Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson to Return to General Hospital, “Likely as Different Characters”





The messiest behind-the-scenes soap legal battle since Ken Corday sued Missy Reeves for quitting Days of Our Lives in the middle of a contract, keeps getting messier. A General Hospital spokesperson released the following statement 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 goes on to report that while Howarth, Easton and Alderson will continue to air as Todd, John and Starr through March, GH will likely bring the three actors back to the fold — as different characters. Meanwhile, the magazine is hearing Prospect Park plans to recast the three popular roles for their One Life to Live reboot.  

92 Responses

  1. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    Well.

    I’m happy for the actors, they deserved to stay on GH – but for the fans this is going to be oh so silly.

    This will mean a lot of “creative” writing is coming down the pipe. And by creative I mean fantasy-land wizards who turn frogs into humans.

  2. Avatar of Jeff
    Jeff

    This will NOT be good for GH. Just realize how silly this will be Frank and Ron and let them go, use the huge amount of money to have longtime GH faves be featured and return, like Felicia, Robert, Bobbie, Lucy, Kevin, Duke, and maybe even a Brenda!

  3. Avatar of appleridge
    appleridge

    [quote=bishbay]You’re going to ask Roger Howarth to play a role other than Todd on an ABC soap? This is such a dumb way to go about this.[/quote]
    Well he did it before on LOVING

  4. Avatar of Nk3play2
    Nk3play2

    I honestly think, this is what should’ve been done originally; Michael Easton could’ve come on as Caleb going after Sam thinking she was Livvie, Kristen Alderson could’ve been Serena Baldwin, and Roger Howarth probably wouldn’t have been needed.

    If they are gonna bring the actors back, I’d say wait a while to do that with Howarth and Alderson; or to to make it a little less weird, have the new actors playing Todd and Starr appear on GH in the roles first and then leave together; then introduce Howarth and Alderson as new characters down the line.

  5. Avatar of dannyro
    dannyro

    This is a HUGE mistake on behalf of Prospect Park. Ideally they would’ve used the actors to help promote the launch and let them go back to GH. They would have three actors with major fan bases helping them out. Now it looks like they’re going to have a lot of GH fans that resent them for taking these characters away, they’ll get zero help from three insanely popular actors, and they won’t get any cross promotional help from ABC. Prospect Park really blew it.

  6. Avatar of bobbyew
    bobbyew

    How crazy is this. Prospect Park ought to be ashamed. Thats why GH is looking for new people because they new this would not work out in their favor. I hope they find some good actors on the par of Roger and Micheal. Starr love her on OLTL but GH can live with or without her.

  7. Avatar of Cath
    Cath

    It makes sense for Michael Easton’s case, given the current storyline that’s going on at the moment, but it’s goddamn ridiculous in Howarth & Alderson’s case.

    Besides, unpopular opinion on this website, but I think Howarth is gonna walk at the end of his contract & go to Prospect Park. The chance to go back on the East coast, still play Todd Manning & work once more with Slezak & his buddy Watkins? The choice won’t be that hard if Prospect Park has the money to pay him.

  8. Avatar of angrierblackerman
    angrierblackerman

    I have a crazy solution. How about having the events of the last year be a novel that Skye was writing? She knows all the OLTL and GH characters practically.

    In her novel, the storyline is the same as real life, but the characters’ names were changed to reflect people she knew/knows and their stories were written too similar to people she knows. She decides to scrap the novel, and GH returns to “real life”, which is very similar to the events in the novel, but not 100%.

    Todd, Starr, and John could all be playing new characters within similar story arcs.

  9. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Interesting idea, angrierblackman, but would that undo everything that happened in the past year? Would Cole and Hope still be alive? Would Jason? And how do you explain Gary and Val naming the twins Bobby and Betsy?

    uh…wait a minute… :-/

  10. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    The more I think about it, the more this sounds like a crazy (with a K) Friday afternoon story to keep the soap blogosphere going through the weekend. That makes me not wanna play…

  11. Avatar of samIShot
    samIShot

    How ridiculous is this? Prospect Park is really going to do this instead of just working with what they have? These are three people who moved to LA, worked on GH for the last year because the job they thought they would have, particularly Michael Easton, screwed them over.

    I like Roger Howarth so whatever they can do to keep him then good.
    Easton will no doubt become Caleb Morley (non-vampire)
    I have no clue what they will do about Starr.

    Cartini is creative, we will just need to suspend belief while they get reintegrated.

  12. Avatar of brettyboy
    brettyboy

    This is going to be stupid. Prospect Park have enough characters for a half hour show, they don’t need these three, and with other actors they won’t draw people in.

