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'OLTL' roles banned from 'GH' (updated)

Reborn soap wants Todd and Starr Manning, John McBain back in the fold

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Feb 1, 2013 3:55PM

The happy news that "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" are back on track for online comebacks has turned into trouble for "General Hospital." With negotiations souring, "One Life to Live" alums Michael Easton (McBain), Roger Howarth (Todd) and Kristen Alderson (Starr) have been barred from working for "General Hospital" after Feb. 8. Their characters will air into March. 

 

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"Due to some ongoing legal this and that, I cannot be at 'General Hospital' after February 8," Michael Easton posted on Facebook in a message for fans and friends planning to send over gifts for his upcoming birthday. "Honestly not sure what the future holds, but I think it's going to take some time and some very bright people to resolve it."

 

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As previously reported, "One Life to Live" still has rights to the characters of John McBain and Todd and Starr Manning, who have made new lives on "General Hospital." With all three actors under contract with ABC, "General Hospital" Exec Producer Frank Valentini was feeling optimistic about how this would all play out when he spoke to MSN TV in early January. It looked even more promising for "General Hospital" fans when the characters didn't show up on the early "OLTL" casting release, but it seems things aren't going as well as Valentini had hoped. 


"It's turning into a real pissing contest," an insider told Daytime Confidential. "Jeff [Kwatinetz, Prospect Park CEO] went way above Time Square Studios' head. Word came down to Vicki [Dummer, TSS Executive VP] from [Disney CEO] Bob Iger's office for 'General Hospital' to do what Jeff wants. What they don't realize is the actors flat out don't want to do the reboot."

 

That last part may not be a problem. Prospect Park is looking to recast Starr, John and Todd, according to Soap Opera Digest. What more, in a recent press release, "General Hospital" revealed it was "exploring ways" to keep Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth in the fold. 


Could they return as three new characters? Stay tuned for more on this story. 


Update: Prospect Park has released the following statement regarding its "One Life to Live" licensing agreement with ABC.

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."

"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC. "One Life to Live" has resumed production, but has no premiere date. 

76Comments
May 12, 2013 12:26PM
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Of course GH wants Kristen, Roger and Michael.  They helped make One Life to Live great and they want to steal them.  I guess they got part of their wish.  GH sucked before they arrived on the set and they know it that's why they want to keep them. 
Mar 20, 2013 1:26PM
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I have really enjoyed General Hospital since Star, Todd, and John came on the show. I would hate for them to ruin it all. I love the story line and OLTL should not hold them up because their show was cancelled. Do not punish america because you want to know do an online show. If Star, Todd, and John are taken off GH then I will not watch either show any longer.
Feb 20, 2013 12:05AM
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GET RID OF THE STUPID HEATHER JUNK-LONG OVER DUE! LUCY COE AS A VAMPIRE SLAYER-OMG!!!!!

LETS GET SOME PASSION WITH SOME NEW BABIES FROM MORE CHARACHTERS. NO MORE DEAD PEOPLE KEEP SHOWING UP-IT GETS SICKENING!

STAR IS BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN WITH MICHAEL.LET THEM GET BUSY AND HAVE A BABY.

FRISCO COMING BACK????????? BUT IF HE IS GOING TO HELP BRIT GET TAKEN DOWN-HE IS WORTH BEING THERE. NICE TO SEE JOHNNY STILL ON GH. HOPE HE AMAZINGLY GETS OUT OF JAIL SOMEHOW AGAIN! LETS SEE MORE OF MILO AND MAX AND  SHAWN DO MORE!

 

LETS GET A GREAT NURSES BALL WITH A STUNNING SABRINA.

THERE IS SO MUCH NASTY ON TV ANYMORE ,LETS MAKE GH GET A GOOD FEEL GOOD STORY LINE IN THERE MORE OFTEN AND NOT SCY-FY SH#T! THOSE FUN STORY LINES OF STRIP POKER OVER BILLIARDS, AND THOSE OLD TIMES OF THE GIRLS-NURSES, WITH THEIR GIRLS NIGHT OUT HAVING FUN!

TODD IS FUNNY AND LIKEABLE ON GH. NEVER ON OLTL! JOHN MCBAIN IS GREAT, TALKS, LAUGHS , SMILES AS JOHN AND NOT AS A FREAKIN VAMPIRE! PLEASE!

GET AWAY FROM THE DUMB CASSADINE STORIES! GEEEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!! 

WHEN LUKE N ROBERT WERE YOUNG IT WAS FUN, BUT NOW-JUST-YUCK!!!!

STAR WAS GREAT ON OLTL, BUT EVEN BETTER ON GH. LETS HAVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 19, 2013 11:35PM
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SEEMS LIKE GENERAL HOSPITAL IS JUST GOING DOWN THE TUBES ON THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY NO LESS! THIS CRAP OF THE ICE PRINCESS, LUCY COE AND FREAKIN VAMPIRES, SCOTTY BALDWIN BACK.....COME ON! REALLY--DID ALL THE WRITERS GET FIRED! I HAVE WATCHED GH FROM DAY ONE AND AM SO DISCUSTED BY THE STUPID, DUMB CRAPPY STORY LINES THAT ARE COMING UP!

GET SOME NICE LOVE STORIES GOING BETWEEN SONNY AND KATE AND OR CONNIE. MICHAEL N STAR AND GET ROBIN BACK FOR GOD SAKE! U GUYS JUST DRAW THESE STORIES OUT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LONG, THAT SO MANY PEOPLE GET DISCUSTED AND R NOT WATCHING ANY MORE.  THAT IS GOING TO BE ME VERY SOON!

