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'One Life to Live' Faves Move to 'General Hospital'

Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson find new homes

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Jan 11, 2012 12:12PM

With only three more episodes of "One Life to Live" set to air on ABC, former exec producer Frank Valentini has come in to save the future of four Llanview players. Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson will bring their “One Life to Live” characters to Valentini's new show, “General Hospital."

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“We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it,” said Valentini. "I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth). Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.’”

The quartet clocks into their new Los Angeles digs in late January 2012.

UPDATE: The Actors Speak Out

Now that the news has broken, the incoming actors can talk, and Alderson and DePaiva are clearly excited.

"Yay! Everyone can know now! Pinch me. Starr Manning is moving to Port Charles! So excited to work with the cast of #GeneralHospital," tweeted Alderson.

"Wow... I can't believe it is official," DePaiva posted on Facebook. "Just when I thought Blair had to hang her hat up for good she is pulling out a suitcase and heading west. I'm thrilled to be joining Roger, Kristen, and Michael in Port Charles were all the big boys and girls play. They have an awesome cast and I can't wait to work with them. Someone needs to warn Carly about the windows!!! LOL... I'm so happy a little piece of the fabulous OLTL will live on at GH. Thank you Ron and Frank!!!! I'm ready to Rock and Roll!!!!"

"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC. The "One Life to Live" finale airs Friday.

Apr 4, 2012 3:47PM
So when are Natalie and Liam coming?!?!?! you HAVE to bring them with Johnny! My fav soap couple. Besides adding a red head to the show makes for more drama!!!!! I would love to see her and Carly go toe to toe...or Sam even :)

"So will Michael Eastman be a vampire?"


Lord, have mercy! I hope not.


Twilight: 2 hours of my life that I will never get back.Eye-rolling


I haven't watched GH since "Laura" was brought out of her coma. Story line was LAME-O; I'm convinced that it was only done for Sweeps week.


Luke & Laura were the whole reason I started watching in the first.


Roger Howarth is the reason I started watching OLTL Then he left & they (the writers) did the whole "new Todd", lame-o story-and OLTL lost me. They (the writers) get me back by bringing back "our" Todd & ABC goes and cancels it. *Gasp! *Horror!


Hey! At least now I have a reason to tune into GH again. Love you, Roger!


And to the poster here who has had enough of "Sam": I agree. She (the character) is scurvie & has to go!!!


(I have no problem with the actress; Just the character.Wink)

Jan 16, 2012 12:12PM
"The Chew" and "The Revolution" are Fronsie-Yuppie's idea of idiocy.
Jan 12, 2012 7:34PM
So will Michael Eastman be a vampire?
Jan 12, 2012 7:33PM
WHat do you mean you can only go so far with Luke. He's the biggest soap character ever. Was a bonafide phenomenon and has been on the show on and off for over 40 years.
Jan 12, 2012 4:28PM
normally, I do not post comments on these sites, however, I have watched this show since the first episode, back when it was the Lords, the Wollecks, and the Seigals.  That was back in 1963.  Vicki had a younger sister, Meredith, who had some disease or illness.  She and Larry Wolleck were in love, and Vicki was having a romance with newspaperman , Joe Reilly.  Larry was a young intern and I remember they killed off Merri and Then we had to get used to a new woman, Karen, played by Judith Light, who was Larry's second wife.  He had kind of a wild brother, Vince, who was ViCKI'S ALTER personality, Nicki's love interest for a while.  I never missed an episode if I wasn't working.  I would love it if they could gather together everyone that was on in the early years, like Tommy Lee Jones who was a doctor and Dorian Cramer's love interest back when she was a working doctor at their hospital.  What a treat for loyal old time viewer's like me, who feel as though we are losing a piece of our life.  WE WILL MISS OLTL AND THE ENTIRE CAST AND WRITER/CREATORS.  TALK SHOWS ARE OK IN MODERATION, BUT NOT SO MANY ALL DAY LONG.  I THINK the network is making an error, but then again, it's not my business to make their business decisions.  Thank you cast and crew, Victoria Sleazak, and Agnes Nixon for 48+ years of pleasurable viewing, and of course ABC.
Jan 12, 2012 12:07PM
The executives in charge of ABC are morons. The new shows are actually insulting when you think about it. Are they implying women need to cook more? Change their appearances? The advertising suggests they are targeting young and adult women.  All these reality shows are heavy handed "this is what you should be" down talkers. I will never watch them and have boycotted ABC, except for GH. I hope their adventure into cheaper production is a colossal money loss. Bring back our soaps!!
Jan 12, 2012 11:57AM

