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159 February 1st, 2013 General Hospital Exploring Ways to Keep Easton, Howarth & Alderson!

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After the statement made by Michael Easton (John) today that he would not be taping new episodes of General Hospital as of February 8th due to legal reasons, (which has to do with the negotiations between rights to the characters of One Life between ABC and Prospect Park), a General Hospital spokesperson gave Soap Opera Digest some encouraging news that the lone ABC soap intends to keep Easton, Roger Howarth (Todd),and Kristen Alderson (Starr)!

The spokesperson related, “General Hospital is excited about Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth staying on the show and we are exploring ways to allow that to happen.”

The latest update on the situation is: the characters of John, Starr, and Todd are expected to air through March on General Hospital.  In addition, GH  hopes to resume the use of all three performers, who are under contract to ABC most likely as different characters.

SOD Reports that, “Prospect Part meanwhile, is said to intend to recast the roles of Starr, John and Todd for its OLTL reboot. “  So what do you think of the updated news?  Would you be up for Howarth, Alderson, and Easton playing new roles? Or having the roles of John, Starr and Todd recast in the OLTL reboot?  Weigh-in!

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  1. Christine says:

    I would think this would be a great opportunity for Roger Howarth to play someone other than Todd with all his baggage.

    We could have Roger Howarth play someone who is not a rapist, with no ties to Blair so we don’t have to listen to the complaints day in and day out. A clean slate.

    I am all for Michael Easton playing the mortal Caleb or whomever they can think of. He is needed for Kelly Monaco’s Sam.

    As far as Kristen Alderson. I’m sure they can come up with a new character for her too.

    We soap fans are asked to suspend reality every day. It won’t be that hard to take three characters off and replace them with three others.

    I will say it again, it is NOT fair for the ACTORS to be pushed out of their current paying gig just because Prospect Park appears to have gotten its act together. I support the actors.

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    Rachel replied

    I would like the charactors of starr and john to stay gh.

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    peggy amaral replied

    Awwwwww!!!! Oh No I will really miss you on prospect park but I am greatful that G.H. put all three of them on G.H. I am glad that OLTL I mean Propect Park is coming back but sad that Todd ,Starr& John Are going to be Diff cheraster.

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    Von replied

    Hey Peggy, Ok i am totally confused what is Prospect Park ( are you not in USA) I watch GH and used to watch OLTL but have no idea about P. Park and that Starr / John &Todd characters are moving to that show????

    Carol replied

    I would like them to stay as starr todd and john .

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    Adria replied

    I want them to be Star, John, and Todd……….don’t change their character, give them nicknames……….aka’s and let them be who they are now……….I love Michael and Star together. Don’t mess with that, let him call her something else!

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    Glenda replied

    I totally agree.

    Chrissy Matteson replied

    I can’t picture Todd and Blair anymore, Todd and Carly Rock, Sam and John Rock, Michael and Starr Rock….

    PP waited way too long to get things rolling and now the characters have moved on

    Heather replied

    I think they should stay who they are and where they are. characters come and go all the time. these actors need to stay in their roles and stay on GH. OLTL can run without them for now. they can always crossover from time to time and eventually be written out of GH and back into OLTL. I would hate to see them recast and I would hate to see them abruptly yanked from GH. I am a die hard lifetime loyal fan of both shows. keep the same actors in their roles transition them properly from GH back to OLTL. the new OLTL story lines can include what has happened to their characters since the show had ended, especially because Tea’ and Blair have bounced back and fourth too. I am sure the writters can weave it all together appropriately.

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    Christine replied

    I agree with Heather in her statement. That is excatly how I feel. I am a die hard fan of GH for 30 yrs. and I miss OLTL too. They are very imporant in the new role ‘s they play in GH. I love them. It is bad enough we lost Jason to YATR….I really don’t care much for Sam’s role…sorry…When are you going to bring back Robin, enough already….to long. I don’t like the Doctor that Patrick is seeing, she is awful…tired of her. The meek nurse, forgot her name she is so sweet and inocent….I really like her, but not with Patrick, only Robin. The little girl is the cutest!!!! I love Star and Michael so much…Glad you brought back AJ, I love him too, glad he is tryng to be a good person. The bad one’s you get a little tired of them all the time. I really like Todd too, he is a great actor. I love John, I am glad you brought him in. About, vamprie’s really not reality…. Not sure, but is OLTL coming back??? I miss them all too….That was my other favorite soap. I miss them all.

    Gail replied

    Well said! I completely agree with you. Hopefully the PP and ABC will also come to that conclusion.

    Mona replied

    I totally agree with Christine. I’m very much enjoying the crossover, but I don’t like the “Port Charles” Crossover. Enough is enough. They have done a very good job witht he OLTL and GH crossover, no need for anything more.

    Betty replied

    keep them all in the same roles………..don’t want them to change was happy to see them come to GH…….leave them be

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    Linda replied

    Keep all 3 of them ..tired of all the changes ..love the way it is!!! This is what makes viewers stop watching..I thought combining oltl characters within General hospital is great …if it is not broken why try to fix it!!!

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  2. Jamie says:

    I’m seriously so pissed.

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    Cindy replied

    I think they really waited WAY too long. I no longer care about AMC or OLTL, and I was a big fan. But after 2 years, the PP thing will never work. I’d guess half the audience feels like me. AMC ended really badly. Does anyone really care who JR shot? Not so much. And Erika and Jack? How sick was that? Was there really ONE storyline we cared about on AMC? Loved David, but they totally screwed with his character. I’d like it, maybe if David moved to OLTL. Back to Erika…what a horrid way to end a character that lasted – what? 40 yrs? Her being a total bitch, dumping Jack for….Hollywood? Oh Please!!!! Really? Actually, after that, I wouldn’t watch AMC if they paid me. We were supposed to believe that Erika really cared more about some stupid career in Hollywood than being with Jack?

