News that Roger Howarth (Todd), Michael Easton (McBain) and Kristen Alderson (Starr) will be leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL to return to ONE LIFE TO LIVE when it launches on the Internet threw fans into a tizzy. Vague statements from both ABC and Prospect Park would seem to indicate that they would both be willing to share the characters, leaving them free to move freely between the soaps, but we’ve also heard reports that actors will only be on OLTL for four weeks.
Soaps In Depth has heard from a source that when Howarth left the GH set, he himself seemed unsure exactly how long he would be gone for. Although, unlike Easton and Alderson, who moved their families to Los Angeles, Howarth is still based on the East Coast, so popping back to the new OLTL studio in Connecticut wouldn’t be as difficult.
Also, this could actually be a very good time for all of this crossover to be going down, because we also hear that most of what is being shot for GH in the coming weeks will be focused on the past characters like Scotty and Laura who have returned as well as the Nurses Ball. So while it’s a shame that Starr, McBain and Todd will miss out on the first Nurses Ball in years, it shouldn’t be too difficult for the show to write around their absence.