Laura Wright Tweets Howarth, Easton and Alderson Will Be Back at GH in "A Few Weeks"






Is the standoff between General Hospital and Prospect Park regarding the characters of Todd Manning (Roger Howarth), John McBain (Michael Easton) and Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) finally over? GH'er Laura Wright set fans' keyboards on fire when she tweeted:


 


The plot thickens...
 


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I am sure Laura knows something or else she would not have tweeted that.

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Am I the only one who thinks this sucks for PP and OLTL viewers? I mean I love John on GH BUT Todd/Starr/John belong to OLTL they are lead characters for those viewers on that show. PP should recast if they have to and GH should bring those actors on as new people if they want them that badly. I just don't see how sharing them is going to turn out well for the future storylines.

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Just my spec but I think ABC & PP FINALLY came to an agreement where they will share the characters & actors. I bet they get to remain on GH as regulars but will appear on OLTL for PP when story warrants in a recurring capacity.

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GH always said that that the actors would remain with the show. I very much doubt that they will be sharing them with PP. It would be unfair to the actors to ask them to work on both shows on two different coasts when none of the actors want to.

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Am I the only one who thinks this sucks for PP and OLTL viewers? I mean I love John on GH BUT Todd/Starr/John belong to OLTL they are lead characters for those viewers on that show. PP should recast if they have to and GH should bring those actors on as new people if they want them that badly. I just don't see how sharing them is going to turn out well for the future storylines.

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Disagree 100% No way they can recast these characters. Maybe John. Todd has already been re-cast and de-cast and TSJ doesnt even want to come back. No one will accept yet another Todd. Regarding Starr, she is basically the Robin Scorpio of OLTL. Can you imagine GH recasting Robin? What made Starr so significant on OLTL was her chemistry with Dorian and Blair, etc.... No recast can come in and replicate that.

Regarding John, he isnt even necessary to OLTL. Change history and make Brody Nat's baby daddy. Pair her with him or with John Kelly's Cutter Wentworth. John has chemistry on GH with Sam. He fits now.

OLTL can move on without these three..

But im guessing they worked something out with PP so GH can not have to be ridiculous and rename the three characters.

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Also, maybe ABC sweetened the pot for those three actors so they could hold onto them and they also work OLTL for the re-boot. Who knows.

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I am not sure how I feel about sharing as a long term plan. How does that impact story and/or creativity of the writing team for the 2 shows? Will they have to work together on story? How long will it last? Will the characters still be leased by PP for 10 years (meaning they have primary control), or will they give up their lease on those specific characters?

Lastly...I am in awe, shock, I really cram to understand why 3 characters that have been on GH for year has been the main topic of conversation when returns are coming left and right for GH's 50th anniversary. To me, the backstage stuff is fascinating, but I am not a long time GH viewer.

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I find it awfully convenient for her to tweet this when a few days ago she tweeted that she knew nothing. Aren't the actors under some gag order? Something is not right here. Also ABC and PP need to announce something before blurting stuff out.

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If anything TSJ proved that Todd can be recast as for Starr ehh I don't think she's that needed TBH LOL. PP paid for these characters though, that's like paying for Erica Kane but getting Opal (which is what's happening with AMC) as for GH I think they would be just find without Todd/Starr/John they have a wealth of veterans coming back.

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It doesn't sound like a long term thing to me; I reckon the actors have agreed to appear on OLTL for a few weeks, to launch and perhaps resolve the Victor story in exchange for giving the characters back to GH long term.

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Good now they can stay on GH, OLTL has such a rich history of so many characters and actors that different ones could be on there instead. TSJ is one of them!!! Get him as Victor and Tea back!

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Maybe ABCD will simply find RH, ME and KA other acting jobs on their ABC Family or primetime shows?

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Hopefully this is true! This would certainly be the best solution for all parties involved! Have the Three go to OLTL just enough to help it get it's foot back in to the soap world, and then return them to GH where the actors want to be themselves.

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I agree with what I've read so far. After being an AMC fan since the late 70s, I fell in love with OLTL when Skye made her way through all of the soaps, but I am over OLTL now. I love watching GH, but losing the three OLTL transpLlants would tear the soul out of all of the soaps for me. I am really invested in Starr and Todd and John in Port Charles, not in Llanview.

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Glad to hear these 3 are coming back within weeks of today being their last day of shooting at GH studios. But considering that OLTL doesn't start shooting until early March the timing seems a little off? Time will tell, my guess is that characters/actors will crossover to OLTL to wrap up storylines and then head back to GH. From time to time I have a feeling them will "guest" spot back on OLTL much like Blair and Tea have on GH. I think PP and ABC are going to "make this work" to make all happy parties have tie-ins to pull audiences into both shows. It's a cycle that's worked in the past. Thought I don't watch OLTL and used to watch AMC back in the 80s, I do see these shows doing well with the different outlets they are going to source this through to the viewing public. Technology has pushed all of us "online"....I can remember when I used to read a soap opera magazine but those days of getting info "that way" are long gone.

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I think they really HAVE to come to an agreement and it goes beyond the three actors and their characters. Obviously, it is a good idea not to alienate the GH audience, they are natural candidates to come and try the new OLTL and AMC. GH could also remain kind of a mother ship and occasionally AMC/OLTL characters could come to GH. Also, I'm sure it is no secret that they are looking at this online medium as a potential future for GH.

