When “One Life to Live” ends its 43-year run on Friday, some of the series’ beloved characters will find a new home on “General Hospital.”
New York Daily News reports that actors Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson will resume their roles on the still-standing ABC soap opera.
“We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it," "General Hospital’s” executive producer Frank Valentini said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "I am confident viewers and fans alike will be exited by the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth). Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ will continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.’”
Soap operas have had a rough time of it in the past few years.
“All My Children” got the boot last year due to poor ratings and CBS soap “Guiding Light” went off the air in 2009.
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Agree with most of the above, but my biggest disappointment is that you think Katie Couric can get good ratings.. After her interview with Sara Palin, I would rather go to the dentist.
BRING BACK ONE LIFE TO LIVE I HOPE FOR ALL HOW LIKE GENERAL HOSPITAL THAT IT GETS CANCELLED JUST LIKE MY SHOW DID. BRING THEM BACK AND MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE HAPPY
This OLTL coming to GH is horrible. I never liked OLTL and these characters that just showed up on GH are reminding me why. Their acting style is ruining the flavor that I normally love about GH. I've been a GH fan since the 80s and when they went all Mob in the 90s I loved it even more. I was happy to see that GH didn't get cancelled when all the other soaps fell by the waist side. GH is the only good one anyway. These OLTL characters are going to end up getting GH cancelled just like their own show did. Horrible decision ABC.
In TOTAL agreement. If we didn't watch OLTL because we found the story lines and the characters BORING, why would we continue to watch GH as it becomes watered down to the OLTL level? That Starr Manning character is the quintessential queen of obnoxious and dramatic overacting. The story line has her currently taking on the head of the mob Sonny Corinthos? Trash. Been watching GH since the 1960s. Maybe I'll just switch to a soap on another channel.
Right there with you. GH was my guilty pleasure, but now I'm so put off by the whining of Star's character that I'm over it. OLTL was cancelled for a reason.
I miss OLTL. I don't want GH to go off. abc are you kidding ? katie Couric.. abc thinks if they give us a couple of people from our soap we will all be happy. Pine Vally, Landview, Port Charles. Way different. abc cares NOTHING for their viewers. And please do not put those 2 soft talking vampires as a couple AGAIN. Remeamber when NBC changed it's mind and put Leno back on at 11:30 ? They try to be intune with their viewers. WE have been screaming at abc for months. they don't care. Lots of good stuff on cable. BOYCOTT abc. Make them LAST in the ratings an & pm.
Some of us like both shows and are happy that this is happening. More importantly, OLTL had better ratings than GH when it went off the air. If having these characters on GH can bring some of OLTL's viewers to GH, then you all should thank your lucky stars that GH is getting new viewers in the wake of the corpses of longtime soap operas. This can help your show stay on the air a little longer. They're all going the way of the dodo soon, so enjoy them however you can get them.
OLTL went off the air because people didn't watch it –why bring them to gh. Do you want to kill gh too?
OLTL had better viewers then GH. OLTL got cancelled because ABC is stupid. And now GH will be on for 50 years yay! Because Ron C and Frank V succeded ;D And as for bringing some OLTL characters to GH...I say BRILLIANT, that will bring OLTL viewers that never watched GH to watch it, and I for one just LOVED the characters on the show. Yes,I admit the acting on OLTL was not even close to the actors on GH,but hey GH actors are PHENOMENAL,NO soap is even close, and I have watched severals. But of course there are actors that are really really good on OLTL, like Kassie DePaiva(Blair),Roger Howarth(Todd),Michael Easton(McBain), Trevor St. John(Victor/"Todd"), Florencia Lozano(Téa). And I think most people are really loving OLTL characters on GH, Blair&Carly,Todd&Carly,Todd&Sonny, Sam&McBain,McBain&Jason,McBain&Sonny,McBain&Carly, Starr&Michael meeting was brilliant and the acting was AMAZING.And McBain&Anna knowing each other and McBain&Luke meeting was brilliant. I can't wait for more ;)
Have a nice Day!
Ratings are NOT why OLTL was cancelled. Soaps are getting cancelled because they're more expensive to produce than a one-set, one-host talk show. GH is living on borrowed time. Enjoy.
life long GH fan & i HATE the idea of a crossover!!
I hate the Revolution it is such a rehash of blah blah blah hosts are sooooooo Boring un- inspiring. I use to TIVO and watch when i was ready LOVED it for over 20 years GH and Sonny are getting so boring too over the top.
You keep saying that 4 characters from one life to live will be on General Hospital. But when , the date please. If you have filmed this in January , you should know when it will air. Star said , the last week in February. but I havent seen any sign of them. Im about to stay tuned to Criminal Intent. I cant stand watching General Hospital. It doesnt pull me in.It has one more day to show OLTL characters b efore I tjurn it off for good . Its not worth it.
I have been an ABC fan, since (as a young teen) my parents purchased cable TV. I watched OLTL & AMC from day one; I raised my chidren watching both; I watched the show straight thru to my early retirement and then on to its cancellation.
l no longer watch ABC ... PERIOD. You cxld two wonderful family shows I was proud to watch with my children, my mother and my grandmother. At one time I watched General Hospital as well right up until Brenda left the show. I do not and will not watch GH now because there is FAR too much violence involved in this program. The MAFIA as key characters?? Come on – what does the show teach our children and grandchildren, that it's okay to be in the Mafia if you have a strong likable character? I tuned back in to GH February 1 2012, as we the fans of OLTL were promised a return of some much loved characters. It still hasn't happened, and will it ever?
Well ABC have you got your head out of your asses yet and bringing back AMC and OLTL in the near future .I've heard the Revalution's ratings have already from 4.something to1.3 since it has been on.You guys are going to lose alot of veiwers or rather HAVE lost alot of veiwers since you took them off the air.SO WISE UP ABC take these damn reality shows back off the stupid TV and put our SOAPS back on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Revolution sucks!Hope that stupid program drops off the air and they loose money.Thats what they get! Bring back All My Children and One Life To Live on another network station!
