BREAKING NEWS: Genie Francis Returns to General Hospital!



Amazing news, General Hospital fans! Genie Francis is returning to Port Charles as Laura Spencer for the soap's 50th Anniversary, according to EW.com.

Francis just closed a deal to reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the drama’s 50th anniversary this season. She’ll report to the sudser’s Studio City, Calif., set sometime later this month for a Feb. 11 debut, which is actually 50 days before the series’ April 1 anniversary.

It’s unclear how long Francis, a.k.a. Laura, will stick around Port Charles this time.


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Laura should be the surrogate for Lulu and Dante!

It's happened in real life with women much older. Why couldn't Genie Francis do this storyline?

I think this would be a great storyline for Laura's return.

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Finally! I hope she connects with Lulu and Elizabeth. They both could use her support--Lulu because of what she and Dante are going through and Elizabeth because of Jake and because it would be nice to have someone on her side.

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I am so happy Genie Francis is returning as Laura! It wouldn't be a 50th anniversary show without the great Luke and Laura. There has never been a couple, on any soap, that had the chemistry and magic together as them. I have a feeling Scotty will be making an appearance also. I am SO looking forward to these upcoming shows, and the Nurses Ball. Frank V., you've made a lot of people happy!

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With all the villains back and working together, and with Helena being at the head of the table, my guess is Laura's absence must be tied into Helena. Laura has always been Helena's object of hatred and it wouldn't surprise me if Laura's catatonic state was induced by Helena since its been hinted that Helena owns the mental hospitals where Robin, Heather, and Laura were all housed. If Laura has been away from her children all this time, she more than likely is on the run or staying away in an effort to protect them. Genie Francis and Tony Geary are the reason daytime soaps exploded into the public conscience back in the late 1970's and early 80's. Luke and Laura were a phenomenon never seen on daytime television before or since and no character or couple can compare to the popularity or impact these two characters had on the genre. Genie Francis for her contribution to half of that duo has earned the rights to be called the queen of daytime television. Welcome back Genie to General Hospital, a show that you helped make a household name and an iconic program loved by millions of people. I'm sure whatever Frank and Ron create for Genie, we the audience are in for some of the most amazing stories we have seen on GH in a decade. I say, buckle up, I think this is going to be beyond must see television, this is going to be early 1980's edge of your seat, I can't believe the show is over today and I cant wait until tomorrow.

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FV is gay? I knew RC was but I thought FV was married?!

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UN-freaking believable,YAY! I'm just now watching early Nov stuff and Jane Eliot (and Finola Hughes) are hitting it out of the ballpark -- amazing stuff, probably THE BEST stuff Cartini have done, beyond OLTL in certain aspects...

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And Hell to the No re: Jack Wagner returning to GH --- NOT. NEEDED! jmo

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SwanQueen59 wrote:
I came home from teaching, fired up the old PC (yes, no lap top or i-pad here. Have enough trouble without all that new tech stuff, LOL!), and what should greet my wondering eyes ? This wonderful news that our Genie is coming back!!! Party A big thank you to Mr. Valentini and Mr. Carlivati who have recognized the VALUE of verteran talent and have not been timid in getting them back into the mix. Do the stories have to improve? Absolutely, (I have tremendous reservations about the present surogacy debacle Puzzled ), but the addition of this same veteran talent offers opportunity for the writing and and production to be taken to a, if not sensible end, than at least a more satisfying one. And that is also a good thing. I pray that Genie's Laura is given an intelligent story that capitalizes on her good nature as well as the resilient strength that I've always loved and admired. And I so want my beloved L and D to be in the center of that Spencer family circle with her. Now we have to get (fingers crossed), Lucky (JJ? Please?)back as well as Ethan (recast, obviously. As for Luke? You know at this point, if that "Super Couple" ship has sailed, I'm okay with it. As long as they recognize that it was there and don't dismiss it or abuse it the way Guza and Wolf did, I'll take Luke and Laura seperately. I just want Laura to be back in her rightful place in PC. And now, I do believe I'm going to crack open a refreshing adult beverage Beer and toast General Hospitals great fortune. Welcome Home Laura, Welcome Back Genie!!! Big smile You both have been missed!!! I am so excited!!! Innocent

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I was going to write a post but then I read yours. You said it all but perhaps in a much kinder way than I would have said it. Here's hoping Ms. Francis stuck to her guns when she said she would only return to GH if Laura was no longer a victim. Given the way Laura has been written since around 1999 and this regime's history of misogynistic plot devices, I hope Laura's return is much more like her return in 1993 when Laura suddenly (when written by a feminist) was both strong yet vulnerable, optimistic yet intelligent, strong willed and no one's victim but most endearingly an earth mother figure who had certainly grown up since her heyday in the 1980's. Grown up women are in short supply in daytime. Hoping Laura is one of them.

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I loved reading this first thing this morning! What a great pick me up to my day! I don't care if Luke ever is seen in PC again, as long as Laura comes home strong, capable, and fixes the mess that her family has become without her! I would love to see Lucky and Stefan back, and not only because I don't want to see that shrill holier than thou Lulu in every single scene with Laura. I hope to see Laura and Liz have many wonderful scenes as Laura gets to see her grandchildren. I also hope Anna and Laura have many scenes, and they could bring Robert back more also!

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luverica wrote:
Yes ChristianDavis148, I know! Frank and I do have that in common. Wink

lmao!

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soapfan616-Good to see you, darlin'! Smile Many thanks for your kind response. Nice to know we have some of the same ideas when it comes to GH... Innocent

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This will make up for when Prospect Park delivers that "cease and desist" order on the use of OLTL characters. Smile

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Oh my God! Thrilled by the news!! Another returning vet who can really act! I hope they bring back Leslie, Scott and Bobbie, too! I think an interesting twist would be that the woman in white, who Helena had "killed," actually turn out to be another child of Laura's. Obviously, a different actor for the character but it would be a cool adventure if Laura found out and has to go on the run to rescue her other daughter. Just a thought!

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Mmm...do I smell a new Spencer/Cassadine storyline simmering on the stove?

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I have always preferred Laura to Luke ... she drew me to General Hospital before Luke was even in the picture.

I really hope they can incorporate Leslie (Denise Alexander) into Laura's return. I always loved Leslie and the relationship she had with Laura. I noticed that Lulu mentioned "Grandma Lesley" the other day. Wondered if it was a foreshadowing of an appearance. Hadn't heard her mentioned in forever.

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I just knew as soon as GF was let go from Y&R (by JFP yet again Stare ) that FV would pounce & just about do everything to get her back on GH in time for the 50th anniversary. I'm so happy. Big smile

I hope they get Jonathan Jackson back in time to complete the Spencer unit. It would be the first time AG, GF, JJ & JMB would all share the screen.

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Best News Ever!!!! Hopefully Jamey will be kinder to her than he was while she was on Y&R.