Archive for May, 2016

Vicki Lawrence and The Hollywood Sign Girl: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Emmy Award-winning singer/actress Vicki Lawrence and author James Zeruk will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Everyone knows Vicki Lawrence from the many characters she played every week on The Carol Burnett Show (the venerable CBS variety series that Time magazine named one of the 100 Best Television Shows of All Time), not the least of which is Thelma Harper, the irascible matriarch of the “Family” sketches on The Carol Burnett Show that eventually led to Vicki’s own long-running series, Mama’s Family. Vicki will share some memories of her years on the Burnett show when she joins us in our first hour.

Speaking of which, PBS will premiere a brand new special later this week, Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches, featuring twelve of the best and funniest moments from The Carol Burnett Show (all hand-picked by Carol herself), plus new introductions filmed by the comedienne just for this special. Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches premieres Friday, June 3 on your local PBS station; click here for more information.

Also joining us this week will be James Zeruk, moderator of the Hollywood Book Chat group on Facebook, and the author of Peg Entwistle and The Hollywood Sign Suicide, a fascinating biography about the actress who has been inextricably linked to Hollywood history because of her fatal fall from the Hollywoodland sign on September 16, 1932. Entwistle was just twenty-four years old at the time of her death, a fact that has contributed to the many myths that have portrayed her as a failed actress who was victimized by Hollywood. In truth, Peg was an accomplished stage performer who had starred on Broadway, worked steadily in various theatrical repertory companies throughout the U.S., and had just completed a well received stage production in Los Angeles that brought her to the attention of RKO and other movie studios.

By all accounts, Peg Entwistle had a lot to live for―and yet the fact remains that she took her life at so young an age. We’ll ask James about that, as well as his thoughts on the eternal fascination with Peg Entwistle in general, when he joins in our second hour.

Also this week: Part 4 of our tribute to Joey Bishop as part of The Sounds of Lost Television.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri and Mon 3pm ET, Noon PT and Sat 6pm ET, 3pm PT on GLN Radio Network
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
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Behind the Scenes of Twilight Zone Radio: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Actor and radio producer Carl Amari and author Kevin Glynn will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Carl Amari is the founder of Radio Spirits, the world’s largest marketer and distributor of classic radio programs. Carl has licensed more than 60,000 original radio programs from the estates of the creators, one of which is the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, a series of fully dramatized radio plays hosted by Stacy Keach, and which are adapted from episodes of the classic TV series created by Rod Serling. Actors who have appeared in the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas include Kathy Garver, Lou Diamond Phillips, Shelley Berman and Jason Alexander. We’ll ask Carl about some of the challenges in adapting the TV scripts for Twilight Zone for radio when he joins us in our second hour.

Carl Amari also hosts Hollywood 360, a weekly showcase of such classic radio shows as The Shadow, Jack Benny, Dragnet, Suspense and Fibber McGee & Molly that also features interviews with actors, directors, writers and producers in the world of entertainment. For more information, go to Hollywood360Radio.com.

This week’s show will also include Part 3 of our tribute to Joey Bishop as part of The Sounds of Lost Television. Plus we’ll meet Kevin Glynn, author of Tyrannosaurus Sex, a coming of age novel set up in the 1970s. Some have described Tyrannosaurus Sex as a mash-up between The Big Chill and American Pie, while others say it’s like 50 Shades of Grey, “but from a male perspective.” We’ll find out what all the fuss is about when Kevin Glynn joins us in our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri and Mon 3pm ET, Noon PT and Sat 6pm ET, 3pm PT on GLN Radio Network
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
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X Child Stars: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Actress and author Kathy Garver will visit us again on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Known to three generations around the world as Cissy from Family Affair (the long-running CBS comedy series that celebrates its golden anniversary on television in 2016), Kathy Garver is also the co-author of a new book, X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?, that provides an inside look at the lives of more than 200 former child stars from your favorite TV shows of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, from the very first TV star, Keith Thibodeaux (Little Ricky from I Love Lucy), right on through to Oscar winner Leonardo diCaprio and Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory. While some former child actors struggled after their immediate bout with fame, the vast majority of them have gone on to lead productive lives and careers in film and TV, as well as other walks of life. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Kathy joins us in our second hour.

Kathy Garver will also be hosting the Classic TV Nite of Dreams, a gala fundraiser that will benefit the Classic TV Preservation Society, Caterina’s Club and The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts. If you’re in Southern California (or planning a trip to L.A. in the next week), the event will take place on Sunday, May 22 at the Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd. in Anaheim, CA beginning at 4pm. Sherry Alberoni (The Mickey Mouse Club), Stanley Livingston (My Three Sons) and Paul Petersen (The Donna Reed Show, A Minor Consideration) are also scheduled to appear that night. For tickets and more information, go to www.niteofdreams.com.

If you’d like an autographed edition of X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?, you can order that directly from Kathy herself by going to KathyGarver.com.

The first hour of this week’s program will include Part 2 of our special tribute to Joey Bishop as part of The Sounds of Lost Television.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri and Mon 3pm ET, Noon PT and Sat 6pm ET, 3pm PT on GLN Radio Network
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Wes and Carol and Joey and Phil: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

We’ll continue our look at the making of The Carol Burnett Show on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Wesley Hyatt will join near the end of the first hour for Part 2 of our behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Carol Burnett Show. Wes’ book The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time tells you everything you wanted to know about the landmark CBS variety series that many of us discovered when it was part of that great Saturday night lineup in the early 1970s. Among other things, we’ll spotlight the contributions of Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, the circumstances that led Tim Conway to become a series regular (after many memorable guest appearances), the ill-fated experiment with Dick Van Dyke in what proved to the show’s final season, plus such classic moments as “Went with the Wind” (and the story behind Carol’s curtain-rod gown), the dentist sketch, and the infamous “elephant story” segment of “The Family.”

This week’s program will also include the first in a series of programs that will highlight the career of Joey Bishop, the legendary deadpan comic who guest-hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson nearly 200 times (more than anyone else), while also hosting his own NBC sitcom in the early 1960s, and his own late night talk show on ABC in the late 1960s. A member of the Dean Martin/Frank Sinatra Rat Pack, some (including Bishop himself) would argue that he was the wheel that kept the clan together.

Bishop, however, was also a known recluse who spent most of the last two decades of his life out of the limelight. One person he did connect with, though, was our friend Phil Gries. Phil spoke with Bishop on several occasions between 2002 and 2003; we’ll play highlights from those conversations, plus rarely heard audio from Bishop’s early career, as part of The Sounds of Lost Television. Phil’s tribute to Joey Bishop will begin in our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri and Mon 3pm ET, Noon PT and Sat 6pm ET, 3pm PT on GLN Radio Network
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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