is not damaged at all. He comes off as a goof and a clown with no depth at all. Paul Ryan had more depth.

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    boes replied

    I have rolls at dinner, RH has roles as an actor.

    You LOVE this, good for you. Some of us don’t. And we don’t need to “grow up”, as you say, or embrace each and every thing Ron C. puts in front of us. We’re not children who have to eat our vegetables. If you want to patted on the head for saying how great it is, go ahead but stop telling everyone else what to think or feel.

    And for the record, RH can do many things. One thing NO actor can do is give live to a wretchedly written character, and that’s what Franco is. And no actor should be put in the position of being viewed by fans of a show as pushing other actors/characters out of the limelight and stealing the show. We know it’s NOT his fault, but way too much airtime has been given to this character and his band of mutants.

    So kindly enjoy what you do and quit telling the rest of us what idiots we are.

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    Alex replied

    You got it. The majority of the people leaving negative comments are the ones who can only enjoy watching Roger Howarth portraying Todd on OLTL. The good news are the same people are watching him on GH too, which is good for the ratings.

    Either way I feel sorry for those who are not able to enjoy RH´s acting skills, no matter the character he plays. They just make them self miserable about something they can´t change.
    Soaps are pure entertainment and not something to become obsessed about, especially when it comes to actors.

    I enjoy watching Roger Howarth´s portrayal of Franco every day he´s on my screen and I could kiss Ron & Co for bringing him back to GH.

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    Sheila replied

    WRONG, Alex. I watched him as Todd, Paul Ryan, and even that teacher on Dawson’s Creek, as well as his short lived mini series, and I’ll catch him on Californication too. Being a “fan” of an actor/actress does not require loving and blindly accepting every role they take.

    People think Franco sucks, it doesn’t make us bad fans of the actor. And don’t feel sorry for me, I’m enjoying him FINE as Todd and in other roles he takes in the future. Franco happens to NOT be one of them. Deal with it.

    Alex replied

    Then you are not one of those who can ONLY enjoy him as Todd and you shouldn´t feel offended.
    Maybe sometime down the road you´ll change your mind, Roger´s acting skills can do that to people who are open minded.
    Todd´s character sucked as well in his first year and look what Roger did with the character.
    My motto sit back and enjoy the ride. I´m sure he makes this Franco guy his own character and turns him into someone you might like later….

    Sheila replied

    I’ve stopped watching GH for good as I’m no longer entertained. I still have YR, AMC, OLTL, DOOL. GH isn’t something I’ve enjoyed for months and Franco made me tune out for good.

    As far as Todd and Franco, imho Todd didn’t suck, his actions did. He was a psycho bastard and Roger played the hell out of him despite it. He made me care about him and for a serial rapist, it was a big deal! Overtime, the character was shown to be brilliant and layered and vulnerable and Roger’s acting skills left me in awe. Still do, when I see him giving a damn, and I don’t see it with Franco. I see a joke onscreen and I see Roger amusing himself. It’s great for him, not for me as a viewer.

    Todd to Franco for me is like comparing vintage red wine to carnival beer.

    Alex replied

    Basically Sheila, you say the same things as I do. Roger is a brilliant actor and he can make you care for the worst character.

    Anyway, it´s difficult to judge over a character you don´t watch on the show. So of course I assume anyone leaving a comment must have seen him on GH.

    When exactly did you stop watching GH ?

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Alex RH Did not make Todd anything. TSJ DID!!!!

    Alex replied

    Joliefan, what´s your point in bringing TSJ into the discussion?

    Joliefan Forever replied

    Because TSJ is the one that Made Todd in to the Father Business man and Husband he is NOW! RH had nothing to do with it!

    Alex replied

    Joliefan, sounds like you didn´t watch the show before 2003. But don´t worry there are tons of youtube clips available that show how RH portrayed the father business man.

    Anyway, we´ve gotten off topic here. TSJ doesn´t play Franco, right? So there is no point in your remark besides the fact that according to your opinion it´s is possible to change a character for the better if another actor takes over.

    And that my dear is exactly what I´m saying, RH will turn Franco into a MUCH better character, one that people will care about..

  63. Pam K says:

    Have been a RH fan for a long time and concur he is one of the best actors anywhere of any genre. My God I have noticed his eye color change mid-scene ! ! Which is what happens with hazel-eyed folks as their mood or emotions change but to have it happen while performing a scene . . . . mercy ! But this Franco business just is not working. Everything is just so forced and contrived. Instead of creating three
    new characters that add to and logically fall into storylines and then going thru the standard casting procedures FV / RC are so obsessed with “having” these three actors and then formulating some characters for them to play and then forcing them into the storylines and down the viewers throats. It just does not fit especially when they already have so many excellent actors and beloved characters to work with. It’s sad that a personal vendetta is ruining such a grand old program.

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  64. Tima says:

    I love RH as an actor but he makes Franco one big joke. Franco was a charater that scared me and RH’s portrayal just doesn’t work for me. Nor does his lame excuse for suddenly being good since he has ALWAYS been described as the evil twin from birth. Anyone remember Heather’s description of the birth? He is creepy and not in the Franco way, but an is he or isn’t he a pedophile type of way. Not to mention the actor is too old to be playing Franco since he is suppose to be younger than AJ and that blond hair doesn’t helping.

    I feel Ron told KA to treat Kiki like Starr just with a more annoying attitude and told ME to be John with more of a heartless jerk kick. I am happy that the characters of John, Starr, and Todd are no longer on GH I get the feeling Ron would just ruin them byond saving just so PP couldn’t use them if given the chance.

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    Jody replied

    That last sentence is something I never thought of until now; absolutely true

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    Kay replied

    yes thank God they’re off GH.

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    yummy replied

    Silas doesn’t seem like John whatsoever.

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    susan M. replied

    I find him cold and all business and a bit rude at times. John & Silas are as different as night & day. It is strickly all his job being a DR. & to me it seems he has no room in his life for anything else. I alway’s liked M. Easton . I hope as his character develops more he will have room for someone in his life other than his job. And I would like to see him laugh and more caring emotions & have a love interest. I never saw Franco before when he was on GH a while ago.Wasn’t watching GH at that particular time.. I think RH is doing a good acting job in my opinion….

    Joliefan Forever replied

    I find him cold and all business and a bit rude at times. It is strickly all his job being a DR. & to me it seems he has no room in his life for anything else. THAT IS JOHN!!!! DUH!!!!

  65. danicajolie says:

    I would watch Roger Howarth read the phone book…he is that good….at whatever role he plays. The more he is on my screen, the happier I am. I am partial to his portrayal of Todd Manning, but he makes every character he plays his own.

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    DAG replied

    Agreed!!

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  66. Shirley A Miller says:

    I personally like Roger Howarth very much and think he is a terrific actor. However, I like him playing Todd and feel that in playing Franco he is putting a lot of his Todd into the character. He is doing a good job of changing the original Franco into a nicer and kinder person, but I can’t quite comprehend the reason for bringing Franco back. Jason killed him and I feel he should have remained dead. Maybe when the storyline gets a little further along, I will understand what the writers are doing and why. I know they had to change Todd’s character in order to keep him on GH, but would have preferred them giving him a different role …. maybe playing the son of one of the old Jerome mob and he and Sonny could get into one of those exciting mob wars ….. I think that would have been a little more thrilling than what they have done with Roger as Franco so far. Just my personal opinion!!!!!!!

