Budd Moss and Kat Kramer: Next on TVC

March 28th, 2017

Budd Moss and Kat Kramer: Next on TVC

Actress/comedienne Kat Kramer and legendary film and television agent Budd Moss will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,  KSAV.org.

If you’re familiar with Child of the ’70s—the popular web series that pays homage to classic sitcoms of the 1970s—you know Kat Kramer as Frances Rye, the soap opera star who is a much better diva than she is an actress. Kat also plays two other characters on Child of the ’70s, both of which she will incorporate into her other venues. We’ll ask Kat about that, plus we’ll talk about some of her comedic influences, when she joins us in our first hour.

Kat Kramer is also the daughter of actress Karen Kramer and legendary film producer/director Stanley Kramer, while 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the iconic film directed by Stanley Kramer that is still timely today. For more information on upcoming events that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, visit StanleyKramer100.com. Season Five of Child of the ’70s will premiere later this year, while episodes from the first four seasons are available at OutTV.com, FunnyorDie.com, GayDirect.com, TheOfficialChildofthe70s.com and YouTube.

Our second hour will include a return appearance by Budd Burton Moss, the legendary Hollywood agent and talent manager whose career spans the Golden Age of Hollywood and Golden Age of Television right on through the digital age. One of the great raconteurs in the entertainment industry, Budd shares many of his stories in a two-volume memoir, All I Got Was 10 Percent: What It’s Like to Be a (Famous) Hollywood Agent (Vol. I) and Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality is Better Than the Dream (Vol. II). All Got Was 10 Percent is a sprawling narrative that covers Budd’s early career in Hollywood (including his efforts as an actor and bullfighter, his lifelong friendship with Sidney Poitier, the circumstances that led him to become an agent under the legendary Martin Baum, and the triangle between he, Carolyn Jones and Aaron Spelling), while Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality is Better Than the Dream chronicles Budd’s later career, including his efforts on behalf of Rita Hayworth, Tom Bosley, John James, Hunter Tylo and former MPAA president Jack Valenti, and the role he played in casting some of the most iconic shows in TV history.

For our listeners in Southern California, that Budd Moss will be appearing at the Just Fabulous bookstore in Palm Springs on Saturday, April 8. You can also meet Budd at Los Angeles City College on Wednesday, April 12.

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What Really Happened to Dorothy Kilgallen? Next on TVC

March 22nd, 2017

Investigative reporter, former criminal defense attorney and cable news legal analyst Mark Shaw 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 you probably remember Dorothy Kilgallen because of her weekly appearances on What’s My Line?, the popular CBS Sunday night prime time game show that made her household name during the 1950s and early 1960s. Some of you may also think of Kilgallen because of the mysterious nature of her death in the early morning hours of Nov. 8, 1965: a case that was officially ruled accidental, but which remains unsolved to this day.

Kilgallen, however, was a pioneer in many respects, leaving her mark in print and radio, as well as television, long before Oprah Winfrey. She was also a Pulitzer Prize-nominated, nationally syndicated columnist for the New York Journal-American, and a crack investigative reporter whose penchant for finding truth and justice—and, particularly, her series of articles that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—won her admiration from news reporters and editors alike.

But Dorothy Kilgallen also made a lot of enemies. In fact, a new book—The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line? TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen—makes a compelling argument that Kilgallen was actually murdered by one of her enemies because she was getting too close to the truth about the Kennedy assassination. Not only that, but new evidence uncovered as a result of The Reporter Who Knew Too Much recently led the New York District Attorney’s office to reopen the Kilgallen case.

Investigative reporter and former criminal defense attorney Mark Shaw is the author of The Reporter Who Knew Too Much. Author of twenty-five books, and onetime legal analyst for CNN, ESPN and USA Today, he will talk about the life, death and legacy of Dorothy Kilgallen—and why reopening her case matters—when he joins us in our second hour.

The first hour of this week’s show will include Part 2 of our tribute to comedian “Professor” Irwin Corey as part of The Sounds of Lost Television.

