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177 February 1st, 2013 Prospect Park Issues Statement On OLTL/GH Crossover Conundrum: “They’re Willing To Equally Share The Characters With GH and ABC!”

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After all the confusion and complexities, and possibilities of today’s news on the status of the future of the characters of original One Life to Live characters: John, Starr and Todd, and where that leaves current ABC contracted actors, Michael Easton (John), Kristen Alderson (Starr) and Roger Howarth (Todd), Prospect Park has now issued an official statement explaining their willingness to work with GH and ABC and where the situation is at from their perspective.

First, came a recap of  how things went down from 2011 till now after ABC canceled One Life and it became Prospect Park’s property, and then came the statement.  Here it is below:

Prospect Park released the following statement regarding its licensing agreement with All My Children and One Life to Live. In 2011, when Prospect Park decided to put everything on the line to reboot these shows, they lent characters to General Hospital until shooting began for the new programs so that the characters could stay alive with the fans and also so that the actors could remain working.  Everyone at ABC and on the production staff of General Hospital understood that this was a temporary arrangement until production started once again on One Life to Live.  Now the time has come to start production and Prospect Park needs to, once again, cast these characters including Llanview transplants Michael Easton (John) and Kristen Alderson (Starr). See statement below:

“Prospect Park understands that General Hospital has featured Llanview transplants Michael Easton (John) and Kristen Alderson (Starr) among others while we arranged production of the new version of One Life to Live. These characters, who we own under our agreement, are obviously essential to our production efforts, and a large reason we licensed the program. We also understand that legions of General Hospital fans have grown to love these actors and characters in a short time. So even though we are paying ABC millions of dollars to license the shows, we have been, and continue to be willing to equally share the characters with General Hospital and ABC. It’s a win-win for the actors, the shows and fans, who love all of the shows and storylines. We hope to work out these agreements with ABC and the actors.”

So soapers, now that you have heard from Prospect Park and their willingness to work out agreements with ABC and the actors, and that part of the reason they licensed One Life to Live in the first place was due in part to the characters and actors that crossed-over to General Hospital, how do you feel about the situation?  And, how do you think this should be rectified to satisfy the fans and both production entities?   Let us know!

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  1. Gentry Ashmore says:

    I feel for the actors. That being said, Roger, Kristen and especially Michael owe a lot of their success to One Life to Live. GH has fantastic legacy characters at its disposal. The characters of Todd and John are essential to OLTL. For OLTL to be successful, they need Michael and Roger and shouldn’t go with recasts. Using Michael and Roger as new characters on GH will be ridiculous and seem forced, as bad as the Sam and John relationship. Crossovers won’t work in the long term.

    Roger and Michael, please go home to Llanview. Your fans absolutely adore you in the roles of Todd and John.

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    rebecca replied

    Love Sam and John…

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    L. replied

    Me too! mcbam for the win!!

    Cheryl replied

    Do not love Sam and John. LOL

    Moviegal replied

    Me too! Also, ME was an established actor long before he came to OLTL.

    Mick replied

    AGREE w McBam! There is OLD history there that goes back before either of them were John and Sam (Caleb and Livvie) They have a lot of on screen chemistry I would love to see more of! Speaking of which, neither one of them owes their starts to their current employers…both started on PORT CHARLES…when that ended, Michael went to OLTL etc…No one owes anyone. It has been so long now that these soaps were cancelled, are they sure they still have the fan base to do this? I use to watch those shows and they seemed to be wrapped up at the end…

    BOOPP replied

    I disagree that Michael owes his success to OLTL, he was an established leading man long before he came to OLTL. Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco have incredible chemistry and there is nothing forced about it. Both actors have said how easy it is for them to work together. Michael can easily be Caleb on GH as a human and to be honest Caleb is a much more complex character than John McBain ever was. Easton was spectacular as Caleb. Both Roger and Michael have families who have relocated to the West Coast. PP is going to shoot in Connecticut and to ask them to commute is unreasonable. PP would benefit from GH actors appearing on their show, but ABC will not. I am sure PP’s audience will be a fraction of GH’s which is a network show.

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    John & Sam DO have incredible chemistry. I never liked John & Natalie together. I’m not too familiar with the character of Caleb, but I’d be willing to watch for sure. I would just miss the character of McBain though. I can’t decide if I’d miss the actors more or the characters, ya know?

    TRW replied

    Part of being an actor is commuting, flying around the world to shoot a movie, many actors who do shows in LA have homes and lives in Chicago or New York. This is not like they are going to fly back and forth to do a 9 to 5 job, they would tape several days a month (especially on a 30 minute show) Most likely blocked together and they would be able to stay in LA for likely half the month at least – all while being front burner on OLTL.

    This is not just directed at you but there are so many people who have no clue how this business works crying poor actors that they have to take a flight a few times a month.

    Angela replied

    I agree with BOOPP. Michael Easton’s fan base was built with Port Charles. OLTL came later. As far as PP statement that they “lent” the characters to abc is bull. These 3 actors are under contract to abc.Did PP think that all the actors and actresses from the 2 shows would just sit and wait until they got it together? I doubt it. Life gos on and they went to work elsewhere. I seriously doubt they would be willing to give up GH to go to PP. I would think that there would be a serious paycut. I watched OLTL and AMC for 42 years when they were cancelled and I was extremely upset to see them go. And I am thrilled they are coming back, but…. I think that PP should leave things as they are. They could have the actors go back and tie up the stories. GH has explained why these 3 are in Port Charles. They are into the canvas so deep they should leave it as is.

    Ces replied

    I agree with you on that BOOPP. These actors have moved to the West Coast and are happy at GH, PP shouldn’t expect them to go back east – surely they can create new characters or use others? These actors don’t owe PP or ABC anything than what they’ve already given them!

    Love Sam & McBain!!!

    Jessica replied

    I think the whole situation is a mess. That being said, I think the smartest dispersal of assets would be for ME to remain on GH as Caleb or McMumbles, and for RH and KA to return to OLTL as Todd and Starr. I can see Starr bouncing back and forth, although I think KA’s terrible weaknesses as an actress are completely apparent without the acting safety net of RH and KDP or TSJ to anchor her. I don’t see any reason for Todd to remain in PC. However, if the rumors are true and RH doesn’t want to appear on a web-based soap, I think Todd should bounce back and forth for a few months to get OLTL back on track and then remain in PC. Yet another recast for Todd, after the ridiculous machinations employed to justify bringing RH back and exit TSJ, will be terribly challenging. I happened to love TSJ’s Todd, but I am skeptical they can successfully find a third actor that viewers will tolerate, much less accept.

    Renee replied

    I too agree with BOOPP. Michael Easton has been on soaps for years. I used to watch him as Tanner on Days of Our Lives. Acting is a job just like any other. Actors should be allowed to do what is best for them. Being held hostage to PP when they don’t know what the heck they’re doing is ridiculous. I am fearful that this entire relaunch on line is going to be a bust. It has been over a year since these soaps were on, original cast members have moved onto other soaps or projects, viewers have moved on to other programming. PP is now trying to bring back who they can at the 11th hour and recast other parts. If it is truly the relaunch of the soaps fans so loved bringing on 1/3 of the original cast & hiring recasts is not what I want to see. This should be interesting.

    Jolie Fan replied

    This is for Angela,
    Try reading………”Prospect Park released the following statement regarding its licensing agreement with All My Children and One Life to Live. In 2011, when Prospect Park decided to put everything on the line to reboot these shows, they lent characters to General Hospital until shooting began for the new programs so that the characters could stay alive with the fans and also so that the actors could remain working. Everyone at ABC and on the production staff of General Hospital understood that this was a temporary arrangement until production started once again on One Life to Live. Now the time has come to start production and Prospect Park needs to, once again, cast these characters including Llanview transplants Michael Easton (John) and Kristen Alderson (Starr).”…
    That explains what the “Agreement” was and what ABC KNEW WAS GOING TO HAPPEN! They should have never ever signed them to Long Term contracts, Epically since renegotiation is done every 13 weeks, BUT NO ABC did what it wanted to and wants PP OLTL and it’s fans to take in the ass! Bull it is time ABC took it up Pooper!!!!

    lipstickcat replied

    The first time I saw Michael Easton was on Ally McBeal! He played a nude model! Ally & her friend were taking a sculpting class & he played the model who had their eyes pop out because he was so “big”! Anybody else remember this?

