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128 March 6th, 2012 The NEW General Hospital Shorter Opening Title Sequence – Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

On Monday’s episode of General Hospital viewers were given a shortened opening title sequence and in this version it featured only existing characters on the canvas (because so many in the long opening sequence are no longer with the series).  There was a new selection of theme music featured that to us harkened back to one of the short openings back in the shows sister soap days, Port Charles!

When watching the opening, the cast moves by the screen very quickly, that you actually have to watch one or two times to see who made it into the mix. In addition, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) had tweeted that the opening sequence will change daily – we presume with different characters and actors being featured and perhaps different musical beds.

So take a look at the new opening after the jump and let us know your thoughts! We know how important show openings are to true soap fans!

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  1. Enrique Buenrostro says:

    Thumbs down, I would have loved to have seen Faces of the Heart of Autumn Breeze back…

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    rustyroxie replied

    miss longer theme…gave it a chance

    watching gh again after ten yrs

    Thanks to the mannings!!!

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  2. Suzie says:

    Thumbs up…I’m pretty sure we got 8 segments rather than 7 and therefore more show.

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    Dawn D replied

    ITA anyhow I also am happy with the changes made so far. We need ratings to survive and I want GH to survive after 45 yrs of watching.

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    Carlton replied

    I agree with you, Dawn. I also like the changes that former Head Writer of OLTL has done since he took over Robert Guza and Jill Phelps(Who I think did a PRETTY DAMN GOOD JOB as Head Writer and Executive Producer respectively before stepping down). He went to the biggest change in Soap Opera history by bringing 4 of the OUTSTANDING actors from One Life To Live to join(and heat things up) General Hospital. Now that tells you that GH isn’t going ANYWHERE!

  3. Sarah says:

    That was really stupid!!! It didn’t even have any of the General Hospital music. My second favourite of all of the soap themes.

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  4. Libby says:

    I like the opening. It really is not important to me in relationship to keeping GH on the air. If it is shortened by 1-2 minutes – that leaves more time for advertisement ($$) and story.

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  5. DCCowgirl4Eva says:

    I don’t like the new sequence, especially the new music. I understand we have OLTLivers on the show now, but it is still General Hospital. This feels like a slap in my face. GH needs to keep it’s music. Just wrong on the part of ABC.

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    1MALLOYFAN replied

    I agree about the music. The sequences seem so rushed but we know who everyone is so that is minor. But the theme is most important because it identifies with what GH is to us. “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”

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    Carol replied

    Don’t see why you’re blaming THIS on OLTL’s cast. OLTL kept their full opening for the entire run, didn’t shorten it or change it at all. It has NOTHING to do with the few people that are migrating from OL.

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    Christy replied

    hmmm, actually OLTL changed their opening many times…. every time another producer came around, or ABC was making changes. Many times, it was just an image of a sunset, flames, or sky or such. Later they did ones with moving images of streets, houses, a shot of a newsstand, then later with the actors faces, you can find these online if you’re curious. They changed the music too.

    DCCowgirl4Eva replied

    Read my post again. I am not BLAMING the OLTL cast at all, I said “… wrong on the part of ABC.” I miss my General Hospital theme and want it back.

    Torrey replied

    I agree Carol. I’m getting tired of the OLTL characters getting blamed for everything that long-time GH viewers aren’t happy with. This is a change to try and help save this show from cancellation. If nothing was being done, they would complain about that saying, “No one cares or is trying to save the show.” To blame actors for the change in an opening sequence is just stupid. Have never been a GH fan, but I have been watching to try and support the show, but if the long-time fans aren’t going to be appreciative of the OLTL fans or the characters that have joined to help preserve this institution…..then why the hell am I watching? Maybe if they were to feel the loss that all of the AMC & OLTL fans have felt, they would change their tune….

  6. Jamie says:

    I have to say that as of right now, I am not a fan
    Of the new opening. If you are putting the Mannings
    On the front burner they deserve to be in the opening
    Sequence. Also, you omitted so many from it. Please go back
    To the original music to. That is General Hospital.

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  7. 1loveabcsoaps says:

    4 out of 5 posted before mine…..say THUMBS DOWN, and I make 5.

    Why fix it, if it ain’t broken? All they needed to do was take out cast member’s who are no longer on the show (and it’s a few of them) up to Kristina. After that, everything would of been just fine.

    Please TAKE OUT OLD CAST, and GO BACK to the original format.

    THUMBS DOWN!

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  8. Matt says:

    I hope this is a work in progress. The whole opening sequence needs to be redone and making it whiplash fast doesn’t get past the bad video quality or cheesy local news anchor-style posing.

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    Michael S. replied

    Couldn’t agree more Matt.

