Prospect Park Releases Statement on ‘GH’ vs ‘OLTL’ And What It Means For Fans of Both Shows

Donna Svennevik/ABC
Donna Svennevik/ABC

Just a short time ago, released the following statement to Soap Opera Network regarding the latest developments surrounding its discussions with Disney/ABC Domestic Television and the use of the characters Starr Manning, Todd Manning and John McBain.

According to the company, shortly after deciding to postpone production of “” and “,” they made an agreement with ABC that would allow “” to utilize the characters so that they could “stay alive with the fans and also so that the actors could remain working.” The company also tells Soap Opera Network that “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 (John) and (Starr).”

You can read the full statement below:

via Press Release

“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.”

  • I Knew Prospect Park would do the right thing..

    • Really? Their “statement” was so vague! Nothing is worked out yet. PP is showing itself to be a flaky company and i hope all the actual actors and crew and everyone who counts on this for a salary (soap stars need food and shelter too!) doesn’t get screwed over.

  • John and Starr is a large reason they licensed the show? Is it win-win for the actors? They can’t be forced to move and work in Connecticut. If Prospect Park plays hardball the actors can still refuse to go work for them and then they have characters but no actors and would be forced to recast 3 major players.

    • Megan

      Well, i disagree. I have watch all three ABC shows for thd last 30+ years & at the end of OLTL only three characters that were popular with OLTL fsns were asked to go to GH to help boost GH falling ratings well they were accepted by some. I think Steve Burton saw the writing on the wall that he ws slowly bejng inches out to capitalize on the Caleb/Livie bring in viewers.

      I am sorry ME & RH are mixed up in the legal part. But dont be fool Ron Carvalinti uses to be a lawyer & him & FV are trying to shift the blame on

      • Megan

        PP. they could have easily brougt thrm over as different characters, but the opted not to. ABC knew the deal when they signed these characters & made a deal witg PP that they would be on loan to GH until they got everything together Well its done. PP wanted these shows still to thrive whike ABC/Disney did not. I say, i will watch my two soaps i missed terriblely. Those characters belong to OLTL. It sucks even if the do come over are new writers gonna gave to address

        • Megan

          Did to these characters from the finale of OLTL to the butcher job he did with them on GH. Time will tell if they come or have to be recast. I dont think that ReRon is creative enough ymto come up with three new characters that really have no place when you have established characters already.

          All i know is if & its certainly possible that GH might be in this boat at the end of this year & will see how it feels.

  • I can’t believe people are making such a huge stink after a huge blessing. Our beloved soaps are coming back. No we will not get all our old stars back. I am die hard AMC and will take what I can get even if it means my most favorite charactors/actors like Susan Lucci, Michael E. Knight (Tad), Rebecca (Greenlee) and I could go on and on. OLTL got a HUGE amount of their returning cast announced. But, I will take what I can get and if we all tune in and make it successful online, they live on and things can change like cast members coming back, other avenues to watch. So, please everyone. Be greatful and just tune in!

  • Karen

    Sounds like the GH and the actors aren’t playing ball. If PP is willing to share for characters they paid for, what’s the problem? GH should just let these OLTL characters go, no loss and not worth the time or money spent.

  • Verona

    John and Starr? No mention of Todd, who has been by far the most important of three? Do they even know what characters they own? Sharing equally across two shows that are produced on opposite coasts sounds like a difficult concept to me.

    • From what I hear Roger didn’t like the fact that this was happening. He wants to stay on GH

    • Read it again, all three are mentioned. 🙂 Todd is not, however, “the most important”! You might like him the most, but all three are involved in front-burner stories, *especially* ME/John McBain, who is part of the HUGE s/l right now – the murder on the docks. This is February and we know about Feb SWEEPS. They use their “most important” characters and do the splashiest stories for sweeps.

  • Over4tea

    If ABC won’t let the OLTL actors go, then PP should just wait until their contracts are up, and then bring their characters back to OLTL if they still feel they need them, which they don’t. It will not make any sense to have the same characters in 2 different places at the same time doing totally different things. There should only be one story for the three of them going on simultaneously between both shows. ABC had these characters. They had no problem letting them go, along with everyone else from OLTL, and now they won’t give them back. They don’t belong to them anymore! They are on loan. ABC is looking more foolish every day for their huge mistake. They don’t deserve to be allowed to use any OLTL characters on their network.

    • The characters won’t be on both shows. The actors will remain on GH as different characters and PP will recast the roles for OLTL. Which, as far as I’m concerned, sucks big time!!

      • Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? That makes no sense what you just posted. The characters as we all know them on GH right now are John, Todd and Starr, how can one confuse that again? That just will not make any sense to anyone

  • You better work it out. It’s the viewers and actors who matter most. These actors are those characters and I for one do NOT want to see them recast!! You need to work out some way to share them or I may no longer be watching GH.

    • Actors AND crew before viewers. It doesn’t take a salary or worrying about the future away from us if this doesn’t work out, we need to be supportive of the people who entertain us now.

  • Xanna_Dont

    I think some folks are confused by what “willing to equally share the characters with GH and ABC” means. Do the actors fly to Stamford every few weeks to integrate their GH storylines into OLTL? Or will these characters be recast dopplegangers on OLTL? I’m not reading recasting in that statement. If it’s “a win-win for the actors,” then I’m thinking it means they’ll portray the characters they’re so well known for on both shows.

    • They will be shared according to the companies, PP wants to get them in on production to start it all off. Roger and Michael came out to California, uprooted their families, as far as Kristen, I have no idea, they just might tape many scenes and then let them come back here to Ca. And when needed again, go back to Stamford

  • If you read the above once again, they want to share the characters, where some of you think they will give them new names. It doesn’t say that

  • Gary

    Some of you need to read all of the articles posted on this. ABC’s statement says the actors will be back on GH in different roles. Prospect Park and ABC both have statements on this. And of course when each issues a statement they are going to make it sound like they are the innocent party. I personally will not be watching either of the online shows. I don’t like watching shows on my computer, and I refuse to pay for Hulu Plus so that I can stream them to my TV. I already pay for Netflix, don’t need another streaming service. And sorry but putting 3 actors back onto GH after such a short time in different roles is just stupid. I can’t believe Cartini would think that would work. It is just stupid. As far as blame as I have said before ABC and Cartini knew that PP owned the characters. Frank Val has even said several times in interviews that they couldn’t use certain characters because PP owned them. The actors knew they were signing contracts with ABC to play characters the network no longer owned. If they didn’t know their pals Frank and Ron knew about it. Remember both worked for Prospect Park too. I don’t like Prospect Park. I hate the way they deal with things, but there are no innocent parties here. Prospect Park could have warned them that they were working on reviving and hadn’t given up. But also ABC and Cartini should have had a backup plan in case this happened.

  • I hope they can stay on both shows !!!

  • How would they explain the characters moving back and forth between the 2 shows? Would Starr date Michael on GH,and another guy on OLTL? What about John,will he get back with Nat on OL,or end up with Sam on GH?,and what PD would he work for? Would Todd split his time between Blair,and Carly?

  • CTwildheart

    Still hoping this can be worked out satisfactorily for everyone. I will take whatever I can get. I’ll watch.

  • Catherine Watters

    Todd is the only one that fits at GH. McBain does’t fit. Had they introduced the character differently, instead of inserting him into a major story line and rewriting that story to pay homage to the once chemistry of characters Caleb and Live, it propbably would have been a whole lot different. I for one will never accept his sorry ass after how the characters of Sam and Jason Morgan, and their story were treated. Just because 2 characters had chemistry on one show doesnt make them an automatic couple. In case people didn’t notice, Sam is not Livie and a whole completely different character with history that was thrown in the garbage for McBain to have a presence in GH.

    • Mia

      ITA Sam isn’t Livvie and I will NEVER accept McBain & Sam after the way McBain came in between Sam & Jason, if it happened differently I might have. Others have said that too.

  • tammy

    Can’t wait to see the soaps on prospectpark

  • Lotty

    I love having Todd, John and Starr on General Hospital. General Hospital has never been this good!! I love the cross over stories and would enjoy seeing more.

  • Roger

    I have to say this. I grew up watching Batman and then when they rebooted it with the dark knight I wasn’t confused. Its acting. most daytime acotrs have played SEVERAL roles. I’d like to see the “GH3” crossover back and forth, but I dont see why they can’t just recast them and from this day forth the viewer can assume they are different universes. I dont think I’ll be confused if there is a starr and todd on OLTL and a todd and starr on GH. The real issue isn’t that PP owns the characters and ABC has contracts with the actors. Its that ME and KA don’t want to do the reboots. They dont want to travel to the east. You cant make an actor do something they dont want. this isn’t Port charles where we can hang them up in a meat locker and make them sign a new contract. New characters on GH won’t be well received so the REAL problem is the actors unwillingness to bite the bullet and do 1 month. thas all PP asked for and thats very generous. hell movie actors go around the world promoting movies longer than that. RH is doing it but I guess he’s just a professional and thinking about the fans not the sunny weather in LA

  • NME

    How stupid to have them play different characters when they have already been on there as the best characters…Llanview’s STARR, TODD AND JOHN!!!