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Show No. 281 with Robert Crane and Anne Serling
Original Airdate: Week of June 24-29, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes Anne Serling, author of AS I KNEW HIM: My Dad, Rod Serling, an intimate look at the life of the innovative television writer/producer. Anne discusses how devastated she was at the sudden death of her father, and how she was able to overcome her grief, partly with the help of The Twilight Zone. (This interview was originally broadcast in May 2013.) Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of The Lawrence Welk Show and how Welk successfully continued to broadcast the series after it was cancelled by ABC. Second hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Robert Crane, co-author of CRANE: Sex, Celebrity and My Father’s Unsolved Murder, a memoir of growing up with Bob Crane as a father before, during and after Hogan’s Heroes. Among other topics, this hour discusses Bob’s participation in the movie Auto Focus, as well as the years in which he worked with, and became good friends with, comedian John Candy.
Show No. 280 with Robert Crane
Original Airdate: Week of June 17-22, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember comedian George Carlin, who passed away in 2008 during This Week in TV History. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD release of Flintstones WWE. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Robert Crane, co-author of CRANE: Sex, Celebrity and My Father’s Unsolved Murder, a memoir of growing up with Bob Crane as a father before, during and after Hogan’s Heroes that also provides a first-person account and commentary of the investigation and prosecution of the Bob Crane murder case, from the perspective of the Crane family.
Show No. 279 with guests Richard Anderson and Alan Doshna
Original Airdate: Week of June 10-15, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join Ed for a look at the 52-year broadcast history of Sababo Gigante. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD release of Thunderbirds. Plus: A remembrance of Jayne Meadows, Anne Meara and Betsy Palmer. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor Richard Anderson (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Perry Mason). Richard’s new book, Richard Anderson: At Last… A Memoir, goes behind the scenes of his years as a contract player with MGM, while also sharing many stories about his work in television. Also joining us during the hour is Alan Doshna, the collaborator on Richard Anderson: At Last… A Memoir.
Show No. 278 with guest Don Most
Original Airdate: Week of June 3-8, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join Ed for a look at the series finale of Mad Men, the final broadcast of The Late Show with David Letterman, and the controversy surrounding 19 Kids and Counting. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome back singer/actor Don Most (Happy Days, Donny Most Sings and Swings). Don will be appearing at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 10; Belly Up in Solana Beach, near San Diego, on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1; The Iridium in New York City on Tuesday, July 7; McCloone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park, NJ on Sunday, July 5; Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY on Saturday, July 25; The Center for Arts and Performance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday, Sept. 13; and The Brink Lounge in Madison, WI on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Also in this hour: A replay of our May 2014 conversation with actress Marion Ross (Happy Days, Brooklyn Bridge).
Show No. 277 with guests Mick Martin and Marvin J. Wolf
Original Airdate: Week of May 27-June 1, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes author, journalist and musician Mick Martin, host of Mick Martin’s Blues Party, collaborator on such books as Video Movie Guide and Them Ornery Mitchum Boys, and a man who has interviewed hundreds of actors and musicians, including Clint Walker, Jack Kelly and Christopher Lee. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the recent DVD release of Good Neighbors. Second hour: Part 2 of our conversation with author, journalist, screenwriter and decorated U.S. Army veteran Marvin J. Wolf (Beating the Odds, Fallen Angels, Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate). While in the Army, Marv worked behind the scenes with John Wayne on the making of the movie The Green Berets. Also in this hour: A replay of Phil Gries’ tribute to Project XX, the award-winning NBC documentary series that paved the way for the work of such filmmakers as Ken Burns, plus an excerpt from Sam Yates' 1990 radio interview with bandleader Paul Shaffer.
Show No. 276 with guests Joan Benedict Steiger, Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati, and Mike Pingel
Original Airdate: Week of May 13-18, 2015
First hour: Actress Joan Benedict Steiger talks to Ed about her upcoming book, Brooklyn Baby, in which she writes about overcoming the deaths of the three great loves in her life (actors John Myhers, Jeremy Slate and Rod Steiger). Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati, co-authors of One Blink at a Time, an amazing love story that also includes practical advice on how to face the challenges of living with ALS, plus a heartfelt foreword from Phil Gries. A portion of proceeds from the sales of One Blink at a Time will be donated to the ALS Foundation. Second hour: An encore presentation of our May 2012 conversation with Mike Pingel, author of Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, everything you want to know about the classic TV series starring Lynda Carter. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss David Letterman’s impact on late night television, both on NBC and CBS.
Show No. 275 with guest Mary Ann Anderson
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 29-May 4, 2015
First hour: An encore presentation of Phil Gries’ look at Jackie Gleason, the short-lived prime time talk show that the Great One hosted on CBS in 1961. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD releases of Super Six, The Herculoids and other classic cartoon series. Second hour: Part 2 of our conversation with author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera) about the pioneering actress and director. The segment includes additional highlights from the 1991 interview with author A.M. Sperber, one of the last interviews that Ida Lupino gave.
Show No. 274 with guest Marvin J. Wolf
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 22-27, 2015
Author, journalist and screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf is our guest this week. Marv’s books include Beating the Odds (the memoirs of ABC founding president Leonard Goldenson), while his credits as a screenwriter include the made-for-TV movie Ladies Night. Marv’s latest book, Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate, is cinematic story that recounts a bloody five-day battle in the central highlands of Vietnam that was led by a young captain named William Albracht. The conversation with Marv begins about fifteen minutes into the program and continues into our second hour. Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember My Name is Barbra, the landmark special that originally aired this week in 1965, while Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD releases of Paddington Bear.
Show No. 273 with guest James Wilder
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 15-20, 2015
First hour: Highlights from our June 2010 conversation with actor James Best (The Dukes of Hazzard). Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Starsky and Hutch (the pilot of which originally aired in April 1975), while Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of Paddington Bear. Second hour: Ed welcomes award-winning independent film actor James Wilder. James’ latest film, Three Holes and A Smoking Gun, is now available through many Video on Demand services. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our August 2013 salute to comedian and satirist Stan Freberg.
Show No. 272 with guests Morgan Woodward and Sylvia Resnick
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 8-13, 2015
First hour: Longtime entertainment journalist Sylvia Resnick discusses her new book, The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob, a fascinating look at Old Hollywood and New Hollywood that also profiles some of the greatest male heartthrobs in film and TV history. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of Nightline and Truth or Consequences. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome actor Morgan Woodward (Dallas, Cool Hand Luke, Star Trek, The Waltons. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of Gilligan’s Planet and Thundercats.
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.