Genie Francis on her Return to Daytime and the Future of Soaps


In a far cry from her "Laura Spencer" days, Genie Francis is backto the daytime soap circuit as bad-girl "Genevieve Atkinson" on CBS' "The Young and The Restless." The former "General Hospital" star reflects on the future of daytime soaps, and her decision to return to the small screen. 

Its been almost thirty years since Genie Francis wed "Luke" on "General Hospital" in a fairytale wedding that garnered the highest ratings in soap opera history, and Francis confesses she "had some misgivings about doing daytime again," but ultimately found the bad girl role appealing. In the continuing role that first aired May 27, Francis plays a mother returning to Genoa City in search of revenge for her son's death.

"It was a chance to play a different type of character," she says, calling the role of Genevieve "a little sociopathic" because she's always "planning and scheming and setting things up."

As for her thoughts on the future of the daytime soap business in light of recent cancellations, Genie admits the audience is shrinking because "people aren't watching television in the daytime," but hopes that "General Hospital" can "make it."

Watch more of Genie's interview above, and don't miss "The Young and the Restless" when it airs weekdays on CBS.