Gabrielle Stone, plus The Drive and Ambition of Gene Roddenberry: Next on TVC

July 9th, 2019

Actress, director, and author Gabrielle Stone will join us, along with screenwriter and Gene Roddenberry biographer Marc Cushman, for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

When she last joined us on TV Confidential, Gabrielle Stone was experiencing a professional high, having made her directorial debut and won several awards and much critical acclaim for her short film It Happened Again Last Night. Behind the scenes, however, Gabrielle was experiencing a lot of personal turmoil and emotional upheaval, including a separation and eventual divorce from her husband after she found out he’d been cheating on her.

Later that summer, Gabrielle met another man, fell madly in love, and was about to embark on a romantic month-long vacation in Italy with her new love when he shockingly told her at the last minute that he did not want her to go with him—that he needed to go by himself. That left Gabrielle with two choices: Stay home and be miserable, or take a chance and travel for a month on her own. Gabrielle not only made her trip, but found herself thrust into a world of discovery that helped her regain control of her life. We’ll ask Gabrielle about her adventure in Europe, plus we’ll talk about her upcoming collaboration with her mom, actress Dee Wallace, and more when she joins us in our second hour.

Gabrielle Stone’s new book, Eat, Pray, #FML, asks the question “What do you do when you find your life has fallen apart and your heart has been ripped out and stepped on twice in two months?” In Gabrielle’s case, the answer was to get out of her comfort zone by going on a wild adventure, doing a lot of soul searching, and ultimately learning how to love and accept herself with the help of two tools: A Thought Onion and something she calls a “self-love” cocktail. Gabrielle’s story will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced an emotional gut punch—whether you’re male or female, and no matter what your age.

This week’s show will also include a return appearance by Marc Cushman, award-winning screenwriter, director, producer, documentary maker and, without question, the definitive chronicler of all things Star Trek and Gene Roddenberry. Last time Marc was on, we discussed his biography on Gene Roddenberry that particularly focused on the career of the Great Bird of the early 1970s. This week we’ll take a deep dive into the early career of Gene Roddenberry and the development of Star Trek itself.

In the early 1980s, Marc obtained permission from Roddenberry and Robert H. Justman, one of the producers of the original Star Trek, to write the definitive history of Star Trek: The Original Series. Along the way they provided Marc with access to the production files, personal papers of Gene Roddenberry, and other documentation that had never been shared with the public. The end result is a three-volume series of books, called These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series, each of which not only provides a comprehensive biography/history of each season of the original Star Trek, but transports you back in time to the era in which the original series was made as much as any book possibly can. Marc Cushman will join us in our first hour.

Volume 1 of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series was recently updated and expanded to include an additional eighty pages of information. Not only that, it is also available as an audiobook.

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Kate Linder, plus TV Stars Who Sing: Next on TVC

July 1st, 2019

Actress Kate Linder and authors Mary Ann Anderson and  Bob Leszczak will join us for a special holiday weekend edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

If you follow The Young and the Restless, you know Kate Linder as Esther Valentine, the faithful housekeeper and confidante that she has played on the top-rated CBS daytime drama since 1982. What you may not know is that Kate has also been a leading double life of sorts over the past thirty-three years. We’ll talk about, and more, when Kate Linder joins us in our second hour.

Co-hosting that hour will be our friend (and Kate’s friend) Mary Ann Anderson. Mary’s books on film and television include Mr. Adams and Eve: Illustrated (now available in hardcover) and Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, the story of Ida’s life and career.

And speaking of double lives, this week’s show will also include a return appearance from music and TV historian Bob Leszczak. Bob’s latest book, From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950-2000, is an encyclopedic look at hundreds of stars who performed double duty as TV performers and recording artists ― from legitimate crossover artists such as Rick Nelson and Annette Funicello, to the type of records that you have to hear to believe. The book includes exclusive interviews with Carol Burnett, Joyce Bulifant, Tom Kennedy, Bill Anderson, Rosey Grier, Paul Petersen, Stanley Livingston, Bill Mumy, Andrea Marcovicci and many, many others, plus Bob gives you a look at the drama that went on backstage as some of these stars tried to tackle different media. Bob Leszczak will join us in our first hour.

