BREAKING NEWS: Roger Howarth, Kassie DePaiva, Kristen Alderson, and Michael Easton Check Into General Hospital!



Things just got HOT in Port Charles. One Life To Live fan faves Roger Howarth, Kassie DePaiva, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton are packing their bags and moving to General Hospital! Newly-cemented GH show runner Frank Valentini said in a statement:

We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it!” former OLTL boss/new GH showrunner Frank Valentini said in making the announcement. “I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth). Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.’” 
 

Aww sookie sookie now! Sounds like Sonny (Maurice Benard) and his mob outfit are about to get the thunder put on them! No word on when the actors start taping.

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  1. Profile photo of RKOBlackSwan
    RKOBlackSwan

    I’m sorry but I find this to be one of the dumbest decisions in a long line of dumb decisions made by the soap world that is ABC.

    First off, I don’t think anyone really wants to see General Hospital (for however long it has left on the air) to turn into One Life To Live.

    Beyond that, you take characters who have extended family and relationships (John/Natalie, Blair/Tomas, not to mention NOT including the other Manning children, Jack and Sam) and you bring over just them without the people they are connected to. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like I want to see them cast the entire OLTL roster but how do you bring these people on as their OLTL characters and basically ignore who they are currently associated with.

    I guess we can assume that Natalie just ends up staying in Llanview to raise Liam without his father, Blair and Todd end up together and Tomas (and Tea) either remain in Llanview or leave, Jack stays to go to school and lives with Aunt Viki or something (with his little brother). Yeah, I guess those assumptions are about as logical as they could get and even those ideas are a big WTF. When all is said and done, we might not even GET explanations for any of this.

    Sorry but again, this is a very dumb thing to do and it doesn’t excite me or make me want to view GH at all. It just saturates an already heavy cast with characters who will be running around town without any family connections or relationships that took years to form at OLTL.

    I know I will be in the minority but #epicfail all around.

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    giogio

    I am crying, I am so happy. This is going to be so good, and I believe the ratings will boost and maybe GH will be saved. Compassion for people who have lost jobs. We need to support them by watching GH to make sure no one else loses their jobs. And we need SOAPS. Last night my sisters and I were remembering OLTL when we were kids watching it with my Grandmother. Nikki Smith played by Gillian Spencer became a household topic in those days. Maybe we can have the best of both worlds here. Gotta call my Mom now. She is going to be thrilled.

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    RKOBlackSwan

    Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.’”

    ^that doesn’t sound at all like this could be for a certain story. Ron and Frank are incorporating the characters into the GH fold so I am sure it is long term. As long term as it could be considering GH’s fate in 2012.

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    Soap_Stud

    Trust. Now that Brian Frons is not around to dictate changes, I am going to trust in Frank and Ron. Despite OLTL always being treated like the step-child of the three soaps, Frank and Ron were able to make it the highest rated soap by writing strong stories, hiring solid performers, embracing history, and being more financially responsible.

    I have watched both soaps for years, so I am excited about this news. I can appreciate those GH only viewers worrying about what it will mean for the current characters on the canvas, but I urge them all to just give it time and see how it plays out. Also, Frank said Sonny was front and center, but he didn’t say what kind of story will be played out. Time, folks. Give it time.

    OLTL only viewers- I hope you tune into GH and get to know the characters on the canvas before your Llanview favorites show up in Port Charles.

    As Coach Taylor would say, Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.

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    Forever21

    WTF? No Jillian things just got very cold in GH. How about bringing back more GH characters we actually care about? FV/RC’s PP deal failed so they have decided to do OLTL on GH. This fucking sucks and they picked these characters? I never thought the day would come when I would wish for Guza back at GH but I have always said RC sucks as writer so I cant say I am shocked at this idiocy. Enjoy OLTL 2.0 when is the next musical?

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    GHFan777

    I am a fan of OLTL AND GH…and I am not happy about this at all….First this is GH…NOT OLTL….second Todd, Blair and Starr are three of the LAST characters I would want to join GH. ME is fine as a brand new character…NOT John McBain…how do you explain him leaving Liam and Natalie???…. and PLEASE don’t bring her over to GH. Where is Sam, Hope and Jack…still back in Llanview? You can’t move whole families to a different soap without the current soap suffering. I would rather they recast Ric, Ned or even AJ with these actors then move Llanview residents to Port Charles. Our own favorite characters aren’t getting enough airtime as it is…namely Elizabeth and Alexis….I am developing an attitude against current management already…LOL

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    marknsprmo

    Reminds me of when The Another World characters of Cass, Jake and Vicky moved to Oakdale after AW went off. Vicky is killed off imediately (that was just mean) and Jake was eventually killed off. I am sorry but it was practically harder to watch that than just to have AW end. I hope that doesn’t happen you your OLTL characters when they go to GH.

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    SoapyBitch

    I’m skeptical, only because I really wanted Tea to move over. I love Kassie DePaiva so I will give this a shot. The only thing is I hope it doesn’t screw up with the OLTL ending. It looks like they are heading for some resolution/cliffhanger for the Todd/Tea/Victor Jr. stuff and I hope this doesn’t screw that up, like a sequel to a good movie that lessens the original. Maybe McBain will follow Todd to PC in order to get him.

    The only other thing is I see how all of them can get incorporated, but I can’t see Star for some reason. I originally was hoping she would come on as Serena Baldwin. An heiress going head to head with Maxie would have been interesting.

    I trust Ron and Frank. C’mon, get Florencia on board though.

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    cantearlizdown

    All I know is I get my Livvie and Caleb again. Those two chemistry ooze off the screen.

    Maurice Benard is pissing in his pants right now! HA HA HA

    Are there anyone Kristin’s age group on GH?

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    Katiebug9624

    I don’t mind this because the characters are good. Todd against Sonny will be fun, Blair is a good foil for Carly and Starr is a good little actress for Lulu and Maxie to play off of. Now this might mean we’ll lose some newbies and we are already losing KM who no doubt makes alot of money but that doesn’t bother me as much (the newbies anyway) because we are getting Robert and Anna back, and from what spoilers indicate more veteran returns. I’d rather lose newbies and gain good characters, and returning vets.

    What Jamey said is true though, bringing characters from a higher rated soap can only help raise the ratings and that’s what we need to keep GH on the air. RC and FV are good writers, at least better than what GH has now and in my opinion better than what we’ve had in years so I’m hoping this turns out in GH’s favor.

    The only thing that would make me happier (other than OLTL staying on the air) is for Tea to be on GH.

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    shane1969

    First, I have been expecting any day now to hear General Hospital has been cancelled. Second, again, we don’t know how long they will be in Port Charles. I hope they are respectful to the characters and the fans of both shows. And don’t do an ATWT when they brought Jake in from AW and killed him off.

  12. Profile photo of RKOBlackSwan
    RKOBlackSwan

    The dialogue (if they even touch on the subject should be HIGHlarious)…

    John: My son and his mother are back where I came from. I don’t see them but that’s okay because I work here in Port Charles now.

    Todd: How’s Jack and Sam?

    Blair: Oh, good. Jack is in school and Sam is with him. We are good parents, leaving both of our children in another state.

    Star: Yeah, I have two brothers who I don’t see. But it is whatever. I’ll just sing right now.

    I mean, truly. It is LOL worthy once you get over the ridiculousness of it.

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    soapfan616

    I disagree that this can only help ratings. Depending on how it’s done it COULD help. You risk not satisfying anyone when you give us the LITE versions of two shows. I for one could care less about Todd Manning. GH has enough rapists and serial killers and the women who love and have babies by them. I’m not saying I couldn’t be sucked into the right story, because I could, but my gut tells me this is stunt casting rather than character driven.

    With six months or so left, I want to see GH characters I love. Selfish. Yes. But that’s what I want. Thank God my fast forward button works because I don’t want to see serial killer Sonny at the center of any story lines. And more so than the addition of OLTL characters, I’m sad to see that the new writers see Sonny as the center. Once again, they are wallowing in Guza and Phelps wet dream instead of cleaning up the mess and moving us forward with a GH where women are powerful, where family means something and where murder, God forbid, might not be such a good thing.

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    blake3b

    I’m happy for the actors having work again. I’m curious how this will go. I’m not sure I will watch the show, unless maybe more OLTL characters come. I’d like to see Tea come, and I wish Natalie would come so there would be a triangle with John Natalie and Sam (loved Livvie and Caleb on Port Charles!).
    At least the actors who play Blair and John get to work again when they were going to go online and that didn’t work out.

