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TV Confidential is a two-hour radio talk show about all aspects of TV that directs itself to listeners 35 and up. Each edition features interviews with special guests plus lively conversations about popular shows and the state of TV in general.

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Laura Niemi of NBC’s This Is Us
TVC 463.1: Ed welcomes Laura Niemi, the actress who plays Milo Ventimiglia’s mom, Marilyn Pearson, on the hit NBC series This Is Us—the No. 1 show on any broadcast or cable network in the all-important 18-49 demo, and the No. 2-ranked dramatic series in total viewership. Season Four of This Is Us begins Tuesday, Sept. 24 on NBC, while the network announced earlier this year that it has renewed This is Us for an additional two seasons. Laura will also soon be seen opposite Oscar winner Anne Hathaway in the upcoming Netflix movie The Last Thing He Wanted.
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30 Years of Saved for the Bell
TVC 463.2: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the thirtieth anniversary of Saved by the Bell (NBC, 1989-1993), the popular Saturday morning teen sitcom that premiered Aug. 20, 1989 as part of This Week in TV History.
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3 Shows to Watch Out for This Fall
TVC 463.3: Lynette Rice, editor at large for Entertainment Weekly, joins Ed for some recommendations on which shows to watch this fall season on network TV, cable, and the various streaming platforms, including The Unicorn and Carol’s Second Act on CBS and Pose on FX.
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7 Days to Vegas with Vince Van Patten
TVC 463.4: Ed welcome actor and former Top 25 tennis pro Vince Van Patten, the youngest son of Eight is Enough star Dick Van Patten and the longtime host of The World Poker Tour on Fox Sports 1. Vince is the co-writer, producer, and one of the stars of 7 Days to Vegas, a new comedy about the world of professional poker players that is also based on a true story: the time that Vince found himself having to walk to Las Vegas from his home in the San Fernando Valley as a result of losing a bet. 7 Days to Vegas premiered earlier this year to rave reviews at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. RiotMaterial.com calls the movie “pure comic genius,” while Vince himself describes 7 Days to Vegas as “The Hangover Meets The Sting.” Vince Van Patten will join us in our second hour. 7 Days to Vegas will be released in select theaters beginning Friday, Sept. 20. The movie will then become available for viewing on demand on iTunes and Amazon beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24. For more information, go to 7DaystoVegas.com or ClubWPT.com.
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Eddie’s Father on DVD
TVC 463.5: Ed and Greg remember The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (ABC, 1969-1972), the warmly remembered family comedy-drama starring Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz and produced by James Komack that cemented Bixby as a leading man and director in television, while also paving the way for Komack’s other hit series, Chico and the Man and Welcome Back, Kotter. All three seasons of The Courtship of Eddie’s Father are available on DVD through the Warner Bros. Archive.
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1st Televised Game in MLB History
TVC 463.6: This Week in TV History: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the first televised Major League Baseball game, which was broadcast on Aug. 26, 1939 on New York station W2XBS, which later became WNBC-TV. Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.
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Tribute to Gilligan's Island star Russell Johnson
From March 2014: Kimberly Johnson, daughter of Russell Johnson, joins Ed, Tony, Donna, and guest co-host Bill Funt as TV Confidential remembers the life and career of the actor known around the world as The Professor on Gilligan's Island.
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Celebrating the Life of Valerie Harper
TVC 462.1: Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen, and Ed remember Valerie Harper, the Emmy Award-winning star of Rhoda, Valerie, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show who passed away Friday, Aug. 30, one week after her eightieth birthday.
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Michael Irby of Mayans MC and HBO’s Barry
TVC 462.2: Ed welcomes Michael Irby, the actor plays Obispo “Bishop” Losa, the head of Mayans MC’s Santo Padre charter, on the FX drama Mayans MC, and gang leader Cristobal Sifuentes, the “Bolivian Sammy Hagar” who abides by The Four Agreements, on the hit HBO series Barry. Season Two of Mayans MC airs Tuesday nights on FX, while Season One is available for viewing on demand. Seasons One and Two of Barry are also available on demand.
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Herbie J Pilato via remote at The Hollywood Museum
TVC 462.3: Via remote from the Hollywood Museum’s recent tribute to the career of Barbara Eden: Ed catches up with Herbie J Pilato, host of Then Again with Herbie J Pilato and the author of such books as Bewitched Forever and Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story.
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Gilligan’s Island’s Dawn Wells and the Appeal of Mary Ann
TVC 462.4: Ed welcomes back Dawn Wells, the actress known around the world as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island. The Hollywood Museum will honor Dawn Wells and Gilligan’s Island with a new lobby exhibit that will commemorate the fifty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Gilligan’s Island. The exhibit will become available to the public on Thursday, Sept. 26 and will include the iconic gingham dress and blue short shorts that Dawn wore when she played Mary Ann, plus other Gilligan’s memorabilia. Dawn’s book What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life has been re-issued and is now available through Bear Manor Media. In addition, Dawn Wells is scheduled to appear at the Senior Health Expo in Lancaster, California on Thursday, Oct. 17.
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How Lucille Ball Mentored Barbara Eden
TVC 462.5: Via remote from the Hollywood Museum’s recent tribute to Barbara Eden and the legacy of I Dream of Jeannie: Michael Stern, author of I Had a Ball: My Friendship with Lucille Ball, talks to Ed about Lucy mentored Barbara Eden and other young actresses early in their careers. Plus: Ed plays highlights from the official ceremonies honoring Ms. Eden, includin
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How Barbara Eden Became Jeannie
TVC 462.6: Ed plays more highlights from the Aug. 21 unveiling of the Hollywood Museum’s new lobby exhibit honoring Barbara Eden and the legacy of I Dream of Jeannie, including tributes from Anson Williams, Loni Anderson, and Peter Marshall. Plus: Barbara Eden tells the story of how she was cast as Jeannie. The Hollywood Museum lobby exhibit honoring I Dream of Jeannie is now open to the public and includes the original Jeannie costume that Ms. Eden wore in the pilot for I Dream of Jeannie, the hat that Larry Hagman wore in the Jeannie pilot, plus other memorabilia.
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The Bob Crane Murder Case Today
TVC 461.1: Ed welcomes Lynette Rice, editor at large for Entertainment Weekly, and author of “His Dark Places,” a new article that takes a fresh look at the circumstances surrounding the murder of Hogan’s Heroes star Bob Crane on June 29, 1978, a still unsolved mystery that has spawned five books, three investigations, the 2002 movie Auto Focus, and four decades of speculation. “His Dark Places” appears in the September issue of Entertainment Weekly and particularly focuses on how the aftermath of the case continues to impact Crane’s family and the community of Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Hanna-Barbera: The Adorable Saturday Morning Cartoon Edition
TVC 461.2: Greg Ehrbar and Ed take a look at the various DVD configurations of The Smurfs, The Snorks, and The Monchhicchis as part as “Hanna-Barbera: The Adorable Saturday Morning Cartoon Edition.”
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The Beat Goes On: Sonny & Cher on Television
TVC 461.3: Ed, Tony, and Donna remember the premiere of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (CBS, 1971-1974), one of the last great TV variety hours, as part of This Week in TV History. I Got You Babe: The Best of Sonny & Cher is now available on DVD exclusively through Time-Life.
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Mr. Belvedere’s Ilene Graff on Making the Song Your Own
TVC 461.4: Grammy nominated singer/actress Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedere) talks to Ed about Making the Song Your Own, a vocal performance workshop that offers students an opportunity to sing every week in a stress-free atmosphere while also learning important techniques that they can apply whether they want to pursue a career in musical theater, cabaret, jazz, pop, or just sing for the fun of it. The next workshop will likely take place in the spring of 2020. Students of all ages and experiences are welcome. To sign up or learn more about it, go to IleneGraff.com or the Making the Song Your Own page on Facebook.
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Mr. Belvedere’s Ilene Graff on Making the National Anthem Your Own
TVC 461.5: Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedere) talks to Ed about the first time she performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a packed house at Angel Stadium; being directed by Penny Marshall in the classic episode of Laverne & Shirley in which Lenny and Squiggy go on The Dating Game; and how her experience as an understudy in the Broadway production of Promises, Promises was not unlike that of a pitcher sitting in the bullpen at a baseball game. Ilene Graff will be performing at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City, CA on Saturday, Dec. 21. To learn more about Making the Song Your Own, go to IleneGraff.com or the Making the Song Your Own page on Facebook
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The Biskitts and the Adorable A-Team
TVC 461.6: Greg Ehrbar continues “Hanna-Barbera: The Adorable Saturday Morning Cartoon Edition” with a look at the DVD releases of The Biskitts and The Paw Paws that are available through the HB Classic Collection and the Warner Archive Collection.
