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Show No. 365 with guests Gabrielle Stone and David Frankham
Original Airdate: June 9-12, 2017
First hour: Part 2 of the conversation we began on our May 19 program with actor and author David Frankham (Return of the Fly, Master of the World, 101 Dalmations, Which One Was David?). Topics include David’s work in episodic television, the period when he was a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press, and his experience with the likes of Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edward Mulhare, Paul Lukas, Jack Cassidy, Rita Hayworth and Barbara Stanwyck. David recently completed principal recording for a stop-motion animated puppet version of The House of The Seven Gables, while his audio commentary on Master of the World appears as part of The Vincent Price Collection III Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory. Jonathan Dixon co-hosts. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss the controversial ending of The Sopranos, which originally aired in 2007 during This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes award-winning actress Gabrielle Stone. Gabrielle stars in, and recently made her directorial and screenwriting debut in, It Happened Again Last Night, a critically acclaimed short film that addresses the issue of domestic abuse in the United States. Later this year she’ll be appearing in Rock Paper Dead, a suspense film that also features Tatum O'Neal, Maureen McCormick, Luke Macfarlane, and Michael Madsen. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the DVD release of The Brady Kids.
Show No. 364 with guests Donelle Dadigan and Randall Kenneth Jones
Original Airdate: May 26-29, 2017
First hour: Ed welcomes Randall Kenneth Jones, author of Show Me: Celebrities, Business Tycoons, Rock Stars, Journalists, Humanitarians, Attack Bunnies and More, a new book that promotes creative thinking, positive communication, and innovation while dispelling the wisdom of such film, TV, sports, music and business icons as Shirley Jones, Erin Brockovich, Kathy Griffin, Magic Johnson, Colin Mochrie, Vanessa Williams, G.W. Bailey, Sonny Jurgensen, Pat Benatar and more than 100 others. Also in this hour: A look back at Johnny Carson’s final night as host of The Tonight Show. Second hour: A return appearance by Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Donelle on Thursday, June 1 with the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant, the pioneering radio and TV broadcaster who served as honorary Mayor of Hollywood for almost thirty years. Initiated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce after Grant’s death in 2008, The Distinguished Service Award is not given out annually; Donelle is only the third person to receive this honor. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews several recently released TV soundtracks now available on CD, including Jonny Quest, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Les Poupees.
Among the exhibits this summer at The Hollywood Museum is Jean Harlow: Hollywood's First Blond Bombshell, a tribute to the first of many leading ladies from the Golden Age of Hollywood that was discovered by Howard Hughes. Among the items on display are costumes from some of Harlow’s films, furniture and artifacts from some of her homes in L.A. (including her last home in Beverly Glen), Harlow’s one-of-a-kind 1932 dual phaeton four-door Packard convertible, a portrait of Jean Harlow that was commissioned by her mother after Harlow died in June 1937, and more. The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 North Highland Ave., at Hollywood Blvd. in the Max Factor Building. For tickets and more information call 323 464-7776 or go to The Hollywood Museum.
Show No. 363 with guests David Frankham and Ralph Senensky
Original Airdate: May 19-22, 2017
First hour: Part 2 of the conversation we began on our May 5 program with prolific, eclectic television director Ralph Senensky, whose many credits include The Waltons, The F.B.I., the original Star Trek and the original Twilight Zone. Topics include a discussion of “aesthetic distance,” a principle that Ralph first learned as a stage director at the Pasadena Playhouse. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss the fallout from the controversial Pepsi ad with Kendall Jenner that Pepsi pulled almost immediately after it was launched. Plus: A salute to Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau. Second hour: Actor and author David Frankham (Return of the Fly, Master of the World, 101 Dalmations, Which One Was David?) visits Ed in the studio. David recently completed principal recording for a stop-motion animated puppet version of The House of The Seven Gables, while his audio commentary on Master of the World is now available as part of The Vincent Price Collection III Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory. Actor Jonathan Dixon co-hosts the hour.
