Archive for October, 2011

The Garner Files, Desperate Housewives and More: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Actress Kathryn Joosten and author Jon Winokur will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Whether you think of him as Jim Rockford, Bret Maverick, Grandpa Jim on 8 Simple Rules, Charlie Madison in The Americanization of Emily, Noah Calhoun in The Notebook or any of his other memorable roles in film and television, James Garner is one of the few actors whose vast appeals reaches three different generations. But while many of us think of Garner as the laidback character he created on The Rockford Files, there is a lot more to the Emmy Award-winning actor than meets the eye. Few people know the real story of Jim’s life, from the abuse and struggles he overcame growing up in Depression-era Oklahoma, to how he overcame bouts of depression, constant physical pain and epic battles with the Hollywood establishment to become the acting equivalent of a national monument.

After years of prodding, Jim has finally published his own story, called The Garner Files, which he wrote along with one of our guests this week, Jon Winokur. It’s a book that not only covers his career in the motion picture and TV industries, but also provides a rare look into the life of a bona fide American icon. We’ll talk about Maverick, we’ll talk about Rockford, we’ll work in some of your email questions about James Garner and a whole lot more when Jon Winokur joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be Emmy Award-winning actress Kathryn Joosten, Mrs. McCluskey on Desperate Housewives, and a fixture on network and cable television for the past two decades. We’ll take a look at what’s ahead on this, the final season of Desperate Housewives. And with November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we’ll also talk about some of the work that Kathy does on behalf of such groups as the National Lung Cancer Partnership, a support network for lung cancer survivors (of which Kathryn Joosten is one). We’ll also ask about her work with the likes of David E. Kelley, Aaron Sorkin and Martin Sheen when Kathryn Joosten joins us in our first hour.

All this, plus a brand new edition of This Week in TV History. It’s a full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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Michael Learned, Beverley Staunton Plus a Tribute to Pete Rugolo: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Actress Michael Learned, singer Beverley Staunton and music journalist Jon Burlingame will be our guests on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Winner of four Emmy Awards, including three for her portrayal of family matriarch Olivia Walton on The Waltons, the long-running CBS drama that was a Thursday night ritual for many of us every week throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Michael Learned is also an accomplished stage actress who has headlined many productions on and off Broadway, including Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, the national tour of On Golden Pond, Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosenweig and Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch.

Michael Learned is currently starring, along with Granville van Dusen, in Southern Comforts, a romantic “opposites attract” comedy about a Southern widow and a New Jersey widower who find love late in life. Hailed by The New York Times as “a delightful and sneakily sexy romance,” Southern Comforts is playing at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank (818-955-8101; www.falcontheatre.com) through Sunday, Nov. 13. We’ll talk about what attracted Michael to the play, her early background as an actress, her fondness for the theatre and, of course, The Waltons when she joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be Beverley Staunton, primary lead vocalist on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars — a role that requires the kind of versatility that Beverley has shown throughout her musical career, which has seen her perform with such artists as Bette Midler, Michael Buble, Julio Iglesias, Barry Manilow, Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Ritchie, Martina McBride, Dionne Warwick and James Taylor.

Beverley’s new CD, Everything Changes, is an upbeat collection of songs that showcases her musical style as a Country/Pop artist. We’ll talk about the CD, as well as go behind the scenes of Dancing with the Stars, when Beverley joins us at the bottom of our second hour.

Our first hour will include a tribute to the late Pete Rugolo, the Emmy Award-winning composer and arranger who wrote the theme music for such classic TV shows as Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Thriller, Run for Your Life and The Fugitive. Though many of us think of Pete in terms of his TV compositions, his career in television only scratched the surface of his many contributions to the world of music.

Joining us as we remember Pete Rugolo will be music journalist and music historian Jon Burlingame. Jon’s writings on the subject of music in film and television include such books as TV’s Biggest Hits: The Story of Television Themes from Dragnet to Friends, which includes comments from Jon’s interviews with Pete Rugolo and other great composers. We’ll also feature some of Pete’s work in television as part of our bumper music in our first hour.

Also this week: Phil Gries with Part 2 of our look back of the early television career of Woody Allen, including rare audio of his appearances with Johnny Carson, Steve Allen and Merv Griffin. Allen’s life and career will be the subject of Seriously Funny: The Comic Art of Woody Allen, a two-part documentary that will air Nov. 20-21 on PBS.

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Dave White Presents

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

When we say the stars come out for “Dave White Presents,” our next show really proves we mean it!

 On Tues. Oct. 25, DWP celebrates The Kingston Trio with founding member Bob Shane. Without question, this group was one of the most influential ensembles in music history. We’ll explore why. Bob, long noted for his humor, is also a great story teller with more anecdotes than we could squeeze into a half-hour conversation. This means you’ll hear 30 minutes of some lively, engaging, and informative music history and surprises. Did you know the author of “Tom Dooley” was Tom Dooley himself?

