Kathy Garver, plus Behind the Scenes at Saturday Night Live: Next on TVC

October 21st, 2014

Actress Kathy Garver and authors Doug Hill and Jeffrey Weingrad will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known to Baby Boomers as “Cissy Davis” from Family Affair, Kathy Garver is also an award-winning, highly sought-after voice artist whose voice has been heard in such films as Ransom, Backdraft, Jingle All the Way and the Academy Award-winning Apollo 13. She has also narrated such audiobooks as Rocking Horse: A Personal Biography of Betty Hutton, and has won two Audie awards (including one in 2004, for her direction of author Amy Tan reading The Opposite of Fate).

Kathy Garver has a new movie out, Mom, Murder and Me, which is making the film festival circuit after its world premiere in Orinda, California. We’ll talk about that, as well as some of Kathy’s other upcoming projects when she joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: We’ll go “Live… from New York” as we welcome Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad, co-authors of Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live, a behind the scenes look at the first ten years of the groundbreaking NBC late night series that began its 40th season on television this fall. Recently re-released as an eBook, Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live was hailed by the Associated Press as “the best book ever written about television.” We’ll find out why when Doug and Jeff join us in our second hour.

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Glamour, Gidgets and The Marx Brothers: Next on TVC

October 13th, 2014

Musician and DVD producer Bill Marx and actor and author Herbie J Pilato will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Television was the last frontier conquered by the Marx Brothers, individually and, occasionally, collectively. We all know about the success that Groucho had as the host of You Bet Your Life, not to mention Harpo’s famous appearance with Lucille Ball on I Love Lucy. But there is a host of other television appearances that the Marx Brothers made throughout the 1950s and 1960s that haven’t been seen in years, including Groucho’s appearances on The Jack Benny Show and The Dick Cavett Show; Harpo’s starring role in “A Silent Panic,” an episode of The DuPont Show considered by many to be his finest performance ever; “The Hold Out,” the episode of GE Theater (featuring a young Dennis Hopper) that marked Groucho’s only dramatic appearance on television; “The Musicale,” the episode of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington that turned out to be Harpo’s final TV appearance; and Chico’s short-lived series, The College Bowl, a weekly musical revue featuring a young Andy Williams.

These titles and more are part of The Marx Brothers TV Collection, an excellent DVD box set that also includes such extra features as rare color home movies (with music and narration by Harpo’s son Bill Marx), outtakes from You Bet Your Life and the rarely seen British version of You Bet Your Life. An accomplished musician, arranger and composer in his own right, Bill Marx is also the executive producer of The Marx Brothers TV Collection. He will talk about the legacy of The Marx Brothers when he joins us in our second hour.

Speaking of The Golden Age of Television, we will also remember some of the iconic actresses of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s as we welcome back Herbie J Pilato. Herbie’s latest book, Glamour, Gidgets and The Girl Next Door, celebrates the accomplishments of more than four dozen TV actresses who shattered expectations, one way or another, while paving the way for successive generations. Herbie’s book features interviews with such living legends as Barbara Hale, Nichelle Nichols, Kathy Garver, Donna Douglas, Elinor Donahue, Mary McDonough and Adrienne Barbeau. Herbie J Pilato will join us in our first hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble at 731 N. San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank, CA on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7pm.

 

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America’s Preeminent Bad Boy: Next on TVC

October 7th, 2014

Actor and author Ken Osmond will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known to three generations of television viewers as Eddie Haskell, Ken Osmond was once described by his longtime co-star Jerry Mathers as, hands down, “the best actor on Leave It to Beaver” because he was the complete opposite of the character he played. While Eddie Haskell is still considered “the poster child for sneaky, rotten kids everywhere,” Ken Osmond was a real life hero who not only served twenty years as a peace officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, but was shot twice in the line of duty.