Show No. 362 with guests Ralph Senensky and Mark Dawidziak
Original Airdate: May 5-8, 2017
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone. Topics include the various portrayals of humor in The Twilight Zone (including the episode “Mr. Dingle, The Strong,” featuring Don Rickles), a discussion of Rod Serling’s other notable works in film and television (including the short-lived Western series The Loner), and a look at other key life lessons found in Mark’s book. Also in this hour: Tony, Donna and Ed discuss the recent Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. commercial that marks a shift away from the “jiggle” campaign of the previous decade. Second hour: A return appearance by longtime television director Ralph Senensky, whose eclectic career includes multiple episodes of The Waltons, The FBI, the original Star Trek, the original Twilight Zone, and other popular drama and comedy series of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Topics include a new film featuring Ralph about the discovery of the original pony cart that was used in the famous episode of The Waltons that Ralph directed in 1976 and for which Beulah Bondi won an Emmy Award.
Show No. 361 with guest Mark Dawidziak
Original Airdate: Apr. 28-May 1, 2017
First hour: Tony, Donna and Ed pay tribute to iconic comedian Don Rickles, with a particular focus on his accomplishments as a comedic and dramatic actor in film and television, particularly throughout the 1960s. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at Inch High Private Eye, The Houndcats, The Barkleys and other recent animated releases on DVD. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, a new book that takes all of the various life lessons, ground rules, inspirational thoughts and musings of the series and basically says “We would all be better people if we lived our life by what The Twilight Zone teaches us.”
Show No. 360 with guest Ed Asner
Original Airdate: Apr. 21-24, 2017
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna pay tribute to Chuck Barris, the game show impresario who passed away on Tuesday, March 21. Topics include The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Operation: Entertainment, Gene Gene the Dancing Machine and, of course, The Gong Show. Also in this hour: A look at how local and network TV news covered at the events surrounding the Los Angeles riots on April 29, 1992. Second hour: Eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Up) joins Ed for a free-wheeling conversation about his early years in Chicago theatre, his love for Vin Scully and the Los Angeles Dodgers, his upcoming film with Oscar winner Melissa Leo, his work on some of the great Quinn Martin shows, and more.
Ed Asner is about to embark on a national tour of A Man and His Prostate, the critically acclaimed one-man show (written by former Mary Tyler Moore Show producer Ed. Weinberger) that is part comedy, part drama, and part public service announcement. For our listeners on PWRN, Ed will be bringing A Man and His Prostate to Coldwater, Michigan on Friday, April 28. For our listeners on Indiana Talks, Ed will be bringing A Man and His Prostate to Lafayette, Indiana on Sunday, April 30 and to Valparaiso, Indiana on Wednesday, May 3. For our listeners on 920 WON in Brooklyn, Ed will be performing the show in Old Saybrook, CT on Thursday, August 17. For more information and these and other upcoming performances go to www.AManandHisProstate.com/schedule/.
Show No. 359 with guests Bob Leszczak and Adam-Michael James
Original Airdate: Apr. 7-10, 2017
First hour: Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979, Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s, The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen, and other books on music and TV history, joins Greg Ehrbar for a special edition of the DVD report that particularly focuses on the various video releases of The Odd Couple that are available to the public. Also in this hour: Highlights from our February 2011 conversation with Charles Tranberg, author of I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead.. Second hour: A return appearance by Adam-Michael James, continuity expert for Soap Central and the author of The Bewitched Continuum, a linear guide to the classic TV series that focuses on continuity issues within the Bewitched universe.
Show No. 358 with guests Budd Moss and Kat Kramer
Original Airdate: Mar. 31-Apr. 3, 2017
First hour: Ed welcomes back actress/comedienne Kat Kramer, daughter of legendary film producer/director Stanley Kramer, and the actress who plays soap opera diva Frances Rye on Child of the ’70s, the popular web series that pays homage to classic sitcoms of the 1970s. Topics include Kat’s comedic influences, plus a look at some of the events in 2017 that will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Season Five of Child of the ’70s will premiere later this year, while the first four seasons are available at OutTV.com, FunnyorDie.com, GayDirect.com, TheOfficialChildofthe70s.com and YouTube. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Mike Connors and the legacy of Mannix. Second hour: Ed welcomes back Budd Burton Moss, legendary Hollywood agent and talent manager, and the author of the two-volume memoir All I Got Was 10 Percent: What It’s Like to Be a (Famous) Hollywood Agent (Vol. I), a sprawling narrative that covers Budd’s early career in Hollywood (including his efforts as an actor and bullfighter, his lifelong friendship with Sidney Poitier, the circumstances that led him to become an agent, and the role he played in casting some of the most iconic shows in TV history), and Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality is Better Than the Dream (Vol. II), which chronicles Budd’s later career, including his efforts on behalf of Rita Hayworth, Tom Bosley, John James, Hunter Tylo and former MPAA president Jack Valenti. For our listeners in Southern California, Budd Moss will be appearing at the Just Fabulous bookstore in Palm Springs on Saturday, April 8. You can also meet Budd at Los Angeles City College on Wednesday, April 12.