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    yummy replied

    IA w/ this post. I like RH, he is doing a good job, but I still don’t understand this choice of character for him to play. It seems odd to put him in a role that already had so many deficits, on top of the actual situation (bringing back the actors in new roles) which was already producing it’s own backlash. I think they have gone a little overkill w/ his airtime too. But overall, w/ some tweaks to airtime, I am enjoying him, and the other two as well.

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  67. Suz says:

    I”m really enjoying Roger as Franco. I love his energy and chemistry with everyone.

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  68. Love GH says:

    I love Roger’s portrayal of Franco. He’s doing a great job. He’s actually made me like Franco.

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  69. Diane Dunn says:

    I was just commenting while watching today’s episode of GH how much I love have Roger playing this role. I have to admit I did not watch GH during the time that James Franco was in this role – so I am not familiar with the role like others are. It is fun to see him working with other actors and yet still is Kristen’s dad. He is just fun to watch, makes me laugh, and eager to see his next scenes.

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  70. lisa k says:

    I don’t care if RH was in a duck suit and quacking for crackers! He is and will always be absodorable! I think he makes Franco fun! Two thumbs up! I’ll always want him as The Todd Manning….but I’ll take him any way I can get him…..

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  71. horselover says:

    I think TPTB need to take a hard look at what they’re doing with these three OLTL actors. They are turning GH upside down to accomodate them and as a long time GH viewer, I resent it enormously. I was somewhat okay with them playing their OLTL characters, but these new characters are not working. Meanwhile, I barely get to see longtime GH characters like Laura, Anna, Duke and Felicia. And where are Robert & Holly? These are the characters I want to see. Not a Franco recast played by a OLTL actor. Zzz.

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  72. Jared says:

    The whole thing is a mess. I wish they would be on OLTL. I stopped watching GH again when the One Life 3 came back as 3 new characters. Just not working. :(

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    su0000 replied

    The 3 are great actors and doing a wonderful job on GH ..The 3 brought 3 new characters and all their stories to GH, and their stories to come to GH with great acting.. They are adding to GH, a welcomed offering…
    Also, GH and its’ many many many stories are not the 3 characters, there is so much talent and great acting in all realms in GH to be involved in, great stories happening.

    (Many OLTL fans are mad/angry that the 3 left OLTL and moved on with GH and they can not move on and accept that it is what the 3 want…
    I like what the 3 brought to GH.. And GH is full of many stories outside of theirs.

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    Anna replied

    Please stop speaking for fans.

    boes replied

    Roger Howarth is doing both shows – the other two as you say are gone from OLTL for good, it seems. BUT, RH is going back and forth. And thank God because at least “Todd” is a character with depth and nuance worth watching.

    GH right now has concentrated way too much time on the Kiki/Franco storyline – and with the addition of Morgan and Kiki’s mother, waaaaaaaaay too much time is being given to newbie characters at the expense of long-term characters. Balance is missing and that’s never good.

    If you like Franco, good for you. I don’t, many others don’t, and that includes a great number who are fans of Roger Howarth. You like to say “to let go of the past”, but if we don’t like a character or a storyline why should we follow the party line and just swallow it?

    No reason to say a bag of garbage smells like a bouquet of roses if it doesn’t.

    Jared replied

    I believe I have a right to my opinion as you do yours. I don’t recall saying anything about the jobs the artists are doing, whether good or bad. The article asks what our takes are, and I responded honestly but vaguely to avoid backlash that has become so common in 2013 America. If you like the show, then, by all means enjoy, but please let those who do not like the current state of GH express their American rights as well. Thank you.

  73. Vivian says:

    Love love Roger! He is as the article says. And because I know first hand how great RH is, I trust his acting choices with Franco. I personally don’t think Franco is Todd. I remember the first scenes Roger did as angry Paul Ryan. The scene in the elevator with Dusty and Rose where sarcastically Paul said, “if this were a soap one of us would have a gun” or something like that I was that is Todd! But soon enough it was Paul that was present at ATWT. So I know that Franco will shine soon enough for everybody as it does for me now. It so help that Maura West and playing so wonderfully off RH’s Franco. As a long long time Roger fan I know he will rock this character as he has all others!

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  74. Rose says:

    I was nervous about the recasts but I’m already totally sucked into the storyline. Ron has managed to covert me to the new characters. I see Kiki, Franco, and Silas now. And I absolutely love the new alliances and new enemies that they are forming. I freaking love GH ! It has been on fire all year!

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    boes replied

    I see Kiki and Franco and Silas too – now if I could only see them underneath the wheels of a bus…….

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  75. Rodd says:

    I love all three actors and am glad they’re back on GH. I also love Ron and Frank! When OLTL was cancelled, having the three actors move over to Port Charles is what brought me along, as well. I respect those of you that are long-time GH viewers, but as a newer one, I love all the characters on the show and think TPTB are doing a great job. I love this show!

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  76. Susie says:

    I have grown tired of Ron Carlivati’s writng. The fact that all of GH submissions to the emmy’s centered around OL characters, then brought them back again was a clear sign that they were going to force these actors back to the center of the show no matter what. I have quit watching. Bringing Franco back was a bad choice. Deciding to recast Roger Howarth as Franco was a worse choice. Frist the character was Robert Franco not Franco Quartermaine.
    Watching him play Todd in the morning then seeing him play a baboon in the afternoon makes it all the worse. I tuned out and plan to stay tuned out.

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  77. Rose says:

    I am a DIE HARD Roger Howarth fan. He is in my book one of the best in daytime .I’ve been mesmerized by his portrayal of Todd Manning from the first time I saw him almost 20 years ago! I am a long time OLTL and Soap fan too. I have watched GH on & off over the years. When OLTL was cancelled I was devastated so I was thrilled my fave actor was going to GH along with KA and Kassie Depaiva too . But all I got was a letdown as I watched them dumb down Todd and ruin his relationship with Blair. Once OLTL was brought back Roger came back to the show from the first day and brought the real Todd Manning with him. He has been hitting it out of the park everyday he is on OLTL. When GH wouldn’t let him go they decide to recast a role played by a movie star who was a terrible character and give it to Roger to play. Another dumb move! There is nothing to this character IMO . It’s sad when shows take the easy way out to erase things a character did to suddenly try to force the audience love them now. I don’t see this happening and do feel bad for the Veteran characters who are playing 2nd fiddle to this joke version of Franco. JMHO

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  78. Mike says:

    I Love Franco <3

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  79. jessica says:

    Roger is the best i love him as Franco

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    su0000 replied

    I love RH, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    RH’s
    Franco is nothing like the James Franco was..

    RH’s Franco is absolutely nothing like James Franco and is not doing the crazy criminal Franco stuff of the James Franco..
    RH has brought us a new and improved Franco, His Franco,
    this Franco is an active Quartermaine!!

