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Amongst the news of TOLN setting a premiere date for both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," the network also formally announced that Roger Howarth had joined the cast of the online reboot of "OLTL" as his character Todd Manning. Previously, Soap Opera Network had reported the news through official word by representatives for the actor and via "OLTL" co-star Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord Buchanan). Howarth will begin filming at the Stamford, CT studio of the soap on Monday, March 18. He will join the full cast of the soap for four weeks before returning to ABC's "General Hospital." It is understood that "OLTL" will complete filming its first batch of episodes (reportedly 40) on Friday, April 12. "AMC" will resume production on Monday, April 15, according to "AMC's" Debbi Morgan (Angela Hubbard).
Soap Opera Network has learned that during the week of March 18, ABC's "General Hospital" will be departing the "One Life to Live" characters consisting of Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson), Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) and John McBain (Michael Easton). As previously reported, ABC Daytime and Prospect Park have been in a dispute over the characters and their appearance on "GH" vs "One Life to Live," which Prospect Park is rebooting for the web along with "All My Children" later this spring. The actors are under contract to ABC, while Prospect Park holds the license rights to the characters.
Despite an earlier report stating otherwise, based on information from Robin Strasser's (Dorian Lord) telephone hotline, a senior level Prospect Park insider tells Soap Opera Network, "production has NOT been pushed back. This has been long planned to make way for a piece of the storyline that involves new sets and use of certain characters and not others."
Michael Easton (John McBain) posted an update for fans wanting to know where he currently stands in the dispute between ABC's "General Hospital" and TOLN's "One Life to Live." In a Facebook message, the actor said, "THANK YOU...your kind words of support mean the world to me. No word yet on when we might return to work but the fridge is stocked, the bills are paid, and I get to spend lots of precious time with my little girl."
According to Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) via her fan hotline (212-414-5300), "One Life to Live" will now begin filming new episodes for Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on Monday, March 18. Previously, the series was scheduled to commence filming on Monday, March 11. The actress brought the news to light despite being unwell at the time. Early this morning Strasser tweeted, "What a difference a week makes when you're feeling weak (lol) not sick of word play-just saying."
The peer votes have been cast, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards! Five categories have been announced, including Lead Actress and Lead Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, as well as Younger Actress and Younger Actor. Without further adieu, here are the pre-nominees:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:13 PM EDT
On Thursday, February 14, Soap Opera Network was first to report on Roger Howarth 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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:17 AM EDT
As Prospect Park continues casting for the upcoming online rendition of "One Life to Live" under the promise of blending "new themes, fresh stars and youthful energy," the soap is making some alterations to a previously released casting call for a "charming" new character.
Miss a day, miss a lot is the saying, but as the behind-the-scenes drama continues to unfold between ABC and Prospect Park in relation to the characters of Starr Manning, Todd Manning and John McBain and their need on either "General Hospital" or "One Life to Live," the saying has now become who's has what and how it affects daytime viewers.
Just a short time ago, Prospect Park 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 "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," they made an agreement with ABC that would allow "General Hospital" 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 Michael Easton (John) and Kristen Alderson (Starr)."
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 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.
Prospect Park first announced plans to move "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" to the web back in July 2011 after striking a license holding deal with Disney/ABC Domestic Television. Sadly, plans fell through by November 2011 after apparent financing and union discussions fell through. Since that dreadful time period, Prospect Park has resumed work on returning the soaps to your [computer] screens, only this time with financing said to be in place and union deals already signed with the DGA (directors), SAG-AFTRA (actors) and the WGA (writers). With more than a year gone by since "One Life to Live" last aired, we thought it would be a great opportunity to see which stars have (so far) signed on to return to "AMC" and "OLTL" compared to the list circling back in 2011.