Tom Dreesen: Next on TVC

September 27th, 2016

Comedian Tom Dressen and Emmy Award-winning writer Vince Waldron will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

This week’s show will include a return appearance by comedian Tom Dreesen, the longtime opening act for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. who has also been a fixture on late night television, particularly The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Late Show with David Letterman. Tom was recently honored by the Radio and Television Museum in Chicago for his nearly five-decade career in show business. A much sought-after motivational speaker and master of ceremonies, he is also the co-author of Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White, the story of his partnership with Tim Reid in the late ‘60s and early 1970s as America’s first, and only, interracial comedy team. Tom Dreesen will join us in our second hour.

Television historian Vince Waldron will join us in our first hour for Part 2 of our behind-the-scenes look at The Dick Van Dyke Show. Vince’s book The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book, Deluxe Expanded Archive Edition: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy Series tells you everything you wanted to know about the most acclaimed comedy series of TV’s golden age, as seen through the eyes of Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews, and other cast and crew members. We’ll talk about the “capri pants” controversy, how the show embodies the changing face of television in the 1960s, the contributions of writers Sam Denoff and Bill Persky (and how that led to more on-screen time for Carl Reiner as Alan Brady), and more.

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Rob and Laura and Sally and Buddy: Next on TVC

September 20th, 2016

Emmy Award-winning writer Vince Waldron and autograph and memorabilia expert Kevin Martin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Television historian and Emmy Award-winning writer Vince Waldron will join us for a behind-the-scenes look at The Dick Van Dyke Show, the most acclaimed comedy series of TV’s golden age. Vince’s book The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book, Deluxe Expanded Archive Edition: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy Series tells you everything you wanted to know about the iconic sitcom, as seen through the eyes of the cast and crew, including Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews, and, of course, Dick Van Dyke himself. We’ll talk about how Reiner originally developed the series, why the show’s ensemble cast is among the best ever assembled, and the various hoops the Van Dyke show had to go through just to get on the air. Vince Waldron will join us in our second hour.

Also joining this week will be Kevin Martin, owner and CEO of Piece of the Past, one of the longest running autograph dealers in the world today. One of the leading autograph and memorabilia experts in the industry, Kevin has more than three decades of experience authenticating and selling only entertainment memorabilia. He also has written more than ten books, including An Insider’s Guide to Autograph Collecting, an A to Z look at the world of autograph collecting that also features many useful tips to make sure that the autographed celebrity item that you’re thinking of purchasing online and from an outside sources is, in fact, authentic. Kevin Martin will join us in our first hour.

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Ken Levine, plus a tribute to Hugh O’Brian: Next on TVC

September 13th, 2016

Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director Ken Levine returns on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and director of such classic shows as M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons and Everybody Loves Raymond, Ken Levine is also an award-winning radio host and former Major League Baseball broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners. If you follow baseball on any level, you know that the game, in many ways, is a reflection of life itself. Ken takes that idea a step further in Going Going Gone, a new play that explores our need to be remembered in a world that focuses on celebrating milestones. Though set against the backdrop of sports, Going Going Gone has elements that will remind you of Norm, Cliff and some of the other barflies on Cheers. We’ll ask Ken about that, plus we’ll talk about the influence of Garry Marshall early in his writing career, what Vin Scully mean to him personally (and to baseball fans in general), and more. Ken Levine joins us in our second hour.

If you listen to us in Los Angeles, or are planning a trip to L.A. during October and would like to take in a night at the theatre, Going Going Gone will be performed on Saturdays and Sunday at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles beginning Oct. 1 and continuing through Nov. 6. For tickets and more information, call (323) 960-5521 or go to www.plays411.com/gone.

