First of all, there has been a LOT of behind-the-scenes work to bring “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” back to life with Prospect Park, the company responsible for reviving the beloved soap operas. So kudos to everyone involved with that.
Now, if you’re wondering what’s going to become of the characters that were lent to “General Hospital” — to keep the characters alive and keep the actors working — have no fear. Prospect Park says they’ll continue to share the characters with “General Hospital” and ABC, as “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” kick back into gear.
Here’s the 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).
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.
As a longtime fan of “General Hospital,” this seems like a great way to handle it moving forward.