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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Captain Satellite Hijacks HBO's Signal
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the Captain Midnight incident of April 1986
8 min
602
Alison Arngrim Brings Little House to You
Ed welcomes back actress, comedienne and author Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch)
19 min
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Confessions of a Prairie Terror
Part 2 of our conversation with Alison Arngrim of Little House on the Prairie
13 min
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John Barbour Channels Mark Russell and Tom Lehrer
Part 2 of Ed's conversation with television writer, producer, talk show host, comedian, documentary maker and author John Barbour (Real People, Your Mother's Not a Virgin!)
27 min
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John Barbour, Pat Morita, and the Hungry i
John Barbour (Real People) recalls the time when he and his future wife, Sarita, helped a young Pat Morita find his footing as a stand-up comic in 1963
20 min
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John Barbour and Harlan Ellison
The remaining moments of this week's conversation with John Barbour (Real People, Your Mother's Not a Virgin!)
17 min
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Daffy Duck's Screen Debut
From April 2012: Daffy Duck makes his film debut during This Week in TV History
6 min
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The Birth of The Blues Brothers
From April 2018: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the 40th anniversary of The Blue Brothers' first appearance on Saturday Night Live
12 min
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Green Acres: The American Equivalent of Monty P...
From July 2018: Greg Ehrbar reviews the complete series DVD release of Green Acres
14 min
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When Barbara Walters Joined ABC News
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the uneasy on-air partnership between Barbara Walters and Harry Reasoner in 1976
14 min
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The Dawn of Breaking News
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the first time that coverage of an unplanned event was televised
8 min
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Anson Williams on directing himself for the fir...
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back Anson Williams of Happy Days and Harvest Time
20 min
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How Don Most Helped Anson Williams in Harvest Time
Part 2 of our conversation with Anson Williams (Happy Days, Harvest Time)
12 min
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John Barbour, Superman, and Real People
Ed welcomes John Barbour, creator of Real People and author of Your Mother's Not a Virgin
23 min
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Why Real People Represents Reality TV at Its Best
Part of our conversation with John Barbour, the godfather of reality TV
11 min
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How Redd Foxx Mentored John Barbour
John Barbour talks to Ed about the instrumental role that Redd Foxx in getting John's first comedy album produced
10 min
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Shirley Temple: A Tonic for Troubled Times, Esp...
Greg and Ed remember Shirley Temple’s Storybook, the NBC anthology series for children that also featured such stars as Agnes Moorehead, Carol Lynley, and David Frankham
9 min
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Why Shirley Temple Did The Blue Bird Instead of...
Greg Ehrbar recommends several classic Shirley Temple movies to keep your spirits up during this time of hunkering down
10 min
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How Jane Fonda Changed the Shape of the Home Vi...
A minisode edition of This Week in TV History. in which Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the release of Workout, the first of Jane Fonda's bestselling aerobics tapes
7 min
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Charles Grodin on The Perils of Show Business
A minisode edition featuring a clip from our December 2012 conversation with actor Charles Grodin
8 min
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Happy Birthday, Peter Mark Richman
TV Confidential says Happy Birthday to Peter Mark Richman with this special minisode edition featuring a clip from our conversation with Peter Mark from May 2011
20 min
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Singer/actress Roslyn Kind and her vessel of li...
Ed welcomes singer, actress, and songwriter Roslyn Kind ("Light of Love," "Save the Country")
13 min
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Roslyn Kind on graduating high school and recor...
Part 2 of our conversation with singer/actress Roslyn Kind
12 min
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The Funny Bones of Howard Storm
Actor, director, and author Howard Storm (The Imperfect Storm, Mork & Mindy) on how he was able to play straight man and deliver punchlines during his days as a stand-up comedian
24 min
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Howard Storm on Directing Rhoda, Doc, Angie, an...
Howard Storm (The Imperfect Storm, Mork & Mindy) on how his career as a director in television began with Rhoda
14 min
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Meggie Jones and Her Effort to Support Our Fron...
