We feared this would happen, and according to Daytime Confidential it finally has. Former One Life to Live characters Todd (Roger Howarth) and Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) as well as John McBain (Michael Easton) will be exiting ABC’s General Hospital after February order to make a return to One Life to Live when the soap premieres on Prospect Park’s The Online Network.
The popular characters crossed over to General Hospital last year after the end of One Life to Live in an effort to boost ratings. Per the agreement with ABC, the studio can recall the characters now that the project is moving forward. Jamey Giddens reports: “Prospect Park realizes these three characters could initially help draw fans to the new One Life,” explains a source. “There are ongoing talks between ABC and Prospect Park about the characters returning to General Hospital at some point, which could be fine with [Prospect Park] as they eventually want to go much younger with their soaps.”
Though the characters will be returning to One Life to Live, that doesn’t not mean the actors will. DC reports the actors aren’t thrilled with the idea of losing their characters. If Alderson, Easton and Howarth don’t reprise their roles, Prospect Park would have to recast. There’s no word on the status of talks, if any, with the actors in question.
While I cannot say I am shocked by this move, I think opening the door and keeping all three soaps in-universe and continuing to do crossovers between all three programs could re-vitalize the genera and make all three shows must see TV. Fingers crossed until we hear official word on the fate of the cross-overs and how long the trio will be away from Port Charles.
Are you upset to see the trio leave? Do you hope PP picks up all of the One Life stories Ron has already set in place? Or would you rather they simply just move forward and start fresh? Let us know your take in the comments below.
ARCHIVED: THE PROSPECT PARK TIMELINE – OLTL/AMC
- ABC Cancels ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’
- Brian Frons Reveals AMC/OLTL Cancellation Was A Year In The Making
- Ron Carlivati Joining ‘GH’ Writing Team After ‘One Life’ Series Finale
- New Life for ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’
- Prospect Park Negotiating With Unions; Meets With Stars from ‘AMC’
- Four ‘OLTL’ Stars Sign On With Prospect Park
- Susan Lucci Declines Prospect Park Offer, Will Not Continue with ‘All My Children’
- Prospect Park Announces Tentative Launch for TOLN
- More Stars Sign on to Continue With ‘One Life to Live’ Online
- Prospect Park Shelves ‘One Life to Live,’ ‘All My Children’ Online Projects
- ‘GH’ Shake-Up: Jill Farren Phelps OUT; ‘OLTL’s’ Frank Valentini Named New Executive Producer
- ‘One Life to Live’s’ Frank Valentini, Ron Carlivati To Take Over ‘General Hospital’ Effective January 2012
- Prospect Park Revives Plans for ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children’
- Susan Lucci In Talks with Prospect Park for ‘All My Children’ Reboot
- Prospect Park’s Plans for ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live’ Unveiled
- Vincent Irizarry Joins ‘All My Children’ Reboot; Prospect Park Names New ‘OLTL’ Executive Producer
- ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live’ Creator Agnes Nixon Issues Statement on Prospect Park’s Reboot
- Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams Sign On To ‘All My Children’ Reboot
- It’s Official: Prospect Park Confirms ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live’ to Begin Production Next Month
- Jerry verDorn Signs on for Prospect Park’s ‘OLTL’; Cameron Mathison, Alicia Minshew to Rejoin ‘AMC’?
- Prospect Park and WGA Reach Deal for ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live’ Reboots
- Robin Strasser signs on for ‘One Life to Live’ reboot
- Robert S. Woods and Erika Slezak Sign on for ‘One Life to Live’