TV Confidential
TV CONFIDENTIAL (www.televisionconfidential.com) talks to the stars, writers, directors and other creative people behind the scenes of some of America's most popular shows. An engaging blend of talk and entertainment, TV Confidential often compares today’s programs with those of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
TV & Film
1
Daphne Maxwell Reid and The Business of Christmas
Part 2 of our conversation with Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Business of Christmas, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion)
18 min
2
Daphne Maxwell Reid, Fabric-aholic
Daphne Maxwell Reid discusses her particular approach to designing clothes
17 min
3
How Lucy Channeled Buster Keaton
Ed welcomes Emmy nominated writer/producer Billy Van Zandt (Get in the Jane, Car! Adventures in the TV Wasteland)
22 min
4
Why Martin Lawrence and Jerry Lewis are Similar...
Part 2 of our conversation with writer/producer Billy Van Zandt
21 min
5
The New Host of Jeopardy!
Ed welcomes game show historian Steve Beverly
15 min
6
Tom Dreesen, Jack Benny, and The Longest Laugh ...
Part 2 of our conversation with comedian Tom Dreesen (Still Standing, Tim and Tom)
24 min
7
The Joy of Daphne Maxwell Reid
Ed welcomes Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Prince Prince of Bel Air, The Business of Christmas)
18 min
8
Annie Get Your Gun: The Lost Production
From April 2011: Why the 1967 telecast of Annie Get Your Gun on NBC is forever lost
21 min
9
Sheree J. Wilson, Dallas, and Walker: Texas Ranger
From September 2013: A minisode edition of our conversation with Sheree J. Wilson
9 min
10
How a Perfect Storm Made "Who Shot J.R.?" Possible
From March 2012: Tony, Donna and Ed remember the episode of Dallas that launched the "Who Shot J.R." phenomenon
17 min
11
Wink Martindale and the Birth of The Elvis Phen...
From December 2018: Wink Martindale talks to Ed about the night when an Elvis Presley record was played on the radio for the very first time
4 min
12
Hugh Downs: TV’s First Great Utility Player
TVC 516.1: Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to broadcast legend Hugh Downs as part of a special edition of This Week in History
21 min
13
The Integrity of Hugh Downs
Part 2 of our look at the life and career of Hugh Downs as part of This Week in TV History
14 min
14
Ted and Betty Corday: True TV Pioneers
From November 2010: Ed and Tony welcome Ken Corday, executive producer of Days of Our Lives
15 min
15
Tom Dreesen: Still Standing
Ed, Tony and Donna welcome entertainment legend and stand-up comedy pioneer Tom Dreesen (Still Standing, Tim and Tom)
21 min
16
Life Lessons from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis...
Ed, Tony and Donna welcome actor, comedian and author Tom Dreesen (Still Standing, Tim and Tom)
18 min
17
The Storylines of Days of Our Lives
From November 2010: Ken Corday, executive producer of Days of Our Lives
20 min
18
Lee Purcell, James Garner and The Incredible Hulk
From April 2019: Actress Lee Purcell talks to Ed about working with James Garner, Bill Bixby, and Lou Ferrigno
8 min
19
The Dream Sequences of Gilligan's Island
From March 2014: Our guest is Kimberly Johnson, daughter of actor Russell Johnson
9 min
20
The Most Handsome Man on Gilligan's Island
TVC celebrates the birthday of Russell Johnson earlier this week with this clip from our March 2014 conversation with Johnson's daughter, Kimberly
10 min
21
A Ring for Christmas with Liliana Tandon
Ed welcome actress, writer and producer Liliana Tandon (A Ring for Christmas)
25 min
22
Joe McDoakes on DVD
Greg and Ed discuss the Warner Archive release of the Joe McDoakes comedy shorts starring George O'Hanlon
9 min
23
The Jetsons on Blu-ray
Greg and Ed discuss the Blu-ray release of The Jetsons
9 min
24
The Jetsons on DVD
Greg and Ed more Jetsons-related DVD titles
14 min
25
Why Happy Days Still Has Legs 45 Years Later
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams
20 min
26
Wash Your Hands with Anson Williams
Ed, Tony, and Donna continue their conversation with Anson Williams
19 min
27
Penny Peyser, Lady Penelope, and Crazy Like a Fox
Part 3 of our conversation with actress and filmmaker Penny Peyser
18 min
28
The Iconic Opening of Days of Our Lives
We continue to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Days of Our Lives on television by sharing this clip from our November 2010 with DOOL executive producer Ken Corday
4 min
29
Days of Our Lives and the Redemptive Power of Love
12 min
30
How Lynda Carter Created Wonder Woman's Twirl
6 min
31
Fear No Evil: The Original The Sixth Sense
