Archive for January, 2014

Edie Adams and The Paley Center: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

DVD producer Josh Mills and Paley Center curator Ron Simon will join us  on the next edition  of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Edie Adams was much more than the pretty pitch woman for Muriel Cigars and longtime singer/sidekick of Ernie Kovacs. She was also an accomplished actress, artist, designer, producer, and nightclub performer, not to mention a true pioneer when it came to preserving television. Edie also took an innovative approach to Here’s Edie (ABC, 1962-1964), her groundbreaking musical variety series that provides an unique capsule of the various changes in 1960s entertainment culture while also reflecting her own eclectic musical tastes.

We’ll remember Edie Adams this week along with Edie’s son, Josh Mills, owner of Ediad Productions and the official archivist of both the Edie Adams estate and the estate of Ernie Kovacs. Josh is also the executive producer of Here’s Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection, a new box set from MVD Visual that features 21 episodes of Here’s Edie, featuring such guest stars as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin, Johnny Mathis, Bob Hope, Rowan & Martin, Buddy Hackett, Soupy Sales, Andre Previn, Peter Falk, Allan Sherman and Zsa Zsa Gabor, plus such extra features as her classic TV ads for Muriel Cigars, plus rarely seen Edie Adams musical numbers from the various Ernie Kovacs shows. Here’s Edie was never rebroadcast after its original ABC run, so this is a real opportunity to see a true TV gem. Josh Mills will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, The Cinefamily will honor the life and career of Edie Adams on Tuesday, Feb. 4 with an evening that will include a screening of The Apartment, the classic 1960 film directed by Billy Wilder that also marked Edie’s motion picture debut, plus a panel discussion about Edie’s life with Ernie Kovacs, and a selection of clips from Here’s Edie. For tickets and more information, go to cinefamily.ticketweb.com.

And speaking of long lost TV treasures, Ron Simon will join us in our first hour as we go behind the scenes of The Paley Center for Media. A longtime curator with the Paley Center in New York. Ron is also one of the first true television archaeologists, Ron discovered such lost programs as the live Honeymooners and the only video performance of the Rat Pack, plus he has curated such exhibitions as The Television of Dennis Potter; Witness to History; Jack Benny: The Television and Radio Work; and Worlds Without End: The Art and History of the Soap Opera. We’ll ask Ron how he first became involved with The Paley Center, as well as take a look at some of the upcoming events at The Paley Center, including the upcoming PaleyFests in Los Angeles and New York.

The Paley Center will also celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles arriving in New York with screenings of two essential programs for the Beatles fan: the documentary What’s Happening: The Beatles in the USA and the famous Feb. 9, 1964 edition of The Ed Sullivan Show that marked the first official appearance of the Beatles on American television. The screenings will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Paley Center in New York, 25 West 52nd Street in New York City, as well as at the Paley Center in Los Angleles, 465 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. For more information, go to PaleyCenter.org.

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Dave White Presents

Friday, January 24th, 2014

TV Retro with June Lockhart, Jon Provost, and a Bob Hope Gag Writer on the next *Dave White Presents*!

 

If you know ’60s TV, you certainly remember June Lockhart. After all, she was a TV Mom on both *Lassie* (1959-1964) and then *Lost in Space*(1965-1968) before starring in two seasons of *Petticoat Junction* (1968-1970). But those are only her three most famous roles.

 

In fact, June Lockhart has been in show business for 80 years now. Yes, 80 years. She first hit the stage with her parents in 1925 at the age of 8. She made her movie debut in a 1938 version of *A Christmas Carol* and was the first actress to win a Tony for Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer in 1948. After her run on hit series in the ’60s, she’s been a regular on *General Hospital* and now guests on shows like *Cold Case* and *Grey’s Anatomy*. It’s no wonder she has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

 

So, when June joins Wes Britton for a lively and insightful conversation on the next DWP, you can bet the interview is chock-full of anecdotes that will take you behind the scenes of some memorable TV moments. But that’s not all! Last October, NASA presented June Lockhart with their Exceptional Public Achievement Medal for outstanding talent for inspiring the public about space exploration. We’ll tell you why and share the story of how June heard one of the songs her father wrote broadcast from space! In short, this is one interview no TV fan or space devotee should miss!

