Archive for September, 2011

The Road to Freedom, Forever Families and British TV Imports: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Join us for a look back at American adaptations of popular British TV series on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

British television series have been a fertile source of inspiration for American TV producers for more than four decades, not just comedies such as Til Death Do Us Part and Steptoe and Son (from which All in the Family and Sanford and Son were developed, respectively), but also dramatic programs such as Life on Mars, The Killing and Prime Suspect. In some cases, such as All in the Family, Three’s Company and The Office, the American version proved just as successful as the British original. More other than not, however (such as the attempts to adapt Fawlty Towers, Couplings and Absolutely Fabulous), the American counterparts fall woefully short.

We’ll take a look at notable American adaptations of British shows — some that work, and some that didn’t — when television historian Paul Green (Pete Duel: A Biography, Jennifer Jones: The Life and Films) and writer, producer and comedy scholar Dan Farren (Story Salon) join Tony Figueroa and me in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be Christine Devine, Emmy Award-winning news anchor for KTTV, FOX 11, and the spokesperson for Wednesday’s Child, a national program that helps children from the foster care system find permanent families. The Wednesday’s Child feature is seen every week on FOX affiliates in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Christine’s book, Finding a Forever Family: A News Anchor’s Notebook on Adoption Within the Foster Care System, is a very touching story of how the Wednesday’s Child program changed not only her life, but also the lives of more than 500 foster children and foster parents across the country.

Christine Devine recently received the prestigious Governor’s Award from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences for the Los Angeles area in recognition of her efforts on behalf of Wednesday’s Child. In addition, the Wednesday’s Child program will be receiving the National Congressional Coalition’s Angels in Adoption Award in Washington, D.C. during the month of in October. Only a select number of individuals, including Laura Bush and Muhammad Ali, have received the national honor. We’ll talk about how Christine came to be involved with Wednesday’s Child, and more, when she joins us in our first hour.

Also in our first hour, we’ll meet rising independent film director Brendan Moriarty. Brendan’s first film, The Road to Freedom, tells the story of Sean Flynn, the son of legendary movie actor Errol Flynn, who gave up a promising film career to become a photojournalist for TIME magazine — where he not only helped bright to light images of the Vietnam War that were not known to the American public, but also discovered a sense of purpose for himself. The Road to Freedom opens in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities across the country during the week of Oct. 3.

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Dave White Presents

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

What the world needs now is Jackie Deshannon and some legendary detectives!

 On Sept. 27, online Radio’s “Dave White Presents” welcomes singer/songwriter Jackie Deshannon! She has a new album out, When You Walk in the Room, where  she re-visits songs that made her famous, both those she sang and those she wrote. “What the World Needs Now,” “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” “Needles and Pins,” “Bette Davis Eyes,” and “When You Walk in the Room” are among the melodies we’ll discuss, both the original hits and her new interpretations. We’ll play two samples as well!

Then, Dave White talks with author Michael Hoey about his new book, Sherlock Holmes & the Fabulous Faces – The Universal Pictures Repertory Company. Two of the faces are, of course, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. But what about the 68 players whose names appeared in small print in the titles under the names of the stars?

 Lastly, COLUMBO co-creator William Link returns to DWP in the second part of his interview remembering his friend, Peter Falk. In this anecdote fest, Link talks about what happens when a TV star wants to try his hand at directing with very comic results. What did the two men share after the end of the series?  

All this debuts next Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over—

 www.KSAV.org

 On Wed. Sept. 28, the 90 minutes of variety entertainment will become available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes and through TEVO, or on the player at:

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

  

Read Wes Britton’s review of Jackie Deshannons new WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/3835/1/When-You-Walk-In-The-Room-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

 Read Wes Britton’s review of William Link’s THE COLUMBO COLLECTION at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/2596/1/The-Columbo-Collection-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

 Learn more about Michael Hoey’s SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE FABULOUS FACES at:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=412

Keep up with entertainment news and announcements at the “Dave White Presents” Facebook page—

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Julie Newmar: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Actress and author Julie Newmar and animator Gene Hamm will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known to audiences worldwide as the original Catwoman on the Batman television series, as well as her stage roles as Stupefyin Jones in Li’l Abner, Vera in Silk Stockings, Tony Award-winning performance as Katrin Sveg in The Marriage-Go-Round, and her appearances on such classic shows as The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Get Smart and Columbo, Julie Newmar is also an accomplished dancer, entrepreneur, inventor and now, author.

Julie’s new book, The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth, is a delightful collection of her wit and wisdom that shows how real beauty, for all of us, lies in cultivating a happy, healthy inner life. We’ll talk about that, her fondness for the Catwoman character, and some of her other favorite roles when Julie Newmar joins us in our second hour.