  13. Avatar of ER Writer
    ER Writer

    Personally I wonder how this is going financially for these three, despite contracts, they are being paid to be on GH. If PP isn’t going to have them on set ASAP …

  14. Avatar of Nat_Fan
    Nat_Fan

    I think PP should be allowed to write for OLTL and all the characters without being GH having imput. I don’t see how that would happen, if GH was allowed to keep the characters. ABC should offer the actors new roles and allow PP to write the show they paid for.

  15. Avatar of NERescuer
    NERescuer

    This will be silly? Are you kidding me, do you know how many actors including Sarah Brown on GH have been on the same Soap playing two different characters? Michael Easton could easily be Caleb not a vampire anymore. Easton is good at playing a character that has dark edges. Also GH has had some pretty silly storylines all along including an Alien named Casey, Mikos Cassadine freezing the world and Helena keeping her dead son on ice and reviving him to life. The mob storyline with Jason and Sonny was beyond ridiculous making them the good guys was beyond ridiculous. Hit men and mob bosses are not good guys in any world. Easton and Howarth are major talents and no soap would want to lose them. Easton and Monaco have wonderful chemistry and are easily a super couple on any show and Howarth and Wright are terrific together another super couple in the making.

  16. Avatar of ladyofthelake
    ladyofthelake

    [quote=TV Gord]Well, if this is true (unattributed sources…BIG grain of salt), it’s utterly ridiculous.[/quote]

    Agreed. It’s completely stupid to bring these actors back as some other character. Yes, Sarah Brown came back as Claudia but how many years was she gone? I’m Starr today & random blonde girl in two months. I guess since they can’t use OLTL characters anymore they’ll just recast them as characters from Port Charles. My eyes are rolling.

    I know TPTB love camp but that’s just much. Do we really need them back? I’m happy watching GH characters. Especially Starr, she’s the biggest wet blanket ever.

  17. Avatar of angrierblackerman
    angrierblackerman

    [quote=TV Gord]Interesting idea, angrierblackman, but would that undo everything that happened in the past year? Would Cole and Hope still be alive? Would Jason? And how do you explain Gary and Val naming the twins Bobby and Betsy?

    uh…wait a minute… :-/[/quote]

    It wouldn’t necessarily undo everything. Everything will have happened the way it did, but the names would be changed, and the connections to Llanview severed.

    For example:

    In the novel, Todd Manning gives Sam McCall’s baby to Tea Delgado.

    In real continuity, Roger March (character’s name) gives Sam McCall’s baby to another woman.

    Star Manning would become Kirsten March, the daughter of Roger who cleans up after him.

    The real life characters could try and sue Sky for using their real life Drama for her work, forcing her to cancel the novel. It’s a total ‘Bobby Ewing’ in this case.

    You get it? In ‘real life’ the characters are not John, Todd, and Starr, but they are similar. All the stories are similar also it’s just the names which are tweaked. Skye used ‘real life’ to write her novel, but changed the characters to Starr, Todd, and McBain.

    All ABC would need to do is borrow the characters names to write the dream/novel storyline.

    John McBain could become Jonathan Duffy or something. He would still be ‘Jon’ but not John McBain. Or the show could just make him Caleb.

  18. Avatar of mfarris70
    mfarris70

    This is all uninformed conjecture! I doubt that all three actors will come back as different characters. I wish AMC and OLTL well but this has all the makings of a major disaster.

  19. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    I don’t understand the blame here on Prospect Park. They are trying to revive OLTL. They want Todd and John, for the same reason that GH wanted Todd and John. Their popularity, their ties to the canvas….and yea…one the last scenes was of John arresting Todd for kidnapping and it was to cover up the fact that Todd “killed” Victor.

    So if PP is reviving OLTL, what is wrong with focusing on one of the hottest stories on the show when it went out? Why is PP blamed for that?

    Is PP taking a hard line? Yes. But since when is it wrong to complete an agreement the way it began? They have life on GH and their stories were taken from OLTL. Do we want to give PP a fair chance to succeed? I thought people wanted OLTL back? PP had a year to get a plan together to bring the show back, and with a one month extension, it looks like they are doing it.

    I don’t think this would have turned out any other way. The characters going back and forth on the shows would have gotten tiresome, and would have required the creatives on both sides to coordinate stories (which could stifle creativity)…and eventually someone was going to want to make a permanent decision.

    Either way, it looks like they are finding a way to create a new character for ME, but what about RH and KA?

  20. Avatar of Nk3play2
    Nk3play2

    My only real issue is what they are doing to Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth, both of whom refused to sign on to the One Life to Live reboot in the first place; Easton agreed and signed a contract. Alderson and Howarth both said from the beginning that they weren’t interested and now it seems that they are trapped between the show that they wanted to be apart of, and the show that they ran away from.

