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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.
Show No. 353 with guests Dan Castellaneta, Don Most and Vince Waldron
Original Airdate: Feb. 17-20, 2017
First hour: Singer/actor Don Most (Happy Days, D Most: Mostly Swinging) talks to Ed, Tony and Donna about the origins of Ralph Malph’s signature catchphrase “I still got it” and the recent episode of The Odd Couple that paid tribute to Garry Marshall. Also in this hour: This Week in TV History remembers Grant Tinker, while Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD releases of The Loner and Welcome Back, Kotter. Second hour: Part 2 of our interview with Emmy Award-winning actor, writer and voice artist Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons). Dan discusses how he captured the sensitivity and vulnerability of Oscar Levant in For Piano and Harpo, now playing at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA through Sunday, March 5. Also in this hour: Author Vince Waldron (The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy) joins Ed, Tony and Donna for some more thoughts on the legacy of Mary Tyler Moore.
Show No. 352 with guests Dan Castellaneta, Vince Waldron and Jennifer Armstrong
Original Airdate: Feb. 10-13, 2017
We devote most of this week’s program to Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic actress and producer who passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the age of 80. Whether you think of her as Laura Petrie, Mary Richards, or one of the guiding forces behind MTM Enterprises, Mary Tyler Moore helped three generations of women see alternatives for themselves beyond traditional roles on television and in the real world. Jennifer Armstrong joins us by phone in our first hour, while Vince Waldron joins us in the studio during our second hour. Jennifer’s books include Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted and All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Television Classic, while Vince’s books include The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy.
This week’s show also includes the first of a two-part interview with Emmy Award-winning actor, writer and voice artist Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson. Not only is Dan a big fan of The Dick Van Dyke Show, he wrote the foreword for the deluxe expanded archive edition of The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book. Dan mentions some of his favorite Laura Petrie episodes, but we also discuss his new play, For Piano and Harpo, a brand new play (which Dan also wrote) about Oscar Levant, the renowned pianist, composer, humorist and bon vivant who was known as much for his biting wit as for his musical compositions.
Show No. 351 with guests Arthur Marks and Chris Korman
Original Airdate: Feb. 3-6, 2017
First hour: Arthur Marks, producer and director of the original Perry Mason television series, shares a few memories of his friends Barbara Hale and Mike Connors. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our May 2014 conversation with Mike Connors and David Breckman, producer and director of Monk, in which Mike discusses Mannix, Tightrope, his work with William Wellman and John Wayne, and more. Second hour: A replay of our March 2014 conversation with Barbara Hale in which she talked about Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, and her long motion picture career, which included films with James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, James Arness, Frank Sinatra and James Cagney. Also in this hour: Chris Korman discusses his upcoming appearance at the 54th annual Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) conference, Feb. 16-19 in Baltimore, Maryland. Chris’ father, actor Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show), was once national spokesman of the LDA.
Show No. 350 with guests Tippi Hedren and Rich Little
Original Airdate: Jan. 20-27, 2017
First hour: Rich Little, America’s Master Mimic, talks to Ed about the difference between an impressionist and an impersonator, how Rich takes an actor’s approach to mastering voices, and how he nearly made his national TV debut on The Judy Garland Show without any pants. Rich recently completed principal photography on Futurama: The Movie. His new book, Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been, features stories and anecdotes about thirty of the most famous people that Rich has impersonated over the years (including George Burns, Jack Benny, Ed Sullivan, James Stewart, Dean Martin, Robert Goulet, Richard Nixon, Orson Welles, John Huston and John Wayne), plus charcoal sketches of each celebrity that Rich discusses in the book, all done by Rich Little himself. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join Ed for our annual look at some of the major stories that helped shape 2016: The Year in Television, including the cancellation of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and how TV covered the 2016 presidential election. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress, author and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie). Tippi’s memoir, Tippi, not only reveals never-before-told stories about the complicated relationship between Tippi and Alfred Hitchcock, but shows the strength and spirit that has defined Tippi throughout her life—and how that strength was put to the test time and again during the making of Roar, the ambitious independent film that also fueled a passion for wildlife preservation that continues to this day.
Show No. 349 with guest Rick Lenz
Original Airdate: Jan. 13-16, 2017
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember actor Robert Vaughn and PBS news journalist Gwen Ifill, while Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of Adventures of Superman and Challenge of the SuperFriends. Second hour: Ed welcomes award-winning actor, author and playwright Rick Lenz (Cactus Flower, The Shootist, Hec Ramsey). Rick’s new novel, The Alexandrite, is a work of “time travel” noir best described as Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day meets The Twilight Zone meets Old Hollywood.
Show No. 348 with guest Loretta Swit
Original Airdate: Jan. 6-9, 2017
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember “the Lovely Lady,” Florence Henderson, not only her experience on The Brady Bunch, but her Broadway career, her early television work on The Today Show, plus her recent appearances on Dancing with the Stars. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar looks at the various Norman Lear shows that will be reimagined this year (including One Day at a Time, which premieres this month on Netflix), and whether the topical nature of Lear’s work will resonate with contemporary audiences. Plus: a review of Maude on DVD. Second hour: Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Swit joins Ed for a conversation about her interest in watercolor painting, her “proprietary relationship” with wildlife, her vast stage career (including her recent portrayal of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt), and, of course, a few questions about M*A*S*H.
Loretta’s new book, SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit, is a collection of sixty-four full-color paintings and drawings, all done by Loretta herself, and all accompanied by anecdotes and stories about Loretta’s life, career and work on behalf of animals. SwitHeart is available, both in print and digital editions, through SwitHeart.com and Ultimatesymbol.com/SwitHeart. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart will be donated to Loretta’s endless campaign to end animal suffering and cruelty. In addition, a set of greeting cards featuring some of Loretta’s animal paintings and drawings, and a select number of posters based on Loretta’s artwork, are also available for purchase through SwitHeart.com. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart greeting cards and posters will also support various animal rights organizations.
Show No. 347 with guest Don Most
Original Airdate: Dec. 23-26, 2016
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome singer/actor Don Most (Happy Days, D Most: Mostly Swinging). Don’s new single, “C’est Si Bon,” is not only available as a digital single through iTunes, but is part of Don’s new Christmas album, Swinging Down the Chimney Tonight, which includes a heartfelt rendition of “The Christmas Song,” the Yuletide classic originally made famous by Nat King Cole. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our roundtable discussion about favorite Christmas specials and holidays TV specials featuring Joanna Wilson, author of The Christmas TV Companion and Tis the Season TV. Second hour: Phil Gries pays tribute to bandleader Guy Lombardo as part of The Sounds of Lost Television, with audio highlights of early TV coverage of the ball drop at Times Square, including a rarely heard clip from New Year’s Eve 1965 featuring Howard Cosell.
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