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I Want My MTV
TVC 461.7: Ed, Tony, and Donna remember the premiere of MTV: Music Television on Aug. 1, 1981 as part of This Week in TV History.
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NATAS President Adam Sharp on the News and Documentary Emmys
TVC 460.1: Ed welcomes back Adam Sharp, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, aka the Daytime Emmy Awards. The News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast Tuesday, Sept. 24 at EmmyOnline.TV and other streaming platforms, honors news and documentary programming distributed during calendar year 2018. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to longtime NBC News foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell.
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TV News Journalism and the Proper Use of Twitter
TVC 460.2: Adam Sharp, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, talks to Ed about his six-year tenure as head of News, Government and Elections at Twitter, and how a lot of journalists from all media often use Twitter as it was intended. The 40th News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be broadcast Tuesday, Sept. 24 at EmmyOnline.TV and other streaming platforms.
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Where’s Huddles? Why, He’s on DVD
TVC 460.3: Greg Ehrbar continues “Hanna-Barbera: The Prime Time Edition” with a look at the DVD release of Where’s Huddles? (CBS, 1970), the animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera that originally aired in prime in the summer of 1970. Written for an adult audience, Where’s Huddles? featured the voices of Cliff Norton, Paul Lynde, Marie Wilson, Herb Jeffries, Don Messick, plus three of the voices from The Flintstones: Mel Blanc, Alan Reed, and Jean Vander Pyl.
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The Return of David Frankham
TVC 460.4: Actor, author, and voice artist David Frankham (101 Dalmations, Master of the World, Return of the Fly, Tales of Terror, Which One Was David?) returns for Part 2 of a conversation that began earlier this year about his career in film, television, and radio. Actor Jonathan David Dixon co-hosts. David provides the voice of The Storyteller in Ben Wickey’s stop-motion puppet animation version of The House of the Seven Gables, which is available now on DVD through ArkhamBazaar.com as part of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival Best of 2018 collection. David Frankham is also profiled in the May-August 2019 issue of Filmfax, which you can find wherever magazines are sold.
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David Frankham on Jack Benny and Kovacs on Music
TVC 460.5: David Frankham shares memories of working with comic legends Jack Benny and Ernie Kovacs, and his penchant for playing characters who have nervous breakdowns onscreen (which he did famously in King Rat, as well as in the “Is There No Truth in Beauty” episode of the original Star Trek). Jonathan David Dixon co-hosts. David Frankham provides the voice of The Storyteller in Ben Wickey’s stop-motion puppet animation version of The House of the Seven Gables, which is available now on DVD through ArkhamBazaar.com as part of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival Best of 2018 collection.
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Happy Birthday, Carroll O’Connor
TVC 460.6: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join Ed via Skype as This Week in TV History commemorates the 95th birthday of actor Carroll O’Connor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night).
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How TV Covered Nixon’s Resignation
TVC 459.1: Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen, and Ed remember how network TV news covered the resignation of President Richard Nixon on Aug. 8, 1974, his departure from the White House, and the swearing-in of President Gerald Ford the following day.
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Susan McCray on How Michael Landon Embodied Family TV
TVC 459.2: Ed welcomes Susan McCray, one of the first female casting directors in network television, and a longtime collaborator of iconic actor and producer Michael Landon (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie). Susan is also the anchor of Kaleidoscope, a Sunday morning radio show, heard on Share-a-Vision Radio: KSAV.org, that provides listeners with the latest in the worlds of music, Hollywood, makeup, fashion, and more. Susan’s new documentary, Kent McCray: Love, Life and Television, is scheduled for release in December 2019, as part of the Season Four DVD package of The High Chapparal.
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Dee Wallace on Being a “Mama Bear,” On and Off Screen
TVC 459.3: Ed welcomes back actress, author, teacher, radio host, and legendary “scream queen” Dee Wallace (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Cujo, The Howling, The Frighteners, Critters). Topics include playing the mom in Red Christmas, a character that posed a lot of challenges for Dee as an actress; Eat, Pray, #FML, the new book by Dee’s daughter, Gabrielle Stone; and the phenomenon of “channeling,” a subject that sometimes comes up on Dee’s radio show, Conscious Creation. Dee Wallace can also be seen in Critters Attack, Rob Zombie’s 3 from Hell, and the Amazon kids series Just Add Magic.
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Dee Wallace on Mastering “the Perry Mason Cadence” in After Emma
TVC 459.4: Screen legend Dee Wallace talks to Ed about being directed by her daughter, Gabrielle Stone, in the upcoming short film After Emma. Dee Wallace can also seen in Critters Attack, a reimagining of the 1986 horror classic Critters that is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on demand; Red Christmas (now available on Netflix), a horror movie that Dee also produced, and which will remind you somewhat of Cujo; and Rob Zombie’s 3 from Hell. The unrated version of 3 From Hell will be released in more than 900 theaters across the country on Sept. 16-17-18.
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Gene Kelly’s Jack and the Beanstalk
TVC 459.5: Greg Ehrbar talks to Ed about the DVD release of Jack and the Beanstalk (NBC, 1967), the Emmy Award-winning musical collaboration between Gene Kelly and Hanna-Barbera that blended live action with animation. The special also included the voices of Ted Cassidy and Janet Waldo, plus an original score by Sammy Cahn and James VanHeusen.
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The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
TVC 459.6: Greg and Ed continue their look at “Hanna-Barbera: The Prime Time Edition” with a look at the DVD release of The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (NBC, 1968-1969), a blend of live action and animation that was also the most expensive weekly television series of its time.
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The Unreal TV Career of Biffle and Shooster
TVC 458.1: Actors Nick Santa Maria and Will Ryan (The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster) appear in character as Benny Biffle and Sammy Shooster as we take a look at Biffle and Shooster’s often overlooked, but nonetheless significant TV career of the 1960s. The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is available now on DVD. In addition, The Biffle and Shooster Portable Guide to Etiquette is available for purchase, as are all four issues of the Biffle and Shooster comic book.
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Will The Real Biffle and Shooster Please Sit Down?
TVC 458.2: Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger (The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster) appear in character as Greg and Ed continue their look at the faux television career of Biffle and Shooster, including their short-lived Saturday morning cartoon series and their celebrated appearance on Batman. The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is available on DVD. The Biffle and Shooster Portable Guide to Etiquette is also available for purchase, as are all four issues of the Biffle and Shooster comic book.
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The Real McCoys on DVD
TVC 458.3: Greg and Ed review the various DVD configurations of The Real McCoys (ABC/CBS, 1957-1963), the long-running sitcom starring Walter Brennan and Richard Crenna that also spawned the era of bucolic comedies on network TV.
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The Hollywood Museum Toasts Ida Lupino and Olivia de Havilland
TVC 458.4: Ed plays highlights from the recent unveiling of The Hollywood Museum’s new lobby exhibit that honors screen legends Ida Lupino and Olivia de Havilland. Mary Anderson, Lupino’s personal assistant and confidante and the author of three books on Ida’s life and career, shared a few memories that evening of the long friendship between the two stars.
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Daniel Boone star Darby Hinton
TVC 458.5: Darby Hinton, the actor known around the world as Israel Boone on Daniel Boone, talks to Ed about the approach he took to playing Cole Younger in Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws, a movie that he also produced, and filming the family drama Wild Faith on location in Michigan. Darby will be appearing at this year’s WesternLegendsRoundUp.com in Knab, Utah on August 15, 16, and 17; the upcoming benefit screening of Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws on Sept. 7 in Thousand Oaks, California; The Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland on Sept. 12, 13, and 14; the Lone Pine Film Festival in historic Lone Pine, California on October 10, 11, and 12; and the Happy Trails Virginia Style Western convention in Roanoke, Virginia on October 17, 18, and 19.
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Cowboy Up for Johnny Crawford
TVC 458.6: Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone, Wild Faith, Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws) talks to Ed about the upcoming special benefit screening of Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws that will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Joel McCrea Ranch in Thousand Oaks, California. All proceeds from this event will benefit actor Johnny Crawford in his fight against Alzheimer’s disease. For tickets and more information, visit DarbyHinton.com.
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The Legendary Memos of Gene Roddenberry
TVC 457.1: A continuation of last week’s conversation with Marc Cushman about Volume 1 of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series, the three-volume biography of Star Trek: The Original Series that transports readers back in time to the era in which the original series was made as much as any book possibly can. Volume 1 of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series was recently updated and expanded to include an additional eighty pages of information, including new comments from Leonard Nimoy just before his passing in 2015. Not only that, it is also available as an audiobook.
