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.

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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
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Hank Garrett, Robert Redford, and Elvis Presley
Part 2 of our conversation with Hank Garrett (Car 54, Where Are You, Three Days of the Condor)
18 min
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John Lennon: A True Working Man’s Hero
More highlights from our December 2010 conversation with John Lennon biographer Keith Elliot Greenberg
20 min
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Carolyn Hennesy's 500th Episode of General Hosp...
A sneak peek of our upcoming conversation with Carolyn Hennesy of General Hospital
5 min
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Dragnet's Upbeat Christmas Episode
From December 2013: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember "The Big Little Jesus," the famous episode of Dragnet also known as "The Christmas Story"
4 min
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Dragnet's Sober Christmas Episode
From December 2013: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember "The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas," an episode of Dragnet from 1952 with a message that still resonates today
8 min
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The Voice of Tony the Tiger
From November 2011: Greg and Ed take a look at the career of voice artist Thurl Ravenscroft
3 min
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Hank Garrett: From Harlem Hoodlum to Hollywood ...
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back actor and comedian Hank Garrett
21 min
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How Sammy Davis Jr. Changed Hank Garrett’s Life
Hank Garrett talks about seeing Sammy Davis Jr. perform at The Apollo Theater in Harlem when he was a kid, and how Nipsey Russell paved the way for Hank to perform there many years later
21 min
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James DuMont of Safety
A return visit from film and TV actor James DuMont (The Righteous Gemstones)
16 min
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Burt Ward and 55 Years of Batman ’66
Part 2 of our conversation with Burt Ward of Batman
21 min
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How ABC Helped Walt Disney Build Disneyland
From December 2010: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the death of Walt Disney in 1966
4 min
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Louis Gossett Jr. and the Selfless Service of P...
Ed welcomes Academy Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr
19 min
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Louis Gossett Jr. on The Reason, Foster Boy, an...
Part 2 of our conversation with esteemed actor Louis Gossett Jr.
12 min
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Building Relationships in the Movie and TV Indu...
Film and TV actor James DuMont talks to Ed about new safety precautions in the film and TV industry
7 min
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Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn, and Rankin/Bass
From December 2018: Part 2 of our discussion of the backstory of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
7 min
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50 Years of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
From December 2010: How the various mythologies that screenwriter Romeo Muller created specifically for Santa Claus is Comin' to Town has since become part of the lore of Santa
11 min
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Alex Trebek: The Steward of Jeopardy!
Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to Alex Trebek
19 min
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Alex Trebek Made It Cool to Be Knowledgeable
Game show historian Steve Beverly talks to Ed about the time he and Alex Trebek helped promote Jeopardy! for North Carolina station WWAY
18 min
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Ruta Lee on Her Friend Alex Trebek
Our tribute to Alex Trebek continues with some memories from Ruta Lee
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Alex Trebek: The "Can Do It All" Man
Ruta Lee talks to Ed about Alex Trebek's little known passion for do-it-yourself projects
16 min
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When Jeopardy! Became Alex Trebek's Show
Game show historian Steve Beverly provides the backstory of Alex Trebek's first Emmy Award win as host of Jeopardy!
6 min
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Charlie Brown, Linus, and the True Meaning of C...
From December 2010: Why CBS was nervous about the network premiere of A Charlie Brown Christmas
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John Lennon and New York City in 1980
TV Confidential commemorates the 40th anniversary of the death of John Lennon by sharing this clip from our December 2010 conversation with Lennon biographer Keith Elliot Greenberg
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The Story of John and Yoko
December 2010: John Lennon biographer Keith Elliot Greenberg talks to Ed about what made John and Yoko such kindred spirits
7 min
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Howard Cosell and the Night John Lennon Died
From December 2010: Monday Night Football historian Wesley Hyatt talks to Ed about Howard Cosell informing MNF viewers of the death of John Lennon on the Dec. 8, 1980 broadcast
10 min
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Burt Ward: Canine Crusader
Ed welcomes Burt Ward, the actor known around the world as Robin the Boy Wonder on Batman
19 min
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Burt Ward's Virtual Fan Experience
Burt Ward gives Ed a preview of the exciting, new virtual fan experience that he will offers fans of Batman in 2021
13 min
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What Jeopardy! Looks For in Its Contestants
Game show historian Steve Beverly talks to Ed about the particular qualities that Jeopardy! producers look for when choosing contestants for the program
7 min
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Johnny Marks and the Backstory of Rudolph, the ...
From November 2011: Why Gene Autry was originally reluctant to record "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
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Frosty the Snowman Premieres in 1969
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Don Meredith: The Driving Force Behind Monday N...
