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96 June 29th, 2012 General Hospital Debuts New Opening! EP Valentini Says, “You’ll See the Rotation on Monday” – Watch the Video!

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If you saw today’s episode of General Hospital, the Daytime Emmy Award winning Outstanding Drama Series debut the look of their new opening, with new logo and new music bed.  But in a tweet today from GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini, he informs there is more to look forward to Monday!

On his Twitter account, Valentini stated, “Hope you love the new open! You’ll see the rotation on Monday’s GH!”  So now after the jump take a look at the new open and let us know what you think?   How would you like to see the actors/characters rotated through and in what order?  Do you like the groupings in the shorter style open?

Let us know your thoughts!   We are glad that the show is spicing up their open, and we are hoping other shows will follow, ahem, Y&R where is that new opening?  DAYS, can we get rid of the hourglass for something incorporating its signature symbol, but move it into 2012?  

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  1. David Larsson says:

    I don’t like it. The music is, well. . . irritating. And I much preferred the shots from the previous opening. GH has so many things that need fixing right now. The opening should be the least of their concerns.

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  2. Michael says:

    Meh! Not that impressed with it sorry to say.

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    Michael replied

    I don’t even watch GH BTW and yet I don’t even like this new open that Frank’s crew came up with. It’s horrible.

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  3. Caroldee says:

    I liked it okay but think it is a bit short..one misses it if one blinks..I miss the theme being so dominant that you KNOW your show is on from hearing it even in another room. Sorry been watching since before Luke and Laura..old school I know. DO like the coupling of characters though. Newer time slot will not be too bad I was a OLTL watcher.. won’t watch Katie or the CHEW either.

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  4. Gerardo Ramirez says:

    Visually attractive,but too short on displaying the actors.

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  5. Erick says:

    I have an open mind, but my first impression is that I prefer the old one because the new one uses publicity stills that have been around forever. I liked the “freshness” and the movement of the old. But I’ll give it a couple weeks to get used to it.

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  6. Jim says:

    Great opening but if you’re telling the same stories (baby switching, child killing, variations on a hackneyed mobster story ) over and over this is like putting lipstick on a pig.

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    susan M. replied

    They need to go back to the good old days of GH…Remember Dr. Hardy, Audry, Lucille,Baldwins,Tiffany & Shawn donnelly. What happen to Bobbie Spencer???

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    David Larsson replied

    Bobbie got shoved inside the Veteran’s Closet.

    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    I heard that she destroyed her face with to much plastic surgery. Hey susan m. were you near any of that bad flooding in florida we were lucky but very close to where that poor girl was sucked out of her home by a tornado and killed holding her baby, baby is ok, Very sad.

    susan M. replied

    Barbara t. loves One Life To Live #1……..No I wasn’t near any of the bad flooding in florida…We were lucky also…You said Bobbie Spencer killed her face with plastic surgery…That collagen shot in the lips…They do to much & it looks like they have a fat lip….Monica’s face doesn’t look that great either….Some of them over do with the plastic surgery..Look at Joan Rivers she looks horrible….

  7. Michael says:

    Are you kidding? It looks like a billboard ad for a science fiction show. Someone call in the Scyfi network STAT. As for Days, you gotta be kidding!? That damn hourglass has been running out of sand for almost fifty years, and I hope they never change a thing.

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    david replied

    Funny and accurate comment. I like sci-fi. I almost hope GH keeps it. It’s like starting the show with a joke. But replace the music to be more sci-fi. How about some saxophone music from Blade Runner?

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    Jules replied

    Re: Days, exactly! Don’t EVER change it! If they ever did, no matter how good they try and make it, people will still criticize! If it aint broke, DON’T FIX IT! I love Mac Carrey’s voice over, and the hourglass is timeless. Leave it alone!

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    Your right Jules, I stopped watching days almost 40 years ago, when I lost All my children I started watching again and it is the same now as it was back then, I agree with you if it’s not broke don’t fix it. As far as General hospitals new opening goes, I only seen and heard 12 seconds so I’ll wait till I can see and hear the whole thing then make a comment.

