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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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
402
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
403
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
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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
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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
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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
407
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
408
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
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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
410
80 Years of Bugs Bunny
From August 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the film debut of Bugs Bunny
15 min
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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
412
When Carl Met Mel
TVC 502.2: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss Carl Reiner’s friendship with Mel Brooks
8 min
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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
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Carl Reiner’s Love of Game Shows
Ed welcomes singer/actress Ilene Graff as part of our tribute to Carl Reiner
15 min
415
Carl Reiner: An Actor’s Director
Film and TV actor Basil Hoffman tells Ed why Carl Reiner was an actor's director
3 min
416
Carl Reiner: An Angel in Real Life
Loretta Swit talks to Ed about working with Carl Reiner on Good Heavens
22 min
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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
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The Film Career of Carl Reiner
Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss Carl Reiner's work as a screenwriter and movie director
9 min
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Roslyn Kind on Estelle and Carl Reiner
Singer/actress Roslyn Kind shares some memories of her longtime friendship with Estelle Reiner
12 min
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Coda to Carl Reiner
Tony, Donna, and Ed with some final thoughts on the life and legacy of Carl Reiner
9 min
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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
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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
423
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
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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
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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
426
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
427
Suzy Friendly, Part 2
Part 2 of our conversation with Suzy Friendly about her career in TV production
20 min
428
Happy Birthday, Merv
From July 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the birthday of Merv Griffin
19 min
429
Basil Hoffman and the Power of the Monologue
Ed welcomes film and TV actor, author, and noted acting teacher Basil Hoffman (Acting and How to Be Good at It, Cold Reading and How to Be Good at It)
22 min
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Basil Hoffman on working with Robert Redford, S...
Actor and acting teacher Basil Hoffman about the difference between "actor first" directors and "camera first" directors
21 min
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Basil Hoffman on working with Peter O’Toole, Pe...
Basil Hoffman tells Ed why Peter O'Toole, Peter Falk and James Garner were three of the most accommodating actors he has worked with
10 min
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1st Game Show to Win an Emmy
From July 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the premiere of Pantomime Quiz, the long-running game show that eventually morphed into Stump the Stars
6 min
433
The Life and Legacy of Bruce Lee
From July 2013: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the life and career of actor and martial arts star Bruce Lee
12 min
434
Arthur Godfrey's Swan Song
From July 2013: Tony, Donna, and Ed with a look at the influence of Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts on such contemporary shows as The Voice, American Idol and America's Got Talent
6 min
435
Red Skelton: Rubberfaced Comic Genius
Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to Red Skelton in this minisode edition of This Week in TV History
14 min
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Hugh Downs on the Unpredictability of Jack Paar
From September 2013: Highlights from our conversation with broadcast legend Hugh Downs
20 min
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Radames Pera of the original Kung Fu
Part 1 of a two-part conversation with actor and entrepreneur Radames Pera
20 min
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Why Kung Fu was an "Eastern" Western
Actor and entrepreneur Radames Pera shares a few memories of his years on the original Kung Fu
12 min
439
Peri Gilpin and The Burton Sisters of Old Guy
Ed welcomes actress Peri Gilpin (Frasier, Old Guy) and producers Ursula Burton, Jennifer Burton, Maria Burton, Gabrielle Burton, and Charity Burton (Old Guy)
22 min
440
Peri Gilpin of Old Guy and Frasier Answers Your...
Peri Gilpin (Frasier, Old Guy) answers questions from our listeners
21 min
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Hugh Downs, Rita Hayworth, Ike, and Bobby Fischer
From September 2013: Highlights from our conversation with broadcast legend Hugh Downs
17 min
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Coda to Hugh Downs
6 min
443
MTV and the Live Aid concert
From July 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the historic Live Aid concert on July 13, 1985
9 min
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How Hugh Grant Changed the Late Night Competiti...
From July 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Hugh Grant's interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 10, 1995, the actor's first public appearance after his arrest on lewd conduct charges the previous month
15 min
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Lee Marvin: Point Blank
From July 2014: Ed welcomes Lee Marvin biographer Dwayne Epstein
22 min
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Lee Marvin: A Method Actor Who Never Lost Contr...
From 2014: Ed welcomes Dwayne Epstein, author of Lee Marvin: Point Blank
21 min
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The Truth About Lee Marvin's Palimony Suit
Part 3 of our conversation with Lee Marvin biographer Dwayne Epstein
17 min
448
Stanley Livingston and The Actors Journey
From December 2014: Ed welcomes Stanley Livingston of My Three Sons
24 min
449
Stanley Livingston on Ozzie Nelson's Eye for Ta...
From December 2014: Stanley Livingston talks about how his work on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet directly led to his being cast as Chip on My Three Sons
18 min
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Part 3 with Stanley Livingston
From December 2014: Ed welcomes Stanley Livingston, the actor known around the world as Chip on My Three Sons
15 min
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Hugh Downs, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar and Jack Benny
From September 2013: More highlights from our conversation with broadcast legend Hugh Downs
15 min
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Hugh Downs, Merv Griffin, and Music Composition
From September 2013: Part 2 of our interview with broadcast legend Hugh Downs
10 min
453
The Many Talents of Hugh Downs
From September 2013: Ed and Phil Gries welcome broadcast legend Hugh Downs
13 min
454
Why Carl Reiner Cast Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie
From September 2016: Part 2 of our conversation with Vince Waldron, author of The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book
7 min
455
How Carl Reiner Came to Create The Dick Van Dyk...