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    soapjunkie88

    They need to bring GH back – not OLTL. -.-

    This is not good … sorry, but Ron and Frank should focus to make GH work again, not bringing in OLTL characters. I don’t know why anyone would cheer about that at this point.

    I accept DC’s obsession with OLTL for years now, but come on … this could be a nail to GH’s coffin. GH fans don’t want to see characters from a canceled soap … they want fan favorites back and good storylines for them!!!!!!

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    rapid_roman61

    This is a smart move IMO because it will give all those OLTL fans a reason to watch the last soap left on the Mickey Mouse network. And I’m psyched if this means the end of the Gummy Bear Mob in PC.

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    Soap_Stud

    Tom Eplin’s attitude is what got Jake killed…or so I have heard over and over throughout the years. I started ATWT because of the AW characters going there. The reason Vicky was killed off was because Jensen wanted GH…and I loved how Cass Winthrop showed up on ATWT and GL.

    Robin Christopher’s Skye, who originated on AMC, was a hit on OLTL and GH. Linda Dano’s Rae visited AMC and GH as well and fans enjoyed it.

    Let’s not bash it before we see it. All of this negativity is disappointing. We should be uniting to keep GH on the air.

  18. Profile photo of soapfan616
    soapfan616

    [quote=soapjunkie88]They need to bring GH back – not OLTL. -.-

    This is not good … sorry, but Ron and Frank should focus to make GH work again, not bringing in OLTL characters. I don’t know why anyone would cheer about that at this point.

    I accept DC’s obsession with OLTL for years now, but come on … this could be a nail to GH’s coffin. GH fans don’t want to see characters from a canceled soap … they want fan favorites back and good storylines for them!!!!!![/quote]

    Well said! But I fear that we long time fans were given our answer when the decision was made that FV and RC would write GH’s end. Two people with no history with the show and they were the best choice? Unless someone tells me at least ten other writers/producers turned this job down, I don’t think FV and RC should have even been considered.

    I’ll be the first to admit it if I’m wrong. And God knows I want to be wrong because I would like to enjoy this show as it comes to an end. But it’s hard to swallow this as anything other than bad news for GH fans who would like a return to GH core families and to see those characters interact in a believable serial-killer and rapist free storyline.

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    Cyberologist

    Will the whole show OLTL now move to GH?

    Will they write for the characters of General Hospital or will these characters eat the show instead of Sonny/Jason? I don’t watch OLTL however, I’d like GH to be General Hospital. I am not sure this will work for me but I guess if you are hiring all these unknown actors might as well hire actors from an old soap.

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    J Bernard Jones

    I’m sorry but I find this to be one of the dumbest decisions in a long line of dumb decisions made by the soap world that is ABC.

    First off, I don’t think anyone really wants to see General Hospital (for however long it has left on the air) to turn into One Life To Live.

    Beyond that, you take characters who have extended family and relationships (John/Natalie, Blair/Tomas, not to mention NOT including the other Manning children, Jack and Sam) and you bring over just them without the people they are connected to. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like I want to see them cast the entire OLTL roster but how do you bring these people on as their OLTL characters and basically ignore who they are currently associated with.

    I guess we can assume that Natalie just ends up staying in Llanview to raise Liam without his father, Blair and Todd end up together and Tomas (and Tea) either remain in Llanview or leave, Jack stays to go to school and lives with Aunt Viki or something (with his little brother). Yeah, I guess those assumptions are about as logical as they could get and even those ideas are a big WTF. When all is said and done, we might not even GET explanations for any of this.

    Sorry but again, this is a very dumb thing to do and it doesn’t excite me or make me want to view GH at all. It just saturates an already heavy cast with characters who will be running around town without any family connections or relationships that took years to form at OLTL.

    I know I will be in the minority but #epicfail all around.

    Wow. And to think they haven’t even started taping yet and a couple of months from airing but it’s an “epicfail” already? Sheesh…

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    giogio

    SOAP_STUD – Im with you – I cant believe all the negativity. But then again I have always wondered what people want. Sometimes you cant look for the hair in the egg. Sometimes we have to be happy for others, besides outselves that they are getting work. Also, so what if they are incorporating OLTL and GH? Maybe this is ABC’s way of righting a wrong. Maybe Im sounding naive, but I just cant go down that doom and gloom path. I feel like we have hope for GH and OLTL to stay on the air. And who knows, if it really does good, maybe abc will bring back OLTL. This might be good.

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    marybee50

    Sorry mike d this is breaking news for me.I actually had to do some work and wasn’t on the computer or listening to where ever you got your news.

    I am not sure about this,but I love Roger and Kassie and Michael.Wait and see is all we can do.Only problem I have is I thought I would be done seeing chew/rev commercials.

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    Katiebug9624

    but The_Moustache

    we are getting Robert and Anna, and from what I’ve read more veteran fan faves. KM is leaving which opens some money and I haven’t heard word on JJ.

    I have to ask, is the current GH what you enjoy? Because I’ve heard rumblings that the ones being let go are basically the GH newbies.

    I myself have no problem losing newbies to the OLTL characters but this is of course just my opinion.

    I want Lucy and Kevin, and the Q’s back more than anything.

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    rlshel1015

    i think that some of these negative statements are the reason that soaps are dying right now – the lack of trust in the writers and producers. under Valentini and Carlivait, OLTL was one of the most exciting shows to watch and had me tuning in every day. with each favorite that he brought back before the end, it was exciting and he mined the history of the show for it. i think that we should see what the story is first before we start poo-pooing the idea because i think that the two of them have earned our trust in the matter. FV and RC have shown us that they are not just going to bring characters on without a definite plan in action – that was the way that Guza and Wolf did things. with GH losing KM, JJ and now NP there is room to bring others on. i am excited to see what they are going to do and if GH is cancelled, then after watching what FV and RC did with OLTL’s finale i am happy that they will be the ones to end it…

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    LizzieVee

    Not sure how I feel about it, though it is not surprising. Those 4 plus Tristian and Fiona equals 6 new people all at one time added to a heavy loaded cast already. Who is GH getting rid of to make room?

    I also remember AW going over to ATWT and though I did watch AW, I didn’t follow them to ATWT.

    I think I would have liked it better if they came back as GH characters. What about Ted King? I had heard he was coming too.

    Maybe it will work and maybe it won’t. Who knows anymore.

    Also, they are all coming from NY so will be interesting to see how long they stay. Could be a short term thing for some of them.

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    RKOBlackSwan

    [quote=J Bernard Jones]

    I’m sorry but I find this to be one of the dumbest decisions in a long line of dumb decisions made by the soap world that is ABC.

    First off, I don’t think anyone really wants to see General Hospital (for however long it has left on the air) to turn into One Life To Live.

    Beyond that, you take characters who have extended family and relationships (John/Natalie, Blair/Tomas, not to mention NOT including the other Manning children, Jack and Sam) and you bring over just them without the people they are connected to. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like I want to see them cast the entire OLTL roster but how do you bring these people on as their OLTL characters and basically ignore who they are currently associated with.

    I guess we can assume that Natalie just ends up staying in Llanview to raise Liam without his father, Blair and Todd end up together and Tomas (and Tea) either remain in Llanview or leave, Jack stays to go to school and lives with Aunt Viki or something (with his little brother). Yeah, I guess those assumptions are about as logical as they could get and even those ideas are a big WTF. When all is said and done, we might not even GET explanations for any of this.

    Sorry but again, this is a very dumb thing to do and it doesn’t excite me or make me want to view GH at all. It just saturates an already heavy cast with characters who will be running around town without any family connections or relationships that took years to form at OLTL.

    I know I will be in the minority but #epicfail all around.

    Wow. And to think they haven’t even started taping yet and a couple of months from airing but it’s an “epicfail” already? Sheesh…[/quote]

    Sorry but I find it to be an #epicfail based solely on two things…

    1. For GH, it takes a show that already has a huge cast and makes it even more difficult for cast members to get stories.

    2. For OLTL, it takes four characters and brings them on while completely ignoring others who they are associated with.

    I hold out judgement on how the writing will be or how the stories will be for them since we don’t know but based on those two facts alone, that’s why I consider this some very disappointing news.

