Archive for May, 2013

Whatever Happened to the Made for TV Movie? Next on TVC

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer Joseph Dougherty and TV Guide business editor Stephen Battaglio will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Joseph Dougherty and Dan Farren will join us in our first hour for a roundtable discussion on the made for TV movie — a staple of television for more than four decades (particularly during the era of The ABC Movie of the Week) that has all but disappeared from network TV in recent years. We’ll talk about that, but we’ll also take a look at some of the great Movies of the Week from the 1970s that have stayed with us for one reason or another.

Joseph Dougherty is the Emmy Award-winning writer/producer of such shows as thirtysomething, Saving Grace, and Pretty Little Liars, plus he has also written many TV-movies for network and cable television. Dan Farren is one of the producers of Story Salon, along with Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen; he also reviews movies for SchmoesKnow.com.

Also joining us this week will be Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide magazine and the author of such books as of David Susskind: A Televised Life, From Yesterday to Today: Six Decades of America’s Favorite Morning Show, and Election Night: A Television History: 1948-2012. Steve will join us in our first hour to help us preview some of the new TV shows that were announced earlier this month at the annual network upfronts.

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
Now also heard at various times throughout the week on IndianaTalks.com
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Dave White Presents

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Next Dave White Presents is a Bob and Ray Comedy Spectacular—along with new music and stories from former Grass Roots and The Office cast member Creed Bratton!

 It would be a bit of déjà vu to list the many hits of The Grass Roots again—”Temptation Eyes,” Midnight Confessions,” Bella Linda,” Live for Today” and so many others. After all, DWP has had two Grass Roots alumni stop by this year, namely Joel Larson and Dennis Provisor.

 But singer/songwriter/actor/comic Creed Bratton has many new stories to tell, both about his life before and after his Grass Root hit making days. For example, not only has Creed been issuing solo albums since 2001, his acting career has included many appearances on episodic television, most famously as a fictionalized version of himself on The Office.

Also this year, Creed’s newest album, Tell Me About It, is an autobiographical concept record full of musical surprises. In an in-depth conversation with Wes Britton,  Creed will go back to the glory days, explore his time on The Office, tell you about his adventures under Middle-Eastern sands, what a now legendary tablecloth had to do with his career, and what Tell Me About It is all about. Yep, we’ll play two samples of Creed’s new music for you!

 Unlike other comedy teams of their era, Bob and Ray didn’t come to prominence through vaudeville or Hollywood circuits. Their wry, dry, deadpan and incongruous routines were born on radio, crafted for radio in the late 1940’s, and were essentially unchanged when they began appearing on television in the 1950s. Many of their parodies played with broadcasting itself, mocking sports announcers, man on the street interviews, soap operas, and commercials. They were intentionally far from slick, often improvising and ad libbing their lines. Remember Wally Balou? The Slow Talkers of America? Did you know Cloris Leachman and Audrey Meadows worked on their shows?  

 You can find out all about these stories in David Pollock’s new Bob and Ray, Keener than Most Persons: The Backstayge Story of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding. It’s a biography of two of the greatest radio comedians of them all, whose career lasted an astonishing 44 years. In a lively conversation with Dave White, Pollock shares long unknown secrets of Bob and Ray, and, of course, we’ll play some of those bits that have influenced everyone from Harry Shearer to David Letterman to, well, Mr. Dave White himself!

So, the music and stories of Creed Bratton, the comedy and history of Bob and Ray will give you Variety with a capital V on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, June 4 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

On Wed.  June 5, 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

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of Creed Bratton’s Tell Me About It at:

http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-creed-bratton-tell-me/

Read Wes Britton’s review of David Pollock’s Bob and Ray, Keener than Most Persons: The Backstayge Story of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding at:

http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-bob-and-ray-keener/

George Maharis and Pen Densham: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Actor George Maharis and writer, producer and director Pen Densham will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Our first hour will feature an encore presentation of our April 2012 conversation with actor George Maharis, Buz Murdock on Route 66, the groundbreaking TV series from the early 1960s that airs Sunday nights on Me-TV. Besides his work in television, George has an extensive stage background, including productions of Exodus, Deathwatch and The Zoo Story, plus he has enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist, both for Columbia Records as well as in Las Vegas. Among other topics, George will clarify the reason why he left Route 66 during the show’s third season (a story that has been often been subject to innuendo and misinformation). The hour will also include a replay of the Sounds of Lost Television segment in which Phil Gries plays highlights from Maharis’ appearance on the May 18, 1962 edition of PM East with Mike Wallace.

Then, in our second hour, we will replay our conversation from August 2011 with Oscar-nominated writer, producer and director Pen Densham. Pen’s credits for film and television include Backdraft, Blown Away, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the adaptation of The Magnificent Seven for CBS Television, and the remakes of The Outer Limits for Showtime and The Twilight Zone for UPN. Pen is also the author of Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing (And Not Getting Eaten), a hands-on, heartfelt approach to the craft of screenwriting that advises writers to filter their product by channeling their passion.
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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Dave White Presents

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Southern Rock with Devon Allman, Summertime Blues with Blue Cheer on the Next “Dave White Presents”!