Our first hour will include highlights from our January 2015 conversation with actor, author and philanthropist Hugh O’Brian (The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The Shootist, Hugh O’Brian… or What’s Left of Him). Plus, and speaking of Vin Scully, with the Hall of Fame broadcaster winding down his storied career as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers later this month, we will mark the occasion by playing an excerpt from our three-part tribute to Scully’s early career, including highlights from his work in 1957, the final season of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Rita Lakin, plus Fifty Years of Star Trek: Next on TVC

September 6th, 2016

Television writer/producer Rita Lakin 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 program will include a return visit from pioneering television writer/producer Rita Lakin. Rita not only spent more than two decades in television writing and producing such shows as Dr. Kildare, Peyton Place, The Mod Squad, Dynasty and The Movie of the Week, but was one of the first solo female writers in network television — at a time when the industry was still almost entirely run by men. Though she didn’t know it at the time, Rita helped pave the way for many women behind the scenes in film and TV today. She speaks candidly about her experiences in her memoir, The Only Woman in the Room: Episodes from My Life and Career as a Television Writer. Rita Lakin will join us in our second hour.

Rita Lakin will be appearing at the Sperber Community Library at American Jewish University on Thursday, September 15 beginning at 7:30pm. Rita will be in conversation that night with Howard Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic for the Los Angeles Times. Admission is $11. For tickets and more information, call (310) 440-1572 or go to wcce.aju.edu. Rita will also be appearing at the Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium on Sunday, September 18 beginning at 2pm. Admission for that event is free. For more information, call (310) 288-2200. For news on other upcoming events, go to RitaLakin.com.

Our first hour will include a special expanded edition of This Week of TV History that discusses the golden anniversary of the premiere of the original Star Trek, and the various ways in which the Star Trek franchise continues to influence our culture.

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Joel Eisenberg, Mitchel Musso and The Secret to Happiness: Next on TVC

August 30th, 2016

Film and TV producer Joel Eisenberg, filmmaker Adam Shell and actor Mitchel Musso will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

This week’s guests will include documentary filmmaker Adam Shell. At a time when millions of Americans spend billions of dollars a year hoping to find the secret to happiness, Adam and his producer, Nicholas Kraft, spent two years of their lives traveling across the United States in search of the most positive people in America. They spoke to artists, public servants, parents, and dreamers who radiate genuine happiness (even when faced with tragedy or debilitating illness), and learned how that happiness has a remarkable impact on the people and communities that surround them. Adam and Nicholas also interviewed many experts in the fields of psychology, art, sociology, religion, finance, and cultural studies, as well as such luminaries as Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Richard Sherman. Among their findings: While money may not buy happiness, the amount of money you have can lead to a happy life ― up to a certain point.

Adam chronicled his findings in a film called Pursuing Happiness, which we’ll discuss when he joins us in our first hour. Pursuing Happiness is now available on many On Demand and streaming services.

Joel Eisenberg, author, screenwriter, producer and former head of EMO Films@Paramount Studios, will join us in our second hour. Joel has written or developed programming for Cinemax, TNT and FOX Studios. His latest projects include an upcoming biopic on legendary heavyweight champion Joe Louis that will particularly focus on Louis’ two historic bouts with German heavyweight Max Schmeling, and The Chronicles of Ara, an eight-hour miniseries that will air in 2017 on Ovation TV. The Chronicles of Ara is based on the epic eight-volume fantasy saga that Joel co-wrote with Steve Hillard.

Also joining us this week will be actor, musician and voice artist Mitchel Musso (Hannah Montana, Prank Stars, Phineas and Ferb). Mitchel plays an aspiring animator in CharacterZ, a full length family comedy that our friend Greg Ehrbar describes as a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and My World and Welcome to It. CharacterZ is available right now on Video on Demand on iTunes, Vudu, Uverse and other VOD platforms. The movie also features such classic TV stalwarts as Ken Osmond (Leave It to Beaver) and Felix Silla (The Addams Family), plus the music of Justin Hayward and The Moody Blues. Mitchel Musso will join us in our first hour.

Plus: We’ll revisit how network and cable news covered the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as part of This Week in TV History.

