Okay, I am really, really trying to be kinder to my soaps, with so many in such precarious states right now, but I have to call it like I see it. Genie Francis is embarrassingly-bad as kooky Genevieve Atkinson on The Young and the Restless.
I’m sure I will catch hell for going here about a daytime treasure, but Francis’ portrayal of Cane and Caleb’s (Daniel Goddard) unhinged mother has been cartoonish and abysmal from her first air show. I don’t know if Francis is painfully attempting to channel the late Elizabeth Taylor’s fun, campy turn as Luke and Laura’s arch nemesis Helena Cassadine on General Hospital 30 years ago, or going for Evil-Lyn from the old He-Man and The Masters of The Universe cartoon, but she’s missing the mark either way.
As much as I would love to solely blame this performance on the writing—because let’s face it, the story is dreadful—Francis is the one making the choices to jerk, gasp and wince as Genevieve registers each and every emotion or painful memory. This is not the Genie Francis we know and love. READ MORE
One of daytime's most legendary leading ladies credited another daytime great for her new job today on The Talk. Former General Hospital star Genie Francis (ex-Laura) appeared on The Talk to discuss her new gig on The Young and the Restless as Cane and Caleb's (Daniel Goddard) mobster mama Genevieve Atkinson. When co-host Holly Robinson Peete asked about how Francis' new job came about, here's what Francis replied:
"I must thank Oprah Winfrey here and now. I would have have this job without her. She made my dream come true as well."
As a point of reference, earlier in the episode The Talk ladies had highlighted one of their employees, Paolo Presta, who came to fame after Oprah helped him secure his own dream gig, a walk on role on then favorite sitcom, NBC's Will & Grace. Presta went on to book a recurring role on General Hospital before landing his current job with The Talk. Now that's what I call six degrees of soaperation between Francis, Presta and The Mighty O.
Francis went on to recall how Y&R's showrunner Maria Arena Bell conceived the idea of Genevieve after hearing Francis detail how she was over playing soap victims. Maybe Y&R's "vacationing" leading lady Melody Thomas Scott needs to do more talk shows? Watch a clip of Francis on The Talk after the jump!
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Maria Arena Bell just made Brian Frons kick a puppy in the face. EW.com is reporting General Hospital superstar Genie Francis is joining The Young and the Restless as Cane's (Daniel Goddard) mother! Francis will reunite with her former GH costar Tristan Rogers (ex-Robert), as the ex-wife of Aussie mob boss Colin. We're hearing the mad, mobster mama Francis will play would make Laura Spencer clutch her pearls. Sounds like Bell must have DVR'd Francis on Oprah, where she revealed she wasn't trying to play a soap doormat anymore. Can't. Wait. For. This.