Joyce Bulifant, Ella Fitzgerald’s Birthday, and The Birth of The Blues Brothers: Next on TVC

April 17th, 2018

We’ll welcome back actress and author Joyce Bulifant and author and showbiz historian Geoffrey Mark on this weekend’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most people know Joyce Bulifant from her many appearances on such popular game shows as Password, Crosswits, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, $25,000 Pyramid, Name That Tune, and, of course, the CBS Match Game, not to mention her roles on such film, TV and stage productions as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, The Bill Cosby Show, Perry Mason, Alcoa Presents, Big John, Little John, the Tom, Dick and Mary edition of 90 Bristol Court, The Paisley Convertible, Auntie Mame, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire and, of course, Airplane! Joyce Bulifant is also known for her effervescent personality and smile. Those were difficult for Joyce to maintain sometimes, in the face of her real-life struggle with dyslexia and feelings of self worth, and a series of tumultuous marriages characterized by alcoholism, co-dependency and addictive behavior.

A story of eternal love that is woven through the fabric of the entertainment world, Joyce’s book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, is a memoir of her life and career, interwoven through the story of her marriages to James McArthur, Edward Mallory, William Asher and Roger Perry. A beacon of hope for anyone who finds themselves caught in the web of addiction, the book also reminds us that, as Joyce herself puts it, “If you’re not afraid to learn and to keep trying, there can be a happy ending.”

My Four Hollywood Husbands has become incredibly timely since Joyce’s last visit to our program, in more ways that anyone could imagine. We’ll tell why when Joyce Bulifant joins us in our second hour.

This week being the birthday week of Ella Fitzgerald, and this year being the centennial year of Ella’s birth, we will say Happy Birthday to the First Lady of Song in our first hour when we welcome back singer, comedian and show business raconteur Geoffrey Mark. Geoffey’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, is a comprehensive biography and discography of the greatest female singer in history—a true pioneer whose personal life was one of the best-kept secrets in show business.

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. Both the hardcover edition and the Deluxe Edition of Ella are available at Amazon.com and UltimateSymbol.com/Ella. (There is also an Ella Legend Bundle Edition that includes the book, the two bonus CDs, plus a third CD, Ella at Zardi’s. The Ella Legend Bundle is available exclusively at UltimateSymbol.com/EllaLegendBundle.)

For our listeners on the East Coast, Geoffrey will be performing some of the music of Ella Fitzgerald on Wednesday, April 25 at Germano’s in Baltimore, Maryland, and on Sunday, April 29 at the Triad Theater in New York City. Geoffrey Mark will join us in our first hour.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will bring us Part 2 of our look at the 40th anniversary of the birth of The Blues Brothers as part of This Week in TV History. This week’s segment will focus particularly on the many great musicians that Dan Ackroyd introduced to a new generation by way of The Blues Brothers.

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Judy Norton, plus More of The Monkees: Next on TVC

April 10th, 2018

Actress, screenwriter and independent filmmaker Judy Norton and author, musician and Monkees 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.

Most of you know Judy Norton as Mary Ellen Walton, the eldest daughter on The Waltons, reruns of which air twice a day, Monday through Friday, on the INSP digital cable channel. What you may not know is that over the years since The Waltons, Judy’s accomplishments have encompassed the worlds of music, theatre, cabaret, stage and film production, and independent filmmaking.

Among her recent credits, Judy Norton wrote, produced and stars in Inclusion Criteria, an independent film about a painter who suddenly finds herself haunted by a tragedy that devastated her family many years before. Also starring Lauri Hendler (Gimme a Break), Inclusion Criteria premiered earlier this month on Amazon Prime and is now available for streaming on demand. We’ll ask Judy how she came to write Inclusion Criteria, plus we’ll get caught up on some on her other recent projects (including the offbeat web series Disorganized Zone), when she joins us in our second hour.