    BarbJ replied

    Are you serious? Lose the hourglass? Soaps are all about continuity – and everyone knows exactly what show it is without even looking when you hear McDomald Carey’s voice!!

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I agree! The hourglass & McDonald Carey, The Y&R themesong….that identifies them! When I hear those I know what show is on. With regard to the new GH opening…I’m neutral. If it allows for more ad revenue (time) or show time, I’m all for it. Love GH no matter the opening.

  8. Bonnie says:

    Do not like it at all!! No familar theme, the photos do not move like they did before, they are flat and why is Sam with Jason and John?? I prefer how they had the families together, and want the GH them song back. Also it makes Pt Charles look like a large metropolis, I thought it was suppose to be a small town (with gangsters! and fancy hotel)

    If they plan to rotate, I hope they have Epithany and Molly! Prefer no newcomers…

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    Christine replied

    Sam is with Jason and John because (as I have heard) they are to have some kind of angst/flirting, kind of like a triangle. It depends on how long the show goes on for. If longer than next year, than it’s possible John and Sam could be a couple with Jason and Sam as the end game.

    I thought Port Charles had an area code of 716, which is from around my old neck of the woods, upstate New York. So I think of Port Charles as like Rochester, but I believe that GH exaggerates how big it would actually be. And I know it can be heavy on crime sometimes, but I do not know of mafia families. :-)

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    SZima replied

    Well, since “Epiphany” and “Molly” are not on contract, they will never be in the open.

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    Bonnie replied

    But is Sean on contract??

    SZima replied

    Yes, unfortunatly Sean is.

  9. Sharon says:

    It’s way too fast and probably the worst opening I’ve ever seen for a soap or any television show EVER!!!!!

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  10. Katie says:

    I think its pretty good. Its flashy and updated, kind of reminds me of a faster version of B&B. Do I still love and miss the faces of the heart heck yes! But I don’t hate this opening.

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  11. Beth says:

    Blink and you miss it. I like streamlining and understand the need for speed so as to have more room for advertising. But while it’s slick, glossy and has a certain sleek look, it’s “cold”, not “warm” and inviting.

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    Bonnie replied

    totally agree!

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  12. Shelly says:

    Don’t care for the new opening. The music sounds bad, the grouping of characters don’t all make since and why are only some of the characters pictured? Back to the drawing board.

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  13. Tameka says:

    This may seem dramatic but the reason I’m about to talk about is why I no longer watch soaps. Why does Jason have first billing? The foundation of the show is still screwed up and that is why I have no urge to even watch.

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  14. Sal Piscioneri says:

    I like it very much and look forward to Mondays flip. I think it is great that GH is entering the 21st century on the + side. GH needed changes stat and so glad we now have a team that is very interested in saving this nearly 50 yr old soap. Congrats to the brass that wanted change. Good luck GH and support staff on years of service to come for us viewers. Thank you all so much:>)

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    Christy replied

    I agree! I love it! it’s new, it’s fresh, it looks so sharp and polished – like the cityscape too… the further we get from that old ambulance siren opening they used to have, the better.

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  15. Angela Vogl says:

    I like the cityscape and if the groupings rotate to show families or couples together that would be even better. As you said Michael, the EP said this was a shortened version that we all saw today and there will be more on Monday. Looking forward to seeing that! The only thing I really don’t. like is the theme music. Absolutely love GH’s with the smoky, sax that we all are most familiar with. They even played that one at the Emmy Awards last Saturday. I know it’s the only theme song I want to hear . It is too distinctive to GH and should remain as a major part of it’s history. Would also like to have Tony Geary be separate and apart from any of the other cast members as he has been shown that way for a long time. I for one always thought that was so cool and made it so different from any of the other Soaps. I hope these changes can be made soon!

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  16. Val says:

    I prefer the classic openings. If GH has to save time, they should go back to the ambulance.

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    david replied

    That makes sense too. GH is in critical condition and they need chase up some viewers STAT.

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    Dan replied

    GH added 128,000 viewers last week, so it looks like they’re doing a pretty good job of chasing down some new viewers.

    susan M. replied

    DIITO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    aria replied

    i agree, abulance better then this new opening done by 5th graders.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I think the “ambulance opening” makes sense…it’s classic and if an actor leaves the show then they aren’t still appearing in the opening. I always thought that was awkward…an actor not on the show being featured in the opening sequence.

