Bad News? Unless you have been living under a rock or in a cave without TV, you know that Steve Burton is ending his 21 year stint as Jason Morgan on “General Hospital”. A lot of you may remember the scare of Mr. Burton not renewing his contract in the early 2000s. This time, it’s confirmed that he will not be seen in his sexy, smoldering, bad boy ways on the program anymore.
But wait! What will happen to the never-ending paternity issue of Sam and Jason’s son? Will Franco be any different with a new actor playing Jason? Steve Burton has perfected the portrayal of a troubled but irresistibly sexy troublemaker. Most ladies would just love to take care of him. It will be difficult to find another actor to fill Mr. Burton’s fine shoes.
Soap operas are notorious for recasting even the most popular characters in the show. In Jason Morgan’s case expect it to be no different. If I had my say on who should be the next Jason Morgan, here are the candidates:
Not a stranger to the world of soap operas, Zen was a mainstay on “All My Children” from 1997 to 1999 playing Braden Lavery. He has since starred in many movies. With the trend of movie actors returning to the small screen (e.g. Julianne Moore, James Franco), it would be a welcome sight to see Mr. Gesner in soaps once again. He would definitely have an advantage with audience familiarity. However, his disadvantage lies with his former role, which was an out-an-out bad boy. TV viewers may not easily warm up to Gesner if they keep remembering his former soap role. Jason Morgan is just one bad boy you wouldn’t kick out of bed, while Braden Lavery was just plain scary.
A fixture in the television world, he has done roles in “Sex in the City”, “CSI“, and “Brothers and Sisters”. He can be a great addition to “General Hospital”, but I have reservations about his capacity to portray a rather shady character. He appears too wholesome to play Jason Morgan. Additionally, he’s just too beautiful to play a criminal element. His TV experience has been on primetime, so I don’t know if soap fans will easily warm up to him.
A soap mainstay, he has been around the block with roles on “Days of our Lives”, “As the World Turns”, and “One Life to Live”. This is one prime candidate, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he will be in the running for a Jason Morgan recast.
Another soap fixture, Cameron Mathison should be a frontrunner for Jason Morgan. However, I think he may be too husky for the role. I’ve always pictured Jason to be a bit more compact, blame it on Steve Burton.
Somehow, I find myself on this side of the debate. I just cannot see any other actor portraying Jason Morgan better than Steve Burton.