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Dolly Read Martin, plus The Sounds of Rare Merv: Next on TVC

June 25th, 2019

Actress Dolly Read Martin and author Steve Randisi will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Movie fans know Dolly Read Martin as one of the stars of the cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, while game show fans remember her many appearances on such classic game shows as Tattletales and the CBS Match Game. The widow of comedian Dick Martin (Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In), to whom she was married for more than thirty years, Dolly was also one of the first Playboy Bunnies from London hired by Hugh Hefner to open the London Playboy Club in 1966, while in the United States she also worked in the Playboy Clubs in Chicago and New York.

We’ll talk to Dolly about how the loose, free-flowing vibe behind the scenes of Match Game was an integral part of the appeal of the show; why working as a Bunny at the Playboy Clubs was not always as glamorous at it would seem; the secret greeting that she and Harvey Korman shared with each other for more than thirty years; plus a few other surprises. Dolly Read Martin will join us in our second hour. Chris Korman will co-host.

Steve Randisi will join Phil Gries in our first hour for the third and final part of our special Sounds of Lost Television tribute to the short-lived but critically acclaimed NBC daytime talk show that Merv Griffin hosted between October 1962 and March 1963. This week’s segment will include highlights from Merv’s 1963 interview with Montgomery Clift—one of the actor’s rare appearances on a daytime talk/variety show—plus a clip with Jack Benny in which the iconic comedian revealed why he chose for his onscreen persona to remain age thirty-nine. Steve Randisi is the author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television.

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TV’s Longest Sustained Laugh, plus A Glimpse Inside the Obama White House: Next on TVC

June 20th, 2019

Emmy Award-winning writers Rick Hawkins and Geoffrey Mark and iconic actress, comedian, filmmaker and photographer Anna Wilding will join us for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,  KSAV.org.

Calendar year 2019 marks the eightieth anniversary of the original theatrical release of Gone with the Wind, the epic length Oscar-winning movie that was also the inspiration for one of the most, if not the most, famous movie parodies on The Carol Burnett Show—that being “Went with the Wind,” the sketch that, as most of you probably know, also contains the longest sustained laugh in television history.

Joining us this week will be Rick Hawkins, the Emmy Award-winning staff writer for The Carol Burnett Show who co-wrote the “Went with the Wind” sketch with Liz Sage. Rick’s stint on the Burnett show launched a thirty-year career as a television writer and producer that included an Emmy Award, seven Emmy nominations, five WGA nominations, and more than 600 television credits, including writing and producing such popular shows as Punky Brewster, Major Dad, and Sister, Sister, and writing the original two-hour made-for-TV movie that ultimately led to The Love Boat.

We’ll ask Rick about the back story of “Went with the Wind,” including how the sketch almost never made it on the air, as well as how Carol Burnett’s performance as Scarlett during the famous “curtail rod dress” sequence had as much to do with the audience reaction to that moment as the outlandish outfit itself. We’ll also talk about the three years that Rick spent in Russia in the early 2000s, during which time he adapted such popular American shows as Married with Children, Everybody Loves Raymond, and I Dream of Jeannie to Russian audiences on behalf of Sony International. Rick Hawkins will join us during our second hour.

Also this week: We will welcome award-winning actress, director, comedian, producer and iconic still photographer Anna Wilding. Considered iconic both for her work on screen and behind the camera, Anna added a new chapter to her eclectic career when she spent two years (2015-2017) as a member of the White House press corps, mostly under the Obama Administration. During that time, Anna worked as a photographer and occasional reporter for the Herald de Paris, Huffington Post and an Israeli television network, while some of her photos of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were shared worldwide through Splash News and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Celebrate Hope, a collection of photographs that Anna took during her stint as a White House press photographer, not only offers the public a rare opportunity to experience the “People’s House” through up-close-and-personal images of President and First Lady Obama as they inhabit the West and East Wings, but, in many ways, reveals the humanity behind these two highly scrutinized public figures. Anna Wilding will share a few of the back stories of these images, and more, when she joins us in our first hour.

