Archive for April, 2017

Life Lessons from The Twilight Zone, plus a Tribute to Mr. Warmth: Next on TVC

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday on 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Though much has been made about the high level of quality in the current era of dramatic television, there have always been examples of TV dramas—going back to the very beginning of television—that not only elevate the form, but transcend it by having something to say about politics, social issues and the human condition. One of the first television writers to do that, of course, was Emmy Award winner Rod Serling, the man behind The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Patterns, Requiem for a Heavyweight and many other classic dramas from the Golden Age of Television. In the case of The Twilight Zone, more often than not each episode was a morality play that ended with a life lesson.

A new book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, takes all of the various life lessons, ground rules, inspirational thoughts and musings of the series and basically says “We would all be better people if we lived our life by what The Twilight Zone teaches us.” Written by Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and author of several other books on film and television (including The Columbo Phile and The Night Stalker Companion), Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone not only lists more four dozen life lessons found in The Twilight Zone, but includes examples of where those lessons apply in various episodes. The book also includes ”Guest Lessons” submitted by such esteemed Twilight Zone alumni as Richard Matheson, Harlan Ellison, George Clayton Johnson, Donna Douglas, James Best, Robert Redford and Jack Klugman, as well as also such noted fans of the series as Dick Van Dyke, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Joseph Dougherty. Mark Dawidziak will join us in our second hour.

This week’s program will include a tribute to Mr. Warmth, Don Rickles, the iconic comedian who passed away on Thursday, April 6. Though widely known to three generations of fans for his singular brand of insult humor, not to mention his numerous appearances on The Dean Martin Hour Celebrity Roasts and late night talk shows (including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson), Rickles was also an accomplished dramatic actor in film and television, particularly throughout the 1960s. We will pay tribute to the television career of Don Rickles during our first hour.

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 (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
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 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Two Eds and a Chuck Barris Production: Next on TVC

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Eight-time Emmy Award-winning Ed Asner makes a return appearance on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,  KSAV.org.

The only actor to have won an Emmy for the same role in both a network comedy and a network drama—that being, of course, Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show as well as his own hour-long series, Lou GrantEd Asner has left his mark on stage, film and television for nearly seven decades. Ed recently won his eighth Emmy Award at The CSA Awards for his guest appearance in the Canadian dramatic series Forgive Me. We’ll talk about that, plus we’ll ask Ed about Lou Grant, Up, his early years in Chicago theatre, and whatever else is on Ed’s mind when he joins us in our second hour.

Ed Asner is about to embark on a national tour of A Man and His Prostate, the critically acclaimed one-man show (written by former Mary Tyler Moore Show producer Ed. Weinberger) that is part comedy, part drama, and part public service announcement. For our listeners on PWRN, Ed will be bringing A Man and His Prostate to Coldwater, Michigan on Friday, April 28. For our listeners on Indiana Talks, Ed will be bringing A Man and His Prostate to Lafayette, Indiana on Sunday, April 30 and to Valparaiso, Indiana on Wednesday, May 3. For our listeners on 920 WON in Brooklyn, Ed will be performing the show in Old Saybrook, CT on Thursday, August 17. For more information and these and other upcoming performances go to www.AManandHisProstate.com/schedule/

The first hour of this week’s program will include a tribute to Chuck Barris, the game show impresario who passed away on Tuesday, March 21. Though arguably best known as the host and co-creator of The Gong Show, Barris changed the face of TV game shows with The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, plus he left his mark on variety shows, music, books, film and other forms of entertainment. Also this week: A look at how local and network TV news covered at the events surrounding the Los Angeles riots on April 29, 1992.

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 (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
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 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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An Easter Week Program of Biblical Proportions: Next on TVC

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Film historians Paul Green and Mary Ann Anderson will join us on a special encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This being Easter week, we have put together a program of biblical proportions that includes a replay of our conversation with Paul Green about the life and career of Jeffrey Hunter. Known for his starring roles as Martin Pawley in The Searchers and Christopher Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek, Hunter also played Jesus Christ in the 1961 film production of King of Kings directed by Nicholas Ray. Hunter’s sudden death in May 1969 was a shock to everyone who knew him and left many wondering what direction his life and career would have gone, had he lived. Some of those questions are answered in Paul’s book Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances, which we’ll discuss in our second hour.

Also joining us in our second hour will be author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated). Mary also knew Jeffrey Hunter; her mother, actress Emily McLaughlin, married Hunter just three months before he died.

Our first hour will include an encore presentation of our tribute to Academy Award winner Charlton Heston. Though mostly known for his work on the big screen, Heston did star in the Dynasty spin-off The Colbys, while for many of us the prime time showings of Ben-Hur on CBS and The Ten Commandments on ABC were annual holiday traditions. Plus: We’ll take a look at the recent DVD release of the epic miniseries Jesus of Nazareth.

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 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
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 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Bob Leszczak and Adam-Michael James: Next on TVC

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Music and television historian Bob Leszczak and TV continuity expert Adam-Michael James will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

A continuity expert and columnist for SoapCentral.com—where his commentaries on the continuity and structure of The Bold and the Beautiful reach about a quarter-million readers—Adam-Michael James is also the author of The Bewitched Continuum, a linear guide to the classic TV series starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent and Agnes Moorehead that focuses on continuity issues within the Bewitched universe, from the first and last lines of dialogue in the series and everything in between. There’s a major announcement regarding The Bewitched Continuum that we’ll tell you all about, and more, when Adam-Michael James joins us in our second hour.

Speaking of Agnes Moorehead… while most of us think of Agnes primarily because of Bewitched, she also had a long and successful career in theatre, film and radio, particularly as part of the Mercury Theatre group founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. With that in mind, our first hour will include highlights from our February 2011 conversation with author Charles Tranberg. Chuck’s books on film and television include I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead.

This week’s show will also include a return appearance by author and prolific music and television historian Bob Leszczak. Bob’s books include Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979, Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s, From Small Screen to Vinyl, and The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen, the latter of which is an encyclopedic look at The Odd Couple in all of its various forms over the past five decades. Bob will join our resident DVD expert, Greg Ehrbar, as we particularly focus on the various video releases of The Odd Couple that are available to the public. Bob will join us during our first hour.

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 (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
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 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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