TV Confidential with Ed Robertson

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television brings you lively conversations every week with 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
People, Places & Me with James Rosin
TVC 465.1: Ed welcomes back actor and author James Rosin. Jim’s latest book, People Places & Me, reflects on his life as a working actor (both in L.A. and New York), his experiences working on stage and on television on both coasts (both as a writer...
23 min
Will Beinbrink of It: Chapter Two and Manhattan...
TVC 465.2: Part 2 of the conversation that began last week with Will Beinbrink, the actor who plays Tom Rogan in the worldwide box office hit It: Chapter Two. Topics include Will’s recent collaboration with actor/director Campbell Scott in the film...
38 min
The Invaders on DVD
TVC 465.3: Greg and Ed remember The Invaders (ABC, 1967-1968), the classic series created by Larry Cohen and produced by Quinn Martin about a mild-mannered architect who tries to convince an unbelieving world that aliens from another planet are trying...
21 min
Roy Thinnes of The Invaders
TVC 465.4: An excerpt from Ed’s two-part conversation with Roy Thinnes (The Invaders, The X Files, General Hospital, Dark Shadows) from February 2016. In this segment, Roy discusses his meeting with Quinn Martin that led to him being cast as David...
17 min
50 Years of Scooby-Doo
TVC 465.5: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the legacy of the Scooby-Doo franchise. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (CBS, 1969-1970) premiered fifty years ago This Week in TV History. (Greg Ehrbar’s review of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is available online for...
11 min
45 Years of Little House on the Prairie
TVC 465.6: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the career of Michael Landon and how the Little House on the Prairie series (NBC, 1974-1983) differed considerably from the books of Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie premiered forty-five years ago This...
7 min
50 Years of Pufnstuf
TVC 464.2: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember H.R. Pufnstuf (NBC, 1969-1970), which premiered fifty years ago This Week in TV History.
9 min
Will Beinbrink of It: Chapter 2
TVC 464.3: Ed welcomes Will Beinbrink, the actor who plays Tom Rogan in the box office hit It: Chapter Two, the No. 1 movie both worldwide and in the U.S. as of this recording. Will has also recently completed production of the independent film The...
16 min
Happy Birthday, Bob Newhart
TVC 464.1: Tony, Donna, and Ed celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Emmy Award winner Bob Newhart by looking back at Newhart’s career in stand-up comedy and television, with a particular focus on The Bob Newhart Show (CBS, 1972-1978).
32 min
David Starzyk of Veronica Mars
TVC 464.5: Part 1 of a brand new interview with longtime stage and television actor David Starzyk (Veronica Mars). David Starzyk currently stars as Saul Kimmer in the VS. Theatre Company production of Sam Shepard’s True West, which runs through...
10 min
The Brady Kids on DVD
TVC 464.7: Greg Ehrbar reviews the DVD release of The Brady Kids (1972-1973), the animated spinoff of The Brady Bunch that was produced by Filmation Associates.
16 min
Jerry Houser of The Brady Brides
TVC 464.6: We continue to commemorate notable TV milestones this week with a clip from our June 2018 conversation with actor, producer, voice artist and teacher Jerry Houser (Summer of ’42, Slap Shot, The Brady Brides). September 2019 marks the...
13 min
Laura Niemi of NBC’s This Is Us
TVC 463.1: Ed welcomes Laura Niemi, the actress who plays Milo Ventimiglia’s mom, Marilyn Pearson, on the hit NBC series This Is Us—the No. 1 show on any broadcast or cable network in the all-important 18-49 demo, and the No. 2-ranked dramatic series...
29 min
30 Years of Saved by the Bell
TVC 463.2: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the thirtieth anniversary of Saved by the Bell (NBC, 1989-1993), the popular Saturday morning teen sitcom that premiered Aug. 20, 1989 as part of This Week in TV History.
12 min
3 Shows to Watch Out for This Fall
TVC 463.3: Lynette Rice, editor at large for Entertainment Weekly, joins Ed for some recommendations on which shows to watch this fall season on network TV, cable, and the various streaming platforms, including The Unicorn and Carol’s Second Act on...
15 min
7 Days to Vegas with Vince Van Patten
TVC 463.4: Ed welcome actor and former Top 25 tennis pro Vince Van Patten, the youngest son of Eight is Enough star Dick Van Patten and the longtime host of The World Poker Tour on Fox Sports 1. Vince is the co-writer, producer, and one of the stars...
27 min
Eddie’s Father on DVD
TVC 463.5: Ed and Greg remember The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (ABC, 1969-1972), the warmly remembered family comedy-drama starring Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz and produced by James Komack that cemented Bixby as a leading man and director in...
26 min
1st Televised Game in MLB History
TVC 463.6: This Week in TV History: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the first televised Major League Baseball game, which was broadcast on Aug. 26, 1939 on New York station W2XBS, which later became WNBC-TV. Red Barber called the game between the...
11 min
Tribute to Gilligan's Island star Russell Johnson
From March 2014: Kimberly Johnson, daughter of Russell Johnson, joins Ed, Tony, Donna, and guest co-host Bill Funt as TV Confidential remembers the life and career of the actor known around the world as The Professor on Gilligan's Island.
19 min
Celebrating the Life of Valerie Harper
TVC 462.1: Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen, and Ed remember Valerie Harper, the Emmy Award-winning star of Rhoda, Valerie, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show who passed away Friday, Aug. 30, one week after her eightieth birthday.
25 min
Michael Irby of Mayans MC and HBO’s Barry
TVC 462.2: Ed welcomes Michael Irby, the actor plays Obispo “Bishop” Losa, the head of Mayans MC’s Santo Padre charter, on the FX drama Mayans MC, and gang leader Cristobal Sifuentes, the “Bolivian Sammy Hagar” who abides by The Four Agreements, on...
29 min
Gilligan’s Island’s Dawn Wells and the Appeal o...
TVC 462.4: Ed welcomes back Dawn Wells, the actress known around the world as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island. The Hollywood Museum will honor Dawn Wells and Gilligan’s Island with a new lobby exhibit that will commemorate the fifty-fifth anniversary of...
30 min
How Barbara Eden Became Jeannie
TVC 462.6: Ed plays more highlights from the Aug. 21 unveiling of the Hollywood Museum’s new lobby exhibit honoring Barbara Eden and the legacy of I Dream of Jeannie, including tributes from Anson Williams, Loni Anderson, and Peter Marshall. Plus:...
17 min
How Lucille Ball Mentored Barbara Eden
TVC 462.5: Via remote from the Hollywood Museum’s recent tribute to Barbara Eden and the legacy of I Dream of Jeannie: Michael Stern, author of I Had a Ball: My Friendship with Lucille Ball, talks to Ed about Lucy mentored Barbara Eden and other young...
12 min
Herbie J Pilato via remote at The Hollywood Museum
TVC 462.3: Via remote from the Hollywood Museum’s recent tribute to the career of Barbara Eden: Ed catches up with Herbie J Pilato, host of Then Again with Herbie J Pilato and the author of such books as Bewitched Forever and Mary: The Mary Tyler...
7 min