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Show No. 229 with guests Ruta Lee, Michael Trinklein and Mary Ann Anderson
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 9-15, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes Michael Trinklein, the sole writer and co-producer of Pioneers of Television, the popular oral history of TV that begins its fourth season on PBS on Tuesday, April 15. Also in this hour: Phil Gries remembers Jackie Gleason, the short-lived prime time interview series hosted by The Great One in January 1961 that came about due to the abrupt cancellation of You’re in the Picture. Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Garroway at Large. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress Ruta Lee, one of the entertainment industry’s most active civic contributors, and the former president of The Thalians, the very first Hollywood charity dedicated to the promotion of good mental health. Author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated) co-hosts. The Thalians will be honoring Smokey Robinson at the House of Blues Sunset Strip on Saturday, April 26 as part of a benefit concert that will support the mental health and wellness services provided to America’s wounded warriors and their families served by UCLA Operation Mend. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar remembers Shazam! and The Secrets of Isis.
Show No. 228 with guest Paul Green
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 2-8, 2014
First hour: An encore presentation of our August 2012 conversation with Juanita Bartlett, the Emmy-nominated writer-producer who collaborated on many occasions with Roy Huggins, James Garner, and Stephen J. Cannell, most notably on The Rockford Files. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of These Friends of Mine (Ellen DeGeneres’ first network comedy series, which later became known as Ellen) in 1994 and the events that led CBS-TV to fire Tom and Dick Smothers in April 1969. Second hour: Ed welcomes film and television author Paul Green. Paul’s latest book, Roy Huggins: Creator of Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive and The Rockford Files, is an intimate portrait of the Emmy Award-winning writer/producer who elevated the form of television writing while also leaving his distinct mark in the genres of Westerns, private eye dramas, and hour-long anthology series.
Show No. 227 with guests David Frankham and Ralph Senensky
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 26-Apr. 1, 2014
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with longtime television director Ralph Senensky, with particular focus on Ralph’s work with Quinn Martin Productions, as well as his work with Bill Cosby, Jerry Houser, Marlyn Mason, Larry Hagman and other film and TV actors. Also in this hour: Ed, Tony and Donna remember the 40th anniversary of The Rockford Files, the pilot of which originally aired This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor David Frankham (101 Dalmations, Return of the Fly, Master of the World). David’s memoir, Which One Was David?, is filled with great stories about his film and TV career, as well as his friendships with the likes of Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Rock Hudson, Dirk Bogarde, Angela Lansbury, Roger Corman, William Wyler, Ida Lupino and Barbara Stanwyck.
Show No. 226 with guests Kimberly Johnson, Bill Funt and Peter Key
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 19-25, 2014
First hour: Greg Ehrbar interviews Peter Key, the son of Ted Key, the writer/cartoonist whose popular Hazel cartoons for The Saturday Evening Post served as the basis for the long-running comedy series Hazel (CBS, 1961-1966) starring Shirley Booth. Second hour: Ed, Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen and guest interviewer Bill Funt welcome Kimberly Johnson, the daughter of Russell Johnson, the actor known to three generations of television viewers as “The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island.
Show No. 225 with guests Stacey Adams, Joan Benedict Steiger and Susan Kesler
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 12-18, 2014
First hour: Joan Benedict Steiger talks to Ed about her life with actor and writer John Myhers and Academy Award-winning actor Rod Steiger, as well her work on The Steve Allen Show, the original Candid Camera, The Private Eyes and other films and TV series. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar on the recent DVD release of the animated series Kaijudo, plus highlights from our August 2013 conversation with actor William Schallert. Second hour: Ed and guest co-host Susan Kesler welcome actress and television executive Stacey Adams, the daughter of Don Adams. Stacey has enjoyed a long and successful career in television in her own right, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, while Sue was one of the producers of the award-winning Get Smart Complete Series Gift Set DVD collection.
Show No. 224 with guests Barbara Hale, Stephen Battaglio and Eddie Shapiro
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 5-11, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes Eddie Shapiro, author of Nothing Like a Dame, a collection of exclusive interviews with twenty of the greatest leading women of Broadway, including Elaine Stritch, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Bebe Neuwrith, Kristin Chenowith, Betty Buckley, Leslie Uggams and Audra McDonald. Eddie Shapiro will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble in the Grove at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles on March 26; the Assistance League of Los Angeles on March 29; and the Barnes and Noble in Naples, FL on April 9. Also in this hour: Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide, plus highlights from Ed's interview with original Dating Game host and longtime San Francisco radio personality Jim Lange from August 1999. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress Barbara Hale. Known to three generations of television viewers as Della Street on Perry Mason, both the original series (CBS, 1957-1966) and the popular TV-movies (NBC, 1985-1994), Barbara also enjoyed a long and successful motion picture career that saw her work with such legends as James Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Robert Young, James Arness, Rock Hudson, James Cagney and Broderick Crawford.
