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Michael Learned, Titus Welliver, plus More TV Finales: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Actors Michael Learned and Titus Welliver and authors Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known around the world as Olivia Walton, the matriarch of The Waltons, four-time Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned also has enjoyed an extensive stage career, on and off Broadway, including productions of Steel Magnolias, The Best Man, The Sisters Rosenweig, and the national tour of On Golden Pond. She is currently starring, along with Lance Nichols, in the Laguna Playhouse production of Driving Miss Daisy through Sunday, January 27.

Michael can also be seen, opposite John Wesley, in Second Acts, a short film directed by Anya Adams and produced by Gerry Pass, plus she will be one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars party on Sunday, February 24. Michael Learned will join us in our first hour.

Also joining us this weekend will be Titus Welliver, the actor who stars as LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch on Bosch, the Amazon Prime series based on the bestselling novels by Michael Connelly. Once described as “the real reason that you need to get Amazon Prime,” Titus has also appeared in such shows as Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, The Twilight Zone, The Closer, Star Trek: Voyager, The Last Ship, The Good Wife, NCIS, Sons of Anarchy, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Lost, while his motion picture credits include Navy SEALs, The Doors, Mobsters, Zero Tolerance, Mulholland Falls, Air Force One, Gone Baby Gone, Argo, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Season Five of Bosch will premiere later in 2019 on Amazon Prime, while the series has already been renewed for a sixth season. Titus Welliver will join us in our second hour.

Plus: We will play Part 2 of our conversation with Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, a new book that explores seventy-one of the most notable series finales over the past five decades. Among other topics this week, we’ll look at the controversial endings of St. Elsewhere, Seinfeld, and The Sopranos and the landmark final episode of M*A*S*H. Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us in our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Constance Towers, Television Finales, and A Century of Kovacs: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Singer/actress Constance Towers, Ernie Kovacs estate director Josh Mills, and authors Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET, 4pm PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Viewers of daytime television know Constance Towers as Helena Cassadine, the charismatic villainess that she has played on ABC’s General Hospital on a recurring basis since 1997. Prior to General Hospital, of course, Connie appeared in such films and TV series as The Horse Soldiers, Sergeant Rutledge, Shock Corridor, Perry Mason, Designing Women, L.A. Law, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, A Perfect Murder, 1600 Penn and 11.22.63, while her musical credits include the national tour of The King and I as well as productions as The Sound of Music, Carousel, Oklahoma, Camelot and Mame.

The American Cinematheque will honor Constance Towers at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, January 27 as part of a special evening that will include a screening of The Naked Kiss, the iconic film by Samuel Fuller that sparked controversy when it was originally released in 1964, but which has grown in stature ever since—in large part due to the performance of Constance Towers. Constance Towers will join us in our second hour.

Constance Towers will appear at the Eqyptian Theater in Hollywood, California on Sunday, January 27. Connie will be interviewed that night by film historian Foster Hirsch following a special screening of The Naked Kiss. The evening begins at 5:30pm. For more information, go to AmericanCinemathequeCalendar.com. Constance Towers will also appear at the annual Beverly Hills Theater Guild luncheon, which will take place on Sunday, March 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Honorees at this year’s luncheon will include Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint and her late husband, television director Jeffrey Hayden; longtime television writer/director Howard Storm; and legendary Hollywood agent Budd Burton Moss. The program will also include a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 or go to BeverlyHillsTheaterGuild.com.

Josh Mills joins us in the studio this week as we mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ernie KovacsTelevision’s Original Genius, and a man whose utterly unique sensibility influenced two generations of comedians and comedy institutions, including Saturday Night Live, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Monty Python, David Letterman, Harry Shearer, Mr. Bean and many others too numerous to mention. The son of singer/actress Edie Adams, and the director of the estates of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, Josh will talk about some of the many events on tap throughout 2019 that will commemorate the Kovacs centennial, including the upcoming two-night event at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the special mini marathon of Kovacs programming that Turner Classic Movies will air on Wednesday, January 23 (Ernie’s actual 100th birthday). Josh Mills joins us in our first hour.

Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition, a newly released nine-DVD configuration, features twenty-two hours of the very best of Kovacs, including episodes from Ernie’s NBC prime time show, five of his iconic specials for ABC, the rarely seen color version of his legendary silent show, Eugene (originally broadcast on NBC), and the only existing filmed solo interview of Ernie Kovacs, which aired on Canadian television just a few weeks before Ernie’s untimely death in January 1962. Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition is available through Shout! Factory.

Also this week: We’ll take a look at notable TV series finales along with Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen. A phenomenon pioneered, in many respects, by the final episodes of The Fugitive and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, series finales have since become a cultural touchstone that has fed water cooler fodder and, more recently, Twitter memes for three generations of TV viewers.

Joining Tony and Donna will be Douglas Howard, editor of such books as Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television, and David Bianculli, longtime television critic and contributor to NPR’s Fresh Air, and the author of such books as Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Doug and David are the co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, a new book that explores seventy-one of the most notable series finales over the past five decades: why they are important (to critics and viewers alike) and what they mean to the audience. Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us in our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Robin Williams: Comic Genius, plus a Salute to Ken Berry: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

David Steinberg, executive producer of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind and Robin Williams: Comic Genius, will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

More than four years have passed since the death of Robin Williams, the Academy Award-winning actor and comic genius whose kamikaze style and energetic humor took the entertainment world by storm first as a stand-up comedian, then on television as the star of Mork & Mindy, then finally as one of the biggest film stars of the 1990s and 2000s. While the world has not fully recovered from Williams’ death, we can take comfort in knowing that he left behind a vast body of work that all of us can still enjoy today.

Our guests this week will include David Steinberg, Robin Williams’ manager for more than forty years, up until Williams’ death in August 2014. David Steinberg is also executive producer of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, the critically acclaimed HBO documentary from 2018 that is just one part of Robin Williams: Comic Genius, an astonishing new collection of vintage Robin Williams material that we will tell you about in our first hour.

This week’s program will also pay tribute to Ken Berry, the iconic entertainer who was once described as “a double-triple threat” because of his accomplishments as a singer, dancer and actor on stage, film, on television.

Ken Berry passed away on Dec. 1, 2018. We interviewed Ken on TV Confidential in January 2018 about his career in the entertainment industry, including his early years with the Billy Barnes Revue and working in Las Vegas alongside Abbott and Costello, his friendship with Buster Keaton (not to mention the major influence the silent film star had on his career), the important roles that Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Leonard Nimoy all played at various points of Ken’s career, and, of course, his successful runs on F Troop, Mayberry, R.F.D., and Mama’s Family. We will replay that conversation in our second hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Kirk Bovill, plus More of Merv: Next on TVC

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Film and television actor Kirk Bovill and television historian Steve Randisi will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Many people, for many reasons, change careers when they’re in their forties. Few people, however, decide to pursue acting in their forties—and even fewer have succeeded in that endeavor to the extent Kirk Bovill has. After a successful career marketing fiberoptics in Silicon Valley, Kirk moved to Los Angeles about twelve years ago and quickly found a niche as a character actor, both in movies and television, including such films as 20th Century Women, Contraband, Texas Killing Fields, Get On Up and Free State of Jones, plus episodes of such top network, cable and streaming shows as NCIS; New Orleans, Young Sheldon, Bosch, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Training Day, American Crime Story, Grey’s Anatomy, Southland, Chance, The Mick and Hawaii Five-0.

Kirk Bovill currently appears as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, opposite Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, in writer/director Adam McKay’s Golden Globe Award-nominated satirical biopic, Vice. We’ll ask Kirk how he approached playing Kissinger, plus we’ll talk about the role that Robin Williams, Kevin Hart, Dick Van Dyke and Kirk’s own house all played in Kirk’s transition to an acting career. Kirk Bovill will join us in our second hour. Vice is playing in theaters everywhere.

