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
1
Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run
Tony and Ed discuss the many ways in which Hank Aaron's 715th home run in April 1974 transcended the world of sports
18 min
2
The Final Days of Bob Crane
Part 3 of our conversation with Bob Crane biographers Carol Ford and Linda Grounwater
11 min
3
Bob Crane: A Chronicler of Everything
The conclusion of our conversation with Bob Crane biographers Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater
24 min
4
The Rewiring of Radames Pera
Part 2 of our conversation with actor and entrepreneur Radames Pera
19 min
5
Radames Pera’s Second Sojourn into Acting
Ed welcomes actor and entrepreneur Radames Pera
13 min
6
Karen Kondazian and the "Disciplined Improv" of...
From April 2013: Ed welcomes actress and novelist Karen Kondazian
5 min
7
1st Demonstration of the Original VCR
From 2011: The demonstration of the first videotape recorder in April 1956
6 min
8
Andy Griffith and Return to Mayberry
From April 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the premiere of Return to Mayberry in April 1986
12 min
9
Why Bob Crane's Radio Show was Really a Spectat...
From June 2020: Bob Crane biographers Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater discuss the many ways in which Bob Crane left his mark in radio, both in Connecticut and on KNX-CBS in Los Angeles
9 min
10
How Bob Crane Left His Mark in Radio
From June 2020: Ed welcomes back Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater, two of the co-authors of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography
22 min
11
The Other Bob Crane Show
From June 2020: Bob Crane biographers Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater discuss Crane's short-lived sitcom, The Bob Crane Show (NBC, 1975)
12 min
12
Josie and The Pussycats on Blu-ray
A review of the Josie and The Pussycats Blu-ray release
8 min
13
Josie and The Pussycats: Fun, Groovy Stuff
A review of the Josie and The Pussycats in Outer Space Blu-ray release
12 min
14
Ruta Lee, Perry Mason, and The Lineup
Part 2 of our conversation with entertainment legend Ruta Lee
18 min
15
Ruta Lee, High Rollers, and Talk of the Town
Ruta Lee shares some memories of working with Alex Trebek on High Rollers
16 min
16
L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star’s Barbara van Orde...
TVC 450.1: Via remote from The Hollywood Museum: Ed interviews singer/actress Barbara van Orden, co-executive producer of L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star: 2019; Jim Colucci, deputy editor for CBS Watch! Magazine and author of Golden Girls Forever and the...
20 min
17
Ugly Dolls composer Christopher Lennertz on the...
TVC 450.2: Greg Ehrbar interviews award-winning producer, composer and conductor Christopher Lennertz (Marvel’s Agent Carter, Galavant, Netflix’s Lost in Space). Christopher’s latest feature is Ugly Dolls, the animated musical starring Kelly Clarkson...
19 min
18
Part 2 with Ugly Dolls composer Christopher Len...
Ugly Dolls composer Christopher Lennertz on the movie’s uplifting message
13 min
19
Screen Villain Patrick Kilpatrick on Escaping D...
TVC 451.3: Ed welcomes actor, author, teacher, producer, and longtime movie and TV villain Patrick Kilpatrick (Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot). As an actor, Patrick has been killed, beaten up or...
20 min
20
How Longtime Movie Villain Patrick Kilpatrick A...
TVC 451.4: Actor and author Patrick Kilpatrick (Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot) discusses the psychosexual approach he often takes to playing heinous characters in movies and on TV, and on the...
17 min
21
Richard Pryor Jr.: Live from The Hollywood Museum
TVC 451.5: Via remote from The Hollywood Museum: Ed interviews singer, actor and author Richard Pryor Jr. (In a Pryor Life) and twelve-year-old actor and host Brandin Stennis (The Young and the Restless).
10 min
22
Chuck Harter pays tribute to comedian Richard P...
TVC 451.6: From the recent Richard Pryor Jr. book signing at The Hollywood Museum: Author, musician and pop culture historian Chuck Harter shares a poignant memory about comedian Richard Pryor.
