Archive for November, 2017

Fifty Years of The Graduate: Next on TVC

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Authors Beverly Gray and Wesley Hyatt and comedy scholar Chris Korman will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Dec. 21, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Graduate, the Academy Award-winning film that was not only a surprise blockbuster when it was originally released in 1967, but has since burned itself indelibly on American popular culture. The Graduate put Mike Nichols on the map as a director, made Dustin Hoffman a star, influenced a new generation of filmmakers (including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Ron Howard) and, in many ways, changed the way in which movies were marketed while signaling the end of the studio system.

We’ll talk about The Graduate and more in our second hour when we welcome author, journalist and screenwriter Beverly Gray. Beverly’s latest book, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became a Touchstone for a Generation, not only provides the backstory of the making of The Graduate, but examines the various critical reactions to the film, and why it particularly struck a nerve with moviegoers who came of age in 1967.

2017 is also the golden anniversary of the premiere of The Carol Burnett Show. With that in mind, this week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with Wesley Hyatt, author of The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time, and Chris Korman, son of actor, comedian and Carol Burnett Show star Harvey Korman. We’ll talk about some of our favorite performances of Harvey Korman, the ill-fated decision to replace Korman with Dick Van Dyke after Harvey left the Burnett show in 1977, Glen Campbell’s memorable appearance on The Carol Burnett Show, and a whole lot more.

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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Take a Good Look: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams and television archivist and DVD producer Josh Mills will visit us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

The son of singer/actress Edie Adams and photographer Martin Mills, Josh Mills is also the curator of the estate of Edie Adams and the estate of Ernie Kovacs. He is also the executive producer of an excellent new DVD package that will reintroduce you to Take a Good Look, the comedy game show hosted by Ernie Kovacs that has been largely unseen by the public for nearly sixty years.

Take a Good Look
takes the “secret guest” show formula of TV game shows and practically inverts it. For one, it is the host who gives the panel hints about the identity of the secret guest, in the form of sight gags and sketches. For two, none of the clues about the guest or their claim to fame make sense to anyone, unless you’re Ernie Kovacs.

The Library of Congress, which acquired the entire collection of the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams in 2015, has digitized, restored and preserved all the material contained in Take a Good Look: The Definitive Collection, the DVD set from Shout! Factory that not only includes all forty-nine episodes—many of which were thought to have been lost or destroyed—but features such eclectic guests and panelists as Carl Reiner, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mort Sahl, Mary Ann Mobley, Janet Leigh, Jim Backus, Cesar Romero, Ben Alexander, Hans Conried, chess champion Bobby Fischer, former heavyweight boxing champion James Braddock, Dodgers stars Don Drysdale and Larry Sherry, and Ernie’s wife at the time, Edie Adams. We’ll talk about the origins of Take a Good Look, why Ernie was originally reluctant to do the show, the direct line between Take a Good Look and the now iconic specials that Ernie did for ABC in 1961-1962, and more when Josh Mills joins us in our second hour.

If you are among the first 1,000 people to order Take a Good Look: The Definitive Collection directly through Shout! Factory, you will also receive an exclusive bonus disc containing Private Eye, Private Eye, a parody of TV detective shows starring Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams and Hans Conried that has also remained unseen since it is originally aired in 1961.

This week’s show will also commemorate National Drowsy Driver Awareness Week (Nov. 6-10). Drowsy driving has supplanted drunk driving as a major cause of thousands of fatal car accidents around the world and billions of dollars in damages. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately one out of every fatal car accidents in the U.S. are the result of drowsy driving, while in European nations, drowsy driving accounts for up to 30 percent of all car crashes.

You might recall that earlier this year, we had a chance to talk to Anson Williams, Potsie Weber on Happy Days, and an entrepreneur who has been recognized by the LAPD and the California Senate and Congress as an acknowledged expert on the subject of drowsy driving. Not only that, Anson recently developed a product called Alert Drops to combat the problem of drowsy driving. Alert Drops is a product that came to Anson indirectly through his uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich, the man behind the Heimlich Manuever. We’ll replay our conversation with Anson about Alert Drops, and how it carries on the legacy of Dr. Heimlich, at the end of our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new edition of This Week in TV History. It’s a full program as always; we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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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Joyce Bulifant: Next on TVC

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Actress, author and activist Joyce Bulifant and author A.S. Berman will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of you know Joyce Bulifant from her many appearances on such classic game shows as Password, Crosswits, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, $25,000 Pyramid and, of course, the CBS Match Game, not to mention her many starring roles and guest appearances on such prime time shows and movies as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, The Bill Cosby Show, Perry Mason, the Tom, Dick and Mary edition of 90 Bristol Court, Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire and, of course, Airplane! The executive vice president of The Dyslexia Foundation, where she campaigns for children’s rights, and the founder of The Dyslexia Awareness program, Joyce is also known for her buoyant personality and effervescent smile—both of which were hard to maintain sometimes, in the face of her own struggles with dyslexia, not to mention a series of tumultuous marriages characterized by alcoholism, co-dependency, addictive behavior and domestic abuse.

Joyce’s book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, tells the story of her life and career, interwoven through the story of her marriages to James McArthur, Edward Mallory, William Asher and Roger Perry, as well as her relationships with Helen Hayes, “The First Lady of the American Theater” (and the grandmother of two of Joyce’s children), Lillian Gish (whom Joyce considers her “Fairy Godmother”), Jack Weston, Jack Warden, and many others. It is also a story about eternal love that serves as a reminder of the hurtful actions that alcoholism and addictive behavior can have on others, ourselves, and most important, our children.

Joyce Bulifant will join us in our second hour. (We’ll also have a special surprise guest that hour, but you’ll have to tune in to find out who it is.)

Joyce Bulifant also has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months ahead, including a benefit performance with Lesley Ann Warren, her co-star from The Happiest Millionaire, on Dec. 3 in New York, as well as events in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida and Rancho Mirage, California. For more information on these and other upcoming appearances on Joyce’s calendar, go to the events page at JoyceBulifant.com.

Our first hour this week will include a return appearance by A.S. Berman, author of Soap: The Unauthorized Inside Story of the Sitcom That Broke All the Rules. Plus: Phil Gries with Part 3 of our tribute to Will Jordan as part of The Sounds of Lost Television, and Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a special tribute to Robert Guilluame.

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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