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    Amanda replied

    This was WAY too fast and I miss our GH music! Bring it back!

    susan M. replied

    The faces go by so quickly!!!!!!!!! They don’t give you na chance to see the actors names that match up with the faces….It goes threw too fast for me.. I don’t like it at all !!!!!!!!!!!! At least when OLTL was on you could read the names with the face .. Different isn’t better!!!!!!!!!! Not in this case anyway…

  9. WhitbyTerry says:

    This felt like “make the opening cheap and simple”. I’d rather they created a CG version of the opening used in the 80s compared to this. The last opening was okay, Faces of the Heart was better.

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  10. FeFe1912 says:

    Thumbs down! I hope this was just a test to see how the fans would react.

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  11. Debi says:

    Did anyone notice that GH went an extra 2 minutes?? So in reality, we are getting less opening credits, but more air time. I will take the air time.
    Especially if the writing continues as it has.

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    Mitchell1660 replied

    That’s exactly right. Truncated opening means more story. Fine with me.

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    Debi replied

    Ditto. Who cares about an opening?? Lets see such good story!! :)

  12. Jon Jensen says:

    Horrible. Faces of the Heart is General Hospital. This was disturbing and looked choppy, rushed, and unprofessional. I think that if they wanted something shorter, a well produced remake of the “Siren” opening from the 80′s would have been great. Also, why was the music bed different for the on air show compared to the SOAPnet version which aired at night?

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  13. Emily says:

    I don’t like it either. I liked the jazzy, elevator type of music they had. It flowed.

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    Robin replied

    Exactly!!!

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  14. nbattag says:

    Although I did not particularly care for the new music, I also don’t find it that important right now to complain about it. If the shortened sequence means more story and $$ from advertisers, then I’m all for it. I’m more concerned about GH improving storywise and hopefully staying on our tvs.

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  15. heidi says:

    Thumbs DOWN!!! Especially if we do not get more show minutes to replace it.

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  16. JLC says:

    Didn’t care for it. The music sounds like the news!!! I don’t mind it being shorter but I wish they would have kept the same theme music.

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  17. Debi says:

    paul.lee@abc.com

    He is the person behind the scenes puling for GH.

    Please don’t write him and ask him or suggest how to write. Let him know how good the show is getting.
    TPTB have shown us this past month they know what they are doing. Though the scenes are not all that (yet) , with bringing back castmates, its about to Rock N Roll on GH!
    They don’t need our help in writing. Just our support.

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    dg replied

    Debi I vehemently disagree. Brian Frons dictated story on all 3 ABC soaps for yrs and he thought he knew what he was doing and he destroyed all 3 shows. Ive been watching GH since 1969 and Im an expert in it’s history. I’m also a writer. As fans we have a write to comment on the quality of what is written for the show. After all it is written for us-the viewers.
    If there are things we dont like we have a right to say so. Cartini have made many positive changers to the show-pacing,background music, etc. But they’ve also made mistakes as well. First up giving at least 2 OLTL actors contracts any only bringing back GH vets for short term cameos is a mistake. That’s not fare to longtime GH fans who miss their faves and dont watch OLTL.
    The biggest mistake Cartini is making is bowing down to GH’s resident trinty-Maurice Bernard, Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco. The show is still the Sonny Corinthos hour. Robin Mattson is being brought back to prop up the lame Franco and Jason story. I love the OLTL actors and I admire Ron C’s writing style for the most part and his fast paced scripts.
    But this is General Hospital not OLTL 2.0. And I’m sry but I dont believe that GH has to be propped up by OLTL stories and actors to survive. I could write stories that would increase GH’s ratings without borrowing any story lines from OLTL. Again as a former One Life viewer for many years I enjoy the cross over, but critically I still feel its neither fair to the GH viewers who didnt watch OLTL or necessary to save GH.

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    Debi replied

    Wait..hold on here. I email GH at least once a week. Have been for years. I refuse to tell tptb how to write. Do you know how many emails, tweets, phone calls they get from people telling them what & how to write??
    I am an expert on GH. I remember what worked in the past and what didn’t. Times have changed. Haven’t you noticed? Though the times have changed, the minds of the past didn’t change, thus making GH as well as OLTL unbelievable and silly to watch at times.
    For entertainment, I watch present day stories. What I watch has to entertain me with good writing, producing, editing, & acting.
    Ron & Frank understand this. So I can’t be alone with my thinking.
    I was very sad Robert didn’t stay long enough for his daughters funeral!!
    BAD BAD mistake. However the new writing staff wants to move on, and bring GH up to date, along with reminding new viewers and old viewers the greatness GH once was.
    Am I tired of Sam? YES. Though I believe Mo is a great actor, the whole show revolves around him. Yep I am tired of that.
    But I am not going to stop believing that the new people behind the scenes are going to do a better job at keeping this legend soap on air.

