Archive for August, 2016

Joel Eisenberg, Mitchel Musso and The Secret to Happiness: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Film and TV producer Joel Eisenberg, filmmaker Adam Shell and actor Mitchel Musso will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

This week’s guests will include documentary filmmaker Adam Shell. At a time when millions of Americans spend billions of dollars a year hoping to find the secret to happiness, Adam and his producer, Nicholas Kraft, spent two years of their lives traveling across the United States in search of the most positive people in America. They spoke to artists, public servants, parents, and dreamers who radiate genuine happiness (even when faced with tragedy or debilitating illness), and learned how that happiness has a remarkable impact on the people and communities that surround them. Adam and Nicholas also interviewed many experts in the fields of psychology, art, sociology, religion, finance, and cultural studies, as well as such luminaries as Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Richard Sherman. Among their findings: While money may not buy happiness, the amount of money you have can lead to a happy life ― up to a certain point.

Adam chronicled his findings in a film called Pursuing Happiness, which we’ll discuss when he joins us in our first hour. Pursuing Happiness is now available on many On Demand and streaming services.

Joel Eisenberg, author, screenwriter, producer and former head of EMO Films@Paramount Studios, will join us in our second hour. Joel has written or developed programming for Cinemax, TNT and FOX Studios. His latest projects include an upcoming biopic on legendary heavyweight champion Joe Louis that will particularly focus on Louis’ two historic bouts with German heavyweight Max Schmeling, and The Chronicles of Ara, an eight-hour miniseries that will air in 2017 on Ovation TV. The Chronicles of Ara is based on the epic eight-volume fantasy saga that Joel co-wrote with Steve Hillard.

Also joining us this week will be actor, musician and voice artist Mitchel Musso (Hannah Montana, Prank Stars, Phineas and Ferb). Mitchel plays an aspiring animator in CharacterZ, a full length family comedy that our friend Greg Ehrbar describes as a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and My World and Welcome to It. CharacterZ is available right now on Video on Demand on iTunes, Vudu, Uverse and other VOD platforms. The movie also features such classic TV stalwarts as Ken Osmond (Leave It to Beaver) and Felix Silla (The Addams Family), plus the music of Justin Hayward and The Moody Blues. Mitchel Musso will join us in our first hour.

Plus: We’ll revisit how network and cable news covered the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as part of This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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
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The Movers and Shakers of Variety Television: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Emmy Award-winning producer and director Steve Binder and actor and author James Rosin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of us think of variety shows as the sort of “personality”-driven shows (hosted by the likes of Dean Martin, Carol Burnett and, most recently, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph) that combine comedy sketches with musical performances. In truth, however, “variety” is a diverse genre that has spawned a host of other forms of programming, including morning shows, late night talk shows, daytime shows, award shows such as the annual Academy Awards telecasts, the Super Bowl halftime show, and such iconic sketch comedy series as Your Show of Shows and Saturday Night Live. Not only that, variety has been an integral part of the spice of television since TV sets first came onto the market in 1948.

Those are just two of the takeaways you’ll find in Fade Up 26: The Movers and Shakers of Variety Television, a new oral history of variety television co-authored by Steve Binder and Mary Beth Liebman. Fade Up 26 tells the story of variety television through the voices of the men and women who were and are responsible for bringing these shows (and stars!) into our homes for the past sixty-five years. Among the luminaries interviewed for Fade Up 26 include Lorne Michaels, Marty Pasetta, George Schlatter, Gil Cates and Louis Horvitz.

Steve Binder will join us in our second hour. An Emmy Award- and ACE Award-winning producer and director, Steve’s roots in variety television include the historic Diana Ross: Live in Central Park telecast and the 1968 Elvis Comeback Special, plus he directed The T.A.M.I. Show, the iconic feature film documentary that many consider to be the Holy Grail of rock ’n’ roll concert films.

This week’s program will also include a return appearance by James Rosin. Though most of you know Jim for the many books he’s written on classic TV shows from the 1960s and 1970s, he not only began his career as an actor, but recently returned to acting after an absence of several years. We’ll talk about how the audition process has changed in recent years, as well as Jim’s approach to acting in general, and some of the actors from whom he’s learned over the years. James Rosin will join us in our first hour.

James Rosin will be appearing at the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 15-17 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Other scheduled guests at this year’s gathering include Robert Fuller, Gary Lockwood, Kent McCord, Keir Dullea, Bernie Kopell, John Amos and Dabney Coleman. For tickets, updates and more information, go to Facebook.com/MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.

All this, plus a brand new edition of This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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
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Single Season Sitcoms, plus a Comic Look at Corruption: Next on TVC

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Television writer/producer David Misch, TV and music historian Bob Leszczak and Hollywood Museum founder and president Donelle Dadigan will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Television writer/producer David Misch will join us in our first hour. David has also written for and/or produced shows for every major broadcast and cable network, including Police Squad!, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, and Duckman, plus he began his career in television as a story editor on Mork and Mindy.

David is also the author of FUNNY: THE BOOK: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy, an entertaining look at the art of comedy from every conceivable angle. His latest book, A Beginner’s Guide to Corruption, is a satirical look at politics, finance and romance that shows how corruption can lead to wealth and happiness (except when it doesn’t work).

Music and TV historian Bob Leszczak join us in our second hour. Bob’s latest book, Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s: A Complete Guide, takes a close look more than 200 shows that aired on network and cable television between 1980 and 1989 ― most of which aired for one season or less, though some aired over the course of a 12-month period (but not much longer than that). Many shows from this era starred such household names as Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, George C. Scott and Dabney Coleman, while others served as springboards for such future stars such as Jim Carrey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Geena Davis, Bill Maher, Matthew Perry and Chris Elliott.

