Carole Wells, plus the Legacies of Merv Griffin and Rankin/Bass: Next on TVC

December 5th, 2018

Actress, author and philanthropist Carole Wells and television historian and author Steve Randisi will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Carole Wells began her career in the performing arts when she was twelve years old. At age sixteen, she sang the coloratura solo in Puccini’s operatic Messa di Gloria at the Hollywood Bowl, plus she co-starred in the television series National Velvet. In the course of her acting career, she appeared in twelve motion pictures, including Funny Lady, and more than 100 television shows, including a co-starring role opposite Ann Sheridan and Ruth McDevitt in the CBS-TV sitcom Pistols and Petticoats.

Carole’s life changed forever on Sept. 27, 1977, when she boarded Japanese Air Lines Flight 472 from Cairo to Bombay, en route to Bangkok. Within moments she, along with the 155 other passengers and fourteen crew members, were taken hostage by members of the terrorist group The Japanese Red Army and their flight hijacked to Dacca, Bangladesh. The ordeal lasted five days—but as you can imagine, it left a scar on Carole that did not begin to heal until forty years later.

Carole not only relives those events vividly in a new book, Hijacked: An Eyewitness Account of Evil, but talks about how her faith sustained her throughout those five days. Carole Wells will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: Author Steve Randisi will join us as we examine the legacy of The Merv Griffin Show (NBC/Synd./CBS/Synd., 1962-1986). One of the most successful and longest running variety/talk shows in television history, The Merv Griffin Show won critical acclaim, multiple Emmy Awards and a loyal audience, setting a standard that remains enviable today, while also presenting thousands of celebrated personalities from all walks of life: movies, television, politics, sports, books, the arts, stand-up comedy and everything in between. Thought mostly known for its wide success in first-run syndication—where it often aired either late afternoon or, in some markets, during prime time hours—The Merv Griffin Show started as a daytime talk show for NBC in 1962. Plus, as many of you know, the success of Merv’s Westinghouse show prompted CBS to bring The Merv Griffin Show to late night in 1969, where it competed against Johnny Carson and Joey Bishop: the first three-way network late night talk show competition in TV history.

Steve’s book, The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, covers the Griffin show in all of its incarnations. Featuring original interviews with producer Bob Shanks, Merv’s longtime publicist Albert Fisher, longtime show writer Tony Garafolo, Julann Griffin (Merv’s ex-wife), and several longtime guests of The Merv Griffin Show, it provides insight into Merv Griffin the performer, Merv the producer, and Merv the human being. Steve Randisi will join us during our first hour; Phil Gries will co-host the segment.

Plus: Greg Ehrbar will take a look at new DVD releases of the holiday favorites Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Among the extra features included in each package is The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass, an excellent documentary that sheds light on the impact that animators Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass had on television in the 1960s and 1970s, and how they have continued to shape and influence the makers of holiday films and holiday TV programs to this day.

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Marty Krofft, plus The Story of The Moody Blues: Next on TVC

November 27th, 2018

Television producer Marty Krofft and music and TV historian Marc Cushman will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most, if not all, of the most colorful and fondly remembered children’s television series of the 1970s and 1980s sprang from the imaginations of Sid and Marty Krofft. Their groundbreaking, live-action fantasy shows—including Land of the Lost, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, and H.R. Pufnstuf—were mainstays of the Saturday morning airwaves, not to mention a testament to the artistry and charm of the Krofft brothers themselves and the magical spell they cast on generations of TV viewers. Then, of course, there were the catchy theme songs for each Krofft-produced series, which not only put us in the right mood to watch the show every week, but summarized the premise in a way that would make Sherwood Schwartz proud.

The Krofft brothers were honored by the Daytime Television Academy earlier this year with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Emmy—but their career is, by no means, over. In the past three years they have created three series, including the twice-Emmy nominated Nickelodeon series Mutt and Stuff, and a reimagining of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters that airs on Amazon. They also have several other projects in the works, including a new, original science series starring Mayim Bialik. Marty Krofft will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: We will sojourn back to the Days of Future Passed as we talk about The Moody Blues, the British band that has not only left their mark on music over the past five decades, but which many of you may have first discovered through television—either by way of MTV or, going further back, the very same pop music TV shows that Chuck Harter talked about recently on our program. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier in 2018, The Moody Blues have sold more than 80 million records, scoring Top 20 hits in four different decades, beginning with their first No. 1 single, “Go Now,” from 1965. Their true breakthrough, however, came in November 1967 with the release of the classic Days of Future Passed, the first LP to combine the rock album format with orchestral music, spawning another No. 1 single, “Nights in White Satin,” while also giving birth to the genre of “symphonic rock.”

