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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James Sutorius: Next on TVC

September 25th, 2018

Television and stage actor James Sutorius will join us on an encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

An accomplished stage actor, James Sutorius has not only starred on Broadway, but performed in just about every major theatre group and repertory company across the country, including California’s Old Globe, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Seattle Repertory and Lincoln Center. No stranger to television, he has appeared in just about every major TV series over the past four decades, including Matlock, Columbo, Murder, She Wrote, Family Ties, The X Files, Southland, Perry Mason and CSI, plus you’ve heard his voice on many commercials over the years, including the iconic tag for Ragu Spaghetti Sauce, “That’s Italian!”

Some of you may recall that James also once starred in his own series, The Andros Targets—a show that, in many ways, was ahead of its time. We’ll talk about that, and more, when James Sutorius joins us in our second hour.

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Michael Learned, plus Tributes to Burt Reynolds and Bill Daily: Next on TVC

September 18th, 2018

We’ll welcome back Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned, plus we’ll pay tribute to actors Burt Reynolds and Bill Daily, on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known around the world as Olivia Walton, the matriarch of The Waltons, four-time Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned also has enjoyed an extensive stage career, on and off Broadway, including productions of Steel Magnolias, The Best Man, The Sisters Rosenweig, and the national tour of On Golden Pond.

Michael Learned will also be honored by the Family Film Awards with their annual Legend Award on Thursday, Sept. 27, plus she is getting ready to reprise the role of Miss Daisy in a stage production of Driving Miss Daisy in January 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. We will ask her about both of these events, plus Michael will discuss the genuine love that Waltons creator Earl Hamner had for his mother and his family, and how grateful she is for her experience on The Waltons because it gave her a second family. Michael Learned will join us in our second hour.

This week’s program will also include a tribute to Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor who died on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the age of 82. Though you probably know Reynolds as a major motion picture star (including five consecutive years as the No. 1 star at the box office), he was also a steady presence on television, both early and late in his career, including supporting roles on Gunsmoke and Riverboat and starring roles on four shows of his own: Hawk, Dan August, Evening Shade and B.L. Stryker.

We have been fortunate enough to interview a number of people who knew and worked with Reynolds throughout his career. We’ll play a few highlights of those conversations when we pay tribute to Burt Reynolds in our first hour.

Also this week: An encore presentation of our interview from June 2014 with Bill Daily, the actor known around the world as Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie and Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show. Bill Daily passed away on Friday, Sept. 7 at the age of 91.

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Biffle and Shooster Meet The Show Runner: Next on TVC

September 10th, 2018

Award-winning television producer Cy Chermak, voice actor Will Ryan and writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

After beginning his career as a stage actor in New York, where he appeared in two Broadway plays, Cy Chermak moved to Hollywood during the Golden Age of Television, where he not only wrote for such anthology shows as Kraft Theater, Front Row Center, and Suspense, but developed a reputation as one of the best script doctors in the industry. That led to an opportunity to produce The Virginian, the first 90-minute Western on television (which Cy produced for five seasons), as well as many other network series, including such iconic shows as Ironside, CHiPs, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Cy’s new book, The Show Runner: An Insider’s Guide to Successful TV Production, tells you everything you need to know to succeed as a producer in television today, from the importance of a good concept, keeping it believable, and staying on top of the writing, to staying within budget and knowing when to delegate responsibilities while still maintaining control. Cy’s book is also filled with great stories based on real-life experiences (including insight into the likes of James Drury, Doug McClure, David Hartman, Darren McGavin, and David Chase), lessons learned, regrets and many delights. The Show Runner also addresses such topical issues as the #MeToo movement (and, specifically, how to avoid the pitfalls of the casting couch), how to deal with the media, how to protect your stars, and what to do to keep substance abuse out of the production, while also answering such burning questions as Why Are There So Many Producer Credits on TV Shows Today? Cy Chermak will join us in our second hour.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger. Will is the star, along with Nick Santa Maria, and Michael is the writer, producer and director, of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster, a collection of 1930s-style comedies that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams. While Mike, Will and Nick made these films over the last five years, the sets, the camera shots and, above all, the performances of everyone involved are so convincing, they look and sound as if they were unearthed from the same Golden Era of Hollywood to which they pay tribute. We’ll talk about some of the extra features on the Biffle and Shooster DVD, as well as why Biffle and Shooster appeal to audiences of all ages (including young viewers), whether more films are in the works, plus a special surprise guest. Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger will join us in our first hour.