Also this week: Chuck Harter returns for Part 2 of our look at the history of The Monkees and their impact on music and television. Chuck wrote Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees, the acclaimed documentary that originally aired on The Disney Channel, and for which Chuck interviewed Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and other key people behind the Monkees phenomenon. Among other things, we’ll talk about the songs written by Boyce and Hart, Neil Diamond and Mike Nesmith (and particularly how Mike’s songs each have a distinct signature of their own); how the Monkees world tour of 1967 changed the dynamics of The Monkees television series (both seasons of which are now available on Blu-ray); how the Monkees feature motion picture Head was ahead of its time; and how the ill-fated NBC special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee marked the beginning of the end of the group. An accomplished musician himself, Chuck Harter will also perform two Monkees tunes for us when he joins us in our first hour.

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Marion Ross, The Monkees and Show No. 400: Next on TVC

April 3rd, 2018

Actress and author Marion Ross and author, musician and Monkees historian Chuck Harter will join us this weekend for the landmark 400th edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Everyone who has ever watched Happy Days knows that, in many respects, “Mrs. C” (the character played by Marion Ross) was the one who held everything together. Everyone was drawn to her, including—and especially—The Fonz. What you may not know is that, for many years, off camera, Marion Ross always felt invisible—a Hollywood outsider—despite the fact that she had appeared in just about every major TV series in the two decades prior to Happy Days, as well as such films as Operation Petticoat, Teacher’s Pet, The Glenn Miller Story, The Proud and Profane and Airport, and despite the fact that Happy Days itself was the No. 1 show on television.

Marion talks about her struggle with invisibility, and how she overcame that, in My Days: Happy and Otherwise, an inspiring new memoir that includes great stories about Marion’s work alongside Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis and her idol, Noel Coward, plus memories from her Happy Days cast mates—including the very last interviews ever given by Garry Marshall and Erin Moran. Marion Ross will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, Marion Ross will be appearing at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, April 14 beginning at 3pm. My Days: Happy and Otherwise is available wherever books are sold through Kensington Publishing.

Calendar year 1968 marks the 50th anniversary of the final season of The Monkees (NBC, 1966-1968), the groundbreaking series starring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith that not only won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series of 1966, but which continues to attract viewers worldwide, spanning three generations. Though some still question the authenticity of the group (criticizing it for being “made for television”), time has shown that all four Monkees were indeed talented musicians in their own right, leaving their mark in the world of music as well as television.

Our friend Chuck Harter will join us this week to discuss the legacy of The Monkees, from their origins in 1965 (and how the series nearly never made it on the air) to the height of Monkee-mania in 1967, to the pivotal role that MTV and Rhino Records played in the group’s comeback in 1986, to the death of Davy Jones in 2012 and the ongoing live tours of today. Chuck wrote Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees, the acclaimed documentary that originally aired on The Disney Channel, and for which Chuck interviewed just about key person behind the Monkees phenomenon (including all four Monkees themselves). An accomplished musician himself, Chuck Harter will also perform a few Monkees tunes when he joins us in our first hour.

This being the 400th edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL—and speaking on behalf of Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen, Phil Gries, Greg Ehrbar and producer Chris Korman—I want to thank you, our listeners, for tuning in each week over the past ten years. We appreciate your support and your feedback, and we look forward to bringing you more TV CONFIDENTIAL in the future.

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An Easter Week Program of Biblical Proportions: Next on TVC

March 27th, 2018

Film historians Paul Green and Mary Ann Anderson will join us on a special encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This being Easter week, we have put together a program of biblical proportions that includes a replay of our conversation with Paul Green about the life and career of Jeffrey Hunter. Known for his starring roles as Martin Pawley in The Searchers and Christopher Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek, Hunter also played Jesus Christ in the 1961 film production of King of Kings directed by Nicholas Ray. Hunter’s sudden death in May 1969 was a shock to everyone who knew him and left many wondering what direction his life and career would have gone, had he lived. Some of those questions are answered in Paul’s book Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances, which we’ll discuss in our second hour.

