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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More with Suzy Friendly
Part 2 of our conversation with Suzy Friedly about her career in network TV production
17 min
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Tribute to George Carlin
From June 2013: Tony, Donna and Ed mark the five-year anniversary of the death of George Carlin
8 min
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Alan Zweibel and the Early Days of SNL
TVC continues its remembrance of the premiere of Saturday Night Live in October 1975 by sharing this clip from our February 2014 conversation with Alan Zweibel, one of the original writers of SNL
12 min
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SNL's Battles with Network Censorship
From October 2014: A minisode edition of our conversation with Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad, co-authors of Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live
10 min
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George Maharis on Route 66
TV Confidential commemorates the 60th anniversary of the premiere of Route 66 by sharing this clip from our April 2012 conversation with George Maharis
8 min
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Tribute to Martin Milner
TV Confidential commemorates the 60th anniversary of the premiere of Route 66 by sharing this clip of our tribute to Martin Milner
11 min
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Stars in Their Underwear
Ed welcomes three-time Emmy nominated costume designer Diana Eden, author of Stars in Their Underwear
20 min
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On the Road with Diana Ross
Emmy nominated costume designer Diana Eden talks to Ed about working with Diana Ross, Larry Hagman, Cloris Leachman and Debra Messing
22 min
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How Network TV News First Covered the Beatles
From February 2014: How network TV news covered the early rise of the Beatles phenomenon in November 1963
16 min
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Cousin Brucie’s Homecoming
National Radio Hall of Famer Bruce Morrow tells Ed the story of how he became "Cousin Brucie"
22 min
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How The Beatles Became Sociologically Significant
Legendary radio personality Bruce "Cousin Brucie" tells Ed about the story about the night he taught Bob Hope how to become a disc jockey
18 min
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The Build-Up to The Beatles
From February 2014: Phil Gries plays audio highlights of early network news coverage of The Beatles before their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
17 min
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Ken Berry on Andy Griffith
From January 2019: A minisode edition of our conversation with Ken Berry
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Andy Griffith and the Ideal of Mayberry
TV Confidential celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the premiere of The Andy Griffith Show with this clip from our June 2013 tribute to Andy Griffith
13 min
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Johnny's First Appearance as Carnac
From 2011: Phil Gries plays more rarely heard audio highlights from the ten years of Johnny Carson's reign as host of The Tonight Show
9 min
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Johnny's First Monologue
From May 2011: Rarely heard highlights from Johnny Carson’s first few years as host of The Tonight Show
10 min
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Writing for Redd Foxx
Part 2 of our conversation with Ted Bergman, author of Confessions of a Rogue TV Comedy Writer
21 min
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Happy Birthday, Norman Lear
A roundtable discussion about the shows of iconic producer Norman Lear
18 min
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Late Night Comedy in a COVID-19 Universe
A look at how COVID-19 has affected the landscape of late night TV comedy shows
13 min
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Tara Arkle, Radio Honey and The Formula for Love
Ed welcomes novelist Tara Newley Arkle (Radio Honey)
22 min
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Rich Little... Virtually Speaking
Rich Little talks to Ed about preparing for his first virtual concert performance, Rich Little... Virtually Speaking
18 min
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Rich Little: People He's Known and Been
Rich Little talks to Ed about his friendships with David Janssen and Barry Morse of The Fugitive
20 min
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50 Years of The Odd Couple on TV
TV Confidential celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of The Odd Couple in 1970
13 min
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Monty Hall, The Odd Couple and Let's Make a Deal
We continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Odd Couple on television with this clip from June 2013 in which Monty Hall talks about the episode in which Felix and Oscar play Let's Make a Deal
8 min
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Tribute to Dave Madden
We continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Partridge Family with this clip from our January 2014 tribute to Dave Madden
15 min
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Why Shirley Jones Became Shirley Partridge
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Partridge Family with this clip from our August 2013 conversation with Shirley Jones
9 min
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Confessions of A Rogue TV Comedy Writer
Ed welcomes Emmy nominated writer/producer Ted Bergman (Confessions of a Rogue TV Comedy Writer)
20 min
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Why TV Comedy Writers are Born, Not Made
Ed welcomes Emmy nominated writer/producer Ted Bergman (Confessions of a Rogue TV Comedy Writer)
18 min
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Truth or Consequences Comes to Television
From 2015: A capsule history of Truth or Consequences on television
19 min
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The Humanity of James Garner
Ed welcomes Gigi Garner, founder of The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund
22 min
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James Garner and Racing
Ed welcomes Gigi Garner, founder of The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund
13 min
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The Return of Mr. TV Classics
Part 3 of our conversation with television historian and TV host Steve Beverly
7 min
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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
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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
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The Energy of Larry Hagman
From December 2012: Bill Daily talks to Ed about working with Larry Hagman
10 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Largesse of Jack Riley
Showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark remembers his friend Jack Riley
22 min
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Schmoozing with Geoffrey Mark
Part 2 of our conversation with showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark
