Anson Williams and George Schlatter: Next on TVC

Actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams and writer, producer and director George Schlatter will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,

Known to television audiences around the world as Potsie Weber on Happy Days, Anson Williams is also an award-winning television director, writer, producer, and entrepreneur who has been honored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and served on the Board of the USO. An entrepreneur for most of his life, he is always looking to create products that serve an important public need. Anson’s latest product, Alert Drops, addresses the issue of drowsy driving—an ongoing problem not only in the United States, but around the world. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately one out of every five fatal car accidents in the U.S. results from drowsy driving, while in European nations, drowsy driving accounts for up to 30 percent of all car crashes.

Inspired by the knowledge and wisdom of Anson’s uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich—the man behind the Heimlich Maneuver—Alert Drops is an all-natural spray that, when applied to the tongue, uses the citric acid of a lemon to stimulate the tongue’s sensory neurons. This will cause an immediate reflex action that will keep you awake, without caffeine or stimulants, in the event you find yourself nodding off while driving. (Available exclusively at, Alert Drops is not intended as a substitute for sleeping. Rather, it is intended to keep you alert long enough to pull over safely, so that you can rest when tired.)

Anson Williams is working with numerous organizations in several cities to create an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of drowsy driving. We’ll talk about the pivotal role that Dr. Heimlich played behind the scenes in the development of Alert Drops, and why Heimlich believed that this product will save even more lives than the Heimlich Maneuver. We’ll also talk about Anson’s recent appearance on The Odd Couple, and more, when he joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be Emmy Award winner George Schlatter, the creator and producer of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and Real People. A fixture in the world of variety television for more than fifty years, George Schlatter produced the first five years of the Grammy Awards. He also created The American Comedy Awards (and produced that annual telecast for fifteen years), as well as produced a host of series and specials starring Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Eddie Murphy, Cher, Elton John, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Doris Day, Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, Placido Domingo and many, many others.

The 2017-2018 television season will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. George will share a few memories of the show, and more, when he joins us in our first hour.

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In is now available in its entirety from Time Life. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series includes all 140 episodes on thirty-eight DVDs—all digitally remastered, all available together for the first time ever in a single collection, and more than half of which have never been released before to the public. The complete series box set also includes a slew of exclusive new bonus features, including the pilot episode of Laugh-In (which originally aired on Sept. 9, 1967); interviews with Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens, Arte Johnson, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin and George Schlatter; Laugh-In Memories, a collectible memory book filled with jokes, pictures from the show, behind-the-scenes photos, and a note from George Schlatter; a free bonus DVD; and a whole lot more. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is availably exclusively through TimeLife. You can order it right now by going to

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