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  3. JANELLE says:

    Had PP given us Todd, Star and John I might have tuned in to OLTL. I did not watch before. I would have tuned in because of Blair and Tea and Natalie to see what was going on. BUT they want to be stingy so NO i will not be tuning in to PP. Glad that We still get too keep the actors.PP had their chance and TEHY BLEW iT!!! Can’t wait to see what Ron comes up with. OHH and ME can be Caleb!!! he is just mortal now :) He’s come back for his LOVE SAm aka Livvie!!!

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    cindy replied

    I’m with you. Not tuning in to PP.

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    Bubblegirl replied

    Screw P.P. !! They dragged thier heels and lost 3 great actors. OLTL has been off so long that I don`t care about it anymore. M.E., R.H. and K.A. should be able to stay on GH as the characters that they are playing now. I rather hope PP project fails, as they are beng asinine about it!

    Chrissy Matteson replied

    The way I feel about it is this. PP dragged their feet and made promises and broke them. GH brought 3 of the character we love the most back onto the screen, integrated them wonderfully into Port Charles, and they have real soap lives there now and THAT is where they belong as Starr, Todd and John…………………..I’m one of the ones who rallied and faxed literally 50 faxes a day, and called and did all that stuff to get our soaps back, but I am sad to say that if my beloveds are not on GH I won’t be watching PP.

    After PP let us down, and hearts were broke, I got use to AMC and OLTL being off the air.

  4. rob says:

    I watch both shows. I can see why PP wants there characters back. I will wach both soaps and AMC. I hope the new actors and actress will bring something new to the characters but stay true to Todd,Starr, and John.

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  5. k/kay says:

    Remember when I asked if this vampire storyline was a sly way for Easton to be kept on GH several people yelled at me. Now all of you guys take it back. Lol!

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    Heather replied

    The PTB already said that they weren’t doing a vampire story. They are just doing a nod to PC because Lucy is back.

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    Mia replied

    I heard that too, many many times. RC said it’s just a nod to PC, what’s he going to do now with Michael E.

  6. Maura says:

    Quite honestly, I really enjoyed Starr (Kristen Alderson) on OLTL and I hate her on GH so I think she’d do better on OLTL or another show. Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) is an integral part of OLTL so he needs to go back and at least finish the Victor Manning storyline. Someone PLEASE Get Trevor St.John at least temporarily.
    Michael Easton’s transition to GH made more sense and as much as I love JoLie, I think he’s a good addition to the GH cast. I love him and Bob Woods working together so I’m torn but I think Easton could be beneficial to GH in the long run. Alderson and Howarth need to go.

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  7. Alex says:

    Foremost I hope FV and RC do right by the actors and do EVERYTHING they can to keep them on GH.

    So it looks like that all the people who screamed for the characters to go back to OLTL 2.0 will get their wishes .
    We´ll see how happy they are with the recasts.

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  8. Roger says:

    Ugh. These re-boots are sounding worse and worse. I’m agreeing with those folks that are saying these will be a watered down version of the originals. I will watch in the beginning out of curiosity but I would have much preferred a brand new soap (different names) that incorporated the OLTL and AMC characters with the actors that wanted to continue along with new and younger characters to attract more of an audience. Like they did with Port Charles. AMC could have been centered around the hospital/police department – hence no need for Susan Lucci. OLTL could have been centered around the University – hence no need for Michael Easton or Melissa Archer (who then could have legally gone over to GH).

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  9. brian says:

    No…sorry, I do not like the idea of recasting the roles for OLTL or the actors taking on new roles to stay with GH…

    Mainly because the time lapse between the characters “leaving” and returning in new roles will be short. It won’t be like when Tamara Braun left as Carly and came back as Claudia years later…

    Sorry to say, but looks like ABC will mess this up too !

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  10. Ces says:

    What if Easton, Howarth & Alderson don’t want to do this dumb reboot? I feel for those three — they are happily ensconsed in a great show with great leading actors and their lives are in upheavel with this stupid mess.
    No, I don’t want to see these actors play different roles on GH, I am happy with the roles they are currently playing.
    God, what a mess …… I’d be soooo sad if Roger Howarth had to leave. Love Carly & Todd!! BOO, HISS to PP & ABC!

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  11. Rob says:

    Prospect Park has balls. They dropped the ball a year ago and now that they finally have these shows up and running they are making it difficult for these three.

    Personally, had these three characters disappeared when OLTL did we wouldnt be talking about a reboot today. PP needs to suck it up and move on, they have plenty of cast for now. It seems counterproductive to recast three extremely popular character. There is no other Todd Manning unless you get Trevor St. John, who I highly doubt will even be interested. I hope they do stay on GH as different characters if need be. I was looking forward to more crossover stories but I guess thats not gonna be happening. I want to support PP and the reboot but this is leaving a bad taste.

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  12. Anthony says:

    Having any of three, all-of-a-sudden, play “different characters” on GH would be STUPID. Having the same characters on OLTL/PP that are on GH – as recasts – would be STUPID. If I remember correctly neither Roger nor Kristen originally signed on with PP, so they weren’t interested 18mos ago. Let Michael Easton flop back and forth until his contract is up. If Roger and Kristin want to return to Llanview in the future, when their GH contracts are up, then so be it. And in case I didn’t make myself clear – new character names on for the three actors on GH or recasting the OLTL characters with new actors – is STUPID STUPID STUPID!

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  13. Ann says:

    Of course I am for them playing new roles! They should continue on GH and play new roles. Cuz PP is recasting!

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  14. jim says:

    Too confusing with actors who are very identifiable on GH as Todd, Starr, and John if they return to GH too soon as different characters, and a mistake for ABC and PP not finding mutual ground and doing a crossover stories which could bennifet both with higher ratings. PP will be the biggest looser in the long run if they recast these three major characters. They did with Todd when on abc with some success but im not sure if doing all three so soon is a good idea. I could be wrong. OLTL could work without all three in the beginning, and if they do recast there is nothing we can do about it. I just hope it doesnt have a negative effect on gh or oltl whatever happens, now that the genre is enjoying a successful turnaround.

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  15. mo says:

    Can they just change the names of the characters or does PP own their backstory too? Should someone have forecast this happening? They should have waited until the contract expired or brought them on as different characters. Sounds like someone was asleep at the wheel.

