Saturday, February 2, 2013

One Life to Live Taking Its Characters Back

It's a soap opera within a soap opera.

Prospect Park, the company producing the new online versions of One Life to Live and All My Children is staking its claim on the characters who moved on to General Hospital, most notably Michael Easton (John) and Kristen Alderson (Starr).  Prospect Park released a statement last night saying those characters were "borrowed" to keep them alive for viewers during the hiatus begun when the shows were cancelled by ABC.

Will ABC fight back, hoping to keep those actors on GH?  That remains to be seen.

In the meantime, here's Prosepct Park's statement:

"In 2011, when Prospect Park decided to put everything on the line to reboot these shows, they lent characters to "General Hospital" until shooting began for the new programs so that the characters could stay alive with the fans and also so that the actors could remain working.  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).

"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."
TV Takes All will continue to post developments in this ongoing saga.

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