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REPORT: Prospect Park Wants The Characters Of GH's John, Starr & Todd For One Life to Live!

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Just how will this hurdle work itself out for General Hospital and the online revival of One Life to Live, with the fate of three of the most beloved characters of Llanview and now Port Charles in their hands?  That is one of the key issues that both productions, and longtime fans of each soap opera, are waiting with baited breath to find out.

According to a report from TV Guide Magazine’s  Michael Logan, Prospect Park wants the characters of Starr, John, and Todd back so they can write for them on their canvas for the online revival of One Life, which has caused some heavy drama over at ABC and General Hospital.

We have also heard in recent interview and reports, GH’s executive producer Frank Valentini, was hopeful that the trio of characters and the actors who play then could stay on GH, however acknowledging that the legal departments of both entities have to work this one out.

One of the big complications is that Roger Howarth (Todd), Michael Easton (John), and Kristen Alderson (Starr) are  under contract to ABC, so theoretically Starr, John, and Todd could go away, but the people playing them would stay with the network.  An ABC spokesperson told TV Guide: “There are ongoing collaborative conversations with Prospect Park. We have various strategies in place depending on the outcome of these talks.”

So how do you want to see things work out soapers?  McBain, Todd, and Starr to the online One Life?  Would you accept Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson in tweaked roles on GH?   Or, do you think it will be resolved that the trio and their characters will stay put as they are on GH and ABC?  Weigh-in on this hot topic!

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Claudia Kurzyna
Claudia Kurzyna

I want them to remain on General Hospital.

stella
stella

me too…I like it just the way it is…

Nancy
Nancy

This is too much. I want them on GH too. Can’t stand this. I want to know what the heck is going to happen soon and not be dragged on their lawyer problems.

carole dion
carole dion

leave the actors alone,I like them on gen. hosp.

Laura
Laura

I want them to remain on GH. John & Sam are wonderful together. I love John on GH. I won’t watch OLTL if he goes.

Sheila
Sheila

I won’t watch GH if he stays. LOL

ginnlee
ginnlee

That is part of the reason the soaps were cancelled because people threatened not to watch ( and followed through with their threats) if the characters/couples/SL didnt go their way.

Linda Braudy
Linda Braudy

I want them to remain on GH. I never watched GH until they cancelled AMC. I watched OLTL its last month on ABC to show my support for soaps. Then I followed the characters to GH. Prospect Park wasn’t on the ball early enough and should let them stay where they are.

KateK
KateK

Im a huge OLTL & GH fan. I want them to stay on GH. But, lets be real they need to stay as the characters they are now. You cant really give them new names.

Amy
Amy

I agree about Prospect Park not being on the ball soon enough. The characters have moved on let them stay in Port Charles.

JessicaS
JessicaS

I agree…let them stay on GH. What were these actors supposed to do? Sit on their hands to see if someone would pick the show back up? Too little too late, you snooze you lose, etc…

carole dion
carole dion

I agree!

theresa
theresa

I agree, I did like them on OLTL before, but now I really like them on GH, and I love love love Carly & Todd, Michael & Starr, John & Sam!

Christina
Christina

ME TOO!!!! except I would rather Sam stay with Jason …when he comes back….but I do like Todd and Carly…they are the perfect match lol….and Michael and Start:):)

Taylor
Taylor

I’m glad they are on GH it brings a twist. I hate OLTL now

paula thomas
paula thomas

me, too. they have spiced up GH and made it way more interesting

Carly
Carly

I love them on gh let them stay

DEB
DEB

We don’t watch ABC except for GH due to our OLTL favs. It would be great if AMC and OLTL could combine into one mega soap. We are so tired of ABC reminding us of how unhealthy we are so we nolonger watch except for GH

Betty
Betty

I like the idea of AMC and OLTL being combined into one mega soap, but I’d want the original people back as the characters. I don’t watch much of GH except I do look up sometimes if I have the TV on when I see John, Star, and Todd, etc. The controversy about which soap the three mentioned should stay on can be resolved by having them play on BOTH.

Brenda
Brenda

The trio have spiced up GH. I rush home every day to watch the show now. Please leave them where they are.

Glenda
Glenda

Why can’t they do both go back and forth.

Cheryl
Cheryl

I like Glenda’s suggestion. That they do both. OLTL could have connections to GH that would enable them to do this. I think the groundwork has already been paved to make this correlation very possible.

Paula
Paula

I’m with ya girls!!!! but will it be realistic? Where’s the filming taking place? They need to keep the fan’s happy ,and outta lawyers hands!!

Violet
Violet

I finally like them after all these months. I’m a long time GH fan and only sometimes OLTL fan so it took a few months for these characters to feel like they belong on GH.

With such a big GH cast, stories seem to be rotating, leaving these three with time to do both shows. None of the three need to be on every day. I also want to see the Qs, Lucy, Kevin, Mac, Robert, Cassadines, Anna, Scotty, Laura, Bobbie, etc.

peg
peg

Give McBain a bigger story line.

carole dion
carole dion

YES!

Cathy
Cathy

now if they bring AMC and OLTL back online will you have to subscribe to it to be able to watch it? Or will it be a free site?

Claudia Kurzyna
Claudia Kurzyna

Not sure it will be on a free site. That has not been disclosed yet. I will not watch them if I have tp lay! I pay enough for cable as it is.

Shirley Towler
Shirley Towler

I agree with Claudia Kurzyna, if I have to pay to watch it, then I won’t be watching it

Kelly
Kelly

I only have one thing to say, If ABC had listened to their fans then there wouldn’t be a problem.