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  16. MBmomof3 says:

    I was really hoping they could blend them in to reboot OLTL and keep them on GH. I’m not too keen on recasting 3 major OLTL characters all at one time. What a mess.

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  17. Bryon says:

    I don’t like the idea of these actors staying on General Hospital, potentially as different characters. This will not allow the storylines to make sense, especially the baby switch storyline with Tea and Sam, as well as the death of Cole & Hope. How will they explain this in the OLTL reboot? If Prospect Park decides to recast these characters, it will not be the same. We’ve seen Kristen Alderson play the role of Starr Manning since she was a little girl. The fans of OLTL were excited when Roger Howarth returned for the final year of OLTL before the final broadcast of ABC to reclaim the role of Tood Manning. Wonder if Trevor St. John will return for the reboot? They have to finish that cliffhanger with Victor being alive.

    Michael Easton is a great actor, and has played the role of John McBain very well. Especially, the scenes witih Melissa Archer, who plays Natalie Buchanan. Overall, I hope the original actors can return for the OLTL reboot, potentially a shorter term contract, possibly a year, with a potential return to General Hospital.

    Recasting these three important roles would not be a good idea, especially since so many of the original cast members of OLTL have already signed on for the reboot. Only time will tell, but hopefully an agreement can be made that will allow these characters to return to their original roles. Do understand they have to do whatever is best for their career. Still many issues that need to be resolved, but hope that it’s a decision that will please the fans.

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  18. jodi says:

    Easton new role, the other two, don’t really care.

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  19. Holly says:

    I could deal with Easton playing Caleb Morley, but I’m not sure about Alderson and Howarth playing new roles, and I don’t want to see Starr, Todd and McBain recast. I love all three actors, and the characters. It’s hard to think of someone else playing them.

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  20. Phil says:

    No!!!! Keep the actors in their roles…. OLTL can make it without them! Let them come back as John, Todd and Star….please! Prospect Park needs to bend a little here too. They have the rights to the show, give a little too! Or better yet, ABC give Prospect Park the rights to air the show on your network for a fee of course with the stipulation that these three are allowed to return to GH once OLTL has launched.

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  21. Rodd says:

    The actors and the roles should remain on GH. PP should not recast the roles on the new OLTL. ABC/D and PP should agree to a limited crossover arrangement. I don’t want to see these actors on GH as other characters when I’ve already invested in John, Todd, and Starr. Different characters would be too jarring. I still have some trouble not seeing Michael as his character from DOOL and Roger as Paul from ATWT.

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  22. lisa says:

    What a quagmire !!!
    I understand they (Todd,Starr,John) being characters original to OLTL.
    I understand that Michael signed on to be on PP’s online version,then things went belly up.
    Roger and Kristen didn’t sign on to PP.
    It’s just a mess – they should be able to play on both shows or at least have John go back to OLTL and resolve the storyline between himself and Natalie,then return to GH.
    As for Todd and Starr leave them right where they are on GH – AND DITCH THE VAMPIRE STORY….PLEASE !!

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    MIssFixIt replied

    I agree with you 100% Lisa. Leave the actors on GH as their current characters.
    ABC should do whatever is necessary to make that happen. Having those three playing other roles on GH would be irritating at best.

    And the sooner they kill off the storyline of the undead, the better.

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  23. Aria says:

    It’s going to be interesting, given that I’m a GH fan to the end I can only imagine how upset I would be if the reverse was happening to beloved GH characters so base on that I hope things workout, but I’m game if all 3 actors whom all want to stay with GH come back as diff ent characters, I. E Cassadiness, anyone?

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  24. su0000 says:

    They just could not use the characters names.. No need to change their personalities..
    Todd can go a bit off and simply decide to break all ties with his family and take a different name..
    Who knows how it will be played out, but I do not believe any of the 3 want to return to OLTL.. RH would not go on with PP a year ago so chances are he will not go with PP now. ..

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  25. Tali Smith says:

    Let them have new roles – the others are OLTL characters and they belong in Llanview. I hate the fact they’ll be recast, but I’ll remember ABC did this to the actors/actresses, fans and the many other people that depended on OLTL before it was cancelled due to POOR judgement. Will miss Michael Easton & Kristen Alderson.

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  26. Lexi Jordan says:

    Too confusing to bring all 3 of them back as different characters IMO. Plus RC will make a mockery of it. Let them out of their contracts and let PP have them. The characters belong on OLTL and the 3 actors won’t make or break GH.

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  27. Casey says:

    Anything to keep Michael Easton on GH!

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    Linda replied

    I agree !!!!!

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  28. Harry Parrish says:

    Been debating this on twitter this am. It’s a mess. Best scenario is ABC and Prospect Park reaching terms that allow the three actors to tape short term for nuOLTL and temp. leave the GH canvas. Actors are compensated for short-term stay in NYC/CT (over and above their contracted salary) to bring the high value and promotable characters back to help launch nuOLTL. ABC and Prospect Park cross promote the hell out of the appearances (GMA, The View, Kimmel, etc.) ABC has a financial stake in the OLTL success through the license agreement with Prospect Park and PP could use the promotional vehicles ABC has at their disposal. The actors/characters return to GH and they try this on a limited basis when it makes story sense. PP would have to get it that these actors/characters would not be available to them for most of the year. Frankly there’s no high-value in PP recasting these roles as their value is in the actors playing them. So everybody play nice in the sandbox and share and all benefit. Yeah, right LOL

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    Elise replied

    I think you got it right; the actors won’t want to move over to a smaller, riskier, less paying soap just because the characters have to. To an extent, McBain could actually join back OLTL as a recast and ME stays on GH as Caleb. For Todd and Starr, they could probably do the stint to close storylines, perhaps do cross-overs a few times a year (similar to what they did with Tea and Blair on GH), but that’s about it. I don’t see how they can go beyond that.

    It’s not just about PP and ABC, it’s about these actors; they are under good contracts and I highly doubt they’d want to break it.

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  29. Bo says:

    Really don’t like this idea. Either keep them on GH as their true characters, or go back to OLTL.