Celebrate Hope will be on display at The Palos Verdes Art Center Museum in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through Sunday, July 7. For more information, call (310) 541-2479 or visit AnnaWilding.world.

Plus: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, music and TV historian, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark will join us during our first hour for a remembrance of singer, actress, and animal rights activist Doris Day.

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Hollywood’s Most Influential Woman, The Most Interesting Man in the World, plus The Genius of Tim Conway: Next on TVC

June 5th, 2019

Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, and Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Geoffrey Mark will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, will join us this week for a look at some of the many exhibits that will be on display this summer, including Remembering Lucy, the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman exhibit, the fabulous tribute to the six actress who have played The Catwoman, plus two more exhibits that will become open to the people in June. We will also play more highlights of our special coverage of recent events from the floor of The Hollywood Museum, plus a few other surprises.

Also a member of the California Film Commission, as well as the chair of both the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Historic Trust, Donelle Dadigan is also considered Hollywood’s most influential woman. We’ll learn why when she joins us in our second hour.

Our first hour will include an encore presentation of our conversation with Jonathan Goldsmith, the prolific film and television actor with more than five hundred screen credits under his belt, including Hang ‘em High, The Shootist, Go Tell the Spartans, Ice Station Zebra, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, The FBI, The Rockford Files, T.J. Hooker, Dallas, and Magnum, p.i. Without question, however, Jonathan is best known as The Most Interesting Man in the World, the character he played in a wildly popular ad campaign for Dos Equis beer that not only increased national sales Dos Equis beer by 15 percent, but made Jonathan the idol of young and old consumers alike, including such high-profile fans as Michael Jordan, Leonardo diCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and President Barack Obama.

The Most Interesting Man in the World character not only catapulted Jonathan from obscurity, but came to him at a time and place in his life when he needed it the most. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Jonathan Goldsmith joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, music and TV historian, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark will join us during our first hour for a remembrance of Tim Conway, the beloved star of McHale’s Navy and The Carol Burnett Show who passed away on Tuesday, May 14. Geoff not only knew Conway personally, but has insight into Conway’s unique improvisational genius.

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The Most Famous Movie Studio That You’ve Never Heard of Before: Next on TVC

May 29th, 2019

Authors Kevin Hamilton, Neil O’Gorman, Herbie J Pilato, and Torchy Smith will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

It’s hard to imagine the U.S. military running a major film studio out of Hollywood—least of all, one that engaged the services of such Hollywood stars as James Stewart and Marilyn Monroe. Yet during the Cold War era, from 1947 until 1969, that is exactly what happened. The most important motion picture studio that few people have ever heard of, Lookout Mountain Laboratory—a U.S. Government operation that was officially known as 1352nd Photographic Group of the United States Air Force—will be the focus of the second hour of this weekend’s TV CONFIDENTIAL.

Located in the hills of Laurel Canyon in Hollywood, Lookout Mountain Laboratory made hundreds of movies, processed hundreds of thousands of feet of film, stored volumes of Cold War imagery, and served as a regular meeting spot for atomic scientists, military brass, and Hollywood professionals. If you have ever seen footage or images of a nuclear mushroom cloud, chances are that photo or footage originated from Lookout Mountain. In the course of its history, Lookout Mountain Laboratory worked closely with the most important innovators in scientific and technical film and photography at the time, while also collaborating with such Hollywood luminaries as John Ford, James Stewart, Susan Hayward, and Marilyn Monroe.