Miss One Life To Live shame on ABC & Disney.As far as the CHEW ..well..CHEW on this!
I will never watch the new shows .I hate ABC now. I watch The Young and the Restless. I thought this was America . they are trying to force us to watch shows they want us to see . they obviously are not listening to what people want to watch .I no longer watch abc television !
Give Gh a chance.. OLTL stars will be on Gh in Feb.. Michael Easton(John Mcbain) , Blair, Todd & Star so far.. Maybe others ???????? And the wroters of OLTL will be writing for GH!!!!!!!!!!! I wish they would put OLTL on another cable channel !!!!!!!!!! I kind of doubt it.. I stull can wish it would happen !!!!!!!!! I miss OLTL something awful !!!!!!!! Nothing to watch on daytime aymore!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to Brian Frons!!!!!!!!!!! He doesn't know what he's doin!!!!!!!!!! OLTL FAN
I will NEVER EVER watch the shows that replaced AMC & OLTL. I absolutely hate that abc took off these 2 wonderful soaps.
Its the worst thing that could happen! our soaps we grew up with are now off air! why did they have to do that to the viewers and fans! im not happy with their decisions! the chew, we already have like a million cooking shows on tv! the revolution, why do you have the biggest loser involved? not every body likes to cook and not everyone has to loose weight!
bring back the soaps! NOW!
I am devistated that my soaps ended. One Life and All My Children have been a part of my life for about 25 years starting with General Hospital, what high schooler didnt watch it? General Hospital used to be enjoyable with Luke and Laura but now that its all about Sonny it has just become a mobfest. ABC just didn't think about their veiwership, it was all about the $$$. Please ABC bring back our soaps!!
When will the actors from OLTL start on GH? I heard it is in February but what day! I don't watch GH but will with OLTL actors joining them!!
I'll not be watching GH.....the stars that are transferring are my least favorites except for John. I totally dislike Todd, and Blair and Starr characters are total airheads. Very disappointed in the daytime changes.
why in the hell did they amc and oltl off the air, dont they know that alot of elderly people does'nt have anythisng to do during the day. so we watch our favorite shows. so what are we supposed to do now, sit and stare out the windows or twiddle our thumbs because there is no way im watching what they are replacing the soap with. so ABC can kiss where the SUN dont shine.
I think it comes down to the writers...if they write horrible storylines they lose viewer no matter how talented the actors are. Look at AMC they dropped the ball on that one. Thanks for looking
I don't think any of us are helping our cause by comparing one soap to another. AMC, et al, had their times of lousy writing and of great writing.
I've been a shut-in for decades. Swore I'd never give in and watch soaps, but one rainy weekend at a cousin's with only one TV channel, well – – what can I say? I got hooked to a point where I scheduled my job around my soaps until the advent of VCR's.
I'm losing FRIENDS. At least, that's how I see it. For me, this is a horrible loss.
And the worst part is, even if ABC does see their error, what would it take to put these shows back together? The complexities of that alone would doom the effort.
Boycott the new shows that come in their place. We dont need more cooking or talk shows. Soaps give us a break from real life. I just hope GH doesn't get cut, so whatever they need to do to keep it on and everyone happy I'm all for it.
I haven't watched GH since they killed off Alan Quatermaine. If they bring back Stuart Damon I'm there. Otherwise I hope the show and it's never ending mob crappy storyline die. The Quatermaines were the only interesting story they had and they threw it all away to focus on that insipid mob spew.
Soaps ending has been good for On Demand in my house. When I'm sick, I used to just turn on ABC and let the shows play, but now I bypass all of the networks and look for a movie. If none are playing, I watch one from On Demand. I think the networks will be surprised when their ratings for the replacement shows are no better than their ratings were for soap operas. Eventually they'll have to start playing re-runs like the cable channels and showing only new stuff at night.
Nice to see this happening, but the bell is tolling for General Hospital and the rest. I give the daytime soap opera genre another year, maybe 18 months, at which point daytime TV will become the domain of shows like The Chew. After that we'll start seeing further whittling down of nighttime dramas, mark my words.
I miss the other soaps and am looking forward to the actors going to GH. I wish more were going, like Jessica. I hate the new shows, I gave them a chance, they're really not entertaining. The Chew is highly annoyning, the Talk is just not interesting, Dr. Oz is gross and The Revolution's concept is nothing I'll follow. Night TV isn't any better.
One more thing that needs to be said, some may not remember this but way back when, the soaps had very interesting african american families-what happened? How is it possible that there are no writers capable of incorporating interesting characters of different races? OLTL started with Destiny and her family-failed atrociously with eye candy Spanish mob family-whatever that was. Antonio and Cristian started good but then sleeping with the Buchanan sisters was just plain sick. GH puts one black man on and then pairs him with Carly and they both seem completely uninterested. AMC had Jesse-who was great. Whats the deal with that??? OLTL had Carla-I believe, this was many moons ago. I mean there are serious actors out there-then again, we do live in a world of no brains, no talent Kardashian crud......
Well, I think that OLTL was very well written and the actors so talented. Taking the soaps off is one of the most ignorant decisions ever made by ABC. In fact, these soaps have become as American as apple pie. What a shame
I'm glad that Blair and Todd are moving over...and super happy that TSJ will be there too. That means Todd will be off the hook for Victor's murder.
Not a McBain or Natalie fan at all...so they could've left them in Llanview. Ace Ventura.....and the female Charlie Chan gets on my nerves.
Putting this at both ends of the comment section on this article in case those who've already read the prior comments don't see it) Just got a 'beaking news' alert that two more are coming to GH.....Trevor St. John (Super yeah !) and one more who hasn't been announced yet !!!
