The news that every soap fan of both General Hospital and One Life to Live has been waiting to hear an update on is finally unraveling significantly according to TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan. TVG is reporting that it looks as if Michael Easton, Roger Howarth, and Kristen Alderson, will all head back to General Hospital, BUT in different roles!
TVG related that multiple sources have revealed that the original One Life to Live stars will soon return to GH after being forced to vacate the show for several weeks because of the legal entanglement over who has the rights of the usage of the Llanview characters, since Prospect Park has been trying to keep the characters somehow on the new OLTL canvas for their online reboot. It appears now ABC is just going to change direction to get out of the legal conundrum as they want these actors back. So fans of General Hospital fans will no longer see Easton as John McBain, Howarth as Todd Manning, or Alderson as Starr Manning.
According to the report, “ABC doesn’t want to risk any more legal entanglements with Prospect Park, which currently owns the rights to all OLTL characters, and the only way to do that is to have the three stars play characters that in no way resemble the current ones. Word is, GH head writer Ron Carlivati is devising some clever ways to work around the headache, even though John, Todd and Starr are now tightly woven into Port Charles society and all three are involved in blooming romances.”
GH nor ABC would confirm the development. However GH executive producer, Frank Valentini revealed, “I can’t really comment for legal reasons. It’s not like I’m trying to keep a secret. ABC doesn’t want me to say anything.”
OLTL’s new head writer, Tom Racina stated, “First it was, ‘Yes, we have these actors,’ then it was, ‘No, we don’t have them.’ I don’t know that any show has ever gone through this kind of thing before. It’s a very unique situation what with all these legal issues between the two parties but we came out of it very happily. You’ll see.”
OK soapers, what do you think? Will you be open to Michael Easton, Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson playing brand new characters on General Hospital? What do you think of this development? Weigh-in!