6 min
23
The Bob Crane TV Trivia Quiz (preview)
From July 2018: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back journalist Robert Crane, eldest son of actor Bob Crane
7 min
24
Revival: The Experience’s Kirk Taylor on his ow...
From April 2019: Ed welcomes actor Kirk Taylor (Revival! The Experience)
25 min
25
George Chakiris, Elaine Stritch, and Company
Part 2 of our conversation with Academy Award winner George Chakiris
18 min
26
George Chakiris, Notorious Woman, and Dallas
Part 2 of our conversation with George Charkis, author of My West Side Story
11 min
27
James Garner, John Frankenheimer, and The Makin...
From April 2012: Jon Winokur, co-author of The Garner Files, discusses James Garner's lifelong passion for race cars
20 min
28
Jim Rockford's Firebird and other "star cars"
From January 2011: Ed welcomes “star car” researcher Jim Suva (Pioneers of Television).
17 min
29
Ruta Lee: Consider Your Ass Kissed
Ed welcomes back entertainment legend Ruta Lee, author of Consider Your Ass Kissed
24 min
30
Ruta Lee and the Phone Call Heard Round the World
Ed welcomes Ruta Lee, author of Consider Your Ass Kissed
18 min
31
Revival’s Kirk Taylor on the humanity of Jesus ...
Part 2 of our April 2019 conversation with actor Kirk Taylor (Revival: The Experience)
13 min
32
CBS Fires Tom and Dick Smothers on Apr. 4, 1969
A special minisode edition of This Week in TV History in which Tony, Donna, and Ed look back at the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in April 1969
8 min
33
The Multigenerational Appeal of Doris Day
TVC 454.1: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, music and TV historian, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark joins Ed for a remembrance of singer, actress, and animal rights activist Doris Day.
21 min
34
The Amazing Range of Doris Day
From June 2019: Our tribute to Doris Day continues with more memories from her friend and ours, Geoffrey Mark
7 min
35
Why East Side/West Side was "Too Good" for TV
From March 2011: Ed welcomes Stephen Bowie, television historian and publisher of The Classic TV History Blog
9 min
36
The Backstory of East Side/West Side
From April 2011: David Susskind biographer Stephen Battaglio discusses the events that led to the development and short demise of East Side/West Side
11 min
37
Cicely Tyson: A Stellar Example of What an Acto...
Tony, Donna, and Ed celebrate the life and career of Cicely Tyson
25 min
38
Raymond J. Barry of Free Byrd
Ed welcomes back award-winning film, stage and TV actor Raymond J. Barry
18 min
39
Raymond J. Barry: From the Heart, From the Soul
Raymond J. Barry talks to Ed about his new movie, Free Byrd
12 min
40
More with Raymond J. Barry
Our remaining segment with actor and artist Raymond J. Barry (Free Byrd, Justified, Shooter)
21 min
41
George Chakiris: My West Side Story
Ed welcomes Academy Award winner George Chakiris of West Side Story
17 min
42
The Early Career of George Chakiris
Ed welcomes Academy Award winner George Chakiris of West Side Story
17 min
43
Happy Birthday, Peter Marshall
TV Confidential wishes an early happy 95th birthday to actor and singer Peter Marshall
8 min
44
The Birth of The Rockford Files
A minisode edition in which Tony, Donna, and Ed go back to Mar. 27, 1974, the night on which the pilot episode of The Rockford Files first aired on NBC
16 min
45
Cannon, Quinn Martin, and William Conrad
From April 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed spotlight the career of actor/producer William Conrad
11 min
46
William Conrad, Bullwinkle, and Sonny & Cher
From April 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed spotlight the career of William Conrad
11 min
47
Behind the Scenes of Senior Moment
Ed welcomes Gina Goff, producer of Senior Moment
19 min
48
The Car Stars of Senior Moment
Ed welcomes Gina Goff, producer of Senior Moment
5 min
49
Blondie: An Inverted Bewitched (kinda sorta)
Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of Blondie: The Complete 1957 Television Series
19 min
50
Kevin Spirtas of After Forever
Part 2 of our conversation with actor Kevin Spirtas, co-creator, along with Michael Slade, of After Forever
16 min
51
Behind the Scenes of Xena: Warrior Princess
Ed welcomes back Paul Robert Coyle, author of Swords, Starships and Superheroes: From Star Trek to Xena to Hercules
21 min
52
Behind the Scenes of Hercules: The Legendary Jo...
