Larry Storch: Next on TVC

September 1st, 2014

Actor/comedian Larry Storch 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.

Known around the world as Corporal Agarn on F Troop, the classic comedy series that continues to reach a new generation of fans every week on Me-TV, Larry Storch is about to return to Los Angeles for a one-night-only appearance at The World Famous Comedy Store, the very same stage where he made his stand-up comedy debut sixty years ago, when it was known as the nightclub Ciro’s. We’ll ask Larry how he began his career in comedy, plus we’ll ask him to share some memories of working alongside the likes of Tony Curtis, Peter Falk, Don Adams and, of course, Forrest Tucker when he joins us in our second hour.

Larry Storch will be performing at The World Famous Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, on Thursday, Sept. 11. Larry will be joined on stage by several special guests, including Ken Berry, Marion Ross, Hank Garrett, Bernie Kopell and Bob Burns. The event starts at 7pm. For tickets and more information, go to www.hollywood.thecomedystore.com.

Also joining us this week will be our friend James Rosin. Jim’s books include Route 66: The Television Series, Peyton Place: The Television Series and Streets of San Francisco: A Quinn Martin TV Series, plus he wrote, produced and directed The Philadelphia Athletics: 1901-1954, a year-by-year documentary of the first five decades of one of Major League Baseball’s most storied franchises. Jim Rosin will be joining us in our first hour.

Jim Rosin will be appearing at this year’s MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 18-Sept. 20 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Other scheduled guests that weekend include Connie Stevens, Piper Laurie, George Lazenby, Peggy King and Veronica Cartwright. For more information, go to www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.com.

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Remembering Robin Williams and Jeffrey Hunter: Next on TVC

August 26th, 2014

Television writer/producer David Misch and authors Paul Green and Mary Ann Anderson will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio. Click on the Listen Live button at KSAV.org or hear us on the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil.

Our first hour will remember the life and legacy of Robin Williams, the Academy Award-winning actor who originally became a star as a result of ABC television series Mork & Mindy. Our guests will include television writer/producer David Misch (Police Squad!, Late Night with David Letterman, Duckman, Saturday Night Live,Funny: The Book). David began his career in television as a story editor on Mork & Mindy.

Paul Green will join us in our second hour for a look back at the life and career of Jeffrey Hunter, the actor best known for his starring roles as Martin Pawley in The Searchers, Christopher Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek, and Jesus Christ in Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings. 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 latest 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.

 

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America’s First Talk Show Host, the Era of Live Television and More: Next on TVC

August 19th, 2014

Broadcast legend Joe Franklin and author, playwright and director Julian David Stone will join us on a special encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Credited with bringing the talk show genre to the early days of television, Joe Franklin is also recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the longest-running talk show in TV history, Joe Franklin’s Memory Lane, which aired on WABC-TV in New York, then later WWOR-TV (also in New York), for 41 consecutive years (1952-1993). It has been said that Joe Franklin has interviewed more than 300,000 people in his radio and TV career, ranging from top celebrities in the world of entertainment to local personalities, legendary stars from vaudeville and the silent movie era, and five U.S. presidents. That number continues to grow, because Joe is still very active today, hosting celebrity interviews every week for the Bloomberg Radio Network. Joe Franklin will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us for our conversation with Joe Franklin will be our friend Phil Gries. Phil helped put together Joe Franklin’s TV Audio Archives, a forthcoming CD that will feature more than 10 hours of highlights from the Memory Lane show. The CD will be released later in 2014, but you can pre-order it by contacting Rick Russo at this email address.

And speaking of the early days of television, Julian David Stone will join us in our first hour as we look back at the era of live TV, from complex dramas such as the anthology series Playhouse 90 to boisterous comedy/variety shows such as The Colgate Comedy Hour and Texaco Star Theatre. If you get a chance to watch some of the live shows from the Golden Age of Television, while everything seemed calm and controlled on camera, beyond the scenes there was usually craziness and drama going on that was often as compelling as the program themselves.

Julian captures that sense of madness and wonder in The Strange Birth, Short Life and Sudden Death of Justice Girl, an epic novel that not only brings to life the golden age of live television, but also explores the underside of early network TV and, particularly, the era of McCarthyism and the blacklist.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with an expanded edition of This Week in TV History that includes a birthday salute to Barbara Eden.

 

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Kevin Sorbo and Douglas Lieblein: Next on TVC

August 12th, 2014

Actor Kevin Sorbo and television writer/producer Douglas Lieblein will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known around the world as the star of Hercules, the Legendary Journeys — the most-watched first-run syndicated TV show in the world throughout the 1990s, and a show that is still seen today in more than fifty countries —.Kevin Sorbo is also the star of God’s Not Dead, an inspirational story that weaves together multiple perspectives on faith, doubt and disbelief before culminating in a call to action. Now available on DVD, God’s Not Dead is also the highest grossing independent faith film of all time — a remarkable accomplishment, considering that the movie was made with little money. Kevin Sorbo joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be four-time Emmy nominated writer/producer Douglas Lieblein, whose credits include the Disney series Hannah Montana, the Teennick series Life With Boys, and the forthcoming Nickelodeon series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn on Nickelodeon. Doug also just released his first novel, Flight of the Akero: The Book of Milo, a subversively comic, action-packed, science fiction, fantasy adventure for young adults, and adults who still think of themselves as young adults. Douglas Lieblein will join us in our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new edition of This Week in TV History.