    I really think, bringing 3 people from OLTL over is hardly turning GH into OLTL-2. Not by far. I happen to think Blair & Todd are assets to the show.
    Starr-yea I can’t understsand why she was brought on.

    This is my opinion of GH. You are certainly entitled to your opinion.
    I don’t care if you are a writer or a cashier at the 7/11. We know what we like, and what entertains us. Different strokes……for different folks.
    For now I say kudos to the scenes that were written yesterday with Edward. Looking at the mantel, naming everyone, giving a brief reminder of what GH was about was brilliant.

    Here is to another 50 years of GH!

    Mitchell1660 replied

    Starr (Kristen Alderson) was brought to GH because of her sterling acting skills as a young actress who grew up on OLTL. I started watching GH to see how the writers were going to handle Starr, Blair, Todd and McBain coming on board and they have handled it brilliantly. I’m going to stick with it and eventually catch on to the other storylines.

    And, I agree with you, Debi. Write or email GH about your likes and dislikes. But telling them how to write…? I don’t think so.

  18. Brian says:

    Love it. Anything to keep the cost down.

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  19. Bonnie says:

    Money commercials!! of course what ABC wants not the viewers. If it truly does rotate, that is fine, but bring the theme song back please!! if they are cutting this opening, then they should cut the openings of prime time shows!

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  20. Kim says:

    I like it. The song is kind of ridiculous, but I’d rather less time for the credits since visually they’re so cheesy anyway. Way more interested in the episodes than the opening credits.

    That said, it would have been cool if they used a bit of one of the older, very recognized pieces of music.

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  21. tricia says:

    Thumbs down on the theme song, but I like the shorter intro. Did they lengthen the show or did it just seem that way? Since I DVR it, I noticed a different pattern of commercials but couldn’t tell if the actual show time was increased

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  22. aria says:

    I like the one that included all the contract players, thats what made it unique unlike Y&R which only include part of the cast. Go back to the original and for that matter, also include a “special guest star” for the returning vets who are essentially not on contract but guest starting on the show, i think they deserve that feature like they did for James Franco.

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  23. Robyn says:

    Thumbs down. Where is the identifiable (read branding) theme song? Where are the Quartermaines?

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    Christy replied

    you know that Dave Koz song isn’t the original music… I remember when they changed the opening from the ambulance and hospital images and that dang siren sounding music. It took a while to get used to the Dave Koz music, but I liked the change in images. Then just got used to the music, so we’ll probably get used to whatever they change it to now… and it’s really not the opening that is important, it’s the rest of the hour!

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  24. Pauretajt says:

    Absolutely fantastic. Everything the Duo touch turns to gold. Salivating upon seeing my favorite Todd on screen again. The intensity of that man…

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  25. Avala says:

    Thumbs in the middle? I didn’t like it yesterday, but I think it could be interesting if it changes everyday. My concern is that if it shows who’s going to be on that day in the opening, some people may change the channel because their faves aren’t on.

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    Christy replied

    it’s impossible to put every character on the opening, and not fair to just have these 5-8 or so characters and never get to see others… and maybe the ones in the opening aren’t featured in a main story and the ones that are don’t get to be on the opening… i say give it a chance. I can’t see dumping a soap just cuz they change the opening.

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  26. Susan says:

    Thumbs down.

    They couldn’t get rid of Robin fast enough. They kept the other characters in the credits for a long time. When Robin died, It’s like she never existed.

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    cathy replied

    ITA Susan! Just another insult to Robin a character that meant so much to MANY of us.

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    Susan replied

    Cathy,

    KMc and Robin were the only reason I stayed with GH for this long. Loved my Scorpio-Drake family scene. I’m highly upset that GH could’t wait to get rid of Robin so fast. GH has become unrecognizable and unbearable to watch without Robin.

    I understand that KMc wanted to leave, but the storyline seems incomplete and too rushed.

    I had such high hopes for FV & RC, now I just feel a huge sense of disappointment.

    1loveabcsoaps replied

    I want Starr gone, only visits from OLTL, no long term players. Only longterm I would like to see is Roxy over that the diner at GH. Everyone else, short stories. 6 weeks, to 3months. I would love the Story of the Two Todds to play out, thing is it just dawned on me , much of the cast of one life has to be present for it to be effective.

    PS: What’s ITA?

    Debi replied

    It isn’t so much they couldn’t get rid of her fast enough, as the lack of storyline her death got.

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    cathy replied

    It was a total insult as a viewer. Making Robin an aftermath in her own death. Who cares about Starr on OLTL, I don’t. This is GH and GH killed a legacy Robin and makes a mockery out of it.

    Debi replied

    Cathy, Robin isn’t dead. However, for now we are to believe she is.
    How they played out her story was just plain sloppy.
    Whoever heard of alarms going off in a hospital and nobody come running?
    Skip to Luke/Holly/LIW. Then skip to Carly/Johnny. Never mind the night she died lasted 2 weeks.
    Starr isn’t too blame. The writers were. Well, they are hopefully long gone.

