Prospect Park on OLTL/GH Drama: "We Continue to Be Willing to Equally Share The Characters With General Hospital"



 




Remember the bible story about two women who both claimed a baby for their own? King Solomon, in his infinite wisdom, decreed the child be cut in half. Before this barbaric fate could befall the baby, the true mother cried out that the other could have the kid. You see, the real parent would have rather lost her beloved child, than see it sliced down the middle. The question is, who is the real parent of One Life to Live's John McBain (Michael Easton), Todd (Roger Howarth) and Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson)?


 Prospect Park has released the following statement regarding the three OLTL characters which crossed over to General Hospital following OLTL's cancellation by ABC:

 

Prospect Park released the following statement regarding its licensing agreement with "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." In 2011, when Prospect Park decided to put everything on the line to reboot these shows, 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). See statement below:

"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."

Earlier today, a GH spokesperson stated the following to Soap Opera Digest:  

"GENERAL HOSPITAL is excited about Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth staying on the show and we are exploring ways to allow that to happen."

Digest went on to report that they were hearing ABC would cast Easton, Alderson and Howarth in new roles; while Prospect Park planned to recast the roles of McBain and the Mannings.  I think Ms. Aretha Franklin would wanna know the answer to this question?


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They need to just share them and move on. Maybe they could do OLTL for 6 months out the year, then be on GH for a year and a half then switch or something.

Easton as Caleb is fine, but bringing on the Mannings as other characters somehow is RIDICULOUS!

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PP tried to play hardball with ABC and just got owned. They didn't want to share the characters thinking the actors would have to move. ABC offering the actors new roles threw a wrench in PP's game and now they are willing to share.

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LOL Sounds like PP just got served! These characters in particular are useless without the actors. They’re not like Joey & Kevin who have been recast a thousand times! If PP won’t play nice I see no reason with GH or these actors need to take things lying down. BRING IT!!!!

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this is so ridiculous. i bet it's gonna end up in court or something!

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You all talk about the actors "moving" as if living in NYC is terrible. They did it for years!! They wouldn't even have to move permanently. Actors liek to act and go where the jobs are.....sometimes actors shoot a film and live on location for several months while shooting....sometimes actors are on Broadway and leave their homes in LA to be on the great white way. Soaps actors don't work 5 days a week. It would be very easy for these actors to be on the east coast a couple days out of the week. Nobody seemed to complain when Robin Christopher, Kassie Depaiva or Florencia were working on GH and they are all based on the east coast. They went where they needed to go for work. Did anyone complain about poor Anders Hove being pulled from Amsterdam to work on GH? NO. Stop making it sound like these people are being yanked from their lives to do volunteer work in some third world country.

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I sure hope they do work it out. Sharing these roles will only help OLTL succeed as recasting these three could prove very hard to take

As I said in another thread:

OMG IMO it makes most sense for ABC & PP to allow these actors to play these characters on both shows To share them. However the fault here lies with ABC. Im sorry yes PP failed the first time but they still had the lease til Feb 28th 2013 to get the shows up & going & they did. They are in their legal right to take those roles back. ABC knew that. GH knew that and the actors knew that, now we are saying they are victims please.

Both sides take ur egos down 100 notches & do whats right for all involved. Work it out.

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How can PP say with a straight face that they lent the characters to GH until they could reboot OLTL, and that GH knew it was temporary? Like we don't remember that Frank and Ron were both attached to OLTL and no one had any intention of moving characters UNTIL PP said they couldn't move forward with OLTL and AMC. I highly doubt anyone really believed that PP would finally step up to the plate and reboot these shows, but they're trying to paint GH as the bad guys for not being willing to share. Please.

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Doesnt matter what they thought. Legally they had a contract that allowed them thru Feb 2013 to start these shows & if they did they could take the roles back. ABC knew this, so did GH and the actors. No blindside here.

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Here's a question: would they get paid the same going to an online show from a network one? People saying they should just go back, but why if they might not be getting a similar deal? I say bring on to GH Ted Banning and his daughter Sunshine.

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Here's a question: would they get paid the same going to an online show from a network one? People saying they should just go back, but why if they might not be getting a similar deal? I say bring on to GH Ted Banning and his daughter Sunshine.

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Here's a question: would they get paid the same going to an online show from a network one? People saying they should just go back, but why if they might not be getting a similar deal? I say bring on to GH Ted Banning and his daughter Sunshine.

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Here's a question: would they get paid the same going to an online show from a network one? People saying they should just go back, but why if they might not be getting a similar deal? I say bring on to GH Ted Banning and his daughter Sunshine.

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If so many of you are OLTL fans then why are you upset at Propsect Park?? You all have piss and moaned since ABC announced the shows cancellation in Spring 2011. Now that PP is fighting the fight to bring fans the best version of OLTL as possible you are mad at them??? They are doing nothing wrong. They had a deal licensing the AMC & OLTL characters. They were kind enough to allow Starr, John & Todd to be on GH.