Meggie Jones, founder of Nutrient Soak, talks about her effort to support our frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 epidemic
13 min
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How Judy Garland Stood Up to the Smiling Cobra
An Easter Weekend minisode edition featuring Greg Ehrbar's look at The Judy Garland Show (CBS, 1963-1964)
14 min
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Danny Kaye and The "Sit Down" Spot
A minisode edition featuring David Koenig, author of Danny Kaye: King of Jesters
9 min
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Tribute to Lyle Waggoner
Remembering actor and enterpreneur Lyle Waggoner (The Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman)
22 min
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Lyle Waggoner, Steve Trevor, and Star Waggons
Part 2 of our tribute to Lyle Waggoner as part of This Week in TV History
26 min
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Ralph Kiner and The Say Hey Kid
Phil Gries pays tribute to longtime New York Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner as part of the Sounds of Lost Television
13 min
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Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of T...
Ed welcomes back actor, comedian, director and raconteur Howard Storm
22 min
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Why Pam Dawber was the Unsung Hero of Mork & Mindy
Part 2 of our conversation with Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm, the story of Howard's life and career in show business
20 min
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Phil Gries, Kiner, and The Duke
Phil Gries pays tribute to Hall of Fame outfielder Ralph Kiner as part of The Sounds of Lost Television
15 min
635
The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on All of O...
A look at how the corona virus pandemic has impacted the television industry and even postponed many of the upcoming presidential primaries
45 min
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Keeping Up Appearances on DVD
Keeping Up Appearances on DVD
13 min
637
40 Years of Eric Braeden as Victor Newman
Eric Braeden reflects on playing Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless over the past forty years
21 min
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Eric Braeden on the joy he felt on the set of D...
Eric Braeden of The Young and the Restless talks to Ed about some of his other movie and TV roles
21 min
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Susan Kesler and the Amazing Get Smart DVD Box Set
TV Confidential pays tribute to our friend Susan Kesler, award-winning producer, author, and one of top editors in network television for more than three decades
18 min
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Geoffrey Mark on the brilliance of Jack Sheldon
Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, and singer Geoffrey Mark remembers jazz trumpeter and comedian Jack Sheldon,
22 min
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James DuMont of Spenser: Confidential, The Righ...
Ed welcomes film and TV actor James DuMont (Spenser: Confidential, The Banker, The Righteous Gemstones)
23 min
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Actor James DuMont (Spenser: Confidential, The ...
Part 2 of our conversation with actor James DuMont (Spenser: Confidential, The Banker, The Righteous Gemstones)
13 min
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Actor Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brai...
Ed welcomes actor, author, and podcast host Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brain, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Voice Lessons, Talkin' Toons))
22 min
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Rob Paulsen (Pinky & the Brain, Animaniacs) on ...
Part 2 of our conversation with actor and author Rob Paulsen (Pinky & The Brain, Animaniacs, Voice Lessons)
20 min
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Voice actor Rob Paulsen on his work with the He...
Actor and author Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs, Voice Lessons) on working as this year's spokesperson with the Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness® Program (OHANCA®). Apr. 13-19, 2020 is national OHANCA Week
7 min
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Actor James DuMont on How to Approach Auditions
James DuMont (Spenser: Confidential, The Banker) on how, when it comes to auditions, "it's not who you know, but who knows you... and what they know you for"
10 min
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Tribute to Don Adams and Get Smart featuring St...
TV Confidential pays tribute to our friend Susan Kesler with this bonus edition featuring our March 2014 interview with Sue and Stacey Adams, daughter of Don Adams
22 min
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The Sounds of Lost Hefner
An encore presentation of a July 2011 edition of The Sounds of Lost Television in which Phil Gries remembers some of the early TV ventures of Playboy magazine founder and publisher Hugh Hefner
15 min
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The Life and Legacy of Leonard Nimoy
A special encore presentation of This Week in TV History honoring Leonard Nimoy
33 min
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Star Trek biographer Marc Cushman on his friend...
