Hollywood’s Most Influential Woman, The Most Interesting Man in the World, plus The Genius of Tim Conway: Next on TVC

June 5th, 2019

Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, and Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Geoffrey Mark will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, will join us this week for a look at some of the many exhibits that will be on display this summer, including Remembering Lucy, the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman exhibit, the fabulous tribute to the six actress who have played The Catwoman, plus two more exhibits that will become open to the people in June. We will also play more highlights of our special coverage of recent events from the floor of The Hollywood Museum, plus a few other surprises.

Also a member of the California Film Commission, as well as the chair of both the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Historic Trust, Donelle Dadigan is also considered Hollywood’s most influential woman. We’ll learn why when she joins us in our second hour.

Our first hour will include an encore presentation of our conversation with Jonathan Goldsmith, the prolific film and television actor with more than five hundred screen credits under his belt, including Hang ‘em High, The Shootist, Go Tell the Spartans, Ice Station Zebra, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, The FBI, The Rockford Files, T.J. Hooker, Dallas, and Magnum, p.i. Without question, however, Jonathan is best known as The Most Interesting Man in the World, the character he played in a wildly popular ad campaign for Dos Equis beer that not only increased national sales Dos Equis beer by 15 percent, but made Jonathan the idol of young and old consumers alike, including such high-profile fans as Michael Jordan, Leonardo diCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and President Barack Obama.

The Most Interesting Man in the World character not only catapulted Jonathan from obscurity, but came to him at a time and place in his life when he needed it the most. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Jonathan Goldsmith joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, music and TV historian, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark will join us during our first hour for a remembrance of Tim Conway, the beloved star of McHale’s Navy and The Carol Burnett Show who passed away on Tuesday, May 14. Geoff not only knew Conway personally, but has insight into Conway’s unique improvisational genius.

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The Most Famous Movie Studio That You’ve Never Heard of Before: Next on TVC

May 29th, 2019

Authors Kevin Hamilton, Neil O’Gorman, Herbie J Pilato, and Torchy Smith will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

It’s hard to imagine the U.S. military running a major film studio out of Hollywood—least of all, one that engaged the services of such Hollywood stars as James Stewart and Marilyn Monroe. Yet during the Cold War era, from 1947 until 1969, that is exactly what happened. The most important motion picture studio that few people have ever heard of, Lookout Mountain Laboratory—a U.S. Government operation that was officially known as 1352nd Photographic Group of the United States Air Force—will be the focus of the second hour of this weekend’s TV CONFIDENTIAL.

Located in the hills of Laurel Canyon in Hollywood, Lookout Mountain Laboratory made hundreds of movies, processed hundreds of thousands of feet of film, stored volumes of Cold War imagery, and served as a regular meeting spot for atomic scientists, military brass, and Hollywood professionals. If you have ever seen footage or images of a nuclear mushroom cloud, chances are that photo or footage originated from Lookout Mountain. In the course of its history, Lookout Mountain Laboratory worked closely with the most important innovators in scientific and technical film and photography at the time, while also collaborating with such Hollywood luminaries as John Ford, James Stewart, Susan Hayward, and Marilyn Monroe.

Joining this week will be Kevin Hamiliton and Ned O’Gorman, co-authors of Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, the first thorough history of Lookout Mountain Laboratory and the role it played in shaping not only how Baby Boomers and their families viewed the Cold War, but much of our political culture today. A rollicking story that depicts an unlikely mix of Hollywood artists, nuclear scientists, and military movers, Lookout America includes hundreds of breathtaking photographs, plus easy-to-follow charts, graphs, timelines, side bars, screen grabs, and a ton of information. Kevin Hamilton and Ned O’Gorman will join us in our second hour.

Speaking of Baby Boomers… While popular films and TV shows have changed over the years, certain themes, such as family and fun, have never gone out of style. Baby Boomers know that better than anyone else, and few people can speak for the Baby Boomer generation—and, particularly the eternal appeal of certain TV stars of the Baby Boomer generation—better than Torchy Smith. Host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio, an interview show featuring celebrities from the Baby Boomer generation, Torchy has appeared on numerous radio programs as a commentator on where Baby Boomers fit in today’s world. Torchy Smith will join us in our first hour.

Torchy’s new book, Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars: Surprising Celebrity Conversations for the Retro Generation, is a collection of fifty first-hand accounts of such Baby Boomer celebrities as Jerry Mathers, Bill Mumy, Cubby O’Brien, Stephen Furst, Judy Norton, Cindy Williams, Clint Howard, Celeste Yarnall, Angela Cartwright, George Wyner, and Kathryn Leigh Scott.