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Roddenberry, Lucy, The Love Boat, and M*A*S*H
TVC 457.2: Marc Cushman, author of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series, talks to Ed about what a visionary Gene Roddenberry was early in his career, above and beyond Star Trek (including ideas for series that were, essentially, prototypes of The Love Boat and M*A*S*H), as well as the integral role that Lucille Ball played in getting Star Trek on the air. Volume 1 of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series was recently updated and expanded with new information, plus it is available as an audiobook.
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Kathy Garver Returns to Television as Aunt Cissy
TVC 457.3: Ed welcomes back actress, author, and voice artist Kathy Garver (Family Affair, X Child Stars, Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood). Kathy is about to start production on Aunt Cissy, a new TV series that not only brings viewers up to date on Cissy’s life after Family Affair, but has elements of such modern shows as Modern Family. Kathy Garver will be taking part in a Child Stars Cruise to Ensenada in December 2019. Her latest book, Holiday Recipes for a Family Affair, is now available through Bear Manor Media.
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Jason Stuart on the Proper Inflection to Have When Saying Shut Up! I’m Talking
TVC 457.4: Ed welcomes film and TV actor Jason Stuart (My Wife and Kids, Gia, Kindergarten Cop, Birth of a Nation), one of the first openly gay stand-up comedians. Jason has been performing stand-up for more than thirty years, but he did not find his piece of ground as a comedian until he started doing stand-up material about being gay. Jason Stuart will be signing copies of his memoir, Shut Up! I’m Talking: Coming Out in Hollywood and Making It to the Middle, at Book Soup in Hollywood on Friday, Aug. 2 along with special guest Alexandra Paul (Alexandra Paul wrote the foreword to the book), and at Comedy Central Stage Sit and Spin at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
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Jason Stuart on The Dating Game, The Merv Griffin Show, and the impact of That Certain Summer
TVC 457.5: Actor, comedian, and author Jason Stuart (Shut Up! I’m Talking: Coming Out in Hollywood and Making It to the Middle) talks to Ed about his appearance on The Dating Game in the late 1970s (and why Jim Lange was the perfect host for that show); his first national TV appearance as a comic, which occurred on The Merv Griffin Show; and the impact that the 1972 made-for-TV movie That Certain Summer had on Jason’s life. Jason will be signing copies of Shut Up! I’m Talking at Book Soup in Hollywood on Friday, Aug. 2 along with special guest Alexandra Paul, and at Comedy Central Stage Sit and Spin at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
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How Gene Roddenberry’s Drive and Ambition Both Helped and Hurt Him
TVC 456.1: Marc Cushman, author of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series, helps Ed take a deep dive into the development of the first season of Star Trek and the early career of Gene Roddenberry, including how Perry Mason creator Erle Stanley Gardner mentored The Great Bird when he began his career in television. Other topics include the acrimonious relationship between Harlan Ellison and Roddenberry over the development of “City on the Edge of Forever.” Volume 1 of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series was recently updated and expanded to include an additional eighty pages of information. Not only that, it is also available as an audiobook
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Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles: Now on DVD
TVC 456.2: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discusses the recent DVD release of Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles (CBS, 1966), the Hanna-Barbera animated series about a Beatles-like rock group that morphed into crime-fighting superheroes whenever trouble arose. Topics include the short-lived Hanna-Barbera record label of the late 1960s, which often featured the work of The Ron Hicklin Singers, and how the Frankenstein Jr. segment enjoyed a second life in 1976 when NBC paired it with Space Ghost. Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles is now available on DVD through Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
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Eat, Pray, #FML author Gabrielle Stone on how a “self-love cocktail” can heal a broken heart
TVC 456.3: Ed welcomes award-winning actress and director Gabrielle Stone (It Happened Again Last Night, After Emma). Gabrielle’s new book, Eat, Pray, #FML, asks the question “What do you do when you find your life has fallen apart and your heart has been ripped out and stepped on twice in two months?” In Gabrielle’s case, the answer included getting out of her comfort zone, doing a lot of soul searching, and ultimately learning how to love and accept herself with the help of two tools: A Thought Onion and something she calls a “self-love” cocktail. Gabrielle’s story will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced an emotional gut punch—whether you’re male or female, and no matter what your age.
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The real legacy of My Sister Sam actress Rebecca Schaeffer
TVC 456.4: Tony, Donna, and Ed go back to July 18, 1989 as part of This Week in TV History, and how the tragic death of My Sister Sam actress Rebecca Schaeffer at the hands of a deranged fan ultimately led to changes in stalking laws. Plus: How TMZ emerged as a news source as a results of its coverage of the death of Michael Jackson in June 2009.
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Devlin: Hanna-Barbera’s Foray into Saturday Morning Drama
TVC 456.2: Greg and Ed discusses the recent DVD release of Devlin (ABC, 1974), the Hanna-Barbera animated series about a traveling motorcycle daredevil not unlike Evel Knievel. Featuring the voices of Micky Dolenz and Michael Bell, Devlin was a rare example of a Saturday morning network cartoon series that told dramatic stories. Now available on DVD through Warner Bros. Archive.
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The Sounds of Lost Merv with Jack Benny and Montgomery Clift
TVC 455.1: Steve Randisi, author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, joins Phil Gries for Part 3 of our Sounds of Lost Television tribute to the critically acclaimed NBC daytime talk show that Merv Griffin hosted between October 1962 and March 1963. Highlights include a clip from Merv’s interviews with Montgomery Clift—one of the actor’s few appearances on a daytime talk/variety show—and Jack Benny. The latter segment reveals why the iconic comedian chose for his onscreen persona to remain age thirty-nine.
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Why Merv Ended His Long-Running Daytime Show
TVC 455.2: As long as we’re in a Merv Griffin frame of mind, Ed plays a clip from longtime radio personality Sam Yates’ interview with Merv from the 1990s in which the talk show icon reveals why he left television in 1986 after twenty-four years.
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C’mon Get Happy: The Partridge Family on DVD
TVC 455.3: Greg Ehrbar joins Ed for a look at the various configurations of The Partridge Family on DVD and streaming on demand.
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Behind the Music of The Partridge Family
TVC 455.4: Greg Ehrbar discusses the important roles that the Ron Hickland singers and songwriter and record producer Wes Farrell played in the success of the Partridge Family albums that were released in conjunction with the Partridge Family TV series.
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Dolly Read Martin on Match Game and more
TVC 455.5: Actress and former Playboy Bunny and Playboy Playmate Dolly Read Martin (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Match Game, Tattletales) talks about how the loose, free-flowing vibe behind the scenes of Match Game was an integral part of the appeal of the show; why working as a Bunny at the Playboy Clubs was not always as glamorous at it would seem; and the secret greeting that she shared with her friend Harvey Korman for more than thirty years. Chris Korman co-hosts this segment.
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The Multigenerational Appeal of Doris Day
TVC 454.1: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, music and TV historian, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark joins Ed for a remembrance of singer, actress, and animal rights activist Doris Day.
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Celebrate Hope and the Humanity of Barack Obama
Celebrate Hope and the Humanity of Barack Obama TVC 454.2: Award-winning actress, director, filmmaker and former White House press corps member Anna Wilding shares some of the back stories behind Celebrate Hope, a collection of photographs that Anna took during her stint as a White House press photographer during the last two years of the Obama Administration. Celebrate Hope not only offers the public a rare opportunity to experience the “People’s House” through up-close-and-personal images of President and First Lady Obama as they inhabit the West and East Wings, but, in many ways, reveals the humanity behind these two highly scrutinized public figures. Celebrate Hope will be on display at The Palos Verdes Art Center Museum in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through Sunday, July 7. For more information, call (310) 541-2479 or visit AnnaWilding.world.
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How TV’s Longest Sustained Laugh Almost Never Happened
TVC 454.3: Ed welcomes Rick Hawkins, Emmy Award-winning staff writer for The Carol Burnett Show and the co-writer of “Went with the Wind,” the famous Burnett show parody of Gone With the Wind that generated the longest sustained laugh in television history. Topics include the sketch almost never made it on the air, as well as how Carol Burnett’s performance as Scarlett during the famous “curtain rod dress” sequence had as much to do with the audience reaction to that moment as the outlandish outfit itself.
