Friday, March 6, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 7-10: Soap

*Thanks again to friend of the show Amy for suggesting we discuss Soap!

*Soap aired from 1977-1981, 4 seasons and 85 episodes, on ABC. It was a 9:30 PM show on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

*The pilot premiered September 13, 1977 at 9:30, against boxing on CBS and Sex and the Married Woman on NBC.  It preceded Family on ABC and followed two Happy Days episodes and Three's Company.

*Here is an interesting EW profile on Susan Harris from a couple years ago.

*And here is the TV Guide profile on Harris that appeared when the show was on the air.  Thanks to  for hosting this and many other great archival materials of the show in its website supporting Soap: The Unauthorized Inside Story.

*The same site has the infamous Newsweek piece we discuss.

*Here is the TV Series Finale podcast interview with Jay Johnson that we reference.

*Who's YOUR favorite Baio? Scott? Jimmy? Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend?

*The Major is played by Arthur Peterson Jr. According to Wikpedia, Peterson starred in ABC's first sitcom, a show called That's O'Toole!

*1979's Scavenger Hunt featured not only Richard Mulligan and Dirk benedict, but Scatman Carothers, Tony Randall, Cloris Leachman Willie Aames, and many more! The Fox picture is on DVD and Blu-Ray.

*Vega$ premiered in 1978 on ABC, about 7 months after Soap did.

*Jay Sandrich's thoughts on Soap are in this piece.

*Witt Thomas Productions also created It's a Living, Blossom, and Herman's Head among many others plus the series we mention on the show.

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