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General Hospital's 50th Anniversary Opening Sequence! – Which Was Your Favorite Of All-Time?

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This coming Monday, April 1st and Tuesday, April 2nd to honor General Hospital’s 50th anniversary over these two special episodes, ABC will air a very special version of the opening credits with a composite of the show opens from the 50 years history of this iconic show!

ET Online had the first look preview yesterday, and now everyone is checking out one of the surprises that GH has in store for long time fans!

For many watching these sequences, it brings us back to a time and a place in our lives and in the historic history of General Hospital! Whether it be the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000, and on, GH has survived more than its fare share of cancellation threats to bring you over the course of 5 decades, characters you love, and unforgettable stories!

Stroll down memory lane when watching the clip after the jump, and then let us know, which is your favorite General Hospital opening of all-time? 

 

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heidi
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heidi

Very cool!!! I like it!

lisa
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lisa

2 and 3 rd combined, like the Michael Easton/Kelly Monaco in the last one too!!

Marcia
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Marcia

Yes…I like it too!

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

My favorite GH moment of all time will always be when Tracy withholds Edward’s heart medicine.

ces
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ces

that was an Awesome episode!!

Michele
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Michele

The ambulance is my fav!

ces
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ces

me too! It actually gives me chills when I hear it watching these old eppies.

Andrew
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Andrew

The ambulance is GH, that is always what I think of no matter how they change it.

liz
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liz

I love-love-love it …the ambulance – the old background of GH – Dr. Hardy and the theme song!!! Really what were they thinking of changing the theme – it’s like changing the music (ALS) when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. The original theme song is something fans all over the world know and share regardless of language. I’m 62 and I have watched GH since day 1. Love what the new folks in charge are doing but go back to the orig. theme. The shorter opening does nothing but allow for more advertising.

Ces
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Ces

I totally agree Liz, would love it if from here on out they used the original theme. Wouldn’t that be awesome?? Then they wouldn’t have to change all the pictures of actors that are gone all the time. That original theme sends chills down my spine because it takes me back to 78′ when I started watching the show!
I appreciate how DAYS kept their original hourglass and only enhanced it. GH Should do the same from here on out.

susan M.
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susan M.

The ambulance is my favorite also!

jim
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jim

Couldnt get video to work…but i always liked the part were it shows the ambulance rushing up to the hospital…always thought it made the show feel more dramatic!

jim
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jim

The current opening is my second favorite

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with you jim.

ray schichtel
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ray schichtel

The first one is always the best but once they added the faces with Dave Koz music.. I thought they nailed it with that..

Gillian
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Gillian

I agree with you. #1, 2,3 & 5 are great. 4 is my least favorite. Still miss the Dave Koz music, though.

Heath
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Heath

Faces of the heart

Phil
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Phil

I like the last two!

Amber
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Amber

Don’t like how they have it now. Would rather have any of the ones before !!!!!

Lisa
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Lisa

agreed

10261991des
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10261991des

TSecound and Third one..The new one…Not so much 🙁

gloria
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gloria

I love them all!

Jake
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Jake

The original is what I remember as a kid…the current opening is the best

Lin
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Lin

I liked the one with the Dave Koz music. Both the music and the pictures etc. It put me into the perfect mood to enjoy the show. I never liked any other music they put with the GH opening. The futuristic opening they have now is too cold. I like the combo opening, but I think they should go back to the Dave koz opening and show people from different times of GH (like Steve and Jessie, and Lila and Edward, etc.) for the rest of the year. Keep the dave koz music always.

Jared
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Jared

Faces of the Heart, no contest. I wish they would bring that one back.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

There were 1 or 2 earlier openings, I seem to recall when I was a kid.
The new one would be better if it was longer.

Michael
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Michael

Wow- they should keep if for the year. Can’t get over how good GH is. Two years ago it was barely watchable. It’s amazing what two guys- Frank & Ron- can do, simply because they love the soap opera medium. Think of the ratings that ABC could have garnered over the yeas if they had done something like this years ago. btw- Kristina Wagner looks amazing. While all my favorite vets look a little bit worse for the wear (but I stil love ’em), Wagner looks like time stood still. Awesome.

