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Thursday, 10 January 2008
A fabulous, touching interview with Jonathan Jackson

A couple months ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to find a wonderful person who said he would contact Jonathan Jackson on behalf of myself and Operation: Genie's Angels [OGA] in regards to engaging in an online interview about Genie Francis.  A week ago Jonathan contacted me and most graciously agreed to answer some questions for me, to give us just a bit of insight to the time he spent with Genie. 

Suzette[OGA] -  Jonathan, the first and foremost question would have to be, what was it like working with Genie Francis?

Jonathan - It was pure joy. I was 11 years old when I started and Genie treated me with such kindness and grace. She protected me and always taught me to trust my instincts. She was fun and very present in everything we did together.

Suzette[OGA] - I'm sure you've played the 'word association' game, Jonathan - where someone throws out a word and you say the first thing that comes to mind.  In that, if I say 'Genie Francis', what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Jonathan - Lovely

Suzette[OGA] -  I know that you and your brother Richard Lee have a band, Enation, and I read that years ago Genie and Tony presented you with your first guitar on your birthday - did that have any influence on your music?  Or were you already working on playing guitar?  And being as music is such an integral part of your life, I was wondering if there was any song, when you hear it, makes you think of Genie?

Jonathan - Actually, I got my first guitar when I was eight and it was an electric guitar. But, they gave me my first acoustic guitar and I played it all the time in my dressing room while I was on the show. Funny enough the song, "Don't Fence Me In" reminds me of Genie because they played as a joke in a scene.

Suzette[OGA] - Being so young when you began the role of Lucky Spencer, I know you had no idea who 'Luke and Laura' were. Genie seems to be such a down-to-earth person who is sensitive, somewhat shy, genuinely kind and with a good sense of humor.  In your experience working with her, would you say that is an accurate assessment? Can you add anything to that description?   And how did being such an iconic figure seem to affect Genie?

Jonathan - There was no presence of ego or self importance in Genie. She was unselfish and genuine. She is very funny, and there was a lot of joy when we worked together. 

Suzette[OGA] - Genie always seemed to portray the role of Laura Spencer effortlessly with such emotion and passion.  She had a way of drawing us in as viewers and making us believe in every word, every glance.  How much of herself did Genie bring to the role of Laura Spencer and how much was acting?

Jonathan - I don't think I could really answer that. She is very gifted and very available to the moment. 

Suzette[OGA] - What was Genie's biggest influence on you as a child actor, and what could you say you learned from her as a child that you still carry with you today as an adult? 

Jonathan - I learned so much it's hard to narrow it down. But, I would say I learned to listen in an emotional way from her. Being so young and witnessing such power from the person playing your mother was intense. In some ways it was quite easy. And again, to trust my instincts. 

Suzette[OGA] - From the first moment you began your role as Lucky Spencer, there always seemed to be the most fantastic connection between yourself and Genie.  I've heard both you and Genie comment on the bond that was there between you. The many fans of your work together have always agreed you were so believable as Mother and child; to what would you attribute that?

Jonathan - Just a divine connection. It was meant to be, that's what I would say. Genie has compassion in her, and my little heart resonated with that. These things can't be explained very well.

Suzette[OGA] - Adding to the previous question, when you left in 1999 Genie was said to have been disheartened by your decision to leave, although she completely understood the reasons.  She went on to produce some of her best work ever in her portrayal of Laura trying to come to terms with her life without Lucky.  Later, when asked, Genie said that time period was the hardest work she's ever had to do and she wishes never to have to repeat it.  I recall the last 'Laura and Lucky' scene vividly and I was wondering if there was as much Genie and Jonathan in those scenes as there was Laura and Lucky?  Was that relationship as
real to you as it so obviously was to Genie?

Jonathan - Yes, there was a deep relationship between the three of us, Genie, Tony and myself. We went through so much together and really cared about each other. Genie told me to go because she believed in me as a person and as an actor and that was beyond the show. 

Suzette[OGA] - Genie is on record as stating that you had a profound affect on her regarding motherhood.  Being as she 'mothered' you on the set, she stated that you showed her how fun and fulfilling the role of being a Mother could be and proved to her that she was ready for that in her own personal life.  Has Genie had a profound affect on you in some way? And in that, is there anything that you learned either through Genie or 'Laura' that you’ve found you wanted to pass down to your own children, Caleb and Adora?

Jonathan - She has said similar things to me and that really blesses me a lot. Genie is such a wonderful Mom, and I'm honored to have played a small role in opening that door up in her heart towards that. Genie treated me with so much respect as young boy and that has stuck with me. Children are young, but they are not stupid and we should never condescend them. They have valuable opinions and as a parent it is so much fun to really listen to my kids and value their hearts and minds.

