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
Howard Storm and The Committee
Ed welcomes Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood
23 min
2
Saturday Night Scares with Suzanne deLaurentiis
Ed welcomes producer/director Suzanne deLaurentiis, host of Suzanne's Saturday Night Scares
18 min
3
The Television Career of Richard Donner
From August 2011: Ed welcomes Richard Donner biographer James Christie
11 min
4
Ron Bacon, Television Pioneer
Ed welcomes Ron Bacon, Emmy Award winner and a true pioneer of early network TV production
20 min
5
Ron Bacon and The Frank Sinatra Show
Ed welcomes Ron Bacon, Emmy Award winner and a true pioneer of early network TV production
17 min
6
Richard Donner, Get Smart, and Gilligan’s Island
From August 2011: Ed welcomes Richard Donner biographer James Christie
10 min
7
Richard Donner, Superman, and The American Dream
From August 2011: Ed welcomes Richard Donner biographer James Christie
6 min
8
The Cultural Impact of Laugh-In
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Emmy nominated comedy writer Jim Abell
19 min
9
Sources of Material for Laugh-In
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Emmy nominated comedy writer Jim Abell
19 min
10
Pink Panther Cartoons on Blu-ray
Greg Ehrbar reviews the Blu-ray release of The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection
11 min
11
Pink Panther's Influence on Cartoons Today
Greg Ehrbar discusses the Blu-ray of The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection
20 min
12
Howard Storm and the Desilu Players
Ed welcomes Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood
17 min
13
Howard Storm and Lenny Bruce
Ed welcomes Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood
12 min
14
Howard Storm and Blood, Sweat and Tears
Ed welcomes Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood
6 min
15
Richard Donner, Sarah T., and The Omen
From August 2011: Ed welcomes Richard Donner biographer James Christie
6 min
16
William Schallert: A Television Favorite
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
19 min
17
William Schallert and The Circle Theatre
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
20 min
18
William Schallert's Very Big Year
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
14 min
19
William Schallert and Get Smart
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
20 min
20
William Schallert, Walter Matthau, and Elvis Pr...
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
18 min
21
The Matchless Gene Rayburn
From May 2016: Greg Ehrbar reviews The Matchless Gene Rayburn
14 min
22
Why NBC Canceled My World... and Welcome to It
From January 2013: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979
8 min
23
Remembering The CBS Bicentennial Minutes
From June 2011: "And that's the way it was..." Tony, Donna, and Ed remember The Bicentennial Minutes
8 min
24
Single Season Sitcoms of the 1970s
From January 2013: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979
6 min
25
Single Season Sitcoms, Part 2
From January 2013: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979
4 min
26
Inside the Writers Room of Laugh-In
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Emmy nominated comedy writer Jim Abell
20 min
27
Forest Lawn, Love, American Style, and Laugh-In
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Emmy nominated comedy writer Jim Abell
18 min
28
Biffle and Shooster and Rondo Hatton
From March 2019: Ed and Greg welcome Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger
12 min
29
Biffle and Shooster and Funny is Funny
From March 2019: Ed and Greg welcome Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger
21 min
30
Biffle and Shooster and Sammy Petrillo
From March 2019: Ed and Greg welcome Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger
19 min
31
The Man Behind "The Best a Man Can Get"
Ed welcomes Michael Shevack, author of Soul Lessons from The Wizard of Oz and The Six Fix: Spiritual Healthcare for a Stronger America
14 min
32
Successful TV Writing with Lee Goldberg
From August 2011: Ed and Tony welcome Lee Goldberg, author of Successful Television Writing
8 min
33
Why Act I is Always Hard to Write
From August 2011: Ed and Tony welcome Lee Goldberg, author of Successful Television Writing
5 min
34
Protecting "The Franchise" of a TV Show
From August 2011: Ed and Tony welcome Lee Goldberg, author of Successful Television Writing
5 min
35
Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For
Ed welcomes Alexis Hunter, author of Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For
19 min
36
Why James Arness was the Essence of Gunsmoke
From June 2011: Doug Brode, author of Shooting Stars of the Small Screen, helps Ed pay tribute to James Arness
15 min
37
Amy Stoch on Playing Matt Dillon's Daughter
From August 2020: Actress Amy Stoch helps Ed pay tribute to James Arness
4 min
38
Little Fugitive: Revolutionary for Its Time
Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent Kino Lorber Blu-ray release of Little Fugitive (1953)
