Tributes to Mike Connors and Barbara Hale: Next on TVC

Producer/director Arthur Marks will join us as we remember Barbara Hale and Mike Connors on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Arthur Marks will join us this week as we pay tribute to television icons Barbara Hale, the actress known to three generations as Della Street on Perry Mason, and Mike Connors, the star of Mannix. Hale passed away on Jan. 27 at the age of 94, while Connors died Jan. 26 at the age of 91.

Arthur Marks directed seventy-six episodes of the original Perry Mason television series, more than any other director. He also worked behind the scenes in nearly every episode of the long-running series (CBS, 1957-1966), first as assistant director, then as a director, then as associate producer, and, finally, producer and showrunner for the last five seasons. Art will share a few memories of Barbara Hale, but he’ll also talk about a little about his friend Mike Connors, whom he directed both on Perry Mason (“The Case of the Bullied Bowler”) and on Mannix. Arthur Marks will join us in our first hour.

The second hour of this week’s show will include a replay of our March 2014 conversation with Barbara Hale in which she talked about playing Della Street, both on CBS and on NBC, her friendship with Raymond Burr (which spanned five decades), and her long motion picture career, which included films with the likes of James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, James Arness, Frank Sinatra and James Cagney.

In addition, our first hour will include a replay of our May 2014 conversation with Mike Connors. Known to three generations of viewers as Joe Mannix, Connors arguably defined the private eye on television more than any other actor. We talked to Mike about Mannix, Tightrope, his work with William Wellman and John Wayne, and more.

Also this week: Chris Korman will discuss his upcoming appearance at the 54th annual Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) conference, which will take place Feb. 16-19 in Baltimore, Maryland. Chris’ father, actor Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show), was once national spokesman of the LDA. Chris will also share a few memories of his friendship of Mike Connors, which stemmed from the annual charity golf tournament that benefited The Frostig School for children with learning disabilities—a tournament that Chris and Harvey hosted together for many years. Chris Korman will join us in our first hour.

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