Joining us in our first hour will be award-winning screenwriter, director, and music and television historian Marc Cushman (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, Diagnosis Murder, Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, An Evening with the Golddiggers, These Are The Voyages). Marc’s latest book, Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, Volume 1: 1965-1979 is an in-depth biography and discography that covers the first fifteen years of the group’s history (roughly coinciding with the Mike Pinder era). Long Distance Voyagers includes original interviews with founding members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, plus thousands of vintage interviews, reviews, record chart statistics, hundreds and hundreds of photos, and more. If you love The Moody Blues, or enjoy music history, it is a book that will put you on the very threshold of a dream. Chuck Harter will co-host this segment.

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The Sounds of Lost Thanksgiving: Next on TVC

November 20th, 2018

Phil Gries will play highlights from vintage Thanksgiving Night specials and coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of an encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Our first hour this week will feature an encore presentation of our special holiday-themed edition of The Sounds of Lost Television. Phil Gries will play rarely heard audio highlights of some of the earliest surviving network TV coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including clips from broadcasts hosted by Lorne Greene, Betty White, Martin Milner, Kent McCord and June Lockhart, as well as highlights from vintage network Thanksgiving TV specials, including programs hosted by Dean Martin and Bob and Ray.

This week’s program will also include an encore presentation of our February 2012 conversation with Tommy Hawkins, the Emmy Award-nominated broadcaster, renaissance man and former NBA star who passed away in 2017 at the age of 80. Tommy Hawkins enjoyed a 10-year career in the NBA for both the Minneapolis Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the old Cincinnati Royals, playing alongside such Hall of Famers as Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Oscar Robertson. When his basketball career ended, he embarked on new challenges, first in radio and television (including co-hosting Mid-Morning Los Angeles with Stephanie Edwards and Meredith MacRae, as well as broadcasting for NBC Sports), then as a baseball executive for eighteen years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

At the time we spoke to Tommy, he had just published a coffee table book, Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People, that reflects his many interests, which include such subjects as sports, jazz, art, poetry, travel, life, love, family, and the turbulent decade known as the 1960s. We talked about his playing career, his passion for poetry, and how Regis Philbin played a key role in one of his first breaks as a broadcaster. We’ll replay our conversation with Tommy Hawkins in our second hour.

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Ed Asner: Next on TVC

November 15th, 2018

We will welcome back eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner, plus we’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with Leslie Bertram Crane about her career in television production and post-production. All that and more this week on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

An enduring presence in stage, film and television for more than sixty years, Ed Asner established himself as a solid and versatile performer in many top films and TV series throughout the 1960s before becoming a star in his own right as newsman Lou Grant in the 1970s, first on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, then on his own hour-long drama, Lou Grant. Ed earned five of his eight Emmy Awards for playing Lou Grant (three on the Moore Show, two on Lou Grant), making him the only actor to win an Prime Time Emmy Award for playing the same role in both a comedy series and a drama. Also known as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up!, and as Santa Claus in the now holiday classic Elf, Ed also won Emmys for his performances in Rich Man, Poor Man, the original Roots and the Canadian drama Forgive Me.

Ed Asner is currently starring as God Almighty in God Help Us, a new stage play in which God moderates a debate between two pundits on opposite sides of the political spectrum. A comedy that speaks to audiences of all political persuasions, God Help Us will make you laugh and make you think, while also offering hope for the future, provided that we all listen to each other. We’ll ask Ed what it’s like to play God (literally), plus we’ll ask him what inspired him to start The Ed Asner Family Center, a nonprofit organization that benefits children with special needs; the differences between playing God and playing Santa Claus; and, of course, a few questions about The Mary Tyler Moore Show. We’ll also talk about some of his other upcoming projects in 2019. Ed Asner will join us in our second hour.

For more information on God Help Us, including how to book the play to a playhouse near you, go to GodHelpUs.net.