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

I like the second one the most, Dave Koz’s Faces of the Heart with the orange hue. I don’t like the Faces of the Heart in blue hue version, during the Sonny&Jason era. The last one is my second favorite,,, just wish they would introduce the characters one by one instead of grouping them

curacaoman
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curacaoman

I thought Michael Easton was not allowed to appear on GH. This says it all, hehehehhe

Susan
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Susan

Yep noticed that too with ME and KM luv it!!

andrea proscia
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andrea proscia

Rick Springfield got me into gh and Luke.Laura so happy

Lisa
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Lisa

well, i like it better than the new one its nice. Just should have added the ambulance sirens from the 70’s.

Gillian
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Gillian

Why did they change from the Dave Koz music? Was it a cost cutting measure?

Rodd
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Rodd

I always love looking at the old openings and hearing the old themes. It shows what a rich depth of history the soaps have that no other tv show has. Viva GH!

Aria
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Aria

I can’t believe that the new one has grown on me. I remember hating it so much when it came out, but I like it now.

Tristan
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Tristan

Um, no! There is no tribute to GH’s early years. It DID, believe it or not, have not only an opening in the 1960s, but FANS, as well. Hate that the first decade of the series has been SO TOTALLY ignored. This montage should have segued from the first black and white opening through to the others. If GH had not prospered during its first pivotal decade, we would NOT be celebrating it now!!! All that being said, the ambulance opening is the most iconic, to me. But, come on, people. Don’t say you are celebrating 50 years of history… Read more »

jim
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jim

I couldnt agree more…they shouldve at least got Roy Thinnes(the original Phil Brewer) back for a cameo as a nod to the shows first decade. After the nurses ball he couldve played a janitor at the Metro Court who is seen cleaning up the ballrooms mess after everyone leaves. He finds an old photo of Jessie Brewer(the late Emily Mcloughlin) laying on the floor that Audrey accidentally dropped. And with a wink and a smile to the viewing audience, he puts the picture in his pocket, and without a word he walks off the set with GHs 1960s theme playing… Read more »

Georgia
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Georgia

I love the one with Kelly Monaco/Michael Easton

Maria
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Maria

My favorites: Sonny & Brenda holding hands, Sonny & Carly side by side in the credits, as well as Michael Easton & Kelly Monaco still together in the credits. 🙂

susan M.
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susan M.

Seeing Dr. Hardy & Audry ! Blast from the past!

susan M.
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susan M.

I also like the second one!

utah
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utah

i love autumn breeze which was the first one and of course faces of the heart!!! I wish they would have the ambulance siren and faces of the heart combined for the new shows coming up the theme they have now is not long enough and its not a theme its background music

Judith
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Judith

The ambulance takes me back to being in the 6th grade, poised at my homeroom desk with books and purse in hand, waiting for the dismissal bell then running all the way home not to miss a single minute of GH! Like all of the openings. It’s all good!

Charles E.
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Charles E.

The classic 1975-93 version. Much as I like “Faces of the Heart”, the classic entrance of the ambulance to the hospital gates is iconic, like DAYS’ hourglass, AMC’s album, and ATWT’s globe. BRING BACK the “Autumn Breeze” theme and classic intro- the current theme stinks by comparison and is a OLTL ripoff!

Darlene Ford
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Darlene Ford

#1 — The Ambulance opener. That IS the classic GH opener.

Heather Barnes
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Heather Barnes

I have to give GH creative team kudos. I loved the opening credits. Good job GH!!!!!!

Don
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Don

It’s a shame they don’t keep in from now on. I like that Jack Urbant theme from the early days. Hey, it only runs 33 secs. Surely it wouldn’t kill ABC to run that.

annette
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annette

I was so excited to see the new theme – how sad to hear it’s only for two days (albeit two glorious days!)
I would prefer this new theme to be the theme ongoing as it honors the past and present. My problem with the new theme was always that it felt too rushed, and, that the groupings were odd. Suddenly we have the hospital, families, action, passion, adventure, and characters…all fitting within the opening. What’s not to love!

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48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: Presenters, Special Appearances and On-Air Categories

Presenters, special appearances and on-air categories have been announced for the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be broadcast Friday night on June 25 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBD, and available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.

