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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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I want them to remain on General Hospital.

me too…I like it just the way it is…

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.

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

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.

I won’t watch GH if he stays. LOL

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.

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.

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.

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

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…

I agree!

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!

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:):)

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

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

I love them on gh let them stay

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

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.

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

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

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.

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!!

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.

Give McBain a bigger story line.

YES!

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?

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.

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

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

Exactly

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.

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

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.

why can’t they be on both shows?

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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…

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.

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

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.

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! 🙂

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?

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.

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 !!!!!!!!

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.

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!

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

I missed that. Sorry. i hope they let them do both

I would love star Todd n john to remain on tv on GH .Onl y because i dont have a computer to watch OLTL .N i wouldnt beable to see any of OLTL .if they weren’t on GH.Im excited that OLTL is going to b on the computer.but like i said i wouldnt get to see any oltl if they took star john n Todd .thats the only conection i have left to my show .Now if OLTL aired on tv again .yes put them back .

I want whatever the actors choose.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

no you take Starr we dont want her either

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.

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

If we must. LOL

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

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

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

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

Agreed!

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..

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

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.

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! 🙂

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.

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.

I totally agree!!

I agree as well.

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

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!

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

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!

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

Amen!

2nd that!

3rd that

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?

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!

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.

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.

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!

John has a family in Llnview.

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.

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.

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.

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

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….

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.

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

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

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

agreed

@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.

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.

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.

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

I agree with Ann & Lori.

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.

I too agree with Ann and Lori.

I love crossovers it gives soaps unity!

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.

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

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.

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…

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!

Exactly, thanks 🙂

Yes, I hope so to

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

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.

i AGREE.

Thank you Katie – I agree also!

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….

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.

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).

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.

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

I completely agree with you!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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! 🙂

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.

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

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!

Love Todd’s humor.

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.

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.

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.

Well said OLTLluver – I also agree!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

I would love to see more crossovers myself…

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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,,,

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.

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.

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…

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.

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

i want them to stay with General Hospital!

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

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.

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.

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.

No recast!

Some characters on both series’ will likely be recast.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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 ..

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?

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

So, CT?

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. 🙂

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

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! 🙂

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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!

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.

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?

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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

Whatever they charge…

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

General Hospital

Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.

 

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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THIS WEEK on GENERAL HOSPITAL: “He’s Back” as Jason Returns; Sonny Sets His Trap for the Shooter

Monday, March 4th is the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton as Jason Morgan on ABC’s General Hospital. In the newly-released weekly promo for the series, in the final moments of it, you see a man with his hands-up about to turn around which looks like it will be revealed to be Sonny’s former hitman.

In the promo, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Anna (Finola Hughes), Spinell (Bradford Anderon) and others are intercut looking shocked at who they find on the pier with voice-overs of characters saying, “It can’t be”, “It’s him,” etc.

The story has been building as to who has been behind the shootings seemingly targeting Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selina (Lydia Look) and others related to the mob. When they locate Jason … is he the Jason we knew prior to the tunnel collapsing him towards the end of 2021, where he was believed to have perished? How is this all connected to the intel that Olivia Jerome was apparently killed in prison?

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Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew’s (Cameron Mathison) relationship has shown its cracks. When Carly eventually sees Jason, will it eventually pit brother against brother for the love of Carly? And in this case, is Drew going to be portrayed as the bad guy due to his issues since his time at Pentonville which has shown he has become more obsessed with revenge on Nina (Cynthia Watros)?

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Here’s a look at the rest of this week’s the teasers for the action in Port Charles below.

MONDAY, MARCH 4

Jason returns to Port Charles.  Selina and Sonny’s negotiation is abruptly interrupted.  Laura confronts Cyrus. Brook Lynn confides in Tracy. Heather attempts an escape.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

Josslyn and Dex are in a frantic situation. Sonny hits a sore spot with John. Anna learns some tragic news. Marshall tells Curtis about his misdiagnosis. Laura acts fast in a crisis.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

Anna questions Josslyn and Dex. Olivia and Sonny reconnect. Alexis is apprehensive. Cody and Sasha each make a confession. Spinelli and Ava are in for a shock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Sonny and Ava share a loaded moment. Drew and Carly have their hands full. Maxie is stunned. Laura offers comfort. Brook Lynn opens up to Jordan.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024

Carly is taken aback. Nina corners Ava. Sonny gets an update on John’s investigation. Michael tries to convince Dex to stay. Alexis vents to Diane.

Now, check out this week’s promo for GH below. Then let us know, what state of mind do you think Jason will be in when he has revealed himself?  Share your thoughts in the comment secti

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