Archive for August, 2017

Michael Learned, plus an Outlaw Rock ’n’ Roll Photographer: Next on TVC

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Actress Michael Learned and screenwriter, producer and author Julian David Stone will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Best known as Olivia Walton, the matriarch on The Waltons, the long-running Emmy Award-winning series created by Earl Hamner that celebrates its 45th anniversary on television this year, Michael Learned has an extensive career on stage, on and off Broadway, including productions of Steel Magnolias, The Best Man, The Sisters Rosenzweig, and the national tour of On Golden Pond. She is also part of the ensemble cast of the award-winning web series Life Interrupted, all six episodes of which are currently available on YouTube and other streaming platforms.

Michael Learned will also be co-starring with Charlie Robinson in a new stage production of Driving Miss Daisy at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27. Michael will talk about her work on the stage, how she came to join Life Interrupted, plus she’ll share a few memories of her years on The Waltons as part of a freewheeling conversation that will air in our second hour.

Our first hour will include a return appearance by author, director and playwright Julian David Stone (The Strange Birth, Short Life and Sudden Death of Justice Girl). When he was a teenager in the early 1980s, Julian somehow managed, through moxie and ingenuity, to sneak his camera equipment into rock concerts at various venues throughout the country. As a result, he amassed a huge archive of more than 5,000 images of some of the biggest rock stars of the era, including Prince, U2, The Police, David Bowie, The Ramones, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Spinal Tap and many, many others. All of these photographs are up close and personal. None of them, however, have ever been published before—but they will be soon, as part of a forthcoming coffee table book called No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer.

Julian has started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project, which you can learn more about by going to Kickstarter.com and typing in No Cameras Allowed. The Kickstarter campaign for No Cameras Allowed will continue through Thursday, Sept. 21.

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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Nichelle Nichols: Next on TVC

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Actress, singer, voice artist and author Nichelle Nichols will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Known around the world as Lieutenant Uhura, communications officer of the Starship Enterprise on the original Star Trek and the first six Star Trek movies, Nichelle Nichols is not only the first African-American woman to have a continuing role on a prime time network television series, but a vital role model and inspiration to three generations of African-American girls and African-American women.

What you may not know about Nichelle Nichols is that, long before Star Trek, she was an accomplished singer and dancer who toured the U.S., Canada and Europe with both the Duke Ellington and the Lionel Hampton bands, while her accomplishments beyond Star Trek include a recruitment effort on behalf of NASA that resulted in more than 8,000 applicants in just six months, including more than 1,600 female applicants and more than 1,000 applicants from minorities. Among Nichelle’s most notable recruits: Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut; Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut; Judith Resnik, one of the original set of female astronauts, who tragically died during the launch of the Challenger on January 28, 1986; and Ronald McNair, the second African-American astronaut, and who also perished in the Challenger accident.

We will talk about Nichelle’s life and career before, during and after Star Trek when she joins us during our second hour.

For our listeners in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nichelle Nichols will be appearing at Comic Con San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Moscone Center West, 800 Howard St. in San Francisco. Nichelle is scheduled to appear all three days. For tickets and more information, go to SanFranComicCon.com. You can also follow Nichelle Nichols on Facebook and on Twitter.

And speaking of Space: The Final Frontier, Phil Gries will join us in our first hour for a look back at how network TV news covered the Mercury Friendship 7 mission, the 4-hour, 52-minute flight by John Glenn on Feb. 20, 1962 that made him the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, and just the fifth person overall to navigate space successfully. Some of you may remember watching coverage of the Friendship 7 mission on television while you were in school—a rare occurrence, indeed, but at the same time an early indication of how the powers of television can unify the country through a single event.

But the Friendship 7 mission, not to mention the coverage of the event by CBS News, was not without its challenges. We’ll talk about that with Phil, plus we’ll play rarely heard audio highlights of the coverage itself, 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)
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The Day the Running Stopped: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

We’ll commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the final episode of The Fugitive this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original broadcast of “The Judgment, Part 2,” the famous final episode of The Fugitive in which Dr. Richard Kimble (played by David Janssen) was at last exonerated for the murder of his wife, Helen, after four years of being wrongly accused and relentlessly pursued by the police lieutenant obsessed with his capture, the intrepid Philip Gerard (played by Barry Morse).