Ed welcomes screenwriter, author, documentary maker and film historian Gary Gerani
23 min
32
The Generosity of Billy Goldenberg
Gary Gerani shares some memories of his friendship with composer Billy Goldenberg
22 min
33
Geoffrey Mark on Helen Reddy and Mac Davis
A look at the music and TV careers of Helen Reddy and Mac Davis
16 min
34
Penny Peyser and Stillpoint
Ed welcomes actress and filmmaker Penny Peyser
19 min
35
Penny Peyser and The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon
Penny Peyser talks to Ed about her critically acclaimed documentary about trumpet player Jack Sheldon
20 min
36
Why We Like Movie Stars
From April 2015: Ed welcomes Sylvia Resnick, author of The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob
17 min
37
How Miami Vice Changed Television
From October 2013: The Miami Vice soundtrack hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts this week in 1985
11 min
38
Sherry Jackson on Batman
A minisode edition featuring a clip from our February 2012 conversation with Sherry Jackson
4 min
39
Henry Winkler on What Being Cool Really Means
TV Confidential says Happy Birthday to Henry Winkler by sharing this clip from February 2012
7 min
40
How Jim Narz Became Tom Kennedy
Game show historian Steve Beverly joins us as we celebrate the life and career of game show legend Tom Kennedy
22 min
41
Tom Kennedy, Jack Narz, and Bill Cullen
Game show historian Steve Beverly shares some more thoughts about the life and career of Tom Kennedy
21 min
42
Ed Asner: The Best Movie Santa Claus Ever
Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with Ed Asner (Son of a Junkman, God Help Us, The Grouchy Historian, Elf)
19 min
43
The Grace and Class of Jim and Jack Narz
Showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark joins Ed as we continue our tribute to Tom Kennedy
23 min
44
Bridging Cultures Through Magic
Ed welcomes magician Rich Manley, host of the new Tubi series Culture Shock
19 min
45
What Harry Houdini and Bruce Lee Had in Common ...
Part 2 of our conversation with actor, magician and adventurer Rich Manley
17 min
46
Marion Ross on The Happy Days Softball Team
We say Happy Birthday to Marion Ross by sharing this clip from our May 2014 conversation with the actress known as Mrs. C
7 min
47
Michael Dante, Kid Galahad, and the Path to Win...
From February 2014: Ed welcomes film and television actor Michael Dante
11 min
48
Tiny Tim Marries Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show
Remembering one of the most famous moments in Tonight Show history: Tiny Tim's wedding to Miss Vicki
5 min
49
Johnny's First Anniversary
From May 2011: A minisode edition of The Sounds of Lost Television featuring a clip from the first anniversary show of The Johnny Carson Tonight Show
7 min
50
The Legacy of RBG
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back Stan Goldman, tenured professor at Loyola Law School and a longtime national TV legal analyst
24 min
51
Stan Goldman, Part 2
Part 2 of our discussion with Loyola Law School professor and longtime TV legal analyst Stan Goldman
21 min
52
How The Mary Tyler Moore Show Revolutionized TV
From May 2013: Ed welcomes Mary Tyler Moore Show historian Jennifer Armstrong
16 min
53
50 Years of Ed Asner as Lou Grant
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner
21 min
54
Ed Asner, Lou Grant, and Chuckles the Clown
Ed Asner talks about the famous "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
19 min
55
The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler
Part 3 of our discussion with Loyola Law School professor and longtime TV legal analyst Stan Goldman
16 min
56
James McEachin on Jack Webb, James Garner and D...
From February 2013: A minisode edition of our conversation with actor and author James McEachin
8 min
57
Leave It to Beaver: A Modern-Day Aesop's Fables
From October 2010: A minisode edition of our conversation with Frank Bank from Leave It to Beaver
5 min
58
Frank Bank Remembers Barbara Billingsley
From October 2010: A minisode edition of our conversation with Frank Bank from Leave It to Beaver
9 min
59
Suzy "the Shark" Friendly
Part 2 of our conversation with Suzy Friendly
21 min
60
Wonder Woman on ABC
A look at Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection Blu-ray release
20 min
61
Wonder Woman on CBS
Greg and Ed talk about the differences between the CBS version of Wonder Woman and the thirteen ABC episodes
14 min
62
Alison Arngrim Meets Rich Little
Alison Arngrim talks to Ed about making her directorial debut in Rich Little... Virtually Speaking
21 min
63
Alison Arngrim, Twice Upon a Song, and Filming ...