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

Our first hour will include an encore presentation of our tribute to Academy Award winner Charlton Heston. Though mostly known for his work on the big screen, Heston did star in the Dynasty spin-off The Colbys, while for many of us the prime time showings of Ben-Hur on CBS and The Ten Commandments on ABC were annual holiday traditions. Plus: We’ll take a look at the recent DVD release of the epic miniseries Jesus of Nazareth.

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Bob Hope on TV: Thanks for the Video Memories: Next on TVC

March 20th, 2018

Music and television historian Wesley Hyatt will join us on this weekend’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Wesley Hyatt will join us this week as we take a look at the network TV career of legendary comedian Bob Hope. For many of us, Hope was a fixture on television while we were growing up—not only for the frequent comedy variety spectaculars that he hosted on NBC for more than forty-five years, including his annual Christmas specials, but his fourteen appearances as host of the Academy Awards, his numerous guest appearances on just about every top variety show and daytime and late night talk show throughout the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, his official golf tournament that was televised on NBC, and even his own weekly anthology series.

But, though Bob Hope certainly left his mark on television—not to mention influenced just about every late night host through today through his use of the monologue—there is some concern that Hope is the verge of being forgotten. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Wesley Hyatt joins in our second hour.

Wesley Hyatt’s latest book, Bob Hope on TV: Thanks for the Video Memories, is a decade by decade look at nearly 1,000 hours of Bob Hope’s appearances on television from 1950 through 1996, including Hope’s acting roles on such shows as I Love Lucy, Get Smart, The Odd Couple and The Simpsons; his work on nearly 200 variety shows and specials; his memorable moments on game shows, talk shows, awards shows and sporting events; and his considerable contributions to documentaries and news programs. Wes screened close to 80 percent of the available video on Hope, plus he interviewed many of the writers, directors, producers and actors who worked with Hope over the years, including Marie Osmond, George Foreman, Gloria Loring, Pat Priest, JoAnne Worley, Gene Perret, Cathy Lee Crosby and our friend Bob Mills.

Also this week: A brand new DVD report, plus This Week in TV History.

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How Would You Define a Classic TV Show?: Next on TVC

March 15th, 2018

We’ll have something old and something new for you this weekend 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 ask the question What Exactly Constitutes a Classic TV Series? How would you define it? What are the markers: Is it the era in which the show originally aired, such as the Golden Age of Television? Does it have to do with the show’s impact on television, then and now? What about shows that were maligned when they originally aired, but are appreciated today? Can a show that premiered over the past decade be considered a classic? Are there any shows on television today that might be considered classics tomorrow? We’ll explore these questions and more as part of a special roundtable discussion with Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen that will air in our first hour.

If you have your thoughts on what makes a classic TV show “classic,” feel free to join the conversation by emailing us, talk@tvconfidential.net, or posting a comment on our Facebook page or via Twitter. We will work your comments into a future edition of TV Confidential.

Greg Ehrbar and Jennifer Armstrong will join us in our second hour for an encore presentation of our April 2013 tribute to the life and career of singer/actress Annette Funicello. Greg, of course, is the co-author of Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records, while Jennifer’s books on television include Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of The Mickey Mouse Club.

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Ella and Lou, Part Two: Next on TVC

March 5th, 2018

We’ll play Part 2 of our conversations with Emmy nominated actor/director Lou Antonio and Grammy nominee Geoffrey Mark this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Lou Antonio will return this week for Part 2 of our conversation about his career as an actor, director and screenwriter. Lou’s acting credits include more than seventy plays, both on and off Broadway, as well as such films and TV series as Cool Hand Luke, Splendor in the Grass, America America, The Phynx, Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, Gunsmoke, Naked City, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Route 66, The Monkees, The Snoop Sisters, Dog and Cat and Makin’ It, while his directing credits include such acclaimed made-for-TV movies as Something for Joey and Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II and multiple episodes of such shows as Boston Legal, Felicity, Picket Fences, Gentle Ben, The Flying Nun, McCloud, C.S.I., The Guardian and The Rockford Files. Among other things, we’ll ask Lou about working with David Janssen, James Arness, Elia Kazan, Wayne Rogers, Lee Remick, and Jaclyn Smith, plus the role he played in discovering such talents as Henry Thomas and Renee Zellweger. Lou Antonio will join us in our second hour.

