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LYNDA HIRSCH ON SOAPS -- GOSSIP

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Sometimes the behind-the-scenes soaps stories are more interesting than the on-screen stories.

This is true of the latest wrangling between Prospect Park and "General Hospital." When Prospect Park bought rights to all the characters on "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" last year, its plans to reboot "AMC" and "OLTL" appeared dead on arrival.

It agreed to let "GH" bring the characters of John McBain (Michael Easton), Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) and Starr (Kristen Alderson) to the soap. Earlier this year, the Prospect Park deal — in true soap opera fashion — came back from the dead. In fact, "OLTL" and "AMC" relaunch on the Internet April 29.

What to do about the three major characters that checked in to "GH"? There were lots of talks and lots of rumors.

The rumor that seemed the most outlandish is the one that is happening. The actors whose characters were written off "GH" Last week will return to "GH," but not as their original characters but as new characters. Howarth will do a stint on the "OLTL" reboot as Todd. For a month.

So far, no word whether the characters of Todd, Starr and McBain will be recast on "One Life to Live."

Judgment will be reserved until it plays out. The initial reaction to this is that this is crazy. How can it work out? It is daytime, however, where stranger things have happened.

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Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren on "Young and Restless") has tweeted: "It's official! Signing my new contract with Y&R on the show's 40th anniversary." Bregman first joined the show in 1984. She was one bad seed. Lauren was especially cruel to Traci Abbott, as they both wanted to be with Danny. Lauren mellowed a bit when she married Paul. The real transformation of her character came when she married Michael. From 2001 until this wee, Bregman — who won a younger actress Emmy in 1985 — has been recurring.

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Lindsey Morgan (Kristina) is checking out of "GH."

"It is with a heavy heart I have to announce that my time at Port Charles has come to an end," she said on her Facebook page. "I'm not sure where Kristina is headed next, but it was a beyond amazing opportunity to portray her ... be part of the Davis Girls ... have the Corinthos' passion and temper run though my veins and to witness history being made on this momentous show!"

Head writer Ron Carlivarti told us he felt the show lacked a young romantic couple. He thought the show needed a young romance. Sadly, the love story between Trey and Kristina did not work. Trey was killed off, and Kristina will soon be gone.

Speaking of folks leaving "GH," Brandon Barash taped his last show yesterday. Barash, who played Johnny since 2007, says it was his choice. He may be gone from the show, but he has left his heart there. It appears that he and Kirsten Storms (Maxie on "GH") are dating.

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