Suzette[OGA] - Recently, Genie was on the press junket promoting her Hallmark movie, 'The Note'.  In one of her interviews she said in many ways, you were her first child, her first baby, and she stated she still has all of the Mother's Day cards and gifts you made for her years ago.  When you hear that, how does that make you feel?

Jonathan - Really touched.

Suzette[OGA] - Genie and Tony presented you with your first Daytime Emmy Award.  After Genie handed you the statue, you pointed to her and Tony and said, "I want to thank them!"  It was such a powerful gesture, Jonathan.  In that moment was there something in particular for which you were thanking Genie that you could elaborate on for us?

Jonathan - I was simply overwhelmed with gratitude for both of them. They were both such gifts from God in my life.

Suzette[OGA] - What influence, in regards to what you learned from her, did Genie have on you in your career after leaving General Hospital?  Is there anything that to this day you can look back and say, was influenced by 'learning at the feet' of Genie Francis?

Jonathan - The things I mentioned above are still things that are alive with me today. I have worked with many amazing people, but I still look back on those days with Genie and Tony as something altogether different. I simply would not be who I am as an actor with out sitting at her feet. I learned through experience from her. I was a sponge... emotionally available to receive what she would bring. 

Suzette[OGA] - Genie's latest movie, 'The Note', had an interesting premise to it - you only have a few minutes left to live and in those moments you take the time to write a note for a loved one, to whom you would say it and what you would say.  If you take that premise and give it a twist, if you could send such a note to Genie, what would you say?

Jonathan - That one's pretty deep, I'll leave that one for the real thing. 

Suzette[OGA] - You and Genie had such a powerful connection and bond, probably one of the most believable representations of a Mother-son in the history of daytime.  Is there any chance we might get to see an acting reunion between the two of you down the road?  It would be so wonderful to see you sharing the screen together again - just wondering your thoughts on such a possibility?

Jonathan - I would absolutely love that. It would be wonderful and exciting! 

Suzette[OGA] - Is there any last bit of insight into the luminous Ms. Genie Francis, that you might be able to share with us of which we might not already be aware?  Or just something you would like for us to know?

Jonathan - Genie is a remarkable individual. She has such a sensitivity in her heart and very sharp mind. She feels things on many different levels and is a great light in the world. She is filled with so much of God's heart, so much love.   

Suzette[OGA] - In all the years of soaps, there has never been - nor will there be - a relationship comparable to the one between Genie and Tony brought us in Laura and Luke Spencer.  What was it like to witness the incredible, unadulterated magic between them on a daily basis, and what did you take away from being such an integral part of their partnership?

Jonathan - There was something about the differences between them that just ignited the room. Tony is full of wit, sarcasm, rage, and mischief among other things and Genie is so full of innocence, honesty, compassion, and confidence and all of this was bouncing of each other in a myriad of ways constantly. They can both act anything they want, but the combination of such variance and brilliance electrifies the screen. They will always be a part of my life where ever I go.


Jonathan, I would like to take a moment to say thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions for us!  Genie is such a tremendous influence and inspiration, it is wonderful to see how she has affected those she has been so close to, like yourself!!

Thanks again Suzette and God Bless,


Posted by operationgeniesangels at 12:39 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 10 January 2008 7:26 AM EST
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Wednesday, 12 December 2007
The Note - 3rd Highest Rated & Most Watched Original movie in history of Hallmark Channel

From 'The Programming Insider' by Marc Berman

Ratings Box:
What's Hot/What's Not

-Three Consecutive Weeks of Dominance for Hallmark Channel:
Ignited by original movies A Grandpa for Christmas, All I Want for Christmas and The Note, the home of family friendly programming, Hallmark Channel, has now aired the top-rated prime-time telecast of the day for three weeks in a row. Latest entry The Note debuted on Sunday, Dec. 8 with a 3.4 household rating, 2.8 million homes and 5.2 million unduplicated viewers. Comparably, The Note is now Hallmark's third highest-rated and third most-watched original movie in the history of the cable network.

Congratulations and Way to go Genie!!

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 7:28 PM EST
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Thursday, 6 December 2007
I am very seldom speechless -
But I find myself without words at the selflessness and strength of character, the incredible grace and dignity that Genie Francis exudes in every breath.. no need to wonder why I hold her in such high esteem and find in her an inspiration I have found in no other..

"The above represents a whole different caliber of class, folks."Matt Webb Mitovich

Indeed a caliber of class that simply cannot be equaled.