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The Movers and Shakers of Variety Television: Next on TVC

August 23rd, 2016

Emmy Award-winning producer and director Steve Binder and actor and author James Rosin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of us think of variety shows as the sort of “personality”-driven shows (hosted by the likes of Dean Martin, Carol Burnett and, most recently, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph) that combine comedy sketches with musical performances. In truth, however, “variety” is a diverse genre that has spawned a host of other forms of programming, including morning shows, late night talk shows, daytime shows, award shows such as the annual Academy Awards telecasts, the Super Bowl halftime show, and such iconic sketch comedy series as Your Show of Shows and Saturday Night Live. Not only that, variety has been an integral part of the spice of television since TV sets first came onto the market in 1948.

Those are just two of the takeaways you’ll find in Fade Up 26: The Movers and Shakers of Variety Television, a new oral history of variety television co-authored by Steve Binder and Mary Beth Liebman. Fade Up 26 tells the story of variety television through the voices of the men and women who were and are responsible for bringing these shows (and stars!) into our homes for the past sixty-five years. Among the luminaries interviewed for Fade Up 26 include Lorne Michaels, Marty Pasetta, George Schlatter, Gil Cates and Louis Horvitz.

Steve Binder will join us in our second hour. An Emmy Award- and ACE Award-winning producer and director, Steve’s roots in variety television include the historic Diana Ross: Live in Central Park telecast and the 1968 Elvis Comeback Special, plus he directed The T.A.M.I. Show, the iconic feature film documentary that many consider to be the Holy Grail of rock ’n’ roll concert films.

This week’s program will also include a return appearance by James Rosin. Though most of you know Jim for the many books he’s written on classic TV shows from the 1960s and 1970s, he not only began his career as an actor, but recently returned to acting after an absence of several years. We’ll talk about how the audition process has changed in recent years, as well as Jim’s approach to acting in general, and some of the actors from whom he’s learned over the years. James Rosin will join us in our first hour.

James Rosin will be appearing at the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 15-17 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Other scheduled guests at this year’s gathering include Robert Fuller, Gary Lockwood, Kent McCord, Keir Dullea, Bernie Kopell, John Amos and Dabney Coleman. For tickets, updates and more information, go to Facebook.com/MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.

All this, plus a brand new edition of This Week in TV History.

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Single Season Sitcoms, plus a Comic Look at Corruption: Next on TVC

August 15th, 2016

Television writer/producer David Misch, TV and music historian Bob Leszczak and Hollywood Museum founder and president Donelle Dadigan will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Television writer/producer David Misch will join us in our first hour. David has also written for and/or produced shows for every major broadcast and cable network, including Police Squad!, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, and Duckman, plus he began his career in television as a story editor on Mork and Mindy.

David is also the author of FUNNY: THE BOOK: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy, an entertaining look at the art of comedy from every conceivable angle. His latest book, A Beginner’s Guide to Corruption, is a satirical look at politics, finance and romance that shows how corruption can lead to wealth and happiness (except when it doesn’t work).

Music and TV historian Bob Leszczak join us in our second hour. Bob’s latest book, Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s: A Complete Guide, takes a close look more than 200 shows that aired on network and cable television between 1980 and 1989 ― most of which aired for one season or less, though some aired over the course of a 12-month period (but not much longer than that). Many shows from this era starred such household names as Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, George C. Scott and Dabney Coleman, while others served as springboards for such future stars such as Jim Carrey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Geena Davis, Bill Maher, Matthew Perry and Chris Elliott.

This week’s program will also include a return appearance by Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of both The Hollywood Museum, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hollywood, and The Jose Iturbi Foundation, which is dedicated to sharing and popularizing the wonders of classical arts and classical music around the music. Jose Iturbi was not only the first classical artist to have a Gold Record (which he did twice throughout his career), he also helped popularize classical music to mainstream audiences by appearing in seven movies for M-G-M during the Golden Age of Hollywood and by accompanying such popular recording artists as Frank Sinatra. Donelle Dadigan is also Iturbi’s goddaughter; we’ll ask her about Iturbi when she joins us in our first hour.

