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
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Happy Birthday, Sandy Duncan
From February 2016: The early TV career of Broadway star Sandy Duncan
5 min
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How Television Evolved During the Era of Classi...
Ed welcomes Mitchell Hadley, author of The Electronic Mirror
20 min
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Perry Mason, Ernie Kovacs, and The Electronic M...
Ed welcomes Mitchell Hadley, author of The Electronic Mirror
18 min
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The Flintstones on Blu-ray
Greg and Ed discuss the recently released complete series Blu-ray release of The Flintstones
12 min
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Donzaleigh Abernathy and Partners to History
Ed welcomes Donzaleigh Abernathy, youngest daughter of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and goddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
23 min
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Donzaleigh Abernathy, Part 2
Ed welcomes Donzaleigh Abernathy, star of Any Day Now and author of Partners to History
19 min
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The Character Arc of Fred Flintstone
Greg and Ed discuss The Man Called Flintstone, which is part of The Flintstones: The Complete Series Blu-ray release
18 min
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Richard Matheson: A Great American Writer... Pe...
TV Confidential commemorates the 95th birthday of Richard Matheson by sharing this clip from our July 2013 tribute featuring Mark Dawidziak
11 min
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Richard Matheson: A Great American Writer, Part 2
From July 2013: Part 2 of our tribute to Richard Matheson
10 min
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Richard Matheson: A Great American Writer, Part 3
From July 2013: Part 3 of our tribute to Richard Matheson featuring Mark Dawidziak
11 min
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Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek, and Space: 1999
Part 2 of our conversation with Marc Cushman about Volume 2 of These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s
20 min
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Cy Chermak and the Evolution of CHiPs
Ed plays highlights from our September 2018 conversation with television producer Cy Chermak
5 min
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Cy Chermak, David Chase, and Kolchak: The Night...
From September 2018: Behind the scenes of Kolchak: The Night Stalker
11 min
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Cy Chermak, Francine Carroll, and Amy Prentiss
From September 2018: Cy Chermak talks to Ed about the Emmy Award-winning series Amy Prentiss
7 min
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The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald
From September 2018: Ed welcomes Ella Fitzgerald biographer Geoffrey Mark
13 min
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Kevin Spirtas, Michael Slade, and After Forever
Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning actor, writer and producer Kevin Spirtas (Days of Our Lives, After Forever)
20 min
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Tribute to Paul Green
From December 2015: Author Paul Green talks to Ed about his interest in the life and career of Pete Duel
20 min
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Ella Fitzgerald and “Miss Otis Regrets”
Ed welcomes Geoffrey Mark, host of Geoffrey Marks Plays Ella
14 min
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Lucille Ball historian Geoffrey Mark on what ma...
From May 2019: From the floor of The Hollywood Museum: Geoffrey Mark, author of The Lucy Book and other books on film and television, tells Ed the question he asked Ms. Ball that immediately got her attention, as well as why Lucy’s radio interview show,...
9 min
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Gene Roddenberry biographer Marc Cushman and th...
From May 2019: Star Trek historian Mark Cushman takes us behind the scenes of The Questor Tapes, the critically acclaimed series pilot that many consider to be Gene Roddenberry’s best work (other than Star Trek). Marc’s latest book, These Are the Voyages:...
22 min
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I Spy historian Marc Cushman reveals why that s...
From May 2019: Marc Cushman, author of These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s and other books on film and television, tells Ed the story of how his research for his I Spy book uncovered the reason why I Spy was canceled—and how...
21 min
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Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney, and the 90th Anniver...
From May 2019: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the special picture disc soundtrack commemorating the 90th anniversary of the release of Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie. Plus: Greg recommends the album Songs from Alice in Wonderland, an interpretation by...
21 min
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Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen on her return to r...
From May 2019: From the floor of The Hollywood Museum: Ed interviews Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch) and Frank Sheftel of KABC Radio’s Sunday Night Live with Susan and Frank. Susan and Frank were among the special guests who attended the recent unveiling of...