Deb
Deb

Exactly

MARMAR
MARMAR

You are so right. ABC shot themselves in the foot when they shut down the soaps. Viewers cried out…but, they didn’t listen. I think the success of SOAPNET has made them realize that viewers are watching reruns all of the time and follow up with GH, Y&R,AMC and Days of Our Lives current stories are watched here because of the network changing time slots. ABC is finding out that their talk shows, cooking shows, etc haven’t had the viewers that AMC,OLTL and GH have retained. If Prospect Part had signed all of the stars on at the beginning and had the contracts as well as the shows sewn up I would feel sorry for them. Right now, I feel they missed the boat and should start out fresh. Use the talent they have under a new show.

Betty
Betty

Amen to that statement “if ABC had listened to their fans, then there wouldn’t be a problem.”!!!

Jan
Jan

So very true about ABC !! We wouldn’t have to make this choice if ABC/Disney hadn’t dissed their soap fans. It is all their fault. I will watch One Life to Live and I also watch only General Hospital on ABC. It is their fault that this is all a mess. And for what? The revultion!! How’d that work out for them.

tina
tina

why can’t they be on both shows?

Denise
Denise

It would be great if they could be on both shows. But, that being said, I love Michael & Starr together. I think they should bring him to LV with her. I don’t really care much either way about Todd & Carly. I like Todd a lot but I LOVE Trevor St. John & wish he would come back to OLTL. I also LOVE John IMcBain and don’t like him with Sam. She is sooooo boring. But then again (know I’ll catch hell for this one) I never liked him with Natalie either. I actually liked him with Blair. Hope she comes back to OLTL. I also liked Tea’s daughter, Dani. I think she’s a great actress & hope she comes back also.

BOOPP
BOOPP

Why in the world would the actors even consider going to an online soap from a national tv show? PP wants the characters and actors to leave for a 20 minute online show that is ridiculous. I am sure that GH can figure out a way to keep the characters by simply changing the names. John could some how really be Caleb and that would allow him to stay on GH and Todd and Starr could be renamed. PP shows will most likely flop anyway. I have no interest in watching an online soap and I think many people will share the same opinion.

monica
monica

come on now it’s 2013,these(Mcbain,Starr,Todd)are outstanding actors,they can do both shows,that would be so exciting,i am for them playing on both shows.how does McBain,Todd and Starr feel about playing both shows?

monica
monica

this will allow for Jason to come back,because i am missing him. McBain can spend more time on the other show.

Violet
Violet

Jason is not coming back. Well, at least Steve Burton isn’t.

Bonnie
Bonnie

They need to stay.. or let them do both shows.. but don’t mess with GH

ronda
ronda

why cant they merge and use them on both show,s and they go backwards and forward just because they moved to port charles they can still play it in there.

Bila
Bila

Well I believe Prospect Park is a “little late” in trying to revive OLTL. It is in the actors’ best interest to probably stay notice on TV than to be outcast on the Web.

Cindy
Cindy

I think the actors should be able to pick where they want to be.

Katlee
Katlee

I am so cynical. Prospect once before played foul with OLTL. Promised
production, had supposedly signed actors and then pulled the plug. I would hate to see them pull three successful crossover characters who have well entrenched themselves in the new show that took them in and continued to give them life when Prospect dropped them on their heads after promising the moon. What is to stop them from doing this again. I just feel something really stinks here. It would hurt GH to have these characters leave and I have to wonder what the motive is. I pray that they are playing with all their cards fairly and showing and that we can somehow work this out. I can’t see the Characters being played by anyone else and I can’t see the actors suddenly having to change to a different character. Either way this doesn’t help either soap.

Nicole
Nicole

It’s bad enough they took the series One Life to Live off the air… which was my favorite… now since you let the program die off and disappointed us in taking the program away from us …. why disturb the mess you already created…

carole dion
carole dion

I was upset when oltl went off air,but now I am happy with General Hosp. how would the public ‘see oltl’?on TV? what?If I have to buy something to watch it i probably won’t.

Dee
Dee

Me also. Even tho I would miss them on OLTL re-boot. They belong on GH now!

micki
micki

I think that they should do both. Lets be real for a sec. We all have relatives in other states. Let them go back and forth. I think it would enhance both shows if they were able to do that. Some of their stories could cross back and forth too. It could make for some interesting and innovating tv and have more people to play off of for both casts.

Christy
Christy

ME TOO, TOO! I’m a long time OLTL fan too!

hmmm, since these are not on tv together, why can’t the shows each have a Todd/Star/John? Roger & Kristen hadn’t signed up to portray their characters on Prospect the first time around, hopefully they’ll stay where they are…

how about spelling their last names differently? 🙂 I’m sure Todd could come up with something clever! 🙂

mari
mari

They should remain on GH. There seems to be a bit of confusion though. PP wants the CHARACTERS back. The ACTORS are on contract with ABC. They can get their characters back but why do we have to “punish” the actors by letting them go. They will probably not be paid the same amount of money that they are now getting on GH — they probably won’t get as much airtime too since it is only a 20 min. webisode (or am I mistaken?). I heard that the actors are not happy with PP. Who could blame them?

Chris
Chris

I agree too!! They should stay with GH. Their story lines have drifted too far now to make any sense. NO more crossovers! Problem solved.

I do NOT want to see Roger Howarth (Todd), Michael Easton (John), or Kristen Alderson (Starr) on the new OLTL. For me, ME has become a Mc-Pain in the you know what, and KA is annoying and can’t act. One of the reasons I started watching OLTL was to see what RH would do next. The episode where he holds everyone hostage at Asa’a lodge was the best one ever. But RH is not nearly as good playing Todd. I would.