The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is a collection of five comedy shorts (all but one of which was filmed in black and white), including “The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein,” and “It’s a Frame Up,” while guests stars include H.M. Wynant, Dick Miller, Andrew Parks, Robert Forster and Robert Picardo. The DVD also includes a ton of bonus features, including an additional short (“First Things Last”), more than an hour of bloopers and outtakes, and a 1962-style “reunion” interview that Will and Nick perform in character as Biffle and Shooster. (“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat” and “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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Bob Bergen, Lili Bordán, plus Behind the Music of Ella: Next on TVC

September 5th, 2018

Emmy nominated voice artist Bob Bergen, actress Lili Bordán and music and TV historian Geoffrey Mark will join us this weekend on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The voice of Porky Pig since March 1990—not to mention the voice of countless other animated characters on various TV series, movies and videogames—Bob Bergen is a living breathing reminder that, with hard work, determination and a little luck here and there, you really can make your childhood dreams come true.

As a kid, Bob spent hours upon hours watching and taping cartoons, imitating voices as well as creating characters of his own. His dream was to voice The Looney Tunes—and, in particular, Porky Pig. Bob’s idol was Mel Blanc, and he worked day and night trying to perfect eh-puh-peh-eh Porky’s famous voice. Then, when Bob was fourteen, his family moved to Los Angeles. There, Bob devoted himself to learning how to break into the voiceover industry (specifically, how to get into the world of doing voices for cartoons). Before long, he found himself taking voice-over classes from such legendary voice artists as Daws Butler, Louise Chamis, Michael Bell, Brian Cummings, and Dave Madden. Then, when Bob was eighteen, a family connection brought him to the attention of Casey Kasem. Kasem offered Bob his assistance, asking only one thing in return: That, one day, Bob return to other young artists the generosity that was shown to him.

We’ll talk about the generosity of the voice artist community, Bob’s friendship with voice legend June Foray, how he came to meet his idol, Mel Blanc, and more when Bob Bergen joins us in our second hour.

Besides being one of the most respected working voice actors in the industry today, Bob Bergen is also an accomplished voice teacher. He is in his thirty-first year teaching his animation voice workshop in Los Angeles. He also travels the U.S. and Canada teaching weekend voiceover workshops, plus he offers private sessions. If you are interested in voice over work, contact Bob through his website.

This week’s show will also include a return appearance by actress Lili Bordán. Known for playing for a wide range of characters for many genres, Lily is one of the stars of The Nun, the highly anticipated horror movie that opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, Sept. 7.

Earlier this year, Lili had a supporting role in the romantic comedy Book Club (now available on DVD and for streaming on demand), where she worked alongside Mary Steenburgen and had an opportunity to meet one of her idols, Diane Keaton. Later this year, she’ll be seen as Warner Bros. story editor Irene Lee in Curtiz, the upcoming biopic about Casablanca director Michael Curtiz that premiered last week at the Montreal World Film Festival. Lili Bordán will join us in our first hour.

Also this week: Geoffrey Mark will share the back stories of some of the songs featured on the long-awaited two-CD set that accompanies his latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, including Ella’s many collaborations with Louis Armstrong (and, particularly, what Satchmo used to whisper in her ear before the start of each song they performed). Geoffrey Mark will join us in our first hour.

Geoffrey Mark will perform some of the songs of Ella Fitzgerald on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Santa Monica Public Library. The Deluxe Edition of Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald includes a two-CD set with thirty-nine tracks of Ella in her prime.