    Beth replied

    These actors have all left OLTL. Period. Roger Howarth left many years ago and developed a very different character on As the World Turns. He returned to OLTL for short-term gig. He does not need to break a contract on ABC — and possibly move his family — for a start-up production.
    Michael Easton had fans before he had a role on OLTL. There are those of us who remember him from his days on Port Charles and I believe he’s been on other soaps as well. (He may even have done work outside of soaps!) He does not owe his career to OLTL, and like Roger Howarth, does not need to break a contract on ABC — and possibly disrupt his family — for a start-up production.
    As far as Kristin Alderson, that young lady grew up on OLTL. I think she was planning to move to LA anyway. Let the girl stretch her wings in LA with a different cast. For those of us who have watched since she took her first steps on OLTL, how often do we get to watch the character and the actress continue to grow like this?
    Crossovers have worked successfully for the Bell soaps on CBS for years. This could be a wonderful win-win opportunity for Prospect Park, ABC, the fans and the future of soaps.

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    Well said.

    Torrey replied

    Sounds like to me, after reading the statement, PP is willing to work with ABC to do crossovers…..I think the problem lies with ABC, and we know how this network is known for their “Smart” decisions.

    And although, I’m happy for the actors to be able to move on, and keep their characters alive on GH, I really don’t like them on GH…..I prefer John, Todd & Starr on OLTL. True both male actors have had careers before and after OLTL, but I just have grown to like them on OLTL. I am not too thrilled with the way the characters have been dealt with on GH….Don’t like how John has just left his family in the wind, and forgotten about Natalie & his son. And I can’t even begin to express my anger for what they did to Starr….bringing her on, only to kill off Cole & her baby girl Hope. It makes me absolutely sick thinking about it. That story was done simply to make room for her and Michael on GH.

    Mick replied

    … a lot was done to move these characters to GH, after no one was sure what was to become of OLTL… All 3 have picked up and moved to the west coast… flying back and forth is a HUGE inconvenience and I bet isnt in their contracts. At the time they were hired on GH, it looked like OLTL was never going to be back… here we are 2 yrs later, the 3 actors have moved and settled into new jobs. Hire new people to play the parts on the computer network…you dont even know if there are enough fans left around to keep it going… I use to watch OLTL, kind of glad it combined w GH.
    BTW, the story w John is Todd sent a pic of him and Sam kissing to Nat who’s daddy has hired lots of expensivelawyers to keep him away from his son. I LOVE HOPE and Michael together…and Todd
    fits in well…he adds humor to the show…plus I dont think he was on OLTL except as a visitor at the end….recall he was locked up for 8 yrs while his brother had his life.

    STORMYNW replied

    Hmmmmm Perhaps they will return to OLTL and after a bit ABC will Figure out what a COLOSSAL MISTAKE they made when they cancelled Both One Life to Live AND All My Children and ABC will buy them back and return them to TV so that everyone can watch rather than only those with computer access. JUST A THOUGHT.

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    GB replied

    under the licensing agreement PP now owns the rights to AMC and OLTL for the next ten years (it might even be fifteen) – the agreement said that once they started actually producing something, which it seems they now are, they own it for OLTL, so can we please stop going on about how they could go back to ABC. it’s not going to happen. contracts have been signed. also, why should those actors go and work on what is essentially a glorified web series (nothing wrong with that, but it’s different) for probably much less money when they can get paid a network TV wage and have a network TV audience?

    bobby replied

    I ‘m sure they are going to put their heads together and work with the actors . Let them go back and close things off. Like making sure Todd knows that he never kill his brother, John brings back Natalie and his son to GH and have them go back and forth for the holidays. Same for Starr. Come on they can have the best of both worlds and they can cross over. It would be a win win. Just a thought…..
    Sam can hook up with Jason’s brother AJ.

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    Jolie Fan replied

    OK hang on you gh fans are incredible. ABC signs the actors to long term contracts knowing what the Agreement between them and PP are and now the OLTL fans are not only getting screwed by ABC yet AGAIN but you want to take a Very popular couple from OLTL and put them on GH! WOW does your greediness have no bounds??

    terri replied

    John ad Nataie have years of history not only as lovers but as friends an now parents the character of John would NOT have left his family for that long and he surely would NOT have chosen Sam over the mother of his child and love of his life Natalie. I have never seen the chemistry with John and Sam both are quiet understated actors which on a soap equals snoozefes and I loved Port Charles.. Respect the characters respect the fans. I think sharing at the very least would be fair. I for one woul love to see Natalie come to town and give John and Sam what for….

    Jolie Fan is Crazy replied

    Oh dear, Jolie Fan. You’re insane. Certifiably so.

    El Rizzo replied

    Well said…go home John , go home…to your soon to be wife(a girl can dream can’t she?) and your son!!!

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    Mick replied

    TERRI… please go on you tube and watch old PORT CHARLES
    episodes with CALEB and LIVVY… that would be Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco…it wont take but a few moments to see the chemistry… they were lovers and there is plenty of evidence of their passion together from when they worked together in the early 2000′s.
    Seems like on OLTL, John and Nat were apart more than together always sleeping with someone else… I promise the youtube trip wont be a waste of your time!
    And now he’s not WELCOME at home…remember Clint has hired all the lawyers and they have a court order that he HAS to stay away…

    Christine replied

    I disagree, Gentry. They are ACTORS. They do not owe anyone anything but their families. Why can’t some people get that?

    It would be wonderful to have a random day at work be like an episode of SEINFELD where Jerry went to work to boo the woman who booed him when he was on stage doing HIS job. Maybe if the shoe were on the other foot more in life people would stop feeling so entitled.

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    Ella replied

    Sounds like Prospect Park is trying to do damage control. The fact remains, regardless of what they want us to believe, that GH kept Llanview alive and this is a main reason that PP still has the interest to launch a OLTL 2.0. Let the actors decide where they want to be. If it is GH, then recast their OLRL roles and allow the actors to play other roles on GH. The actors should decide where they.want to work. PP seems to be trying to take the actors’ choices away, knowing that 2 of the 3 chose not to sign on with PP during the first attempt at relainchong OLTL.

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    Mick replied

    Well said… They already picked up and moved across the country… the person playing a role are commonly replaced when someone’s contract is up etc… Now is the perfect time to replace them since they havent been filming OLTL for the past 2 yrs…

    susan M. replied

    They can do both!

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    Jamie replied

    Um, passive aggressive much, PP???? PP has really pissed some people off including me. I want Starr, John and Todd played by Kristen, Michael and Roger on GH. I will not be able to buy new characters all of the sudden on GH, played by these same actors. It won’t make any sense. I know its a soap and make believe, but that’s an insult to me as a viewer. These characters have relationships and lives in Port Charles. To have them leave so suddenly is pretty crappy.

    Mick replied

    PP is the one who needs to get new actors… and if this ever gets off the ground, that’s probably what will happen…The OLTL characters seem happy and well paid on GH …plus they moved 3000 miles away for the job… it would be ridiculous to move them again…esp since we havent seen OLTL in over a yr now…perfect time for them to get new hires…other OLTL actors have moved on to other jobs too, perhaps not even in soaps…what a mess… It’s almost like they needed to do it right away after they cancelled the shows…Im not sure it will even work now.

  2. su0000 says:

    I can not RH and ME flying from AC to NY area to share ..
    I also do not see RH signing on with PP ..
    They still have a long road to go before this will be settled..

    We have to wait and see if the 3 will agree to going with PP ..

    Travel from CA to NY area hmm don’t think that is a selling point..
    It is not what we want it is what they decide to do ..

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    Lisa J. replied

    Of course they will support the re-boot! How often is your character in such hot demand? Plus, I’m sure they will want to help OLTL succeed! My bet is with them!

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    KateK replied

    Why would they sign with PP? Its an online show, it may not even succeed. PP is blackmailing the actors.

    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    Yeah, I hate to say it, but I’m with KateK on this one. ABC is at least an established national broadcast network. Prospect Park has the Internet, and that’s great, but it’s a totally untapped medium for this type of genre. I’m excited to see how the new OLTL turns out (that is, if it does in fact happen), but if I were one of these actors, I’d rather stay on ABC– and that’s knowing they cancelled two of their three soaps.

    terri replied

    I agree Tuc Watkins would come back and forth inthis ecnomy these actors are lucky to be in such high demand.

    Gillian replied

    I think Prospect Park burned that bridge when it forced the actors not to report to work and earn their pay. Would you want to work for a company that took your livelihood away from you and your family? That was an awful move by PP and not a show of good faith. By digging in their heels, they personally/financially hurt the actors. Who would want to do that company any favors?

    Emma replied

    Todd, McBain and Starr’s success on GH kept OLTL alive for their fans. Combined with general hospital’s high ratings contributed to Prospect Park being able to do the OLTL reboot. Why would ABC and Prospect Park pass up a chance to cross promote on both shows. Seems like a no-brainier to me.

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    Jolie Fan replied

    What in the hell does Gh’s ratings have to do with PP and OLTL and MAC Reboot????