 Then, how about Clint Eastwood,  Garrison Keillor, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, and Jimmy Buffett? All these performers joined producer Carl Jackson for a superb 2 CD set called MARK TWAIN: WORDS AND MUSIC. It’s the story of Samuel Langhorne Clemens told in words by Eastwood, Keillor, and Buffett along with a batch of new songs from a ton of Nashville stars. Carl Jackson joins Wes Britton to share how this project came to be. We’ll feature some of the words and of course some choice music!

We didn’t forget Hollywood as Dave White interviews PBS radio host Gene Arceri, author of BROOKLYN’S SCARLETT SUSAN HAYWARD: FIRE IN THE WIND. While she didn’t get the role of Ms. O’Hara in gone with the wind, there seems to have been a lot of Scarlett in an actress who went   on to have multiple Academy Award nominations for playing troubled women. We’ll take you behind the scenes of a story that mixed the bitter with the sweet.   

All this debuts next Tues. Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over—

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 On Wed. Oct. 26, the 90 minutes of variety entertainment will become available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes and through TEVO, or on the player at:

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 Visit the Official Kingston Trio website at:

http://www.kingstontrio.com/

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of MARK TWAIN: WORDS AND MUSIC at:

http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-various-artists-mark-twain/

 Learn about Gene Arceri’s BROOKLYN’S SCARLETT SUSAN HAYWARD: FIRE IN THE WIND at:

http://bearmanormedia.bizland.com/id431.html

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Dennis Farina, Early Woody Allen, and Shows We’d Watch Again: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Actor Dennis Farina will be our special guest on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the industry’s busiest actors, Dennis Farina’s many credits in film and television include Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Bottle Shock, That Old Feeling, Saving Private Ryan, Reindeer Games, Buddy Faro, Empire Falls, Midnight Run, Thief and, of course, Crime Story. Dennis’ latest series, Luck, a provocative look at the world of horse racing executive produced by Michael Mann and David Milch, will premiere on HBO in January 2012.

Dennis Farina is also the star of The Last Rites of Joe May, the story of an aging, short-money hustler looking for redemption that has elements of such classic films as Tender Mercies and High Noon. Throughout it all Farina delivers a riveting, memorable performance. We’ll talk about Joe May, as well as some of Dennis’ other notable screen roles, when he joins us in our second hour.

The Last Rites of Joe May will be available to more than 40 million homes nationwide via Movies on Demand for eight weeks beginning Oct. 27. Check your cable or satellite carrier for more information. The film will also be available for instant viewing via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and VUDU; in addition, it will have a limited theatrical release in New York during the month of November.

Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us in our first hour as we take a look at the first month of the new television season: Which shows are doing well, which have already been canceled, which ones we’ve seen and which ones we’d recommend watching again. Plus: Phil Gries with some rare audio of the early television appearances of Woody Allen, whose life and career will be the subject of Seriously Funny: The Comic Art of Woody Allen, a two-part documentary that will air Nov. 20-21 on PBS.

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Stacy Keach, Sixty Years of Lucy, and the Passing of Steve Jobs: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Actor Stacy Keach, inventor Gary Greenberg, writer/producer Joseph Dougherty, authors Barry Monush and James Sheridan, pop culture historian Robert J. Thompson will be our guests on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

John Huston once said that Stacy Keach “is not just a star… he is a constellation. The audience will come to see whatever character he plays.” And whether you think of Keach as King Lear, Ken Titus, the narrator of the Twilight Zone radio dramas or Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, the Golden Globe Award-winning actor has continued to captivate audiences on stage, screen and television for more than five decades.

Long interested in the study of science, Stacy Keach recently collaborated with artist, inventor and scientist Dr. Gary Greenberg on Mary’s Magic Microscope: The Sand Bandit, the first in a series of children’s books featuring a modern-day Nancy Drew that Stacy and Gary hope will inspire middle-school aged kids to discover the wonders and the possibilities of science fact. We’ll talk about the book, as well as other aspects of Stacy’s distinguished acting career, when Stacy and Gary join us in our second hour.

In our first hour, we’ll celebrate the 60th anniversary of the premiere of I Love Lucy along with James Sheridan and Barry Monush, co-authors of Lucille Ball FAQ: Everything Left to Know About America’s Favorite Redhead. James and Barry provide Lucy fans with a dispensable look at the Original Queen of Comedy, from her life growing up, her love interests, her various inspirations, and a ton of information about her films and TV series, including I Love Lucy.

Also this week: We’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with Emmy winner Joseph Dougherty, one of the writers and producers of Pretty Little Liars, which continues its second season with a special stand-alone episode, “The First Secret,” that will air Tuesday, Oct. 19 on ABC Family. Plus: Robert J. Thompson, professor of popular television at Syracuse University, with a look of the legacies of Steve Jobs and A.C. Nielsen, Jr.

