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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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David Larsson
David Larsson

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.

Michael
Michael

Meh! Not that impressed with it sorry to say.

Michael
Michael

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.

Caroldee
Caroldee

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.

Gerardo Ramirez
Gerardo Ramirez

Visually attractive,but too short on displaying the actors.

Erick
Erick

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.

Jim
Jim

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.

susan M.
susan M.

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???

David Larsson
David Larsson

Bobbie got shoved inside the Veteran’s Closet.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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.
susan M.

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….

Michael
Michael

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.

david
david

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?

Jules
Jules

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!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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
BarbJ

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!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

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.

Bonnie
Bonnie

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…

Christine
Christine

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. 🙂

SZima
SZima

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

Bonnie
Bonnie

But is Sean on contract??

SZima
SZima

Yes, unfortunatly Sean is.

Sharon
Sharon

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

Katie
Katie

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.

Beth
Beth

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.

Bonnie
Bonnie

totally agree!

Shelly
Shelly

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.

Tameka
Tameka

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.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

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:>)

Christy
Christy

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.

Angela Vogl
Angela Vogl

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!

Val
Val

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

david
david

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

Dan
Dan

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.
susan M.

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

aria
aria

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

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

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.

Tony
Tony

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 !

SZima
SZima

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.

susan M.
susan M.

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

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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.
susan M.

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……………………………

susan M.
susan M.

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

Dan
Dan

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!

susan M.
susan M.

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

Dan
Dan

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.

Beth
Beth

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.

Patrick
Patrick

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.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree..

Tony
Tony

I agree too

C. Minded
C. Minded

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

susan M.
susan M.

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

C. Minded
C. Minded

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!

Jared
Jared

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.

susan M.
susan M.

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

Christine
Christine

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.

rebecca
rebecca

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

dave
dave

Just like the show, it sucks!

susan M.
susan M.

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

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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.

SZima
SZima

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.

TS
TS

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

Barb Harnedy
Barb Harnedy

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!!

Jamie
Jamie

Not a fan!

Michael
Michael

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!

Tanya
Tanya

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.

Aria
Aria

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.

susan M.
susan M.

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!!!!!!!!!!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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.

Judy
Judy

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.
susan M.

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
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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.

Bonnie
Bonnie

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,

david
david

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.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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

Bonnie
Bonnie

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!!

Barbara
Barbara

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

Bonnie
Bonnie

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

susan M.
susan M.

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.
susan M.

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

Puppyloveprincess
Puppyloveprincess

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.

Michael S.
Michael S.

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.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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.

Cristi
Cristi

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

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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

gvillegeo
gvillegeo

awful.

Tony
Tony

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.

Bonnie
Bonnie

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

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

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.

Cristi
Cristi

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.

Chaz
Chaz

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

susan M.
susan M.

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

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

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.

capo84
capo84

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

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I agree that they should have kept the music.

kay/kay
kay/kay

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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GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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