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Show No. 380 with guests Milt Larsen and Erin Dickins
Original Airdate: Oct. 13-16, 2017
First hour: Ed welcomes award-winning jazz vocalist Erin Dickins, one of the founding members of the original Manhattan Transfer. Erin’s new CD, Vignettes, will be released in the U.S. on Friday, October 20, plus she will be performing in Los Angeles on November 3, 4 and 5. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to actors Martin Landau and Joseph Bologna as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: A return appearance by Milt Larsen, founder of The Magic Castle in Hollywood. A new book—The Magic Castle: Beyond Smoke and Mirrors by Milt’s longtime collaborator Carol Marie—provides an illustrated guided tour of every nook and cranny of the Castle, while also capturing the heart and soul of this historical mecca for magicians and their guests.
Show No. 379 with guest Rhonda Shear
Original Airdate: Oct. 6-9, 2017
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember comedienne Patti Deutsch and actor and longtime Elvis Presley associate Red West as part of This Week in TV History, while Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD release of Ned and Stacey, the short-lived FOX sitcom that introduced Debra Messing to TV audiences. Also in this hour: A replay of our Sounds of Lost Television segment on Playboy’s Playhouse, an early television effort by Hugh Hefner that essentially served as a precursor to Playboy After Dark. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress, comedienne and entrepreneur Rhonda Shear, host of USA’s Up All Night and author of Up All Night: From Hollywood Bombshell to Lingerie Model: Life Lessons from an Accidental Feminist. Rhonda’s book not only has great stories about her life and career in the pageant, entertainment and garment industries, but shares many lessons that she learned along the way that you can apply, whether you’re female or male, and whatever career path you happen to take.
Show No. 378 with guests Wesley Hyatt, Chris Korman, Steve Kosareff and Jeff Brodrick
Original Airdate: Sept. 22-25, 2017
First hour: Jeff Brodrick joins Greg Ehrbar and Ed for a remembrance of actor, comedian, filmmaker and humanitarian Jerry Lewis. An acknowledged authority on Lewis, Jeff has worked as a consultant on a number of projects related to Jerry's film and TV career, including the website JerryLewisUnauthorized.com. Also in this hour: A return appearance by Steve Kosareff, the writer, producer and director of TV Man: The Search for the Last Independent Dealer, an excellent documentary that explores the era of the locally owned, independent television set dealer—a vital part of the first three decades of TV retailing that has all but disappeared in the era of big box stores. Steve has started a Kickstarter campaign to cover the cost of hiring of a composer to write a new, original score for the film. For more information, go to Kickstarter.com and type in TV Man. The Kickstarter campaign for TV Man: The Search for the Last Independent Dealer will continue through Thursday, Oct. 5. Second hour: Author Wesley Hyatt (The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time) and Chris Korman, son of actor/comedian Harvey Korman, join Ed for the first of two programs celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of The Carol Burnett Show. Topics include the show’s iconic theme song, the origins of the popular question-and-answer segment, and why The Carol Burnett Show’s place in TV history is often overlooked, despite its many Emmy Awards.
Show No. 377 with guests Peter Onorati and Hillary Atkin
Original Airdate: Sept. 15-18, 2017
First hour: Hillary Atkin, publisher of The Atkin Report,™ previews some of the new shows that will premiere over the next few weeks on broadcast, cable and digital television over the next few weeks. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to Glen Campbell, while Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD release of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo. Second hour: Ed welcomes film and television actor Peter Onorati (Goodfellas, Postcards from the Edge, Civil Wars, Cop Rock). Peter is one of the stars, along with Shemar Moore, of the reimagining of S.W.A.T. that will premiere on Thursday, Nov. 2 on CBS. He also has a recurring role as Jack’s father, Stanley, on This Is Us, which starts its second season on NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Show No. 376: Remembering June Foray and Richard Anderson
Original Airdate: Sept. 8-11, 2017
First hour: A tribute to Emmy Award-winning actress June Foray, the prolific voice artist who passed away on Tuesday, July 26 at the age of 99. Animation historian Jerry Beck discusses Foray’s legacy, in front of and behind the camera, while radio host David Cummings shares some memories of his friendship with the actress, which lasted more ten years. We also discuss Foray’s many contributions to the record industry, her occasional on-camera appearances, and more. Second hour: An encore presentation of our August 2015 conversation with actor Richard Anderson (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Perry Mason), who passed away on Thursday, Aug. 31. Topics include Richard’s career-changing role of Oscar Goldman (and how he played him differently on each Bionic series), his early career as a contract player with MGM, and his work in such films as Seconds and Paths of Glory.