Ed Asner will also bring his critically acclaimed one-man show A Man and His Prostate to the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019; the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California on  Friday, Feb. 1, 2019; and The Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday, Mar. 10. 2019. For more information on A Man and His Prostate and other upcoming performances, go to AManandHisProstate.com.

Our first hour will include Part 2 of our conversation with Leslie Bertram Crane about her career in television production and post-production. After working behind the scenes on such variety shows and live television events as Star Search, The American Music Awards, the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, and two Academy Awards broadcasts, Leslie became as a “switcher” for top-rated comedy shows as Murphy Brown, Friends, and The Drew Carey Show on the nights when those shows were taped before a live audience. We will find out what a switcher does, plus we’ll ask Leslie about her experience as post-production supervisor on such shows as ER and Third Watch, and her experience working on Roundhouse and On the Television, two of the first original series produced by Nickelodeon.

Leslie Bertram Crane is also co-author, along with her husband Robert Crane, of Burn the Ice, a book detailing the adventures of two bartenders in Los Angeles.

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Thom Bierdz and Marvin J. Wolf: Next on TVC

November 5th, 2018

Actor, artist and author Thom Bierdz and screenwriter and novelist Marvin J. Wolf will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

The first openly gay contract player on a major daytime TV drama, Thom Bierdz is best known for playing Philip Chancellor III on The Young and The Restless. Some of you may also remember him for his frequent appearances on such prime time shows as Matlock, Murder She Wrote and Melrose Place. Also an award-winning author and artist, Thom’s books include Forgiving Troy, a memoir that recounts the murder of his mother by his paranoid schizophrenic brother (and how Thom came to survive that tragedy and ultimately find forgiveness), while publications such as Highlight Hollywood have likened Thom’s artwork to that of Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.

Thom’s latest book, Young, Gay and Restless: My Scandalous On-Screen & Off-Screen Sexual Liberations, not only proves that Mark Twain was right when he famously said that truth is all too often stranger than fiction, but just may be the most open and honest memoir you will ever read. We’ll talk about that, plus we’ll show you how, despite its provocative title, Young, Gay and Restless is a testament to the human spirit. Sensitively written, it tells the story of a man who, after reaching stardom in Hollywood, returns to his humble beginnings to find what we all seek—peace and contentment—in the solitude of a cabin in the woods far away from Hollywood. Thom Bierdz will join us in our second hour.

With Veteran’s Day weekend upon us, this week’s show will also include a return appearance from author, journalist, screenwriter, raconteur and novelist Marvin J. Wolf (For Whom the Shofar Blows, A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn). A former combat photographer for the U.S. Army during Vietnam, Marv has been a freelance photojournalist and freelance writer for more than forty years. Marv’s latest effort, A Tale of Two Rabbis, is the third in a series of mystery novels featuring crime-solving Rabbi Ben. A master of the Torah, Talmud and Tae Kwon Do, Rabbi Ben is a discerning student of human nature that one reader once described as a “Jewish 007.”

In A Tale of Two Rabbis, Rabbi Ben reluctantly probes the disappearance of a rabbi in the Temple Hill area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—only to find himself under suspicion of the murder of another man. We’ll ask Marv how he came to develop Rabbi Ben, including how he was inspired, in part, by Paladin, the “traveling angel” who was the protagonist of the long-running CBS television series and radio drama Have Gun, Will Travel. But we’ll also show you how Rabbi Ben shares some of the characteristics of Dr. Richard Kimble (The Fugitive), Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock (Route 66), and, in at least one important respect, Jim Rockford of The Rockford Files. Marvin J. Wolf will join us in our first hour.

Also this week: Given the recent release of Bohemian Rhapsody, the critically acclaimed, highly anticipated biopic of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, this week’s show will include highlights from our December 2012 conversation with music journalist Lesley-Ann Jones. Lesley-Ann’s book Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury not only traces the role that television played in the rise of Queen in the 1970s and ’80s, but includes the back stories of such hit songs as “We Are the Champions,” “Under Pressure” and, of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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Wayne Péré and Christina Elizabeth Smith: Next on TVC

October 30th, 2018

Actor and director Wayne Péré and actress and screenwriter Christina Elizabeth Smith will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Wayne Péré has worked steadily in film and television for more than three decades, including such top rated shows as Friends, That 70s Show, Tracey Takes On…, The Practice, Third Rock from the Sun, Nip/Tuck, Walker: Texas Ranger, Star Trek: Voyager, NCIS and, most recently, American Horror Story and the Freeform series Cloak and Dagger. His motion picture credits include SpiderMan: Homecoming, Out of Sight, The Limey, Galaxy Quest, Trumbo, Ocean’s Thirteen, Free State of Jones and Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House.

