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UPDATE 8:28 PM ET: Easton’s management team tells Soap Opera Network, “Currently we have no plans to return to ‘.’ The rest is to be determined.”

PREVIOUS 3:13 PM ET: On Thursday, February 14, Soap Opera Network was first to report on returning to “One Life to Live.” In our initial reporting it appeared that the actor would be returning to the soap full-time, but as the day progressed we soon learned that it would only be for four weeks with Howarth scheduled to begin filming on Monday, March 18, at the Stamford, CT studios for the online reboot of the series, per the actors management. Why the initial confusion? It looks as though Roger’s deal to return to “OLTL” was just being signed as Soap Opera Network went to press, per Howarth’s management, so word of his return to “OLTL” was correct, but length was unclear.

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In a soap opera twist, it looks as though the reason word of Howarth’s deal coming to light so quickly, while things remained mum on the status of co-stars (Starr Manning) and (John McBain), is due to the fact that Prospect Park was in the midst of recasting Todd Manning! While the role had been recast before with , it would be a hard thing to do once more considering former “OLTL” head writer (and now “GH” head writer) Ron Carlivati undid the story of Todd’s facial transplant courtesy of the “Tale of Two Todd’s” storyline in 2011.

According to Howarth’s management team, Prospect Park had narrowed a recast of Todd down to two actors before ultimately signing a deal with Howarth that allows him to film at “OLTL” for four weeks before ultimately returning to “GH” full-time.

As for the status of Alderson and Easton, Soap Opera Network reached out to reps for both actors and according to Alderson’s management, there are no updates on whether or not she would be returning to “GH” or “OLTL.” Alderson said as much earlier today in a Twitter response to a fan. “Just waiting to hear from Prospect Park,” said Alderson when asked by a follower, “are you staying in Port Charles or are you going back to Llanview?” Easton’s representative’s have not responded to requests for comment by Soap Opera Network.

Could Prospect Park be planning to recast John and Starr too? Stay Tuned!

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  • shargem69

    I really hope that Michael Easton decides to return to OLTL as John McBain. I want the best for Michael, but frankly can’t they have him work on both shows and cast him as a different character on GH?? John belongs with Natalie and Liam on OLTL. Ron has damaged his character enough on GH.

    • EastonFan

      I really doubt that this will ever happen. Easton loves working at GH and why in the world would he want to leave a network show to do an online one. Easton also has stated that he and Kelly Monaco love working together. If he does come back to OLTL it will be only to wrap John up in Llanview.

      • OLTL fan

        While I doubt ME is coming. He enjoyed working at OLTL immensely. He’s stated that many times. I just don’t see what Kelly has to do with his decision. He’s stated he loves working with Bob Woods who he is very good friends with. One of his best friends, Thorston Kaye will be at AMC working the same studio. He’s said he loves working with Melissa.

        If ME stays at GH, I think it’d have more to do with his contract, his family and what’s best for his career. Because soap couples don’t last, and to make a decision like that with KMo being a factor would be dumb because what will he have left on GH when TPTB rip them apart?

        • Irish Girl

          Well, all 3 actors have indicated they prefer working where they are. None of them want to go back east and work on OLTL, really. And yes, it DOES make a difference to an actor when they enjoy working with a partner. It can make a huge difference, actually.

          • OLTL fan

            But he also enjoyed working with his partner on OLTL. When asked what his greatest moments about working on OLTL when the show was cancelled was, he said working with Melissa and his second was working with Melissa and the baby. He could have chosen to say many other things, for example, another actor mentioned a trainwreck they once did. I think a lot of the time soap fans believe that the decisions actors make concerning their careers is based on frickle pairings, and I don’t believe that’s the case.

          • Clarence

            Ever been a working actor OLTL fan? Have you ever done any acting because who you work with on stage does make a difference. Melissa was never on par with Michael in acting ability, she just is not a great actor. Kelly Monaco is a better actor than MA plain and simple.

          • Irish Girl

            Well, there’s that, and also the fact that change can enervate people. It’s probably refreshing to do something different, and to be somewhere different.

          • lulu

            It is EXACTLY that, as an actor you love to be challenged and change do that for you. I am sure ME loved/love to work with ALL his leading ladies.

          • Irish Girl

            Well, there’s that, and also the fact that change can enervate people. It’s probably refreshing to do something different, and to be somewhere different.

