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Soap News: Genie Francis Joins 'Y&R,' New 'AMC' Head Writer and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 5th 2011 1:30PM
Genie Francis_ ABC_Laura_General_HospitalThe most famous female star of 'General Hospital,' Emmy-winner Genie Francis, is coming back to the soaps -- but on 'The Young and the Restless' this time. So forget about Laura returning to Port Charles to save Luke from his alcoholic haze on 'GH.' Genie will be heading to Genoa City to play Cane Ashby's mother.

Since Cane's just a ghost now, you can expect Mama Ashby to be flying to Wisconsin to meet her daughter-in-law Lily, and Cane's children, twins Matilda and Charlie.

What's intriguing is that Francis will likely be working with Tristan Rogers as Colin, Cane's Aussie mob boss father. Like Francis, Rogers is best known from his tenure on 'GH,' where he played super-spy Robert Scorpio. Francis's first appearance on-camera will be in May.

New 'Old' Head Writer for 'All My Children'?
According to Soaps in Depth, 'All My Children' is poised to make a switch in the writing department. Former head writer Lorraine Broderick is coming back to helm 'AMC' again. SID tweeted the news, and also assured fans that ABC would be confirming the hire this week. The publication is also convinced that the rumors of 'AMC's' cancellation are not true.

Speaking of those rumors, last week in TV Guide, columnist Michael Logan reported that ABC's daytime head Brian Frons was contemplating dropping both 'AMC' and 'OLTL.' In their place, a talk show and a reality program would be a cheaper alternative for the network ... at least in the short run.

ABC Daytime's head of P.R., Jori Petersen, would not confirm the story and added that all this news of no more 'AMC' and 'OLTL' is just conjecture and rumor at this time.

susan_haskell_abc_one_life_to_live_martyHaskell Axed by 'One Life to Live'
Marty Saybrooke may have gotten out of the mental hospital, but her portrayer has been sent out of Llanview. 'OLTL's' Susan Haskell has been let go. The two-time Emmy winner has become the victim of lack of storyline and shrinking budgets.

There's been no official announcement from ABC, nor has a final air date been revealed.

Haskell's character, as I mentioned, is now out of St. Ann's asylum and could be phased out naturally with her leaving town. However, I suspect that she's going to do something dramatic, like kidnap Natalie's baby.

She Maid It All Right
Actress Kate Linder, Esther Valentine on 'Y&R,' has been the loyal maid and dear friend to Katherine Chancellor for years. In fact, on April 10, Kate will celebrate 29 years on the CBS soap. Brava, Kate ... you're proof that there's no such thing as small roles, only small actors.

Film Noir Comes to Port Charles
Following in the footsteps of fictional detectives like Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade, cyber sleuth Damian Spinelli has chronicled his adventures in a new novel called 'The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli.'

The book is the latest spinoff from 'General Hospital,' as actress Carolyn Hennesy -- who plays Diane Miller -- wrote the book using the Spinelli character (Bradford Anderson) as inspiration. Here's a video promo for the project which will be available today, April 5th:

According to the press release, Hennesy's work had new Spinelli stories as told to Diane. "Filled with mystery and suspense, the book includes never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents -- their confessions and behaviors in times of crises and triumphs through Spinelli's imagination. Jason? Sonny? The Quartermaines? No one in town is spared."

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Genie waited and waited to be asked back to GH and they've ignored her. Is she supposed to just sit around and wait for them to call? All of you who are saying she should go back or can't do another soap need to get real. She can't return if she isn't asked. Tony Geary has moved on. He doesn't want to do LnL anymore. I am happy she is getting work and is going to a show to play a new character; supposedly a strong, powerful woman. That's what she wants, so I'm happy for her. I can't wait to see her in scenes with former cast mates Tristan Rogers and Stephen Nichols. She was fabulous paired with Stephen when he played Stefan Cassadine and she never got the chance to be paired with Tristan because LnL was so huge back then. I hope she get the chance to work with both men. It should be a lot of fun and a chance for Genie to spread her wings. :)

April 06 2011 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

so very cool watch General Hospital when i was in Grade school when Luke and Laura got together and then married and all that now she is going to be on the show i watch now .....

April 06 2011 at 3:42 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Micheles Third

I remember Luke and Laura in college. Students scheduled their classes so they could watch GH at 2pm. Lady Di's and Prince Charle's wedding summer 1981 was referenced in one episode. I think when Luke, Laura and Scorpio were trapped on some island lol. omg we all thought this show was as important as world news. It seems not so long ago newborn William was cuddled in Princess Diana's arms on tv and my mom hollering about the princess putting her nail polished finger in the baby's mouth. 30 Years gone by and now Genie has grandchildren on a soap and I have them irl. O**: I heard it said when i was a teenager but now i understand..'where did the time go?' i can't believe this. 30 years and baby william now is gonna be a groom !

April 06 2011 at 2:55 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

i have watched GH since 1965. I love Tony and Jason and Sonny.....AND dAMIEN IS THE COMIC TOUCH TONY USED TO BE. LOVE GH THEN, NOW AND ALWAYS. THANKS EVERYONE

April 06 2011 at 2:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mary Ott

I loved Luke and Laura on GH years ago and I am happy that she came back to the soaps I love watching her now i will have 2 soaps to watch as soon as I get this stupid tv fixed. I love One life to live....Imagine, I live 10 minutes fro channel 8 and 43 and cant get either of the channels.

April 06 2011 at 12:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply



April 06 2011 at 12:23 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

UGH! GH head writer and whomever else in control of the characters' fates on the show are idiots! They almost let Becky "Elizabeth" Herbst go because of MONEY. NOW, they've fired Tyler "Nikolas" Christopher because of MONEY and they have lost GENIE FRANCIS to another show because of what???? MONEY!!!! They are keeping all the newcomers because they are cheap. What they don't realize is that they are slowly, but surely losing their fans. Tony "Luke" Geary's talent has been wasted and hasn't had much of a storyline until lately; that's only because he's ready to leave the show for his summer vacation and they need a way for him to exit. They pay big bucks to keep Geary and he IS a great actor, but give him a regular storyline then! It just doesn't make sense that they would keep Vanessa "Brenda" Marcil Giovinazzo for WHAT????? She doesn't DO ANYTHING! I have been watching GH since 1979, but I am ready to change the channel. I guess the head writer and his team don't realize that they have to spend money to make money!

April 05 2011 at 11:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

All My Children rocks!

April 05 2011 at 11:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Laura is just THAT,,,, Laura, Go ahead,, try in another soap,,,,,,NOT,,,,,

April 05 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

how old is she now? Must be around 60 wouldn't u say

April 05 2011 at 10:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Lizzie's comment

Well, they DO need older women to play the more mature roles in the soaps, which apparently she'll be doing, when she comes on as Cain's mother (Cain seemed to be in his late 20's-early 30's). I think Genie will be a great addition to Y&R.

April 06 2011 at 12:41 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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