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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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Bren
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Bren

It’s Cool.

Rodd
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Rodd

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!

Betty Penney
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Betty Penney

Enjoy the new set up

su000
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su000

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

aria
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aria

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

TeriCarlson
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TeriCarlson

Love it

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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… Read more »

TVJeff
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TVJeff

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

Candy
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Candy

Agreed!

view88
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view88

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

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

Love it so much

Jimh
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Jimh

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…

Steve
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Steve

There has never been an Oliver on GH.

Terry
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Terry

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.

a. h. Waldrop
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a. h. Waldrop

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.

TVJeff
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TVJeff

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?

TVJeff
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TVJeff

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…

GHD
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GHD

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.

Joel
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Joel

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.

aria
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aria

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?

Joel
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Joel

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.

Harry
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Harry

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.

alic
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alic

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

Toscanti
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Toscanti

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

Deborah James
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Deborah James

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

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

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

Clb
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Clb

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.

Ray
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Ray

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.

Cathy
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Cathy

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

leroy davidson
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leroy davidson

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.

Davy
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Davy

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

Davy
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Davy

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

Rosie
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Rosie

Yes!!

Joey
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Joey

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.

Steve
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Steve

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.

Steve
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Steve

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

Gloria
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Gloria

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.

Carrie
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Carrie

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

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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?

Satan
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Satan

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.

Darlene Balistreri
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Darlene Balistreri

I Love it

Marie
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Marie

I ❤️ it!!! Great job always GH

Tony
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Tony

Really upset that Lucy is not there.

Joel
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Joel

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?

Loretta
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Loretta

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!!

Gail
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Gail

I like it. I love gh

Gloria
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Gloria

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.

Tek
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Tek

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…

DMRR
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DMRR

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

jonny
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jonny

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

Beverly Rexford
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Beverly Rexford

Love it!

Susan
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Susan

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

Candy
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Candy

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!!!

Carol F.
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Carol F.

Love the new opening!

Priscilla Stultz
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Priscilla Stultz

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!

Sally
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Sally

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

Coretta
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Coretta

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

Carlene
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Carlene

Great!

Toni
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Toni

I like it

Cindi Atwell
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Cindi Atwell

Love it

Cindi Atwell
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Cindi Atwell

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

Timmm
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Timmm

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!

Mona Bradley
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Mona Bradley

Love it

Mona Bradley
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Mona Bradley

I love this show

Elise Kiefer
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Elise Kiefer

Love it. But slow it down just a bit.

Sophia
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Sophia

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

Kevin C
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Kevin C

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

Bill Wilson
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Bill Wilson

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.

E Hearts GH
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E Hearts GH

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

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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