Archive for October, 2008

Spotlight: Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: This Week on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Night Gallery, Rod Serling’s offbeat follow-up to The Twilight Zone, will be in the spotlight this week on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Tuesday, Oct. 21 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Set in a shadowy museum of the outré, Night Gallery (NBC, 1970-1973) was a highly diverse anthology series featuring tales in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction vein—all of which were introduced by a dark and disturbing collection of canvases unveiled by the museum’s “curator,” series host and creator Rod Serling. Bolstering Serling’s thoughtful original dramas were adaptations of classic genre material, including short stories by such dark-fantasy luminaries as H. P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber, Conrad Aiken and Richard Matheson. The variety of material in Night Gallery brought with it a variety of tone, from the deadly serious to the tongue-in-cheek, stretching the television anthology concept to its very limits. Like The Twilight Zone, each segment of Night Gallery featured a dazzling array of guest stars from the worlds of film and television, as well as contributions from such promising young directors as John Badham and Steven Spielberg. Unlike Twilight Zone, the series was fraught with tension behind the scenes, including an ongoing conflict between creator Serling and producer Jack Laird over the direction of Night Gallery that would ultimately find Serling on the outside looking in.

Join Frankie Montiforte and me as we remember Night Gallery along with Jim Benson, co-author of Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour and a consultant on the upcoming Night Gallery: Season Two DVD package. If you’re a fan of Rod Serling, if you have a favorite episode of Night Gallery, we invite you to join our conversation this Tuesday, Oct. 21 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on KSAV.org. Phone number is (800) 407-KSAV (5728), email address is talk@tvconfidential.net.

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net
Also available as a podcast via iTunes

Remembering Pete Duel: This Week on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

The life and career of actor Pete Duel will be the subject this week on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Tuesday, Oct. 7 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Best known for playing amiable outlaw Hannibal Heyes in the short-lived but long remembered comic Western Alias Smith and Jones (ABC, 1971-1973), Pete Duel led an unpredictable and often tumultuous life that ended suddenly on Dec. 31, 1971, when he took his life at the height of his success. Join Frankie Montiforte and me, along with our guests Paul Green, author of Pete Duel: A Biography, and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Kim Darby, one of Duel’s closest friends, as we remember the life of this talented yet troubled young actor. We’ll talk about Duel’s many roles in film and television, including Alias Smith and Jones, Love on a Rooftop, Generation (the 1969 movie in which he co-starred with Darby and David Janssen), plus a whole lot more.   

If you’re a fan of Pete Duel, if you have a favorite memory or favorite role of his, we invite you to join our conversation this Tuesday, Oct. 7 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on KSAV.org. Phone number is (800) 407-KSAV (5728), email address is talk@tvconfidential.net.

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net
Also available as a podcast via iTunes