Genie Francis to General Hospital Fans: "I'm Sorry"

Genie Francis in 'The Note,' courtesy Hallmark ChannelInspired by the message at the heart of The Note, the Hallmark Channel movie she stars in this Saturday at 9 pm/ET, Genie Francis wants to make amends with any General Hospital fans who to this day — decades after the fact — were disappointed to see her quit the sudser at the peak of her popularity. "I know that Laura [Baldwin Spencer] meant a great deal to many people, and still does," says Francis. "I've long regretted not taking the fans into account when making the hasty decision to leave the show.

"Forgiveness and reconciliation are at the core of The Note, and filming it forced me to look inside myself at certain decisions in my past.... Right now I want to reach out to all of my fans and say that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for leaving you so abruptly, for not taking into account the feelings of the people who helped Laura truly take on a life of her own.

"It was the decision of a young, impetuous girl," Francis says in closing, "and the woman she has become asks for your forgiveness."

The above represents a whole different caliber of class, folks. — Matt Webb Mitovich

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 8:27 PM EST
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Sunday, 2 December 2007
Genie's scheduled TV appearances this week (12/3 - 12/8)

While we may not have her returning as Laura - we still have nearly a weeks worth of Genie on our screens this week.  Be sure to set to record!!

Monday, Dec. 3rd The View 10:00am Central on ABC

Wednesday, Dec. 5th New Morning 6:00am Central on Hallmark Channel

Thursday, Dec. 6th The Morning show with Mike & Juliet 9:00am Central on FOX

Saturday, Dec. 8th The Note 8:00pm Central on Hallmark Channel

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 1:06 PM EST
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Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Happy Thanksgiving - and reminders

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Don't forget to set your VCR's & DVR's for December 3rd, to catch Genie on 'The View'.  And December 8th, the Hallmark Channel for the debut of her new movie, 'The Note'.  Also, check out the new 'virtual' tour on the homepage of Genie's store, The Cherished Home.



Posted by operationgeniesangels at 2:59 PM EST
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Friday, 26 October 2007
It's Time to Take a Stand!!

October 26, 2007 - the one year anniversary of Genie Francis' first air date in her 2006 return. She spent 4 weeks giving an Emmy Winning performance that brought the entire cast of General Hospital to a better place in her short time back as Laura Spencer. For those few weeks, General Hospital had heart, soul, passion, love and compassion. In the wake of her departure and subsequent Emmy win, ABC could not even be bothered to give her a much deserved congratulations, nor return her on a permanent basis to the role she made hers, now 31 years ago. The role for which she and her acting partner, Anthony Geary, were inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame 11 years ago. She and Tony changed the face of General Hospital 30 years ago and today that face has taken on a very dark and disastrous front. On this day, I propose an all out blackout for the upcoming sweeps beginning the week of October 29, 2007. This blackout is called in the name of Genie Francis, for the unbelievabley revolting way she has been treated over her 31 years on set and for the incredibley disgusting way she has been treated by ABC regarding a return to her home. It is also called in the name of the fans who grew up with General Hospital and have watched it disintegrate into the cesspool of today. No longer do we see family core values, romance, true love, truth, integrity, compassion, and basic family structure. General Hospital of today is centered around mass destruction, the darkness of the mob, criminal activity, one night stands, lies and lack of morals. It's time for us to take a stand and not allow this face of General Hospital to pollute our air waves any further. Their ratings are diving daily to new lows. We don't have to take part in the destruction of OUR General Hospital any longer. Don't give ABC the satisfaction of watching the filth they are giving us. Don't accept this cut-rate garbage when we know what General Hospital is capable of and has given us in the past. Bring them DOWN so they have to rebuild to OUR standards! BLACKOUT their Sweeps!

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 1:55 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 26 October 2007 5:26 PM EDT
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Thursday, 11 October 2007
Hallmark Channel's Press Release


Ted McGinley (“Hope & Faith”) and Rick Roberts (“Man of the Year”)
Join the “General Hospital” Icon in the Inspirational Drama

A small scrap of paper carrying a message of love and forgiveness survives a fiery plane crash, and leads a journalist struggling with her own past to embark on an inspirational journey in “The Note,” a Hallmark Original Movie premiering Saturday, December 8 (9pm/8c). Emmy® winner Genie Francis – who helped make ‘Luke and Laura’ a worldwide phenomenon on “General Hospital” – stars, and is joined by veteran comedic actor Ted McGinley (“Hope & Faith”) and Rick Roberts (“Man of the Year”).

