Archive for May, 2010

The Smothers Brothers Uncensored: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Television critic and NPR commentator David Bianculli is scheduled to join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Nationally known for his reviews and commentaries on the popular radio program Fresh Air, David Bianculli is the author of Dangerously Funny, a comprehensive look at the careers of Tom and Dick Smothers and the legacy of their groundbreaking television variety series, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS, 1967-1969). Combining cutting-edge comedy with groundbreaking music and scathing social commentary, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was the Saturday Night Live of its time, pushing boundaries and needling authority long before The Colbert Report, The Daily Show and Real Time with Bill Maher. An instant hit, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was one of the most influential and top-rated shows on prime time American television, until it was unceremoniously pulled in April 1969 for being too controversial. The complete story of the show’s rise and fall will be told in detail when David Bianculli joins in our second hour.

Also scheduled to join us that night will be animator Gene Hamm, a friend and colleague of Art Clokey, the creator of the popular children’s series Gumby and Davey and Goliath. Art Clokey passed away in January 2010; Gene Hamm will help us pay tribute to Mr. Clokey’s career when he joins us in our first hour.

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Actor James Best and author Mark Dawidziak: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Actor James Best and television critic Mark Dawidziak will be our special guests on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Best known for playing Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on the long-running CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard, James Best has also appeared in more than 70 motion pictures, including Winchester ’73, The Left-Handed Gun, Shenandoah, Gator, Sounder, Firecreek, Three on a Couch, The End and Hooper, as well as such classic television series as The Fugitive, The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke and The Andy Griffith Show. His new book, Best in Hollywood: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful, is a candid yet entertaining look at his show business career, including his experiences with such legends as James Stewart, Paul Newman, Burt Reynolds, Samuel Fuller, Audie Murphy, Andy Griffith and Jerry Lewis. He’ll be joining us in our first hour.

Then in our second hour we’ll welcome Mark Dawidziak, TV critic for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and author of such books as The Columbo Phile and The Night Stalker Companion. Mark’s latest book, The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Dracula, is a fun look at the Dracula phenomenon from every conceivable angle, from the original publication of Bram Stoker’s novel in 1897, to the many film adaptations of Dracula (including the 1931 classic starring Bela Lugosi, as well as the Hammer films starring Christopher Lee, the 1974 television Dracula starring Jack Palance, and the classic horror comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein), to the continuing impact of the Dracula character on our culture today, including such popular series as True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and the cult classic The Night Stalker. If you’re a fan of vampire fiction, you can count on this hour as being one that you can really sink your teeth into.

If you want to be part of our conversation, if you’re a fan of James Best, The Dukes of Hazzard, the Dracula legend or any other aspects of our guests’ careers, then join us for our live broadcast on Monday, May 17 beginning at 9pm ET, 6pm PT on ShokusRadio.com. Phone number is (888) SHOKUS-5, (888) 746-5875. You can also email questions in advance to talk@tvconfidential.net.

TV CONFIDENTIAL with Ed Robertson and Frankie Montiforte
Fridays 7pm ET and PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net
Also available as a podcast via iTunes and FeedBurner

Two Screen Legends: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Legendary actors Ann Rutherford and Joseph Campanella are scheduled to join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the last surviving cast members of the classic film Gone with the Wind, as well as Mickey Rooney’s longtime co-star in the popular Andy Hardy movies, Ann Rutherford has also starred with such legends as Sir Laurence Olivier, Danny Kaye, Red Skelton, Errol Flynn and John Wayne. A longtime philanthropist, Ms. Rutherford will be honored by the Young Musicians Foundation at their annual spring luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, May 22 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills (for tickets and more information, call 310 859 7668 or visit www.ymf.org).

Also scheduled to join us that night is actor Joseph Campanella, whose many credits in television include such classic series as Mannix, The Bold Ones, The Nurses, One Day at a Time, The Name of the Game, Mission: Impossible, Ironside, Night Gallery, The Rockford Files and the famous final episode of The Fugitive. Should be a full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

TV CONFIDENTIAL with Ed Robertson and Frankie Montiforte
Fridays 7pm ET and PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net
Also available as a podcast via iTunes and FeedBurner