Also this week: We will play Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s interview with author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato. Herbie’s books include Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitching Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery and Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, the first objective cradle-to-grave biography of the star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will appear at the Cerritos Millenium Library in Cerritos, CA on Wednesday, June 12, starting at 7:30pm.

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Screen Villain Patrick Kilpatrick, Ugly Dolls, The Love Boat, and More: Next on TVC

May 15th, 2019

Longtime movie and TV screen villain Patrick Kilpatrick, film and TV composer Christopher Lennertz, and Golden Girls and Love Boat historian Jim Colucci will be among our guests this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the finest characters actors and action movie villains of our generation, Patrick Kilpatrick has made his presence known in more than 170 films and TV shows over the past quarter-century, including The Replacement Killers, Eraser, Last Man Standing, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, The Presidio, Last Stand at Saber River, Crossfire Trail, The Quick and the Dead, Minority Report, Death Warrant, Criminal Minds, 24, Shark, Cold Case, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Nip/Tuck, Burn Notice, Chuck, all three incarnations of CSI, and all three versions of NCIS.

As an actor, Patrick has been killed, beaten up or jailed by some of the biggest names in movies and television, including Sean Connery, Chow Yun-Fat, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Tom Selleck, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal, Mark Harmon, Sam Elliott, and Kiefer Sutherland. What you may not know is that—in real life—Patrick almost died at least three times before he turned seventeen, including severe bouts with asthma, allergies, and nearly being stabbed to death by his own mother.

Fortunately, Patrick also discovered his passion for the written word at a very young age. His memoir, Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot, is a rollicking yet often poignant recounting of his volatile upbringing that also includes a searing, often hilarious, and occasionally scandalous behind-the-scenes look at working with Hollywood’s elite. Patrick Kilpatrick will join us in our second hour.

Joe Mantegna had this to say about Dying for Living: “You may love it. You may hate it. But you will never forget it.” (And having read Patrick’s book ourselves, we agree.) Volume I of Dying for Living is available now in hardcover, as an eBook, and as an audiobook; Volume II is scheduled for release later in 2019. For our listeners in Denver, Colorado, Patrick Kilpatrick is scheduled to appear at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

This week’s program will also include a conversation with Christopher Lennertz, the award-winning producer, composer and conductor whose numerous contributions to television, film and video games include Marvel’s Agent Carter, ABC’s Galavant, the Netflix version of Lost in Space, and the hit movie version of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Christopher’s latest feature is the animated musical Ugly Dolls starring Kelly Clarkson, and for which he created original songs with Glenn Slater, the lyricist for Disney’s Tangled. Ugly Dolls: The Movie is playing in theaters everywhere, while the soundtrack for Ugly Dolls is available wherever music is sold. Christopher Lennertz will join us in our first hour.

Plus: We’ll continue our special coverage of recent events from the floor of The Hollywood Museum, including interviews with singer, actress and producer Barbara van Orden (L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star: 2019), actor and author Richard Pryor Jr. (In a Pryor Life), and Golden Girls historian Jim Colucci, author of a forthcoming book about The Love Boat.

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Robert Hooks, plus the Inside Story of The Questor Tapes: Next on TVC

May 8th, 2019

We’ll play Part 2 of our conversations with actor and entrepreneur Robert Hooks and author and screenwriter Marc Cushman this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org

Actor, producer, and “cultural architect” Robert Hooks will join us for Part 2 of a conversation that began last month about his career in stage, film, and television. Founder of 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 became the first African-American actor to star in a network TV drama when he was cast as police detective Jeff Ward on N.Y.P.D. (ABC, 1967-1969), the first TV cop show with the official imprimatur of the New York Police Department, and the first network series to portray an African-American police officer as one of its regular characters.

This week, we’ll ask Robert about some of his other notable film and TV roles, including Admiral Morrow, the commander of Starfleet, in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and private eye “Mr. T” in the classic 1972 blaxploitation movie Trouble Man. Robert Hooks will join us in our second hour; Chuck Harter, who arranged for Robert’s appearance, will be our special co-host.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with award-winning writer, director, and Star Trek historian Mark Cushman. Marc’s latest book, These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s, is the first of a two-volume biography that chronicles the career of the Great Bird of the Galaxy between the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969 and the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. Among other topics this week, Marc will take us behind the scenes of The Questor Tapes, the critically acclaimed series pilot that many consider to be Roddenberry’s best work (other than Star Trek). Marc Cushman will join us in our first hour.

Volume I of These Are the Voyages, Marc Cushman’s critically acclaimed three-volume history of the original Star Trek, is now available as an audiobook.

