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
The Roman Holidays on DVD
From March 2018: Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of the 1972 animated series The Roman Holidays
5 min
2
Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle on DVD
From March 2018: Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of the 1976 animated series Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle
7 min
3
Michael Preece on Barbara Bel Geddes and Dallas
From February 2012: Ed welcomes television director Michael Preece
8 min
4
Happy Birthday, Willie Mays
TV Confidential wishes a happy 90th birthday to Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays
6 min
5
Perry Mason: The Blueprint for All Other Legal ...
From May 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Raymond Burr's first Emmy Award for playing Perry Mason
7 min
6
When Television Brought Us Together
Ed welcomes David Hofstede, author of When Television Brought Us Together
20 min
7
That Girl and Other Comfort TV Favorites
Ed welcomes David Hofstede, author of When Television Brought Us Together
20 min
8
Auditioning in Hollywood Today
Tony talks to Ed about some of the experiences that he and Donna have had while auditioning as a couple
16 min
9
The Heart of Bob Hope
Ed welcomes Martha Bolton, the first and only female fulltime staff writer hired by Bob Hope
21 min
10
The Cast of The Jeffersons
Part 2 of our conversation with Jay Moriarty, longtime writer/producer of The Jeffersons
21 min
11
The Character of George Jefferson
Part 2 of conversation with Jay Moriarty, author of Honky in the House
10 min
12
Prince: Chaos, Disorder and Revolution
From June 2011: Ed welcomes Prince biographer Jason Draper
9 min
13
Prince and Purple Rain: The Movie
From June 2011: Ed welcomes Prince biographer Jason Draper
9 min
14
How Prince Became "Prince"
From June 2011: Ed welcomes Prince biographer Jason Draper
9 min
15
The Bob Crane TV Trivia Quiz
From October 2018: An encore presentation of our special Bob Crane TV Trivia Quiz with special guest emcee Robert Crane
22 min
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The Musical Talents of Hogan's Heroes
From October 2018: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome screenwriter, journalist and author Robert Crane
19 min
17
Howard Storm, Budd Moss and the Genius of Norma...
From March 2019: A roundtable discussion with Howard Storm and Budd Burton Moss
13 min
18
Behind the Scenes of The Jeffersons
Ed welcomes award-winning television writer/producer Jay Moriarty
21 min
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Writing and Producing The Jeffersons
Ed welcomes Jay Moriarty, longtime writer/producer of The Jeffersons
20 min
20
Jetsons: The Movie on Blu-ray
Greg Ehrbar reviews the Blu-ray release of Jetsons: The Movie
15 min
21
Live from The Empire State Building
Remembering the first experimental broadcasts from the Empire State Building during This Week in TV History
2 min
22
The Legend of Captain Midnight
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the night in April 1986 when a video pirate hacked into HBO's satellite transmission
7 min
23
1st Coast to Coast Telecast via Satellite
From April 2012: Remembering the first coast-to-coast telecast by satellite communications as part of This Week in TV History
7 min
24
Why Tommy Lasorda was Made for Television
Tony and Ed celebrate the life and career of legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda
21 min
25
Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run
Tony and Ed discuss the many ways in which Hank Aaron's 715th home run in April 1974 transcended the world of sports
18 min
26
The Final Days of Bob Crane
Part 3 of our conversation with Bob Crane biographers Carol Ford and Linda Grounwater
11 min
27
Bob Crane: A Chronicler of Everything
The conclusion of our conversation with Bob Crane biographers Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater
24 min
28
The Rewiring of Radames Pera
Part 2 of our conversation with actor and entrepreneur Radames Pera
19 min
29
Radames Pera’s Second Sojourn into Acting
Ed welcomes actor and entrepreneur Radames Pera
13 min
30
Karen Kondazian and the "Disciplined Improv" of...
From April 2013: Ed welcomes actress and novelist Karen Kondazian
5 min
31
1st Demonstration of the Original VCR
From 2011: The demonstration of the first videotape recorder in April 1956
6 min
32
Andy Griffith and Return to Mayberry
From April 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the premiere of Return to Mayberry in April 1986
12 min
33
Why Bob Crane's Radio Show was Really a Spectat...
From June 2020: Bob Crane biographers Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater discuss the many ways in which Bob Crane left his mark in radio, both in Connecticut and on KNX-CBS in Los Angeles
9 min
34
How Bob Crane Left His Mark in Radio
From June 2020: Ed welcomes back Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater, two of the co-authors of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography
22 min
35
The Other Bob Crane Show
From June 2020: Bob Crane biographers Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater discuss Crane's short-lived sitcom, The Bob Crane Show (NBC, 1975)
12 min
36
Josie and The Pussycats on Blu-ray
A review of the Josie and The Pussycats Blu-ray release
8 min
37
Josie and The Pussycats: Fun, Groovy Stuff
A review of the Josie and The Pussycats in Outer Space Blu-ray release
12 min
38
Ruta Lee, Perry Mason, and The Lineup
Part 2 of our conversation with entertainment legend Ruta Lee
18 min
39
Ruta Lee, High Rollers, and Talk of the Town
Ruta Lee shares some memories of working with Alex Trebek on High Rollers
16 min
40
L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star’s Barbara van Orde...
