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The Revival of Kirk Taylor: Next on TVC

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Actor and singer Kirk Taylor joins us for a special Easter weekend edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Kirk Taylor began his film career in film and television more than thirty years ago with a role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club. From there, he worked with such varied artists as Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Charles Bronson, Robin Williams, Danny Glover and Chaka Khan before embarking on a very successful career as an acting teacher and coach. (Indeed, Kirk’s many students as an acting teacher include such stars as Jesse L. Martin, Karina Lombard, and Chandra Wilson.) A student of both Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler, Kirk seemed content with teaching until opportunity stepped in and he was offered the part of Simon Peter, the apostle who denied Jesus, in Revival!, a new musical film based on the Gospel According to John. That opened the door for Kirk to a “second act” as a performer that continues to this day.

Kirk’s renaissance as an actor is only half the story. In many respects, his entire life story is a miracle in every sense of the word. You’ll understand what we mean by that when Kirk Taylor joins us in our first hour.

Produced by and starring Harry Lennix, Revival! also features Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams, T’Keyah Crystal Keyman, and Dawnn Lewis, plus an original Gospel-inspired score by Grammy nominee Mali Music (who also plays Jesus Christ in the movie). Revival! opens in select cities on Friday, April 19.

This being Easter weekend, our program this week will also include an encore presentation of our August 2016 conversation with Paul Green about the life and career of Jeffrey Hunter. Known for his starring roles as Martin Pawley in The Searchers and Christopher Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek, Hunter also played Jesus Christ in the 1961 film production of King of Kings directed by Nicholas Ray.

Hunter’s sudden death in May 1969 was a shock to everyone who knew him and left many wondering what direction his life and career would have gone, had he lived. Some of those questions are answered in Paul’s book Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances, which we’ll discuss in our second hour. Also joining us hour will be author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated). Mary also knew Jeffrey Hunter; her mother, actress Emily McLaughlin, married Hunter just three months before he died.

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 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Joyce Bulifant, Cloak & Dagger, and the Untold Mary Tyler Moore: Next on TVC

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Actress and author Joyce Bulifant, author Herbie J Pilato, and actress Cecilia Leal will join us this weekend on  TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of you know Joyce Bulifant from her many appearances on The CBS Match Game and other popular game shows, not to mention such films and TV shows as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire, The Bill Cosby Show, Big John, Little John and Airplane! Calendar year 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Airplane!, which the American Film Institute recognized as the “100 Funniest Films of All Time.” We will ask Joyce about that, plus we’ll talk about her inspiring book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, which tells the story of how Joyce managed to overcome dyslexia, feelings of self worth, and a series of marriages characterized by alcoholism, co-dependency and addictive behavior—and still remain as effervescent as ever. Joyce Bulifant will join us in our second hour.

Joyce Bulifant can also be seen in I Hate Kids, a new Amazon original motion picture that was directed by Joyce’s son John Asher. Also now available on DVD, I Hate Kids features the final screen appearance of Joyce’s husband Roger Perry. Our conversation with Joyce this week will also include a tribute to Roger Perry.

This week’s program will include a return appearance by author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato. Herbie’s books include Bewitched Forever, a behind the scenes look at the classic TV series starring Elizabeth Montgomery, and Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitching Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery. Herbie’s latest book explores the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

On screen, of course, Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on with her smile. Off screen, however, she struggled with various physical, psychological, and professional challenges—not the least of which was her long bout with diabetes. Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story not only explores the many ways in which Moore’s life was affected by that debilitating disease, but sheds light into Moore’s relationship with her second husband, Grant Tinker—and particularly how that changed the face of The Dick Van Dyke Show and ultimately determined its future. Herbie J Pilato will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will be appearing at the Larry Edmonds Bookstore in Holllywood, CA on Thursday, April 19 beginning at 7:30pm. He is also scheduled to appear at the Cerritos Millenium Library in Cerritos, CA on Wednesday, June 12, also starting at 7:30pm.

