Archive for May, 2018

Peter Marshall, Perry Como and What You Don’t Learn in Film School: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Singer/actor Peter Marshall and award-winning independent filmmaker Shane Stanley will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

We will welcome back Peter Marshall this week as we spotlight Perry Como, the beloved entertainer whose career spanned the worlds of big band music, radio, and variety television. In many respects, Como’s popular musical variety show, which ran for fifteen consecutive seasons (first on NBC, then on CBS, then again on NBC) was the gold standard for TV variety programming, while Como’s recording career included more than 100 hit songs, spanning four decades. We’ll talk about why Como was such a perfect fit for TV, plus we’ll pay tribute to Peter’s dear friend Rose Marie, and more, in our second hour.

Peter Marshall is co-host, along with Nick Clooney, of Perry Como Classics: ‘Till the End of Time, a brand new special featuring highlights from long-lost and newly-restored episodes from Perry Como’s TV series and popular TV specials, including Como performing alongside Dean Martin, The McGuire Sisters, Lena Horne, Carol Burnett, Bing Crosby and The Lennon Sisters; fifteen complete performances of such Como hits as “Catch a Falling Star,” “Round and Round,” “Magic Moments,” “Hot Diggity,” “Mama Loves Mambo,” “And I Love You So,” “Home for the Holidays” and “It’s Impossible”; plus warm remembrances from Carol Burnett, Regis Philbin, Jay Leno, Leonard Maltin, Richard Carpenter, Debby Boone and many others. Airing as part of the long-running My Music series of PBS fund-raising specials, Perry Como Classics: ‘Till the End of Time premieres on most PBS stations nationwide during the weekend of Saturday, June 2. Check your local listings for time and channel. (For our listeners in the Garden City, New York area, Perry Como Classics: ‘Till the End of Time will air on WLIW airing the weekend of June 9.)

Also this week: We’ll talk about the Dos and Don’ts of independent filmmaking as we welcome multi-Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Shane Stanley. Shane has worked in virtually every capacity on and off the set since he was a youngster, including such hit shows as Entertainment Tonight and Seinfeld. Along with his father, Lee Stanley, Shane produced The Desperate Passage Series, a seven-part syndicated docu-drama series that not only won thirteen Emmy Awards, but finished first in the Nielsen ratings five out of the seven weeks it aired. Segments in The Desperate Passage Series include Gridiron Gang, which Shane and his dad later developed into the No. 1 box office feature motion picture starring Dwayne Johnson. Shane also has produced films starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Jane Seymour and Martin Sheen. He co-wrote two of the films and has worked closely with many top Hollywood executives, as well as such iconic filmmakers as Zalman King.

Shane’s new book, What You Don’t Learn in Film School, is a candid look at the film business that offers ambitious young filmmakers important information on how to navigate every aspect of making movies, from financing your film to pre-production, casting, marketing, assembling the right team (including knowing when to promote people, and when not to), how to find the right investor (and keeping that investor engaged throughout the project), finding the right distributor, and everything in between. We’ll touch on some of these topics, plus we’ll talk about the effect that the #MeToo movement continues to have on the film industry today; Shane’s upcoming summer sessions, which are free to the public; the pivotal role that Zalman King played throughout Shane’s career; and more. Shane Stanley joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: We’ll commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the tenth anniversary of the death of comedian George Carlin.

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)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Neil Sandilands, Rose Marie’s Daughter, and Patty Duke’s Final Book: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Actor Neil Sandilands, author William J. Jankowski and Georgiana “Noopy” Rodrigues, daughter of Rose Marie, will join us this weekend on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This week’s show will include Part 2 of our conversation with actor Neil Sandilands (The 100, Hap and Leonard, Frank and Ava). Not only will Neil share more insight into playing arch villain Clifford Devoe, The Thinker, on Season Four of The Flash, he’ll talk about a last-minute adjustment he had to make in his portrayal of Devoe just before the cameras rolled on the very first day of production. Neil Sandilands will join us in our second hour. The season finale of The Flash airs Tuesday, May 22 on The CW.