Alison Perkins-along with Helena Cassadine-team up with Todd or Victor-just may be a fascinating idea. I know Helena is suppose to be against the Spencers, but since GH writers and awful producers managed to masacre the Spencer family-might be interesting.......(I dont know if its Alison Perkins, just fanatasing here)
I think just maybe GH was saved simply because a million years ago it was GH who saved the soaps with Gloria Monty and Luke and Laura. GH is tremendously sick and needs major help. OLTL was the better soap, GH has had the same dialogue and same storyline on repeat for the past 5 years or longer...just a thought.
Thank God-no Nat with John. I could never stomach that relationship, I find her so annoying. Not looking forward to the Sam, Jason, John triangle but maybe that will give life to John. I still wish Gh would hire Joe Lando as Jake Harrison. So many people could go from GH right now to make room for interesting characters, namely Steve, Olivia, Kate, Maggie, Matt, Ewan, Cassandra, Johnny, Patrick(if Robin leaves), Mac, Jax(he is so destroyed), Liz(with no Lucky-whats the point-her character also destroyed), Sean-then add Bo, Nora, Viki, Clint, Victor(PLEASE NO TEA-PAIR HIM WITH CARLY)-Carly and Blair would be interesting-except for the screaming. Ok, dreaming.....Rex as Dillion Quartermaine would be great. Tracy needs family other than Monica. Rex(forget the actors name) and Tony Geary would be great. again..dreaming.....still cant believe tptb think there isnt an audience for the soaps and not worth the cost. If every soap fan abandons daytime tv, then what????
Agree with you on the Nat thing, not a fan of her either. As for who you'd like to see go from GH, I agree with some but you have mentioned many, long time favs on that list that I'd hate to see go. My feeling is that this is GH's last ditch effort to pull out all the stops in trying to save the show from being officially cancelled (rumors that it was cancelled with the others but given an additional year to air). I think, given the fact that the whole transfer to online thing fizzled, that adding some of our favorite folks from OLTL is a great idea and I'm with you on a possible re-pairing of Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco (although there are rumors she will be leaving too). Sad to see some of our favorites getting fired or jumping ship but I think they probably know a whole lot more than we fans do on what the future holds :-(.
Wow...wish I had have seen your post before I posted my comment. I can't stomach McBain or Natalie either. His voice just makes my teeth clinch. And Nat and her 50 million facial expressions drive me up a wall.
The less I see of them both...the better.
I don't watch the Chew because it sucks and is quite boring and I refuse to watch the new show replacing a beloved soap of many years . I'm 66 and have watched One Life to Live continuously since 1966. ABC made a bad decision when they dropped the two soaps...
"I am confident viewers and fans alike will be exited by the arrival..."
To the author of this article: "Exited" should be 'Excited'. I am available for grammar and spell-checking services any time for a nominal fee.
LOL, I noticed that too :-)
I remember when Another World was dismembered, so to speak, and some of the characters found rebirth on other soaps, was kind of neat to do that! Bring back Cecile!!!!!!
I can see why OLTL was canceled. I watched it from the day it began, but I quit in recent years because the writing and acting, mainly by the "kids" was awful. I just couldn't watch anymore. OMG-Shane, Jack, the Indian girl with no purpose, and so on. Terrible. Plus the Victor/Todd story. I tuned in now and then to see if it was better, but it just got worse.
It is a shame that ABC can't seem to find any good shows any more. To take soaps off the air that have been watched for so long and replace them with a show called "The Chew" was ridiculous. Couldn't they find anything better for a name? The View, The Chew what's the difference? Both are boring and everyone talks at once if you can stand to watch that long. Now they think the revolution will change our ways of living or eating or cleaning or whatever. Too much of this is already on the air and it is boring. Bring us some good shows and not reality shows. Sick of them. They are not real and anyone who watches can tell they are scripted and some very poorly. give me something to make me think, something to make me want to watch, something to make me stay tuned for more than a minute. Hope you can find it. I predict GH will be the next to get the axe.........
Ending OLTL is a true mistake, I love that show and I can't believe it's over. I never watched GH because it always seems boring to me, but now I will give it a chance because I fell that the OLTL faves will boost the intrestingness. Hope they realize they are making a big mistake and bring it back on air...
What about Tea and Victor, how on earth can they ended it without everyone knowing the truth,I'm so sad
I love watching oltl and looked forward to it everyday, I will miss the show very much and I am also sick of reality tv shows, please bring our soaps back.
why aren't they bringing along natalie and the baby? she and john just got back together...i'm sad about the show ending. to my way of thinking, oltl and amc were always much better than gh; it's bizarre to me that it's the only one of the three left now.
Like many others here. I am boycotting ABC during my soap times. If we as an audience lose, then ABC needs to lose too. Hope viewship drops to an incredible low during these times. I'll never get over this decision by ABC.
i cannot say how much i will miss both of these shows – neither time nor distance will get me to watch any reality show and i think this article would have been more real if they had told us how many people are still out there fighting to get these shows back. I think they are completely wrong about soaps being out dated or not important anymore these "experts" are wrong!
I'm very happy for these characters! I have a heavy heart and will miss OLTL. I taped every show and watched when I had down time. I enjoyed every episode!!! Don't enjoy these talk shows, way too many of them!
I do not appreciate the slur at my great uncle General Bannister H. Doo Doo III. He fought in the Good War, and I miss him so. I realize that General Doo Doo was not meant in that vein, but people should think twice before they write things that could be so hurtful to others.