This week’s program will also include a return appearance by Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of both The Hollywood Museum, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hollywood, and The Jose Iturbi Foundation, which is dedicated to sharing and popularizing the wonders of classical arts and classical music around the music. Jose Iturbi was not only the first classical artist to have a Gold Record (which he did twice throughout his career), he also helped popularize classical music to mainstream audiences by appearing in seven movies for M-G-M during the Golden Age of Hollywood and by accompanying such popular recording artists as Frank Sinatra. Donelle Dadigan is also Iturbi’s goddaughter; we’ll ask her about Iturbi when she joins us in our first hour.

If you’re planning a trip to L.A. later this year, make sure you stop by the Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Ave at Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood. Their newest exhibit, Child Stars: Then and Now, will feature items on display from the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Golden Age of Television, including Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Margaret O’Brien’s Oscar for Meet Me In St Louis, Roddy McDowall’s costume from Lassie, the dress that Rose Marie wore when she was “Baby” Rose Marie (as well as the bow she wore as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show), items from Family Affair, Leave It to Beaver and more. The Child Stars Then and Now exhibit will be open to the public beginning Friday, Aug. 19 through the end of the Christmas holidays. For tickets and more information, call (323) 467-7776 or go to TheHollywoodMuseum.com.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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
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Toni Tennille and Dawn Lyn: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Grammy Award-winning singer/actress Toni Tennille and actress/speaker Dawn Lyn will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

This week’s program will include a return appearance by Grammy Award winner Toni Tennille, the effervescent half of Captain and Tennille, an accomplished songwriter and classically trained pianist who has released numerous solo albums that celebrate her love of big band music and The Great American Songbook. Toni’s performance in the audiobook version of her new book, Toni Tennille: A Memoir, was recently accepted for Grammy consideration in the Spoken Word category. We’ll ask Toni about that, plus she’ll share some more memories of her career in music and television when she joins us in our second hour.

Toni Tennille will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble in Palm Beach Gardens, FL on Saturday, Aug. 13 beginning at 2pm. The audiobook version of Toni Tennille: A Memoir is available through Audible Studios. For more information on Toni’s other upcoming appearances, visit her Facebook page.

Also joining us this week will be Dawn Lyn (Dodie Douglas on My Three Sons). Dawn began her acting career at the age of four, and continued to act in movies and TV throughout her teenage years before pursuing other interests, including running her own business in San Francisco, and an accomplished career as a voiceover artist with the Avalon Community Theater Radio Troupe in Southern California. But as buoyant as she appeared on screen, Dawn’s off-screen life was anything but ideal. With an absentee father and a controlling mother, she experienced emotional and verbal abuse at home, while also being burdened with the task of being the primary breadwinner for the family ― even at a young age. Yet, remarkably enough, instead of turning to drugs and feeling sorry for herself, Dawn parlayed her own inner strength to find success and happiness, both personally and professionally.

Today, among other things, Dawn is a motivational speaker whose core message is How to Emerge Victorious, no matter who life throws at you. We’ll ask her about this, plus she’ll share some memories of working with such legends as Gregory Peck, David Janssen, Robert Young, Karl Malden and, of course, Fred MacMurray, when she joins us in our first hour.

Dawn Lyn will be joining Paul Petersen, Alison Arngrim, Scott Schwartz, Jon Provost, Stan and Barry Livingston, Darby Hinton and many other former child stars at a special two-day autograph show that will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Ave at Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, CA. Proceeds for the autograph show will benefit A Minor Consideration. For tickets and more information, call (949) 439-9504 or click the Fundraising button at AMinorConsideration.org.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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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Paul Petersen, Alison Arngrim and a Tribute to Garry Marshall: Next on TVC

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Actors Paul Petersen and Alison Arngrim and author Vince Waldron will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Most of you know Paul Petersen as Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show, as well as his success as a recording artist (“My Dad,” “Lollilops and Roses”) and author of sixteen novels. But his life’s work really began in 1990, when he founded A Minor Consideration, a non-profit support and assistance foundation that is dedicated to helping child stars past, present and future make the often difficult transition from child acting to adult life. Paul has devoted the past twenty-five years providing guidance and help to child stars (and their parents), while advocating legal protection for young performers. We’ll ask Paul how he came to start A Minor Consideration, and more, when he joins us in our first hour.

Paul Petersen will be joining Alison Arngrim, Scott Schwartz, Jon Provost, Stan and Barry Livingston, Darby Hinton and many other former child stars at a special two-day autograph show that will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Ave at Hollywood Blvd., in the famous Max Factor building. The two-day event promises to be the largest gathering of former film and TV child actors under one roof. Proceeds for the autograph show will benefit A Minor Consideration. For tickets and more information, call (949) 439-9504 or click the Fundraising button at AMinorConsideration.org.

Speaking of Alison Arngrim, she will join us during the second hour of this week’s program. Known around the world as Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie, Alison is also a member of the board of A Minor Consideration and a tireless advocate for many other important causes. Among other things, we will catch up on some of her recent projects, including her upcoming web series, The Mephisto Box.

This week’s show will also include a tribute to iconic writer, producer and director Garry Marshall. Though most of us immediately think of him for his work on Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and The Odd Couple (as well as his eighteen movies as a feature director), early in his career Marshall co-wrote (along with his then-writing producer, Jerry Belson), eighteen episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show. With that in mind, Emmy Award-winning writer, playwright and author Vince Waldron will join us in our first hour for our remembrance of Garry Marshall. Vince’s books on pop culture include The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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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