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After all the confusion and complexities, and possibilities of today’s news on the status of the future of the characters of original One Life to Live characters: John, Starr and Todd, and where that leaves current ABC contracted actors, Michael Easton (John), Kristen Alderson (Starr) and Roger Howarth (Todd), Prospect Park has now issued an official statement explaining their willingness to work with GH and ABC and where the situation is at from their perspective.
First, came a recap of how things went down from 2011 till now after ABC canceled One Life and it became Prospect Park’s property, and then came the statement. Here it is below:
Prospect Park released the following statement regarding its licensing agreement with All My Children and One Life to Live. 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.”
So soapers, now that you have heard from Prospect Park and their willingness to work out agreements with ABC and the actors, and that part of the reason they licensed One Life to Live in the first place was due in part to the characters and actors that crossed-over to General Hospital, how do you feel about the situation? And, how do you think this should be rectified to satisfy the fans and both production entities? Let us know!