  21. Avatar of seascape70
    seascape70

    Although I would rather them stay in their current roles, I am sure GH had a plan B if this happened. PP jerked around the cast, crew and fans of AMC and OLTL and I do not blame the actors for not joining the reboot.

    I hate that we wont see Blair or Tea on GH any longer.

  22. Avatar of MsAgentProvocateur1
    MsAgentProvocateur1

    If Howarth comes back as Paul Ryan, I’ll just…LOL!

    Seriously, though, this is the ‘silly season’ as the President might call it.
    I’m just going to wait and see how reasonable heads prevail despite the fact that the soap industry is famous for making the kinds of stupid decisions where they end up cannibalize their soaps.
    I’m more inclined to think that maybe they’ll stop short of it getting that bad.

    On the Other Hand,

    The brass at GH may want to take this as a sign that they need to develop really strong storylines for their other characters, especially the veterans and favorites of GH. With the anniversary approaching, this gives the perfect opportunity to do so with good reason.

    Just sayin’.

  23. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    Correction: This won’t be a case of doppelgangers, since John, Todd & Starr will possibly have brand new faces on nu OLTL.

    In that case, they could later on do a storyline “Tale of the THREE Todds”, starring Roger Howarth, Trevor St. John and Mystery Actor.

  24. Avatar of really
    really

    [quote=nysam]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.=quote]

    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.[/quote]

    MOST PERFECT POST EVER!!!! OLTL fans have whined, bitc*ed and moaned and made crazy demands and basically lived up to every negative soap fan stereotype since that show was cancelled and PP has done everything it can to get it back and now since it won’t be 100% perfect and exactly what they bit*h and moan again, heck one fan in this tread is even calling for a boycott so it fails. I mean for the love of God, I understand being a fan of these three actors but why would you want the reboot to fail when that would hurt Erica Sleazak, Mellissa Archer and Tuc Watkins for example not to mention that crew? It would also prove ABC’s point that soap fans will get over it and watch whatever else comes on.

    Also outside of maybe ME, this plan will fail, it did with Sarah Brown when she came to play Claudia that was a disaster that ended with her being fired, and she was beloved as Carly, and it was what like 8 or 9 years in between her being on the show? Not only did Claudia fail but you’re right so did all her others, she was fired from every other soap she has been on. This will be a couple of weeks. Oh it also failed with Natalia Livingston and Rebecca and when AMC had Finola play her twin Alex.

    However, seriously I did just want to commend you on the most perfect post ever.

  25. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    Have to laugh at the reactions on here to prospect park wanting to keep legacy characters on the soap right at the beginning of the relaunch of OLTL. If the characters weren’t brought over to general hospital … And I am certain that abc and gh knew that there could be a chance the characters could be taken, I mean abc signed a term limit contract with PP… And the relaunch DID NOT HAVE Todd Starr or John the blogs would be on fire with the “travesty” of not utilizing such characters.

    I think it will be great to see them played by other actors. Just think that Starr’s kid and bf will most likely come back and with another actress Starr could be a different type of woman. Under a new actor Todd could have new colors and the STUPID separation of John Natalie and their son could be resolved.

    And ABSOLUTELY no uproar over the fact that Susan lucci has not signed up to play Erica.

    Hmmmmmmm

  26. Avatar of raakuu
    raakuu

    Here are the facts. KA, RH, and ME are not going to be playing Todd,Starr, and John on the OLTL reboot. They will be played by new actors. KA, RH, and ME will still be on GH. They will not be going anywhere because I don’t see ABC either letting them out of their contract or paying them to sit at home for 2 years. They will be debuting as new characters.

    So what do you think their new characters at GH should be?

    I had some ideas:

    ME: I think he could start as the non vampire Caleb Marley who is the father of Rafe. Caleb did something horrible to Alison to make Lucy and Alison think that Caleb was a vampire.

    Roger: I think that his dysfunction would fit perfectly with the family that created the word dysfunction. Bring him back as the missing Quartermaine heir. He could partner with Carly to help get back at AJ and with Tracy to take ELQ back.

    Alderson: A bit harder but could see her either as a long lost daughter of Laura or perhaps a recast Sereena.

    What are your thoughts?

  27. Avatar of raakuu
    raakuu

    I think that PP could relaunch OLTL perfectly without those characters.
    They could also have brought on older legacy characters to help the relaunch.

    They could bring back Victor, Tina, Cassie, Andrew, Carlo and other characters.

    They could have used the missed year to restart any way they wanted and not start up from where OLTL was cancelled.

