Remembering Theodore Bikel: Next on TVC

July 28th, 2015

We’ll replay our conversation with actor Theodore Bikel on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

We will dedicate the second hour of this week’s program to Theodore Bikel, the Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, singer, songwriter, poet and recording artist and stage actor who passed away last week at the age of 91. Many of you know Theofrom his appearances in such films and television series as The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Columbo, All in the Family, The Defiant Ones, The African Queen, and The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming. But he also created the role of Captain von Trapp in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music, plus he played Tevye on Fiddler on the Roof more than 2,100 times on Broadway and elsewhere.

We had the opportunity to talk to Theo on two occasions last year, including once in which we discussed the release of Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem, a documentary that combines Theo’s own storytelling with a broader exploration of Sholem Aleichem, a pioneer of modern Jewish literature whose stories about Teyve the Dairyman provided the basis for Fiddler on the Roof. The collective works of Aleichem played an integral part in Theo’s life, while Theo himself described the documentary as his legacy. We’ll replay both of our conversations with Theodore Bikel in our second hour.

Also this week: A new DVD report and an expanded edition of This Week in TV History.

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Kathy Coleman, plus an Animation Giant: Next on TVC

July 21st, 2015

Actress and author Kathy Coleman and Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Jymn Magon will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

If you watched Saturday morning television in the mid 1970s, you’ll remember Kathy Coleman as Holly Marshall on Land of the Lost, one of the first, and one of the most successful, live action children’s shows ever made. Kathy faced all sorts of peril every week on Land of the Lost, but that was nothing compared to her life outside of television, which included incidents of sexual abuse, spousal abuse, being left to die in the middle of nowhere on more than one occasion, and the trauma of learning that she was born out of wedlock. Kathy has faced more obstacles in her life than anyone since Job, yet through it all, she has remained upbeat with the help of faith, family and friends. Kathy shares her story in LOST GIRL: The Truth and Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Kathleen, an inspiring yet controversial new book, which we will talk about when she joins us in our second hour.

Kathy Coleman will be appearing at Galacticon 4 in Seattle, Washington from July 31 thru Aug. 2. She’ll also be at this year’s official Star Trek convention, Aug. 6 thru Aug. 9 at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas.

Also joining us this week will be Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Jymn Magon, a man whom our friend (and resident animation historian) Greg Ehrbar considers to be one of the true giants in the animation and recording industries. Jymn spent seventeen years at Walt Disney Studios (where, among other things, he helped revive Disney’s Buena Vista Records label) before moving on to Walt Disney TV Animation, where he created, story edited, and wrote for such shows as Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Goof Troop, and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Jymn will share a few stories about his career — including the time in which he briefly collaborated with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas — when he joins us in our first hour.

Jymn Magon will be appearing at D-23 Expo 2015, Aug. 14 thru Aug. 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. For more information, go to D23.com/d23-expo/

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The Man Behind My Cousin Vinny: Next on TVC

July 14th, 2015

Screenwriter, director and producer Dale Launer and author and attorney Lori Rassas will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

The son of S. John Launer (the actor who played the judge on Perry Mason more than anyone else), Dale Launer got his first break as a writer after the producing team of Lancaster/Wagner optioned his screenplay of Ruthless People, which was produced and released in 1986. He also wrote the screenplay for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, then later wrote and produced My Cousin Vinny — the now classic comedy that the American Bar Association considers one of the greatest legal movies ever made. Many law classes often point to My Cousin Vinny for its portrayal of legal procedure, while Dale’s character, Vincent Gambini, was once ranked among The 25 Greatest Fictional Lawyers Not Named Atticus Finch.

We will ask Dale about My Cousin Vinny, but we’ll also talk about some of the other issues that screenwriters face today, including the battle over possessory credits and the common misconception among the general public as to what a screenwriter actually does. Dale Launer will join us in our second hour.

