If ever the time is right to recast Jason Morgan on ABC and SoapNet, the time is now! Now that Roger Howarth has returned to General Hospital as the re-casted Franco – blonde, no less – perhaps it’s time to recast his fraternal twin brother as well.
Maybe not all fans of Steve Burton would appreciate Jason’s recast, but as long as Jason’s body is not found dead, it’s possible for Steve Burton to agree to return to his originated part in the future on GH.
Not that fans should hold their breath, so to speak, waiting for Steve Burton to return, but if Franco has been recast, it seems easier to suspend disbelief and accept that both characters have been recast together in this warring plot between Jason Morgan and his antagonist, Franco.
It has been a challenge for some GH fans to accept the initial introduction of One Life To Live characters from Llanview when they first arrived to Port Charles: Todd Manning, the owner and founder of Manning Enterprises and publisher of The Sun newspaper, his daughter Starr, and John McBain, the cop. Also appearing briefly from Llanview were Starr’s boyfriend Cole and their daughter Hope, who were killed on the day of their arrival, and Todd’s ex-wives, Téa Delgado, and the mother of Todd’s daughter Starr, Blair Cramer.
Given that GH was not canceled like OLTL and AMC, GH fans can feel relieved that the Llanview characters came to Port Charles rather than the other way around. But just as the GH fans got used to the Mannings’ and McBain, and have even grown to enjoy watching them within the past short year, those three main characters all picked up and left on the same day, leaving Port Charles for good. Michael Corinthos suddenly lost his beloved girlfriend, Starr. Carly Corinthos-Jax was left torn for turning away from Todd, to whom she was attracted to, yet felt he was not “good” for her as he left Port Charles. And Sam McCall had to bid farewell to John, the loyal and loving friend who helped deliver her baby Danny.
The reason was a fair one, given that the three actors from OLTL went to re-launch their canceled soap on Hulu and online. However, when they returned to GH on ABC and SoapNet one month later, fans had to get used to them all over again, with literally hair-raising changes to all three characters and their appearance. The American Broadcasting Company had no choice but to change the appearance and character names of those three actors from OLTL because ABC was being sued by the studio that revived OLTL and AMC, Prospect Park, for over $25 million. Aside this egregious lawsuit abuse, the reason why these actors even returned to GH at all was because they were on contract, so the show has to pay them whether or not they’re on-screen.
But this reason for the characters’ “bait-and-switch” was neither fair to GH fans nor to the ABC GH ratings. For GH fans it’s yet another suspension bridge of disbelief to cross over as the network hopes to keep ratings afloat. For most of those OLTL fans that watched GH when their Todd, Starr, and John came to Port Charles, changing those characters now will not keep them from changing the channel or turning their TV off. One can’t speak for everyone, but generally, any hope for adding the OLTL fan base viewership to GH is now D.O.A., yes, dead on arrival. According to the ratings for the week of May 27-31st, GH is now in the fourth spot behind Y&R, B&B, and DAYS.
So now Kristen Alderson, who played Starr Manning, is Lauren Jerome Frank, or Kiki for short, and she’s no longer a blonde. Michael Easton who played John McBain is now Silias Clay, the doctor with the silly ponytail. And Roger Howarth, who played Todd Manning, is now none other than Franco, affectionately called “Bobby” by his mother.
Franco the character was originated by the actor, James Franco, and his hair was jet black. When Roger Howarth returned as the blonde “Mystery Man” for a week, nobody saw it coming that he was none other than Franco himself. GH fans all know and understand that Franco has a sick and twisted obsession with his twin brother, Jason, and Jason’s return would add a lot of riveting drama for fans to enjoy. Or, maybe if both characters get recast together and if a softer side of “bad-boy” Franco can be achieved by the writers and the talented Roger Howarth, then a truce between the brothers is possibly believable. The point, once again, is if Jason were to ever be recast, the time is now.