    Thoma replied

    RH is done w/ GH . he will only be on OLTL. ME and KA will do both. KA and CD are dating

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    Chaz replied

    “KA and CD are dating”. ….hmmmm..I bet that is surprising news to his WIFE!

    k/kay replied

    Chad Duell ended his marriage of a few months in Dec.

    thomas replied

    he ended his marriage in December

    Crystal replied

    It’s hasn’t been confirmed that RH will only be doing OLTL and that Michael and Kristen will be doing both. I doubt Roger and Kristen will be on the reboot because they didn’t sign on for it when PP was first trying to launch it.

    As for Chad and Kristen dating, that is just a rumor.

  3. Debbie says:

    Let the actors decide where they want to go for once. The shows were dumped and now that they things have turned around and OLTL and AMC are coming back online are we really supposed to accept that. What if it bombs? Stop messing with our soaps what little we have left. Have some consideration for the viewers I say. Oh well it is just my opinion. Love Michael Fairman he is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    Totally agree! Leave GH alone. It’s the only true ABC soap left, and I don’t appreciate all the back-and-forth from PP!

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    Ces replied

    Couldn’t agree with you more!! I felt sad watching Michael Easton yesterday knowing he won’t be on after Feb 8th. I’m pretty sure these actors are quite happy right where they are.

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  4. Lisa J. says:

    This is so exciting and fantastic! What a great way to work this out! It IS a win win for both shows and the actors and all of the fans! I couldn’t be more thrilled in hearing this incredible news! Thanks again Michael!

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  5. Lin says:

    I think Todd, Starr, and Michael bring a lot to GH. However, if he’s going to be a vampire, he needs to high tail it to One Life as I hate that storyline. I can see them going back and forth seamlessly if the writers work together. I really like Star and Michael together and hope they will stay so. If Natalie is in Llanview, maybe she and John can reconcile. I would like that. As far as I’m concerned Todd can stay in Port Chalres and have Trevor in LLanview.

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    Agree that the vampire storyline is ridiculous. I also like your suggestion about keeping Roger on GH and bringing Trevor to OLTL.

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    susan M. replied

    Yes the vampire storyline is ridiculous! I think the vampire thing should be for
    horror movies not the soaps. I really like Michael Easton’s character a lot. He is
    the one of the main reasons I started watching GH again when OLTL was cancelled last year. Was happy to see him on GH because I missed OLTL sooooooooo much! But, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (LIVES Again)!!!!!!! HURRAH!
    Here’s what you do when you don’t find the rainbow’s end
    This Time
    Here’s where you go when it looks like the rain won’t end
    Don’t cry
    I’ll give you tommorrow
    Let me be the one you share it with
    And each day that follows
    Cause we only have “ONE LIFE TO LIVE!” OLTL ROCKS AGAIN!!!!!

  6. maddiehayes says:

    I’m fine with this as long as PP’s OLTL doesn’t have to recognize the insufferable storylines on GH. GH all but destroyed these characters. They killed off Starr’s family right off the bat, then they killed off what was left of Tea’s family, her baby. Then they proceeded to destroy McBain’s family. Todd and Blair were already on the outs when OLTL ended, but GH forced a Todd&Carly pairing, that made no sense in light of the fact that Blair is the only woman Todd feels comfortable being intimate with, and that only comes after YEARS of history. GH disregarded John, Todd and Starr’s histories in order to make them fit on the GH canvas. I’m hoping PP will begin where OLTL left off a year ago …

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    I think the reason GH “destroyed” these characters, as you put it, wasn’t because they were disrespectful to them or anything, but rather because it was much easier to simplify the characters. Bringing on three characters– characters with rich histories, no less– from a different soap has gotta be tricky, so they probably just wanted it to be as seamless as possible, and they best way to do that was to eliminate any ties with other OLTL characters.

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    Tina replied

    If they wanted eliminate any ties with other OLTL characters they should of changed their names and history’s when they first came to GH. The only history they some what messed with is that of John.

    maddiehayes replied

    agreed, Tina, they wanted to bring the OLTL actors playing their SAME characters, in hopes of luring OLTL viewers to GH. Trouble is, they changed them so much, they may as well have been playing different characters! And I would have preferred that. I still would have watched GH and I might have even rooted for John&Sam, now that Jason is “dead”. But knowing that “John” has moved on so easily from Natalie&Liam makes him a huge TOOL in my eyes.

    Beth replied

    My first memory of OLTL is Joe Riley showing up at the door to the church…but Viki, beautifully dressed in white, is marrying someone else at the altar and he has arrived too late. The show is still in black-and-white, I must have four or five years old.
    As far as I am concerned, Joe is Viki’s only love and I get upset that he is rarely, if ever, acknowledged as the father of Kevin and Joey. (I always want to scream “Clint is not their father!”)
    So you’re upset that Todd has been paired with Carly…well, Blair was in love with Max long before Todd…and Blair/Todd have always been like Carly/Sonny, as Blair and Carly discovered in a great “just us girls” scene. Frankly, I would love for Blair to find someone who challenges her but in a way that moves her character forward. Todd and Blair, the couple, exist in the past. Todd and Carly seem so well-suited to each other now: Carly doesn’t judge, she just wants respect and honesty. Blair can’t get past the baggage. Once upon a time, Blair wasn’t in a position to judge Todd, they had sinned equally. Blair is a different person now and that’s why she no longer fits with Todd.
    I can go on and on, just know that the person responsible for the stories at OLTL for its last years…has been at GH now. I give him credit for keeping Llanview alive, maybe investing new viewers, not destroying it.

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    maddiehayes replied

    I have watched OLTL off-and-on, almost from the beginning, I was a bit older, in 2nd grade, every day I would watch “Dark Shadows” after school and catch the last 5 minutes of OLTL, got HOOKED and started RUNNING home from school, lol. Loved Vicki and Joe, I quite agree, he was the love of her life. As for Max, I loved him with Gabrielle, but I wasn’t watching when he was with Blair, in fact, I missed most of Blair’s stories, including her story with Todd, I just know from other people’s posts that Todd has “intimacy issues” and the only woman he’s ever really felt comfortable with is Blair. But since the ’80s, GH has been “my” soap, so although I’m upset with some of the OLTL integration (especially John’s!) I’m still thrilled with GH for bringing back Frisco, Laura, Robert, Anna, and all my faves!

    susan M. replied

    I rememeber Joe Riley! He was the love of Viki’s life! Her #1 love of all time.

    Jolie Fan replied

    Maddiehayes I could not agree with you More!!! I did not like the way that they just had John “forget” Natalie and Liam, RC is an Ass! There is no way that John would ever just “forget” Natalie and the son he recently got back, He missed almost the first year of his son’s life and he sure as hell would not bounce a few days after getting him back! And the lame way they “broke them up” was RIDICULOUS! Clint never ever had a problem with John, so he being wrapped up in that at all is ridiculous!
    For them to Kill off Hope and Cole was beyond stupid, they did not even have to have them go with her.
    I am tired of GH ABC AND RC dictating what is going to be done on OLTL that is BULL Sorry!!!

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    Tali Smith replied

    I have to agree. JOLIE forever.

    Mia replied

    ITA JOLIE FOREVER BABY!!

  7. Sal Piscioneri says:

    once PP nixed the idea of OLTL and AMC on line shortly after the cancelation the actors moved on..

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    Yes, and they had every right to!

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    Scott replied

    Yes they did and they do,but they don’t own the characters.

    k/kay replied

    My understanding Scott is they own the characters but not the actors I think their will be some serious lawyering up by these actors if they do not want to uproot again.

  8. WishILivedInLlanview says:

    First: I don’t recall ever hearing that the characters of Todd, Starr, and John would be temporarily on General Hospital. Did anyone else miss that? I’m guessing so. I’ve followed this whole ABC/Prospect Park situation since the announcement of OLTL’s cancellation over a year ago, and I can’t recall one instance when ABC stated that these OLTL characters would only be on GH temporarily. And to further support this, aren’t these three actors currently under contract with ABC? That’s not exactly temporary– there’s gotta be an end date in that contract somewhere, and it’s probably not “whenever Prospect Park finally gets their act together.”

    Second: I don’t trust Prospect Park. Who are these people anyway? I was super excited when they initially announced that they would revive OLTL & AMC… and then they let us all down, actors included. I’ll admit, it does seem like this time around, PP has more of their ducks in a row, but everything is still so unclear.

    Third: This has to truly suck for these actors. All three of them are included in such major storylines on GH, that for them to be so abruptly ripped out of Port Charles, or to be suddenly re-written as new characters, is not only bad television, but terrible treatment of these actors!

    Prospect Park, you need to realize that you dropped the ball the first time, and these actors weren’t going to just wait around for you to get serious. Now that they’ve got a new home on GH, you just want to take back these characters for yourself? Unprofessional. Disappointing. And unsettling.

