Archive for May, 2019

The Most Famous Movie Studio That You’ve Never Heard of Before: Next on TVC

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Authors Kevin Hamilton, Neil O’Gorman, Herbie J Pilato, and Torchy Smith will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

It’s hard to imagine the U.S. military running a major film studio out of Hollywood—least of all, one that engaged the services of such Hollywood stars as James Stewart and Marilyn Monroe. Yet during the Cold War era, from 1947 until 1969, that is exactly what happened. The most important motion picture studio that few people have ever heard of, Lookout Mountain Laboratory—a U.S. Government operation that was officially known as 1352nd Photographic Group of the United States Air Force—will be the focus of the second hour of this weekend’s TV CONFIDENTIAL.

Located in the hills of Laurel Canyon in Hollywood, Lookout Mountain Laboratory made hundreds of movies, processed hundreds of thousands of feet of film, stored volumes of Cold War imagery, and served as a regular meeting spot for atomic scientists, military brass, and Hollywood professionals. If you have ever seen footage or images of a nuclear mushroom cloud, chances are that photo or footage originated from Lookout Mountain. In the course of its history, Lookout Mountain Laboratory worked closely with the most important innovators in scientific and technical film and photography at the time, while also collaborating with such Hollywood luminaries as John Ford, James Stewart, Susan Hayward, and Marilyn Monroe.

Joining this week will be Kevin Hamiliton and Ned O’Gorman, co-authors of Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, the first thorough history of Lookout Mountain Laboratory and the role it played in shaping not only how Baby Boomers and their families viewed the Cold War, but much of our political culture today. A rollicking story that depicts an unlikely mix of Hollywood artists, nuclear scientists, and military movers, Lookout America includes hundreds of breathtaking photographs, plus easy-to-follow charts, graphs, timelines, side bars, screen grabs, and a ton of information. Kevin Hamilton and Ned O’Gorman will join us in our second hour.

Speaking of Baby Boomers… While popular films and TV shows have changed over the years, certain themes, such as family and fun, have never gone out of style. Baby Boomers know that better than anyone else, and few people can speak for the Baby Boomer generation—and, particularly the eternal appeal of certain TV stars of the Baby Boomer generation—better than Torchy Smith. Host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio, an interview show featuring celebrities from the Baby Boomer generation, Torchy has appeared on numerous radio programs as a commentator on where Baby Boomers fit in today’s world. Torchy Smith will join us in our first hour.

Torchy’s new book, Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars: Surprising Celebrity Conversations for the Retro Generation, is a collection of fifty first-hand accounts of such Baby Boomer celebrities as Jerry Mathers, Bill Mumy, Cubby O’Brien, Stephen Furst, Judy Norton, Cindy Williams, Clint Howard, Celeste Yarnall, Angela Cartwright, George Wyner, and Kathryn Leigh Scott.

Also this week: We will play Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s interview with author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato. Herbie’s books include Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitching Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery and Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, the first objective cradle-to-grave biography of the star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will appear at the Cerritos Millenium Library in Cerritos, CA on Wednesday, June 12, starting at 7:30pm.

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

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Singer/actress Michele Lee (Knots Landing, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Armstrong will join us this weekend for an encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This weekend’s show will include an encore presentation of our conversation with Tony Award-nominated and Emmy Award-nominated singer/actress Michele Lee. 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.

Calendar year 2019 marks the fortieth anniversary of the premiere of Knots Landing. We’ll talk to Michele about that, as well as 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.

This week’s show will also include an encore presentation of our conversation with Jennifer Armstrong about 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.

Now available in paperback, 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.

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 on 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 10am MT, 9am PT on KOTA AM 1380 and FM 110.7 (Rapid City, SD)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT on KPLT AM and FM (Paris, TX)
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

Screen Villain Patrick Kilpatrick, Ugly Dolls, The Love Boat, and More: Next on TVC

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Longtime movie and TV screen villain Patrick Kilpatrick, film and TV composer Christopher Lennertz, and Golden Girls and Love Boat historian Jim Colucci will be among our guests this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the finest characters actors and action movie villains of our generation, Patrick Kilpatrick has made his presence known in more than 170 films and TV shows over the past quarter-century, including The Replacement Killers, Eraser, Last Man Standing, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, The Presidio, Last Stand at Saber River, Crossfire Trail, The Quick and the Dead, Minority Report, Death Warrant, Criminal Minds, 24, Shark, Cold Case, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Nip/Tuck, Burn Notice, Chuck, all three incarnations of CSI, and all three versions of NCIS.

As an actor, Patrick has been killed, beaten up or jailed by some of the biggest names in movies and television, including Sean Connery, Chow Yun-Fat, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Tom Selleck, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal, Mark Harmon, Sam Elliott, and Kiefer Sutherland. What you may not know is that—in real life—Patrick almost died at least three times before he turned seventeen, including severe bouts with asthma, allergies, and nearly being stabbed to death by his own mother.

Fortunately, Patrick also discovered his passion for the written word at a very young age. His memoir, Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot, is a rollicking yet often poignant recounting of his volatile upbringing that also includes a searing, often hilarious, and occasionally scandalous behind-the-scenes look at working with Hollywood’s elite. Patrick Kilpatrick will join us in our second hour.