If you’re planning a trip to L.A. later this year, make sure you stop by the Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Ave at Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood. Their newest exhibit, Child Stars: Then and Now, will feature items on display from the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Golden Age of Television, including Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Margaret O’Brien’s Oscar for Meet Me In St Louis, Roddy McDowall’s costume from Lassie, the dress that Rose Marie wore when she was “Baby” Rose Marie (as well as the bow she wore as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show), items from Family Affair, Leave It to Beaver and more. The Child Stars Then and Now exhibit will be open to the public beginning Friday, Aug. 19 through the end of the Christmas holidays. For tickets and more information, call (323) 467-7776 or go to TheHollywoodMuseum.com.

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Toni Tennille and Dawn Lyn: Next on TVC

August 9th, 2016

Grammy Award-winning singer/actress Toni Tennille and actress/speaker Dawn Lyn will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

This week’s program will include a return appearance by Grammy Award winner Toni Tennille, the effervescent half of Captain and Tennille, an accomplished songwriter and classically trained pianist who has released numerous solo albums that celebrate her love of big band music and The Great American Songbook. Toni’s performance in the audiobook version of her new book, Toni Tennille: A Memoir, was recently accepted for Grammy consideration in the Spoken Word category. We’ll ask Toni about that, plus she’ll share some more memories of her career in music and television when she joins us in our second hour.

Toni Tennille will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble in Palm Beach Gardens, FL on Saturday, Aug. 13 beginning at 2pm. The audiobook version of Toni Tennille: A Memoir is available through Audible Studios. For more information on Toni’s other upcoming appearances, visit her Facebook page.

Also joining us this week will be Dawn Lyn (Dodie Douglas on My Three Sons). Dawn began her acting career at the age of four, and continued to act in movies and TV throughout her teenage years before pursuing other interests, including running her own business in San Francisco, and an accomplished career as a voiceover artist with the Avalon Community Theater Radio Troupe in Southern California. But as buoyant as she appeared on screen, Dawn’s off-screen life was anything but ideal. With an absentee father and a controlling mother, she experienced emotional and verbal abuse at home, while also being burdened with the task of being the primary breadwinner for the family ― even at a young age. Yet, remarkably enough, instead of turning to drugs and feeling sorry for herself, Dawn parlayed her own inner strength to find success and happiness, both personally and professionally.

Today, among other things, Dawn is a motivational speaker whose core message is How to Emerge Victorious, no matter who life throws at you. We’ll ask her about this, plus she’ll share some memories of working with such legends as Gregory Peck, David Janssen, Robert Young, Karl Malden and, of course, Fred MacMurray, when she joins us in our first hour.

Dawn Lyn will be joining Paul Petersen, Alison Arngrim, Scott Schwartz, Jon Provost, Stan and Barry Livingston, Darby Hinton and many other former child stars at a special two-day autograph show that will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Ave at Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, CA. Proceeds for the autograph show will benefit A Minor Consideration. For tickets and more information, call (949) 439-9504 or click the Fundraising button at AMinorConsideration.org.

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Paul Petersen, Alison Arngrim and a Tribute to Garry Marshall: Next on TVC

August 1st, 2016

Actors Paul Petersen and Alison Arngrim and author Vince Waldron will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Most of you know Paul Petersen as Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show, as well as his success as a recording artist (“My Dad,” “Lollilops and Roses”) and author of sixteen novels. But his life’s work really began in 1990, when he founded A Minor Consideration, a non-profit support and assistance foundation that is dedicated to helping child stars past, present and future make the often difficult transition from child acting to adult life. Paul has devoted the past twenty-five years providing guidance and help to child stars (and their parents), while advocating legal protection for young performers. We’ll ask Paul how he came to start A Minor Consideration, and more, when he joins us in our first hour.

