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Gone Too Soon: 'Soap'

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2010 4:00PM
Normally, you'd think it odd to spotlight a series that lasted four seasons in a column like 'Gone Too Soon.' But 'Soap' was a different kind of series. Like the soap operas it was mocking, it was a premise that could have gone on for years and years. In fact, there's no reason to imagine that it couldn't still be on today.

From 1977 to 1981, Susan Harris crafted what would become a timeless comedy classic for ABC. But despite high ratings throughout its run, 'Soap' would only see four seasons, abruptly ending on a slew of cliffhangers that have frustrated fans for decades.

Despite that, the stellar cast and writing have stood the test of time in a way very few television series can, even if the wardrobes haven't. 'Soap' is as relevant and hilarious today as it was more than thirty years ago now. It deserved a longer life, and both the series and its fans deserved a true ending to Harris' brilliant vision.

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Goldline.com commercial spokesman Jay Johnson dead at 66

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2009 5:04PM
Every single day while I'm watching Fox News or CNN I see the commercial for Goldline.com, a company that lets you invest in gold (there are a few of those ads on TV right now). The spokesman in the ad is Jay Johnson, former director of The U.S. Mint and a former Congressman.

Johnson died last weekend of a heart attack. He was 66. Here's the ad below. Stations are still running it (much like the Billy Mays ads we continue to see).

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