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
Truth or Consequences Comes to Television
From 2015: A capsule history of Truth or Consequences on television
19 min
2
The Humanity of James Garner
Ed welcomes Gigi Garner, founder of The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund
22 min
3
James Garner and Racing
Ed welcomes Gigi Garner, founder of The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund
13 min
4
The Return of Mr. TV Classics
Part 3 of our conversation with television historian and TV host Steve Beverly
7 min
5
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
6
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
7
The Energy of Larry Hagman
From December 2012: Bill Daily talks to Ed about working with Larry Hagman
10 min
8
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
9
A Chat with Barry Morse
We commemorate the anniversary of the premiere of The Fugitive in September 1963 with this clip from a conversation with actor Barry Morse that originally aired in May 2007
14 min
10
Tribute to James Drury
Film and TV biographer Paul Green (A History of Television's The Virginian) pays tribute to actor James Drury
20 min
11
How TV News Covered 9/11
From September 2011: This Week in TV History remembers how TV news covered the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
20 min
12
9/11's Impact on Late Night Television
From September 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the effect that 9/11 had on the world of late night television
15 min
13
The Largesse of Jack Riley
Showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark remembers his friend Jack Riley
22 min
14
Schmoozing with Geoffrey Mark
Part 2 of our conversation with showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark
17 min
15
The Film Career of James Drury
We continue our conversation with Paul Green about the life and career of James Drury
20 min
16
James Garner's Approach to Acting
From November 2011: A minisode edition featuring Jon Winokur, co-author of The Garner Files, the memoirs of James Garner
8 min
17
James Garner's Historic Legal Battle
From November 2011: Ed welcomes Jon Winokur, co-author of The Garner Files, the memoirs of actor James Garner
10 min
18
For God, Country & Coca-Cola
From September 2013: Ed welcomes Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country & Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It
24 min
19
Coca-Cola and Television
From September 2013: The back story of Coca-Cola's famous "Hilltop Ad" TV campaign
19 min
20
Person to Person with Carol Burnett
From 2011: Audio highlights from the CBS News interview series Person to Person, hosted by Charles Collingwood
19 min
21
Cereal Characters of the Baby Boom Era
From September 2013: Ed welcomes Tim Hollis, author of Part of a Complete Breakfast: Cereal Characters of the Baby Boom Era
22 min
22
The Rise and Fall of TV Cereal Characters
From September 2013: Pop culture historian Tim Hollis on the national competition between Quisp and Quake cereals during the late 1960s
17 min
23
The Strangest Cereal Mascots Ever
From September 2013: Pop culture historian Tim Hollis, author of Part of a Complete Breakfast
15 min
24
The Chicago Roots of Nichelle Nichols
Today being Star Trek Day, we bring you a clip from our August 2017 conversation with Nichelle Nichols
5 min
25
The Comic Books of Walter Koenig
Today being Star Trek Day, we bring you a minisode edition of our December 2011 conversation with Walter Koenig
8 min
26
CinderFella: The Album
From September 2017: Greg Ehrbar talks to Ed about the Broadway career of Jerry Lewis, plus the back story of CinderFella: The Album
11 min
27
The Eclectic Career of Jerry Lewis
From September 2017: A remembrance of actor, director and comedian Jerry Lewis
11 min
28
Jerry Lewis and the MDA Telethon
From Labor Day 2017: Jerry Lewis authority Jeff Brodrick pays tribute to the actor, comedian and humanitarian
8 min
29
Jerry Lewis: The Ultimate Live Performer
From September 2017: Jerry Lewis authority Jeff Brodrick joins Ed and Greg for a remembrance of Jerry Lewis
9 min
30
The Second Coming of Star Trek
From May 2019: Ed welcomes Star Trek historian Mark Cushman, author of These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s
4 min
31
Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s
From May 2019: Ed welcomes Star Trek biographer Marc Cushman
9 min
32
COVID-19 and What Makes a School “A School”
Ed welcomes author, screenwriter, USA Today columnist, and educator Larry Strauss
22 min
33
Larry Strauss, Charlotte Rae, and The Facts of ...
