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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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Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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