Hey Duck Mcgee,
Better a cow than an a$$ like you. Get off this post if you can't appreciater the SOAPS>
well i watched the last episode of oltl and i am so sad its going off i have been watching it since the day it started.even taped it when i wasnt going to be home to watch it. suprise ending. i refuse to watch the new shows replacing all my children and one life to live.they could have ask their viewers what they would like to see on these shows that would have brought the ratings up but i just think some stupid people got in there that liked reality shows and took over. i am so sick of reality shows like the kardasions that make the rich people richer.i want my soaps back and wont watch the new ones at all
You're right, they should have asked their viewers. Or, if they really wanted those viewers who did tune in, the hosts of their new shows would have been Susan Lucci and Erica Slezak.
I grew up watching AMc and OLTL. It was the 2 hrs a day to forget about all the terrible things that go on in the world. I am saddened that reality tv has taken over and talk shows that try and tell you how to live your life are also taking over. And as for the person that said we sit on our fat asses and need a life...obviously you have no life of your own. If you did, you wouldn't be on this post saying negative things about a subject you know nothing about! Soaps are guilty pleasures, with sometimes silly plots but that's what makes them worth while! I will not be watching ABC anymore. Thanks for all the wonderful years OLTL! The show will be missed!
I do not watch the Chew and will not watch Revolution. I say we boycott the sponsors of these shws and maybe they will get the message. BRING BACK OUR SOAPS
Boycott them all you like. The viewership for those shows was so measly that, even if every last fan boycotted every advertiser, those companies wouldn't even notice.
It really is that simple.
Very cool. I hope the mannings stick around and not just used to introduce John's character. I want Todd,Blair and Starr together and kicking butt as a family.
who wants to bet that "So Happy" and "here is a thought " have the largest backsides on this post ?
If you don't like SOAPS, why are you even reading this ?
...and now we can add 'Duck McGee'. My guess is that it is all the same person.
Whatever Duck. Now why don't you just move on and show off your obvious superiority elsewhere? You certainly look like you are living a very full life yourself. Quack, quack (that about says it all).
Cows... every last one of you... moo
Duck, I work my backside off at a very stressful job dealing with total butt heads. I don't smoke cigarettes or take drugs, legal or otherwise, NEVER hit the snack machine or fast food drive-thrus, and limit my alcohol intake to the occasional Bloody Mary (Grey Goose, thanks!) OLTL is the one guilty pleasure that I allow myself – and it's a lot healthier than any of those vices listed above. If you have a problem with that, that's your problem.
Duck – TrollQuack.
I AM A TOTAL LOSER – I SHOULD KILL MYSELF
Considering how many times Port Charles has been blown up in the last few years, it's a miracle there's anything left of the town! GH used to be my favorite soap. However, for about the last decade, the story lines have become stupid, and some of the actors aren't so great. I hope by adding the actors from my all-time favorite soap (started watching in '76 when I was in middle school) GH is watchable again.
I AM COMPLETLY HEARTBROKEN OVER THIS SERIOUSLY!!!!!!! I WAS NAMED AFTER A CHARACTER WHOM MY MOM FELL IN LOVE WITH THE NAME JENNY. I STARTED WATCHING THESE SOAPS AS A LITTLE GIRL WITH MY MOTHER AND HAVE NOT STOPPED OVER 20 YEARS LATER. NOW MY DAUGHTER WATCHES THEM WITH ME AS WELL. I WORK 11 HOURS A DAY AND SOOOOO LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING MY RECORDED SOAP WHEN I GET HOME. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW? I HAVE NOTHING AT ALL TO LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING SINCE EVERYTHING ELSE IS GARBAGE!!!!!!!!! I DREAD TODAYS LAST EPISODE AND WILL MOST LIKELY CRY LOL. I NEVER GOT INTO GH BUT I GUESS I'LL GIVE IT A TRY.
I am so mad at ABC...they are dead to me now (well...after today). OLTL was a well-written soap that had characters you could connect to. David, I will miss the most. His comic sense and wit was refreshing. Blair, John, Vicki, Jessica, and Star were great as well. Natalie was the only one who drove me absolutely crazy (John, you were better off with Blair!). Even some of the child actors were quite good, (Shane, Jack, Matthew). The battles between Dorian and Vicki are classic! I can't understand how a poorly written show with mediocre acting like General Hospital can survive and this one, with clever plot lines, bites the dust....especially for crappy reality TV. I am not sure I can watch GH with OLTL actors...it just won't be the same. But, Maybe with OLTL's head writer on board, things will improve. And I agree with everyone...the Chew is a stinker! Boycott ABC, they have it coming. What kind of morons make these decisions anyway? Get a freakin clue ABC and bring back OLTL.
the reason the only soap left on abc is gen hosp is that the big honcho likes that one, maybe memories of his childhood or hiis mom and grandma liked it.....
Nope...the former head of ABC daytime programs hates all soaps, thinks they are passe' and most of all, hates paying out salaries to a large cast and crew (it is estimated that the cancelling of the two shows put appx. 700 people out of work !). GH survived, at least until Sept., because it is the most highly viewed among the three shows.
What would REALLY get great ratings for the new OLTL/GM consolidation: Have Lady Gaga cast as a young (albeit confused) ER doctor... AND RuPaul as a kind (albeit confused) RN.
Now that's hilarious ! :-)
I agree with other responses. I refuse to watch The Chew and will NOT watch the One Life to Live replacement. I will boycott ABC in the afternoon until GH comes on. I had also stopped watching GH because of the lack of story but incorporating OLTL characters should give it new life. I just hope they don't lower them to mob violence every day which has become boring. I'll watch FOX until GH comes on daily.
WHAT ABOUT NATALIE, HER AND JOHN JUST GOT BACK TOGETHER.
Just what I need – Tim Gunn (on the replacement show the Revolution) telling me NOT to wear sweat pants out shopping – really? Enough of the reality shows – check out History and Discovery channels for that programming – give us back OLTL and the other lost soaps. I hope these characters flourish on GH and it brings more of the great actors back to daytime.