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Trine Christensen, Ali Agirnas, Adam Sharp and The Queen of Soul: Next on TVC

August 29th, 2018

Actors Trine Christensen and Ali Agirnas, both from Godless, will join us this weekend, along with Adam Sharp, interim president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Plus we’ll pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. All this on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

If you have Netflix, you’ve seen Trine Christensen as Jacob Gustavson’s wife on Godless, the seven-episode Western miniseries that is up for twelve Emmy Awards this year, including nominations for Best Actor (Jeff Daniels), Best Limited Series, plus writing and directing nods for series creator Scott Frank. If you watch the AMC original series Preacher, you know her as the wife of The Saint of Killers (the character played by Graham McTavish). Trine began her acting career doing stunts on The Terminator: Salvation, Gamer and The Spy Next Door. She has also appeared in numerous short films, as well as such network, cable and streaming series as Longmire, Breaking Bad, The Brave, Killer Women and Smitty’s.

Born in Denmark, Trine originally studied to be a scientist until a trip to New Mexico changed the course of her life and set her on a path to becoming an actor. We’ll ask her about that, plus we’ll talk about the challenges of playing a character who does not have a first name, and how Trine recently “found her game” while learning comedy improv skills with the Upright Citizens Brigade. Trine Christensen will join us in our first hour.

Ali Agirnas, another cast member of Godless, will join us in our second hour. Ali plays Nicholas Gustavson, the frontiersman who helps set up Frank Griffin’s now iconic line “This is Godless country” in the Netflix miniseries.

Ali is relatively new to acting, having made his professional debut just ten years ago after a successful career as an entrepreneur. We’ll talk about his back story (which includes growing up in Turkey and Germany), his passion for surfing, and how proud he was to speak his father’s native language when he played a Turkish detective on the NBC series The Brave.

Also joining us this week will be Adam Sharp, interim president of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (aka The Daytime Emmy Awards) and former Head of News, Government and Elections at Twitter. Earlier this year, the Daytime Emmy Awards more than doubled its viewership from last year’s telecast—an impressive feat that becomes even more amazing when you realize the Daytime Emmys pulled that off this year without being televised on a traditional network. We will ask Adam how they did that. We’ll also discuss why daytime TV in its many formats remains viable today, the difference between false news and fake news, and what to look for so that you don’t fall for either. Adam Sharp will join us in our first hour.

Plus: Music and TV historian Chuck Harter will return this week with a tribute to the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul.

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David Arnoff, The Lloyd Thaxton Show, Shebang and More: Next on TVC

August 21st, 2018

Rock music photographer David Arnoff and music and TV historian Chuck Harter will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the best rock photographers of his generation, David Arnoff is particularly known among followers of the punk rock and underground music scene. In many respects, however, David’s interest in music—and, particularly, the music of British bands—was shaped by the pop music TV shows that he watched as a teenager in the 1960s, including Shindig, Hullabaloo and The Lloyd Thaxton Show. We will ask David about that, plus he’ll share a few stories about watching The Beatles play at Dodger Stadium in 1966, meeting Boyce and Hart and Davy Jones of The Monkees by accident, and how a lot of punk artists, such as Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, were fans of such shows as The Honeymooners and The Untouchables. David Arnoff will join us in our first hour.

David’s book, Shot in the Dark: The Collected Photography of David Arnoff, is a collection of more than 150 black and white photographs, circa 1976 to 1985, of such punk rock performers as Patti Smith, The Clash, Blondie, Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch, X, The Damned, Ian Dury, Misfits, The Ramones, The Cramps, Lux Interior, Poison Ivy, David Johansen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joan Jett, and Elvis Costello—all in their prime and, in many cases, before they become well known to the public. The British publication Photo Monitor describes Shot in the Dark as “a mixture of anarchic live photographs, in-your-face portraits and plenty of ad hoc documentation, all shrouded in high contrast and dark shadows,” adding that the presentation of the book resembles “a neo-gothic thriller set against the contrasting background of the always-sunny California; mirroring the dark side of the City of Angels, where the ghouls depicted revel in their depravity and debauchery once the sun goes down.” Shot in the Dark also includes personal insights and eyewitness accounts from many of the artists photographed in the book, including Motorhead, Nick Cave, X, Jayne/Wayne County, Walter Lure, and The Dead Boys, plus a conversation between David Arnoff and Lydia Lunch.

