Archive for January, 2016

Revisiting Dragnet and the Legacy of Jack Webb: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Television writer, producer and director Joseph Dougherty leads a roundtable discussion on the career of Jack Webb on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething, Saving Grace, Pretty Little Liars) returns this week as we take a fresh look at Dragnet, the iconic television series created by Jack Webb that, unfortunately, has often been derided in recent decades. After recently rediscovering the original Dragnet series on radio, Joe went back to the original 1950s television version of Dragnet and, as he explained to us, “what I found there was nothing short of culture shock. I’d experienced Jack Webb at the end of his career, and the late 1960s incarnation of Dragnet. I had no idea of what was really going on in the 1950s series. I’d like to sit down and talk about my own revelations about how Webb essentially invented the procedural drama and how bold some of those early shows were.”

That’s exactly what we’ll do in the second hour of this week’s program. Joining Joe in our roundtable discussion will be writer, producer and TV scholar Dan Farren (Story Salon) and Tony Figueroa. We hope you’ll join us as well.

The first hour of this week’s show will feature Part 2 of our look at 2015: The Year in Television, with a particular focus on notable passings in the world of entertainment.

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Anson Williams: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Actor, author and entrepreneur Anson Williams joins us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Best known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as Potsie Weber on Happy Days, Anson Williams is also an award-winning television director, writer, producer, and entrepreneur who has been honored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and served on the Board of the USO. Together with his business partner, JoAnna Connell, he founded StarMaker Products, a worldwide consumer product company that has been frequently featured on QVC.

Anson’s latest book, The Perfect Portion Cookbook, is a guide to making your favorite comfort foods, all in 100-calorie portions. A collaboration between Williams, New York Times bestselling author Bob Warden, and renowned nutritionist Mona Dolgov, the book also reflects Anson’s business philosophy. We’ll ask Anson about his success in business, his approach to creating consumer products, and, of course, his experience on Happy Days when he joins us near the end of our first hour.

The Perfect Portion Cookbook will be officially launched on QVC on Sunday, February 7. For more information, go to ThePerfectPortion.com. Anson’s memoir, Singing to a Bulldog: From Happy Days to Hollywood Director and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There, is available wherever books are sold.

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Dee Wallace, plus Remembering Pat Harrington: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Actress, author, and teacher Dee Wallace and talk show host Stu Shostak will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on  Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of us know Dee Wallace as the mom in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, not to mention her many appearances in such classic horror movies as Cujo, The Howling, The Frighteners, and Critters. But she has also worked as a teacher for much of her life in many capacities, including the public school system, in her own dance and acting studios, and on her weekly radio show, Conscious Creation, which emphasizes the principles of empowerment. Dee instilled many of those principles when she created Buppa LaPaloo, a stuffed bear that teaches the importance of self love to children ages four to seven. We’ll ask Dee how and why she came to develop the Buppa bear, plus we’ll discuss some of her other upcoming projects, when she joins us in our second hour.

Dee Wallace is also one of the stars of Just Add Magic, a new series that premieres Friday, January 15 on Amazon Prime. She will also be appearing in the January 27 episode of Supernatural on The CW.

Talk show host and TV historian Stu Shostak (Stu’s Show) will join us in our first hour as we pay homage to Pat Harrington, the Emmy Award-winning actor/comedian who died last week at the age of eighty-six. Stu was a close friend of Pat for more than forty years and will share some memories with us. Then, we will replay our interview with Pat Harrington from January 2012, a conversation in which Pat discussed not only how he came to play Schneider on One Day at a Time, but many of his early experiences in television, including his work with Steve Allen.

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Alan Napier: More Than Batman’s Butler: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Author James Bigwood will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Besides leaving a permanent impression on American pop culture, the Batman television series (ABC, 1966-1968) introduced many young viewers ― not to mention a host of future film scholars ― to Alan Napier, the tall, distinguished British actor who played one of the most popular characters on the series, Alfred the butler. And though Batman brought Napier fame (and some fortune), it also ended up overshadowing a lifetime of work on stage, film and television that saw him work with the likes of Marlon Brando, Ingrid Bergman, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier, George Bernard Shaw, Paul Muni, Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock, James Whale, Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Orson Welles and John Houseman.

But Alan Napier also led a very full and somewhat bohemian life outside of acting. Among other things, he was a beachcomber, an avid volleyball player, and a prolific writer. In fact, Napier wrote an autobiography in 1969 that, unfortunately, remained unpublished until the fall of 2015, thanks to the efforts of his friend James Bigwood. A writer and producer who has worked on such films and TV series as Bob Roberts and Ugly Betty, Jim first met Alan Napier in 1975 and remained friends with him until Napier’s death in 1988. We’ll tell you how he came to publish Alan’s book ― as well as explore Napier’s life and career, during and after Batman ― when James Bigwood joins us in our second hour.

Jim’s book, Not Just Batman’s Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier, is a combination memoir, biography and filmography that is largely based on the manuscript that Alan Napier wrote himself in 1969. Not Just Batman’s Butler is available through McFarlandPub.com. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187.

Also on this week’s program: As January 12, 1966 marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Batman on ABC, we’ll look at the legacy of Batman on television as part of This Week in TV History. (Alan Napier’s birthday, by way, is January 7.)

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