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
Why We Love Betty White
TV Confidential says Happy Birthday to Betty White by sharing this clip our December 2014 about the career of the iconic actress
7 min
2
How to Write for Certain TV Actors
Ed welcomes television writer, producer and author Paul Robert Coyle
21 min
3
Paul Robert Coyle on CHiPs, Crazy Like a Fox, a...
Part 2 of our conversation with television writer/producer Paul Robert Coyle
16 min
4
William Link on the Origins of Columbo
From July 2011: William Link, co-creator of Columbo, pays tribute to his longtime friend Peter Falk
14 min
5
Caroline Hennesy of General Hospital
Ed welcomes Carolyn Hennesy of General Hospital
20 min
6
50 Years of All in the Family
11 min
7
55 Years of Batman '66
From January 2011: How Batman really tapped the potential of color TV in 1966
11 min
8
Levinson and Link: The Rolls and Royce of Telev...
From July 2011: Part 2 of our conversation with William Link, co-creator of Columbo
22 min
9
William Link on The Best “Pops” of Columbo
From July 2011: William Link, co-creator of Columbo and author of The Columbo Collection, on why the beloved TV character is a particularly good fit for the short story format
15 min
10
The Early TV Roles of Pete Duel
From May 2011: Ed welcomes Paul Green, author of Pete Duel: A Biography
10 min
11
Pete Duel and Love on a Rooftop
From May 2011: Ed welcomes Paul Green, author of Pete Duel: A Biography
9 min
12
Robert Hooks: Cultural Architect
From April 2019: Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Robert Hooks
11 min
13
Joyce Bulifant and My Four Hollywood Husbands
From April 2019: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome back actress and author Joyce Bulifant
22 min
14
Why Joyce Bulifant Nearly Turned Down Airplane!
From April 2019: Actress and author Joyce Bulifant shares memories of The Happiest Millionaire, Perry Mason, and Airplane!
17 min
15
Robert Hooks on the Founding of the Negro Ensem...
From April 2019: Robert Hooks talks to Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter about the origins of the Negro Ensemble Company
11 min
16
Robert Hooks and the Nitty Gritty Appeal of N.Y...
From April 2019: Robert Hooks talks to Ed and Chuck Harter about the groundbreaking police drama N.Y.P.D.
9 min
17
Roy Thinnes, The Psychiatrist, and Levinson and...
From February 2016: Roy Thinnes talks to Ed about his experience starring in The Psychiatrist (NBC, 1971), a six-episode drama created by Richard Levinson and William Link
13 min
18
Levinson and Link, The Gun, and That Certain Su...
From July 2011: Emmy Award-winning writer/producer William Link talks to Ed about the groundbreaking TV-movie That Certain Summer and the controversial TV-movie The Gun
7 min
19
Dawn Wells and The Values of Mary Ann
From October 2014: A clip from Dawn Wells' first appearance on TV Confidential
8 min
20
Dawn Wells and The Timeless Appeal of Gilligan'...
From October 2014: A clip from Dawn Wells' first appearance on TV Confidential
10 min
21
Dawn Wells' Memories of The Island
From October 2014: The third and final clip from Dawn Wells' first appearance on TV Confidential
13 min
22
William Link on Stephen J. Cannell
From October 2010: The first of two clips from our conversation with William Link, co-creator of Columbo
7 min
23
William Link on His Approach to Writing
From October 2010: The second of two bonus clips from our conversation with Emmy Award-winning writer/producer William Link
5 min
24
Mary Tyler Moore and the Invention of the Offic...
From February 2017: Mary Tyler Moore Show biographer Jennifer Armstrong joins us as part of our tribute to the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore
10 min
25
Paul Robert Coyle’s Path to Television
Ed welcomes television writer, producer and author Paul Robert Coyle
22 min
26
Paul Robert Coyle and Quinn Martin Productions
Paul Robert Coyle takes listeners inside the world of Quinn Martin Productions
22 min
27
John Lennon and The Cult of Celebrity
TV Confidential commemorates the recent 40th anniversary of the death of John Lennon by playing highlights from our December 2010 conversation with Lennon biographer Keith Elliot Greenberg
15 min
28
Hank Garrett, James Earl Jones, and Larry Storch
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back actor and comedian Hank Garrett
21 min
29
Hank Garrett, Robert Redford, and Elvis Presley
Part 2 of our conversation with Hank Garrett (Car 54, Where Are You, Three Days of the Condor)
18 min
30
John Lennon: A True Working Man’s Hero
More highlights from our December 2010 conversation with John Lennon biographer Keith Elliot Greenberg
20 min
31
Carolyn Hennesy's 500th Episode of General Hosp...
A sneak peek of our upcoming conversation with Carolyn Hennesy of General Hospital
5 min
32
Dragnet's Upbeat Christmas Episode
From December 2013: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember "The Big Little Jesus," the famous episode of Dragnet also known as "The Christmas Story"
4 min
33
Dragnet's Sober Christmas Episode
From December 2013: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember "The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas," an episode of Dragnet from 1952 with a message that still resonates today
8 min
34
The Voice of Tony the Tiger
From November 2011: Greg and Ed take a look at the career of voice artist Thurl Ravenscroft
3 min
35
Hank Garrett: From Harlem Hoodlum to Hollywood ...
