Archive for September, 2018

James Sutorius: Next on TVC

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Television and stage actor James Sutorius will join us on an encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

An accomplished stage actor, James Sutorius has not only starred on Broadway, but performed in just about every major theatre group and repertory company across the country, including California’s Old Globe, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Seattle Repertory and Lincoln Center. No stranger to television, he has appeared in just about every major TV series over the past four decades, including Matlock, Columbo, Murder, She Wrote, Family Ties, The X Files, Southland, Perry Mason and CSI, plus you’ve heard his voice on many commercials over the years, including the iconic tag for Ragu Spaghetti Sauce, “That’s Italian!”

Some of you may recall that James also once starred in his own series, The Andros Targets—a show that, in many ways, was ahead of its time. We’ll talk about that, and more, when James Sutorius joins 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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Michael Learned, plus Tributes to Burt Reynolds and Bill Daily: Next on TVC

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

We’ll welcome back Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned, plus we’ll pay tribute to actors Burt Reynolds and Bill Daily, on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known around the world as Olivia Walton, the matriarch of The Waltons, four-time Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned also has enjoyed an extensive stage career, on and off Broadway, including productions of Steel Magnolias, The Best Man, The Sisters Rosenweig, and the national tour of On Golden Pond.

Michael Learned will also be honored by the Family Film Awards with their annual Legend Award on Thursday, Sept. 27, plus she is getting ready to reprise the role of Miss Daisy in a stage production of Driving Miss Daisy in January 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. We will ask her about both of these events, plus Michael will discuss the genuine love that Waltons creator Earl Hamner had for his mother and his family, and how grateful she is for her experience on The Waltons because it gave her a second family. Michael Learned will join us in our second hour.

This week’s program will also include a tribute to Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor who died on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the age of 82. Though you probably know Reynolds as a major motion picture star (including five consecutive years as the No. 1 star at the box office), he was also a steady presence on television, both early and late in his career, including supporting roles on Gunsmoke and Riverboat and starring roles on four shows of his own: Hawk, Dan August, Evening Shade and B.L. Stryker.

We have been fortunate enough to interview a number of people who knew and worked with Reynolds throughout his career. We’ll play a few highlights of those conversations when we pay tribute to Burt Reynolds in our first hour.

Also this week: An encore presentation of our interview from June 2014 with Bill Daily, the actor known around the world as Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie and Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show. Bill Daily passed away on Friday, Sept. 7 at the age of 91.

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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Biffle and Shooster Meet The Show Runner: Next on TVC

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Award-winning television producer Cy Chermak, voice actor Will Ryan and writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

After beginning his career as a stage actor in New York, where he appeared in two Broadway plays, Cy Chermak moved to Hollywood during the Golden Age of Television, where he not only wrote for such anthology shows as Kraft Theater, Front Row Center, and Suspense, but developed a reputation as one of the best script doctors in the industry. That led to an opportunity to produce The Virginian, the first 90-minute Western on television (which Cy produced for five seasons), as well as many other network series, including such iconic shows as Ironside, CHiPs, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Cy’s new book, The Show Runner: An Insider’s Guide to Successful TV Production, tells you everything you need to know to succeed as a producer in television today, from the importance of a good concept, keeping it believable, and staying on top of the writing, to staying within budget and knowing when to delegate responsibilities while still maintaining control. Cy’s book is also filled with great stories based on real-life experiences (including insight into the likes of James Drury, Doug McClure, David Hartman, Darren McGavin, and David Chase), lessons learned, regrets and many delights. The Show Runner also addresses such topical issues as the #MeToo movement (and, specifically, how to avoid the pitfalls of the casting couch), how to deal with the media, how to protect your stars, and what to do to keep substance abuse out of the production, while also answering such burning questions as Why Are There So Many Producer Credits on TV Shows Today? Cy Chermak will join us in our second hour.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger. Will is the star, along with Nick Santa Maria, and Michael is the writer, producer and director, of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster, a collection of 1930s-style comedies that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams. While Mike, Will and Nick made these films over the last five years, the sets, the camera shots and, above all, the performances of everyone involved are so convincing, they look and sound as if they were unearthed from the same Golden Era of Hollywood to which they pay tribute. We’ll talk about some of the extra features on the Biffle and Shooster DVD, as well as why Biffle and Shooster appeal to audiences of all ages (including young viewers), whether more films are in the works, plus a special surprise guest. Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger will join us in our first hour.