I want to see Trevor St John as the “real” Todd with Blair. He made the character better and was treated badly at the end. Was his last scene with Alison ever explained? Perhaps PP should start there and forget abut getting anyone back from GH.

Acamden
Acamden

WTF I have watched OLTL for over twenty years and Prospect park pulled the rug out on us and then once they got thier s*** together it was to late! Please everyone play nicely and work something out !!!!!!!!

Linda
Linda

I agree! I’ve watched both shows from the start. They should stay on GH. If no one else, let Starr come back to Michael. They have a good chemistry. There have been too many changes and people coming back that should be gone. Please soon bring Robin back! She and Patrick were the best couple!!! It would be nice to have one couple that had a good strong marriage. One, I know, boring couple that had morals and before Sabrina gets too drawn into the picture.

Ann
Ann

I want them all to stay on GH! The characters can go, but I want them permanently on GH with no crossovers. Time for them to be fully integrated on GH. If that means different characters, then that is what should be done!

John
John

Michael the TVguide article does not say PP wants those characters. They do however talk about ABC & PP are discussing what to do.

Frank V spoke to this in a recent interview when he basically said its in the lawyer’s hands

Susan
Susan

I want whatever the actors choose.

bonnie
bonnie

I want Todd to stay on GH. Starr I hope she goes to OLTL .She has not been enjoyable for me to watch and she doesnt have a very big GH following. John he can stay or go doesnt matter to me

Roseann
Roseann

I think Kristen alderson is Great on Gh i have been watching kristen alderson “starr” since she started on oltl and she is a Great actress she has grown so much as an actress . Starr and Michael make a great couple and i would love to see them get married and have kids dont take her off of GH. Let them do both oltl and GH.

Elhu
Elhu

I agree Susan, I hope each of the actors involved ultimately get to do what they want to do (which I am sure they will, but it just might not be as John, Todd and Starr, although I hope it will be). If it were my choice, I love both OLTL and GH, but they have now become so meshed into the GH canvas, that I would like them to remain there. Logistically, I am guessing they are all settled into the west coast by now, and PP will be filming on the east coast in Connecticut. I have no idea, but there is probably a big financial difference from one to the other, and there is most likely, more stability at this point, in remaining with GH, although you never know what the future holds. Do not get me wrong, I am so excited for both AMC and OLTL to come to life on the internet, and I so want to see the actors/characters that made these shows what they are, return to Pine Valley and Llanview, but I think these three should remain in Port Charles/GH, but again, it is their choice, and I will respect whatever choice each actor/actress makes.

Rita
Rita

I agree, I think they should do what is best for them, but I would like to see them linked with both shows. It could easily be done, they have crossed over in the past. Todd is Vicki’s brother, so could go to visit periodically, and Star and Michael could visit the Cramers. John, I don’t know! He wanted to stay with Prospect Park the first time, so maybe he should go to OLTL. Get a new Jason, and let Sam be with her baby’s daddy! We need John and Bo working together again in Landview! Don’t need any vampires!

Sheila
Sheila

Todd and John are male leads for OLTL. Starr can stay on GH.

bonnie
bonnie

no you take Starr we dont want her either

Nancylp300
Nancylp300

And you can’t speak for all GH viewers. I like the relationship between Todd and Starr. Only started watching GH for the crossovers so I will watch the online shows instead of gh.

Robert
Robert

Starr and Todd can stay, John has to go back to Llanview.

Sheila
Sheila

If we must. LOL

Emma
Emma

Kristen Anderson can go back to OLTL & suck up that show with her bad acting. GH doesn’t need her.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Emma you are soo wrong about Kristen Alderson. She is an excellent actress!

diane fivecoats
diane fivecoats

kristen is a good actress i have been watching her since she was a child she is also a good singer

liz
liz

I like Starr on OLTL not to much on GH. She is a good actress along with her brother Matthew.

Mary
Mary

Agreed!

nessmess50
nessmess50

I also agree,love Kristen she grew up into a lovely young women,and very pretty..She can stay on GH or go back to OLTL,wherever she goes i will watch her..

meg
meg

REALY JUST WANT VICTOR/TREVOR FOUND ,RGT NOW CANNOT STAND RH ‘S TODD,!!!!.I HOPE THEY WILL DO WHAT BEST FOR OLT.AND GH

Margie
Margie

Yes, bring TSJ on for one day to free Todd and then send Vic&Tea far away.
Todd belongs on OLTL with his family. ABC should’ve brought Blair, Jack and Sam to PC, but they didn’t. Big mistake.

K.A. Rogers
K.A. Rogers

I’m sure ABC’s legal deptartment can work this out! However, Caleb, Todd really is Victor and Starr having an unknown twin works for me. Anything in order to keep them on GH! 🙂

Bawoman
Bawoman

I want them go to PP, the writers they hired seem to be a hundred times better than RC.
At the very least, GH can keep Starr and John.But I want my Todd back with someone who knows how to write for him.I dont even care if he is recast.

redheart
redheart

I agree. RH is awesome in any case, but I’d rather have the actual Todd Manning back on OLTL than this lame pod GH version that pinky swears, “goes steady” and holds Carly’s purse.

remkol
remkol

I totally agree!!

dinah
dinah

I agree as well.

Danni
Danni

I totally agree, too! Todd needs to be back in Llanview where he belongs.

