Kirk Bovill, plus More of Merv: Next on TVC

Film and television actor Kirk Bovill and television historian Steve Randisi will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Many people, for many reasons, change careers when they’re in their forties. Few people, however, decide to pursue acting in their forties—and even fewer have succeeded in that endeavor to the extent Kirk Bovill has. After a successful career marketing fiberoptics in Silicon Valley, Kirk moved to Los Angeles about twelve years ago and quickly found a niche as a character actor, both in movies and television, including such films as 20th Century Women, Contraband, Texas Killing Fields, Get On Up and Free State of Jones, plus episodes of such top network, cable and streaming shows as NCIS; New Orleans, Young Sheldon, Bosch, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Training Day, American Crime Story, Grey’s Anatomy, Southland, Chance, The Mick and Hawaii Five-0.

Kirk Bovill currently appears as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, opposite Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, in writer/director Adam McKay’s Golden Globe Award-nominated satirical biopic, Vice. We’ll ask Kirk how he approached playing Kissinger, plus we’ll talk about the role that Robin Williams, Kevin Hart, Dick Van Dyke and Kirk’s own house all played in Kirk’s transition to an acting career. Kirk Bovill will join us in our second hour. Vice is playing in theaters everywhere.

Also this week: We will play Part 2 of our conversation with Phil Gries and Steve Randisi about the legacy of Merv Griffin. Steve’s latest book, The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, is a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television, from its premiere on NBC in 1962 (and how that stemmed from Merv’s appearances as guest host of The Jack Paar Tonight Show) to its long run in first-run syndication, first on Westinghouse, then via Metromedia. Among other topics this week, we’ll discuss how Merv’s success in syndication prompted CBS to bring The Merv Griffin Show to late night in 1969, where it competed against Johnny Carson and Joey Bishop for the first three-way late night competition in network TV history—and how circumstances beyond Merv’s control handicapped the show throughout its entire three-year tenure on CBS. Steve Randisi will join us in our first hour.

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