Lou’s memoir, Cool Hand Lou: My Fifty Years in Hollywood and on Broadway, not only provides a window into the ups and downs of an artist’s life, but shares many great stories of his work alongside some of the biggest names in stage, film and television. Cool Hand Lou is available in softcover and as an eBook through McFarland Books. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187. If you’d like an autographed edition of Cool Hand Lou from Lou Antonio himself, you can contact Lou Antonio through his website, LouAntonio.com.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with Grammy Award-nominated singer, author, comedian, radio host and show business raconteur Geoffrey Mark. Geoffrey’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Birthday Edition is a comprehensive biography, discography and videography of the legendary First Lady of Song whose rags to riches story embodied the American Dream. Among other things, we’ll ask Geoffrey about Ella’s remarkable range as a singer (including her ability to sing virtually any song, from any era, and still make it her own), her numerous appearances on television all over the world (including her famous Memorex commercials), and how she first learned how to be a star with the help of Marilyn Monroe. Geoffrey Mark will join us in our first hour.

Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Edition is available in hardcover through Ultimate Symbol. There is also a deluxe edition of the book that includes a bonus two-CD set with more than forty studio/live tracks of Ella in her prime. All forty tracks in the CD set were personally selected by Geoffrey Mark himself from all four of Ella’s major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo. The bonus two-CD set is exclusive to the book and can only be purchased directly at UltimateSymbol.com/ella. Proceeds from the sale of the deluxe edition will be donated to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation to further Ella’s desire to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.

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Oscar Picks and The First Lady of Song: Next on TVC

February 27th, 2018

Author/journalist Beverly Gray and Grammy nominee Geoffrey Mark will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET adn PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Grammy Award-nominated singer, author, comedian, radio host and show business raconteur Geoffrey Mark will join us this week for an in-depth look at the life and career and Ella Fitzgerald, the legendary First Lady of Song whose name evokes thoughts of the Savoy Ballroom, Jazz at the Philharmonic, the bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Chick Webb, and more than 2,300 recordings of approximately 1,100 songs. The ultimate rags to riches embodiment of the American Dream, Ella Fitzgerald sold more than 40 million albums, appeared countless times on radio, television and stage, dedicated her life to philanthropy and entertained audiences in venues all over the world, virtually nonstop, in an astonishing career that rivaled and, in many ways, surpassed those of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

Yet very little is known about Ella Fitzgerald, the woman, partly because, despite living almost her entire life in the spotlight, she was never comfortable giving interviews and almost never revealed anything about herself—but also because the truth about Ella’s upbringing was considered too difficult and painful for the public to know. All of that changes now with the publication of Geoffrey’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Birthday Edition, a comprehensive biography that includes 275 photographs (many of which are in color), plus a complete discography, videography and more. Geoffrey Mark will join us in our second hour.

Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Edition is available in hardcover through Ultimate Symbol. There is also a deluxe edition of the book that includes a bonus two-CD set with more than forty studio/live tracks of Ella in her prime. All forty tracks in the CD set were personally selected by Geoffrey Mark himself from all four of Ella’s major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo. The bonus two-CD set is exclusive to the book and can only be purchased directly at UltimateSymbol.com/ella. Proceeds from the sale of the deluxe edition will be donated to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation to further Ella’s desire to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.

With the Oscars airing on Sunday, March 4, this week’s show will also take a look at each of this year’s nine Best Picture nominations. Joining us for that will be our friend Beverly Gray. Beverly spent nearly a decade in the film industry, where she was Roger Corman’s story editor at both New World Pictures and Concorde-New Horizons Pictures. She’s also covered the entertainment industry for The Hollywood Reporter and other trade publications, as well as her blog, Beverly in Movieland.