Also joining us this week will be actress Cecilia Leal. Cecilia is one of the new cast members on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, which just started its second season Thursday nights on Disney’s Freeform. She can also be seen in the romantic drama Five Feet Apart, which is playing theaters everywhere. Cecilia’s other credits include the USA series The Purge, and the Audience Network series Mr. Mercedes, plus she will be featured in an upcoming sci-fi/thriller that will soon become available on Netflix. Cecilia Leal 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 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Richard Pryor Jr., Audrey Walters, plus the “other” Merv Griffin Show: Next on TVC

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Actor, singer, and storyteller Richard Pryor Jr., actress and entrepreneur Audrey Walters, 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

The eldest son of iconic comedian Richard Pryor and his first wife, Patricia Watts, Richard Pryor Jr. is a man whose self-described “freakish life” paralleled that of his famous father in more ways than you can imagine—including being raised in a whorehouse in Peoria, Illinois to overcoming physical abuse, verbal abuse, bouts with alcohol and drug addiction, struggles with his true sexual identity, and frequent bad decisions. Being the son of a celebrity, Richard also struggled with something that few people can ever really understand: wondering whether people liked him for who he was, or because of who his father was.

Through it all, however, Richard Pryor Jr. not only overcame these obstacles, but thrived. He continues to perform today, while also serving as an inspiration to those who have struggled with addiction or survived abusive relationships. Richard shares his life story in a new book, In a Pryor Life, which we’ll tell you about when he joins us in our second hour.

For our listeners in the Midwest, Richard Pryor Jr. will appear at the Bradley University Student Center Atrium in Peoria, Illinois on Wednesday, April 10 beginning at 4pm and at the Olde Town Tap in Altoona, Iowa on Friday, April 12, also beginning at 4pm. For more information on these events, or to book Richard for a future event, go to InAPryorLife.com.

This week’s show will also include a return appearance by actress and entrepreneur Audrey Walters. Audrey can be currently seen in Walk. Ride. Rodeo, the new Netflix original motion picture that is based on the inspiring story of Amberley Snyder, the teenage champion barrel racer who became paralyzed from the waist down due to a near fatal car accident, only to defy the odds and return to racing less than a year after her accident.

Audrey has a supporting role in Walk. Ride. Rodeo, but in a way, her character is pivotal. We’ll tell you what we mean by that, plus we’ll talk about some of Audrey’s other film and TV projects, plus the latest developments behind Talk to the Camera, the youth workshop that Audrey co-founded, which helps elementary and middle school children develop their social communication skills. Audrey Walters will also join us in our second hour.

Plus: Phil Gries will join us for a special edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that will spotlight the short-lived but critically acclaimed version of The Merv Griffin Show that aired on NBC daytime between October 1962 and March 1963—a show that not only brought a Tonight Show sensibility to two o’clock in the afternoon, but won approval from critics, intellectuals and college students alike. In many respects, the NBC Merv Griffin Show catapulted Merv’s career, paving the way for his iconic run in first-run syndication (first for Westinghouse, then for Metromedia), while also cementing his relationship with NBC, the network for which he originally created the long-running game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

Joining Phil will be Steve Randisi, author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television that also provides a capsule history of late night television in general, plus insight into Merv Griffin the person, personality, producer, and media mogul.

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 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
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The Return of Biffle and Shooster: Next on TVC

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Actors Will Ryan and Nick Santa Maria and writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Will Ryan and Nick Santa Maria are the stars, and Michael Schlesinger is the writer, producer and director of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster—a bona fide, authentic and very funny DVD collection of 1930s-style comedies that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams from the Golden Era of Hollywood. The Biffle and Shooster shorts were filmed over the last five years—yet they look and sound as if they were actually unearthed from the 1930s. Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria and Michael Schlesinger will join us in our first hour.