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  30. Ginger says:

    how in the world are they going to be different characters on GH? they’re already established as Todd,Starr & John (though they are monkeying with John being Caleb which i think is dumb because there’s no way he can survive on GH as a vampire). Are they going to make Todd.. Victor 3.0? change Starr to Michelle Smith? keep John a vampire? this is going to be crazy no matter how it works out.

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  31. yummy says:

    They need to stay on GH. They are a fabric of the GH canvas now. i would prefer them to stay as their characters, but if not, keeping the actors in alternative roles is a creative contingency plan.

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  32. jim says:

    I feel it could be somewhat confusing storywise to many gh fans to have all three actors who play john, todd, and starr, suddenly disppear from the canvas and then reappear too soon as complete new characters with no ties to the original ones. Maybe if they wait three to five months to bring these actors back as different characters could work for some viewers but not for me who have watched them for years as todd, star, and john. pp and gh should have worked it out where they both could use them in crossover storylines which i felt wouldve been good publicity for each show.

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  33. Mary says:

    I think they should go back to OLTL.

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  34. Lew S. says:

    Sounds a little crazy! Why don’t they have them go back and close out there time in Llanview and head home to Port Charles? I have total faith in FV and RC, but recasting Alderson, Howarth & Easton as new characters, would be as strange of the current vampire story with Lucy! I am curious how that one will play out.

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  35. Nancy says:

    Nope. Don’t like the idea. It stinks on both ends.

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  36. Susan says:

    The only way I can ABC/GH keeping ME, RH and KA making them all different character from those associated with OLTL.. ME already has a head start through portraying Caleb on PC. KA can come back as Abbey’s younger sister. Roger can come back as the missing Quartermaine heir.

    That’s the only way I can see ME, RH and KA remaining with GH.

    Just my theory.

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  37. Amir says:

    What a horrible idea! First of all, OLTL would be recasting 3 of its major characters.. Which would be HORRIBLE for OLTL! As for GH, who wants to see Howarth, Easton, and Alserson playing another character all of a sudden? These 3 were MADE for the roles of Todd, John, and Starr!

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  38. Christy says:

    just change the names of their characters, leave them the same in all other ways, and just don’t have any big deal or reaction from the other characters, so they’d behave to (example) Det. John Ravaine the same way they would any other day as when we went by John McBain. Make no mention of the name change, make as if this has been their name all the time….

    same for Todd & Star. We all know what’s going on , so no need to explain it by storyline (like they do sometimes for actor changes – ‘i look different cuz I had plastic surgery’ mumbo jumbo.

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  39. Brian T says:

    The last statement from SOD is just bologna! You can’t just recast 3 popular characters (maybe one or two) like that. I can see maybe a new Starr and I know they tried (and did well with Trevor St John) with Todd but now that we know that the real Todd (Roger) is back the OLTL fans do not just want the character, they want the actor. John McBain IS Michael Easton so there is no recasting there. Just keep them on GH where the fans have embraced them and let them go over to start up the online version. If they don’t do this they are going to be sorry and really pi$$ people off (including the actors).

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  40. mary says:

    I want Todd played by Roger on GH. I will still watch Roger on GH, but I want him playing Todd or even Victor.

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  41. Beth says:

    I think Prospect Park is making big mistake. They have more to lose and should be negotiating an arrangement in which the characters stay with the actors on GH (after all, GH has helped to keep OLTL alive in mind of viewers while characters on show — and the characters would continue to provide interest for the new OLTL product.) In exchange, ABC would allow the actors — if actors agree, of course — to appear a negotiated number of times on OLTL for coordinated storyline purposes.
    GH has been good to Prospect Park with its references to AMC and OLTL places/people/history (granted less AMC but I caught a Fusion reference once!) Llanview is alive and well in the minds of many eager OLTL fans due to the GH team. No one wins under this plan. OLTL fans are stuck with recasts in primary roles, after watching the “right” actors five minutes earlier and knowing these actors are still in Port Charles. GH fans get screwed after becoming invested in these characters and their stories. Both sets of fans are annoyed and frustrated when efforts should be invested in getting fans excited/supportive of both shows, particularly since Prospect Park has to bring viewers to a new media platform.

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  42. Llanviewer717 says:

    It makes sense to leave the characters and the actors at GH. All three of these actors have relocated to LA and have established their lives and families there. They should not have to up root again to go back to the east coast to work on OLTL. I’m a OLTL fan and loved their work there but ABC created this mess and these people should not be put in the middle like this. Let those characters be GH characters now. New characters can be developed for the new OLTL.

    May the powers that be at ABC/Disney Corp (BF, AS, RI, etc) get their just reward.

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  43. jim says:

    It seems such a shame that Prospect Park is being so short-sighted.

    What a tremendous boast it would give their re-booted OLTL if
    Todd, Starr & John could occasionally go back & forth between
    shows ( lend-lease??).

    For example: on a Friday afternoon, Starr could say: “Well, I’m off to
    Lanview to visit Mom & Aunt Dorian. See you in two weeks.” GH viewers
    would then be encouraged to follow Starr & watch the new OLTL (if they
    aren’t already).

    Otherwise, PP will end up recasting those roles & further alienating
    die-hard OLTL fans.

    Also, the PP shows are (at least for now) only going to be half-hour
    shows. They’ll end up with too much cast & nothing for them to do.

    Stop being so stubborn, PP. Instead of being “enemies” & possibly
    confusing new-old viewers, they should be working together with GH
    to increase the audiences of both shows.

    Just my two cents.

    P.S. – My own position is that I am a big GH fan, who feels
    the added OLTL characters (& of course, Frank & Ron) have
    truly revitalized the show. It would be a shame to see all that
    positive progress go to waste. Thanks.

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  44. toscanti says:

    Prospect Park dropped the ball and should plan accordingly. They initially were going to bring our shows back and didn’t. Now after a year and a few months they want to disrupt things. The characters of Todd, Starr and John should be planned for accordingly and left alone at GH. It is the actor’s choices and it is going to be unrealistic to kep all thee chaacter as someone new or different. Almost as hoaky as DOOL once was. I am not interested i them being someone new on GH. The show is fantastic at this point, I would hate to see them mess that up.