I feel that GH made the mistake focusing so much story on them knowing that they could leave the canvas eventually. GH has plenty of characters and history to mine. There was no need to put the 3 OLTL-ers front and center.

As for the 3 actors playing different characters.....that would mean they would have to act. Alderson can't even play the character she has shown up at work to play for the past 15 years. She isn't a strong enough actress to warrant having her play a new character. Want a new character? Hire an actress who can act. Howarth went to ATWT and basically played Paul as one shade different from Todd.

Fans DO NOT follow actors to soaps. They follow characters. Genie Francis is an icon but when she went to AMC, DOOL, Y&R the fans didn't follow. Sarah Brown was loved as Carly but fans didn't care about any of her other roles. The list goes on and on.

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Peterascal wrote:
Here's a question: would they get paid the same going to an online show from a network one?

Doubt it, but who really knows.

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The last I heard about this was that SAG-AFTRA wanted the miminums for the actors to match those soaps on broadcast TV

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Kristen Alderson is lucky to still be working and she is giving the stink eye to Prospect Park and an "internet series" Bitch that show made who you are. And I am sure ABC or PP would pay the bill to fly them back out there and put them up in a hotel temporarily. Why can't they show like 2 months of footage as fast as possible then get back to GH? Will be able to shoot a ton of OLTL scenes in advance since its only 30 min 4 days per week for 42 out of the 52 weeks per year. People saying PP got owned but GH is utterly ridiculous if they cast all 3 of these guys in different roles. No one wants to see that nonsense. I bet things would be alot easier if OLTL was shot in Cali.

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This is not about NYC being a terrible place. They worked and lived in NYC for years and they moved on. There are many factors here to consider. A person like ME signed on for PP and after it failed he moved his family to CA. KA’s family moved and RH also settled there. Actors who sign on for movies that will take them away for months on a shoot get the big bucks tha make it worth while. They also sign on for those specific roles. These are soap actors who signed contracts that didn’t require moving across coasts to work on both shows. They gave PP a chance, PP failed and they did what was best for their families so why destabilize that because PP says it wants to produce a show again? These people might have invested in real estate in CA, a spouse or girl/boyfriend might have a job in LA, so you want them to also quit their jobs and move to CT? If their loved ones stay in CA you want these people to get into long distance relationships by spending all this time in CT away from them because of PP. There are many factors to be considered. That is not what they signed up for and what makes PP or anyone think these actors have to sacrifice any of that for them when they can get jobs from ABC in CA? These actors signed on to work and live in CA just like Florencia or Kassie signed on to work on GH from NYC. That is what they were offered and based on their personal circumstances they did it. That is not what RH, ME or KA signed up for on GH. They shouldn’t also be required to work for a different company which is probably going to pay them less because it’s a shorter show airing on fewer days. We don’t even know how long PP will last or how much money they got so why would people uproot their lives and make sacrifices for them after they let them down before? There is no forced labor in this country. PP owns the rights to the characters, they can exercise their rights to their characters but they are not entitled to these actors’ talent. If ABC has new roles for them fine but it is unfair to ask them to move for something which you don’t even know will last past one season when there is alot to consider.

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nysam wrote:
You all talk about the actors "moving" as if living in NYC is terrible. They did it for years!! They wouldn't even have to move permanently. Actors liek to act and go where the jobs are.....sometimes actors shoot a film and live on location for several months while shooting....sometimes actors are on Broadway and leave their homes in LA to be on the great white way. Soaps actors don't work 5 days a week. It would be very easy for these actors to be on the east coast a couple days out of the week. Nobody seemed to complain when Robin Christopher, Kassie Depaiva or Florencia were working on GH and they are all based on the east coast. They went where they needed to go for work. Did anyone complain about poor Anders Hove being pulled from Amsterdam to work on GH? NO. Stop making it sound like these people are being yanked from their lives to do volunteer work in some third world country.

I think you forgetting the fact that maybe the actors themselves don't want to do the traveling. I understand you when you say actors do commonly do that. However, if you have a choice of having to go across the coast to do a show that may be paying less or stay where u at with contractual job that is paying you more. Which one would you choose? And lets face it, we don't know how successful these online shows will be. So if the actors want to remain over in LA and GH wants to keep the actors, then PP becomes the loser because not only are they looking for the characters to draw people to online OLTL, they are also looking for the actors to draw them in.

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KA's acting is a personal preference. I like her acting.
Liz on GH is the same way. Some think she is a great actress so much that fans fought to keep her on GH some months back. I think she can't act out of a paper bag and should have been written off the show.

I think KA could do well as a different character on GH. Maybe by placing her as someone else then maybe she will get to prove what she can do. Sometimes actors are prohibited in their acting by having to stay within the confines of the character. There have been many actor on soaps that I have hated in one role but loved in a different one.

Also I am sure that if KA is placed on GH as a new character and she can't do the character right that the PTB at GH will get rid of her.

