Despite Michael Easton‘s announcement early this morning, where he stated that after February 8th he would be exiting “General Hospital,” along with Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson, due to “some ongoing legal this and that,” an ABC spokesperson tells Soap Opera Network that all three will remain an essential part of the “GH” canvas for the foreseeable future as the three are under contract with the network and not Prospect Park.
“‘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,” read a statement from ABC, which did not provide further input on how the series would accomplish just that. Previously, the network stated, “There are on-going collaborative conversations,” in response to word that Prospect Park wanted to return the characters of Starr Manning (Alderson), Todd Manning (Howarth) and John McBain (Easton) to Llanview after formerly announcing it’s decision to re-launch “One Life to Live” later this spring. The production company licensed the rights to “OLTL’s” characters in July 2011 in a long-term distribution agreement between it and Disney/ABC Domestic Television, part of the Disney/ABC Television Group.
UPDATE 8:09 AM ET: In an update to his original Facebook message, Easton says that he wasn’t trying to “upset anybody” with his previously mentioned words, which had sparked outrage across social media networks from fans of the actor and character, who were upset to hear of his pending exit from “General Hospital.” The actor also says that the matter between Prospect Park and ABC may “take some time and some very bright people to resolve.”
Michael Easton Facebook Message Update
THANK YOU (PART TWO)
Didn’t mean to upset anybody, was just trying to address the birthday stuff. Honestly not sure what the future holds but I think it’s going to take some time and some very bright people to resolve it. Thank you again for all your kindness and support…
PREVIOUS: 2:19 AM ET: As previously reported, Michael Easton along with Kristen Alderson and Roger Howarth are currently at the center of a legal dispute between Prospect Park and Disney/ABC Domestic Television, part of the Disney/ABC Telvision Group, over who has the right to use the characters of John McBain (Easton), Starr Manning (Alderson) and Todd Manning (Howarth)). In one corner you have Prospect Park and “One Life to Live” and in the other you have ABC and “General Hospital.” Unfortunately for the fans, no one is “winning.” According to one of the affected actors, after Friday, February 8, they “cannot be at ‘General Hospital’” any longer.
ABC’s “General Hospital” and “The View” ranked #1 in Women 18-34 for the week of January 21-25, 2013. Both series averaged a 0.7 rating in the key sales demo. This marks “GH’s” 10th time in the past 11 weeks to rank #1 in the demo.
“The Chew” recorded its most watched week in total viewers. The series averaged 2.628 million viewers during the week, which was a gain of 238,000 viewers, or 12%, compared to the equivalent week last year when it averaged 2.345 million viewers.
Cleveland is getting hotter as TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” brings in soap stars Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”) and a returning Jack Wagner (“General Hospital,” “Melrose Place”) for guest stints.
On the Wednesday, January 30 episode of the hit series, entitled ”The Anger Games,” Mathison will portray Bill, the buddy of Melanie’s (Valerie Bertinelli) boyfriend, Alec (Jay Harrington), who is set up with Joy (Jane Leeves). Meanwhile, Elka (Betty White) tries her hand at being Victoria’s (Wendie Malick) agent. In the end, gossip and secrets circulate among the group of women as things come to a head at their monthly game night.
As expected, CBS has renewed its entire daytime lineup that consists of “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Price is Right,” “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Talk” for the 2013-2014 television season.
While “Y&R” had previously been renewed for the 2013-2014 season, “B&B” was awaiting a pickup that would keep the series in production and on the network. Previously, “B&B” was only renewed through the end of the current 2012-2013 television season.
On Saturday, February 16, “One Life to Live’s” Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom) and Lea DeLaria (Madame Delphina) will be hosting a cocktail party dubbed “Mix & Mingle with Roxy and Delphina” at Prohibition bar and restaurant in New York City. The event, brought to you by Soap Opera Socialite Productions, will run from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM.
“Both women promise an uncensored afternoon of fun and laughs, as they give you the ‘real low down’ from their stage and television careers, their experiences on ‘One Life to Live,; and recording their studio albums. Be the first to hear selected tracks from Ilene’s unreleased studio album, participate in a Q&A, win great raffle prizes, and get autographs and pictures with your favorite Llanview residents,” reads the event description. Stay tuned as Soap Opera Network is told that in the coming days additional guests will be announced for the event.
TMZ is reporting that former “Passions” star Brook Kerr (ex-Whitney Russell) and husband Christopher Warren, Sr., who are currently involved in a bitter divorce after 22 years of marriage, are being sued by their son Christopher Warren, Jr., who claims his parents stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from funds earned during his childhood acting career. The actor, best known for his role as basketball player Zeke Baylor in the “High School Musical” films, says his parents admitted to blowing through the money for “their own personal expenses.” TMZ reports that the total amount stolen remains unknown. “Chris is now suing his parents for all the money back … even though he’s still not sure exactly how much they took,” said TMZ.
As previously reported, daytime veteran Steve Burton (“General Hospital,” “Days of our Lives”) will debut Tuesday, January 29 on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as Dylan McAvoy, a rugged ex-soldier holding a secret upon his arrival in Genoa City. The character looks to be primarily interacting with Joshua Morrow‘s Nicholas Newman and Jessica Collins‘ Avery Clark, at least initially.
Soap Opera Digest is reporting that soap alum Kale Browne will be heard in upcoming episodes of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as he portrays the role of a radio DJ on the soap.
The magazine reports that Browne’s voice will be heard on the Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13 episodes of the drama series. The actor isn’t expected to appear in the actual episodes.
Browne worked under current “Y&R” executive producer Jill Farren Phelps while the two were at “Another World” and “One Life to Live” in the 1990′s.
Soap Opera Socialite Productions posted a video on their YouTube page from “All My Children’s” Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), who shared her excitement in returning to the world of Pine Valley after nearly a two year absence. ”We’re all very excited about the possibilites that await all of us, and getting together again and dusting off our old beloved characters and telling new stories that Agnes has been dreaming up since we’ve been off the air,” said the actress.