    PP would have recieved tremendous buzz and promotion from GH just by having those characters on GH and mentioning LLandview.

    Those three actors live in LA now and with the exception of Easton were not going to be a part of the retool of OLTL even before the relaunch was scrapped last year.

  28. Avatar of Horses
    Horses

    The fact they the three are going public about this is even more ridiculous. They are trying to ruin OLTL’s chances just to save their own cushy jobs. ABC created this mess. The characters are needed on OLTL. I’m looking forward to the new OLTL . Get rid of the three characters on GH.Besides I can’t believe that anyone would miss Kristen Alderson. She is not a god a tree

  29. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Not commenting on this thread in particular, but on all of the threads I’ve read this afternoon. One of the things that makes me sick about soap bloggers is that they cowardly hide behind their dislike of characters by saying they are bad actors/actresses. Clearly, some of us think they are fine actors/actresses, so stop being so childish and just own up to the fact that you simply don’t like them. In my fucking humble opinion.

    :-)

    And have a good fucking weekend. :-D

  30. Avatar of Daniel St. John
    Daniel St. John

    I personally can’t wait for the inevitable bitching from the disgruntled GH fans who have endlessly bitched and moaned about the 3 OLTL actors being on the show when/if they are brought back to GH as different characters. Those new characters are going to need to be developed which means they will likely take up even more screen time than they did as their OLTL characters. All the lamenting of not getting any airtime for whichever GH vets they like is going to ramped up even more I bet.

  31. Avatar of dannyro
    dannyro

    Prospect Park certainly has every right to reclaim the characters. Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD do something. PP could have had a great relationship with the new people in charge at ABC daytime. Certainly characters could have been shared. Now that they’ve decided not to give GH use of the characters, Roger, Kristen, and Michael will NEVER go back. They’ve burned bridges with those actors and likely many of their fans won’t tune in to OLTL. From a PR stand point, this is a terrible move by PP.

    BTW, does anyone know what this means for Skye? She started on All My Children, so potentially she could also belong to PP.

  32. Avatar of Mandolin
    Mandolin

    wasn’t that really really brief before being killed off ( Roger H’s stint on Loving) ? I bet , as much as he may enjoy certain aspects of portraying TM, be just as glad to a different character entirely. As we saw with Trevor SJ and others excellent characters can be played by different actors…

  33. Avatar of Daniel St. John
    Daniel St. John

    [quote=Linzerin80]Can’t we just change Todd and Starr Manning to Ted and Starla Maulding and John McBain to Sean McSwain and pretend nothing happened?[/quote]

    It’s funny because I had that same thought. The simplest route would be to just slightly change the characters names and act like they have had those names since they first showed up.
    What about Rod Channing, Shar Channing and John McCain?

  34. Avatar of Mandolin
    Mandolin

    I think , apart from the contract wrangling and the inconvenience of commuting to Stamford CT, that GH and OLTL will be fine. AM sorry that FV and RC can’t run both shows….. Hope the PTB at both shows sweetens the pot for the three actors involved somehow….

  35. Avatar of samIShot
    samIShot

    It is ridiculous to think PP is going to re-cast John (who isnt even necessary), Todd (who was already recast and turned out to be an imposter) and Starr (who KA played for over 10 years). No one is going to accept a recast Todd and Starr and no Todd/Starr will have the chemistry as father and daughter as RH and KA have. Also, i have seen nothing to indicate Trevor St. John has any interest in returning (so the Todd story may not even happen)…..

    I say without the original actors for those characters, OLTL fans (as i have been for 20 years), would find recasts as dumb as changing the names of the three actors on GH.

  36. Avatar of tealita
    tealita

    Meh…Whatever. For me, the bottom line is this: If and when PP launches OLTL, and it’s free, I’ll watch it. In the meantime, I’ll continue to support RH, ME, and KA (even though I admit that she’s not the best actress) whether they remain on GH, or not– especially if they have to be written as slightly different characters.

    I loved today’s episode of GH. I love all the vet returns and the nod to PC’s history. The newbies have grown on me. And even though I know that RH and ME are leaving soon, I’m still invested in Todd and McBain.

    I’ve loved and lost so many characters over the years. I never thought I would see some of them return, but here they are. I have faith that it will all work out.

  37. Avatar of tealita
    tealita

    [quote=liason4real]This OLTL fan is not mad at PP. I returned to GH because of RC/FV.

    Maybe ABC/Disney will send GH over to PP after the 50th anniversary.[/quote]

    That crossed my mind. It’s part of the reason I’m hanging onto what’s on the screen right now.

