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
The Enemy Within Gene Roddenberry
Ed welcomes Star Trek historian and Gene Roddenberry biographer Marc Cushman
19 min
2
Gene Roddenberry and The "Quark Controversy"
Star Trek historian and Gene Roddenberry biographer Marc Cushman on the backstory of Star Trek: The Motion Picture
19 min
3
Laura Niemi and Pool Boy
Laura Niemi of This Is Us talks to Ed about her new stage comedy, Pool Boy
17 min
4
The Vulcan Odyssey of Lawrence Montaigne
From August 2012: Ed welcomes actor, author, and screenwriter Lawrence Montaigne
18 min
5
The Lawrence Welk Show Family
Emmy Award winner Ron Bacon talks to Ed about his thirty-five-year career in network TV production
20 min
6
Ron Bacon, Let’s Make a Deal, and You Asked for It
Emmy Award winner Ron Bacon talks to Ed about his thirty-five-year career in network TV production
18 min
7
Michelle Danner and The Runner
Ed welcomes back actress and filmmaker Michelle Danner (Bad Impulse, The Runner)
12 min
8
Michelle Danner and Bad Impulse
Ed welcomes back actress and filmmaker Michelle Danner (Bad Impulse, The Runner)
16 min
9
Code 3 on DVD
Ed discusses the new DVD release of Code 3: The Complete Series
5 min
10
The World of William Windom
Ed welcomes Jenna Frisby, owner and operator of The William Windom Tribute Site
21 min
11
Ron Bacon, Ernie Kovacs, and Lenny Bruce
Emmy Award winner Ron Bacon talks to Ed about his thirty-five-year career in network TV production
14 min
12
Howard Storm and The Committee
Ed welcomes Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood
23 min
13
Saturday Night Scares with Suzanne deLaurentiis
Ed welcomes producer/director Suzanne deLaurentiis, host of Suzanne's Saturday Night Scares
18 min
14
The Television Career of Richard Donner
From August 2011: Ed welcomes Richard Donner biographer James Christie
11 min
15
Ron Bacon, Television Pioneer
Ed welcomes Ron Bacon, Emmy Award winner and a true pioneer of early network TV production
20 min
16
Ron Bacon and The Frank Sinatra Show
Ed welcomes Ron Bacon, Emmy Award winner and a true pioneer of early network TV production
17 min
17
Richard Donner, Get Smart, and Gilligan’s Island
From August 2011: Ed welcomes Richard Donner biographer James Christie
10 min
18
Richard Donner, Superman, and The American Dream
From August 2011: Ed welcomes Richard Donner biographer James Christie
6 min
19
The Cultural Impact of Laugh-In
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Emmy nominated comedy writer Jim Abell
19 min
20
Sources of Material for Laugh-In
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Emmy nominated comedy writer Jim Abell
19 min
21
Pink Panther Cartoons on Blu-ray
Greg Ehrbar reviews the Blu-ray release of The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection
11 min
22
Pink Panther's Influence on Cartoons Today
Greg Ehrbar discusses the Blu-ray of The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection
20 min
23
Howard Storm and the Desilu Players
Ed welcomes Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood
17 min
24
Howard Storm and Lenny Bruce
Ed welcomes Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood
12 min
25
Howard Storm and Blood, Sweat and Tears
Ed welcomes Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood
6 min
26
Richard Donner, Sarah T., and The Omen
From August 2011: Ed welcomes Richard Donner biographer James Christie
6 min
27
William Schallert: A Television Favorite
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
19 min
28
William Schallert and The Circle Theatre
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
20 min
29
William Schallert's Very Big Year
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
14 min
30
William Schallert and Get Smart
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
20 min
31
William Schallert, Walter Matthau, and Elvis Pr...
