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Show No. 326 with guest Jennifer Armstrong
Original Airdate: July 15-18, 2016
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna pay tribute to Ann Morgan Guilbert (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Nanny), while Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent Blu-ray release of The Dick Van Dyke Show and DVD releases of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. Second hour: Ed welcomes back Jennifer Armstrong, television historian and author of such books as Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. Jennifer’s latest book, Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything, not only walks you through the origins of Seinfeld, but provides an inside-the-writers-room perspective on how many of the show’s most infamous storylines and catchphrases came to be, while also showing how Seinfeld continues to influence our culture in ways no one could have imagined. Also in this hour: A remembrance of actor and SAG president Ken Howard (The White Shadow, 30 Rock, 1776, Adam's Rib).
Show No. 325 with guest Cindy Mitchum Azbill
Original Airdate: July 6-11, 2016
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with some thoughts on the recent passing of music icon David Bowie. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar on the various DVD releases of M*A*S*H. Plus: An excerpt from our May 2012 conversation with character actor and frequent John Wayne collaborator Edward Faulkner. Second hour: Ed welcomes Cindy Mitchum Azbill, daughter of poet, songwriter and film and TV character actor John Mitchum, and the producer of The John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD, a two-disc CD set featuring fifty recordings of Mitchum’s poetry, all read or performed by such stars as Robert Duvall, James Drury, Ernest Borgnine, Andrew Prine, Wilford Brimley, Randy Boone, Morgan Woodward, James Hampton, Robert Fuller, Ann Rutherford, Dick Van Patten, Denny Miller, and The Sons of the Pioneers. To pre-order the CD, pre-order, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For our listeners in in Southern California, there will be an official CD release party on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Paramount State Park in Los Angeles. The event will feature many of the celebrities who appear on the John (The Humble) Mitchum Legacy CD. For more information on the Sept. 4 CD party, email email@example.com.
Show No. 324 with guest Chris Korman
Original Airdate: June 29-July 4, 2016
First hour: Tony, Donna and Ed discuss the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali as part of a special edition of This Week in TV History. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar on the recently released DVD box set of Frasier: The Complete Series. Second hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Chris Korman, son of actor/comedian Harvey Korman. Topics include Harvey’s work with Mel Brooks, how he approached the various characters he played every week on The Carol Burnett Show, and his influence on such young actors and comedians as John Ritter and Garry Shandling. Chris Korman will be appearing with Wesley Hyatt, author of The Carol Burnett Companion: So We Glad We Had This Time, at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA on Saturday, July 16 beginning at 4pm.
Show No. 323 with guests Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik
Original Airdate: June 22-27, 2016
First hour: Greg Ehrbar shares a few thoughts on the life and career of longtime actress and voice artist Janet Waldo. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember George Carlin as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik, co-authors of Watching TV: Eight Decades of American Television, a sweeping look at the history of television that not only takes you behind the scenes of every prime time season and prime time schedule from 1944 to the present day, but includes an ongoing timeline of the major personalities, trends and breakout shows of each TV season. Topics this hour include the impact that Netflix and Amazon have had on TV programming, the current trend among broadcast networks for so-called “limited run” series, and the recent passing of Morley Safer and other TV icons.
Show No. 322 with guest Charlotte Stewart
Original Airdate: June 15-20, 2016
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for the final segment in our six-part series on the life and career of comedian Joey Bishop. Topics include Bishop’s final appearance as host of his ABC late night talk show (Nov. 26, 1969), his fallout with Regis Philbin, his sometimes difficult relationship with writers and other show business colleagues, his place in the pantheon of late night TV hosts, and his philosophy to life in general. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the recent DVD release of Cop Rock. Second hour: Ed welcomes Charlotte Stewart, the actress known around the world as Miss Beadle on Little House on the Prairie, and Betty Briggs on Twin Peaks. Charlotte’s memoir, Little House in the Hollywood Hills, not only gives you a good idea of what it was like to live in and survive the era of Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll, but includes great stories about some of the many real-life characters from music, film and TV that were part of the fabric of Charlotte’s life.
Show No. 321 with guest Jimmy Weldon
Original Airdate: June 8-13, 2016
First hour: Part 5 of our tribute to Joey Bishop features audio highlights from Bishop’s ABC late night talk show, including a rarely heard interview with Mutual radio journalist Andrew West in which West recounts his first-person coverage of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar pays tribute to Alan Young. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor and motivational speaker Jimmy Weldon, the voice of Yakky Doodle on Yogi Bear, and the author of Go Get ’Em Tiger, a part autobiographical, part motivational book that shows that the real definition of success is becoming the person you want to be and doing what you really want to do.