          • Catherine Watters

            Michael Easton is not a great actor at all! Didnt watch OLTL so I dont know abotu MA, but IMO, Michael Easton brings down the character of Sam, and the acting abilities of Kelly Monaco in a big way. I can say that the man has got the Leaning in a door way with his hands in his pocket and the stupid ass stare he has on his face down pat!! His action scenes are hilarious, his ill fated attempt at trying to be funny is almost embarrasing to watch, the way he’s in everyones personal space.. He’s hardly lead material. He doesn’t even try!

          • Irish Girl

            Well, I suppose that’s a matter of perspective and opinion. Yours differs from…well, a lot of people’s. But that’s what makes this country great, innit?

          • Catherine Watters

            Oh… I get it, so the fact that you disagree with me automatically equates to “a lot of people” agree with you? You can say the same either way. Are people this niave? To think because they feel one way and choose to respond to someone and say they disagree, which is ok, but to throw in ha ha, there are more people that agree with me when there really is no way to determine that. smh…

          • Irish Girl

            I said your opinion differs from a lot of peoples, which, judging by general fan reaction to this debacle, is not all that farfetched. Chill out, lady. I’m not attacking you.

          • Catherine Watters

            Tgeneral fan reaction I see verses what you see definately varies. I seea lot more that don’t like it verses those that do. And what kills me is that people want a Me/Kemo hook up more than they want a John and Sam hook up. Which by the was was so forced and contrived. They assassinated Jason’s character and Jasam as a couple to even make John plausable. And now, Sam’s character that she has created over the last 10 years is now in jeapordy, but hey as long as they are together, who cares. That saysa lot about the kind of fans that this couple attracks..Sam and John at any cost. Not too many people like RC’s version of who Sam is because…well… is not the Sam who has been on our screen for the last 10 years. Enjoy you McBam no matter how you get it or how much they make sense.

          • Irish Girl

            Poor thing. You’re a little high-strung, aren’t you? There’s an app for that.

          • Catherine Watters

            OH there you go again!! always playing the marter!! But in reality, you do the same thing, only difference is that you think you are clever with your words!! But you know, I get that you love Michael Easton and the fact that they guy is in limbo may hurt!!

          • Irish Girl

            Honey, it’s “martyr”. Use your words.

          • Catherine Watters

            I love when people correct others in an open public forum, it says a lot about a person! But in any case, I’m glad you were smart enough to figure out what was said, kinda proves my point I guess..

          • Irish Girl

            You go on ahead and snuggle that to your chest. :)

          • dynariffic D

            BOTH OF YOU ARE BYOTCHES!!! STFU, both of you

          • dynariffic D

            Wow, what a childish byotch you are!!! IMMATURE AND PETTY.

          • http://twitter.com/MsSimone1978 Ina Stovall

            I agree with you Catherine! he’s just completely emotionless! i see nothing! cause his acting gives nothing!

          • Catherine Watters

            He’s horrid!

    • Crystal

      It would be difficult for Michael to work on both shows since OLTL is not filmed in LA. I doubt he will return to OLTL, not many actors would choose to do a online web series that might not end up being successful over a show that airs on a national network. Besides the chanes of ABC ending his contract with them is zero since he’s a fan fave and has been part of two popular on screen pairings with Kelly Monaco.

      • Irish Girl

        ^^ This.

  • Nancy

    John is great with Sam and I want him everyday not just for 30 min and for 5 weeks. This whole situation is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. Keep the lawyers out of it and things just might work out one way or another.

  • Rebecca

    I really hope Michael Easton gets to stay on GH. He and KM are amazing together and he’s a great part of the PCPD! Never watched OLTL but he’s quickly become my favorite GH character!! Hope we hear something official soon. The not knowing part is the worst!

  • pam

    I enjoy this site, but the writing is often confusing and unclear. And I couldn’t believe my ears when a recent article suggested that Steve Burton was the reason Y&R saw a spike in its ratings. I think the story lines and Josh Griffith should receive kudos for that, not Steve Burton.

  • michyshue

    Nobody can replace Kristen Alderson as Starr or Michael Easton as John Mcbain, to do so would be a farce.Can’t see anyone else in those roles.They started out with those roles and are still playing those roles.ME character as John doesn’t have chemistry with Sam like he did with Natalie(Melissa Archer). I hope for everybody’s sake they all decide to do both soaps.I want the original JOLIE>

    • Sally

      What show are you watching. Easton had little chemistry with Archer as she was not in his league when it came to acting. Kelly Monaco and Michael Easton are magic onscreen together and they sizzle in romantic scenes. I am so happy Easton is free of Archer.