7 min
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Star Trek III’s Robert Hooks on overcoming his ...
From May 2019: Robert Hooks talks about the role that one of his sons played in convincing him to join the cast of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Chuck Harter co-hosts.
14 min
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Trouble Man’s Robert Hooks on the Marvin Gaye s...
From May 2019: Robert Hooks, founder of the Negro Ensemble Company, joins Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter for Part 2 of a conversation about his film, TV and stage career, including Trouble Man, the cult classic from 1972 that, tough widely considered a...
23 min
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Bill Daily: The Funniest Man in the World
From June 2014: An encore presentation of our interview with Bill Daily, the actor known around the world as Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie and Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show.
26 min
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Part 2 with Bill Daily
Part 2 of our June 2014 conversation with Bill Daily
17 min
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Tribute to Burt Reynolds
From September 2018: TV Confidential remembers legendary actor Burt Reynolds
20 min
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Michael Sloan's Serendipitous Path to Television
Ed welcomes television writer/producer and novelist Michael Sloan
21 min
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Michael Sloan and the Path to The Equalizer
Part 2 of our conversation with Michael Sloan, creator/producer of The Equalizer and author of One More Thing, Sir...
21 min
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Loretta Young and The Road to Lourdes
From February 2013: Christopher and Linda Lewis, curators of the Loretta Young estate, talk to Ed about "The Road to Lourdes," the famous controversial episode of The Loretta Young Show
9 min
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The Endeavor of Robert Colbert
From November 2012: Ed welcomes Robert Colbert (Maverick, The Time Tunnel, The Young and the Restless)
23 min
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55 Years of The Time Tunnel
From November 2012: Robert Colbert talks to Ed about the timeless appeal of The Time Tunnel
17 min
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More with Robert Colbert
From November 2012: Ed welcomes Robert Colbert (Maverick, The Time Tunnel, The Young and the Restless)
7 min
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45 Years of The Bionic Woman
From June 2015: TV Confidential marks the 45th anniversary of the premiere of The Bionic Woman by replaying our conversation with Lindsay Wagner
7 min
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Pete Duel, Hannibal Heyes, and Bret Maverick
TV Confidential honors the memory of our friend Paul Green by sharing this clip from our December 2015 conversation about the life of Pete Duel
8 min
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How the Term "Show Runner" Came to Be
From September 2018: A clip from our conversation with award-winning television producer Cy Chermak
6 min
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Cy Chermak on What a Show Runner Does
From September 2018: A clip from our conversation with award-winning television producer Cy Chermak
8 min
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What Makes Star Trek “Star Trek”
Ed welcomes back Star Trek historian and Gene Roddenberry biographer Marc Cushman
19 min
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Debunking the Myths of Star Trek: The Motion Pi...
Gene Roddenberry biographer Marc Cushman on the myth surrounding Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek: The Motion Picture
18 min
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Remembering Norm Crosby
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Norm Crosby as part of This Week in TV History
8 min
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Anson Williams on Don Sutton
A few words on the passing of longtime Dodgers pitcher and Braves broadcaster Don Sutton
4 min
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Moosie Drier, Jack Lemmon, and The War Between ...
