Moonlight, moonlight, it’s soaps stars venturing into primetime! General Hospital star Roger Howarth (Franco) will take his talents to The CW later this year when he begins a recurring role on the network’s new hit series The Flash, based on the DC Comics series.
The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Glee) as Barry Allen/The Flash, a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who, after a freak accident, is struck by lightning and imbued with the power of super speed and quick healing. Barry was introduced in Arrow’s two-part winter finale. The origin series follows in the footsteps of other superhero adaptations Smallville and Arrow.
Deadline reports the Daytime Emmy winning actor will play Mason Bridge, an award winning reporter for the Central City Picture News. Initially serving as kind of a mentor for the newly hired Iris West (Candice Patton), who happens to be Barry’s best friend and secret crush. Iris and Mason’s relationship takes a turn when the reporter sets his sights on investigating Barry’s mentor, Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh). Viewers know Wells has an ulterior motive when it comes to The Flash, and has killed in the name of protecting him, but will Bridge uncover Wells’ secret?
The Flash is Howarth’s latest venture into primetime. The actor had a recurring role on the final season of Showtime’s Californication. If you’re wondering if this role means Howarth will be leaving General Hospital full-time, he’s not.
The Flash also stars Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) as Central City Detective Joe West; Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness) as bioengineering expert Caitlin Snow; Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries) as Detective Eddie Thawne; Carlos Valdes as mechanical engineering genius Cisco Ramon; Tom Cavanaugh as “rock star” physicist and financial tycoon Harrison Wells; and the original Barry Allen, John Wesley Shipp (Dawson’s Creek) as Barry’s father. The series recently added Tomorrow People alum Robbie Amell as one Ronnie Raymond, aka one half of Firestorm. Smash star Andy Mientus was recently cast as a new villain, Pied Pier.
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.