Show No. 223 with guests Ralph Senensky and Lar Park Lincoln
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 4, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes actress, author and “America’s Audition Coach,” Lar Park Lincoln. Lar’s book, Get Started, Not Scammed, is a how-to guide to navigating the entertainment industry with truth and integrity, while avoiding the pitfalls. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar remembers pioneering cartoonist Morrie Turner, creator of Wee Pals, the comic strip that inspired the animated series Kid Power. Second hour: Ed welcomes prolific television director Ralph Senensky, whose credits include such popular series as Route 66, Naked City, The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, The Wild Wild West, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Partridge Family, The F.B.I, The Paper Chase, Dynasty, the original Star Trek, and The Waltons. Ralph not only helmed twelve episodes of The Waltons, but many of the segments he did for The Waltons rank among the very best episodes in the history of the show.
Show No. 222 with guests Michael Dante and Bob Leszczak
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 19-25, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, author of Who Did It First?, a comprehensive look at cover songs and their original artists (with individual volumes for music in the rock, pop, and R&B genres), and Single Season Sitcoms, a complete guide to notable comedy series from the first thirty years of television that only lasted one season. Also in this hour: Ed plays highlights from our October 2011 conversation with Michael Learned in which the actress discusses her longtime co-star on The Waltons, Ralph Waite. Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the birth of Pebbles on The Flintstones, which originally occurred This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor and author Michael Dante (Star Trek, Custer, Westbound, Winterhawk, The Naked Kiss, Somebody Up There Likes Me, From Hollywood to Michael Dante Way). Michael not only learned his craft as an actor during the last days of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the early days of television, but had the great fortune of meeting many of his idols from the worlds of music, film and sports, including Tommy Dorsey, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Joe DiMaggio, Luke Appling, Nat King Cole and Lana Turner.
Show No. 221 with guest Alan Zweibel
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 12-18, 2014
First hour: Phil Gries remembers Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime New York Mets television announcer Ralph Kiner by playing highlights of our three-part tribute to Kiner, which originally aired in April and May 2013. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen say Happy Birthday to John Travolta, while Greg Ehrbar remembers The Amazing Chan and The Chan Clan. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Alan Zweibel, one of the original writers of Saturday Night Live, the co-creator of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and the author of such books as Bunny Bunny, the story of his 14-year friendship with Gilda Radner. Alan recently collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Broadway production of 700 Sundays, a taped performance of which will premiere on HBO on Saturday, April 19, while a new stage production of Bunny Bunny is currently playing at the Falcon Theatre through Sunday, March 2.
Show No. 220 with guests Mary Ann Anderson and Sylvia Resnick
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 5-11, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes author and longtime entertainment journalist Sylvia Resnick. Sylvia’s books include biographies of Burt Reynolds and Kristy McNichol, plus The Walton Family Cookbook. Also in this hour: Ed plays highlights from a 1989 interview that Jay Leno gave to radio host Sam Yates in which the Tonight Show host discusses his early career in stand-up and his influences as a comedian. Second hour: Ed welcomes Mary Ann Anderson, author of Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, the story of Ida’s life and career (told almost entirely in Ida’s own words) and The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated, a behind-the-scenes look at the classic 1953 thriller directed by Ida Lupino. The Hitch-Hiker was not only the first American example of film noir that was directed by a woman, but a groundbreaking film in many other ways that can still be felt today. The hour includes excerpts from a 1983 interview with Ida Lupino (one of the last recorded interviews that Ida gave) in which she discusses her film and television career.
Show No. 219 with guests Josh Mills and Ron Simon
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2014
First hour: Ed and Phil Gries welcome Ron Simon, longtime curator for The Paley Center for Media. One of the first true television archaeologists, Ron discovered such lost programs as the live Honeymooners and the only video performance of the Rat Pack. For our listeners in New York and Los Angeles, The Paley Center will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles arriving in New York with screenings of two essential programs for the Beatles fan: the documentary What’s Happening: The Beatles in the USA and the famous Feb. 9, 1964 edition of The Ed Sullivan Show that marked the first official appearance of the Beatles on American television. Second hour: Josh Mills, owner of Ediad Productions and the official archivist of both the Edie Adams estate and the estate of Ernie Kovacs, joins Ed, Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen for a look at the life and career of Edie Adams. Josh is also the executive producer of Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection, a new box set from MVD Visual that features 21 episodes of Here’s Edie, the groundbreaking musical variety series (ABC, 1962-1964) that Edie produced and headlined, and which provides an unique capsule of the various changes in 1960s entertainment culture while also reflecting her own eclectic musical tastes.
Show No. 218: Remembering Dave Madden, Russell Johnson and The Beatles' First Appearance on Ed Sullivan
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 22-28, 2014
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join Ed for a fond remembrance of actors Dave Madden (Reuben Kinkaid on The Partridge Family) and Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan’s Island), including a look at some of their other contributions to television. Second hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for a look back at Sunday, February 9, 1964: the night of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and the first official appearance of the group on American television. The hour particularly focuses on how television news covered The Beatles throughout the year 1964, as well as the influence of The Beatles on both American music and American television.