Christy
Christy

actually, I’m glad they didn’t bring “old Todd” over to GH. He needed an update and soooooo glad they didn’t bring up the rape/marty stuff to GH. I think originally that role, with the rape stuff, was to be short lived, but Roger is so good, they kept him and the character has evolved over the years – he’s grown up – but you know being held captive for 8+ years … they had to make him change here and there… I always like Todd’s funny side and glad we’ve gotten to see more of that on GH, but he still managed to get himself in trouble — He certainly got hoodwinked by Heather!

liz
liz

Give us the back up Todd he did a good job.

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!

TODD AND BLAIR!!! TnB forever!!!!!!

Danni
Danni

Amen!

jc
jc

2nd that!

Mary
Mary

3rd that

Ella
Ella

I was afraid of this. I don’t want them to leave GH. John & Sam are just getting started and Todd & Carly have a lot of story left to tell. Prospect Park should leave Todd on GH and bring Victor back to OLTL. John isn’t needed on OLTL right away. This is a way of losing fans if Prospect Park isn’t careful. One reason they’ve been able to resurrect OLTL is that GH is doing so well. Don’t mess with it. Unless the end game is to destroy GH and then ABC can cancel it?

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I’d say both ABC and PP have screwed themselves. ABC for canceling in the first place and PP for not being able to get it off the ground last year. OLTL will not be the same unless John, Todd & Starr are back on their canvas with the same actors/actresses, which will be hard since alot of them have moved from the East Coast to the West. I want ABC to suffer, so I hope they all leave GH – that is why I watch GH in the first place because of OLTL characters! Maybe they’ll learn and finally admit their mistake!

Nancy
Nancy

ABC’s karma is coming back to haunt them and I couldn’t be happier. Can’t they leave us the hell alone. I want my shows they way they were with the help of Frank and Ron and GH.

Ella
Ella

I am a longtime viewer of all ABC shows and hurting GH doesn’t do any viewer any good. I agree that ABC never should have cancelled OLTL in the first place but wishing the worst for GH won’t harm ABC – it only harms longtime viewers who have been through enough. The only way any of these shows survive is by daytime viewers uniting. Let’s not forget, OLTL & AMC are being resurrected because GH has been doing so well in the ratings and had kept Llanview alive.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

I agree with Ella. GH has received its best ratings in years since Ron C and Frank V took over and brought OLTL characters over. I’ll continue to watch GH if the charachters do leave but I hope something works out that suits both shows!

Sheila
Sheila

John has a family in Llnview.

Mary
Mary

I do not like John and Sam nor Todd and Carly. John belongs with Natalie and Todd belongs with Blair! The writers at GH are ridiculous. After all the obstacles John & Natalie overcame to get back together & this piddly kiss with Sam & it’s done. They just expect us longtime viewers to accept this. They are also boring. all sam does is whine to John.

Ella
Ella

Some longtime viewers do accept this, like me. I have watched all ABC soaps for 30+ years. Todd on GH doesn’t mean he’ll never be with Blair, it is just another obstacle. Welcome to the world of soaps. If GH hadn’t kept Llanview alive, PP wouldn’t be resurrecting OLTL & GH. PP is well aware of GH’s ratings and wants in on the action. The shows and the fans should work together & support all daytime soaps. There are lots of viewers who love GH & OLTL and have for decades. I will never understand the idea that you can’t be a fan of both shows. Viewership isn’t mutually exclusive.

Mary
Mary

I didn’t say I wasn’t a fan of both shows. However, I didn’t start watching GH until the characters from OLTL crossed over. I like Starr & Michael together, although noone should get to comfortable with them together because I’m fairly certain Cole & Hope will turn up alive, someday.

terri
terri

Happy about OLTL sad that Natalie, John and Liam will not have any story. John and Sam are dull dull dull.

rebecca
rebecca

I never liked John and Natlaie; actually when they broke up in Llanview I preferred him with Kelly! (Gina Tognoni). Now that he’s on GH I’d really love to see him with Sam (Kelly Monaco)…their story’s been building and it’s just getting off the ground.

Though I love Blair on OLTL…was enjoying her relationship with Tomas and think that could be interesting to pursue…especially since we’re not sure if he’s truly Alcazar from GH! There could be a lot of intertwining stories between the two shows…

As for Starr and Michael…I can’t relate to GH Starr…she seems disconnected and rather cold…there’s no bond left with Todd. With that said, I love Michael on GH and would be interested to see if they can build a more compelling story between him and Starr.

So…guess I’d like to see all three stay on GH…with story potential on OLT simultaneously through references to them or visits or skyping, etc.

Endless possiblities….

louisa
louisa

I want Todd/Roger Howarth back on OLTL. Todd is an essential character. Todd and Victor/Trevor St. John together on OLTL would be the best.

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu

yes, they need to tell that story properly and finally.

rebecca
rebecca

Trevor J. John is not going back to OLTL in any format. He wanted to leave way before the cancellation.

Barbara
Barbara

TSJ did NOT want to leave OLTL RH wanted to return so they jumped allover themselves to get rid of TSJ

Mary
Mary

agreed

rebecca
rebecca

@Barbara…Ummmm, yes, Trevor St. John DID want to leave,and he wanted to leave way before he actually did. He directs film and has recently starred in one. He has been quoted in several articles as saying he never intended on staying that long on OLTL, that he gets restless doing any one project for too long. When OLTL was canceled, he offered to stay a bit longer but by that point, since he had already resigned, they had changed the storyline and couldn’t accommodate him. So, no, they didn’t jump over themselves to get rid of him.

Marie
Marie

I don’t see PP’s legal department caving in and letting GH use some of their main characters. It would be stupid on their part. Maybe GH can trade off and let OLTL use 3 characters that were created by GH but are no longer on the show.