  38. Avatar of Linzerin80
    Linzerin80

    [quote=Daniel St. John][quote=Linzerin80]Can’t we just change Todd and Starr Manning to Ted and Starla Maulding and John McBain to Sean McSwain and pretend nothing happened?[/quote]

    It’s funny because I had that same thought. The simplest route would be to just slightly change the characters names and act like they have had those names since they first showed up.
    What about Rod Channing, Shar Channing and John McCain?[/quote]

    I love it!

  39. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    Some of you have to stop and think about how ridiculous your suggestions are. I hope you aren’t serious.

    On the weekend of the Super Bowl look at the GH/OLTL situation this way….if you are about to play a major game you are going to want your biggest players. There is a reason that GH took Starr, Todd & John. In focus groups they scored the highest with fans and are the right ages to be viable leading characters. They are an ingenue, villian and hero. Why wouldn’t PP want what they paid for. These are 3 standard categories needed on any soap and these particular 3 have history with Viki, Dorian, David, Tea, Blair, Natalie. It makes perfect sense. If PP is going to be paying millions in fees year after year to ABC they should have the team in place that they want so they can make their money back. Obviously, a lot of you don’t know much about business. Sorry to be harsh, but you are acting like brats. If you can’t have 3 characters on GH then f*#k the reboot of OLTL. Before Todd, Starr and John there was Viki, Clint, Dorian, Nora, Bo. So much for faithful fans. You would rather these people who built the show not have a fighting chance in the game because you prefer the varsity squad being on GH??

    Suggesting Carlo, Tina, Andrew, Cassie all characters 50+ as viable to relaunch a show is idiotic. TV Gord, I have always found your comments spot on in the past few years, BUT I hope you aren’t suggesting that Alderson is a good actress. She is atrocious and is only employed because she grew up playing the role.

    Time to eat ice cream and calm down.

  40. Avatar of Marcelle
    Marcelle

    [quote=nysam]Suggesting Carlo, Tina, Andrew, Cassie all characters 50+ as viable to relaunch a show is idiotic. [/quote]
    As is using a recast Todd and Starr Manning to relaunch a show. McBain is debatable, but Todd and Starr? Unless they have TSJ on deck, ain’t nobody got time for that.

  41. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    @Marcelle….Todd has been recast before and the audience didn’t seem to mind….check out Trevor St. John’s paycheck for a decade. As for Starr, the character and soaps would be well served if she were recast. The girl can’t act.

  42. Avatar of Marcelle
    Marcelle

    Todd was recast, yet look how readily folks were to have RH back. Again, if they don’t have either RH or TSJ, then what’s the point?

    There are enough characters remaining on the show for a successful relaunch.

  43. Avatar of appleridge
    appleridge

    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.

  44. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    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.

  45. Avatar of Ya'll can b mean
    Ya'll can b mean

    After visiting this site for a year, I finally had to get a log in and respond. Nysam you need to relax, today you said that many of the post were ridiculous just because they had a different opinion than yours. It’s amusing that your multiple post have resorted to name calling with telling others they are stupid and brats, with that said your post are the only ones worthy of ridicule.

    As for the situation, I applaud ABC for licensing OLTL and AMC to PP and giving them the needed extension (something they did not have to do). Good for PP for getting the financing and actually making it happen. That all being said I support the right for PP to utilize the character’s from OLTL which they paid for but more importantly I completely understand if ABC just renames Todd, Starr, and John. I chose where I work based on what’s best for me and my family; RH, KA, and ME deserve that right as well (while I’m @ it good for you SB).

    BTW….in case your wondering, yes I know how business works…..my degree and profession support it that statement.

    One last note…..daytime fans I have to say job well done, your passion for the towns and characters that you love are bringing about a revival.

  46. Avatar of cokeyloveshersoaps
    cokeyloveshersoaps

    @Nysam I agree with your whole post …what amazes me is that i see some fans on twitter wishing that it fails.It really disappoints me that we only care about these 3 actors and not about the other actors who are really excited about coming back to work that wants a steady paycheck also.SMDH |(

  47. Avatar of raakuu
    raakuu

    My viewpoint is that Yes I will watch the new OLTL. Although, I don’t think I will watch it everyday. If PP could get RH, KA, and ME back or wrote them off to GH and gone with other Fan favorite characters then I would have started watching everyday.

    I don’t think PP is making a wise decision going into the unproven arena of putting major soaps on the web on a daily basis and not having it’s A game of characters ready to go. By this I mean having major Fan Fav characters on the canvas. What they shouldn’t do is antagonize fans by recasting popular characters. Also by upsetting ABC they are foregoing whatever promotion that having those characters on GH could have given them. It would have pointed GH and new fans to the online show by having the writing team make mention of AMC and OLTL storylines and characters.