Show No. 217 with guests Joe Franklin and Julian David Stone
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 15-21, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes Julian David Stone, author of The Strange Birth, Short Life and Sudden Death of Justice Girl, an epic novel that not only brings to life the Golden Age of Live Television, but also explores the underside of early network TV and, particularly, the era of McCarthyism and the blacklist. Also in this hour: A replay of our November 2011 edition of The Sounds of Lost Television featuring highlights of Joe Franklin's Memory Lane, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running talk show in TV history. Second hour: Joe Franklin himself joins Ed and Phil Gries for a nostalgic look at his amazing 70-year career as a radio and TV talk show host, including his long-running weekday show on WWOR-TV, as well as his current radio interviews for Bloomberg Radio. Joe will be releasing a new CD, Joe Franklin’s TV Audio Archives, featuring more than ten hours of highlights from the Memory Lane show. You can pre-order the CD by contacting Rick Russo at this email address.
Show No. 216 with guests Michael Gleason and Stephanie Zimbalist
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 8-14, 2014
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna look back at 2013: The Year in Television, from Duck Dynasty to Paula Deen, from Alec Baldwin to Martin Bashir, from the aborted NBC miniseries on Hillary Rodham Clinton to the return of Brian the Dog. Second hour: Ed welcomes Michael Gleason, co-creator and executive producer of the long-running private eye series Remington Steele, and the author of Working Dirty, the first in a series of mystery novels featuring private eye Nick Fallon. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our October 2010 conversation with actress Stephanie Zimbalist (Remington Steele).
Show No. 215 with guests Sue Kesler, Jude Bradley and Bob Herron
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 1-7, 2014
First hour: Sue Kesler, Jude Bradley and Bob Herron join Ed for a special 90-minute conversation that includes Part 2 of our tribute to The Wild, Wild West, plus a continuation of our look of Bob’s 60-year career as a film and TV stuntman. Sue and Jude are the author and editor, respectively, of The Wild, Wild West: The Series, the definitive guide to the classic TV series starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, while Bob was Ross Martin’s stunt double for almost the entire run of the show. Topics include the casting of Michael Dunn as Dr. Miguelito Loveless, the close working relationship between Robert Conrad and the show’s regular stuntmen, what Sue considers to be the quintessential episode of The Wild, Wild West, and the most dangerous and most memorable stunts that Bob has performed for film or television. Second hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the broadcast histories of That Girl and The Doris Day Show.
Show No. 214 with guests Lenny Venito and Simon Templeman
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 25-31, 2013
First hour: Greg Ehrbar welcomes Lenny Venito and Simon Templeman, two of the stars of The Neighbors, the “science fiction sitcom” on ABC that returns with a new episode on Friday, January 10. Also in this hour: Ed, Tony and Donna remember the “Rifle for Christmas” and “The Big Little Jesus” episodes of Dragnet, then look back at the career of singer Perry Como, a man who for many of us is as synonymous with Christmas as Andy Williams and Bing Crosby. Second hour: Phil Gries gets you ready for 2014 with an encore presentation of The Sounds of Lost Television’s tribute to bandleader Guy Lombardo, the man whose New Year’s Eve celebrations were a tradition on radio and television for nearly five decades.
Show No. 213 with guests Herbie J Pilato and Joanna Wilson
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 18-24, 2013
First hour: Joanna Wilson joins Ed, Tony, Donna and Greg for a look at some of our favorite holiday specials and holiday-themed TV episodes, including adaptations of A Christmas Carol and The Gift of the Magi, plus various movies featuring the Santa Claus character. 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, plus she blogs about holiday TV programming year-round at ChristmasTVHistory.com. Second hour: Actor, author, producer and historian Herbie J Pilato joins Ed for a celebration of the life and career of Elizabeth Montgomery. Herbie’s books on film and television include Bewitched Forever, Twitch Upon a Star and The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances.
Show No. 212 with guests Darcy LaPier and Jim Rosin
Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 11-17, 2013
First hour: Ed welcomes actress, producer and award-winning barrel racer Darcy LaPier (Rodeo Girls). Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the recent DVD releases of Here’s Lucy and The Mothers-in-Law. Second hour: Ed welcomes Jim Rosin, author of Philly Pop, Rock, Rhythm & Blues, a nostalgic look at the music scene in Philadelphia from the 1950s through the 1980s, an era that saw the emergence of American Bandstand, as well as such stars as Bill Haley and the Comets, Frankie Avalon, Fabian Forte, Bobby Rydell, Danny and the Juniors, The Delfonics, Dee Dee Sharp, The Stylistics, Billy Paul, The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, and Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. Also in this hour: a replay of Sam Yates’ radio interview with Dick Clark from 1992.
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.