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Show No. 315 with guests Budd Moss and David Michaels
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 20-25, 2016
This week’s program includes Part 2 of our conversation with longtime Hollywood agent and manager Budd Burton Moss, whose career spans the Golden Age of Hollywood and Golden Age of Television right on through the digital age. Budd shares many stories about his adventures in film and TV in a two-volume memoir: All I Got Was 10 Percent: What It’s Like to Be a (Famous) Hollywood Agent, which covers his early career in Hollywood (including his efforts as an actor and bullfighter, his lifelong friendship with Sidney Poitier, and the circumstances that led him to become an agent under the legendary Martin Baum); and Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality is Better Than the Dream, the story of Budd’s later career, and particularly his efforts on behalf of Rita Hayworth, Tom Bosley, John James, Hunter Tylo and former MPAA president Jack Valenti. (The interview with Budd runs eighty minutes and begins about fifteen minutes into the first hour.) Also on this week’s show: David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Emmy Awards Broadcast, gives Ed a preview of The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, May 1 in Los Angeles, while Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD release of The New Loretta Young Show..
Show No. 314 with guests Toni Tennille and Budd Burton Moss
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 13-18, 2016
First hour: Ed welcomes Budd Burton Moss, legendary Hollywood agent and manager, and the author of All I Got Was 10 Percent: What It’s Like to Be a (Famous) Hollywood Agent and Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality is Better Than the Dream, a two-volume memoir of his life and career in the entertainment industry. Not only has Budd represented some of the brightest stars in film, television and sports, he had a hand in casting in many of the most iconic comedy and dramatic series in TV history. Budd will be appearing at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 4pm. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen spotlight the career of actor/producer William Conrad and the original broadcast of Return to Mayberry as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes Grammy Award-winning singer/actress, composer and pianist Toni Tennille. Toni’s new book, Toni Tennille: A Memoir, discusses her life and career before, during and after Captain and Tennille, including her childhood years growing up in the segregated South, her roots as a singer with the Auburn Knights Orchestra, the backstory of such popular songs as “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Circles” and “Muskrat Love,” and the reason why The Captain and Tennille variety series only lasted one season, despite being a huge hit for ABC. Toni Tennille will be presenting the Music Categories at this year’s Daytime Emmys Creative Arts ceremony, which will be held April 29 in Los Angeles. She’ll also be appearing at the Barnes and Noble at The Grove at Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 2pm.
Show No. 313 with guest Alexis Hunter
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 6-11, 2016
First hour: A tribute to Patty Duke that includes highlights from her surprise appearance with William Schallert on WYYR in 2013, plus excerpts from our 2013 interview with Geri Jewell that discusses the pivotal role that Patty Duke played early in Geri's career. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Alan Hale and Pete Duel, while Greg Ehrbar remembers the 50th anniversary of the Hanna-Barbera production of Alice in Wonderland. Second hour: Ed welcomes Alexis Hunter, author of Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For, an intimate memoir about her life with Joi Lansing, which began in 1969 and continued until Joi’s death from breast cancer in August 1972.
Show No. 312 with guests Bob Leszczak and James Rosin
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 30-Apr. 4, 2016
First hour: Music and TV historian Bob Leszczak (The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen, From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950-2000) provides some inside scoop on the second season of The Odd Couple, which returns to CBS on Thursday, April 7, and pays tribute to Al Molinaro (Murray the Cop on the iconic ABC-TV version of The Odd Couple). Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember The Greatest American Hero, which originally premiered in 1981 during This Week in TV History. Second hour: We devote the hour to some of the many film and TV celebrities who passed away earlier in March. Television historian James Rosin (Wagon Train: The Television Series, Route 66: The Television Series) pays tribute to Robert Horton, Peter Brown and director James Sheldon, plus we play highlights from our February 2014 conversation with Alan Zweibel, co-creator of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, about Garry Shandling, and from our January 2012 conversation with Stephen Battaglio, author of From Yesterday to Today: Six Decades of America’s Favorite Morning Show, about Joe Garagiola and the role he played in convincing Bryant Gumbel to become host of The Today Show.