Plus: We’ll bring you special coverage from the floor of The Hollywood Museum, including our interviews with some of the special guests who attended the opening night festivities of the new Remembering Lucy exhibit.

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Geri Jewell, plus Roddenberry in the 1970s: Next on TVC

May 1st, 2019

Actress and author Geri Jewell and author and screenwriter Marc Cushman will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Born with cerebral palsy, Geri Jewell shattered the glass ceiling for or individuals with disabilities when Norman Lear cast her as Cousin Geri on the long-running series The Facts of Life, making her the first person with a disability to appear in a recurring role on a network TV series. Geri also shattered perceptions when David Milch cast her as Jewel, the cleaning woman, on the hit Golden Globe and Emmy-winning HBO series Deadwood.

Geri will reprise her role—as will Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, William Sanderson, Gerald McRaney, and other Deadwood cast members—in the long-awaited Deadwood sequel film, which will premiere Friday, May 31 on HBO, HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO on Demand. Geri Jewell will join us in our second hour.

Geri Jewell can also be seen, along with Lee Purcell, Donna Mills, Donna Pescow, and Andrea F. Freeman, in Carol of the Bells, a new independent film directed by Joey Travolta and his company, Inclusion Films, which teaches and employs people in the film industry who have developmental and physical disabilities. Carol of the Bells will be among the spotlight films screened at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday, May 10; it is also slated scheduled to receive a wider release later in 2019. Geri’s book, I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond, is a candid and poignant look at some of the many obstacles that Geri has overcome throughout her life and career—some of which had to do with living with cerebral palsy, some of which had to accepting her sexuality, but a lot of which had to do with the nature of people and the entertainment industry itself.

Also this week: We’ll pay tribute to the Great Bird of the Galaxy as we welcome back award-winning writer and director Mark Cushman. Marc’s credits as a screenwriter include scripts for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, Diagnosis Murder, plus the feature films Midnight Confessions, Teresa’s Tattoo, The Magic of Christmas, and In the Eyes of a Killer, while his credits as a director include the award winning comedy-documentary Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, An Evening with the Golddiggers, and The Story of O: Untold Pleasures. In addition, as you know from Marc’s last appearance on TV Confidential, Marc Cushman has written extensively about the history of television, including These Are the Voyages, a critically acclaimed three-volume history of the original Star Trek, plus equally comprehensive works on the history of I Spy and the shows of Irwin Allen.

Marc recently collaborated with the estate of Gene Roddenberry, the cooperation of which made possible the release of These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Treks in the 1970s, a two-volume set that chronicles the career of Gene Roddenberry between the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969 to its triumphant return, as a feature length major motion picture, in 1979. During this ten-year period, Roddenberry experienced a lot of personal and professional up and downs, in film and in television, while Star Trek itself became a worldwide phenomenon. Marc Cushman will join us in our first hour.

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Lee Purcell, Julie Budd, and Kat Kramer: Next on TVC

April 22nd, 2019

Two-time Emmy nominated actress Lee Purcell, singer/actress Julie Budd, and actress and producer Kat Kramer will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The recipient of two prime-time Emmy nominations—first for Long Road Home (opposite Mark Harmon), then for Secret Sins of the Fathers (opposite Beau Bridges)—Lee Purcell began her screen career in 1969 when she was personally selected and mentored by screen legend Steve McQueen to star in Adam at 6 A.M., the acclaimed feature motion picture that also introduced many audiences to Michael Douglas and Joe Don Baker. Lee’s performance in Adam launched a career in film and television that has seen her work with some of the most iconic stars of the 20th century, including Charles Bronson, Gary Busey, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Warren Oates, Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman, Kirk Douglas, Andy Griffith, Jan-Michael Vincent, Bill Bixby, and James Garner.

Lee Purcell recently completed production of Carol of the Bells, a new independent film directed by Joey Travolta and his company, Inclusion Films, which teaches and employs people in the film industry who have developmental and physical disabilities. Carol of the Bells also features Donna Mills, Donna Pescow, and Geri Jewell, while the title role of “Carol” is played by Andrea F. Freeman, an actress who happens to have Down Syndrome.

Lee found working on Carol of the Bells to be among the most inspiring and rewarding experiences of her lifetime. She’ll tell us why, and more, when she joins us in our second hour.

Carol of the Bells will be among the spotlight films screened at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival, in Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday, May 10. Co-founded by Oscar winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on promoting underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry through research, education, mentoring and industry partnerships. (A holiday film, Carol of the Bells is also scheduled to receive a wider release later in 2019.)