Also this week: We will play Part 2 of our conversation with Phil Gries and Steve Randisi about the legacy of Merv Griffin. Steve’s latest book, The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, is a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television, from its premiere on NBC in 1962 (and how that stemmed from Merv’s appearances as guest host of The Jack Paar Tonight Show) to its long run in first-run syndication, first on Westinghouse, then via Metromedia. Among other topics this week, we’ll discuss how Merv’s success in syndication prompted CBS to bring The Merv Griffin Show to late night in 1969, where it competed against Johnny Carson and Joey Bishop for the first three-way late night competition in network TV history—and how circumstances beyond Merv’s control handicapped the show throughout its entire three-year tenure on CBS. Steve Randisi will join us in our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Take a Good Look at Guy Lombardo: Next on TVC

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

We’ll have something old and something new for you this holiday weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Our first hour will include the continuation of our November 2017 interview with Josh Mills, son of singer/actress Edie Adams and the curator of the estates of Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs. You might recall that, in Part 1, we focused mostly on Take a Good Look, the offbeat game show that Ernie hosted for ABC in the early 1960s. We’ll talk some more about Take a Good Look, but we will look back at the careers of Ernie and Edie in general, plus we’ll preview some of the events and items that Josh has in store to celebrate the centennial birthday of Ernie Kovacs in January 2019. PROGRAM NOTE: We will commemorate the Kovacs centennial as part of a special program that will air later in January 2019. Josh Mills will be back in the studio to join us for that.

Our second hour will include an encore presentation of our annual New Year’s Eve edition of the Sounds of Lost Television. Phil Gries will play audio highlights of vintage TV New Year’s Eve celebrations featuring Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians that originally aired on CBS, ABC, and local television, including rarely heard audio of Howard Cosell covering the iconic ball drop at midnight from Times Square, New York.

On behalf of Tony, Donna, Phil, Greg, and Chris, thank you for making us part of your holiday weekend celebration. We wish you all the very best for the New Year and beyond.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Wink Martindale: Next on TVC

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Game show legend Wink Martindale will join us, plus we’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with Moody Blues historian Marc Cushman. All that and more this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

In the history of TV game shows, the name Wink Martindale has become synonymous with the word “host.” Wink has hosted nineteen game shows over the course of his career—including such popular games as Gambit, Debt and, of course, Tic Tac Dough—plus he has produced several others. And while he is best known for his work in television, Wink has deep roots in radio, both as a deejay, announcer and talk show host, plus he had a Gold Record in 1959 for the spoken word recording “Deck of Cards.”

Some of you may know that Wink Martindale had a long association with Elvis Presley. What you may not know is that Wink was there at the very beginning. He was at the station in Memphis, TN on the night when an Elvis Presley record was played on the radio for the very first time, launching a phenomenon that has never stopped.

Wink just released a new spoken word recording, “Heavenly Child,” which pays tribute to Elvis. We’ll ask him about that, plus we’ll talk about the annual countdown of the 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time that Wink hosts and produces, and which will be heard of hundreds of radio stations across the country on Christmas Day. We’ll also talk about game shows, of course, when Wink Martindale joins us in our second hour.

Our first hour will include Part 2 of our conversation with award-winning screenwriter, director, and music and television historian Marc Cushman. Marc’s latest book, Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, Volume 1: 1965-1979 is an in-depth biography and discography that covers the first fifteen years of the group’s history (roughly coinciding with the Mike Pinder era). This week we’ll talk about the origins of the band, the back story of such songs as “Nights in White Satin,” the longstanding relationship between The Moody Blues and The Beatles, and how the Moodies changed the way in which bands released albums.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Carole Wells, plus the Legacies of Merv Griffin and Rankin/Bass: Next on TVC

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Actress, author and philanthropist Carole Wells and television historian and author Steve Randisi will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Carole Wells began her career in the performing arts when she was twelve years old. At age sixteen, she sang the coloratura solo in Puccini’s operatic Messa di Gloria at the Hollywood Bowl, plus she co-starred in the television series National Velvet. In the course of her acting career, she appeared in twelve motion pictures, including Funny Lady, and more than 100 television shows, including a co-starring role opposite Ann Sheridan and Ruth McDevitt in the CBS-TV sitcom Pistols and Petticoats.

Carole’s life changed forever on Sept. 27, 1977, when she boarded Japanese Air Lines Flight 472 from Cairo to Bombay, en route to Bangkok. Within moments she, along with the 155 other passengers and fourteen crew members, were taken hostage by members of the terrorist group The Japanese Red Army and their flight hijacked to Dacca, Bangladesh. The ordeal lasted five days—but as you can imagine, it left a scar on Carole that did not begin to heal until forty years later.