Joe Mantegna had this to say about Dying for Living: “You may love it. You may hate it. But you will never forget it.” (And having read Patrick’s book ourselves, we agree.) Volume I of Dying for Living is available now in hardcover, as an eBook, and as an audiobook; Volume II is scheduled for release later in 2019. For our listeners in Denver, Colorado, Patrick Kilpatrick is scheduled to appear at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

This week’s program will also include a conversation with Christopher Lennertz, the award-winning producer, composer and conductor whose numerous contributions to television, film and video games include Marvel’s Agent Carter, ABC’s Galavant, the Netflix version of Lost in Space, and the hit movie version of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Christopher’s latest feature is the animated musical Ugly Dolls starring Kelly Clarkson, and for which he created original songs with Glenn Slater, the lyricist for Disney’s Tangled. Ugly Dolls: The Movie is playing in theaters everywhere, while the soundtrack for Ugly Dolls is available wherever music is sold. Christopher Lennertz will join us in our first hour.

Plus: We’ll continue our special coverage of recent events from the floor of The Hollywood Museum, including interviews with singer, actress and producer Barbara van Orden (L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star: 2019), actor and author Richard Pryor Jr. (In a Pryor Life), and Golden Girls historian Jim Colucci, author of a forthcoming book about The Love Boat.

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 the Inside Story of The Questor Tapes: Next on TVC

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

We’ll play Part 2 of our conversations with actor and entrepreneur Robert Hooks and author and screenwriter Marc Cushman this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org

Actor, producer, and “cultural architect” Robert Hooks will join us for Part 2 of a conversation that began last month about his career in stage, film, and television. Founder of 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 became the first African-American actor to star in a network TV drama when he was cast as police detective Jeff Ward on N.Y.P.D. (ABC, 1967-1969), the first TV cop show with the official imprimatur of the New York Police Department, and the first network series to portray an African-American police officer as one of its regular characters.

This week, we’ll ask Robert about some of his other notable film and TV roles, including Admiral Morrow, the commander of Starfleet, in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and private eye “Mr. T” in the classic 1972 blaxploitation movie Trouble Man. Robert Hooks will join us in our second hour; Chuck Harter, who arranged for Robert’s appearance, will be our special co-host.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with award-winning writer, director, and Star Trek historian Mark Cushman. Marc’s latest book, These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s, is the first of a two-volume biography that chronicles the career of the Great Bird of the Galaxy between the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969 and the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. Among other topics this week, Marc will take us behind the scenes of The Questor Tapes, the critically acclaimed series pilot that many consider to be Roddenberry’s best work (other than Star Trek). Marc Cushman will join us in our first hour.

Volume I of These Are the Voyages, Marc Cushman’s critically acclaimed three-volume history of the original Star Trek, is now available as an audiobook.

Plus: We’ll bring you special coverage from the floor of The Hollywood Museum, including our interviews with some of the special guests who attended the opening night festivities of the new Remembering Lucy exhibit.

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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Geri Jewell, plus Roddenberry in the 1970s: Next on TVC

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Actress and author Geri Jewell and author and screenwriter Marc Cushman will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Born with cerebral palsy, Geri Jewell shattered the glass ceiling for or individuals with disabilities when Norman Lear cast her as Cousin Geri on the long-running series The Facts of Life, making her the first person with a disability to appear in a recurring role on a network TV series. Geri also shattered perceptions when David Milch cast her as Jewel, the cleaning woman, on the hit Golden Globe and Emmy-winning HBO series Deadwood.

Geri will reprise her role—as will Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, William Sanderson, Gerald McRaney, and other Deadwood cast members—in the long-awaited Deadwood sequel film, which will premiere Friday, May 31 on HBO, HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO on Demand. Geri Jewell will join us in our second hour.

Geri Jewell can also be seen, along with Lee Purcell, Donna Mills, Donna Pescow, and Andrea F. Freeman, in 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 will be among the spotlight films screened at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday, May 10; it is also slated scheduled to receive a wider release later in 2019. Geri’s book, I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond, is a candid and poignant look at some of the many obstacles that Geri has overcome throughout her life and career—some of which had to do with living with cerebral palsy, some of which had to accepting her sexuality, but a lot of which had to do with the nature of people and the entertainment industry itself.

Also this week: We’ll pay tribute to the Great Bird of the Galaxy as we welcome back award-winning writer and director Mark Cushman. Marc’s credits as a screenwriter include scripts for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, Diagnosis Murder, plus the feature films Midnight Confessions, Teresa’s Tattoo, The Magic of Christmas, and In the Eyes of a Killer, while his credits as a director include the award winning comedy-documentary Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, An Evening with the Golddiggers, and The Story of O: Untold Pleasures. In addition, as you know from Marc’s last appearance on TV Confidential, Marc Cushman has written extensively about the history of television, including These Are the Voyages, a critically acclaimed three-volume history of the original Star Trek, plus equally comprehensive works on the history of I Spy and the shows of Irwin Allen.

Marc recently collaborated with the estate of Gene Roddenberry, the cooperation of which made possible the release of These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Treks in the 1970s, a two-volume set that chronicles the career of Gene Roddenberry between the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969 to its triumphant return, as a feature length major motion picture, in 1979. During this ten-year period, Roddenberry experienced a lot of personal and professional up and downs, in film and in television, while Star Trek itself became a worldwide phenomenon. Marc Cushman 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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