Following the General Hospital panel at the recent ABC Summer Press Tour TCA’s, On-Air On-Soaps had a few moments to ask GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini his thoughts on the new GH show open, what other changes he has planned for the lone ABC that may reflect in the the look and feel of it, and how he feels GH compares to his soap opera competition on the other networks! Here is what the talented Valentini had to say about it!
Valentini on the decision of who to include in the opening and why it was made much shorter: “We need to think of General Hospital as a show that keeps evolving and so we put some of the newer characters into the open. We also made it shorter so there is more programming content too. So all the time taken out of our open was put into our show. I think that is really exciting and good for the fans too, as there is more General Hospital. I think that was more important that seeing the opening of the show, because a lot of fans said they fast-forward through it.
Valentini on other changes he plans to make to the look and feel of GH, when he has already quickened the pace and spread out the wealth of story among many characters similar to how he made OLTL a success: “There are many things I want to do and I am someone who looks to the future. I think there is a lot more. General Hospital is such a giant brand that has a lot of equity in it and I want to exploit and explore that. I think a couple of the other changes we made are the lighting changes and the way the shows looks, which people have responded too. We have boxing ring sequences with Sonny that are cinematic. It is great for story, and it is also visually exciting and something like that will always enhance the viewer experience. This is a show that shot in HD and really beautiful. “
Valentini on if he checks out what his competitors are doing, and how he thinks GH stacks up against them: “I am always listening and paying attention to what other people are doing, but I don’t think the other shows can touch General Hospital right now.”
So what do you think of the shorter opening? Are you getting used to it? And, do you see and feel the rhythm and look of GH evolving? And, finally, how do you think GH stacks up against DAYS, Y&R and B&B? Weigh-in!