Chris Stack by Donna Svennevik/ABC
One Life to Live has a new Michael McBain. Effective Dec. 3, actor Chris Stack (School of Rock) replaces troubled star Nathaniel Marston, who has been fired after his arrest for assaulting three people (plus a cop) in Manhattan in October. Crazily, Stack did a recurring gig on OLTL in 2003 as a preppie drug dealer who got Marston's character hooked on speed, a scenario that now seems "like a snake eating its own tail," Stack notes. "This is a bittersweet way to get a job. I remember Nathaniel very fondly and was sorry to hear of the circumstances that led to my hiring. At the same time, it's my hiring. I'm really thrilled to have a job." Too bad he'll start off on the wrong foot. Michael, who's facing perjury charges in Llanview, will jump bail and flee to Texas to find his on-the-lam wife. "That will come back to haunt him," Stack says. — Michael Logan
Nathaniel Marston courtesy ABC
In the wake of his Oct. 20 arrest on charges of assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest — after he allegedly attacked three people with a crate in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City — Nathaniel Marston has been let go from One Life to Live. "Nathaniel Marston has been a valuable member of the cast of One Life to Live, bringing Michael McBain to life for legions of fans," ABC says in a statement. "He leaves the show with our sincere appreciation for his many contributions and our support as he addresses personal challenges. We wish him well."The role of Michael will be recast.
Nathaniel Marston by Yolanda Perez/ABC
One Life to Live's Nathaniel Marston (Michael) was charged with felony assault, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest after allegedly attacking three men with a crate breaking one guy's leg in the wee hours of Sunday morning in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. According to the New York Daily News, Marston flailed his arms and kicked at police officers as they tried to arrest him. He later was taken to Bellevue, where he was labeled "emotionally disturbed" and then released. Police say that Marston appeared to be under the influence of narcotics (possibly cocaine) at the time of the melee. Asked to comment on how this might affect Marston's status on the show, an ABC rep would only tell TVGuide.com, "We are aware of the incident and are reviewing the details."It is not known what triggered the assault, but Marston reportedly had been on edge all week and recently blew up on the OLTL set. "He's got a split personality," a...