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    No Daisy

    Well, after a 3 year hiatus, I guess I will be tuning back in to General Hosptal. I can only guess that is what FV is looking to have happen. GH has zero chance of being saved the way it is now. Even if they cleaned up their canvas and brought back characters GHers wnat to see, no one new would watch. This way GH can benefit from the popularity of OLTL.

    I think this is fantastic news. I have said before, I’d watch an show starring the Manning family. Now I get the benefit of the Mannings and a BDS return? I’m in.

    And yes they need to bring on Sam. He and Cam can be besties, giving Elizabeth and Blair a chance to become friends. Cause you know Carly will hate Blair. Lord knows they both need a BFF. Even better? Bring Natalie over, have her become friends with Elizabeth, then when Sam and John start sniffing around each other we can have a Liason/Jolie/JaSam..um…hexagon??

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    Soap_Stud

    I love this idea. I love both soaps. I will support this decision. I am waiting to see what the story is and how it unfolds. Let’s not forget that Anna and Robert are back on GH too. :)

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    marybee50

    Sorry mike d,but this is breaking news to me.I had to do some work,so I wasn’t on the computer or listening to where every you heard the news.

    I am not sure about this.I love Roger,Kassie,& Michael.We will have to wait and see.If GH is really already doomed,it won’t make a difference.If it gets ratings back up,and it gets to replace one of the new shows,that may be good.Only problem I have if I watch GH again I will have to put up with those ches/rev commercials[LOL].

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    SwanQueen59

    I’m holding off from saying anything good or bad as there’s still GW’s work that needs to be “finished”. A lot will also depend on how quickly (or) slowly they work them into the canvas. If they come in a “chunk”, it’ll be too obvious. Even though I have only been a casual watcher of OLTL (and am familiar with RHo’s work as Paul Ryan on ATWT), I can’t quibble with their quality as actors, although sometimes ME mumbles. If his John McBain can help push MB’s bully sr. out of the picture, I won’t complain. I could see KA getting involved with CD’s bully jr. for a start
    with her arrival. KP? Compelling presence and I like her a lot. The game of wait and see has started… 0:)

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    Ryan-Scott

    First hint that this show may become watchable again. I like it.

    I saw a commercial the other day. Jason was shooting at Franco and someone was shooting at Sonny. Anything to curb the guns is appreciated.

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    arielade

    I am not sure how I feel about this either. I am pretty fed up with GH at the moment, so maybe a fresh perspective and fresh characters could really help turn things around?

    At the same time there are already great characters on and off the canvas that don’t get the attention and writing they deserve, so the thought of bringing on new OLTL characters that already have their own back story and no connections to PC makes me very frustrated.

    I guess as others have said, we will have to wait and see.

    And I am sorry, but us soap fans have been hurt, betrayed, tricked, and abused again and again, so the idea that we have to “trust” in their writing now is totally absurd. We are accustomed to expecting the worst because that is always what we get. Maybe this will be different this time, but I am not holding my breath.

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    goyankees

    What ABC should do is just move all the Actors and CHaracters from OLTL to GH and its time slot, and move GH To OLTL’s time slot and….Sorry. May have just shown my distain for Port CHarles there.

    I haven’t read the comments, but I’m SURE some have a “Sonny, Sonny, SONNY!” theme.

    I hope these actors don’t get too attached to their castmates and Los Angeles. Tick Tock, Tick Tock….Katie’s trolling and sniffing about!!!

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    Bourgeois Nerd

    Considering that about 90% of GH is SHIT right now, I fail to see how this would in any way be a negative! Really, there are about ten characters they could (and will, apparently) get rid of with neither pain nor remorse right off the bat. Plenty of room for the Mannings!

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    passionsfan04

    Maybe when John comes back to Port Charles he will realize that he is a vampire named Caleb. Lol Oh wait, that must have been the other side of Port Charles where all the vampires were. :)

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    keanna

    I’m with Katie, J. Bernard, and all the other posters who say this can only help, I love all three ABC soaps. Anything would be better than what’s on right now. Plus, we don’t know how long they’re going to there, and how are they going to be written, so give them a chance. I watched Port Charles, I saw that great chemistry between Michael and Kelly. This and Tristan and Finola coming back plus more fan faves, looks like things are looking up for GH.

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    soapjunkie88

    Anything would be better than what’s on the air right now. Of course!

    BUT I just don’t see this helping the ratings.

    As a normal GH fan – not a soap fan just a GH viewer – I would feel somehow cheated by this.

    GH needs to built itself again … and you can’t even compare GH and OLTL. So I don’t know … I can’t even picture these characters in GH setting. It seems unreal!!!
    GH should return to it’s former self … and not get mixed up with a canceled soap.

    IF GH would be rocking and everything would be right with this show, I would cheer about this news. It would be great for OLTL fans. But this isn’t the case!!!!!
    And because of that I think GH fans will not take that likely and ratings will fall … and GH will get canceled on April 1st.

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    mipeony

    Well maybe Todd could buy out the “newspaper” that ex mayor Floyd is running, and Blair could take over Crimson so we could get rid of fakeKate… that could put Blair and Carly in close proximity since Crimson’s offices are in the hotel, and Carly hates anyone pretty. Heck, I could see Michael, Lulu and Maxie working at the paper. Star and Lulu and Maxie could have some competetion working for either Crimson or the paper and of course with the young guys… oh wait, is there any young guys besides Michael? Spinelli?

    Since they don’t seem to do much with ELQ, having the newspaper (edited to add- and the hospital) being a focal point could lessen the mob scenes.

    Anyway, I guess we’ll see it when it happens, I just hope we don’t lose too many of our GH faves.

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    swangirl

    I apologize if I sounded offensive. For some reason I cannot watch ME’s scenes on OLTL – I just can’t focus on anything other than his nose. (I’m like that IRL too, unfortunately) I’m a GH fan and I wasn’t an OLTL fan. There were good actors on that show and I understand there is def an interest in bringing some over to GH. GH def needs to be saved and probably does need an infusion not only in writing/producing but also with some of the fan favorites from OLTL. Just not sure about these. There has been a lazy tendency in some of the acting styles among GH cast and I hope, despite my personal reservations, that this will infuse new energy amongst the GH cast and everyone will UP their game. I’m just hoping for a save of my favorite DD and would rather have seen TK, FL come over instead of ME, RH and KA. Glad KDP has a job tho – she’s a great actress and I’m looking forward to her pulling Carly’s pretty hair out soon…

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    jthawk

    Here is my thing – the posters that are already calling this an “Epic Failure” we don’t know that! Everyone for the majority praise Ron & Frank for the work that they did on OLTL. Let’s hope that they can do that again on GH because face facts if they don’t do something GH is going away too.

    RH & KDP are huge stars for OLTL and hopefuly they will bring the ratings. We all know Frank can produce a show as the bloggers here at DC say on a dime and give change! Plus let’s not forget that Michael Easton was brought over to OLTL after PC was canceled – not so much of an epic failure there since he’s been a mainstay on the cast since that time.

    My thing with soap fans is we all run around crying out for change and then when we get it we cry out failure before we even know what’s going to happen. Everyone should take a deep breath, GH fans should be thankful that the soap they love is still on the air and has a chance of being saved by some of the stars of OLTL who up until the day they aired their final episode hit their performances out of the park!

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    alstonboy4315

    GH needs to do some spring cleaning and get rid of what’s NOT working……(NuKate, that annoying female cop and new doctor and other disposable characters!)

    I am glad to see that Kassie DePaiva and Roger Howarth are joining, but I am indifferent about Kirsten Alderson joining and Michael Easton hasn’t really given what I would consider a compelling performance since “Port Charles” went off the air!

    I like Kirsten Alderson as an actress, but I’d rather have Florencia Lozano!

    However, I am glad to see no Andrew Trischitta or none of the Ford brothers, who Ron has such an unhealthy affinity toward, crossing over!!

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    soapfan616

    [quote=Ryan-Scott]First hint that this show may become watchable again. I like it.

    I saw a commercial the other day. Jason was shooting at Franco and someone was shooting at Sonny. Anything to curb the guns is appreciated.[/quote]

    How I wish I had read that RC or FV said anything about curbing the needless (and often sexist) violence that has plagued GH. If either has, please direct me to where I can read it and enjoy. But as long as they say Sonny is in the center of a story, how could it involve anything other than violence, unless they are re-winding the clock to 1996 before Sonny became a vengeful and angry man whose love of violence was only outweighed by his ability to impregnate any woman within a 50 mile radius of PC.