I use to watch ABC from Good Morning America to nightly news because they had so many shows that I love. I think they have taken a very BIG wrong turn. After canceling All My Children, and One Life To Live, then so many nightly shows...... I got NEWS for ABC. There are many other channels, and now, I go out of my way to create other interests, I either turn the TV off, or I have created other interests on OTHER Channels. The guy that made the ultimate decision......wrong move.
His name is Brian Frons and he is no longer in charge of ABC daytime programming but is still with ABC.
He is a much hated man in the soap world !
The Chew does suck. Really.
I will miss One Life To Live after watching it since 1976. It was my last year in high school I started watching it. Thank God for VCR's. I plan to General Hospital when the characters on One Life return. I hope to see the other actors and actresses on TV, or somewhere. I can't believe ABC cancelled this show.
Yeah, that'll do it
I can't believe that they really decided to cancel OLTL. ABC must be crazy! OLTL is the best soap opera out there. I remember as a kid my mom would be watching soap operas when I came home from school. I had no choice, but to watch them. I vowed never to watch soaps when I got older......as a child they bored me. A few years back a client of mine got me into OLTL and I haven't missed an episode yet. I even have it automatically recording while I'm at work. I love it and EVERYONE on it. I tried watching GH, but it just didn't interest me. It's good that some of the characters will be moved to GH, but I love them all. It won't be right without the whole gang. I can't see this working. They just need to keep OLTL and take off GH.
i couldnt agree with you more i hope and pray they will bring back one life to live now that victor is alive the story lines could only get better
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Hmmm. Carly versus Blair. Should be interesting
I think this is great news. I used to watch GH years ago in the 80's. I'm going to miss OLTL and the stories and actors. I have to get back up to speed with General Hospital and wonder how the new OLTL caractors and story lines are going to work. It's going to be very sad Friday Afternoon as I watch the last episode... I just wonder how long GH now that it's out west now in California. So I just can't wait until Febuary when they will be on.
love the fact that some of my favorite one life to live charactorswill be going to port charles but please reconsider taking natile and liam along just wont be the same without them with john
Y DONT U FAT B!OTCHES GET OFF UR FAT A55ES AND GET A LIFE!
It's so sad that you have nothing better to do then hate on people for loving something. You must be a very mean person with no life at all.
Why don't you learn how to spell? I'll bet I have worked and still work circles around you.
I will try to follow GH with the OLTL characters. I like the blending idea – the reason I watched OLTL in the first place was when they had the crossover shows with AMC about ten years ago. So now, maybe I will start watching GH for the first time. Hope they bring more characters over eventually. Sad day tomorrow...
Thank God! Right now, General Hospital is almost unwatchable....move the entire OLTL cast over and continue!
I agree completely. GH was the soap that should have been cancellled
This is a brilliant idea meshing the characters from OLTL into GENERAL HOSPITAL. In fact, why don't they go even further and bring Erica Kane, Adam Chandler, and Tad Martin to Port Charles? I have always thought that intertwining all the soaps into one huge SOAP OPERA was the way to save the genre. My money is on the ratings going SKY HIGH the very day the characters from Llanview step foot in Port Charles.
i am a oltl and amc also gh fan i will forever miss one life to live i wish they didnt take oltl off thats all i watch and yes i have 2 jobs so im no couch potato. its called record idiot named so happy. anyway i think they should move natalie n the baby w john. i hope and pray that these talk and food shows dont work out and they reaalize the mistake they made and put our soaps back on air love you oltl. you are like family to me!!!!!! will be missed
gh is boring . So now you have taken the best show off and are trying to redeam the one bad show you have left with a couple of weak characters. who told you you knew how to improve a net work. Get rid of the crap paid programing. and put on some entertainment . I don't want to watch the same junk mail I throw away every day much less pay for it. Too bad. you have lost another viewer!
I can't believe OLTL lasted as long as it did. It was the stupidest soap on air to date. Now their hack HW is on GH. Great!
Why couldn't they leave well enough alone for the time GH has left.
GH needs Sonny and Carly clones with their spawn Twinkles the Mutt, like they need a hole in the head.
Soap operas are for losers. They are garbage and I can't wait until they are all gone. If you like watching this crap, you are a loser.
Quit whining and get your fat ass off the couch and do something....like get a job.
You are the loser. One Life to Live was the best soap ever!!!!!
If you hate soaps so much, why are you following this post? And why do you think you need to stereotype all of us who watch them? I have watched OLTL pretty much since it came on the air, on and off over the years but have DVRd and watched when I had time. I am a successful professional woman, and I resent your comments that I don't get off the sofa all day. Sounds like it's you who has the problem.
Maybe you haven't been out of Mommy's basement in a while but there have been quite a few advances in the world of technology. Once such advancement is a device that enables one to record televised programs and view the recording at a later date, thus enabling us fat asses to actually hold down a job (or 2) and watch our favorite shows. Wow, isn't technology great?!
Seems to me the biggest loser is you....your posting here, so you fit right in with the rest of us. Get off your fat ass.....stop posting to something that is not important to you!
So Happy – Troll.
jem – I agree but it is a big question that why, with today's technology, those who tape their soaps, are not counted in the viewing tally ?? I wrote ABC/Daytime several times about that when we were all involved in the big campaign to 'save our soaps' and never did get a reason why :-(
i really miss all my children and now one life to live is going off so now there wont be much to watch on tv for me i didnt get into general hospital but now i will be forse to watch that one seems thats the only one that will be on now.
Just remember OLTL fans, there are GH fans that have also watched for many many years and will welcome with open arms the OLTL families but I for one never got into OLTL and don't want to see those characters totally 'take over' GH.
