Archive for March, 2018

Bob Hope on TV: Thanks for the Video Memories: Next on TVC

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Music and television historian Wesley Hyatt will join us on this weekend’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Wesley Hyatt will join us this week as we take a look at the network TV career of legendary comedian Bob Hope. For many of us, Hope was a fixture on television while we were growing up—not only for the frequent comedy variety spectaculars that he hosted on NBC for more than forty-five years, including his annual Christmas specials, but his fourteen appearances as host of the Academy Awards, his numerous guest appearances on just about every top variety show and daytime and late night talk show throughout the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, his official golf tournament that was televised on NBC, and even his own weekly anthology series.

But, though Bob Hope certainly left his mark on television—not to mention influenced just about every late night host through today through his use of the monologue—there is some concern that Hope is the verge of being forgotten. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Wesley Hyatt joins in our second hour.

Wesley Hyatt’s latest book, Bob Hope on TV: Thanks for the Video Memories, is a decade by decade look at nearly 1,000 hours of Bob Hope’s appearances on television from 1950 through 1996, including Hope’s acting roles on such shows as I Love Lucy, Get Smart, The Odd Couple and The Simpsons; his work on nearly 200 variety shows and specials; his memorable moments on game shows, talk shows, awards shows and sporting events; and his considerable contributions to documentaries and news programs. Wes screened close to 80 percent of the available video on Hope, plus he interviewed many of the writers, directors, producers and actors who worked with Hope over the years, including Marie Osmond, George Foreman, Gloria Loring, Pat Priest, JoAnne Worley, Gene Perret, Cathy Lee Crosby and our friend Bob Mills.

Also this week: A brand new DVD report, plus 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
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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How Would You Define a Classic TV Show?: Next on TVC

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

We’ll have something old and something new for you this weekend on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This week’s show will ask the question What Exactly Constitutes a Classic TV Series? How would you define it? What are the markers: Is it the era in which the show originally aired, such as the Golden Age of Television? Does it have to do with the show’s impact on television, then and now? What about shows that were maligned when they originally aired, but are appreciated today? Can a show that premiered over the past decade be considered a classic? Are there any shows on television today that might be considered classics tomorrow? We’ll explore these questions and more as part of a special roundtable discussion with Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen that will air in our first hour.

If you have your thoughts on what makes a classic TV show “classic,” feel free to join the conversation by emailing us, talk@tvconfidential.net, or posting a comment on our Facebook page or via Twitter. We will work your comments into a future edition of TV Confidential.

Greg Ehrbar and Jennifer Armstrong will join us in our second hour for an encore presentation of our April 2013 tribute to the life and career of singer/actress Annette Funicello. Greg, of course, is the co-author of Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records, while Jennifer’s books on television include Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of The Mickey Mouse Club.

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)
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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Ella and Lou, Part Two: Next on TVC

Monday, March 5th, 2018

We’ll play Part 2 of our conversations with Emmy nominated actor/director Lou Antonio and Grammy nominee Geoffrey Mark this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Lou Antonio will return this week for Part 2 of our conversation about his career as an actor, director and screenwriter. Lou’s acting credits include more than seventy plays, both on and off Broadway, as well as such films and TV series as 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, The Snoop Sisters, Dog and Cat and Makin’ It, while his directing credits include such acclaimed made-for-TV movies as Something for Joey and Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II and multiple episodes of such shows as Boston Legal, Felicity, Picket Fences, Gentle Ben, The Flying Nun, McCloud, C.S.I., The Guardian and The Rockford Files. Among other things, we’ll ask Lou about working with David Janssen, James Arness, Elia Kazan, Wayne Rogers, Lee Remick, and Jaclyn Smith, plus the role he played in discovering such talents as Henry Thomas and Renee Zellweger. Lou Antonio will join us in our second hour.

Lou’s memoir, Cool Hand Lou: My Fifty Years in Hollywood and on Broadway, not only provides a window into the ups and downs of an artist’s life, but shares many great stories of his work alongside some of the biggest names in stage, film and television. 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 Antonio through his website, LouAntonio.com.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with Grammy Award-nominated singer, author, comedian, radio host and show business raconteur Geoffrey Mark. Geoffrey’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Birthday Edition is a comprehensive biography, discography and videography of the legendary First Lady of Song whose rags to riches story embodied the American Dream. Among other things, we’ll ask Geoffrey about Ella’s remarkable range as a singer (including her ability to sing virtually any song, from any era, and still make it her own), her numerous appearances on television all over the world (including her famous Memorex commercials), and how she first learned how to be a star with the help of Marilyn Monroe. Geoffrey Mark will join us in our first 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.

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)
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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