Speaking of legal procedure, also joining us this week will be Lori Rassas. Recently featured on CNBC’s Power Lunch, Lori is an employment attorney, teacher and coach with close to two decades of experience representing both employers and employees in all aspects of employment relations. Earlier in her career, she was staff counsel for AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, so she has hands-on knowledge of many issues that artists face today. Her latest book is The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace. Lori Rassas will join us in our first hour.

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Lindsay Wagner, Robert Colbert, and the Hollywood Museum: Next on TVC

July 7th, 2015

Actors Lindsay Wagner and Robert Colbert and Hollywood Museum president Donelle Dadigan will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Emmy Award-winning actress Lindsay Wagner first came to prominence in the Oscar-winning movie The Paper Chase (1973), and remains an icon to women to this day through her portrayal of Jaime Sommers on The Bionic Woman and the Bionic TV-movies. But Jaime Sommers is just one chapter in a storied career that has seen Lindsay star in more than 40 movies, five miniseries and several feature films and specials. Lindsay will share some memories of her career in film and TV when she joins us at the first of our first hour.

Lindsay Wagner will be appearing at the historic Tudor House Theater in Lake Arrowhead, CA on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 in a special show called More Than a Bionic Woman: An Evening with Lindsay Wagner. Dinner options are available for both performances. Purchase a premium ticket and you’ll have an opportunity to meet Lindsay after each show. For tickets and more information, go to LindsayWagnerInternational.com.

Our second hour will include a return appearance from Robert Colbert, the actor known around the world as Doug Phillips on The Time Tunnel. Soap opera fans know Bob as Stuart Brooks on The Young and the Restless, while fans of the old Warner Bros. shows know him from his appearances on Cheyenne, Sugarfoot, Hawaiian Eye, Bourbon Street Beat, 77 Sunset Strip and, of course, Maverick.

Robert Colbert will be appearing at the next Hollywood Show, which will take place July 31 to Aug. 2 at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 West Century Blvd. in Los Angeles. For more information, go to HollywoodShow.com.

Also on this week’s program: Now that July is upon us, many of you may be thinking about spending part of your vacation in Los Angeles. With that in mind, our first hour will also feature a conversation with Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of the Hollywood Museum, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Among the exhibits this summer at the Hollywood Museum are MARILYN: The Exhibit, an intimate look at the life and legacy of Marilyn Monroe, and REEL to REAL: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood. MARILYN: The Exhibit runs through Monday, Sept. 6, while REEL to REAL runs through the end of September.

Plus: We will announce the winner of our Hogan’s Heroes book giveaway. It’s a full program, as always. We certainly hope you’ll join us.

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Diane Baker: Next on TVC

June 30th, 2015

Actress and producer Diane Baker, television writer Paul Robert Coyle, and author John McElwee will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Best known for her acting appearances in The Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie, Straight-Jacket, Route 66, The Invaders, House, Law and Order: SVU, The Fugitive, and other films and TV series, Diane Baker is also an accomplished producer of many films and documentaries, including To Climb a Mountain for HBO and the Emmy-nominated miniseries A Woman of Substance starring Deborah Kerr. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Motion Pictures & Television Acting School at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, one of the largest film schools in the country, and a position that she has held for more than ten years.

We’ll ask Diane about how she first made the transition from acting to producing, as well as how she became involved with the Academy of Art University (and the school’s recent collaboration with director Roger Corman). But she’ll also share some memories of her work on The Diary of Anne Frank, Perry Mason, Kojak and other films and TV series. Diane Baker will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be our friend Paul Robert Coyle. Paul began his career as a television writer writing for The Streets of San Francisco and Barnaby Jones, plus he’s written for such shows as Crazy Like a Fox, Simon and Simon, Jake and the Fatman, Xena: Warrior Princess and Stephen King’s The Dead Zone.