    It is near night and day between the 2 Franco’s..
    RH’s Franck rocks!!!!!

    I am a Franco fan !!!
    RH is doing an excellent job with his portrayal of Franco the Quartermaine.

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  80. David says:

    I am starting to enjoy Roger Howarth as Franco. In the beginning it was shaky and took some getting used to. Now that he has settled in it is starting to become a different role for him and not so much looking like he is Todd.

    People need to get over RH/KA/ME belong on OLTL. You all do understand that all 3 wanted to stay on GH and had contracts to do so. They could have not been used on GH any longer, yet continued to take a paycheck while not working but regardless they were not going back to OLTL, so people just move past that and accept it. It is really old hearing that over and over again

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    Anna replied

    I think more or less people need to “get over” telling the rest of us how we should feel.

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    boes replied

    But RH IS back on OLTL. He’s doing both shows.

    The real problem outside of the horror of RH’s portrayal of Franco is the amount of airtime being given to both him and Alderson. It’s not fair to them or the rest of the cast. GH has more than enough characters as it is, and to have these two on every day to the detriment of other, longer term characters is building up resentment against them.
    Big mistake, but certainly not the only one.

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  81. RH Fan says:

    I love Roger Howarth and i love Franco he have’s Chemistry with everyone and he fits in with the GH cast

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  82. Emma says:

    I watched old you tube scenes of James Franco. the character was just a one note bad guy. Nothing was explained about his real motivation for doing bad things. Now Roger is plying Franco, they are explaining his motivation and Franco is starting to work for me. I can’t wait to find out what Heathers part in this story and why he keep saying he is a different man. Is he really Franco or has he gone through therapy or is he on medication for a mental illness? Maura West being in the story and explaining her history with Franco has also helped in be liking both of their characters. They are going to cause a lot of trouble in the Q Mansion.

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  83. Cheryl says:

    This was just a big mistake all around. They should have left things the way they were. I don’t even understand why they would have RH be Franco. I was always a big Todd and Blair fan but was really liking the relationship potential between him and Carly. I would have just changed the names and came up with a new storyline…maybe have made RH be a brother or a busness partner of Jax…or some mysterous new art dealer or spy…the possibilties are endless…its a soap for godsake.

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  84. B.J. says:

    I don’t know if it’s because I despise the “Franco” character so much, or I am just so sick of the “general whitewash” he is being given, but I can’t stand RH in this role.

    I know it won’t be any time before Carly will be all set to marry him, everyone in town will have forgiven him for everything, and they will give him the keys to the city. Don’t think I will hang around for that.

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  85. Amie says:

    Only an actor as talented as Roger Howarth could take a despicable character like Franco ( just look how he turned around Todd) and make me like him. He’s already added depth to the character with his determination to win back his daughter ‘s love and briefly explain his crazed obsession with Jason between all that and the red hot chemistry RH still shares with LW, I can’t wait to see what’s next for Franco. He’s full of possibilities like a young Todd was all those years ago.

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    He did not TURN TODD AROUND TSJ DID!

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  86. Peggy says:

    wow, Roger Howarth can play any character and do it as good or better than any movie star IMO. We love watching him onscreen w/his antics and sparkling eyes. Can’t wait for him to stand on his head like he did when he was Todd. That guy can certainly play Franco very very well, love him:)

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  87. Krystle says:

    Not a fan of Roger’s Franco, I prefer him as Todd.

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  88. Maria says:

    Roger is great as Franco!!!!!!!!!!!! Roger can play any part. I have been a fan of his since 1992. The man still amazes me everytime he is on screen.

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  89. The Loquacious One says:

    This is my first time ever commenting on one of these things, and I am well aware that my comment will likely be deleted. I’ve had a long day and as a result, I have no filter.

    I’ll answer your question first, Michael. I think RH is doing the best with what he was given. I believe that the material is not that entertaining and he is finding ways to entertain himself.

    As a fan of the character, Todd Manning (for 20 years), I do NOT feel like he is playing Franco as Todd. I do feel like he is playing Franco as GH’s version of Todd. Make no mistakes; Ron’s interpretation of Todd (as seen on GH) was the farthest from the character. It has nothing to do with wanting him paired with a certain actress but understanding the character of Todd was never to be a sex symbol, walking around shirtless, hitting on anything with a cat box.

    I know a lot of people LOVED GH’s Todd- his one-liners, nakedness, flirtatious nature, nakedness, wit, and nakedness. Isn’t that right, Jenn?

    But back to the question at hand, which was a loaded question to begin with. If you want to know how RH or anyone else on the show is doing, just look at the ratings.

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    Jovin replied

    You are very right. Due to his past sexual abuse and violent tendencies, Todd shied away from Intimacy, and romance, and any awkward physical contact with women. On GH, he was pursuing Carly with passionate soliloquies about how they were fated and destined to be together. And yes, he was half naked a lot. The ONLY person, EVER, that Todd felt safe declaring his love to was Blair, and he was even guarded about that often. It is a very disturbing trend that RC and FV seem to love…characters getting naked and disrobing for no reason. It started witrh the Ford brothers on OLTL, and has carried over to GH. I realize as gay men, Cartini are probably salivating over the toned torsos of these men that they have the creative control over to make clothes disappear, but they even have promiscuous women disrobing randomly. They are into equal oportunity nakedness, even as it serves no purpose in the show.

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  90. MK says:

    I would preferred RH playing the Real Robert Frank, and Franco (JF) was an imposter. This Robert never did those horrible things,, but he did turn Franco lose.

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    DAG replied

    I was hoping for that as well, it would have been much easier to swallow.

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  91. Janice says:

    Well since I didn’t watch GH when James Frano was on

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  92. Janice says:

    Well, since I didn’t watch GH when James Franco was on I have nothing to compare how different the two actors portrayed the character so I come from that perspective.
    As I watch Roger, I see Todd with highlighted hair answering to a different name as I see Kristen as Starr with brown hair, though Kiki didn’t start out that way. They gave her this real annoying attitude, but now she’s Starr with brown hair answering to a different name.
    Michael is a different story…..his character is so unlikable that it’s very hard to watch him, though they do seem to be changing that so they can pair him with Sam…he will be the hero in the end.
    I am glad that Roger has decided to play both Todd and Franco, so if the Franco thing doesn’t work, he’ll still have a place to go. I also believe I read that Kristen said she was going to be in talks about returning to OLTL as her schedule at GH allows. Have heard nothing about Michael.
    I would imagine that after relocating it would be hard to do that again, but that is an actor’s life.
    Now I have seen actors go from playing different characters on different shows and it hasn’t been much of a problem…..Patrick Thornhart to Zac Slater comes to mind….these OLTL/GH characters aren’t working for me….and on a side note….is GH out of their minds for letting Kelly Sullivan go?

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  93. Bonnie says:

    This character must go, he ads nothing to the show–bye bye! He is basically still Todd, let’s call him Cod, he must be the triplett of Todd and Victor.

    He is not Franco, he is Hurbert Quartermainle’s son. Dopey Quartermaine. He just happens to think he is a great artist, and that everyone associated with him happens to think he looks like this person also. Terrible story!