  27. MaryAnne says:

    Thumbs DOWN on this one Michael !! I did not like it at ALL !! Opening for me lifts me up & makes me feel good as a dedicated fan. I was really disappointed how they changed it.

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  28. rose says:

    don’t like it. would not mind if the shorter begining gave us moreof gh to watch it is bad enough that their is so many commercials that u get just about 30 minutes of actual watch time of gh

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  29. Iakovos says:

    Sadly, opening sequences are passe in television. I am OK with that but I would have appreciated strains of a familiar GH theme in the presentation.

    I am liking the changes in the wind blowing through Port Charles these days, and I hope the result will be a return to the show we loved with strong focus on legacy families and the hospital of the title.

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  30. Lori says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!! MORE SHOW! Now, would you rather better writing or a long opening sequence???? I for one would prefer the writing over the opening ANY day! I am absolutely in LOVE with our new writing staff and producing team that I haven’t missed an episode in almost a month! That’s saying volumes b/c the last few months that Wolf was on, I would miss some shows and it would not bother me, but you can TOTALLY tell the difference in the writing and it is paying off BIG TIME! KUDOS TO RON and his staff!! Looking forward to more of you in the years to come for a loooooong time! Change is abound and inevitable, we need to embrace it and be proud that we’re still Alive and well! :) <3 However, I do miss KM already! And JT is doing marvelously! I can go on forever but I won't, lol!

    Lori~

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  31. caroldee says:

    I have watched GH since Luke and Laura were young. It was strange, but if it leads to more storyline that’s okay by me. Love seeing OLTL players on the show yesterday. Looks like it will be a real showdown between Sonny and Todd. Wondering how long they will keep this D.I.D. Kate thing going, hope not long it gets really stale.

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  32. Cindy Mason says:

    Thumbs up.

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  33. James says:

    GH’s theme was it’s signature. I LOATHE this new opening beyond comprehension. Whatever the reasoning behind it they could have done a nice spin on Autumn Breeze or Faces of the Heart. The new music literally sounds like a video game or cheap downloadable ring tone!!!! ARGH!!!!!! I almost couldn’t concentrate on the show yesterday because i just kept saying to myself, “Did they really do that to General Hospital?”

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    MWF replied

    I have to say, as much as I love GH, especially over the past few weeks, I have to agree! It won’t stop me watching but it’s a real pity.

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  34. Lori says:

    Can you say “budget saver”? Wonderful place to save money, without taking away anything from the actual show. Such a smart move, I’d rather a shortened opening that doesn’t matter then taking money away from the actual show. Smart thinking!

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  35. Kat says:

    I understand that it was network mandated which makes sense they want more times for commercials. The music is weird though. Yesterday I found it jarring and it still sounds off to me this morning. If anyone thinks this is a OLTL thing, it’s NOT. You can go check all the OLTL openings for the past five years on youtube. This is an ABC thing. Also I heard on soapnet they used different music, the old night shift theme.

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  36. grindygrew says:

    thumbs down, but question what happened to the original Maxie – heard she was off temporarily for Cancer Treatment. Jax gone for good?

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  37. Ceridwyn2 says:

    Thumbs up. More advertising $ may equal more funding for GH to be on longer.

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  38. Nancy M says:

    Thumbs up but who really cares about this? The show is awesome now. Thanks Ron and Frank.

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  39. kay killgore says:

    I think Kristen Storms is gone for good and so is the character of Jax. They are going in another direction the previous writers kinda of ruined the character of Jax. The opening at least they updated and finally removed characters that were not there Y&R has not changed since 2001!!!!

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    Debi replied

    I agree 100%. KS is done.
    Unfortunately so is Jax.

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  40. cathy says:

    The new opening is horrible. Just go back to the old one without using actors. If it wasn’t bad enough the new regime killed Robin with her death being an afterthough now they already removed her from opening when fans are having difficult time with Robin dying. Most wanted Robin to get her happy ending. Then new head writer already having Lucky’s ex Liz moving in and trying to take Robins place. Then Patrick can’t tell his daughter about her mother dying, he needed her help. Then yesterday Matt couldn’t see his brother because he was with Emma. Forgive me but what is she doing there in Robin house when Patrick wanted to be alone with Emma as the reason Matt can’t see his brother. I think the whole Robns death is an insult and joke. Where is Sonny he would be devastatred? One scene was it. Uncle Mac and Maxie back at work is laughable. Where is GH? This new head writer is as bad as Guza and Garin Wolf. I am not interested in OLTL nor should they be on GH. Robert considering suicide until he is told Ethan is his. OMG this is NOT GH. I guess soaps ALL soaps even GH are really dead. After this I feel GH should be dead.It lost its heart and all the soap vets can’t get it back. Those are just stunts.