Wayne Péré is currently seen as Dr. Emerson in the hit Sony/Marvel feature Venom, which, as of this writing, has earned more than $500 million internationally and more than $185 milllion domestically. Often cast as heavies (including Victor LaRue on Walker: Texas Ranger), Wayne will share how he approaches playing villains, plus we’ll talk about his work as a screenwriter and director, his approach to acting in general, why actors are often good directors, and some of the other film and TV projects that he has in the works. Wayne Péré will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be actress and screenwriter Christina Elizabeth Smith. Christina recently joined the cast of NCIS: New Orleans, where she plays Ginny Young (the assistant to Scott Bakula’s character, Dwayne Pride), while her other TV credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the daytime dramas Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless. Also an accomplished comedienne, Christina honed her skills in comedy improv with The Groundlings, 10 West, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade.

Joining the cast of a successful show midstream can be a double-edged sword for an actor. We’ll ask Christina for her thoughts on that, plus we’ll ask how she came to develop Pretext, a dramatic short that Christina wrote, produced and stars in that explores the phenomenon of pre-text calling from both the POVs of rape victims and police investigators. Christina Elizabeth Smith joins us in our first hour. NCIS: New Orleans airs Tuesdays 10pm on CBS.

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Joni Bovill, No Cameras Allowed, and the Gold Coast International Film Festival: Next on TVC

October 22nd, 2018

Actress and singer Join Bovill and filmmaker, playwright and author Julian David Stone will join us, plus we’ll take you behind the scenes of this year’s Gold Coast International Film Festival. All that and more this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

An accomplished singer and songwriter with deep roots in music, Joni Bovill plays Ida, the assistant to the Chief of Police, on the hit Amazon series, Bosch, while earlier this year she portrayed Reverend Yvette Flunder, the real-life pastor who proved to be a crucial ally for Bishop Carlton Pearson (the real-life evangelical minister played by Oscar winner Chiwetel Ejiofor) in the Netflix feature motion picture Come Sunday. Joni’s other film and TV credits include How to Get Away with Murder (where she played a judge, opposite another Academy Award winner, Viola Davis), Concussion (where she worked alongside Oscar nominee Will Smith), Shameless, 911, NCIS: Los Angeles, Survivor’s Remorse and The Bridge, plus she voiced a number of characters on the popular video game, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Though Joni has been a performer for virtually her entire life, her career as an actress only began about ten years ago. We’ll ask Joni what led her to pursue acting, plus we’ll talk about her experience working with Davis, Ejiofor and Smith; her background in music; her approach to playing a real-life person such as Rev. Flunder (versus a fictional character); and more. Joni Bovill will join us in our second hour.

This week’s show will also include a return appearance by Julian David Stone. Julian’s latest book, No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock ’n’ Roll Photographer: 1981-1987, is a coffee table book featuring more than 250 photographs of some of the biggest rock ’n’ roll stars of the 1980s, including Prince, U2, the Police, David Bowie, R.E.M., the Ramones, Elvis Costello, the Talking Heads, the Grateful Dead, Joan Jett, and Bruce Springsteen. All of the photos in No Cameras Allowed were taken up close and personal, from the unique vantage point of the audience (and how the bands wanted the show to be seen). None of these photos have ever been published before—but that is only half the story. We’ll tell you why when Julian David Stone joins in our first hour.

Limited edition prints of the photographs featured in No Cameras Allowed are also available through JulianDavidStone.com.

Also this week: We’ll take a look at The Eighth Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival in Long Island, New York. A geographic region long steeped in motion picture history, the Gold Coast area, in many respects, was Hollywood even before Hollywood was Hollywood. We’re talk about that, and more, along with Regina Keller Gil, executive director of the Gold Coast Arts Center, and Caroline Sorokoff, director of this year’s festival.

The Eighth Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival runs Nov. 2-13, 2018 in Long Island, New York. Among the films on the calendar include the Long Island premieres of Deconstructing the Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour; The Great Buster, a new film by Peter Bogdanovich that celebrates the life and career of Buster Keaton; and Sinatra in Palm Springs, a documentary by Leo Zahn that explores Frank Sinatra’s deep attachment to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, his primary home for nearly fifty years. For tickets and more information on these and other films, call (516) 829-2570 or visit GoldCoastFilmFestival.org.

