George Maharis and James Rosin: Next on TVC

March 24th, 2015

Actor George Maharis 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.

James Rosin has written a series of books on some of the great shows from the 1960s and 1970s, including Naked City, Peyton Place, The Streets of San Francisco and Wagon Train. Jim has recently updated his book on Route 66 with new information about the classic TV series starring Martin Milner and George Maharis. Jim will join us in our first hour.

And speaking of Route 66, our second hour will include highlights from our April 2012 conversation with George Maharis in which George discusses, among other things, how he approached playing Buz Murdock, as well as the real reason why he left Route 66 in the middle of the third season.

All this, plus a brand new edition of This Week in TV History. It’s a full program as always, and we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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June Lockhart and H.M. Wynant: Next on TVC

March 17th, 2015

Actors June Lockhart and H.M. Wynant will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known among television viewers as Timmy’s mom on Lassie, Will Robinson’s mom on Lost in Space, Dr. Janet Craig on Petticoat Junction and Maria Ramirez on General Hospital, June Lockhart has earned many honors in the course of her acting career, including a Tony Award, an Emmy nomination, two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal from NASA. June will add to that list on Thursday, March 26 when she will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at the Hollywood Chamber’s 94th Annual Installation and Awards Luncheon. It is one of many events on tap this year as we approach the 50th anniversary of Lost in Space. June Lockhart will join us during our first hour.

Joining us in our second hour will be H.M. Wynant, one of the most prolific character actors the entertainment industry has ever known. Known among TV viewers for his appearances on such classic shows as The Twilight Zone, Batman, The Rockford Files and Perry Mason, H.M. also has a long list of stage credits (including such musical productions as High Button Shoes and The Sound of Music), plus he’s appeared in twenty-five motion pictures, including Run Silent, Run Deep, It Happened at the World’s Fair and, most recently, Footprints.

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A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy: Next on TVC

March 10th, 2015

Actor Walter Koenig, television director Ralph Senensky, producer/director Arthur Marks and author Mark Dawidziak 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 be a two-hour tribute to the life and career of Leonard Nimoy, the actor known around the world as Mr. Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human first officer on Star Trek who was not only one of the show’s most popular characters, but in many respects its most iconic. We will certainly talk about Star Trek, but we’ll also discuss some of Nimoy’s other contributions to television, as well as his accomplishments as a motion picture director; his dedication to science, art and the humanities; his various philanthropic interests; and who he was a person.

Our guests this week will include actor Walter Koenig (Leonard Nimoy’s longtime co-star on both the original Star Trek and the first six Star Trek movies), television director Ralph Senensky, who directed Nimoy on seven occasions on the original Star Trek (including the classic episode “This Side of Paradise”), Perry Mason producer/director Arthur Marks (a longtime friend of Nimoy who also directed him in the Mason episode “The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe”), and television critic and author Mark Dawidziak (The Columbo Phile).

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Actor Chris Robinson, plus Hollywood’s Last Mogul: Next on TVC

March 3rd, 2015

Actor/director Chris Robinson and award-winning journalist Kathleen Sharp will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Kathleen Sharp will join us for a look at the life and legacy of Hollywood’s original power couple, Lew and Edie Wasserman, who together ruled over the entertainment industry for more than six decades — first by building MCA, the world’s largest talent agency, then buying a broken-down film studio along with some real estate and transforming it all into the multi-billion-dollar global conglomerate known as Universal Studios. Under Lew Wasserman’s rule, Universal created such staples as the made for TV movie, the “wheel” format of revolving weekly series, and the blockbuster feature motion picture, while Edie Wasserman extended their influence into governors’ mansions, Senate chambers, the White House, international boardrooms and the world of old Las Vegas. But while Lew Wasserman ran Universal Studios, he and Edie were far from universally liked — in fact, on more than one occasion their rivals and enemies joined forces to bring the Wassermans down. It’s all part of a fascinating look into the inner workings of twentieth-century show business that Kathleen captures in her book Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood: Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire, which we’ll talk about during our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be actor/director Chris Robinson, Dr. Rick Webber on General Hospital, Jack Hamilton on The Bold and the Beautiful, and Sgt. Sandy Komansky on Twelve O’Clock High. If you know your TV history, you know that Chris also appeared in many of the other shows produced by Quinn Martin (including The Fugitive, The New Breed, Dan August, The F.B.I., Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones and Caribe), as well as such films as The Birdman of Alcatraz, The Young Savages (both with Burt Lancaster), The Hawaiians (with Charlton Heston), Sweet, Sweet Rachel (the pilot for The Sixth Sense), and many Western films and TV series, including Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Zane Grey Theater, and the recent independent film The Forsaken, which Chris says offers a new take on the classic genre that is also very insightful. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Chris Robinson joins us during our first hour.