    If OLTL had been pick up the day after it was cancelled by PP or CBS etc then I would have a different viewpoint on this. The PP reboot of OLTL and AMC is not a continuation in my mind but a new show that needs to get off the ground.

  48. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    [quote=nysam]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.[/quote]

    I KNOW you can’t be talking about me, because I have always said–as much as I loved them both–it was time for AMC and OLTL to go, because they could not be sustained from a business point of view. And I don’t think this sketchy (yes, sketchy Prospect Park mafia is going to be able to make it work over the long haul, either. They may have a bunch of fools to invest in this hopeless venture to start out, but it will all fall apart when they see how little money is coming in to cover the cost of what they are trying to do.

    And yes, I do this Kristen is a good actress. If you don’t like her personally, have the courage to say so, and stop hiding behind the bullshit that she’s not a good actress, because the last time I checked your wallet, you weren’t Lee Strasberg.

  49. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    @TvGord….I have nothing against Kristen personally. I have actually met her a couple times over the years. She is quite pleasant. My comment is about her in professional terms. She isn’t a strong actress and in all the years she has played “Starr” she hasn’t grown. She doesn’t have range. Her best work has always been opposite actors who she has grown up around….Kassie, Roger, Robin, Erika… For the record I work in TV and have spent a lot of time in casting. Eddie Alderson is a strong actor that is why he isn’t on a soap right now. He is auditioning because he has the potential to make it in film and primetime. Kristin is limited and the only reason she is still on GH is because she grew up playing “Starr” and it is for the “crazy” fans who fondly remember her as a child and not for her performances. She is no Amber Tamblyn or Jonathan Jackson.

  50. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    Nysam are Todd and John viable leads because of the characters or the actors? You seem to think what pp is doing is just business but why should me and rh take the cut in pay? Isn’t that too “just business” and why can’t pp base their leads around josh Kelly and Ted king who also are in valuable demos. Too if pp is so hot to recast why not recast victor since tsj has said he won’t be recurring. And again that would be the right demo that you speak of. I just don’t see pp only having a limited use of these characters as sending in the jv squad.

  51. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    Nysam are Todd and John viable leads because of the characters or the actors? You seem to think what pp is doing is just business but why should me and rh take the cut in pay? Isn’t that too “just business” and why can’t pp base their leads around josh Kelly and Ted king who also are in valuable demos. Too if pp is so hot to recast why not recast victor since tsj has said he won’t be recurring. And again that would be the right demo that you speak of. I just don’t see pp only having a limited use of these characters as sending in the jv squad.

  52. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    @Ya’ll can b mean…welcome to posting on DC. If we all agreed the internet and blogs wouldn’t exist. Get over it. In the future if you are going to quote me please get it correct. Looking at my previous posts I did say “dumb” and “ridiculous”. I didn’t call anyone “stupid”. I still believe that many posters are being “brats”.

    As for “ridicule” bring it on. I wouldn’t post on a blog if I couldn’t defend my position.

    Enjoy your freedom of speech.

    Best,

    Sam :)

  53. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    Hi EET! I believe that there are very few roles that can’t be recast. I know we all love certain actors in roles, but in some cases there are GREAT chracters that solid actors can step into the role and own. Here’s a list of iconic characters who’ve had one or more actors in the role. Some you may have liked. Some you might not have….

    Victoria Lord Buchanan
    Dorian Lord
    Lucky Spencer
    Dixie Cooney
    Carly Jax (4 actresses have played the role and 3 have created their own version)
    Kendall Hart (2 very different and popular takes on the role)
    Alexandra Spaulding
    Beth Raines
    Betsy Andropolous
    Frannie Hughes
    Rachel Corey
    Jill Abbott (2 great portrayals through the years)
    Jack Abbott (Both Terry Lester & Peter Bergman have had successful takes on the roles)

    I could go on. There are few characters that have been owned by 1 talent and are really untouchable….Luke, Laura, Erica, Marlena.

    “Todd” since he is tied to the Lords and Blair valuable and needed. He is one of the most iconic OLTL bad boys. The role has been recast before and can be recast again. It is such a strong role that an actor who can act can come in and make it his own. Ask Trevor St. John.

    “Starr” just like her cousin “Jessica” is ripe for a recast now that Alderson has grown up. Erin Torpey’s “Jessica” needed to evolve hence Bree’s casting. I would suggest the same could be done for “Starr”.

    I like Easton’s brooding, but I believe that there are plenty of hot, smoldering actors who could play the part.

    I like Cutter and Tomas, but both were on the show less than a year and don’t have the ties and history to be as valuable to OLTL re-boot…at least not now. Give them time and they can be built.

