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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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...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
20 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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).
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50 Years of Sid & Marty Krofft Productions
TVC 464.4: From November 2018: Iconic television producer Marty Krofft talks to Ed about how both The Banana Splits and the musical puppet show Les Poupées de Paris helped launch Sid & Marty Krofft Productions; the Krofft brothers’ many collaborations...
23 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:...
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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...
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The Bob Crane Murder Case Today
TVC 461.1: Ed welcomes Lynette Rice, editor at large for Entertainment Weekly, and author of “His Dark Places,” a new article that takes a fresh look at the circumstances surrounding the murder of Hogan’s Heroes star Bob Crane on June 29, 1978, a...
23 min
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Hanna-Barbera: The Adorable Saturday Morning Ca...
TVC 461.2: Greg Ehrbar and Ed take a look at the various DVD configurations of The Smurfs, The Snorks, and The Monchhicchis as part as “Hanna-Barbera: The Adorable Saturday Morning Cartoon Edition.”
20 min
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The Beat Goes On: Sonny & Cher on Television
TVC 461.3: Ed, Tony, and Donna remember the premiere of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (CBS, 1971-1974), one of the last great TV variety hours, as part of This Week in TV History. I Got You Babe: The Best of Sonny & Cher is now available on DVD...
14 min
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Mr. Belvedere’s Ilene Graff on Making the Song ...
TVC 461.4: Grammy nominated singer/actress Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedere) talks to Ed about Making the Song Your Own, a vocal performance workshop that offers students an opportunity to sing every week in a stress-free atmosphere while also learning...
22 min
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Mr. Belvedere’s Ilene Graff on Making the Natio...
TVC 461.5: Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedere) talks to Ed about the first time she performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a packed house at Angel Stadium; being directed by Penny Marshall in the classic episode of Laverne & Shirley in which Lenny and...
19 min
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The Biskitts and the Adorable A-Team
TVC 461.6: Greg Ehrbar continues “Hanna-Barbera: The Adorable Saturday Morning Cartoon Edition” with a look at the DVD releases of The Biskitts and The Paw Paws that are available through the HB Classic Collection and the Warner Archive Collection.
14 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
760
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
761
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
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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
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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
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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
765
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
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The Unreal TV Career of Biffle and Shooster
TVC 458.1: Actors Nick Santa Maria and Will Ryan (The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster) appear in character as Benny Biffle and Sammy Shooster as we take a look at Biffle and Shooster’s often overlooked, but nonetheless significant TV career of...
22 min
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Will The Real Biffle and Shooster Please Sit Down?
TVC 458.2: Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger (The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster) appear in character as Greg and Ed continue their look at the faux television career of Biffle and Shooster, including their short-lived...
20 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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How Gene Roddenberry’s Drive and Ambition Both ...
TVC 456.1: Marc Cushman, author of These Are The Voyages: Star Trek The Original Series, helps Ed take a deep dive into the development of the first season of Star Trek and the early career of Gene Roddenberry, including how Perry Mason creator Erle...
43 min
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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
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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
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Devlin: Hanna-Barbera’s Foray into Saturday Mor...
TVC 456.2: Greg and Ed discusses the recent DVD release of Devlin (ABC, 1974), the Hanna-Barbera animated series about a traveling motorcycle daredevil not unlike Evel Knievel. Featuring the voices of Micky Dolenz and Michael Bell, Devlin was a rare...
15 min
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The Sounds of Lost Merv with Jack Benny and Mon...
TVC 455.1: Steve Randisi, author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, joins Phil Gries for Part 3 of our Sounds of Lost Television tribute to the critically acclaimed NBC daytime talk show that Merv Griffin hosted between October 1962 and March...
36 min
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C’mon Get Happy: The Partridge Family on DVD
TVC 455.3: Greg Ehrbar joins Ed for a look at the various configurations of The Partridge Family on DVD and streaming on demand.
16 min
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Behind the Music of The Partridge Family
TVC 455.4: Greg Ehrbar discusses the important roles that the Ron Hickland singers and songwriter and record producer Wes Farrell played in the success of the Partridge Family albums that were released in conjunction with the Partridge Family TV series.
24 min
785
Why Merv Ended His Long-Running Daytime Show
TVC 455.2: As long as we’re in a Merv Griffin frame of mind, Ed plays a clip from longtime radio personality Sam Yates’ interview with Merv from the 1990s in which the talk show icon reveals why he left television in 1986 after twenty-four years.
