I know this might seem way too simple and cheesy, but what I'd like for them to do (if they cannot use the "characters" from OLTL) is simply start a new day with detective Josh McMann, magazine editor Tom Mannis and his daughter Stacy Mannis who is in a relationship with Michael. :D Drop their history on OLTL (and that won't be hard to do considering they've blended into the GH fabric so well and OLTL will be back on with new actors playing their characters). They could even go so far as to drop the car accident ("Stacy" could be childless considering Starr's character would continue on OLTL) and that would end the awful incarceration of Todd, aka Tom and Johnny. With all that GH has to offer these days, it wouldn't even cause a ripple IMO. They could even do one of those voice-overs they usually do when a new actor takes over the role, like "the character of John McBain will now be referred to as Josh McMann. :-) I know this will probably never happen, but if it meant that the talented actors could stay with GH.... I'd be all for the absurd and very unrealistic change over. I really don't want to see John be a vampire in order for him to stay, nor do I want to see any of them leave or only get to "borrow" them occasionally. 8) I can't imagine the actors would want to give up a good network gig for an internet soap either. I hope they are able to stick around regardless of how it has to happen.
PS: The names I came up with were very random and definitely subject to change.... just in case anyone at GH is reading and wants to use my idea. ;) ;) :-)