      • Dave

        Melissa Archer is just as good of an actor as Easton if not better! I am so happy Melissa may be free of Easton’s McPain!

    • LashaMe

      BAA if “Todd” can be replaced ANYONE can. RH was a force to be reckoned with on OLTL never did I think he could be replaced and the writers pulled it off!! I do love RH and hope he gets to come back to GH either way. I love Vicki, Clint, Blair and OH MS Dorian!! She’s my fav. IF I tune in to reboot of OLTL it will be for them. If PP forces ME off GH they can count this viewer B GONE. The end!!

  • Ann

    Easton should stay where he belongs now, on GH permanently. He should not expected to be on both shows either. He moved out to LA for GH. I bet he would not want to uproot again. He is doing very well on GH. Please let him come back!

    • EastonFan

      He will be back on GH and I bet he won’t even be missing on screen for a minute. From what I hear everyone on GH is on vacation for 2 weeks starting last week. He will be there as Caleb or John.

      • Irish Girl

        Yep. Especially if they finalize the deal by Monday.

        • Megan

          I cannot wait when ABC will finally be free of the daytime genre & be all talk & cooking shows in their place. Then you will see how be AMC & OLTL fans feel. Hell Steve Burton seen writing on the wall & left the show.

          • Megan

            To be at the highest rated daytime soap with Y&R. Ron C will only concentrate on these OLTL characters with repeat of OLTL stores to boot because he does t have an origin thought in his body. Keep ME, RH, KA. & let them play other character. Those characters belong to OLTL

          • Irish Girl

            Yeah, keep telling yourself that. But it’s doubtful it’ll go down that way.

          • Irish Girl

            Yeah, keep telling yourself that. But it’s doubtful it’ll go down that way.

          • BethAnn3

            I keep trying to figure out why some GH fans are so bitter about a handful of OLTL actors coming over. Most of the people I know who watch GH watched both shows. Also, it’s not as if GH was very good before Ron C. came over. Most of the OLTL haters loved the Mafia storylines, which had been killing GH for the past several years. Most of us hated the dominance of Sonny and his mob buddies, including the way Jason was rewritten after the accident to be a Sonny boot-licker who acted like an emotionless robot. I didn’t mind Steve Burton, either, but I really felt the story would have been better served to have him get his memory back and become a Quatermaine again and ditch Sonny. I also don’t mind Maurice Bernard as an actor, and I”m glad Ron is giving him a less Mafia-oriented story, though I wish Sonny would find a new girlfriend besides Kate/Connie. Kate/Connie is a story Ron should resolve and either let her become normal or kill her off and give Sonny a new girl.

          • Irish Girl

            Wow. Bitter much?

          • Irish Girl

            Wow. Bitter much?

          • dynariffic D

            Aren’t you a consdescending, nasty little whiner

          • Elizabethanastasia

            And I saw Steve Burton on Y & R in all black as usual only he played a better Jason than Dylan, he does not fit in there to me, he should come back to GH.

  • Sally

    Let PP recast John, who cares? GH can keep him as Caleb or another character. The character of John without Easton is not really worth much. Easton is why McBain was popular.

    • Dave

      It would be stupid for Easton to stay on GH as Caleb who’s a proven murderer, possibly serial killer! A 3rd character would even be more stupid!

  • OLTL fan

    I wanted Easton to play John but I want John on OLTL more than I want Easton to play him. I would like to see John raise Liam and be a father, it’s what makes sense for his character. How long was Carlivati going to drag out the custody and not have John apart of his son’s life.

    • Irish Girl

      They’ll do some kind of thing where it turns out Liam isn’t his son after all, most likely. I mean, John’s going to have to go back to Llanview to tie up loose ends at some point; Liam’s paternity would likely figure in to that.

      • OLTL fan

        Doing all this to keep a character on a show he doesn’t even have ties to seems unnecessary, why should Prospect Park de-McBain Natalie’s child so that John can run off. They’d have more angst leaving the paternity as is especially if they maintained ownership of the character.

        • Irish Girl

          *shrugs* I’m just saying that’s probably the way it’ll go.

        • Irish Girl

          *shrugs* I’m just saying that’s probably the way it’ll go.

    • Beth Even

      Carlivati was only “dragging” the custody situation because he could not bring Melissa Archer to GH. I respect that story being left open for the new OLTL writers to tie into their gameplan.