17 min
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The Film Career of James Drury
We continue our conversation with Paul Green about the life and career of James Drury
20 min
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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
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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
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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
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Coca-Cola and Television
From September 2013: The back story of Coca-Cola's famous "Hilltop Ad" TV campaign
19 min
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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
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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
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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
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The Strangest Cereal Mascots Ever
From September 2013: Pop culture historian Tim Hollis, author of Part of a Complete Breakfast
15 min
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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
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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
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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
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The Eclectic Career of Jerry Lewis
From September 2017: A remembrance of actor, director and comedian Jerry Lewis
11 min
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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
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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
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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
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Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s
From May 2019: Ed welcomes Star Trek biographer Marc Cushman
9 min
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COVID-19 and What Makes a School “A School”
Ed welcomes author, screenwriter, USA Today columnist, and educator Larry Strauss
22 min
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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
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Danny Thomas and The Practice
A look at the broadcast history of The Practice (NBC, 1976-1977) starring Danny Thomas
12 min
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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
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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
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The Danny Thomas Show on DVD
Greg and Ed discuss Danny Thomas' contributions to television, in front of and behind the camera
20 min
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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
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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
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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
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The Paradox of Series Finales
From January 2019: A look at famous TV series finales
8 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Linda Purl: Taking a Chance on Love
Ed welcomes singer/actress Linda Purl
20 min
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Linda Purl with some Happy Days Memories
Ed welcomes singer/actress Linda Purl
17 min
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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
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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
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Gene Roddenberry, Forward Thinker
From August 2011: Tony, Donna and Ed discuss the life and legacy of Gene Roddenberry
13 min
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The Mark of Julia Child
From August 2012: A look at the life and legacy of author and TV host Julia Child
8 min
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The Day That Elvis Died
From August 2012: How TV covered the death of Elvis Presley
16 min
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Teaching TV News Students in an Era of Distance...
Ed welcomes journalism professor and TV host Steve Beverly
20 min
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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
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Five Minutes, Mr. Byner!
Ed welcomes John Byner (Soap, Bizarre, Something Else, The Ant and The Aardvark, Five Minutes, Mr. Byner!)
19 min
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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
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The Day That Groucho Died
From August 2012: Some thoughts on the life and legacy of Groucho Marx
17 min
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The Power of Elvis Presley
From January 2013: Elvis expert Cory Cooper on what a powerful voice Presley had
8 min
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Elvis and the Colonel
From January 2013: Elvis expert Cory Cooper discusses The King's relationship with Colonel Tom Parker
9 min
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Elvis and the Allure of Graceland
From January 2013: Ed welcomes noted Elvis Presley expert Cory Cooper
7 min
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Why Elvis Was Unlike Any Other Celebrity
From January 2013: Ed welcomes renowned Elvis Presley expert Cory Cooper
9 min
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Regis Philbin: A Welcome Presence
TV Confidential dedicates our entire two-hour program this week to the life and career of Regis Philbin
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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
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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
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Regis Philbin: Disney Legend
What made Regis Philbin a Disney Legend
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Why Regis Philbin Was a Great Connector
Television historian Steve Beverly discusses Regis Philbin's career as a game show host
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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)
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Why Regis was Letterman's Go-To Guest
Tony, Donna, and Ed with the final segment of our two-hour tribute to Regis Philbin
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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"
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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
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Jack Paar's Imprint on The Tonight Show
From August 2012: What made Jack Paar different than any other host of The Tonight Show
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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