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How to Adapt Classic TV Favorites to Russian TV Audiences
TVC 454.4: Rick Hawkins, Emmy Award-winning writer/producer of The Carol Burnett Show, Punky Brewster, Major Dad, and Sister, Sister, talks to Ed about the three years that Rick spent in Russia in the early 2000s, during which time he adapted such popular American shows as Married with Children, Everybody Loves Raymond, and I Dream of Jeannie to Russian audiences on behalf of Sony International.
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The Genius of Tim Conway
TVC 453.1: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark joins Ed for a remembrance of Tim Conway, the beloved star of McHale’s Navy and The Carol Burnett Show who passed away on Tuesday, May 14. Geoff not only knew Conway personally, but has insight into Conway’s unique improvisational genius.
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How Dick Van Dyke Show star Rose Marie discovered Tim Conway
TVC 453.2: From September 2012: Ed plays a clip from Rose Marie’s appearance on TV Confidential in which she recalls discovering Tim Conway in Cleveland around 1961, bringing him to Hollywood, and managing his career for about five years in the early 1960s. Also in this segment: Vicki Lawrence (The Carol Burnett Show) with the back story of the famous “elephant story” blooper on the Burnett show, plus author Wesley Hyatt (The Carol Burnett Show Companion) with more insight into Conway’s penchant for breaking up cast members (most notably, Harvey Korman).
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Jonathan Goldsmith: The Man Behind Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World
TVC 453.3: From June 2017: An encore presentation of our conversation with actor and author Jonathan Goldsmith (Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life, But When I Do They're True and Amazing), the actor best known for playing The Most Interesting Man in the World in a wildly popular ad campaign for Dos Equis beer for more than ten years. The Most Interesting Man in the World not only catapulted Jonathan from obscurity, but came to him at a time and place in his life when he needed it the most.
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Donelle Dadigan, Hollywood’s Most Influential Woman
TVC 453.4: Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, joins Ed for a look at some of the exhibits that will be on display this summer, including Remembering Lucy, the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman exhibit, the fabulous tribute to the six actresses who have played The Catwoman, and Real to Reel, an entertaining and informative look at the milestones and influence that LGBTQ characters and plot lines have had in Hollywood over the past century.
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Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether on playing The Catwoman on Batman
TVC 453.5: From our tribute to Adam West in June 2017: Ed, Tony, and Donna play highlights from our conversations with actresses Julie Newmar, who played The Catwoman during the first two seasons on Batman (ABC, 1966-1968), and Lee Meriwether, who played The Catwoman in the 1966 Batman movie.
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How Eartha Kitt Broke Ground on TV When She Played The Catwoman
TVC 453.6: Ed plays highlights from the remarks that Kitt Shapiro, Eartha Kitt’s daughter, made at the unveiling of the Catwoman exhibit at The Hollywood Museum about the quiet way in which her mother broke ground when she played The Catwoman during the third season of Batman. Also in this segment: Ed, Tony, and Donna remember comedian George Carlin.
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Shooting the Breeze with iHeart Radio host Torchy Smith
TVC 452.1: Ed welcomes Torchy Smith, host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio and author of Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars: Surprising Celebrity Conversations for the Retro Generation, a collection of fifty first-hand accounts of such Baby Boomer celebrities as Jerry Mathers, Bill Mumy, Cubby O'Brien, Stephen Furst, Judy Norton, Cindy Williams, Clint Howard, Celeste Yarnall, Angela Cartwright, George Wyner, and Kathryn Leigh Scott.
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Mary Tyler Moore and Elizabeth Montgomery biographer Herbie J Pilato
TVC 452.2: Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s interview with author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato, author of Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitching Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery and Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, the first objective cradle-to-grave biography of the star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will appear at the Cerritos Millenium Library in Cerritos, CA on Wednesday, June 12, starting at 7:30pm.
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The Secret Hollywood Studio That Shaped The Cold War
TVC 452.3: Ed welcomes Kevin Hamiliton and Ned O’Gorman, co-authors of Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, the inside story of Lookout Mountain Laboratory—a secret motion picture studio, run by the U.S. Government, that was officially known as 1352nd Photographic Group of the United States Air Force. Lookout Mountain Laboratory not only recruited the services of such Hollywood luminaries as John Ford, James Stewart, Susan Hayward, and Marilyn Monroe, but shaped public opinion of the Cold War and much of our political culture today.
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James Stewart, Rear Window, and Lookout Mountain Laboratory
TVC 452.4: Kevin Hamiliton and Ned O’Gorman, co-authors of Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, discuss how Oscar-winning actor and U.S. Air Force reserve brigadier general James Stewart lent gravitas to the efforts of Lookout Mountain Laboratory and the subtle connection between the secret Hollywood studio and the Hitchcock classic Rear Window. A rollicking story that depicts an unlikely mix of Hollywood artists, nuclear scientists, and military movers, Lookout America includes hundreds of breathtaking photographs, plus easy-to-follow charts, graphs, timelines, side bars, screen grabs, and a ton of information.
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How iHeart Radio host Torchy Smith Got His Name
TVC 452.5: Torchy Smith, host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio and author of Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars: Surprising Celebrity Conversations for the Retro Generation, shares some insight into his approach to interviewing such Baby Boomer celebrities as Bill Mumy, Stephen Furst, George Wyner, and Angela Cartwright, plus he reveals the secret behind his famous first name.
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L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star’s Barbara van Orden, plus Love Boat historian Jim Colucci
TVC 450.1: Via remote from The Hollywood Museum: Ed interviews singer/actress Barbara van Orden, co-executive producer of L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star: 2019; Jim Colucci, deputy editor for CBS Watch! Magazine and author of Golden Girls Forever and the forthcoming Love Boat Forever; and film and TV historian Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera).
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Ugly Dolls composer Christopher Lennertz on the movie’s uplifting message
TVC 450.2: Greg Ehrbar interviews award-winning producer, composer and conductor Christopher Lennertz (Marvel’s Agent Carter, Galavant, Netflix’s Lost in Space). Christopher’s latest feature is Ugly Dolls, the animated musical starring Kelly Clarkson that is also the first movie musical featuring a cast of all pop stars. Ugly Dolls: The Movie is playing in theaters everywhere, while the soundtrack is available wherever music is sold.
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Screen Villain Patrick Kilpatrick on Escaping Death 3 Times Before He Was 17
TVC 451.3: Ed welcomes actor, author, teacher, producer, and longtime movie and TV villain Patrick Kilpatrick (Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot). As an actor, Patrick has been killed, beaten up or jailed by some of the biggest names in Hollywood. In real life, he nearly died three times before he turned seventeen, including severe bouts with asthma, allergies, and a near-fatal stabbing by his own mother.
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How Longtime Movie Villain Patrick Kilpatrick Approaches Playing Bad Guys
TVC 451.4: Actor and author Patrick Kilpatrick (Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot) discusses the psychosexual approach he often takes to playing heinous characters in movies and on TV, and on the effect that has sometimes had on his acting partners. Volume I of Dying for Living is available now in hardcover, as an eBook, and as an audiobook; Volume II is scheduled for release later in 2019. For our listeners in Denver, Colorado, Patrick Kilpatrick is scheduled to appear at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
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Richard Pryor Jr.: Live from The Hollywood Museum
TVC 451.5: Via remote from The Hollywood Museum: Ed interviews singer, actor and author Richard Pryor Jr. (In a Pryor Life) and twelve-year-old actor and host Brandin Stennis (The Young and the Restless).
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Chuck Harter pays tribute to comedian Richard Pryor
TVC 451.6: From the recent Richard Pryor Jr. book signing at The Hollywood Museum: Author, musician and pop culture historian Chuck Harter shares a poignant memory about comedian Richard Pryor.
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Gene Roddenberry biographer Marc Cushman and the backstory of The Questor Tapes
TVC 450.1: Star Trek historian Mark Cushman takes us behind the scenes of The Questor Tapes, the critically acclaimed series pilot that many consider to be Gene Roddenberry’s best work (other than Star Trek). Marc’s latest book, These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s, is the first of a two-volume biography that chronicles the career of the Great Bird of the Galaxy between the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969 and the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979.
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I Spy historian Marc Cushman reveals why that show was really canceled
TVC 450.2: Marc Cushman, author of These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s and other books on film and television, tells Ed the story of how his research for his I Spy book uncovered the reason why I Spy was canceled—and how that revelation had a tremendous effect on series star Robert Culp.
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Lucille Ball historian Geoffrey Mark on what made Lucy a great radio host
TVC 450.3: From the floor of The Hollywood Museum: Geoffrey Mark, author of The Lucy Book and other books on film and television, tells Ed the question he asked Ms. Ball that immediately got her attention, as well as why Lucy’s radio interview show, Let’s Talk to Lucy, was such a great vehicle for her.