Plus: In light of the recent passing of actor, comedian Will Jordan, the actor and comedian best known not only for his uncanny impression of Ed Sullivan, but originating many of the mannerisms that came to be associated with Sullivan, we will play an excerpt from our five-part tribute to Jordan from 2017 as part of the Sounds of Lost Television. It’s a full program as always, and we certainly hope you will join us.

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Robert Wagner: Next on TVC

October 15th, 2018

Film and television actor and New York Times bestselling author Robert Wagner will join us, plus Leslie Bertram Crane will take us behind the scenes of the production of variety shows and live television specials. All that and more on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Only a handful of actors have enjoyed a career in film and television that spans seven decades. Not only is Robert Wagner among those select few, he has continued to perform at a high level throughout that time. R.J.’s numerous film credits include With a Song in My Heart, Beneath the Twelve Mile Reef, A Kiss Before Dying, The Longest Day, Broken Lance, The Pink Panther, Midway, Harper, The Towering Inferno, All the Fine Young Cannibals, and, of course, Number Two in the Austin Powers movies. He has also starred in three hit series—Hart to Hart with Stefanie Powers, Switch with Eddie Albert, and It Takes a Thief with Fred Astaire—as well as numerous top-rated miniseries and movies for television and, most recently, the top-rated CBS drama NCIS.

A true son of Hollywood, Robert Wagner has also reached new heights in recent years as a bestselling author, including two books on the Golden Age of Hollywood, You Must Remember This and I Loved Her in the Movies, and his very moving memoir, Pieces of My Heart. Filled with great stories about his life and career as an actor (not to mention the many stars of the silver screen that he either knew or worked with along the way), each of R.J.’s books is informative, yet intimate, providing readers with entrée into a world to which few people have access. Robert Wagner will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners on the East Coast, the Gold Coast International Film Festival will honor Robert Wagner on Wednesday, Oct. 24 as part of a gala event that will benefit the scholarship and outreach programs of the Gold Coast Arts Center and Gold Coast International Film Festival in Long Island, New York. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, New York beginning at 6:30pm. The highlight of the evening will be a conversation with R.J., moderated by a special guest, including the presentation of the festival’s second annual Burton Moss Hollywood Golden Era Award to Robert Wagner in recognition for his many contributions to film and television. A number of well-known celebrities are expected to attend the Wednesday, Oct. 24 event. If you are in the Long Island area that night, or plan to be, the event is open to the public. For reservations and more information, call (516) 829-2570 or visit GoldCoastArts.org.

Serving the Long Island community since 1994, the Gold Coast Arts Center is an independent non-profit organization that promotes the arts and supports the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. The Burton Moss Hollywood Golden Era Award pays tribute to the pioneers of the film and TV industry who created, out of whole cloth, a form of entertainment that is accessible to ordinary people who also having the potential to educate and transform millions of lives. The Eighth Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival runs Nov. 2-13, 2018 in Long Island, New York; for more information, call (516) 829-2570 or visit GoldCoastFilmFestival.org.

This week’s program will also feature a conversation with Leslie Bertram Crane. Leslie worked behind the scenes in network television and syndicated television for about twenty years, both in production and in post production, including such variety shows and specials as Star Search, Solid Gold, Captain and Tennille Songbook, The American Music Awards, and the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, the daytime talk show Hour Magazine, and two Academy Awards broadcasts. She also worked as a “switcher” for top-rated comedy shows as Murphy Brown, Friends, and The Drew Carey Show on the nights when those shows were taped before a live studio audience. We will find out what a switcher does, and more, when Leslie Bertram Crane joins us in our first hour.

Leslie Bertram Crane is also co-author, along with her husband Robert Crane, of Burn the Ice, a book detailing the adventures of two bartenders in Los Angeles. She also co-wrote the articles on Kirk Driscoll and Niki Dantine that appear in Bob’s book Hollywood Plateau.

