Archive for March, 2014

David Frankham and Ralph Senensky: Next on TVC

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Actor David Frankham and television director Ralph Senensky will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Our second hour will mark the return appearance of David Frankham, the voice of Sgt. Tibbs in 101 Dalmations, and an actor known for his appearances in such films and TV series as Return of the Fly, Master of the World, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Maverick, Thriller, 77 Sunset Strip, The F.B.I., The Outer Limits and the original Star Trek.

David’s memoir, Which One Was David?, is filled with great stories about his film and TV career, as well as his friendships with the likes of Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Rock Hudson, Dirk Bogarde, Angela Lansbury, Roger Corman, William Wyler, Ida Lupino and Barbara Stanwyck.

Our first hour will include Part 2 of our conversation longtime television director Ralph Senensky. Ralph directed David Frankham several times throughout his career, including the episode Is There in Truth No Beauty? of the original Star Trek, as well as episodes of various Quinn Martin Productions. In fact, Ralph’s credits in television includes just about every QM series, including The Fugitive, Dan August, Barnaby Jones and Twelve O’Clock High. We’ll focus on Ralph’s work with QM, but we’ll discuss his work with Bill Cosby, Jerry Houser, Marlyn Mason, Larry Hagman and other film and TV actors.

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Dave White Presents

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

 

Star Trekking with Walter Koenig, The Allman Brothers, and the Final Films of Hollywood’s Greatest Directors on the Next *Dave White Presents*!

 

Among the new faces on the second season of *Star Trek* was a young ensign named Pavel Chekov, played by Russian-American actor Walter Koenig.   You remember Chekov—the one with the bad Monkees wig, the screams, and the claims that pretty much every cultural innovation occurred in Russia. But, as chronicled in author Marc Cushman’s *These Are the Voyages- The True History of Star Trek: The Original Series, Season Two*, Chekov wasn’t the only change in the series.

 

On March 25, DWP digs into the story of *Star Trek’s* second year when both Marc Cushman and Walter Koenig join together to take you behind-the-scenes of a legendary time. Even the most knowledgeable fans will likely hear new surprises as Marc discusses the role of producers Gene Coon and D.C. Fontana and why his book has more information on how all the episodes were created than any previous history. And, even though Walter has been answering fan questions for years at all those cons, you should expect stories you’ve not heard before as well! For example,  Walter shares how he looked over the scripts to see if he was still in the show and why he didn’t have a contract, how *Star Trek* has impacted his family, how he felt going to Russia at the invitation of *Babylon 5* fans, and why he thinks you should buy Marc’s book! After all these years, even a major participant in the legend learned many things he didn’t know—

 

In 1971, the Allman Brothers Band hit the big-time with their classic *At the Fillmore* live double-album. Back then, the group was led by virtuoso guitarist Duane Allman along with his brother Gregg (vocals, organ), Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals), Berry Oakley (bass), and dual drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson. Within a year, both Duane and Berry had died.  The ABB re-grouped and had their most popular success in 1973 with “Ramblin’ Man.” After that, the institution of the Allman Brothers Band went through so many twists and turns that the full story is a very complex saga indeed.

Ironically, we know now that 2014 is the last year of the ABB, so Alan Paul’s *ONE WAY OUT: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS* is the perfect time for all the participants of the group to tell their own story. *One Way Out* is just that—over 60 musicians, managers, roadies, and sisters share their perspectives about how it all unfolded. Paul tells you what his book does that none has offered before in an in-depth and often surprising interview with Wes Britton. It all goes back to the vision of Duane Allman, and we’ll play some musical samples to remind you why Duane remained an important influence on his group, even four decades after his passing.

