Archive for October, 2014

David Susskind, A Televised Life: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide, will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7PM ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

David Susskind took risks, broke rules and, in many ways, shaped television programming as we currently know it today. After beginning his career as a publicist and agent, and establishing his own agency, Talent Associates, Susskind went from behind the desk to behind the scenes, establishing himself as a producer of such live television productions as Armstrong Circle Theatre, where he battled network practices of blacklisting, exposed TV audiences to provocative subject matter and introduced such actors as Sir Laurence Olivier to American television. But it was his groundbreaking weekly talk show, Open End, that made Susskind a household name. Open End ran for 25 years and featured movers and shakers could speak their minds about a wide range of topics literally without restrictions.

Joining us this week as we remember David Susskind will be Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide and the author of David Susskind: A Televised Life, an excellent biography of Susskind that not only covers every aspect of the life and career of the legendary producer, talk show host and impresario, but in many ways is also a capsule history of the first four decades of television.

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Kathy Garver, plus Behind the Scenes at Saturday Night Live: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Actress Kathy Garver and authors Doug Hill and Jeffrey Weingrad will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known to Baby Boomers as “Cissy Davis” from Family Affair, Kathy Garver is also an award-winning, highly sought-after voice artist whose voice has been heard in such films as Ransom, Backdraft, Jingle All the Way and the Academy Award-winning Apollo 13. She has also narrated such audiobooks as Rocking Horse: A Personal Biography of Betty Hutton, and has won two Audie awards (including one in 2004, for her direction of author Amy Tan reading The Opposite of Fate).

Kathy Garver has a new movie out, Mom, Murder and Me, which is making the film festival circuit after its world premiere in Orinda, California. We’ll talk about that, as well as some of Kathy’s other upcoming projects when she joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: We’ll go “Live… from New York” as we welcome Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad, co-authors of Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live, a behind the scenes look at the first ten years of the groundbreaking NBC late night series that began its 40th season on television this fall. Recently re-released as an eBook, Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live was hailed by the Associated Press as “the best book ever written about television.” We’ll find out why when Doug and Jeff join us in our second hour.

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Glamour, Gidgets and The Marx Brothers: Next on TVC

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Musician and DVD producer Bill Marx and actor and author Herbie J Pilato will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Television was the last frontier conquered by the Marx Brothers, individually and, occasionally, collectively. We all know about the success that Groucho had as the host of You Bet Your Life, not to mention Harpo’s famous appearance with Lucille Ball on I Love Lucy. But there is a host of other television appearances that the Marx Brothers made throughout the 1950s and 1960s that haven’t been seen in years, including Groucho’s appearances on The Jack Benny Show and The Dick Cavett Show; Harpo’s starring role in “A Silent Panic,” an episode of The DuPont Show considered by many to be his finest performance ever; “The Hold Out,” the episode of GE Theater (featuring a young Dennis Hopper) that marked Groucho’s only dramatic appearance on television; “The Musicale,” the episode of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington that turned out to be Harpo’s final TV appearance; and Chico’s short-lived series, The College Bowl, a weekly musical revue featuring a young Andy Williams.

These titles and more are part of The Marx Brothers TV Collection, an excellent DVD box set that also includes such extra features as rare color home movies (with music and narration by Harpo’s son Bill Marx), outtakes from You Bet Your Life and the rarely seen British version of You Bet Your Life. An accomplished musician, arranger and composer in his own right, Bill Marx is also the executive producer of The Marx Brothers TV Collection. He will talk about the legacy of The Marx Brothers when he joins us in our second hour.

Speaking of The Golden Age of Television, we will also remember some of the iconic actresses of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s as we welcome back Herbie J Pilato. Herbie’s latest book, Glamour, Gidgets and The Girl Next Door, celebrates the accomplishments of more than four dozen TV actresses who shattered expectations, one way or another, while paving the way for successive generations. Herbie’s book features interviews with such living legends as Barbara Hale, Nichelle Nichols, Kathy Garver, Donna Douglas, Elinor Donahue, Mary McDonough and Adrienne Barbeau. Herbie J Pilato will join us in our first hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble at 731 N. San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank, CA on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7pm.

 

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America’s Preeminent Bad Boy: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Actor and author Ken Osmond will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known to three generations of television viewers as Eddie Haskell, Ken Osmond was once described by his longtime co-star Jerry Mathers as, hands down, “the best actor on Leave It to Beaver” because he was the complete opposite of the character he played. While Eddie Haskell is still considered “the poster child for sneaky, rotten kids everywhere,” Ken Osmond was a real life hero who not only served twenty years as a peace officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, but was shot twice in the line of duty.

Ken has recently released a new book, Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy, that discusses his life and career before, during and after Leave It to Beaver, including his early career as a child actor working with the likes of Jennifer Jones, Ozzie Nelson, and Spencer Tracy; his struggles with PTSD in the years following his shooting; and his triumphant return to television later in his career on The New Leave It to Beaver. Ken Osmond will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, you can meet Ken Osmond at the Barnes and Noble in Manhattan Beach, CA on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 7pm to 9pm.

Also this week: Phil Gries will join us for Part 3 of our tribute to late night talk show pioneer Les Crane, including highlights from Crane’s controversial interview with Marguerite Oswald, the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, that was originally broadcast nationally on ABC-TV on the night of August 5, 1974, just nine months following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look at the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show and the television career of Bill Cosby in general.

 

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