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    su0000 replied

    Don’t stress yourself over one character, read a book :)

    (((certified Franco fan !!!!))

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I love RH as Franco…he brings new exciting life to the Quartimaines! That person you suggested read a book would probably stress out from a character in that story too…lol.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I meant to say would probably stress like in the movie Misery where she stressed out because the title character was killed off…

  94. Tsuds says:

    I have to agree.. I never watched Jame Franco on it, but still don’t feel a connection with him. i am a fan of all three of them from OLTL, but it is not working to bring them back as other characters.. just too soon after they left..

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  95. lisa says:

    I LOVE Roger Howarth….but I dislike him as Franco,I’ve only watched a couple of episodes with him as Franco and that was it – it just doesn’t work for me.
    I really haven’t been watching GH….putting KA and ME in new roles doesn’t jive with me either.

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    Barbara Darlin replied

    Agree!

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  96. elle says:

    Obviously James Franco will always be Franco to everyone. And I wish that Roger Howarth was playing a different character. That being said, I would have been devastated if he left GH so I will try to get used to him playing (this new version of) Franco. I like that Kristen Alderson is still his “daughter”. I don’t love the Kiki character but I love KA so I’m just glad she is still on the show. I feel bad for Michael Easton. I think he got the crappiest character of the 3. Silas is just creepy at this point. And I only see John Mcbain when I look at him. All in all, I had higher hopes in the character selection. But regardless, I truly am happy all 3 are still on the show.

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  97. heidi says:

    Love Roger!!! He’s a very talented actor!!! Would love him to have been any other Q or Cassadine or Barrett or Barrington… but not a recast of Franco!!! Still hoping he is really going to end up being someone else!!! He could even be a Jerome… but would rather not see any Jerome’s live ther very long. Roger is doing a great job as Franco but just wish he was playing anybody but… Franco!

    AS to the question of… is he playing Todd Manning while being Franco… no… he has separation there. Would really like him to be a business focused… wealthy mogul and have him be Carly’s new love!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Originally i was hoping he was Alans son with a Heather connection…Heather was artificial inseminated with Alans ‘baby making formula’ without his knowledge when she was a teen and done by some quack doctor who was in love with her. Years later Heather found out from her mothers secret diary that the baby was Alans and Heather blackmailed Edward to keep quiet about it.

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  98. DEE says:

    I TAKE ROGER ANT WAY I CAN , HE WILL ALWAYS BE TODD IN MY HEART! RON DID WHAT HE HAD TO DO. ABC WAS A FOOL TOO SINK THE DEAL P&P A FOOL THEY COULD HAVE SHARED / THEY COULD HAVE BOTH WIN THIS BABY. I HAVE WATCH ONE LIFE TO LIVE IT SUCKS . IT NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING OUR BELOVED SOAP. THE WAY VICTOR CAME BACK WAS A RIP OFF. SO GENERAL HOSPITAL KEEP ON ROCKING. LOVE YOU FRANK AND RON OH AND ROGER /FRANCO MAYBE SOME DAY TODD WILL COME BACK !

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  99. CJ says:

    I haven’t watched GH in two months. I get my RH fix on OLTL. Any more questions?

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  100. cri cri says:

    The whole thing is a big mess – many weeks latter and I still find this Franco character (and his daughter and whoever Easton is playing) to be entirely unengaging – all I see are the machinations of how they are trying sooooo hard to wedge characters that don’t logically or stylistically meld into the GH tapestry and how hard they are trying to restore certain bonds present with the characters these actors previously played without stepping over any legal lines.

    Specifically regarding Franco – I adore RH but everyone makes missteps- I LIKE oddball and eccentric – but his choices are too out there and distracting and I spend more time wondering what the actor is trying to go for and cannot say what’s going on regarding story, character or relationships – and nor do I care.

    Why are these new characters taking up so much real estate on a show that already has such ripe potential just screaming to be taken advantage of in terms of strong, engaging and beloved characters ripe with potential story?

    When I watch (which is with much less frequency these days) I feel mostly insulted as a viewer.

    I am so glad there are far better viewing choices out there these days.

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  101. Annick says:

    I said it before and I will say it again, RH is overrated. I was curious to see what he would do with the Franco role so I watched until after the reveal travesty. I was embarrassed for him for taking on this role that finally showed me he truly have no depth or dimension and I stand by my take on RH being one note. The grandeur and nostaglia of 1993-1998 OLTL era aside, RH has shown the same man-child-clown persona in every role and is giving the same familiar performance again and again; it is tedious and boring.

    So to answer your question I will say that GH Todd never left GH because he is going by a different name, Franco; RH is playing Todd and bringing back the Franco character is an epic fail but so is the performance. This is what FV/RC wants and GH cast, crew, and viewers have been given the TSJ and TK treatment to put this one note joker front and center. ATWT did it and show was cancelled; OLTL brought him back and ratings were good with him until TSJ left the building and his presence did not maintain the ratings, it was not until the end of show, that ratings rose; now, GH nosediving in ratings and I give him his 1/7 share of credit for this.

    I know he is solely not responsible for the events above but when executives run over what is working to bank on a known risk failure that only in their mind is profitable then you get a recast Franco that is tank-o-ing badly. The role of Todd is the money maker, not the actor and to me RH know this. He agreed to do PP OLTL for four weeks after the rumor of recasting the role of Todd came up. In his defense he did take on the role because Todd was suppose to do crossovers on GH and OLTL and unfortunately for him it did not happen.

    What has happen is recast Franco is unsuccessful and RH acting chops are sub-par because he is boring on OLTL also. Of course this is just my take and I only speak for me.

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    Agree 1 BILLION PERCENT!!!

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  102. GhTodd says:

    I think they should bring back Todd. He’s only on OLTL for a short time and he was way better on GH. He’s not working on OLTL anymore.

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    Sheila replied

    Todd is staying in Llanview where he belongs.

    You can keep Franco.

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    GhTodd replied

    He’s not staying forever eventually he will come back home to PC.

    Sheila replied

    Not as Todd.

    Sheila replied

    And to add to my comment in case it’s not clear yet again, PP owns Todd. GH does not have Todd, GH has Franco. Todd’s not stepping foot back into PC and anyone who believes otherwise is keeping their head in the sand.

    Time to take it out.

    Enjoy Franco!

    GhTodd replied

    I will enjoy Roger Howarth on GH for the long run

  103. Barbara Darlin says:

    1. Love Roger. 2. Should not have been brought back as Franco. 3. Should not have been paired as father/daughter again with KA. 4. Character has totally morphed into Todd. 5. Return of the OLTL 3 (which worked as their originally characters) is just too forced in these new roles.

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  104. KELLY&MICHAEL FAN says:

    I never liked the character of FRANCO!!!!!!!WHO EVER PLAYS THE PART

    But Silas is fine!!! Just keep him with Sam!!

    NOTE-TO- RON

    PLEASE MOVE THE STORY ALONG WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL

    THE SLAM FANS WANT SOME ACTION!!!

