Three former Llanview citizens may not be looking to leave Port Charles anytime soon.
Apparently, it’s time for Michael Easton (John McBain), Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) and Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) to return to the set of One Life to Live now that Prospect Park has finally closed the necessary deals to make the online version a reality. But General Hospital, which absorbed the trio while Prospect Park was scrambling to make The Online Network a reality, doesn’t seem to want to let them go.
ABC released this statement: “General Hospital is excited about Easton, Alderson and Howarth staying on the show, and we are exploring ways to allow that to happen.”
Prospect Park, which bought the rights to OLTL and its characters from ABC in 2011, may end up having to share the trio — assuming a deal can be worked out. (Three characters doing double duty in two different fictitious communities? Don’t ask how that’s going to work out). Two years ago, Prospect Park had closed deals with many actors, along with Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord), Ted King (Tomas Delgado) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) to stay in Llanview.
Production on the online version of OLTL is set to begin this month. Here is what a Prospect Park spokesperson said Friday: “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.”
For now, it doesn’t seem like Easton, at least, is staying at GH. On Friday, Easton posted a statement on his Facebook page that said, in part, that “due to some ongoing legal this and that, I cannot be at General Hospital after February 8th.” Stay tuned.