With television soap opera One Life to Live ending its over 43 year old run on ABC on today, ABC daytime television is down to just one remaining soap: General Hospital.
General Hospital remains one of only four soap operas still running on network television (The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless on CBS, and Days of Our Lives on NBC are the others).
But while One Life to Live might be ending, its storylines will carry on.
However, it will not be on the previously-announced online format from company Prospect Park (which has since dashed any hopes of continuing either All My Children or One Life to Live), but on another show entirely: General Hospital producer Frank Valentini announced that Daytime Emmy winner Roger Howarth, Daytime Emmy-nominated Kassie DePaiva and Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson will be reprising their One Life to Live roles on the last remaining ABC soap in a storyline that will start filming at the end of January. DePaiva and Easton had previously signed to appear on the online series before Prospect Park announced that due financial issues it could not continue the series.
Valenti says, “We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles… I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth). Incorporating characters from One Life to Live continues the legacy of the show as we weave them into General Hospital.”
This won’t be the first time that the two shows crossed over. Characters from One Life to Live and General Hospital have occasionally crossed over on each other show since 1968. There’s no word on how long the One Life to Live actors will continue with General Hospital, but if enough One Live to Live viewers drift over who knows what could happen.