TVC 450.1: Via remote from The Hollywood Museum: Ed interviews singer/actress Barbara van Orden, co-executive producer of L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star: 2019; Jim Colucci, deputy editor for CBS Watch! Magazine and author of Golden Girls Forever and the...
20 min
41
Ugly Dolls composer Christopher Lennertz on the...
TVC 450.2: Greg Ehrbar interviews award-winning producer, composer and conductor Christopher Lennertz (Marvel’s Agent Carter, Galavant, Netflix’s Lost in Space). Christopher’s latest feature is Ugly Dolls, the animated musical starring Kelly Clarkson...
19 min
42
Part 2 with Ugly Dolls composer Christopher Len...
Ugly Dolls composer Christopher Lennertz on the movie’s uplifting message
13 min
43
Screen Villain Patrick Kilpatrick on Escaping D...
TVC 451.3: Ed welcomes actor, author, teacher, producer, and longtime movie and TV villain Patrick Kilpatrick (Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot). As an actor, Patrick has been killed, beaten up or...
20 min
44
How Longtime Movie Villain Patrick Kilpatrick A...
TVC 451.4: Actor and author Patrick Kilpatrick (Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot) discusses the psychosexual approach he often takes to playing heinous characters in movies and on TV, and on the...
17 min
45
Richard Pryor Jr.: Live from The Hollywood Museum
TVC 451.5: Via remote from The Hollywood Museum: Ed interviews singer, actor and author Richard Pryor Jr. (In a Pryor Life) and twelve-year-old actor and host Brandin Stennis (The Young and the Restless).
10 min
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Chuck Harter pays tribute to comedian Richard P...
TVC 451.6: From the recent Richard Pryor Jr. book signing at The Hollywood Museum: Author, musician and pop culture historian Chuck Harter shares a poignant memory about comedian Richard Pryor.
6 min
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The Bob Crane TV Trivia Quiz (preview)
From July 2018: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back journalist Robert Crane, eldest son of actor Bob Crane
7 min
48
Revival: The Experience’s Kirk Taylor on his ow...
From April 2019: Ed welcomes actor Kirk Taylor (Revival! The Experience)
25 min
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George Chakiris, Elaine Stritch, and Company
Part 2 of our conversation with Academy Award winner George Chakiris
18 min
50
George Chakiris, Notorious Woman, and Dallas
Part 2 of our conversation with George Charkis, author of My West Side Story
11 min
51
James Garner, John Frankenheimer, and The Makin...
From April 2012: Jon Winokur, co-author of The Garner Files, discusses James Garner's lifelong passion for race cars
20 min
52
Jim Rockford's Firebird and other "star cars"
From January 2011: Ed welcomes “star car” researcher Jim Suva (Pioneers of Television).
17 min
53
Ruta Lee: Consider Your Ass Kissed
Ed welcomes back entertainment legend Ruta Lee, author of Consider Your Ass Kissed
24 min
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Ruta Lee and the Phone Call Heard Round the World
Ed welcomes Ruta Lee, author of Consider Your Ass Kissed
18 min
55
Revival’s Kirk Taylor on the humanity of Jesus ...
Part 2 of our April 2019 conversation with actor Kirk Taylor (Revival: The Experience)
13 min
56
CBS Fires Tom and Dick Smothers on Apr. 4, 1969
A special minisode edition of This Week in TV History in which Tony, Donna, and Ed look back at the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in April 1969
8 min
57
The Multigenerational Appeal of Doris Day
TVC 454.1: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, music and TV historian, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark joins Ed for a remembrance of singer, actress, and animal rights activist Doris Day.
21 min
58
The Amazing Range of Doris Day
From June 2019: Our tribute to Doris Day continues with more memories from her friend and ours, Geoffrey Mark
7 min
59
Why East Side/West Side was "Too Good" for TV
From March 2011: Ed welcomes Stephen Bowie, television historian and publisher of The Classic TV History Blog
9 min
60
The Backstory of East Side/West Side
From April 2011: David Susskind biographer Stephen Battaglio discusses the events that led to the development and short demise of East Side/West Side
11 min
61
Cicely Tyson: A Stellar Example of What an Acto...
