‘General Hospital’ Losing Its Starr, Todd and John to ‘One Life to Live’

Donna Svennevik/ABC
Donna Svennevik/ABC

According to a report by , ABC’s “” will be temporarily losing the characters of Starr Manning, Todd Manning and John McBain as has exercised its right to utilize the characters for its online reboot from the agreement the production company signed with the Group, part of the Walt Disney Company, back in July 2011.

“Prospect Park realizes these three characters could initially help draw fans to the new ‘One LIfe,'” explained a source to the website. “There are ongoing talks between ABC and Prospect Park about the characters returning to ‘General Hospital’ at some point, which could be fine with [Prospect Park] as they eventually want to go much younger with their soaps.”

Donna Svennevik/ABC
Donna Svennevik/ABC

Of the three former/future “OLTL” actors currently appearing on “GH,” only (John) had signed an agreement with Prospect Park back in September 2011 that would have kept him in Llanview. Since the deal fell through, Easton is now under contract with ABC along with (Starr) and (Todd). If the characters do appear again via the online version of “,” it will be due to a temporary agreement between Prospect Park and ABC.

According to the DC report, the characters will be off the “GH” canvas after the conclusion of the February Sweep period (January 31 – February 27, 2013).

Soap Opera Network is awaiting comment from ABC, which is forthcoming.

  • mary

    now recast jason

  • Sad

    This is awful GH has embraced them one life wants them only for ratings….I hope this article is wrong.

    • Rose Worthem

      I believe that is the only reason why GH wanted them, for the ratings. Why the sour apples? I have read posts where GH fans did not want tohave them on. I guess it is to each his own. They won’t be gone for long, I think it will be used just to kick off the show online. Besides, wouldn’t you want to see what happens with Todd and Tea and the baby switch a bit further than what you had seen on GH? I know I do but I don’t like RH, never did and never will. I hope that they will recast the guy, along with KA. I don’t like her either but I now watch GH and still put up with them because the story lines are good.

  • jonboyelk

    Pisses me off enough that now I will boycott PP.

  • I very much doubt that the actors will join PP. They will find a way to keep them.

  • NeronWillRise

    If I were those actors and PP did that to me…..I would never join their new OLTL show. I’d quit first. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  • I have to disagree with the title, those 3 started on OLTL, they didn’t originate on GH

  • ginger

    It’s the older viewers who have watched since day one and they have the nerve to say they want to attract “younger viewers”. Very sad you don’t appreciate the real viewers. I may rethink watching now.

    • Rose Worthem

      I am a watcher from way back and I will take whomever I can get. I think it is a wise move to attract a younger audience, it will mean that they can keep it up. After all us “older” viewers days are numbered. I am only 51 and far from old and I like the idea of younger actors, which means that it will go on longer. I don’t feel bad about their statements. You can keep Todd and Starr on GH, just give me John.