General Hospital's Roger Howarth Lands Multi-Episode Arc on Californication!






One of daytime and "anytime" TV's No. 1 stunners is heading for pay cable. Deadline is reporting Roger Howarth has booked a multi-episode guest spot on Showtime's long-running dramedy Californication. From the article:

General Hospital and One Life To Live star Roger Howarth is set for a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s veteran comedy Californication. Howarth, repped by Gersh and Bob McGowan of McCowan Management, will play a yoga teacher in the class of Karen (Natascha McElhone), Hank’s (David Duchovny) longtime, on-again/off-again girlfriend and mother of his daughter.


Way to represent, Roger!


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I'm gonna have to watch this, I've never seen him as another character before, congrats to Roger, hopefully this will lead to more primetime gigs......and less time for Franco...sorry, I had to.

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I hope to see him naked!

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I never realized how big his ears are. I'm not making fun. Just an observation. Good for him though. If he can do one of those multi-episode arcs for OLTL again, then I'm all for it.

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rotm, it's funny you say that. I've been watching RH for years, but today, his ears really stood out for me, too!

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I find it amusingly ironic that just days after one of our regular commentators made a crack about Howarth having to stick to soaps — where he has been steadily employed for about 2 decades —and having never broken into prime time (forget "Prey" & "Dawson's Creek") because of his so-called limited acting ability, this announcement is made.

Howarth's ears must be burning.

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Great News and Well Deserved!

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J Bernard Jones wrote:
Howarth's ears must be burning.

Well, they're so close to the sun! Laughing out loud

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Good for RoHo!

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Well you know what they say about men with big ears.... Wink

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Well you know what they say about men with big ears.... Wink

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Shocking! I had no idea that show was still on.

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liason4real wrote:
Well you know what they say about men with big ears.... Wink

Big earmuffs?

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If he's involved with Karen that means lots of screentime and lots of scenes with him and Hank. I bet he beats Hank up. All of Karen boyfriends does. Also, like the previous poster said, I wonder if he will be nude. EVERYONE is naked and do anal on that show, seriously. I had to stop watching. I will tune back in to see him.

The best thing about this..LESS FRANCO YEAH YEAH!!! I know Laura Wright is having a fit. She has been talking about him non stop. First when he was Todd, she was going on and on about Carly and Todd's special connection. Twitter was pissed about that one. Now she's talking about Carly and Franco. Well he will be on Showtime and going to all those big time parties and won't have time to deal with the little people, lol

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Well, I could be more happy about this if Howarth hadn't been eating up the screentime for weeks on GH. He is a good actor, and in that way, this comes as no surprise. I just hope it keeps him busy enough to be preoccupied and away from GH for awhile.

As far as the show Californication goes, it's not my cup of tea. I don't like David Duchovny. His prime was over after X-files.

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Who the heck said that? Ridiculous! He has done primetime before and is a great actor. Being in NYC was probably more of limiting factor more than anything and being on a soap opera isn’t even a bad thing.

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Congratulations to RH! I always found him to be a multi-talented actor and I'm glad he gets a chance to do other roles besides GH. Every actor wants that chance to play other roles. I just hope he still stays on GH because he so entertains me when he's on the screen, with his ad-libbing and comic sense.

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Congrats! Always glad to see one of my soap faves find success outside daytime.

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Congrats! I hope it is a huge success and that Roger permanently joins the show and leaves GH.

I still stand by my earlier comments about him being a limited actor hence being on soaps for so many years. Over a 20 year career, a guest stint on a Showtime series and appearances on ABC's flop PREY 15 years ago and DAWSON'S CREEK a decade ago don't make him Laurence Olivier.

For goodness sakes Mike Tyson has more acting credits.

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I'm also jumping for joy, for all the obvious reasons -- A BREAK FROM ROHO!!! WOO HOO!! Beer Big smile Party

Listen, for all the diligent defenders of RoHo's acting ability -- which i don't specifically comment on since there are hammy actors all over the place -- this just has more to do with BALANCE. U guys want a great example? OK, here it goes -- KIM ZIMMER. Anyone with an average IQ can agree that Guiding Light was its absolute BEST when Kim Zimmer was away from the show 1990 to 1995. This is not a knock on Zimmer, in fact i love her to death -- always have, always will. I own her damn book and would follow her anywhere. But Reva usually SWALLOWED UP THE ENTIRE SHOW when she was on. Hell, i even enjoyed some of it when she did! (Shortly after her '95 return and the Amish story, she was in a triangle with Alan and Buzz with Annie all crazy -- circa the time of Sarah's death -- and i friggin LOVED.IT. A personal favorite s/l) But most die hard GL fans know the ensemble truly SHINED when KZ was on the West Coast! I feel CarToony lose their marbles keeping these 3 on the show, and if it's worked to any degree we have Maura West to thank!

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I want to see butt!

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Yorla wrote

Well, I could be more happy about this if Howarth hadn't been eating up the screentime for weeks on GH.