Also joining us this week will be Georgiana “Noopy” Rodrigues, the daughter of the one and only Rose Marie. An accomplished television producer in her own right, Noopy was actively involved behind the scenes of the production of Wait For Your Laugh, the acclaimed documentary about the life and career of Rose Marie that will air Friday, May 18 on the Decades Channel. There is an exciting new development about Wait For Your Laugh, which Noopy will reveal on our program.

The main purpose behind Noopy’s appearance this week, however, is to discuss identity theft, an issue that affects thousands of families across the United States—including the family of Rose Marie. According to law enforcement officials, obituaries are the one of the top sources of information of identity thieves. Perpetrators know that when families lose a loved one, particularly when the death is sudden, they can be so overwhelmed with grief, and attending to the details of the funeral, that they may not pay as close attention to their checking account or credit card usage in the days immediately following the death as they normally would.

That is what happened to Noopy: Ten days after Rose Marie’s death, she discovered that her mother’s identity had been stolen—and though she and her family have recouped their loss, the perpetrator remains at large. By sharing her story, and discussing what she has learned, Noopy hopes to raise awareness of this important issue for the benefit of our listeners. Georgiana Noopy Rodrigues will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: We will share with you an amazing story. Not too many people get a chance to meet their favorite TV star. Even fewer get a chance to become friends with that star—and even fewer than that get a chance to help that star write a book and help that book get published. All of those things happened to William J. Jankowski. In Bill’s case, the star was Patty Duke, and their friendship began in 1997 and lasted until the day she died in March 2016.

At the time of her death, Bill was helping Patty Duke write a book, In the Presence of Greatness: My Sixty-Year Journey as an Actress, that not only shares many stories about her show business career, but gives you a honest glimpse of the Patty Duke—or, we should say, Anna Pearce—that Bill got to know over the last two decades of her life. William Jankowski 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)
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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The Thinker, The Dancer, and Buddy Hackett’s Daughter: Next on TVC

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Actors Neil Sandilands and Lili Bordan will join us this weekend, along with Lisa Hackett, daughter of Buddy Hackett, on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Currently starring as arch villain Clifford Devoe, aka The Thinker, on Season Four of the hit series The Flash, Neil Sandilands first came to the U.S. in 2007, appearing in such shows as House, before returning to his native South Africa to star in a number of popular films, including the award-winning drama Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee. Also known as Titus, Lexa’s contentious right-hand man on The 100, Neil’s other prominent television appearances include Sundance TV’s Hap and Leonard (where he played the cross-bow wielding assassin Paco) and The FX series The Americans. Currently filming the independent film Falcon Lake, Neil also recently played Academy Award-winning director Fred Zinnemann in the upcoming biopic Frank and Ava.

Though American audiences know Neil primarily as an actor, film and television viewers in his native South Africa know him as an award-winning actor, writer, producer, director and cinematographer. Neil, however, thinks of himself more as an “interpreter” than an actor. We’ll ask him what he means by that, and more, when Neil Sandilands joins us in our second hour. The season finale of The Flash airs Tuesday, May 22 on The CW.

Also joining us this week will be actress Lili Bordán. Lili stars as an Iraqi War veteran who is not all that she appears to be in Live or Die in La Honda, a crime thriller from Freestyle Digital Media that was shot entirely on location in the historic town of La Honda in Northern California. Lili also appears, along with Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen and Diane Keaton in the romantic comedy Book Club, plus she’ll soon be seen as Irene Lee, the iconic Warner Bros. story editor who played a pivotal film behind the scenes of the production of Casablanca, in Curtiz, an upcoming biographical film about Casablanca director Michael Curtiz, and the events surrounding that film’s production in 1942.

Lili Bordán has played a broad range of characters for film and television, both here and in the U.K., over the past two decades, including the mysterious Becca Kelly in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, the deceptive and dangerous German security officer Hannah Strauss on ABC’s The River, Virginia Madsen’s fun hippie sister in Walt Disney’s American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success, and the droll host of the quirky cable show Max’s Midnight Movies. What you may not know that she is also a certified Autism Movement Therapist who has taught dance to children on the Autism spectrum through the non-profit organization Guidance Autism. We’ll talk to Lili about dancing, teaching, her current and upcoming roles, and more when she joins us in our first hour.

