Former General Hospital star Tristan Rogers makes his debut on The Young and the Restless this week. There couldn't be better timing. Everyone else in Genoa City appears to be losing their mind. Jack (Peter Bergman) punches Adam (Michael Muhney) in a bar. Daniel (Michael Graziadei) decks Kevin (Greg Rikaart) over his baby with Daisy (Yvonne Zima). Meanwhile, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) get in a catfight! Watch this week’s Y&R promo after the jump!
If this has anything thing to do with the casting battle between The Young and the Restless and General Hospital, score one for Y&R. TV Guide Magazine has the exclusive news of Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio, GH) heading to Genoa City!
A show rep tells TV Guide Magazine he'll play "a mysterious and charming stranger named Colin who comes to Genoa City with a dark secret and a threatening agenda." Rogers, whose role at this point is considered recurring, will start shooting Y&R October 27 and hit the air December 8.
Kudos to Y&R. They may not have been able to steal Anna (Finola Hughes) away, but Robert will do!
General Hospital veteran-turned-web soap creator Tristan Rogers spoke to TV Guide Canada about why he initially left ABC daytime's flagship series, and why he's now pledging his time to seeing the soap opera genre revitalized via his upcoming multi-platform sudser Reality Bytes.
TVG: When you starred on GH, and please correct me if I’m wrong, I got the impression that you wanted to leave daytime for bigger things. And here you are now trailblazing the soap medium into the future. You’ve also become one of soap opera’s biggest advocates. Has that surprised you?
TR: Yes. Because I’m tired of participating in a medium that isn’t evolving, I find myself extremely passionate about helping it evolve. This is a genre that I feel very strongly about because it’s beautifully simplistic in its own way and it’s great entertainment. Consequently, even though I understand why the networks are doing what they’re doing from an intellectually business point of view, I find it hard to believe it’s disappearing simply because it hasn’t evolved. I believe it’s possible that the soap medium can resurrect itself. C’mon — talent shows were history until American Idol came along. I have to believe that someone will come along and do the same thing for soaps again. The nature of soaps is just too compelling for it not to survive.
Tristan Rogers (ex-Robert Scorpio, General Hospital and General Hospital: Night Shift) is joining UC-Berkeley professor Abigail De Kosnik, past Daytime Confidential podcast guest and Director of Digital Strategy at public relations agency Peppercom, Sam Ford and Miami University professor C. Lee Harrington on a panel discussing the current state and future of the soap opera genre at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 18 from 12-1:45 p.m.
For more details on the event and their upcoming book The Survival of the Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era visit Society for Cinema and Media Studies website or contact Sam Ford at email@example.com
What do you think of the declining ratings of GH, that is the talk of the soap world right now?
I think General Hospital, of all the soaps, is in a real quandary because GH is constantly fighting its past, and in particular, it’s fighting its past now. It seems to suddenly have become a real issue. When I went back to the show in 2006 it was starting to bubble, and I don’t know if comments I made at the time helped it bubble up a bit hotter. But, I think what you have got now is an issue with the core body of fans. GH has a core body of fans that support it with whatever is happening. Now that core body of fans is deserting it, and when the last one turns off, that’s it. The new fans will not support it in a way that the older, foundational group will. I have been saying for sometime, “This is the group you have to have be supporting.” The show needs to try and maintain these fans and get that group solidified, and then go after the other groups. But, you must keep that fan base and foundation. When you have got no foundation, there is nothing to build on.