Posts Tagged ‘television history’

Michael Learned, Titus Welliver, plus More TV Finales: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Actors Michael Learned and Titus Welliver and authors Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,

Known around the world as Olivia Walton, the matriarch of The Waltons, four-time Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned also has enjoyed an extensive stage career, on and off Broadway, including productions of Steel Magnolias, The Best Man, The Sisters Rosenweig, and the national tour of On Golden Pond. She is currently starring, along with Lance Nichols, in the Laguna Playhouse production of Driving Miss Daisy through Sunday, January 27.

Michael can also be seen, opposite John Wesley, in Second Acts, a short film directed by Anya Adams and produced by Gerry Pass, plus she will be one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars party on Sunday, February 24. Michael Learned will join us in our first hour.

Also joining us this weekend will be Titus Welliver, the actor who stars as LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch on Bosch, the Amazon Prime series based on the bestselling novels by Michael Connelly. Once described as “the real reason that you need to get Amazon Prime,” Titus has also appeared in such shows as Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, The Twilight Zone, The Closer, Star Trek: Voyager, The Last Ship, The Good Wife, NCIS, Sons of Anarchy, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Lost, while his motion picture credits include Navy SEALs, The Doors, Mobsters, Zero Tolerance, Mulholland Falls, Air Force One, Gone Baby Gone, Argo, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Season Five of Bosch will premiere later in 2019 on Amazon Prime, while the series has already been renewed for a sixth season. Titus Welliver will join us in our second hour.

Plus: We will play Part 2 of our conversation with Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, a new book that explores seventy-one of the most notable series finales over the past five decades. Among other topics this week, we’ll look at the controversial endings of St. Elsewhere, Seinfeld, and The Sopranos and the landmark final episode of M*A*S*H. Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us in our first hour.

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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:

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
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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:,0,305987.story

Ed Robertson
Author, THE FUGITIVE RECAPTURED and other books on television

“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,

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, 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

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