Julie Newmar has several appearances lined up in October and November, including Sunday, Oct. 2 at the West Hollywood Book Fair in West Hollywood Park beginning at 3:30pm; Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, beginning at 7pm; Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Santa Monica Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica beginning at 7pm; and Saturday, Nov 12 at Vromans Bookstore, 395 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena beginning at 5pm.

Our program this week will also include a return appearance by film and TV animator Gene Hamm. Gene’s credits include The Smurfs, SuperFriends, Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings, Art Clokey’s Gumby and his own original animated feature, The Dream Hat. Gene’s latest effort, Created Equal, is a documentary about the art and artists of Alchemia, a program in Northern California that provides classes and venues for mentally or physically challenged adults. Julie Newmar is the narrator of Created Equal. We’ll talk about the film, and more, when Gene joins us during our first hour.

Plus: we’ll weigh in on this week’s Emmy Awards telecast (the good, the bad and the fashions) along with Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen and Wesley Hyatt. Full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wednesdays 10pm ET, 7pm PT
WROM: Realms of Music
Fridays 7pm ET and PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Saturdays 8pm PT
Sundays 2pm PT
KWDJ 1360-AM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Tuesdays 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT
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Fall TV Preview and a Mouseketeer Roll Call: This Week on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Go behind the scenes of the original Mickey Mouse Club on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

For millions of Baby Boomers growing up in the mid-1950s, the original Must See TV took place every weekday afternoon at five o’clock when The Mickey Mouse Club aired on ABC. And though it ran for just three seasons, the original Mickey Mouse Club remains one of the most iconic television programs ever made, more than fifty years later.

We’ll talk about the legacy of The Mickey Mouse Club along with Jennifer Amstrong, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly and the author of Why? Because We Still Like You, an oral history of The Mickey Mouse Club featuring recollections from virtually every member of the original Mouseketeers, including Cubby O’Brien, Lonnie Burr, Doreen Tracey, Darlene Gillespie and, of course, Annette Funicello. Jennifer will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: Television critic Jane Boursaw will join us for a preview of some of the new shows that will premiere on network television over the next few weeks: which ones to watch, which to avoid, and which ones look to be breakaway hits. Are Pan Am and The Playboy Club worth all the hype? Will Terra Nova and The X Factor pay off for FOX? Can Ashton Kutcher breathe new life into Two and a Half Men? We’ll talk about these items and more when Jane joins us in our first hour.

Plus: Pop culture historian Martin Grams with a sneak peak at the Sixth Annual MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention, which will take place Sept. 22-23-24 at the Marriott Hotel in Hunt Valley, Maryland; and Phil Gries with a brand new edition of The Sounds of Lost Television. Full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wednesdays 10pm ET, 7pm PT
WROM: Realms of Music
Fridays 7pm ET and PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Saturdays 8pm PT
Sundays 2pm PT
KWDJ 1360-AM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Tuesdays 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT
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Dave White Presents

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

TV and Movie Nostalgia on Next Week’s “Dave White Presents”!

On Tues. Sept. 13, the very gracious Patty Duke talks with Wes Britton about her life both on and off-screen beginning with her work as a child star. We go behind the scenes of THE PATTY DUKE SHOW, talk about her favorite TV movies, and her long-time involvement with THE MIRACLE WORKER. (She’s played both Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan and, this year, directed a stage production.) We also discuss the future—this fall, she’ll be seen in episodes of THE PROTECTOR and HAWAII 5-O and appear at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention.

 

Next, Dave White talks with Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford and Eleanor Powell. Peter grew up knowing them all—his personal swimming coach was Johnny Weissmuller. Rock fans owe Peter a huge debt—for his father’s 1955 film, Blackboard jungle, Peter suggested “Rock Around the Clock” for the theme—ushering in the rock and roll revolution. (He had a minor hit of his own, “Blue Ribbons,” written by upcoming DWP guest Jackie Deshannon.) So Peter has many stories to tell about growing up in Hollywood in a very famous family.

 Finally, COLUMBO co-creator William Link returns to DWP, this time to remember his friend, Peter Falk who died this June. We’ll be celebrating Peter just three days before his birthday (Sept. 16, 1927) in part 1 of a two-part discussion of Falk on screen, off, his one attempt at directing television, and his notable achievements in art.