Ann
Ann

As a soap fan, I wouldn’t want GHers showing up on OLTL either, just like I don’t enjoy the Livers on GH. Both shows have such rich and separate histories. Bring Starr, John, and Todd back to Llanview and let that be the end of it.

Lori
Lori

I want all three back on OLTL where they belong. This crossover was ok I guess for a short bit but enough is enough…

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I agree with Ann & Lori.

Vic
Vic

But their histories are not really separate. The first crossover between GH and OLTL was around 1970. I’m thinking they can find a way to share.

Brenda
Brenda

I too agree with Ann and Lori.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

I love crossovers it gives soaps unity!

Alyson
Alyson

I want the actors and characters to stay! When their contracts runs out they could go over to PP’s OLTL if they want. PP only have themself to blame, if they had gone through with their plans a year ago this wouldn’t happen! They have to accept that they have lost three stars and their characters! They have to work it out in other ways, they can use other OLTL characters! I find this very selfish of PP, I love that OLTL is back online this time, BUT I think it’s a bigger priority to keep GH on ABC that’s on TV NOT THE NET.

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu

no one said anything about putting GH online. Todd, John, and Starr are from OLTL, and they are what’s being discuessed here.

Alyson
Alyson

I didn’t say anything about putting GH online.I apologize if you missunderstood. I meant that GH’s ratings could go down if PP takes those characters and THAT could lead to ABC canceling GH and soapfans don’t want that. I think Todd, John and Starr should stay with GH, at least until the actors conrtract expires. If they are taken GH have to write them off in what will probably be crappy storys. I’m sure PPs OLTL could survive without those characters and actors for a little while. They have other great characters and actors they can use for the time being.

So that’s my opinion. I want Starr,Todd and John to stay at GH.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Somewhat agree Alyson. Prospect Park created this situation/problem themselves. The actors should not be punished for finding work elsewhere and General Hospital shouldn’t lose out because PP finally got their act together.

I hope whatever they decide, the story is good…

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Like I said in another post – ABC started this problem when they canceled OLTL and PP when they couldn’t get it up and running the first time!

Alyson
Alyson

Exactly, thanks 🙂

Yes, I hope so to

Lauren
Lauren

I want them to stay on GH! I have really grown to love the OLTL characters, especially Todd and John.

Katie
Katie

Well I have to be honest those characters do belong to OLTL that’s were the history is and as a GH fan who does enjoy them on GH….I dunno I feel like they should be at OLTL.

MiCHELE
MiCHELE

i AGREE.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Thank you Katie – I agree also!

Patrick
Patrick

Oye… my frst thought… is, per chance… they let these 3, Todd, Starr, and McBain… back to OLTL…

could this mean…. Laura, Scottie, Robert…. BOBBIE… more salary… for these folks on contract…..

just saying folks…. for the history of both shows….

Brittany
Brittany

I don’t consider them beloved characters of GH. The sooner they leave, the better. Too much time/story/focus have been wasted on them instead of the characters I have loved for years. Let them go home and put the focus back on the really GHers.

Patrick
Patrick

have to wonder…. when FV came on board… they hired these 3 from OLTL to crossover… and then the writing came ???

is GH all the better because…. 1. the 3 actors…..
2. FV and the writers.

seems like an obvious answer… FV and the producing and writing….

Dawg! i wish DAYS had these problems…. especially… when it seems GH has an open-ended purse… (cashola).

Annoyed OLTL fan
Annoyed OLTL fan

I prefer them on OLTL. OLTL needs male leads in that age range and I have not been happy with the writing for John so I would prefer he goes back to Llanview.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

John is the main man for me on OLTL. He needs to be with Natalie and no recasts!

terri
terri

I completely agree with you!

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

It’s time for John McBain to go home to Llanview and be John McBain again. Sorry, but GH has destroyed the integrity of John McBain. If OLTL wasn’t cancelled, he would never left Natalie and Liam after all they have been through. He is OLTL and he needs to be chief of detectives again not Dante’s partner. That’s a joke. Sam and John, another joke. No real fire; he comes alive with Natalie and it’s about time he turns his life around and makes it up to Natalie and Liam. If Ron and Frank really care about the character of John McBain that they developed over ten years, they will set him free to be with Natalie and Liam in Llanview.

Starr can stay but Todd needs to go home, too. The Victor/Todd/Tomas story needs to be resolved and so does Todd and Blair and Vicki and Blair.

Let OLTL live again. It’s fans have suffered enough this past year.

Patrick
Patrick

so much time has passed between McBain and Sam…. they went gung-ho, all out for this twosome, then ??? MIA. and then McBain dissappeared for awhile… and now Sam may be ready to move on… Thanks to Carly nudging her.

So, after so much absence from these two… I could see McBain back home in Llanview.

Sheila
Sheila

I agree. John needs to go home and fight for his family.

rebecca
rebecca

I’d like John to stay on GH and have a relationship with Sam. The Natalie character never did it for me…and I’m really intrigued by the suggestion that John ‘n’ Sam they knew each other as vampires of Port Charles. Sorry! Like that whole Lestat, Twilight, True Blood, Dark Shadows genre…so the hint of it with the two of them is fun and could make for an intense pair…with or without that connection.

Sheila
Sheila

Just no to vampires unless you want GH cancelled too. John has had his fun, now his family needs him to fight for them. The Sam character never did it for me. LOL

Trapper
Trapper

I’d prefer to see them back on OLTL, personally. I think that the story possibilities are greater for the characters.