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  41. RICKIE says:

    Definitely thumbs down. I REALLY want to get on board with GH (I owe it to a medium that has entertained and enriched my life for several decades), but everything about this show is SO dark, bleak and violent. I tuned in yesterday to watch one intensely dark scene after another: Starr being told her child and boyfriend perished in a car explosion; Robert Scorpio teetering on a bridge contemplating suicide; and Kate spiraling into mental meltdown/split personality. (No offense to any of these actors, who all did remarkable jobs. I just wish these travesties were spaced out better to even out the show’s mood.)

    The new credits reflect this new vision of GH… the “Places in the Heart” theme echoed the glory days of GH — tenderness, hope, assurance (characters were grouped in families or couples). This blunted music is the new GH — stark, depressing, harshly brisk, unrelentlessly dire. The show has NO humor and no lightness to offset its darkness (even the settings and lighting are dim). And the characters that usually lighten the mood — Edward, Epiphany, Diane — are underused.

    Please, please, GH… let up! I desperately want this show to get on track… but the mood of the show is putting me off.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Where is Diane. Sonny’s attorney?

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  42. Debi says:

    Who cares about the opening. I mean really. Yesterday was the first day in 6 months I watched the show in its entirety.

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  43. Dawn D says:

    Absolutely love it! It has been way to long.

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  44. Tina says:

    HORRIBLE !!!

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  45. Marianne says:

    Bring back the old music! Bring back the old Maxie! Love that Felicia is coming back but is Frisco?

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    LisaZee replied

    The old Maxie is ill and that is why they cannot just “bring her back”. I don’t understand how people haven’t heard this and/or don’t want to accept it. If someone was not filling jn the character would have been off for many months now.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Yes, and this current Maxi is doing just fine. That character isn’t the easier to pay because Kristin (the old Maxi) played it with ALLOT of zest and energy. And so Jill is doing just fine bringing that same tenacity to the table. Jill, you are doing JUST fine., Trust Me.

  46. JEFF says:

    Great new opening!! The old one made me crazy with that insipid sax work. If anyone noticed the original theme still plays on the end credits! So far very impressed with the shows new direction. Contrary to alot of people on here I enjoy Carly, Sonny and Jason, all great actors! I love the nuKate; she plays the Brooklyn part of her character much better than Megan Ward. She was way too waspy to believe she was from Bensonhurst.

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  47. Dan says:

    I don’t mind the new opening, especially if we get more show out of it, like I believe we did yesterday. But I will say that the music is horrible. Someone said it earlier, it sounds like some cheesy jingle you’d hear on the 6:00 news.

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  48. boes says:

    The new opening is fine, all things considered. TPTB might be getting more commercials, but we are also getting MORE SHOW. And I’d rather have more scenes than a long opening. I always FF through it anyway.

    IMO, the only insult to GH will be if the show gets cancelled after this regime does its best (and their best is GREAT), not the change in the opening or the loss of the last theme.

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  49. Debbie Harris says:

    I don’t like the music in the new opening at all. Heard it might change daily. Hope they mean themusic will change and not just the actors who are on it. If it means that the show goes 2 minutes longer then that’s great! Just wish they would put better music with the intro, shorter or not.
    Kudos to Ron and his writing staff for the better storylines already! Loving the old characters coming back and Way Loving the OLTL characters getting intermingled in!

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  50. Mary Crissman says:

    Do not like it at all.

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  51. MBmomof3 says:

    Thumbs up

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  52. Mo says:

    It’s okay, but I think too fast. You really have to concentrate to get it all and even then you don’t.

    Re opening sequenes, I don’t get Y&R’s. Is there any rhyme or reason as to who is in the opening sequence. Not everyone is included, not everyone shown is on that day, not everyone has major story. It’s just been very perplexing to me why some are in and some aren’t.

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    Mo replied

    Saw it on the TV and thumbs down. Way too fast. It’s like they want to rush through the actors like they’re not important.

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  53. Debi says:

    Blair knocked her scenes out of the ball park today. I beg to differ whover wasn’t mezmerized by her today.
    Her & Todd, love him or not, made my day on GH today. YEP I saw his scar on his face. They BOTH better be back! Soon! Or put on contract.

    Starsky & Hutch (Luke & Robert) Good scenes. Enough though already.
    Who the daddy??

    Jen Lilly, like her or not, knocked her scenes out of the ball park today as well. She is a better actor playing a miserable person than a happy person! lol

    When did Dante have time for a haircut?? All night barber??

    BEST LINE of the day:
    Johnny to Connie: ‘I will call Kate an hope Connie is in’. LMAO

    2 excellent non-ffing days for me.