6 min
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Dolly Read Martin on Match Game and more
TVC 455.5: Actress and former Playboy Bunny and Playboy Playmate Dolly Read Martin (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Match Game, Tattletales) talks about how the loose, free-flowing vibe behind the scenes of Match Game was an integral part of the...
37 min
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Celebrate Hope and the Humanity of Barack Obama
Celebrate Hope and the Humanity of Barack ObamaTVC 454.2: Award-winning actress, director, filmmaker and former White House press corps member Anna Wilding shares some of the back stories behind Celebrate Hope, a collection of photographs that Anna...
30 min
788
How TV’s Longest Sustained Laugh Almost Never H...
TVC 454.3: Ed welcomes Rick Hawkins, Emmy Award-winning staff writer for The Carol Burnett Show and the co-writer of “Went with the Wind,” the famous Burnett show parody of Gone With the Wind that generated the longest sustained laugh in television...
44 min
789
How to Adapt Classic TV Favorites to Russian TV...
TVC 454.4: Rick Hawkins, Emmy Award-winning writer/producer of The Carol Burnett Show, Punky Brewster, Major Dad, and Sister, Sister, talks to Ed about the three years that Rick spent in Russia in the early 2000s, during which time he adapted such...
14 min
790
The Genius of Tim Conway
TVC 453.1: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark joins Ed for a remembrance of Tim Conway, the beloved star of McHale’s Navy and The Carol Burnett Show who passed away on Tuesday, May 14....
23 min
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Donelle Dadigan, Hollywood’s Most Influential W...
TVC 453.4: Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, joins Ed for a look at some of the exhibits that will be on display this summer, including Remembering Lucy, the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman exhibit, the fabulous...
24 min
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Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether on playing The ...
TVC 453.5: From our tribute to Adam West in June 2017: Ed, Tony, and Donna play highlights from our conversations with actresses Julie Newmar, who played The Catwoman during the first two seasons on Batman (ABC, 1966-1968), and Lee Meriwether, who...
21 min
793
Jonathan Goldsmith: The Man Behind Dos Equis’ M...
TVC 453.3: From June 2017: An encore presentation of our conversation with actor and author Jonathan Goldsmith (Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life, But When I Do They're True and Amazing), the actor best known for playing The...
16 min
794
How Dick Van Dyke Show star Rose Marie discover...
TVC 453.2: From September 2012: Ed plays a clip from Rose Marie’s appearance on TV Confidential in which she recalls discovering Tim Conway in Cleveland around 1961, bringing him to Hollywood, and managing his career for about five years in the early...
19 min
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How Eartha Kitt Broke Ground on TV When She Pla...
TVC 453.6: Ed plays highlights from the remarks that Kitt Shapiro, Eartha Kitt’s daughter, made at the unveiling of the Catwoman exhibit at The Hollywood Museum about the quiet way in which her mother broke ground when she played The Catwoman during...
15 min
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The Secret Hollywood Studio That Shaped The Col...
TVC 452.3: Ed welcomes Kevin Hamiliton and Ned O’Gorman, co-authors of Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, the inside story of Lookout Mountain Laboratory—a secret motion picture studio, run by the U.S....
23 min
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Mary Tyler Moore and Elizabeth Montgomery biogr...
TVC 452.2: Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s interview with author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato, author of Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitching Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery and Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, the first objective cradle-to-grave...
39 min
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Shooting the Breeze with iHeart Radio host Torc...
TVC 452.1: Ed welcomes Torchy Smith, host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio and author of Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars: Surprising Celebrity Conversations for the Retro Generation, a collection of fifty first-hand accounts of such Baby Boomer...
21 min
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James Stewart, Rear Window, and Lookout Mountai...
TVC 452.4: Kevin Hamiliton and Ned O’Gorman, co-authors of Lookout America: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War, discuss how Oscar-winning actor and U.S. Air Force reserve brigadier general James Stewart lent gravitas to the...
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How iHeart Radio host Torchy Smith Got His Name
TVC 452.5: Torchy Smith, host of Baby Boomers Talk Radio and author of Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars: Surprising Celebrity Conversations for the Retro Generation, shares some insight into his approach to interviewing such Baby Boomer...
15 min