Robert Hooks, plus More of the Kovacs Centennial: Next on TVC

Film, stage and television actor Robert Hooks will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,

Robert Hooks made his professional acting debut in a national production of A Raisin in the Sun, then made his Broadway debut in Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright and earned a Tony nomination for his performance in Hallelujah, Baby. Hooks’ career in film and television began in 1963 when he was cast as a police detective in the groundbreaking TV series East Side/West Side. In 1967, he became the first African-American actor to star in a network TV drama when he played police detective Jeff Ward in the groundbreaking ABC series N.Y.P.D.—the first TV cop show with the official imprimatur of the New York Police Department, and the first show to portray an African-American police officer as one of its regular characters. In addition, Hooks has founded 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 Hooks also describes himself as a “cultural architect.” We will ask him what he means by that, plus we’ll talk about the origins and legacy of the Negro Ensemble Company, as well as ask him a few questions about N.Y.P.D. and his other notable film roles, including Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and the classic blaxploitation film Trouble Man. Robert Hooks will join us in our second hour; Chuck Harter, who arranged for Robert’s appearance on our program this week, will be our special co-host.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with Josh Mills, director of the estates of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams. Josh recently teamed up with the National Comedy Center for a big exhibit coming up in August 2019 that will help celebrate the centennial year of the birth of Ernie Kovacs. We’ll talk about that, plus we’ll ask Josh about some of the other Kovacs-related items and events that are in store for later in 2019. Josh Mills will join us in our first hour. Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition, the newly released DVD configuration featuring the very best of Ernie Kovacs, is available through Shout Factory.

Plus: Steve Randisi will join Phil Gries for Part 2 of our special Sounds of Lost Television tribute to the short-lived but critically acclaimed NBC daytime talk show that Merv Griffin hosted between October 1962 and March 1963. This week’s segment will include highlights from Merv’s conversations with Joan Crawford, Diahann Carroll, Charlton Heston, and Robert Taylor. Steve Randisi is the author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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