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome back actor and comedian Hank Garrett
21 min
36
How Sammy Davis Jr. Changed Hank Garrett’s Life
Hank Garrett talks about seeing Sammy Davis Jr. perform at The Apollo Theater in Harlem when he was a kid, and how Nipsey Russell paved the way for Hank to perform there many years later
21 min
37
James DuMont of Safety
A return visit from film and TV actor James DuMont (The Righteous Gemstones)
16 min
38
Burt Ward and 55 Years of Batman ’66
Part 2 of our conversation with Burt Ward of Batman
21 min
39
How ABC Helped Walt Disney Build Disneyland
From December 2010: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the death of Walt Disney in 1966
4 min
40
Louis Gossett Jr. and the Selfless Service of P...
Ed welcomes Academy Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr
19 min
41
Louis Gossett Jr. on The Reason, Foster Boy, an...
Part 2 of our conversation with esteemed actor Louis Gossett Jr.
12 min
42
Building Relationships in the Movie and TV Indu...
Film and TV actor James DuMont talks to Ed about new safety precautions in the film and TV industry
7 min
43
Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn, and Rankin/Bass
From December 2018: Part 2 of our discussion of the backstory of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
7 min
44
50 Years of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
From December 2010: How the various mythologies that screenwriter Romeo Muller created specifically for Santa Claus is Comin' to Town has since become part of the lore of Santa
11 min
45
Alex Trebek: The Steward of Jeopardy!
Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to Alex Trebek
19 min
46
Alex Trebek Made It Cool to Be Knowledgeable
Game show historian Steve Beverly talks to Ed about the time he and Alex Trebek helped promote Jeopardy! for North Carolina station WWAY
18 min
47
Ruta Lee on Her Friend Alex Trebek
Our tribute to Alex Trebek continues with some memories from Ruta Lee
13 min
48
Alex Trebek: The "Can Do It All" Man
Ruta Lee talks to Ed about Alex Trebek's little known passion for do-it-yourself projects
16 min
49
When Jeopardy! Became Alex Trebek's Show
Game show historian Steve Beverly provides the backstory of Alex Trebek's first Emmy Award win as host of Jeopardy!
6 min
50
Charlie Brown, Linus, and the True Meaning of C...
From December 2010: Why CBS was nervous about the network premiere of A Charlie Brown Christmas
7 min
51
John Lennon and New York City in 1980
TV Confidential commemorates the 40th anniversary of the death of John Lennon by sharing this clip from our December 2010 conversation with Lennon biographer Keith Elliot Greenberg
6 min
52
The Story of John and Yoko
December 2010: John Lennon biographer Keith Elliot Greenberg talks to Ed about what made John and Yoko such kindred spirits
7 min
53
Howard Cosell and the Night John Lennon Died
From December 2010: Monday Night Football historian Wesley Hyatt talks to Ed about Howard Cosell informing MNF viewers of the death of John Lennon on the Dec. 8, 1980 broadcast
10 min
54
Burt Ward: Canine Crusader
Ed welcomes Burt Ward, the actor known around the world as Robin the Boy Wonder on Batman
19 min
55
Burt Ward's Virtual Fan Experience
Burt Ward gives Ed a preview of the exciting, new virtual fan experience that he will offers fans of Batman in 2021
13 min
56
What Jeopardy! Looks For in Its Contestants
Game show historian Steve Beverly talks to Ed about the particular qualities that Jeopardy! producers look for when choosing contestants for the program
7 min
57
Johnny Marks and the Backstory of Rudolph, the ...
From November 2011: Why Gene Autry was originally reluctant to record "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
6 min
58
Frosty the Snowman Premieres in 1969
1 min
59
Don Meredith: The Driving Force Behind Monday N...
We remember the ten-year anniversary of the passing of Don Meredith with this clip from our December 2010 conversation with Monday Night Football historian Wesley Hyatt
7 min
60
Live-Action Saturday Morning Shows of the 1970s
From December 2010: Tony, Donna, and Ed on the era of live-action Saturday morning shows from the mid 1970s
9 min
61
The Lost Pageantry of Saturday Morning Cartoons
December 2010: A fond look back at Saturday morning cartoons
10 min
62
Daphne Maxwell Reid and The Business of Christmas
Part 2 of our conversation with Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Business of Christmas, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion)
18 min
63
Daphne Maxwell Reid, Fabric-aholic
Daphne Maxwell Reid discusses her particular approach to designing clothes
17 min
64
How Lucy Channeled Buster Keaton
Ed welcomes Emmy nominated writer/producer Billy Van Zandt (Get in the Jane, Car! Adventures in the TV Wasteland)
22 min
65
Why Martin Lawrence and Jerry Lewis are Similar...
