Archive for January, 2019

Loretta Swit: Next on TVC

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Actress, author and animal rights advocate Loretta Swit and television historian and broadcast communications professor Steve Beverly will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Winner of two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Major Margaret Houlihan on M*A*S*H, Loretta Swit has also received numerous other honors throughout her career in recognition for her philanthropy and for her tireless efforts as a champion of the animal kingdom. Loretta will be one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars party held in the Paladium in Hollywood on Sunday, February 24, the night of the Academy Awards. We will ask her about that, plus we’ll talk about her work on behalf of all animals; her support of our veterans; how she keeps herself in shape; and why she will never retire. Loretta Swit will join us in our second hour.

Also an accomplished painter, Loretta Swit is the co-author, along with Mies Hora, of SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit, a collection of sixty-five original paintings and drawings—all done by Loretta herself, and all accompanied by anecdotes and stories about Loretta’s life, career and work on behalf of on animals. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart will be donated to Loretta’s endless campaign to end animal suffering and cruelty.

This week’s program will also feature Steve Beverly, professor of communications arts at Union University (Jackson, TN), where he coordinates the Broadcast Journalism major and supervises the daily student-produced newscast, Jackson 24/7. Also a television historian, as well as a former news director and on-air correspondent for WBBJ-TV, Steve hosts Steve Beverly’s TV Classics, a weekly three-hour TCM-like festival of classic shows from the 1950s and ‘60s that streams every week from EPlusTV Channel 6 in Jackson. We’ll talk to Steve about his friendships with such game show legends as Bob Barker and Monty Hall; his work at Union University, and how Jackson 24/7 teaches his students “triage” in the broadcast journalism sense of the word; and how the death of Robin Williams inspired Steve to become an advocate for mental health, particularly among TV news professionals. Steve Beverly will join us in our first hour.

A member of the National Association on Mental Illness, Steve Beverly is ready, willing and able to speak to any television news operation in America about depression, as well as recognizing and coping with surviving vulnerabilities to mental illness in one of the most rewarding but highest-stress professions: TV news. Contact Steve directly for more information about the seminars he provides.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Michael Learned, Titus Welliver, plus More TV Finales: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Actors Michael Learned and Titus Welliver and authors Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us this weekend on 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. She is currently starring, along with Lance Nichols, in the Laguna Playhouse production of Driving Miss Daisy through Sunday, January 27.

Michael can also be seen, opposite John Wesley, in Second Acts, a short film directed by Anya Adams and produced by Gerry Pass, plus she will be one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars party on Sunday, February 24. Michael Learned will join us in our first hour.

Also joining us this weekend will be Titus Welliver, the actor who stars as LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch on Bosch, the Amazon Prime series based on the bestselling novels by Michael Connelly. Once described as “the real reason that you need to get Amazon Prime,” Titus has also appeared in such shows as Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, The Twilight Zone, The Closer, Star Trek: Voyager, The Last Ship, The Good Wife, NCIS, Sons of Anarchy, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Lost, while his motion picture credits include Navy SEALs, The Doors, Mobsters, Zero Tolerance, Mulholland Falls, Air Force One, Gone Baby Gone, Argo, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Season Five of Bosch will premiere later in 2019 on Amazon Prime, while the series has already been renewed for a sixth season. Titus Welliver will join us in our second hour.

Plus: We will play Part 2 of our conversation with Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, a new book that explores seventy-one of the most notable series finales over the past five decades. Among other topics this week, we’ll look at the controversial endings of St. Elsewhere, Seinfeld, and The Sopranos and the landmark final episode of M*A*S*H. Douglas Howard and David Bianculli 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
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
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 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
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Constance Towers, Television Finales, and A Century of Kovacs: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Singer/actress Constance Towers, Ernie Kovacs estate director Josh Mills, and authors Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET, 4pm PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Viewers of daytime television know Constance Towers as Helena Cassadine, the charismatic villainess that she has played on ABC’s General Hospital on a recurring basis since 1997. Prior to General Hospital, of course, Connie appeared in such films and TV series as The Horse Soldiers, Sergeant Rutledge, Shock Corridor, Perry Mason, Designing Women, L.A. Law, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, A Perfect Murder, 1600 Penn and 11.22.63, while her musical credits include the national tour of The King and I as well as productions as The Sound of Music, Carousel, Oklahoma, Camelot and Mame.

The American Cinematheque will honor Constance Towers at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, January 27 as part of a special evening that will include a screening of The Naked Kiss, the iconic film by Samuel Fuller that sparked controversy when it was originally released in 1964, but which has grown in stature ever since—in large part due to the performance of Constance Towers. Constance Towers will join us in our second hour.

Constance Towers will appear at the Eqyptian Theater in Hollywood, California on Sunday, January 27. Connie will be interviewed that night by film historian Foster Hirsch following a special screening of The Naked Kiss. The evening begins at 5:30pm. For more information, go to AmericanCinemathequeCalendar.com. Constance Towers will also appear at the annual Beverly Hills Theater Guild luncheon, which will take place on Sunday, March 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Honorees at this year’s luncheon will include Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint and her late husband, television director Jeffrey Hayden; longtime television writer/director Howard Storm; and legendary Hollywood agent Budd Burton Moss. The program will also include a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 or go to BeverlyHillsTheaterGuild.com.