    I’ve truly grown to love how Todd, John, and Starr have blended in so well in Port Charles. They are just as much a part of GH as any other character/actor on that show. It is not fair for PP to just hog all these characters when they can’t even keep their promises to begin with. And how about this: what if Michael Easton, Roger Howarth, and Kristen Alderson don’t WANT to go to PP’s co-called “revival” of OLTL? Shouldn’t they get a say? Sorry for the long-winded response. Thanks for reading it!

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    Asia replied

    You’ve said everything I wanted to say and more. I completely agree.

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    I also just want to add that the new OLTL can go on fine without McBain, Todd, and Starr. Soap characters & actors come and go all the time. I just want there to be some stability for these shows… All this back-and-forth isn’t helping the genre– it’s hurting it!

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    Judith replied

    You are so right! I don’t recall any talk of “temporary”. It is so unfair to the actors, the fans and GH. These actors are under contract to GH/ABC. They continue to be seen on broadcast television, on a major network, working in Hollywood. Why on God’s green earth would they want to give up their current status only to schlep to Stamford, CT to work on a production that will only be available online to a limited audience, 4 days a week for 1/2 hr/day? These three talented actors who have obviously moved their families to Hollywood and have become an integral part of the GH landscape have to give it all up for PP??? Stamford CT, REALLY???? Talk about a step backwards! Here’s a message to PP: LEAVE GH ALONE! LEAVE THESE THREE TALENTED ACTORS ALONE. HAVEN’T YOU DONE ENOUGH ALREADY?!!!! Who’s to say PP won’t fall flat on it’s face with this new venture? Then what? It appears to me that the actors who have agreed to sign on with PP, never left the NY area after the cancellation of AMC and OLTL, nor have I heard of them working on other projects, so what have they got to loose? Stamford is a short train ride from NYC. I’m just so upset at the thought of having these actors being abruptly pulled out of GH over legal nonsense! Thanks Michael for the opportunity to vent about this. You’re the best!

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    Scott replied

    If you lease a car and lend it to a friend,does your friend get to keep it???

    Beth replied

    Actually, I’ve noticed names on the PP cast lists who had taken roles on soaps on other networks…but are clearly available for PP. I’ve read plenty of commentary that other showrunners have not taken advantage of the available ABC daytime talent like GH has. People seem quick to trash the GH team — part of which used to be the OLTL team — but they clearly create a place where people want to work. The actress who plays Blair — she lives in Kentucky, they worked out storyline whenever she could be in LA. Wally Kurth is willing to go back and work for a few days — and the current GH team respects the fans enough to gather these familiar faces instead of doing an expedient recast.

    Christine replied

    Judith – someone who gets it! :-)

    It is the same reason that Debbi Morgan didn’t sign and took the job at Y&R instead. More exposure, a guaranteed job. Sadly things did not work out at Y&R, but she had the above-mentioned for a little while. You have to do what you have to do to support yourselves and your family. You can’t just sit around and HOPE that Prospect Park will come through. Anyone that faults the actors and is demanding their return to the east coast is selfish and entitled.

    The actors know that they are not indispensable to a show. I mean if someone was to get run over by a car one day, the show would have to go on. Life goes on. Prospect Park could really do this reboot without uprooting the lives of these three fine actors who did what only they could do which was to go where they could be gainfully employed. You want the characters so bad? Then recast. But in all honesty, it is not like Viki or Dorian is on GH right now. Erika Slezak is pretty much the face of OLTL, but at some point, life goes on and you have to adjust.

    Gillian replied

    You’re right. PP announced they weren’t going ahead with OLTL. They never said their OLTL plans were on hold until they could iron out the details. PP never said that OLTL was a temporary hold thing. Viewership is surging on all soaps now. It is profitable to have a soap in this streamlined format.That is why they are resurrecting the soaps again now. Which is fine. Just don’t hurt the actors financially or hurt GH.

    Ronnie replied

    My sentiments exactly. You definitely said a mouthful. All three actors have definitely made an impact on GH and I’m glad to see that RH, KA and ME have transitioned well in there new home. They are a true asset and relocating them back to OLTL to help with the relaunch is absurd. Looking forward to see how GH and PP handle Roger’s, Kristen and Michael’s characters and have other actors portray them. If all three actors are currently on contract with ABC/GH then why would PP ask for them back. Doesn’t PP know that if actors break their contracts there are legal repurcussions. Here’s to getting it right and doing what’s right.

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    Torrey replied

    I totally agree with you!! The OLTL characters were just decimated when the joined GH….killing off all the connections that these characters had in LLanview just upset me so much.

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    Torrey replied

    this was for a different comment but I accidentally attached it to your post…LOL

    But now that I’m here, I would like to add, if you watch the interview that Michael Fairman did with the Martins of AMC, I got the impression that the fault should not all lie with PP…..I think ABC had a big hand in slowing things down for PP the first go round. ABC did a lot of shady things, and I really believe they stalled things more than necessary, just so that PP could take the heat off of them. I want the actors to be happy and do what’s best for them, but I believe in my heart of hearts that PP was the red-herring in this situation…ABC is the culprit.

    Jolie Fan replied

    I don’t know what you read about the “stories” for the Characters but it was stated that the character of John McBain & “Todd Manning” were going to be there as reoccurring like Blair and Tea! Starr was the only one that had a story line because her story line was finished on OLTL, John and “Todd’s” weren’t!

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    Tali Smith replied

    let me add: But because of the popularity of Todd & John with GH fans, they were added with long term contracts. Many fans wanted Melissa Archer aka Natalie Buchanan to come to GH but was prohibited from that because PP would not let her come! This MESS would have never happened if it wasn’t for ABC where 99% of the blame lies for canceling OLTL in the first place. It was the highest rated soap on ABC and got an earlier cancellation date (Jan ’12) instead of the later cancellation date of GH (Sept ’12). ABC doesn’t want to admit their failure of the cancellation of OLTL and his trying to keep GH solid. It would be very interesting if the cancellation dates had been turned around with GH canceled and OLTL still on TV.

  9. Anni Hyres says:

    I don’t know what our how the 3 actors on the ABC and the internet shows can be handled legally. I do think they are better off on GH as it is an hour show. The only solution that I see would be to let them rotate shows. That would mean storyline problems but that can be worked out. I hate to see them move back to OLTL although that was my fav. soap, but the characters have fit in so well on GH. Especially are Sam and Michael have such incredible chemistry. Either move will leave some viewers unhappy. I will get used to whatever is. I forgot that one show will be in NY and one in LA?? Is that correct?? If so, rotating wouldn’t be an option. To keep them happy, I would see which show the actors want to be on. Then negotiate. They COULD be on different shows if that were their choice. I would chose GH, if I were one of the actors, because I would have more camera time. Also, the idea of having soaps on the net is a new concept. Risky. Hope you guys can get this settled without too much trouble and conflicts. Good luck!!

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    Agree.

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    Jeffrey Anderson replied

    I agree,too… I just hope cross our fingers.

  10. Beth says:

    It sounds like Prospect was just floating the idea of recasting Starr and John, and fans must have called their bluff. After all, Easton and Alderson would not have signed contracts with GH if they had interest in contracting/working with Prospect on the East Coast. As many fans have already noted, Starr has already left Llanview. John has no family left on the canvas, he’s a spouse to a Buchanan. It’s better to have access to Starr and John with original actors for storyline purposes — and have leverage for doing so — than risk the new endeavour with recasts.
    Notice how they left Todd out? There’s something going on there…all I know is Roger Howarth will not play games so either he’s happy with the plan or he’ll leave/play someone else. He has left “Todd” before and I’m sure he’d do it again.

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    Ann replied

    Beth I thought the same thing – Howarth has had far more airtime on GH and he is not referenced by name in this press release? This implies to me that they are potentially pursuing a different scenario re: the character of Todd vs Starr and John. While I sincerely hope AMC and OLTL go live with PP, look at Erika Slezak’s statement which tells us no contracts have been signed. Much is still up in the air and even if these shows go live they will look and feel different if only because many of the cast moved on and are unavailable for a variety of reasons.

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    Jolie Fan replied

    WTF articles do you ppl read?? Erika has already signed a contract so did the rest of the cast for OLTL! There is nothing up in the air! It amazes me that You GH fans actually are rooting for this to be a bust so you’s can keep some characters! WOW You’s should be proud!

    Ann replied

    Ouch Jolie Fan. The quote re a contract not being signed is on http://www.erikaslezak.com from her to her fan club and quoted a few days back here on Michael’s site. I am happy wherever the characters land as I am a fan of both shows. You are correct I did make an inference that more than Erika may not have signed contracts yet – which I read elsewhere. I want oltl back and want GH to succeed also.

