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And Still More Fanesia Moments: Conan, 'The West Wing,' and Barney Fife

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 8th 2010 5:03PM
ConanSeveral years ago on this very blog I introduced the concept of fanesia. That's not a new soft drink or an 'American Idol' contestant, it actually stands for 'fan amnesia,' those TV moments that we refuse to acknowledge even happened on our favorite shows. Past examples I've used have included Fitzwallace dying on 'The West Wing,' the last episode of 'Seinfeld,' Mark dying on 'ER,' and 'Will & Grace' not speaking to each other for years in their final episode. In my mind, those things never happened on those shows.

Here are four more. Let us know your favorite Fanesia moments in the comments.

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Here's the full Guiding Light Emmy tribute

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 9th 2009 1:07PM
A couple of weeks ago at the Daytime Emmy Awards, there was a special tribute to Guiding Light, ending its 72 year run (on radio starting in 1937, TV since 1952) next Friday. Due to time, the network couldn't show the entire tribute video from the ceremony. Here it is.

I think there's too much emphasis on recent characters, but that's just an old fogey talking I guess, and there are some great classic scenes too (for a fan, this video could be an hour long and we wouldn't complain). I love that they included Charita Bauer and Chris Bernau, the original (and best) Alan Spaulding.

[via examiner.com]

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What's the deal with Guiding Light and Universal Studios?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2009 8:00PM
Guiding Light logoIf you're a fan of Guiding Light (now in its final six months on the air), you probably saw Bill and Lizzie running around Universal Studios in Florida today.

They were going on the various rides, eating giant chicken legs, squirting each other with big water guns, and shooting colored balls at each other, all the while holding hands and getting all kissy (I swear there was even a scene of them getting their pictures taken in one of those photo booths).

What is this big promotion that the show and CBS is doing for Universal Studios?

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Wow, I might have to start watching Guiding Light again

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 17th 2008 11:53AM
Soap Opera WeeklyI watched Guiding Light every single day for a couple of decades. I never thought there would come a time when I stopped watching it (no matter how pathetic that probably sounds), but then the show got rid of cast members that were vital to the show, the writers created plots and characters that were paper thin and just lousy, and they started screwing up with the show's history, too. Those are three things that are unforgivable in a soap opera.

But things might be getting better at Guiding Light. After several years and lots of negotiations, Grant Aleksander is returning to the show as Philip Spaulding.

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Thanks, Soap Opera Digest commercial

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2007 1:02PM

GL logoNote: This post contains a major spoiler for the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. If you don't want to know what happens later this week, don't read any further, don't scroll down, etc, etc. This is your last warning!

So I'm watching the last half of today's GL, and Tammy is run over by someone (I think it was meant for Jonathan, someone hired by Alan, but I'm not sure because I've missed several recent episodes). She's lying in the hospital bed, Rick says she's in a coma and has brain swelling, everyone is waiting around to see what happens, and a moody song plays on the soundtrack.

And then at the end of the show, a commercial for the new issue of Soap Opera Digest comes on...

Update: was it Soap Opera Weekly? Hmmm....

Update on the Update: It was actually Soaps In Depth.

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Guiding Light celebrates 70 years by helping others

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 3rd 2007 9:39AM

The CBS soap Guiding Light is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. It's the longest running TV show in history (it started on radio in 1937 then switched to television in 1952). But they're not just throwing a party. Today they launched a new web site and a new campaign to help others. The cast and crew went down to the Gulf Coast to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, and they want fans to go to the site and share their stories of how they've helped someone.

I think they're tying it into the show somehow as well. A new plot has the cast finding a giant sum of money in a bag along with a mysterious note.

This is fantastic, but I think GL can do some other things to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

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