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    KELLY&MICHAEL FAN replied

    he supposedely going to PRIME TIME (ROGER HOWARTH)

    SO, HE’LL BE FINE! !!!

    JUST COUNTING DOWN HIS DAYS!!

    HE GOOD ACTOR, BUT PLEASE ITS TIME TO RETIRE THIS CHARACTER!!

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  105. Alley says:

    I just can’t take RH as Franco seriously. Even he looks like he doesn’t take it seriously. Introducing Franco was one of GH’s all-time blunders, bringing him back at all is beyond ridiculous. I’m a RH fan and feel lucky that I can still enjoy him as Todd on OLTL. It’s too bad GH couldn’t have brought RH back as a different character. He could have been a Cassadine, or a new doctor, or a cop, or a distant cousin of the Lila Quartermaine side of the family. Anyone but Franco. No amount of spin control can erase the horribleness of that character for me.

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    Sheila replied

    I agree with this completely!! The performances as Franco are clownish. I don’t see him giving it his all. If other people do, okay. I’ve watched this actor in many roles and you can tell when he gets lazy or bored as performances are half ass. Sorry but true. He’s doing nothing more than getting paid to amuse himself here. Some people will lap up anything given to them. Not me. Ron’s writing and his acting are not on the same page. But I can’t blame him on that since Ron’s writing sucks overall for GH.

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  106. Jesslyn says:

    I personally love it! We’ve seen repulsive soap characters redeemed before ie: Todd! My only complaint is they made Michael’s character cousins with KiKi. I loved the chemistry Michael and Lauren (KiKi) share. Those two would make a Great couple!

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    Alley replied

    Todd’s redemption took years and was supported by excellent writing. There really isn’t any comparison. IMO. YMMV, of course.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    maybe later she wont really be Francos daughter, and then she can be with Micheal.

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    Jesslyn replied

    I was thinking the same thing!

  107. Chris says:

    RH playing a recast Franco is a big WTF moment for me! First of all, RH is a bit too old to be playing Franco, and I wish that they would’ve created a new character that was secretly related to the Quartermaines instead!

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  108. missb says:

    I have been enjoying him as Franco. His portrayal is certainly not exactly the same as JFs Franco’s, as no recast would have been, but I do see a alot of the same character aspects. I don’t agree with the comments that he is playing Todd in either his OLTL or his GH form. From what I saw, there was a lot of expectation in advance that he would end up playing any new character as Todd. To some extent, I feel that now people are just seeing what they expected to see.

    The redemption attempt of Franco, on the other hand, is not really working well. I can actually buy easily enough that Franco, as he was originally portrayed, was only interested in playing games and maybe didn’t really do everything we were led to believe before. I always wondered if that was what was going on with the character anyway. But the way the story is being rushed, with all the characters suddenly having dialogue to the effect of “it turns out Franco didn’t really have Michael raped’ feels really forced and it does feel like a whitewash rooted in some impatience to hurry up and get him to a point where he will be a viable love interest for Carly. Which, is another problem … if they wanted to pair RH with LW, then they really needed to have him play someone else other than Franco. I’ll be honest that I am not Carly fan and I don’t want RH’s character paired with her no matter who he plays, b

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  109. missb says:

    but looking at it completely objectively, as a mother, there is just no way in hell Franco could ever do anything that would allow Carly to forgive his role in Micheal’s rape, even if it is now to be believed that wasn’t his original intention. No way. And the problem is, they are going to go there anyway, and they are being glaringly obvious about it, and it makes it a little more difficult to enjoy his scenes, which I have otherwise been loving a whole hella lot.

    I do think he could be on a little less.

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  110. Arlene g says:

    Hate Franco. Stopped watching. Done with GH till better writing happens and not holding my breath.

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  111. Marilyn says:

    It saddens me that my beloved GH is a shell of what it once was! I LOATHE Roger Howarth as Franco. THIS IS THE WORST casting GH has ever done in its 50 years!

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    Eileen replied

    Well, to me, GH has been a shell of what it once was for well over a decade now, when it became Mob Central. I thought this regime was supposed to bring it back to its roots and it started to and then it all went to hell in a handbasket. Same stuff, different pets.

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    Sheila replied

    “Same stuff, different pets.”

    Precisely.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    The worse casting on gh was Tony Geary as Bill Eckert?, imo.

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  112. susan M. says:

    I saw on soaps in depth for ABC soaps today and on the cover was a picture of Patrick
    & Robin. And under the caption of the picture said: When will Robin be coming back? That’s all I saw . I was in the supermarket line at that time…

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  113. susan M. says:

    It’s in the July 3 2013 of ABC soaps in depth. Robin and Patick’s picture on the the cover. I have the exact word under the picture and here it is: Is Robin Returning? Kimberly. Is just a matter of… That is all it has on the cover! Exciting!

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  114. nee says:

    RH has made a mockery of James Franco’s potrayal of Franco. The original Franco was a villian…a REAL villian. Not a cartoonish clown.

    I think the problem is RC does not know how to write bad guys without making them cartoonish. Look at OLTL , all of RC’s villians were cartoonish. One thing Guza was good at was writing believable villians.

    Also, RH has been playing Franco the same way he played Todd. Imo, this means he has no acting depth.

    I do not like that Franco is a quartermaine…. always feltl like the only reason they made him one was to put KA and RH Iin a important fam. so they could be featured more…and RC JUST ADMITTED IT!!

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  115. shannon says:

    I love RH he is a very talanted man. I love him in anything he plays

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    RH Fan replied

    me too

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  116. Trisha says:

    Franco is just too crazy and bizarre. I hate that RH is being wasted on this character.

    Why couldn’t they bring him back, IF they had to, which I really don’t know WHY they had to bring the OLTL 3 back at all, BUT they did, so WHY couldn’t they create a new character that was larger than life and also have him be a Quartermaine? There was no need to make him Franco…he’s ruined, there’s just no redeeming him.

    RC is ruining GH and we’re watching GH characters being used in all the wrong ways. GH just didn’t need RH, KS and ME and they didn’t need Maura W either. RC said it himself that he wants RH to be ‘front and center’… WHY? What is wrong with longstanding GH characters maintaining their front and center?

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  117. megan says:

    I love RH in pretty much every role, certainly as Todd, and so far I really enjoy his reinvention of Franco. To my mind it is a brave and imaginative move on the part of RC, especially given the circumstances—the struggle with PP. I wish fans would not get so bogged down in the past, because characters are reinvented all the time in the hands of new actors and new writers. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but people were reacting too early, before they saw anything on screen. After 30 years of soap viewing, it boils down to acting and writing.

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  118. Pepper says:

    He is good but he is not Franco. That role belongs to James Franco. They could have brought him in as another Q, Ron C. seems not to know the history anyway so what does it matter. All the 2 haters Ron and Frank are exchanging their pets,ME and RH for JP pet SBu. They brought in RC and FV from OLTL which was a big mistake and now the fans don’t have GH anymore. Its time in many for Frank and Ron to step, and bring in some fresh ideals. Maybe RC and FV can get their jobs back on OLTL and take the Livers with them!

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  119. Beacon says:

    Roger should have been cast as Tom Hardy. That way, he would have been tied to Steve and Audrey and thus the medical foundation of GH.

