Archive for May, 2012

Hollywood Through the Back Door, Plus The Man Behind Bart Maverick: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Authors Michael St. John and Linda Alexander will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

A pioneer in the entertainment industry in more ways than one, Michael St. John was the first African-American man hired as a director for NBC television, where he worked on such prime time shows as Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and The Andy Williams Show, as well as with such news personalities as Tom Brokaw and Bryant Gumbel. Prior to that, Michael also worked as a stage and film actor in such films as Carmen Jones, the first major Hollywood motion picture featuring an all African-American cast.

But there were remnants of segregation in Hollywood when Michael first arrived in the early 1950s. The story of how he overcame that — and go on to leave his mark in the worlds of stage, film, television, music, radio and publishing — is one of the driving forces of Michael’s book, Hollywood Through the Back Door. Michael’s book serves as a reminder that while Hollywood can be tough to navigate, it can also be a very rewarding town to those who are persistent. We’ll talk about that, as well as ask about some of Michael’s experiences with the likes of Shirley Booth, Mary Pickford, Brock Peters, Marilyn Horne, Marilyn Monroe, Pearl Bailey, Dorothy Dandridge, and Otto Preminger, when he joins in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be film and TV biographer Linda Alexander. Linda’s latest book, A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story, is a comprehensive look at the life and career of the actor best known for playing Bart Maverick on the long-running Western series, Maverick (ABC, 1957-1962). An accomplished, versatile performer since virtually the time he was born, Jack Kelly was a fixture in film and television for more than five decades before semi-retiring from the industry to enter the world of politics, where he served as a city councilman (and, later, a two-term mayor) of Huntington Beach, California. If that weren’t enough, he was also a successful businessman, and owned a newspaper, The Huntington Beach News.

Yet for all his accomplishments, Jack Kelly spent much of his professional life in the shadow of two people: his elder sister, Nancy Kelly, and his co-star on Maverick, James Garner. We’ll talk about that, as well as discuss other aspects of Jack Kelly’s career before, during and after Maverick, when Linda Alexander joins us in our first hour.

It’ll be a full program as always, and we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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Sandra Bernhard, Wonder Woman and Johnny’s Last Show: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard and author Mike Pingel will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Wry, witty, sometimes wicked but always irreverent, Sandra Bernhard has been wowing audiences since her early days at the Comedy Store in the 1970s, mixing outrageous humor with cutting satire and fiercely energetic musical numbers. Known for her many appearances on such shows as Roseanne, The L Word, The Larry Sanders Show and The Late Show with David Letterman, she is currently seen every week as the resident “pop culture anthropologist” on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, where she riffs on trendy topics and all things celebrity. In fact, Sandra is about to launch a new one-woman show, Sandrology, that takes its name from her segments on Bravo. We’ll talk about that, and a whole lot more, when she joins us in our second hour.

Sandra Bernhard will be performing Sandrology at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 West 2nd Street in Los Angeles from Wednesday, May 30 through Sunday, June 10. For tickets and more information, call (213) 237-2800 or go to www.redcat.org. Sandra will also be bringing Sandrology to other cities across the country, including Seattle on June 21-22-23. For tour updates and news on her other upcoming appearances, go to www.sandrabernhard.com.

Also joining us this week will be author and pop culture historian Mike Pingel. Mike’s latest book, Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, tells you everything you wanted to know about the classic TV series from the 1970s starring Lynda Carter, including a detailed episode guide, information about the designs behind Wonder Woman’s various costumes, interviews with Lynda Carter, series producer Douglas S. Cramer, guest stars Joan Van Ark and Stella Stevens, and much, much more. We’ll talk about the eternal appeal of Wonder Woman, the differences between Wonder Woman on ABC and CBS, and many other interesting factoids, when Mike Pingel joins us in our first hour.

All this, plus The Sounds of Lost Television, and an expanded edition of This Week in TV History that includes a look back at the 20th anniversary of Johnny Carson’s final broadcast as host of The Tonight Show.

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Dave White Presents

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

 

Bernie Kopell Helps DAVE WHITE PRESENTS Go Ape For Our 100th Broadcast!

 

He was Siegfried on GET SMART. He was Doc on THE LOVE BOAT. Would you believe—he was also the voice of Baron Von Butcher on LANCELOT LINK, SECRET CHIMP?

 

On Tuesday, May 22, Bernie Kopell headlines DWP to showcase the new DVD collector’s edition of LANCELOT LINK, SECRET CHIMP. LANCELOT LINK was a spy parody that ran on Saturday mornings on ABC from 1970 to 1972. Very much in the spirit of GET SMART, live chimpanzees from A.P.E. (Agency to Prevent Evil) battled Von Butcher’s C.H.U.M.P. (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan) in between performing rock songs as the Evolution Revolution.

