Goodness, my mailbox is full of panicked, angry viewers!
We need to get a few things clear here.
"They shouldn't have gotten rid of Jason." It wasn't General Hospital's decision to lose Jason -- Steve Burton left on his own, and the demise of the character was pretty much slapped together. You can yell at the show about many things, but getting rid of Steve Burton isn't one of them.
Isn't it time they recast Jason? Ron Carlivati, GH's head writer states, as was previously reported here, that Jason will not be recast at present because the writers want to explore new possibilities for Sam. Okay, you disagree, but no, it isn't time they recast Jason because they're not going to.
"I hate the vampire storyline." People, there is no vampire storyline. The writers took advantage of the ex-Port Charles vampires being on the show to highlight Lucy losing it so they could bring Kevin Collins back to help her. I have no idea if there will be flashbacks, but I don't think we're going to see full-blown new scenes with vampires.
"Do whatever you have to do to keep the OLTL imports." Read the blog. Contractually the producers can't do anything. They cannot use these characters at present. Again, don't blame GH.
"I'm sick of all these people coming and going. I'm waiting for Lucky to come back." Keep waiting -- he's starring on Nashville. If the producers can, they will try to fit him in for the anniversary according to his schedule.
The OLTL actors shouldn't be forced to move back across the country." No one is forcing them to do anything. They do not have to appear on One Life to Live.
Prospect Park has taken back the CHARACTERS, not the actors. The actors are under contract to ABC Daytime.
General Hospital is trying to work out being able to use the characters later on. On the current character list for the new show, only Todd is mentioned.
You can bet that the producers and writers of General Hospital don't want to lose these characters, and how they would be brought back with new names is beyond me. But this is a soap opera. Anything is possible.
Please all remember this: A year ago, General Hospital was looking into a large garbage can with its name on it. Prospect Park's financing had fallen through. We have no idea what's going to happen now, whether people will want to watch the new Llanview show online, how General Hospital will get around this, or anything else.
We couldn't have anticipated GH coming back in the ratings as well as it has, any more than we could have anticipated Prospect Park rising from the ashes.
All of this is good news for soaps. Viewers need to relax and not go through the ceiling each time there is any news. We have weathered a huge storm already. I think we can get through anything else that comes.