Daytime drama is spreading to real life.
With "One Life To Live" making its way to The Online Network, three former residents of Llanview find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson, and Roger Howarth all recently left the long running soap for ABC's "General Hospital" while Prospect Park worked out the kinks of transitioning "OLTL" online. Now Prospect Park is attempting to bring the trio back into the fold, while ABC, the network they paid to license the soap opera, is having a hard time letting go.
In an official statement, the network had this to say: "'General Hospital' is excited about Easton, Alderson and Howarth staying on the show, and we are exploring ways to allow that to happen."
The negotiations could find the actors pulling double duty, playing two character each in "General Hospital"'s Port Charles and "OLTL"'s Llanview. A spokesperson for Prospect Park stated, "Prospect Park understands that 'General Hospital' has featured Llanview transplants Michael Easton (John) and Kristen Alderson (Starr) among others while we arranged production of the new version of 'One Life to Live.' These characters, who we own under our agreement, are obviously essential to our production efforts, and a large reason we licensed the program. 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."
Easton at the very least will not be staying at "General Hospital," as he related to fans on his Facebook page that contract issues would force him out of the ABC soap as of February 8th. No word on the contract statuses of the other actors, but this behind-the-scenes drama could be as compelling as one of the soap opera's long-running storylines.