   

In a very lively and laugh-filled conversation with Wes Britton, Bernie discusses everything A.P.E. and talks about how proceeds from the DVD will help the actual Lance Link who’s alive and well and retired at the Wildlife Way Station in LA! Bernie also talks about working in series television in the ‘60s, his role as Siegfried, his memories of his friend Don Adams, and, of course, many, many stories about his nine years on THE LOVE BOAT.

 

Just as LANCELOT LINK was going off the air, a new blues rock band was hitting the road, the Washington D.C. based The Nighthawks. Forty years later, harp player Mark Wenner and his hard-driving group are still at it with a 40th anniversary collection called DAMN GOOD TIME! Think Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Reed, and Willie Dixon all jamming together. That’s what The Nighthawks would call a hot gig, and Mark will tell you his rockin’ tales on the next DWP. Naturally, we’ll heat up the joint with two samples from the album!

 

For 100 blockbuster episodes, DAVE WHITE PRESENTS has offered Variety with a capital V over KSAV.org. For our anniversary show, we’re delighted to highlight another KSAV program that’s especially unique. It’s called THE HIGH STREET BROADCAST and brings back old time radio, but we’re not talking playing the old shows. Each hour, HSB offers their own zany character sketches, original and classic songs, and a half-hour serial. Just like the old days, they perform it all live on stage. Host/Writer/Director Devlin Conners will tell you what its all about and we think you’ll add HSB to your entertainment menu when DWP isn’t around with our own, well, some call it comedy—

 

So that’s live chimps, GET SMART, THE LOVE BOAT, The Nighthawks, and the new/old time radio of THE HIGH STREET BROADCASTS all on a very special edition of DWp! It debuts Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over—

www.KSAV.org

 

If you’d like to pre-record the monkeyshines, Digital Audio Recording (DAR) makes that easy–

http://www.dar.fm/faq.php

 

On Wed. May 23, the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes and through TEVO, or on the player at–

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

 

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For more information on the LANCELOT LINK collector’s set:

 www.lancelotlinksecretchimp.com

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of The Nighthawks’ DAMN GOOD TIME! at:

http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-the-nighthawks-damn-good/

 

Find out more about THE HIGH STREET BROADCAST at:

http://www.thehighstreetbroadcast.com/fr_home.cfm

 

Actor Edward Faulkner, Plus Girls Talk: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Actor, director and voiceover artist Edward Faulkner will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Edward Faulkner’s career in film and television includes roles in thirty motion pictures, including Tickle Me and G.I. Blues (with Elvis Presley), The Shakiest Gun in the West (with Don Knotts), The Ballad of Josie (with Doris Day), Something Big (with Dean Martin), and McLintock!, Hellfighters and The Green Berets (all with John Wayne). He has also appeared in more than 250 television shows, including such classics as Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, Have Gun, Will Travel, The Odd Couple, The Virginian, Dragnet and Gilligan’s Island. Ed has a lot of great stories about working alongside such legends as Howard Hawks, David Janssen, Richard Boone and John Wayne, and he’ll share a few of those memories with us when he joins us in our second hour.

Edward Faulkner will be appearing at the Memphis Film Festival in Olive Branch, Mississippi on May 31 thru June 2, 2012. For more information, go to MemphisFilmFestival.com. He will also be at the annual Western Legends Round-Up in Kanab, Utah on August 16-18, 2012 (www.westernlegendsroundup.com), as well as Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 15 (www.silverdollarcity.com).

And speaking of round-ups, Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us in our first hour as we round up the list of series that were canceled last week by the broadcast networks, as well as those that the networks renewed. Will your favorite show be coming back next season? If not, we’ll tell you why. We’ll also weigh in on a few shows that recently premiered on network and cable, including the controversial HBO series, Girls.

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The Sounds of Lost Johnny Carson: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Join us for a special edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour as we replay our special tribute to Johnny Carson as part of the Sounds of Lost Television. Phil will be playing highlights from Johnny’s first ten years as host of The Tonight Show, including audio from Johnny’s debut broadcast of Oct. 1, 1962, as well as the first appearance of Carnac the Magnificent. Most of the tapes from the first decade of the Tonight Show broadcasts were erased by NBC, so this is a rare opportunity to hear the King of Late Night in his early days.

Johnny Carson will be the subject of a two-hour edition of American Masters, Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, that will premiere on Monday, May 14 on PBS. Some of the audio that you’ll hear on that program is courtesy of Phil Gries.

Then, in our second hour, we’ll replay our conversation with Paul Green, Dan Farren and Tony Figueroa about American adaptations of British TV series: those that succeeded, such as The Office, All in the Family and Three’s Company, and those that failed, including the American versions of Fawlty Towers, Couplings and Absolutely Fabulous. We’ll compare and contrast the British approach to episodic television, versus the American approach.

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Dave White Presents

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

We’re going behind the scenes in Hollywood and on the road with the Beat Generation on the next “Dave white Presents”!