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Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen on her return to radio and her love for animals
TVC 450.4: From the floor of The Hollywood Museum: Ed interviews Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch) and Frank Sheftel of KABC Radio’s Sunday Night Live with Susan and Frank. Susan and Frank were among the special guests who attended the recent unveiling of the Remembering Lucy exhibit that is currently on display at the Museum.
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Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney, and the 90th Anniversary of Steamboat Willie
TVC 450.5: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the special picture disc soundtrack commemorating the 90th anniversary of the release of Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie. Plus: Greg recommends the album Songs from Alice in Wonderland, an interpretation by legendary music director/composer Tutti Camarata of the musical score of the classic Disney film.
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Trouble Man’s Robert Hooks on the Marvin Gaye soundtrack and Mr. T’s stylish threads
TVC 450.6: Robert Hooks, founder of the Negro Ensemble Company, joins Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter for Part 2 of a conversation about his film, TV and stage career, including Trouble Man, the cult classic from 1972 that, tough widely considered a “blaxploitation” film, is really a private eye movie. Topics include the iconic soundtrack of Trouble Man by Marvin Gaye; singer/actor Bill Henderson, Robert’s co-star in the movie; and the present whereabouts of the stylish wardrobe that Robert wore onscreen.
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Star Trek III’s Robert Hooks on overcoming his initial reluctance to join the Star Trek universe
TVC 450.7: Robert Hooks talks about the role that one of his sons played in convincing him to join the cast of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Chuck Harter co-hosts.
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Gene Roddenberry biographer Marc Cushman on making Star Trek: The Animated Series
TVC 449.1: Ed welcomes Star Trek historian Mark Cushman, author of These Are the Voyages, a critically acclaimed three-volume history of the original Star Trek. Marc’s latest book, These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s, is a two-volume biography of the Great Bird’s ups and downs between the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969 to its triumphant return as a feature length major motion picture, in 1979. Volume I of Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s is available through Jacobs Brown Media Group. Volume II is slated for release later this year.
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How Hollywood Screen Test, one of TV’s first reality shows, led to the Don Adams Screen Test
TVC 449.2: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Hollywood Screen Test, an early form of reality TV from the Golden Age of Television and a precursor to the popular Don Adams Screen Test from the 1970s, as part of This Week in History.
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Deadwood actress Geri Jewell on Deadwood: The Movie and working with David Milch
TVC 449.3: Ed welcomes back actress and author Geri Jewell (The Facts of Life, Deadwood, I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond). Geri will reprise her role—as will Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, William Sanderson, Gerald McRaney, and other Deadwood cast members—in the long-awaited Deadwood sequel film, which premieres Friday, May 31 on HBO. Geri can also be seen, along with Lee Purcell, Donna Mills, Donna Pescow, and Andrea F. Freeman, in Carol of the Bells, a new independent film that will be among the spotlight films screened at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday, May 10.
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Inside The Hollywood Museum’s New Tribute to Lucille Ball
TVC 449.4: TV Confidential takes its listeners to the Hollywood Museum for the opening night unveiling of Remembering Lucy, a new lobby exhibit that features props, costumes, posters, and other memorabilia from the film, TV, and radio career of Lucille Ball, plus many personal items. Remembering Lucy will remain on display in the Museum's Redheads Only Room throughout the summer.
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Turnover actress/producer Kat Kramer on the improvisational acting style of Paul Guilfoyle
TVC 448.1: Kat Kramer—daughter of actress Karen Kramer and filmmaker Stanley Kramer, and an award-winning singer, actress, and activist in her own right—talks to Ed about the many ways in which her latest film, Turnover, carries on the legacy of her Oscar-winning father. Directed by Linda Palmer, Turnover also features Paul Guilfoyle, Donna Mills, Beverly Todd, Carlos Carrasco and other familiar faces. Turnover will open the Palm Springs International Down Syndrome Film Festival (May 3-5, 2019), the first film festival dedicated to raising awareness about Down Syndrome. Kat will appear at the May 3 screening, along with fellow Turnover star Jamie Brewer.
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Singer/actress Julie Budd on why her tribute to Frank Sinatra is unlike any other
TVC 448.2: Ed welcomes Julie Budd, the legendary singer/actress whom Merv Griffin famously dubbed “the mini girl with the maxi voice.” Julie will be performing her new show, The Songs of My Life and The Composers Who Wrote Them, at the Birdland Theater in New York City from Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, May 4. Her latest CD, Remembering Mr. Sinatra, is available wherever music is sold
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Carol of the Bells actress Lee Purcell on Steve McQueen, Bill Bixby and James Garner
TVC 448.3: Actress, writer, director and producer Lee Purcell (Adam at 6 A.M., Big Wednesday, Valley Girl, Due South Long Road Home, Secret Sins of the Fathers) tells Ed why her latest film, Carol of the Bells, was among the most inspiring and rewarding experiences of her lifetime. Directed by Joey Travolta and his company, Inclusion Films (which teaches and employs people in the film industry who have developmental and physical disabilities), Carol of the Bells also features Donna Mills, Donna Pescow, and Geri Jewell, while the title role of “Carol” is played by Andrea F. Freeman, an actress who happens to have Down Syndrome. Carol of the Bells will be among the spotlight films screened at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday, May 10. (A holiday film, Carol of the Bells is also scheduled to receive a wider release later in 2019.)
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Singer/actress Kat Kramer on her tribute to Mick Jagger and her duet with Billy Preston
TVC 448.4: In Part 2 of our conversation with Kat Kramer (Turnover, Mother’s Day Memories), Ed asks Kat about the pending release of her new album, Gemstone, which features Kat’s duet with the late Billy Preston; what’s on tap this season on Child of the ’70s, the acclaimed web comedy series in which Kat plays soap opera diva Frances Rye; and the latest screening in Kat’s film series, Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World. Kat will appear at the Friday, May 3 screening of Turnover at the Palm Springs International Down Syndrome Film Festival.
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Revival: The Experience’s Kirk Taylor on his own “resurrection” as an actor
TVC 447.1: Kirk Taylor, the actor who plays Simon Peter in Revival: The Experience, talks to Ed about how the film gave him a “second life” as a performer—and how Kirk’s own life story is truly a miracle in every sense of the word. A new musical film based on the Gospel According to John, Revival! also features Harry Lennix, Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams, T’Keyah Crystal Keyman, Dawnn Lewis, and Grammy nominee Mali Music.
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Revival’s Kirk Taylor on the humanity of Jesus and Simon Peter
TVC 447.2: In Part 2 of our special Easter Weekend conversation with actor Kirk Taylor (Revival: The Experience), Kirk talks about the movie’s original score by Mali Music (who also plays Jesus in Revival!), and how the story of Simon Peter particularly brings out the human side of Jesus. A new musical film based on the Gospel According to John, Revival! The Experience is now playing in select U.S. cities.
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The Backlash Jeffrey Hunter Faced When He Played Jesus
TVC 447.3: From August 2016: Ed welcomes Paul Green, author of Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances, and Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera), whose mother, actress Emily McLaughlin, married Hunter just three months before he died. Known for his starring roles as Martin Pawley in The Searchers and Christopher Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek, Hunter also played Jesus Christ in the 1961 film production of King of Kings directed by Nicholas Ray.
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The Mysterious Death of Star Trek’s Original Captain
TVC 447.4: From August 2016: Paul Green, author of Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances, and Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera), address some of the many unanswered questions surrounding the actor’s sudden death in May 1969. Mary’s mother, actress Emily McLaughlin, married Hunter three months before he died. Also in this segment: Why Hunter, who played Captain Christopher Pike in the original 1964 pilot for Star Trek, did not reprise the role when Star Trek once to series.
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Meet Cecilia Leal of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger and Five Feet Apart
TVC 446.1: Ed welcomes actress Cecilia Leal. Cecilia plays Mikayla on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, which just started its second season Thursday nights on Freeform. She can also be seen in the romantic drama Five Feet Apart, now playing theaters everywhere.
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Why Mary Tyler Moore Ended The Dick Van Dyke Show
TVC 446.2: Greg Ehrbar interviews author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato about his new book, Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, an objective, cradle-to-grave biography about the iconic TV actress that not only explores the many physical, psychological, and professional challenges she faced throughout her career—including alcoholism, depression, and a long bout with diabetes—but sheds light into Moore’s relationship with her second husband, Grant Tinker, and particularly how that changed the face of The Dick Van Dyke Show and ultimately determined its future.