For our listeners in Southern California, the Motion Picture Academy will celebrate the life and career of June Foray at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The event is free and is open to the public, but will likely be Standing Room Only. For more information, email email@example.com.
Show No. 375 with guests Michael Learned and Julian David Stone
Original Airdate: Sept. 1-4, 2017
First hour: Author, director and playwright Julian David Stone (The Strange Birth, Short Life and Sudden Death of Justice Girl) talks to Ed about his forthcoming coffee table book, No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer, and the Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project. The Kickstarter campaign for No Cameras Allowed will continue through Thursday, Sept. 21. Also in this hour: Tony, Donna and Ed remember the life and career of actor Stephen Furst (St. Elsewhere, Animal House, Babylon 5). Second hour: Ed welcomes back Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned (The Waltons, Life Interrupted). Topics include Michael’s stage career, how she came to join Life Interrupted, a few memories of her years on The Waltons, and some thoughts on such classic shows as All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Michael Learned will be co-starring with Charlie Robinson in a new stage production of Driving Miss Daisy at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas from Wednesday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 26.
Show No. 374 with guest Nichelle Nichols
Original Airdate: Aug. 25-28, 2017
First hour: Phil Gries joins for a look back at how network TV news covered the Mercury Friendship 7 mission, the 4-hour, 52-minute flight by John Glenn on Feb. 20, 1962 that made him the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, and just the fifth person overall to navigate space successfully. The Friendship 7 mission was an early indication of how the powers of television can unify the country through a single event. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Nichelle Nichols, the actress known around the world as Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek and the first six Star Trek movies. We talk about Nichelle’s life and career before, during and after Star Trek, including her recruitment effort on behalf of NASA that resulted in more than 8,000 applicants in just six months, including more than 1,600 female applicants and more than 1,000 applicants from minorities.
For our listeners in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nichelle Nichols will be appearing at Comic Con San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Moscone Center West, 800 Howard St. in San Francisco. Nichelle is scheduled to appear all three days. For tickets and more information, go to SanFranComicCon.com. You can also follow Nichelle Nichols on Facebook and on Twitter.
Show No. 373: Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Final Episode of The Fugitive
Original Airdate: Aug. 18-21, 2017
TV Confidential commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of “The Judgment, Part 2,” the final episode of The Fugitive, with a special two-hour program featuring highlights from our previous conversations with actors Barry Morse (Lieutenant Gerard), Diane Baker (Jean Carlisle) and Jacqueline Scott (Donna Kimble Taft). This week’s show also includes excerpts from our March 2014 conversation with television director Ralph Senensky about his work on The Fugitive and other Quinn Martin productions, and from our August 2012 interview with television historian Wesley Hyatt (Television’s Top 100: The Most Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010, The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time) about the series finale of The Fugitive.
Show No. 372: Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Death of Elvis Presley
Original Airdate: Aug. 11-14, 2017
First hour: Renowned Elvis Presley historian Cory Cooper joins Tony, Donna and Ed for a special edition of This Week in TV History that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Also in this hour: Sixties film historian Tom Lisanti (Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies) with a look at the evolution of the “Elvis movie,” particularly the many musicals that Elvis made for M-G-M between 1964 and 1967. Second hour: Actor and author Michael Dante (Winterhawk, Winterhawk’s Land, From Hollywood to Michael Dante Way) shares a few memories about working with Elvis in the 1962 movie Kid Galahad. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our March 2016 conversation with Emmy Award-winning producer, director and author Steve Binder (Hullabaloo, The T.A.M.I. Show, Fade Up 26: The Movers and Shakers of Variety Television, Elvis: The 1968 Comeback Special). Steve takes us behind the scenes of the Elvis Comeback Special, including the backstory of its iconic closing number, “If I Can Dream.”
Show No. 371 with guests Aki Aleong and Jennifer Armstrong
Original Airdate: Aug. 4-7, 2017
First hour: Jennifer Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia: How A Show About Nothing Changed Everything, talks to Ed about the direct line between Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm (the latter of which returns to HBO this fall), how the show’s ensemble cast contributed to its success, the show’s impact on NBC’s Must See TV lineup in the 1990s, and whether the network’s attempt to bring back the Must See TV brand this year will work. Seinfeldia is now available in paperback. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look back at the career of actor, writer and comedian Bill Dana. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor, singer, screenwriter and producer Aki Aleong (Babylon 5, V: The Series, Farewell to the King, Missing in Action, Part 3).