Beth
Beth

They should stay at GH. I love Michael and Starr and Todd and Carly

P
P

I hope this is true, I would love to see Starr & John, along with the actors that play them, back on OLTL and off of GH. The only OLTL character on GH that I would miss would be Todd and his portrayor RH.

debikra
debikra

I am afraid that taking back these 3 characters will only entwine into OLTL forcing us to watch BOTH shows.
Tricky PP!!

Take Starr…….Leave Todd

bonnie
bonnie

Leave Todd they can have Starr Shes there child hood Starr not GH doesnt make sense she stayed in PC anyway hoping for her return.

GHfan
GHfan

Todd & Starr Manning have many ties to the OLTL canvas. LV is their home. ABC already screwed OLTL fans by taking OLTL off their network. ABC should do the right thing and send these 3 characters back where they belong and that’s in Llanview. OLTL should have a chance to succeed with PP and eliminating 3 main characters could potentially hinder the success of this relaunch. GH will be just fine if they send these 3 back to OLTL

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I like them on GH, but agree that the show will be fine if they return to Llanview. It just gives the folks of Port Charles a reason to visit Llanview! 🙂

Mary
Mary

I like RH on GH but he can be a different character. I never liked Star on OLTL and don’t like her on GH, John needs to be back with Natalie. bottom line Gh will survive without them, they are all OLTL characters and should go back.

currygirl
currygirl

I totally agree Mary only if OLTL is in the original format as promised not a 20 minute show a week online.

gwendolyn
gwendolyn

I want them to remain on GH. Todd makes the humour of the show! Michael and Starr are one of the hottest couples, and the nickname McBam says it all. Please PP, don’t take what in part gave our soap it’s life back!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Love Todd’s humor.

OLTLluver
OLTLluver

Todd and McBain are OLTL characters and need to go back to the canvas where they came from Since their appearance on GH, both have been written completely OOC, HEAs destroyed, and character assination has been the first order of the day. Let them go. At least under the new OLTL writing team, we have some hope of seeing organic redemption and actual believable character growth for both.

Patricia
Patricia

i totally agree with you!!!!They need to go back to oltl where they have family and ties and hopefully wont be written so OOC.

Soph
Soph

I agree. They should go back to OLTL. The way they were integrated was just too weird and completely unnatural. Felt too forced to me. The only person that would make sense to stay is Start bc she’s so in deep with Michael’s life.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Well said OLTLluver – I also agree!

Liz
Liz

No faith that PP will make this launch a success. I’m sure the actors would rather not lose a steady job/income. Also think it would significantly damage GH to lose them now.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Especially since the actors have contracts….I’d want to stay on GH for a while and see what happens with OLTL. Do some crossovers in the meantime maybe.

Katie
Katie

The thing is those actors have contracts with GH but OLTL owns the characters so honestly I say PP recast i’m sorry but Starr, Todd and John belong to OLTL.

Carol
Carol

I want them to remain on GH. I could accept them in other parts if forced to. As far as PP owning the characters, yes, but that doesn’t mean if they’re stubborn and insist on keeping THEM that they will get the actors back even if they’re released by ABC. Roger Howarth and Kirsten Alderson didn’t sign with them last year, so who’s to say they would now? Recast? I wouldn’t watch, that’s for sure.

Christy
Christy

I remember Kirsten Alderson stating that she would go to General Hospital but her commitment and heart belong to One Life to Live, so I believe that Starr will be going back to Llanview soon. Especially if the new writers write Cole and Hope back in. Maybe they were rescued and have been recupertating somewhere for the past year. Anything is possible on soaps.

Tina
Tina

I think if they bring cole back it should be Brandon Buddy

Christy
Christy

I completely agree. I did not like the new actor that was playing Cole at the end. I want Brandon Buddy back. And its not like he is getting any jobs. I haven’t seen him on anything since he left One Life to Live.

JayeAlex
JayeAlex

Brandon Buddy was one of the worst actors I have ever seen on daytime.

Heather
Heather

They need to go back to OLTL. Todd and Starr are core family charaters and John and Nat’s story need to be told. Also Todd and Starr are not being used well on GH. Save Todd and Starr!!!! Bring them home to OLTL- where they belong.

Christy
Christy

Plus the fact that John and Natalie are married now. John needs to go back to Llanview and fix this whole thing with this wife so that they can become a family again.

MARMAR
MARMAR

Too much too late. Natalie & John never fit together and Liam was just a filler. Let John have a life on GH. As for Todd, he is a mess wherever he resides…let him go back to Blair (if she still wants him). I think any woman is crazy to want him…he is a lunatic. He killed his own brother and only loves his family when it is convenient for him. He never asks about his two sons who he is supposed to love sooooo much.

Lynn
Lynn

I want them to go home to Llanview where they belong. OLTL without them just doesn’t sound right most of the stories the last 10 yrs revolved around them and John mcbain who was created for ME OLTL just won’t be the same without them and GH doesn’t need them especially with all their Bets returning but I think OLTL does need them to get off the ground and if PP does succeed it’s good for e ergo e gives GH a place to go in the future. I say let them come home to Llanview andante visits to GH for now. Still ticked about the ending of ol being screwed up for GH

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

The “ending” of OLTL that was shown on TV had absolutely nothing to do with General Hospital.