Paul Petersen will be joining Alison Arngrim, Scott Schwartz, Jon Provost, Stan and Barry Livingston, Darby Hinton and many other former child stars at a special two-day autograph show that will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Ave at Hollywood Blvd., in the famous Max Factor building. The two-day event promises to be the largest gathering of former film and TV child actors under one roof. Proceeds for the autograph show will benefit A Minor Consideration. For tickets and more information, call (949) 439-9504 or click the Fundraising button at AMinorConsideration.org.

Speaking of Alison Arngrim, she will join us during the second hour of this week’s program. Known around the world as Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie, Alison is also a member of the board of A Minor Consideration and a tireless advocate for many other important causes. Among other things, we will catch up on some of her recent projects, including her upcoming web series, The Mephisto Box.

This week’s show will also include a tribute to iconic writer, producer and director Garry Marshall. Though most of us immediately think of him for his work on Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and The Odd Couple (as well as his eighteen movies as a feature director), early in his career Marshall co-wrote (along with his then-writing producer, Jerry Belson), eighteen episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show. With that in mind, Emmy Award-winning writer, playwright and author Vince Waldron will join us in our first hour for our remembrance of Garry Marshall. Vince’s books on pop culture include The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy.

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Peter Marshall, Lois Lane and the Early Days of Motown: Next on TVC

July 25th, 2016

Singer/actor Peter Marshall, author Bruce Jenkins and Superman scholar Carl Glass will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Best known as the original host of The Hollywood Squares, Peter Marshall’s career in entertainment spans the worlds of big band music, Broadway musicals, comedy, movies, live performances, and radio. Early in his career Peter partnered with comedian Tommy Noonan, appearing in major nightclubs, films and theatres across the country, as well as numerous times on The Ed Sullivan Show, while his stage credits include the London production of Bye Bye Birdie and the Broadway production of Skyscraper with Julie Harris and Charles Nelson Reilly.

Today Peter is heard every day on the Music of Your Life radio network, where he plays the music of the Big Band era and draws on his vast knowledge of The Great American Songbook and the artists of that era. We’ll talk to him about his background in music, as well as ask a few questions about his movie career, stage work, and his years on The Hollywood Squares. Peter Marshall will join us in our second hour.

Joining us in our first hour will be Bruce Jenkins, award-winning columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and the author of such books as Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins. Though he grew up in a house surrounded by music and musicians ― his father, Gordon Jenkins, was a composer and arranger who worked with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash and (most notably) Frank Sinatra, while his mother, Beverly Mahr, was a blues singer known for such iconic songs as “Crescent City Blues” ― Bruce became drawn to R&B music as a youngster in 1960 after first hearing “Shop Around” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

Bruce’s latest book, Shop Around: Growing Up with Motown in a Sinatra Household, is a musical memoir that not only provides the back story of “Shop Around” and the early days of Motown Records, but shares Bruce’s own personal story about his lifelong passion for the music from the Motown era, and how that led to lasting friendships with the likes of Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News, and Emilio Castillo and Steve “Doc” Kupka of Tower of Power. Shop Around is the second volume in the “Music That Changed My Life” series published by Wellstone Books, a series of short books that reminds us of the many ways in which music brings us together. Bruce Jenkins will join us in our first hour.

For our listeners in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bruce Jenkins will be appearing at Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Avenue in San Francisco on Wednesday, Aug. 10 beginning at 7:30pm.

Also on this week’s program: Carl Glass will join us as we pay tribute to Noel Neill, the actress known to three generations of Adventures of Superman fans, and the first actress ever to play Lois Lane on film. For many years, Carl was the publisher of Glass House Presents, a website dedicated to preserving the memory of actor George Reeves. As a result of Glass House Presents, as well as his active involvement in several other Superman projects, Carl met Noel Neill, and remained good friends with her until she died. Carl Glass will also join us in our first hour.

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