MY HUSBAND STARTED WATCHING WITH ME ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO. BECAUSE OF SONNY AND JASON AND JOHNNY. GUYS LIKE THAT AND WOMEN LIKE THE BEEFCAKES.

EMMA IS AN ANGEL ON THAT SHOW-U GOT IT RIGHT WITH HER. NOW LETS GET SOME LOVE WITH ROBIN, PATRICK AND EMMA.

IT IS NICE SONNY SHOWS A LOVING SIDE, SO GET NEW GANSTERS IN. NOT THE CASADINE CRAP!!!!

YOU NEED NEW WRITERS!!!!!!!!!!!! U NEED ALOT OF HELP ,CAUSE IT IS REALLY GETTING CRAPPY. LETS GET SABRINA LOOKING GORGEOUS. THE LITTLE WAIF DOESN'T CUT IT FOR THIS LONG A TIME!

Feb 12, 2013 9:08PM
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This is totally nuts I dont want to see Starr leave GH I agree her and Michael are great couple bad enough her baby was taken from her I dont be honest know if I will conintue watching GH now and I really like John too but I hate this vampire crap they need to let them be on there like they were from the begining as for Todd yea I thought him and Carly would have it off and stay put too I mean why cant they be on both shows hey its not there fault that One Life To Live left they moved on and got job offers whats the big deal ugh DO SOMETHING OR BOTH SHOWS wont get watched.

Feb 6, 2013 11:09PM
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I finally came to peace with OLTL ending and I really do love STARR and JOHN on GH. Please find a way to work around this. Do not break apart STARR(Kristen) and MICHAEL(Chad) they have chemistry. Its a bad move if you ask me! 
Feb 4, 2013 1:10AM
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are you kidding with this vampire story...????????
who came up with that? dumb move!!

get back to some real stories... the show is really floundering with no real direction

Feb 3, 2013 11:14PM
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They need to be REAL careful what they do! If they piss off the fans that watch they will lose! There are some characters that just cannot be replaced! Kristen Alderson has played "Starr" since she was a child! I have watched her grow up from the age of like 5 on. She cannot be replaced! They cannot replace Laura or Luke or Anna or Duke or lots of other characters. We the fans devote time and energy and we invest in these characters and we feel drawn to them. Some things just need to be left alone! I KNOW I am not alone in this comment! What I DO HATE however is what General Hospital is doing with this storyline about the vampires. That ship sailed. Why they are trying to bring back this story is nuts. Port Charles was a joke. The show was okay but then it went off the deep end and now because vampires are hot they are going to bring back the lovable and much missed "Lucy Coe" and turn her into a JOKE? really? A vampire slayer? come on get real! enough! I was so excited to have her back but you are ruining it for me by making her a fruit cake! Lynn Herring deserves better! The FANS deserve better! Get with it or you will lose us!
Feb 3, 2013 9:19PM
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and i cant believe steve burton has moved to another soap, is this true?

 

Feb 3, 2013 9:16PM
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won't watch online daytime, r u kidding me,todd, star and john add to GH, hey they took it off air, they can fix it and if they can't, let them stay where they  are wanted, and yeh, lose the vampire story, not cool, boring

 

Feb 3, 2013 6:17PM
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general hospital havent being since jason left and about to stop watching.
Feb 3, 2013 5:17PM
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Do away with the vampire story, it is so stupid...If you can,t come up with a better story line, cancel the show...
Feb 3, 2013 5:14PM
Feb 3, 2013 3:43PM
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Ummm maybe OLTL shouldn't have brought " OLD TODD" back.  Leave Todd and Stoarr on GH and bring back Victor Lord JR (AKA NEW TODD), he was way better anyhow... LeaveThe Mannings on GH , that way one part of the Lord family is on GH and one is on OLTL and you can bridge the two soaps together once in awhile.  Umm I haven't been able to follow the story line, but how did they explain John and Natalie's story line?  It looked like they were going to be together at the end of OLTL..
Feb 3, 2013 1:48PM
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The vampire story kind of insults your intelligence, stabbing John with a table leg - really LOL!!!!
Feb 3, 2013 1:08PM
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PLEASE don't pursue the vampire story - not everybody is into something so stupid!   Please retain John McBain, Starr and Todd but you can get rid of Lucy and Heather as they are just plain annoying.   And PLEASE bring Robin back - it's been far too long and this story is being dragged out way too much.
Feb 3, 2013 11:23AM
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Definitely need to get rid of "vampire" story line..............get Robin back with her family....PLEASE and send Lucy Coe packing......................let Sam "bury" Jason (so sad to see him go)....................maybe he will die on Y & R and come back to GH where he belongs!  And plkease Carly is far to smart and classy to end up with Todd Manning......................get some decent writers please please please!
Feb 3, 2013 10:28AM
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It has been confusing......but it's also political so I guess we will have to learn to live with this after all it is a soap .  We 've gone thru a lot worse on GH..with the freezing of Port Charles.  I, for one am not interested to see GH go thru a vampire stage.  So if these characters have to go so we don't run into Twilight for the aging..so be it.
Feb 3, 2013 9:35AM
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"OLTL" can have Lucy and Heather...You can even have Todd, but leave Starr and John alone. I think they are great on "GH" and should stay where they are.  I would even like to see Blair join the cast. I think your "rebooting" stinks.  "OLTL" and "AMC" were cancelled, leave them that way.

Feb 3, 2013 3:56AM
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I'd rather see some worthwhile programs on television rather than the worthless drivel that soap operas are. Perhaps some programs where an individual could actually learn something.
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