Our first hour will include a conversation with Julie Budd, the legendary singer/actress whom Merv Griffin famously dubbed “the mini girl with the maxi voice.” Julie began her professional career at the age of twelve in a Catskill Mountains talent show. In just six months time, she not only made her national television debut on The Merv Griffin Show, but signed a major recording contract, and went on to perform alongside Frank Sinatra, Joan Rivers, George Burns, Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Milton Berle, Marvin Hamlisch, Liberace, Carol Burnett, Jim Nabors, and other legendary performers in concert halls throughout the world, as well as on network television.

Julie Budd will be performing her new show, The Songs of My Life and The Composers Who Wrote Them, at the Birdland Theater in New York City from Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, May 4. She also has a new CD, Remembering Mr. Sinatra, that is unlike any other Sinatra tribute you will ever hear. We’ll tell you why when Julie Budd joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: We will welcome back our friend Kat Kramer, daughter of actress Karen Kramer and Oscar-winning filmmaker Stanley Kramer, and an award-winning singer, actress, comedienne, producer, and activist in her own right. Kat is part of the ensemble cast of Turnover, an uplifting new independent film directed by Linda Palmer that also features Paul Guilfoyle, Donna Mills, Beverly Todd, Carlos Carrasco and other familiar faces. Kat is also one of the producers of Turnover. We’ll ask Kat what attracted her to the film, plus we’ll talk about some of her other projects, which include the pending release of another film, Mother’s Day Memories, plus the release of a new album, Gemstone, which features Kat’s duet with the late Billy Preston. Kat Kramer will join us in our first hour.

Turnover is scheduled to open the Palm Springs International Down Syndrome Film Festival, the first film festival dedicated to raising awareness about Down Syndrome. The Palm Springs International Down Syndrome Film Festival takes place Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 at the Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs, California. Kat Kramer is scheduled to appear at the May 3 screening, along with fellow Turnover star Jamie Brewer.

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The Revival of Kirk Taylor: Next on TVC

April 15th, 2019

Actor and singer Kirk Taylor joins us for a special Easter weekend edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Kirk Taylor began his film career in film and television more than thirty years ago with a role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club. From there, he worked with such varied artists as Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Charles Bronson, Robin Williams, Danny Glover and Chaka Khan before embarking on a very successful career as an acting teacher and coach. (Indeed, Kirk’s many students as an acting teacher include such stars as Jesse L. Martin, Karina Lombard, and Chandra Wilson.) A student of both Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler, Kirk seemed content with teaching until opportunity stepped in and he was offered the part of Simon Peter, the apostle who denied Jesus, in Revival!, a new musical film based on the Gospel According to John. That opened the door for Kirk to a “second act” as a performer that continues to this day.

Kirk’s renaissance as an actor is only half the story. In many respects, his entire life story is a miracle in every sense of the word. You’ll understand what we mean by that when Kirk Taylor joins us in our first hour.

Produced by and starring Harry Lennix, Revival! also features Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams, T’Keyah Crystal Keyman, and Dawnn Lewis, plus an original Gospel-inspired score by Grammy nominee Mali Music (who also plays Jesus Christ in the movie). Revival! opens in select cities on Friday, April 19.

This being Easter weekend, our program this week will also include an encore presentation of our August 2016 conversation with Paul Green about the life and career of Jeffrey Hunter. Known for his starring roles as Martin Pawley in The Searchers and Christopher Pike in the original pilot episode of Star Trek, Hunter also played Jesus Christ in the 1961 film production of King of Kings directed by Nicholas Ray.

Hunter’s sudden death in May 1969 was a shock to everyone who knew him and left many wondering what direction his life and career would have gone, had he lived. Some of those questions are answered in Paul’s book Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances, which we’ll discuss in our second hour. Also joining us hour will be author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated). Mary also knew Jeffrey Hunter; her mother, actress Emily McLaughlin, married Hunter just three months before he died.

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Joyce Bulifant, Cloak & Dagger, and the Untold Mary Tyler Moore: Next on TVC

April 8th, 2019

Actress and author Joyce Bulifant, author Herbie J Pilato, and actress Cecilia Leal will join us this weekend on  TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most of you know Joyce Bulifant from her many appearances on The CBS Match Game and other popular game shows, not to mention such films and TV shows as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire, The Bill Cosby Show, Big John, Little John and Airplane! Calendar year 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Airplane!, which the American Film Institute recognized as the “100 Funniest Films of All Time.” We will ask Joyce about that, plus we’ll talk about her inspiring book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, which tells the story of how Joyce managed to overcome dyslexia, feelings of self worth, and a series of marriages characterized by alcoholism, co-dependency and addictive behavior—and still remain as effervescent as ever. Joyce Bulifant will join us in our second hour.

