Posts Tagged ‘classic television’

Florence Henderson on what made “The Brady Bunch” work

Monday, January 4th, 2010

“I think it helped that I had four young children of my own at the time,” the singer/actress said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “I understood what it was to be a parent. I also knew what it was to have longings as a child. Plus we all worked very hard and had a special feeling for each other. I still see all my ‘children.’ Eve Plumb [Jan Brady] came to my show in L.A.”

Henderson is bringing her one-woman show, “All The Lives of Me: A Musical Journey,” to the Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco for a one-week engagement (Jan. 5 thru Jan. 10). For more information, or to read the complete interview with the star of The Brady Bunch, click on the link below:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/01/DD3B1B8Q1J.DTL#ixzz0bZKLliN7

And speaking of The Brady Bunch, Susan Olsen (“Cindy Brady”) is scheduled to join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 11pm ET, 8pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio. She’ll be talking about her new book, Love to Love You Bradys: The Bizarre Story of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, along with her co-author Ted Nichelson.

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tues 11pm ET, 8pm PT
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Writer/producer George Eckstein dies at age 81

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

If George Eckstein were just remembered for co-writing “The Judgment,” the record-setting two-part concluding episode of The Fugitive, that would’ve been enough to leave his mark in television. But Eckstein’s accomplishments beyond “The Judgment” were impressive in their own right. In addition to penning some of the best episodes of the Fugitive series (including “Ill Wind,” featuring Jeanette Nolan and John McIntire), Eckstein wrote for several other popular TV shows in the ’50s and ’60s, including Gunsmoke, Dr. Kildare, The Invaders and The Untouchables. He also went on to become a successful producer for Universal Television in the late 60s and 1970s, with credits including such series and TV-movies as The Name of the Game, Banacek and a taut little thriller called Duel that, besides being a really good movie, put a then-unknown director named Steven Spielberg on the map.

I had the pleasure of speaking to George Eckstein on several occasions throughout the 1990s, first for my book The Fugitive Recaptured, then for a history of The Untouchables that I wrote for Television Chronicles. He was also very generous with his time, not to mention very gracious.

The final episode of The Fugitive, of course, was seen by a whopping 72 percent of the television viewing audience when it originally aired on Aug. 29, 1967. That figure has has been topped just twice in the 42 years since, first by the “Who Done It?” episode of Dallas (aka the episode that finally answered the question “Who Shot J.R.?”) on Nov. 21, 1980, then by “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” the series finale of M*A*S*H, which originally aired on Feb. 28, 1983.

Read the obituary on George Eckstein from The Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-george-eckstein13-2009sep13,0,305987.story

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Author, THE FUGITIVE RECAPTURED and other books on television
www.edrobertson.com
www.tvconfidential.net

“Works for Me”: Stepfanie Kramer from “Hunter” Joins Us This Week on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Singer/actress Stepfanie Kramer will be our special guest this as TV CONFIDENTIAL expans to two hours, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 10pm ET, 7pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Though best known for playing Sgt. Dee Dee McCall, the “Brass Cupcake” on the long-running NBC crime drama Hunter, Stepfanie Kramer is a versatile performer who has appeared in many top-rated made-for-TV movies, miniseries and critically acclaimed independent feature films. She is also an accomplished singer, composer and lyricist whose musical talents have been praised by the likes of Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Brandon Tartikoff, Harry Belafonte and Stephen J. Cannell.

If you’re a fan of Stepfanie Kramer, if you’ve enjoyed her work on Hunter or have questions about her other work in television and music, we invite you to join us this Tuesday, Jan. 13 beginning at our new time, 10pm-midnight ET, 7pm-9pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. Phone number is (800) 407-KSAV (5728). If you have a question or comment that you’d like to email in advance, the address, as always, is talk@tvconfidential.net.

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
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