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Show No. 305 with guests Joseph Dougherty and Dan Farren
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2016
First hour: Part 2 of our look at 2015: The Year in Television, with a particular focus on notable passings in the world of entertainment. Second hour: Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething, Saving Grace, Pretty Little Liars) joins Ed, Tony and writer, producer and TV scholar Dan Farren (Story Salon) for a roundtable discussion about the original 1950s television version of Dragnet and the legacy of series creator Jack Webb.
Show No. 304 with guest Anson Williams
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 20-25, 2016
Actor, author, director and entrepreneur Anson Williams (Happy Days, Singing to a Bulldog) joins Ed, Tony and Donna for a conversation about his success in business, his approach to creating consumer products, and his experience on Happy Days. (The interview begins about 45 minutes into the first hour and continues until the end of the program.) Anson’s latest book, The Perfect Portion Cookbook, is a guide to making your favorite comfort foods (all in 100-calorie portions) that also reflects Anson’s business philosophy. The Perfect Portion Cookbook will be officially launched on QVC on Sunday, Feb. 7. Also this week: Part 1 of our look at 2015: The Year in Television, plus a replay of a 2012 interview with Henry Winkler co-conducted by Ed and Gary Snyder.
Show No. 303 with guests Dee Wallace and Stu Shostak
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 13-18, 2016
First hour: A replay of our January 2012 conversation with Emmy Award-winning actor/comedian Pat Harrington, which discussed not only how Pat came to play Schneider on One Day at a Time, but many of his early experiences in television, including his work with Steve Allen. Also in this hour: TV historian and Internet radio host Stu Shostak (Stu’s Show) joins Ed, Tony and Donna to share some personal memories of Harrington, whom he knew as a friend since 1975. Second hour: Actress, author and teacher Dee Wallace (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Cujo, The Howling, The Frighteners, Critters), joins Ed to discusses her new series on Amazon Prime, Just Add Magic; her upcoming appearance on Supernatural; and how she came to develop Buppa LaPaloo, a teddy bear that teaches the importance of self love to children ages four to seven.
Show No. 302 with guest James Bigwood
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 6-11, 2016
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss the legacy of the Batman television series, which premiered fifty years ago This Week in TV History. The segment includes highlights from our October 2013 conversation with Joel Eisner, author of The Official Batman Batbook. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look of recently released Peanuts specials on DVD. Second hour: James Bigwood joins Ed for a look at the life and career of Alan Napier, the British actor best known to many TV viewers as Alfred the butler on Batman. Jim is co-author of Not Just Batman’s Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier, a combination memoir, biography and filmography that is largely based on a manuscript that Napier wrote himself in 1969. Not Just Batman’s Butler is available through McFarlandPub.com. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187.
Show No. 301 with guest Lorraine Santoli
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 16-21, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the birth of baby Joey Stivic on All in the Family, which originally aired during This Week in TV History. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of The Original Christmas Classics Gift Sets and The Glen Campbell Christmas Special. Second hour: Ed and Greg welcome Lorraine Santoli, author of four books, onetime publicist for the Walt Disney Company, and former director of corporate synergy for the entire Disney company. Lorraine’s latest book, Inside the Disney Marketing Machine: In the Era of Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, discusses what synergy is, how it came to shape the way in which Disney has done business over the past three decades, and how it helped shaped such promotional campaigns as the famous “I’m Going to Disneyland” spots that we see at the end of every Super Bowl.
Show No. 300 with guest Bo Svenson
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 9-14, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas and the 35th anniversary of Magnum, p.i. Also in this hour: Ed commemorates Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday by playing highlights from our conversations with Robert Davi and Barbara van Orden about the legacy of Ole Blue Eyes, as a singer, actor and humanitarian. Second hour: Actor, producer and director Bo Svenson (Breaking Point, North Dallas Forty, Kill Bill, Here Come the Brides, Inglorious Basterds) talks to Ed about his upcoming film Don’t Call Me Sir, the inspiring story of groundbreaking judo legend Rusty Kanokogi, which will also feature the acting debut of Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison. For information on the film, go to SupportDontCallMeSir.com. Also in this hour: Phil Gries remembers the NBC 1967 telecast of Annie Get Your Gun as part of The Sounds of Lost Television.
