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AMC & OLTL New Opening Credit Sequences! What Did You Think Of Them?

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Photo Credit: TOLN

Very early this morning, soap fans got to watch to be the first to see the initial installment of the long-awaited returns of All My Children and One Life to Live on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, and with seeing the updated versions of the soaps, comes new opening title sequences that has already been much-talked about.

So, now we want to know from you, which of the two shows new opening title sequences did you like?  Both of them? One Life to Live’s? All My Children’s? Or, none of them?

For All My Children, the look and feel of their opening title sequence is reminiscent of classic soap with the use of character names to ID the faces familiar, and not, familiar to the audience.  In the TOLN version, there are no actors names corresponding to the characters in the opening. However, the official cast list is brought up at the end of the episode.  In addition, what did you think of the new AMC theme song that plays with the sequence?

For One Life to Live, the look and feel of their opening is very different than the ABC version, and does include some interplay via dancing on a dance floor with the characters you know who are paired with each other romantically in story,   The new theme song, “Brand New Start” from Snoop Lion and performed by Iza is played throughout. Properly, the ending on the sequence last show features star of the show Erika Slezak (Viki) and her on-screen love interest, Jerry verDorn (Clint).

Watch both sequences below! Then, let us know if you like! Or, what you would like to see differently, or you have any suggestions to enhance them? Or were you all smiles seeing the sequences for the first time? Weigh-in!

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CK
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CK

AMC gets my vote, which surprises me because I enjoy OLTL so much better. I still wish they would have used the old OLTL theme song, just updated for the new opening.

The OLTL opening just looks like a you tube montage that a fan threw together. Hate to be critical because I am so happy to see the show back, but that is my honest opinion.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree

RH
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RH

I thought the OLTL opening was fresh and “out -of -the-box” ! The AMC opening was about as trite and trivial as Pine Valley itself.

skye
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skye

amc opening is nice
oltl – what is this?

Nan
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Nan

OLTL’s opening reminds me of the cosby show opening where they all dance

Dmitri
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Dmitri

LOL I agree!

ethel
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ethel

i am so overwhelmed & ecstatic right now all i can say is both shows were extraordinarily phenomenal………..totally awesome!
i loved everything about both shows!!!
thank you prospect park…………♥

El Rizzo
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El Rizzo

Love them both!!!

Matt S.
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Matt S.

Although neither opening is exactly my cup of tea, the AMC opening is far superior and I actually like it more and more on subsequent viewings. That OLTL opening, however…. um… no. I don’t care for it at all. I’d rather see a generic sunrise shot over a mountain than that. Otherwise, both openings look to have production values far below those of the rest of the series, IMO.

Cr8z13
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Cr8z13

Both need a lot of work, but AMC was the better of the two. AMC’s theme is better too, but Snoop’s little ditty will probably grow on me over time.

Anthony D. Langford
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Anthony D. Langford

The first time I watched them I hated them, but my disdain has softened on a few viewings. OLTL’s is better, but I still don’t like either of them.

heidi
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heidi

I liked both of them! I am hoping OLTL starts looking more like the opening sequence. AMC’s fit the look of the first episode and will endure well.

Gillian
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Gillian

Loved AMC’s credits. Didn’t care for OLTL ‘s credits. I felt that AMC’s felt like they encompassed the heart of Pine Valley while OLTL’s were lacking the Llanview soul.

carla rodriguez
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carla rodriguez

Would of like something more traditional. I accept that we have to be willing to adapt to keep our soaps going strong.

Dennis
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Dennis

They both need work. These were not network quality opening credits. But the shows were great!

Mike
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Mike

I really don’t care for them…but I am so glad they are back in production so what does it matter.. They will change them in a year.. I did like the credit… We are the fans and watch and keep them on!

Mike
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Mike

If you listen to the intro with Vicki and Clint there was the orgianal music.. Good to hear.

clh
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clh

I liked both but was surprised the song by snoop wasn’t better than that.

Paula Kate Prince-Meserole
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Paula Kate Prince-Meserole

Loved them.

Wendy L
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Wendy L

As far as I’m concerned, they can post the opening in construction paper if they want … Our soaps are back!! Pinch me! Is it really real??????

