Media reports claim that ABC and Prospect Park may “share” actors between General Hospital and One Life to Live.
The revival, by Prospect Park, of former ABC soap One Life to Live is good news for its legion of fans but one downside is the possible effect it will have on General Hospital. When One Life to Live ended in January of last year show-runners Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati took the helm of General Hospital and brought on-board several OLTL actors playing the same characters.
Prospect Park’s deal with ABC means it owns all OLTL characters even those appearing in General Hospital – though crucially the licensing deal does not include the actors portraying them – and for some time now fans have been patiently waiting to see the consequences of that. On Friday it was reported that G.H actor Michael Easton, who plays John Bain, will be disappearing from screens as the character started off on OLTL.
However, it is now being reported that ABC and Prospect Park may “share” actors allowing them to appear in both soaps. On Friday ABC released a statement on the issue “General Hospital is excited about Easton, Alderson and Howarth staying on the show, and we are exploring ways to allow that to happen.”
Prospect Park also released its own statement “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.”
Production on One Life to Live is due to resume at the end of this month. If ABC and Prospect Park do come to an agreement over “sharing” the actors then it would set up crossover storylines between the two soaps even though OLTL was axed by ABC.