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  17. Tony says:

    Dont like it at all. PLEASE go back to the “longer” opening with ALL the contract players like before & PLEASE add the new people…Anna, Starr, Kristina, ect. Thank you !

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    SZima replied

    Anna and John were there. Sounds like others will be on the open on Monday. This is like OLTL used to be…they had two different opens that they rotated.

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    susan M. replied

    Don’t foget Michael Easton’s picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    John’s picture is right there at the beginning, the pictures move so Quickly I have a hard time seeing all of them and I still don’t know if I like the music or not.

    susan M. replied

    They need to slow down the intro to GH so you can see the actors…Yes it goes too fast…I ‘m not sure about the music either.. Barbara t. Loves OLTL #1….I hope you have a good 4th……………………………

  18. susan M. says:

    Don’t like the new opening to GH..It sounds weird to me..It’s so different.. TOO DIFFERENT!!!!!!! I like the OLD OPENING THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The orginial opening is my favorite…You know GH is on & it fits…You see the ambulance … Bring back the old opening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  19. Dan says:

    Man, some people just like to complain don’t they?

    I like the new modern look to the opening, and it’s an interesting concept to feature the cast as though they were faces on a billboard. It needs some tinkering, and I’m sure it’s a work in progress. But I appreciate the effort to freshen up the look of the show, which is something that has been long overdue. Keep up the great work, Frank!

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    susan M. replied

    Sometimes modern look isn’t always the best..A lot of fans identify with the orginial opening…We are so familiar with……

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    Dan replied

    I love the original opening too, but very few shows keep the same opening forever. It’s good to modernize and adapt with the times, in my opinion.

  20. Beth says:

    It sucks. I like the one like the ones from 90s. That was General Hospital. When they changed everything…its just no good. The last one sucked but I’d take it over this dung pile. Sorry…bad month. I’m grouchy. But yea…it sucks.

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  21. Patrick says:

    gut, first impression… I liked how the GH was displayed… with the city, that was current anc contemporary… and i thought i was going to like the actors pictures… however, then it moved way too fast, or, i liked how big the pics were to start.. but didn’t like how small they got.

    they should stick with “honoring” the actors.. who act… sweat, blood, and tears. they deserve to have their pictures shown.

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    susan M. replied

    I agree..

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    Tony replied

    I agree too

  22. C. Minded says:

    Great new look. Fast pace adds fun to determining who is grouped together.
    Welcome to the 21st century!

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    susan M. replied

    I like the original theme….This new one is kind of weird for me..

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  23. C. Minded says:

    Additional question: Why did General Hospital change from focusing on female leads to this long running (tiresome) focus on males and mayhem? Soaps began and should be about the encounters and travails of female leads with whom we are sympathetic. By flipping to a Jason and Sonny focus it loses something as a soap. Thanks for bringing Heather back for good old day memories. Anna and Luke? Forget about it!

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  24. Jared says:

    Oh no. This won’t do. I think GH should bring back the “Faces of the Heart” opening from 1993-2004. This was one of the best openings ever on daytime.

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    susan M. replied

    I agree with you……..I enjoy seeing that too…..

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  25. Christine says:

    My first thought was “futuristic.” It seemed like Space Odyssey for some reason.

    I am usually watching it on Tivo, in bed with the lights out, so I never cared for the version before Wolf was fired because it did not help my migraines one bit (Y&R and the white screen is a little jarring too, but beautiful … I guess until this week when we see the new one).

    Anyway, I agree with the majority. It was too short, but that was probably ABC’s orders. I am surprised there are even any previews for the next episode. It seems like the networks these days only allow the soaps to have their run time and not a second more.

    It was weird to see Elizabeth lumped in with Shawn. That was one thing that struck me as especially odd.

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  26. rebecca says:

    I like it..sleek, modern, cool visuals…

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  27. dave says:

    Just like the show, it sucks!

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    susan M. replied

    Do you mean the music S-C-KS??????????