Joining this week will be Kevin Hamiliton and Ned O’Gorman, co-authors of Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, the first thorough history of Lookout Mountain Laboratory and the role it played in shaping not only how Baby Boomers and their families viewed the Cold War, but much of our political culture today. A rollicking story that depicts an unlikely mix of Hollywood artists, nuclear scientists, and military movers, Lookout America includes hundreds of breathtaking photographs, plus easy-to-follow charts, graphs, timelines, side bars, screen grabs, and a ton of information. Kevin Hamilton and Ned O’Gorman will join us in our second hour.

Speaking of Baby Boomers… While popular films and TV shows have changed over the years, certain themes, such as family and fun, have never gone out of style. Baby Boomers know that better than anyone else, and few people can speak for the Baby Boomer generation—and, particularly the eternal appeal of certain TV stars of the Baby Boomer generation—better than Torchy Smith. Host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio, an interview show featuring celebrities from the Baby Boomer generation, Torchy has appeared on numerous radio programs as a commentator on where Baby Boomers fit in today’s world. Torchy Smith will join us in our first hour.

Torchy’s new book, Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars: Surprising Celebrity Conversations for the Retro Generation, is a collection of fifty first-hand accounts of such Baby Boomer celebrities as Jerry Mathers, Bill Mumy, Cubby O’Brien, Stephen Furst, Judy Norton, Cindy Williams, Clint Howard, Celeste Yarnall, Angela Cartwright, George Wyner, and Kathryn Leigh Scott.

Also this week: We will play Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s interview with author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato. Herbie’s books include Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitching Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery and Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, the first objective cradle-to-grave biography of the star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will appear at the Cerritos Millenium Library in Cerritos, CA on Wednesday, June 12, starting at 7:30pm.

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Michele Lee, plus Sex and the City and Us: Next on TVC

May 20th, 2019

Singer/actress Michele Lee (Knots Landing, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Armstrong will join us this weekend for an encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This weekend’s show will include an encore presentation of our conversation with Tony Award-nominated and Emmy Award-nominated singer/actress Michele Lee. Known around the world as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie in all 344 episodes, and all fourteen seasons, of the landmark CBS series Knots Landing, Michele Lee, of course, left her mark on Broadway long before Knots, starring in the productions of Vintage ’60 and Bravo Giovanni before her breakout role as Rosemary opposite Robert Morse in the original Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Michele, of course, repeated the role of Rosemary for the film version of How to Succeed, while her other feature film and TV-movie credits include Disney’s The Love Bug, The Comic with Dick Van Dyke, Bud and Lou, Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story, and as Ben Stiller’s mother in Along Came Polly. She was also the first woman to produce, direct, co-write and star in a motion picture for television, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Color Me Perfect for Lifetime Television.

Calendar year 2019 marks the fortieth anniversary of the premiere of Knots Landing. We’ll talk to Michele about that, as well as The Love Bug; her approach to playing Madame Morrible on Broadway in Wicked; her acclaimed performance as country music superstar Dottie West in Big Hearts and Broken Dreams, one of the most successful TV-movies in CBS history; the back story of Seesaw, the Broadway musical for which Michele received a Tony nomination; and more. Michele Lee will join us in our second hour.

This week’s show will also include an encore presentation of our conversation with Jennifer Armstrong about Sex and the City, the iconic comedy drama starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis that not only changed the television landscape by making HBO a legitimate player in the world of scripted television series, but changed lives across the gender spectrum, across the sexual orientation spectrum and around the world. The first cable TV series to win an Emmy Award, Sex and the City reshaped the cultural perception of single women, sex, dating and marriage. Along the way it also directed the way many women dressed, elevated drinking culture to a social obligation in some circles, foisted brunch upon an unsuspecting nation, and, above all, demonstrated that life-changing love comes in all forms beyond heterosexual marriage and nuclear family.

