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
I Want My MTV
TVC 461.7: Ed, Tony, and Donna remember the premiere of MTV: Music Television on Aug. 1, 1981 as part of This Week in TV History.
7 min
NATAS President Adam Sharp on the News and Docu...
TVC 460.1: Ed welcomes back Adam Sharp, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, aka the Daytime Emmy Awards. The News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast Tuesday, Sept. 24 at EmmyOnline.TV and other...
22 min
TV News Journalism and the Proper Use of Twitter
TVC 460.2: Adam Sharp, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, talks to Ed about his six-year tenure as head of News, Government and Elections at Twitter, and how a lot of journalists from all media often use Twitter as it...
21 min
Where’s Huddles? Why, He’s on DVD
TVC 460.3: Greg Ehrbar continues “Hanna-Barbera: The Prime Time Edition” with a look at the DVD release of Where’s Huddles? (CBS, 1970), the animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera that originally aired in prime in the summer of 1970. Written for an...
14 min
The Return of David Frankham
TVC 460.4: Actor, author, and voice artist David Frankham (101 Dalmations, Master of the World, Return of the Fly, Tales of Terror, Which One Was David?) returns for Part 2 of a conversation that began earlier this year about his career in film,...
21 min
David Frankham on Jack Benny and Kovacs on Music
TVC 460.5: David Frankham shares memories of working with comic legends Jack Benny and Ernie Kovacs, and his penchant for playing characters who have nervous breakdowns onscreen (which he did famously in King Rat, as well as in the “Is There No Truth...
30 min
Happy Birthday, Carroll O’Connor
TVC 460.6: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join Ed via Skype as This Week in TV History commemorates the 95th birthday of actor Carroll O’Connor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night).
23 min
Dee Wallace on Being a “Mama Bear,” On and Off ...
TVC 459.3: Ed welcomes back actress, author, teacher, radio host, and legendary “scream queen” Dee Wallace (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Cujo, The Howling, The Frighteners, Critters). Topics include playing the mom in Red Christmas, a character that...
22 min
Susan McCray on How Michael Landon Embodied Fam...
TVC 459.2: Ed welcomes Susan McCray, one of the first female casting directors in network television, and a longtime collaborator of iconic actor and producer Michael Landon (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie). Susan is also the anchor of...
33 min
Dee Wallace on Mastering “the Perry Mason Caden...
TVC 459.4: Screen legend Dee Wallace talks to Ed about being directed by her daughter, Gabrielle Stone, in the upcoming short film After Emma. Dee Wallace can also seen in Critters Attack, a reimagining of the 1986 horror classic Critters that is now...
9 min
How TV Covered Nixon’s Resignation
TVC 459.1: Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen, and Ed remember how network TV news covered the resignation of President Richard Nixon on Aug. 8, 1974, his departure from the White House, and the swearing-in of President Gerald Ford the following day.
25 min
The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
TVC 459.6: Greg and Ed continue their look at “Hanna-Barbera: The Prime Time Edition” with a look at the DVD release of The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (NBC, 1968-1969), a blend of live action and animation that was also the most expensive...
19 min
Gene Kelly’s Jack and the Beanstalk
TVC 459.5: Greg Ehrbar talks to Ed about the DVD release of Jack and the Beanstalk (NBC, 1967), the Emmy Award-winning musical collaboration between Gene Kelly and Hanna-Barbera that blended live action with animation. The special also included the...
12 min
The Real McCoys on DVD
TVC 458.3: Greg and Ed review the various DVD configurations of The Real McCoys (ABC/CBS, 1957-1963), the long-running sitcom starring Walter Brennan and Richard Crenna that also spawned the era of bucolic comedies on network TV.
29 min
Daniel Boone star Darby Hinton
TVC 458.5: Darby Hinton, the actor known around the world as Israel Boone on Daniel Boone, talks to Ed about the approach he took to playing Cole Younger in Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws, a movie that he also produced, and filming the family drama...
19 min
The Hollywood Museum Toasts Ida Lupino and Oliv...
TVC 458.4: Ed plays highlights from the recent unveiling of The Hollywood Museum’s new lobby exhibit that honors screen legends Ida Lupino and Olivia de Havilland. Mary Anderson, Lupino’s personal assistant and confidante and the author of three books...
9 min
Cowboy Up for Johnny Crawford
TVC 458.6: Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone, Wild Faith, Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws) talks to Ed about the upcoming special benefit screening of Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws that will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Joel McCrea Ranch in Thousand...
20 min
The Legendary Memos of Gene Roddenberry
TVC 457.1: A continuation of last week’s conversation with Marc Cushman about Volume 1 of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series, the three-volume biography of Star Trek: The Original Series that transports readers back in time to the...
23 min
Roddenberry, Lucy, The Love Boat, and M*A*S*H
TVC 457.2: Marc Cushman, author of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series, talks to Ed about what a visionary Gene Roddenberry was early in his career, above and beyond Star Trek (including ideas for series that were, essentially,...
22 min
Kathy Garver Returns to Television as Aunt Cissy
TVC 457.3: Ed welcomes back actress, author, and voice artist Kathy Garver (Family Affair, X Child Stars, Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood). Kathy is about to start production on Aunt Cissy, a new TV series that not only brings...
20 min
Jason Stuart on the Proper Inflection to Have W...
TVC 457.4: Ed welcomes film and TV actor Jason Stuart (My Wife and Kids, Gia, Kindergarten Cop, Birth of a Nation), one of the first openly gay stand-up comedians. Jason has been performing stand-up for more than thirty years, but he did not find his...
22 min
Jason Stuart on The Dating Game, The Merv Griff...
TVC 457.5: Actor, comedian, and author Jason Stuart (Shut Up! I’m Talking: Coming Out in Hollywood and Making It to the Middle) talks to Ed about his appearance on The Dating Game in the late 1970s (and why Jim Lange was the perfect host for that...
32 min
The real legacy of My Sister Sam actress Rebecc...
TVC 456.4: Tony, Donna, and Ed go back to July 18, 1989 as part of This Week in TV History, and how the tragic death of My Sister Sam actress Rebecca Schaeffer at the hands of a deranged fan ultimately led to changes in stalking laws. Plus: How TMZ...
23 min
Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles: Now on DVD
TVC 456.2: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discusses the recent DVD release of Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles (CBS, 1966), the Hanna-Barbera animated series about a Beatles-like rock group that morphed into crime-fighting superheroes whenever trouble arose....
15 min
Eat, Pray, #FML author Gabrielle Stone on how a...
TVC 456.3: Ed welcomes award-winning actress and director Gabrielle Stone (It Happened Again Last Night, After Emma). Gabrielle’s new book, Eat, Pray, #FML, asks the question “What do you do when you find your life has fallen apart and your heart has...
22 min