Archive for October, 2017

Ed Asner, The Grouchy Historian: Next on TVC

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Join us as we welcome back actor, author and activist Ed Asner on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known for his distinguished acting career—including the twelve years he spent playing Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and his own hour-long series, Lou Grant, not to mention his eight Emmy Awards and numerous other honors—Ed Asner has also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and political activist, including the terms he spent as president of the Screen Actors Guild during the early 1980s, during which time he was an outspoken critic of President Reagan’s policy toward Central America. So it is not surprising that the subject of Ed’s book—The Grouchy Historian: An Old Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs, which Ed co-authored along with his longtime friend and fellow Mary Tyler Moore Show collaborator Ed. Weinberger—is politically oriented.

What may surprise you is that The Grouchy Historian is an earnest and engaging attempt at providing the back story of the U.S. Constitution—a subject that has fueled Ed’s passion and interest for many years. Well researched and documented, yet written with an Everyman quality, the book reminds us that it is impossible for anyone to insist on knowing the “original meaning” of the Constitution when the men who wrote the document more than 200 years ago could not agree on what it meant. We’ll talk about The Grouchy Historian, and more, when Ed Asner joins us in our second hour.

For our listeners in the Pacific Northwest, Ed Asner will be performing A Man and His Prostate—the critically acclaimed one-man show written by Ed. Weinberger—in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 11. For more information on this performance, as well as other upcoming dates in 2017 and 2018, go to AManandHisProstate.com.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour for Part 2 of our tribute to legendary comedian, actor and impressionist Will Jordan as part of The Sounds of Lost Television. Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with 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
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Aki Aleong, Tom Lisanti and Will Jordan: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

We’ll play Part 2 of our conversations with actor, singer and producer Aki Aleong and sixties film historian Tom Lisanti on this weekend’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

This week’s show will include Part 2 of our conversation with actor, singer, producer and screenwriter Aki Aleong. Most of you probably know Aki 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. He has worked with such stars as 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. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Aki joins us during our second hour.

Sixties film historian Tom Lisanti will join us in our second hour. Tom’s latest book, Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies, is a collection of profiles, interviews and tributes about actors and films that were particularly popular among drive-in movie goers during the 1960s. Some chapters center on one particular movie or genre (such as beach party movies, spy spoofs, and the evolution of the “Elvis movie”), while other chapters are career profiles that focus on a given actor. Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies also features recollections from such sixties icons as Shelley Fabares, Nancy Czar, Arlene Charles, Gail Gerber, Christopher Riordan, and Irene Tsu.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour as we pay tribute to legendary comedian, actor and impressionist Will Jordan as part of The Sounds of Lost Television. Though best known for his uncanny impression of Ed Sullivan, Will Jordan also mimicked such legends from the Golden Ages of Film and Television as Jack Benny, Robert Mitchum, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx. What set Jordan apart from his contemporaries is that he didn’t just master the voices of these personalities, he contorted his face so that he actually looked like them.

Will Jordan turned 90 earlier in 2017. Phil Gries not only interviewed him this year to mark that occasion, he will share some of that conversation with you, along with a few clips from some of Jordan’s earliest appearances on television, including The Ed Sullivan Show.

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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Milt Larsen and Erin Dickins: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Milt Larsen, founder of The Magic Castle, and jazz vocalist Erin Dickins will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Long before J.K. Rowling created the world of Harry Potter, Milt Larsen pursued a family legacy of magic by founding The Magic Castle, a new book—The Magic Castle: Beyond Smoke and Mirrors by The Magic Castl the Magic Castle in Hollywood, where many of the most celebrated magicians in the world performed their craft, including David Cooperfield, Harry Blackstone, Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton and Doug Henning, as well as such celebrated amateur magicians as Johnny Carson, Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Jason Alexander and Neil Patrick Harris. The Castle has also been featured in dozens of movies and TV shows over the past five decades, including Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Houdini, Hart to Hart, Murder She Wrote, Perry Mason, and, of course, The Magician starring Bill Bixby.

If you’ve never been to The Magic Castle, a new book—The Magic Castle: Beyond Smoke and Mirrors by Milt’s longtime collaborator Carol Marie—provides an illustrated guided tour of every nook and cranny of the Castle, while also capturing the heart and soul of this historical mecca for magicians and their guests. We’ll talk about the book, plus hear some of the behind-the-scenes stories of its most famous attractions, when Milt Larsen joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be award-winning jazz vocalist Erin Dickins. One of the founding members of the original Manhattan Transfer, Erin has also performed or recorded with such well known artists as James Taylor, Gregg Allman, The Talking Heads, Roberta Flack, Yoko Ono, James Brown and Leonard Cohen. As a solo artist, Erin captivates audiences with her stunning voice and upbeat humor. That certainly comes across in her new album, Vignettes, which will be released in the U.S. on Friday, October 20. We’ll ask Erin about some of the choices she made in putting together Vignettes when she joins us in our first hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, Erin Dickins will be performing in Los Angeles on November 3, 4 and 5. For more information, go to ErinDickins.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 (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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Rhonda Shear: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Actress, comedienne, entrepreneur and author Rhonda Shear 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 Rhonda Shear as the host of USA’s Up All Night, which she did for eight years throughout the 1990s. Some of you know her for her award-winning brand of intimate apparel, which includes the revolutionary Ahh Bra, as well as her many appearances on HSN, the Home Shopping Network. What you may not know is that Rhonda is also a beauty queen, model, actress, comedienne, dancer, hostess, businesswoman, designer, philanthropist, political operator, onetime political candidate, mentor, and diva… all rolled into one. Not only that, everything that Rhonda accomplished in show business, she did it on her own terms—using her beauty and wit to her advantage, at a time when the entertainment industry was still very much male-dominated and women were objectified.

Rhonda’s new book, Up All Night: From Hollywood Bombshell to Lingerie Model: Life Lessons from an Accidental Feminist, has great stories about her life and career in the pageant, entertainment and garment industries, including how her longtime association with Chuck Barris (and how that cost her a chance at being Miss America), the ups and downs of her experience on Happy Days, the time when she nearly decapitated Bob Hope while auditioning for an NBC special, and nearly decapitated Bob Hope, and how her experience as a stand-up comic prepared her for her current career as hostess on HSN. But the book also shares many lessons that she learned along the way that you can apply, whether you’re female or male, and whatever career path you happen to take. Rhonda Shear will join us in our second hour.

Our first hour will include This Week in TV History, a Debra Messing-centric edition of our regular DVD report, and a replay our Sounds of Lost Television segment that focused on Playboy’s Playhouse, an early television effort by Hugh Hefner that essentially served as a precursor to Playboy After Dark.

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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