On April 23, the folks behind World Book Day called MAKE YOUR MOVIE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS OF FILMMAKING a new Film Bible. Author Barbara Freedman Doyle, with 20 years experience with studios like Tri-Star and Disney, knows what aspiring directors, writers, and producers need to know to get their projects off the ground the right way. But you don’t have to be inside show biz to be interested in how and why some movies are made and others not. So next Tuesday, May 8, Barbara’s conversation with Dave White will be one for all film buffs!

The same is true of Dave’s interview with Sai Achath, author of HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES: BASIC THINGS YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW. What’s different about this collection of stories about 55 living actors is that each short bio is accompanied by a unique caricature by the author. In fact, Sai Achath is a well-known cartoonist, ventriloquist, and hand shadow artist. He’ll tell you all about these arcane arts with everything but pictures on DWP!

Then, just in time for the May 23 release of Jack Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart, Wes Britton chats with Barry Gifford, co-author of the newly re-issued JACK’S BOOK: AN ORAL BIOGRAPHY OF JACK KEROUAC. When Barry’s book first came out in 1978, it became a classic and inspired many “oral histories” to follow. It’s never been out of print and remains an essential window into the world of Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and their circle. Find out why—where else?–on the next edition of “Dave White Presents”!

So our next tour of Hollywood Boulevard comes your way Tues. May 8 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

 You can pre-record the show with Digital Audio Recording (DAR)–

http://www.dar.fm/faq.php

But if you miss the premiere broadcast, on Wed. May 9, the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes and through TEVO, or on the player at–

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp  

Hear you then!

Barnabas Collins, The Persian Room, and The Music of Danny Elfman: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Actress Kathryn Leigh Scott, author Patty Farmer and Academy Award-nominated composer David Newman will be among our guests for the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Actress, author and publisher Kathryn Leigh Scott will join us in our second hour to share some memories of her longtime friend Jonathan Frid, the man known to two generations of Dark Shadows fans as the reluctant vampire, Barnabas Collins. Jonathan Frid passed away on Friday, April 13. He and Kathryn, along with Lara Parker and David Selby, were all together in London last summer to film cameo appearances for the Dark Shadows movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp that opens in theaters on Friday, May 11. We’ll ask Kathryn about that, as well as how Jonathan made Barnabas Collins such as a memorable television character.

Jonathan Frid wrote the foreword to Dark Shadows: Return to Collingwood, a new book by Kathryn Leigh Scott that provides a behind-the-scenes look at both the original Dark Shadows, as well as some first-hand perspective at the making of the Dark Shadows movie. In addition, Kathryn also has several appearances across the country over the next few weeks, including Sunday, May 6 at 11am at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention; Sunday, May 13 at 2pm at Dark Delicacies, 3512 West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank; Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm at the Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles, CA; Tuesday, May 22 at 7pm at the Barnes & Noble, Galleria Shopping Center in Edina, MN; and the annual Dark Shadows Weekend in Tarrytown, NY on July 28-29.

Also in our second hour, we’ll take a look at old New York as we welcome Patty Farmer, author of The Persian Room Presents, an oral history of one of the most elegant night spots that New York has ever known, the Persian Room in the landmark Plaza Hotel. For more than forty years (1934-1975), the Persian Room was the place to be in New York City, where such musical legends as Liberace, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Patti Page, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra would perform every night. Patty’s book features fun anecdotes and lively recollections from such Persian Room alumni as Andy Williams, Marge Champion, Polly Bergen, Diahann Carroll, Connie Stevens, Patti Page, Carol Lawrence, Jack Jones, Lainie Kazan and Michele Lee.

Patty Farmer will appearing along with Michele Lee, Connie Stevens, Lainie Kazan, Barbara Van Orden at the Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, May 9. They’ll be signing copies of The Persian Room Presents beginning at 7pm.

Joining us in our first hour this week will be Academy Award-winning composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia, War of the Roses, Galaxy Quest, The Spirit). David will be conducting the American Youth Symphony on Sunday, May 6 as part of a day-long celebration of the music of Danny Elfman at UCLA’s Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive in Los Angeles, on Sunday, May 6.

The concert begins at 7pm, and will feature music composed by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s Batman, Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, and Jon Amiel’s post-civil war film Sommersby. The event will also include a symposium, beginning at 4pm, that will feature the American Youth Symphony performing some of Elfman’s music from the Errol Morris documentary Standard Operating Procedure, plus a discussion of Elfman’s career moderated by Los Angeles Times film music critic Jon Burlingame.

Both the 4pm symposium and 7pm concert are free to the public. However, reservations are required. For more information, call (310) 470-2332 or visit www.aysymphony.org.

Plus: Bill Funt will join us for a special edition of This Week in TV History that looks back at the 25th anniversary of the FOX television network. 

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