Tippi Hedren, Rich Little, plus The Year in Television: Next on TVC

January 17th, 2017

Actress Tippi Hedren and celebrity impersonator Rich Little will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Film buffs know Tippi Hedren as the star of the classic Alfred Hitchcock films The Birds and Marnie—an experience that, in many respects, was both the opportunity of a lifetime and a nightmare come true. While the story of Tippi’s complicated relationship with Hitchcock has been told countless times by other people, it’s never been told by Tippi herself… until now.

Hedren’s memoir, Tippi, sets the record straight, revealing never-before-told stories about the torment that Hitchcock put her through during the filming of their two collaborations. But it also shows the strength and spirit that has defined Tippi throughout her life—and how that strength was put to the test time and again during the making of Roar, the ambitious independent film that Tippi produced and starred in (along with dozens of live lions and tigers) that is not only one of the most notorious film productions of all time, but fueled a passion for wildlife preservation that continues to this day. Tippi Hedren will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be America’s Master Mimic, Rich Little, the man who has impersonated the voices of countless showbiz figures and politicians over the past six decades. Since Inauguration Day is soon upon us, and given that Rich is known for his impersonations of the past ten sitting U.S. presidents, we’ll ask if he’ll be working Donald Trump into his repertoire anytime soon. We’ll also learn the difference between an impressionist and an impersonator, how Rich takes an actor’s approach to mastering voices, and how he nearly made his national TV debut without any pants. Rich Little will join us near the end of our first hour.

Rich Little recently completed principal photography on Futurama: The Movie, in which he plays the voice of Richard Nixon’s reanimated head. His new book, Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been, features stories and anecdotes about thirty of the most famous people that Rich has impersonated over the years, including George Burns, Jack Benny, Ed Sullivan, James Stewart, Dean Martin, Robert Goulet, Richard Nixon, Orson Welles, John Huston and John Wayne. The book also includes charcoal sketches of each celebrity that Rich discusses in the book—all done by Rich Little himself—plus about 100 photographs, many of which are in color.

This week’s show will also include our annual look at some of the major stories that helped shape this past year in television. Foremost will be a discussion of how TV covered the 2016 presidential election.

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Rick Lenz: Next on TVC

January 10th, 2017

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

Rick Lenz has been acting on Broadway, film and TV since 1965, working with the likes of Peter Sellers, Walter Matthau, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Richard Boone, Jill Clayburgh, Tyne Daly, Blythe Danner, Alan Alda and John Wayne. Among his best known roles, he played Goldie Hawn’s boyfriend in Cactus Flower, the obsequious journalist in The Shootist, and Police Chief Oliver Stamp on Hec Ramsey. Rick has also been a successful playwright for more three decades, including The Epic of Buster Friend, which began at the American Shakespeare Theatre and was subsequently produced by PBS, and Felony Audition, which was once performed by Sharon Gless and John Ritter at the Playwright Kitchen’s Ensemble.

Rick’s memoir, North of Hollywood, won the Best Biography Award at the Los Angeles Book Festival in 2012. His new novel, The Alexandrite, is a work of “time travel” noir best described as Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day meets The Twilight Zone meets Old Hollywood. Rick Lenz will join us during our second hour.

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 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
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Loretta Swit: Next on TVC

January 3rd, 2017

Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Swit will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Loretta Swit won two Emmy Awards for playing Major Margaret Houlihan on M*A*S*H, one of TV’s best and most honored series, and one of the few television shows that has never been off the air. What you may not know about Loretta is that she not only has been a strong advocate for animals and animal rights, but is also an accomplished watercolor artist.

Loretta combines her passions for painting, animals and wildlife in a new book, SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit, a collection of sixty-four full-color paintings and drawings, all done by Loretta herself, and all accompanied by anecdotes and stories about Loretta’s life, career and work on behalf on animals. We’ll ask Loretta about her interest in watercolor painting, her “proprietary relationship” with wildlife, her vast stage career (including her recent portrayal of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt), and, of course, a few questions about her years on M*A*S*H. Loretta Swit will join us in our second hour.

SwitHeart is available, both in print and digital editions, through SwitHeart.com and Ultimatesymbol.com/SwitHeart. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart will be donated to Loretta’s endless campaign to end animal suffering and cruelty. In addition, a set of greeting cards featuring some of Loretta’s animal paintings and drawings, and a select number of posters based on Loretta’s artwork, are also available for purchase through SwitHeart.com. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart greeting cards and posters will also support various animal rights organizations.

For our listeners in Southern California, Loretta Swit will also be appearing, along with David Engel, in the stage production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, which will run Feb. 3 thru Feb. 12 at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, CA.

This week’s program will also include a look at the various Norman Lear shows that will be reimagined this year (including One Day at a Time, which premieres this month on Netflix), and whether the topical nature of Lear’s work will resonate with contemporary audiences. Plus: a brand new DVD report and This Week in TV History.

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Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
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Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
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Remembering William Schallert: Next on TVC

December 28th, 2016

We will pay tribute to film and television actor William Schallert on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Our New Year’s weekend program will be dedicated to the memory of William Schallert, the prolific film and TV actor who passed away on Sunday, May 8 at the age of 93. Best known for playing Patty Duke’s dad, Nancy Drew’s dad, Gidget’s dad, Dobie Gillis’ teacher, and the Admiral on Get Smart, William Schallert also appeared in more than 100 feature motion pictures, including Lonely are the Brave, Charley Varrick, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Speedway, and Recount, plus countless other TV series over the past six decades, from Maverick, Perry Mason, Bewitched and the original Star Trek to such recent shows as 2 Broke Girls in 2014.

