Fifty Years of The Graduate: Next on TVC

November 15th, 2017

Authors Beverly Gray and Wesley Hyatt and comedy scholar Chris Korman will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Dec. 21, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Graduate, the Academy Award-winning film that was not only a surprise blockbuster when it was originally released in 1967, but has since burned itself indelibly on American popular culture. The Graduate put Mike Nichols on the map as a director, made Dustin Hoffman a star, influenced a new generation of filmmakers (including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Ron Howard) and, in many ways, changed the way in which movies were marketed while signaling the end of the studio system.

We’ll talk about The Graduate and more in our second hour when we welcome author, journalist and screenwriter Beverly Gray. Beverly’s latest book, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became a Touchstone for a Generation, not only provides the backstory of the making of The Graduate, but examines the various critical reactions to the film, and why it particularly struck a nerve with moviegoers who came of age in 1967.

2017 is also the golden anniversary of the premiere of The Carol Burnett Show. With that in mind, this week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with Wesley Hyatt, author of The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time, and Chris Korman, son of actor, comedian and Carol Burnett Show star Harvey Korman. We’ll talk about some of our favorite performances of Harvey Korman, the ill-fated decision to replace Korman with Dick Van Dyke after Harvey left the Burnett show in 1977, Glen Campbell’s memorable appearance on The Carol Burnett Show, and a whole lot more.

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Take a Good Look: Next on TVC

November 7th, 2017

Actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams and television archivist and DVD producer Josh Mills will visit us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

The son of singer/actress Edie Adams and photographer Martin Mills, Josh Mills is also the curator of the estate of Edie Adams and the estate of Ernie Kovacs. He is also the executive producer of an excellent new DVD package that will reintroduce you to Take a Good Look, the comedy game show hosted by Ernie Kovacs that has been largely unseen by the public for nearly sixty years.

Take a Good Look
takes the “secret guest” show formula of TV game shows and practically inverts it. For one, it is the host who gives the panel hints about the identity of the secret guest, in the form of sight gags and sketches. For two, none of the clues about the guest or their claim to fame make sense to anyone, unless you’re Ernie Kovacs.

The Library of Congress, which acquired the entire collection of the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams in 2015, has digitized, restored and preserved all the material contained in Take a Good Look: The Definitive Collection, the DVD set from Shout! Factory that not only includes all forty-nine episodes—many of which were thought to have been lost or destroyed—but features such eclectic guests and panelists as Carl Reiner, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mort Sahl, Mary Ann Mobley, Janet Leigh, Jim Backus, Cesar Romero, Ben Alexander, Hans Conried, chess champion Bobby Fischer, former heavyweight boxing champion James Braddock, Dodgers stars Don Drysdale and Larry Sherry, and Ernie’s wife at the time, Edie Adams. We’ll talk about the origins of Take a Good Look, why Ernie was originally reluctant to do the show, the direct line between Take a Good Look and the now iconic specials that Ernie did for ABC in 1961-1962, and more when Josh Mills joins us in our second hour.

If you are among the first 1,000 people to order Take a Good Look: The Definitive Collection directly through Shout! Factory, you will also receive an exclusive bonus disc containing Private Eye, Private Eye, a parody of TV detective shows starring Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams and Hans Conried that has also remained unseen since it is originally aired in 1961.

This week’s show will also commemorate National Drowsy Driver Awareness Week (Nov. 6-10). Drowsy driving has supplanted drunk driving as a major cause of thousands of fatal car accidents around the world and billions of dollars in damages. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately one out of every fatal car accidents in the U.S. are the result of drowsy driving, while in European nations, drowsy driving accounts for up to 30 percent of all car crashes.

You might recall that earlier this year, we had a chance to talk to Anson Williams, Potsie Weber on Happy Days, and an entrepreneur who has been recognized by the LAPD and the California Senate and Congress as an acknowledged expert on the subject of drowsy driving. Not only that, Anson recently developed a product called Alert Drops to combat the problem of drowsy driving. Alert Drops is a product that came to Anson indirectly through his uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich, the man behind the Heimlich Manuever. We’ll replay our conversation with Anson about Alert Drops, and how it carries on the legacy of Dr. Heimlich, at the end of our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new edition of This Week in TV History. It’s a full program as always; we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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Joyce Bulifant: Next on TVC

November 1st, 2017

Actress, author and activist Joyce Bulifant and author A.S. Berman will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of you know Joyce Bulifant from her many appearances on such classic game shows as Password, Crosswits, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, $25,000 Pyramid and, of course, the CBS Match Game, not to mention her many starring roles and guest appearances on such prime time shows and movies as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, The Bill Cosby Show, Perry Mason, the Tom, Dick and Mary edition of 90 Bristol Court, Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire and, of course, Airplane! The executive vice president of The Dyslexia Foundation, where she campaigns for children’s rights, and the founder of The Dyslexia Awareness program, Joyce is also known for her buoyant personality and effervescent smile—both of which were hard to maintain sometimes, in the face of her own struggles with dyslexia, not to mention a series of tumultuous marriages characterized by alcoholism, co-dependency, addictive behavior and domestic abuse.