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The Next Dave White Presents

Friday, October 7th, 2011

It’s a Roots Music Fest when Maria Muldaur and Peter Daltry headline the next Dave White Presents!

Back in the early 1970s, Maria Muldaur hit the charts with songs like “Midnight at the Oasis,” “Three Dollar Bill, “and “Don’t You Feel My Leg.” This fall, after a series of acoustic roots albums, she gets electric, down-and-dirty, and soulful with her “Red -Hot Bluesiana band” playing on her new album, STEADY LOVE. It’s red hot alright with a New Orleans feel , and Maria tells you the full story about her past, present, and what STEADY Love offers in this very lively conversation with Wes Britton.   

Across the trans-Atlantic pond, back in the late 1960s, Peter Daltry was the main motor in the British band Kaleidoscope, a group often confused with the California outfit with the same name. Since then, while Daltry hasn’t toured in over 39 years, he has been putting out a stream of self-produced masterpieces. His new release hints at what he’s been doing–King of Thieves: The Best of Peter Daltry Volume 2 includes songs inspired by Celtic folk music, other tracks draw from late-‘60s psychedelia. Some melodies are simple tunes performed on guitar and piano, some are very layered and experimental indeed. We’ll play you two samples and perhaps you’ll wonder why Peter Daltry didn’t get on your radar screen before. We bet he will be now.

 

This edition of DWP will also include a batch of new comedy bits organized by Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Dave White himself! To say more would spoil the “predictably unpredictable” enjoyment you’ll hear Tues. oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over—

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 On Wed. Oct. 12, 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 Maria Muldaur’s new STEADY LOVE, here is Wes Britton’s review at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/3947/1/Steady-Love-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

 For more on Peter Daltry’s King of Thieves: The Best of Peter Daltry Volume 2, check out:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/3984/1/King-of-Thieves-The-Best-of-Peter-Daltry-Volume-2-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

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Roger Maris, The Rat Pack and More: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Comedian Sandy Hackett, singer/songwriter Lisa Dawn Miller, actress Tanna Frederick and TV Guide business editor Stephen Battaglio will be our guests on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The son of legendary comedian Buddy Hackett, Sandy Hackett is one of the stars and producers of Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, the critically acclaimed musical tribute show that many consider to be the next best thing to seeing Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop in their prime. Sandy not only plays Joey Bishop in the Rat Pack show… he knew the real Joey Bishop, as well as worked with the real Frank, Sammy and Dean. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Sandy joins us in our first hour, along with his wife, singer/songwriter Lisa Dawn Miller. The daughter of legendary songwriter Ron Miller, Lisa co-produces the show with Sandy, and also appears in it as the character “Frank’s One Love.”

Besides its permanent home base at the Las Vegas Hilton, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show is about to take its act on the road, with stops in more than 45 cities across the country as part of its 2011-2012 national theatre tour, including venues in Niagara Falls, New York, Green Bay, Wisconsin; Dubuque, Iowa; Butte, Montana; Aurora, Illinois; and Thousand Oaks, California. Tickets, tour updates and more information is available online at SandysRatPackOnTour.com.

Phil Gries will join us in our second hour for a special edition of the Sounds of Lost Television that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Oct. 1, 1961, the day on which Roger Maris hit his 61st home run, surpassing Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs in a Major League Baseball season. We’ll not only hear clips of the rarely heard television broadcast of Maris’ historic home run, we’ll also talk about the various controversies that plagued Maris in 1961, as well as hear audio from Roger Maris himself.

Also joining us this week will be actress Tanna Frederick (Queen of the Lot, Hollywood Dreams, Sylvia). Tanna will be joining former world champion surfer Shaun Tomson in co-hosting the Fourth Annual Project SOS: Save Our Surf: SURF 24, a celebrity surfathon in support of clean water and clean oceans around the world. Project SOS takes place Oct. 15 and 16 in Santa Monica, and will benefit the global charities Waves for Water and Tumelo Home, as well as Santa Monica Baykeeper and Inside the Outdoors in Southern California. Celebrity surfers include Sam Trammell (True Blood), Tate Donovan (Damages, The O.C.), John Slattery (Mad Men), Jesse Spencer (House), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives), Chad Lowe (24), Gregory Harrison (One Tree Hill, Trapper John, M.D.), John Philbin (Point Break) and Kathy Zuckerman (Gidget). For information on how to register, or to find out other ways in which you can support Project SOS, check out ProjectSaveOurSurf.org.

Plus: Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide magazine, will help us sort through the first two weeks of the new TV fall season: which shows are doing well so far, which ones are in trouble, and what sort of midseason replacement series are on the horizon. It’s a full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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