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Taylor Hicks, plus a Salute to The World’s Foremost Authority: Next on TVC

March 14th, 2017

Platinum recording artist and Season Five American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Taylor Hicks’ resume since winning American Idol is extensive. His debut album post-Idol, Taylor Hicks, went platinum, while his career over the past decade includes an eighteen-month stint on Broadway as Teen Angel in the national tour of Grease, a longterm residency at Paris Las Vegas (the first American Idol winner to do so), a best-selling book, and appearances on such shows as Law and Order: SVU.

Taylor Hicks is the host of the INSP series State Plate, which celebrates the unique food traditions of different states across the country. He is also about to release a new album and a new single later this year. We’ll ask Taylor about that, plus we’ll talk about some of his music influences, and more, when he joins us during our second hour.

Taylor Hicks is also in the middle of a national tour that will take him to such cities as Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, Milwaukee, WI, Jackpot, NV and Chicago, IL over the next several weeks. For more information on the tour and the upcoming album, go to TaylorHicks.com.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour as we salute the “World’s Foremost Authority,” “Professor” Irwin Corey, the wild-haired, zany comedian whose career as an entertainer spanned more than eight decades. Best known to television audiences for his many appearances on variety shows and late night talk shows during the 1960s and ’70s, Corey passed away last month at the age of 102.

Phil Gries is not only a longtime fan of Irwin Corey, he worked with Corey for a couple days on a film shoot in 1986. We’ll talk about that, plus we’ll play rarely heard audio from some of Corey’s most notable TV appearances as part of the Sounds of Lost Television.

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Eric Braeden, plus The Allure of Harry Houdini: Next on TVC

March 7th, 2017

Emmy Award-winning actor Eric Braeden and costume designer Arlene Larsen will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

If you watch daytime television, you know Eric Braeden as Victor Newman, the complex self-made billionaire that he has played continuously on The Young and the Restless since he first joined the series in 1980. If you don’t watch daytime television, you probably know Eric as Captain Diedrich on the classic TV series The Rat Patrol, for his notable roles in such films as Colossus: The Forbin Project, 100 Rifles and Escape from the Planet of the Apes, or for the many villains that he played on various popular TV shows in the 1970s, including memorable appearances on Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and just about every crime drama produced by Quinn Martin.

What you may not know about Eric Braeden that his life story is a classic immigration story that embodies the American Dream. Born and raised in Germany at the height of World War II, Eric arrived in America in 1959 unaware of the atrocities of the Holocaust. That changed dramatically one day in 1961, when he watched the film Mein Kampf—an experience that not only awakened him politically, but left him determined to redress the wrongs of his homeland and to fighting prejudice not only against Germans, but all ethnicities.

Eric speaks about this candidly, and very movingly, in his memoir, I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s No. 1 Daytime Drama. Eric Braeden will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be Arlene Larsen, award-winning costume designer and the wife of Milt Larsen, founder of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Arlene will talk about a Larsen family heirloom—a rare and historic emerald and ruby encrusted crown that Czar Nicholas of Russia originally gave to legendary illusionist Harry Houdini in 1903—that will soon become the property of the highest bidder at the upcoming Houdini Auction, which will take place at the auction house of Potter & Potter in Chicago on Saturday, April 8. Proceeds from the winning bid will help fund the creation of the Magic Castle Cabaret, a smaller version of The Magic Castle that will be located in Santa Barbara. We’ll ask Arlene how the Larsen family came to own the Houdini Brooch, as well as the Larsen family’s personal connection with Harry and Bess Houdini, the legacy of Houdini himself, and the various film and TV actors who have played Houdini over the years. Arlene Larsen will join us in our first hour.

If you can’t make the Houdini Auction in person on April 8, you still can bid on the Houdini Brooch (or any other item) either online, by telephone, or as an absentee bidder. For more information on how to do that, go to PotterAuctions.com/auctions/buying. For more information on The Magic Castle, go to MagicCastle.com.