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    soapbaby

    @ Per usual, I am in complete agreement with alstonboy (post #60). He said it all. For me, GH has already improved ten times with this news, because the current state of GH is unreasonably awful.

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    Luke

    While I agree GH should be focusing on the characters they do have and I know sole GH fans will hate this, as a fan of both I am so excited. This is gonna be fun, lol

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    alstonboy4315

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    jpp1975

    OK, it’s naive of me, but I’m thrilled. I don’t think they’ll eat the show, the Mannings are my fave part of OLTL, I loved ME and KeMo on PC, and there are easily more than four people that have no real ties to GH history that they can dump from GH to make room for the new arrivals. Plus I trust Carlivati.

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    soapfan616

    [quote=rlshel1015]i think that some of these negative statements are the reason that soaps are dying right now – the lack of trust in the writers and producers. under Valentini and Carlivait, OLTL was one of the most exciting shows to watch and had me tuning in every day. with each favorite that he brought back before the end, it was exciting and he mined the history of the show for it. i think that we should see what the story is first before we start poo-pooing the idea because i think that the two of them have earned our trust in the matter. FV and RC have shown us that they are not just going to bring characters on without a definite plan in action – that was the way that Guza and Wolf did things. with GH losing KM, JJ and now NP there is room to bring others on. i am excited to see what they are going to do and if GH is cancelled, then after watching what FV and RC did with OLTL’s finale i am happy that they will be the ones to end it…[/quote]

    You think any negative statements are the reason soaps are dying? Really? Not because of ludicrous I’m back from the dead to find someone living my life plots? Not because of stupid writing that allows women to swoon over men who endanger them? Not because a soap like GH has been dominated by a serial killer as hero for a decade? Not because Frons decided to hire crap writers? Not because soap fans got camp when we maybe wanted a heart-felt story?

    Any thinking viewer would have questions about this transition, even if they love the idea. And there are many viewers who have not been as enamored and transfixed with OLTL as you perhaps have been. That doesn’t mean we are part of the problem. That just means we enjoy a different kind of soap, one with less camp and more believability.

    Soap fans are allowed differing opinions but I don’t think any of us here are the reason soaps are dying. I appreciated passionate disagreement. I appreciate soap fans’ love of OLTL even if I don’t share that love. But I’d never call people who like it the problem soaps are dying. That statement would be insulting.

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    tealita

    This comes as a bit of a surprise because I never guessed KDP would come aboard, but I guess I could get used to this–just as long as they don’t bring that little bastard Jack on.

    I hope Todd Manning causes no end of torment for the Sonny’s clan, and I’ll bet his interaction with now newspaperman Floyd–the weasel–will be priceless.

    As to Blair and Carly chewing up the scenery together? Let the hair flipping begin!

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    mipeony

    Well that was quick… there’s already a promo of ME coming onto GH. My dad’s having some surgery, so I was only half paying attention to the tv here, but I heard it. This must’ve been planned for a while now.

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    soapbaby

    You are welcome alstonboy!

    Here are the characters on GH that should exit Port Charles:

    NuKate
    Delores Padilla (I think that’s her name. She’s Dante’s partner)
    Ethan
    Lady in White
    Shawn
    Maggie
    Steve
    Olivia
    Luke

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    giogio

    I saw the promo on youtube- When they split the screen with Jason and Todd, Jason was pointing his gun, which made me wonder if Todd is going to piss of Jason. How funny. This is going to be sooooo good.

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    soapfan616

    [quote=giogio]I saw the promo on youtube- When they split the screen with Jason and Todd, Jason was pointing his gun, which made me wonder if Todd is going to piss of Jason. How funny. This is going to be sooooo good.[/quote]

    The fact that GH thinks that a promo showing Jason pointing hiss gun at ANYONE will make viewers tune in is what’s wrong and has been wrong with GH for a decade.

    Here’s hoping RC and FV put a stop to this stupid violent crap. I’ll take their camp over it ANY day.

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    giogio

    Soapfan – Your are right. I think RC and FV know how serious the issue is to please people for ratings and to keep this soap going. Its every writers dream to come in and save the day. At this point, we can hope for a healthy balance

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    cheesehead91182

    This going to be a disaster, ABC several times before and it has NEVER worked out. People who watch GH don’t want to see Todd, Blair, Starr and McBain. GH most likely only has a few months left on air so they should bring back popular GH characters, not characters from a defunct soap. I would also like to add that Valentini and Carlivati are going to destroy GH just like they have done with OLTL, I can barely stomach OLTL at the moment, the only enjoyable moment on that show for me since Tina and Cord left is Viki and Clint finding out Clint is Jessica’s dad. Other than that the show has been a complete disaster. I’m sorry but if OLTL were going to continue with those to idiots running the show, I’m glad its being put out of its misery. With those two running GH the remaining time that show has on air is going to be a disaster.

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    DisillusionedGHfan

    I don’t see why GH and OLTL can’t merge the best of what each has to offer. [since GH offers so little now, there’s a-lot of room!] What we have on GH now is a barren, void, soulless landscape of comic style characters who are not believable or interesting. I don’t fault the actors and I never will [but I am pointing at the writers], so if we build some depth here, why not?

    I’d like to go a step further, see maybe Robin Strasser [Dorian] recast as Helena Cassadine. Who better to tap the soul of Elizabeth Taylors version of Helena. [I’m wearing a cup, go ahead and kick me for saying this if you need to Constance Towers fans, whom I’ve also enjoyed!].

    What GH needs is to rebuild the Quartermaines, get rid of the Sonny-Jason cartoon hour and remember that GH has a soul of it’s own. If rebuilding GH is based solely on bringing on OLTL cast members, then it will go down as epic fail, but if it finds a balance, a heart and a rhythm, who loses?

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    soapfan616

    [quote=soapbaby]You are welcome alstonboy!

    Here are the characters on GH that should exit Port Charles:

    NuKate
    Delores Padilla (I think that’s her name. She’s Dante’s partner)
    Ethan
    Lady in White
    Shawn
    Maggie
    Steve
    Olivia
    Luke[/quote]

    Wow soapbaby…loving your list. But Luke? Yes, he’s been trashed but for GH to go off the air without Luke Spencer on the canvas would be BIG soap opera news. The Spencers deserve resolution. I think they’ll get it. And I hope this time, it’s a good one. Luke’s always been the anti-hero. I could just stomach him a whole lot better when he had Laura to balance out his bad side, and when the canvas wasn’t so full of serial killers that I might be able to enjoy an anti-hero with a few big flaws.

    Now if you ended your list with Sonny, I’d be shouting AMEN to the soap goddesses. If there has ever been a soap character who decreases the IQ of every other soap character on the canvas, I’d really like to know who it is.

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    soapbaby

    @ soapfan – I really think Luke is unsalvageable. He drunkenly ran over his grandson like a speed bump and showed little remorse, has only behaved more horribly. Had Luke been carted off the prison for vehicular homicide instead being written as abandoning his family and sleeping with prostitutes. Luke has trashed his life and the history of love with Laura and their family. He’s beyond repair and there’s no amount of whitewashing to fix him.

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    SwanQueen59

    Soapfan616-Here, here to the bully (aka Sonny) being ushered out of PC and off the canvas. As for Luke, I think it’s too late. I think a lot would have to be done story wise to do it and does AG want to “revert” to what Luke was pre-Guza/Wolf?…0:

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    giogio

    Appleridge – Yea, I guess I should have made myself clear. I said it made me wonder – which to say I wonder if Jason pointing the gun at Todd is implying that that is the direction they are taking the characters. I think they said they are not starting till the end of this month. Cant Wait!!!

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    GHvetfan

    soapfan616 – I totally agree. Thank you!!