Part 2 of our conversation with author, screenwriter, USA Today columnist, and educator Larry Strauss
17 min
34
Danny Thomas and The Practice
A look at the broadcast history of The Practice (NBC, 1976-1977) starring Danny Thomas
12 min
35
Amy Stoch of Bill and Ted 3
Ed welcomes actress and educator Amy Stoch (Bill and Ted Face the Music, Dallas, the Gunsmoke reunion movies)
21 min
36
Amy Stoch on working with TV legend James Arness
Actress Amy Stoch talks to Ed about what a joy it was to work with James Arness on the Gunsmoke reunion movies
19 min
37
The Danny Thomas Show on DVD
Greg and Ed discuss Danny Thomas' contributions to television, in front of and behind the camera
20 min
38
The Fugitive and TV Noir
From January 2011: How elements of film noir are depicted in The Fugitive and other popular shows from the Golden Age of Television
8 min
39
Jacqueline Scott of The Fugitive
From January 2012: We remember The Day The Running Stopped by sharing this excerpt from our January 2012 conversation with actress Jacqueline Scott
12 min
40
What Makes a Good Series Finale
From January 2019: Part 2 of our conversation with Douglas Howard and David Biancull, co-editors of Television Finales
9 min
41
The Paradox of Series Finales
From January 2019: A look at famous TV series finales
8 min
42
John Lewis and “Good Trouble”
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember civil rights leader John Lewis in this special edition of This Week in TV History
20 min
43
How TV Covered the March on Washington
From August 2013: An encore presentation of our special look at how TV covered the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963
20 min
44
The Opposition to The March on Washington
From August 1963: Phil Gries with more audio highlights of how network TV covered the historic March on Washington
16 min
45
Hollywood's Support for the March on Washington
From August 1963: How network TV covered the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963
24 min
46
Linda Purl: Taking a Chance on Love
Ed welcomes singer/actress Linda Purl
20 min
47
Linda Purl with some Happy Days Memories
Ed welcomes singer/actress Linda Purl
17 min
48
Bob and Ray: Keener Than Most Persons
From June 2013: An excerpt from our conversation with David Pollock about the life and career of Bob and Ray
4 min
49
Gene Roddenberry and the Star Trek Phenomenon
From August 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed celebrate the birthday of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry
16 min
50
Gene Roddenberry, Forward Thinker
From August 2011: Tony, Donna and Ed discuss the life and legacy of Gene Roddenberry
13 min
51
The Mark of Julia Child
From August 2012: A look at the life and legacy of author and TV host Julia Child
8 min
52
The Day That Elvis Died
From August 2012: How TV covered the death of Elvis Presley
16 min
53
Teaching TV News Students in an Era of Distance...
Ed welcomes journalism professor and TV host Steve Beverly
20 min
54
COVID-19 and the Mental Health of TV News Journ...
Mental health advocate Steve Beverly on how the daily COVID-19 news cycle can affect even the most experienced reporter
15 min
55
Five Minutes, Mr. Byner!
Ed welcomes John Byner (Soap, Bizarre, Something Else, The Ant and The Aardvark, Five Minutes, Mr. Byner!)
19 min
56
The Funny Bones of John Byner
Part 2 of our conversation with John Byner (Soap, Bizarre, The Ant and The Aardvarck, Five Minutes, Mr. Byner!)
20 min
57
The Day That Groucho Died
From August 2012: Some thoughts on the life and legacy of Groucho Marx
17 min
58
The Power of Elvis Presley
From January 2013: Elvis expert Cory Cooper on what a powerful voice Presley had
8 min
59
Elvis and the Colonel
From January 2013: Elvis expert Cory Cooper discusses The King's relationship with Colonel Tom Parker
9 min
60
Elvis and the Allure of Graceland
From January 2013: Ed welcomes noted Elvis Presley expert Cory Cooper
7 min
61
Why Elvis Was Unlike Any Other Celebrity
From January 2013: Ed welcomes renowned Elvis Presley expert Cory Cooper
9 min
62
Regis Philbin: A Welcome Presence
TV Confidential dedicates our entire two-hour program this week to the life and career of Regis Philbin
21 min
63
When Regis Philbin Gave an Assist to Former NBA...
From February 2012: How Regis Philbin helped fellow Notre Dame grad Tommy Hawkins launch his career as a talk show host
6 min
64
Behind the Scenes of The Disney Christmas Parade
Greg Ehrbar with a few memories of working with Regis Philbin on the annual Disney Christmas Parade telecasts
13 min
65
Regis Philbin: Disney Legend
What made Regis Philbin a Disney Legend
13 min
66
Why Regis Philbin Was a Great Connector
Television historian Steve Beverly discusses Regis Philbin's career as a game show host
26 min
67
Regis Philbin and The Joey Bishop Show
From June 2016: Remembering Regis Philbin's two-and-a-half-year stint on The Joey Bishop Show (ABC, 1967-1969)
19 min
68
Why Regis was Letterman's Go-To Guest
Tony, Donna, and Ed with the final segment of our two-hour tribute to Regis Philbin
14 min
69
Elvis Presley, Billy Goldenberg, and If I Can D...
From March 2017: Steve Binder, producer/director of Elvis: The 1968 Comeback Special, tells the backstory of "If I Can Dream"
9 min
70
Lucy in London with Steve Binder
From March 2017: The backstory of Lucy in London (CBS, 1966), an one-hour musical special that Lucille Ball eagerly embraced, despite the risks it posed
10 min
71
Jack Paar's Imprint on The Tonight Show
From August 2012: What made Jack Paar different than any other host of The Tonight Show
14 min
72
The Streets of San Francisco: A Quinn Martin TV...