Star Trek writers and series biographer Marc Cushman shares some memories of Leonard Nimoy
11 min
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Ed Asner on the UP-lifting experience of playin...
Part 2 of the conversation that began last week with Ed Asner (Son of a Junkman, Briarpatch, Lou Grant, UP!)
15 min
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Lee Purcell on the joyful experience of working...
Lee Purcell (Big Wednesday, Valley Girl) discusses her latest film, Carol of the Bells
21 min
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Lee Purcell on the generosity of Kirk Douglas
Lee Purcell (Carol of the Bells) on working with screen legend Kirk Douglas in Eddie Macon's Run and playing screen legend Olivia de Havilland in My Wicked, Wicked Ways
19 min
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Sesame Street on DVD
A look at Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting and other related DVD volumes
20 min
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Happy Birthday, Judd Hirsch
18 min
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Remembering Pink Lady and Jeff
A look back at the ill-fated variety series Pink Lady and Jeff
27 min
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Bob Crane: Who He Was... and Who He Wasn't
Ed welcomes Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater, two of the co-authors of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography
37 min
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Ed Asner: Son of a Junkman
Legendary actor Ed Asner on the tremendous influence his father continues to have on his life, and whether James Staghorne Sr., the character he plays on Briarpatch, likes spunk
22 min
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Ed Asner and The Path to Lou Grant
The events that led Ed Asner to becoming cast as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
18 min
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Reginald Perrin on DVD
A look at the British sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
15 min
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Do You Believe in Miracles? Yes!
This Week in TV History remembers the U.S. men's hockey team's momentous win over Russia in the Gold Medal round of the 1980 Winter Olympics
17 min
662
The Many Characters in Groucho's House
Ed and guest Steve Stoliar talk about Groucho Marx, Jack Lemmon, director Howard Storm, and living by the Golden Rule
20 min
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Inside Groucho's House
Part 2 of our conversation with Steve Stoliar, author of Raised Eyebrows, a poignant look at the last three years of the life of Groucho Marx
21 min
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Joan Van Ark on the character arc of Valene Ewing
Ed welcomes film, stage and television actress Joan Van Ark
20 min
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Happy Birthday, Howard Hesseman
This Week in TV History commemorates the 80th birthday of the actor/comedian forever known as Dr. Johnny Fever
25 min
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The Many Voices of Joan Van Ark
Joan Van Ark tells Ed how she came to develop the accent she used when playing Valene Ewing on Dallas and Knots Landing
14 min
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Charlene Tilton on working on Barbara Bel Gedde...
From September 2012: Charlene Tilton talks to Ed about working on both the original Dallas and the TNT reboot
12 min
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Dallas star Charlene Tilton on her work teachin...
A special minisode edition of our September 2012 interview with Dallas star Charlene Tilton
11 min
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The Twilight Years of Groucho Marx
Ed welcomes Steve Stoliar, author of Raised Eyebrows, a poignant look at the last three years of the life of Groucho Marx
23 min
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Abbott and Costello Meet Blu-ray
Greg and Ed discuss the movies that Abbott and Costello made for Universal and Warner Bros., including how Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein later inspired Scooby-Doo
19 min
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Abbott and Costello Meet Television
A look at the Abbott and Costello television show from the early 1950s
15 min
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Stacy Keach Meets Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Stacy Keach on his upcoming performance as The Creature in an original radio adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, his work on Twilight Zone Radio, and some of his other famous roles
34 min
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The Brilliance of Gracie Allen
Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the comic genius of Gracie Allen
18 min
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Abraham Lincoln and Project Twenty
An encore presentation of Phil Gries’ look back at Meet Mr. Lincoln
9 min
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Why Chico Marx was a great straight man for Gro...
