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General Hospital’s New Opening Title Sequence

Last Friday on the May 17th episode of ABC’s General Hospital, viewers took note of a new version of the opening title sequence of the daytime drama series.

Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

So, what do you think of the new opening title sequence featuring the slides of the characters/cast in Port Charles, the pace of the new theme, and the retro use of the GH hospital image? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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It’s Cool.

I think it’s great! I really like that the images are slower and though I was’t crazy about the music the first time I heard it, it has grown on me. I like the whole opening now. Good job, GH!

Enjoy the new set up

WOW!
The new opening is 4 days old-
0OO0OPSSY I did not notice it..
But-
it looks good by the above picture !!

I love the new pace and new theme song, I give it two thumbs up.

Love it

The music doesn’t seem to chapter the character of the show very well. Nothing distinguishing about it somehow. I like seeing the cast except I didn’t see Genie in the Wed. montage. Are they going to feature different images on different days rather than showing the entire cast each day. If so, why? I’d take a longer opening with ALL the cast members featured each day. Wouldn’t take much time at all away from the show. I think that would be fairer to all. Why not bring some recognizable music back or at least incorporate it within the newer music–or just update it. I want to hear the recognizable.

Different people depending on the day. My guess is the day you saw, Genie wasn’t on the episode so her picture was excluded.

Agreed!

After all of these years, GH is still hoping to mimic and surpass Hollyoaks, and is still a shadow.

Love it so much

The opening is somewhat of an improvement…was Monica at the ball when they played tribute to Oscar-he is her grandson…and i commented some time ago Kevin was really Ryan…

There has never been an Oliver on GH.

It’s so much better than the previous one. Love seeing the hospital featured again. Would have been better to incorporate the “Faces of the Heart” theme music, IMO.

Love the view of the cast and the hospital, but the music is terrible. It is Not at all the General Hospital theme. We all understand change, but the music is more like elevator music… not a long running soap opera. The music for this wonderful long running soap should be upbeat like always.

Much better pace. And I do prefer the hospital over the fake skyline. It’s Port Charles, NY a fake suburb of Buffalo. No way would they have that many skyscrapers! And while still the same as the faster version, I do love the fact that non-contract actors are included. I would rather them cut the number of people down from 24 to a number that would allow the actor’s names to be included (& readable). Maybe 18 per day?

And as for the music, it’s fine. People want Faces of the Heart because that’s GH. No, it’s not. The ambulance intro and that music is GH. Faces of the Heart was created in the 90s. The first 25+ years of GH is the original music. I like Faces of the Heart, but it’s not the defining GH intro – it started in 1993ish. And in the world of short (or no) intros, it’s too long…

But Faces of the Heart is built on and starts with the same melodic line as the music that went with the ambulance intro. That opening phrase even stayed through the recent intros in some form. I’d at least like those first few notes back.

I never thought Port Charles was a suburb of Buffalo. I think it’s supposed to be a fictional big to mud-sized city. So skyscrapers make sense. But there were definitely too many.

I love it, but why hasn’t Lynn Herring (Lucy) been added yet? Both contract and non-contract actors are featured now on the day they appear, but not Lynn. I wonder why.

nor Tristan Rogers, yet the other day they showed dumb ass spinneli who only appeared in one episode, Tristan been on for over a week and yet he hasn’t been. featured. what’s up with that?

You’re right, but Tristan has been back for much longer than a week. He’s been recurring since he came back to help Sonny find Dante in Turkey. He deserves a spot in the opening too.

Aria, I agree. Robert Scorpio Is a legacy character and has more talent in his little finger than Spinelli dies in his whole giggley, shrill little body.

I thought I saw Lucy in one of the montages, but I could be mistaken.

I love it!!!!!!!!!

The only thing I didn’t like about the new opening, was the music! I think it should be closer to the previous versions. Otherwise, I loved all the rest!lol

This is much better than the other one they had. Thank god that lasted for a short while!!!

Nice update and like the music. Best Daytime Soap with near Emmy sweep in acting categories. Should have been Best Soap! Y&R with all of its changes — no way that it should have gotten best daytime drama.

I have always thought it would be great if “DOOL” would update their opening, while keeping the hourglass. I like the opening of “Y&R” that features the star and identifies their name. It would be great to see Deidra, Drake, Kristian, Mary Beth, Abe, Maggie and Victor in the openings.

Nooooo…please don’t change DOOL opening…it reminds me of my childhood and Gramma shushing us so she could watch “her stories”…❤️

Absolutely! I am tired of seeing the cast photos at the beginning. I’m remembering when there was an image (like the ocean waves on “The Secret Storm” or the lighthouse on “Guiding Light,” and others. The hourglass image is quitter enough.

I like it a lot. The music is a nice change.

I think Lucy’s llama should be featured in the opening credits!

Yes!!

No disrespect to Mr. Glass, but while I love the shot of the hospital and the slowed cast pictures, I find the tune a bit dull. It doesn’t need to be fast paced, but it should be sexy. That being said, I don’t know that I will ever not associate GH with Faces of the Heart, so I guess I’m biased.

The slower photos and hospital image is great.

The song reminds me of the time OLTL switched from “faces of Llanview” to the “champagne popping”. Nothing inspiring.

Every version of the opening since the 70s (“ambulance”, “faces of the heart”, “sirens” and the version used until last week all incorporated Jack Urbont’s signature 3-note beginning. Those 3 notes are to GH what the syncopated opening is to DAYS. Change the rest of the song, but keep those iconic notes.