Josh Mills joins us in the studio this week as we mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ernie KovacsTelevision’s Original Genius, and a man whose utterly unique sensibility influenced two generations of comedians and comedy institutions, including Saturday Night Live, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Monty Python, David Letterman, Harry Shearer, Mr. Bean and many others too numerous to mention. The son of singer/actress Edie Adams, and the director of the estates of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, Josh will talk about some of the many events on tap throughout 2019 that will commemorate the Kovacs centennial, including the upcoming two-night event at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the special mini marathon of Kovacs programming that Turner Classic Movies will air on Wednesday, January 23 (Ernie’s actual 100th birthday). Josh Mills joins us in our first hour.

Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition, a newly released nine-DVD configuration, features twenty-two hours of the very best of Kovacs, including episodes from Ernie’s NBC prime time show, five of his iconic specials for ABC, the rarely seen color version of his legendary silent show, Eugene (originally broadcast on NBC), and the only existing filmed solo interview of Ernie Kovacs, which aired on Canadian television just a few weeks before Ernie’s untimely death in January 1962. Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition is available through Shout! Factory.

Also this week: We’ll take a look at notable TV series finales along with Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen. A phenomenon pioneered, in many respects, by the final episodes of The Fugitive and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, series finales have since become a cultural touchstone that has fed water cooler fodder and, more recently, Twitter memes for three generations of TV viewers.

Joining Tony and Donna will be Douglas Howard, editor of such books as Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television, and David Bianculli, longtime television critic and contributor to NPR’s Fresh Air, and the author of such books as Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Doug and David are the co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, a new book that explores seventy-one of the most notable series finales over the past five decades: why they are important (to critics and viewers alike) and what they mean to the audience. Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us in our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
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 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
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Robin Williams: Comic Genius, plus a Salute to Ken Berry: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

David Steinberg, executive producer of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind and Robin Williams: Comic Genius, will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

More than four years have passed since the death of Robin Williams, the Academy Award-winning actor and comic genius whose kamikaze style and energetic humor took the entertainment world by storm first as a stand-up comedian, then on television as the star of Mork & Mindy, then finally as one of the biggest film stars of the 1990s and 2000s. While the world has not fully recovered from Williams’ death, we can take comfort in knowing that he left behind a vast body of work that all of us can still enjoy today.

Our guests this week will include David Steinberg, Robin Williams’ manager for more than forty years, up until Williams’ death in August 2014. David Steinberg is also executive producer of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, the critically acclaimed HBO documentary from 2018 that is just one part of Robin Williams: Comic Genius, an astonishing new collection of vintage Robin Williams material that we will tell you about in our first hour.

This week’s program will also pay tribute to Ken Berry, the iconic entertainer who was once described as “a double-triple threat” because of his accomplishments as a singer, dancer and actor on stage, film, on television.

Ken Berry passed away on Dec. 1, 2018. We interviewed Ken on TV Confidential in January 2018 about his career in the entertainment industry, including his early years with the Billy Barnes Revue and working in Las Vegas alongside Abbott and Costello, 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 at various points of Ken’s career, and, of course, his successful runs on F Troop, Mayberry, R.F.D., and Mama’s Family. We will replay that conversation 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
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
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 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Kirk Bovill, plus More of Merv: Next on TVC

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Film and television actor Kirk Bovill and television historian Steve Randisi will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Many people, for many reasons, change careers when they’re in their forties. Few people, however, decide to pursue acting in their forties—and even fewer have succeeded in that endeavor to the extent Kirk Bovill has. After a successful career marketing fiberoptics in Silicon Valley, Kirk moved to Los Angeles about twelve years ago and quickly found a niche as a character actor, both in movies and television, including such films as 20th Century Women, Contraband, Texas Killing Fields, Get On Up and Free State of Jones, plus episodes of such top network, cable and streaming shows as NCIS; New Orleans, Young Sheldon, Bosch, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Training Day, American Crime Story, Grey’s Anatomy, Southland, Chance, The Mick and Hawaii Five-0.

Kirk Bovill currently appears as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, opposite Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, in writer/director Adam McKay’s Golden Globe Award-nominated satirical biopic, Vice. We’ll ask Kirk how he approached playing Kissinger, plus we’ll talk about the role that Robin Williams, Kevin Hart, Dick Van Dyke and Kirk’s own house all played in Kirk’s transition to an acting career. Kirk Bovill will join us in our second hour. Vice is playing in theaters everywhere.

Also this week: We will play Part 2 of our conversation with Phil Gries and Steve Randisi about the legacy of Merv Griffin. Steve’s latest book, The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, is a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television, from its premiere on NBC in 1962 (and how that stemmed from Merv’s appearances as guest host of The Jack Paar Tonight Show) to its long run in first-run syndication, first on Westinghouse, then via Metromedia. Among other topics this week, we’ll discuss how Merv’s success in syndication prompted CBS to bring The Merv Griffin Show to late night in 1969, where it competed against Johnny Carson and Joey Bishop for the first three-way late night competition in network TV history—and how circumstances beyond Merv’s control handicapped the show throughout its entire three-year tenure on CBS. Steve Randisi 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
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
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 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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