Show No. 370 with guest Michael Dante
Original Airdate: July 28-31, 2017
First hour: Tony, Donna and Ed pay tribute to Erin Moran, the actress best known as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days. Second hour: A return appearance by actor and author Michael Dante (Winterhawk, Star Trek, The Legend of Custer, The Naked Kiss, From Hollywood to Michael Dante Way). Michael recently published Winterhawk’s Land, an original novella and sequel to Winterhawk that continues the story of this brave Native American warrior who fought for his people, even as the invasion of progress imposed itself on America. Topics include how Michael came to write the sequel, plus a few stories about his film and television work and his early career as a professional baseball player.
Michael Dante has several appearances coming up over the next few weeks, including the Star Trek Convention in Ticonderoga, NY. Also joining Michael that weekend will be Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Lee Meriwether, Charlie Brill, Barbara Luna and many others. Michael will also be inducted into the Fulton County Baseball and Sports Hall of Fame at Parkhurst Field in Gloversville, NY in August 2017. Then in September 2017, Michael will be one of the special guests at the Reel Cowboys 20th Anniversary of the Silver Spur Awards. That event will be held at the Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, CA. For more information on these and other events on Michael’s calendar, go to the Appearances page at MichaelDanteWay.com.
Show No. 369 with guests Dawn Wells and Jerry Beck
Original Airdate: July 21-24, 2017
First hour: Ed welcomes renowned animation guru Jerry Beck, founder and editor of Cartoon Research and the author of more than fifteen books on animation history, including Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat, The 50 Greatest Cartoons, Pink Panther: The Ultimate Visual Guide and The Art of Dreamworks’ Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Jerry recently contributed an essay that appears in the companion booklet for Shout Select’s Blu-ray release of the six Pink Panther movies starring Peter Sellers. Also in this hour: This Week in History remembers variety show writer/producer Chris Bearde and actress Elena Verdugo. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome back actress, author and producer Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island, What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life). Dawn has two new web series out right now — one of which, She’s Still on That Freakin Island, asks the question “What would what happen if MaryAnn were still on Gilligan’s Island today?” while her other series, Life Interrupted, is an award-winning ensemble show in which she plays the wise cracking mother-in-law of Mason Reese.
Dawn Wells will be appearing at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, MD on Sept. 15-17; The Com Erie Con in Erie, PA, on Sept. 22-24; and the Rainbows For Kids Charity Fundraiser in St. Louis, MO on Nov. 17, 2017. For more information on these and other events on Dawn’s calendar, go to DawnWells.com.
Show No. 368 with guests Dee Wallace and Jonathan Goldsmith
Original Airdate: July 7-10, 2017
First hour: Ed welcomes Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor known around the world as The Most Interesting Man in the World. Though he patterned his delivery for The Most Interesting Man after his longtime friend Fernando Lamas, Jonathan brought more real world experience to the role than anyone could have imagined. His new memoir is entitled Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life, But When I Do, They are True and Amazing. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to the late Roger Moore as part of This Week in TV History. Plus: Highlights from Ed’s interview with Moore in March 1994 in which the actor discussed his experience as a contract player at Warner Bros. and playing cousin Beau Maverick on Maverick. Second hour: A return visit by actress, author, teacher and radio host Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling, The Frighteners, Cujo, Just Add Magic). Dee has two movies coming out this year, Red Christmas and Charlie’s Gift—both of which challenged her as an actress, but in completely different ways. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews Season One of The Good Place.
Show No. 367 with guests Loren Bouchard and Joel Eisner
Original Airdate: June 30-July 3, 2017
First hour: Tony, Donna and Ed remember the life and career of Adam West, the iconic actor known to three generations of television viewers as Batman (and, to fans of Family Guy, Mayor Adam West). The hour includes highlights from our interviews with actresses Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar. Second hour: Greg Ehrbar interviews writer/producer, composer and actor Loren Bouchard (Bob's Burgers, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Home Movies, The Ricky Gervais Show). Bob's Burgers begins its seventh season this fall on Fox, while The Bob’s Burgers Music Album features the music from the first six seasons of the Emmy-winning prime time animated sitcom. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Joel Eisner, author of The Official Batman Batbook.