I love the fact that John, Blair, Todd, and Starr will be moving to Port Charles; but, I want NATALIE AND LIAM to go with John (married).  My fav is John and I sure do want him to smile more and be happy.  Please make room for Natalie and Liam!

Jan 12, 2012 11:53AM
I cried when they took AMC off the air, I will cry after they take OLTL off the air.  I really hope whoever writes the script will little by little or on occasion incorporate favorite characters like Erica, Kendall, Greenly, and others from AMC and Vicki, Nora, Bo, Clint, Roxy (a must see) and others from OLTL.  I believe it would really send a message that the viewers are a vital part of the success of day time drama and we need to be heard.  Who's with me?
Jan 12, 2012 2:17AM
Oh; come on.  You can't send John to GH without Natalie.  They are the hottest couple in daytime TV.  Sure don't want John to end up with Sam.  Sam has too many issues and she should be with Sonny.  I'm happy to hear that Todd, Blair and Starr will be joining GH.  Can't wait to see the storyline for these guys.  I do hope Starr will shake things up for Maxie but please don't let Starr end up being the new love in Spinelli life.  She's too big of a star for him.  I can't wait to see Carly and Blair go up against each other.  That's going to be an improvement for GH.  Now, I can't imagine what Todd will get into.  Maybe Todd and John will be working together. PSYCHE! GH sure don't need another doctor.  I'm going to watch GH just to see what OLTL's characters are going to end up doing.  Maybe Natalie and Liam will show up in the picture after John marries (who I don't know).  Should make things interesting.  Natalie and John has great chemistry.  Maybe as time passes, other characters from OLTL will show up on the show, along with characters from AMC.  We really need another soap that ties in with GH to accommodate all the characters from AMC & OLTL.  NO MORE REALITY TV.  I'm sick of those lousy shows and will not be watching the CHEW or the one taking OLTL's spot.  Thanks to the GH producers for giving us more time with the characters from Llandview.  Congrats to the characters Starr, Blair, John & Todd!
Jan 11, 2012 11:47PM
This is great news - can't wait for the "Fab Four" to join "General Hospital"!!!!  Just wish "Natalie" were joining them, but you can't have everything - just be glad for what you get!!!!

Jan 11, 2012 10:48PM
I am so upset about One Life to Live being taken off the air. It was a show to watch and then to say, see I don't have it so bad.  There wasn't a lot of killings and all the mob stuff going on at GH, that made me stop watching the show years ago.   Even with some of the cast of OLTL comming on board, I still will not watch it.  So from 1pm our time on the tv will off  of that station,  we don't need another (reality) show I am so sick of the few people in tv land telling me what to watch when they take the one show I stopped everything to watch will now be gone!!
Jan 11, 2012 10:42PM
Jan 11, 2012 10:37PM
Not exciting at all.  Never was a fan of this quartet on OLTL and I certainly won't be watching GH.  They did away with the cast on GH that I cared about and couldn't care less about this group joining.
Jan 11, 2012 10:30PM
Thrilled and sad need to bring all of them. I hate ABC for messing with my soaps.  
Jan 11, 2012 9:30PM
This is AWESOME, but they HAVE to bring Natalie with John!  Please please PLEASE don't link John & Sam - SO done with that!
Jan 11, 2012 8:08PM
I've been an ardent fan of Michael's ever since his "Port Charles" days...but I don't understand how they can break up John and Nat after we waited all this time for them to get together.  I would much rather see them create a whole new character for Michael, as I was planning to check out if any of the remaining soaps would sign him on.  In any case, GH is very lucky to add this talented man to their rock Mike!
Jan 11, 2012 7:50PM
How about moving the Martins and Hubbards there also?  :)  We AMC fans miss our characters too.
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