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
Behind the Laughter of Paul Lynde
TVC 469.3: Ed welcomes Cathy Fitzgibbon-Rudolph, author of Paul Lynde: A Biography: His Life, His Loves & His Laughter, an intimate portrait of actor/comedian Paul Lynde that walks you through the many highlights of Lynde’s career on stage, film and...
36 min
Randy West on Johnny Olsen
TVC 469.1: From the floor of the Hollywood Museum: Ed interviews Randy West, longtime announcer of The Price is Right and the author of Johnny Olsen: A Voice in Time, prior to the Sept. 25 ceremony honoring Dawn Wells and the legacy of Gilligan’s...
8 min
Bill Funt on Gilligan’s Island
TVC 469.7: From the Sept. 25 ceremony at the Hollywood Museum ceremony honoring Dawn Wells and the legacy of Gilligan’s Island: Ed catches up with Bill Funt, son of Candid Camera creator Allen Funt, and a longtime friend of Sherwood Schwartz and many...
7 min
How Nightline Changed Late Night TV
TVC 469.6: Tony, Donna, and Ed with a look at the broadcast history of ABC’s Nightline and how that program changed the landscape of late night television. Nightline, which originally began as a nightly update of the Iran hostage crisis, premiered on...
11 min
James Moses Black of Black and Blue and This is Us
TVC 469.4: Actor and screenwriter James Moses Black (Reverend Hawley on This is Us, rogue cop Deacon Brown in the new Screen Gems crime thriller Black and Blue) talks to Ed about why This is Us continues to resonate with viewers; his approach to...
24 min
Happy Birthday, Ed Asner
TVC 469.5: Tony, Donna, and Ed wish legendary actor Ed Asner a Happy Birthday as part of This Week in TV History. Ed Asner is currently touring both God Help Us and A Man and His Prostate in various cities across the U.S. and Canada. Click here for a...
20 min
The Solo Careers of Biffle and Shooster
TVC 468.1: A return appearance by Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger. Will and Nick are the stars—and Mike, the writer, producer and director—of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster, the Rondo Award-nominated collection of...
23 min
More People, Places & Me with James Rosin
TVC 468.2: James Rosin, author of People, Places & Me, shares a few stories about his life as a working actor and working writer (both in L.A. and New York), including his encounters with Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Albert Finney, Tony Randall, Woody...
35 min
The One and Only Ruta Lee
TVC 468.3: Part 1 of a two-part conversation with actress, singer, dancer, philanthropist, and showbiz legend Ruta Lee (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Witness for the Prosecution, Sergeants Three, Perry Mason, High Rollers). Ruta’s memoirs, Consider...
28 min
The Generosity of Sherwood Schwartz
TVC 468.4: Ed plays highlights from the Sept. 25 ceremony at the Hollywood Museum that unveiled the new lobby exhibit honoring Dawn Wells and the legacy of Gilligan’s Island, including comments from Ruta Lee that pay tribute to series creator Sherwood...
5 min
Lost in the Stars with Roberta Levitow
TVC 468.6: Greg Ehrbar interviews Roberta Levitow, daughter of legendary animator and director Abe Levitow (Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Gay Purr-ee), and an accomplished director, performer, and teacher in her own right. Roberta’s current album, Lost...
16 min
The Grace and Kindness of Dawn Wells
TVC 468.5: From the Sept. 25 ceremony at the Hollywood Museum ceremony honoring Dawn Wells and the legacy of Gilligan’s Island: Producer Lloyd Schwartz (The Brady Bunch, A Very Brady Renovation) on how Dawn Wells shared two important traits with the...
10 min
Remembering Robert Forster
TVC 468.7: TV Confidential remembers Robert Forster, the venerable film and TV actor who passed away Friday, Oct. 11. Forster’s Oscar nomination for his performance in Jackie Brown (1998), and the success he enjoyed in the two decades after that...
3 min
50 Years of The Brady Bunch
TVC 467.1: Tony and Ed continue our celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of The Brady Bunch series and franchise with a look at the latest Brady reincarnation, A Very Brady Renovation.
42 min
Inside the National Comedy Center and Desilu Mu...
TVC 467.2: Ed welcomes Gary Hahn, director of marketing for both The National Comedy Center and the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, both of which are based in Jamestown, New York—the birthplace of Lucille Ball.
20 min
Robert Clohessy of Blue Bloods
TVC 467.3: Ed welcomes actor Robert Clohessy (Oz, Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods). Topics include working alongside Tom Selleck on Blue Bloods and why the family dinner sequences play a major role in the show’s appeal and longevity.
22 min
The TV Lineage of James DuMont
TVC 467.4: Part 1 of a conversation with noted film and TV character James DuMont (Treme, The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club, Stranger Things 2, Men of a Certain Age). Currently seen, along with Danny McBride and John Goodman, in the Sunday night HBO...
22 min
A Very Brady Renovation
TVC 467.6: Tony and Ed with a few final thoughts on HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation, and how the various actors who have played the Bradys have returned to the Brady Bunch franchise, one way or another.
9 min
The Sweetest Sounds of Diahann Carroll
TVC 467.5: TV Confidential remembers Diahann Carroll (Julia, Dynasty, Claudine, No Strings) by replaying a clip from her appearance on Merv Griffin’s short-lived NBC daytime show in February 1963, a few months before Carroll won the Tony Award that...
3 min
The World Series Earthquake
TVC 466.1: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the Loma Prieta earthquake that occurred in Northern California on Oct. 17, 1989. The 6.9-magnitude quake caused sixty-three deaths; injured 3,757 people; damaged or destroyed homes, buildings, and major...
23 min
99 Performers Who Died Onstage
TVC 466.2: Ed and Tony welcome Jeff Abraham, comedy historian and co-author, along with Burt Kearns, of The Show Won’t Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage, the first book to explore an aspect of show business...
20 min
The Most Dangerous Profession in Showbiz
TVC 466.3: Jeff Abraham, comedy historian and co-author, along with Burt Kearns, of The Show Won’t Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage, discusses what appears to be the most dangerous profession in show...
16 min
Peter Onorati of West End and NBC’s This Is Us
TVC 466.4: Ed welcomes back Peter Onorati (This Is Us, West End, Cop Rock, S.W.A.T.). Topics include Peter’s upcoming return appearance this season on This Is Us; his many collaborations with his mentor, Steven Bochco; and his approach to playing such...
24 min
The Only Ed Asner
TVC 466.5: Ed welcomes back eight-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, God Help Us, A Man and His Prostate). Topics include Ed’s upcoming USA Network series Briarpatch; working with David Janssen on The Fugitive; and...
21 min
How TV Covered the Loma Prieta Earthquake
TVC 466.6: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember how both network and local television covered the Loma Prieta earthquake of Oct. 17, 1989, including how then-ABC Sports broadcaster Al Michaels found himself playing news anchor in the hours immediately...
15 min