Show No. 366 with guests Anson Williams and George Schlatter
Original Airdate: June 23-26, 2017
First hour: Ed welcomes Emmy Award winner George Schlatter, the creator and producer of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and Real People. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is available exclusively through TimeLife and includes a slew of new bonus features, including the pilot episode of Laugh-In; cast interviews; a collectible memory book filled with jokes, pictures from the show, and a note from George Schlatter; a free bonus DVD; and more. You can order it right now by going to TimeLife.com/LaughIn. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen look at the broadcast history of The Lawrence Welk Show, while Greg Ehrbar reviews The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age SmackDown. Second hour: Ed welcomes back actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams (Happy Days). Anson’s latest product, Alert Drops, addresses the issue of drowsy driving—an ongoing problem not only in the United States, but around the world. Inspired by the knowledge and wisdom of Anson’s uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich—the man behind the Heimlich Maneuver—Alert Drops is an all-natural spray that, when applied to the tongue, uses the citric acid of a lemon to stimulate the tongue’s sensory neurons. This will cause an immediate reflex action that will keep you awake, without caffeine or stimulants, in the event you find yourself nodding off while driving. (Available exclusively at AlertDrops.com, Alert Drops is not intended as a substitute for sleeping. Rather, it is intended to keep you alert long enough to pull over safely, so that you can rest when tired.)
Show No. 365 with guests Gabrielle Stone and David Frankham
Original Airdate: June 9-12, 2017
First hour: Part 2 of the conversation we began on our May 19 program with actor and author David Frankham (Return of the Fly, Master of the World, 101 Dalmations, Which One Was David?). Topics include David’s work in episodic television, the period when he was a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press, and his experience with the likes of Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edward Mulhare, Paul Lukas, Jack Cassidy, Rita Hayworth and Barbara Stanwyck. David recently completed principal recording for a stop-motion animated puppet version of The House of The Seven Gables, while his audio commentary on Master of the World appears as part of The Vincent Price Collection III Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory. Jonathan Dixon co-hosts. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss the controversial ending of The Sopranos, which originally aired in 2007 during This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes award-winning actress Gabrielle Stone. Gabrielle stars in, and recently made her directorial and screenwriting debut in, It Happened Again Last Night, a critically acclaimed short film that addresses the issue of domestic abuse in the United States. Later this year she’ll be appearing in Rock Paper Dead, a suspense film that also features Tatum O'Neal, Maureen McCormick, Luke Macfarlane, and Michael Madsen. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the DVD release of The Brady Kids.
Show No. 364 with guests Donelle Dadigan and Randall Kenneth Jones
Original Airdate: May 26-29, 2017
First hour: Ed welcomes Randall Kenneth Jones, author of Show Me: Celebrities, Business Tycoons, Rock Stars, Journalists, Humanitarians, Attack Bunnies and More, a new book that promotes creative thinking, positive communication, and innovation while dispelling the wisdom of such film, TV, sports, music and business icons as Shirley Jones, Erin Brockovich, Kathy Griffin, Magic Johnson, Colin Mochrie, Vanessa Williams, G.W. Bailey, Sonny Jurgensen, Pat Benatar and more than 100 others. Also in this hour: A look back at Johnny Carson’s final night as host of The Tonight Show. Second hour: A return appearance by Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Donelle on Thursday, June 1 with the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant, the pioneering radio and TV broadcaster who served as honorary Mayor of Hollywood for almost thirty years. Initiated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce after Grant’s death in 2008, The Distinguished Service Award is not given out annually; Donelle is only the third person to receive this honor. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews several recently released TV soundtracks now available on CD, including Jonny Quest, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Les Poupees.
Among the exhibits this summer at The Hollywood Museum is Jean Harlow: Hollywood's First Blond Bombshell, a tribute to the first of many leading ladies from the Golden Age of Hollywood that was discovered by Howard Hughes. Among the items on display are costumes from some of Harlow’s films, furniture and artifacts from some of her homes in L.A. (including her last home in Beverly Glen), Harlow’s one-of-a-kind 1932 dual phaeton four-door Packard convertible, a portrait of Jean Harlow that was commissioned by her mother after Harlow died in June 1937, and more. The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 North Highland Ave., at Hollywood Blvd. in the Max Factor Building. For tickets and more information call 323 464-7776 or go to The Hollywood Museum.
Show No. 363 with guests David Frankham and Ralph Senensky
Original Airdate: May 19-22, 2017
First hour: Part 2 of the conversation we began on our May 5 program with prolific, eclectic television director Ralph Senensky, whose many credits include The Waltons, The F.B.I., the original Star Trek and the original Twilight Zone. Topics include a discussion of “aesthetic distance,” a principle that Ralph first learned as a stage director at the Pasadena Playhouse. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss the fallout from the controversial Pepsi ad with Kendall Jenner that Pepsi pulled almost immediately after it was launched. Plus: A salute to Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau. Second hour: Actor and author David Frankham (Return of the Fly, Master of the World, 101 Dalmations, Which One Was David?) visits Ed in the studio. David recently completed principal recording for a stop-motion animated puppet version of The House of The Seven Gables, while his audio commentary on Master of the World is now available as part of The Vincent Price Collection III Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory. Actor Jonathan Dixon co-hosts the hour.
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