Joyce’s book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, tells the story of her life and career, interwoven through the story of her marriages to James McArthur, Edward Mallory, William Asher and Roger Perry, as well as her relationships with Helen Hayes, “The First Lady of the American Theater” (and the grandmother of two of Joyce’s children), Lillian Gish (whom Joyce considers her “Fairy Godmother”), Jack Weston, Jack Warden, and many others. It is also a story about eternal love that serves as a reminder of the hurtful actions that alcoholism and addictive behavior can have on others, ourselves, and most important, our children.

Joyce Bulifant will join us in our second hour. (We’ll also have a special surprise guest that hour, but you’ll have to tune in to find out who it is.)

Joyce Bulifant also has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months ahead, including a benefit performance with Lesley Ann Warren, her co-star from The Happiest Millionaire, on Dec. 3 in New York, as well as events in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida and Rancho Mirage, California. For more information on these and other upcoming appearances on Joyce’s calendar, go to the events page at JoyceBulifant.com.

Our first hour this week will include a return appearance by A.S. Berman, author of Soap: The Unauthorized Inside Story of the Sitcom That Broke All the Rules. Plus: Phil Gries with Part 3 of our tribute to Will Jordan as part of The Sounds of Lost Television, and Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a special tribute to Robert Guilluame.

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Ed Asner, The Grouchy Historian: Next on TVC

October 25th, 2017

Join us as we welcome back actor, author and activist Ed Asner on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known for his distinguished acting career—including the twelve years he spent playing Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and his own hour-long series, Lou Grant, not to mention his eight Emmy Awards and numerous other honors—Ed Asner has also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and political activist, including the terms he spent as president of the Screen Actors Guild during the early 1980s, during which time he was an outspoken critic of President Reagan’s policy toward Central America. So it is not surprising that the subject of Ed’s book—The Grouchy Historian: An Old Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs, which Ed co-authored along with his longtime friend and fellow Mary Tyler Moore Show collaborator Ed. Weinberger—is politically oriented.

What may surprise you is that The Grouchy Historian is an earnest and engaging attempt at providing the back story of the U.S. Constitution—a subject that has fueled Ed’s passion and interest for many years. Well researched and documented, yet written with an Everyman quality, the book reminds us that it is impossible for anyone to insist on knowing the “original meaning” of the Constitution when the men who wrote the document more than 200 years ago could not agree on what it meant. We’ll talk about The Grouchy Historian, and more, when Ed Asner joins us in our second hour.

For our listeners in the Pacific Northwest, Ed Asner will be performing A Man and His Prostate—the critically acclaimed one-man show written by Ed. Weinberger—in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 11. For more information on this performance, as well as other upcoming dates in 2017 and 2018, go to AManandHisProstate.com.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour for Part 2 of our tribute to legendary comedian, actor and impressionist Will Jordan as part of The Sounds of Lost Television. Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new edition of This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
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Aki Aleong, Tom Lisanti and Will Jordan: Next on TVC

October 17th, 2017

We’ll play Part 2 of our conversations with actor, singer and producer Aki Aleong and sixties film historian Tom Lisanti on this weekend’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

This week’s show will include Part 2 of our conversation with actor, singer, producer and screenwriter Aki Aleong. Most of you probably know Aki as Senator Hidoshi on Babylon 5, Mr. Chiang on V: The Series, Colonel Mitamura in Farewell to the King and his starring role opposite Chuck Norris in Missing in Action, Part 3. His career as an actor began in 1955 as a member of the national Broadway production of Teahouse of the August Moon. From there he developed his craft during the days of live television, and has since appeared in more than fifty movies and 150 television shows. He has worked with such stars as Frank Sinatra, John Mills, Michael Rennie, Bette Davis, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Joanne Woodward, Ben Kingsley, Ernest Borgnine, Martin Landau, Roger Moore, Nick Nolte, Christian Slater, Jean-Claude van Damme, Olivia Hussey, and Pierce Brosnan.

Aki Aleong also has deep roots in the music industry, both as a recording artist and record producer, plus he has several projects in the works, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Aki joins us during our second hour.