Ed welcomes back actor, director, and voice artist Moosie Drier
20 min
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Moosie Drier on the Energy of Bill Daily
Moosie Drier shares a poignant memory involving Bill Daily while filming his last appearance on The Bob Newhart Show
17 min
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Moosie Drier, John Wayne, and James Garner
Part 3 of our conversation with actor, director and voice artist Moosie Drier
17 min
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Hail to Larry King
A few words on the passing of talk show legend Larry King
3 min
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The Fearlessness of Loretta Young
From February 2013: Ed welcomes Christopher and Linda Lewis. Christopher's mother, Loretta Young, was one of the first major movie stars to embrace television and leave her mark on it
8 min
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Loretta Young: A Pioneer for Women in Television
From February 2013: Part 2 of our conversation with Christopher and Linda Lewis, curators of the Loretta Young estate
10 min
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The Noir-ish Look of The Loretta Young Show
Part 3 of our February 2013 conversation with Christopher and Linda Lewis, curators of the Loretta Young estate
8 min
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Loretta Young and Dennis Hopper
Parr 4 of our February 2013 conversation with Christopher and Linda Lewis about the life and legacy of Loretta Young
11 min
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The Inner Voice of Peter Mark Richman
TV Confidential remembers Peter Mark Richman by playing highlights of conversations that originally aired May 2011 and July 2018
20 min
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Peter Mark Richman: Much More Than "Charlie Gri...
Ed plays highlights from our May 2011 conversation with Peter Mark Richman
9 min
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Peter Mark Richman on Cain's Hundred
Highlights from our July 2018 conversation with Peter Mark Richman
9 min
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40 Years of Dynasty and Hill Street Blues
From January 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the network premieres of Hill Street Blues, Dynasty, and Donny & Marie
14 min
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Kat Kramer Salutes Lily Tomlin
Ed welcomes back singer, actress, comedienne, and producer Kat Kramer
20 min
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Kat Kramer and the House on Crescent Drive
Kat Kramer talks to Ed about the legendary haunted house in Hollywood in which she was born
17 min
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Sterling Mire and The AOM System
Ed welcomes actress and author Sterling Mire (The AOM System)
21 min
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Julie Adams: The Lucky Southern Star
From January 2012: Actress Julie Adams on why audiences continue to love The Creature from The Black Lagoon
13 min
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Julie Adams on Why We Love the Creature
From January 2012: Part 2 of our conversation with actress and author Julie Adams
5 min
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Tribute to Abe Vigoda
From March 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed on how Abe Vigoda overcame an erroneous 1982 report about his death to enjoy a thriving career after Barney Miller
6 min
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Barney Miller: One of The Best TV Comedies Ever
From March 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the legacy of Barney Miller
6 min
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Dawn Wells: Remembered Fondly, and With Love
TV Confidential dedicates its entire two-hour program this week to the life and career of Dawn Wells
20 min
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The Insatiable Curiosity of Dawn Wells
Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Geoffrey Mark shares some memories of his dear friend Dawn Wells
19 min
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The Character of Dawn Wells
Geoffrey Mark talks to Ed about his dear friend Dawn Wells
5 min
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The Stars Come Out for Dawn Wells
From September 2019: Highlights from the Hollywood Museum ceremony honoring Dawn Wells and Gilligan's Island
8 min
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Dawn Wells: "She Clicked with Everybody"
Bill Funt joins Ed to share a few memories of his dear friend Dawn Wells
21 min
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Dawn Wells: An International Treasure
Bill Funt talks to Ed about his dear friend Dawn Wells
12 min
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Dawn Wells on the "Doris Day" Quality of Mary Ann
From July 2017: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Dawn Wells of Gilligan's Island
9 min
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Dawn Wells: Extra Portion
A bonus clip from our July 2017 conversation with Dawn Wells
2 min
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Dawn Wells, Winterhawk, and The Owl and the Pus...
From July 2017: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome actress, author and producer Dawn Wells
15 min
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Coda to Dawn Wells
Some final thoughts on the passing of Dawn Wells
3 min
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Why We Love Betty White
TV Confidential says Happy Birthday to Betty White by sharing this clip our December 2014 about the career of the iconic actress
7 min
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Betty White's First TV Series
From December 2014: Ed and Greg discuss Life with Elizabeth and A Date with the Angels, two early network TV series starring Betty White
7 min
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How to Write for Certain TV Actors
Ed welcomes television writer, producer and author Paul Robert Coyle
21 min
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Paul Robert Coyle on CHiPs, Crazy Like a Fox, a...