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  28. barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 says:

    Seriously, There is no way you can tell whether you like this new opening in 12 seconds I know I can’t, It was to quick, But I do agree with a few of the posts, if you blink it’s over, and it does sound like the music of a sci fi fleck which I don’t mind, I do like the new look, But I have to see it again in a longer time then 12 seconds. I have to wait and see it Monday then I can leave a more honest comment, So as I have said before and I will say it again short and sweet means More time to spend on our stories.

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  29. SZima says:

    I liked the open they just got rid of. At least it showed the actor/character names and you could see everyone individually instead of meaningless group shots. Oh well…I FF through the open anyway.
    At least they’ve kept the previews at the end of the show…so far.
    I do like the new logo though.

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  30. TS says:

    I like it.. . I just fast forward thru the beginnings of the shows anyways so just wasted time if it is too long. they pay their actors by the show. we get to see more story and they get to more acting from their actors.. works for me!!!! I”m sure you all agree

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  31. Barb Harnedy says:

    I LOVE that Dante & Lulu are together!! You could also do Dante with Olivia, or Dante with Sonny….Also Lulu with Luke and/or Lulu with Maxie!! Maybe even Dante with his brothers & sister. You can’t tell I’m a Lante fan can you. But it was way too fast. I had to watch it again in slow motion to really see who was in it!! It would also be good to take some new photos of these actors….maybe something that everybody had not already seen before!!

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  32. Jamie says:

    Not a fan!

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  33. Michael says:

    Y&R will be finally unveiling their brand new opening on Wednesday, July 4 from what I’ve gathered from tweets from cast members of the show. So, I’m excited to see how that turns out. They will still use Nadia’s Theme (Looking Through The Eyes of Love) still but the rest of it will be completely redone and cast members who’ve been with the show for a long time but have never been included in the show opening will finally be put in with the new one!

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  34. Tanya says:

    I hate it, it’s stupid and it’s cheap crap. So they couldn’t separate the characters like 1st time, now they have to group them up, they might as well stick with the opening that they had before. I have seen people on YT who have put together their own little opening of their favorite Soaps done a better job.

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  35. Aria says:

    Is this what they took so long on to come up with? Omg it’s awful, did they let 5th graders come up with the new sequence from old publicity photo? When you set out to change something, isn’t it suppose to improve it? The old one was more updated plus the actors name were in the credits. I can’t believe that FV asked in a tweet if we ” love” it, is this guy blind? Joking with us? Oblivious ? Lacking taste? FV I know you got to put your stamp on the show but one has to be aware of things that really needed to change and the opening wasn’t one of them, you really need to change this back and give your actors more respect then your showing now, if your name can appear in every episode of the show I don’t get why the actors name can’t either.

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  36. susan M. says:

    Saw soap digest magazine at targets today(Sat.) And on the cover you see John McBain & Sam and it says: John kisses Sam and they get caught….I don’t think I like that..Cheating on Natalie….Hmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    Uh oh, I guess that means John and Sam aren’t going to be brother and sister, Maybe it’s a brotherly kiss you know like I care for you, want to protect you, nothing wrong with that, Our John Mcbain is a good guy.

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    Judy replied

    I remember the amazing chemistry they had when they were on Port Charles as Caleb and Livvie. They absolutely sizzled! Would love to see that again. Never liked Natalie with John. They never really had that spark. If any of you watched PC, you know what I’m talking about.

    susan M. replied

    I’m just the reverse I alway’s liked John with Natalie & now they Liam to think about…I thought they had plenty of charisma together…I saw Caleb & Livvie….Didn’t like the vampire role to much…I liked him better when he joined OLTL as John McBain………….Caleb & Livvie were hot but you know it coudn’t last…Him being a vampire….John & Natalie have been threw so much together…And now they have a child together..Remember when Natalie thought John was dead..But he was the burn victim in the hospital….She had a gut feeling it was John & Natalie was right…..I have that episode…So i think John & Natalie have a lot of history together….

    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    I agree with you susan m, I remember it well when John was a burn Victim and Natilie knew something was off, I hope he doesn’t cheat on her.

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  37. Bonnie says:

    It want something fast and contemporary, have Sonny shooting at the camera, and the ambulance wipe through. Adventure and hospital that says it all. I am just being silly here.