The only problem I see in bringing these actors on in new roles is the believability issue. If they were brought on as new characters after an absence of some time then it might be better then 2 weeks after an actor leaves as one character that he is back as the new one.

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Y2Jin99 wrote:
Kristen Alderson is lucky to still be working and she is giving the stink eye to Prospect Park and an "internet series" Bitch that show made who you are.

I would argue that the show that made Kristen who she is was canceled a year ago. She owes no loyalty to this PP and their reboot version. Kristen, make that money, don't let it make you!!

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I'm all for a nuStarr(Meredith Hagner), nuMcBain(Michael Park)...but Todd would be the hardest part to recast...TSJs doesn't come around to often. Let good actors shine in those roles.

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That's quite a ballsy bit of revisionist history to say that last year's utter collapse of their plans to resume (not reboot, idiots!) AMC and OLTL was but a blip in their radar. They lie and lie and lie and I can't believe so many of you fall for it. It's all going to end in disappointment, and they don't care, because they will have moved on to their next Ponzi scheme.

...in my humble opinion...Wink

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nysam wrote:
@Angie Lucy...that is one of the dumbest comments and you should be ashamed to use the name "Lucy". A "Lucy" would know better. It's called "business" and I guess you don't understand how the business world.

Umm, no, that is NOT a stupid comment, and Angel Lucy has nothing to be ashamed of. I totally agree with them. It is exactly business, which ABC conducted just right. PP is the one that screwed it up on their part. Nothing unclear about that.

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Y2Jin99 wrote:
Kristen Alderson is lucky to still be working and she is giving the stink eye to Prospect Park and an "internet series" Bitch that show made who you are.

Yes, OLTL made her, but to Prospect Park, Kristen Alderson owes nothing.

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Could I just remind every one that ABC cruelly took away OLTL and AMC and didn't give a crap about the fans, just the bottom dollar; and if it wasn't for the fans boycotting the replacements GH would already be a distant memory. Prospect Park have taken a chance on these shows and IMO are being more than fair.

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As far as Contract Law goes, ABC knew that these characters belonged to Prospect Park, and still allowed the GH writers to bring them to Port Chuck. It is truly ABC's fault. Now ABC should try to work something out for the sake of the 3 and their families, who probably are depending on a paycheck to make their bills, etc.

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hey mon wrote:
As far as Contract Law goes, ABC knew that these characters belonged to Prospect Park, and still allowed the GH writers to bring them to Port Chuck. It is truly ABC's fault. Now ABC should try to work something out for the sake of the 3 and their families, who probably are depending on a paycheck to make their bills, etc.

Exactly!! PP is 100% in the right. Anyone that things they got owned is well a moron, all PP has to do is say sorry ABC you are NOT ALLOWED TO USE the characters of Todd, Starr, and McBain and GH will be legally FORCED to stop using the characters. That is it, ABC and GH knew this was under the contracts a temporary loan of the use of the characters, FV and RC didn't think it through and now GH is in a mess. Now if the actors don't want to go (KA really doesn't have anything to offer hollywood so she should take whatever is offered) then that is up to them, but the characters belong to OLTL and should be on that show. Also if PP says sorry no more using the characters and the actors refuse to go then yes they could play different people (although it will fail, except possibly ME/Caleb but I still think it will fail) then the actors will be dropped from contract when the 13 or 24 week cycle comes up.

To me this sounds like PP is trying to be nice when legally they don't have to be, and work with the actors. Personally I think they should say they are our characters we want them, actors here is a contract offer take it or leave it, but GH is no longer allowed to use the characters. Also if any of you think ABC cares about GH or these three actors when they had little to no problem screwing over real stars and actors on their primetime shows then your delusional. GH doesn't matter, ABC doesn't care and from what I can see they want to have an amazing relationship with PP so they have a place to drop GH when they find a replacement.

FV/RC and GH have no legal grounds to stand on, and PP does. They weren't owned they are playing PR moves but I am sorry these three characters and actors are not important enough to GH to go through all this, GH survived and even thrived for 49 years without the OLTL rejects, GH will continue to survive without them.

Just say bye to them and we can focus on the fact that Frisco is back to battle Mac, and reunite with his bio daughter. You know characters that matter for GH.

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If Howarth, Alderson and Easton come back, it may work best to put them in a different circle within the show. I.e. don't put Alderson with Howarth or Michael Corinthos. Howarth might make a good Tom Hardy Jr. Alderson could be Serena Baldwin or Brooke Lynn since she does sing. They would at least have to get makeovers so they don't look the same as they do now.

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Forcing the actors out won't help anyone in this. Both OLTL and GH will suffer from it.

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PP Liscened the characters but the actors are under contract to ABC. ABC has to Okay PP to negoiate with the actors abourt doing oLTL along with GH. So far ABC has not allowed this. So in my book, the ones holding this at a stalemate is ABC.