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James Sheldon: Next on TVC

February 24th, 2015

Television director James Sheldon will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org and the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil.

James Sheldon directed not only many of the great shows from the first forty years of network television, but virtually every kind of network television show imaginable, beginning with the very first commercial network program (We the People, telecast nationally on CBS on June 1, 1948), as well as live dramas, anthology shows, Westerns, sitcoms, action adventure, musicals, private eye shows, police dramas, legal dramas, nighttime soap operas, interview programs and everything in between, including such classic shows as Naked City, The Twilight Zone, Route 66, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, My Three Sons, Family Affair, Batman, Ironside, Ellery Queen, Cagney and Lacey, Dallas, M*A*S*H, Sanford and Son, Room 222 and The Waltons. During that time Jim experienced many technological changes in television, plus he helped launch the careers of James Dean, Paul Newman, Carroll O’Connor, Clint Eastwood, Lee Remick, Tony Randall, Tyne Daly and many other actors.

Jim has captured dozens of stories about his life and career in television in an excellent book, Before I Forget: Directing Television, 1948-1988. James Sheldon will be joining us in our second hour.

Also this week: Greg Ehrbar’s latest DVD report, and Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new This Week in TV History.

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Hollywood Through the Back Door, plus a Remembrance of Gary Owens: Next on TVC

February 17th, 2015

Author, playwright and film and television pioneer Michael St. John will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The first African-American hired as a director for NBC television (where he worked on such shows as Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and The Andy Williams Show), Michael St. John has also worked as a stage and film actor in such films as Carmen Jones, the first major Hollywood motion picture featuring an all African-American cast. Michael’s book, Hollywood Through the Back Door, is filled with great stories about his work with such legends as Pearl Bailey, Dorothy Dandridge, Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, Dan Dailey, Lou Gossett, Brock Peters, Harry Belafonte, and Otto Preminger — how they opened doors for him, and how he, in turn, paid it forward by creating opportunities for others.

Michael will not only share some of those stories, but update us on the pre-production of his play, I Feel Sin Comin’ On, which is based on early events in his life that are depicted in Hollywood Through the Back Door. He’ll also provide a few memories of his friend and colleague, Laugh-In announcer Gary Owens. Michael St. John will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with an expanded edition of This Week in TV History that includes a look at the origins of The Andy Griffith Show.

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Felix and Oscar and Ida Lupino: Next on TVC

February 10th, 2015

Authors Mary Ann Anderson and Bob Leszczak will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Mary Ann Anderson will join us this week as we remember the life and career of Ida Lupino, the iconic actress and pioneering film director who was born on February 4, 1918. Mary’s books include Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, the story of Ida’s life and career (in Ida’s own words), The Making of The Hitch-Hiker: Illustrated, a behind-the-scenes look at the classic 1953 film noir thriller directed by Ida Lupino, and Portrait of a Soap Star: The Emily McLaughlin Story. In addition to talking about Ida Lupino, we will hear from Ida herself, in the form of audio highlights from a 1991 interview with author A.M. Sperber in which Ida talks about her dear friend Humphrey Bogart. Mary Ann Anderson will join us in our first hour.

Also joining us this week will be Bob Leszczak. Bob’s books on music and television include Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979, Who Did It First: Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, and The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen, the latter of which is an encyclopedic look at The Odd Couple in all of its various forms over the past five decades (including the brand new TV version of The Odd Couple starring Matthew Perry that will debut on CBS on Thursday, Feb. 19). We’ll talk about the appeal of The Odd Couple, old and new, when Bob Leszczak joins in our first hour.