A TV Confidential "minisode" featuring Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx
14 min
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How Kirk Douglas Helped End the Blacklist
A special encore presentation of our centennial tribute to screen legend Kirk Douglas
24 min
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Tell Us More About Kirk Douglas
Part 3 of our tribute to screen legend Kirk Douglas
14 min
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Kirk Douglas on the life of an actor
Part 2 of our tribute to screen legend Kirk Douglas
21 min
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Tribute to Robert Conrad
From October 2013: Actor/stuntman Bob Herron and author Susan Kesler (The Wild, Wild West: The Series) discuss how closely Robert Conrad worked with his stunt team on The Wild, Wild West
21 min
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Michelle Danner: Actress, director, and acting ...
Ed welcomes actress, director, and celebrated acting coach Michelle Danner
20 min
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The Night of the Chandelier Mishap
Bob Herron and Sue Kesler discuss the time when Robert Conrad fractured his skull when filming a fight sequence and the impact that had on production of The Wild, Wild West
15 min
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Coda to Robert Conrad
A few final thoughts on the passing of Robert Conrad
3 min
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Kirk Douglas Sings!
A preview of this weekend's tribute to Kirk Douglas as part of The Sounds of Lost Television
18 min
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How The Midnight Special Changed the Late Night...
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the premiere of The Midnight Special as part of This Week in TV History
23 min
685
The Wonder Years: A Prime Time Network Show wit...
Ed, Tony, and Donna remember the premiere of The Wonder Years as part of This Week in TV History
16 min
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Lou Antonio, James Garner, and the "Hoover Dam"...
Ed talks to actor, director, screenwriter, author, and three-time Emmy nominee Lou Antonio
17 min
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Wild, Wild West stuntman Bob Herron on working ...
A bonus minisode featuring a clip from our October 2013 conversation with Bob Herron and Sue Kesler about Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, and The Wild, Wild West
5 min
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Lew Wasserman and the Evolution of the Made-for...
A TV Confidential minisode, featuring an excerpt from our March 2013 interview with Kathleen Sharp, author of Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood: Lew and Edie Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire
8 min
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Quentin Tarantino biographer Ian Nathan on why ...
Ed welcomes Ian Nathan, author of Quentin Tarantino: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work
22 min
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Why Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is really an ...
Quentin Tarantino biographer Ian Nathan on why Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is really a film about the TV actors of Tarantino's youth
20 min
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The Ladies of Knots Landing
From the Hollywood Museum: Special remote coverage of the unveiling of the Knots Landing lobby exhibit
15 min
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Ida Lupino, in her own words
From February 2015: Ida Lupino biographer Mary Anderson plays highlights from one of the last interviews Lupino ever gave
19 min
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Ida Lupino biographer Mary Anderson on Raoul Wa...
Part 2 of our February 2015 conversation with Ida Lupino biographer Mary Anderson, featuring audio highlights of one of the last interviews Lupino ever gave
20 min
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Why Ida Lupino's appearance on Charlie's Angels...
Part 3 of our March 2015 interview with Ida Lupino biographer Mary Anderson
21 min
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Chris Robinson on Twelve O'Clock High, The Fugi...
A TV Confidential "minisode," featuring an excerpt from our March 2013 interview with actor/director Chris Robinson
16 min
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Massi Furlan of Bad Boys for Life and Jumanji: ...
Ed welcomes film and TV actor Massi Furlan, the “go-to” guy for European crime roles over the past decade.
20 min
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Richard Benjamin on Buck Henry, Neil Simon, and...
Ed welcomes Golden Globe Award-winning actor and director Richard Benjamin
21 min
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Dyan Cannon on Hope's Legacy, Ally McBeal, and ...
Ed welcomes Golden Globe Award-winning and three-time Oscar nominee Dyan Cannon
27 min
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Massi Furlan, Part 2
Movie and TV actor Massi Furlan (Jumanji: The Next Level, Bad Boys for Life) discusses some of his notable non-villain roles
9 min
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Richard Benjamin on The Secret to Casting Comedies
Golden Globe Award winner Richard Benjamin discusses some of the films he has directed
19 min