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Match Game star Joyce Bulifant on Why She Nearly Turned Down Airplane!
TVC 446.3: Actress and author Joyce Bulifant (Match Game, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire, Airplane!) talks to Ed and Greg Ehrbar about being directed by her son John Asher in the Amazon movie I Hate Kids and the independent film Taken; the Disney TV series that nearly came about while she was filming The Happiest Millionaire; the trouble she had making eye contact with Raymond Burr when they worked together on Perry Mason; and how she nearly turned down Airplane! Joyce’s book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, is the inspiring story of how she overcame dyslexia, feelings of self doubt, and a series of marriages characterized by alcoholism, co-dependency and addictive behavior. This hour also pays tribute to Joyce’s late husband Roger Perry, the gifted actor and musical composer who made his final screen appearance in I Hate Kids.
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The Untold Mary Tyler Moore Story
TVC 446.4: Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s conversation with Herbie J Pilato about his latest book, Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, the first objective cradle-to-grave biography about the iconic television actress. Topics this segment include why Moore never recorded an album (despite her musical abilities), as well as some of her later projects, including the reunion movie Mary and Rhoda with Valerie Harper. For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will appear at the Larry Edmonds Bookstore in Holllywood, CA on Thursday, April 19 beginning at 7:30pm. He is also scheduled to appear at the Cerritos Millenium Library in Cerritos, CA on Wednesday, June 12, also starting at 7:30pm.
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The Sweetest Sounds of Lost Merv
TVC 445.1: Steve Randisi joins Phil Gries for Part 2 of our special Sounds of Lost Television tribute to the critically acclaimed NBC daytime talk show that Merv Griffin hosted between October 1962 and March 1963, featuring highlights from Merv’s conversations with Diahann Carroll (then appearing in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s No Strings), Charlton Heston, Joan Crawford, and Robert Taylor. Steve Randisi is the author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television.
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What The Movie Big Owes to Ernie Kovacs
TVC 445.2: Josh Mills, director of the estates of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, joins Ed, Tony and Donna for Part 2 of our celebration of the centennial year of the birth of Ernie Kovacs. Josh recently teamed up with the National Comedy Center for a big Kovacs exhibit coming up in August 2019. Topics this segment include the 1959 special Kovacs on Music and the likely role it played in inspiring the iconic “piano keyboard” scene in the Tom Hanks movie Big. Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition, the newly released DVD configuration featuring the very best of Ernie Kovacs, is available through Shout Factory.
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Robert Hooks on What It Means to be a Cultural Architect
TVC 445.3: Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome Robert Hooks, the Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actor, producer and entrepreneur who founded three significant African-American theatre companies: the Group Theatre Workshop in New York; the DC Black Repertory Company in his hometown of Washington, D.C.; and the internationally recognized Negro Ensemble Company in New York.
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Robert Hooks on the Nitty-Gritty Appeal of the Original N.Y.P.D.
TVC 445.4: Robert Hooks shares a few memories with Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter about Jack Warden and Frank Converse, his co-stars on the groundbreaking police drama N.Y.P.D. (ABC, 1967-1969), the TV cop show with the official imprimatur of the New York Police Department, and the first network weekly drama with an African-American actor in a leading role.
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Larry Cohen on the Origins of The Invaders
TVC 445.5: TV Confidential remembers Larry Cohen with a few highlights from Cohen’s appearance on Talking Television in 2006 in which the maverick filmmaker discusses the origins of The Invaders (ABC, 1967-1968), his original concept for the series before he sold the project to ABC, and how Cohen’s frustrations with network television ultimately led him to embark on a career as an independent writer, producer and director. Audio courtesy Dave White and Share-a-Vision Radio.
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The Sounds of Lost Merv
TVC 444.1: Steve Randisi, author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, joins Phil Gries for a special edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that spotlights the short-lived, critically acclaimed, but often forgotten version of The Merv Griffin Show that aired on NBC daytime between October 1962 and March 1963—a show that, in many respects catapulted Merv’s career, paving the way for his iconic run in first-run syndication, while also cementing his relationship with NBC. The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story is a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television that also provides insight into Merv Griffin the person, personality, producer, and media mogul.
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The Best of Merv on DVD
TVC 444.2: Greg Ehrbar reviews The Merv Griffin Show: 1962-1986, a 12-disc retrospective from MPI Media Group in conjunction with Reelin’ in the Years that features 44 episodes of Merv in conversation with some of the important names in entertainment, politics, music, sports, art, fashion and literature. Extra features in this DVD set seven hours of bonus video, plus liner notes by Steve Randisi, author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story.
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The “Freakish” Life of Richard Pryor Jr.
TVC 444.3: Ed welcomes Richard Pryor Jr., eldest son of iconic comedian Richard Pryor, and the author of In a Pryor Life, a moving new memoir that shows how Richard’s self-described “freakish life” paralleled that of his famous father in more ways than you can imagine. For our listeners in the Midwest, Richard Pryor Jr. will appear at the Bradley University Student Center Atrium in Peoria, Illinois on Wednesday, April 10 beginning at 4pm and at the Olde Town Tap in Altoona, Iowa on Friday, April 12, also beginning at 4pm. For more information on these events, or to book Richard for a future event, go to InAPryorLife.com.
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Walk Ride Rodeo’s Audrey Walters on the real-life Amberley Snyder
TVC 444.4: Ed welcomes back actress and entrepreneur Audrey Walters. Audrey has a major supporting role in Walk. Ride. Rodeo, the new Netflix movie that is based on the inspiring story of teenage champion barrel racer Amberley Snyder. Audrey also discusses how it was both cool (and cold!) to film the Western movie Big Kill on location at historic Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, plus the latest developments behind her youth workshop Talk to the Camera. Big Kill is now available on DVD.
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The Last Days of Little House and How the Iran Hostage Crisis Led to Nightline
TVC 443.1: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the series finale of Little House on the Prairie, the premiere of Nightline, and the premiere of Dateline NBC as part of This Week in TV History.
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Biffle and Shooster stars Will Ryan and Nick Santa Maria with the 411 on America’s Most Famous Fake Comedy Team
TVC 443.2: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome actors Will Ryan and Nick Santa Maria and writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger (The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster). Recently named “Best DVD of the year” by Bottom Shelf Movies, The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is a collection of five 1930s-style comedy shorts that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams from the Golden Era of Hollywood.
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How Biffle and Shooster Pay Homage to It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
TVC 443.3: Michael Schlesinger, writer, producer and director of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster DVD release, tells listeners the back story of the 1962-style “reunion” interview that Will and Nick perform in character as Biffle and Shooster as part of the extra features for the DVD. Nominated for two Rondo Awards (including a nod for Best Package of DVD Extras), the Biffle and Shooster DVD also includes an additional short (“First Things Last”), more than an hour of bloopers and outtakes, a Spanish language version of one of the shorts, and more.
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The Benny Biffle Birthday Bash plus Biffle and Shooster: The Book
TVC 443.4: Ed and Greg ask Will Ryan and Nick Santa Maria about their upcoming live performance as Biffle and Shooster at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, CA on Sunday, March 31 beginning at 7pm. The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster DVD will be available for purchase that evening, as will the latest issue of the Biffle and Shooster comic book and the new book, The Biffle and Shooster Portable Guide to Etiquette. For tickets and more information, call (626) 798-6236 or visit the Calendar page at CoffeeGallery.com.
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Biffle and Shooster Sing!
TVC 443.5: Ed and Greg ask Nick Santa Maria about how he approached playing the Genie for Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular without emulating Robin Williams. Plus: Nick and Will Ryan perform “How Do You Do, Little Alice?” live in the studio. The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is available on DVD through Kino Lorber, four of the Biffle and Shooster comedy shorts (“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein”) are also available for viewing on demand on Amazon, Vudu and other streaming platforms under the umbrella title The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster.
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Munsters Historian Steve Cox on Why Beverley Owen Left the Show
TVC 443.6: We commemorate the passing of actress Beverley Owen (The Munsters) with an excerpt of our September 2012 conversation with author Steve Cox (The Munsters: TV’s First Family of Fright) that discusses why Owen left the series after filming just thirteen episodes and how Steve’s book reunited Owen with actor Al Lewis.
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Remembering Katherine Helmond
TVC 442.1: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember and March 14, 1948—the birthday of Billy Crystal—as part of This Week in TV History. Plus: A remembrance of actress Katherine Helmond (Soap, Who’s the Boss) that includes a clip from our April 2014 conversation with A.S. Berman, author of Soap: The Unauthorized Inside Story of the Sitcom That Broke ALL the Rules.