11 min
39
The Best of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin
Greg and Ed continue their discussion about the films of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin
19 min
40
The Interesting Times of Laraine Newman
Ed welcomes actress, comedienne, and author Laraine Newman (May You Live in Interesting Times)
19 min
41
The Many Voices of Laraine Newman
Ed welcomes Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live, May You Live in Interesting Times)
11 min
42
Laraine Newman and Ridley Jones
Our remaining moments with actress and voice artist Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live, May You Live in Interesting Times)
4 min
43
The Influence of Siskel and Ebert
From June 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember of the birthday of film critic Roger Ebert
7 min
44
How Siskel and Ebert Boosted Indie Films
From June 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember of the birthday of film critic Roger Ebert
5 min
45
How Television Covered the O.J. Simpson Case
Part 1 of a three-part minisode edition that looks back at how TV covered the events surrounding the O.J. Simpson murder case of 1994-1995
10 min
46
How TV Covered O.J.'s Flight from the Law
Part 2 of a three-part minisode edition that looks back at how TV covered the events of the O.J. Simpson murder case
8 min
47
How Late Night TV Covered the O.J. Simpson Case
Part 3 of our minisode edition looking back at various TV coverage of the events surrounding the O.J. Simpson murder case
13 min
48
The Death of Superman
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the death of actor George Reeves (The Adventures of Superman) in June 1959
5 min
49
How the News Covered the Death of George Reeves
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the death of actor George Reeves (The Adventures of Superman) in June 1959
3 min
50
Alison Mills Newman, Diahann Carroll, and Julia
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
22 min
51
Alison Mills Newman: Spirit Song
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
18 min
52
Alison Mills Newman Today
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
14 min
53
Flynn and Miranda: Your Right to Remain Silent
Ed welcomes Joseph Wallenstein, author of Flynn and Miranda: Your Right to Remain Silent
18 min
54
Why TV Producers are Sometimes Like Baseball Ma...
Ed welcomes Joseph Wallenstein, author of Flynn and Miranda: Your Right to Remain Silent
20 min
55
Why All Comedians are Tricksters
14 min
56
Gunsmoke: A Realistic, Yet Idealistic Western
From June 2011: Pop culture historian Douglas Brode with a look at the legacy of Gunsmoke
8 min
57
Why Gunsmoke Was Always a Character Show
From June 2011: Pop culture historian Douglas Brode joins Ed for a look at the legacy of Gunsmoke
5 min
58
Ed Sullivan: A Sunday Night Tradition
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the legacy of The Ed Sullivan Show
5 min
59
Embracing Our Inner George Carlin
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the legacy of comedian George Carlin
8 min
60
Norman Lloyd and the Most Difficult Columbo of All
Mark Dawidziak helps Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to actor, producer, and director Norman Lloyd
21 min
61
Norman Lloyd: The Sum is Greater Than the Parts
Mark Dawidziak helps Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to actor, producer, and director Norman Lloyd
24 min
62
Norman Lloyd and the Blacklist
Mark Dawidziak helps Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to actor, producer, and director Norman Lloyd
13 min
63
Nelson Riddle's Last Hurrah
Ed welcomes Geoff Littlefield, author of Nelson Riddle: Music with a Heartbeat
19 min
64
Alison Mills Newman and The Tree Widow
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
19 min
65
Alison Mills Newman and Mr. Novak
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
13 min
66
Oprah Signs Off
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the legacy of Oprah Winfrey
7 min
67
Can You Teach Funny?
From June 2012: Ed welcomes David Misch, television comedy writer and producer and author of Funny: The Book
6 min
68
Why Are Ducks Funny?
From June 2012: Ed welcomes David Misch, television comedy writer and producer and author of Funny: The Book
7 min
69
100 Years of Nelson Riddle
Ed welcomes Geoffrey Littlefield, author of Nelson Riddle: Music with a Heartbeat
20 min
70
The Singular Sound of Nelson Riddle
Ed welcomes Geoffrey Littlefield, author of Nelson Riddle: Music with a Heartbeat
21 min
71
Soul Lessons from The Wizard of Oz
Ed welcomes Michael Shevack, author of Soul Lessons from The Wizard of Oz
16 min
72
The Inimitable Charles Grodin
From December 2012: Ed welcomes Charles Grodin
19 min
73
Charles Grodin, Lee Strasberg, and Andy Rooney
From December 2012: Ed welcomes Charles Grodin
17 min
74
Charles Grodin and the Personalization of Acting
From December 2012: Ed welcomes Charles Grodin
14 min
75
Shooting the Breeze with iHeart Radio host Torc...
