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Show No. 211 with guest Karen Crane
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 4-10, 2013
A special program devoted to Bob Crane, featuring award-winning special effects makeup artist Karen Crane, Bob’s youngest daughter from his first marriage. Karen shares some memories of what it was like to have Col. Hogan as her dad. She also talks about how her life was shattered at the news of his death ― and how her work as a makeup artist has, in many ways, helped her cope with her loss. The program also discusses some of Crane’s other film and TV roles, his skill as a drummer, his top-rated radio program on KNX in Los Angeles, and the effort to have him nominated posthumously to the National Radio of Hall of Fame. Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen co-host.
Show No. 210 with guests John Kruth and Mark Milano
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Mark Milano, curator of Kukla.tv, the official website of Kukla, Fran and Ollie, and the producer of Kukla, Fran and Ollie: The First Episodes. Mark recently released a third volume of Kukla, Fran and Ollie on DVD that includes guest appearances by guitarist Jose Greco, singer Dennis Day, and NBC news commentator H.V. Kaltenborn, plus black-and-white clips of two KFO episodes that were the first color television shows ever broadcast. Also in this hour: This Week in TV History remembers Saturday morning programming from the 1970s, including Make a Wish, You Are There and The CBS Children’s Film Festival. Second hour: Ed welcomes author and musician John Kruth. John’s book Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison not only provides the back story behind every hit record of The Big O, but includes information about Roy’s many appearances on television, including Roy Orbison: A Black and White Night, the award-winning special produced by Cinemax that is still considered one of the best concert films ever made. Also in this hour: This Week in TV History remembers Larry Hagman.
Show No. 209 with guests Andrew Kaplan and David Frankham
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 20-26, 2013
First hour: Ed welcomes novelist Andrew Kaplan, creator of the internationally bestselling Scorpion series (the latest of which is Scorpion: Deception) and the author of Homeland: Carrie’s Run, an original prequel novel based on the Emmy Award-winning Showtime series starring Claire Danes. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 10th anniversary of Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming Governor of California, and how he began his campaign by announcing his candidacy on The Tonight Show. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor David Frankham (Master of the World, Return of the Fly, 101 Dalmations). David’s memoir, Which One Was David?, is filled with great stories about his work and friendships with such film and television legends as Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Rock Hudson, Dirk Bogarde, Roger Corman, William Wyler, Ida Lupino, and Barbara Stanwyck.
Show No. 208: How Network Television Covered the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 13-19, 2013
Phil Gries presents a special two-hour edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that looks back at how TV network news covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — a seminal moment in U.S. history, not to mention the history of television. Audio highlights include the first four minutes of NBC News’ coverage of the JFK assassination, plus the national news bulletin reporting the shooting of Kennedy, which was read that day by NBC announcer Don Pardo. Due to the technical limitations of TV broadcasting at the time, NBC had no tape of either the Pardo bulletin or the opening minutes of its news coverage. For more than thirty years, those moments were considered lost, until it was discovered that only Phil had had the presence of mind to make an audio recording on his own. This week’s program also includes excerpts from Phil’s May 1998 interview with Don Pardo, in which the iconic announcer recalls the chaos that permeated the NBC newsroom on Nov. 22, 1963. Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen co-host.
Show No. 207 with guests James McEachin and Edward Weinman
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 6-12, 2013
First hour: Ed welcomes novelist and screenwriter Edward Weinman (A Little Trip to Heaven). Ed’s novel The Ring Road is a blend of dark fantasy and Nordic noir that also has elements of Columbo and Twin Peaks. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of Sesame Street on PBS in November 1969. Second hour: We commemorate Veterans Day with a replay of our February 2013 conversation with actor, author and U.S. Army veteran James McEachin (Tenafly, First Monday, The Perry Mason Mysteries, Reveille, Tell Me a Tale, Above the Call: Beyond the Duty).