Beverly Gray is also the author of several books, including Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation, everything you wanted to know about the making of The Graduate—the most unexpected cinematic blockbuster of the sixties, and a movie that has burned itself indelibly on American popular culture. Beverly’s book includes interviews with such key personnel as director Mike Nichols and producer Lawrence Turman, plus a look at the Academy Awards broadcast of April 1968—a ceremony that was postponed because of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. We’ll remember the 1968 Oscarcast, too, when Beverly Gray joins us in our first hour.

Plus: We’ll remember the legacy of M*A*S*H and the thirty-fifth anniversary of “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” the final episode of M*A*S*H, as part of This Week in TV History.

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Lou Antonio: Next on TVC

February 20th, 2018

Actor, director, screenwriter and author Lou Antonio will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org

As an actor, Lou Antonio has performed in more than seventy plays, both on and off Broadway, as well as more than sixty films and television shows, including Cool Hand Luke, Splendor in the Grass, America America, The Phynx, Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, Gunsmoke, Naked City, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Route 66, The Monkees, and three series of his own, The Snoop Sisters, Dog and Cat and Makin’ It. As a director, Lou has helmed more than 200 hours of television, including such acclaimed made-for-TV movies as Something for Joey and Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II, as well as episodes of such popular shows as Boston Legal, Felicity, Picket Fences, Gentle Ben, The Flying Nun, McCloud, C.S.I., The Guardian and The Rockford Files. Along the way he worked with many of the biggest names in stage, film and television, including Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Eli Wallach, Julie Andrews, Julie Harris, Edward Albee, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett, George C. Scott, Michael J. Fox, Dennis Weaver, Jaclyn Smith, Elizabeth Montgomery, Heath Ledger, Louis Gossett Jr., Candice Bergen, Renee Zellweger, Lee Remick, Richard Burton, Peter Ustinov, Laurence Olivier, David Janssen and James Garner.

Lou is also co-artistic director of the Los Angeles Actors Studio, where he continues to teach acting and directing. His recently released memoir, Cool Hand Lou: My Fifty Years in Hollywood and on Broadway, not only shares some of the wisdom he has attained throughout his career, but provides a window into the ups and downs of an artist’s life. Lou Antonio will join us in our second hour.

Cool Hand Lou is available in softcover and as an eBook through McFarland Books. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187. If you’d like an autographed edition of Cool Hand Lou from Lou Antonio himself, you can contact Lou through his website, LouAntonio.com.

The first hour of this week’s show will include a tribute to Fred Rogers as part of an expanded edition of This Week in TV History.

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Roy Thinnes, Batman, and More: Next on TVC

February 13th, 2018

We’ll welcome back author James Rosin and Hollywood Museum founder and president Donelle Dadigan on this weekend’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This week’s program will include a return visit from actor and author James Rosin. Jim’s many books on classic television shows include The Invaders: A Quinn Martin TV Series, a behind-the-scenes look at the classic Quinn Martin series starring Roy Thinnes that includes interviews with many of the key personnel behind The Invaders and Quinn Martin Productions. The 2017-2018 television season marks the fiftieth anniversary of the final season of The Invaders, while the series remains a cult favorite all over the world (particularly in France and England). Jim Rosin will join us in our first hour.

And speaking of The Invaders, our second hour will include an encore presentation of our February 2016 interview with Roy Thinnes himself. We’ll ask Roy how he came to play David Vincent on The Invaders, plus we’ll talk about some of his other notable roles, including Dr. Phil Brewer on General Hospital and Ben Quick on the TV adaptation of The Long, Hot Summer.

Also this week: We will welcome back Donelle Dadigan, entertainment historian, preservationist, philanthropist and the founder and president of The Hollywood Museum. With spring break is soon upon us, that means summer is not too far behind—and if you plan on visiting Hollywood soon, there are always great exhibits on display at The Hollywood Museum that celebrate the worlds of movies and television, including Holy Hollywood History!, a Bat-tastic new exhibit going that celebrates all aspects of the Batman TV series. Donelle Dadigan will join us in our first hour.

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