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    Haley replied

    ABC KNEW these characters were owned by PP and only leased them for a year. PP has every right to these characters. It was ABC’s arrogance and stupidity that has caused this situation. Let the characters/actors go back. You can’t have these three actors that have basically had the most screentime come back a few months later as different characters. ABC/Frank/Ron are the ones that have caused this mess.

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  45. Linda says:

    If I read this correctly what the hell is ABC/D talking about when it says “GH hopes to resume the use of all three performers, who are under contract to ABC most likely as different characters”? How can you just rename or reinvent the characters of John, Starr and Todd? What are they going to do make the last year a dream? ABC/D started this mess when they cancelled AMC & OLTL and they wonder why ABC is in last place!

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  46. Patrick says:

    I am actually shocked that a situation where they go back and forth could not be worked out. I’d rather see Todd and Starr move to Port Charles and continue their story there. It will be very hard to accept other actors in those roles.

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  47. JursyGurl says:

    I think I’m confused about Star, John and Todd’s characters… it sounds like ABC won’t let them go to Prospect Park – but, the actors that play them, can no longer play them? Do I have that right? If I do, then your question is, do I want to see them come back to GH as completely different characters?

    NO! It get’s very confusing for me.

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    Dawn replied

    No, the actors don’t want to go back to OLTL. They like it right where they are. ABC has them under contract and the characters are owned by PP. I think this is all settled now, or at least I hope so, but PP dropped the ball when they decided not to run the show and then a year later changed their minds and now want the whole enchilada. I do not see this as the fault of ABC at all. It is PP who planned horribly and these characters are now well loved fixtures on GH.

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  48. Sherry says:

    I want John, Starr and Todd to stay on General Hospital. They can recast their roles on OLTL that will be online. I’m not going to watch tv shows on my computer. I watch television while I work on my computer.

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  49. Lynne says:

    I am a g.h. fan. Please leave the characters where they belong. I hope you guys will stay. They are all doing great jobs. going back on oltl would be foolish. their lives there are done. stay you belong here on G. H. Like the old saying goes; If it anint broke don’t fix it.”
    Lynne
    South Portland, Maine

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  50. Niki says:

    It would be ridiculous to have them as new characters on GH, they are too well established. What they should do is work out a cross promo deal so that the 3 roles can be on both shows as needed. This has long been done between the 3 shows with actors moving between them for various story lines.

    Keep the characters authentic on both platforms!

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  51. ellen says:

    I like Michael and Starr together, but do think Starr needs a little more in the show. Todd I think it would be good for Todd to have a different person but like him in the show. He should be done with all the things he has done and JBlair. John Mcbain. Took me awhile to like him but like what he is doing now but wish he would come back as Jason. Love Patrick but wish Robin would come back. If she cant i wish her well and Sabrina and him should be together. Oh i could go on and on.

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  52. Jamie L. says:

    I have been watching GH since it aired.Get some new faces we have not met yet.Send John,Starr and Todd back to OLTL.Spend your $$$$ on getting Jason Morgan BACK.I would have rather seen Sonny go than Jason. I find myself not wanting to watch anymore.And WHEN is ROBIN COMING HOME. Do the right thing for us old timers who have been watching so long and for your ratings.I can write you a few story lines that don’t involve Vampires. Reminds me of Dark Shadows which I hated.

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  53. Angela Byrd says:

    I think Todd is now an important character on GH, especially with the absence of Jason. I didn’t care for him on OLTL but I love him on GH. As far as Star & John, I could care less. They are not going to be a big impact either way.

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  54. Jean says:

    When OLTL was cancelled and Prospect Park did not do anything at that time due to whatever reason, as I see it the contracts would be null and void. Sorry cast new actors for OLTL and leave the three actors now on GH alone. What were they suppose to do do, wait until you got your act together. What is wrong with people this day and time. Watch it or no one will watch OLTL when you do get it started on the internet., you keep this up and no one will watch, then what will you do? There are enough good actors out there hungary for work, give them a break. Take Britt on GH!

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  55. Deb Souza says:

    I was saddened by the loss of OLTL. Prospect Park offered us hope and failed to come thru. General Hospital picked up the characters of John, Todd, and Starr, and the occasional visits from Blair and Tea. Missed these characters and was happy to have them come back. Now over a year later, PP has decided they now know what they are doing and OLTL will be back. This is wonderful and I for one will believe it when I see it. Have the GH characters do crossovers between Port Charles and LLanview. It will be the best of both worlds.

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  56. Debbie says:

    You just HAVE to keep Starr and John on General Hospital. I LOVE Starr with Michael. A whole lot better than I did with Cole! And John and Natalie worked so hard to get together…………….but, is he right for Sam?? I don’t know!

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    Dawn replied

    I agree a million percent. All of the characters have grown dramatically since being on GH.

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  57. mary says:

    I never did like the influx of OLTL characters on GH. Let them leave so we can get GH back to where it is supposed to be.

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  58. julie says:

    LEAVE GH ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!I Like where they are and what they are doing RE-CAST for PP L:eave GH ALONE!!!!

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  59. Irene says:

    Don’t like Starr at all. Recast her with someone that can act. Todd is funny and the actor is good at what he does. I just don’t like John’s voice. He is no Clint Eastwood and that raspy voice gets old after a few episodes. I say let him go and recast Jason for Sam and Danny.

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  60. Angel says:

    I have been praying for over a year to get OLTL back and now this!!!!! Bring them back to where they belong. I enjoyed keeping up with the characters on GH, but instead of keeping them on GH try making a deal to do crossovers.

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  61. Bonnie says:

    I agree with most people that the vampire story is stupid. It just doesn’t make sense. Drop it. I would consider watching PP is the actors just went back in forth from OLTL and GH. It would be positive for both shows. Don’t be stupid and try and recast or have different characters. The characters is what makes the shows worth while. Don’t mess with that. Please come to some compromise to have them go back in forth on both shows until contracts are up.