All this debuts Tues. Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

 On Wed. Sept. 14, the 90 minutes of variety entertainment will become available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes and through TEVO, or on the player at:

 www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

 For more on Patty Duke:

http://www.officialpattyduke.com/

 For more on Peter Ford:

http://www.glennfordbio.com/ford.html

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of William Link’s COLUMBO COLLECTION at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/2596/1/The-Columbo-Collection-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

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Joseph Dougherty and Natasha Gregson Wagner: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Joseph Dougherty and independent film actress Natasha Gregson Wagner will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known for her roles in such films as Two Girls and a Guy (with Robert Downey Jr. and Heather Graham), Lost Highway (directed by David Lynch), and High Fidelity (with John Cusack and Jack Black), Natasha Gregson Wagner plays a woman whose husband harbors a disturbing secret in A Kiss and a Promise, a stylishly filmed psychological thriller that begins a limited engagement at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 9. We’ll talk about A Kiss and a Promise, as well as some of Natasha’s other movies, when she joins us in our first hour.

Our second hour will feature a return appearance by Emmy-winning writer/producer Joseph Dougherty (Pretty Little Liars, thirtysomething, Saving Grace). Among other things, we’ll go behind the scenes of Pretty Little Liars, which recently aired its midseason finale on ABC Family, but will be coming back in October as part of the 13 Days of Halloween. Joe’s film Cast a Deadly Spell, an homage to Raymond Chandler and H.P. Lovecraft that he wrote for HBO, will receive a special 20th anniversary screening at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro, Calif. on Sept. 16 and 17.

Also this week: A look at how television news covered the events of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as 9/11’s impact on prime time television, late night television, and our culture in general.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wednesdays 9pm ET, 6pm PT
WROM: Realms of Music
Fridays 7pm ET and PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Saturdays 8pm PT
Sundays 2pm PT
KWDJ 1360-AM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Tuesdays 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT
Passionate World Radio
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Special Announcement

Monday, September 5th, 2011

It’s just like the old days of Talking Television With Dave White this Tuesday, September 6, from 7:30-9PM Pacific time (10:30PM-Midnight Eastern time) when a special edition of Dave White Presents will be broadcast live on KSAV radio www.ksav.org .  The co-stars of the ABC television program Take The Money And Run, Mary Hanlon Stone and Paul Bishop, will join Dave and co-host Wes Britton to discuss the show.  Listeners can participate by phone, (800)407-KSAV(5728) during the broadcast or by e-mail, talk@ksav.org, either during or prior to the program.  What was your favorite episode?  Do you root for the cops or the hiders?  Could you outsmart the police?  This is your chance to interrogate the interrogators when Dave White Presents Mary Hanlon Stone and Paul Bishop.  Be a part of the program.  The recorded program will become available for download Wednesday September 7 at www.audioentertainment.org/dwp .

Dave White; Host                           Dave White Presents
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Dave White Presents SPECIAL EDITION

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

On Tues. Sept. 6, online radio’s “Dave White Presents” will air a special live call-in event!

 At 7:30 p.m.  pST, 10:30 EST, Paul Bishop and Mary Hanlon Stone, co-stars of Bertram Van Munster and Jerry Bruckheimer’sTake The Money And Run, will join co-hosts Dave White and Wes Britton to discuss their hit ABC reality series. During the 90 minute broadcast, aired on KSAV.org, listeners will be encouraged to call in or E-mail their own questions for the interrogators.

 Debuting Aug. 2, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN involves pairs of contestants who, each Tuesday at 9:00 EST, try to hide a briefcase filled with $100,000 from teams of detectives in various cities. While the local officers hit the streets looking for the briefcase, Bishop and Stone interrogate the contestants who are locked in jail for 48 hours.

 A thirty-five year veteran of a major west coast metropolitan police department, Paul Bishop’s career has included a three year tour as an interrogator with the

department’s Anti-Terrorist Division and over twenty-five years experience in the investigation of sex crimes. He’s also the author of a number of thrillers including the Detective Fey Croaker series. Paul has also written feature film scripts and numerous episodic scripts for television, including such shows as Diagnosis: Murder, LA Dragnet, The New

Detectives, and Navy Seals: The Untold Stories.

 Mary Hanlon Stone is a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. She lectures on criminal investigations and trial strategies including the Art of Interrogation. During her 25 years as a prosecutor, she has specialized in sexual assault and domestic violence cases. Mary is also the bestselling author of Invisible Girl, a teen novel inspired by her work with troubled girls. Mary is currently working on the legal thriller, Breaking, and a parenting book, How to Tell When Your Teen is Lying, with her co-interrogator, Paul Bishop.

Paul and Mary look forward to answering your questions about their series, books, and careers on “Dave White Presents,” Tues. Sept. 6 over—

 www.KSAV.org

 You can e-mail questions or comments before or during the broadcast to talk@ksav.org.

 The number to call during the show is (800)407-KSAV or (800)407-5728.

 On Wed. Sept. 7, the recorded program will become available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes and through TEVO or on the player at”:

 www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

 Watch for more details at the Dave White Presents website and at the DWP Facebook page:

 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-White-Presents/153177177306

 The Official TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN website:

 http://abc.go.com/shows/take-the-money-and-run