Our first hour will feature John McElwee, curator of the Greenbriar Picture Shows movie website, and a consultant on many documentaries about the Golden Age of Hollywood. John’s book, Showmen, Sell It Hot! Movies as Merchandise in Golden Era Hollywood, examines the often innovative marketing campaigns for such classic motion pictures as Stagecoach, King Kong, The Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, On the Waterfront, Frankenstein, Dracula, A Night at the Opera and Rebel Without a Cause. The book includes hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs, plus great stories about the various ways in which movies were promoted in the era before television.

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Imagine, If You Will: Bob Crane, John Candy and Rod Serling: Next on TVC

June 23rd, 2015

Authors Robert Crane and Anne Serling will join us 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 feature Part 2 of our conversation with Robert Crane, the eldest son of Bob Crane, and the co-author of CRANE: Sex, Celebrity and My Father’s Unsolved Murder, a memoir of growing up with Bob Crane as a father before, during and after Hogan’s Heroes that also provides an account and commentary of the investigation and prosecution of the Bob Crane murder case, from the perspective of the Crane family. We will take you back to the events of June 29, 1978, when Bob was summoned to the crime scene in Scottsdale, Arizona and identified his father’s body — but we’ll also ask about the years in which Bob worked with, and became good friends with, comedian John Candy. We will play Part 2 of our conversation with Robert Crane in our second hour.

Also this week: Sunday, June 28 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Rod Serling. With that in mind, we will mark the occasion by replaying our conversation from May 2013 with Rod’s daughter, Anne Serling, author of AS I KNEW HIM: My Dad, Rod Serling.

Most conversations about Rod Serling these days to focus on him being as a creative force… an entity, if you will. Rarely, if at all, do we think of Rod Serling as a person — a real live, flesh and blood human being who was a loving husband and a devoted father who played on the floor with his dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family, liked to watch The Flintstones and pull practical jokes, and had a laugh that was as infectious as his zest for life itself. That’s the image of Rod Serling that Anne evokes in her book. Very close to her father, she was devastated by his death but eventually overcame her grief, partially with the help of The Twilight Zone. We will replay our conversation with Anne Serling during our first hour.

REMINDER: Robert Crane has provided us with an autographed copy of CRANE: Sex, Celebrity and My Father’s Unsolved Murderas a giveaway to one lucky listener. If you’d like to like to win that free copy, let us who know who YOU would cast in a movie version of Hogan’s Heroes. Email us your Dream Cast to talk@tvconfidential.net or (send us a message through our Facebook page, Facebook.com/TVCONFIDENTIAL) before 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, July 1. The winner will be selected from a random drawing. We will announce the winner on the July 8-13 edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL.

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Life with Bob Crane: Before, During and After Hogan’s Heroes: Next on TVC

June 16th, 2015

Author, journalist and screenwriter Robert Crane — the eldest son of actor Bob Crane — will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Robert Crane’s life changed forever on the afternoon of Thursday, June 29, 1978, when he was summoned to the crime scene in Scottsdale, Arizona and identify his father’s body after Bob Crane was found brutally slain in an apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona — a murder that remains unsolved to this day. And while Robert Crane will always be linked to that tragedy, and the fallout surrounding the positive and sordid sides of his father, he has also carved out a successful career as a freelance author and journalist for such publications as Playboy, Oui and the Los Angeles Times, as well as six years as a publicist, producer and confidant to actor John Candy.

Robert Crane shares in his story in a new book, CRANE: Sex, Celebrity and My Father’s Unsolved Murder, which he co-authored along with his longtime collaborator, Christopher Fryer. A memoir of growing up with Bob Crane as a father before, during and after Hogan’s Heroes, the book not only provides a first-person account and commentary of how authorities handled the investigation and prosecution of the Bob Crane murder case, but tells the story of Robert’s own life, and his desire to find love and permanence in a life where those things continually slip away. Robert Crane joins us in the studio in our second hour.