Chuck Harter will also join us this week for Part 2 of our look at the era of pop music TV shows from the mid to late 1960s. These shows broke the mold in television not only because they featured popular music acts every week, but because they were specifically programmed for young viewers. This week we’ll focus on such syndicated pop music shows such as The Lloyd Thaxton Show, Shebang (with Casey Kasem), Hollywood a Go Go (aka Ninth Street West), Shivaree, and Groovy.

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Barbeau, Biffle and Shooster: Next on TVC

August 7th, 2018

Singer/actress Adrienne Barbeau, actor and voice artist Will Ryan, and writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger will join us this weekend on the tenth anniversary edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of you know Adrienne Barbeau as Beatrice Arthur’s daughter, Carol Findlay, on the long-running Norman Lear series Maude, while horror movie fans know her best for her performances in The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Swamp Thing and other popular motion pictures. Adrienne also starred as Ruthie, the Snake Dancer, on HBO’s Carnivale, plus she played Oswald’s mom on The Drew Carey Show, Victoria Grayson’s mom on Revenge, Venus’ mom on Sons of Anarchy, and the voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series, while her stage career includes more than twenty-five theatrical productions in the U.S. and Canada, including the original Broadway production of Grease (where she played Rizzo), Tevye’s daughter in Fiddler on the Roof, and, more recently, Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, in the national tour of Pippin—a role that required Adrienne to perform the song “No Time at All” while hanging upside down on a trapeze.

Adrienne Barbeau has also launched a successful writing career over the past ten years, including her best-selling memoir, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, the comedic thriller Vampyres of Hollywood, and its comedy romance sequels, Love Bites and Make Me Dead. Adrienne recently adapted Love Bites for the big screen. We will ask her about that, plus we’ll talk about the interesting path that led to her writing career, plus ask a few questions about Maude and her other acting roles. Adrienne Barbeau will join us in our second hour.

This week’s show, which marks the tenth anniversary of the debut of TV Confidential, will also feature Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger. Will is the star, along with Nick Santa Maria, and Mike is the writer, producer and director, of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster—a collection of 1930s-style comedies that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams from the Golden Era of Hollywood. Mike, Will and Nick made the Biffle and Shooster films over the last five years—yet the sets, the camera shots, the attention to detail, and, above all, the performances of everyone involved are all so convincing, they look and sound as if they really were unearthed from the 1930s. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Will and Mike join us in our first hour.

The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is a collection of five comedy shorts (all but one of which was filmed in black and white), including “The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein,” and “It’s a Frame Up,” while guests stars include H.M. Wynant, Dick Miller, Andrew Parks, Robert Forster and Robert Picardo. The DVD also includes a ton of bonus features, including an additional short (“First Things Last”), more than an hour of bloopers and outtakes, and a 1962-style “reunion” interview that Will and Nick perform in character as Biffle and Shooster. (“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein,” and “It’s a Frame Up” are also available for viewing on demand on Amazon, Vudu and other streaming platforms, under the umbrella title The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster.)

Speaking on behalf of Tony, Donna, Phil, Greg, Chris and everyone else who has helped us put together TV Confidential over the past ten years, our heartfelt thanks to you, our audience—not only for listening to us, but making us part of your life. We have some exciting new elements that we will introduce to TV Confidential in the weeks and months ahead. We look forward to sharing them with you and spending more time together.

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Barbara van Orden, Sam Medina and Geoffrey Mark: Next on TVC

August 1st, 2018

Singer/actress Barbara van Orden, actor Sam Medina and music and TV historian Geoffrey Mark will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Barbara van Orden began her career as a nightclub singer in the Catskill Mountains, opening for Milton Berle, Don Rickles, Red Buttons, and others before performing alongside Buddy Hackett, Soupy Sales and Morey Amsterdam in Playboy Clubs across the country, as well as opening for Frank Sinatra in the legendary Persian Room in New York City. Sinatra not only took Barbara under his wing early in her career, but encouraged her to help other young artists down the road just as he had helped her.