What a pile of garbage. We watched amc and oltl and not gh that much. Going to have to watch the sports channel
I've watched from the very first show. I came home from school to watch Dark Shadows and this opening credit with a sun started. I thought no way this is DS – the main character is a vampire! There began my history with OLTL. I will be very sad watching the last episode after work tomorrow. I'm glad GH still survives for now but liked OLTL better the last few years...
And that is exactly how I started watching OLTL - waiting for Barnabas on Dark Shadows :)
And I love Mike Symon but have not even glanced at the Chew - I love Tim Gunn but will not watch Revolution.
I watch very little ABC anyway, so now I'll have GH - and when they cancel it and put Katie Couric on that will be the end of my ABC watching.
I realize the networks don't care - but when they wonder where all the viewers went - they will.
I started watching AMC, OLTL & GH, w/my now deceased Mother in '74. Today she would be 83 and raising pure hell that her fav soaps have been wiped off ABC. I too, will miss my ABC soaps. I left GH years ago. Too much mob stories, guns and killings only go so far. Therefore, GH became very boring. I will however, tune into GH to see how the ppl of Llanview intertwine w/the ppl in Port Charles. I too watched Dark Shadows. ABC has taken away my escape from reality of downtime during my lunch break. This is maddening. ABC bringing on the Chew & the Revolution will have no place in my home. I'm sick to death of talk shows & reality shows. My life has been turned upside down of what to do while the children I care for, nap. Daytime/Nighttime TV on ABC has gone to the dogs!
Please move to and support the CBS stories. They are pretty good. You will like them. I promise.
Comments: Ive watched this story from the very bginning and I'm very sad to see it end. I think this is the biggest mistake ABC has made; the second biggest mistake is moving John to General Hospital without Natalie and their baby. Blair, Todd and Starr without their son's why break up families. I also think since the Quartermaines are for the most part none existing why not keep the rich families in the story line move the Lord's to replace the Quartermaines and the Bucahans can replace the Casadines.Elizabeth can be removed from General Hospital her character is so boring and her children are hardly ever seen so I think that's the perfect spot for Rex and Gigi.David can replace Steve Then ABC will have the best of the best and just maybe then ABC will be back in the good Graces of the Soap Fans with a Five Star Soap to boot ! SAD IN TEXAS
Boy I will really miss David! He was a real highlight of the show. And now he will be gone with Desp Housewives too! Hope we see him around again!
m – I totally agree ! Tuc Watkins was, oftentimes, the best thing on OLTL :-) His great comedic/deadpan timing is priceless and I too hope he finds a show that appreciates him as much as OLTL did. He is much underused on Desperate Housewives :-(
They MUST bring Natalie with John! They MUST!! And yes, GH really needs to lose Sonny & the mob.
I agree please bring John McBain family with him, Natalie is a strong woman, and she brings out the best in him and he just got his son///he needs a personal life.
Sad sad day today and tomorrow!! John just got back with Natalie! What's going to happen when he's on GH. Where will Natalie be? I can see Gigi, Rex and Shane moving away but what about everyone else. This is just crazy on ABC's part!
I would imagine that not all actors/actresses are willing to move from one coast to the other......although that is an actors way of life, to have to follow the jobs, it would be pretty expensive to transplant your family from N. Y. to L. A., without some sort of contract that you'd be there awhile.
Do you or anybody know when the actors from OLTL will be starting on GH? I'm just sick that OLTL was removed from their own show!
They are making i big mistake oltl is the best soap on abc.gh is more mob who cares thats not real life
I cannot believe that OLTL is going off and they are being replaced with yet "another" talk, food show...It won't be watched any more than "The Chew"...hope they both fail for taking off our beloved shows and friends...which by the way those people feel like family to anyone who watches or watched them. I quit watching GH a long time ago...just too boring...hope the new cast members put some life back into GH. : ) I will be willing to give GH another try just to watch some of my favorite people!
So will I be watching GH , when Michael Easton & Todd, Blair , Star are on Gh in FEB...........
Anyone remember Ryans Hope or Santa Barbara? Young and Restless is still the best though. I miss Days of Our Lives too.
YES YES YES I remember RYANS HOPE!!! Still hv some VHS TAPES of it. The reason I watched ANY of GH was because Roger the actors name on it played Sonnys dad on GH. and they didn't show him very much!! Years ago when I was in NEW YORK CITY I ran into "Roger" at Laguardia? AIRPORT, got to talk to him & had a picture made with him!! I was elated to say the least!! Roger & Delia were an item on Ryans Hope. Delia was Roxy on OLTL! Will sooooo miss Delia/Roxy. Love you Roxy and ALL my precious other actors of OLTL!!!Hope Roxy w migrate to GH & BRING NATALIE "PLEASE"!!!!!!!!!! 43 yrs, its hard to let go!!! and I am not a fat bimbo on a sofa, I am a retired grandmother who has enjoyed Ryans Hope, AMC & of course OLTL since it first came on air.
Why do you miss Days? It is still on, and has improved tremendously.
Of course. I also remember Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow, Generations, Loving, Another World, and Somerset.
I am NOT loving this idea! Although the actor who plays John McBain would be a welcome to GH IF they created a NEW character for him. To take all these SAME characters from "One Life to Live" which was just cancelled and bring the characters on to "General Hospital" using it as a catalyste for continuing the cancelled show does not sit right. I occasionally watched "OLTL" BUT "General Hospital" is the show I along with MANY have watched for YEARS! I understand the headwriter of "OLTL" took over writing for "GH" BUT to let him take the cast from "OLTL" over to "GH" is just wrong! The characters and storyline has ALWAYS been stronger. They don't need "OLTL" characters. Hire whatever actors you want BUT let "General Hospital" invent the characters and storyline. We don't need sloppy seconds!
