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Show No. 271 with guests George Maharis and James Rosin
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 25-30, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes James Rosin, author of Route 66: The Television Series, which Jim recently updated with new information about the classic TV series starring Martin Milner and George Maharis. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember “A House Divided,” the episode of Dallas that launched the “Who Shot J.R.?” phenomenon in March 1980. Second hour: A replay of our April 2012 conversation with George Maharis in which George discusses, among other things, how he approached playing Buz Murdock, as well as the real reason why he left Route 66 in the middle of the third season.
Show No. 270 with guests June Lockhart and H.M. Wynant
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 18-23, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes actress June Lockhart (Lost in Space, Lassie, Petticoat Junction, General Hospital). June will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at the Hollywood Chamber’s 94th Annual Installation and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 26. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen say Happy Birthday to Judd Hirsch, who was born during This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes H.M. Wynant, the longtime character actor known for his appearances in such films and TV series as The Twilight Zone, Batman, The Rockford Files, Run Silent, Run Deep, It Happened at the World’s Fair, Perry Mason and, most recently, Footprints. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar discusses the recently released DVD box set of The Merv Griffin Show.
Show No. 269: Tribute to Leonard Nimoy with guests Walter Koenig, Ralph Senensky, Arthur Marks and Mark Dawidziak
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 11-16, 2015
A two-hour tribute to the life and career of Leonard Nimoy, featuring comments and remembrances not only about the actor’s work on Star Trek, but his other contributions to television, as well as his accomplishments as a motion picture director, his dedication to science, art and the humanities, and his various philanthropic interests. Our guests include actor Walter Koenig (Nimoy’s longtime co-star on both the original Star Trek and the first six Star Trek movies), television director Ralph Senensky, who directed Nimoy on seven occasions on the original Star Trek (including the classic episode “This Side of Paradise”), Perry Mason producer/director Arthur Marks (a longtime friend of Nimoy who also directed him in “The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe”), and television critic and author Mark Dawidziak (The Columbo Phile).
Show No. 268 with guest James Sheldon
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 25-Mar. 2, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen say Happy Birthday to Howard Hesseman, who was born during This Week in TV History, as well as remember the impact of the U.S. Hockey Team’s epic win in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD release of the 1965 musical adaptation of Cinderella. Second hour: Ed welcomes James Sheldon, author of Before I Forget: Directing Television, 1948-1988, a memoir of his career as a director in network television, which includes anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information of Jim’s work on such shows as Naked City, The Twilight Zone, Route 66, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, My Three Sons, Family Affair, Batman, Ironside, Ellery Queen, Cagney and Lacey, Dallas, M*A*S*H, Sanford and Son, Room 222 and The Waltons.
Show No. 267 with guest Michael St. John
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 18-23, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen say Happy Birthday to actor George Kennedy while also remembering the pilot for The Andy Griffith Show, which originally aired during This Week in TV History as an episode of Make Room for Daddy. Second hour: Michael St. John, the first African-American man hired as a director for NBC television, remembers his friend and colleague Gary Owens (with whom he worked on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In), plus provides Ed, Tony and Donna with an update on the pre-production of his play, I Feel Sin Comin’ On, which is based on early events in his life that are depicted in Michael's book, Hollywood Through the Back Door.
Show No. 266 with guests Mary Ann Anderson and Bob Leszczak
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 11-16, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, whose books on music and television include Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979, Who Did It First: Great Rock 'n' Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, and The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look back at the broadcast history of the classic TV game show What’s My Line? Second hour: Ed welcomes author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, The Making of The Hitch-Hiker: Illustrated). Mary shares a few audio highlights from a 1991 interview between Ida Lupino and author A.M. Sperber in which Ida talks about her dear friend Humphrey Bogart. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the DVD release of Series One of Broadchurch.
Show No. 265 with guest Ruta Lee
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 4-9, 2015
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for a remembrance of Joe Franklin, the pioneering TV talk show host who died last month at the age of 88. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of Khan!, the short-lived but controversial series starring Khigh Dhiegh that originally premiered 40 years ago This Week in TV History, as well as discuss the controversy surrounding the premiere of Fresh Off the Boat on ABC. Second hour: Ed welcomes singer/actress Ruta Lee (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Witness for the Prosecution, Sergeants Three, The Fugitive, The Twilight Zone, The Lucy Show, The Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason). Ruta will be starring in the stage production of Steel Magnolias at Casa Manana, 3101 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, TX from Saturday, Feb. 28 thru Sunday, Mar. 8. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our January 2014 conversation with Joe Franklin.