An encore presentation of our May 2016 tribute to actor William Schallert
18 min
32
The Matchless Gene Rayburn
From May 2016: Greg Ehrbar reviews The Matchless Gene Rayburn
14 min
33
Why NBC Canceled My World... and Welcome to It
From January 2013: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979
8 min
34
Remembering The CBS Bicentennial Minutes
From June 2011: "And that's the way it was..." Tony, Donna, and Ed remember The Bicentennial Minutes
8 min
35
Single Season Sitcoms of the 1970s
From January 2013: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979
6 min
36
Single Season Sitcoms, Part 2
From January 2013: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979
4 min
37
Inside the Writers Room of Laugh-In
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Emmy nominated comedy writer Jim Abell
20 min
38
Forest Lawn, Love, American Style, and Laugh-In
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Emmy nominated comedy writer Jim Abell
18 min
39
Biffle and Shooster and Rondo Hatton
From March 2019: Ed and Greg welcome Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger
12 min
40
Biffle and Shooster and Funny is Funny
From March 2019: Ed and Greg welcome Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger
21 min
41
Biffle and Shooster and Sammy Petrillo
From March 2019: Ed and Greg welcome Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger
19 min
42
The Man Behind "The Best a Man Can Get"
Ed welcomes Michael Shevack, author of Soul Lessons from The Wizard of Oz and The Six Fix: Spiritual Healthcare for a Stronger America
14 min
43
Successful TV Writing with Lee Goldberg
From August 2011: Ed and Tony welcome Lee Goldberg, author of Successful Television Writing
8 min
44
Why Act I is Always Hard to Write
From August 2011: Ed and Tony welcome Lee Goldberg, author of Successful Television Writing
5 min
45
Protecting "The Franchise" of a TV Show
From August 2011: Ed and Tony welcome Lee Goldberg, author of Successful Television Writing
5 min
46
Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For
Ed welcomes Alexis Hunter, author of Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For
19 min
47
Why James Arness was the Essence of Gunsmoke
From June 2011: Doug Brode, author of Shooting Stars of the Small Screen, helps Ed pay tribute to James Arness
15 min
48
Amy Stoch on Playing Matt Dillon's Daughter
From August 2020: Actress Amy Stoch helps Ed pay tribute to James Arness
4 min
49
Little Fugitive: Revolutionary for Its Time
Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent Kino Lorber Blu-ray release of Little Fugitive (1953)
11 min
50
The Best of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin
Greg and Ed continue their discussion about the films of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin
19 min
51
The Interesting Times of Laraine Newman
Ed welcomes actress, comedienne, and author Laraine Newman (May You Live in Interesting Times)
19 min
52
The Many Voices of Laraine Newman
Ed welcomes Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live, May You Live in Interesting Times)
11 min
53
Laraine Newman and Ridley Jones
Our remaining moments with actress and voice artist Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live, May You Live in Interesting Times)
4 min
54
The Influence of Siskel and Ebert
From June 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember of the birthday of film critic Roger Ebert
7 min
55
How Siskel and Ebert Boosted Indie Films
From June 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember of the birthday of film critic Roger Ebert
5 min
56
How Television Covered the O.J. Simpson Case
Part 1 of a three-part minisode edition that looks back at how TV covered the events surrounding the O.J. Simpson murder case of 1994-1995
10 min
57
How TV Covered O.J.'s Flight from the Law
Part 2 of a three-part minisode edition that looks back at how TV covered the events of the O.J. Simpson murder case
8 min
58
How Late Night TV Covered the O.J. Simpson Case
Part 3 of our minisode edition looking back at various TV coverage of the events surrounding the O.J. Simpson murder case
13 min
59
The Death of Superman
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the death of actor George Reeves (The Adventures of Superman) in June 1959
5 min
60
How the News Covered the Death of George Reeves
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the death of actor George Reeves (The Adventures of Superman) in June 1959
3 min
61
Alison Mills Newman, Diahann Carroll, and Julia
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
22 min
62
Alison Mills Newman: Spirit Song
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
18 min
63
Alison Mills Newman Today
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
14 min
64
Flynn and Miranda: Your Right to Remain Silent
Ed welcomes Joseph Wallenstein, author of Flynn and Miranda: Your Right to Remain Silent
18 min
65
Why TV Producers are Sometimes Like Baseball Ma...