 

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A Tribute to James Garner: Next on TVC

August 5th, 2014

We’ll celebrate the life and career of James Garner on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Whether you think of him as Jim Rockford, Bret Maverick, Grandpa Jim on 8 Simple Rules, Charlie Madison in The Americanization of Emily, Dr. Harold Lear in Heartsounds, Murphy in Murphy’s Romance, Noah Calhoun in The Notebook, his Polaroid commercials with Mariette Hartley, or his many other memorable roles in film and television, James Garner was one of those actors that you never got tired of watching. That’s one reason why his career spanned six decades — and his fan base spans an amazing four generations.

James Garner passed away on July 19, 2014. This week’s program will be devoted entirely to the iconic actor who, time and again, changed the way we looked at our film and TV heroes. We’ll play highlights from some of our previous conversations with the people who knew and worked with James Garner, including Jon Winokur (co-author of The Garner Files, Jim’s memoirs of his career in film and television), Emmy winners Roy Huggins (creator of Maverick, co-creator of The Rockford Files) and Stephen J. Cannell (co-creator of The Rockford Files), writer/producer Juanita Bartlett (Nichols, The Rockford Files), and a few other surprises. We’ll also read some of the emails and Facebook comments about Garner that you have posted over the past few weeks. Plus we’ll hear from James Garner himself, in the form of two rarely heard radio interviews.

 

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Shelley Morrison and Walter Dominguez: Next on TVC

July 29th, 2014

Shelley Morrison and Walter Dominguez: Next on TVC

Actress/producer Shelley Morrison and documentary filmmaker Walter Dominguez will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.
After a long and successful acting career that includes such films and television series as The Flying Nun, McKenna’s Gold, Blume in Love, Breezy, General Hospital and Will & Grace, Shelley Morrison recently transitioned into the world of documentary film making. Her first documentary, Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery, which she produced along with her husband (writer, producer and director Walter Dominguez), is a moving story about Walter’s attempt to trace the roots of his grandfather Emilio Hernandez.

Though it originally began as a family project, Weaving the Past soon evolved into a much bigger story that discusses not only Mexican-American history, but issues of social justice that are still relevant today. We’ll talk about the film, but we’ll also ask Shelley and Walter about some of the many mentors who continue to influence them today, including Eli Wallach, Robert Wise, Stanley Kramer and James Garner. Shelley Morrison and Walter Dominguez will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery will have its world premiere at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 theater complex, 673 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena from Friday, August 15 through Thursday, August 21. For more information, go to WeavingthePast.com or ChasingLightPictures.com.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with an expanded edition of This Week in Television History that remembers the birth of Carroll O’Connor and the legacy of All in the Family, and Greg Ehrbar with a brand new DVD report.

 

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Michael Gleason, plus Recently Canceled Network Shows: Next on TVC

July 22nd, 2014

Michael Gleason, plus Recently Canceled Network Shows: Next on TVC

Television producer Michael Gleason and author Eddie Shapiro 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 co-creator and executive producer of the long-running private eye series Remington Steele, Michael Gleason’s career in television also spans the genres of Westerns, comedy, made for TV movies, and miniseries, including such shows as Maverick, Peyton Place, Rawhide, Diagnosis Murder, Cannon, McCloud, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Six Million Dollar Man, Nash Bridges, Lois and Clark, Diagnosis Murder, Rich Man, Poor Man: Book Two and Sword of Justice.

Michael recently published his first novel, Working Dirty, a private eye story set in a prison that also has some of the elements that made Remington Steele famous. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Michael Gleason joins us in our second hour.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us as we take a look at recently canceled network shows, as well as viewer reaction to the series finale of How I Met Your Mother. Plus: a replay of our conversation with author Eddie Shapiro (Nothing Like a Dame) about Broadway legend Elaine Stritch.

 

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Diane Baker, plus the Lost Art of the Motion Picture Showman: Next on TVC

July 15th, 2014

Actress and producer Diane Baker, television writer Paul Robert Coyle, and author John McElwee will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Diane Baker will join us this week for Part 2 of our conversation about her career in film and television. Best known for her acting appearances in The Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie, Straight-Jacket, Route 66, The Invaders, House, Law and Order: SVU, The Fugitive, and other films and TV series, Diane is also an accomplished producer of many films and documentaries, including To Climb a Mountain for HBO and the Emmy-nominated miniseries A Woman of Substance starring Deborah Kerr. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Motion Pictures & Television Acting School at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, one of the largest film schools in the country, and a position that she has held for more than ten years. 

