Archive for June, 2018

Jerry Houser: Next on TVC

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Actor, producer and voice artist Jerry Houser, television writer Paul Robert Coyle and actor/comedian Dan Davidson will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Since making his professional acting debut in 1971 in the iconic film Summer of ’42, Jerry Houser has worked virtually nonstop in film and television, both in front of and behind the camera as a voice actor and producer, including many animated productions for Disney and Hanna-Barbera (among others), commercials for such products as Keebler Cookies, plus he’s the voice you hear on CBS every year during the holiday season. If you’re a fan of The Brady Bunch, you know Jerry as Wally Logan, Marcia’s husband, on The Brady Brides, A Very Brady Christmas and the spinoff series The Bradys, while hockey fans know him best as Dave “Killer” Carlson in the original Slap Shot starring Paul Newman.

Jerry Houser has also had a passion for teaching from a young age. He, along with Robb Holt, provides a personal yet professional workshop for beginners, both here in Los Angeles as well as private sessions via Skype, for those who are interested beginning in a voiceover career. We’ll ask Jerry what casting directors are looking for in voice artists today (and how to find your own voice in today’s competitive market), plus he’ll share a few memories from his film and TV career when he joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us in our second hour will be longtime television writer Paul Robert Coyle. Paul began his career writing for The Streets of San Francisco and Barnaby Jones, plus he’s written for Crazy Like a Fox, Simon and Simon, Jake and the Fatman, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Stephen King’s The Dead Zone and other network and cable series. A longtime friend of Jerry Houser’s, Paul arranged for Jerry’s visit on our program this week.

Our first hour will include a look inside the world of stand-up comedy as we welcome actor/comedian Dan Davidson. A regular at such comedy clubs as The Improvs, Funny Bones, and Catch a Rising Star, Dan has appeared on Comedy Central’s Short Attention Span Theater, FOX’s A Night of Comedy, and numerous radio shows, plus he has performed with the likes of David Alan Grier, Bobby Slayton, Brett Butler and Kevin Pollak.

Dan Davidson has a supporting role opposite Josh Brolin in the action crime thriller Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, June 29. We’ll ask Dan how he came about that role (and what he looks for when considering a part in general, whether for comedy or drama); what his thought process is when he puts together a stand-up routine; and how watching Charlie Callas on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson first inspired him to become a comedian.

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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Adam Tsekhman and The Films of Michael Curtiz: Next on TVC

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Actor and writer Adam Tsekhman and author and film historian Alan Rode will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

If you watch DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, you know Adam Tsekhman as Gary Green, the bumbling, neurotic government agent who works for The Time Bureau. If you watch the History Channel original series Six, you know him as oil billionaire Yuri Petrov. Adam has also appeared on such top network, cable and streaming shows as Hawaii Five-0, 2 Broke Girls, Transparent, 24, NCIS: Los Angeles, How I Met Your Mother, The Young and the Restless, Rizzoli & Isles and The Mentalist, while his film credits include the upcoming action feature Dragged Across Concrete, starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson, which is slated for release later this year.

Adam originally set out to become a businessman, but idle curiosity led him to a career as an actor and writer. We will ask him about that, plus we’ll talk about some of the various comedy projects he has in the works, one of which is a reboot of Americanistan, a comedy pilot about a group of Western reporters who take on the Middle East. Adam Tsekhman will join us in our second hour.

Calendar year 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the widespread release of Casablanca. With that in mind, film historian Alan Rode will join us in our first hour as we spotlight the career of Michael Curtiz, the colorful, instinctual yet often controversial Academy Award-winning director whose best known films include Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mildred Pierce, The Adventures of Robin Hood and White Christmas. Though Casablanca certainly cemented him into cinematic history, Curtiz had already left his mark as a filmmaker and stylist at Warner Bros. throughout the 1930s, and in his native Hungary throughout the 1920s, producing and directing a wide array of films, shaping the early days of Warner Bros. Pictures while also embodying the entire studio system.

Alan’s latest book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, is a comprehensive biography and filmography of the Oscar-winning director that also provides a window into the history of film, from early 20th century Europe to Hollywood’s golden era, and the colorful people who brought it to life. Though Alan’s book does not shy away from the abrasive side of Curtiz—including his frequent clashes with actors such as Errol Flynn and James Cagney, not to mention his often brutal work schedules—it debunks several myths about Curtiz, while also showing how he served as a mentor to John Garfield, Doris Day, Elvis Presley and other pop culture icons. We’ll cover these topics and more, including Curtiz’s brief foray into television with John Frankenheimer, and how he came to direct what is unquestionably the best feature film adaptation of the Perry Mason novels that Warners produced in the 1930s.