Ed welcomes Joseph Wallenstein, author of Flynn and Miranda: Your Right to Remain Silent
20 min
66
Why All Comedians are Tricksters
14 min
67
Gunsmoke: A Realistic, Yet Idealistic Western
From June 2011: Pop culture historian Douglas Brode with a look at the legacy of Gunsmoke
8 min
68
Why Gunsmoke Was Always a Character Show
From June 2011: Pop culture historian Douglas Brode joins Ed for a look at the legacy of Gunsmoke
5 min
69
Ed Sullivan: A Sunday Night Tradition
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the legacy of The Ed Sullivan Show
5 min
70
Embracing Our Inner George Carlin
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the legacy of comedian George Carlin
8 min
71
Norman Lloyd and the Most Difficult Columbo of All
Mark Dawidziak helps Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to actor, producer, and director Norman Lloyd
21 min
72
Norman Lloyd: The Sum is Greater Than the Parts
Mark Dawidziak helps Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to actor, producer, and director Norman Lloyd
24 min
73
Norman Lloyd and the Blacklist
Mark Dawidziak helps Tony, Donna, and Ed pay tribute to actor, producer, and director Norman Lloyd
13 min
74
Nelson Riddle's Last Hurrah
Ed welcomes Geoff Littlefield, author of Nelson Riddle: Music with a Heartbeat
19 min
75
Alison Mills Newman and The Tree Widow
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
19 min
76
Alison Mills Newman and Mr. Novak
Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter welcome actress and filmmaker Alison Mills Newman
13 min
77
Oprah Signs Off
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the legacy of Oprah Winfrey
7 min
78
Can You Teach Funny?
From June 2012: Ed welcomes David Misch, television comedy writer and producer and author of Funny: The Book
6 min
79
Why Are Ducks Funny?
From June 2012: Ed welcomes David Misch, television comedy writer and producer and author of Funny: The Book
7 min
80
100 Years of Nelson Riddle
Ed welcomes Geoffrey Littlefield, author of Nelson Riddle: Music with a Heartbeat
20 min
81
The Singular Sound of Nelson Riddle
Ed welcomes Geoffrey Littlefield, author of Nelson Riddle: Music with a Heartbeat
21 min
82
Soul Lessons from The Wizard of Oz
Ed welcomes Michael Shevack, author of Soul Lessons from The Wizard of Oz
16 min
83
The Inimitable Charles Grodin
From December 2012: Ed welcomes Charles Grodin
19 min
84
Charles Grodin, Lee Strasberg, and Andy Rooney
From December 2012: Ed welcomes Charles Grodin
17 min
85
Charles Grodin and the Personalization of Acting
From December 2012: Ed welcomes Charles Grodin
14 min
86
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...
19 min
87
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...
21 min
88
More with Greg and Herbie J
TVC 452.2a: Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s interview with author and TV historian Herbie J Pilato
14 min
89
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....
21 min
90
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...
18 min
91
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...
13 min
92
Happy Birthday, Bob Hope
Bob Mills, longtime writer for Bob Hope, joins Ed in the studio that was recorded on May 29, 2013, the day that would have marked Hope's 110th birthday
11 min
93
Bob Hope, Topical Monologist
From June 2013: Bob Mills, longtime writer for Bob Hope, on how the legendary comedian always went for the laugh when poking fun at political figures
11 min
94
Writing for Bob Hope
Part 3 of a conversation with longtime Bob Hope writer Bob Mills that was recorded on May 29, 2013, Hope's 110th birthday
12 min
95
The Twilight Years of Bob Hope on Television
Part 4 of our minisode edition featuring longtime Bob Hope writer Bob Mills
7 min
96
The First Our Gang Comedy with Sound
From May 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the appeal of the Our Gang comedies as part of This Week in TV History
24 min
97
Public Defender on DVD
Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD release of Public Defender
17 min
98
Man with a Camera on DVD
Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of Man with a Camera
9 min
99
Bob Hope: A Fearless Performer
Part 2 of our conversation with Martha Bolton, the first and only fulltime female writer on Bob Hope's staff
21 min
100
Billie Hayes: A True Original
Marty Krofft helps us pay tribute to actress Billie Hayes
18 min