'OLTL' roles banned from 'GH' (updated)
Reborn soap wants Todd and Starr Manning, John McBain back in the fold
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.
"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."
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
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.
who came up with that? dumb move!!
get back to some real stories... the show is really floundering with no real direction
and i cant believe steve burton has moved to another soap, is this true?
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
"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.