Earlier today, the soap online community was buzzing about Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson, and Roger Howarth having to cease working at “General Hospital” come February 8th. In a licensing agreement that ProsPark had with ABC from 2011, the characters of John McBain, Starr and Todd Manning were to temporarily take part in the Port Charles setting, only to be brought back to “One Life to Live” when the show began production. As Prospect Park wants to now bring the three characters back to “iOLTL,” they released the following statement in a release:
“Prospect Park understands that GENERAL HOSPITAL has featured Llanview transplants Michael Easton (John) and Kristen Alderson (Starr) among others while we arranged production of the new version of ONE LIFE TO LIVE. These characters, who we own under our agreement, are obviously essential to our production efforts, and a large reason we licensed the program. We also understand that legions of GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have grown to love these actors and characters in a short time. So even though we are paying ABC millions of dollars to license the shows, we have been, and continue to be willing to equally share the characters with GENERAL HOSPITAL and ABC. It’s a win-win for the actors, the shows and fans, who love all of the shows and storylines. We hope to work out these agreements with ABC and the actors.”
Reported earlier by Soap Opera Digest, rumor has it that the three actors could return to “GH” in new roles, while ProsPark would recast the roles of McBain, Starr, and Todd.
What do you think of the latest developments?