OLTL actors will be A GREAT IMPROVEMENT to GH, GH the most boring soap ever!!! Soooo glad McBain is moving there but John McBain w/out Natalie& Liam is like a rainstorm w/out a cloud! Bring Natalie w John, Todd & Blair & Starr AND BRING MORE OLTL ACTORS AS WELL!!!! GH NEEDS A COMPLETE MAKEOVER & OLTL weaved into it could be nothing but an improvment!!!!!!!!!!! GH was the one that should have axed anyway soooo incorperating OLTL HAS TO BE A GOOD THING, JUST HOPE MORE&MORE OF LLANVIEW WILL MIGRATE INTO GH SOAP. I'D BE HAPPY W A COMPLETE GH TAKEOVER!!!!,!
I used to watch GH but then sonny entered the show and the show became centered on sonny. I dont like sonny or his gf's so I quit watching GH. Now that Todd and Blair are joining the show I will give Gh another chance
I just finished crying my heart out watching the second last episode of OLTL. It is the only soap that I have enjoyed for the past 34 years. I've seen babies born and watched them become adults. I've watched while people did good and did evil, lived their lives and died. I have enjoyed every aspect of this show and am going to miss it terribly. I will never watch it's replacement. Just what we didn't need-another talk show. I am so disappointed in ABC, that, even if this turns out to be a good show, I will never watch it. I will go out of my way to watch other channels during this time period. What were they thinking? One Life To Live-I will miss all of you.
I am very disappointed that OLTL live is ending. I do not know the real deal behind this, but I feel Im due an explanation. I use to work nights and was able to watch it before work. As soon as I went to days, the show is ending. I was still able to watch the show. I recorded it so that I could watch it when I get off work. I am so disappointed. Other than the morning News befor work thats the only time I watch ABC. Im very upset about this. What can we do as a people to bring OLTL back.
The explanation is very simple. Ratings for soaps have fallen tremendously over the last ten years. Soaps used to get over 20 million viewers, and now they are getting less than 3 million. Do a google search, check out the past and present ratings for soaps. They are very very expensive shows to make, and with the ratings only a shell of their former selves, they are losing money. The shows they replace them with are cheap to make, and don't require huge ratings to make money.
It's just that simple.
Cool, some things work out! @ AMF, I love "Tad", too! @ jeanie, I looked it up. The new show is called,"The Revolution". They share tips to help viewers make changes in their lives. Ugh.
Ahhh yes, The 'Spew' to show you how to cook and The 'Revultion' to show you how to take the weight off ;-)
Really.... Keeping GH is crazy.. Just what we need is Sonny- The Mob guy. I stopped watching GH years ago. The story line was terrible. Do we really need another food show? The chew will never make it. ABC is making a huge mistake.. After the last episode of OLTL, I will use the parental controls to block any ABC show in my home.. including football...
Tommorrow at 3:00 pm I delete abc from my master list for good as for reality tv GARBAGE
If you want to help, you can still tune in to GH in your time zone, just so they get the viewers in the tally. That's what I did for All My Children to try and get it's count up. I had stopped watching that one a few yrs. before but I was sure as he!! going to try and do everything I could to keep it on the air.
John without Natalie?
Natalie is going too, that's why it's so awesome. Atleast one of Vickie's kin will be moving there.
I do not want it to end as that is the only show I watch and enjoy on ABC . What are they thinking! Another talk show? well by by ABC.
Because talk shows are MUCH cheaper to produce and do not require big ratings. Soaps are expensive and their ratings have been in steady steady decline for well over a decade. If you bothered to do research on the subject rather than just whine, you would learn a lot more about the realities of today's television market.
The best thing for ABC's 3:00 EST hour is to gradually replace everything about GH with OLTL. Like others, I left GH 2-3 years ago when it all went mob, mob, mob and there wasn't a Quartermaine in sight anymore. Can't understand how ABC kept that on and cancelled OLTL. I will watch GH once again in February and be hopeful. Don't be shy about going beyond a transfusion to a transplant of 'one life' at the 'hospital', Mr. V.
As a fan of GH for it's entire run on daytime, I have to say it is improving in that area and has put Monica Q. and Edward Q. back on (although Edward doesn't make as many appearances now-a-days, probably due to health reasons). The reason GH has centered on the mob so much in recent years, is because that's who generates the most fan mail, e-mails, etc. and are the highest paid stars, excluding Tony Geary. I think the four actors who have announced they are coming over (and Trevor St. John was just announced) will be a great addition to GH, even though it has always had the most cast members of any soap.
I never got into GH but I will definitely tune in now to see my OLTL favorites. Put Michael Knight in there too and then we'll have a show
Don't forget Susan Lucci she should be picked up by GH as well. I hate that they took my soaps away!!!GRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Bring back All My Children and One Life to Live we don't need any more reality TV yuk!
None of this will matter. GH is going off the air too. They just want stupid cooking and crap shows on. We who have watched this for 20-30 years do not matter to them. Do not know how they judge anything when people tape the dam shows because they work etc...
Sandy – You may be correct in that GH was cancelled at the same time the other two shows were but given an additional year to air. The latest on that is that GH is fighting for a place come Sept. on the lineup......that ABC will put Katic Couric's show in the GH slot and then the battle will come down to which two other shows they will go with. They are waiting to compare ratings between The 'Spew', The 'Revultion' and GH and will go with the two shows that have the highest ratings. GH is fighting for it's life so it's up to us fans to keep watching !
Also, I totally agree about how those who tape the show do not count in the ratings tally. Incredible in this day and age of technology, that those viewers do not count !
Oh.....and I'll end this the way I have every other post, e-mail, fax, letter and social networking sites (since April) re these cancellations..........GO TO HE!! ABC !!!
GH, started to drag, no exc
The stories would be better if the cast members would actually get naaaaakeed on them once in a while.
Get yourself the Playboy channel Jeff....
Better yet, get yourself a date Jeff (one that's not inflated).