Carole not only relives those events vividly in a new book, Hijacked: An Eyewitness Account of Evil, but talks about how her faith sustained her throughout those five days. Carole Wells will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: Author Steve Randisi will join us as we examine the legacy of The Merv Griffin Show (NBC/Synd./CBS/Synd., 1962-1986). One of the most successful and longest running variety/talk shows in television history, The Merv Griffin Show won critical acclaim, multiple Emmy Awards and a loyal audience, setting a standard that remains enviable today, while also presenting thousands of celebrated personalities from all walks of life: movies, television, politics, sports, books, the arts, stand-up comedy and everything in between. Thought mostly known for its wide success in first-run syndication—where it often aired either late afternoon or, in some markets, during prime time hours—The Merv Griffin Show started as a daytime talk show for NBC in 1962. Plus, as many of you know, the success of Merv’s Westinghouse show prompted CBS to bring The Merv Griffin Show to late night in 1969, where it competed against Johnny Carson and Joey Bishop: the first three-way network late night talk show competition in TV history.

Steve’s book, The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, covers the Griffin show in all of its incarnations. Featuring original interviews with producer Bob Shanks, Merv’s longtime publicist Albert Fisher, longtime show writer Tony Garafolo, Julann Griffin (Merv’s ex-wife), and several longtime guests of The Merv Griffin Show, it provides insight into Merv Griffin the performer, Merv the producer, and Merv the human being. Steve Randisi will join us during our first hour; Phil Gries will co-host the segment.

Plus: Greg Ehrbar will take a look at new DVD releases of the holiday favorites Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Among the extra features included in each package is The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass, an excellent documentary that sheds light on the impact that animators Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass had on television in the 1960s and 1970s, and how they have continued to shape and influence the makers of holiday films and holiday TV programs to this day.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Marty Krofft, plus The Story of The Moody Blues: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Television producer Marty Krofft and music and TV historian Marc Cushman will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most, if not all, of the most colorful and fondly remembered children’s television series of the 1970s and 1980s sprang from the imaginations of Sid and Marty Krofft. Their groundbreaking, live-action fantasy shows—including Land of the Lost, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, and H.R. Pufnstuf—were mainstays of the Saturday morning airwaves, not to mention a testament to the artistry and charm of the Krofft brothers themselves and the magical spell they cast on generations of TV viewers. Then, of course, there were the catchy theme songs for each Krofft-produced series, which not only put us in the right mood to watch the show every week, but summarized the premise in a way that would make Sherwood Schwartz proud.

The Krofft brothers were honored by the Daytime Television Academy earlier this year with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Emmy—but their career is, by no means, over. In the past three years they have created three series, including the twice-Emmy nominated Nickelodeon series Mutt and Stuff, and a reimagining of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters that airs on Amazon. They also have several other projects in the works, including a new, original science series starring Mayim Bialik. Marty Krofft will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: We will sojourn back to the Days of Future Passed as we talk about The Moody Blues, the British band that has not only left their mark on music over the past five decades, but which many of you may have first discovered through television—either by way of MTV or, going further back, the very same pop music TV shows that Chuck Harter talked about recently on our program. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier in 2018, The Moody Blues have sold more than 80 million records, scoring Top 20 hits in four different decades, beginning with their first No. 1 single, “Go Now,” from 1965. Their true breakthrough, however, came in November 1967 with the release of the classic Days of Future Passed, the first LP to combine the rock album format with orchestral music, spawning another No. 1 single, “Nights in White Satin,” while also giving birth to the genre of “symphonic rock.”

Joining us in our first hour will be award-winning screenwriter, director, and music and television historian Marc Cushman (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, Diagnosis Murder, Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, An Evening with the Golddiggers, These Are The Voyages). Marc’s latest book, Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, Volume 1: 1965-1979 is an in-depth biography and discography that covers the first fifteen years of the group’s history (roughly coinciding with the Mike Pinder era). Long Distance Voyagers includes original interviews with founding members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, plus thousands of vintage interviews, reviews, record chart statistics, hundreds and hundreds of photos, and more. If you love The Moody Blues, or enjoy music history, it is a book that will put you on the very threshold of a dream. Chuck Harter will co-host this segment.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
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The Sounds of Lost Thanksgiving: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Phil Gries will play highlights from vintage Thanksgiving Night specials and coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of an encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Our first hour this week will feature an encore presentation of our special holiday-themed edition of The Sounds of Lost Television. Phil Gries will play rarely heard audio highlights of some of the earliest surviving network TV coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including clips from broadcasts hosted by Lorne Greene, Betty White, Martin Milner, Kent McCord and June Lockhart, as well as highlights from vintage network Thanksgiving TV specials, including programs hosted by Dean Martin and Bob and Ray.