Ken has recently released a new book, Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy, that discusses his life and career before, during and after Leave It to Beaver, including his early career as a child actor working with the likes of Jennifer Jones, Ozzie Nelson, and Spencer Tracy; his struggles with PTSD in the years following his shooting; and his triumphant return to television later in his career on The New Leave It to Beaver. Ken Osmond will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, you can meet Ken Osmond at the Barnes and Noble in Manhattan Beach, CA on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 7pm to 9pm.

Also this week: Phil Gries will join us for Part 3 of our tribute to late night talk show pioneer Les Crane, including highlights from Crane’s controversial interview with Marguerite Oswald, the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, that was originally broadcast nationally on ABC-TV on the night of August 5, 1974, just nine months following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look at the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show and the television career of Bill Cosby in general.

 

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Dawn Wells and Erin Murphy: Next on TVC

September 30th, 2014

Actress and author Dawn Wells and actress and TV host Erin Murphy will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of us know Dawn Wells as Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan’s Island, the classic TV series created by Sherwood Schwartz that celebrates its 50th anniversary on television this fall. But Dawn’s career beyond television includes appearances in more than sixty stage productions (ranging from Noel Coward to Neil Simon), as well as such motion pictures as Winterhawk, plus she is an accomplished, author, teacher, producer, motivational speaker and the chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation.

Dawn’s new book, What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life, takes the question “Ginger or Mary Ann” a step further by showing readers how Mary Ann would respond to the various changes in today’s culture that face women of all ages, while also showing that Good Girls Do Finish First. The book also includes memories of Dawn’s life and career before and after Gilligan’s Island, while also paying tribute to each of her six fellow cast members. Dawn Wells will join us in our second hour.

Dawn Wells will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble in Reno, NV on Wednesday, Oct. 8, as well as the Chiller Theater Expo Oct. 24 thru Oct. 26 in Parsippany, NJ, the “Charity Island” event sponsored by Charity Never Fail-eth in Mesa, AZ on Saturday, Nov. 15, and the Santa Monica Public Library in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday, Nov. 22. For moreinformation on these and other events, go to Dawn-Wells.com or Facebook.com/TheRealMaryAnn.

Also joining us this week joining us later in this hour will be Erin Murphy, the actress known many of us as Tabitha Stephens on Bewitched. After a busy career as a child star, Erin went on to work as a casting director, makeup artist, fashion stylist, acting teacher, motivational speaker, stunt double (for Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen) and entrepreneur before eventually finding her true niche is a celebrity host.

Erin has a new Web series coming up (The Tragical History Tour), plus she is the co-owner ofSlim Chillers, a company that sells martini-flavored popsicles with only 100 calories. We’ll ask her about those projects (and, of course, a question or two about her years on Bewitched) when Erin Murphy joins us in our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with an expanded edition of This Week in TV History that includes a look at the 50th anniversary of The Addams Family and The Munsters… two shows that are often lumped together, despite the fact that each was very different.

 

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Fifty Years of Bewitched: Next on TVC

September 22nd, 2014

Author Herbie J Pilato will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Herbie J Pilato will join us in our second hour as we take a look at the 50th anniversary of Bewitched on television, and the life and legacy of the star of Bewitched, Elizabeth Montgomery. Herbie’s books on film and television include Bewitched Forever, everything you wanted to know about the classic TV series; Twitch Upon a Star, a comprehensive biography of Elizabeth Montgomery (now available in paperback); The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances; and Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door: Television’s Iconic Women of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

For our listeners in New York and Los Angeles, the Paley Center will be showing a mini marathon of Bewitched episodes on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, beginning at 2pm both days. The episodes were personally selected by Herbie J Pilato. For more information, go to www.PaleyCenter.org. Herbie will also be appearing at the Ray Courts Celebrity Show at the Burbank Marriott on Saturday, Sept. 27 beginning at 11am. For more information, go to www.courtscelebritiesshow.com.

Also this week: Phil Gries with Part 2 of our tribute to talk show pioneer Les Crane, plus Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with an expanded edition of This Week in TV History.