We remember the ten-year anniversary of the passing of Don Meredith with this clip from our December 2010 conversation with Monday Night Football historian Wesley Hyatt
7 min
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Live-Action Saturday Morning Shows of the 1970s
From December 2010: Tony, Donna, and Ed on the era of live-action Saturday morning shows from the mid 1970s
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The Lost Pageantry of Saturday Morning Cartoons
December 2010: A fond look back at Saturday morning cartoons
10 min
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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
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Daphne Maxwell Reid, Fabric-aholic
Daphne Maxwell Reid discusses her particular approach to designing clothes
17 min
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How Lucy Channeled Buster Keaton
Ed welcomes Emmy nominated writer/producer Billy Van Zandt (Get in the Car, Jane! Adventures in the TV Wasteland)
22 min
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Why Martin Lawrence and Jerry Lewis are Similar...
Part 2 of our conversation with writer/producer Billy Van Zandt
21 min
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The New Host of Jeopardy!
Ed welcomes game show historian Steve Beverly
15 min
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Tom Dreesen, Jack Benny, and The Longest Laugh ...
Part 2 of our conversation with comedian Tom Dreesen (Still Standing, Tim and Tom)
24 min
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The Joy of Daphne Maxwell Reid
Ed welcomes Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Prince Prince of Bel Air, The Business of Christmas)
18 min
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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
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Sheree J. Wilson, Dallas, and Walker: Texas Ranger
From September 2013: A minisode edition of our conversation with Sheree J. Wilson
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Storylines of Days of Our Lives
From November 2010: Ken Corday, executive producer of Days of Our Lives
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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
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The Dream Sequences of Gilligan's Island
From March 2014: Our guest is Kimberly Johnson, daughter of actor Russell Johnson
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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
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A Ring for Christmas with Liliana Tandon
Ed welcome actress, writer and producer Liliana Tandon (A Ring for Christmas)
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Joe McDoakes on DVD
Greg and Ed discuss the Warner Archive release of the Joe McDoakes comedy shorts starring George O'Hanlon
9 min
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The Jetsons on Blu-ray
Greg and Ed discuss the Blu-ray release of The Jetsons
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The Jetsons on DVD
Greg and Ed more Jetsons-related DVD titles
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Why Happy Days Still Has Legs 45 Years Later
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams
20 min
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Wash Your Hands with Anson Williams
Ed, Tony, and Donna continue their conversation with Anson Williams
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Penny Peyser, Lady Penelope, and Crazy Like a Fox
Part 3 of our conversation with actress and filmmaker Penny Peyser
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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
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Days of Our Lives and the Redemptive Power of Love
12 min
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How Lynda Carter Created Wonder Woman's Twirl
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Fear No Evil: The Original The Sixth Sense
Ed welcomes screenwriter, author, documentary maker and film historian Gary Gerani
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The Generosity of Billy Goldenberg
Gary Gerani shares some memories of his friendship with composer Billy Goldenberg
22 min
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Geoffrey Mark on Helen Reddy and Mac Davis
A look at the music and TV careers of Helen Reddy and Mac Davis
16 min
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Penny Peyser and Stillpoint
Ed welcomes actress and filmmaker Penny Peyser
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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
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Why We Like Movie Stars
From April 2015: Ed welcomes Sylvia Resnick, author of The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob
17 min
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How Miami Vice Changed Television
From October 2013: The Miami Vice soundtrack hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts this week in 1985
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Sherry Jackson on Batman
A minisode edition featuring a clip from our February 2012 conversation with Sherry Jackson
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bridging Cultures Through Magic
Ed welcomes magician Rich Manley, host of the new Tubi series Culture Shock
19 min
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What Harry Houdini and Bruce Lee Had in Common ...
Part 2 of our conversation with actor, magician and adventurer Rich Manley
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Michael Dante, Kid Galahad, and the Path to Win...
From February 2014: Ed welcomes film and television actor Michael Dante
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Stan Goldman, Part 2
Part 2 of our discussion with Loyola Law School professor and longtime TV legal analyst Stan Goldman
21 min
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How The Mary Tyler Moore Show Revolutionized TV
From May 2013: Ed welcomes Mary Tyler Moore Show historian Jennifer Armstrong
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50 Years of Ed Asner as Lou Grant
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner
21 min
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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
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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
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James McEachin on Jack Webb, James Garner and D...
From February 2013: A minisode edition of our conversation with actor and author James McEachin
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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
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Frank Bank Remembers Barbara Billingsley
From October 2010: A minisode edition of our conversation with Frank Bank from Leave It to Beaver
9 min
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Suzy "the Shark" Friendly
Part 2 of our conversation with Suzy Friendly
21 min
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Wonder Woman on ABC
A look at Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection Blu-ray release
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Wonder Woman on CBS
Greg and Ed talk about the differences between the CBS version of Wonder Woman and the thirteen ABC episodes
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Alison Arngrim Meets Rich Little
Alison Arngrim talks to Ed about making her directorial debut in Rich Little... Virtually Speaking
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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
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Peter Potamus on DVD
A bonus DVD segment with Greg Ehrbar
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