So forcing the strict separation of characters would a) likely piss off KA, RH, ME enough never to go to OLTL b) It would force recasts on OLTL which many would not accept c) It would be really ridiculous for these three actors to appear as different characters in just a few weeks. It would radically shift the canvas, just at a time they are preparing for the 50th anniversary d) It would also cut off any possibilities for Tomas/Alcazar, Skye etc.

The smart thing to do is this: The actos go to OLTL for a few weeks for the launch, agree to return occasionally for key episodes. OLTL does without Todd, Starr and John permanently for the moment. When OLTL is running and doing well, the actors could then choose to go to OLTL.

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GH fans are just remarkable! You's come on all these pages and make comments about how GH would collapse if not for these 3 characters and how they saved GH and how the whole GH world revolves around these 3 characters, Etc. With all the wonderful talented Actors/Actresses on GH some have been on for Decades and they are being pushed aside and "forgotten" over these 3 characters from ANOTHER show! WOW what loyalty you GH fans have! Let's see how far your "precious" 3 get the show after the actors you's have pushed aside decide not to re~new their contracts and leave like Steve Burton did! And when it happens and you's are watching the last episode of GH you will have no one to blame but yourself!

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Jabot1991 wrote:
I find it awfully convenient for her to tweet this when a few days ago she tweeted that she knew nothing. Aren't the actors under some gag order? Something is not right here. Also ABC and PP need to announce something before blurting stuff out.

Yes they are! And with something like this ABC or PP would have made the announcement first! And ABC would not go and tell the actors of GH what is going on behind the scenes that have nothing to do with them! How is it that they will be back in a few weeks when Production for OLTL does NOT start until March 11th!! I did not see her say we will see them back on GH in a few weeks, How do we know that they are not doing a charity event or something like that and that is what she is talking about? ABC is shady, so you can never put anything past them!

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Joliefan88 wrote:
Let's see how far your "precious" 3 get the show after the actors you's have pushed aside decide not to re~new their contracts and leave like Steve Burton did! And when it happens and you's are watching the last episode of GH you will have no one to blame but yourself!

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Wow! You say this as if everybody wanted Steve Burton to stay! LOLOL I was never as happy in my soap-viewing life the day he was dumped off the docks! And I know many fans agree that the show has been a lot better without his catatonic zombie presence.

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i hope he comes back soon.

Todd belongs with Carly!!!

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I have a feeling they will manage it that the 3 actors will be on both shows. According to Bob Woods OLTL will be taping 5 weeks, then 5 weeks off so on the 5 weeks off they can go back to GH and tape their scenes ahead.The NY Post had an article about this so it's causing a lot of buzz. OLTL needs Todd and Starr for Blair, Tea, and Jack, who signed on and they need John for Natalie to continue the story about her keeping the baby from him.
Laura Wright has said in articles how much she enjoys working with Roger so I know she's hoping he'll be coming back. With the 3 of them gone for awhile I guess they will concentrate the show on Laura and Scotty returning.

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If the trio are going to stay on GH in different roles, I think Alderson will be given a makeover and come back as Lauren Frank.

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I'm with you! I was glad to see Stone Cold go stone cold. Nothing against Mr. Burton but I never understood the Jason Morgan mystique. As for viewers being blamed for the "last episode of GH," I'd say some commentors here need to find a better use for their time.

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Agreeing with samlShot completely!

Right now, Todd, Starr and McBain have solidified their worth in Port Charles. I can see them going back to Llanview (via Prospect Park) to wrap up dangling storylines from the finale. Plus, with the Victor Lord gang, they have established their parallels. Todd is to Victor. Starr is to Danielle. They only need to bring in a sharp guy to fill McBain's shoes and be his equivalent.

I'm sure once they wrap up the loose ends (Todd not murdering Victor and the state of the McNat relationship), they'll return to Port Charles ready for new storyline opportunities and the writers will leave the door open for more cross-over possibilities.

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I'm thrilled Michael Easton is staying on the show, I will defintely be continuing to watch GH if Caleb is on the canvas. I didn't care about Michael leaving when news first broke out that PP wanted the OLTL characters back for the reboot but his PC character changed that. I went from being happy that I wouldn't have to watch the boring John and McBam to dying for Caleb to run into Sam and wanting ABC to give John back to PP and tell them good luck in trying to find a successful John recast because they found a way to keep Michael on GH.

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Love Thanks Laura for the tweet and we are thrilled that the 3 are returning ❤

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I was sad to hear that Steve Burton was leaving, but Jason had become a cliche. I wish him luck on Y&R.

That being said, with so many returns and more interaction between Sam and John McCaleb, I truly do not miss Jason.

While the trio is on loan, we can concentrate on our returning vets. When you think about it, their absence is probably what is financing the return of Frisco, Scotty and Heather.

Perhaps the reason we have so many stories going at once is that Cartini got the heads up awhile ago.This gave them time to write stories that can explain the absences of John, Todd and Starr if needed. Todd is going on the run and will come back with a new identity (without the scar), John will have a spooky twin. Not sure how Kirsten Alderson will turn into someone else. Perhaps change her name so she won't be associated with her fratboy nutcase daddy.
I must admit it willbe interesting to see how they do it.

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At least Todd can finally clear his name where Victor is concerned.