Recently named “Best DVD of the year” by Bottom Shelf Movies, The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is a collection of five comedy shorts (all but one of which was filmed in black and white), including “The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein,” and “It’s a Frame Up,” while guests stars include H.M. Wynant, Andrew Parks, Robert Forster and Robert Picardo, plus one of the final screen appearances of Dick Miller. Nominated for two Rondo Awards (including a nod for Best Package of DVD Extras), the Biffle and Shooster DVD also includes an additional short (“First Things Last”), more than an hour of bloopers and outtakes, a 1962-style “reunion” interview that Will and Nick perform in character as Biffle and Shooster, and more. (“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat” and “Bride of Finklestein” are also available for viewing on demand on Amazon, Vudu and other streaming platforms, under the umbrella title The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster.)

For our listeners in Southern California, Will Ryan and Nick Santa Maria will perform live as Biffle and Shooster at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, CA on Sunday, March 31 beginning at 7pm. The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster DVD will be available for purchase that evening, as will the latest issue of the Biffle and Shooster comic book and the new book, The Biffle and Shooster Portable Guide to Etiquette. For tickets and more information, call (626) 798-6236 or visit the Calendar page at CoffeeGallery.com.

This week’s program will also include a remembrance of actress Beverley Owen (The Munsters). Plus: 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
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 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Marilyn Michaels: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Marilyn Michaels, America’s premier woman of a thousand faces and voices, will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,  KSAV.org.

From the time she starred as Fanny Brice in the national company production of Funny Girl, Marilyn Michaels has brought her gift for satire and her powerful singing style to such diverse venues as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and London, while she has appeared countless times on television throughout her career, including just about every major late night talk show, daytime talk show, cable talk show, variety show and variety special ever made.

Some of you might remember Marilyn Michaels for the popular ad campaign and TV commercials that she did, along with Rich Little, for Diet 7Up—while, if you’re like me, you immediately think her as one of the stars of the Emmy-nominated series The Kopykats (ABC, 1972). Marilyn Michaels will join us in our second hour.

Marilyn Michaels’ new book, How Not to Cook for The Rest of Your Life, is not a cookbook, but it is filled with food for thought on deciding what you want to do in life—as well as what you don’t want to do in life—and lining up your budget and other priorities accordingly. It’s also rich with stories about Marilyn’s encounters with Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Bette Davis, Howard Stern, Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Jerry Lewis, Donald Trump, and many, many others. Autographed editions of How Not to Cook for The Rest of Your Life are available directly through MarilynMichaels.com.

This week’s show will also include a tribute to Katherine Helmond, the actress known to TV audiences as Jessica Tate on Soap and the matriarch on Who’s the Boss?

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 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Marion Ross Returns: Next on TVC: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Actress and author Marion Ross and Loyola Law School professor and former cable TV news analyst Stanley A. Goodman will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Calendar year 2019 marks the 45th anniversary of Happy Days, the beloved sitcom created and produced by Garry Marshall that made Marion Ross a household name as “Mrs. C,” the anchor of the Cunningham family, and the one that held everyone together—including, and especially, The Fonz. Marion’s first love, however, has always been the stage. She not only won critical acclaim for her Broadway and national tour (with Jean Stapleton, Larry Storch and Jonathan Frid) in Arsenic and Old Lace and the national tour of Steel Magnolias, she played the grandmother in Lost in Yonkers in Toronto and, in 2013, The Games Afoot at The New Theatre in Kansas City.

We’ll ask Marion to share a few memories of her years on Happy Days, but we’ll also ask her about playing Sophie Berger on Brooklyn Bridge (a show for which she received two Emmy nominations), as well as some of her other roles in film and television, including Operation: Petticoat, Airport and Perry Mason. Marion Ross will join us in our second hour.