Lynn
Lynn

That’s the point! They try to keep OLTL alive on GH messed up those endings and didn’t make since at all on GH! John cheered on Nat something he wouldn’t have done on OLTL just to fit into GH Now John keeps mentioning Natalie and Liam how does that work? It doesn’t let him go back to his family! Stars family had to be killed off to come to GH, Tea’s baby had to be killed. And Todd OMG he is acting like a OOC goofball who lets people walk all over him. No I want them back on OLTL and back In the character I’ve war he’d them in for years. I was naive when they first came to GH but I’ve since work up and it all I can do to watch them now without ff on GH

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I understand what you’re saying now. Good writers will be able to handle it all.
I disagree. John did not cheat on Natalie. It was one kiss. They have him mention them, because I think RC/FV were hoping to get them on GH once the PP rights reverted. Now, they can be used as a vehicle for his return.
Tea’s baby will be found alive (just a hunch), the writers can do that. Just like I believe Hope will be found alive. This can also be a vehicle for Starr’s return to Llanview.
Todd has always been a goofball! His humor is one of the things I have always loved about him. No matter how dark he gets, he still has a twisted sense of humor.
I will watch them on GH if that is where they stay, but I would prefer them on OLTL also.

Lisa
Lisa

I want them to stay! I love Starr and Michael together! I also love Todd and love watching him on GH.

MONA JOIHNSON
MONA JOIHNSON

LOVE FOR THEM TO WORK IT OUT OR TO SEE IF THEY CAN DO BOTH…

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I would love to see more crossovers myself…

Rita
Rita

I would love the crossovers! I have watched both OLTL and GH for over 40 years and think this would be great. They could make Sam and John really brother and sister and that is why they had such a connection, and maybe Natalie would understand what happened! John needs to be in Landview, but could go back to GH to see his sister from time to time! Michael and Star could do both shows, because kids do move away from home, but come home to visit! Todd could do both shows, and he would have another place to go when he screws up and acts like Todd.

MARMAR
MARMAR

Is PP going to be stable? Why give up a contract at GH for something not firm.

Torikyles
Torikyles

Send them to lanview that where they belong I don’t like on gh they fit to me so let them go back

CamCam
CamCam

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! They need to stay on GH! Who says in3months they don’t shut down production on OLTL?! No! They are blended in well and now a part of our GH

Nancylp300
Nancylp300

They could close production on GH too. There are no guarantees with these soaps anymore and ABC said last year they wanted out of the soap business so we don’t know how comitted they are to this last ABC soap.

Christy
Christy

To be perfectly honest I believe that ABC is hoping that Prospect Park does well with AMC and OLTL so that they can cancel GH and GH can also go to Prospect Park online. I wouldn’t put it past them. It only makes sense that they allowed Prospect Park to keep the rights for both of these shows when they had every chance to tell PP to give the rights back to them. I am very happy that PP is taking OLTL and AMC to the Internet. I believe that it is going to work out really well. What would really be great is if Soap Net can show the Online shows on their channel for the people that don’t have computers or the Internet. That would work perfectly.

Cathy
Cathy

well they are taking night time soaps off too Brothers & Sisters that I thought was a great show Desparate Houswives, and no next tuesday will be the last night for Private Practice and I loved all those shows,,,

tina
tina

They need to stay on GH. I liked AMC and OLTL but will not watch it on the internet. The stars will be sorry because it won’t last on the internet.

Optimistic
Optimistic

How long do you think GH has left on the network? Certainly not years and years. If PP succeeds, this will be groundbreaking stuff (like the move from radio to television). I’m excited to see what will happen.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

You have a right to your opinion. But I disagree, I will definitely watch online and I know many others who will also. They are also looking into other platforms for re-airing (Hulu, Netflix, CABLE) so the shows stay viable and successful.
By stating you will not watch online – you are only limiting your viewing choices! Many series are coming to life on the web…

Christy
Christy

Are you kidding me? There are millions of fans who have the Internet and will do whatever they have to watch their soaps. There will probably only be a handful of people that either don’t want to watch on the Internet or don’t have the Internet. But for the most part, most fans will have access to a computer and the shows. Just you wait and see.

Rita
Rita

I have read that the shows will be online first, then go to a cable network, hopefully that will work out for everyone.

shelly
shelly

i want them to stay with General Hospital!

christina
christina

I would like for John to come back to OLTL and Star and Todd stay on GH and the two show do crossover stories I think it would work out great for both shows

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

Yes John should come back and work things out with Natalie. The new writers are lucky that they will have some conflict already pending that they can work and can write their reconciliation.
Todd and Starr are better on GH. I never liked either of them much on OLTL but I enjoy them now on GH. Although I do enjoy Sam and John, he should really be on OLTL.

mandy
mandy

Please for the love of god give those characters back to OLTL. aybe then some of our favorite Gh characters can get some screen time!

Ultimately it’s up to the actors though. PP can win the rights and take the characters and abc can terminate the actors contracts if they don’t want or need them but if the actors refuse to sign on with PP it would all mean nothing.

ADC
ADC

OLTL isn’t OLTL for me without Todd interacting with Viki. I hope all the OLTL characters go to PP even if they have to be recast.

Robert
Robert

No recast!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Some characters on both series’ will likely be recast.

mo
mo

Why didn’t they figure this out before GH brought the characters and actors to the show???

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

I’m guessing they never thought OLTL would ever be back. Now we know why Blair and Tea could never be on contract and Natalie couldn’t come to Port Charles.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Téa (Florencia) was on contract for a short while, and Blair (Kassie) was never on contract because she didn’t want to be.

Margie
Margie

Wrong, Scott. Neither FL or KDP had Gh contracts, but for sure Kassievwanted one.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

I agree with Margie. I know Kassie wanted to be on contract but sources said that PP would not allow it. My guess is that when Todd, Starr, and John were brought on soon after the show went off the air, PP didn’t care because they had given up hope of making it work. Then shortly after that they started working on it again (privately) and that is why they couldn’t let more come over on contract.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Because PP had no deals in place when the characters ‘moved’ to Port Charles.

su0000
su0000

RH/Todd , never wanted to go with PP and I doubt RH will want to now be with PP.
ME/John was the only one that signed on PP out of the 3 and that was pending.