From November 2011: Ed welcomes James Rosin, author of The Streets of San Francisco: A Quinn Martin TV Series
18 min
73
The Generosity of Karl Malden
Part 2 of our conversation with James Rosin, author of The Streets of San Francisco: A Quinn Martin TV Series
18 min
74
Behind the Scenes of The Streets of San Francisco
From November 2011: Why the city of San Francisco was really the "third star" of The Streets of San Francisco
20 min
75
Barry Livingston on the Legacy of My Three Sons
From August 2012: Ed welcomes actor and author Barry Livingston (My Three Sons, The Importance of Being Ernie)
21 min
76
Barry Livingston and The Importance of Being Er...
From August 2012: Part 2 of our conversation with Barry Livingston of My Three Sons
20 min
77
Barry Livingston (My Three Sons) on Learning to...
From August 2012: Barry Livingston recalls taking a crash course in driving a stick shift while filming an episode of The Streets of San Francisco on location in San Francisco
13 min
78
Barry Livingston's Tribute to Lucille Ball
From the floor of the Hollywood Museum, April 2019: Barry Livingston pays tribute to Lucille Ball at an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of Television's Queen of Comedy
6 min
79
Inside Bob Hope's Writing Room
From July 2013: Bob Mills, longtime staff writer for Bob Hope, tells Ed why comedy writers often work in twosomes
14 min
80
Behind the Scenes of The Dean Martin Celebrity ...
From July 2013: Part 2 of our conversation with Bob Mills, former staff writer for Bob Hope and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts
13 min
81
Bob Hope and The Laugh Makers
From July 2013: Comedy writer Bob Mills joins Ed for Part 2 of our conversation about Bob Hope
9 min
82
80 Years of Bugs Bunny
From August 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the film debut of Bugs Bunny
15 min
83
Carl Reiner: He Was Good at Everything
TV Confidential dedicates its entire program this week to the life and career of Carl Reiner
22 min
84
When Carl Met Mel
TVC 502.2: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss Carl Reiner’s friendship with Mel Brooks
8 min
85
Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, and “The 2,000 Year Ol...
Ed welcomes comedy historian Jeff Abraham as part of our tribute to Carl Reiner
13 min
86
Carl Reiner’s Love of Game Shows
Ed welcomes singer/actress Ilene Graff as part of our tribute to Carl Reiner
15 min
87
Carl Reiner: An Actor’s Director
Film and TV actor Basil Hoffman tells Ed why Carl Reiner was an actor's director
3 min
88
Carl Reiner: An Angel in Real Life
Loretta Swit talks to Ed about working with Carl Reiner on Good Heavens
22 min
89
Carl Reiner, Moosie Drier, and Oh, God!
Actor and director Moosie Drier talks to Ed about working with Carl Reiner on the movie Oh, God!
12 min
90
The Film Career of Carl Reiner
Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss Carl Reiner's work as a screenwriter and movie director
9 min
91
Roslyn Kind on Estelle and Carl Reiner
Singer/actress Roslyn Kind shares some memories of her longtime friendship with Estelle Reiner
12 min
92
Coda to Carl Reiner
Tony, Donna, and Ed with some final thoughts on the life and legacy of Carl Reiner
9 min
93
Carl Reiner: Extra Portion
An additional segment of our tribute to Carl Reiner that was not included in the terrestrial broadcast due to time constraints
14 min
94
How Carl Reiner Cast Mary Tyler Moore on The Di...
From September 2016: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Vince Waldron, author of The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book
22 min
95
Roger Maris' Bittersweet Record
From October 2011: With Major League Baseball in full swing this weekend, we bring you this special minisode edition that looks back at how TV covered Roger Maris' record-breaking 61st home run on the final day of the 1961 season
7 min
96
How TV Covered Roger Maris' 61st Home Run of 1961
From October 2011: With Major League Baseball back in action, we bring you this special minisode edition in which Phil Gries recalls how TV covered Roger Maris' record-breaking 61st home run
13 min
97
Roger Maris Outhomers the Babe
From October 2011: With Major League Baseball back in action this weekend, we bring you this special minisode edition in which Phil Gries recalls how TV covered Roger Maris' record-breaking 61st home run on the final day of the 1961 season
13 min
98
Suzy Friendly’s Career in TV Production
Suzy Friendly talks to Ed about working in TV production at a time when the industry was still predominately male-driven
20 min
99
Suzy Friendly, Part 2
Part 2 of our conversation with Suzy Friendly about her career in TV production
20 min
100
Happy Birthday, Merv
From July 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the birthday of Merv Griffin
19 min