  11. KateK says:

    I still wont watch any PP shows after this! Let the actors choose where they want to go, dont blaclmail mail or bulldog them! Why would Star go back to LV Hope & Cole are dead? Shes an adult now, shes not going to move home w/ mom. Todd got off a murder charge, everyone hates him there why would he go back? John & Nat don’t have as much chemistry as he & Sam do, OLTL never used him like GH does, let him stay. From a story stand point it makes NO sense from them to be in LainView!!

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    Agreed. These three characters actually have some roots in Port Charles now. To shuffle them around like this is ridiculous! And I also agree that McBain’s character is a little more… likable on GH. Not that I didn’t like him on OLTL– I LOVED him. But they’re getting real roles on GH, and established network soap. Leave ‘em alone unless they vocalize they want otherwise, PP!

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  12. Lynn says:

    I really think that this reboot has had to have been in the works the whole time, I’m looking at what they have accomplished and that has not been overnight I think ABC and TPTB have known this is a possibility including the actors and blaming PP is just not fair….TPTB knew about the legalize stuff…..amd I don’t think we should just assume that the actors arent interested in going to PP just becase a mag reported “all three dont want to” please let them decide but I do think ABC will make if difficult to leave their contracts…I find it amazing that ABC cxd the soaps in the first place and we have been put through the ringer with ABC but everyone is quick to blame PP don’t you all think this is what ABC wants takes the heat off them esp after they cxd the soaps in the first place, and they are the ones making the statements to the mags sounds a little too convinent to me. With all that said I believe the characters belong on OLTL recast if they have to but they are a huge huge part of OLTL and I totaly get why PP wants to keep them and I say keep them because they do belong to PP

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    The only reason I’m cautious around PP is because they let us down before. It’s a HUGE undertaking to produce a soap opera with so much history and such a loyal fanbase. I don’t appreciate how they seem to be going back and forth with actors and production. It’s been like that for a good year– I say it’s time to let GH move forward with their current cast, OLTL characters included; and let OLTL move forward with the actors that have willingly signed on. They can both be successful shows in their own right.

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    Christy replied

    yes, I agree — see my ‘don’t piss me off’ comment below. Let ‘em get their own Todd and John and Star if they must. If they don’t want to mention GH storylines and vice versa, then why not just have 2 separate storylines with a few of the same characters… who cares. Twice as much storytime for us.

  13. JAISAM/MCBAMFANS says:

    I think they can do whatever with the STARR character,,, she’s not that important to me!!!!

    But they need to keep JOHN MCBAIN!!!!

    HE IS VALUABLE TO THE SHOW!!

    HE HAS A CHILD RAFE BARRIGTON
    HE HAS LIAM BUCHANNAN

    AND HE WAS GOING TO HAVE A STEP CHILD DANIEL EDWARD MORGAN

    PLUS HE AND KELLY MONACO HAS MAJOR CHEMISTRY

    I WAS LOOKING FORWARD SEEING THEM TOGETHER

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  14. Dave says:

    You love ABC, you hate ABC, you love Prospect Park , you hate Prospect Park !
    Just be happy that General Hospital and soaps in general are on the upswing and canceled soaps OLTL and AMC are getting a second chance.

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  15. Michael says:

    I cannot believe Prospect Park’s short sightedness. GH almost went off the air. If that happened, plenty of people would have lost interest in One Life. The actors from One Life, and the excellent producing/writing team now helming GH has practically saved the soap industry. Now that GH is better than ever, in part duet to the One Life crossover– they want to pull the plug? What if the actors don’t want to appear in an online version? They can pull off an excellent version of One Life with the actors they have already recruited. Leave GH alone. If GH sinks, the whole industry- online and on broadcast- is in jeopardy.

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  16. Rose says:

    This is getting to be a “drama” before the show even starts up again. I for one have decided to take the “wait and see” attitude. It’s going to be what it is and we will all adjust and love the show no matter (I hope)

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  17. Cheryl says:

    I will start by saying that I am enjoying all three OL characters on GH, especially Todd, who has really fit in the best IMO. Having said that, I also happen to think that GH is full of great and already established characters that they can draw on. I’d love nothing more than to see both shows (GH and OLTL) be successful, and so I’m hoping for the OL transplants to return to Llanview. Crossovers are a fun and rich idea for story. I’m very open to that as well.

    In the end though, John, Todd and Starr have way more life to live in Llanview. Go PP!

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    Mia replied

    ITA

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    Tali Smith replied

    Good Luck Prospect Park – I agree with Cheryl!

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  18. Michael says:

    Why can’t the shows exist in alternate universes?- Like Dallas and Knots Landing. Online One Life can have new actors playing the characters, while the veteran actors can stay on GH. win win.

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    Cheryl replied

    The problem there, is that a TON of people, myself included, don’t want to see new actors in the roles for characters that we’ve watched for years.

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    Mia replied

    I AGREE!!

  19. currygirl says:

    PP is paying ABC millions of dollars to license OLTL and AMC and willing to loan out those characters that they are paying for. Who does that? I wouldn’t.

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    Gillian replied

    From what I understand, ABC paid PP for use of the characters. It wasn’t for free

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  20. brian says:

    I hope the 50/50 works out for everyone involved. It does sound win/win to me, and it could be just the thing to make the reboots successful, and then who knows what could happen… maybe we could see a reboot of “Port Charles”, and other shows.

    I for one, am just happy the shows are continuing, and do believe that “TV” has a brand new life coming by way of “web viewing”

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    Gillian replied

    The sad thing is that it isn’t a “win win” as the actors are now financially suffering since PP has banned them from reporting to GH.

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  21. Phil says:

    As I have said before, they need to stay put in GH! OLTL has gone on without these characters and it still can. Honestly, I don’t think OLTL will be as fun to watch without Frank and Ron at the helm anyway. I may check it out but not sure I will stay with it. GH and DAYS are my soaps of choice. If ABC was smart they would charge Prospect Park a small fee to air both shows on their network with the stipulation that these three crossover to OLTL to reboot the show only to return to GH on a regular basis!

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  22. su0000 says:

    I believe RH/Todd has told PP no , and that is why there has been no mention of him like there is with ME/McBain and KA/Starr..

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    Mia replied

    I heard that Michael Easton was on board with OLTL online MANY times, so I can see him going back.

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    Ann replied

    That was long before he got his GH job. His contract with PP has since expired. He is not obligated to PP anymore. He is contracted to ABC and GH! He is at his new job at GH! And why in the world would he want to leave GH? He moved his family cross country for the job. I cannot see him wanting to uproot again or do double duty. He should stay on GH where he belongs now!

  23. mimi says:

    I don’t understand how PP and ABC can share these 3 characters. It would be a story line continuity nightmare. IMO OLTL doesn’t need RH or KA if they can get TSJ on board as Victor and I believe they already have the girl who plays Danielle on lock. I think they are pretty much interchangable with Todd and Starr. John could leave town and they could cast a John McBain type person if that’s their fancy.

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  24. IMissGuidingLight says:

    It’s puzzling to me why so many people seem to be making Prospect Park the “bad guy” here. ABC cancelled OLTL. Then ABC made Prospect Park pay millions to license the show — including all its characters. Then ABC convinced Prospect Park to loan some characters back for a while, didn’t tell the public it was a temporary arrangement and now seems mad that Prospect Park wants what it paid for. I’m certainly not saying Prospect Park has handled this well, and I love Todd and McBain on GH, but it seems pretty clear that Prospect Park is well within its rights to use key OLTL characters however it wants. And ABC has once again been caught trying to dupe its viewers.

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    Elizabeth replied

    I agree with this 100%. PP is well within their rights in wanting to use characters that they paid for and own the rights to. I also don’t understand why people want the shows back on ABC when it was ABC that screwed everyone over and canceled the shows in the first place. The last thing I want is for ABC to get their hands on my shows again.

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    boes replied

    Well said, VERY well said.

    ABC is no victim but has instead duped, and outright lied to everyone involved on all their soaps. Just go back and look how blindsided everyone on AMC and OLTL were, from the setup crew to the actors and production staff when they were cancelled.
    PP may not have handled this as well as they could have, but the giant in the room, the one who do the most harm is ABC. And they’ve shown they have no love or loyalty for anything, especially soaps.
    And don’t forget that if PP is successful, it may very well be the future home of GH if and when ABC dumps it too.

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    Mia replied

    I agree 100%!!!

