General Hospital star Roger Howarth will be sticking around on the ABC network’s lone soap opera for the foreseeable future. Soap Opera Digest reports the fan favorite has inked a new deal to continue on with the long running drama as reformed serial killer Robert “Franco” Baldwin.
The Daytime Emmy winner joined the GH cast in 2012 after the cancellation of One Life to Live, bringing over his OLTL character Todd Manning to the GH canvas. After an initial brief run, he returned as a full-time cast member. Though maligned by some fans as the “OLTL Invasion,” Howarth’s Todd quickly assimilated and rose to popularity with GH viewers while paired with Carly (Laura Wright). Unfortunately, that all came to an end in early 2013 due to an (ongoing) messy legal battle (#MegaSoapConspiracy) between ABC and Prospect Park, the failed production company that purchases the licensing rights to OLTL and sister show All My Children. The series was forced to write out Howarth and others for months.
Howarth returned to the series in May 2013, assuming the role of Franco, a character previously played by film star James Franco. Though Franco continues to be divisive with fans, Roger Howarth’s captivating performances and chemistry with leading ladies Michelle Stafford and now Rebecca Herbst continues to earn raves.
Great news for fans of the actor!