Archive for April, 2019

Lee Purcell, Julie Budd, and Kat Kramer: Next on TVC

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Two-time Emmy nominated actress Lee Purcell, singer/actress Julie Budd, and actress and producer Kat Kramer will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The recipient of two prime-time Emmy nominations—first for Long Road Home (opposite Mark Harmon), then for Secret Sins of the Fathers (opposite Beau Bridges)—Lee Purcell began her screen career in 1969 when she was personally selected and mentored by screen legend Steve McQueen to star in Adam at 6 A.M., the acclaimed feature motion picture that also introduced many audiences to Michael Douglas and Joe Don Baker. Lee’s performance in Adam launched a career in film and television that has seen her work with some of the most iconic stars of the 20th century, including Charles Bronson, Gary Busey, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Warren Oates, Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman, Kirk Douglas, Andy Griffith, Jan-Michael Vincent, Bill Bixby, and James Garner.

Lee Purcell recently completed production of Carol of the Bells, a new independent film directed by Joey Travolta and his company, Inclusion Films, which teaches and employs people in the film industry who have developmental and physical disabilities. Carol of the Bells also features Donna Mills, Donna Pescow, and Geri Jewell, while the title role of “Carol” is played by Andrea F. Freeman, an actress who happens to have Down Syndrome.

Lee found working on Carol of the Bells to be among the most inspiring and rewarding experiences of her lifetime. She’ll tell us why, and more, when she joins us in our second hour.

Carol of the Bells will be among the spotlight films screened at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival, in Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday, May 10. Co-founded by Oscar winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on promoting underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry through research, education, mentoring and industry partnerships. (A holiday film, Carol of the Bells is also scheduled to receive a wider release later in 2019.)

Our first hour will include a conversation with Julie Budd, the legendary singer/actress whom Merv Griffin famously dubbed “the mini girl with the maxi voice.” Julie began her professional career at the age of twelve in a Catskill Mountains talent show. In just six months time, she not only made her national television debut on The Merv Griffin Show, but signed a major recording contract, and went on to perform alongside Frank Sinatra, Joan Rivers, George Burns, Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Milton Berle, Marvin Hamlisch, Liberace, Carol Burnett, Jim Nabors, and other legendary performers in concert halls throughout the world, as well as on network television.

Julie Budd will be performing her new show, The Songs of My Life and The Composers Who Wrote Them, at the Birdland Theater in New York City from Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, May 4. She also has a new CD, Remembering Mr. Sinatra, that is unlike any other Sinatra tribute you will ever hear. We’ll tell you why when Julie Budd joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: We will welcome back our friend Kat Kramer, daughter of actress Karen Kramer and Oscar-winning filmmaker Stanley Kramer, and an award-winning singer, actress, comedienne, producer, and activist in her own right. Kat is part of the ensemble cast of Turnover, an uplifting new independent film directed by Linda Palmer that also features Paul Guilfoyle, Donna Mills, Beverly Todd, Carlos Carrasco and other familiar faces. Kat is also one of the producers of Turnover. We’ll ask Kat what attracted her to the film, plus we’ll talk about some of her other projects, which include the pending release of another film, Mother’s Day Memories, plus the release of a new album, Gemstone, which features Kat’s duet with the late Billy Preston. Kat Kramer will join us in our first hour.

Turnover is scheduled to open the Palm Springs International Down Syndrome Film Festival, the first film festival dedicated to raising awareness about Down Syndrome. The Palm Springs International Down Syndrome Film Festival takes place Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 at the Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs, California. Kat Kramer is scheduled to appear at the May 3 screening, along with fellow Turnover star Jamie Brewer.

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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The Revival of Kirk Taylor: Next on TVC

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Actor and singer Kirk Taylor joins us for a special Easter weekend edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Kirk Taylor began his film career in film and television more than thirty years ago with a role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club. From there, he worked with such varied artists as Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Charles Bronson, Robin Williams, Danny Glover and Chaka Khan before embarking on a very successful career as an acting teacher and coach. (Indeed, Kirk’s many students as an acting teacher include such stars as Jesse L. Martin, Karina Lombard, and Chandra Wilson.) A student of both Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler, Kirk seemed content with teaching until opportunity stepped in and he was offered the part of Simon Peter, the apostle who denied Jesus, in Revival!, a new musical film based on the Gospel According to John. That opened the door for Kirk to a “second act” as a performer that continues to this day.

Kirk’s renaissance as an actor is only half the story. In many respects, his entire life story is a miracle in every sense of the word. You’ll understand what we mean by that when Kirk Taylor joins us in our first hour.

Produced by and starring Harry Lennix, Revival! also features Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams, T’Keyah Crystal Keyman, and Dawnn Lewis, plus an original Gospel-inspired score by Grammy nominee Mali Music (who also plays Jesus Christ in the movie). Revival! opens in select cities on Friday, April 19.

This being Easter weekend, our program this week will also include an encore presentation of our August 2016 conversation with Paul Green about the life and career of Jeffrey Hunter. Known for his starring roles as Martin Pawley in The Searchers and Christopher Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek, Hunter also played Jesus Christ in the 1961 film production of King of Kings directed by Nicholas Ray.