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  62. Melissa says:

    Please keep John, Starr and Todd as John, Starr and Todd! You have done it before where the characters go from soap to soap and these three characters can do that for now and then at the end of their GH contracts they can go back to their original home at OLTL! You need to bring back the Victor/Todd storyline and also Todd and Blair should be back together so having Todd back on OLTL is a must! I do love Starr and Michael together on GH so you could keep those two back and forth on each show. And John and Natalie need to be back together! Those two have been thru soooo much together that they deserve to finally have their happy ending! Get Jason back to be with Sam and kill Caleb for good this time!!! These three actors should NOT be recast, it would be an INSANE move!!!!!!

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  63. Diane says:

    I love Roger H as Todd !! A replacement just won’t work for me. I am on the fence about Starr and McBain, I don’t think I would be upset over their recasting. Love Todd and Carly !!

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  64. maggie leavitt says:

    There are so many characters on GH right now it’s hard to follow plot lines. Luke disappears, Robin came and went, it’s confusing. I loved having Todd and John and Starr on GH. I hope they stay but some others should go. I think PP has missed a boat that long ago sailed. I missed AMC and OLTL so much but have since moved on. I would not go back because I don’t want to watch television on a computer.
    PP has messed things up again! Leave the three stars on both but mostly on GH. PP is a lost cause.

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  65. mamie says:

    I miss OLTL but I began to watch GH again when I learned Todd, Starr and John would be coming to the show. I am saddened to think these three will be gone again. I’m thoroughly enjoying their time on GH and feel they’ve been intergrated into the storylines quite well w/o other character’s losing their airtime. Keep them please,.

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  66. JoAnn Williams says:

    I would like to see John, Todd and Starr back in OLTL…..they were really major charactors on the soap.

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  67. Shy says:

    I think leave Jon so him and Sam can be together, and LEAVE star I love her and Micheal together, she is amazing and plays her part so well….Todd can go

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  68. marlene brasier says:

    they shouldnt have messed with the soaps and took them off the air then they wouldnt have all this problem its coming back to bite.

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  69. Sally Dewey VanTassel says:

    OH MY. Not more upsetting news. Leave them as they are. I did watch One Life to Live also. But they are here now and I think should stay.

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  70. Karen Peterson says:

    I love Starr, John and Todd!! Leave them on GH!!!! And where is this Prospect Park on at??

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  71. Kat says:

    Had Howarth, Alderson, and Easton first come to General Hospital as different characters, then it would be fine. However, I think it’s a bit much to suddenly change their characters.

    I think that Prospect Park and ABC should reach an agreement where the characters can stay on General Hospital, but can do some crossover to Prospect Park. There has to be some sort of way to make this possible. After all, it did take Prospect Park a whole year to figure out how to get AMC and OLTL back in the works and its perfectly reasonable for the three characters to leave town, especially Starr.

    I am also hesitant to enjoy a recasting of Starr. John and Todd won’t be so hard to accept recasts, but Starr is a harder one to accept.

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  72. ANNE says:

    Just get back to GH, I don’t like what is going on now with this vampire stuff, at all!! Bring back Jason, please.

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    Mia replied

    I wish RC would recast Jason, Steve Burton will ALWAYS be Jason to me, but RC
    said no not right now ugh. Sam needs Jason. Sam needs a s/l.

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  73. Donna King says:

    I have always watched OLTL,and was brokenhearted to have to give it up since I watched Star grow up on tv with Todd so I tuned in to GH . I finally got use to it,Now this.I really don’t care how you all work this out because I would rather watch 10 soap opera’s than these unbelievable,ignorant,reality shows.That’s where all the networks drop the ball for going to people who is willing to make sheer ass out of their self for a dime instead of hiring skilled actors. I refuse to lower my standard and watch one stupid reality show,they just got cheap.

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  74. Shari says:

    Let them stay on GH & recast OLTL….they made the move to GH…now leave them alone!!
    They belong on GH!!

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  75. Lesley says:

    Please leave them on GH as Starr, Todd, and John, they have made a home here and they fit in really well, recast the roles on OLTL and let them stay on GH we love them on here.

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  76. Mary says:

    I think the characters of John M, Starr and Todd M, have made a good transition to GH. I think they should stay there. OLTL should recast their characters, and I’m sure have lots of great actors to choose from. I would even watch on line if former GH characters like Lucky, and his brothers took the parts. Yummmmmmm.

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    Jay replied

    They are recasting their characters…they own the characters of Todd and Starr Manning and John McBain, and that is why those actors cannot play the characters on GH. The actors still have contracts with ABC to work at GH.

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  77. Bertha says:

    As long as they stay Todd, Star and John I don’t care where they are. GH or OLTL, they are my favorite shows. I would love John and Natelie back together and Todd and Blair. I LOVE Star and Michael though.

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  78. Vicky says:

    I like John and Starr is fine and Todd is crazy sometimes but this is GH not OLTL.. Make it about the GH chaacters that have been let go… I really and truly like John at one time I watched everything on ABC then it got to time consuming so I stayed with GH… I don’t care for alot the story lines.. The Vampires even the thought of Lucy mentioning vempires… Really? Connie- Get rid of her too. Dr. Brit-Get rid of her too. Bring back our old characters and let it be about GH instead of flashback (which they haven’t been any) of vampires… And not OLTL…

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  79. terry says:

    I think that starr john and todd should go back on one life to live

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  80. LIZ says:

    No ,bad idea!

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  81. Jackie says:

    I would hate to see them recast on One life to live. We need our original cast. Yet I love them on G.H. too, can’t they do both, they are great actors on both soaps they fit in really well on G. H. I miss my One life to live can’t wait to see it again with all my regulars I hope!