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I loved both openings. The one for OLTL is complete fresh and different. The first image of Bo and Nora brought a tear to my eye. I was very surprised by the song. Since I am not a fan of current musical styles, I expected to have difficult with the new theme. Not at all. While I don’t think Grammy is called for, it sounded like music. I don’t know the young woman who sang it; but she sang. She didn’t talk. Who knew? AMC’s open is a traditional TV opening sequence and looked great also. I think it is… Read more »

RICKIE
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RICKIE

Wow! Francesca James looks simply stunning! I’ve missed her in front of the camera…

David
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David

Major FAIL! Both shows looked great (although AMC sees to have the edge with a nice balance of indoor and outdoor scenes) but why pour all this money into these two shows to bring them back and be respectful of the genre if you’re then going to trash the entire thing by having openings that look like a fan put them together! AMC has the better opening and is more reminiscent in terms of look of the ABC version. OLTL, however, is garbage! They need to seriously reassess these openings. I’d rather see OLTL go back to the old sunset… Read more »

Jloliefan Forever
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Jloliefan Forever

There was nothing wrong with the OLTL opening! Both were great!!!

David
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David

As someone who works in the business, they were amateurish at best and cheaply done. Why spend all this money to resurrect these shows if you’re going to cheap out on your opening and graphics?

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

That is your opinion I liked the openings!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I like AMC opening better thah OLTL. Because amc you see the characters flashing before you and their names below the picture . And you see the book opening that says All My Chidren on the cover. A little new & old….I haven’t watched amc in a while so I like the opening & seeing all the characters I know and the ones I am not familiar with . OLTL is totally different , nothing familiar with their opening. When I think of OLTL I think of the other opening with P. Bryson singing the theme song which song &… Read more »

Deb
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Deb

The feel, look & sound of the AMC opening was reminiscent of the Peapod, or was it Peapack, Guiding Line opening…. even the song sounded similar.

Rodd
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Rodd

Funny enough, I thought the same thing.

Rose S
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Rose S

If Todd isn’t going to be on the show anymore OLTL will have to change it anyway. The dancing kind of reminded me of the “Cosby” show begining, I think they can do better, but you know it’s not about the opening, it’s about the content of the shows, and I thought they were both excellent and lived up to both of their former selves with an edge. DRAMA–can’t wait to see more.

David
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David

Neither tune grabbed me but AMC had the better visuals. I wish they would both list the actors names as TY&TR does. Vets like Slezak, Strasser et al have beyond top of the show billing IMHO.

Susie
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Susie

I loved #OLTL’s opening. It had that joy of dancing that the show is back from the dead. It captured the joy and the soul, romance and heart of OLTL.

THANK YOU Prospect Park for doing this is such a wonderful big way.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Are opening sequences really needed anymore? A lot of prime time shows have let them go. Something quick and to the point would be more effective- but out of the two, AMC wins, but think both are too long– and would have preferred instrumental music over a song.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

They are really back! OMG! It’s just too groovy to believe!

sandra
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sandra

I haven’t watched AMC in years, but they get my vote! It was much more of a soap opera intro….not crazy about the OLTL intro..especially the song 🙁

David
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David

Oh, that was a song, Sandra? I couldn’t tell!

sandra
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sandra

Seriously dude? Obviously there was more to the intro then just the song…and that was the part I didn’t like…get a clue…and a life!!

David
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David

I guess you couldn’t tell I WAS JOKING!

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with Sandra about OLTL intro.

susan M.
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susan M.

I like everything else about OLTL!

Annick
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Annick

I am on such a rush that at this time, they both were fabo-soaplicious:-).

Drake
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Drake

OLTL all the way. Great song. It’s classic with a nice dose of 2013 thrown in the mix!!

susan M.
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susan M.

The other verision was a classic with P. Bryson ‘s words & music that was the whole package. Heart-warming. This new intro isn’t…

Rodd
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Rodd

I was bothered by the OLTL opening at first. I thought it was cute, calling it a brand new start…wink,wink, and all that…how cute to see Bo and Nora dancing like they used to. Seems that music is going to be a big part of the nu-OLTL, so it kind of made sense. I watched it again and then I sucked it up. OLTL is back and I couldn’t be happier!!! I won’t be surprised if it gets tweaked in coming weeks. There were things I liked and didn’t like about both openings, but I will overlook it and just… Read more »

Mary Moore Fergen
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Mary Moore Fergen

I liked AMC’s opening music, better than OLTL’s, but I’m so happy that these two beloved shows are back, I’m ok with both. Long live our soaps!

