Transplanted stars of General Hospital, Michael Easton (John McBain) and Kristen Alderson (Starr), were popular characters on One Life to Live until ABC Daytime cancelled the Llanview soap opera last year. In an effort to appease fans for the loss of their show and to keep the fires of Llanview burning in their hearts, General Hospital brought those characters on to the canvas.
But now, One Life to Live is headed back to the airwaves, on demand, thanks to the efforts of Prospect Park, The Online Network (TOLN), Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes.
What will happen to those characters who have now made their mark in Port Charles?
We have just learned that Prospect Park is intending to bring them back to Llanview, but also hopes to continue to work with ABC Daytime and General Hospital to keep the characters alive in Port Charles as well.
The backstory and according to sources close to Prospect Park...
In 2011, when Prospect Park decided to put everything on the line to reboot All My Children and One Life to Live, they lent characters to General Hospital until shooting began for the new programs so that the characters could stay alive with the fans and also so that the actors could remain working.
Everyone at ABC and on the production staff of General Hospital understood that this was a temporary arrangement until production started once again on One Life to Live.
Now the time has come to start production and Prospect Park needs to, once again, cast these characters including Llanview transplants Michael Easton (John) and Kristen Alderson (Starr).
Here is Prospect Park's official statement on the matter:
"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."
But before you start dancing in the streets for joy, notice the last sentence of this statement. To wit: "We hope to work out these arrangements with ABC and the actors!"
Therein could lie the rub. What if ABC doesn't want to cooperate? What if the actors don't want to be bi-coastal?
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