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  25. Tina says:

    Funny how everyone is blaming PP for this mess when it was ABC who started this mess in the first place when THEY canceled two shows. Now GH has OLTL old writers and they now have some darn good ones and no restraints as to censors, tho they’ll keep it toned down even on the web.
    Easy solution to this mess would be ..as the actors are playing ” OLTL ‘characters with long history’s to that show if they want to stay, Change their names.. change everything about their history and backgrounds as so their NOT OLTL characters anymore and then there’s no conflict.
    As GH has sooo screwed up Lucy Coe’s character to really make her look like a lunatic and made the show “Port Charles” like it never happened and screwed up TV history, why don’t they just do it again? It was just all a dream in Michaels coma when he was shot in the head.

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  26. louisa says:

    ABC does not deserve any OLTL characters., actors, executive producers, or writers.

    If all these OLTL people are so valuable–why did they cancel the show? LONG LIVE OLTL!

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    Ann replied

    Well all that you have mentioned are all under contract to ABC and GH now. They just cannot up and leave their GH jobs!

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  27. Jared says:

    Solution: Put One Life to Live back on ABC where it belongs. I don’t think the AMC reboot is going to work out, but OLTL seriously has a shot if given the right tools to succeed. PP can produce it, and ABC/Soapnet can air it. Also, some of the AMC characters like Angie and David could move to Llanview. The disputed characters/actors should stay on GH and perhaps do crossovers with OLTL or return at a later time. Bring One Life to Live home. It should never have been canceled.

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    Mia replied

    I agree OLTL never should have been canceled

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    susan M. replied

    Triple Ditto on that!

    Ces replied

    I don’t think it will work out either – then what? They take Michael, Roger & Kristen away and they are then left without jobs with PP fails. I won’t be watching some online show, that’s for sure.

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    Lydia replied

    Online viewing is a huge part of the future. Even take Netflix’s project idea when it ran it’s original series House of Cards.. they released EVERY episode of the season all at once just over a week ago. People are viewing in so many different ways, binge viewing is now proving to be recognized and they are following suit with what the audience wants. No one can really say that for ABC or many other TV networks anymore. Whatever brings them the mighty buck fastest is IT.. ppl be damned. If they don’t wake up (not even sure that will help them in the long run if they did anyway) but if they don’t wake up to recognize what audiences SHOUT OUT for.. TV will eventually be a memory, as printed press will be too. Sad, but true.

    Watching “some online show”.. is a positive connotation these days, not a a negative one. :) Try it, you might find there is so much to enjoy!! TV shows are painful to watch compared at this point – to some of the Hulu Exclusive series, Netflix original series. They are at minimum equal to SHO or HBO quality programming, if not better now. Ever see Line of Duty?

    Don’t fall behind. With all that said, PP could be the “red-herring” or not, either way, it’s interesting times and a chance for GOOD change.. why be so negative?

    ces replied

    I have better things to do with my life than sit on my computer all day watching online programming. If it’s not on the tube then I won’t be watching it. Not being negative, just how I feel – and I’m more old school in my viewing habits, reading habits, not participating in social media (FB, Twitter, etc) so no, I won’t be watching. Just my opinion, i’m entitled. Enjoy it!

  28. Joe Wells says:

    Feel so bad for the actors. If we MUST lose the OLTL characters of John, Todd and Star, here is my suggestion. Write off the OLTL characters, but not the actors. Yes, it will be awkward, but let’s remember that this is the soap that gave us “Casey the Space Alien from the planet Lumina” and the Cassadines goal of freezing the world. Anyway…

    Star: The only thing Port Charles offers Star is her relationship with Michael. As Michael becomes closer with A.J., Star sees a potential ruthless side of him emerging that scares her. She is still grieving for Hope and Cole and needs the power of the Kramer women from Llanview. Star leaves town. Weeks later, Michael does a double take when he encounters a young women, who looks suspiciously like Star. What is her story? Does she have a dark side? A connection to the Zaccara family perhaps. Same actors, same chemistry, exciting new possibilities.

    Todd: Todd is transferred to St. Ann’s (or Statesville Prison) in Llanview for his role in covering up the deaths of Hope and Cole and for his role in the baby switch. Bye Bye Todd. Meanwhile, there is man in Port Charles, who looks surprisingly similar to Todd. Maybe he’s a new surgeon at GH, a PI who contacts Sam for help with a case, a smarmy member of the board at ELQ (with an agenda all his own). Again, exciting possibilities.

    McBain: Much as John has thrown himself into his work, he misses Natalie and Liam deeply. After a soul searching talk with Anna, John boards a plane for England to confront Natalie. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, DO NOT MAKE HIM CALEB!!!!!!! Instead, he is a recently retired WSB agent, brought into the PCPD by Anna to investigate a case. Or maybe, he is discovered in Switzerland, having had his appearance altered previsouly by Faison for an infiltration of the PCPD (and Anna), which failed upon Faison’s arrest. He looks like John, but …..new character.

    Long story short, these are new characters with new possibilities.

    Just a thought.

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    WishILivedInLlanview replied

    I LOVE YOUR IDEAS!!! I also agree that this is the best solution to the problem.

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    anne replied

    Ok, I’m with all of you trying to work this out:
    1. John and Sam have no chemistry. Sam is so bland, esp. compared to Natalie. I agree, John does soul searching and decides to go find Nat and beg her to get back with her. She accepts. Or, John is attacked again and Nat comes to PH to his bedside and realizes she cant live without him. Enter Sam and Nat does a red heds, “Who the f.. are you? I’m his girl, now get the hell out or I’ll kick you A…” You KNOW you could just see Nat doing this and all the OLTL fans cheering at home!
    2. I agree–Kristen A, Starr sees how Michael is changing. Meanwhile at OLTL who drags up from being rescued by some ?farmers? but Cole and Hope. Can you please get back original Cole? How great would that be? Starr reunites and lives happily ever after with them; well, until of course as we know on soaps there is something that pulls them apart and Cole and Star separate, but like Blair and Todd are always in and out of each otherslives; of course Cole is super involved with Hope, just sayin’.
    3. Todd: version A. Trevor St John comes back as Todd, that is, he is sorry he killed his brother, that is, Todd is recast as Trevor St John.
    In an alternative show, that is GH Todd, played by RH can continue his life with everyone and they can figure out how to get him out of all the charges, which should be easy for soap writers as they do this all the time. The Todd in GH is a bit sad to see Starr return to LLanview, but he is happy she is back with Cole and Hope. Todd in PC continues whatever storyline they have for him.
    This way, TSJohn goes back to OLTL (yay!); RH can stay at GH and sorry, but KA has to go back to OLTL.
    That’s it, my humble two cents.

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    Tali Smith replied

    Love #1 – #2 not bad – #3 I could care less for Todd Manning. I’ve been waiting for Natalie to kick Sam’s butt!

    anne replied

    And, I so agree with Tali–could you imagine Natalie coming to PC and kicking Sam’s butt? Not a fair match up I guess because Nat would chew up and spit out anyone in her way and Sam is so light weight. Would love to see Melissa Archer come and mow her way through PC dishing it to everyone and setting the world right again.

  29. su0000 says:

    If the 3 do return to OLTL they will never be same, not now..
    We will see Todd and Carly and his feelings for her, he did proclaim he is in love with Carly..
    Starr is in love with Michael..
    Sam and John have chem and a hot blooming love connection ..
    So, if the 3 do return to OL they will never be seen as the same as they once where..

    If I saw John with Natalie I would want him with Sam.
    If I saw Todd with Blair I would see him in love with Carly.. etc etc etc..

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    Tali Smith replied

    Disagree with you about John & Sam – VERY BLAH, like him better with Anna Devane, but no one better for him than Natalie Buchanan. JOLIE all the way!

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  30. Charles says:

    ABC made a mistake canceling the shows, and PP purchase of OLTL, AMC..should have known that actors come and go for a variety of reasons, career choices, money, RH was on ATWT, he changed the show around, made it successful in the role as Paul Ryan, people, you have short memories. His recent return to OLTL, was a stroke of genius writing and story telling.I will watch this new OLTL to see if it captures me again…but it is all about the writing, and the chemistry of the ensemble as a whole…….I give them six months to move me or lose me

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  31. Mia says:

    I prefer McBain on OLTL, he was better fit on there.I will MISS Starr and Todd!!

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  32. heidi says:

    Glad reason and logic prevail! Hope it works out for both shows and for the actors! We win either way… we have two shows back!!!

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  33. Ann says:

    The actors belong on GH now period! PP blew it when they pulled out of production in the first place. Recast the three on OLTL and leave them as new characters on GH! Think of them and how they feel! They cannot be expected to do both shows. Their lives and families are on the west coast now.

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  34. cathy trinque says:

    At this point I don’t believe ABC or PP. Michael Easton already said he is barred from the set as of Feb 8. So obviously there is more to be told!

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    Ella replied

    Bingo! PP is doing damage control and lying. If they wanted to share the characters, the actors wouldn’t be banned from the GH set (by PP). How is punishing the actors a fair thing to do? How does that give the actors a desire to work with PP? PP is now taking money out of the actors’ pockets – such a terrible thing to do!

