Archive for February, 2018

Oscar Picks and The First Lady of Song: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Author/journalist Beverly Gray and Grammy nominee Geoffrey Mark will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET adn PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Grammy Award-nominated singer, author, comedian, radio host and show business raconteur Geoffrey Mark will join us this week for an in-depth look at the life and career and Ella Fitzgerald, the legendary First Lady of Song whose name evokes thoughts of the Savoy Ballroom, Jazz at the Philharmonic, the bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Chick Webb, and more than 2,300 recordings of approximately 1,100 songs. The ultimate rags to riches embodiment of the American Dream, Ella Fitzgerald sold more than 40 million albums, appeared countless times on radio, television and stage, dedicated her life to philanthropy and entertained audiences in venues all over the world, virtually nonstop, in an astonishing career that rivaled and, in many ways, surpassed those of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

Yet very little is known about Ella Fitzgerald, the woman, partly because, despite living almost her entire life in the spotlight, she was never comfortable giving interviews and almost never revealed anything about herself—but also because the truth about Ella’s upbringing was considered too difficult and painful for the public to know. All of that changes now with the publication of Geoffrey’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Birthday Edition, a comprehensive biography that includes 275 photographs (many of which are in color), plus a complete discography, videography and more. Geoffrey Mark will join us in our second hour.

Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Edition is available in hardcover through Ultimate Symbol. There is also a deluxe edition of the book that includes a bonus two-CD set with more than forty studio/live tracks of Ella in her prime. All forty tracks in the CD set were personally selected by Geoffrey Mark himself from all four of Ella’s major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo. The bonus two-CD set is exclusive to the book and can only be purchased directly at UltimateSymbol.com/ella. Proceeds from the sale of the deluxe edition will be donated to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation to further Ella’s desire to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.

With the Oscars airing on Sunday, March 4, this week’s show will also take a look at each of this year’s nine Best Picture nominations. Joining us for that will be our friend Beverly Gray. Beverly spent nearly a decade in the film industry, where she was Roger Corman’s story editor at both New World Pictures and Concorde-New Horizons Pictures. She’s also covered the entertainment industry for The Hollywood Reporter and other trade publications, as well as her blog, Beverly in Movieland.

Beverly Gray is also the author of several books, including Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation, everything you wanted to know about the making of The Graduate—the most unexpected cinematic blockbuster of the sixties, and a movie that has burned itself indelibly on American popular culture. Beverly’s book includes interviews with such key personnel as director Mike Nichols and producer Lawrence Turman, plus a look at the Academy Awards broadcast of April 1968—a ceremony that was postponed because of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. We’ll remember the 1968 Oscarcast, too, when Beverly Gray joins us in our first hour.

Plus: We’ll remember the legacy of M*A*S*H and the thirty-fifth anniversary of “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” the final episode of M*A*S*H, as part of This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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Lou Antonio: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Actor, director, screenwriter and author Lou Antonio will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org

As an actor, Lou Antonio has performed in more than seventy plays, both on and off Broadway, as well as more than sixty films and television shows, including Cool Hand Luke, Splendor in the Grass, America America, The Phynx, Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, Gunsmoke, Naked City, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Route 66, The Monkees, and three series of his own, The Snoop Sisters, Dog and Cat and Makin’ It. As a director, Lou has helmed more than 200 hours of television, including such acclaimed made-for-TV movies as Something for Joey and Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II, as well as episodes of such popular shows as Boston Legal, Felicity, Picket Fences, Gentle Ben, The Flying Nun, McCloud, C.S.I., The Guardian and The Rockford Files. Along the way he worked with many of the biggest names in stage, film and television, including Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Eli Wallach, Julie Andrews, Julie Harris, Edward Albee, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett, George C. Scott, Michael J. Fox, Dennis Weaver, Jaclyn Smith, Elizabeth Montgomery, Heath Ledger, Louis Gossett Jr., Candice Bergen, Renee Zellweger, Lee Remick, Richard Burton, Peter Ustinov, Laurence Olivier, David Janssen and James Garner.

Lou is also co-artistic director of the Los Angeles Actors Studio, where he continues to teach acting and directing. His recently released memoir, Cool Hand Lou: My Fifty Years in Hollywood and on Broadway, not only shares some of the wisdom he has attained throughout his career, but provides a window into the ups and downs of an artist’s life. Lou Antonio will join us in our second hour.