Now available in paperback, Jennifer’s latest book, Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live and Love, walks you through the history of the show that, in many respects, changed the way in which television shows have been made for network, cable and streaming platforms over the past two decades, while also paving the way for the so-called second Golden Age of Television. We’ll about the origins of Sex, its controversial finale, the differences between the Carrie Bradshaw character on the series and how she was originally portrayed in Candace Bushnell’s columns, the alleged “feud” between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall (and the extent to which one existed at all), and more. Jennifer Armstrong joins in our first hour.

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Screen Villain Patrick Kilpatrick, Ugly Dolls, The Love Boat, and More: Next on TVC

May 15th, 2019

Longtime movie and TV screen villain Patrick Kilpatrick, film and TV composer Christopher Lennertz, and Golden Girls and Love Boat historian Jim Colucci will be among our guests this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the finest characters actors and action movie villains of our generation, Patrick Kilpatrick has made his presence known in more than 170 films and TV shows over the past quarter-century, including The Replacement Killers, Eraser, Last Man Standing, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, The Presidio, Last Stand at Saber River, Crossfire Trail, The Quick and the Dead, Minority Report, Death Warrant, Criminal Minds, 24, Shark, Cold Case, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Nip/Tuck, Burn Notice, Chuck, all three incarnations of CSI, and all three versions of NCIS.

As an actor, Patrick has been killed, beaten up or jailed by some of the biggest names in movies and television, including Sean Connery, Chow Yun-Fat, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Tom Selleck, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal, Mark Harmon, Sam Elliott, and Kiefer Sutherland. What you may not know is that—in real life—Patrick almost died at least three times before he turned seventeen, including severe bouts with asthma, allergies, and nearly being stabbed to death by his own mother.

Fortunately, Patrick also discovered his passion for the written word at a very young age. His memoir, Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot, is a rollicking yet often poignant recounting of his volatile upbringing that also includes a searing, often hilarious, and occasionally scandalous behind-the-scenes look at working with Hollywood’s elite. Patrick Kilpatrick will join us in our second hour.

Joe Mantegna had this to say about Dying for Living: “You may love it. You may hate it. But you will never forget it.” (And having read Patrick’s book ourselves, we agree.) Volume I of Dying for Living is available now in hardcover, as an eBook, and as an audiobook; Volume II is scheduled for release later in 2019. For our listeners in Denver, Colorado, Patrick Kilpatrick is scheduled to appear at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

This week’s program will also include a conversation with Christopher Lennertz, the award-winning producer, composer and conductor whose numerous contributions to television, film and video games include Marvel’s Agent Carter, ABC’s Galavant, the Netflix version of Lost in Space, and the hit movie version of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Christopher’s latest feature is the animated musical Ugly Dolls starring Kelly Clarkson, and for which he created original songs with Glenn Slater, the lyricist for Disney’s Tangled. Ugly Dolls: The Movie is playing in theaters everywhere, while the soundtrack for Ugly Dolls is available wherever music is sold. Christopher Lennertz will join us in our first hour.

Plus: We’ll continue our special coverage of recent events from the floor of The Hollywood Museum, including interviews with singer, actress and producer Barbara van Orden (L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star: 2019), actor and author Richard Pryor Jr. (In a Pryor Life), and Golden Girls historian Jim Colucci, author of a forthcoming book about The Love Boat.

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Robert Hooks, plus the Inside Story of The Questor Tapes: Next on TVC

May 8th, 2019

We’ll play Part 2 of our conversations with actor and entrepreneur Robert Hooks and author and screenwriter Marc Cushman this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org

Actor, producer, and “cultural architect” Robert Hooks will join us for Part 2 of a conversation that began last month about his career in stage, film, and television. Founder of three significant African-American theatre companies—the Group Theatre Workshop in New York; the DC Black Repertory Company in his hometown of Washington, D.C.; and the internationally recognized Negro Ensemble Company in New York—Robert became the first African-American actor to star in a network TV drama when he was cast as police detective Jeff Ward on N.Y.P.D. (ABC, 1967-1969), the first TV cop show with the official imprimatur of the New York Police Department, and the first network series to portray an African-American police officer as one of its regular characters.