Hunter’s sudden death in May 1969 was a shock to everyone who knew him and left many wondering what direction his life and career would have gone, had he lived. Some of those questions are answered in Paul’s book Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances, which we’ll discuss in our second hour. Also joining us hour will be author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated). Mary also knew Jeffrey Hunter; her mother, actress Emily McLaughlin, married Hunter just three months before he died.

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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Joyce Bulifant, Cloak & Dagger, and the Untold Mary Tyler Moore: Next on TVC

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Actress and author Joyce Bulifant, author Herbie J Pilato, and actress Cecilia Leal will join us this weekend on  TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of you know Joyce Bulifant from her many appearances on The CBS Match Game and other popular game shows, not to mention such films and TV shows as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire, The Bill Cosby Show, Big John, Little John and Airplane! Calendar year 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Airplane!, which the American Film Institute recognized as the “100 Funniest Films of All Time.” We will ask Joyce about that, plus we’ll talk about her inspiring book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, which tells the story of how Joyce managed to overcome dyslexia, feelings of self worth, and a series of marriages characterized by alcoholism, co-dependency and addictive behavior—and still remain as effervescent as ever. Joyce Bulifant will join us in our second hour.

Joyce Bulifant can also be seen in I Hate Kids, a new Amazon original motion picture that was directed by Joyce’s son John Asher. Also now available on DVD, I Hate Kids features the final screen appearance of Joyce’s husband Roger Perry. Our conversation with Joyce this week will also include a tribute to Roger Perry.

This week’s program will include a return appearance by author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato. Herbie’s books include Bewitched Forever, a behind the scenes look at the classic TV series starring Elizabeth Montgomery, and Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitching Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery. Herbie’s latest book explores the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

On screen, of course, Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on with her smile. Off screen, however, she struggled with various physical, psychological, and professional challenges—not the least of which was her long bout with diabetes. Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story not only explores the many ways in which Moore’s life was affected by that debilitating disease, but sheds light into Moore’s relationship with her second husband, Grant Tinker—and particularly how that changed the face of The Dick Van Dyke Show and ultimately determined its future. Herbie J Pilato will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will be appearing at the Larry Edmonds Bookstore in Holllywood, CA on Thursday, April 19 beginning at 7:30pm. He is also scheduled to appear at the Cerritos Millenium Library in Cerritos, CA on Wednesday, June 12, also starting at 7:30pm.

Also joining us this week will be actress Cecilia Leal. Cecilia is one of the new cast members on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, which just started its second season Thursday nights on Disney’s Freeform. She can also be seen in the romantic drama Five Feet Apart, which is playing theaters everywhere. Cecilia’s other credits include the USA series The Purge, and the Audience Network series Mr. Mercedes, plus she will be featured in an upcoming sci-fi/thriller that will soon become available on Netflix. Cecilia Leal 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 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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Robert Hooks, plus More of the Kovacs Centennial: Next on TVC

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Film, stage and television actor Robert Hooks will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Robert Hooks made his professional acting debut in a national production of A Raisin in the Sun, then made his Broadway debut in Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright and earned a Tony nomination for his performance in Hallelujah, Baby. Hooks’ career in film and television began in 1963 when he was cast as a police detective in the groundbreaking TV series East Side/West Side. In 1967, he became the first African-American actor to star in a network TV drama when he played police detective Jeff Ward in the groundbreaking ABC series N.Y.P.D.—the first TV cop show with the official imprimatur of the New York Police Department, and the first show to portray an African-American police officer as one of its regular characters. In addition, Hooks has founded three significant African-American theatre companies: the Group Theatre Workshop in New York; the DC Black Repertory Company in his hometown of Washington, D.C.; and the internationally recognized Negro Ensemble Company in New York.

Robert Hooks also describes himself as a “cultural architect.” We will ask him what he means by that, plus we’ll talk about the origins and legacy of the Negro Ensemble Company, as well as ask him a few questions about N.Y.P.D. and his other notable film roles, including Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and the classic blaxploitation film Trouble Man. Robert Hooks will join us in our second hour; Chuck Harter, who arranged for Robert’s appearance on our program this week, will be our special co-host.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with Josh Mills, director of the estates of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams. Josh recently teamed up with the National Comedy Center for a big exhibit coming up in August 2019 that will help celebrate the centennial year of the birth of Ernie Kovacs. We’ll talk about that, plus we’ll ask Josh about some of the other Kovacs-related items and events that are in store for later in 2019. Josh Mills will join us in our first hour. Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition, the newly released DVD configuration featuring the very best of Ernie Kovacs, is available through Shout Factory.

Plus: Steve Randisi will join Phil Gries for Part 2 of our special Sounds of Lost Television tribute to the short-lived but critically acclaimed NBC daytime talk show that Merv Griffin hosted between October 1962 and March 1963. This week’s segment will include highlights from Merv’s conversations with Joan Crawford, Diahann Carroll, Charlton Heston, and Robert Taylor. Steve Randisi is the author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television.

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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