Joyce Bulifant can also be seen in I Hate Kids, a new Amazon original motion picture that was directed by Joyce’s son John Asher. Also now available on DVD, I Hate Kids features the final screen appearance of Joyce’s husband Roger Perry. Our conversation with Joyce this week will also include a tribute to Roger Perry.

This week’s program will include a return appearance by author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato. Herbie’s books include Bewitched Forever, a behind the scenes look at the classic TV series starring Elizabeth Montgomery, and Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitching Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery. Herbie’s latest book explores the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

On screen, of course, Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on with her smile. Off screen, however, she struggled with various physical, psychological, and professional challenges—not the least of which was her long bout with diabetes. Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story not only explores the many ways in which Moore’s life was affected by that debilitating disease, but sheds light into Moore’s relationship with her second husband, Grant Tinker—and particularly how that changed the face of The Dick Van Dyke Show and ultimately determined its future. Herbie J Pilato will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners in Southern California, Herbie J Pilato will be appearing at the Larry Edmonds Bookstore in Holllywood, CA on Thursday, April 19 beginning at 7:30pm. He is also scheduled to appear at the Cerritos Millenium Library in Cerritos, CA on Wednesday, June 12, also starting at 7:30pm.

Also joining us this week will be actress Cecilia Leal. Cecilia is one of the new cast members on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, which just started its second season Thursday nights on Disney’s Freeform. She can also be seen in the romantic drama Five Feet Apart, which is playing theaters everywhere. Cecilia’s other credits include the USA series The Purge, and the Audience Network series Mr. Mercedes, plus she will be featured in an upcoming sci-fi/thriller that will soon become available on Netflix. Cecilia Leal will join us in our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
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Robert Hooks, plus More of the Kovacs Centennial: Next on TVC

April 1st, 2019

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, KSAV.org.

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
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
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Richard Pryor Jr., Audrey Walters, plus the “other” Merv Griffin Show: Next on TVC

March 25th, 2019

Actor, singer, and storyteller Richard Pryor Jr., actress and entrepreneur Audrey Walters, and author Steve Randisi will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org

The eldest son of iconic comedian Richard Pryor and his first wife, Patricia Watts, Richard Pryor Jr. is a man whose self-described “freakish life” paralleled that of his famous father in more ways than you can imagine—including being raised in a whorehouse in Peoria, Illinois to overcoming physical abuse, verbal abuse, bouts with alcohol and drug addiction, struggles with his true sexual identity, and frequent bad decisions. Being the son of a celebrity, Richard also struggled with something that few people can ever really understand: wondering whether people liked him for who he was, or because of who his father was.

Through it all, however, Richard Pryor Jr. not only overcame these obstacles, but thrived. He continues to perform today, while also serving as an inspiration to those who have struggled with addiction or survived abusive relationships. Richard shares his life story in a new book, In a Pryor Life, which we’ll tell you about when he joins us in our second hour.

For our listeners in the Midwest, Richard Pryor Jr. will appear at the Bradley University Student Center Atrium in Peoria, Illinois on Wednesday, April 10 beginning at 4pm and at the Olde Town Tap in Altoona, Iowa on Friday, April 12, also beginning at 4pm. For more information on these events, or to book Richard for a future event, go to InAPryorLife.com.

This week’s show will also include a return appearance by actress and entrepreneur Audrey Walters. Audrey can be currently seen in Walk. Ride. Rodeo, the new Netflix original motion picture that is based on the inspiring story of Amberley Snyder, the teenage champion barrel racer who became paralyzed from the waist down due to a near fatal car accident, only to defy the odds and return to racing less than a year after her accident.

Audrey has a supporting role in Walk. Ride. Rodeo, but in a way, her character is pivotal. We’ll tell you what we mean by that, plus we’ll talk about some of Audrey’s other film and TV projects, plus the latest developments behind Talk to the Camera, the youth workshop that Audrey co-founded, which helps elementary and middle school children develop their social communication skills. Audrey Walters will also join us in our second hour.

Plus: Phil Gries will join us for a special edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that will spotlight the short-lived but critically acclaimed version of The Merv Griffin Show that aired on NBC daytime between October 1962 and March 1963—a show that not only brought a Tonight Show sensibility to two o’clock in the afternoon, but won approval from critics, intellectuals and college students alike. In many respects, the NBC Merv Griffin Show catapulted Merv’s career, paving the way for his iconic run in first-run syndication (first for Westinghouse, then for Metromedia), while also cementing his relationship with NBC, the network for which he originally created the long-running game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

Joining Phil will be Steve Randisi, author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television that also provides a capsule history of late night television in general, plus insight into Merv Griffin the person, personality, producer, and media mogul.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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