Archive for June, 2017

Batman, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers: Next on TVC

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Loren Bouchard and author and TV historian Joel Eisner will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Loren Bouchard is the creator and executive producer of Bob’s Burgers, which begins its seventh season this fall on Fox. He is also a composer, writer and actor whose other TV credits include Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Home Movies and The Ricky Gervais Show.

The Bob’s Burgers Music Album, a magnum opus soundtrack release featuring the music from the first six seasons of the Emmy-winning prime time animated sitcom, is now available. Greg and Loren will talk about the album, ukuleles, the music of the show in general, why Bob’s Burgers is character-driven, and other topics in a free-wheeling conversation that will air during our second hour.

Our first hour will pay tribute to the life and career of Adam West, the iconic actor known to three generations of television viewers around the world as Batman (and, to fans of Family Guy, Mayor Adam West). Our guest for this segment will be Joel Eisner, author of The Official Batman Batbook, plus we’ll play highlights from our interviews with actresses Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar.

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)
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Anson Williams and George Schlatter: Next on TVC

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams and writer, producer and director George Schlatter will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,  KSAV.org.

Known to television audiences around the world 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. An entrepreneur for most of his life, he is always looking to create products that serve an important public need. Anson’s latest product, Alert Drops, addresses the issue of drowsy driving—an ongoing problem not only in the United States, but around the world. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately one out of every five fatal car accidents in the U.S. results from drowsy driving, while in European nations, drowsy driving accounts for up to 30 percent of all car crashes.

Inspired by the knowledge and wisdom of Anson’s uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich—the man behind the Heimlich Maneuver—Alert Drops is an all-natural spray that, when applied to the tongue, uses the citric acid of a lemon to stimulate the tongue’s sensory neurons. This will cause an immediate reflex action that will keep you awake, without caffeine or stimulants, in the event you find yourself nodding off while driving. (Available exclusively at AlertDrops.com, Alert Drops is not intended as a substitute for sleeping. Rather, it is intended to keep you alert long enough to pull over safely, so that you can rest when tired.)

Anson Williams is working with numerous organizations in several cities to create an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of drowsy driving. We’ll talk about the pivotal role that Dr. Heimlich played behind the scenes in the development of Alert Drops, and why Heimlich believed that this product will save even more lives than the Heimlich Maneuver. We’ll also talk about Anson’s recent appearance on The Odd Couple, and more, when he joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be Emmy Award winner George Schlatter, the creator and producer of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and Real People. A fixture in the world of variety television for more than fifty years, George Schlatter produced the first five years of the Grammy Awards. He also created The American Comedy Awards (and produced that annual telecast for fifteen years), as well as produced a host of series and specials starring Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Eddie Murphy, Cher, Elton John, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Doris Day, Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, Placido Domingo and many, many others.

The 2017-2018 television season will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. George will share a few memories of the show, and more, when he joins us in our first hour.

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In is now available in its entirety from Time Life. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series includes all 140 episodes on thirty-eight DVDs—all digitally remastered, all available together for the first time ever in a single collection, and more than half of which have never been released before to the public. The complete series box set also includes a slew of exclusive new bonus features, including the pilot episode of Laugh-In (which originally aired on Sept. 9, 1967); interviews with Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens, Arte Johnson, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin and George Schlatter; Laugh-In Memories, a collectible memory book filled with jokes, pictures from the show, behind-the-scenes photos, and a note from George Schlatter; a free bonus DVD; and a whole lot more. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is availably exclusively through TimeLife. You can order it right now by going to TimeLife.com/LaughIn.

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)
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Breakfast Cereal, Coca-Cola and Television: Next on TVC

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Authors Tim Hollis and Mark Pendergrast  will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

If you grew up watching television in the ’50s, ’60s and early 1970s, you know that part of the fun of TV back then were the ubiquitous — and often ingenious — animated commercials for Cap’n Crunch, Sugar Crisp, Lucky Charms, Froot Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Quisp and Quake, Trix, Count Chocula, Franken Berry and numerous other popular breakfast cereals made by Kellogg’s, Post, Quaker, Ralston-Purina and other manufacturers. Much of these appeal of these commercials is the host of animated characters that are still popular today, including Tony the Tiger, Snap, Crackle and Pop, Lucky the Leprechaun, the Trix Rabbit and the Cheerios Kid. These cereal characters became big stars not only through their TV commercials, but through merchandise such as comic books, stuffed toys and, in some cases, their own TV series.

These are just some of the things we’ll talk about in our second hour as welcome author Tim Hollis. Tim’s book Part of a Complete Breakfast: Cereal Characters of the Baby Boom Era not only reveals the origins and appeal of these commercials, but discusses how changing times helped lead to the demise of some of these popular animated breakfast-cereal characters.

Speaking of savvy advertising, we’ll spend part of our first hour talking about Coca-Cola — a product that has used print, radio and television very effectively throughout its long history — as we welcome Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It. What began as a medicinal product in 1886 gradually evolved into a refreshment beverage that not only became the dominant consumer product in the United States throughout the 20th century, but, in many respects, came to be identified with America itself.

Originally published in 1993, For God, Country and Coca-Cola was recently revised and updated with new information on the history and future of Coca-Cola, including a look at how Coca-Cola and Pepsi, once rivals in the “cola wars,” are now united in the “new cola wars” — despite the fact that both are considered the primary culprits behind the obesity epidemic. The new edition also documents beyond the shadow of a doubt that Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine; discusses the origins of such famous TV campaigns as “The Hilltop Ad” (as well as the differences in how Coke and Pepsi advertise their products), and reveals the original formula used by Frank Mason Robinson, the man who not only gave Coca-Cola its name, but wrote the name in the Spencerian script that became the product’s trademark.

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)
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Gabrielle Stone and David Frankham: Next on TVC

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Actress, screenwriter and director Gabrielle Stone and actor and author David Frankham will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The daughter of legendary scream queen Dee Wallace and television actor Christopher Stone, Gabrielle Stone stars in, and recently made her directorial and screenwriting debut in It Happened Again Last Night, a critically acclaimed short film that addresses the issue of domestic abuse in the United States. Earlier this spring It Happened Again Last Night earned Gabrielle the Best Actress award at both the Pasadena International Film Festival and the Beverly Hills International Film Festival, plus the film won Best Short honors at the North Hollywood Cinefest.

We’ll go behind the scenes of the making of It Happened Again Last Night, plus we’ll talk about three other movies with Gabrielle that will come out later this year, including Rock Paper Dead, a suspense film that also features Tatum O’Neal, Maureen McCormick, Luke Macfarlane, and Michael Madsen. Gabrielle Stone will join us in our second hour.

This week’s show will also feature Part 2 of the conversation we began on our May 19 program with actor and author David Frankham (Return of the Fly, Master of the World, 101 Dalmations, Which One Was David?). David recently completed principal recording for a stop-motion animated puppet version of The House of The Seven Gables, while his audio commentary on Master of the World appears as part of The Vincent Price Collection III Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory. We’ll talk about some of David’s work in episodic television, his experience as a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press, and more. David Frankham will join us in 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)
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