    So who cares about the opening?? Nit pick!

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  54. Tony says:

    Thumbs down. PLEASE put it back to the way it was. PLEASE take out the actors who arent on the show anymore & put in the new ones ! Theres an old saying. “If it isnt broke,then dont fix it.” There was nothing wrong with the “longer” opening !!

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  55. Christy says:

    I noticed it yesterday – music was much shorter and was not the normal one that used to be new and i’ve gotten tired of… and i’m glad they get right to the show.

    With the lead-in (revolting as it is) seeming to overlap into the start – or is that just my dvd clock? I figure this was a way to recoup the time they lose.

    It’s fine with me. I figured they’d change it anyways… if you read the history on the openings of soaps, it usually changes when there is a change of who is in charge. Has nothing to do with who the actors are, and everything to do with producers.

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  56. LisaZee says:

    They should just take out those who are gone! No don’t like it.

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  57. MWF says:

    Thumbs down so far – fine shorten it if necessary but the theme really should echo the GH original theme and sentiment like “Faces of the Heart”. This new music is, well not really even a tune! GH is quality at the moment in terms of everything else so please don’t skimp on the theme! It really needs a quality mix of “Faces of the Heart” to rival the theme for The Young and the Restless which is not a show I watch BUT the theme tune is a timeless classic. So GH needs a good theme to give it the edge!

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  58. MJ says:

    The openng changes aren’t what matters. We need to keep the show on. Support the show and let ABC know how much you enjoy viewing the sole soap left on their network.

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  59. Jared says:

    Absolutely thumbs down! Bring back the Dave Koz opening sequence of 93-04. Please!

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  60. Makaila says:

    SUCKS!!!

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  61. Angelic says:

    I am not happy about the change in the GH theme song. I Am 30 yrs old and have listened to that song ever since I was in Diapers! The people and images have changed but the song has rang true! When i was pregnant with my LO, he heard it in the womb and from his first days he would stop crying when he heard it and now at 17 mths he hears the song and stops in his tracks and smiles and dances! Today he heard the new music and he dropped his mouth and said Uuuhh and put his hands in the air as to say What the hell, wheres my song??? He said everything i was feeling in one Gester! I want GH to be saved and kept on the air but not at the cost of loosing the true essence of GH!!

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  62. Lisa says:

    People! This is like worrying about an eye lift on a critically ill patient – If shortening the credits gives us more story time, and story IS what draws in and keeps viewers, how significant is the opening, really? This is not only about the survival of GH, but the survival of the soap opera genre. Let’s consider the bigger picture, stop squabbling, and WATCH!

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  63. Amy says:

    Thumbs down! I think the entire cast deserves credit in the opening, and I don’t like the music at all.

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  64. Torrey says:

    I think the main thing that should be focused on is that GH is still on the air, and you’re still able to watch the show and the opening sequence….. Why put so much focus on the opening sequence? Just be thankful that the show is still on. The opening sequence plays a much smaller part that the whole picture. Whether you like the music or not, GH is still around.

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    Lisa replied

    Right on, Torrey!

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  65. barbara t says:

    thumbs up,SHORT AND SWEET,more soapy drama instead of waisted music time ,hell I know all the cast.

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  66. Harriet Schaffer says:

    I hate it. Bring back the old one. Just omit who isn’t on.

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  67. barbara t says:

    heres some breaking news from abc soaps in depth,all you guys who hate the new opening music ,waste of time stuff,new music and opening is in the works ,so stay tuned ,go to the web sight and read.I could care less I want to see more soap drama ,however new writers, new general hospital, new opening.at another sight daytime confidential gh has gone up in the ratings again and abc/disney promotes it,hum,could this mean our soap just may survive?hopefully.

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  68. Carlee says:

    It scares me to see the shortened opening eliminating some of the regulars. . .It makes me feel it’s the 1st move in paring down the cast in preparation for cancelling the show all together. I along with millions of other “boomers” have had GH as part of our lives since its inception, & we have been nervous regarding whether or not our beloved soap will be the next on the chopping block. It’s been recently published that soaps are being cancelled due to the changing age/population of daytime viewers. Have the PTB considered that many of we “boomers’ are retired & look forward to watching our soaps during the day. Even for those of us who are still employed, we still TIVO the shows or watch it on Xfinity in the evenings. So, there definitely is still interest in soaps, & to eliminate them all together would be devastating to we viewers & in turn would result in us abandoning the networks who would see a decline in our support to the network sponsors. Remember, we are great in number, & we are begging you to leave our soaps on the air for us to continue enjoying. Our loyalty to your networks all these years should account for something.