BTripp
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BTripp

I don’t care for the Cosby Show opening for OLTL but the song was OK. AMC was much better but still could have been better. I honestly don’t care though because I am just happy the shows are back. Maybe they will rework them later.

Treluvfox
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Treluvfox

I am THRILLED that both shows have made the transition to this new emerging medium which no doubt will be followed by other networks if proven successful. That being said, I find it odd that a company such as Prospect Park which has put so much money, effort, and creativity to the reboot of these soaps could have not invested more energy, effort, and creativity into these opening sequences which after all help to translate the brand of the show. My hope is as the shows evolve and grow so to will the openings. I don’t want cheesy 80’s theme,… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

I loved AMC opening and I hated OLTL..but OLTL is the better show!!

David Evan Smith
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David Evan Smith

As a HUGE fan of opening sequences, these were both a bit of a letdown. AMC -I was surprised at the reuse of the opening title shot from the 2002-2004 scrapbook opening, quickly fading into the new shots from (I’m guessing) the Connecticut town they’re shooting in. Does this mean this version of AMC has access to all old footage to use as they see fit, for flashbacks, etc? -The coupled shots (in both openings) were a nice idea, but will necessitate updates as the cast evolves. I somewhat resent the use of this, since it tends to tell the… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

Liked AMC, OLTL needs to change it!

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree!

Todd Bennett
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Todd Bennett

Liked AMC opening a lot. I didn’t care for the OLTL theme, whatsoever!

Robert
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Robert

Both work for me. But where is Griffin on AMC?

su0000
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su0000

I hardely paid any attention to the openings i was just waiting for the shows to start..
so- I have no bashing nor complaints to down this joyous moment !!

(I will leave the complaints to the breaded downers/pessimistic ornery people lol)

Jovin
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Jovin

The AMC opening retained the photo album, and the down-home feel of all of its previous openings. I liked the location and action shots, and the song was okay too, but not as catchy and hummable as its other themes. I still wish the actors received credit though, like Julia Barr as Brooke, rather than just the character name. On the whole, a fairly decent first opening. The OLTL opening is a whole other story. It looks cheap and cheesy in my opinion. The dancing is mostly corny, and the actors kind of look like “Why are we doing this?”… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

OLTL opening was good, but the song was HORRIBLE! SO BAD! I liked AMC’s opening, though.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

I thought OLTL was charming and fun at the same time. Yes, reminiscent of Cosby, but I still like it.

Val
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Val

I never liked any of AMC’s openings except the original ’70s book/instrumental, until now. I like that it’s quieter like that one and speaks to what I’d like to see from the characters: “we are the love we give.” David and Cara look adorable together! 🙂

Jim
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Jim

With all of the amazing talent out on the internet, it might be a great idea to “Create an Opening Title Sequence” contest for both shows. The winner could have their titles shown for 3 or 6 months as the opening credits. It would be a great way of acknowledging their fan base even more than they already do. I know that we’re doing the happy dance that OLTL is back, but the dance falls flat for me, and Snoop’s song is nothing special.

Mark in FLA
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Mark in FLA

I thought the OLTL opening was terrific. It showed all of the characters and actors we have grown to love over the years actually having a good time. Nice smiles on many of them. Catch the look on Jack’s face when he walks in on Blair and Todd together, priceless. I know the stark black background kind of makes it look like they trying to cut corners, but it does make each performer stand out more on the screen.

Holly
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Holly

I like them both, but I definitely like the AMC opener and song better! But, I liked the OLTL episode better!

Beacon
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Beacon

AMC looks like a powerpoint presentation. Absolutely hideous.
Here’s the OLTL open with the 80s theme. Much better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPn6R8ELAqc

marfa
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marfa

Don’t like the music to it.

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

AMC-liked the opening, but why are the new kids introduced as couples? Those of us that have been tracking know the couples already, but they should have been mixed in the opening (A.J/Celia, etc)

OLTL-I had a bit of trouble with it yesterday, but after hearing it today, it’s growing on me-I was humming it afterwards. Having Snoop write it was smart, given his love/connection with OLTL

Georgia
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Georgia

I think it was great and It need a change and it is just right for the New and Fresh come back. It is amazing how people can be so closed mind about something simple heck at least we got our shows back. Get over yourself and put the shout to the up. SMDH

susan M.
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susan M.

OLTL is ROCKIN with Todd and Victor!!!!!!!

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Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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