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    Jovin replied

    Good idea! Better than the headwriter came up with!

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  120. Eileen says:

    I believe Michael Easton said no to Prospect Park from the very beginning and so did Kristen Alderson. Since she and Chad Duell are now an item I am sure that is where she wants to stay. As for Franco, this is the dumbest idea ever. Franco was a depised sociopath and no amount of redemption attempts are going to work. There was no need to bring these actors back as different characters, almost immediately. It is swallowing the show whole and, just like the days of Guza, everyone will take a backseat. Kiki is the worst however and her and Michael being cousins and overnight not being able to resist each other is laughable. The show is tanking every week.

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    Wrong ME was one of the first to sign on with PP…….

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  121. Lara says:

    RH is being typecast. He can play more that a crazy clown.

    I hate the Franco recast and especially the sloppy writing of undoing Franco’s evil deeds. DVDs?! Seriously?! RC is an awful writer full of nothing but corny jokes and recycled stories. He cant deliver a love story because his lack of patience doesn’t allow couples to bond in an “organic” way (to steal a word from Kelly Monaco). RC slams stories and couples together because he can’t control his own desire to force his vision onto the viewers.

    In the end, RC has no respect for GH or fans–just a desire to play out his rushed fantasies for his own satisfaction.

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  122. Debbie T Terry says:

    I am just SO happy they found a way to keep Roger. I would have really enjoyed him playing Todd, but he is so fantastic at anything he plays it doesn’t matter. I actually prefer him (Roger) as Franco more than the original “movie star” actor.
    He has a way of making me love him even when he does such bad things, he is a fantastic actor and I feel blessed to be able to see him on both of these beloved soaps!

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    RH Fan replied

    I Agree

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  123. Charday says:

    Yuck! Get him off the show!

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  124. Brenda says:

    As much as I love Roger this redemption of Franco is a nightmare. I quit watching right after he pulled out his DVDs proving he wasn’t really at fault for what happened to Michael and he didn’t rape Sam. That was just pure trash. Where is Monica when all of these new “Qs” are taking over her house? When ABC comes to their senses and hires a new writer I’ll be back to watching.

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  125. Rollo says:

    GH is a joke. That is why Days is beating it in the ratings. All 3 actors need to go. They are boring. For the life of me I can’t understand Ron and Frank’s obsession with KA. With all the great younger actresses out there she’s part of every GH storyline. I have nothing against the 3 actors, but if GH is going to remain viable in the future then it needs to have what the fans want. Great storylines involving long time GH characters and actors.

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    Kiki replied

    And I think you wouldn’t know great acting if it bit you in the face. All three of the OL actors, and Maura West are top notch actors. Do I wish they could have remained Todd, Starr & McBain, yes, I do. But the writers did what they had to do, and GH will be better for it. (ps. Thank God they came on board, GH was about a minute away from cancellation prior to them joining the cast.)

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    They will be better for it? Them 3 have been on for over a year and GH IS LAST IN THE RATINGS and have been 3rd or 4th in the ratings OUT OF 4 shows since they came on! GH is PATHETIC!!!

  126. su0000 says:

    Love Franco!!
    New, exciting, mysterious, layered, and changing into a Q …!!
    RH is excellently playing this Franco !!!

    Franco and RH are a perfect match!!

    Pay no attention to haters who want RH to be Todd forever, they are selfish with RH’s life..

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    Sheila replied

    You can keep saying it as much as you want. It won’t keep people from posting their opposing opinions on it.

    And selfish with RH’s life? LOL. Get real.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    They are still John, Todd, and Starr! All three are in the witness protection program and took on new identities…lol

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  127. mazz90291 says:

    I don’t think the problem lies with RH, but with the writers who thought they could bring Franco back with an instant personality overhaul and expect us all to buy into it. Generally speaking, sociopaths do not “cure themselves” and simply decide to become “normal”, and downright freekish personalities do not change into amusing scoundrals. RH has done a great job with material he has been given, but I just don’t feel the character….he is an imposter with Franco’s name.

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    su0000 replied

    Perhaps this Franco was in treatment for past years..
    The story of this Q Franco has only just begun..
    There is much to be reveled..
    The writers know what is planed for the upcoming months, we do not, there were be many twists and turns into knowing this Franco.

    and ya!! RH is doing a great job and he is the only actor who could be this Franco..

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  128. Michael says:

    Love the actor but casting him as Franco wasa big mistake. First of all, his blonde hair just looks silly. Also- I have never liked the character of Franco. They should have given him the the other OLTL stars the same exact storylines nd just changed the named of the characters.i don’t like any of the new characters, but I lie the a tots portraying them.

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    su0000 replied

    Nobody seems to ”get it”

    This Franco is NOT suppose to be as a the original Franco..
    RH would have black hair and be doing all the terrible things the original Franco did, if that were so..
    This new and improved Franco ”Q” is not written to be as the James Franco”s, Franco, this Franco is recreated to be RC’s and RH’s Franco….
    Why are some people to dense to ”get it” ..

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    janet replied

    We get it! FrankenRon think they are doing OLTL. They are writing RH as Todd. But we watched Franco, he was an evil disgusting looney toons. He hurt people and enjoyed doing it. Sorry. They want Todd to be here they should have just given him a new character Franco is not new he is disgusting, Some people love Todd and his so called jokes ,his in your face to the boy he ended up getting raped and his father sorry. I do not find him funny.No amount of whitwashing him will make me want to watch him.Plus paird with the one actress I couldn’t stand on ATWTs will never help him. If she had killed Sonny , now then I might have been a fan of hers.

  129. Jovin says:

    It‘s fairly clear, according to the fans, that this is an epic fail. If I were the GH WRITER, THIS WOULD BE THE SCENARIO i would have presented. I would have cast RH AS jimmy Lee Holt‘s son, and have him be a real redneck. Along with him, his hayseed innocent daughter, played by KA of course. And MW could have played the trashy, trailer park baby mama. This would have been FUNNY…it would have brought laughs and smiles…not lingering memories of serial murders and rapes. RH would have been a viable leading man for any number of ladies on the canvas…Carly, Sam, Alexis, maybe he could even take Monica for a brief tumble. This would have allowed RH to play a totally different character from Todd/Franco. This would have given Michael and his new third cousin a chance at a relationship. This would give Maura West the chance to go full tilt Jamie Pressly from “My Name is
    Earl“. This would have enlivened all the Q‘s and brought fun back to the mansion and it would have been a little like the Beverly Hillbillies. Alas, it can only be a dream now. Out of ALL the choices RC had, and all the rumored scenarios. He made the absolute most disgusting wrong choice. Franco can never be a viable leading man with any of the established characters without making any of the women look like misogynistic brain damaged sadists. It is dark and vile and depressing to watch as currently written.

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    Kiki replied

    I think you could not be more wrong. Todd Manning wasn’t leading man material either, and the writers painted him into a corner. It was Roger who made Todd a leading man. It had nothing to do with the writing, it’s just that he is a great actor. Who cares if this is a new version of Franco, soaps do this all of the time. The show is better now then it has been in years, and that is thanks to the writing and the new influx of top quality actors. Give it a chance.