  • LashaMe

    I would LOVE ME to stay at GH as John! Could NOT stand “John” on OLTL so different to me on GH he and KM are so HOT together never liked the pairing of Jolie. But if GH HAS to recast him in another role..so be it. John Stamos (Would be a good match for John and Natlie on OLTL) he looking to come back to a gig. Dunno but at the end of the day I wish all the legal this and that would go in the shredder and let all 3 of them DO WHICH SHOW “THEY WANT” they are the ones and their family living this tug of war. I feel bad for them. This has got to be SO hard on “them” :(

    • jonboyelk

      Agreed. I couldn’t stand either McPain or Starr on OLTL but love them on GH. Starr turned from girl to woman on GH.

  • Beth Even

    Better that Roger Howarth represent TM on OLTL temporarily and then return to GH than a stupid recast. Gracious of Howarth to do it — and I certainly hope PP is showing appropriate $$$ appreciation!
    If PP were smart, they’d offer similiar — and generous — deals to ME and KA, resolve it once and for all.

  • Keisha

    I want Michael to stay on GH. I know that ME want to stay on… I want to see more of John & Sam I luv them

  • Vicki

    To me, John McBain has to be portrayed by Michael Easton. There is no one else who can be recast for this character. And I hate that John never got to complete his journey in Llanview when he first came in as a broody former FBI agent and met the love of his life. I also hate that John never got to see the son that he’s always wanted grow up in his infancy. As a huge Jolie fan, I resent that Ron Carlivati waited so long to reunite them. Had he reunited them back in 2007 in the proper way that they should have been, we fans could have had gotten the joy of watching a happy McBain family for a couple of years with 2 kids maybe. NOPE, we never got that and I will forever want that before I can see John or Natalie move on to other orbits!

  • Vicki

    To me, John McBain has to be portrayed by Michael Easton. There is no one else who can be recast for this character. And I hate that John never got to complete his journey in Llanview when he first came in as a broody former FBI agent and met the love of his life. I also hate that John never got to see the son that he’s always wanted grow up in his infancy. As a huge Jolie fan, I resent that Ron Carlivati waited so long to reunite them. Had he reunited them back in 2007 in the proper way that they should have been, we fans could have had gotten the joy of watching a happy McBain family for a couple of years with 2 kids maybe. NOPE, we never got that and I will forever want that before I can see John or Natalie move on to other orbits!

  • Guest

    To me, John McBain has to be portrayed by Michael Easton. There is no one else who can be recast for this character. And I hate that John never got to complete his journey in Llanview when he first came in as a broody former FBI agent and met the love of his life. I also hate that John never got to see the son that he’s always wanted grow up in his infancy. As a huge Jolie fan, I resent that Ron Carlivati waited so long to reunite them. Had he reunited them back in 2007 in the proper way that they should have been, we fans could have had gotten the joy of watching a happy McBain family for a couple of years with 2 kids maybe. NOPE, we never got that and I will forever want that before I can see John or Natalie move on to other orbits!

  • andiecohenn

    PP holding the actors hostage is not ok. If they don’t ALL get to return to GH I will NOT watch the online versions of OLTL & AMC!!

  • andiecohenn

    PP holding the actors hostage is not ok. If they don’t ALL get to return to GH I will NOT watch the online versions of OLTL & AMC!!

  • doveydiane

    I’m worried that if AMC & OLTL have to recast alot of characters that they may lose some of their audience. I don’t want people turning away from these shows after we worked so very hard to get them back. I’ve been boycotting ABC for over a year, except for GH of course. If there are too many new actors, the fans will turn away and that’s what worries me.

  • wendy

    Recast all three I love them on GH I will not watch OLTL or AMC on the net. Too many actors will not be returning and it will not be the same Too little too late for me :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.taylor.50702 Patricia Taylor

    please michael easton come back to one life to live where your character was born. You are so good as John and please, Kristen Alderson coe back to one life to live with your family.
    Patricia A. Durkin- Taylor a fan since one life to live first came on tvl

  • Cathalina

    I think ME and the rest of the three could be leaning towards GH for job stability. These reboots are experimental, and no one knows if they will work. So, why not stay in a steadier gig?

  • Elizabethanastasia

    I am thinking since Caleb did not really die as we all saw him walk out of the hospital with the ring on that Michael Easton will come back as Caleb Moreley aka Steven Clay. I have no idea how they can bring back Roger or Kirsten without it looking completely ridiculous to cast them as other people.