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Richard Anderson: At Last… a Memoir: Next on TVC

June 9th, 2015

Actor Richard Anderson and film historian Alan Doshna 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 you know Richard Anderson as either Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, Lieutenant Steve Drumm on the final season of Perry Mason, Dr. Richard Malcolm, the title character in The Night Strangler. But scroll down the list of Richard’s credits, and you’ll find that he not only appeared in some of the most iconic films of all time — including Forbidden Planet, Seven Days in May, John Frankenheimer’s Seconds, Martin Ritt’s The Long, Hot Summer and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory— but he either worked with, got to know or otherwise crossed paths with some of the most iconic names in motion picture history… one of whom, by the way, played a pivotal role very early in Richard’s career.

Richard talks about these and other key moments in his life in Richard Anderson: At Last… A Memoir, a new book from BearManor Media that also goes behind the scenes of his years as a contract player with MGM, while also revealing some interesting things about Richard that you probably never knew before. Richard Anderson will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be actor, writer and film historian Alan Doshna. A contributor to such publications as Filmfax magazine, and the associate producer of the documentary The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr., Al was the collaborator on Richard Anderson: At Last… A Memoir.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will continue our look at long-running network and cable shows that recently ended, while Greg Ehrbar’s DVD report will include a personal remembrance of Jayne Meadows and Anne Meara.

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A Return Visit from Don Most: Next on TVC

June 2nd, 2015

Singer/actor Don Most will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Known to two generations of TV viewers as Ralph Malph on Happy Days, Don Most is also an accomplished musical performer who is about to embark on a summer-long national tour of his live musical show, Donny Most Sings and Swings, which celebrates the standards, swing and big band-style of music that Don himself has loved since he was a kid, while also paying tribute to such greats as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mel Torme and Don’s longtime idol, Bobby Darin. We’ll ask Don about some of his musical influences (and, of course, a few questions about Happy Days) when he joins us in our second hour.

Don Most will be appearing at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 10; Belly Up in Solana Beach, near San Diego, on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1; The Iridium in New York City on Tuesday, July 7; McCloone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park, NJ on Sunday, July 5; Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY on Saturday, July 25; The Center for Arts and Performance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday, Sept. 13; and The Brink Lounge in Madison, WI on Tuesday, Sept. 15. For more information on these and other upcoming dates, go to DonMost.net.

Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us in our first hour for our annual look at notable network and cable shows that recently ended. Among other topics, we’ll weigh in on the series finale of Mad Men and the final broadcast of The Late Show with David Letterman.

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Mick Martin and Marvin J. Wolf: Next on TVC

May 26th, 2015

Author, musician and radio host Mick Martin and author/screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

This week’s program will include a return visit from author, journalist and musician Mick Martin, a man who has enjoyed a long, interesting and successful career in two seemingly opposite fields. For many years, Mick was the film critic for such newspapers as The Sacramento Union. He was also the co-author of Video Movie Guide, the annual guide to movies and TV shows available on home video, as well as the collaborator on such books as Them Ornery Mitchum Boys, the memoirs of character actor John Mitchum. At the same time Mick has enjoyed a long career as a blues musician, having played alongside Bo Diddley, The Yardbirds, Jimmy Smith, and Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones. He currently hosts Mick Martin’s Blues Party, a weekend radio program heard on Capital Public Radio.

Mick has interviewed hundreds of actors and musicians throughout his career, including Clint Walker, Jack Kelly and Christopher Lee, plus he has a lifelong admiration for the work of many of the great film and TV character actors of the past sixty years. Mick Martin will join us in our first hour.

Our second hour will feature Part 2 of our conversation with author, journalist and screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf (Beating the Odds, Fallen Angels, Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate). Marv is also a decorated U.S. Army veteran who did tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam, as well as statewide. As a matter of fact, while he was in the Army, Marv worked behind the scenes with John Wayne on the making of the movie The Green Berets. We’ll talk about that, and more, during our second hour.
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