Show No. 206 with guests Kat Kramer and Joel Eisner
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2013
First hour: Ed welcomes Kat Kramer, daughter of legendary director Stanley Kramer, and the founder of Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World. Kat will be screening the documentary Fallout, about the making of Kramer’s film On the Beach, at the Sunset Gower Studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 13, while the first annual Stanley Kramer Film Festival will take place Nov. 15-17 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, California. For tickets and more information, call (888) 718-4253 or go to camelottickets.com. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar on the recent DVD release of Help! It’s the Hair Bear Bunch. Second hour: Ed welcomes Joel Eisner, author of The Price of Fear: The Film Career of Vincent Price, In His Own Words, the only authorized biography of the iconic film and television star, which not only features a wealth of stories on just about every stage, film and television production in which Price appeared, but captures the actor’s passion, personality, and sardonic sense of humor.
Show No. 205 with guest Mark Cohen
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 23-29, 2013
First hour: Tony and Donna with an expanded edition of This Week in TV History that includes discussions of the upcoming miniseries on the life of Johnny Carson, the network history of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and the impact of Miami Vice on television. Second hour: Ed welcomes Mark Cohen, author of Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, a comprehensive biography of the groundbreaking comedian and song parodist that not only provides the back story of such songs as “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,” but discusses Sherman’s fractured upbringing, his often fractious relationship with network television, and how his impact on popular culture extends beyond his work as a satirist.
Show No. 204 with guests Paul Green and Cary O'Dell
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 16-22, 2013
First hour: Author Cary O’Dell and Ed discuss the portrayal of women on television during the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Cary’s book June Cleaver Was a Feminist!: Reconsidering the Female Characters from Early Television shows that, contrary to the myths perpetuated by many scholars and historians, most women on television back then were as every bit as empowered and capable as the women we see on TV today. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar discusses the DVD releases of Adventure Time and Regular Show. Second hour: Ed welcomes Paul Green, author of A History of Television’s The Virginian: 1962-1971, the long-running Western series starring James Drury, Doug McClure and Lee J. Cobb that still has a strong following today, particularly among female viewers. Paul’s book not only features interviews with many of the actors and behind-the-scenes personnel of The Virginian, but shows how the series helped paved the way for the made-for-TV movie, while also playing an important role in the career of writer/producer Roy Huggins.
Show No. 203 with guests Susan Kesler, Bob Herron and David Koenig
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 9-15, 2013
First hour: David Koenig, author of Danny Kaye: King of Jesters, the first in-depth examination of the stage, film, radio and TV career of Danny Kaye that not only explores Kaye’s often complicated relationship with his wife, Sylvia Fine, but chronicles his lifelong and his dedication to helping children around the world through his efforts with UNICEF. The 2013-2014 television season marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Danny Kaye Show on CBS television. Second hour: Ed welcomes Susan Kesler, author of The Wild, Wild West: The Series, and Bob Herron, one of the regular stuntmen on The Wild, Wild West, as well as Ross Martin’s double for almost the entire run of the show. Sue’s book takes you behind the scenes of the classic TV series, from its early struggles to the intricate disguises and splendidly choreographed action sequences that gave the show its mark, while Bob’s career as a stuntman and actor includes hundreds of films and TV shows, including Star Trek, The Rockford Files, The Wild Bunch, Paint Your Wagon, Rio Bravo, Hawaiian Eye, Oklahoma Crude and Gunsmoke.
Show No. 202 with guests JoAnne Worley and Charlene Tilton
Original Airdate: Week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2013
First hour: Actress, comedienne and Broadway star JoAnne Worley talks to Ed, Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen about Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, her background in improv, her stage career, and her work as president of Actors and Others for Animals, one of the longest-standing animal welfare organizations in Los Angeles. Also in this hour: A look at recent entertainment headlines. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress and producer Charlene Tilton, Lucy Ewing on Dallas, and the president of Actors for Autism, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the advancement, education and training of children and adults with autism. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar looks at the series finale of Breaking Bad, the season premiere of Once Upon a Time, and the upcoming premiere of Wonderland.
Show No. 201 with guests Sheree J. Wilson and Frank V. Furino
Original Airdate: Week of Sept. 18-24, 2013
First hour: Ed welcomes television writer and producer Frank V. Furino (Dallas, Flamingo Road, The Colbys, General Hospital, Dynasty, Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin' Eve). Frank is also the author of Marilyn, Madness and Me, an original play that not only depicts the final days in the life of Marilyn Monroe, but will change the way you look at the iconic film actress. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress and producer Sheree J. Wilson (Dallas, Walker: Texas Ranger). Sheree recently produced, as well as stars in, Easy Rider: The Ride Back, a sequel (and prequel) to the groundbreaking cult classic that explores the lineage of Wyatt “Captain America” Williams while also remaining true to the core values and basic themes of the original 1969 film.