Sixties film historian Tom Lisanti will join us in our second hour. Tom’s latest book, Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies, is a collection of profiles, interviews and tributes about actors and films that were particularly popular among drive-in movie goers during the 1960s. Some chapters center on one particular movie or genre (such as beach party movies, spy spoofs, and the evolution of the “Elvis movie”), while other chapters are career profiles that focus on a given actor. Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies also features recollections from such sixties icons as Shelley Fabares, Nancy Czar, Arlene Charles, Gail Gerber, Christopher Riordan, and Irene Tsu.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour as we pay tribute to legendary comedian, actor and impressionist Will Jordan as part of The Sounds of Lost Television. Though best known for his uncanny impression of Ed Sullivan, Will Jordan also mimicked such legends from the Golden Ages of Film and Television as Jack Benny, Robert Mitchum, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx. What set Jordan apart from his contemporaries is that he didn’t just master the voices of these personalities, he contorted his face so that he actually looked like them.

Will Jordan turned 90 earlier in 2017. Phil Gries not only interviewed him this year to mark that occasion, he will share some of that conversation with you, along with a few clips from some of Jordan’s earliest appearances on television, including The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Milt Larsen and Erin Dickins: Next on TVC

October 10th, 2017

Milt Larsen, founder of The Magic Castle, and jazz vocalist Erin Dickins will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Long before J.K. Rowling created the world of Harry Potter, Milt Larsen pursued a family legacy of magic by founding The Magic Castle, a new book—The Magic Castle: Beyond Smoke and Mirrors by The Magic Castl the Magic Castle in Hollywood, where many of the most celebrated magicians in the world performed their craft, including David Cooperfield, Harry Blackstone, Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton and Doug Henning, as well as such celebrated amateur magicians as Johnny Carson, Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Jason Alexander and Neil Patrick Harris. The Castle has also been featured in dozens of movies and TV shows over the past five decades, including Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Houdini, Hart to Hart, Murder She Wrote, Perry Mason, and, of course, The Magician starring Bill Bixby.

If you’ve never been to The Magic Castle, a new book—The Magic Castle: Beyond Smoke and Mirrors by Milt’s longtime collaborator Carol Marie—provides an illustrated guided tour of every nook and cranny of the Castle, while also capturing the heart and soul of this historical mecca for magicians and their guests. We’ll talk about the book, plus hear some of the behind-the-scenes stories of its most famous attractions, when Milt Larsen joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be award-winning jazz vocalist Erin Dickins. One of the founding members of the original Manhattan Transfer, Erin has also performed or recorded with such well known artists as James Taylor, Gregg Allman, The Talking Heads, Roberta Flack, Yoko Ono, James Brown and Leonard Cohen. As a solo artist, Erin captivates audiences with her stunning voice and upbeat humor. That certainly comes across in her new album, Vignettes, which will be released in the U.S. on Friday, October 20. We’ll ask Erin about some of the choices she made in putting together Vignettes when she joins us in our first hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, Erin Dickins will be performing in Los Angeles on November 3, 4 and 5. For more information, go to ErinDickins.com.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
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Rhonda Shear: Next on TVC

October 3rd, 2017

Actress, comedienne, entrepreneur and author Rhonda Shear will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of you probably know Rhonda Shear as the host of USA’s Up All Night, which she did for eight years throughout the 1990s. Some of you know her for her award-winning brand of intimate apparel, which includes the revolutionary Ahh Bra, as well as her many appearances on HSN, the Home Shopping Network. What you may not know is that Rhonda is also a beauty queen, model, actress, comedienne, dancer, hostess, businesswoman, designer, philanthropist, political operator, onetime political candidate, mentor, and diva… all rolled into one. Not only that, everything that Rhonda accomplished in show business, she did it on her own terms—using her beauty and wit to her advantage, at a time when the entertainment industry was still very much male-dominated and women were objectified.

Rhonda’s new book, Up All Night: From Hollywood Bombshell to Lingerie Model: Life Lessons from an Accidental Feminist, has great stories about her life and career in the pageant, entertainment and garment industries, including how her longtime association with Chuck Barris (and how that cost her a chance at being Miss America), the ups and downs of her experience on Happy Days, the time when she nearly decapitated Bob Hope while auditioning for an NBC special, and nearly decapitated Bob Hope, and how her experience as a stand-up comic prepared her for her current career as hostess on HSN. But the book also shares many lessons that she learned along the way that you can apply, whether you’re female or male, and whatever career path you happen to take. Rhonda Shear will join us in our second hour.

Our first hour will include This Week in TV History, a Debra Messing-centric edition of our regular DVD report, and a replay our Sounds of Lost Television segment that focused on Playboy’s Playhouse, an early television effort by Hugh Hefner that essentially served as a precursor to Playboy After Dark.