 

 

It was just a few months back when producer and film critic Nat Segalof came to DWP to discuss his book, *STIRLING SILLIPHANT: THE FINGERS OF GOD*. On our next show, Nat returns, this time to discuss even more Hollywood directors, *Final Cuts: The Last Films Of 50 Great Directors*. Drawing from access to private papers, production records, never-before-published interviews, and specialized archives, *Final Cuts* is intriguing readers by who was featured and who wasn’t in his book. Nat and Dave White talk about how the directors were chosen and discuss the final films of folks like Robert Altman, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinneman, and Sidney Lumet among others. This is one conversation for you to compare your own ideas with those of two very knowledgeable film buffs—

 

So it’s variety entertainment again with a TV classic, a powerhouse rock institution, and a look back to memorable movies on the next *Dave White Presents*, Tuesday, March 25 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.  March 26, 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 Marc Cushman’s *These Are the Voyages- The True History of Star Trek: The Original Series, Season Two* at:

  http://blogcritics.org/book-review-these-are-the-voyages-season-two-by-marc-cushman-and-susan-osborn/

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of Alan Paul’s *ONE WAY OUT: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS* at:

http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/blogcritics/article/Book-Review-One-Way-Out-The-Inside-Story-of-5302615.php

 

 

 

 

 

The Professor, Hazel and the Rest: Next on TVC

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

We’ll remember the life and career of actor Russell Johnson on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

A decorated World War II pilot, whose many medals included the Purple Heart, Russell Johnson used his G.I. bill to study acting at the Actors Lab in Hollywood following his discharge from the Air Force in 1945. Seven years later, his film and TV career began with appearances in Westerns and science fiction fare, including three films with his good friend Audie Murphy. Though usually cast as a heavy early in his career, Johnson starred as Marshal Gib Scott in the ABC Western series Black Saddle, plus he played heroic figures in two classic episodes of The Twilight Zone, “Execution” and “Back There.”

Today, of course, three generations of television viewers know Russell Johnson as Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island ― and though the actor believed that the show would not last beyond its initial 13-episode order, Gilligan’s Island went on to enjoy a nice three-year run on CBS television (1964-1967), and an endless run in syndication to this day in nearly 30 countries around the world.

We’ll remember the man behind “The Professor” along with Russell’s daughter Kimberly Johnson. Kimberly will share some memories of her dad, plus she’ll talk about his favorite episodes, her favorite episodes, and her dad’s take on the whole Gilligan’s Island pop culture phenomenon.

Also joining us this week will be our friend Bill Funt. The son of Candid Camera originator Allen Funt, Bill first came to know Kimberly and other Gilligan’s Island personnel (including series creator Sherwood Schwartz) as part of an effort to bring the three Gilligan TV-movies from the late 1970s to DVD.

Continuing the “family affair” thread for this week’s program… Our first hour will feature Greg Ehrbar’s interview with Peter Key, the son of Ted Key, the writer/cartoonist whose popular Hazel cartoons for The Saturday Evening Post served as the basis for the long-running comedy series Hazel (CBS, 1961-1966) starring Shirley Booth. If creating Hazel were the only thing that Ted Key did in his career, that would be enough. But he also went to create the characters and format for what eventually became Mr. Peabody and Sherman, as well write three successful comedy movies for Disney, including The $1,000,000 Duck.

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Would You Believe…? An Hour on Get Smart: Next on TVC

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Actress Joan Benedict Steiger, actress and executive Stacey Adams, and author and DVD producer Susan Kesler will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We’ll celebrate the life of Don Adams and the legacy of Get Smart along with actress and television executive Stacey Adams. The daughter of Don Adams through his marriage to Dorothy Bracken, Stacey has enjoyed a long and successful career in television in her own right, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, including stints as Vice President in Charge of Dramatic Programming at CBS, and as Executive Director of Drama at Paramount Television. Among other things, Stacey acted with her father in both the Get Smart reunion movie Get Smart, Again! and Check It Out, the comedy series starring Don Adams that aired on the USA Network. We’ll ask her about that, and more, when Stacey Adams joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us in our second hour will be author and television editor Susan Kesler. In addition to writing one of the best TV reference books ever, The Wild, Wild West: The Series, Sue was one of the producers of the award-winning Get Smart Complete Series Gift Set released by Time Warner that is also one of the best DVD box sets ever put together.

Joining us in our first hour will be actress Joan Benedict Steiger. Joan’s television career spans five decades, from early appearances on such shows as The Steve Allen Show and the original Candid Camera, to General Hospital, Days of Our Lives and FOX’s Dollhouse. An accomplished stage actress, including productions of Richard III, Promises, Promises and The World is Made of Glass, Joan has also appeared in such films as The Flying Dutchman and A Month of Sundays, both of which starred her late husband, Academy Award-winning actor, Rod Steiger. Joan will share some memories about her life with Rod, as well as her own career in stage, screen and television.