Show No. 200 with guest Hugh Downs
Original Airdate: Week of Sept. 11-17, 2013
TV Confidential marks its 200th broadcast and five-year anniversary as a radio program by playing highlights from previous shows and reading listener emails. Then, Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Hugh Downs for a special 90-minute conversation about his distinguished career. Phil Gries plays audio clips from some of Hugh’s early work in television, including his time as co-host of The Jack Paar Tonight Show.
Show No. 199 with guests Tim Hollis and Mark Pendergrast
Original Airdate: Week of Sept. 4-10, 2013
First hour: Ed welcomes Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It. Originally published in 1993, Mark’s book was recently revised and updated with new information on the history and future of Coca-Cola, including the origins of such famous TV campaigns as “The Hilltop Ad,” the differences between how Coke and Pepsi advertise their products, and a look at how Coca-Cola and Pepsi are now united in the “new cola wars” against obesity — despite the fact that both are considered the primary culprits behind the epidemic. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids complete series DVD release. Second hour: Ed welcomes Tim Hollis, author of Part of a Complete Breakfast: Cereal Characters of the Baby Boom Era, everything you wanted to know about the origins and appeal of Cap’n Crunch, Sugar Bear, Quisp and Quake, Tony the Tiger, Snap, Crackle and Pop, Lucky the Leprechaun, the Trix Rabbit and other famous animated breakfast-cereal characters, plus a look at how changing times helped lead to the demise of the popular TV commercials featuring these characters.
Show No. 198 with guests William Schallert and Steve Kosareff
Original Airdate: Week of Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2013
First hour: We play Part 2 of our conversation with actor William Schallert (Dobie Gillis, Get Smart, The Nancy Drew Mysteries, The New Gidget, True Blood, The Patty Duke Show). In Part 1, we discussed Bill’s early career on stage and in television. In this segment, we talk about some of Bill’s favorite film and TV roles, including the Admiral on Get Smart, plus his work with such legends as Walter Matthau, Kirk Douglas and Don Siegel. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes filmmaker Steve Kosareff, the writer, producer and director of TV Man: The Search for The Last Independent Dealer, a new documentary that remembers the era of the locally owned, independent television set dealer, and how that has virtually disappeared in this day and age of big box stores. Second hour: Phil Gries presents a special edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that remembers how television covered The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (Aug. 28, 1963), including coverage from network news, comments from James Baldwin, Burt Lancaster and Marlon Brando, and excerpts from the speeches of Philip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King.
Show No. 197 with guests Diane Baker, Paul Robert Coyle and Jeff Thompson
Original Airdate: Week of Aug. 21-27, 2013
First hour: Jeff Thompson, author of House of Dan Curtis and The Television Horrors of Dan Curtis, discusses Curtis’s many collaborations with screenwriter Richard Matheson, including The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler, Trilogy of Terror, and the 1973 version of Dracula. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to Rose Marie on her 90th birthday. Second hour: Ed and guest co-host Paul Robert Coyle welcome Diane Baker, actress, producer, and the executive director of the School of Motion Pictures & Television at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, one of the largest film schools in the country.
Show No. 196 with guests Shirley Jones and Jerry Kolber
Original Airdate: Week of Aug. 14-20, 2013
First hour: Ed welcomes Jerry Kolber, Emmy Award-nominated creator and executive producer of Brain Games, the critically acclaimed series on the National Geographic Channel that reveals the inner workings of the brain through interactive games and experiments. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look at recently cancelled network and cable shows, including Southland, Smash and Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. Plus: Listener emails. Second hour: Ed welcomes Academy Award-winning singer/actress Shirley Jones (Elmer Gantry, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Music Man, The Partridge Family). Shirley’s book, Shirley Jones: A Memoir, not only discusses her life and career on stage, film and television, but reveals for the first time the story of her often tumultuous marriage with the love of her life, actor Jack Cassidy. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at Teen Beach Movie.