So, I suppose 3 1/2 weeks does qualify but I don't find it unusual for a character in the center of a front burner, A story to be on screen a lot, either, as that is what generally happens on soap operas.

IOWAHAWKEYE wrote

Guiding Light was its absolute BEST when Kim Zimmer was away from the show 1990 to 1995.

That is complete overreach. Many long time GL viewers can claim several periods where GL was superior to Reva Shayne's introduction and there are many others who could claim that one of its premeire golden eras was when Pam Long wrote GL during her first stint. Not only did Long introduce Reva, but also the Lewis family (GL's version of Dallas' Ewing clan, just as most soaps had one like the Buchanans on OLTL), reinvigorated the Spauldings with Alexandra Spaulding (the legendary Beverly McKinsey) and introduced the Coopers including one of its most enduring ingenues who would later become a leading lady, Harley Davidson Cooper (Beth Ehlers). GL was drowning in talent, both in front of and behind the scenes during Long's tenure and no one could accuse Reva of "swallowing up the entire show," especially with McKinsey on board. Reva was conceived and written as a larger than life character, but a great many of GL's character's were written that way as well. (And truth be told to power, all of the soaps of the 80's had big, Dallas/Dynasty-esque larger than life characters and stories). Reva did not exist alone: she was paired with Spauldings and all of the Lewis men and part of a huge supercouple, the also legendary Josh & Reva. That Reva seemingly (but is incorrectly remembered as having) loomed so much larger prior to Zimmer's first departure is in large part due to the fact that so many of the OTHER larger than life characters disappeared along the way, due to being written out, actors departures or even deaths (McKinsey, Christopher Bernau, Charita Bauer, Michael Zaslow). So, in many ways, reva was the last of "giants" of that era left standing. Also contributing to Reva's legend was the WAY she was written out the first time by driving off that bridge in the Florida Keys in a postpartum fugue was pretty spectacular (and even then, infamous) for daytime.

However prior to that, while Zimmer as clearly one of GL's biggest stars and Reva one of Pam Long's favorite and biggest characters, the reality is that she no more "ate" show than anyone else. Every headwriter has their favorites and has since time immemorial. Just ask Martha Byrne about Doug Marland's "show eating" Lily or Gloria Monty about "show eating" Luke & Laura. It was under Pam Long's GL with her larger than life characters, INCLUDING Reva, that first toppled GH in the ratings as the top show and there was plenty of critical acclaim that went along with it.

To that end, GL did become more of an ensemble after Zimmer (and Long) quit, and it was one of — and because of many story lines — the best serials on daytime. I agree wholeheartedly that GL was on fire for most of that time....BUT... it also had PLENTY of missteps, or do we not remember the disastrous characters that were and story lines that involved Tangie Hill, Cutter and Veronica; the Daniel St. John murder fiasco; Alan's crazy ass return pretending to be Japanese; the Sixth Street fire that feature Buzz screaming on top of a roof for what seemed like a month, Beverly McKinsey's abrupt departure mid-major story and — finally and most critically...

...the death of Maureen Bauer, which outraged untold numbers of viewers and which is generally regarded as the true beginning of the long, painful decline and end of the once mighty Guiding Light.

You can't blame any of that on "Reva" or Zimmer.

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Well played, Gord. Well played. Laughing out loud

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rabbit on the moon wrote:
I never realized how big his ears are. I'm not making fun. Just an observation. Good for him though. If he can do one of those multi-episode arcs for OLTL again, then I'm all for it.

in his last stint on OLTL ( when on abc) Ron C had him/Todd say a really good line that I thought was was very funny as I had noticed his ears were on the big side ....I don't know the episode but he says "I'm all ears!" ...it was very funny in an inside way , if you were aware of them...

Anywayyyyy.... Great for Roger. I'm glad that he'll get to play someone that is likely not to be a criminal for a change. He's an excellent actor (as are so many on daytime that are/have been overlooked by those in movies and primetime...)

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@JBJ -- thanks for spouting off a tiresomely lllong laundry list of Pam Long's achievements. I'm aware of most or all of them, but thanks anyway for the time taken. I'm also aware there are other examples of Head Writers having their "pets". We can assume i'm not referring to Guiding Light's ENTIRE SEVENTY YEARS of programming when stating my case, but talking more generally about what a STRONG period GL had during Zimmer's absence, arguable stronger in quality to anything Long wrote in the 80s, as a whole.

I'm also aware of GL's slow death spiral once Maureen was killed, as Phelps famously did the same with beloved Frankie Frame on AW, which was a death knell for that show as well, with Goutman hammering the final nail in the AW coffin a few years later. Still not sure what your point was.

Again, this wasn't a diss against Zimmer; i was and AM a huge ass fan. I stand by the fact that GH is hurt by CARTOONY'S obsession with "The 3 That Ate Port Charles", so much so that he's now dumbing down major characters, the first of which being legendary Tracy Q.