The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is a collection of five comedy shorts (all but one of which was filmed in black and white), including “The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein,” and “It’s a Frame Up,” while guests stars include H.M. Wynant, Dick Miller, Andrew Parks, Robert Forster and Robert Picardo. The DVD also includes a ton of bonus features, including an additional short (“First Things Last”), more than an hour of bloopers and outtakes, and a 1962-style “reunion” interview that Will and Nick perform in character as Biffle and Shooster. (“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat” and “Bride of Finklestein” are also available for viewing on demand on Amazon, Vudu and other streaming platforms, under the umbrella title The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster.)

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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Bob Bergen, Lili Bordán, plus Behind the Music of Ella: Next on TVC

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Emmy nominated voice artist Bob Bergen, actress Lili Bordán and music and TV historian Geoffrey Mark 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.

The voice of Porky Pig since March 1990—not to mention the voice of countless other animated characters on various TV series, movies and videogames—Bob Bergen is a living breathing reminder that, with hard work, determination and a little luck here and there, you really can make your childhood dreams come true.

As a kid, Bob spent hours upon hours watching and taping cartoons, imitating voices as well as creating characters of his own. His dream was to voice The Looney Tunes—and, in particular, Porky Pig. Bob’s idol was Mel Blanc, and he worked day and night trying to perfect eh-puh-peh-eh Porky’s famous voice. Then, when Bob was fourteen, his family moved to Los Angeles. There, Bob devoted himself to learning how to break into the voiceover industry (specifically, how to get into the world of doing voices for cartoons). Before long, he found himself taking voice-over classes from such legendary voice artists as Daws Butler, Louise Chamis, Michael Bell, Brian Cummings, and Dave Madden. Then, when Bob was eighteen, a family connection brought him to the attention of Casey Kasem. Kasem offered Bob his assistance, asking only one thing in return: That, one day, Bob return to other young artists the generosity that was shown to him.

We’ll talk about the generosity of the voice artist community, Bob’s friendship with voice legend June Foray, how he came to meet his idol, Mel Blanc, and more when Bob Bergen joins us in our second hour.

Besides being one of the most respected working voice actors in the industry today, Bob Bergen is also an accomplished voice teacher. He is in his thirty-first year teaching his animation voice workshop in Los Angeles. He also travels the U.S. and Canada teaching weekend voiceover workshops, plus he offers private sessions. If you are interested in voice over work, contact Bob through his website.

This week’s show will also include a return appearance by actress Lili Bordán. Known for playing for a wide range of characters for many genres, Lily is one of the stars of The Nun, the highly anticipated horror movie that opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, Sept. 7.

Earlier this year, Lili had a supporting role in the romantic comedy Book Club (now available on DVD and for streaming on demand), where she worked alongside Mary Steenburgen and had an opportunity to meet one of her idols, Diane Keaton. Later this year, she’ll be seen as Warner Bros. story editor Irene Lee in Curtiz, the upcoming biopic about Casablanca director Michael Curtiz that premiered last week at the Montreal World Film Festival. Lili Bordán will join us in our first hour.

Also this week: Geoffrey Mark will share the back stories of some of the songs featured on the long-awaited two-CD set that accompanies his latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, including Ella’s many collaborations with Louis Armstrong (and, particularly, what Satchmo used to whisper in her ear before the start of each song they performed). Geoffrey Mark will join us in our first hour.

Geoffrey Mark will perform some of the songs of Ella Fitzgerald on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Santa Monica Public Library. The Deluxe Edition of Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald includes a two-CD set with thirty-nine tracks of Ella in her prime.

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
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
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