HomeTVABCValentini to Access Hollywood on Genie Francis’ GH Return: “It’s Not a Guest Appearance” Jillian Bowe January 16, 2013 ABC, CBS, Comings & Goings, Days of Our Lives, News, Soap Opera, The Young and The Restless, TV 15 Comments What exactly has General Hospital's Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) been up to in Europe for the past five years? Showrunner Frank Valentini spoke with Access Hollywood at ABC’s TCA after party, where he offered up the skinny. Valentini stated: “She’s coming back because Port Charles is her home and there were reasons why she was away,” he told AccessHollywood.com at ABC’s bash last Thursday, following the Television Critics Association Winter Session 2013. “I think it’ll be exciting for the audience to discover what those reasons are and to sort of stay with a little bit of the mystery of Laura’s return.” Will Francis' stint at GH be a short one? Not according to one half of Cartini: 'No, it’s not a guest appearance. We’ve hired her, we’ve absolutely hired her." Photo of Genie Francis courtesy of Hallmark Channel 15 Responses TheMikeDubin January 16, 2013 I have total confidence the dynamic duo will do this right! I am really looking forward to Laura coming back. The show is great, but will be even better with this element added. However… should I see her start biting Luke’s lip.. then we have a problem! Log in to Reply days4ever January 16, 2013 This is fabulous news. When I think of GH I think of Laura (and Luke) so it makes sense that she is back where she belongs and on contract. I am hoping that Lucy, Kevin, and Scotty are long term returns as well. All this great soap news is making my head spin lol! Log in to Reply Myst Stied January 16, 2013 I’m glad Genie will be on awhile an glad to see the old school vet again but the vet that bought me back to GH is in a come. I wish FV will tell us what the static of Tristan Rogers on gh and when will Robert be back. I’m just not as excited about vets returning when my favorite vet is in some stupid when he’s more productive being up and about. Having Luke/Laura/Robert soap royalty on in a story of their own will be a dream come true for some longtime viewers.. Log in to Reply giogio January 16, 2013 Back in the Luke and Laura days they made GH a household name. They blew the roof off of GH. People love Laura. She has such deep dark history as well as Light. She is a one of a kind character FV knows it and he’s running with that hire. Good for him. Log in to Reply GHteenybopper January 16, 2013 Oh happy day! It’s great to see so many vets return, this should be a lot fun since Scotty is coming back as well. SBu’s exit put on a ton of dough back into GH’s piggy bank Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott January 16, 2013 Good work Frank. I’ve always said Laura would not have stayed away from her kids all this time. Although, the previous regime wanted us to believe so…. Log in to Reply 80srockfan January 16, 2013 She was with Nikolas at Stefan bedside taking care of him just watch that’s going to be Frank’s next move The Cassadine family will be back in may Log in to Reply jthawk January 16, 2013 I don’t think Frank will let Genie go all lip-biting crazy like she did on Y&R. There she had minimal direction from Maria – but Frank will stop all that, just like he did with Ian! Good for GF being there for good. Although at this point in story they either need a Nicholas or Lucky back on the canvas, if for nothing more than the 50th anniversary. Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie January 16, 2013 GOOD–KEEP HER. Log in to Reply Marland Fan January 16, 2013 It will be great to have Laura back because it won’t be Guza’s version of Laura. I trust RC and FV to do right by this iconic character. I’m hoping for one more L&L adventure for GH’s 50th anniversary. Log in to Reply Angie Lucy January 17, 2013 The real Laura Spencer comes home. Welcome back, Genie! Log in to Reply evermore January 17, 2013 I’m happy to hear this but wonder why they don’t simply say she’s on contract Log in to Reply wiggum January 17, 2013 probably because if she’s on contract, she’s guaranteed a certain amount of money a week, if she is on reccuring, there is no guarantee. FV is very good with the budget stuff Log in to Reply Yoryla January 19, 2013 YES! I kinda hoped it would not be just a short stint. And I know Cartini are big Laura fans, so I doubt they would lure Genie on without having her on contract. Yippeee!!!! Log in to Reply richie January 21, 2013 i could not agree with you more! the lack of respect guza and co showed laura and miss francis was appalling! RC and FV are doing an incredible job of creating gripping, entertaining story, while embracing GH’s rich and legendary history! Now if only Mr. Corday could get a clue…. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.