    I have mixed feelings about this move. On the one hand, there are a whole bunch of characters and actors on GH that I would love to never see again. I don’t have any understanding of why they have this lady in white wandering around spoon island especially when there are zero residents of the Cassadine variety. It makes no sense. There are entirely too many Sonny stories. If John McPain is coming along to send Sonny to prison, I will do a happy dance. If McPain somes along to give Sam more airtime, I may shoot the TV. She is overused as it is. GH needs more hospital and more Quartermaines. It needs less crime and mobmolls. I just don’t want Todd to take over where Sonny and Jason have left off. There has to be room for the good parts of GH. We need LIz and Patrick. We need Robin to not die. I love that Robert and Anna are coming back but hate that they may be coming to usher out Robin. Hate that!!! I like Star and Blair. I guess Sam and Jack could be in Port Charles but always offscreen. That would be a shame with Sam Manning since he is an awesome character portrayed by a heck of a little actor. His parents probably wouldn’t want to move to Cali thoough. Shame!!! Please no Jack Manning unless they recast. Would Star be paired with Michael? They both have pretty strange sets of parents and both have had wierd childhoods. They could bond but Michael needs to grow up and stop whining before I would believe him in any relationship. Like I said, mixed feelings. I will wait and see.

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    marybee50

    Just watches OLTL and saw the new promo.Why do I feel like I’m being used by ABC again.I want to give GH another chance and will probably,but I hate ABC for using my pain of losing OLTL for their purpose.

    I have to trust Frank V and hope he does right by everyone as best he can.Maybe with Frons gone he will.Ron C is not perfect,some of his stories weren’t the best.But I trust him more than most.Give it a chance for really what option do we have?

    P.S. todays OLTL was great.Stories wrapping up.The dialogue was true and the actors delievered.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    Im with Giogio, alston, J bernard and the others that this is potentially a good thing. To all those saying this makes no sense – given that jack has legal problems they could EASILY write that he is in military school. Sam could be off camera until they find a child actor in Cali for the role. (I agree with vet, I cant see a parent moving their entire family (and all that entails ie: quitting jobs) for a role that might be short term. For all we know Melissa Archer is coming with john and that deal just hasnt been announced yet (I could see her mixing it up with johnny or patrick or ewan for starters).

    As for what this means for GH’s history – lets face it, every version of GH features sonny, so the question is do you want Sonny fighting the mob king du jour in the same old “this is my territory” story and sharing scenes with fake Kate OR do you want to see him mixing it up with blair and todd over their children spending time together? Do you want to see Carly draped over newbie Sean or do you want to see her toe to toe with actors like KDP and RH who can actually hold their own in scenes with her. I vote for the later.

    I see the promo and I see new OLTL characters being interspersed with GH characters to provide them story. And with Robert and Anna and potentially laura returning (and maybe even Ted King as Lorenzo) I feel good about the show not ignoring their roots. Lets give this a chance before we declare it a failure.

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    Ryan-Scott

    Amen soapbaby!

    GH went to the point of no return when Guza had Luke run down his grandson while drunk and it was the equivalent of hitting a parked car. No arrest. No jail time. With Anthony Geary’s extended vacations I don’t see why they didn’t use one to send him to jail.

    So insulting. Such CRAP. Still makes me angry.

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    Abfab7

    I’m sorry but this is just insulting to me as a OLTL fan. I watched AW and followed vicky, jake, cass, and lila to ATWT and it was a disaster. These crossovers just poor salt on a open wound. This is not gonna save GH it’s toast and has been since it became the sonny show.

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    ABCJunky73

    I haven’t watched GH since they killed off Alan Quartermaine, and I’m not into the mob crap that is on GH. But if bringing 4 of my favorite characters from OLTL over to GH under Frank and Ron’s reign I just might start watching GH again. Just the thought of Blair Vs Carly gets me all excited!! And maybe John can turn the Port Chuck Keystone Cops into an actual police station. I do agree with some posters about not bringing certain characters like Natalie, Jack and Sam into the fold if these 4 are coming. I think it’s weird. But who knows this might work for GH. Long live One Life To Live thou!! Viva OLTL!!!

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    CHRISTOPHER

    POOOOOOR GH! Kristen Anderson who plays Starr is the worst actress on TV!
    Why bring Starr to GH!!!! Kassie DePavia is okay, I can’t stand her voice!

    I prefer Todd Mannin & Dorian Lord! WHERE IS DORIAN? She would be perfect to be apart of General Hospital, not Blair & Starr!

    General Hospital will be cancelled because of poor writing and poor acting from Starr & Blair!

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    kerfuffles

    I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS NEWS!

    Todd & Blair are my favorite soap couple EVER so for them to get a chance to continue on GH is fantastic.

    I also think this is a very good thing for storytelling in GH. I feel like the relationships and stories have gone stale. Adding some fresh alpha-male & female blood to the show could invigorate the whole program. A character like Starr could make Lulu interesting again; a character like Todd could make Sonny & Jason interesting again; and a character like Blair could make Carly interesting again.

    And frankly if there IS any hope of GH surviving this next year, this adds to that hope. Win/Win all around for me.

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    GHFan76

    I am excited about this, but I just don’t want FV/RC turning GH into OLTL. GH is and always has been it’s own thing and bears its own legacy. In many ways I feel GH at its worst is better than OLTL at it’s best, the acting, the production, not as much camp – I know an unpopular opinion. I have confidence Frank and Ron will do well for the show. I just don’t want GH becoming GH: The Musical or anything like that, although it could definitely become lighter! lol…As much as I ff through GH right now I don’t want to see GH turn into somethings it’s not or never has been. Obviously it needs tons of work. And although I still feel that cancellation looms, I’m optimistic the new guys will do well. I guess it can only go up.

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    NY2477

    As a former GL and ATWT viewer, I started watching OLTL because of Kim Zimmer, Terri Conn and others being on the show. They obviously were playing other characters but they made me sample the show which I ended up loving.
    Just the other day I was wondering if I would pick up Days or GH and was leaning towards Days based on how everyone was praising the show. Now that has all changed! I was able to respect the history of OLTL even though it was other characters that got me to watch. A good story, well acted and produced, will draw you in…you just need the reason that gets you to watch.
    I may not have had the history with OLTL but enjoyed all of the emotional beats that were played out. GH viewers will still have their show with a few new faces and probably some additional viewers.

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    Katiebug9624

    The thing is, OLTL has higher ratings than GH no matter which you think is the better soap. This is a chance to raise GH’s ratings and that’s what the show needs.

    GH used to be very close to OLTL in terms of style but in the past oh 10 years it has became much darker.

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    GHfan-4now

    I’m with EET, alston and others. And aside from the fact that I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE RH and KDP and Todd and Blair, I’m in the wait and see mode. I am curious about John, though, LOL. And frankly, GH could benefit from getting rid of folks like Lady in White, Delores, Maggie, etc! And sorry, that new doctor can go too. He’s nice to look at, but the last thing Liz needs is another damn man right now, and I say this as a Liz-FANATIC!

    Ethan’s already leaving. Poor JJ couldn’t take the shit he was fed anymore, and KMc is going as well. GH needs all the help it can get at this point. It may work, it may not, but OLTL fans are going to check out GH with this news. I know I’m going to be checking it out on a daily basis again, and this is coming from someone who was done with ABC soaps once OLTL was canned. GH used to be my favorite. I’ve watched since I was a kid, for over 20 years, but it sucks so bad right now, I can’t even stomach it on a daily basis. IMHO, it can’t get much worse than it is now with that Garin at the helm, and folks told me he was a savior. Let’s see, Sam may or may not have been raped. Franco or Jason may be Sam’s baby daddy. A mute in white that Ethan is stalking. Robin may or may not die. Liz checking herself into the nut house. Lucky leaving his kids behind. Sonny being Sonny. Michael wants to join the mob. A Crazy-Lisa wannabe chasing after Steve. Lulu is too damn lazy to get a job. I could go on and on.

    One thing is for certain, Ron is going to keep doing what I know he does best of all: Pissing people off.

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    Cyberologist

    When did OLTL rating improve? Wasn’t it after the cancellation was announced? They were a bottom of the barrel soap for quite a long time. I’m disappointed but I’m hoping I don’t get ‘GH characters neglected while these OLTL characters eat the show.

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    blake3b

    I’m glad that Blair, Todd and Starr are going to GH. John should go but I think Natalie should also, there should be a Natalie/John/Sam triangle there. And I think Tea should go on there also. Are they going to forget about Victor’s murder????
    I wish Sam was going on GH also, he is so cute and so funny. Seems he has his own fan club online lol.
    But I don’t want Jack to go on there, it seems the-powers-that-be agree. He’s cute but he’s not a good actor. He desperately needs acting lessons. His acting is the same whether Jack is sad, a little upset or really pissed. Not trying to pick on him.
    But good for these actors that get to keep working and playing the same characters again.