 

Now, when we say the next DWP goes retro, we mean that in more than one way. Looking over our archives, we realized we had some vintage features many newer listeners might have missed first time around. In honor of June Lockhart joining us, we went back to an interview Wes Britton conducted live with Jon Provost at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention first aired back in Oct. 2008. In one of our very early shows, Jon was plugging his new book, *Timmy’s in the Well*. For our next show, we thought it would be fun for listeners to compare June and Jon’s *Lassie* memories, and we don’t mean shaggy dog stories! Well, we sort of do . . .

 

Want more? O.K.—we’ve long thought Dave White’s May 2009 interview with gag writer Bob Mills was one of the most entertaining conversations we’ve ever offered. Why? Well, describing  Bob’s book, *THE LAUGH MAKERS: A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope’s Incredible Gag Writers*, past DWP guest Shelley Berman said “At long last, a book that pays homage to television’s unsung heroes — those wit wizards who face a blank page every day and somehow manage to create something John Barrymore claimed was more difficult than dying: laughter. In his book, Bob Mills not only keeps the reader laughing, but –like a comedic

Houdini revealing his secrets –shows us how it’s done. *The Laugh Makers* is a must-read for anyone even thinking about a career in comedy.” Find out what Shelley was talking about when Bob Mills returns for a long overdue encore on DWP!

 

So TV Mom June Lockhart, one of her TV kids, and an engaging look into writing jokes for TV on the next *Dave White Presents*, Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

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

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

 

On Wed.  Jan. 29, 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

 

You can also listen to the show from the Dave White Presents Facebook page:

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Reuben Kinkaid and The Professor, plus The Beatles in 1964: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

We’ll remember actors Dave Madden and Russell Johnson on the next edition  of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.For many Baby Boomers and Generation Xers, the news last week of the deaths of Dave Madden (Reuben Kinkaid on The Partridge Family) and Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan’s Island) Thursday represented more than just the passing of two iconic television actors. Because we grew up watching them ― either every week when their shows were in first-run on their respective networks, or every day after school when Partridge and Gilligan first went into reruns ― in many respects it’s as if a part of our childhood has died. That they both passed away within hours of each other made that news a double blow.

For these reasons and more, we’ll spend our first hour remembering these two actors along with Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen and This Week in TV History. We’ll talk about Partridge and Gilligan, but we’ll also discuss some of their other contributions to television, including The Twilight Zone (in the case of Russell Johnson) and Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (in the case of Dave Madden).

Then Phil Gries will join us in our second hour as The Sounds of Lost Television looks back at Sunday, February 9, 1964: the night of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and the first official appearance of the group on American television. Phil has put together another great collection of rarely heard audio clips that not only captures the magic of that historic television moment, but gives you a sense of how television news covered The Beatles, particularly during their first year in America, as well as how the influence of The Beatles of American music and, for that matter, American television.

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America’s First Talk Show Host, plus the Era of Live Television: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Broadcast legend Joe Franklin and author, playwright and director Julian David Stone will join us on the next edition  of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Credited with bringing the talk show genre to the early days of television, Joe Franklin is also recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the longest-running talk show in TV history, Joe Franklin’s Memory Lane, which aired on WABC-TV in New York, then later WWOR-TV (also in New York), for 41 consecutive years (1952-1993). It has been said that Joe Franklin has interviewed more than 300,000 people in his radio and TV career, ranging from top celebrities in the world of entertainment to local personalities, legendary stars from vaudeville and the silent movie era, and five U.S. presidents. That number continues to grow, because Joe is still very active today, hosting celebrity interviews every week for the Bloomberg Radio Network. Joe Franklin will join us in our second hour.

Also joining us for our conversation with Joe Franklin will be our friend Phil Gries. Phil helped put together Joe Franklin’s TV Audio Archives, a forthcoming CD that will feature more than 10 hours of highlights from the Memory Lane show. The CD will be released later in 2014, but you can pre-order it by contacting Rick Russo at this email address.

And speaking of the early days of television, Julian David Stone will join us in our first hour as we look back at the era of live TV, from complex dramas such as the anthology series Playhouse 90 to boisterous comedy/variety shows such as The Colgate Comedy Hour and Texaco Star Theatre. If you get a chance to watch some of the live shows from the Golden Age of Television, while everything seemed calm and controlled on camera, beyond the scenes there was usually craziness and drama going on that was often as compelling as the program themselves.

Julian captures that sense of madness and wonder in The Strange Birth, Short Life and Sudden Death of Justice Girl, an epic novel that not only brings to life the golden age of live television, but also explores the underside of early network TV and, particularly, the era of McCarthyism and the blacklist.