We’ll ask Diane about how she first made the transition from acting to producing, as well as how she became involved with the Academy of Art University (and the school’s recent collaboration with director Roger Corman). But she’ll also share some memories of her work on The Diary of Anne Frank, Perry Mason, Kojak and other films and TV series. Diane Baker will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be our friend Paul Robert Coyle. Paul began his career as a television writer writing for The Streets of San Francisco and Barnaby Jones, plus he’s written for such shows as Crazy Like a Fox, Simon and Simon, Jake and the Fatman, Xena: Warrior Princess and Stephen King’s The Dead Zone.

Our first hour will feature John McElwee, curator of the Greenbriar Picture Shows movie website, and a consultant on many documentaries about the Golden Age of Hollywood. John’s book, Showmen, Sell It Hot! Movies as Merchandise in Golden Era Hollywood, examines the often innovative marketing campaigns for such classic motion pictures as Stagecoach, King Kong, The Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, On the Waterfront, Frankenstein, Dracula, A Night at the Opera and Rebel Without a Cause. The book includes hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs, plus great stories about the various ways in which movies were promoted in the era before television.

 

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Barry Livingston, plus Lee Marvin: Point Blank: Next on TVC

July 8th, 2014

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

One of the few actors to make the transition from successful child star to successful grown-up actor, Barry Livingston parlayed his success as Ernie Douglas on My Three Sons into a steady career that he has seen him work with the likes of Myrna Loy, Karl Malden, John Cassavetes, Steve Railsback, Martin Landau, Forest Whitaker, Adam Sandler, Ben Affleck and, most recently, Clint Eastwood. In fact, Barry is one of the cast members of Jersey Boys, the critically acclaimed biopic directed by Clint Eastwood about the rise of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. We’ll ask Barry about working with Eastwood and other film and TV legends when he joins us in our second hour.

And speaking of legends, we’ll spend our first hour discussing the life and career of Lee Marvin, the Academy Award-winning film actor who became a household name partly as a result of television (and particularly the nourish 1950s crime drama M Squad).

Someone once said that the depth of Lee Marvin “never really came out until you saw him on the screen. You knew there had to be something inside him that could create images that he wanted to convey to you.” Though Marvin remained somewhat enigmatic until the day he died, a new book, Lee Marvin: Point Blank, explores the depth of Marvin the person to reveal a sensitive soul behind the persona of the hard-drinking man who lived life on his own terms. Dwayne Epstein, the author of Lee Marvin: Point Blank, will join us in our first hour.

 

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Remembering Bob Crane, Gerry Goffin and FUNNY: The Book: Next on TVC

July 1st, 2014

Television writer/producer David Misch, makeup artist Karen Crane and author Rich Podolsky will join us as part of our Fourth of July edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This week’s program will include highlights from our December 2013 conversation with Karen Crane, award-winning special effects makeup artist and the daughter of Bob Crane. Best known as the star of Hogan’s Heroes, the long-running CBS comedy series from the mid-1960s that currently airs on Me-TV, Bob Crane was also an accomplished drummer, not to mention an innovative radio personality whose influence on broadcasting can still be felt today. All of Crane’s accomplishments, however, were overshadowed by the gruesome nature of his murder on June 29, 1978; the unsolved status of the case; and his addiction to sex, which by all accounts the actor was trying to overcome at the time of his death.

Less talked about when it comes to Bob Crane is that he was a generous actor, a loving father, and a good friend to those who knew him. That is the Bob Crane that we will talk about when Karen Crane join us in our second hour.

 

This week’s show will also remember Gerry Goffin, the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame lyricist responsible for such iconic songs as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” and “The Locomotion” — all of which Goffin co-wrote with his wife at the time, Carole King, and all of which were produced by legendary music impresario Don Kirshner.

You might recall that we talked at length about Gerry Goffin and Don Kirshner in June 2012, as part of our conversation with author Rich Podolsky. Rich’s book DON KIRSHNER: The Man with the Golden Ear tells the story of Aldon Music, the song publishing co-founded by Kirshner and Al Nevins that was not only responsible for some of the biggest hits in music history (including “On Broadway,” “Up on a Roof,” “One Fine Day,” “Go Away Little Girl,” “You Lost That Lovin Feeling,” “Splish Splash” and “Dream Lover”), but also developed some of the greatest and most prolific songwriters and performers the music industry has ever known, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Connie Francis, Tony Orlando, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Jack Keller and, as mentioned, Gerry Goffin and Carole King. We’ll play highlights of our conversation with Rich Podolsky during our first hour.

 

Also in our first hour: We’ll replay part of our June 2012 conversation with longtime television writer and producer David Misch. (Mork and Mindy, Police Squad!, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman, Duckman.). David is 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: historical, musical, psychological, philosophical and everything in between. David’s book also explores comedy from the worlds of movies, television and stand-up, including the impact of such iconic comedians as Buster Keaton, Groucho Marx, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Robin Williams and Woody Allen, while also answering the eternal question “Why are fart jokes funny?”

 

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