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The Dallas Episode That Triggered Who Shot J.R.?
TVC 442.2: Tony, Donna and Ed remember “A House Divided,” the famous episode of Dallas that launched the “Who Shot J.R.?” phenomenon of 1980. “A House Divided” originally aired March 21, 1980.
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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
TVC 442.3: Greg Ehrbar reviews the DVD release of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (ABC, 1985-1986), the thirteen-episode animated miniseries that featured the voice of Vincent Price.
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Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost
TVC 442.4: Greg Ehrbar reviews the DVD releases of Scooby Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost (the long-awaited sequel to The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo) and Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost.
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How to Live the Life You Want Without Blowing Your Budget
TVC 442.5: Ed welcomes singer, actress, comedienne and impressionist Marilyn Michaels. Marilyn’s new book, How Not to Cook for The Rest of Your Life, is not a cookbook, but it is filled with food for thought on deciding what you want to do in life—as well as what you don’t want to do in life—and lining up your budget and other priorities accordingly. It’s also rich with stories about Marilyn’s encounters with Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Bette Davis, Howard Stern, Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Jerry Lewis, Donald Trump, and many, many others.
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How to Speak Like Ingrid Bergman
TVC 442.6: Marilyn Michaels, America’s premier woman of a thousand faces and voices, talks about the difference between an impressionist and an impersonator; how she taught Oscar winner Louise Fletcher how to speak like Ingrid Bergman for the movie The Cheap Detective; and why it’s never a good idea to order halibut to go. Autographed editions of Marilyn’s book, How Not to Cook for The Rest of Your Life, are available directly through MarilynMichaels.com.
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Morgan Woodward on Punk Anderson and The Man with No Eyes
TVC 441.1: An encore presentation of our September 2012 conversation with Morgan Woodward, the durable character actor whose more than 250 film and television roles include Boss Godfrey, aka The Man with No Eyes, in Cool Hand Luke; Captain Ron Tracey in “The Omega Glory,” a famous episode of the original Star Trek; and as Punk Anderson on the original Dallas. Topics this segment include how Morgan approached playing the Man with No Eyes, a role that required him to convey character without any dialogue; how Morgan originally auditioned for the role of Jock Ewing on Dallas before he was eventually cast as Punk; and Morgan’s longtime friendship with Jim Davis, the actor who played Jock.
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How Aaron Spelling and Fess Parker Help Boost Morgan Woodward's Career
TVC 441.2: Morgan Woodward on how his acting career sprang out of his interest in opera; his early background with the Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas and, later, Walt Disney Pictures; the pivotal assists that both Fess Parker and a young Aaron Spelling gave Morgan very early in his career; Morgan’s long association with Westerns; and his experience of working with John Cassavetes on The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Morgan Woodward passed away on Friday, Feb. 22 at the age of ninety-three. Originally broadcast September 2012.
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Saturday Mornings with the Jackson 5ive
TVC 441.3: Greg Ehrbar on the DVD release of The Jackson 5ive, the ABC Saturday morning cartoon produced by Rankin/Bass and Motown Productions that featured the music of The Jackson Five.
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Budd Burton Moss and Howard Storm on Garry Marshall, Carl Reiner and Norman Lear
TVC 441.4: Legendary Hollywood agent and talent manager Budd Burton Moss and longtime television director Howard Storm join Ed as we continue to commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of Happy Days with this week with a special tribute to producer Garry Marshall. Budd and Howard will be among the honorees as this year’s annual Beverly Hills Theatre Guild luncheon, which will take place on Sunday, Mar. 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The theme of this year’s luncheon will be “The Hollywood Renaissance,” while the highlight of the program will be a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. Proceeds from the luncheon will help the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild fund their annual national playwriting competitions. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 or go to BeverlyHillsTheatreGuild.com.
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Howard Storm on the Genius of Robin Williams
TVC 441.5: Longtime television director Howard Storm, whose many credits include nearly sixty episodes of Mork & Mindy, talks to Ed and Budd Moss about the genius of Robin Williams; what made Jerry Paris stand out, as an actor and as a director; how Howard learned his craft as a director by working closely with Woody Allen on two of Allen’s earliest movies; and why the word “no” has no place in any creative environment.
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Disney Legend Jodi Benson on The Little Mermaid and More
TVC 441.6: Greg Ehrbar talks to Tony Award-nominated singer/actress Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid , Crazy for You, Ralph Breaks the Internet) about the legacy of The Little Mermaid, what it means for her to be named an official Disney Legend, and how she defines courage. The Little Mermaid has been reissued on Bluray and is now available in a new 30th Anniversary Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition.
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The Genius of Garry Marshall
TVC 441.7: Budd Burton Moss and Howard Storm with a few final thoughts on the legacy of Garry Marshall. Budd and Howard will be among the honorees as this year’s annual Beverly Hills Theatre Guild luncheon, which will take place on Sunday, Mar. 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The theme of this year’s luncheon will be “The Hollywood Renaissance,” while the highlight of the program will be a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. Proceeds from the luncheon will help the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild fund their annual national playwriting competitions. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 or go to BeverlyHillsTheatreGuild.com.
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Ben Murphy, Pete Duel, Barbie's Debut and the Premiere of Family
TVC 440.1: Ed, Tony and Donna remember the birthday of actor Ben Murphy (Alias Smith and Jones) as part of This Week in History and also discuss the impact that the tragic death of Pete Duel had on Murphy’s career as well as the series itself. Other topics include the anniversary of the first appearance of the Barbie doll in 1959, and the premiere of the ABC drama Family in 1976.
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Tribute to The Monkees with guest Chuck Harter
TVC 440.2: Ed, Tony and Donna commemorate the passing of Peter Tork with a replay of our April 2018 look at the legacy of The Monkees and their impact on music and television. Joining us is music historian and documentary writer Chuck Harter. Chuck wrote Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees, the acclaimed Disney Channel documentary for which he interviewed Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and other key people behind the Monkees phenomenon
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Tribute to The Monkees with guest Chuck Harter, Part 2
TVC 440.3: Music historian and documentary writer Chuck Harter (Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees) discusses the phenomenal success of The Monkees television series, the controversy over the use of sessions musicians on the band’s first two albums (and how that led the Monkees to take control over their own music, beginning with the album Headquarters), and how Peter Tork was completely unlike the character he played on the TV series.
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Tribute to The Monkees with guest Chuck Harter, Part 3
TVC 440.4: Documentary writer Chuck Harter (Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees) talks to Tony, Donna and Ed about how the Monkees world tour of 1967 changed the dynamics of The Monkees television series during the show’s second season while also revolutionizing sound systems for live concerts.
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Tribute to The Monkees with guest Chuck Harter, Part 4
TVC 440.5: Ed, Tony, Donna and guest Chuck Harter (Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees) discuss the success of the various Monkees reunion tours after their 1986 comeback and how the death of Davy Jones in 2012 changed the dynamics of the group.
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Tribute to The Monkees with guest Chuck Harter, Part 5
TVC 440.6: Ed, Tony, Donna and Chuck Harter discuss the Monkees feature motion picture Head and how the ill-fated NBC special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee marked the beginning of the end of the group.
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Coda to Peter Tork
TVC 440.7: As a coda to our commemoration of the passing Peter Tork, Ed reads an email from a listener that pays homage to Tork’s skills as a classically trained musician and also plays a clip from “Solfegietto,” the piece by Bach that Tork often performed throughout his career.
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Marion Ross on Happy Days, Brooklyn Bridge, Perry Mason, Operation: Petticoat and more
TVC 439.6: Marion Ross talks Ed, Tony and Donna about playing Sophie Berger on Brooklyn Bridge (a show for which she received two Emmy nominations); working with Jean Stapleton, Larry Storch and Jonathan Frid in the national stage production of Arsenic and Old Lace; her experience on such films and TV shows as Operation: Petticoat, Airport and Perry Mason; and how the simple act of replacing a broken tile on her kitchen floor changed the course of her life. Marion’s memoir, My Days: Happy and Otherwise, includes a foreword by Ron Howard plus the very last interviews ever given by Garry Marshall and Erin Moran.