Cool Hand Lou is available in softcover and as an eBook through McFarland Books. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187. If you’d like an autographed edition of Cool Hand Lou from Lou Antonio himself, you can contact Lou through his website, LouAntonio.com.

The first hour of this week’s show will include a tribute to Fred Rogers as part of an expanded edition of This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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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)
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Roy Thinnes, Batman, and More: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

We’ll welcome back author James Rosin and Hollywood Museum founder and president Donelle Dadigan on this weekend’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This week’s program will include a return visit from actor and author James Rosin. Jim’s many books on classic television shows include The Invaders: A Quinn Martin TV Series, a behind-the-scenes look at the classic Quinn Martin series starring Roy Thinnes that includes interviews with many of the key personnel behind The Invaders and Quinn Martin Productions. The 2017-2018 television season marks the fiftieth anniversary of the final season of The Invaders, while the series remains a cult favorite all over the world (particularly in France and England). Jim Rosin will join us in our first hour.

And speaking of The Invaders, our second hour will include an encore presentation of our February 2016 interview with Roy Thinnes himself. We’ll ask Roy how he came to play David Vincent on The Invaders, plus we’ll talk about some of his other notable roles, including Dr. Phil Brewer on General Hospital and Ben Quick on the TV adaptation of The Long, Hot Summer.

Also this week: We will welcome back Donelle Dadigan, entertainment historian, preservationist, philanthropist and the founder and president of The Hollywood Museum. With spring break is soon upon us, that means summer is not too far behind—and if you plan on visiting Hollywood soon, there are always great exhibits on display at The Hollywood Museum that celebrate the worlds of movies and television, including Holy Hollywood History!, a Bat-tastic new exhibit going that celebrates all aspects of the Batman TV series. Donelle Dadigan 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 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
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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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Mr. Novak, plus Harlem School 1970: Next on TVC

Monday, February 5th, 2018

We’ll welcome back author Chuck Harter on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,  KSAV.org.

Chuck Harter will join us for Part 2 of our conversation about Mr. Novak, the landmark NBC series from the Golden Age of Television. Created and produced by E. Jack Neuman, and starring James Franciscus and Dean Jagger, Mr. Novak not only won acclaim for its realistic portrayal of high school life and the work of high school teachers, but was the first network TV drama to explore such topical issues as sex education, alcoholism, racial prejudice, computers in the classroom, and venereal disease. Chuck’s book Mr. Novak: An Acclaimed Television Series provides a detailed back story of the award-winning series, plus recollections from many actors who appeared on Novak, including Ed Asner, Martin Landau, Sherry Jackson, Beau Bridges, Tony Dow, Frankie Avalon and Walter Koenig.

Despite winning praise and awards from TV critics and educational groups throughout its first season on NBC, Mr. Novak underwent several changes heading into its second season, including two significant cast changes and a new producer. Many believe that these alterations hurt the series and ultimately led to its demise in 1965. We’ll talk about this, and more, when Chuck Harter joins us in our second hour.

Chuck Harter is asking for your help on his latest project. Chuck is collaborating with Martin Grams Jr. on a book about Way Out, the half-hour horror anthology series hosted by Roald Dahl that aired for fourteen weeks on CBS in 1961. If you remember watching Way Out, Chuck and Martin would love to hear from you, as it is their intention to interview viewers about their memories of the show for inclusion in their book. For more information, you can email Chuck at chuck.harter@earthlink.net.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour to discuss the upcoming premiere of Harlem School 1970, an original documentary that is also the only known feature-length documentary that was filmed inside an actual inner city public elementary school in the U.S. during the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s. Filmed during the spring of 1970, and recently restored digitally, Harlem School 1970 provides an inside look at a typical day at Community School No. 30M in Harlem, New York where Phil taught for three years before embarking on his forty-seven-year career as an award-winning cinematographer for film and television. Filmed, produced and directed by Phil Gries, Harlem School 1970 is also an early example of “direct cinema,” in that it allows viewers to watch the narrative unfold and shape their own meaning without narration or outside interviews.

Harlem School 1970 will be shown at The Paley Center for Media both in New York City and Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25 as part of Black History Month. For more information, go to https://www.paleycenter.org/weekend-screenings

If you happened to be a teacher or student at Community School No. 30M in Harlem, New York during the 1969-1970 school year (or know someone who is), Phil Gries would love to hear from you. You can contact Phil directly at (516) 656-3456 or email him at griestvaudio@verizon.net.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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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)
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