Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Soap Cliffhanger Resolved: “General Hospital” Star Genie Francis Back on Contract after 9 Months


Here’s a happy ending, at least for now: soap star Genie Francis is on her way back to “General Hospital.” Francis, who’d been the star of the show on and off for 40 years, announced on air in January that she was leaving and would return in six weeks. In reality, the show had bumped her off contract to recurring status with no guarantees. So she left.

Nine months later, Francis has announced her return. Her agent tells me she’s back on contract. Good thing, too. Ratings for “GH” have been unsteady all year. At lot other actors have come and gone. Francis wil start taping in September, which means she’ll return for November sweeps. When she left the show, her character, Laura, had just married. When she returns she’ll find her husband has been locked up in a mental institution by his psychopathic twin brother.

This happens all the time!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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