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Lucy in London and Elvis: The 1968 Comeback Special: Next on TVC

February 28th, 2017

Emmy Award-winning and ACE Award-winning producer and director Steve Binder will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

A fixture in the world of variety television for more than five decades, Steve Binder’s many credits as a director and producer include the musical series Hullabaloo, the iconic concert film The T.A.M.I. Show (considered by many to be the Holy Grail of Rock films), and such iconic variety specials as Lucy in London, Petula (which featured a groundbreaking yet controversial moment between Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte), the historic Diana Ross: Live in Central Park telecast and the 1968 Elvis Comeback Special.

Steve Binder is also the co-author of Fade Up 26: The Movers and Shakers of Variety Television, an excellent oral history that tells the story of variety television through the voices of twenty-six men and women who were and are responsible for bringing these shows into our homes for the past sixty-five years. Steve will tell us the backstory of the Elvis Comeback Special, and more, when he joins us in our second hour.

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Diane Baker: Next on TVC

February 20th, 2017

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 RadioKSAV.org.

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 Baker 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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Homer Simpson, Oscar Levant and the Legacy of MTM: Next on TVC

February 7th, 2017

Actor and playwright Dan Castellaneta and authors Vince Waldron and Jennifer Armstrong will join us as we remember Mary Tyler Moore on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

We’ll spend most of our program this week remembering Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic actress and producer who passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the age of 80. Whether you think of her as Laurie Petrie, Mary Richards, or one of the guiding forces behind MTM Enterprises, Mary Tyler Moore helped three generations of women see alternatives for themselves beyond traditional roles on television and in the real world.

Jennifer Armstrong will join us by phone in our first hour, while Vince Waldron will join us in the studio during our second hour. Jennifer’s books include Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted and All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Television Classic, while Vince’s books include The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy.

This week’s show will also include the first of a two-part interview with Emmy Award-winning actor, writer and voice artist Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson. Not only is Dan a big fan of The Dick Van Dyke Show, he wrote the foreword for the deluxe expanded archive edition of The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book. We will ask Dan about some of his favorite Laura Petrie episodes, and more, when he joins us in our second hour.

Dan Castellaneta is also the writer and star of For Piano and Harpo, a brand new play about Oscar Levant, the renowned pianist, composer, humorist and bon vivant who was known as much for his biting wit as for his musical compositions. For Piano and Harpo is playing at the Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank, CA through Sunday, March 5. For tickets and more information, call 818-955-8101 or go to FalconTheatre.com.

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Tributes to Mike Connors and Barbara Hale: Next on TVC

January 31st, 2017

Producer/director Arthur Marks will join us as we remember Barbara Hale and Mike Connors on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Arthur Marks will join us this week as we pay tribute to television icons Barbara Hale, the actress known to three generations as Della Street on Perry Mason, and Mike Connors, the star of Mannix. Hale passed away on Jan. 27 at the age of 94, while Connors died Jan. 26 at the age of 91.

Arthur Marks directed seventy-six episodes of the original Perry Mason television series, more than any other director. He also worked behind the scenes in nearly every episode of the long-running series (CBS, 1957-1966), first as assistant director, then as a director, then as associate producer, and, finally, producer and showrunner for the last five seasons. Art will share a few memories of Barbara Hale, but he’ll also talk about a little about his friend Mike Connors, whom he directed both on Perry Mason (“The Case of the Bullied Bowler”) and on Mannix. Arthur Marks will join us in our first hour.

The second hour of this week’s show will include a replay of our March 2014 conversation with Barbara Hale in which she talked about playing Della Street, both on CBS and on NBC, her friendship with Raymond Burr (which spanned five decades), and her long motion picture career, which included films with the likes of James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, James Arness, Frank Sinatra and James Cagney.

In addition, our first hour will include a replay of our May 2014 conversation with Mike Connors. Known to three generations of viewers as Joe Mannix, Connors arguably defined the private eye on television more than any other actor. We talked to Mike about Mannix, Tightrope, his work with William Wellman and John Wayne, and more.