Paul Robert Coyle takes listeners inside the world of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
20 min
53
Behind the Scenes of The Dead Zone
Our remaining moments with television writer and producer Paul Robert Coyle
9 min
54
How Ann Rutherford Broke into Radio
From May 2010: Former MGM star Ann Rutherford tells the story of how she broke into radio when she was a young girl
6 min
55
Why Hal Linden was the Anchor of Barney Miller
From March 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed say Happy Birthday to Hal Linden
9 min
56
Hal Linden Before and After Barney Miller
From March 2016: Tony, Donna, and Ed say Happy Birthday to Hal Linden
7 min
57
Paul Robert Coyle on Writing for Deep Space Nine
Part 3 of our conversation with television writer Paul Robert Coyle
22 min
58
Cloris Leachman: An Unforgettable Actress
Tony, Donna, and Ed celebrate the life and career of Cloris Leachman
17 min
59
Ed Asner on Cloris Leachman
From October 2020: Ed Asner talks to Ed, Tony, and Donna about his friend and fellow MTM cast mate Cloris Leachman
11 min
60
Walter Koenig on the Appeal of Star Trek IV
Ed welcomes back Walter Koenig of Star Trek and Babylon 5
21 min
61
Walter Koenig on Joining the Cast of Babylon 5
The remaining moments of our conversation with Walter Koenig
5 min
62
Why The Pet Set Was a Perfect Vehicle for Betty...
Ed welcomes Darren Wadyko, the distributor of Betty White’s The Pet Set: The Complete Series
23 min
63
Phyllis Lindstrom, Sue Ann Nivens, and Sexy Fem...
From June 2013: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back Jennifer Armstrong, author of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted
10 min
64
Connie Stevens on Elvis, Jerry Lewis, and James...
From September 2014: Ed welcomes singer, actress, and director Connie Stevens
7 min
65
Lawrence Welk: A Longtime Saturday Night Staple
From June 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the premiere of The Lawrence Welk Show in July 1955
10 min
66
How Lawrence Welk Helped ABC Grow
From July 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed continued their conversation about The Lawrence Welk Show
4 min
67
Living Alone and Loving It with Barbara Feldon
TVC says Happy Birthday to Barbara Feldon by playing a clip from our January 2013 conversation with the iconic actress known as Agent 99. Barbara's book LIVING ALONE AND LOVING IT: A Guide to Relishing the Solo Life challenges the stigma that often exists about living on one's own
7 min
68
Dark Intruder: One of the Most Influential Unso...
Gary Gerani tells Ed the backstory of Dark Intruder, perhaps the most successful, and certainly one of the most influential, unsold TV pilots ever made
20 min
69
The Music of Billy Goldenberg
Gary Gerani discusses his upcoming documentary on composer Billy Goldenberg and his upcoming book on Hollywood poster painter Joe Smith
17 min
70
Ben Murphy, Billy Crystal, George Burns and the...
From March 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Ben Murphy's birthday and other events that occurred This Week in TV History
14 min
71
Walter Koenig: Life Before, During and Beyond S...
A return visit by Walter Koenig, the actor known around the world as Mr. Chekov on the original Star Trek and Alfred Bester on Babylon 5
23 min
72
Walter Koenig, Alfred Bester, and Babylon 5
Part 2 of our conversation with Walter Koenig of Star Trek and Babylon 5
17 min
73
Giorgio Serafini, director of Senior Moment
Ed welcomes Giorgio Serafini, director of Senior Moment, a romantic comedy starring William Shatner, Jean Smart, and Christopher Lloyd
19 min
74
Agnes Moorehead: I Love the Illusion
From February 2011: Ed welcomes Agnes Moorehead biographer Charles Tranberg
5 min
75
Agnes Moorehead and the Two Darrins
From February 2011: Ed welcomes Agnes Moorehead biographer Charles Tranberg
7 min
76
John O'Hurley and The Appeal of Dancing with th...