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  82. Cathy Bowler says:

    I have watched OLTL and GH my entire life and was very upset when OLTL ended. Seeing John, Todd, and Starr on GH helped to fill the void of missing OLTL. That said, if Prospect Park does indeed go ahead with airing OLTL online I will be thrilled. I would like Todd to stay on GH with maybe an occassional visit to Llanview or if they want to recast I’d like to see Trevor St. John come back. I can forgive the whole thing. they could even say a mistake was made and he is the real Todd and make Howarth Victor on GH. There are many possibilities there. John could stay on GH or come back to OLTL. I am fine either way. Alderson has played Starr for way too long for a recast. She should either return as Starr to OLTL or be written off slowly with Alderson going back and forth for awhile then maybe she and Michael could become engaged and then she could stay exclusively on GH. Just my opinion of how it could work. No matter what, I will continue watching GH and OLTL when it begins again.

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  83. Lori Goodwin says:

    I want John, Starr, and Todd back on OLTL where they belong. John and Natalie belong together and their son and that is what I want to see. PLEASE!!!!!!

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  84. amyreygo says:

    Keep Howarth. He is great. He can be or do anything. Ditch Alderson. She is a terrible actress and irritating to watch. I care less one way or the other about Easton.

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  85. gerry says:

    I like the way it is now, minus the vampire scene. Really don’t like that. I’ve followed the show since before Robin was in the pic.. Now you’re totally screwing it up.

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  86. Roe says:

    I like the way GH brought in characters from OLTL… I would hate to see them go, they had made things interesting (however nix the vamp crap). with that said, OLTL wouldn’t be the same with out the right cast members so they shouldn’t recast them… it would be nice to see them work between both and maybe gradually write them out of GH with occasional appearances on GH… tough call…. hope you guys do the right one

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    Heather replied

    Totally agree get rid of the vampire stuff. It doesn’t belong on a successful daytime soap. It didn’t work before and it won’t now. Only if it was John being under cover as Caleb for some reason and his real birth name is? Who cares really just give him a birth name and keep him. Also keep Kristen and Roger. Pretty Please!

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  87. Judy says:

    Leave them on General Hospital….. They are in and great., Michael and Starr are great together. There should be some great storylines for all of them. Jason is gone now and we need John and Starr. and Todd too. Love the John/Caleb line…. just don’t make him a vampire when it is done.

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    Judy replied

    Leave them all in. Please

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  88. Kathleen Arzayus says:

    I think if GH can’t use them as their current characters, then they should go back to OLTL. They are playing characters that we have loved and i was thankful to GH to save them. But if they are not allowed to continue on GH as those characters then send them back to OLTL. It stinks because I was liking the Starr/Michael, Todd/Carly and John/Sam relationships so those will all end if they make them new characters. So what’s the purpose of that! Might as well send them back to OLTL. Just my opinion.

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  89. jbellaj says:

    How does one watch OLTL now? I can’t find anything on the internet and I miss it. Is AMC going to be on the internet as well?

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  90. Anne says:

    Leave Todd!!!!! I loved him as Paul and now I love him as Todd!! He is so funny and he is great with Carly. I don’t care about Star or John but leave Todd. Enough with the Robin thing too, way toooooooooooooooooo long!!!

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  91. ssusan pickle says:

    love them on GH but miss my OLTL. really dont care for vampire story line. but love all the actors . also it time to bring robin back and jason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  92. Brandy says:

    I think that the GH & OLTL (PP) should intertwine, and the characters can appear in both. Starrs family is in Landview, and She resides in Port Charles, they could work that out. They have been doing it so far on GH!

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    Haley replied

    how confusing would that be. Plus OLTL will tape on the east coast. GH is NOT OLTL and shouldn’t be a hybrid show.

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  93. LouJean says:

    SKY interacted on all three ABC soaps, as well as her Mother Rye. they never changed her identity So whats the big deal with Starr, Todd and John doing the same thing, If anything it will help with PP’s ratings by letting them crossover as well as other cast members….

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  94. star says:

    I say send tback to OLTL. I have watched both shows for years G.H. for 43 and OLTL for 25 or more .I will watch OLTL again when thcome on internet. I want my old G.H. back with the mob

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  95. d. lafata says:

    Keep all three of them as John Starr and Todd. They make the show.

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  96. Jenny Brooks says:

    Oh, this is really hard! I was so happy when these characters moved to GH from OLTL! I wish it were up to the actors to decide where they’d like to be. I guess this is why they’ve been flirting with the ‘vampire’ storyline, which I personally don’t like much.
    But, boy I’d love to see all three of them back on One Life to Live if that were possible!

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  97. Amber says:

    They can’t recast!! Keep it so they can go back and forth between the two shows. I am a fan of OLTL and GH so for me it was great to see these characters on GH, part of me felt like OLTl never left.

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  98. Linda says:

    Please do everything you can to keep Michael Easton on GH. Love him with Sam, they are great together – have amazing chemistry!!!

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  99. francine D says:

    Just change their names so that makes them new characters. Dont even mention it on air and thats the end of that. No big deal if you dont make it one. Keep them. I like all three of them and they fit right in.

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  100. Cindy Edwards says:

    Please leave Starr, John and Todd on GH!!! We all have come to love having them on here. Sure do wish Jason was back!!!!!

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  101. VANESSA says:

    I am on board with GH keeping these actors. I know that whatever character Roger plays, he will always give it his own twist, and that would never be a bad thing. I love Kritsen and Michael. They were all wonderful additions to the show. The chemistry these actors have with their GH respective partners is amazing. Looking forward to what’s next for them on GH!

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  102. Jenjaz says:

    I would love if they Stay!! I think these characters/actors have brought so much to the show. I don’t think it’s fair for PP to even request that they have to be different characters since they are the ones who let them go. If they do, I would have there new names be so close to the ones they actually have that everyone one will know who they still are, like Todd Manning would be Bob Tanning, etc.

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  103. Cindy Meeks says:

    Sent Starr back to OLTL

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  104. melissa says:

    Would not like to see any of he play another role on GH……Todd will always be todd to me.It would be weird to see them in different roles..nawh not good idea sorry!!!!

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  105. Angela says:

    I watch GH and OLTL (when it was on). I think that they should do a crossover for these characters. Everyone play nice. This could reep huge benefits for both shows.