Live or Die in La Honda is available for streaming on demand through Amazon and other platforms. Book Club opens in movie theaters nationwide on Friday, May 18.

This week’s show will also feature Lisa Hackett, one of the daughters of legendary comedian and actor Buddy Hackett, and the executive in charge of licensing and distribution requests for Hackett Entertainment. Known for mention his numerous appearances on television, including The Tonight Show with both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson and his many appearances on Hollywood Squares, as well as his roles in such classic films as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Music Man and The Love Bug, Buddy Hackett was also a pioneer in the world of cable television: Not only was he among the first stand-up comics to bring his act to HBO, he revolutionized the way in which live comedy specials were filmed for television. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Lisa Hackett joins us in our first hour.

Buddy Hackett also starred in his own network TV series, Stanley (NBC, 1956-1957), one of the last live sitcoms from the Golden Age of Television. Produced by Max Liebman (Your Show of Shows), Stanley also marked some of the earliest TV appearances of such future stars as Paul Lynde, Dick Gautier, Norman Fell, Elaine Joyce, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Carol Burnett. All nineteen episodes of Stanley are available as a DVD set, while two of Buddy’s live comedy specials for HBO, Buddy Hackett: Live and Uncensored 1 and Buddy Hackett: Live and Uncensored 2 are available for streaming on demand through Google Play, iTunes and Amazon.com.

A REMINDER: The TV CONFIDENTIAL website is being retooled. The new URL is www.televisionconfidential.com. There, you can keep up with news of upcoming guests, as well as access the last few archived episodes of the program, for free, by going to either the Archives page, http://www.televisionconfidential.com/archives/, or the Listen Now page, http://www.televisionconfidential.com/listen-now/

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)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Leonard Maltin and Joseph Lyle Taylor: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Film critic and film historian Leonard Maltin and character actor Joseph Lyle Taylor will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the most recognized and respected film critics of our time, Leonard Maltin is best known for his annual paperback reference, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, a best seller for thirty years, as well as his companion volume, Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide (now in its third edition), which focuses on movies made before 1965, going back to the silent era. Author of numerous other books, including The Best 151 Movies You’ve Never Seen, The Disney Films, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio’s Golden Age, The Great Movie Comedians and The Art of the Cinematographer, Leonard Maltin has also been a fixture on television for more than three decades, including thirty years on Entertainment Tonight, the Maltin on Movies series for the Reelz Channel and a long association with Turner Classic Movies. Recently honored by the Los Angeles City Council, which declared this past Tuesday, April 24 as Leonard Maltin Day in Los Angeles, today he hosts the weekly podcast Maltin on Movies.

We’ll ask Leonard about the origins of his annual Movie Guide, plus we’ll talk about his friend Chuck McCann, why the term “instant classic” is an oxymoron, and how he still gets excited when talking to movie stars, even after all these years. Leonard Maltin will join us in our first hour.

Also joining us this week will be character actor Joseph Lyle Taylor. If you’re a fan of the FX series Justified, you know Joe as the corrupt sheriff Doyle Bennett, plus he’s appeared in such film and TV series as He Got Game, Girl 6, Summer of Same, Law and Order: SVU, 100 Centre Street, Masters of Sex, House, CSI, Dexter, Seven Psychopaths and The Dark Knight Rises. If you follow the stage, you know that Joe starred on Broadway with Edie Falco in the Tony Award-winning play Side Man, while if you have Amazon Prime, you know Joe as Frank Hooper, the psychopathic killer for hire who plays a prominent role in the second season of Sneaky Pete.

Also an accomplished writer and director (including the funny yet poignant short film The Glamour of It All), Joe has several other projects in the works. We’ll ask him about those, plus we’ll talk about his work with Spike Lee and Prince, his approach to playing villains in film and television, and how his experience as a writer often helps him as an actor. Joseph Lyle Taylor will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: We’ll say Happy Birthday to Willie Mays as part of an encore edition of The Sounds of Lost Television. 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)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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