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.
Beginning tonight at 7:00 PM ET/PT, SOAPnet presents a “General Hospital” marathon dubbed “Quartermania,” which will provide fans with five hours of classic episodes of the ABC Daytime drama series and the crazy antics of the Quartermaine family. In attendance will be some of your favorite soap stars from “GH” past including Jacob Young as Lucky Spencer, Natalia Livingston as Emily Quartermaine, Wally Kurth as Ned Ashton, Robyn Richards as Maxie Jones and Linda Dano as Rea Cummings, with fan refreshers made available for upcoming returnees Lynn Herring as Lucy Coe and Robin Christopher as Skye Quartermaine.