 

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Dee Wallace and John Fusco: Next on TVC

September 15th, 2014

Actress and author Dee Wallace and screenwriter/novelist John Fusco will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The legendary “scream queen” whose work in horror movies includes starring roles in Cujo, The Howling, The Frighteners and Critters, Dee Wallace’s acting career also includes appearances in such classic TV shows as The Streets of San Francisco, Lou Grant, and CHiPs, and a recurring role earlier this year on NBC’s Grimm. Perhaps best known as Mary in E.T.:The Extraterrestrial, the blockbuster film directed by Steven Spielberg, Dee will also be appearing in The Whispers, the new ABC-TV series produced by Steven Spielberg that will premiere this fall.

An accomplished author, speaker and radio host, Dee Wallace has also released two new books, Wake Up Now! A Book of Universal Truths and Getting Stuff: Everything is Possible. Dee Wallace will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be award-winning screenwriter and novelist John Fusco. John has written ten motion pictures, including Young Guns, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, The Forbidden Kingdom and the Oscar-nominated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, plus he is the creator, writer and executive producer of the forthcoming Netflix original series Marco Polo, which is set to premiere later in 2014. John is also the author of Dog Beach, a fast-paced crime novel set in the world of Hollywood that is equal parts Elmore Leonard, Guy Ritchie and John Woo. John Fusco will join us during our first hour.

For our listeners on the East Coast, John Fusco will be appearing at the Bryant Library in Roslyn, NY on Wednesday, Sept. 17, beginning at 7:30pm. He’ll also be at the Barnes and Noble in South Burlington, VT on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 2pm, and the NYU Bookstore in New York City on Wednesday, Oct. 8, beginning at 6pm.
 

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Connie Stevens: Next on TVC

September 9th, 2014

Singer, actress and film director Connie Stevens will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the few artists to conquer the worlds of movies, television, music, Broadway and Las Vegas before launching an equally successful cosmetics empire, Connie Stevens recently returned to motion pictures as a film director, including A Healing, a documentary about a group of Red Cross nurses who return to their workplace in Vietnam, and Saving Grace B. Jones, the critically acclaimed dramathat is based on a traumatic event that Connie witnessed when she was a young girl. We’ll ask Connie what drew her to film directing, as well as talk about her experience working alongside Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, George Burns, Bobby Darin and other legendary performers. Connie Stevens will join us in our second hour.

Connie Stevens will be appearing at this year’s MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 18-Sept. 20 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, Maryland. For more information, go to www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.com.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour as The Sounds of Lost Television remembers pioneering television broadcaster Les Crane. The first national late night talk show host to compete against The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Les Crane first left his mark as a radio talk show host for KGO-AM in San Francisco before moving on to WABC-TV in New York, where he really came into prominence. The original “bad boy of late night television” — and, in some respects, a forerunner of “shock radio,” in that he often tackled such then-taboo topics as homosexuality and prayer in school — Crane’s popular New York talk show also paved the way for The Phil Donahue Show and, later, Oprah Winfrey.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will say Happy Birthday to Bob Newhart as part of This Week in TV History.

 

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Larry Storch: Next on TVC

September 1st, 2014

Actor/comedian Larry Storch and author James Rosin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known around the world as Corporal Agarn on F Troop, the classic comedy series that continues to reach a new generation of fans every week on Me-TV, Larry Storch is about to return to Los Angeles for a one-night-only appearance at The World Famous Comedy Store, the very same stage where he made his stand-up comedy debut sixty years ago, when it was known as the nightclub Ciro’s. We’ll ask Larry how he began his career in comedy, plus we’ll ask him to share some memories of working alongside the likes of Tony Curtis, Peter Falk, Don Adams and, of course, Forrest Tucker when he joins us in our second hour.