Francis stars as Peyton MacGruder, a struggling human interest columnist whose editor warns her to bring her numbers up, or else. Dejected, her only moral support is from her longtime colleague, King Danville (McGinley), who she shares a flirtatious-but-professional relationship with. When a horrific plane crash kills all aboard in the waters near her office, Peyton suddenly finds herself in possession of a scrap of paper containing a hastily written but heartfelt message from one of the passengers to his child. Inspired by the power of the words, Peyton pledges to discover the note’s intended recipient and deliver it by Christmas. Taking her readers along for the journey while trying to stay one step ahead of a TV tabloid reporter (Roberts), Peyton sets out across the country in her search, and unexpectedly confronts her own personal demons in the process.

“The Note” shows how dramatically life can change in an instant, and how it takes mere moments to make a connection: to reach out to someone you care about, to offer words of reconciliation, to express love or regret or admiration. To exhibit the power a few words can have on the lives of others, Hallmark Channel is launching on Monday, October 22 as an outlet for viewers to submit their own notes and answer the question ‘who would you reach out to if you only had a minute?’ The network is asking TV writers to become the first contributors to this unique experiment, which is sure to result in a range of emotions and unexpected results.

“The Note” is a co-production of Hallmark Channel and Lightworks Pictures in association with WildRice Productions. Joel S. Rice (“Shredderman Rules”) and William Spencer Riley are executive producers. Maura Dunbar is the executive in charge of production for Lightworks Pictures. Doug Barr (“To Be Fat Like Me”) is the director. Paul W. Cooper wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Angela Hunt.

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of nearly 85 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,300 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top 10 ad-supported cable networks in Prime Time and Total Day household ratings and is the nation’s leading network in providing quality family programming. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel, Hallmark Movie Channel, and will launch Hallmark Movie Channel HD in first quarter 2008.


Posted by operationgeniesangels at 1:32 AM EDT
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Sunday, 7 October 2007
Ita??s time for another wave of Angels

We've been quiet for a few weeks and it's time to make some noise again!  Beginning Tuesday (Monday is Columbus Day, so mail doesn't run) we will begin another wave of Angel mail to Sweeney, Phelps and Frons.  Short notes to remind them that we have NOT gone away and we want our Angel back! We are also adding in a call day, Wednesday the 10th will be Tony's first day back on we want to take that day and call the GH comment line with comments such as "Tony's back - Where's Genie?" or "Luke's back - Where's Laura - he needs his Angel!"  Please remember not to leave negative or hateful comments. 

GH Comment Line - 323-671-4583

Anne Sweeney
Co-Chairman, Media Networks
The Walt Disney Co & President
Disney - ABC-TV
500 South Buena Vista St
Burbank CA 91521

Jill Farren Phelps
Executive Producer
General Hospital
4151 Prospect Ave
Hollywood CA 90027

Brian Frons
President of ABC Daytime
2300 Riverside
Burbank, CA 91506

Brian Frons
Daytime President
77 West 66th St
New York NY 10023

Let's Fly Again, Angels!!!!!

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 10:45 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 7 October 2007 10:46 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Silence Can Sometimes be Golden

While Operation: Genie's Angels continues the fight to bring Genie Francis back to her General Hospital home, things have become quiet on any news of her.  However, that silence can be golden as Genie is now filming the lead role in an original Hallmark movie, 'The Note', to be aired December 8th.  So, while we still await her return to us in Port Charles, Genie has the spotlight through other ventures.

"While General Hospital continues to leave coal in Genie Francis' stocking, the daytime icon has been gifted with a lead role in a Hallmark Channel movie. According to Variety, The Note — premiering Dec. 8 and also starring Ted McGinley — concerns a "lonely hearts" columnist who comes across a letter written to an unidentified child by an ill-fated airline passenger. Francis' editor puts her in charge of tracking down the tot before Christmas, all the while chronicling her (sure-to-be-emotional) quest.

As for McGinley's part in all of this, it would seem that maybe he got cast in a TV series with the aforementioned airplane"

Hallmark writes original 'Note'

Holiday TV movie to star Genie Francis

The Hallmark Channel has commissioned "The Note," a holiday-themed TV movie to star Genie Francis and Ted McGinley and premiere on Dec. 8.

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 10:04 AM EDT
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Sunday, 16 September 2007

I hope all you Angels are still flying high!! We have not given up the fight nor the flight for Genie!!  We are currently in discussions regarding an online petition for the release of Phelps, as well as one to return Genie to us.  While Operation: Genie's Angels has been wildy successful, we are in the hopes that an online petition may give those of you out there a chance to help when you might have been unable to do so previously.  Perhaps Ms. Francis will not grace our screens on GH again in 2007, but we are still holding out hopes that early 2008 will bring our Angel home to us!!

Also, please check the Mvid page as new videos have been added!

 Keep flying for Genie!!!! 


Posted by operationgeniesangels at 10:07 PM EDT
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