    As for cut in pay…none of us are their agents and lawyers. I’m not privy to what they are being offered.

  54. Avatar of Daniel St. John
    Daniel St. John

    [quote=nysam]Hi EET! I believe that there are very few roles that can’t be recast. I know we all love certain actors in roles, but in some cases there are GREAT chracters that solid actors can step into the role and own. Here’s a list of iconic characters who’ve had one or more actors in the role. Some you may have liked. Some you might not have….
    Victoria Lord Buchanan
    Dorian Lord
    Lucky Spencer
    Dixie Cooney
    Carly Jax (4 actresses have played the role and 3 have created their own version)
    Kendall Hart (2 very different and popular takes on the role)
    Alexandra Spaulding
    Beth Raines
    Betsy Andropolous
    Frannie Hughes
    Rachel Corey
    Jill Abbott (2 great portrayals through the years)
    Jack Abbott (Both Terry Lester & Peter Bergman have had successful takes on the roles)
    I could go on. There are few characters that have been owned by 1 talent and are really untouchable….Luke, Laura, Erica, Marlena.
    “Todd” since he is tied to the Lords and Blair valuable and needed. He is one of the most iconic OLTL bad boys. The role has been recast before and can be recast again. It is such a strong role that an actor who can act can come in and make it his own. Ask Trevor St. John.
    “Starr” just like her cousin “Jessica” is ripe for a recast now that Alderson has grown up. Erin Torpey’s “Jessica” needed to evolve hence Bree’s casting. I would suggest the same could be done for “Starr”.
    I like Easton’s brooding, but I believe that there are plenty of hot, smoldering actors who could play the part.
    I like Cutter and Tomas, but both were on the show less than a year and don’t have the ties and history to be as valuable to OLTL re-boot…at least not now. Give them time and they can be built.
    As for cut in pay…none of us are their agents and lawyers. I’m not privy to what they are being offered.[/quote]

    I actually agree with you about any role can be recast (I used to get into arguments with other fans about it all the time at other forums). However my opinion about recasts is based on all conditions being optimal. In the case of the OLTL relaunch PP is not in the best position to do recasts of Todd, Starr and John because the last thing an iffy venture like this needs is to start off with any type of situation that could turn off potential viewers.
    Looking at this from a business minded point of view, the best option for PP is to try and do some sort of talent sharing deal with ABC so that PP gets to use the characters, have them played by the actors that are most recognized in the roles and also gets the added benefit of having GH as a promotional vehicle for their online show.
    Taking the stance that they have the rights to the characters and not really giving a damn that the actors have no interest in signing on because all it will take is 3 new actors in those roles and thinking that won’t turn some fans off is very naive on PP’s part.

  55. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    Nysam I’m not saying a role can’t be recast, fair enough, but if that’s the plan why not bring on nu Kevin instead of john and instead of Starr recast Langston or Jessica or even Kelly. They could also bring back joey b greg e out of prison or michael mcbain. If you need ties to the lords recast victor since tsj has no intent to return. My point is bringing on Todd is way more valuable with rh in the role. If the idea is to recast Todd with say Michael park why not use park as victor? Todd gets a call from dani that victor may be alive he finds nu victor and together they take down the threat that is endangering their family. Todd realizes that tea can never fully forgive and Blair is going to marry Tomas, so he returns to port Charles. Heck they could even have Todd take a break from the investigation because of something pressing in PC to spread it out. Remember this is only an every six weeks for 30 minute. That’s a ton of story given the limited time and I would think gh could easi
    Y work around that

    The same is true for John. Once he does the custody hearing why do they need him. Can the reasonably do more than the tale of two Todd’s the custody suit the destiny is a prostitute story and still service the other characters that have been announced in the first 8-12 months?

  56. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    I agree with Daniel about conditions needing to be optimal. Had they recast Jason before sbu went to y&r I think fans would have lost their minds. Now I think they might accept it. Fans never warmed up to ep in the role of Dorian in part because of the controversy over contracts with rs. I really think if pp forced gh to drop the actors and then recast fans would object and that’s buzz they don’t need

    As for contracts, while I have no idea what pp is offering I can’t imagine a speculative venture like this could pay what abc is able to, not to mention that gh has more staying power – if the hybrid succeeds and gh gets cancelled I’m sure pp would pick up gh. If the hybrid fails gh is looking like a lock for another two years at least. I’d want to stick with the surer bet