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Marion Ross: My Days: Happy and Otherwise
TVC 439.5: Actress and author Marion Ross helps Ed, Tony, and Donna celebrate the 45th anniversary of the premiere of Happy Days. Marion’s memoir, My Days: Happy and Otherwise, is a remarkable story about how a young girl from Albert Lea, Minnesota dreamed at a young age that she would become an actress—and how Marion set about making that dream come true, despite facing such real life challenges as a dysfunctional marriage, dealing with the effects of her first husband’s alcoholism, going through the pain of divorce, overcoming financial struggles and raising two children on her own as a working mom. My Days: Happy and Otherwise also includes a foreword by Ron Howard, as well as great stories about Marion’s work alongside Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis and her idol, Noel Coward, plus memories from her Happy Days cast mates—including the very last interviews ever given by Garry Marshall and Erin Moran. Marion Ross is also scheduled to appear at the annual Beverly Hills Theatre Guild luncheon, which will take place on Sunday, Mar. 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The theme of this year’s luncheon will be “The Hollywood Renaissance,” while the highlight of the program will be a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. Proceeds from the luncheon will help the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild fund their annual national playwriting competitions. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 or go to BeverlyHillsTheatreGuild.com.
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Movin' on Up: The Jeffersons on DVD and SOD
TVC 439.4: Ed and Greg continue their review of The Jeffersons and why the series continues to hold up today, more than forty years after its original network run.
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How Good Times Changed the Cast of The Jeffersons
TVC 439.3: Ed and Greg Ehrbar look back at The Jeffersons, the long-running spinoff of All in the Family starring Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley that withstood many cast changes and time slot changes to become one of the most popular network TV sitcoms of the late ‘70s and early 1980s. The Jeffersons is available on both DVD and streaming on demand.
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Stanley A. Goldman, author of Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream, Part 2
TVC 439.2: The conclusion of our conversation with Stanley A. Goldman, former CNBC and Fox News Channel legal analyst, founding director of the Loyola Center for the Study of Law and Genocide, Loyola Law School professor, and the author of Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother.
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Stanley A. Goldman, author of Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream
TVC 439. 1: Ed welcomes Stanley A. Goldman, Loyola Law School professor, longtime television and radio legal analyst, and the author of Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother, the remarkable story of how Stan’s mother, Malka, along with a thousand other Jewish women, was spared from death at the German concentration camp in Ravensbruck by Nazi interior minister Heinrich Himmler—and the role those negotiations ultimately played in the demise of Adolf Hitler.
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Flying High with the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald
TVC 438.4: Geoffrey Mark shares the backstory of Ella Fitzgerald’s all-scat performance of “Flying High” and her renditions of “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “How High the Moon” and “Mack the Knife.” Geoff’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, is now available in paperback. The paperback edition includes the two-CD set featuring thirty-nine studio/live tracks of Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, all personally selected by Geoff himself.
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Remembering Julie Adams, The Lucky Southern Star
TVC 438.3: Ed welcomes actress and author Julie Adams (The Creature from The Black Lagoon, Man from the Alamo, The Jimmy Stewart Show, Murder She Wrote) and Emmy Award-winning film editor Mitchell Danton (Survivor, The Path to 9/11), co-authors of Julie’s memoir, The Lucky Southern Star. Originally broadcast January 2012.
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This is It: Why One Day at a Time on Netflix is a Reimagining That Works
TVC 438.2: Greg Ehrbar joins Ed to discuss both the complete series DVD release of the original One Day at a Time starring Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington, Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, and the highly successful reimaging of One Day at a Time starring Justina Machado and Rita Moreno. Season Three of One Day at a Time premiered earlier this month on Netflix.
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Geoffrey Mark Remembers Carol Channing and Kaye Ballard
TVC 438.1: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, Lucille Ball historian and Ella Fitzgerald biographer Geoffrey Mark pays tribute to Carol Channing and Kaye Ballard. Geoff’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, is now available in paperback.
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David Frankham and The House of the Seven Gables
TVC 437.2: A return appearance by actor and author David Frankham (Which One Was David?). David provides the voice of The Storyteller in the stop-motion puppet animation adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables that was written, produced and directed by Ben Wickey. Actor Jonathan David Dixon co-hosts this segment, along with Greg Ehrbar. Also in this hour: Part 2 of our tribute to the life and career of Kaye Ballard.
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Anson Williams, Happy Days, BogoList and GAB
TVC 437.1: Actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams talks to Ed, Tony and Donna about the 45th anniversary of the premiere of Happy Days; the launch of his latest entrepreneurial venture, BOGO List; and the impact that Alert Drops, the product that Anson created, based on the knowledge of Dr. Henry Heimlich, has had on saving lives, curtailing drowsy driving, and increasing traffic safety. BOGO List is a new service that offers consumers the very best in fashion, shoes, accessories and many other brand-name products—all at Buy One, Get One (BOGO) deals. Register right now at BOGOList.com and you’ll also receive information about GAB, a host of offers for other brand products, at prices that are as Good as Bogo (GAB). Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar remembers singer, actress and Broadway star Kaye Ballard. Topics include Ballard’s co-starring role on The Mothers-in-Law; the upcoming documentary Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On, the completion of which she lived to see; and how Ballard was the first actress to play Lucy van Pelt from the Peanuts comic strip.
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A Walk in the Park with Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H, SwitHeart)
TVC 436.2: Ed, Tony and Donna accompany Emmy Award-winning actress, artist and animal rights activist Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H, SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit) on a walk through Central Park as she discussed her efforts on behalf of all animals; her support of our veterans; how she keeps herself in shape; and why she will never retire. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart will be donated to Loretta’s endless campaign to end animal suffering and cruelty. Loretta Swit will be one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars party held in the Paladium in Hollywood on Sunday, February 24, the night of the Academy Awards. Also in this hour: Television historian Steve Beverly talks about his friendships with such game show legends as Bob Barker and Monty Hall. Steve hosts Steve Beverly’s TV Classics, a weekly three-hour TCM-like festival of classic TV shows from the 1950s and ‘60s that streams every week from EPlusTV Channel 6 in Jackson, TN.
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Overcoming Newsroom Depression and Teaching Triage to Journalism Students
TVC 436.1: Ed welcomes Steve Beverly, television historian and professor of communications arts at Union University (Jackson, TN). Topics include how Jackson 24/7, the daily student-produced newscast that Steve supervises at Union University, teaches students “triage” in the broadcast journalism sense of word, and how the death of Robin Williams inspired Steve to become an advocate for mental health, particularly among TV news professionals. A member of the National Association on Mental Illness, Steve Beverly is ready, willing and able to speak to any television news operation in America about depression, as well as recognizing and coping with surviving vulnerabilities to mental illness in one of the most rewarding but highest-stress professions: TV news.
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Titus Welliver on Bosch, Art, Warding Off Colds and BingeWatching Sixties TV
TVC 435.2: Ed welcomes Titus Welliver, the actor who stars as LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch on the Amazon Prime series Bosch. Topics include Titus' background as an artist; his remedies for warding off colds brought on at the end of each season; what he learned from Mark Harmon when they worked together on NCIS; and how Titus sometimes unwinds by reading Marvel comics and binge-watching sixties TV shows. Season Five of Bosch will premiere later in 2019 on Amazon Prime, while the series has already been renewed for a sixth season.
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Michael Learned, SuperFriends plus More TV Finales
TVC 435.1: Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned (The Waltons, Nurse) talks to Ed about how she approaches every performance as Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy as a clean slate, no matter how many times she has played the character. Michael recently reprised the role in the Laguna Playhouse production of Driving Miss Daisy. She can also be seen in the short film Second Acts, plus she will be one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars party on Sunday, February 24. Also in this hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls. Topics include the controversial endings of St. Elsewhere, Seinfeld, and The Sopranos and the landmark final episode of M*A*S*H. Plus: Greg Ehrbar discusses the DVD releases of Seasons 4 through 9 of SuperFriends.
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Constance Towers on Samuel Fuller, General Hospital, Perry Mason and more
TVC 434.2: Actress and singer Constance Towers talks to Ed about working with the innovative and uninhibited Samuel Fuller on both Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss; the joyful experience of playing villainous Helena Carradine on General Hospital; the “musical episode” of Perry Mason that she did along with Bobby Troup and Barney Kessel, as well as exchanging practical jokes with Raymond Burr; and the differences between singing on camera and singing live on stage. The American Cinematheque will honor Constance Towers at the Eqyptian Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, January 27. She will also appear at the annual Beverly Hills Theater Guild luncheon on Sunday, March 17.
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Ernie Kovacs Centennial plus Famous TV Series Finales
TVC 434.1: Josh Mills, director of the estates of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, shares news about some of the many events scheduled throughout 2019 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ernie Kovacs, Television's Original Genius. Also in this hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, a new book that explores seventy-one of the most notable series finales in TV history.
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