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    Jovin replied

    Respectfully, Kiki, I am not “wrong“, nor am I “right“, I just happen to disagree with your opinion. So don‘t say I‘m “wrong“, because my opinion is that GH is a complete and utter mess right now. The writing is misogynistic and violent and often offensive, and I think this influx of top quality actors has done nothing to bolster or improve the show as most of the new characters are grating, annoying, and taking screen time away from beloved vets. If that is what you enjoy, then that‘s your thing. Some agree with you, the majority disagree, but no one is right or wrong…it all comes down to personal taste. I don‘t like rape, real or pretend, I don‘t like mob stories, I don‘t like Sonny and his entire orbit, I don‘t like completely rewritten history, and I don‘t like being force-fed convoluted stories that should have died long ago. But that‘s just me.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    im enjoying it

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I would have liked that story you suggested better than mine where rh turned out to be Alans unknown son by Heather(she was artificially inseminated with Alans ‘donation’ at 19 by a quack doctor in love with her. Heathers mom put the baby up for adoption. Heather found her late mothers diary years later that revealed alan to be the father, got reaquanted with her son, then blackmailed Edward who paid her money to keep Alans son a secret and away from port charles. When the son finds out he shows up in pc wanting a piece of ELQ)

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  130. bj anafan says:

    I definitely think he is playing Todd Manning, and that his dialogue is being written as if Todd was saying it.

    And, of course, it matters. Would we have wanted AJ to come back and start acting and talking like Jason just because we miss him? I think not.

    I get that the OLTL fans missed their actors and that the new GH writers obviously wanted them on GH too, but we lost the characters. They need to get over it.

    And I’m not dense. Obviously the character has been rewritten, but he was a psycho and he can’t just change his mind one day and have a whole new personality. He did what he did and the fans of the show remember every little detail, from the dead bodies, to Sam being strapped to a bomb, to the mental torture he put everyone through. We aren’t going to forget that because another actor is playing the part. And in this case, when he’s playing the part as a completely different character. It’s absolutely ludicrous!

    I wish these new writers would stop for a minute and start considering the legions of GH fans who have watched this show for years, and consider how we feel. We don’t care about OLTL, or Todd. We put up with him once taking over the main role on our show, but now he’s gone . Let us get back to seeing some of our main characters as more than biweekly popups meant, no doubt, to placate the poor GH fans.

    The same goes for the other two. And if I hear one more “You look familiar” I think I’m going to be ill. It’s not funny!!

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  131. Kristinna says:

    I like him as Franco.. He is doing a great job acting. It cracks me up that even with new roles, he is still Kristin’s father! They work so well together. Franco and Kiki are doing awesome.., Silas needs to be a bit softer, but then it would ruin the story line, I didn’t mind them coming back as long as they are there!

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  132. janet says:

    YUCK !!!

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  133. andrea says:

    the problem is Franco was not a likable character. Rogers Franco is VERY much like Todd which is a good thing. He will be redeemed with the bone marrow transplant and through his relationship with Kiki and Carly. Much like Todd. As long as Roger is on GH who cares? Hes great.It is a plus for all us GHers

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  134. Kiki says:

    I actually do not care what role he plays, just that he is a character on the show. I’m so sick of people getting all up in arms about the OLTLers joining the cast of GH. Would it make a difference had they been from The Guiding Light? These are 3 excellent actors, and GH did what they had to do to keep them. Do I wish Roger was still Todd Manning? Of course I do, but he’s bringing his own special brand of acting to Franco. People will start to care about him, and root for him, just like they did with Todd. Everyone needs to give him a chance to do what he does best which is letting the audience see things from his perspective. I love Roger, and if I’m able to, I will watch him in whatever part he’s cast in.

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    Eileen replied

    I’d like to co-sign this if I may :)

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    Kiki replied

    Absolutely!

  135. Phoebe says:

    LOVE Roger Howarth as Franco! – Agree that James Franco’s was horrible – but I will have to say that had to do with the actor’s execution. They made Franco a Quartermaine long before the recast – and the recast makes perfect sense to me! First he’s the right age, and he looke more like Sean Kanan and Steve Burton than James. As for Franco the character being messed up – well come on, GH built a huge audience on the backs of a rapist/child-killer (Luke), a mob boss (Sonny – that shot his son point blank), and a hit man (Jason – how many people has he off-ed?). AND, I don’t see how Franco is more twisted than Heather and Helena, and more manipulative than Carly! And he’s a Q, they are all messed up! And finally, I personal think Franco on the canvas made SO much more sense than Todd Manning from Llanview showing up to get into everyone’s face. I wonder if the fact that we had seen Roger as Todd for a year had any impact to our opinions to him as Franco, now!

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  136. Jeffrey Anderson says:

    leave Franco out of GH,b/c RH doesn’t fit right part of character.. BRING TODD BACK BETTER than other character.
    Michael Easton make lot of easier to play good part of doctor. :)
    Kiki? ugh… go back to Lauren better.

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  137. Dawn D says:

    Roger is probably one of a very few who can pull this off. I do hope we find out soon that he is not a Q. It will give him even one more facet to his character. I put my trust in the ABC team of Frank and Ron. The show is good with some slow spots but still think Kiki and Michael have great chemistry as Liz and AJ. Hope Britt and Lulu have the kids also.

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  138. melissa says:

    I like Roger Howarth. I loved him as Todd Manning! He is playing the role well of Franco, but no one will ever be able to replace James Franco as the real Franco. It’s just not the same feeling.

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  139. MARY DITANNA PENDRAK says:

    THANKS FOR ASKING , LOVE HIM AND THINK HE’S DOING A WONDERFUL JOB PLAYING FRANCO. I LOOK FORWARD EVERYDAY WHEN HE’S ON GH. JUST THRILLED THAT HE IS WITH GH AS HE IS AN ASSEST TO THE SHOW AS IS MICHAEL/SIRUS, AND KRISTEN/KIKI . LOVE THE THREE OF THEM AND HAVE NOTHING BUT MY BEST WISHES TO THREE FANTASTIC CHARATERS THAT THEY ARE PLAYING. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TO TPTB. I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING GH SINCE IT’S FIRST AIRING ON THE 51ST YEAR NOW. NEVER REGRETTED NOT KEEPING UP WITH THE SHOW. THEIR LIKE MY EXTENDED FAMILY, NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINGS, MY WISHES CAME TRUE FOR THEM. AS ALWAYS, MARY DITANNA PENDRAK.

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  140. Frank says:

    I think all three actors are doing a great job

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  141. Eileen says:

    Love Roger Howarth and I am digging this new role for him and so happy he is on GH! I think having Roger play a new and improved Franco is Grand! I don’t know much of original Franco, only watched his storyline on YouTube, and it left me disgusted. However I totally accept Roger in the role as he makes the character his own. Chill-out haters. It’s unbelievable how many comments I see about people disgusted by Franco because they don’t like his hair cut & color? Seriously. I get why Ron gave Roger this role. Established history and conflict with all the main players. I’m totally enjoying all of it! Maura West is amazing as Ava as well. Kristen Alderson is more interesting as Kiki and so what about the kissing cousins…. it’s fiction and it’s a soap… and it’s no worse than all the lying and cheating and killing everyone else does in Pt Charles. Like it’s ok for Sonny to order a hit on someone, but omg, Kiki kissed Michael. LMAO… amazing.