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    Y2Jin99

    From the looks of the few comments I read, GH Fans not happy and OLTL fans happy. Those who watch both shows mixed emotions. I am kinda happy but I am 2 years behind on GH and 2 months behind OLTL so I will be watching this in 2015 long after GH is off the air. lol

    ABC didn’t give much hope that GH wouldn’t be canceled soon anyway so
    what does it matter?

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    Y2Jin99

    Whoever wrote GH will be canceled because of the bad acting of Starr and Blair has no clue. GH has been rumored to be canceled forever. When it finally does I can’t wait to hear everyone blame it on the 4 OLTL characters coming over. Give me a break. Starr is not a terrible actress. She has grown up on OLTL and Blair has been acting in soaps for 25 years give or take. Get a clue. These 2 are improvements over a number of GH actresses I bet.
    Besides with Lucky, Robin and whoever else leaving they have room.

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    Y2Jin99

    Whoever wrote GH will be canceled because of the bad acting of Starr and Blair has no clue. GH has been rumored to be canceled forever. When it finally does I can’t wait to hear everyone blame it on the 4 OLTL characters coming over. Give me a break. Starr is not a terrible actress. She has grown up on OLTL and Blair has been acting in soaps for 25 years give or take. Get a clue. These 2 are improvements over a number of GH actresses I bet.
    Besides with Lucky, Robin and whoever else leaving they have room.

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    Cyberologist

    Well the premise will be the same basically Sonnyville,

    “We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it! I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John, Starr, Blair and Todd,” says Valentini in a statement.

    “Incorporating characters from One Life to Live continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into General Hospital.”

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    Soap_Stud

    I loved the Quartermaines, but Guza really did ruin the family. There just aren’t enough of them left. Every time they try and rebuild, it never works. It’s a bummer that Guza did that. I really think The Mannings and McBain will fit in well. Maybe Todd is a family friend of the Q’s? Who knows.

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    pumpkin

    I will give it a chance. I watch spadically now but it is clearly unwatchable. I will watch when the new material starts. It was rumored the Spencers going anyway by spring. I thought it was time for Luke to go if you know what I mean. These are good characters. Easy to film and most popular. This producing team know what they are doing.

    I am still scared when they mention Sonny and being in the center together. I know they probably cannot completely dump him. There is a segment (my guess near million) who are watching him. I see comments and I think are we watching the same scenes. Words like cuteness, etc are used. So I guess everyone has priorities.

    I like good acting and good story.
    I never liked Anna/Robert. Was always glad they zoomed in and out. I did not watch when they were on regularly. I also hope if LW stays as Carly they reign her in. She is so annoying and cartoonish. I never saw any Carly so I clearly do not care about this character. So ill defined.

    I will try this out. This is going to be tough to get ratings to save the show. The competition in my locale is Dr Oz/Rachael Rae. Both are strong competition. It will be hard to get viewers back the show got so bad. The characters were lame. It is a little more than the writing.

    I will still tune back in when new regime starts.

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    Katiebug9624

    Actually I believe OLTL’s ratings were already above GH before the cancellation notice, which is why so many people were confused, they were the highest rated and under budget. Their ratings only went up higher after the cancellation.

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    Angie Lucy

    IA that writing Jack in military school would be a simple and realistic fix, considering all that he’s done. Clearly, that boy needs some discipline, and he’ll never listen to his bio-dad, so buh-bye! I love little Sam, but if they can’t get that actor, then they could hire a replacement to be shown occasionally. Sam could be in school with Cam (probably a grade behind). I could see Blair and Elizabeth bonding over the kids. It would be nice for Elizabeth to have a take-no-prisoners friend, especially with everybody else dumping on her.

    What would Starr do? Would they resurrect L&B yet again and sign her? Oh wait, I see Nurses’ Ball in her and Blair’s future! (Come on, they’ve got to invent some reason for KDP to sing.) Todd can underwrite it as an opportunity to showcase his girls (and actually, he had a young friend looonnng ago who was HIV-positive, so I can see him actually caring about the cause). The ball would be an organic way to integrate the new characters with the GHers.

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    giogio

    Im down off my cloud. Does anyone know the logistics of this? I mean, dosent PP still own some rights of OLTL? They must be involved somehow. If the OLTL characters are going to GH shouldnt PP have something to say about it? And if they do, then maybe its true they are still trying to find a way of putting these soaps on line. Love – Peace!!!

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    AdamDrake

    [quote=jthawk]I have come to understand that soap fans aren’t happy about ANYTHING![/quote]

    Boy, isn’t that the truth! People love to jump to conclusions, too. Just because Jack and Sam and Hope weren’t mentioned doesn’t mean they’re ALL staying back in Llanview. As has been mentioned by others, there are ways to write Jack out logically, and the kids who play Sam and Hope aren’t contract players, so they wouldn’t be mentioned, necessarily.

    Although I shouldn’t be, I still get surprised when I see the automatic kneejerk reaction to find the worst possible spin on any news, even when it’s good. No wonder TPTB never listen to fans, considering how irrational some of us can be!

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    snags

    Interesting news. I don’t watch OLTL regularly or the ABC soaps in general. AMC was the show that clicked with me but I stopped watching regularly after Maria “died” off of that plane years ago. But Blair and Todd are both big characters on their show and if it brings viewers to GH than it’s good sense for the soap world if one show can stay on longer right?

    Is there word on how long their stay will even be? It could be to help transition OLTL fans over to GH or it could be long term. At this point it’s not known. I saw the AW characters of Jake, Vicky, and Cass go over to ATWT. I was sad to see Vicky perish so soon after she came on to the show and Jake was killed off not too long after. I can’t recall but was Chris Goutman immediately the EP of ATWT after AW ended? If not, maybe that’s why those characters’ transitions were so bumpy. But then again I forgot who I’m talking about based on his track record…

    I choose to have faith in Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati. They worked wonders over at OLTL, kept the show under budget and brought viewers to the show even when it was cancelled. If they can work magic over at GH, then more power to them. And if they can shift focus off of Sonny, well hallelujah! I have NEVER cared for Sonny, Sam, or the mob. I watched the show in the early 90s casually so I love Robin, Anna, Robert, Duke, Frisco, Tony, and Bobbi. So GH being so mob heavy has never been my cup of tea. Nevertheless, I do wish the best for the soap. Be positive and support the genre. We can’t and don’t want to deal with any more bad news!

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    robertscorpio

    I totally agree. The majority of comments on here seem to be negative. How on one end do you want your soaps to be saved but on the other hand complain about basically things that are being done to try to keep them alive. This writer and producer have done wonders with OLTL, so lets show them some support with GH, hell, at least give them a chance.

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    sassysdreams

    I’m posting the same comments here that I said on the other thread.

    I’m confused by the entire thing! If GH is really cancelled as of July why would they be bringing on OLTL characters now? I’m pretty sure most of these actors live in NY. Why make them move to CA for just a few months? And if there are only a few months left why not bring back GH favorites instead of new characters at least as far as GH is concerned?

    I also don’t understand why Blair and Todd would move to another city with their adult daughter Star and leave behind their minor children Jack and Sam and Star’s minor child Hope. The same with John. With him just reuniting with Natalie on OLTL why would he leave her and Liam behind? It seems like the OLTL producer and head writer who are now GH’s producer and head writer are going to be writing the best storylines for their pet OLTL characters and not the GH characters we know and love.

    Maybe I’m wrong and I really hope that I am but some of us have been waiting years for our favorite GH stars to get screen time and decent storylines and now there will be four more stars taking up that space. What about Alexis, Diane, Mac, Monica, Tracy, Luke, Edward, Spinelli and Epiphany just to name a few?

    And no one seems to be mentioning the obvious. Getting rid of TC/Nikolas and IR/Jax was supposedly due to the huge budget cut. If four OLTL ‘stars’ are coming to GH that means that four GH actors and probaby more than four will have to be let go to pay for them. I’m not sure if loosing Jonathan and Kimberly will be enough to pay for all four or if more of our favorite GH actors will be let go as well. I have a feeling that some of our favorites will not be around to the end and that makes me very sad!