PP may have the characters but not the actors ..

LisaK
LisaK

I think they need to go home. tho I have been loving GH since they came on…I can’t see those characters being played by anyone else. it would be like replacing the role of Viki or Dorian….or Robin, or Tracy Q….it’s just not the same without the original actors. I’ve loved Roger Howarth since day one as Todd….Compromise is necessary. What do the actors want to do?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Viki and Dorian were both played by other actresses before Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser took their respective roles over.

Margie
Margie

So, CT?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Lisa K doesn’t want to see those characters played by anyone other than the original actor. I am just pointing out that those roles were already recasts/replacement actors. Didn’t do it to be mean or snarky, just informational. 🙂

Lisa K
Lisa K

lol… I knew i should have added in my first post that I KNOW they were played by other actors in the past. I have watched these shows (all three) since i was a little girl… for over 40 years, i am now 50 yrs old) I have seen actors come and go and the like.. just stating the point that these characters have been played by these certain actors for the Majority of the on air time and would surely be missed if they were recast…. Alderson was the “only” Starr, and would be missed if she were not to return as said character. And Eddie and Destiny… i feel are the same… YET… I do know the Characters need to grow, and as they do on “a soaps life” age quite rapidly (with the exception of Elizabeths kids… Cameron should be older than molly for goodness sake… but…. ) ANYWHO…. i just like these three in the roles they have made their own… But it is whatever they decide to do… Just Glad as hell that my program will continue on so my daughter can enjoy it as she gets older. She was just starting to get into it when it was cancelled.. she is 12. She is pleased as punch that it is returning. You have a great day… everyone! and Blessed BE that our soaps are back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Oh Lisa I SO agree with you! I am also very glad for your daughter, knowing how these shows were loved by many generations in my family – I am glad she can join our ranks! 🙂

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I am going to have to decide which soap I watch GH or OLTL. If the characters go to OLTL then I will follow. I like Michael and Starr together and I want to see Natalie and John together.

Tsuds
Tsuds

You can watch GH for free.. remember you will have to pay to watch them online.. Are you really ready to pay to watch them online?

Katie
Katie

OLTL and AMC will be free via Hulu, extras will be on Hulu Plus.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I have never been able to get into GH. I have never watched until the OLTL characters crossed over. I guess it depends on how much I would have to pay. I have heard 7.99 a month. Time will tell.

Lynn
Lynn

YOU will NOT have to pay to watch online that has been confirmed it will be free on its own network called The Online network…you can go there now and sign up for updates

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

Everywhere I read says that we will have to pay to see AMC and OLTL. I sure hope they are free. I already signed up for updates at TOLN.

Tsuds
Tsuds

If it is free.. I def will take at OLTL… but not holding my breath.. time will tell!

susan M.
susan M.

What if you ony want to watch one soap and not the other on line. Will the price be
less or is it going to be a packaged deal?

JoAnn
JoAnn

I would love to see Roger Howarth’s Todd brought back to Llanview for OLTL’s first story arc at least so they can clear up the Todd/Victor storyline. Really in the end what it boils down to is what Roger Howarth wants to do…he might not even want to sign on with PP…I don’t think he ever signed on with them during PP’s first go round. Glad to see that these beloved characters have FINALLY been accepted by the GH fans!

Christine
Christine

So just let Prospect Park have the CHARACTERS, we will keep the actors, thank you.

Seriously if the actors are happy, then it would be much better for GH to give them all new identities which could open up all new possibilities for them.

emtk
emtk

I am a huge Michael Easton/John McBain fan, however, I have to acknowledge that he was much better on OLTL than GH. My first priority is to continue Michael Easton as John McBain anywhere, but my preference would be on OLTL. Roger Howarth/Todd Manning was also better on OLTL. Kristen Alderson/Starr Manning was about the same on both shows. I think it would be a huge mistake to have different actors playing their roles on OLTL, or the actors playing different roles on GH. Why can’t they do cameo appearances on both shows until it is clear which show they fit better on?

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

Since ABC and Prospect Park are 2 separate entities I would be shocked to see any type of crossover. After all now ABC is getting what they want “out of the soap business” I am thinking ABC regrets their decision to cancel our soaps. I won’t be watching GH anymore when they come back and I bet a lot of others won’t either.

Christine
Christine

Here’s a better idea, recast Kristen Alderson as Serina Baldwin or someone else that was already a legacy character then she has her own backstory. Do the same for Michael Easton and Roger Howarth. It’s not rocket science. Yeah, it might blow some viewers minds for a few days, but they would get used to it.

Natalie
Natalie

I only want Starr brought back to OLTL if they can bring back Cole and Hope back from the dead for her… Starr and Michael are terrible together!

Lisa
Lisa

PLEASE keep them on GH!! OLTL is only going to be a half hour that is a waste of time for them & ruining the storylines we have vested in all this time! GH has finally been worth watching again & I believe that is partly b/c of the humor that Todd brings to the table!

Traci Howell
Traci Howell

No matter what happens, if Viki doesn’t come back, then I am not interested in what happens. I watched OLTL for 40 years and she would be the reason I would watch.

Tsuds
Tsuds

How much are you willing to pay a month to watch them online?

TRW
TRW

Whatever they charge…

Lynn
Lynn

They need to go back to OLTL, that is their home.

General Hospital

Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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