Show No. 264 with guests Richard and Esther Shapiro and Barbara van Orden
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 21-26, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes singer/actress Barbara van Orden, co-executive producer of the annual LA's Next Great Stage Star Competition, the only musical theatre competition of its kind on the West Coast, and one that shines the spotlight on 20 undiscovered performers between the ages of 18 and 32. LA's Next Great Stage Star Competition continues Sunday 2/1 and Sunday 2/8 at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA beginning at 11am. For tickets and more information call (818) 623-7300 ext. 2 or go to www.thefederalbar.com. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of The Simpsons in January 1990. Second hour: An encore presentation of our July 2011 conversation with Richard and Esther Shapiro, the co-creators, co-writers, and co-executive producers of Dynasty. Plus: Greg Ehrbar on the recent DVD release of Loopy de Loop, the only feature motion picture cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera.
Show No. 263 with guest Darby Hinton
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 14-19, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join Ed for a look back at some of the notable stories that shaped the world of television during calendar year 2014. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor, producer and director Darby Hinton (Israel Boone on Daniel Boone). Darby will be appearing in Texas Rising, a new miniseries that will premiere later in 2015 on The History Channel.
Show No. 262 with guest Hugh O'Brian
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 7-12, 2015
Actor, author and philanthropist Hugh O’Brian (The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) talks to Ed about the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program (HOBY), which has inspired young people to dedicate their lives to leadership, service and innovation for more than five decades. He also shares a few stories about his life and career in show business, including his friendships with John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Muhammad Ali and Lucille Ball. Hugh’s new book, Hugh O’Brian… or What’s Left of Him, is available at Amazon.com, BookPublishersNetwork.com, www.HughOBrian.me and wherever books are sold online. (Our conversation with Hugh begins about forty-five minutes into our first hour and runs about an hour in length.) Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the birthday of Alan Hale, the premieres of AM America and Hullaballoo, and the circumstances that led to the premature end of The Rockford Files, all of which originally transpired during This Week in TV History.
Show No. 261 with guests Brian Copeland and Joanna Wilson
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 24-29, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes nationally known stand-up comedian, best-selling author, radio host and playwright Brian Copeland. Brian is the host of Now Brian Copeland, a talk show special that will premiere on NBC stations in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 3 (following coverage of the second NFL Wild Card game), with additional airings in other California markets throughout January and February (check your local listings for more details). Brian’s critically acclaimed one-man show The Waiting Period will return to The Marsh Theatre in San Francisco from Jan. 7 through Feb. 10. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our roundtable discussion featuring Joanna Wilson on favorite Christmas episodes and holiday TV specials. Joanna is the author of The Christmas TV Companion and Tis the Season TV: The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made for TV Movies. Second hour: Phil Gries with our annual tribute to bandleader Guy Lombardo, with audio highlights from some of the first TV coverage of the ball drop at Times Square (including a rarely heard clip featuring Howard Cosell). Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Perry Como as part of This Week in TV History.
Show No. 260 with guests Bobby Burgess, Herbie J Pilato, Gil Bernard Anthony, Lorraine Santoli and Adam-Michael James
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 17-22, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes authors Adam-Michael James and Herbie J Pilato. Mike and Herbie collaborated on The Bewitched Continuum, a fun new book that looks at continuity issues in the world of Bewitched. Also in this hour: Radio/TV journalist and novelist Gil Bernard Anthony (Bolivar Solution) joins Ed for some thoughts on the latest developments in the allegations against Bill Cosby. Plus: Greg Ehrbar with last-minute DVD gift ideas for classic TV lovers. Second hour: Ed welcomes dancer and singer Bobby Burgess, one of the original Mouseketeers, a longtime member of Lawrence Welk’s “musical family,” and the author of a new memoir, Ears and Bubbles: Dancing My Way from The Mickey Mouse Club to The Lawrence Welk Show. Bobby’s collaborator, Lorraine Santoli (The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book), also joins us in this hour.
Show No. 259 with guests Theodore Bikel and Paul Cardall
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 10-15, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes award-winning pianist and composer Paul Cardall. Paul recently scored the music for Earl Hamner: Storyteller, while the proceeds for his latest CD, Saving Tiny Hearts, will help support the research of congenital heart defects. Also in this hour: highlights from our February 2014 conversation with television director Ralph Senensky about Ralph’s work on The Waltons. Second hour: Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor Theodore Bikel. Theo’s new film, Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem, combines Theo’s own storytelling with a broader exploration of Sholem Aleichem, a pioneer of modern Jewish literature whose stories about Teyve the Dairyman provided the basis for the Broadway play Fiddler on the Roof. The film is not only a very personal tribute, but in many ways is Theo’s legacy. Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem will be shown at several U.S. film festivals throughout 2015. For information on upcoming screenings, visit http://www.jewishfilm.org. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar on the appeal of Betty White, plus recent DVD releases of Mr. Magoo, A Date with the Angels and Life with Elizabeth.