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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
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 are asked to suspend reality every day. It won’t be that hard to take three characters off and replace them with three others.

I will say it again, it is NOT fair for the ACTORS to be pushed out of their current paying gig just because Prospect Park appears to have gotten its act together. I support the actors.

Rachel
Rachel

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

peggy amaral
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
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
Carol

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

Adria
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
Glenda

I totally agree.

Chrissy Matteson
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
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 OLTL. the new OLTL story lines can include what has happened to their characters since the show had ended, especially because Tea’ and Blair have bounced back and fourth too. I am sure the writters can weave it all together appropriately.

Christine
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, but not with Patrick, only Robin. The little girl is the cutest!!!! I love Star and Michael so much…Glad you brought back AJ, I love him too, glad he is tryng to be a good person. The bad one’s you get a little tired of them all the time. I really like Todd too, he is a great actor. I love John, I am glad you brought him in. About, vamprie’s really not reality…. Not sure, but is OLTL coming back??? I miss them all too….That was my other favorite soap. I miss them all.

Gail
Gail

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

Mona
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
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
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
Jamie

I’m seriously so pissed.

Cindy
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 that lasted – what? 40 yrs? Her being a total bitch, dumping Jack for….Hollywood? Oh Please!!!! Really? Actually, after that, I wouldn’t watch AMC if they paid me. We were supposed to believe that Erika really cared more about some stupid career in Hollywood than being with Jack?

JANELLE
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
cindy

I’m with you. Not tuning in to PP.

Bubblegirl
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
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 PP.

After PP let us down, and hearts were broke, I got use to AMC and OLTL being off the air.

rob
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
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
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
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
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 be beneficial to GH in the long run. Alderson and Howarth need to go.

Alex
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
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 around the University – hence no need for Michael Easton or Melissa Archer (who then could have legally gone over to GH).

brian
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
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
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 different characters if need be. I was looking forward to more crossover stories but I guess thats not gonna be happening. I want to support PP and the reboot but this is leaving a bad taste.

Anthony
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 on GH or recasting the OLTL characters with new actors – is STUPID STUPID STUPID!

Ann
Ann

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

jim
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 the beginning, and if they do recast there is nothing we can do about it. I just hope it doesnt have a negative effect on gh or oltl whatever happens, now that the genre is enjoying a successful turnaround.

mo
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
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
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 final broadcast of ABC to reclaim the role of Tood Manning. Wonder if Trevor St. John will return for the reboot? They have to finish that cliffhanger with Victor being alive.

Michael Easton is a great actor, and has played the role of John McBain very well. Especially, the scenes witih Melissa Archer, who plays Natalie Buchanan. Overall, I hope the original actors can return for the OLTL reboot, potentially a shorter term contract, possibly a year, with a potential return to General Hospital.

Recasting these three important roles would not be a good idea, especially since so many of the original cast members of OLTL have already signed on for the reboot. Only time will tell, but hopefully an agreement can be made that will allow these characters to return to their original roles. Do understand they have to do whatever is best for their career. Still many issues that need to be resolved, but hope that it’s a decision that will please the fans.

jodi
jodi

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

Holly
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Casey

Anything to keep Michael Easton on GH!

Linda
Linda

I agree !!!!!

Harry Parrish
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 the promotional vehicles ABC has at their disposal. The actors/characters return to GH and they try this on a limited basis when it makes story sense. PP would have to get it that these actors/characters would not be available to them for most of the year. Frankly there’s no high-value in PP recasting these roles as their value is in the actors playing them. So everybody play nice in the sandbox and share and all benefit. Yeah, right LOL

Elise
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 actors; they are under good contracts and I highly doubt they’d want to break it.

Bo
Bo

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

Ginger
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
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
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 wouldve been good publicity for each show.

Mary
Mary

I think they should go back to OLTL.

Lew S.
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
Nancy

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

Susan
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
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
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 cuz I had plastic surgery’ mumbo jumbo.

Brian T
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. If they don’t do this they are going to be sorry and really pi$$ people off (including the actors).

mary
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
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 OLTL places/people/history (granted less AMC but I caught a Fusion reference once!) Llanview is alive and well in the minds of many eager OLTL fans due to the GH team. No one wins under this plan. OLTL fans are stuck with recasts in primary roles, after watching the “right” actors five minutes earlier and knowing these actors are still in Port Charles. GH fans get screwed after becoming invested in these characters and their stories. Both sets of fans are annoyed and frustrated when efforts should be invested in getting fans excited/supportive of both shows, particularly since Prospect Park has to bring viewers to a new media platform.

Llanviewer717
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, RI, etc) get their just reward.

jim
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 least for now) only going to be half-hour
shows. They’ll end up with too much cast & nothing for them to do.

Stop being so stubborn, PP. Instead of being “enemies” & possibly
confusing new-old viewers, they should be working together with GH
to increase the audiences of both shows.

Just my two cents.

P.S. – My own position is that I am a big GH fan, who feels
the added OLTL characters (& of course, Frank & Ron) have
truly revitalized the show. It would be a shame to see all that
positive progress go to waste. Thanks.

toscanti
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 to see them mess that up.

Haley
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

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Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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