Larry Storch will be performing at The World Famous Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, on Thursday, Sept. 11. Larry will be joined on stage by several special guests, including Ken Berry, Marion Ross, Hank Garrett, Bernie Kopell and Bob Burns. The event starts at 7pm. For tickets and more information, go to www.hollywood.thecomedystore.com.

Also joining us this week will be our friend James Rosin. Jim’s books include Route 66: The Television Series, Peyton Place: The Television Series and Streets of San Francisco: A Quinn Martin TV Series, plus he wrote, produced and directed The Philadelphia Athletics: 1901-1954, a year-by-year documentary of the first five decades of one of Major League Baseball’s most storied franchises. Jim Rosin will be joining us in our first hour.

Jim Rosin will be appearing at this year’s MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 18-Sept. 20 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Other scheduled guests that weekend include Connie Stevens, Piper Laurie, George Lazenby, Peggy King and Veronica Cartwright. For more information, go to www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.com.

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Remembering Robin Williams and Jeffrey Hunter: Next on TVC

August 26th, 2014

Television writer/producer David Misch and authors Paul Green and Mary Ann Anderson will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio. Click on the Listen Live button at KSAV.org or hear us on the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil.

Our first hour will remember the life and legacy of Robin Williams, the Academy Award-winning actor who originally became a star as a result of ABC television series Mork & Mindy. Our guests will include television writer/producer David Misch (Police Squad!, Late Night with David Letterman, Duckman, Saturday Night Live,Funny: The Book). David began his career in television as a story editor on Mork & Mindy.

Paul Green will join us in our second hour for a look back at the life and career of Jeffrey Hunter, the actor best known for his starring roles as Martin Pawley in The Searchers, Christopher Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek, and Jesus Christ in Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings. Hunter’s sudden death in May 1969 was a shock to everyone who knew him and left many wondering what direction his life and career would have gone, had he lived. Some of those questions are answered in Paul’s latest book, Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances, which we’ll discuss in our second hour.

Also joining us in our second hour will be author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated). Mary also knew Jeffrey Hunter; her mother, actress Emily McLaughlin, married Hunter just three months before he died.

 

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America’s First Talk Show Host, the Era of Live Television and More: Next on TVC

August 19th, 2014

Broadcast legend Joe Franklin and author, playwright and director Julian David Stone will join us on a special encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Credited with bringing the talk show genre to the early days of television, Joe Franklin is also recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the longest-running talk show in TV history, Joe Franklin’s Memory Lane, which aired on WABC-TV in New York, then later WWOR-TV (also in New York), for 41 consecutive years (1952-1993). It has been said that Joe Franklin has interviewed more than 300,000 people in his radio and TV career, ranging from top celebrities in the world of entertainment to local personalities, legendary stars from vaudeville and the silent movie era, and five U.S. presidents. That number continues to grow, because Joe is still very active today, hosting celebrity interviews every week for the Bloomberg Radio Network. Joe Franklin will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us for our conversation with Joe Franklin will be our friend Phil Gries. Phil helped put together Joe Franklin’s TV Audio Archives, a forthcoming CD that will feature more than 10 hours of highlights from the Memory Lane show. The CD will be released later in 2014, but you can pre-order it by contacting Rick Russo at this email address.

And speaking of the early days of television, Julian David Stone will join us in our first hour as we look back at the era of live TV, from complex dramas such as the anthology series Playhouse 90 to boisterous comedy/variety shows such as The Colgate Comedy Hour and Texaco Star Theatre. If you get a chance to watch some of the live shows from the Golden Age of Television, while everything seemed calm and controlled on camera, beyond the scenes there was usually craziness and drama going on that was often as compelling as the program themselves.

Julian captures that sense of madness and wonder in The Strange Birth, Short Life and Sudden Death of Justice Girl, an epic novel that not only brings to life the golden age of live television, but also explores the underside of early network TV and, particularly, the era of McCarthyism and the blacklist.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with an expanded edition of This Week in TV History that includes a birthday salute to Barbara Eden.

 

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