Plus: Greg Ehrbar with a new DVD report, and Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new edition of This Week in TV History.

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Ruta Lee, plus a Tribute to Joe Franklin: Next on TVC

February 3rd, 2015

Singer/actress Ruta Lee will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

One of the grande dames of the entertainment industry, Ruta Lee is known around the world for her many roles on stage, film and television — including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Witness for the Prosecution, Funny Face, Sergeants Three, The Fugitive, The Twilight Zone, The Lucy Show, The Andy Griffith Show and Perry Mason — not to mention her efforts on behalf of such organizations as The Thalians (the first Hollywood charity dedicated to the treatment of mental health patients) and Operation Mend, which provides mental health and wellness services to America’s wounded warriors and their families. Ruta Lee will join us near the end of our first hour.

For our listeners in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Ruta Lee will be starring in the stage production of Steel Magnolias at Casa Manana, 3101 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, TX from Saturday, Feb. 28 thru Sunday, March 8. For tickets and more information, go to CasaManana.org.

Also this week: Phil Gries will join us with a remembrance of his friend Joe Franklin, the pioneering TV talk show host who died last month at the age of 88. We’ll also replay our interview with Joe and Phil from January 2014 that included audio highlights from some of the most memorable moments of The Joe Franklin Show. Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new edition of This Week in TV History.

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Hugh Downs: Next on TVC

January 27th, 2015

Broadcast legend Hugh Downs will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

In a career that spans seven decades, Hugh Downs has left his mark on three of the most iconic shows in television history — The Tonight Show and The Today Show, and ABC’s 20/20 — as well as hosted Over Easy and Live from Lincoln Center for PBS, the syndicated talk show Not for Women Only (with Barbara Walters), and the long-running NBC game show Concentration. Certified by The Guinness Books of World Records for logging more hours on network commercial television than anyone else, Hugh has also hosted numerous other television broadcasts from both poles and just about every continent.

In a encore presentation of a 90-minute conversation that originally aired in September 2013, we’ll not only ask Hugh about his long and distinguished career, but discuss a few of his other interests that are not widely known. Plus: Phil Gries will play audio highlights from some of Hugh’s early work in television, including his time as co-host of The Jack Paar Tonight Show. All this and more, beginning in our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a new edition of This Week in TV History, and Greg Ehrbar with a brand new DVD report.

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LA’s Next Great Stage Star, plus Behind the Scenes of Dynasty: Next on TVC

January 20th, 2015

Singer/actress Barbara Van Orden and writer/producers Richard and Esther Shapiro will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Barbara Van Orden began her nightclub career in the Catskill Mountains, opening for the likes of Milton Berle, Don Rickles and Red Buttons, before performing alongside Buddy Hackett, Soupy Sales and Morey Amsterdam in at the Playboy Club in Chicago, as well as opening for Frank Sinatra in the legendary Persian Room in New York City. Today, among other things, Barbara is actively involved with the annual LA’s Next Great Stage Star Competition, the only musical theatre competition of its kind on the West Coast, and one that shines the spotlight on 20 undiscovered performers between the ages of 18 and 32. Barbara Van Orden will join us in our first hour.

LA’s Next Great Stage Star Competition continues Sunday 1/25 and Sunday 2/1 at Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, CA beginning at 11am. To date, eight winners or runners-up of the Stage Star competitionhave gone on to make their off-Broadway and/or Broadway debuts, including 2010 winner Janet Krupin (who made her Broadway debut in the hit musical Bring it On) and 2012 1st runner-up Carrie St. Louis (who appeared in Rock of Ages in both Las Vegas and Broadway). The Grand Finale takes place Sunday 2/8, also at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, beginning at 11am. For tickets and more information call (818) 623-7300 ext. 2 or go to www.thefederalbar.com.

Also on this week’s program: There’s a big reunion of the cast of Dynasty going on this weekend in Hollywood. With that in mind, we will mark the occasion by replaying our July 2011 conversation with the co-creators, co-writers, and co-executive producers of Dynasty, Richard and Esther Shapiro, during our second hour.

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