Tony, Donna, and Ed celebrate the life and career of Cicely Tyson
25 min
62
Raymond J. Barry of Free Byrd
Ed welcomes back award-winning film, stage and TV actor Raymond J. Barry
18 min
63
Raymond J. Barry: From the Heart, From the Soul
Raymond J. Barry talks to Ed about his new movie, Free Byrd
12 min
64
More with Raymond J. Barry
Our remaining segment with actor and artist Raymond J. Barry (Free Byrd, Justified, Shooter)
21 min
65
George Chakiris: My West Side Story
Ed welcomes Academy Award winner George Chakiris of West Side Story
17 min
66
The Early Career of George Chakiris
Ed welcomes Academy Award winner George Chakiris of West Side Story
17 min
67
Happy Birthday, Peter Marshall
TV Confidential wishes an early happy 95th birthday to actor and singer Peter Marshall
8 min
68
The Birth of The Rockford Files
A minisode edition in which Tony, Donna, and Ed go back to Mar. 27, 1974, the night on which the pilot episode of The Rockford Files first aired on NBC
16 min
69
Cannon, Quinn Martin, and William Conrad
From April 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed spotlight the career of actor/producer William Conrad
11 min
70
William Conrad, Bullwinkle, and Sonny & Cher
From April 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed spotlight the career of William Conrad
11 min
71
Behind the Scenes of Senior Moment
Ed welcomes Gina Goff, producer of Senior Moment
19 min
72
The Car Stars of Senior Moment
Ed welcomes Gina Goff, producer of Senior Moment
5 min
73
Blondie: An Inverted Bewitched (kinda sorta)
Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of Blondie: The Complete 1957 Television Series
19 min
74
Kevin Spirtas of After Forever
Part 2 of our conversation with actor Kevin Spirtas, co-creator, along with Michael Slade, of After Forever
16 min
75
Behind the Scenes of Xena: Warrior Princess
Ed welcomes back Paul Robert Coyle, author of Swords, Starships and Superheroes: From Star Trek to Xena to Hercules
21 min
76
Behind the Scenes of Hercules: The Legendary Jo...
Paul Robert Coyle takes listeners inside the world of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
20 min
77
Behind the Scenes of The Dead Zone
Our remaining moments with television writer and producer Paul Robert Coyle
9 min
78
How Ann Rutherford Broke into Radio
From May 2010: Former MGM star Ann Rutherford tells the story of how she broke into radio when she was a young girl
6 min
79
Why Hal Linden was the Anchor of Barney Miller
From March 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed say Happy Birthday to Hal Linden
9 min
80
Hal Linden Before and After Barney Miller
From March 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed say Happy Birthday to Hal Linden
7 min
81
Paul Robert Coyle on Writing for Deep Space Nine
Part 3 of our conversation with television writer Paul Robert Coyle
22 min
82
Cloris Leachman: An Unforgettable Actress
Tony, Donna, and Ed celebrate the life and career of Cloris Leachman
17 min
83
Ed Asner on Cloris Leachman
From October 2020: Ed Asner talks to Ed, Tony, and Donna about his friend and fellow MTM cast mate Cloris Leachman
11 min
84
Walter Koenig on the Appeal of Star Trek IV
Ed welcomes back Walter Koenig of Star Trek and Babylon 5
21 min
85
Walter Koenig on Joining the Cast of Babylon 5
The remaining moments of our conversation with Walter Koenig
5 min
86
Why The Pet Set Was a Perfect Vehicle for Betty...
Ed welcomes Darren Wadyko, the distributor of Betty White’s The Pet Set: The Complete Series
23 min
87
Phyllis Lindstrom, Sue Ann Nivens, and Sexy Fem...
From June 2013: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back Jennifer Armstrong, author of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted
10 min
88
Connie Stevens on Elvis, Jerry Lewis, and James...
From September 2014: Ed welcomes singer, actress, and director Connie Stevens
7 min
89
Lawrence Welk: A Longtime Saturday Night Staple
From June 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the premiere of The Lawrence Welk Show in July 1955
10 min
90
How Lawrence Welk Helped ABC Grow
From July 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed continued their conversation about The Lawrence Welk Show
4 min
91
Living Alone and Loving It with Barbara Feldon
TVC says Happy Birthday to Barbara Feldon by playing a clip from our January 2013 conversation with the iconic actress known as Agent 99. Barbara's book LIVING ALONE AND LOVING IT: A Guide to Relishing the Solo Life challenges the stigma that often exists about living on one's own
7 min
92
Dark Intruder: One of the Most Influential Unso...
Gary Gerani tells Ed the backstory of Dark Intruder, perhaps the most successful, and certainly one of the most influential, unsold TV pilots ever made
20 min
93
The Music of Billy Goldenberg
Gary Gerani discusses his upcoming documentary on composer Billy Goldenberg and his upcoming book on Hollywood poster painter Joe Smith
17 min
94
Ben Murphy, Billy Crystal, George Burns and the...
From March 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Ben Murphy's birthday and other events that occurred This Week in TV History
14 min
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Walter Koenig: Life Before, During and Beyond S...
A return visit by Walter Koenig, the actor known around the world as Mr. Chekov on the original Star Trek and Alfred Bester on Babylon 5
23 min
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Walter Koenig, Alfred Bester, and Babylon 5
Part 2 of our conversation with Walter Koenig of Star Trek and Babylon 5
17 min
97
Giorgio Serafini, director of Senior Moment
Ed welcomes Giorgio Serafini, director of Senior Moment, a romantic comedy starring William Shatner, Jean Smart, and Christopher Lloyd
19 min
98
Agnes Moorehead: I Love the Illusion
From February 2011: Ed welcomes Agnes Moorehead biographer Charles Tranberg
5 min
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Agnes Moorehead and the Two Darrins
From February 2011: Ed welcomes Agnes Moorehead biographer Charles Tranberg
7 min
100
John O'Hurley and The Appeal of Dancing with th...
From March 2011: A clip from our conversation with Seinfeld star John O'Hurley
3 min