Marion’s memoir, My Days: Happy and Otherwise, is a remarkable story about how a young girl from Albert Lea, Minnesota dreamed at a young age that she would be an actress—and how Marion set about making that dream come true, never losing sight of that goal, despite facing real life challenges as a dysfunctional marriage, dealing with the effects of her first husband’s alcoholism, going through the pain of divorce, overcoming financial struggles and raising two children on her own as a working mom. My Days: Happy and Otherwise also includes a foreword by Ron Howard, as well as great stories about Marion’s work alongside Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis and her idol, Noel Coward, plus memories from her Happy Days cast mates—including the very last interviews ever given by Garry Marshall and Erin Moran.

Marion Ross is also scheduled to appear at the annual Beverly Hills Theatre Guild luncheon, which will take place on Sunday, Mar. 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The theme of this year’s luncheon will be “The Hollywood Renaissance,” while the highlight of the program will be a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. Proceeds from the luncheon will help the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild fund their annual national playwriting competitions. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 or go to BeverlyHillsTheatreGuild.com

Also this week: We will welcome Stanley A. Goldman, Loyola Law School professor and a longtime television and radio legal analyst for such national media outlets as CBS radio, CNBC, and the Fox News Channel. Also the founding director of the Loyola Center for the Study of Law and Genocide, Stain is the son of a Holocaust survivor named Malka Repstein. In 2006, seven years after the death of his mother, Stan traveled to Israel to visit a woman, Genya, who was Malka’s best friend during the Holocaust. During that visit, Genya’s daughter, Dvora, showed Stan a pamphlet that she had obtained from the Israeli Holocaust Museum that documented activities between a German Jew named Norbert Masur and Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, for the release of about a thousand Jewish women from the concentration camp at Ravensbruck. The story of those negotiations had not been widely known up to that point.

While looking at that pamphlet, Stan and Dvora stumbled onto a photograph of two of the women who were released from the camp. Not only did the two women in that photograph turn out to be Stan’s and Dvora’s mothers, but the photograph spurred led Stan on a path to unravel the mystery of his mother’s release. In the course of solving that mystery, Stan discovered that the negotiations that ended up sparing his mother’s life also played a role in the demise of Adolf Hitler. It is a remarkable story that is all now captured in a new book, Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother. Stanley A. Goldman 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 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Remembering Julie Adams: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and author Geoffrey Mark will join us, plus we’ll replay our January 2012 conversation with actress Juile Adams, all this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Julie Adams passed away Sunday, Feb. 3 at the age of 92. Known to three generations of horror movie fans as intrepid scientist Kay Lawrence in The Creature from The Black Lagoon, she enjoyed a long and successful career in film, stage and television that spanned more than five decades, from the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Golden Age of Television, and beyond.

You might recall that we were graced with the presence of Julie Adams back in January 2012. She, along with her son Mitchell Danton, not only shared a few memories about the making of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, but her spoke of her experiences working alongside such legends as Jimmy Stewart, Rock Hudson, Andy Griffith, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Stanwyck, Elvis Presley, Dennis Hopper and Raymond Burr. We’ll replay our conversation with Julie Adams in our second hour.

If you have not already done so, please read Julie’s memoir, The Lucky Southern Star (or listen to the audiobook edition). Besides all the great stories about her journey as an actress, Julie’s life story is a reminder that, with hard work and preparation, all of us can make our dreams come true.

Also this week: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, Lucille Ball historian and Ella Fitzgerald biographer Geoffrey Mark will pay tribute to Carol Channing and Kaye Ballard. Geoff not only greatly admired the work of these two dear ladies, he knew them both personally as friends. Geoffrey Mark will join us in our first hour.

Geoffrey Mark’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, is now available in paperback. The paperback edition includes the two-CD set featuring thirty-nine studio/live tracks of Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, all personally selected by Geoff himself.

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 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
Also available as a podcast via iTunes, Spreaker, Spotify, FeedBurner, SoundCloud, Stitcher, YouTube and other platforms
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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.

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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.

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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.

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