Back in 1968, a power trio called Blue Cheer topped the charts with their interpretation of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” Decades later, that band and their song have frequently been singled out as being predecessors to all things hard rock and heavy metal.

This year, Blue Cheer Rocks Europe, recorded in 2008, is a new CD testament to how vital Blue Cheer remained until the 2009 death of its main motor, bassist and lead singer Dicke Peterson. At the time, the trio also included original drummer Paul Whaley and the group’s longest running guitarist, Andrew “Duck” MacDonald.

On Tues. May 21, Duck stops by DWP to talk about the legacy of Blue Cheer, his friendship with Dickie Peterson, fan responses over the years, and the importance of a little song that was a hit for Eddie Cochran, The Who, and Blue Cheer. We’ll also play you a previously unreleased studio track that MacDonald calls the groups reply to “Summertime Blues,” a rockabilly jumper you’ve likely never heard before!

Yep, Devon Allman has quite a pedigree. His Dad is Gregg, his uncle was Duane. Last year, Devon made quite a splash as part of the blues/rock “Supergroup,” Royal Southern Brotherhood. If you haven’t checked them out, you’re missing a seriously tight outfit.

This year, Allman has been earning critical raves for his sizzlin’ debut solo album, Turquoise. On his own terms, he’s proving to be a triple threat as a soulful singer, fiery guitarist, and autobiographical songwriter. Learn all about it in an absorbing conversation Devon shares with Wes Britton delving deep into a bluesy family tradition, the origins of Royal Southern Brotherhood, and the stories behind the songs on Turquoise. Yep, we got two samples from Turquoise to demonstrate Devon has more than a pretty name!

All this plus some (we promise) surprising predictably unpredictable humor on Tues., May 21 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. May 22 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

Dave White Presents

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Southern Rock with Devon Allman, Summertime Blues with Blue Cheer on the Next “Dave White Presents”!

 Back in 1968, a power trio called Blue Cheer topped the charts with their interpretation of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” Decades later, that band and their song have frequently been singled out as being predecessors to all things hard rock and heavy metal.

This year, Blue Cheer Rocks Europe, recorded in 2008, is a new CD testament to how vital Blue Cheer remained until the 2009 death of its main motor, bassist and lead singer Dicke Peterson. At the time, the trio also included original drummer Paul Whaley and the group’s longest running guitarist, Andrew “Duck” MacDonald.

     On Tues. May 21, Duck stops by DWP to talk about the legacy of Blue Cheer, his friendship with Dickie Peterson, fan responses over the years, and the importance of a little song that was a hit for Eddie Cochran, The Who, and Blue Cheer. We’ll also play you a previously unreleased studio track that MacDonald calls the groups reply to “Summertime Blues,” a rockabilly jumper you’ve likely never heard before!

 

Yep, Devon Allman has quite a pedigree. His Dad is Gregg, his uncle was Duane. Last year, Devon made quite a splash as part of the blues/rock “Supergroup,” Royal Southern Brotherhood. If you haven’t checked them out, you’re missing a seriously tight outfit.

 This year, Allman has been earning critical raves for his sizzlin’ debut solo album, Turquoise.     On his own terms, he’s proving to be a triple threat as a soulful singer, fiery guitarist, and autobiographical songwriter. Learn all about it in an absorbing conversation Devon shares with Wes Britton delving deep into a bluesy family tradition, the origins of Royal Southern Brotherhood, and the stories behind the songs on Turquoise. Yep, we got two samples from Turquoise to demonstrate Devon has more than a pretty name!

All this plus some (we promise) surprising predictably unpredictable humor on Tues., May 21 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.  May 22 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

 

Rod Serling and The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Next on TVC

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Authors Anne Serling and Jennifer Armstrong will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Most conversations about Rod Serling focus on Serling as an icon — an entity, if you will — not only because of his work as the writer, creator and/or producer of The Twilight Zone, Patterns, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Night Gallery, and other TV productions, but also because he was one of the few writers who regularly appeared on television. Rarely do we think of Rod Serling as a person: a real live, flesh and blood human being who played on the floor with his dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family, liked to watch The Flintstones, and had a laugh that was as infectious as his zest for life itself.

That image of Serling is the one evoked by his daughter Anne Serling in As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling, an intimate portrait of the Emmy Award-winning television pioneer that is also a moving testament to the love between fathers and daughters. Very close to her father, Anne was devastated by his death in 1975. But eventually she overcame her grief, partially with the help of The Twilight Zone. We will discuss this, and more, when Anne Serling joins us in first hour.

Also joining us this week will be pop culture commentator and entertainment journalist Jennifer Armstrong. Jennifer’s latest book, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, is the story of the people who gave us The Mary Tyler Moore Show, one of the most beloved and admired television series of all time, and a show whose influence can still be seen today in such shows as 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, and HBO’s Girls.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show revived Mary Tyler Moore’s career while also helping to pave the way for the modern TV sitcom. But it also made unlikely stars out of several journeymen actors, changed the fates of a dozen female TV writers, helped usher in a more woman-friendly era in the television industry, and famously killed a clown. Yet before any of that became possible, The Mary Tyler Moore Show faced a number of obstacles (mostly from the decision-makers at CBS) just to get on the air. We’ll talk about how the show overcame these hurdles when Jennifer Armstrong joins us in our second hour.