Part 2 of our conversation with television writer/producer Paul Robert Coyle
16 min
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William Link on the Origins of Columbo
From July 2011: William Link, co-creator of Columbo, pays tribute to his longtime friend Peter Falk
14 min
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Caroline Hennesy of General Hospital
Ed welcomes Carolyn Hennesy of General Hospital
20 min
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50 Years of All in the Family
11 min
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55 Years of Batman '66
From January 2011: How Batman really tapped the potential of color TV in 1966
11 min
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Levinson and Link: The Rolls and Royce of Telev...
From July 2011: Part 2 of our conversation with William Link, co-creator of Columbo
22 min
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William Link on The Best “Pops” of Columbo
From July 2011: William Link, co-creator of Columbo and author of The Columbo Collection, on why the beloved TV character is a particularly good fit for the short story format
15 min
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The Early TV Roles of Pete Duel
From May 2011: Ed welcomes Paul Green, author of Pete Duel: A Biography
10 min
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Pete Duel and Love on a Rooftop
From May 2011: Ed welcomes Paul Green, author of Pete Duel: A Biography
9 min
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Robert Hooks: Cultural Architect
From April 2019: Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Robert Hooks
11 min
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Joyce Bulifant and My Four Hollywood Husbands
From April 2019: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome back actress and author Joyce Bulifant
22 min
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Why Joyce Bulifant Nearly Turned Down Airplane!
From April 2019: Actress and author Joyce Bulifant shares memories of The Happiest Millionaire, Perry Mason, and Airplane!
17 min
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Robert Hooks on the Founding of the Negro Ensem...
From April 2019: Robert Hooks talks to Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter about the origins of the Negro Ensemble Company
11 min
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Robert Hooks and the Nitty Gritty Appeal of N.Y...
From April 2019: Robert Hooks talks to Ed and Chuck Harter about the groundbreaking police drama N.Y.P.D.
9 min
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Roy Thinnes, The Psychiatrist, and Levinson and...
From February 2016: Roy Thinnes talks to Ed about his experience starring in The Psychiatrist (NBC, 1971), a six-episode drama created by Richard Levinson and William Link
13 min
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Levinson and Link, The Gun, and That Certain Su...
From July 2011: Emmy Award-winning writer/producer William Link talks to Ed about the groundbreaking TV-movie That Certain Summer and the controversial TV-movie The Gun
7 min
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Dawn Wells and The Values of Mary Ann
From October 2014: A clip from Dawn Wells' first appearance on TV Confidential
8 min
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Dawn Wells and The Timeless Appeal of Gilligan'...
From October 2014: A clip from Dawn Wells' first appearance on TV Confidential
10 min
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Dawn Wells' Memories of The Island
From October 2014: The third and final clip from Dawn Wells' first appearance on TV Confidential
13 min
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William Link on Stephen J. Cannell
From October 2010: The first of two clips from our conversation with William Link, co-creator of Columbo
7 min
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William Link on His Approach to Writing
From October 2010: The second of two bonus clips from our conversation with Emmy Award-winning writer/producer William Link
5 min
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Mary Tyler Moore and the Invention of the Offic...
From February 2017: Mary Tyler Moore Show biographer Jennifer Armstrong joins us as part of our tribute to the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore
10 min
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Paul Robert Coyle’s Path to Television
Ed welcomes television writer, producer and author Paul Robert Coyle
22 min
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Paul Robert Coyle and Quinn Martin Productions
Paul Robert Coyle takes listeners inside the world of Quinn Martin Productions
22 min
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John Lennon and The Cult of Celebrity
TV Confidential commemorates the recent 40th anniversary of the death of John Lennon by playing highlights from our December 2010 conversation with Lennon biographer Keith Elliot Greenberg
15 min
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Hank Garrett, James Earl Jones, and Larry Storch
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back actor and comedian Hank Garrett
21 min