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Jerry Houser, Descriptive Narration and The Music Scene: Next on TVC

October 9th, 2018

We’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with actor, producer, voice artist and teacher Jerry Houser, television writer Paul Robert Coyle, plus we will welcome voice actor Roy Samuelson, all on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This week’s show will include Part 2 of our conversation with award-winning actor, producer, voice artist and teacher Jerry Houser (Oscy from Summer of ’42 and Class of ’44, Dave “Killer” Carlson from Slap Slot, Wally Logan on The Brady Brides, A Very Brady Christmas and The Bradys). Jerry will share a few stories of working alongside David Janssen, Milton Berle, Don Adams, Alan Alda, and Ron Howard in various films and TV shows. Plus we’ll talk some more about the workshops that he offers for those who are considering beginning a career in voiceover. (Jerry, along with Robb Holt, offers workshops both here in Los Angeles as well as private sessions via Skype.) Jerry Houser will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us in our second hour will be longtime television writer Paul Robert Coyle. Paul began his career writing for The Streets of San Francisco and Barnaby Jones, plus he’s written for Crazy Like a Fox, Simon and Simon, Jake and the Fatman, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Stephen King’s The Dead Zone and other network and cable series. A longtime friend of Jerry Houser’s, Paul arranged for Jerry’s visit on our program.

Did you know that October is Blindness Awareness Month? We will observe that occasion in our first hour as we welcome Roy Samuelson. Roy voices commercials for such top brands as Target, McDonald’s, Ford, Quaker, and State Farm. What sets him apart from other voice artists, however, is a burgeoning field of voiceover known as Descriptive Narration, which provides narrated descriptions of key elements of a film or TV series for those who are blind or visually impaired. We’ll ask Roy how he got involved in Descriptive Narration, as well as how it has expanded to other consumers of visual content, including commuters.

Plus: Chuck Harter will join us for the third and final part of our series on pop music TV shows of the mid to late 1960s: an era of network, syndicated and locally produced shows that broke the mold in television not only because they featured popular music acts, but because they were specifically programmed for young people. In our previous segments, Chuck talked about major network pop music shows such as Shindig, Hullabaloo and Where the Action Is, as well as syndicated shows such as Shebang, The Lloyd Thaxton Show and Hollywood a Go Go. This week’s segment will include a look back at The Music Scene, the short-lived music comedy series from the fall of 1969 that is mostly remembered today for its odd length (45 minutes). The Music Scene featured not only such top Billboard artists as The Beatles, James Brown, Neil Diamond, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones, Janis Joplin, Sly and The Family Stone every week, but a regular improvisational comedy group that included a pre-Laugh-In Lily Tomlin. Chuck Harter will join us in our first hour..

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The Bob Crane TV Trivia Quiz, plus That’s Ashley’s Kitchen: Next on TVC

October 1st, 2018

Screenwriter, journalist and author Robert Crane and actress and entrepreneur Ashley Arpel Greenwald will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Screenwriter, journalist, and author Robert Crane will return this week to conduct a special ten-question TV trivia quiz in which every question touches on the career of his dad, actor and radio host Bob Crane. Plus Bob will share a few more of the back stories behind his latest book, Hollywood Plateau, a collection of candid interviews with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Bruce Dern, John Wayne, Teri Garr, Jack Nicholson, Cheech and Chong, Oscar de la Hoya, Jan Stephenson and other newsmakers that Bob originally conducted circa 1974 to 2013, prior to the era of political correctness—a time when industry people still spoke their minds without self and organizational censorship. In many cases, Bob interviewed these celebrities when they were just coming onto the scene, and before they became as famous as we know them to be today. Robert Crane will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be actress and entrepreneur Ashley Arpel Greenwald. Ashley stars with Denise Richards and Joey Lawrence in the family adventure Destined to Ride (now available for streaming on demand). She will soon be seen in the romantic drama Adolescence, plus you’ve seen her in Lifetime’s My Crazy Ex and opposite Nicholas Cage and Connie Nielsen in the political thriller The Runner.

The granddaughter of Adrienne Arpel of Signature Club A, and the great-niece of Tony Award-winning choreographer Michael Kidd, Ashley has both show business and entrepreneurship in her blood. In fact, when she is not acting or auditioning, Ashley runs a successful catering business, That’s Ashley’s Kitchen, an online bakery that specializes in cakes and cupcakes, including a concoction called Ashley’s Cereal Killer Cake that features five different cereals, including Frosted Flakes and Fruit Loops. Ashley Arpel Greenwald will join us in our first hour.

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