5 Quick Steps to Save The Character of Franco on General Hospital
I don't envy the creative team behind ABC Daytime's General Hospital. As arguably the most popular daytime soap of all time—if no longer the highest rated since circa 1988—everyone seems to always have an opinion about GH.
We want Monty-style big romance and action adventure! We want the socially-relevant tales of Claire Labine! We hate the mob! We miss the mob! We want Garin Wolf! Okay, no one ever said that last sentence, like ever...
The editorial/podcast staff here at Daytime Confidential is no exception. We all have opinions 'a plenty about GH that we're always just itching to share. Sometimes those opinions can even turn on a dime, like mine about soap superstar Roger Howarth as notorious supervillain Franco.
When I first heard rumblings GH was toying with the idea of recasting the One Life to Live transplant in the horrendous, universally-panned role—played originally as a goof by bored movie star James Franco—I thought it would be an unmitigated disaster. Once I saw Howarth on screen as Franco, hilariously poking fun of the entire town of Port Charles at a festival of horrors on the Haunted Star, I immediately changed my tune on this particular "General Hospi-tale".
If anyone could pull off this madness, it would be Howarth and Cartini, right? Right? A few weeks in, and I have to admit my soapometer is leaning toward the disaster end of the dial again.
Franco, complete with ghastly, day-glow hair, camped out on the iconic Quartermaine living room set, hasn't done a lot to inspire confidence in this story. And since I would absolutely hate to see this masterfully-rebuilt sudser bogged down by one storyline, I'm gonna put on my backseat chauffeur's cap and offer up five quick fixes to salvage the character of Franco.
No 5: Dye his hair
We'll start off with the superficial. Franco looks like a douchebag with that ridiculous dye job. No self-respecting man in his 40's would purchase that rinse, let alone let someone massage it into his scalp. Franco looks like an aging party boy at a WeHo nightclub, who has yet to realize he doesn't have the hottest, tightest ass in the room anymore.