Archive for July, 2018

Robert Crane, Audrey Walters, and the Allure of Green Acres: Next on TVC

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Screenwriter and journalist Robert Crane and actress, teacher and entrepreneur Audrey Walters will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The eldest son of actor Bob Crane, Robert Crane is a successful freelance journalist, screenwriter and author who has interviewed a host of actors, comedians, studio executives, writers, directors, musicians and other creative people for Playboy, Playgirl, Oui, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. One of those assignments led to Bob to a six-year association as a publicist, producer and confidant to actor John Candy.

Bob’s latest book, Hollywood Plateau, is a collection of candid interviews with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, Spinal Tap, Bruce Dern, John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, Jamie Foxx, Cheech and Chong, the cast of SCTV, Oscar de la Hoya, and Jan Stephenson that Bob originally conducted over a forty-year period (circa 1974 to 2013), prior to the era of political correctness—a time when industry people spoke their minds without self and organizational censorship. In many cases, Bob interviewed these celebrities when they were just coming onto the scene, and before they became as famous (or, as in the case of Barr, infamous) as we know them to be today. We’ll talk about that, plus we’ll hear some of the back stories of these conversations—including how Bob came to interview Koko, the sign-language-speaking gorilla.

Bob also put together a special ten-question TV trivia quiz in which every question relates to the career of his dad. See how many answers you know when Robert Crane joins us in our second hour.

This week’s program will also feature actress, teacher and entrepreneur Audrey Walters. As an actress, Audrey has appeared in such films and TV series as Preacher, Killer Women, What if?, Mile High Laci, Revenge for Real: Rocky Mountain Retribution, The Lake, Camouflage, Diablo Canyon, and After the Fall. When she is not acting, Audrey draws on her background as a broadcast journalist and entrepreneur to co-run the youth workshop Talk to the Camera, which helps elementary and middle school children develop their social communication skills through exercises and activities that require them to make eye contact with other people. Though Talk to the Camera is based in Denver, Colorado, it has recently expanded to two other states, while franchising opportunities remain available. We will talk about that, and more, when Audrey Walters joins us in our second hour.

Audrey Walters plays a sultry, take-charge Madame in Big Kill, a Western from Archstone Pictures starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Patric and Danny Trejo that will be released later this year in theaters and Video on Demand. She also appears as real estate agent Mrs. Boychuk in the dark comedy Arizona, which premiered earlier in 2018 at Sundance and which will also be released theatrically and On Demand either late summer or early fall.

Plus: With a stage production of Green Acres now in the works, Greg Ehrbar will revisit the long-running CBS series from the mid 1960s that, in many respects, was the closest thing American television came to capturing the genius and absurdity of Monty Python.

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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Peter Mark Richman: Next on TVC

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Actor, author and artist Peter Mark Richman and TV and music historian Chuck Harter will join us this weekend on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

As an actor, Peter Mark Richman draws from a deep well of experience on the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television, including starring roles in his own series, Cain’s Hundred, as well as on Longstreet and Santa Barbara; recurring roles on such shows as Dynasty, Beverly Hills 90210 and, of course, Three’s Company; and guest star roles in more than 500 other TV series, including Murder She Wrote, Fantasy Island, Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mission: Impossible, and just about every show produced by Quinn Martin.

Though most of us think of Peter Mark Richman as an actor—and particularly, an actor who was often cast as a heavy on television—he is much, much more than that. As a writer, his play A Medal for Murray was translated into Hebrew, premiered in Tel Aviv and had a two-year run in Israel, plus he received a Drama Critics Award for 4 Faces, a play that Peter Mark also starred in, and which he performed in New York and Los Angeles and later adapted into a film. In addition, he published a novel, Hollander’s Deal, and a book of short stories, The Rebirth of Ira Masters, while his one-act plays have been produced by the American National Theater and Academy and the Actors Studio, the latter of which Peter Mark has been a member and supporter of for more than six decades. Also an accomplished painter and sketch artist, Peter Mark has had seventeen critically acclaimed one-man exhibitions over the years.

If that’s not enough, Peter Mark Richman is also a registered pharmacist in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, at a critical point in his career Peter Mark left the security of a $35 a week job as a pharmacist in Pennsylvania to take a chance on a life as a stage actor. While that risk ultimately paid off, Peter Mark still had to overcome the chaos of growing up in a dysfunctional family before leaving his mark as an actor and an artist. We’ll ask him how he did that, and more, when Peter Mark Richman joins us in our second hour.

Peter Mark Richman’s latest book, I Saw a Molten White Light: An Autobiography of My Artistic and Spiritual Journey, is rich with many stories about Peter Mark’s work on stage, film and television, including the pivotal role that the Actors Studio has played throughout his life; insight into “The Method” and what made Lee Strasberg singular among acting teachers; his experience working with the likes of William Wyler, Gary Cooper, Jack Klugman, Dorothy Dandridge and Rod Serling; and how a vision Peter Mark once saw as a young boy became clear to him many years later, with the help of a spiritual exercise known as Subud.