From March 2011: A clip from our conversation with Seinfeld star John O'Hurley
3 min
77
George Kennedy: A Steady Presence in Movies and TV
From March 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed pay celebrate the life and career of George Kennedy
24 min
78
Jo Anne Worley: From Laugh-In to Nana Banana
From September 2013: Jo Anne Worley talks to Ed, Tony, and Donna about her stage career and her background with Second City
17 min
79
Behind the Scenes of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
From September 2013: Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Laugh-In star Jo Anne Worley
13 min
80
The Strange But True History of The Point
Greg and Ed discuss the Blu-ray release of The Point, the animated fable written and produced by Harry Nilsson
22 min
81
Donzaleigh Abernathy and “The Listening”
Part 2 of our conversation that began last week with Donzaleigh Abernathy of Any Day Now
21 min
82
Donzaleigh Abernathy, New Roads Schools, and Am...
Ed welcomes actress and author Donzaleigh Abernathy, youngest daughter of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and goddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
13 min
83
Charles Fox and the Theme to The Love Boat
From November 2010: Charles Fox, composer of some of the most iconic theme songs in TV history, talks to Ed about how a really good theme song like an old friend
5 min
84
Happy Birthday, Sandy Duncan
From February 2016: The early TV career of Broadway star Sandy Duncan
5 min
85
Sandy Duncan, Valerie Harper and The Hogan Family
From February 2016: How Valerie starring Valerie Harper morphed into The Hogan Family starring Sandy Duncan
9 min
86
How Television Evolved During the Era of Classi...
Ed welcomes Mitchell Hadley, author of The Electronic Mirror
20 min
87
Perry Mason, Ernie Kovacs, and The Electronic M...
Ed welcomes Mitchell Hadley, author of The Electronic Mirror
18 min
88
The Flintstones on Blu-ray
Greg and Ed discuss the recently released complete series Blu-ray release of The Flintstones
12 min
89
Donzaleigh Abernathy and Partners to History
Ed welcomes Donzaleigh Abernathy, youngest daughter of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and goddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
23 min
90
Donzaleigh Abernathy, Part 2
Ed welcomes Donzaleigh Abernathy, star of Any Day Now and author of Partners to History
19 min
91
The Character Arc of Fred Flintstone
Greg and Ed discuss The Man Called Flintstone, which is part of The Flintstones: The Complete Series Blu-ray release
18 min
92
Richard Matheson: A Great American Writer... Pe...
TV Confidential commemorates the 95th birthday of Richard Matheson by sharing this clip from our July 2013 tribute featuring Mark Dawidziak
11 min
93
Richard Matheson: A Great American Writer, Part 2
From July 2013: Part 2 of our tribute to Richard Matheson
10 min
94
Richard Matheson: A Great American Writer, Part 3
From July 2013: Part 3 of our tribute to Richard Matheson featuring Mark Dawidziak
11 min
95
Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek, and Space: 1999
Part 2 of our conversation with Marc Cushman about Volume 2 of These Are the Voyages: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s
20 min
96
Cy Chermak and the Evolution of CHiPs
Ed plays highlights from our September 2018 conversation with television producer Cy Chermak
5 min
97
Cy Chermak, David Chase, and Kolchak: The Night...
From September 2018: Behind the scenes of Kolchak: The Night Stalker
11 min
98
Cy Chermak, Francine Carroll, and Amy Prentiss
From September 2018: Cy Chermak talks to Ed about the Emmy Award-winning series Amy Prentiss
7 min
99
The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald
From September 2018: Ed welcomes Ella Fitzgerald biographer Geoffrey Mark
13 min
100
Kevin Spirtas, Michael Slade, and After Forever
Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning actor, writer and producer Kevin Spirtas (Days of Our Lives, After Forever)
20 min