    I want the old theme somg most of all, or even the one they used to have to all the men and Luke walking away. Just add the women to it…that is the show the cast and song,

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    david replied

    I like the idea of Sonny shooting at the camera. It reminds me of the opening of James Bond films. After Sonny shoots, he is shot by return gun fire. Sonny lies in a pool of his own blood and we hear the sound of sirens. Police arrive and an ambulance rushes Sonny to GH.

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    There you go again with the funny stuff, But it’s a good Idea.

    Bonnie replied

    hahha, and I guess you do not like Sonny!! I was thinking of having MacBain shoot back. Then Anna could pop up between the two and push them a way then we see the GH logo! Another day could be Jason, standing in the middle of Liz, and Sam and have Carly walk into frame grabbing Jason and walking off. Or Spinelli dancing through and twirling Maxie into Johnneys arms, Patrick lhugging Emma, and Heather pulling Steve away from Olivia!! Now that would be fun!!

  38. Barbara says:

    it is a horrible opening…..too fast and the characters should never be grouped together…..is McBain staying??

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    Bonnie replied

    Unfortunetly he is staying..but he is better then the other two..whom are also staying,

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    susan M. replied

    Don’t yoy like John McBain???????? Because you said Unfortunetly he is staying!!!!!!!!!! What so bad about that?????????? I like him..Want him to stay as long as possible……………………………………………………….

    susan M. replied

    I hope so..That J. McBain is staying..It kind of looks that way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Puppyloveprincess says:

    They need to stick with the old music. Part of the allure of soaps is familiarity, and the theme is signature. It’s like coke changing colors from red and white to purple and silver. You just don’t do that.

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  40. Michael S. says:

    It’s just an opening sequence people. I get it…Frank and crew are attempting to rebrand GH to be more modern yet keep costs down. There has been significant improvement since Cartini has come on board so just calm down people and go with the flow.

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    Nicely said, Michael S. How can anyone listen to something and look at something for 12 seconds and say it sucks? I played it over and over a few times and I still can’t say whether I like it or not.

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    Cristi replied

    Michael asked for opinions and fans are giving it. Just sayin’

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    And that’s what michael s and I did. Am I missing something here?

  41. gvillegeo says:

    awful.

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  42. Tony says:

    I really liked all the contract players with their real names & their names on the show with the longer opening….I hope they go back to that in a new & different way.

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    Bonnie replied

    I agree, it is nice to know whom your stars or characters are.

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  43. barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 says:

    Seriously, I waited all weekend to hear maybe 12 more seconds added on to the other 12 seconds? I still can’t tell if I like the dam music or not.

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  44. Cristi says:

    I don’t like it. The music is awful. I can’t even tell its GH and didn’t when it started b/c I was in the next room. Its’ WAY too fast and why the heck is Sam/Jason/John concentrated on longer than anyone else? It’s bad enough the show focues on the mob characters of Sonny/Jason as it is but there are so many actors on the show that have been on for ions as their characters and they deserve the recognition. Why are Liz/Lulu/Dante/Sean paired together? Why is Sean grouped there at all? Why not put LIz/Steve Webber together esp considering their family is literally the original PC family? It would be better to group the men in a shot and the ladies in another shot and find a way to work with that. JMO.

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  45. Chaz says:

    It is too fast…..I can hardly tell who is grouped together. Not thrilled.

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    susan M. replied

    They need to slow it down !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  46. MBmomof3 says:

    I think it reflects the current version of the show. With all the new crap, um, I mean shows, on ABC daytime, they need to stay current.

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  47. capo84 says:

    HATE IT !!! I loved the fact that soon as I heard Dave Koz I knew my show was on..even with them remixing it a bit over the years. It was trademark ! Like someone else said…if they were short on time they should have went back to their roots with the ambulance

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I agree that they should have kept the music.

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  48. kay/kay says:

    People get a grip just be glad your soap is still on the air. The actual story is all anybody should care about if they just came on and said you are now watching General Hosipital that would be fine with me it means it is still on the air. They FV & RC have done something I thought was impossible they made me tune in again. In the scheme of things the opening means squat!!

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