Archive for March, 2013

Geri Jewell: Next on TVC

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Actress, comedienne and author Geri Jewell will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Born with cerebral palsy, Geri Jewell made television history on Dec. 24, 1980 when she first appeared as Cousin Geri on The Facts of Life, the first character with a disability to appear on a regular basis on a prime time network series, while also continuing to break ground as a stand-up comedienne in such noted venues as The Comedy Store and The Improv. Geri’s book, I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond, is a very candid and poignant look at some of the obstacles that Geri has had to overcome throughout her life and career — some of which had to do with living with cerebral palsy, some of which had to accepting her sexuality, but a lot of which had to do with the nature of people and the entertainment industry itself.

Geri Jewell recently received the venerable Golden Halo Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes the “Best of the Best” in film and television. We’ll talk about that, as well as ask about Geri’s work with the likes of Jane Fonda, Patty Duke, Robby Benson, Norman Lear and, of course, Charlotte Rae and Lisa Whelchel when she joins us in our second hour.

Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us in our first hour for an expanded edition of This Week in TV History that will include look back at the 50th anniversary of the premiere of General Hospital, and the fifth anniversary of the death of Academy Award-winning actor Charlton Heston. Though we don’t always think of Heston in terms of television, he did play Moses in The Ten Commandments, which for many of us has been an Easter weekend tradition on TV for more than three decades. Plus: a look at entertainment headlines.

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Dave White Presents

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Scream Queen Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling) and comic actress Geri Jewell (The Facts of Life, Deadwood) headline the March 26 Dave White Presents!

 

Dee Wallace is best known for playing Elliott’s Mom in E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial and being a “Scream Queen” in cult favorites like The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, and Rob Zombie’s reworking of Halloween. So far, she’s had over 130 roles in TV and movies, including work in 85 films. And she shows no sign of stopping now!

 

But that only scratches the surface of what this Renaissance Woman has been doing all these years! On the next DWP, Dee talks with Wes Britton about E.T., some of her other favorite movie parts, but also her books, radio shows, and the healing classes she teaches in person and online. So this is in interview that goes beyond entertainment to offer some wisdom as well!

 

Speaking of wisdom, comic actress Geri Jewell has quite a bit of insight to share as well! Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at an early age, Geri became the first actress with a visible disability to have a regular role on television when she became part of the cast on The Facts of Life. Discovering celebrity was both a blessing and a curse, Geri spent many years working as a stand-up comic before returning to TV as Jewell in the HBO classic, Deadwood.

 

We promise—you don’t want to miss this one! In an extensive interview with Wes Britton, Geri talks about it all—her big break meeting Norman Lear, how she was eased out of Facts of Life, and how she shaped her own role on Deadwood.  Hear how she was discovered playing “Home on the Range” on her father’s organ during a funeral service, how she knocked Big Bird’s head off, why Robert Goulet couldn’t convince her Mom he really was Robert Goulet . . . Folks, the lady is funny!

 

We’ll mix these in-depth conversations with two very wise women with the usual unusual predictably unpredictable humor of DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

 

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

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

 

But if you miss the premiere broadcast, on Wed.  March 27, the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and Sticher.com, or on the player at–

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

 

Keep up with entertainment news at the Dave White Presents Facebook page:

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

 

Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams, and Arlo Givens: Next on TVC

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Actor/playwright Raymond J. Barry and film and TV archivist Josh Mills will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

If you watch Justified, you know Raymond J. Barry as Arlo Givens, the reprobate father of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant). But Ray’s career outside of Justified includes seventy motion pictures, including Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Man Walking, Charlie Valentine, The Ref, Cool Runnings, Flubber, Steel City and Year of the Assassin, plus appearances in such popular TV series as L.A. Law, The X Files, Law and Order, CSI, Cold Case, Alias and, most recently, New Girl with Zooey Deschanel. Raymond J. Barry is also an accomplished playwright; as a matter of fact, he is working on a new stage production, while his book, Mother’s Son and Other Plays, was recently published. We’ll ask Ray about playing Arlo on Justified, as well as how his work as a writer helps him focus in his craft as an actor, painter and sculptor, when he joins us in our second hour.

Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us in our first hour as we continue paying tribute to Television’s Original Genius, Ernie Kovacs, along with our guest Josh Mills. The son of singer/actress Edie Adams and photographer Marty Mills, Josh is the owner of Ediad Productions, the company originally founded by Edie Adams to manage the licensing of the work of Kovacs and to ensure that Ernie is given his due as a comedian and innovator. Josh is also one of the executive producers of the excellent Ernie Kovacs box set DVD collection recently released by Shout! Factory. We’ll talk about some of our favorite Kovacs moments; the relationship between Ernie and Edie, on and off camera; the lengths that Edie took to preserve Ernie’s legacy, including purchasing back the videotapes of Ernie’s shows from ABC; and how Edie herself was a pioneer in archiving TV history.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 1pm ET, 10am PT on IndianaTalks.com
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Fri Noon ET, 9am PT on Talktainment Radio
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Mon 9pm ET, 6pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Gloria Loring, plus the First Oscar Telecast: Next on TVC

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Singer, actress, songwriter and author Gloria Loring will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Known to fans of daytime television as Liz Chandler, the wealthy heiress she played on Days of Our Lives throughout the 1980s, Gloria Loring has also enjoyed a successful career as a singer, songwriter, and author, including “Friends and Lovers,” her duet with Carl Anderson that became a No. 1 record in 1986; co-writing the lyrics to the theme songs for the classic TV series Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life (the latter of which she also sang, from the second season on); and such CDs as Turn the Page. But like all of us, Gloria has had to overcome pain and struggle throughout her life, including the illness of her son, her father’s alcoholism, the divorce of her parents, and the end of her own marriage to actor/writer Alan Thicke. Gloria says that she overcame her struggles with the help of coincidence — not “coincidence” in the random sense of the word, but rather a particular form of coincidence that combines scientific observation, spiritual wisdom, and what Gloria calls EBL, or Evidence Based Living.

Gloria’s efforts to understanding the meaning of coincidence in her life, and in all our lives, is the focus of Coincidence is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous: Reflections on Daytime Dramas and Divine Intervention, an engaging look at the spiritual dimensions of coincidence: where it comes from, how we attract it, and how we can use it for our benefit and the benefit of those around us. We’ll talk about Gloria’s journey, and more, when she joins us in our second hour.

Also this week: We’ll go back to the night of March 19, 1953, the first time that the Academy Awards were broadcast on television, as part of an expanded edition of This Week in TV History. Though the Oscar ceremony is now one of the biggest nights of the TV season, it didn’t start out that way — in fact, the very idea of televising the Academy Awards came about by accident. We’ll talk about this, as well as look at how the Oscarcast has changed over the years, when Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join us during our first hour. Plus: Greg Ehrbar with a new DVD report.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 1pm ET, 10am PT on IndianaTalks.com
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Fri Noon ET, 9am PT on Talktainment Radio
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Mon 8pm ET, 5pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Dave White Presents

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

James Bond, Hawaii 5-O, Magic, and Comedy Songs on the Next Dave White Presents!

 2002 was a banner year for actor Will Yung lee. For one thing, he starred as baddie Colonel Tan-Sun Moon in the 20th James Bond opus, Die Another Day. In the same year, People magazine named him one of the “50 Most Beautiful People.” Five years later, People included him in their list of “The 15 Sexiest Men Alive.”

Along the way, Lee has been busy on both the small and large screens. He’s had roles in Witchblade, Bionic Woman, Electra, and as a recurring character on Hawaii 5-O. He’ll also be the Silver Samurai in the Upcoming The Wolverine.

On Tuesday, March 12, Will will join Wes Britton to talk about his career, especially what it was like to work on the 40th anniversary 007 film and how his role as Sang Min on Hawaii 5-O was shaped. In addition, he’s the star of a new DVD release called The Four Assassins and we’ll go behind the scenes of that thoughtful character study.