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Dave White Presents

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Everly Brothers, The Chapin Sisters, Mad Magazine, and Elvis’s Favorite Director on the Next *Dave White Presents*!

 

From 1957 on, The Everly Brothers were influential harmonizers of rockabilly hits like “Bye Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “Till I Kissed You,” “When Will I Be Loved,” and “All I Have to do is Dream.” An indication of their importance was seen last year when three different tribute albums were released with new versions of the songs of Don and Phil Everly, all issued before Phil’s untimely death on Jan. 3, 2014.

 

One of these tributes, *A Date With The Everyly Brothers*, was recorded by the Chapin Sisters in their attempt to capture the spirit and flavor of the songs they’ve loved for a lifetime. Abigail and Lily Chapin (daughters of folksinger Tom and nieces of the late, great Harry Chapin) are no slouches as sibling harmonizers themselves. They also know how to craft their own interpretations of the classics. You’ll hear their takes on two Everly tunes and some good stories on the Next *Dave White Presents* when Lily Chapin stops by to talk about their new album. As you’ll hear, *A Date With The Everly Brothers* started out as an attempt to simply learn from the masters, but it turned out to be so much more.

 

In 1932, Norman Taurog became the youngest director to win an Academy Award. That title still holds. he directed 180 films starring everyone from Maurice Chevalier and Carole Lombard, to W.C. Fields and Bing Crosby, to Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy (who won an Oscar for his performance as Father Flanagan in Taurog’s *Boys Town*), to Judy Garland, Mario Lanza, Cary Grant, six movies with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and his nine films with Elvis Presley.

 

To explore the life and career of  Norman Taurog, you can’t do better than author, editor, director, and producer Michael Hoey who worked closely with Taurog during the last six years and eight films of his career. So Hoey’s *Elvis’ Favorite Director: The Amazing 52-Year Career of Norman Taurog* is more than your typical film biography. It’s full of first-hand memories of  Taurog, Elvis, and other filmmakers told by a man who was there. Get an insider’s peek into this anecdote-filled book when Hoey joins Dave White to remember movies like *Blue Hawaii* and *Live a Little, Love a Little*.

 

 What, me worry?”

 

It all began in 1952 when *EC Comics* publisher Bill Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman launched *Mad* as a comic book.  Then came 1956 and things changed dramatically when editor Al Feldstein took the helm. Until he retired in 1984, it was Felstein who converted the comic into a magazine, hired and nurtured the “Usual Gang of Idiots” like  Don Martin, Sergio Aragones, and Mort Drucker, and made Alfred E. Neuman a national icon.

 

Now, *Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein!* by Grant Geissman is a spectacular coffetable tribute to Feldstein. It includes  400 plus  over-sized pages of comic art, comic covers, photos, and the story of the man who was there from the days when comics were just beginning their cultural influence. On the next *Dave White Presents*, Geissman joins Wes Britton to remember the days when comic books were seen as moral threats to America’s youth, explains why *Mad* was more than the sum of its parts, and why Al Feldstein deserves an important place in our pop culture history!

 

How’s that for variety? Rockabilly, classic films, and classic humor on the next *Dave White Presents*, Tuesday, Jan. 14 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.  Jan. 15, 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

 

You can also listen to the show from the Dave White Presents Facebook page:

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

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of *Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein!* by Grant Geissman at:

http://blogcritics.org/book-review-feldstein-the-mad-life-and-fantastic-art-of-al-feldstein-by-grant-geissman/

 

 

 

Michael Gleason, plus 2013: The Year in Television: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Television writer, producer and author Michael Gleason  will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Best known for as the co-creator and executive producer of the long-running private eye series Remington Steele, Michael Gleason’s career in television also spans such genres as Westerns, comedy, made for TV movies, and miniseries, including such shows as Maverick, Peyton Place, Rawhide, Diagnosis Murder, Cannon, McCloud, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Six Million Dollar Man, Nash Bridges, Lois and Clark, Diagnosis Murder, Rich Man, Poor Man: Book Two and Sword of Justice.

Michael recently published his first novel, Working Dirty, a private eye story set in a prison that also has a few elements that made Remington Steele famous. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Michael Gleason joins us in our second hour.

Also this week: We’ll look back at 2013: The Year in Television, from Duck Dynasty to Paula Deen, from Alec Baldwin to Martin Bashir, from the aborted NBC miniseries on Hillary Rodham Clinton to the return of Brian the Dog. Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us as we remember the highs and lows and everything in between, beginning in our first hour.

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