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    In our 'General Hospital' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Michael Easton, Roger Howarth And Kristen Alderson Out At GH?

    Thursday, April 11 2013


    (Nikki Nelson/WENN.com)
    Contract issues.

    Updated: April 11.

    Soap Opera Digest has confirmed that Michael Easton (ex-McBain) Roger Howarth (ex-Todd) and Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr) will be returning to Port Charles as their new characters starting on May 10.

    Updated: March 25.

    Although nothing has been made official, it is starting to sound like Michael Easton (McBain) Roger Howarth (Todd) and Kristen Alderson (Starr) will all be heading back to Port Charles, only as different characters. TV Guide is reporting that this seems to be the most likely outcome since negotiations with Prospect Park for the rights to the characters are not going well. According to TV Guide's source, "Prospect Park has been extremely difficult to deal with on this issue so 'GH' basically said, 'Screw it! We'll create all new characters!'"

    Updated: March 4.

    Michael Easton (John) updated his fans via his Facebook about the uncertain status of his character:

    "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."

    Updated: February 28.


    Soap Opera Digest has reported that Roger Howarth (Todd) will return to Llanview to shoot material during the show's second week of production. This means that the actor will not be contractually allowed to appear on "GH" on the same day his character airs on "OLTL" online. Find out if Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson will return to OLTL.


    Updated: February 14.


    According to Soap Opera Digest, it looks like Roger Howarth will join "OLTL" when it is rebooted. However, he will only play Todd Manning on the series for four weeks before returning to Port Charles.

    Updated: February 4.

    Prospect Park has made their position on this matter clear. They issued the following statement:

    "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.""

    For more about this, read Prospect Park To Migrate AMC And OLTL Online.

    Original article: February 1.

    It looks like the "OLTL" invasion of Port Charles could be ending. ABC Soap In Depth has reported that Michael Easton (McBain) is now in a legal bind. According to his contract, he won't legally be allowed to play his role on "General Hospital" after February 8. This is because the character is the legal property of "One Life To Live" which is currently inching back toward production on the internet.

    While Easton has made his departure public, mentioning it on his official Facebook page it appears that this will also apply to fellow former "OLTL" actors/characters Roger Howarth (Todd) and Kristen Alderson (Starr). All three characters are licensed to Prospect Park and ABC has not been able to negotiate their continuance on "GH." All three actors have shot scenes which will keep them on the air for the month of February.



    For more, read our Exclusive Interview: Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz.

    Has McBain's disappearance been written into the plot yet? Check out the GH Weekly Spoiler Video: Prime Suspect and let us know what you think. And find out why Evan is suspicious of TJ on "Beauty And The Beast" in our Primetime Dish.

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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Fan in Fort Worth at Friday, February 01 2013 11:04 AM

    I hate this because i really like John and Todd. they add alot to the show. Star can go bye bye though.

    Posted by dafyduc at Friday, February 01 2013 11:27 AM

    I want to keep Todd and Starr. I'd rather see John back in Lanview with Natalie

    Posted by bikette at Friday, February 01 2013 12:44 PM

    They were the main reason I started watching GH. But, now I really like the show. Sorry to see them go, especially Todd. He has always has been a lot of fun to watch, no matter what show he was on.

    Posted by wildrose28 at Friday, February 01 2013 01:07 PM

    THIS IS SUCH CRAP. ALL THREE ACTORS HAVED ON, AND NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY CAN'T BECAUSE OF THIS LEGAL B.S. PROSPECT PARK ARE THE ONES THAT CHOSE TO GIVE UP, WHAT WERE THEY SUPPOSE TO DO JUST WAIT AROUND "JUST IN CASE" SOMETHING HAPPENS? ARE THEY KIDDING ME? AS MUCH AS I'M HAPPY ABOUT OLTL, MICHAEL, ROGER, AND KRISTEN DESERVE MUCH MORE AND GH GAVE THAT TO THEM.

    Posted by MARCO88 at Friday, February 01 2013 01:23 PM

    This is so unfair. PP gave up that right when they decided not to produce the show they shouldn't have to right to keep those characters. They belong to GH now. Stupid. Well I hope they can work something out. But I read somewhere that PP was recasting the roles of John, Todd and Starr so that would mean that these actors are not playing these character on PP version. Lame.

    Posted by Bearsnsoaps at Friday, February 01 2013 01:41 PM

    I want todd and starr to stay i like todd with carly and starr with
    michael john never had a storyline. when will they be back on
    gh?

    Posted by LYD10 at Friday, February 01 2013 02:18 PM

    Listen, first off, John, Starr and Todd belong on OLTL where they are established in the past, present and future storylines. GH is not tween Twilight; it is a longtime established soap with in depth families & stories. The soap Port Charles is long gone and should NOT be resurrected. When OLTL ended, John was with his son & Natalie and anyone who knows that soap also knows Natalie was a firery, spunky, take no crap woman who would NEVER leave John and take their son away after one kiss. She would have fought tooth and nail for her family. GH has tried to ruin her character just to sew in John along with Todd & Starr. Anyone who knew OLTL KNOWS Todd will NEVER get over Blair! GH, keep your own characters, leave Port Charles Vampire thing in the past and give us back the OLTL we know and love!

    Posted by marcaie at Friday, February 01 2013 07:36 PM

    This is just wrong. I would like to keep all three. RH is very funny and has great delivery. ME and KA will be missed. I wish PP would let them stay. grr..

    Posted by ilsalund at Friday, February 01 2013 09:58 PM

    What a bunch of crap! I'm loving them all on GH; I'll watch them on OLTL online but I wish there was a way to keep them on GH. There has to be some loophole somewhere.

    Posted by JadeLola at Friday, February 01 2013 10:13 PM

    All three character can stay on GH ABC all do stupid carp just wait see what happy.

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