Alan Rode has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months ahead, including a presentation at the Los Angeles Breakfast Club on June 27; a book signing at the Bryant Park Reading Room in New York City on July 2; and The Noir City Film Noir Festival in Chicago from Aug. 19-23. Visit Alan’s website for more information on these and other upcoming appearances.
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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Breakfast Cereal, Coca-Cola and Television: Next on TVC

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Authors Tim Hollis and Mark Pendergrast will join us on an encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

If you grew up watching television in the ’50s, ’60s and early 1970s, you know that part of the fun of TV back then were the ubiquitous—and often ingenious—animated commercials for Cap’n Crunch, Sugar Crisp, Lucky Charms, Froot Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Quisp and Quake, Trix, Count Chocula, Franken Berry and numerous other popular breakfast cereals made by Kellogg’s, Post, Quaker, Ralston-Purina and other manufacturers. Much of these appeal of these commercials is the host of animated characters that are still popular today, including Tony the Tiger, Snap, Crackle and Pop, Lucky the Leprechaun, the Trix Rabbit and the Cheerios Kid. These cereal characters became big stars not only through their TV commercials, but through merchandise such as comic books, stuffed toys and, in some cases, their own TV series.

We’ll talk about this, and more, during our second hour along with author Tim Hollis. Tim’s book Part of a Complete Breakfast: Cereal Characters of the Baby Boom Era not only reveals the origins and appeal of these commercials, but discusses how changing times helped lead to the demise of some of these popular animated breakfast-cereal characters.

Speaking of savvy advertising, we’ll spend part of our first hour talking about Coca-Cola—a product that has used print, radio and television very effectively throughout its long history —as we welcome Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It. What began as a medicinal product in 1886 gradually evolved into a refreshment beverage that not only became the dominant consumer product in the United States throughout the 20th century, but, in many respects, came to be identified with America itself.

Originally published in 1993, For God, Country and Coca-Cola was recently revised and updated with new information on the history and future of Coca-Cola, including a look at how Coca-Cola and Pepsi, once rivals in the “cola wars,” are now united in the “new cola wars”—despite the fact that both are considered the primary culprits behind the obesity epidemic. The new edition also documents beyond the shadow of a doubt that Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine; discusses the origins of such famous TV campaigns as “The Hilltop Ad” (as well as the differences in how Coke and Pepsi advertise their products), and reveals the original formula used by Frank Mason Robinson, the man who not only gave Coca-Cola its name, but wrote the name in the Spencerian script that became the product’s trademark.

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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Michele Lee, plus Sex and The City and Us: Next on TVC

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Singer/actress Michele Lee and television historian and author Jennifer Armstrong will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Tony Award-nominated and Emmy Award-nominated singer/actress Michele Lee joins us this weekend on TV Confidential. Known around the world as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie in all 344 episodes, and all fourteen seasons, of the landmark CBS series Knots Landing, Michele Lee, of course, left her mark on Broadway long before Knots, starring in the productions of Vintage ’60 and Bravo Giovanni before her breakout role as Rosemary opposite Robert Morse in the original Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Michele, of course, repeated the role of Rosemary for the film version of How to Succeed, while her other feature film and TV-movie credits include Disney’s The Love Bug, The Comic with Dick Van Dyke, Bud and Lou, Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story, and as Ben Stiller’s mother in Along Came Polly. She was also the first woman to produce, direct, co-write and star in a motion picture for television, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Color Me Perfect for Lifetime Television.

This past Sunday, May 13 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the broadcast of the series finale of Knots Landing. Michele has a fun anecdote about that, which she’ll share with you, plus we’ll ask her about The Love Bug; her approach to playing Madame Morrible on Broadway in Wicked; her acclaimed performance as country music superstar Dottie West in Big Hearts and Broken Dreams, one of the most successful TV-movies in CBS history; the back story of Seesaw, the Broadway musical for which Michele received a Tony nomination; and more. Michele Lee will join us in our second hour.

As long as we are commemorating dates, Jennifer Armstrong will also join us this weekend to mark the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Sex and the City, the iconic comedy drama starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis that not only changed the television landscape by making HBO a legitimate player in the world of scripted television series, but changed lives across the gender spectrum, across the sexual orientation spectrum and around the world. The first cable TV series to win an Emmy Award, Sex and the City reshaped the cultural perception of single women, sex, dating and marriage. Along the way it also directed the way many women dressed, elevated drinking culture to a social obligation in some circles, foisted brunch upon an unsuspecting nation, and, above all, demonstrated that life-changing love comes in all forms beyond heterosexual marriage and nuclear family.

Jennifer’s latest book, Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live and Love, walks you through the history of the show that, in many respects, changed the way in which television shows have been made for network, cable and streaming platforms over the past two decades, while also paving the way for the so-called second Golden Age of Television. We’ll about the origins of Sex, its controversial finale, the differences between the Carrie Bradshaw character on the series and how she was originally portrayed in Candace Bushnell’s columns, the alleged “feud” between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall (and the extent to which one existed at all), and more. Jennifer Armstrong joins in our first hour.

Jennifer Armstrong also has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months ahead. Visit her website for more information on dates and venues.

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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