Chuck Harter will join us in our first hour as we take a look at Shindig, Hullabaloo, Where the Action Is and other national and syndicated pop music TV shows of the mid to late 1960s. Spurred on in part by the British Invasion—and, specifically, such shows as Top of the Pops and Ready Steady Go—these shows provided a weekly (or, in the case of Where the Action Is, daily) national TV showcase for such popular groups as The Kinks, The Righteous Brothers, Herman’s Hermits, Darlene Love, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and Ike and Tina Turner. But, as Chuck points out, these shows also broke ground in that, in many respects, they were produced specifically for young viewers.

Plus: We will pay tribute to Roger Perry, the stage, film and television actor who was also a talented songwriter and composer. Roger Perry passed away on Thursday, July 12; we’ll replay our conversation with him from November 2017 as part of our program this week.

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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Ken Berry and Gary Lockwood: Next on TVC

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Actors Ken Berry and Gary Lockwood will join us this weekend as part of an encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Once described as “a double-triple threat” because of his accomplishments as a singer, dancer and actor on stage, film, on television, Ken Berry has entertained audiences for more than six decades. That’s a claim that not every performer can make.

Ken will share a few memories about his career in the entertainment industry, from his early years with the Billy Barnes Revue and working in Las Vegas alongside Abbott and Costello, to his successful runs on F Troop, Mayberry, R.F.D., and Mama’s Family. We’ll talk about his friendship with Buster Keaton (not to mention the major influence the silent film star had on his career), the important roles that Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Leonard Nimoy all played in various points in his career, his many appearance on top TV variety shows and specials, and a few other surprises. Ken Berry will join us in our first hour.

Most of you know Gary Lockwood as Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey, while Trekkies know him as Gary Mitchell in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” the second pilot for the original Star Trek. He has also worked with such film and TV legends as Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Joshua Logan, Elia Kazan, Elvis Presley, Natalie Wood, Basil Rathbone, Anthony Quinn, and, of course, Stanley Kubrick.

Gary was also a fixture on prime time television for more than four decades, including such classic shows as Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, Night Gallery, Mission: Impossible, The Six Million Dollar Man, Murder, She Wrote, and many of the crime dramas produced by Quinn Martin. In addition, he headlined his own series, The Lieutenant, the first series created by Gene Roddenberry. Gary Lockwood will join us in our second 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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Steve Bluestein and Donelle Dadigan: Next on TVC

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Stand-up comedian, comedy writer and playwright Steve Bluestein and Hollywood Museum founder and president Donelle Dadigan will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,  KSAV.org.

His name may not jump out at you immediately, but Steve Bluestein has left his mark on comedy, television, movies and the stage for more than four decades. As a stand-up comedian Steve has performed in venues all over the country, opening for the likes of Barry Manilow, Phyllis Diller, Laurie Kazan and others, while he has appeared on just about every major comedy show and cable channel, including Showtime, HBO, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Evening at the Improv and Caroline’s Comedy Hour. Working behind the scenes, Steve has written for the likes of Norman Lear, Joan Rivers and Liz Torres, as well as such shows as 13 East, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour and the ABC special Playboy’s Playmate Party. He also produced segments for FOX’s Totally Hidden Video and The New Candid Camera for Universal, while audiences saw Steve’s design skills on display when his home was featured on HGTV’s You’re Home. Steve’s first play, Rest, In Pieces, has been optioned for Broadway and is scheduled to be produced in the fall of 2018; his other plays include Alzheimer: A Black Comedy, which had its first staged reading earlier this summer at the Waco Theater in North Hollywood.

Steve’s new book, Memoir of a Nobody, is a funny and poignant look at life, love, comedy, show business and overcoming such obstacles as a difficult childhood and bouts of depression. In many respects, Memoir of a Nobody is also very timely. We’ll tell you why when Steve Bluestein joins us in our second hour.

Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, will join us in our first hour. Among the exhibits on displays this summer are Annette Funicello: America’s Girl Next Door and the Queen of Teen, featuring many personal items of Annette’s, including personal letters, awards, jewelry, wardrobe, dolls, games, props, original movie posters, and a signed pair of Mouseketeer ears; REAL TO REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQs in Hollywood, which returns this summer for its fifth consecutive year; and Holy Hollywood History! Batman 1966, the tribute to the classic TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward that has not only been extended due to popular demand, but will be expanded to include new items. We’ll cover all of that, and more, with Donelle, including a look at the recently unveiled lobby exhibit honoring the career of Rich Little.

Donelle Dadigan is also the founder of The Jose Iturbi Foundation, which is dedicated to making classical music accessible and enjoyable to people of all ages and walks of life, and to fulfill Iturbi’s desire of bringing emerging talents and prize-winning musicians to the attention of the public. On Thursday, July 12, The Jose Iturbi Foundation will host a concert at The Hollywood Bowl featuring soloist Khatia Buniatishvili, who will bring Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto to life with precision and power. For tickets and information, go to https://hollywoodbowl.com.

This week’s show will also remember the passing of Harlan Ellison, the iconoclastic and often cantankerous novelist and screenwriter whose credits for television include “Demon with a Glass Hand,” one of the most famous episodes of the original Outer Limits, and “City on the Edge of Forever,” arguably the most famous episode of the original Star Trek. Our friend Mark Dawidziak, a longtime friend of Ellison’s, will share some memories during our second 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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