    I’m trying to stay hopeful that this change will bring new viewers and exciting storylines for everyone on the canvas and maybe even save GH but with ABC/Disney constantly lying to us and all the times slots having been filled by other shows, it’s hard not to wonder what the heck is going on!!!

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    soapfan14

    Im actually cool with this I think its going to be great. And for the person/people who say RC has no history with the show go back and listen to the interview he did with DC. its episode 490 something. He grew up watching GH and I believe still does so he does know the history he just never worked for them before. GH is basically a dead show walking and if this helps it survive im all for it.

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    JasamForever

    I totally agree with you Sassy. As a sole GH viewer, I have no desire to watch GH turn into OLTL or see a saturation of OLTL characters. If I wanted to watch these actors, I would have watched OLTL. With GH’s soon to be demise, why not focus on bringing back core characters to GH. This is what Days of Our Lives has done, and I read everyone pretty much singing the show’s praises for this. Bringing back wanted vets is usually a way to always bring in the ratings. Bringing back Anna and Robert is a start. I want to see Ric, Lucy Coe, Louis, Ned, Felicia, and others. GH had two core characters in Jax and Nikolas, but decided to fire the actors that portrayed them. I just don’t understand some of these decisions. So you can write for these OLTL actors, but not for these two characters?

    I was personally excited about FV/RC tenure at GH, but now not so much. And after my short retirement, I did go back to watching the show as a regular viewer.

    This has the potential of being a smart move and bringing OLTL viewers to GH, or it could be a very bad move and sole GH viewers like myself end up turning away. I guess we shall see.

    And no, I dont necessarily think soap fans are never satisfied, I just know what I was looking forward to with GH.

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    AdamDrake

    [quote=sassysdreams]If GH is really cancelled as of July why would they be bringing on OLTL characters now?

    I also don’t understand why Blair and Todd would move to another city with their adult daughter Star and leave behind their minor children Jack and Sam and Star’s minor child Hope.

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    I wonder if the actors moving to GH had lucrative contracts, and ABC just decided to use them rather than pay them to not work. From what I understand, that’s what P&G did when they moved some Another World characters to ATWT after it was cancelled. (Follow the money…)

    As I mentioned earlier, just because Jack and Sam and Hope aren’t mentioned in the story doesn’t mean the characters aren’t going (or, in Jack’s case, being explained away). The kids who play Sam and Hope aren’t contract players, so they wouldn’t be mentioned in a story about STARS moving from one soap to another. They may recast the kids, anyway.

    We don’t have much info from this story, but that doesn’t mean we should start speculating on what they have planned. We won’t know until we know.

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    sassysdreams

    JasamForever, EET – I am trying to stay positive and hopeful. It would be much easier to do if we didn’t all know that ABC and Disney are pathological liars but I am trying!!

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    EricasEvilTwin

    Well thats the thing – if it turns out that gh ratings go way up and they STILL cancel GH then I will be PO’ed but maybe this is naive I want to see it play out first. Until then Im hopeful. I guess its the romantic in me.

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    soapfan616

    [quote=Cyberologist]Well the premise will be the same basically Sonnyville,

    “We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it! I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John, Starr, Blair and Todd,” says Valentini in a statement.

    “Incorporating characters from One Life to Live continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into General Hospital.”[/quote]

    Yes, I think a lot of people, in their excitement, are missing your very critical point. No matter how many more families you bring over from cancelled shows, if Sonny is still the center, GH is crap. I don’t care if you bring back every GH fav and every fav from all the best soaps. If they interact with Sonny, it’s stupidity. Real people don’t interact with mobsters who get them killed. REal women don’t sleep with mobsters who get them killed. It’s just all so stupid. I wished I the statement had at the very least read, that Sonny will be an isolated villain. As the center of anything, GH sucks.

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    soapfan616

    [quote=GHfan-4now]I heard that PP has given permission for the OLTL characters to be used. I think I got that from we love soaps.

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    I read that on twitter as well.[/quote]

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    Because they most likely have a back room deal to get GH when its cancelled and they are hoping that this merged “sonny’s life to live” will be a product they can sell. But we know how well PP sells products.

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    edenpark

    In fact I realize that what bothered me the most when I read the news was the part about Sonny being front and center of the storyline with the OLTL characters. I am so done with Sonny that giving him even more place is making me sick.

    Then I started to think about my two favorite characters, Alexis for the women and Johnny for the men. If it means that they don’t get FINALLY the screentime and storylines they so deserved and it is because of the Mannings/Mc Pain, I won’t be happy for sure. So I need to see what will happen to my favorites and that they won’ be sacrificed to the OLTL characters.

    Finally none of the four are my favorite characters of OLTL so I must be honest and say that I would probably have reacted slightly differently if I have read that Florencia Lozano, Trevor Saint John, Erika Slezak and J Van Dorn were on their way as, as much as I have tried I cannot find the previous Todd and Blair magic… But we have avoided the worst by not having Rex and Gigi as well as any of the Fords so I guess I should be grateful?

    I have loved the past 18 months of OLTL and thought that the writing really rocked. So I am ready to give FV and RC a chance. However if GH keeps being so unbalanced with Sonny, Jason and Dante being on screen 4 to 5 days a week, if women keep being as stupid and pathetic as Lulu, Nu-NotKate and Olivia and if Alexis and Johnny do not get the storylines and love interest they so deserved, I have reached a point where I ahave prepared myself already to a life without GH (after more than 30 years of “marriage LOL) so it will just speed up the “divorce”…

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    dancingelf88

    Personally I’m excited for this news. If it turns out to be crap I will be the first one to admit that this was a bad idea but until then I choose to remain optimistic about this decision.

    Like so many poster have said it’s easy to write why some aren’t joining the Mannings/McBain: Jack could be sent to military school, Sam could be mentioned but not yet on screen and same for Hope OR since they are sending Cole off Hope can go with him temporarily to get to know her dad again. Hell McBain and Natalie could break up again (I hope since I don’t like her)and he could bring Liam with him.

    As for a Sonny-centered storyline, it could very well be about Sonny finally getting his comeuppance or being brought back to a nuanced character instead of the joke mobster he is now.

    The point is WE DON’T KNOW YET so why get yourself all worked up about how bad it’s going to be before you know?

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    marybee50

    If I remember correctly,Port Charles is in NY or at least the east coast.So it would not be a stretch to think John was temp assigned to there as was Dante and the new cop.Natalie and Liam could be talked about off screen.As for Starr,she’s in the music business.Cue Ned and please forgive me I forgot Scott Clifton’s charater name[shame on me blame old age]but he too was in the music business.What a way to bring back Quartermaines and maybe if ELQ goes into the music business that would rescue Tracey from Anthony.

    I’m trying to stay positive.But I do not trust ABC at all.Frank & Ron yes,ABC hell no.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    Eden I am STILL hoping we get the Sams father storyline – and as everyone whos read my posts for the last bazillion years knows, I have been begging/advocating/wishing/dreaming that TPTB will see the potential for having Robert turn out to be Sams father and Alexis’s first love. Im hoping they can talk kim in to staying, maybe even as recurring, but can you imagine what robert would do if his one daughter is dying and then he finds out he has another? would he feel guilty trying to bond to sam or would he cling to her. How would he feel about alexis and how would anna react – shes potentially losing her biggest connection to robert (if she believes robin could die) at exactly the moment alexis is giving robert a new daughter. Anna has always been more comfortable with the anti-heros than robert, might alexis and robert bond over their distaste for their daughter being married to a mob enforcer and what might they do with that. Sam and robin have always had a connection but they dont really hang out that much – would she be drawn to finding out more about her new found half sister. Sam is much more like anna (and monica too for that matter) than she is like Alexis – would anna be trying to bond with Sam and how would alexis feel about that.

    To you have sonny potentially being targeted by both todd, john mcbain and lorenzo – I have to assume hes going to need his attorney for some of that. I could also see alexis going toe to toe with a resurrected lorenzo.

    The one thing I have to say about RCs stories is that he was pretty successful in weaving characters in to multiple stories and balancing the airtime. I have to believe if he had that skill when writing OLTL he will still have that skill when crafting GH. Im just going to wait and see. I hope Alexis does have story coming.