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  35. aria says:

    what a mess, lets see what happens, its going to be a bumpy ride.

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  36. Bonnie says:

    wow seems alot of people have alot to say. I think they should crossover just to get the show started, MCBain is not needed for any reason in PC. There are other cops and he has not had any great storylines, but he does have a fictional family in Llanview and they should let the character fix that. Todd has been well integrated into GH, but he also has a son, and ex wife that he stll loves. There is not a great relationship withi his sister, so I do see his character going back and forth. Same thing as the Star character, she has family in Llanview, but without her boyfriend and daughter she does not have alot, it seemed right for her to spread her wings. She also have been wasted on GH onl her first few months were utliziled.

    As far as the actors and not the characters, personally I do not know what they have done with their real families. I know Kristen brother is out there with her, but she seems to like L.A, not aware that Roge has family, I do know ME is married. So it depends on what the actors really want. ME is the only Llanview story that is really still open. The other two are free to move on.

    For me, I do not like these characters, but I think they are needed to restart OLTL then they are do what ever is best for the “actor”

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  37. Rodd says:

    These are all very interesting comments. I think this is all fantastic PR for both GH, ABS/D, and PP ~ and definitely getting the names of all three actors out there in a major way.

    The thing of it all for me is that none of us really know what was in anyone’s contract or agreement. Is RH off the hook because he was reportedly not signing on to the original PP deal? Would that allow him to sign on to GH as a free agent? Would that include his character or did PP purchase the rights to all historical characters on OLTL, thus allowing them to own the character of Todd Manning? I read that KA and her brother were also not signing on to the original PP project. Is that true? Would that mena the same thing for her as for RH? ME is the only one of the three that I read was signing on with PP last year. Supposing PP owns the character of John McBain, GH could easily transition ME into the Caleb role…but do we really want a vampire on the show? I know I don’t. I don’t think most people do; GH isn’t that kind of show. So what do they do with Caleb? Do they make him a regular joe and wipe out the vampire elements from the PC days? How mad would that mae any loyal PC fans? Would that cause a lot of heat for GH? No disrespect, but I’m not sure PC did that well in the ratings in its day, so maybe there wouldn’t be much. Would it be worth the risk?

    I think it is generous of PP to say that they are willing to share the characters/actors with GH. I wonder how that would work? I’m not concerned about the cross-country travel, as many, many actors have done that over the years and there are always cycles where an actor can change what they’re doing if they’re unhappy.

    The point I’m trying to make is that I believe all this hub-bub is wonderful for all concerned. It shows how passionate soap fans are and that TPTB shouldn’t take us lightly. We care…BIG TIME. How this all will play out is a soap unto itself and I look forward to its resolution. I just hope it’s reasonable for all concerned.

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    Tali Smith replied

    Agreed!

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  38. Jennifer says:

    I’m beginning to seriously dislike Prospect Park!!!! First they said they were going to take the shows and then didn’t. And then they pop up again out of nowhere and now have things all messed up again! Come on! Haven’t these actors and fans been through enough?!? Leave them on GH where they’ve been now for a year and move on with the other characters on OLTL.

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    Ann replied

    Exactly! PP are the ones who blew it when they pulled out of the soaps in the first place!

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  39. Nancy says:

    ABC owns all the bs that we go through daily for over 1 year. I am so sick and tired of that network I will never watch them again forever. They screw their actors they screw their viewers and I am sure they screw the people that work for them so the bigwigs can get the high paid salaries. GH is undoubtedly their only great show and they are screwing with it again. They should have never cancelled our shows and could have revamped them just like PP is going to do. Now all they have is replacement junk that is unwatchable. Bye Bye ABC.

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    Christine replied

    Nancy, I agree with a lot of what you are saying.

    When ABC canceled AMC and OLTL, I took a stand and stopped watching anything on ABC except for GH. I used to work at Sony Pictures so when LAST RESORT came on, I wanted to support it because I feel they make good TV shows. Anyway, of course ABC gave it a terrible night and ratings fell. The show was engaging, but it got canceled. At least they gave it some closure. That being said, you are SO right about the treatment of the viewers.

    I really hope that what Netflix is doing by having their own original programming wherein they release a whole season on one day will shake up the industry and the way television is brought to us. I think the Nielsen rating system needs a major overhaul and networks should not be allowed to get a viewer all excited for a new show only to yank it after one or two episodes. They didn’t use to be so quick in the 70s and 80s when I was growing up.

    It is also time for cable and satellite to offer ala carte programming to its viewers SOMEHOW. I don’t know how they can do it, but they will have to figure a way. Shoving programming down viewers’ throats that they do not want (read about how LA Dodgers have their own channel now and subscribers HAVE to pay for it whether they want it or not) is a prime example.

    I think, while I do not want to watch soaps online, might be the way to go because that is what it has come to. Networks like ABC prove over and over again that they do not care one iota what the viewers want and that is why we get CHEAP talk shows.

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  40. Dawn Burrows says:

    I have a lot of animosity towards ABC for putting everyone in this position to begin with!!! SO, that said, SCREW them! PP owns the rights to these beloved characters. I think ABC realizes how wrong they were and they don’t want to see AMC and OLTL do well because that makes them look foolish.

    Stars have crossed over from soap to soap in the past. Cross them back over to Llandview where they belong. I actually would not mind Todd staying in Port Charles and hooking up with Carley because they have great chemistry. I also love his chemistry with Blair. I really, really, really want them to bring back Trevor St. John/Victor on OLTL. I love him and loved him as Todd. I am sure I will love him as Victor if given the chance!!! As for Star and John, I like them in Llandview. GH has many other wonderful characters.

    On a happy note……….Thank you PP for saving our soaps! I have missed them terribly and never gave up hope that they would one day return. Please do them justice and don’t change them too much. We loved them the way they were! ABC are the ones didn’t like them….not the fans!!!!

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    Tali Smith replied

    WOW! Dawn Burrows I TOTALLY agree!!

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    Jeffrey Anderson replied

    so am I,too… bring OLTL back on TV and get rid of Chew off the air. I can’t stand to listen about junkie foods not good for good people out there. sorry,I try to be honest how I feel about it.

  41. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    They’re clearly saying this because if they recast any of these roles they will clearly be sunk. Losing Kristen Alderson, who has portrayed Starr Manning for most of the character’s run, would prove a failure to the series. So she’ll obviously be on there for guest spots, maybe during the summer months and stay with GH during the months of the fall/winter, that’d make the most sense.

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  42. Christine says:

    “… So even though we are paying ABC millions of dollars to license the shows,…”

    Why is it that this single sentence is what sticks out to me the most? It makes Prospect Park sound like they are being such martyrs, but to me it comes off as a child being scolded for fighting with another child and being told they have to share.

    Something about this whole Prospect Park deal has sat wrong with me. I sincerely hope that people do not rue the day that this company became a household word as it is becoming now.

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    Brie replied

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Christine. That line and a couple others really rubbed me the wrong way.

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  43. Chaz says:

    Look at things from PP’s perspective. They are paying for the rights to characters. They OWN the characters. They could simply recast them with other actors. BUT….doing so diminishes their investment. People are familiar with and enjoy the actors who originated and continue to play these three roles. If they recast, people will not be as invested.

    ABC has contracts with the actors. They could have them play other roles. Obviously, not a great solution because how do you undo the last year of storyline. Or, they could not renew the contracts once they reach the 13 week cycle and all 3 are out of jobs.

    The best solution would be for ABC to “buy back” these 3 characters.

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  44. Petronella (Nellie) says:

    My opinion on this is: I really don’t care for their roles on GH, kind of boring and bringing the vampire story into it also will be very boring as I all to happy when that story was finally over. . I am a long time fan of GH, my Mom got me hooked at age 13, and I am 55 and faithfully watch it every day, as Y&R, and sad to see that Jason from GH is now there on Y&R. As my hopes were for Jason to come back to Sam on GH.

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  45. Brie says:

    I think it was written pretty rudely, actually, but I guess it’s nice to know they’re willing to share if it comes to that.

    For one thing, to say we’ve grown to love them in a “short time” lessens our feelings. We’ve had them for nearly a year. That’s not really a short time, especially for a TV show. And especially considering how big a part of the show they have been during that year, and how integrated they are into our storylines.

    For another, the lines about how they “own” the characters and are paying “millions of dollars” for the shows sound defensive.

    The fans of GH who love these characters have a right to be upset, period. We’re not the ones they made this agreement with. We haven’t had a say in the matter at any point. Many GH fans were very upset about the crossover in the first place. But the fact is these characters have a new life, now, in a new place, with new friends, and new fans. And to yank them back out, or jerk with their storylines by “sharing” them isn’t fair to the fans. However “generous” the author of this statement wants to make themselves sound.