This week, we’ll ask Robert about some of his other notable film and TV roles, including Admiral Morrow, the commander of Starfleet, in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and private eye “Mr. T” in the classic 1972 blaxploitation movie Trouble Man. Robert Hooks will join us in our second hour; Chuck Harter, who arranged for Robert’s appearance, will be our special co-host.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with award-winning writer, director, and Star Trek historian Mark Cushman. Marc’s latest book, These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s, is the first of a two-volume biography that chronicles the career of the Great Bird of the Galaxy between the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969 and the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. Among other topics this week, Marc will take us behind the scenes of The Questor Tapes, the critically acclaimed series pilot that many consider to be Roddenberry’s best work (other than Star Trek). Marc Cushman will join us in our first hour.

Volume I of These Are the Voyages, Marc Cushman’s critically acclaimed three-volume history of the original Star Trek, is now available as an audiobook.

Plus: We’ll bring you special coverage from the floor of The Hollywood Museum, including our interviews with some of the special guests who attended the opening night festivities of the new Remembering Lucy exhibit.

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Geri Jewell, plus Roddenberry in the 1970s: Next on TVC

May 1st, 2019

Actress and author Geri Jewell and author and screenwriter Marc Cushman will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Born with cerebral palsy, Geri Jewell shattered the glass ceiling for or individuals with disabilities when Norman Lear cast her as Cousin Geri on the long-running series The Facts of Life, making her the first person with a disability to appear in a recurring role on a network TV series. Geri also shattered perceptions when David Milch cast her as Jewel, the cleaning woman, on the hit Golden Globe and Emmy-winning HBO series Deadwood.

Geri will reprise her role—as will Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, William Sanderson, Gerald McRaney, and other Deadwood cast members—in the long-awaited Deadwood sequel film, which will premiere Friday, May 31 on HBO, HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO on Demand. Geri Jewell will join us in our second hour.

Geri Jewell can also be seen, along with Lee Purcell, Donna Mills, Donna Pescow, and Andrea F. Freeman, in Carol of the Bells, a new independent film directed by Joey Travolta and his company, Inclusion Films, which teaches and employs people in the film industry who have developmental and physical disabilities. Carol of the Bells will be among the spotlight films screened at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday, May 10; it is also slated scheduled to receive a wider release later in 2019. Geri’s book, I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond, is a candid and poignant look at some of the many obstacles that Geri has overcome throughout her life and career—some of which had to do with living with cerebral palsy, some of which had to accepting her sexuality, but a lot of which had to do with the nature of people and the entertainment industry itself.

Also this week: We’ll pay tribute to the Great Bird of the Galaxy as we welcome back award-winning writer and director Mark Cushman. Marc’s credits as a screenwriter include scripts for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, Diagnosis Murder, plus the feature films Midnight Confessions, Teresa’s Tattoo, The Magic of Christmas, and In the Eyes of a Killer, while his credits as a director include the award winning comedy-documentary Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, An Evening with the Golddiggers, and The Story of O: Untold Pleasures. In addition, as you know from Marc’s last appearance on TV Confidential, Marc Cushman has written extensively about the history of television, including These Are the Voyages, a critically acclaimed three-volume history of the original Star Trek, plus equally comprehensive works on the history of I Spy and the shows of Irwin Allen.

Marc recently collaborated with the estate of Gene Roddenberry, the cooperation of which made possible the release of These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Treks in the 1970s, a two-volume set that chronicles the career of Gene Roddenberry between the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969 to its triumphant return, as a feature length major motion picture, in 1979. During this ten-year period, Roddenberry experienced a lot of personal and professional up and downs, in film and in television, while Star Trek itself became a worldwide phenomenon. Marc Cushman will join us in our first hour.

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