I'll give GH another chance if Roger Howarth is going to be on there. I quit watching a couple of years ago out of sheer boredom. Hope the writing improves, and they give OLTL characters a good story arc.
I have always loved Roger Howarth (Todd) and glad he came back and will go to GH. He made you want to hate him....but only shows how good this actor hones his craft if he can do that! I look forward to what's in store for him and Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and where Kristen Alderson (Starr) will fit in while her career as a singer is taking off in LA. And gotta love bad boy/good cop Michael Eason (John)...so looking to see how he works out in Genoa City! :-)
Joni – Port Charles not Genoa City :-)
I still can't believe they are taking off OLTL. I hope their rating drop off the roof for the new show. I also hear that the Chew sucks.
I LOVE all ABC Soaps, AMC, OLTL and GH. I'm so glad they're bringing on some other actors from OLTL it's nice for the actors. I hope that eventually the "powers that be" at ABC will realize the genre is special, the majority of the population is not a reality tv population. I'm only 31 and have been watching GH since I was in High School then caught on to the other shows. I'm hoping that they realize the shows that replaced AMC and OLTL aren't any good and bring back the soaps we all know and love. Here's to hoping:) OH and google Erika Slezak's Huffington Post interview, she really put her thoughts out there....i love it! Brian Fron, you're an idiot! Just saying.
The Chew does suck. Its just a group of people talking ,cooking, and then chewing while they talk which is totally disgusting to watch and listen to!!!. What a waste of air time.I hope cancelling the daytime shows comes back to bite 'em!
I have never even glanced at the Chew and will never! As I say screw the Chew! I won't watch the show replacing One life to live either. And if the new characters don't work out on LGH I will never watch channel 5 day time TV again! Boycott ABC Daytime TV!
It's so sad about All My Children and One Life to Live, I hope everyone black balls The Chew and the other stupid show they are replacing OLTL with. They were the best soaps and they have so much history. It seems as if all the good stuff is ending and all we are left with is reality shows and talk shows where famous go on and talk about themselves and how great they think they are. What a shame to loose such wonderful soaps, they are so wrong to cancel these soaps. GH is like all the other shows where they are either in a hospital or killing someone. What a bummer:(
Amen! I can't imagine another reality,day time talk show. I like the View, but really, The Chew? ABC has now succeeded in losing me from an all day viewer to local news at 11 and GH. I come back for local news. If it weren't for my local station, ABC would be gone most of the time
I watched the chew for 5 min....yawn.
i still can't belive that OLTL is off. the chew has GOT to be the dumbest show on TV. and carla, PLEASE take her off. she just down right makes an ass of herself. and i guess that ABC thought by bringing ty pennington to the new show would help them. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as much as i like ty, there is no way in h–l that i will watch this show. the guy who is going to do the fashion part is just as bad as carla from the chew, plus the fact that i am boycotting because it is replacing a show what i have watch since i was in high school. SCREW ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I agree completely. I hope ABC rots in hell for destroying the finest soap on the air. Thanks for your commentary!
I feel the same way, I hope that their ratings drop from taking the soap(s) off. I don't understand the ratings crap! I will never watch anything that took the place of both the ABC soaps! I can't stand GH, but I will watch if my characters are on the show!!!! Ugh!
I am and will continue to boycott ABC from noon to 2pm everyday.If they thought the ratings were too low for our beloved soaps just wait
You may not know or like the characters and I am not sure how they will fit in, but they will bring in new viewers to GH...which is good for the show. I watched GH on and off for years and stopped again in 2011, just couldn't find anything interesting in GH's writing to keep me watching. I tuned back in to OLTL in 2011 when they brought the real Todd back and have watched every episode until the end. I was going to watch KMc's exit from GH but that was it. Now that Todd and Blair are going to GH, I just got to know what's going to happen with them.
If people still don't think they will bring in viewers. Do a GOOGLE search of Todd and Blair and see how many fan sites they have or a YOUTUBE search of Todd and Blair and see how much stuff is uploaded about them every day.
Good for them. This used to happen on the CBS soaps Y&R and B&B. Neat.
I love the concept but I really think that Dr. David Hayward coming to GH would be better fit. Just think about David messing with Robin and Patrick! Storyline with David verses Todd verses Sonny or David verses Carly would be must see daytime TV! General Hospital would be a soap melting pot with a fusion of our beloved bad boys!
Just got a 'breaking news' alert that two more are coming to GH.....Trevor St. John and the other hasn't been announced yet !!!
Ah, I thought that David Hayward should be at GH too- so glad that Trevor St. John will be there too! Still would love to see Roxy and Opal from AMC owning a salon together. GH needs more laughs; it's just too, too dark and depressing.
i loved OLTL because it had humor as well as drama. When Todd came back I just loved it. I am lost without it now and refuse to watch the Chew or Revolution. I hate ABC for canceling the best soap there was. I dont watch GH much because it's always dark and the same but will when the One Life characters are on it and see how it works. I hoped some station would pick up One Life but it didnt happen.
If I wanted to watch OLTL I would have while it was actual on tv. I will not be watching GH as long as OLTL is taking over. Bad idea.
I'm sorry but I'm not for this AT ALL. I was shocked to see Garin Wolf already replaced as head writer for General and to see Ron Carlivati????? What is this????? Turning into One Life to Live????????????????
I'm sorry, but if General characters are slowly being pushed out, I'm out for good. This has been my show for over 30 years and if it's being taken over by a show that couldn't hold its ground, then that's just ridiculous.
Sorry about you, Garin. You were doing an excellent job as was Jill Pharin Phelps. I was suprised to see you out of the production as well. It's really sad. I'm also sick of the new credits in the beginning, no match-ups at "half-time", and FINALLY seeing Jason and Sam after, what, almost two weeks???????????????????????????
Sad. Very sad.
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