DC's Top 10 Male Entertainers of 2012
No. 1: Roger Howarth, One Life to Live and General Hospital
We here at Daytime Confidential would like to take a moment to ask daytime's most awesomely-rad fellow Roger Howarth to beg us a thousand pardons for all the shittake mushrooms we gave him during his regrettable stint on As The World Turns. In 2012, Howarth was everything right about daytime soap operas.
First during One Life to Live's final weeks on ABC Daytime, then crossing over to General Hospital as roguish, publishing tycoon Todd Manning, Howarth was without a doubt the medium's most entertaining male performer of the year. Forget that drippy love story by Molly Lansing (Haley Pullos); Disney's Hyperion imprint needs to publish a book of Todd's one-liners! Seriously, the first five seasons of The Golden Girls didn't have as many laugh-out-loud zingers.
Not that Todd and/or Howarth only existed in Port Charles for comic relief last year. During the poisoned water saga, we saw our man show and prove in action hero mode. We also witnessed him wrestle with tremendous guilt over having switched Tea (Florencia Lozano) and Sam's (Kelly Monaco) babies, not to mention knowing that Johnny (Brandon Barash), not Connie (Kelly Sullivan), killed his daughter's loved ones.
Perhaps what we loved most about Howarth's portrayal of Todd in 2012 was the slight redemption he found with kindred spirit Carly Corinthos-Jacks (Laura Wright). If anyone knows what it's like to feel intense remorse after taking a bulldozer to the lives of many, it's Carly. Let's hope these two turn out to be as amazingly-entertaining as lovers as they have been friends.