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  69. jerrard says:

    FACES OF THE HEART WAS THE BEST THEME GENERAL HOSPITAL HAD

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  70. Erica says:

    I will freak out if GH is cancelled. I don’t care what the intro is as long as they don’t take it off the air. I’ve been watching it since I was a kid and my mom before me and my grandma before her and my great grandma before her. It is what helps me get through a bad day and escape the world for a min (well 45 min :)

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    dg replied

    As fans we need to stop burying our heads in the sand and realize whats going on in the industry. Over the course of last year Disney made it known that they no longer feel that Daytime Serials are viable programming.
    I firmly believe their plans was to cancel all three soaps to save production money. I think ratings are immaterial at this point. Look at the case of OLTL. Their ratings rose by over a million viewers after the cancellation announcement and yet they refused to give the show a reprieve. The only reason the cancellation of GH has been delayed is because of all the negative press the cancellations of AMC and OLTL caused.
    Katie Couric has stepped forward and said that she wants GH as a strong lead in for her show. That just translates to her saying-please dont boycott my show if GH gets cancelled, lol. Unfortunately GH’s fate rests in the hands of the Disney board of directors and stockholders. If the show gains a higher position in the ratings that can’t hurt, but I firmly believe that Disney wants out of the business of producing soaps and eventually no matter what fans want they will end GH.
    The best hope for GH is not keeping it on ABC. The best hope for GH is that if another network ( preferable cable) would be willing to buy or lease the rights to GH so they could take it elsewhere. ABC has been a liability to Disney for yrs now. Apple owns majority stock in Disney and will probably take ABC off their hands in the near future. Disney needs to get out of the network TV business because they have no idea who to succeed in it.

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  71. Andrea says:

    Terrible! Simply put

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    barbara t replied

    I heard they are going to change the opening ,they are working on it now ,I dont really care ,less music more drama ,thats how I feel ,I know the whole cast so why waste time with faces,if everyone has been paying attention general hospital goes right to 4 oclock never did that before I think we are getting more soap time.would be nice to see if we are.wonder if there is a way we can find out.

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  72. Amanda says:

    Thumbs DOWN!! i dont know what they were thinking changing it. i understand they are making changes to stay savy in all to continue to stay on air, but that was thier little trade mark, my 1 year old would stop what ever he was doing as soon as he would hear the theme song come on the TV lol, even he liked the old one. lol

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Yup, it was catchy. It got up PERKED up and READY for the show. Just as it gets your 1 year old.

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  73. Tia says:

    I hate hate hate it!!!!!!!! I have so many memories with the old theme song and I really miss it….at least if they are gonna update it they can make it sound a little more like the old version! Oh yeah and I don’t find the one life to live stars are fitting in well with the gh characters at all!!!

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    It sounds like music from a pinpong game machine. It’s awful. They should of left the old music and just shortened it down to what they needed it to b.

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  74. Brian says:

    I have been watching GH since junior high and the theme song has been remixed three times. Autumn Breeze by Jack Urbont, Fac
    es of the Heart by Dave Koz, and Sirens. All three of these themes shouted General Hospital. This current short opening does not shout GH. I hope this change is temporary to allow the directors the chance to add the new contract actors. Please return the theme song and opening sequence to what we love to see and hear.

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  75. carol says:

    Don’t care for the new opening! Too bad they don’t worry about producing a quality show instead of this garbage. This is GH not OLTL renewal. Starr had more airtime in her few weeks on the show than Robin/Patrick did in the month before her death. They should have waited if they HAD to being in those OLTL characters. They needed to have a more fitting send off for a character that gave so much to GH> Kimberly and Robin deserved more than the dribble she got.

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  76. dylan says:

    the music sucked moved way too fast

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  77. dg says:

    I support the decision to shorten the theme. But I would rather they use a shortened version of Faces of The Heart or Autumn breeze because these two instrumentals are the most recognizable in GH history.
    I’d also like to see the graphics completely changed. Since Cartini is supposedly about restoring history they should place at least one scene of Dr. Steve Hardy in the opening montage and use the ambulance siren. And finally never put Maurice Bernard in the top position among the actors. Since this is a show about a hospital a mobster should not get top billing!

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  78. barbara t says:

    you have a point about the top billing,I forgot where I heard this but they are working with someone to change the opening music and the graphics,I dont mind the opening now we are getting more soap time I do think the graphics should change .someone here said we are getting 2 extra minutes .