Show No. 299 with guest Paul Green
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 2-7, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the births of Richard Pryor, Keith Thibodeaux (“Little Ricky”) and Bette Midler, and the sale of RCA to General Electric, as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Author Paul Green helps Ed revisit the life and career of Pete Duel, the star of Alias Smith and Jones who took his life on Dec. 30, 1971, at the height of his television celebrity. Paul recently updated his book Pete Duel: A Biography with new information from not only Duel’s family and friends, but the many fans who have kept the memory of Duel alive, more than four decades after his death. Also in this hour: Tony and Donna remember the thirty-fifth anniversary of the death of John Lennon, while Ed plays an excerpt from his December 2010 conversation with Keith Eliot Greenberg, author of Dec. 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died.
Show No. 298 with guests Anne Serling, Joseph Dougherty and Dan Farren
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 18-23, 2015
Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling, joins Joseph Dougherty, Dan Farren, Tony Figueroa and Ed for a special roundtable discussion on the legacy of Rod Serling, his impact on three generations of television writers, and episodes of Twilight Zone and Night Gallery that continue to stay with us. Anne’s book, As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling, is a poignant memoir of growing up with Rod Serling that also humanizes the man whom many of us think of as an icon. The panel discussion begins about forty minutes into the first hour and continues until the end of the program. Also this week: Tony, Ed and Donna Allen remember the legacy of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Show No. 297 with guests Kate Linder, Mary Ann Anderson and Bob Leszczak
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 11-16, 2015
First hour: Music and TV historian Bob Leszczak discusses his latest book, From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950-2000, an encyclopedic look at hundreds of stars who performed double duty as TV performers and recording artists, including interviews with Carol Burnett, Joyce Bulifant, Tom Kennedy, Bill Anderson, Rosey Grier, Paul Petersen, Stanley Livingston, Bill Mumy, Andrea Marcovicci and many others. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the golden anniversary of the premiere of F Troop, while Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of Space Stars, Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 and the final season of Mad Men. Second hour: Ed welcomes Kate Linder, the actress who plays Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless. Mary Ann Anderson, author of Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, co-hosts.
Show No. 296 with guests Charlotte Rae and Deborah Norville
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes Deborah Norville, Emmy Award-winning host of Inside Edition, and the co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible, an inspiring collection of stories written by people who achieved success, overcame disabilities and loss, or otherwise transformed their lives through positive thinking and force of will. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 60th anniversary of the premiere of The Phil Silvers Show and the 55th anniversary of the premiere of My Three Sons. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress Charlotte Rae (The Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes, Car 54, Where Are You?, Sesame Street). Charlotte’s new book, The Facts of My Life, not only includes great stories about her work and friendships with such legends as Meryl Streep, Jean Stapleton, Larry Hagman, Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly, but discusses how she faced and overcame alcoholism, a bout with cancer, and the uncertainty of raising a son with autism at a time when very few medical experts knew much about it. Charlotte Rae will be signing copies of The Facts of My Life at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and at the Barnes and Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Also in this hour: We remember comedian Marty Ingels by playing highlights of our previous conversations with actress Shirley Jones and I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster DVD producer Jim Benson.
Show No. 295 with guest Fredd Wayne
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 14-19, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 60th anniversary of the premiere of Captain Kangaroo and its impact on children’s television. Second hour: Ed welcomes Fredd Wayne, the longtime stage, film and television actor whose many credits include such shows as The Twilight Zone, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Rockford Files, The Untouchables, Quincy, Perry Mason, Ironside, Frasier, Hogan’s Heroes and My Three Sons. Known for his appearance as Benjamin Franklin in a famous two-part episode of Bewitched, Fredd has also played Franklin on thousands of other occasions over the past fifty years, including his own one-man play, Benjamin Franklin: Citizen. (NOTE. The conversation with Fredd actually begins near the end of the first hour, and continues throughout the second hour, for a total length of 75 minutes.)
Show No. 294 with guests Kathy Garver and Rita Lakin
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 7-12, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes back Rita Lakin, author of The Only Woman in the Room, a memoir of her twenty-five-year career as one of the first solo female writer/producers in network television—at a time (mid 1960s through the late 1980s) when the industry was still very much an old boys network. Rita will be appearing at Book Passages in Corte Madera, CA on Saturday, Oct. 24. She will also be honored by the Writers Guild Women’s Committee and The Committee for Career Longevity in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, Nov. 3. For more information on these and other upcoming events, go to RitaLakin.com. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of The Flintstones in October 1960. Second hour: Ed welcomes back Kathy Garver, “Cissy Davis” from Family Affair, and the author of Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood, the story of Kathy’s life and career, which not only discusses her early roles in such films as The Ten Commandments and Night of the Hunter, but includes heartfelt tributes to all of her cast members of Family Affair, including Brian Keith. Kathy has several appearances across the country over the next few weeks; for more information on her schedule, go to KathyGarver.com.