Plus: Phil Gries with Part 3 of the Sounds of Lost Television tribute to New York Mets announcer Ralph Kiner, featuring highlights from two historic moments from the inaugural year of baseball at Shea Stadium, 1964.

 

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 11am ET, 8am 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
Now also heard at various times throughout the week on IndianaTalks.com
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Larry Brody and Michael St. John: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Television writer/producer Larry Brody and actor, author, director and playwright Michael St. John will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Most writers in television tend to be pigeonholed one way or another. Larry Brody is one of those exceptions. Larry has created, produced or written thousands of hours of network and syndicated television, covering such genres as crime drama, medical dramas, period pieces, made for TV movies, and animated series, including such shows as Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mike Hammer, Walker: Texas Ranger, Cannon, Ironside, Medical Center, Spawn, Ace Lightning and The Silver Surfer. Larry’s books include Turning Points in Television, about seminal moments in the TV industry that Larry witnessed first-hand, and Television Writing From The Inside Out, a comprehensive look at how writing for TV really works, which Larry recently updated as an e-Book. Larry Brody joins us in our first hour.

Larry Brody also runs TVWriter.com, an excellent resource for not only new writers, but also experienced writers of television. TVWriter.com is currently running two contests, the 22nd People’s Pilot competition, and the Spec Scriptacular. Winners, finalists, or semi-finalists of both contests have gone on to become staff writers on such shows as Chicago Fire, Person of Interest, The Walking Dead and Grey’s Anatomy. There is more than $12,000 worth of prizes, including individual mentorship sessions, cash money, and four weeks of weekly mentorships with Larry Brody. The deadline for entering both contests is Saturday, June 1. For more information, go to www.TVWriter.com.
Joining us in our second hour will be Michael St. John. Michael was the first African-American hired as a director for NBC television, where he worked on such shows as Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and The Andy Williams Show. He has 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, plus he has covered the entertainment history as a print journalist and radio host.
Michael helped create opportunities for many other African-Americans in the film and television industry. His book, Hollywood Through the Back Door, is filled with great stories about his work with such legends as Pearl Bailey, Dorothy Dandridge, Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, Dan Dailey, Lou Gossett, Brock Peters, Harry Belafonte, and Otto Preminger. Michael has also written a play, I Feel Sin Comin’ On, that is being developed for production later this year, with singer/actress Melba Moore in one of the key roles.

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
Now also heard at various times throughout the week on IndianaTalks.com
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
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Dave White Presents

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The Walking Dead, The Grateful Dead, and Maverick come together on the Next “Dave White Presents”!

 You know it’s true—zombies are everywhere. Some call it the Zombie Renaissance, some the Zombie Apocalypse. Recent film titles include Zombie Strippers, Zombie Alligators, and Abraham Lincoln v. Zombies. Go online, and you can see Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan doing parody ads for zombie hair and skin care.

  Much of the blame for all these legions of the undead goes to Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels and monster hit TV series. No one knows more about all this than Jay Bonansinga, the author Kirkman tapped to team with him to write a trilogy of Walking Dead novels.

 On Tues. May 7, Jay joins Wes Britton to talk all things zombie, from working with Kirkman, to how his first two Woodberry novels were crafted, to why there’s so much popular fascination with zombies, to clues as to what’s coming next in the Kirkman universe.

 Speaking of hit TV shows, from 1957 to 1962, Maverick was a ratings king on Sunday nights. James Garner was Bret Maverick, Roger Moore was cousin Beau, and, very briefly, Robert Colbert was brother Brent. But only one Maverick was there from beginning to end, namely Jack Kelly as brother Bart.

Beyond Maverick, as Linda Alexander, author of A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story will tell you, Kelly was more than a female fans delight on the comic Western. For example, as a child star, Kelly worked with Mickey Rooney and Audie Murphey. He was in Forbidden Planet with Leslie Nielsen. For decades, he worked on nearly every episodic series on television. So Linda’s conversation with Dave White should get you reaching for a deck of cards, get you singing the famous theme,  and perhaps get you reading a copy of her highly-regarded biography as well!

 Then, back in the’60s, the Grateful Dead were in the thick of all things sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. A key member of their entourage was the legendary Owsley “Bear” Stanley, the pioneering sound engineer who broke new ground in recording live music. Oh yea, he was equally famous for cooking the best LSD of the period.

Someone who saw and experienced it all was Rhoney Gissen Stanley, author of the new Owsley and Me: My LSD Family. Rhoney was with Bear in the chemical lab and backstage at Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and Altamont. So we’re traveling back in time to the epicenter of West Coast psychedelia with someone who looks back on it all with great affection.

 So zombies, hippies, and Mavericks come together on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, May 7 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.  May 8 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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