Roger Maris, The Rat Pack and More: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Comedian Sandy Hackett, singer/songwriter Lisa Dawn Miller, actress Tanna Frederick and TV Guide business editor Stephen Battaglio will be our guests on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,

The son of legendary comedian Buddy Hackett, Sandy Hackett is one of the stars and producers of Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, the critically acclaimed musical tribute show that many consider to be the next best thing to seeing Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop in their prime. Sandy not only plays Joey Bishop in the Rat Pack show… he knew the real Joey Bishop, as well as worked with the real Frank, Sammy and Dean. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Sandy joins us in our first hour, along with his wife, singer/songwriter Lisa Dawn Miller. The daughter of legendary songwriter Ron Miller, Lisa co-produces the show with Sandy, and also appears in it as the character “Frank’s One Love.”

Besides its permanent home base at the Las Vegas Hilton, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show is about to take its act on the road, with stops in more than 45 cities across the country as part of its 2011-2012 national theatre tour, including venues in Niagara Falls, New York, Green Bay, Wisconsin; Dubuque, Iowa; Butte, Montana; Aurora, Illinois; and Thousand Oaks, California. Tickets, tour updates and more information is available online at

Phil Gries will join us in our second hour for a special edition of the Sounds of Lost Television that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Oct. 1, 1961, the day on which Roger Maris hit his 61st home run, surpassing Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs in a Major League Baseball season. We’ll not only hear clips of the rarely heard television broadcast of Maris’ historic home run, we’ll also talk about the various controversies that plagued Maris in 1961, as well as hear audio from Roger Maris himself.

Also joining us this week will be actress Tanna Frederick (Queen of the Lot, Hollywood Dreams, Sylvia). Tanna will be joining former world champion surfer Shaun Tomson in co-hosting the Fourth Annual Project SOS: Save Our Surf: SURF 24, a celebrity surfathon in support of clean water and clean oceans around the world. Project SOS takes place Oct. 15 and 16 in Santa Monica, and will benefit the global charities Waves for Water and Tumelo Home, as well as Santa Monica Baykeeper and Inside the Outdoors in Southern California. Celebrity surfers include Sam Trammell (True Blood), Tate Donovan (Damages, The O.C.), John Slattery (Mad Men), Jesse Spencer (House), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives), Chad Lowe (24), Gregory Harrison (One Tree Hill, Trapper John, M.D.), John Philbin (Point Break) and Kathy Zuckerman (Gidget). For information on how to register, or to find out other ways in which you can support Project SOS, check out

Plus: Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide magazine, will help us sort through the first two weeks of the new TV fall season: which shows are doing well so far, which ones are in trouble, and what sort of midseason replacement series are on the horizon. It’s a full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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