Today, among other things, Barbara is paying it forward through co-executive producing, along with Michael Sterling, the twelfth annual LA’s Next Great Stage Star Competition, the only musical theatre competition of its kind on the West Coast. Now in its twelfth year, LA’s Next Great Stage Star Competition provides a spotlight for undiscovered performers between the ages of eighteen and thirty-two with “triple threat” talent (meaning, they must excel in acting, voice and dance). Over the years, more than twenty contestants from LA’s Next Great Stage Star Competition have made their Broadway and/or Off-Broadway debuts, while 50 percent of the remaining overall contestants have not only received professional Equity theatrical agency representation, but have gone on to join U.S. National Broadway Tours in starring, featured and ensemble roles. In addition, other Stage Star contestants have found work in regional theatres throughout Southern California and across the country (including major Las Vegas hotels that house long-running Broadway musical productions), as well as local, national and international theme parks, cruise line productions, commercials, and film and TV productions.

We’ll go behind the scenes of this year’s LA’s Next Great Stage Star Competition, plus Barbara will share a few stories of working with the likes of Soupy Sales, Morey Amsterdam and Frank Sinatra. Barbara van Orden will join us in our second hour. For our listeners in Los Angeles, LA’s Next Great Stage Star competition takes place every Monday evening through Aug. 27 on the Debbie Reynolds Main Stage of the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

Also joining us this weekend will be actor Sam Medina. If you follow martial arts movies, you know Sam as the antagonistic Crawford in Kickboxer: Vengeance and Kickboxer: Retaliation. If you watch the AMC series Preacher, you know Sam as Samarai Guy, while viewers of From Dusk to Dawn: The Series know him as Razor Charlie. Sam’s other film and TV credits include Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Tracers, Savages, Dragon Eyes, The Baytown Outlaws, Let’s Be Cops, Ant-Man, Treme, Army Wives, MacGyver, and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Sam plays Axel, the lead antagonist opposite Mark Wahlberg, in the action/thriller Mile 22, which opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, Aug 17. We’ll talk to Sam about working alongside Wahlberg and director Peter Berg in Mile 22 (including shooting part of the film on location in Bogota), plus we’ll ask him about his roots in New Orleans and the role he played to help rebuild the city after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina; how he approaches playing villains, even when the character requires him to go to a dark place; working with Tom Hardy in the new Marvel adventure Venom (which opens in theaters on Friday, Oct. 5); and how he will make his directorial debut later this year in Code Name: The Dragon, an action movie starring MMA superstar Cung Le. Sam Medina will join us in our first hour.

Also this week: We will circle back to a program we did earlier this year when we welcome back singer, producer and music and TV historian Geoffrey Mark. You might recall that we had a roundtable discussion with Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen in which we talked about the original Will and Grace and whether that series falls under the realm of “classic television.” While some will say yes, just as many would say no because their definition of “classic television” is restricted to a certain period of time. That morphed into a conversation about How Would You Define a Classic TV Show? Geoff has a few thoughts on this matter, which we’ll ask him about when he joins us in our first hour. He will also share a story about a word of advice that Rip Taylor once gave him that changed the course of Geoff’s career.

Geoffrey Mark will perform some of the songs of Ella Fitzgerald on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Santa Monica Public Library in Santa Monica, CA, and on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Springs, CA. Geoff’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald is available, both in hardcover and as an eBook, at Amazon.com, UltimateSymbol.com/Ella and online bestsellers everywhere. The Deluxe Edition of Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald includes a two-CD set with more than forty studio/live tracks of Ella in her prime, as well as the hardcover book. All forty tracks in the CD set were personally selected by Geoffrey Mark himself from all four of her major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network (San Francisco, CA)
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