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?