Part 2 of our conversation with writer/producer Billy Van Zandt
21 min
66
The New Host of Jeopardy!
Ed welcomes game show historian Steve Beverly
15 min
67
Tom Dreesen, Jack Benny, and The Longest Laugh ...
Part 2 of our conversation with comedian Tom Dreesen (Still Standing, Tim and Tom)
24 min
68
The Joy of Daphne Maxwell Reid
Ed welcomes Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Prince Prince of Bel Air, The Business of Christmas)
18 min
69
Annie Get Your Gun: The Lost Production
From April 2011: Why the 1967 telecast of Annie Get Your Gun on NBC is forever lost
21 min
70
Sheree J. Wilson, Dallas, and Walker: Texas Ranger
From September 2013: A minisode edition of our conversation with Sheree J. Wilson
9 min
71
How a Perfect Storm Made "Who Shot J.R.?" Possible
From March 2012: Tony, Donna and Ed remember the episode of Dallas that launched the "Who Shot J.R." phenomenon
17 min
72
Wink Martindale and the Birth of The Elvis Phen...
From December 2018: Wink Martindale talks to Ed about the night when an Elvis Presley record was played on the radio for the very first time
4 min
73
Hugh Downs: TV’s First Great Utility Player
TVC 516.1: Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to broadcast legend Hugh Downs as part of a special edition of This Week in History
21 min
74
The Integrity of Hugh Downs
Part 2 of our look at the life and career of Hugh Downs as part of This Week in TV History
14 min
75
Ted and Betty Corday: True TV Pioneers
From November 2010: Ed and Tony welcome Ken Corday, executive producer of Days of Our Lives
15 min
76
Tom Dreesen: Still Standing
Ed, Tony and Donna welcome entertainment legend and stand-up comedy pioneer Tom Dreesen (Still Standing, Tim and Tom)
21 min
77
Life Lessons from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis...
Ed, Tony and Donna welcome actor, comedian and author Tom Dreesen (Still Standing, Tim and Tom)
18 min
78
The Storylines of Days of Our Lives
From November 2010: Ken Corday, executive producer of Days of Our Lives
20 min
79
Lee Purcell, James Garner and The Incredible Hulk
From April 2019: Actress Lee Purcell talks to Ed about working with James Garner, Bill Bixby, and Lou Ferrigno
8 min
80
The Dream Sequences of Gilligan's Island
From March 2014: Our guest is Kimberly Johnson, daughter of actor Russell Johnson
9 min
81
The Most Handsome Man on Gilligan's Island
TVC celebrates the birthday of Russell Johnson earlier this week with this clip from our March 2014 conversation with Johnson's daughter, Kimberly
10 min
82
A Ring for Christmas with Liliana Tandon
Ed welcome actress, writer and producer Liliana Tandon (A Ring for Christmas)
25 min
83
Joe McDoakes on DVD
Greg and Ed discuss the Warner Archive release of the Joe McDoakes comedy shorts starring George O'Hanlon
9 min
84
The Jetsons on Blu-ray
Greg and Ed discuss the Blu-ray release of The Jetsons
9 min
85
The Jetsons on DVD
Greg and Ed more Jetsons-related DVD titles
14 min
86
Why Happy Days Still Has Legs 45 Years Later
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams
20 min
87
Wash Your Hands with Anson Williams
Ed, Tony, and Donna continue their conversation with Anson Williams
19 min
88
Penny Peyser, Lady Penelope, and Crazy Like a Fox
Part 3 of our conversation with actress and filmmaker Penny Peyser
18 min
89
The Iconic Opening of Days of Our Lives
We continue to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Days of Our Lives on television by sharing this clip from our November 2010 with DOOL executive producer Ken Corday
4 min
90
Days of Our Lives and the Redemptive Power of Love
12 min
91
How Lynda Carter Created Wonder Woman's Twirl
6 min
92
Fear No Evil: The Original The Sixth Sense
Ed welcomes screenwriter, author, documentary maker and film historian Gary Gerani
23 min
93
The Generosity of Billy Goldenberg
Gary Gerani shares some memories of his friendship with composer Billy Goldenberg
22 min
94
Geoffrey Mark on Helen Reddy and Mac Davis
A look at the music and TV careers of Helen Reddy and Mac Davis
16 min
95
Penny Peyser and Stillpoint
Ed welcomes actress and filmmaker Penny Peyser
19 min
96
Penny Peyser and The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon
Penny Peyser talks to Ed about her critically acclaimed documentary about trumpet player Jack Sheldon
20 min
97
Why We Like Movie Stars
From April 2015: Ed welcomes Sylvia Resnick, author of The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob
17 min
98
How Miami Vice Changed Television
From October 2013: The Miami Vice soundtrack hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts this week in 1985
11 min
99
Sherry Jackson on Batman
A minisode edition featuring a clip from our February 2012 conversation with Sherry Jackson
4 min
100
Henry Winkler on What Being Cool Really Means
TV Confidential says Happy Birthday to Henry Winkler by sharing this clip from February 2012
7 min