 Summing up the eight decades of magician and comedy songwriter Milt Larson’s career is no easy task. As a teenager, he wrote comedy bits for Bob Barker’s Truth or Consequences game show. Producer Ralph Edwards used Larson as the “distraction” for stars like Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel so they didn’t know they were about to be profiled on This is Your Life.

 But it was with magic where Larson earned his claim to fame, eventually earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and being named one of the 100 Most Influential Individuals in Magic by Magic Magazine. Among other accomplishments, he co-founded the members only Magic Castle club which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. On top of all that, since the late ’50s, Larson has written hundreds of comedy songs with Richard Sherman, half of the legendary Sherman brothers who wrote all those hits for Disney.

 In one of the liveliest conversations we’ve ever had, Milt will tell you all about the days of vaudeville, encounters with Cary Grant and Johnny Carson, his new memoir . . . in fact, trying to tell you what he’ll talk about is a bit like trying to squeeze the Titanic into a shot glass. Oh, expect a generous sampling of the Sherman-Larson comic songs as well.

All this, along with some new “predictably unpredictable” radio comedy debuts on the next Dave White Presents, Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

 

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

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

As if by magic, on Wed.  March 13, the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and Sticher.com, or on the player at–

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

Keep up with entertainment news at the Dave White Presents Facebook page:

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Quinn Martin, Classic Westerns, and Hollywood’s Last Mogul: Next on TVC

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Actor/director Chris Robinson and award-winning journalist Kathleen Sharp will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Kathleen Sharp will join us for a look at the life and legacy of Hollywood’s original power couple, Lew and Edie Wasserman, who together ruled over the entertainment industry for more than six decades — first by building MCA, the world’s largest talent agency, then buying a broken-down film studio along with some real estate and transforming it all into the multi-billion-dollar global conglomerate known as Universal Studios. Under Lew Wasserman’s rule, Universal created such staples as the made for TV movie, the “wheel” format of revolving weekly series, and the blockbuster feature motion picture, while Edie Wasserman extended their influence into governors’ mansions, Senate chambers, the White House, international boardrooms and the world of old Las Vegas. But while Lew Wasserman ran Universal Studios, he and Edie were far from universally liked — in fact, on more than one occasion their rivals and enemies joined forces to bring the Wassermans down. It’s all part of a fascinating look into the inner workings of twentieth-century show business that Kathleen captures in her book Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood: Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire, which we’ll talk about during our second hour.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lew Wasserman. To mark the occasion, AudioGo.com has re-released Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood both as an eBook, and soon as an audiobook. In addition, Kathleen Sharp will be appearing at The Pasadena Festival for Women Authors, March 8-9 at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street in Pasadena, CA.

Also joining us this week will be actor/director Chris Robinson. If you follow daytime television, you know Chris as Dr. Rick Webber on General Hospital (which Chris will be returning to, later this month), and as Jack Hamilton on The Bold and the Beautiful. If you watch Me TV these days, you know that Chris played Sgt. Sandy Komansky on Twelve O’Clock High, while also guest-starring in many other series produced by Quinn Martin, including The Fugitive, The New Breed, Dan August, The F.B.I., Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones and Caribe. In addition, Chris has appeared in such films as The Birdman of Alcatraz, The Young Savages (both with Burt Lancaster), The Hawaiians (with Charlton Heston), and Sweet, Sweet Rachel, the pilot for The Sixth Sense.

Chris has also starred in many film and TV Westerns, including episodes of Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Wagon Train, and Zane Grey Theater, as well as the upcoming independent film The Forsaken, which Chris says offers a new take on the classic genre that is also very insightful. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Chris Robinson joins us during our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 1pm ET, 10am PT on IndianaTalks.com
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Fri Noon ET, 9am PT on Talktainment Radio
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Mon 8pm ET, 5pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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