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  106. Haley says:

    GH needs to cut their losses. Bringing those three back as different characters is ridiculous. I’m sick of hearing how those three saved GH. Give me a break. Let GH be GH and not GH/OLTL hybrid because Ron and Frank can’t let go of their precious OLTL

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  107. Heather says:

    I think all they need to do with John is say he was under cover as Caleb and his real name is whatever. For Starr I love her with Michael so hopefully she finds her birth certificate and it just has another name on it so she likes it and everyone calls her that Or she finds out she was switched at birth or something like that. Then with Todd it could be another evil twin andTodd could come back as another name. Just saying I really enjoy these guys on GH and I agree we suspend reality for an hour a day so we can accept new characters in the roles on OLTL. I am good with that and will watch both shows.

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  108. Diane says:

    First of all, the characters can no longer mention anything from their OLTL past…no references to Cole, Hope, Dorian, etc. Then Todd decides to change his last name for whatever reason; Starr marries Michael and becomes Starr Corinthoes; and John finds out he is really related to Caleb Morley and changes his name to John Morley. They all have different last names, hence a GH character and ties to Llanview is forgotten and never mentioned again. But KEEP them on GH! (OLTL can bring back Victor aka Trevor St. John)

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  109. Brittany says:

    Starr and Todd need to stay the same their characters are the best around and Todd is one of the best on the soaps, i don’t care were John goes but Starr and Todd have to stay it would ruin everything if they were to recast their roles.

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  110. Gwen Adams says:

    Although some people have complained about them being on GH, I have absolutely loved them on it. I have watched One Life to Live and GH for many, many years and have enjoyed their characters on both soaps. I would hate to have them return to OLTL now that they have become an integral part of GH!

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  111. Mimi says:

    I love the way these characters have melded to GH. I say just change their names to Shaun, Charr and Rodd. Howarth is too funny to let go and thats way too much talent to lose in these 3 actors.

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  112. gail says:

    I love these characters on Gh Ioved them on one live to live also, but they have now become GH characters and I cannot see these actors changin characters mid roll hopefully someting will alow them to stay if not time would have to pass before they could just change characters

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  113. michelle says:

    I think they should be the same characters, which as a long time soap fan I know characters have been on more than one soap. Are those characters really important to oltl as its only going to be an online soap? If they all of a sudden play others characters that is stupid, I love Starr and Michael and John and Sam and even Todd and Carly.

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  114. ELAINE says:

    i like them on gh playing the same characters they did on oltl. so do not give them them new role to paly i will hate it big time .i love michael easton who play john mcbain .i was vary sad when oltl want of the air last year because i am a big fan of the show. i was happy to hear that gh pick up the role of john mcbain. so do not change it

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  115. niece says:

    I don’t care what their names or characters are I just want them all to stay on General Hospital. They are wonderful actors and have added so much to the show.

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  116. Sharon says:

    The characters of Starr, Todd & John can not be recasted on OLTL! The actors should go back to OLTL, leave GH and reprise their roles in Llanview! We’ve watched Kristen Alderson grow up on screen as Starr, and her character became a part of her and who she is. Don’t recast Starr! Take McBain out of Port Charles, he’s useless and unnecessary there! Just put them back on OLTL and bring back Brandon Buddy to reprise his role as Cole Thornhart so we can have Sole back! Kristen Alderson is the ONLY Starr Manning, and I don’t like Todd and McBain on GH.

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  117. Patti says:

    We want Todd and Carly to stay together.
    Dont let Todd leave GH.

    You will lose a lot of fans.

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  118. Patti says:

    Keep Todd and Carly together

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  119. ladybelle says:

    i love michael easton.i just hope he stays

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  120. Brittany says:

    I have been a GH fan my whole life–never even watched OLTL, BUT Todd, John, and Starr moved on seamlessly! I really like all of them, but especially LOVE Todd! I would be really disappointed if their characters were changed.

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  121. B. Henderson says:

    I want the stars to remain on General Hospital as the characters they are; however, I want them on One Life to Live, also. I am so use to seeing them on General Hospital , but I will accept them as other characters.

    B. Henderson

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  122. Stephens says:

    I will admit at first I didn’t want John, Todd, and Starr on GH… But now I do not want them to leave.. They need to stay as them… but if they cannot then change them to other charactors but but keep them with the love interest they already have.. I love the idea of Starr and Michael. Todd and Carly .. but Sam and John I am trying to get use too. Jason is gone so Sam does need John.

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  123. Lynn says:

    They need to keep the same names. Let them work for both shows. OLTL can use them once in a while . The producers made their choice and now the actors and actress have to suffer. I don’t think so. Let OLne Life find different characters. “They are many starving actors out there.

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  124. Orlando Woods says:

    I love Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson, Michael Easton as the characters that they are now I’m very disappointed about them leaving but I respect that they are going back to OLTL so It was fun while it lasted. I hope they come back as Todd Manning, Starr Manning, John Mcbain. I love them so much. :)

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  125. Jay says:

    This is just wrong!! I don’t know anyone who is planning to watch this new OLTL, especially when major characters are being recast. It’s a shame to jeopardize these actor’s jobs. It’s not their fault that OLTL was a failure and they were good enough to find a new show! UGHHH!

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    jim replied

    Your reading old news…the only recast so far are Mathew and Destiny. OLTL had a 40plus year run on network tv…doesnt sound much like a failure to me…only ABC failed here. And if you dont know anyone planning to watch the new OLTL you havent been following these threads lately.

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  126. Savinabarnsley says:

    I think, Todd, Starr and John should stay on ?general Hospital. They have made a great impact on the show and great chemistry with other characters . ,eave them where they are at.

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    Barbara t loves One life to live replied

    They were also a very big part of One Life To Live, Major Characters, And don’t get me wrong, I am a GH fan, will be for 50 years, but I also am a OLTL fan, And John, Starr, and Todd are from Llanview and they were created there, I am not taking sides, I would love to see them on both soaps.

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  127. Linda says:

    Please don’t change their character names! If they need to go back to OLTL then so be it, I always loved that show as much as GH and I would watch it again!

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