The broadcast will feature talent appearing from the Emmy stage in Los Angeles, individual show studios and homes to accept their awards.

Kathy Lee Gifford, Ken Jeong, Martha Stewart and Robin Roberts will make special appearances and pay tribute to legends Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek and Larry King.  The Bold and the Beautiful’s Diamond White (Paris) is scoring and performing the song for the touching “In Memoriam” segment.

Presenters scheduled to appear include:
• Al Roker (“Today Show”)
• Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes & Dr. Jennifer Ashton (“GMA3: What You Need to Know)
• Bryton James and Brytni Sarpi (The Young and the Restless)
• Deidre Hall (Days of Our Lives)
• Donnell Turner and Cynthia Watros (General Hospital)
• Drew Barrymore (The Drew Barrymore Show)
• Giada De Laurentiis (Giada at Home 2.0)
• Gloria Estefan (Red Table Talk: The Estefans)
• Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful)
• Jackée Harry and Robert Scott Wilson (Days of our Lives)
• Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Tanner Novlan (The Bold and the Beautiful )
• Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest (Live with Kelly & Ryan)
• Kelly Thiebaud (General Hospital)
• Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight)
• Mario Lopez (Access Hollywood)
• Michelle Stafford (The Young and the Restless )
• Nate Burleson (CBS Sports and Extra)
• Rachel Lindsay (Extra)
• Sean Kanan (Studio City)
• Tamron Hall (Tamron Hall)

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Categories scheduled to be presented during the CBS broadcast include:
• Outstanding Drama Series
• Outstanding Limited Drama Series
• Outstanding Game Show
• Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
• Outstanding Morning Show
• Outstanding Informative Talk Show
• Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
• Outstanding Entertainment News Program
• Outstanding Daytime Special Event
• Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction
• Outstanding Special Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Special Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Younger Performer in A Drama Series
• Outstanding Guest Performer in A Drama Series
• Outstanding Culinary Host
• Outstanding Game Show Host
• Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
• Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
• Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series
• Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

So what do you think about the presenters for the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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48th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet: The Stars Return to Glitz and Glamour (PHOTOS)

Now here’s a first in Daytime Emmy history! The red carpet was actually held ahead of its broadcast, all as a part of keeping with a Covid-19 friendly and safe environment to bring back some of the glitz the award show usually brings to its fans.

While last year’s Daytime Emmy ceremonies were all virtual, this year’s brought the nominees and presenters together for a socially-distanced red carpet event to celebrate their nominations and to strike a pose in front of the paparazzi.

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Most of all the nominees from your favorite daytime dramas took part including: General Hospital’s Briana Henry, Briana Lane, Carolyn Hennesy, Cynthia Watros, Dominic Zamprogna, Donnell Turner, Finola Hughes, Genie Francis, Jeff Kober, James Patrick Stuart, Katelyn MacMullen, Kim Delaney, Maurice Benard, Max Gail, Nancy Lee Grahn, Sonya Shepherd, Steve Burton, Sydney Mikayla, and Tajh Bellow.

From The Bold and the Beautiful attending were: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Darin Brooks, Tanner Novlan, and from The Young and the Restless Bryton James, Brytni Sarpi, Melissa Claire Egan, and Courtney Hope, as well as Days of our Lives’ Cady McClain, Deirdre Hall, Tamara Braun, Robert Scott Wilson, Wally Kurth, Victoria Konefal, George Delhoyo, Cady Mcclain, Victoria Platt, Jackée Harry and Robert Scott Wilson.

Make sure to watch the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards this Friday night June 25th on CBS (8 p.m. EST).

Check out the images below from the Red Carpet. Then let us know who do you think wore it best via the comment section below!

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B&B’s Heather Tom Throws Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon

This year, saw the return of the annual ladies lunch were as is tradition, last year’s winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, throws a luncheon for this year’s nominees.

The reigning women’s champ, now six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Heather Tom (Katie) got this year’s nominees in the category together for a celebration which included: General Hospital’s Genie Francis (Laura), Finola Hughes (Anna), and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), along with B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) and Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea).

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On Friday, both Francis and Grahn shared pics from the event on their social media accounts.  You can check them out below.

Then, take our poll below: Which actress do you hope takes home the gold next Friday night on the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS? Let us know via the comment section, as well.

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