    Thank you Michael for asking :)

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  142. Kate says:

    I just love Roger, and I’m really happy he’s beck at GH. I was loving the idea that Todd and Carly might have a romance going on. They seemed perfect for each other. But, now that that’s over (through no fault of their own), I’m still thrilled to have Roger back, in any capacity. I can even start to believe that Franco is redeemable, because of Roger. My only problem, is a visual one. I think that a new haircut would have sufficed, without that awful bleach blond look. That and the fact that Kristen Alderson went with dark hair, at the same time, makes it really hard to buy that she is the daughter of these two blonds; Roger and Maura. Nevermind the fact that James Franco is a brunette. I was just shocked that everyone in Port Charles recognized Roger as Franco when, it seams, every attempt was made to make him look the complete opposite of James. Maybe, eventually, GH will let Roger go back to his natural hair color, or darker. One can only hope. In the mean time, I’m still watching.

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  143. JT says:

    Im sorry I like RH but he is playing Todd. Franco is a ridiculous character and this producer has forced too much with 3 returns in different names. ME was especially not needed. If only producers cared about the program and brought on characters with meaning to the program we would have success. Sadly lately the producers just cater to their buddies and ignore the premise. I would have preferred the return of Stefan Cassadine. As it is between JFP ruining Y&R with the dreadfully dreary Steve Burton, the soaps are being mutilated and killed by the producers with the blessing of the soap media who caters to them no matter what

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  144. brian bruce says:

    Why watch soaps at all. It’s more entertaining to read the comments here. It’s better than any show on television. Thanks for a great evening on the internet.

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    Patricio replied

    Hi Brian. Your comment is so true. I’ve been watching soaps for 35 years, these sites take them to a new level!

    Have a great week!

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  145. Aunt Six says:

    I’m still not loving this. Roger and Maura are chewing up the scenery together but I’m having a hard time trying to figure out why and art dealer and a successful artist want to take over ELQ. What could they possibly know about running a multi-national corporation? Obviously they want money and power, but they won’t have either if the company tanks. Secondly, are they every going to leave the Quartermaine living room? Has anyone else noticed that there are framed photos of “legacy” Q’s in almost every shot when Franco and Ava are together? It’s like we have to be reminded who’s house they’re in since no actual Quartermaines are ever there. Lastly, does it seem like the sets look a bit sparse lately? Other than a few framed photos and some china, the Q living room looks like a bunch of green walls and heavy drapes. Sonny’s living room also looked empty. Did they sell a bunch of props at a garage sale to help pay for the bloated cast?

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  146. Patricio says:

    The idea of bringing OLTL CHaracters to Port Charles was genius ! It brought viewers to GH and helped grieving OLTL fans.

    No one could have foreseen the events that would follow. FV did the best he could to save these talented actors. He is a man of honor. The storyline ? Train wreak . But Cavalari is a master story teller and will work it out. His years at “One Life” was among time great soap.

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    Kiki replied

    I agree with you. There are a lot of things that need to change with GH and it can’t be done in a year. Some of the more boring stories and characters were there long before the current regime took over. If the whiners are pissed about the new characters imagine how they would feel if their old favs got the makeovers they need to really get the show moving? It’s a wait and see right now, but I don’t see GH ever going to #1 again. The asshat that ran ABC for so long is the one to blame for the demise of all of the ABC soaps. There is just no way to recover from the mess he made while at the helm. The best that can be done is to keep the show on the air for what’s left of the fans.

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  147. Kiki says:

    Here’s what people are forgetting, GH was in the toilet long before the OL actors and Maura West joined the cast. It was set up for cancellation and now it’s not. You can’t expect 4 actors to boost the show from #4 to #1. GH lost viewers and those people just decided to not watch the show anymore. That was BEFORE the new regime took over. When they took over, they were able to snag many OLTL viewers which kept the show on the air, but it’s not going to make the show #1. However, lose Roger, Kristen, Michael & Maura and watch your show go off the air. So pick a side, get on board with the show now and stop complaining about new characters or have the show be canceled and watch it on OWN.

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    Joliefan Forever replied

    GH has not evern been picked up for 2014! Don’t act like if these actors leave that GH will be done! EVEN WITH THEM GH IS DONE!!!!! 4th out of 4 is for at least 2-3 years now is not doing good and is not going to be saved!! The Stories are stupid and nothing more than RC recycling OLTL story lines! The Biggest Mistake GH did was grab up FV and RC!!

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    Kiki replied

    Obviously you should try looking at the ratings. From August 2012 to now General Hospital is #2 in the ratings.

    Jolirfan Forever replied

    Really??? Even during the 50th Anniversary and Nurses Ball their ratings did not go any higher than 3rd and since DOOL has surpassed them they are now in LAST. Maybe you should learn to read!!

  148. Michele says:

    Dumb. I liked evil Franco and funny Todd this character is trying to merge the two and the blonde hair does NOT make him look evil at all. Sick !!! They could have gotten another actor to play Franco if James Franco wasn’t available and had Todd play someone else.

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  149. nancy dillingham says:

    A caricature that no one can relate to. Shows always get in trouble when they succumb to making fun of their own genre.

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  150. Christy says:

    i like it. I like Roger no matter who he is playing and I could not stand the original Franco – at all. Liked the guy in Spiderman, but hated the Franco performance! So having a much better Franco, and Roger is so funny, it truly makes Franco worth watching! Watching him with Ava and their faked relationship and seeing all the trouble they can get mixed up in, I love watching him.

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  151. Libby says:

    I was not excited abt a resurrected Franco. However, I could see how TPTB could weave an interesting story. Ron C and Frank V are still the best. Roger Howarth is a talented actor with a loyal fanbase. Trying to give it more time…hoping for greater twists to come #GH.

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  152. JTMarroletti says:

    Roger Howarth is very entertaining in each role he plays. He expertly molds his character into a unique personality that resembles none other. His expressions are sometimes quirky and comedic in true Howarth style as though he’s sharing a joke with his audience, but that just serves to show the versatility of this thoroughly enjoyable actor! Don’t let him go!!!

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  153. fan says:

    Love Roger! Love the writers of General Hospital! Best soap ever!

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  154. evelyn says:

    I like Roger Howarth as Todd Manning. Have not had a chance to see him as Franco/Jason but I think they should have brought new characters instead of rehashing /recasting with the old. To me there will only one Jason(Steve Burton) The same goes with Todd Manning and Star Manning and Mcbain. If it would have to be a recast they should choose and actor that would best resemble the character. Just my opinion.

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  155. Ghfan says:

    Its not working and I’ve stopped watching. Thanks for ruining GH RC/FV. Kiki & Franco are the most annoying characters ever.

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  156. LeeAnn McLain says:

    He should be TOdd Manning

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