(Photo Credit: Chapman Baehler)
Ever since the two long-running serials left the air in 2013 after their ill-fated online revivals, fans have desperately wanted to see their favorite shows back on screen. And the recent news that ABC had finally regained the rights to AMC and OLTL from Prospect Park after their prolonged legal battle, reinvigorated that fervor!
While it’s highly unlikely the soaps would be revived again, there’s still the possibility that characters could be brought on to ABC’s surviving soap, GH, to continue their stories. In early 2012, before the rights were entangled in the legal snarl of the online versions, OLTL characters like Todd, Starr, John, Téa, and Blair all crossed over to GH.
Roger Howarth (Todd), Florencia Lozano (Téa), and Laura Wright (Carly) (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
On the Save AMC & OLTL Facebook page, they posted a list of people at GH to call in the hopes of bringing some of the beloved residents of Pine Valley and Llanview over to Port Charles. They suggest leaving feedback on the ABC website, calling to make the request, or even tweeting. And Varni left a comment in the thread to let them know they are being heard!
“I want to say thank you for all your nice E-mails and phone calls re: AMC and OLTL,” he wrote. “Trust me when I say that we’re all elated at ABC to obtain the character rights back. Please know we are actively discussing these matters on a daily basis. We will be taking our time, though, in planning out the future.
“As we are written out several months in advance,” Varni continued, “any use of the characters from AMC or OLTL would have to be done in the right way, a way that makes sense for the future stories of GH while respecting the characters and their development from OLTL and AMC. Before this campaign even started, we’ve been discussing how best to utilize in the GH environment.
Kristen Alderson (Starr), Chad Duell (Michael), and Michael Easton (John) (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
The exec closed by promising fans that when he knows more, he’ll be sure to let them know. “I wanted to reach out, though, to say we are listening and active conversations are always ongoing on this topic,” he said. “Thank you for your time, patience and passion for these soaps and the wonderfully memorable characters they bestowed on to the viewing audience over the years.”
Stay tuned for more as this story develops!
See why OLTL fans are so eager to see their favorites again by browsing through the gallery below of some of the soap’s most memorable moments!
For more on AMC and OLTL, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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OLTL cast photo circa 1976
Back row: Jeff Pomerantz (Peter), Doris Belack (Anna), Nat Polen (Jim)
Front row: Lee Patterson (Joe), Erika Slezak (Viki), Farley Granger (Will), Kathy Glass (Jenny), Nancy Pinkerton (Dorian)
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Gerald Anthony (Marco) and Judith Light (Karen) in 1979
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Robert S. Woods (Bo), Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint) in 1980
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Jon Lopreno (Cord) and Marica Cross (Kate) on location in Argentina in 1987
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Erika Slezak's Viki takes a memorable trip to heaven in 1987 where she is reunited with Lee Paterson's Joe among other familiar faces.
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Chris McKenna (Joey), Kelly Cheston (Alana), and Ryan Phillippe (Billy) in 1992
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Erika Slezak (Viki), Hayden Panettiere (Sarah), Tuc Watkins (David), Tyler Noyes (C.J.) and Krista Tesreau (Tina) in 1994
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Nathan Fillion (Joey) and Robin Strasser (Dorian) in 1994
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Roger Howarth (Todd) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair) with baby Jack.
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Nathaniel Marston (Michael) and Kathy Brier (Marcie) in 2006
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Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods dancing at Nora and Bo's 2010 wedding
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Michael Easton (John) and Melissa Archer (Natalie) in 2010
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Brandon Buddy (Cole), Kristen Alderson (Starr), Brittany Underwood (Langston) and Jason Tam (Markko) in 2009
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The Cramer women circa 2010: Kristen Alderson (Starr), Gina Tognoni (Kelly), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Robin Strasser (Dorian), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie), Brittany Underwood (Langston) and Melissa Fumero (Adriana)
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Scott Evans (Fish) and Brett Claywell (Kyle) in 2009
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Florencia Lozano (Tea) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair) in 2009
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The final cast and crew of OLTL posing for a holiday photo before taping the last episodes of the soap in 2011.