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  79. Hillary says:

    I like the energy of the new music. I think it’s cool that the pics are changing each day based on who is being featured. I love that the show ends at 4 now instead of 3:55. & someone please tell me they are not the only one before I feel like an obsessive freak! <3

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    Hillary replied

    that made no sense whatsoever. lol forget it

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  80. dg says:

    @Debi-You were so indignant at the thought of anyone telling Cartini how to write, but guess what you agreed with all my major points, lol. And again despite civility and political correctness the writers dont only work for ABC/Disney, they write for us. And as consumers of their product we darn well do have a write to tell them explicitly what we like and don’t like. That’s our write as consumers.
    As for moving on with GH you again prove my points. I dont see GH moving on. I see a show that still revolves around 4 main characters…Sonny, Jason, Carly and Sam. Even the OLTL plot revolves around Sonny. So again-nothing has changed. Ive been screaming at the TV for yrs now saying that GH needs to move on. When that finally happens I’ll cease to speak. But the way things are looking that wont be any time soon. And dont kid yourself, Cartini arent keeping this show on the air if Disney decides close their wallets and pull the plug. OLTL’s ratings shot up their last yr on the air and Disney pulled the plug in favor of 2 cheap talk shows. It’s about production cost and ad dollars, not ratings this time. Peace.

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  81. Linda Weiss says:

    I have watched General Hospital for over 25 years and I hate what they have done to the beginning. It is not a strong, identifying theme. Not to mention, it just trails off like an after thought. Just because they are trying to blend two soaps does not mean they have to change the surviving one so that it is unrecognizable. Bring back the GENERAL HOSPITAL theme song.
    Also, there are far too many stories going at one time. Half the time they are dropped mid story and never completed; others are drawn out far too long and I get bored.
    Who is responsible for ruining General Hospital?

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  82. organized diva says:

    It’s bad enough that abc squashed 2 of the best soaps on tv now the GH theme song what’s up with that???? KS I miss you. I like seeing OLTL alumni on the show. RM I look forward to seeing Heather again.

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  83. Kathy says:

    Thumbs down – the GH theme song was classic, and Luke’s exit at the end was so true to character. How can tossing out the old song help save the show?

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  84. Leslie deMoose says:

    I don’t like the new introduction at all. It gives the actors short shrift and I really liked the old music. I prefer the traditional tunes. The same theme in different versions has been very interesting over the many years that I have been enjoying GH. Thank you for the opportunity to express my view about this.

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  85. lauren suppa says:

    i dont like the new beginning sonny should be in as definelty as the main focous point so does jason. Not these old charcters and ones that are never even on the show anymore [Lulu and Sean?].I think you need the beginning with all the main charcters such as SONNY!!!!!!! JASOn!!! ….etc, not a bunch of old dinosurs and the theme sng sounding like superman is going to come flying around the building?!!! Really, ive been a fan since ive been in jr high, and im now 33 with 2 kids so my opion really counts. So keep up good work, and GET RID OF THAT PIG HEATHER WEBER, bc that crap w/ Sams baby was a crapy move after all they have been through, TOOO DRAGGED OUT! Anyway all the rest is good, love my mob Guys!!! Lauren

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    susan M. replied

    I like Heather the wacko…..Sonny & Jason are okay. They can’t be the whole show….I like the old charcters…Like seeing them again…..I like less mob/gangster stories..That’s why I stop watching Gh for a little while…Gh in the good old days didn’t have any mob/gangster stories or mob guys….Jessie,Luiclle,Audrey,Lee Baldwin, Scotty, Dr. Hardy….In those day’s GH did great & really didn’t need those kind of stories….I would watch GH with my Mom…….I like straight shooter John McBain…………I miss Shawn Donnelly, Tiffany,Etc…………..Rick & Jeff Webber, Bobbie Spencer……….

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  86. utah music says:

    i want a longer musical theme. themes are important and with so few soaps left i think they need to get back to their roots. Have a longer opening theme and a CLOSING CREDITS theme for god sake!!! Soaps are great and the music is what makes them even better!!!

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  87. jltrinsatx says:

    I don’t like the new GH opening. I much preferred the old one.

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  88. liz moffre says:

    My favorite opening was always the one where Luke stands up and walks away . . . and I remember the hospital with the ambulance driving up also. I am 62, I watched the very first episode and have been watching on and off since then although with DVR I have been watching steadily for the past few years. I am not in favor of changing the theme song – as it is like hearing a familiar friendly voice. Even the Dallas people knew to keep the same opening and theme song. Very important to viewers. I would like the old theme song back. Thanks however for the previews at end of show – I missed them.

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  89. shirley long says:

    Don’t like the shorter theme, don’t like the change in music. I liked the other one and have a dog that reacted strongly, howling, yipping, barking, then would wind down at the end! Actually looked forward to it every day. Even when sleeping she would react without even raising her head or opening her eyes. She is a Shepherd & it was so funny! Plus, I just liked it a whole lot better!
    Thank you
    Shirley Long

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    shirley long replied

    Also I would like to say that I love you bringing in the OLTL stars. It takes some of the burn off losing that show. Hope you bring in more. I do agree with some people that it is a shame you have lost so many people and Steve Burton was a real shocker!!! Hope he will be able to return at some point. It is sure goimg to leave an empty spot that nobody can possibly fill.

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