Show No. 357 with guest Mark Shaw
Original Airdate: Mar. 24-27, 2017
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for Part 2 of our tribute to comedian “Professor” Irwin Corey, including audio highlights of Corey’s 1969 appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the passing of actor Miguel Ferrer as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes former criminal defense attorney and cable news analyst Mark Shaw, author of The Reporter Who Knew Too Much, a new book that probes the mysterious death of investigative journalist, radio host, What’s My Line? panelist and media icon Dorothy Kilgallen.
Show No. 356 with guest Taylor Hicks
Original Airdate: Mar. 17-20, 2017
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed as the Sounds of Lost Television salutes the “World’s Foremost Authority,” “Professor” Irwin Corey, the wild-haired, zany comedian passed away last month at the age of 102. Phil plays rarely heard clips from Corey’s appearances on such TV variety series as Here Come the Stars and Operation: Entertainment. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to actors Joseph Mascolo and Dick Gautier as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Platinum recording artist and Season Five American Idol winner Taylor Hicks talks to Ed about his INSP series State Plate, his early influences as a musician, his approach to songwriting, and the possibility of reviving Idol on NBC.
Taylor Hicks is in the middle of a national tour that will take him to such cities as Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, Milwaukee, WI, Jackpot, NV and Chicago, IL over the next several weeks. He will also be releasing a new album later this year. For more information on the tour and the upcoming album, go to TaylorHicks.com.
Show No. 355 with guests Eric Braeden and Arlene Larsen
Original Airdate: Mar. 10-13, 2017
First hour: Ed welcomes Arlene Larsen, award-winning costume designer and the wife of Milt Larsen, founder of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Arlene discusses a Larsen family heirloom—a rare and historic emerald and ruby encrusted crown that Czar Nicholas of Russia originally gave to legendary illusionist Harry Houdini in 1903—that will be auctioned off at the upcoming Houdini Auction at Potter & Potter in Chicago on Saturday, April 8. Proceeds from the winning bid will help fund the creation of the Magic Castle Cabaret, a smaller version of The Magic Castle that will be located in Santa Barbara. If you can’t make the Houdini Auction in person on April 8, you still can bid on the Houdini Brooch (or any other item) either online, by telephone, or as an absentee bidder. For more information, go to PotterAuctions.com/auctions/buying. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to actors Alan Thicke and Bernard Fox. Second hour: Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning actor and author Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless, The Rat Patrol, Colossus: The Forbin Project, 100 Rifles, Escape from the Planet of the Apes). Eric’s memoir, I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s No. 1 Daytime Drama, is a classic immigration story that embodies the American Dream while also discussing his efforts to fight prejudice against all ethnicities, on and offscreen, and his lifelong dedication to humanitarian service.
Show No. 354 with guest Steve Binder
Original Airdate: Mar. 3-6, 2017
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to actors William Christopher, Van Williams and Ron Glass as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Emmy Award-winning producer/director Steve Binder (The T.A.M.I. Show, Petula, Diana Ross: Live in Central Park, Hullabaloo) returns to the program to discuss the backstory of Lucy in London and the 1968 Elvis Comeback Special. Steve is also the co-author of Fade Up 26: The Movers and Shakers of Variety Television, an excellent oral history that tells the story of variety television through the voices of twenty-six men and women who were and are responsible for bringing these shows into our homes for the past sixty-five years.
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