This week’s program will also include an encore presentation of our February 2012 conversation with Tommy Hawkins, the Emmy Award-nominated broadcaster, renaissance man and former NBA star who passed away in 2017 at the age of 80. Tommy Hawkins enjoyed a 10-year career in the NBA for both the Minneapolis Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the old Cincinnati Royals, playing alongside such Hall of Famers as Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Oscar Robertson. When his basketball career ended, he embarked on new challenges, first in radio and television (including co-hosting Mid-Morning Los Angeles with Stephanie Edwards and Meredith MacRae, as well as broadcasting for NBC Sports), then as a baseball executive for eighteen years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

At the time we spoke to Tommy, he had just published a coffee table book, Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People, that reflects his many interests, which include such subjects as sports, jazz, art, poetry, travel, life, love, family, and the turbulent decade known as the 1960s. We talked about his playing career, his passion for poetry, and how Regis Philbin played a key role in one of his first breaks as a broadcaster. We’ll replay our conversation with Tommy Hawkins in our second hour.

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Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
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Ed Asner: Next on TVC

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

We will welcome back eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner, plus we’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with Leslie Bertram Crane about her career in television production and post-production. All that and more this week on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

An enduring presence in stage, film and television for more than sixty years, Ed Asner established himself as a solid and versatile performer in many top films and TV series throughout the 1960s before becoming a star in his own right as newsman Lou Grant in the 1970s, first on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, then on his own hour-long drama, Lou Grant. Ed earned five of his eight Emmy Awards for playing Lou Grant (three on the Moore Show, two on Lou Grant), making him the only actor to win an Prime Time Emmy Award for playing the same role in both a comedy series and a drama. Also known as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up!, and as Santa Claus in the now holiday classic Elf, Ed also won Emmys for his performances in Rich Man, Poor Man, the original Roots and the Canadian drama Forgive Me.

Ed Asner is currently starring as God Almighty in God Help Us, a new stage play in which God moderates a debate between two pundits on opposite sides of the political spectrum. A comedy that speaks to audiences of all political persuasions, God Help Us will make you laugh and make you think, while also offering hope for the future, provided that we all listen to each other. We’ll ask Ed what it’s like to play God (literally), plus we’ll ask him what inspired him to start The Ed Asner Family Center, a nonprofit organization that benefits children with special needs; the differences between playing God and playing Santa Claus; and, of course, a few questions about The Mary Tyler Moore Show. We’ll also talk about some of his other upcoming projects in 2019. Ed Asner will join us in our second hour.

For more information on God Help Us, including how to book the play to a playhouse near you, go to GodHelpUs.net.

Ed Asner will also bring his critically acclaimed one-man show A Man and His Prostate to the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019; the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California on  Friday, Feb. 1, 2019; and The Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday, Mar. 10. 2019. For more information on A Man and His Prostate and other upcoming performances, go to AManandHisProstate.com.

Our first hour will include Part 2 of our conversation with Leslie Bertram Crane about her career in television production and post-production. After working behind the scenes on such variety shows and live television events as Star Search, The American Music Awards, the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, and two Academy Awards broadcasts, Leslie became as a “switcher” for top-rated comedy shows as Murphy Brown, Friends, and The Drew Carey Show on the nights when those shows were taped before a live audience. We will find out what a switcher does, plus we’ll ask Leslie about her experience as post-production supervisor on such shows as ER and Third Watch, and her experience working on Roundhouse and On the Television, two of the first original series produced by Nickelodeon.

Leslie Bertram Crane is also co-author, along with her husband Robert Crane, of Burn the Ice, a book detailing the adventures of two bartenders in Los Angeles.

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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