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Two Eds, a Deb and a Stonn: Next on TVC

September 26th, 2017

We’ll replay our conversations with actor Ed Asner, filmmaker Deborah Pearl and actor Lawrence Montaigne during this weekend’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Our first hour will include an encore presentation of our October 2016 conversation with actor Ed Asner and filmmaker Deborah Pearl. Deborah is the writer and director of Getting Ed Laid, a coming of “old age” story starring Ed Asner and Jean Smart. We’ll go behind the scenes of the making of Getting Ed Laid, plus we’ll ask Ed about The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant and more.

For our listeners in Southern California, Getting Ed Laid will be screened on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30pm as part of the Marina Del Rey Film Festival 2017. The screening will take place at AMC Classic Marina Marketplace 6, 4335 Glencoe Avenue in Marina Del Rey, California; tickets are $15. Both Ed Asner and Deborah Pearl are scheduled to appear at the screening. Click here for tickets and more information. (NOTE: If all goes well, Ed Asner will join us again later in October to discuss his new book, The Grouchy Historian.)

Our second hour will include a replay of our August 2012 conversation with actor and author Lawrence Montaigne (Star Trek, The Great Escape, A Vulcan Odyssey, The Guardian List). Best known for his appearances in “Amok Time” and “Balance of Terror,” two famous episodes of the original Star Trek, Lawrence Montaigne passed away in March 2017 at the age of 86.

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Tributes to Jerry Lewis and The Carol Burnett Show: Next on TVC

September 19th, 2017

Author Wesley Hyatt, comedy scholar Chris Korman, filmmaker Steve Kosareff and Jerry Lewis expert Jeff Brodrikc will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Author Wesley Hyatt will join us in our second hour as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of The Carol Burnett Show, the long-running CBS variety series that also featured Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman. Wes’ book The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time takes you behind the scenes of the Burnett show, including interviews with all of the key writers on the show, plus memories from many notable guest stars. Yet, despite winning multiple Emmy Awards during its eleven-year run, in some respects The Carol Burnett Show’s place in TV history is often overlooked. We’ll talk about that, and more, in our second hour.

Also joining Wes in our second hour will be Chris Korman. The son of actor/comedian Harvey Korman, Chris is also among the many people who provided insight and commentary for The Carol Burnett Show Companion.

Jeff Brodrick will join us during our first hour as we pay tribute to actor, comedian, filmmaker and humanitarian Jerry Lewis. An acknowledged authority on Lewis, Jeff has worked as a consultant on a number of projects related to Jerry’s film and TV career, including the very first website devoted to Jerry Lewis, JerryLewisUnauthorized.com.

This week’s show will also include a return appearance by Steve Kosareff, the writer, producer and director of TV Man: The Search for the Last Independent Dealer, an excellent documentary that explores the era of the locally owned, independent television set dealer—a vital part of the first three decades of TV retailing that has all but disappeared in the era of big box stores. Though TV Man was completed a few years before, the film has been in music licensing hell for the past two years. Steve hopes to change that by hiring a composer to write and record a new, original score for the film, so that TV Man can be at long last be viewed by the public.

Toward that end, Steve has started a Kickstarter campaign to help cover the cost of hiring of a composer to sight music cues, compose and record the score with additional musicians, and an editor to place the music cues and render the film for online streaming and digital downloads. For more information, go to Kickstarter.com and type in TV Man. The Kickstarter campaign for TV Man: The Search for the Last Independent Dealer will continue through Thursday, Oct. 5.

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Peter Onorati: Next on TVC

September 13th, 2017

Actor Peter Onorati and entertainment journalist Hillary Atkin will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

One of the most visible actors on network and cable television over the past three decades, Peter Onorati has appeared in such popular films and TV series as Goodfellas, Rocketman, The Last Ride, Postcards from the Edge, Kate and Allie, Murder One, Sons of Anarchy, How to Get Away with Murder, Castle, Rizzoli & Isles, Desperate Housewives, 24, Everybody Hates Chris, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue, CSI, NCIS, Monk, Crossing Jordan, and Sex and the City, plus leading roles in such shows as Civil Wars, Murder in the First, and the cult classic Cop Rock.

Peter Onorati is one of the stars, along with Shemar Moore, of the reimagining of S.W.A.T. that will premiere on Thursday, Nov. 2 on CBS. He also has a recurring role as Jack’s father, Stanley, on This Is Us, which starts its second season on NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 26. We’ll ask Peter about both shows, plus we’ll talk about how his career in acting “accidentally” came about, when he joins us in our second hour.

Speaking of the fall TV season, Hillary Atkin will join us in our first hour for a sneak peek at some of the new shows that will premiere over the next few weeks on broadcast, cable and digital television. An award-winning entertainment journalist, Hillary publishes The Atkin Report,™ which covers pop culture, travel, dining, fashion, and arts and entertainment, while her articles on the entertainment industry have appeared in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People, Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, Weekly Variety, Premiere, Television Week and other leading publications.

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