    Again, I really think this comes down to needing a HUGE bump plus the revolution failing. its a long shot, but again, I see this as an effort to get some results fast and the fact that hes coupling the infusion of oltl characters with the return of anna, robert and holly and a front burner story for who I consider to be the heart of the show (robin) Im hoping it works.

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    AdamDrake

    I hope it’s Erika Slezak and Jerry ver Dorn, but I doubt it. GH isn’t very good to the vets. I finally gave up on the show when they decimated the Quarterbraines (my favorite part of GH).

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    harlee490

    I love reading the different opinions about GH. I’m not viewer but this is better then the soap itself! I read Frank is going to continue the mob, which from the posts most fans are simply tired of mob mentality of GH. I will admit it got my attention because I love Blair & Todd. I also read a rumor that how AMC reversed of stories of long time favorites back on canvas before it ended that GH might be doing something similar in story. If the rumor is true and PP has given permission to use characters from other shows…well that could mean AMC characters popping up in Pork Chuck…can we say Dr Dastardly David…hmmm. That could be quite intriguing if they would go there. This could be a way to resurrect beloved characters of Alan, Emily, AJ. Think about this that David comes to work for GH and clashes with Monica immediately, Edward with his billions had hired David after hearing about his project years ago…Edward is David’s benefactor for the research. Edward has kept the secret about Alan, Emily, AJ until he knows it was successful. GH fans would at least be happy that the “Q’a” are back. The board of the hospital could have a meeting to bring David on and some of the good citizens of Pine Valley show up Adam,Brooke, Dixie, Tad, Kendall, Greenlee, to give David praise. Their is just one wrinkle and one person that doesn’t sing the praise of David…swoop in Erica Kane. Why not have Erica know Tracy? It could be done if Ron is going to resurrect past characters and what better way to do this is through David. David could be a possible love interest for Alexis.

    The Mannings, maybe Jack is sent to detention center for his crimes, to be reunited later, but they have to bring SAM…that’s the only mother Sam knows is Blair, can’t see how they can’t bring Sam. As far 2 other characters coming on maybe Tea & Victor and continue that story the truth on the shooting, and OLTL fans would have the angst between the Lord brothers. I understand some true GH fans that don’t want to see General Life to Live, they want the true General Hospital cast shored up and defined again. Its a tough situation and just not sure if it will work. If ABC truly wants to save GH, have mix of the best of best families then weave in AMC characters into canvas along with OLTL. Maybe ABC is keeping their options open if Revolution or The Chew continues to dive in ratings, they cancel either show could extend the life of GH. Maybe ABC should put The Chew on at 1230PM and from 130-300 extend GH to 90 minute format and bring characters from Llanview & Pine Valley, soap fans would be happy going into Katie’s show at 3Pm which could help in ratings and soap fans could be happy. With 2 of my GL girls in KDP & LW both clashing on canvas and both are amazing actors could be fun, I will admit. If I get home and flip on TV and LW is on my TV I have to watch her, but that is my extent on viewing of GH.

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    edenpark

    Where are they finding the money for 2 more “huge stars” (my bet Natalie and Tomas… or Natalie and Tea) + Emma Samms + Robert and Anna ? It is not as if they are adding the OLTL budget to GH as the OLTL budget is now dedicated to making a cheap Revolution…

    So TC and IR have been let go for budget reasons and now they are spending even more? I love OLTL but if the price is more GH actors to go, I won’t like it at all. If they keep everyone and you add some talented actors (bring back Ric Hearst) and RC can bring balance, I will be all for it but I have a bad feeling about this…

    PS: My dear EET, in fact I want Alexis back with Ric. Or with Lorenzo. And I want a story focused on her. Sam’s daddy will be centered… on Sam of course! I have no love or hate for Sam/KeMo, I don’t care in fact so my dream of a storyline for Alexis is not a “Who is Sam’s daddy?” to be completely honest… And I want Alexis to embrace her Cassadine’s legacy and explore her being always drawn to the dark side. So that’s why I don’t see her with Robert and that’s why it is not working with sweet sexy Mac: because Alexis is not attracted and is not working very well with good guys… But Alexis/Lorenzo? This could be hot even if I would prefer Lorenzo back with Skye (and I have trouble seeing Lorenzo having something for the woman who killed Luis…).

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    sandals

    I am amazed at the negativity and outright hostility that some posters are showing. We know next to NOTHING about what is in store for GH or the OLTL characters coming over.

    OLTL fans- Everyone, and I mean absolutely everyone, has their favorite characters and characters they hate. There is NO WAY to please every OLTL fan. Some are going to be thrilled beyond belief that their favorites are going over and start watching GH if you didn’t already. Some are going to hate the mere mention of Todd or Blair or Starr or John or ALL of them. Some are going to like some and not others. And some are going to be indifferent, because they like them OK, but they really wish others could come. We are lucky to get any of them over there and I’m just glad they chose well established vets instead of newbies like the Fords or Aubrey.

    GH fans- for those of you that are already calling this an “epic failure” are you really going to stop watching your show because some new characters are coming over? If the writing improves and the show becomes more watchable would you really stop watching because FV & RC brought over some actors from a show that IS GOING OFF THE AIR?? I can understand you stop watching if the show gets even crappier than it already is, but gesh! give it a chance before you start saying how this is the worst thing ever and wishing for Bob Looser back.

    Since I highly doubt many GH fans will drop the show because of the OLTL people coming over, it can only mean that some OLTL fans (maybe quite a bit!) that don’t watch GH at all will now start watching and raise the ratings. Will that save the show? Who knows, but it sure can’t hurt it. I truly understand your resentment of the influx of new characters, but maybe show a little compassion knowing that OLTL- GH’s SISTER soap- is going off the air and their fans have NOTHING left.

    Also, just because they haven’t announced that MA is coming or they didn’t mention Hope, Jack or Sam, doesn’t mean they aren’t coming. They may have had to firm up things with MA. As for Jack and Sam, they may recast them, so they will show up in PC, but with new faces (which in the case of Jack, would be a very good thing.)

    I can honestly say, after giving up GH 12 years ago, I didn’t think anything would ever get me to watch the show again, but this announcement did it. I will grit my teeth and sit through Sonny, Jason and Carly, I will get to know all of the new faces that have joined since I left,I will soak up T&B for as long as they will let me, I’ll continue to watch Starr evolve into an adult and I’ll hope like hell that we get an announcement that will bring back Jolie.

    If the shoe were on the other foot and it was GH that was cancelled and they announced they were bringing over Sonny, Carly and Jason, even though I hate those characters, I would still try to keep an open mind and see how the storyline unfolded and my heart would ache for the GH fans that were losing their show. All too soon, GH fans may know that heartache, but maybe with new writers and an infusion of characters that can draw a new audience, GH might get a reprieve.

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    Finch27

    I’m sorry, but I find this good news. For one, I’m just glad Roger Howarth will be there. Other than that, he’s the only reason why I’ll start watching GH again. Plus, this should boost the ratings and keep GH from being cancelled so have a little faith, people. You never know, you could grow to love these characters and the actors/actresses portraying them. ;)

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    ROOSTERTLC

    I am ecstatic !!! I have been a Faithful Fan since the beginning !!! In high school I would go to my girlfriend’s house and she would only ‘make out’ with me during commercails and then after OLTL was over. Then we had to get back to school. Thank goodness she only lived a couple of blocks away. Tommy Lee Jones was on the show back then. Todd Manning is my favorite charactor since Asa passed away. What a great twist of all twists when Todd came back. I of coarse knew he would one day and I was right !!! I am always right when it comes to this Best Soap Opera !!!!! I most definitely still want to see what Allison Perkins does with Victor Jr.!!! This show had the best actors and the best writers and directors !!!!! I hope they will be on General Hospital for a long long time !!!!! ABC are idiotas to take this show off the air !!!!! I do not watch The Stew (I mean The Chew) or Espeacially whatever that new show’s name is !!!!! I purpously chang the channel at Noon !!!!! Until GH comes on !!!!!
    I can’t wait top see them again !!!!! My dad and I watched this show together for 12 years after his retirement. He got a big kick out of Asa and the Buchanans. Also on All My Children I loved Claudette Montgomery !!!!! What a Fox !!!!! I remeber when she snorted cocaine she found in a shipment of Ericas soap or something like that. She made a specticle of herself at the Goal Post. Well I am glad these actors are coming on GH so they can spice it up with some better acting !!!!!

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