"One Life to Live" actors Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson may have to leave "General Hospital" to rejoin the newly revived "OLTL" online.
According to Daytime Confidential, Howarth, Easton and Alderson will leave "General Hospital" as per an agreement between ABC and Prospect Park. The actors are expected to help launch "One Life to Live" on Prospect Park's The Online Network, but could return to "General Hospital" after "OLTL" launches.
"Prospect Park realizes these three characters could initially help draw fans to the new 'One Life,'" a source told Daytime Confidential. "There are ongoing talks between ABC and Prospect Park about the characters returning to 'General Hospital' at some point, which could be fine with [Prospect Park] as they eventually want to go much younger with their soaps."
A rep for ABC told TVLine that the network and Prospect Park are in ongoing collaborative conversations. "We have various strategies in place depending on the outcome of these talks and of Prospect Park’s plans,” the ABC rep said.
Prospect Park originally planned to take "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" online after the two soaps ended their runs on ABC, but the plans were scrapped in late 2011. However, the company recently announced it made the appropriate deals and secured the proper funding and will revive the soap operas with production scheduling to start in February.
Prospect Park has not confirmed any casting, but several stars, including "One Life to Live" veteran Robin Strasser, have taken to social media to announce their involvement. Erika Slezak, Jerry verDorn and Robert S. Woods are also reportedly signed on to continue their "One Life to Live" roles. No word on Susan Lucci's involvement with "All My Children."