‘General Hospital’ Characters Todd, Starr and John to Exit, Return to ‘One Life to Live’

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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.

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11 comments

  1. I don’t care if the todd manning leaves, because I want Carly to reunite with Jax. I think Star should stay with Michael in Port charles, as for John Mc Bain, I am torn between him staying with Sam, and going back to Natalie and Liam.

  2. At one point of time I was a fan of ALL ABC soaps then I just stayed interested with OLTL… It amazes me that when our OLTL characters came 2 GH the fans were crying & complaining! Now that its time 4 them 2 return home u all are whining & moaning again! Come on let it go they are OLTL characters… Let it Goooo! As 4 us recasting our characters how would u like it if we started screaming recast Sonny or Luke? Trust u all wouldn’t like that either they are ur main characters & Starr, Todd, & John are ours

  3. I think Todd and John should be kept on General Hospital since OLTL has done w/o these characters before. Todd is my favorite character now that Jason is gone! John needs to be there for Sam. I quit watching OLTL years ago.

  4. These stars are an asset to General Hospital and I am deeply saddened that they are leaving! I was a loyal watcher of AMC and OLTL but I will not pay to watch them once they are resurrected on PP. Keep the stars where they are and let them shine.. even with new names.PP can recast!

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