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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Tribute to Peter Falk: Next on TVC

July 19th, 2016

Emmy Award-winning writer/producer William Link and television critic Mark Dawidziak 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 we’ll commemorate the five-year anniversary of the death of Peter Falk with an encore presentation of our special July 25, 2011 tribute to the Emmy Award-winning star of Columbo, Murder by Death, The Cheap Detective, Pocketful of Miracles, Murder, Inc. and Trials of O’Brien.

Emmy Award-winning writer/producer William Link (Columbo, Mannix, Ellery Queen, Murder, She Wrote, The Columbo Collection) will join us in our second hour as we discuss the origins of the Columbo character (which Bill created along with his longtime collaborator, Richard Levinson); Falk’s friendship with Levinson and Link, which predated their work on the Columbo television series; how Falk came to be cast as Columbo; and the enduring appeal of the Columbo character.

Our first hour will feature Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and the author of such books as The Columbo Phile, the definitive book on the classic TV mystery series. Among other things, we’ll talk about Falk’s dedication to Columbo, both on camera and behind the scenes; his favorite episodes and favorite Columbo clues; and his collaborations with Neil Simon, Frank Capra, Ben Gazzara and John Cassavetes.

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The Seinfeld Phenomenon: Next on TVC

July 12th, 2016

TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Armstrong pays a return visit on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Once described as a show that blurred between reality and fiction beyond convention, Seinfeld was a bona fide cultural sensation that not only drew heavily from the idiosyncrasies of everyday ordinary life, but bled into the real world, altering the lives of everyone it touched in ways no one could have imagined.

We’ll talk about Seinfeld and more when Jennifer Armstrong joins us in our second hour. Jennifer’s latest book, Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything, not only walks you through the origins of Seinfeld (and how it barely got on the air), but provides an inside-the-writers-room perspective on how many of the show’s most infamous storylines and catchphrases came to be. We’ll talk about why NBC was worried about “The Chinese Restaurant,” but surprisingly had no qualms about “The Contest.” We’ll also get some insight into who Larry David is (both as a person and as a showrunner), and why Curb Your Enthusiasm is, in some ways, even better than Seinfeld; get the inside scoop on the fierce Twitter rivalry between @SeinfeldToday and @Seinfeld2000; and see how Larry Thomas, the actor played the Soup Nazi, best embodies the phenomenon that Jennifer that defines as Seinfeldia more than anyone (or anything) else.

Our first hour will include a tribute to Ann Morgan Guilbert (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Nanny), plus an expanded DVD report on three popular shows from the ’60s and ’70s.

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The Songs of John Mitchum: Next on TVC

July 5th, 2016

Cindy Mitchum Azbill, daughter of longtime film and TV character actor John Mitchum, will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

The younger brother of screen legend Robert Mitchum, John Mitchum was an accomplished character actor in his own right who appeared in sixty films and more than 800 television episodes in the course of his 60-year career, including such classic shows as The Twilight Zone, F Troop, Bewitched, Perry Mason, Batman, Maverick and The Rockford Files. He was a frequent co-star of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood (among others), while Robert Fuller once said that he shot John Mitchum [on film] “more than anyone else in Hollywood.”

What you may not know is that John Mitchum was also an accomplished singer, songwriter and poet who not only wrote the lyrics for America: Why I Love Her (a spoken-word album that was also the only album ever recorded by John Wayne), but collaborated with Dan Blocker on the album Our Land, Our Heritage, as well as wrote such songs as “Ode to a Mule,” a tribute to Ruth (Festus’ mule on Gunsmoke) that was eventually recorded by Ken Curtis (Festus on Gunsmoke).

John Mitchum died in 2001, but his accomplishments as a poet and songwriter will be honored as part of two events coming up in September―one of which is the release of The John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD, a two-disc CD set featuring fifty recordings of Mitchum’s poetry. John’s daughter, Cindy Mitchum Azbill, is the producer of The John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD; she will share some memories of her dad when she joins us in our second hour.

The John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD features fifty recordings of such stars as Robert Duvall, James Drury, Ernest Borgnine, Andrew Prine, Wilford Brimley, Randy Boone, Morgan Woodward, James Hampton, Robert Fuller, Ann Rutherford, Dick Van Patten, Denny Miller, and The Sons of the Pioneers, all recording John’s poems or singing a song. Nearly all of the contributors knew and/or worked with John Mitchum one way or another. The John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD is available as a two-disc CD set through Mitchum Media Productions for $35 (including shipping). To pre-order, email djw7749@yahoo.com.

If you listen to us in Southern California (or plan on being in Southern California during Labor Day Weekend), there will be an official CD release party on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Paramount State Park in Los Angeles. The event will feature many of the celebrities who appear on the John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD. Tickets for the Sunday, Sept. 4 event are $150 (which includes a signed CD) or $100 (without CD). Space is limited. For more information on the Sept. 4 CD party, email mitchummedia@gmail.com.

The first hour of this week’s show will include This Week in TV History, our DVD report, plus a surprise feature.

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Harvey Korman, Blazing Saddles and Muhammad Ali: Next on TVC

June 28th, 2016

Chris Korman will join us for Part 2 of our tribute to actor Harvey Korman on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Chris Korman returns this week for Part 2 of our conversation about the life and career of his father, actor/comedian Harvey Korman. While everyone knows Harvey Korman as one of the stars of The Carol Burnett Show, he was also a gifted teacher and a mentor to many young actors and comedians (including John Ritter and Garry Shandling), as well as a loving father who instilled a lot of wisdom and life lessons that Chris still lives by today. We’ll talk about Harvey’s work with Mel Brooks, how he approached the various characters he played every week The Carol Burnett Show, and a few other topics when Chris Korman joins us in our second hour.

Chris Korman is also one of the many people featured The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So We Glad We Had This Time, Wesley Hyatt’s excellent behind-the-scenes history of the iconic CBS variety series. If you are in Los Angeles (or planning a trip to L.A. in the next couple weeks), you can meet Wes and Chris at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA on Saturday, July 16 beginning at 4pm. For more information, go to the events page at BookSoup.com.

The first hour of this week’s show will include a look at the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali as part of an expanded edition of This Week in TV History. Plus: A brand new DVD report.

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Eight Decades of American Television: Next on TVC

June 21st, 2016

Pop culture historians Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Harry Castleman has worked as a media producer and consultant for many political organizations and campaigns. Walter J. Podrazik is a communications and logistics consultant who currently serves as television curator at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Together they have collaborated on eight books on popular culture, including Watching TV: Eight Decades of American Television, a sweeping look at the history of television from 1944 through the present day, from its early inception as a passive activity to its current form as a multi-tiered experience. Watching TV not only takes you behind the scenes of every prime time season and prime time schedule over the past eight decades, but includes an ongoing timeline of the major personalities, trends and breakout shows of each season. It is also, hands down, one of the best, most informative and engaging books on television that you will ever find.

Harry and Wally will join us for an expanded conversation that will begin near the end of our first hour. We’ll weigh in on the impact that Netflix and Amazon have had on TV programming, the current trend among the broadcast networks for so-called “limited run” series, the recent passings of Morley Safer and other TV icons, and a whole lot more.

Speaking of TV icons, Greg Ehrbar will share a few thoughts on the passing of longtime actress and voice artist Janet Waldo. Not only has Greg written extensively about Waldo’s accomplishments in music, film and television, but had an opportunity to direct her once. Plus: This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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