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General Hospital Exploring Ways to Keep Easton, Howarth & Alderson!

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

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

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

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

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Christine
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Christine

I would think this would be a great opportunity for Roger Howarth to play someone other than Todd with all his baggage. We could have Roger Howarth play someone who is not a rapist, with no ties to Blair so we don’t have to listen to the complaints day in and day out. A clean slate. I am all for Michael Easton playing the mortal Caleb or whomever they can think of. He is needed for Kelly Monaco’s Sam. As far as Kristen Alderson. I’m sure they can come up with a new character for her too. We soap fans… Read more »

Rachel
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Rachel

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

peggy amaral
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peggy amaral

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

Von
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Von

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

Carol
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Carol

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

Adria
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Adria

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

Glenda
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Glenda

I totally agree.

Chrissy Matteson
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Chrissy Matteson

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

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

Heather
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Heather

I think they should stay who they are and where they are. characters come and go all the time. these actors need to stay in their roles and stay on GH. OLTL can run without them for now. they can always crossover from time to time and eventually be written out of GH and back into OLTL. I would hate to see them recast and I would hate to see them abruptly yanked from GH. I am a die hard lifetime loyal fan of both shows. keep the same actors in their roles transition them properly from GH back to… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

I agree with Heather in her statement. That is excatly how I feel. I am a die hard fan of GH for 30 yrs. and I miss OLTL too. They are very imporant in the new role ‘s they play in GH. I love them. It is bad enough we lost Jason to YATR….I really don’t care much for Sam’s role…sorry…When are you going to bring back Robin, enough already….to long. I don’t like the Doctor that Patrick is seeing, she is awful…tired of her. The meek nurse, forgot her name she is so sweet and inocent….I really like her,… Read more »

Gail
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Gail

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

Mona
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Mona

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

Betty
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Betty

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

Linda
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Linda

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

Jamie
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Jamie

I’m seriously so pissed.

Cindy
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Cindy

I think they really waited WAY too long. I no longer care about AMC or OLTL, and I was a big fan. But after 2 years, the PP thing will never work. I’d guess half the audience feels like me. AMC ended really badly. Does anyone really care who JR shot? Not so much. And Erika and Jack? How sick was that? Was there really ONE storyline we cared about on AMC? Loved David, but they totally screwed with his character. I’d like it, maybe if David moved to OLTL. Back to Erika…what a horrid way to end a character… Read more »

JANELLE
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JANELLE

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

cindy
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cindy

I’m with you. Not tuning in to PP.

Bubblegirl
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Bubblegirl

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

Chrissy Matteson
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Chrissy Matteson

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

rob
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rob

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

k/kay
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k/kay

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

Heather
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Heather

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

Mia
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Mia

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

Maura
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Maura

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

Alex
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Alex

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

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

Roger
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Roger

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

brian
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brian

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

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

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

Ces
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Ces

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

Rob
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Rob

Prospect Park has balls. They dropped the ball a year ago and now that they finally have these shows up and running they are making it difficult for these three. Personally, had these three characters disappeared when OLTL did we wouldnt be talking about a reboot today. PP needs to suck it up and move on, they have plenty of cast for now. It seems counterproductive to recast three extremely popular character. There is no other Todd Manning unless you get Trevor St. John, who I highly doubt will even be interested. I hope they do stay on GH as… Read more »

Anthony
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Anthony

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

Ann
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Ann

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

jim
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jim

Too confusing with actors who are very identifiable on GH as Todd, Starr, and John if they return to GH too soon as different characters, and a mistake for ABC and PP not finding mutual ground and doing a crossover stories which could bennifet both with higher ratings. PP will be the biggest looser in the long run if they recast these three major characters. They did with Todd when on abc with some success but im not sure if doing all three so soon is a good idea. I could be wrong. OLTL could work without all three in… Read more »

mo
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mo

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

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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

Bryon
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Bryon

I don’t like the idea of these actors staying on General Hospital, potentially as different characters. This will not allow the storylines to make sense, especially the baby switch storyline with Tea and Sam, as well as the death of Cole & Hope. How will they explain this in the OLTL reboot? If Prospect Park decides to recast these characters, it will not be the same. We’ve seen Kristen Alderson play the role of Starr Manning since she was a little girl. The fans of OLTL were excited when Roger Howarth returned for the final year of OLTL before the… Read more »

jodi
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jodi

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

Holly
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Holly

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

Phil
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Phil

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

Rodd
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Rodd

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

lisa
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lisa

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

MIssFixIt
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MIssFixIt

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

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

Aria
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Aria

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

su0000
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su0000

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

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

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

Lexi Jordan
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Lexi Jordan

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

Casey
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Casey

Anything to keep Michael Easton on GH!

Linda
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Linda

I agree !!!!!

Harry Parrish
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Harry Parrish

Been debating this on twitter this am. It’s a mess. Best scenario is ABC and Prospect Park reaching terms that allow the three actors to tape short term for nuOLTL and temp. leave the GH canvas. Actors are compensated for short-term stay in NYC/CT (over and above their contracted salary) to bring the high value and promotable characters back to help launch nuOLTL. ABC and Prospect Park cross promote the hell out of the appearances (GMA, The View, Kimmel, etc.) ABC has a financial stake in the OLTL success through the license agreement with Prospect Park and PP could use… Read more »

Elise
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Elise

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

Bo
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Bo

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

Ginger
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Ginger

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

yummy
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yummy

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

jim
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jim

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

Mary
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Mary

I think they should go back to OLTL.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

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

Nancy
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Nancy

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

Susan
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Susan

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

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

Just my theory.

Amir
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Amir

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

Christy
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Christy

just change the names of their characters, leave them the same in all other ways, and just don’t have any big deal or reaction from the other characters, so they’d behave to (example) Det. John Ravaine the same way they would any other day as when we went by John McBain. Make no mention of the name change, make as if this has been their name all the time…. same for Todd & Star. We all know what’s going on , so no need to explain it by storyline (like they do sometimes for actor changes – ‘i look different… Read more »

Brian T
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Brian T

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

mary
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mary

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

Beth
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Beth

I think Prospect Park is making big mistake. They have more to lose and should be negotiating an arrangement in which the characters stay with the actors on GH (after all, GH has helped to keep OLTL alive in mind of viewers while characters on show — and the characters would continue to provide interest for the new OLTL product.) In exchange, ABC would allow the actors — if actors agree, of course — to appear a negotiated number of times on OLTL for coordinated storyline purposes. GH has been good to Prospect Park with its references to AMC and… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

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

jim
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jim

It seems such a shame that Prospect Park is being so short-sighted. What a tremendous boast it would give their re-booted OLTL if Todd, Starr & John could occasionally go back & forth between shows ( lend-lease??). For example: on a Friday afternoon, Starr could say: “Well, I’m off to Lanview to visit Mom & Aunt Dorian. See you in two weeks.” GH viewers would then be encouraged to follow Starr & watch the new OLTL (if they aren’t already). Otherwise, PP will end up recasting those roles & further alienating die-hard OLTL fans. Also, the PP shows are (at… Read more »

toscanti
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toscanti

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

Haley
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Haley

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

Linda
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Linda

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

Patrick
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Patrick

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

JursyGurl
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JursyGurl

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

NO! It get’s very confusing for me.

Dawn
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Dawn

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

Sherry
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Sherry

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

Lynne
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Lynne

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

Niki
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Niki

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

Keep the characters authentic on both platforms!

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