The final episode of The Fugitive scored a 45.9 rating that night, and an even more astonishing 72 share—meaning that of all the TV sets in the U.S. that were in use between on 10pm and 11pm on Aug. 29, 1967, more than 70 percent of them were watching The Fugitive. At the time, those numbers made Part 2 of “The Judgment” the most watched single episode of a weekly network TV series ever. Fifty years later, it is still among the ten most watched American TV broadcasts ever, while the episode itself set the standard for series finales to come.

We’ll commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the final episode of The Fugitive with a special program featuring highlights from our conversations with actors Barry Morse (Lieutenant Gerard), Diane Baker (Jean Carlisle) and Jacqueline Scott (Donna Kimble Taft). We’ll also replay our conversation with television director Ralph Senensky in which he discusses his work on The Fugitive and other Quinn Martin productions. Plus: We’ll replay our conversation with television historian Wesley Hyatt (Television’s Top 100: The Most Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010, The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time) about the series finale of The Fugitive.

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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A Special Tribute to Elvis Presley: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Actor and author Michael Dante, author Tom Lisanti and Elvis Presley historian Cory Cooper will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. With that in mind, we will devote to this week’s program entirely to The King.

Renowned Elvis Presley historian Cory Cooper will join Tony and Donna in our first hour for a special edition of This Week in TV History.

Sixties film historian Tom Lisanti will also join us in our first hour. Tom’s latest book, Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies, includes a detailed look at the evolution of the “Elvis movie,” with a particular focus on the many musicals that Elvis made for M-G-M between 1964 and 1967. The book also features recollections from many of the King’s leading ladies and co-stars, including Shelley Fabares, Nancy Czar, Arlene Charles, Gail Gerber, Christopher Riordan, and Irene Tsu.

Our program will also include a return appearance by actor and author Michael Dante (Winterhawk, Winterhawk’s Land, From Hollywood to Michael Dante Way). Michael co-starred with Elvis and Charles Bronson in the 1962 movie Kid Galahad. He’ll share a few stories about his friendship with “EP” when he joins us in our second hour.

We will then close out this week’s show with an encore presentation of our conversation earlier this year with Emmy Award-winning producer, director and author Steve Binder (Hullabaloo, The T.A.M.I. Show, Fade Up 26: The Movers and Shakers of Variety Television, Elvis: The 1968 Comeback Special). Steve will take us behind the scenes of the Elvis Comeback Special, including the backstory of its iconic closing number, “If I Can Dream.”

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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Aki Aleong, Jose Jimenez and Seinfeldia: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Actor, singer, screenwriter and producer Aki Aleong and author and television historian Jennifer Armstong will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of you probably know Aki Aleong as Senator Hidoshi on Babylon 5, Mr. Chiang on V: The Series, Colonel Mitamura in Farewell to the King and his starring role opposite Chuck Norris in Missing in Action, Part 3. His career as an actor began in 1955 as a member of the national Broadway production of Teahouse of the August Moon. From there he developed his craft during the days of live television, and has since appeared in more than fifty movies and 150 television shows, along with the likes of Frank Sinatra, John Mills, Michael Rennie, Bette Davis, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Joanne Woodward, Ben Kingsley, Ernest Borgnine, Martin Landau, Roger Moore, Nick Nolte, Christian Slater, Jean-Claude van Damme, Olivia Hussey, and Pierce Brosnan.

Aki Aleong also has deep roots in the music industry, both as a recording artist and record producer, plus he has several projects in the works, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Aki will share a few stories about his life and career when he joins us during our second hour.

Our first hour will include a return appearance by Jennifer Armstrong, television historian, former writer for Entertainment Weekly and the author of several books, including Seinfeldia: How A Show About Nothing Changed Everything, everything you want to know about the long-running sitcom co-created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David that not only drew heavily from the idiosyncracies of everyday ordinary life, but bled into the real world, altering the lives of everyone it touched in ways no one could have imagined. We’ll talk about the direct line between Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm (the latter of which returns to HBO this fall), how the show’s ensemble cast contributed to its success, the show’s impact on NBC’s Must See TV lineup in the 1990s (and whether the network’s attempt to bring back the Must See TV brand this year will work), and more.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will look back at the career of actor, writer and comedian Bill Dana. Best known for his character Jose Jimenez, Dana contributed to television behind the scenes in more ways than you may realize.

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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