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Dave White Presents

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Inside *Intelligence*, Chess Records, and More Movie Reviews on *Dave White Presents*!

 

On Jan. 7, 2014, CBS debuted a new hit show, *Intelligence*. It features Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway), an ex-Delta Force operative implanted with a chip that allows him to access the global information grid. It’s the newest contribution to the “Spy-Fi” genre. For example, *Intelligence* stars veterans from other such shows like *Fringe* which also cast Lance Reddick as an espionage supervisor.  On *Star Trek: Enterprise*, John Billingsley played Doctor Phlox; on *Intelligence*, he’s Shenendoah Cassidy, the neuroscientist who created the chip.

 

Perhaps you’ve heard *Intelligence* was inspired by John Dixon’s  novel called *Phoenix Island*. But you probably don’t know how Dixon’s concept, very different from what we see on Monday nights, morphed into *Intelligence*.

 

On Tues. March 11, John Dixon tells the full story on *Dave White Presents*. It’s the story of how his novel developed based on news headlines about controversial offshore boot camps for young offenders and how Hollywood tinkered with the idea of making a movie of the book. But as new ideas were thrown into the mix, well, *Intelligence* moved quite a distance from its inspiration. We promise, this is a fascinating conversation about a book, a TV show, and the man who started it all.

 

There aren’t many of the original Chicago bluesman from the legendary Chess Records still around.  One who worked with all the giants—Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Little Walter, Howlin’Wolf—is Bobby Rush, who isn’t exactly a household name.

 

That’s because, as Bobby tells Wes Britton on the next DWP, he didn’t realize the importance of making records back in the day. He could make better money on the road. In fact, one of the friends he made back then was Dr. John, but the two never recorded together—until now.

  

This April, Bobby, Dr. John, and Blinddog Smokin’ are releasing *Decisions*, a gumbo of blues, funk, soul, and R&B   with a message. As you can imagine, Bobby has many, many stories to tell about Chess Records, life on the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” Dr. John and, of course, the new album. We’ll play you two samples including the very hot “Another Murder in New Orleans.” This is some amazing music, folks.

 

Rounding off the show, “Chicago Bill” Hansen joins Dave White again for their newest batch of movie reviews. This time around, they have two features they recommend including the Smithsonian Channel documentary, *White House Revealed*, which

gives insight into the staff (ushers, housekeepers, chefs etc) who make the White House a home for the president. On a very different note, they also share why they like  *Bloodlust*, a corny but fun 1959 film which cast Robert Reed in his first movie role. 

 

So the old and the new, the classic and the corny on the next *Dave White Presents*, Tuesday, March 11 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.  March 12, 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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Della Street, Gentleman Jim and The Great Ladies of Broadway: Next on TVC

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Actress Barbara Hale, TV Guide business editor Stephen Battaglio and author Eddie Shapiro will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Known to three generations of television viewers as Della Street on Perry Mason, both the original series (CBS, 1957-1966) and the popular TV-movies (NBC, 1985-1994), Barbara Hale also enjoyed a long and successful motion picture career that saw her work with such legends as James Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Robert Young, James Arness, Rock Hudson, James Cagney and Broderick Crawford. Barbara will share some memories of her film and TV career, as well as her friendship with Raymond Burr, which spanned more than fifty years. Barbara Hale will join us in our second hour.

Joining us in our first hour will be author, editor and theater journalist Eddie Shapiro. Eddie’s latest book, Nothing Like a Dame, is a collection of exclusive interviews with twenty of the greatest leading women of Broadway, many of whom we also know because of their work on television, including Elaine Stritch, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Bebe Neuwrith, Kristin Chenowith, Betty Buckley, Leslie Uggams and Audra McDonald.

Eddie Shapiro will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble in the Grove at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles on March 26, beginning at 7pm. He’ll also be at the Assistance League of Los Angeles on March 29, and at the Barnes and Noble in Naples, FL on April 9, also at 7pm. If you order Nothing Like a Dame directly through www.BroadwayCares.org, not only will the proceeds help support the efforts of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, but you will receive a free bonus chapter of the book.

Also this week: Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide, plus a tribute to game show icon, original Dating Game host and longtime San Francisco radio personality Jim Lange.

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