TVC 452.1: Ed welcomes Torchy Smith, host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio and author of Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars: Surprising Celebrity Conversations for the Retro Generation, a collection of fifty first-hand accounts of such Baby Boomer...
19 min
76
Mary Tyler Moore and Elizabeth Montgomery biogr...
TVC 452.2: Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s interview with author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato, author of 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...
21 min
77
More with Greg and Herbie J
TVC 452.2a: Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s interview with author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato
14 min
78
The Secret Hollywood Studio That Shaped The Col...
TVC 452.3: Ed welcomes Kevin Hamiliton and Ned O’Gorman, co-authors of Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, the inside story of Lookout Mountain Laboratory—a secret motion picture studio, run by the U.S....
21 min
79
James Stewart, Rear Window, and Lookout Mountai...
TVC 452.4: Kevin Hamiliton and Ned O’Gorman, co-authors of Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, discuss how Oscar-winning actor and U.S. Air Force reserve brigadier general James Stewart lent gravitas to the...
18 min
80
How iHeart Radio host Torchy Smith Got His Name
TVC 452.5: Torchy Smith, host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio and author of Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars: Surprising Celebrity Conversations for the Retro Generation, shares some insight into his approach to interviewing such Baby Boomer...
13 min
81
Happy Birthday, Bob Hope
Bob Mills, longtime writer for Bob Hope, joins Ed in the studio that was recorded on May 29, 2013, the day that would have marked Hope's 110th birthday
11 min
82
Bob Hope, Topical Monologist
From June 2013: Bob Mills, longtime writer for Bob Hope, on how the legendary comedian always went for the laugh when poking fun at political figures
11 min
83
Writing for Bob Hope
Part 3 of a conversation with longtime Bob Hope writer Bob Mills that was recorded on May 29, 2013, Hope's 110th birthday
12 min
84
The Twilight Years of Bob Hope on Television
Part 4 of our minisode edition featuring longtime Bob Hope writer Bob Mills
7 min
85
The First Our Gang Comedy with Sound
From May 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the appeal of the Our Gang comedies as part of This Week in TV History
24 min
86
Public Defender on DVD
Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD release of Public Defender
17 min
87
Man with a Camera on DVD
Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of Man with a Camera
9 min
88
Bob Hope: A Fearless Performer
Part 2 of our conversation with Martha Bolton, the first and only fulltime female writer on Bob Hope's staff
21 min
89
Billie Hayes: A True Original
Marty Krofft helps us pay tribute to actress Billie Hayes
18 min
90
Billie Hayes and Sid & Marty Krofft
Greg and Ed with a few more thoughts on the career of Billie Hayes
12 min
91
The Quality of Quinn Martin
TV Confidential celebrates the birthday of iconic television producer Quinn Martin
4 min
92
Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show Monologue
From July 2013: Ed welcomes Charlie Barrett, longtime publicist for Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon
5 min
93
Johnny, Ed, and Bob
From July 2013: Ed welcomes Charlie Barrett, longtime publicist for Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon
6 min
94
Ken Osmond: A Grounded, Well Rounded Actor
Tony, Donna, and Ed celebrate the life and career of Ken Osmond
19 min
95
Severin Browne: Overdue
Singer/songwriter Severin Browne talks to Ed about his new CD, Overdue, and the creative process in general
19 min
96
When Women Invented Television
Ed welcomes Jennifer Armstrong, author of When Women Invented Television
12 min
97
Why Betty White was Made for Television
Jennifer Armstrong, author of When Women Invented Television, discussed the early TV career of Betty White
20 min
98
Why Hazel Scott Was the Beyoncé of Her Time
Ed welcomes Jennifer Armstrong, author of When Women Invented Television
17 min
99
Why Leave It to Beaver is True Americana
Tony, Donna, and Ed continue their tribute to Ken Osmond and Leave It to Beaver
14 min
100
The Last of the Our Gang Comedies
From May 2014: A look at the appeal of the Our Gang comedies, aka The Little Rascals
7 min