Show No. 320 with guests Vicki Lawrence and James Zeruk
Original Airdate: June 1-6, 2016
First hour: Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning singer/actress Vicki Lawrence (The Carol Burnett Show, Mama’s Family). Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches premieres this month on PBS stations. Also in this hour: Phil Gries with Part 4 of our tribute to Joey Bishop, including a look at some of the comedian’s many appearances on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. Second hour: Ed welcomes James Zeruk, author of Peg Entwistle and The Hollywood Sign Suicide, a fascinating biography about the actress who has been inextricably linked to Hollywood history because of her fatal fall from the Hollywoodland sign on September 16, 1932.
Show No. 319 with guests Carl Amari and Kevin Glynn
Original Airdate: May 25-30, 2016
First hour: Ed welcomes Kevin Glynn, author of Tyrannosaurus Sex, a coming of age novel set in the 1970s that some have described as 50 Shades of Grey, “but from a male perspective.” Also in this hour: Phil Gries with Part 3 of our tribute to Joey Bishop, including audio highlights from some of Bishop’s record 177 appearances as guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Second hour: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome Carl Amari, host of Hollywood 360 and the founder of Radio Spirits, the world’s largest marketer and distributor of classic radio programs, and the producer of the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, a series of fully dramatized radio plays adapted from episodes of the classic TV series created by Rod Serling. Also in this hour: Greg reviews the first season DVD release of SuperFriends.
Show No. 318 with guest Kathy Garver
Original Airdate: May 11-16, 2016
First hour: Part 2 of our tribute to Joey Bishop as part of The Sounds of Lost Television, including audio highlights of Bishop emceeing the January 1961 gala honoring President John F. Kennedy, plus Bishop’s 1961 interview with Helen O’Connell on Here’s Hollywood on which he discusses The Joey Bishop Show. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD releases of Cheers: The Complete Series and the 1949 version of The Life of Riley starring Jackie Gleason. Second hour: Actress and author Kathy Garver (Family Affair) discusses her latest book, X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?, an inside look at the lives of more than 200 former child stars from your favorite TV shows of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Autographed editions are available through Kathy Garver herself at KathyGarver.com.
Show No. 317 with guest Wesley Hyatt
Original Airdate: May 4-9, 2016
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for the first in a series of Sounds of Lost Television editions that will spotlight the career of actor, comedian and late night TV talk show host Joey Bishop. Though Bishop did not grant many interviews during the last few years of his life, he did speak to Phil on several occasions between 2002 and 2003. We’ll play highlights of those conversations during this hour, including segments in which Bishop discusses his birth at Fordham Hospital (for decades he was the smallest baby born there, weighing only two pounds), as well as the origins of the Dean Martin/Frank Sinatra Rat Pack. Second hour: Wesley Hyatt joins Ed for Part 2 of our behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Carol Burnett Show. Wes’ book The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time tells you everything you wanted to know about the landmark CBS variety series. Topics this hour include the contributions of Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner; the circumstances that led Tim Conway to become a series regular (after many memorable guest appearances); the ill-fated experiment with Dick Van Dyke in what proved to be the show’s final season; and the backstory behind such classic moments as “Went with the Wind” and the infamous “elephant story” segment of “The Family.”
Show No. 316 with guests Wesley Hyatt and Chris Korman
Original Airdate: Apr. 27-May 2, 2016
First hour: Wesley Hyatt joins Ed for the first of a two-part discussion about the making of The Carol Burnett Show. Wes’ latest book, The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time, takes a comprehensive look at all eleven seasons of the Burnett show, including interviews with almost every key writer, as well as many notable guest stars. Among other topics, this hour discusses the unusual circumstances that led to the premiere of the Burnett show in 1967, plus the backstory as to why many episodes from the first five seasons were withheld from the public until recent months. Also in this hour: Wes’ thoughts on the passing of Prince, plus highlights from our June 2011 conversation with Jason Draper, author of Prince: Chaos, Disruption and Revolution. Second hour: Part 1 of a two-part conversation with Chris Korman, son of Harvey Korman. While most people think of Harvey Korman as one of TV’s great second bananas (both on The Carol Burnett Show, as well as The Danny Kaye Show), he was also a gifted teacher, a dedicated actor, a mentor to many young writers and comedians, and a loving father who instilled a lot of wisdom and life lessons that Chris still lives by today.