Actress and comedienne Alison Arngrim talks to Ed about her first experience on a film set in the era of COVID-19
13 min
64
Peter Potamus on DVD
A bonus DVD segment with Greg Ehrbar
9 min
65
More with Suzy Friendly
Part 2 of our conversation with Suzy Friedly about her career in network TV production
17 min
66
Tribute to George Carlin
From June 2013: Tony, Donna and Ed mark the five-year anniversary of the death of George Carlin
8 min
67
Alan Zweibel and the Early Days of SNL
TVC continues its remembrance of the premiere of Saturday Night Live in October 1975 by sharing this clip from our February 2014 conversation with Alan Zweibel, one of the original writers of SNL
12 min
68
SNL's Battles with Network Censorship
From October 2014: A minisode edition of our conversation with Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad, co-authors of Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live
10 min
69
George Maharis on Route 66
TV Confidential commemorates the 60th anniversary of the premiere of Route 66 by sharing this clip from our April 2012 conversation with George Maharis
8 min
70
Tribute to Martin Milner
TV Confidential commemorates the 60th anniversary of the premiere of Route 66 by sharing this clip of our tribute to Martin Milner
11 min
71
Stars in Their Underwear
Ed welcomes three-time Emmy nominated costume designer Diana Eden, author of Stars in Their Underwear
20 min
72
On the Road with Diana Ross
Emmy nominated costume designer Diana Eden talks to Ed about working with Diana Ross, Larry Hagman, Cloris Leachman and Debra Messing
22 min
73
How Network TV News First Covered the Beatles
From February 2014: How network TV news covered the early rise of the Beatles phenomenon in November 1963
16 min
74
Cousin Brucie’s Homecoming
National Radio of Famer Bruce Morrow tells Ed the story of how he became "Cousin Brucie"
22 min
75
How The Beatles Became Sociologically Significant
Legendary radio personality Bruce "Cousin Brucie" tells Ed about the story about the night he taught Bob Hope how to become a disc jockey
18 min
76
The Build-Up to The Beatles
From February 2014: Phil Gries plays audio highlights of early network news coverage of The Beatles before their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
17 min
77
Ken Berry on Andy Griffith
From January 2019: A minisode edition of our conversation with Ken Berry
6 min
78
Andy Griffith and the Ideal of Mayberry
TV Confidential celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the premiere of The Andy Griffith Show with this clip from our June 2013 tribute to Andy Griffith
13 min
79
Johnny's First Appearance as Carnac
From 2011: Phil Gries plays more rarely heard audio highlights from the ten years of Johnny Carson's reign as host of The Tonight Show
9 min
80
Johnny's First Monologue
From May 2011: Rarely heard highlights from Johnny Carson’s first few years as host of The Tonight Show
10 min
81
Writing for Redd Foxx
Part 2 of our conversation with Ted Bergman, author of Confessions of a Rogue TV Comedy Writer
21 min
82
Happy Birthday, Norman Lear
A roundtable discussion about the shows of iconic producer Norman Lear
18 min
83
Late Night Comedy in a COVID-19 Universe
A look at how COVID-19 has affected the landscape of late night TV comedy shows
13 min
84
Tara Arkle, Radio Honey and The Formula for Love
Ed welcomes novelist Tara Newley Arkle (Radio Honey)
22 min
85
Rich Little... Virtually Speaking
Rich Little talks to Ed about preparing for his first virtual concert performance, Rich Little... Virtually Speaking
18 min
86
Rich Little: People He's Known and Been
Rich Little talks to Ed about his friendships with David Janssen and Barry Morse of The Fugitive
20 min
87
50 Years of The Odd Couple on TV
TV Confidential celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of The Odd Couple in 1970
13 min
88
Monty Hall, The Odd Couple and Let's Make a Deal
We continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Odd Couple on television with this clip from June 2013 in which Monty Hall talks about the episode in which Felix and Oscar play Let's Make a Deal
8 min
89
Tribute to Dave Madden
We continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Partridge Family with this clip from our January 2014 tribute to Dave Madden
15 min
90
Why Shirley Jones Became Shirley Partridge
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Partridge Family with this clip from our August 2013 conversation with Shirley Jones
9 min
91
Confessions of A Rogue TV Comedy Writer
Ed welcomes Emmy nominated writer/producer Ted Bergman (Confessions of a Rogue TV Comedy Writer)
20 min
92
Why TV Comedy Writers are Born, Not Made
Ed welcomes Emmy nominated writer/producer Ted Bergman (Confessions of a Rogue TV Comedy Writer)
18 min
93
Truth or Consequences Comes to Television
From 2015: A capsule history of Truth or Consequences on television
19 min
94
The Humanity of James Garner
Ed welcomes Gigi Garner, founder of The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund
22 min
95
James Garner and Racing
Ed welcomes Gigi Garner, founder of The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund
13 min
96
The Return of Mr. TV Classics
Part 3 of our conversation with television historian and TV host Steve Beverly
7 min
97
Saturday Night TV Shows That Make You Feel Good
Steve Beverly tells Ed what's on tap in the weeks ahead on Steve Beverly's TV Classics
18 min
98
The Backstory of Chuckles Bites the Dust
From June 2013: A minisode edition of our conversation with Jennifer Armstrong, author of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted
8 min
99
The Energy of Larry Hagman
From December 2012: Bill Daily talks to Ed about working with Larry Hagman
10 min
100
Bill Daily on Larry Hagman
We commemorate the anniversary of the premiere of I Dream of Jeannie with a clip from our December 2012 conversation with Bill Daily
7 min