  57. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    [quote=nysam]@TvGord….I have nothing against Kristen personally. I have actually met her a couple times over the years. She is quite pleasant. My comment is about her in professional terms. She isn’t a strong actress and in all the years she has played “Starr” she hasn’t grown. She doesn’t have range. Her best work has always been opposite actors who she has grown up around….Kassie, Roger, Robin, Erika… For the record I work in TV and have spent a lot of time in casting. Eddie Alderson is a strong actor that is why he isn’t on a soap right now. He is auditioning because he has the potential to make it in film and primetime. Kristin is limited and the only reason she is still on GH is because she grew up playing “Starr” and it is for the “crazy” fans who fondly remember her as a child and not for her performances. She is no Amber Tamblyn or Jonathan Jackson.[/quote]

    It’s all still just your opinion. If others think she is a good actress, who’s right? It’s all just opinion. It’s like saying a show is a bad show when you just don’t like it. If others do like it, it can’t be that bad. Just because you work in TV, it doesn’t make you any more qualified to judge than anyone else.

  58. Avatar of Daniel St. John
    Daniel St. John

    And also discussion of who is or isn’t a good actor is just a matter of opinion and really does not have a damn thing to do with the subject at hand. Whether KA is the next Erika Slezak or the second coming of Yvonne Zima really doesn’t matter because she is popular and who most fans want to see as Starr.

  59. Avatar of WillowLake01
    WillowLake01

    Why are some people saying that RH, ME and KA would be taking a pay cut if they went to PP? I don’t think that is totally accurate. I know that PP is trying to produce AMC and OLTL cheaper and more cost effective then they are on the networks. There are many ways that can be done without cutting the salaries of their actors. Also the trend in soaps has been reducing salaries of actors over the past decade. I think that PP will pay competitive market rates for their major characters. It was even reported that they offered Susan Lucci the same salary she was making at AMC during their first attempt to launch these shows online. While I know that she is in a status of her own and is a major draw for audiences and publicity in following these shows online. I think PP may be wise enough to know that the one area they would not want to skimp is the salaries for their major stars because they are the ones that will bring viewers to the online versions of these shows initially.

    Actually I think these three could actually make more money if they agree to participate in both shows through the sharing concept being discussed. They are already being paid by ABC. If they also appear on PP’s online show they would be paid by PP too. I’m sure their agents/management would make sure the salary that they would be paid by PP would more than make up for any reduction in their ABC salary for their reduced participation in GH.

  60. Avatar of goyankees
    goyankees

    TEAM PP!!! LOL!

    I love it. Anyone and anything that can screw ABC Daytime is OK in my book!

    Sorry to loyal viewers/fans of these characters and actors, but ABC bailed on me; I have no loyalty.

    CBS Daytime for LIFE!! (As well as those fantastic folks over at Prospect Park!!!)

  61. Avatar of caleb
    caleb

    I like Kristen Alderson and Roger Howorth, but Michael Easton is a big fan draw. When Frank took Kristen, Roger and Michael with him to GH he knew that the fans would go with the stars. I am a big Michael Easton fan. What Prospect Park is doing is screwing all of the actors over. Kristen played Starr since she was 6. Roger started as Todd then Trever St. John took over the role when Roger left. Only Michael can play John McBain. Because of Prospect Park the three have been out of work since Feb 8. I hope both soaps fail. I was glad that OLTL is coming back, but now I wish it would fail. All three actors are in a storyline on GH. Starr loves Michael. Todd loves Carley and John is John. I wish ABC would grow a backbone and buy Todd, Starr and John McBain from OLTL and then they could keep playing those parts. They all signed 3 yr contacts. I wish Prospect Park would dry up.

  62. Avatar of samIShot
    samIShot

    On the weekend of the Super Bowl look at the GH/OLTL situation this way….if you are about to play a major game you are going to want your biggest players. There is a reason that GH took Starr, Todd & John. In focus groups they scored the highest with fans and are the right ages to be viable leading characters. They are an ingenue, villian and hero. Why wouldn’t PP want what they paid for. These are 3 standard categories needed on any soap and these particular 3 have history with Viki, Dorian, David, Tea, Blair, Natalie. It makes perfect sense. If PP is going to be paying millions in fees year after year to ABC they should have the team in place that they want so they can make their money back. Obviously, a lot of you don’t know much about business. Sorry to be harsh, but you are acting like brats. If you can’t have 3 characters on GH then f*#k the reboot of OLTL. Before Todd, Starr and John there was Viki, Clint, Dorian, Nora, Bo. So much for faithful fans. You would rather these people who built the show not have a fighting chance in the game because you prefer the varsity squad being on GH??
    ___

    Because it’s about the actors not the characters?
    People will not accept YET ANOThER Todd recast.
    Starr has been Starr for more than 15 years.
    John may be able to be recast but whats the point?

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