Okay, on further analysis, the song ends with the 3-note Urbont key. I can live with that lol

I am nearly 59 years old. I loved the old opening with the ambulance zooming up to the hospital, the dramatic music. Boy, you knew when General Hospital was coming on! There were other versions of the music in later years & that’s the theme song I love. No problem with the faces thing, not really but this new “music” is not music to me. Need the GH theme song in whatever form.

Gloria, I know what you mean about the ambulance theme. Some good memories!

Gloria
I so agree with you. I too remember and miss the ambulance and siren years, in more ways than one, but those sounds meant something, signifying that GH was on, with Dr. Steve Hardy and his staff. There is nothing with this in your face montage that sets it apart.
There is something to the old saying, why fix something, if it’s not broken?

The “flipbook” is slightly less seizure-inducing, and the music is somewhat better than the last version. But they really need to change the opening (among several other things) back to the pre-2012 model.

I Love it

I ❤️ it!!! Great job always GH

Really upset that Lucy is not there.

I totally agree! She is recurring, but all contract and non-contract players are now featured on the day they appear, even Amy and Spinelli, but no Lucy… and Robert too! What gives?

I love the slowed down pics but not the music at all. You should have stayed with the same music. Love the hospital building that’s great!!

I like it. I love gh

I think its great. Its nice to see the hospital in the opening sequence since the show
is called General Hospital. I have been watching General Hospital for years. I enjoy watching every day.

I like it. The other one for images of actors went way too fast. I also like being able to see the hospital at the end. The music is OK, I don’t love it but I don’t despise it either…

The cast is too bloated! Although, I like the opening. My favorite was “Faces of the Heart” in the 90’s.

much better……you can follow the images better and the retro hospital backdrop was long overdue. kudos for the great changes

Love it!

I like it, so much better then the one before, when it was so fast, and now we get the Hospital, which I love

Love the slower down version of pictures being displayed. Glad to see GH being shown as well at the end too! Actors on the show for that day would be appropriate. Not a fan of the music being played tho! Doesn’t fit GH at all. Too slow and melancholy. More upbeat and similar to previous intro’s would be nice. When I heard the first few bars of GH intro from the 80’s I would coming running!!!! Loved that old theme! Y and R still plays Nadia Theme and it’s still perfect and fits!!!! FYI!!!

Love the new opening!

I really like the new opening sequence especially the slowing down of the photos. Previously, they went by so fast that I couldn’t see who they were. And the new music is great. Nice tribute to the old opening sequence with the photo of “General Hospital” at the end. Thank you ABC!

Love the slow down of the cast. Please keep the old theme song

I like it way better than the previous opening. But u also liked the opening before that one.

Great!

I like it

Love it

Love it and love General Hospital. I’ve been watching since day one

I DVR the show so I dont even watch the opening. I wish this was the biggest problem with this soap but it is NOT!

Love it

I love this show

Love it. But slow it down just a bit.

I keep missing see sonny in the credit. Was he there?

I LOVE the new opening and the music…IMO Paul Glass is one of the best music composer’s/director’s.

Much, much better. But I add my voice to the chorus that wonders where Robert is! It would be nice if the montage would display ALL contract and recurring characters appearing that day. Everyone but day players. And I too am okay with the music, but I wish that it incorporated a bit more of the original Jack Urbont theme, as “Faces of the Heart” did.

I love this opening! It has the melodrama that soaps thrive off of!

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.

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The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.

 

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Michael Easton Shares on the Loss of Kamar de los Reyes, “I Was Holding His Hand When He Passed”

For the first time publicly, General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Finn) opened up about losing his best friend, the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, OLTL) to cancer.

The former One Life to Live and All American star lost his battle to cancer back on December 24, 2023 at the age of 56. De los Reyes leaves behind his wife, actress Sherri Saum (ex-Sunset Beach, OLTL) and their twin boys, Michael and John, and his eldest son, Caylen from a previous relationship.

Easton along with Y&R’s Trevor St. John (Tucker) were both castmates with Kamar during their time on One Life to Live. The two shared their remembrances this past Thursday night during’s live virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

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In tribute, Michael expressed, “It was a 30-year friendship with Kamar. We did our first movie together in 1990. I was scared and I was quiet and I was instantly drawn to his bravado and his sense of himself. Kamar was larger than life. He was the best man at my wedding, and I am the godfather to his son, Michael. His loss was profound on all of us.”

He added, “There hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t thought of him, and his family and what he brought to this world, and the contributions he made, not only to this acting community. He loved being an actor and he was a great actor. I always like to say Kamar was such a good actor that they cast him as a priest, not just once, not twice, like seven times. I mean, he was often shirtless. But, if you needed a shirtless priest, Kamar was your guy.”

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When discussion turned to the end of Kamar’s life, Michael shared, “I was holding his hand when he passed, and he was surrounded by family and, and friends. There was so much love around him. I mean, he touched so many lives. I mean, Trevor knows that at his memorial, it was the biggest, at Forrest Lawn. They couldn’t even fit everybody in. There was people stretched out all the way to outside. People showed that hadn’t seen him in 20 years. That was the effect. So many of the One Life cast members came and cast from All American.”

Michael also spoke to Kamar’s determination till the end and his incredible work ethic, “Extraordinarily enough, he went to work two weeks before he passed at All American.  He was fierce to the end. He never talked about being sick. Even though the odds were stacked from the very beginning, and it’s still really hard for me to talk about, but I was in awe of his strength and his resolve. I would’ve shut down long before he did.”

If you haven’t done so watch below 46:47 mark for Michael and Trevor’s emotional appearances on Daytime Stands Up as they share their memories on Kamar.

Then let us know, what you thought of Michael’s candid tribute to his best friend via the comment section below.

 

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