Also this week: Chris Korman will discuss his upcoming appearance at the 54th annual Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) conference, which will take place Feb. 16-19 in Baltimore, Maryland. Chris’ father, actor Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show), was once national spokesman of the LDA. Chris will also share a few memories of his friendship of Mike Connors, which stemmed from the annual charity golf tournament that benefited The Frostig School for children with learning disabilities—a tournament that Chris and Harvey hosted together for many years. Chris Korman will join us in our first hour.

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Linda Lawson, plus the Man Behind Batman’s Butler: Next on TVC

January 24th, 2017

Singer/actress Linda Lawson and author James Bigwood will join us on an encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Our first hour will include an encore presentation of our April 2012 conversation with singer/actress Linda Lawson. Linda began her career in the 1950s as a nightclub performer at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. That led to a recording session with Henry Mancini, who later introduced her to Blake Edwards, who later cast Linda in an episode of Peter Gunn, which opened the door to an acting career that included appearances on such shows as Adventures in Paradise, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, Sea Hunt, Adventures in Paradise, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Virginian, and It Takes a Thief, as well as such feature motion pictures as Night Tide with Dennis Hopper, and Sometimes a Great Notion with Paul Newman, Henry Fonda and Richard Jaeckel.

Our second hour will include a replay of our January 2016 conversation with James Bigwood, writer, producer and co-author of Not Just Batman’s Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier, a combination memoir, biography and filmography of Alan Napier, the tall, distinguished British actor best known for playing Alfred the butler on the Batman television series (ABC, 1966-1968). Though Batman brought Napier fame (and some fortune), it also overshadowed a lifetime of work on stage, film and television that saw him work with the likes of Marlon Brando, Ingrid Bergman, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier, George Bernard Shaw, Paul Muni, Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock, James Whale, Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Orson Welles and John Houseman.

Largely based on a manuscript that Napier wrote himself in 1969, Not Just Batman’s Butler not only explores the actor’s life and career before, during and after Batman, but shows how Napier led a very full and somewhat bohemian life outside of show business. Not Just Batman’s Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier is available through McFarlandPub.com. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187.

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Tippi Hedren, Rich Little, plus The Year in Television: Next on TVC

January 17th, 2017

Actress Tippi Hedren and celebrity impersonator Rich Little will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Film buffs know Tippi Hedren as the star of the classic Alfred Hitchcock films The Birds and Marnie—an experience that, in many respects, was both the opportunity of a lifetime and a nightmare come true. While the story of Tippi’s complicated relationship with Hitchcock has been told countless times by other people, it’s never been told by Tippi herself… until now.

Hedren’s memoir, Tippi, sets the record straight, revealing never-before-told stories about the torment that Hitchcock put her through during the filming of their two collaborations. But it also shows the strength and spirit that has defined Tippi throughout her life—and how that strength was put to the test time and again during the making of Roar, the ambitious independent film that Tippi produced and starred in (along with dozens of live lions and tigers) that is not only one of the most notorious film productions of all time, but fueled a passion for wildlife preservation that continues to this day. Tippi Hedren will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be America’s Master Mimic, Rich Little, the man who has impersonated the voices of countless showbiz figures and politicians over the past six decades. Since Inauguration Day is soon upon us, and given that Rich is known for his impersonations of the past ten sitting U.S. presidents, we’ll ask if he’ll be working Donald Trump into his repertoire anytime soon. We’ll also learn the difference between an impressionist and an impersonator, how Rich takes an actor’s approach to mastering voices, and how he nearly made his national TV debut without any pants. Rich Little will join us near the end of our first hour.

Rich Little recently completed principal photography on Futurama: The Movie, in which he plays the voice of Richard Nixon’s reanimated head. His new book, Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been, features stories and anecdotes about thirty of the most famous people that Rich has impersonated over the years, including George Burns, Jack Benny, Ed Sullivan, James Stewart, Dean Martin, Robert Goulet, Richard Nixon, Orson Welles, John Huston and John Wayne. The book also includes charcoal sketches of each celebrity that Rich discusses in the book—all done by Rich Little himself—plus about 100 photographs, many of which are in color.

This week’s show will also include our annual look at some of the major stories that helped shape this past year in television. Foremost will be a discussion of how TV covered the 2016 presidential election.

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