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    Tali Smith replied

    As a OLTL fan, just one in a million – One year seems like a short time when they have been on OLTL for at least 10 yrs. When you buy a successful business lots of times you pay for the name and reputation of that business! OLTL is a business and when PP paid millions for them they get all things OLTL!! No brag just fact!

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  46. joan darigo says:

    love all three would like to see them continue on gh

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  47. Jolie Fan says:

    All Right I have somethings to say here!
    1 GH fans need to Understand and READ what the agreement was between ABC and PP regarding these characters! ABC KNEW what was going to happen, when PP got things in order to reboot these 2 iconic shows, so you want someone to blame for this BLAME YOUR PRECIOUS ABC!
    2 Just because you “want” them on your show and they “fit in” on GH does not mean you are ENTITLED to characters that are OWNED by another company!
    3 John finally found out the truth about Liam at the end of the show, Him and Natalie and Liam were finally a family and they were moving on with their lives TOGETHER! Jolie was one of OLTL’s Supercouples for 10 years, the Chemistry Michael Easton and Melissa Archer have is beyond words!
    4 ABC has made all the statements for the “actors”, And told the actors to keep there mouths shut when it comes to the media. Yet according to articles and statements by ME and KA they were TOLD that day and had no idea that it was coming! Gee I wonder what else ABC LIED TO THEM ABOUT!
    5 GH fans act like we OLTL fans should just bow out and say Oh well these beloved characters are gone…..OK how about this…How about PP “borrows” Sonny and Robin and Sam and then keeps them!!
    6 Dawn Burrows I could not agree with you more!!!
    7 GH fans Need to STOP blaming PP THIS IS ALL ABC’S FAULT! They disregarded the agreement and signed the actors to long term contracts KA is exempt from that statement as her characters story line on OLTL was over, But the other 2 still have story lines!
    8 For the ones that don’t know…..PP OWNS EVERYTHING OLTL CHARACTERS, HISTORIES, ETC SO YEA THEY OWN JOHN “TODD” AND STARR…..
    9 For you GH fans that think you have some dream team in RC and FV HAHAHAHAHAHA Can’t wait til that delusion slaps ya in the face! I guess RC is some “Great” writer if you like STUPID story lines, Story lines that take a year or more to finish, Stealing other shows stories and ideas and using them on the show he is writing for, Yea he is so talented!
    10 PP and OLTL OWNS them characters and ABC does not bottom line!
    11 Rh wants to stay on GH that is fine by me, HOWEVER he will not Go back as TODD as he is not even Todd now, and that will be proven on OLTL……

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    bpj replied

    Totally Agree!! Thank you

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    Dee replied

    You get John and your Jolie and we get Micheal Easton on GH, everyone is happy at least I will be :)

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    Tali Smith replied

    I’ll miss Michael Easton-he is awesome and at one point he said he wanted to see JOLIE continue, they had a lot of story left! I do believe however, that OLTL owns John McBain character so bring him back and Michael can be someone else on GH.

    shawn replied

    Honestly I think both side are doing “shady” stuff. I can’t put the blame on just one side.

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  48. Debbie Bedard says:

    I have been watching soaps for a very long time. Over the years I have changed the soaps I was brought up on to a different channel and even invested my time to get to know and love not just the shows but the people and characters they play. IT is sad that over the years soaps have gone down hill but the players are still wonderful. SO the remaining fan follow the characters and show support and now your going to mess with it again. Let me tell you, take the people off GH and I will not follow . I will stay with GH but as far has what ever you want to do with them go ahead but count me out, I have had enough. I love John, Todd, and Starr but if they have to go I won’t. I wish you good luck.

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    Dee replied

    I would not follow them to the OLTL reboot either. So glad we get to keep the actors I will miss the characters.

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  49. Mary Ann says:

    ABC us at fault for all of this – that being said, I think when OLTL reboots, it is understood that those four people are out of town for the time being – that can be worked in to the story. The crossover is good, it connects the stories and will maybe have some GH fans watching OLTL and AMC even. Let’s keep the soaps alive, not fight among them! I watched all three so I don’t mind who is where :) . I don’t really care if John and Sam are together on GH. Would rather see more Elizabeth and others.

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  50. Dee says:

    The actors do not owe OLTL anything. Micheal Easton’s first soap was Days of our Lives and he built a fan base from that show. Roger Howarth gained fame as OLTL Todd but he was very popular as Paul Ryan on ATWT. Kristen Alderson is the only one that has done nothing outside of OLTL she is too young not to be given the chance to grow professionally. The actors have moved clear across the country with their families. PP will film in Conn how can they share with GH which is filmed in LA? . That ‘s one heck of a commute they expect the actors to make. If they share how can there be any consistency with the characters if they will be written by two different writing teams.
    PP hopes that ABC wants the characters bad enough that they will sign some sort of agreement giving PP access to the actors as well. PP can not seriously expect this to happen the actors would again have to be willing to commute and that seems highly unlikely. Rumor has it the actors want nothing to do with PP which makes sense since Alderson and Howarth never signed with them in 2011. Easton has a very young daughter doubt he would want to leave her or his wife for extended periods of time to film in Conn. Let’s face it they do not have to they have a future with GH no matter what happens. ABC has contracts with the actors PP does not . IMHO I think ABC should end this and tell PP take your characters and shove it. ABC should let RC and FV get to work creating new roles for Easton, Howarth and Alderson.

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    genia nichols replied

    i agree let them stay on gh recast them on oltl

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  51. Linda says:

    Leave RH,KA and ME on General Hospital. They moved to LA and signed a 3 yr contract and deserve the work and I hope ABC is paying them when they have to exit GH on Feb. 8. My thoughts are they can make occasional visits to Llanview to keep the OLTL story line going with Natalie, Blair and the other Mannings. The only reason I started watching GH a year ago is because of these 3 actors, esp. RH who is one of the best actors on daytime television. They have improved the show with their presence along with the new writers and others who came from OLTL. If ABC keeps them and recasts them as other characters this will be stupid. Who would RH be casted as? He is the only actor to play Todd in my opinion. I hope ME will not be recast as a vampire as it is a stupid storyline and worse than the mob princess story line. Will Starr have a long lost twin sister who shows up in PC after she returns to Llanview. RH has quit ABC before due to stupid story lines and I see him possibly trying to break his contract or just leaving after it is up.

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    Dee replied

    RC has said on twitter he is not doing a Vampire story line. He made it clear that Lucy and Alison are delusional. They could not deal with Caleb antics and made him in their mind a vampire when he was not one. This leaves the door open for Micheal Easton to become the very human Caleb Morely. It would fit with the story line to create a family for Alison a brother who wants custody of Rafe and a niece that wants to help Rafe. It’s a soap RC and FV can easily create new roles for the actors ABC has on contract.

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  52. Diane says:

    Bring Todd and Starr back to OLTL and recast John with a new actor

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    genia nichols replied

    no leave them all on gh

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  53. Darly says:

    sounds to me as if TPTB at gH knew this was coming and decided to go with the Port Charles characters as Plan B … was Roger given a contract with ABC for OLTL or GH? PP’s OLTL could let him stay on at GH by revealing that Todd never killed his brother and keep Trevor St John on at PP’s OLTL while Todd returns to GH .. don’t care about Starr whether she’s stays or goes

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  54. Christy says:

    all I can say is “PP, don’t piss me off! ABC can tell you what a bunch of pissed off fans can do for your ratings!” bwahahahaha

    I want Roger, Kristen and John to be on GH and would rather they stay in current character.

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    Tali Smith replied

    I’m one of those pissed off @ ABC and I think PP is doing the right thing!! GH can have the actors/actresses but the characters belong to OLTL. I’ll miss Michael Easton but ABC did this whole mess they shouldn’t get anything from PP.

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  55. DEBI says:

    I AM VERY HAPPY THAT STARR , TODD & MCBAIN WILL BE ALLOWED ON GENERAL HOSPITAL!! I LOVE STARR WITH MICHAEL!!

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    Patrice replied

    They are staying? Where did you hear this?

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  56. genia nichols says:

    i think pp took 2 long and i dont want 2 c micheal eaton aka john mcbain 2 leave gh ever as for roger hollsworth aka he and carly would make a good couple and i dont want too see him or starr to leave gh it would just ruin gh i love john todd and starr thats y i started watching gh again and i hope abc keeps them and i hope abc dosent get rid of the only good daytime drama left on tv as 4 a gf 4 john i think it should b some1 other then sam maybe sabrina cause i think robin will b back soon love gh

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  57. Cheri says:

    They are great actors and should be able to do both shows if they can handle the work load.

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