Show No. 311 with guest Douglas Brode
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 16-21, 2016
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna pay tribute to Abe Vigoda as part of a discussion about the career of Hal Linden and the legacy of Barney Miller. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the new Blu-ray release of Jesus of Nazareth. Second hour: Ed welcomes film historian Douglas Brode, author of Deadlier Than the Male: Femme Fatales of 1960s and 1970s Cinema, a look at the Golden Age of Wicked Women in the movies, and the many actresses who achieved cult status as a result of such films as Invasion of the Bee Girls, Too Hot to Handle, Queen of Blood, Prehistoric Women, The Million Eyes of Su-Maru and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Show No. 310 with guest Tom Lisanti
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 9-14, 2016
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna pay tribute to the late George Kennedy, while This Week in TV History remembers the final episode of Shindig, the premiere of Third Rock from the Sun, the legacy of Masterpiece Theater, and the original debut of Amos and Andy on Chicago radio. Second hour: Ed welcomes sixties film historian Tom Lisanti, author of Pamela Tiffin: Hollywood to Rome, 1961-1974, a comprehensive look at Tiffin’s work in film and television that includes insight from Tiffin herself (as well as such co-stars as Franco Nero), while also exploring the reasons why she remains a cult film icon. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar discusses the back story of the Emmy Award-winning production of Jack and the Beanstalk that starred Gene Kelly and was produced by Hanna-Barbera.
Show No. 309 with guest Mitchell Danton
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 2-7, 2016
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna remember the ABC series Family and discuss the influence of George Burns on television comedy writers. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews various releases of Casper, The Friendly Ghost on DVD. Second hour: Ed welcomes Mitchell Danton, ACE, Emmy Award-winning film editor and the author of Cutting It in Hollywood: Top Film Editors Share Their Journeys, an anecdotal “how to” book that takes you inside the trenches of post-production, with stories and examples drawn from the wisdom and real world experience of more than twenty top-notch film editors, all of whom learned their craft from cutting blockbuster movies and hit TV shows.
Show No. 308 with guest Michael St. John
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 24-29, 2016
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna remember the birthday of Gavin MacLeod, the 20th anniversary of the death of Minnie Pearl, and the 65th anniversary of the first pay TV system. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome back Michael St. John, the first African-American man hired as a director for NBC television in Burbank in the 1960s, and the author of Hollywood Through the Back Door, the story of Michael’s journey to Hollywood in the 1950s. Hollywood Through the Back Door is currently being adapted as a stage play, and as a miniseries for HBO.
Show No. 307 with guests Roy Thinnes, David Pollock and James Rosin
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 17-22, 2016
First hour: Emmy Award-winning writer David Pollock (All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Cheers) joins Ed for a remembrance of Bob Elliott, the legendary comedian and satirist who passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2. David’s book, Bob and Ray: Keener Than Most Persons, is a comprehensive dual biography of Bob and Ray that he wrote with the cooperation of Bob Elliott and the widow of Ray Goulding. Also in this hour: Actor and author James Rosin pays tribute to his friend Martin Milner (with whom he acted on Adam-12), as well as discusses his recently completed screenplay about the life of musician Charlie Gracie. Second hour: Part 2 of our two-part conversation with actor and artist Roy Thinnes (The Invaders, General Hospital, The X Files). Topics in this segment include how Roy came to play Jeremiah Smith on the original X Files, his thoughts on the new FOX miniseries, his interest in painting and his unique approach to portraiture.
Show No. 306 with guests Roy Thinnes, Joseph Dougherty and Dan Farren
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 10-15, 2016
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething, Saving Grace, Pretty Little Liars) and television scholar Dan Farren (Story Salon) about the original Dragnet and the career of Jack Webb in general. This segment includes a look at some of the other shows produced by Webb, including Adam-12 and Emergency! Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss the television career of Sandy Duncan, who was born during This Week in TV History. Second hour: Part 1 of a two-part conversation with actor and artist Roy Thinnes (The Invaders, General Hospital, The X Files). In this hour Roy discusses some of his early mentors (which include Quinn Martin, Frank Lovejoy and Emily McLaughlin), his work on such shows as The Psychiatrist and The Long, Hot Summer, the relationship between The Invaders and the works of George Adamski, and how his interest in radio and journalism eventually led him to acting.
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.