Vince Waldron talks to Tony, Donna, and Ed about Carl Reiner and the origins of The Dick Van Dyke Show
18 min
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Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, and Uncle Goopy
A clip from our September 2018 conversation about Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and Your Show of Shows
7 min
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Billy Crystal, Carl Reiner and Uncle Goopy
A clip from our September 2018 conversation about the famous "Uncle Goopy" sketch from Your Show of Shows
3 min
458
Divorce and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed talk about the role that Sonny & Cher's separation and divorce played in the demise of their popular CBS variety hour
16 min
459
John Barbour and the Power of the Real People T...
Part 4 of our four-part conversation with five-time Emmy Award winner John Barbour
21 min
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Barbour, Kovacs, Knuckles and Nash
John Barbour talks to Ed about partnering with Tim Conway as the Sunshine Boys-like comedy team "Knuckles & Nash" on CSI
19 min
461
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
462
The First Televised Commercial
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the first sanctioned television commercial, which aired on July 1, 1941
7 min
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How Rod Serling Menaced the Public's Conscience
From November 2015: Part 3 of our roundtable discussion on Twilight Zone episodes that continue to stay with us
16 min
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Tribute to Rod Serling, Part 2
From November 2015: Part 2 of our roundtable discussion on the legacy of Rod Serling
13 min
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Anne Serling on the Rod Serling That She Knew, ...
Part 1 of a multi-part minisode edition of our November 2015 conversation with Anne Serling, author of Rod Serling: As I Knew Him
14 min
466
Amos 'n' Andy: A Lightning Rod for Controversy
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the premiere of the TV adaptation of Amos 'n' Andy
11 min
467
Bill Boggs, Spike the Wonder Dog, and a Slice o...
Ed welcomes four-time Emmy Award-winning talk show host Bill Boggs
21 min
468
Bill Boggs on Dick Clark, John Facenda, and Fra...
Part 2 of our conversation with Emmy Award-winning talk show host Bill Boggs
17 min
469
James Garner and Golf
A brief segment about actor James Garner and his passion for golf
5 min
470
Jack Sheldon and Schoolhouse Rock!
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Jack Sheldon's contributions to Schoolhouse Rock!
15 min
471
John Barbour on Why Bobby Darin Was a Vesuvius ...
Part 3 of our conversation with John Barbour, the Godfather of Reality TV and the creator, producer and one of the original hosts of NBC's Real People
21 min
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The Staying Power of Real People
Ed and guest John Barbour take a deep dive into the cultural impact of NBC's Real People
22 min
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Why Schoolhouse Rock! Remains an Indelible Part...
Part 2 of our look at Jack Sheldon's contributions to Schoolhouse Rock!
19 min
474
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
15 min
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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
9 min
476
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
11 min
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Tribute to Fred Willard
Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the career of actor, comedian and improvisational genius Fred Willard
25 min
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The Everyman Appeal of Fred Willard
Tony, Donna, and Ed continue their tribute to actor, comedian and improvisational genius Fred Willard
21 min
479
A Star for Sid & Marty Krofft
Ed welcomes iconic television producer Marty Krofft
19 min
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TV Dinners with Laurie Jacobson
Ed welcomes back author, producer and noted Hollywood historian Laurie Jacobson
28 min
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The Little Rascals and Our Gang on DVD
A brief history of the Little Rascals and Our Gang film series
18 min
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More Sesame Street Favorites
Sesame Street Spoofs and Sesame Street Old School
10 min
483
James Garner and the Making of My Name is Bill W.
From Novermber 2011: A minisode edition featuring Jon Winokur, co-author of The Garner Files, the memoirs of James Garner
6 min
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James Garner on teaching James Woods how to pla...
From November 2011: A minisode edition featuring a clip from our conversation with Jon Winokur, co-author of The Garner Files
4 min
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The Sopranos Fade to Black
A minisode edition from May 2011, in which Tony, Donna and Ed discuss the controversial ending of the final episode of The Sopranos
13 min
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The Two Extremes of the Coming Home Spectrum
Part 2 of Ed's conversation with Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers
24 min
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Tribute to Jerry Stiller
Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the career of Jerry Stiller, both as an actor as well as his many years performing stand-up comedy along with his wife, Anne Meara
21 min
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Stiller & Meara, Together and Separately
Tony, Donna, and Ed continue their tribute to actor/comedian Jerry Stiller
14 min
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Big John, Little John on DVD
Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of Big John, Little John
9 min
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Bosom Buddies on DVD
Greg and Ed remember Bosom Buddies
11 min
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The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam...
Ed welcomes back screenwriter and novelist Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers
22 min
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Why Oliver Stone was Typical of Most Vietnam Ve...
Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers, discusses how the Vietnam War experience of Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone is not unlike that of other Vietnam veterans
11 min
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They Were Soldiers
Part 3 of our conversation with Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers
10 min
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40 Years of CNN
From May 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the launch of CNN
14 min
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Ken Osmond of Leave It to Beaver
From October 2014: Ed welcomes Ken Osmond, the actor known around the world as Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver
27 min
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Deconstructing the Mad Men Series Finale
From June 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the final episode of Mad Men, which originally aired May 17, 2015 as part of This Week in TV History
20 min
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The Nurses Who Served in Vietnam
Part 4 of our conversation with Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans
15 min
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The Twilight Years of Bob Hope on Television
Part 4 of our minisode edition featuring longtime Bob Hope writer Bob Mills
7 min
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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
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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