We’ll play highlights of our previous conversations with Bill in which we discussed not only his film and TV career, but his work with the Screen Actors Guild, his skill as a pianist and his early career on stage with the Circle Theater in Los Angeles.

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Don Most, Guy Lombardo and Holiday TV Favorites: Next on TVC

December 20th, 2016

Singer/actor Don Most joins us for our annual holiday edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Singer, actor and director Don Most returns this week as part of our annual holiday program. Known around the world as Ralph Malph on Happy Days, Don is also an accomplished musical performer who continues to bring his live musical show celebrating his love of big band and swing music to different venues all over the country (including Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Catalina’s Bar and Grill in Hollywood, CA).

Don’s new single, “C’est Si Bon,” is not only available as a digital single now through iTunes, but is part of Don new Christmas album, Swinging Down the Chimney Tonight, which includes a heartfelt rendition of “The Christmas Song,” the Yuletide classic that Mel Torme essentially wrote for Nat King Cole. We’ll talk about Don’s love for the music of Torme and Cole, his upcoming CD, D Most: Mostly Swinging, and more, during our first hour.

This week’s show will also include an encore presentation of our roundtable discussion featuring Joanna Wilson about our favorite Christmas episodes and holiday TV specials. Joanna is the author of The Christmas TV Companion and Tis the Season TV. Then Phil Gries will join us in our second hour for our annual tribute to bandleader Guy Lombardo, with audio highlights from some of the first TV coverage of the ball drop at Times Square… including a rarely heard clip from New Year’s Eve 1965 featuring Howard Cosell.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
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Special Tribute to Kirk Douglas: Next on TVC

December 13th, 2016

We’ll celebrate the centennial birthday of screen legend Kirk Douglas on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Phil Gries will join us for an expanded edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that will pay tribute to Kirk Douglas, the legendary motion picture star who turned 100 years old last week. Though mostly known for his work on the big screen, Douglas was no stranger to television. Besides appearing frequently on late night talk shows and network variety specials, he starred in several notable made-for-TV movies late in his career, including Mousey (1974) and Amos (1985).

Phil has put together a special collection of rarely heard audio clips that showcases not only Douglas’ acting prowess, but his humanitarianism, his desire to seek social justice, his sense of humor and his love of singing. We hope you’ll join us for this special edition of the program.

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 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
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Gloria Loring: Next on TVC

December 6th, 2016

Singer/actress Gloria Loring will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known to fans of daytime television as Liz Chandler, the wealthy heiress she played on Days of Our Lives throughout the 1980s, Gloria Loring has also enjoyed a successful career as a singer, songwriter, and author, including “Friends and Lovers,” her duet with Carl Anderson that became a No. 1 record in 1986, and co-writing the lyrics to the theme songs for the classic TV series Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life (the latter of which she also sang, from the second season on). Plus she has written six books and released several CDs.

Gloria has a new CD out (A Playlist), plus another in the works. We’ll talk about that, as well as some of her other work in music and television, when she joins us in our second hour.

Also this week: We’ll remember the life and career of Gene Wilder as part of This Week in TV History. Plus: A new DVD report.

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 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
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Gary Lockwood: Next on TVC

November 29th, 2016

Actor Gary Lockwood will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of you know Gary Lockwood as Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey, while Trekkies know him as Gary Mitchell in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” the second pilot for the original Star Trek. He has also worked with such film and TV legends as Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Joshua Logan, Elia Kazan, Elvis Presley, Natalie Wood, Basil Rathbone, Anthony Quinn, and, of course, Stanley Kubrick.

Gary was also a fixture on prime time television for more than four decades, including such classic shows as Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, Night Gallery, Mission: Impossible, The Six Million Dollar Man, Murder, She Wrote, and many of the crime dramas produced by Quinn Martin. In addition, he headlined his own series, The Lieutenant, the first series created by Gene Roddenberry. Gary Lockwood will join us in our second hour.

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 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
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Thanksgiving in The Twilight Zone: Next on TVC

November 22nd, 2016

Author Anne Serling, writer/producer Joseph Dougherty and TV historian Dan Farren will join us on an encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This week’s program will include an encore presentation of our roundtable discussion on the legacy of Rod Serling, his impact on three generations of television writers, and episodes of Twilight Zone and Night Gallery that continue to stay with us. Joining us will be Anne Serling, Rod’s daughter, and the author of As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling, a poignant memoir of growing up with Serling that also humanizes the man whom many of us think of as an icon; Joseph Dougherty, Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, director of thirtysomething, Saving Grace, and Pretty Little Liars (and one of the biggest Twilight Zone fans that we know);and television scholar Dan Farren (Story Salon, SchmoesKnow.com). Our tribute to Rod Serling will begin near the end of the first hour, and continue throughout the second hour.

Also this week: Phil Gries will play audio highlights of early network TV Thanksgiving specials as part of an encore presentation of the Sounds of Lost Television.

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 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
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Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
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Class, Status and Classic TV: Next on TVC

November 15th, 2016

Author Ray Starman 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 include a return appearance by Ray Starman, author, film and TV noir expert, and cultural historian. Ray’s latest book, Sitcom Class Wars: The 20th Century, examines the portrayals of class and status in sixty popular sitcoms from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, including The Honeymooners, The Goldbergs, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, All in the Family, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Addams Family, The Odd Couple, Seinfeld and The King of Queens, with a particular focus on the various status anxieties reflected in each show—and how those portrayals changed as the medium of television changed. Ray Starman will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: Phil Gries will join us for an encore presentation of our look at early network TV coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Plus: Greg Ehrbar with a brand new DVD report.

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 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
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