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Show No. 298 with guests Anne Serling, Joseph Dougherty and Dan Farren
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 18-23, 2015
Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling, joins Joseph Dougherty, Dan Farren, Tony Figueroa and Ed for a special roundtable discussion on the legacy of Rod Serling, his impact on three generations of television writers, and episodes of Twilight Zone and Night Gallery that continue to stay with us. Anne’s book, As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling, is a poignant memoir of growing up with Rod Serling that also humanizes the man whom many of us think of as an icon. The panel discussion begins about forty minutes into the first hour and continues until the end of the program. Also this week: Tony, Ed and Donna Allen remember the legacy of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Show No. 297 with guests Kate Linder, Mary Ann Anderson and Bob Leszczak
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 11-16, 2015
First hour: Music and TV historian Bob Leszczak discusses his latest book, From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950-2000, an encyclopedic look at hundreds of stars who performed double duty as TV performers and recording artists, including interviews with Carol Burnett, Joyce Bulifant, Tom Kennedy, Bill Anderson, Rosey Grier, Paul Petersen, Stanley Livingston, Bill Mumy, Andrea Marcovicci and many others. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the golden anniversary of the premiere of F Troop, while Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of Space Stars, Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 and the final season of Mad Men. Second hour: Ed welcomes Kate Linder, the actress who plays Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless. Mary Ann Anderson, author of Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, co-hosts.
Show No. 296 with guests Charlotte Rae and Deborah Norville
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes Deborah Norville, Emmy Award-winning host of Inside Edition, and the co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible, an inspiring collection of stories written by people who achieved success, overcame disabilities and loss, or otherwise transformed their lives through positive thinking and force of will. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 60th anniversary of the premiere of The Phil Silvers Show and the 55th anniversary of the premiere of My Three Sons. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress Charlotte Rae (The Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes, Car 54, Where Are You?, Sesame Street). Charlotte’s new book, The Facts of My Life, not only includes great stories about her work and friendships with such legends as Meryl Streep, Jean Stapleton, Larry Hagman, Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly, but discusses how she faced and overcame alcoholism, a bout with cancer, and the uncertainty of raising a son with autism at a time when very few medical experts knew much about it. Charlotte Rae will be signing copies of The Facts of My Life at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and at the Barnes and Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Also in this hour: We remember comedian Marty Ingels by playing highlights of our previous conversations with actress Shirley Jones and I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster DVD producer Jim Benson.
Show No. 295 with guest Fredd Wayne
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 14-19, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 60th anniversary of the premiere of Captain Kangaroo and its impact on children’s television. Second hour: Ed welcomes Fredd Wayne, the longtime stage, film and television actor whose many credits include such shows as The Twilight Zone, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Rockford Files, The Untouchables, Quincy, Perry Mason, Ironside, Frasier, Hogan’s Heroes and My Three Sons. Known for his appearance as Benjamin Franklin in a famous two-part episode of Bewitched, Fredd has also played Franklin on thousands of other occasions over the past fifty years, including his own one-man play, Benjamin Franklin: Citizen. (NOTE. The conversation with Fredd actually begins near the end of the first hour, and continues throughout the second hour, for a total length of 75 minutes.)
Show No. 294 with guests Kathy Garver and Rita Lakin
Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 7-12, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes back Rita Lakin, author of The Only Woman in the Room, a memoir of her twenty-five-year career as one of the first solo female writer/producers in network television—at a time (mid 1960s through the late 1980s) when the industry was still very much an old boys network. Rita will be appearing at Book Passages in Corte Madera, CA on Saturday, Oct. 24. She will also be honored by the Writers Guild Women’s Committee and The Committee for Career Longevity in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, Nov. 3. For more information on these and other upcoming events, go to RitaLakin.com. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of The Flintstones in October 1960. Second hour: Ed welcomes back Kathy Garver, “Cissy Davis” from Family Affair, and the author of Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood, the story of Kathy’s life and career, which not only discusses her early roles in such films as The Ten Commandments and Night of the Hunter, but includes heartfelt tributes to all of her cast members of Family Affair, including Brian Keith. Kathy has several appearances across the country over the next few weeks; for more information on her schedule, go to KathyGarver.com.
Show No. 293 with guests Susan Kesler, Bob Herron and Stacey Adams
Original Airdate: Week of Sept. 30-Oct. 5, 2015
First hour: A look back at the history of The Wild, Wild West, which originally premiered on CBS in September 1965, followed by a replay of our October 2013 conversation with Susan Kesler (author of The Wild, Wild West: The Series) and longtime movie and TV stuntman Bob Herron, Ross Martin’s double on The Wild, Wild West. Bob Herron was honored in September 2015 by the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures. Second hour: This Week in TV History remembers the legacy of Get Smart, which also premiered in September 1965. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our March 2014 conversation with actress and network TV executive Stacey Adams, the daughter of Don Adams.
Show No. 292 with guests Dean Hargrove, James Sutorius and Laura Pursell
Original Airdate: Week of Sept. 23-28, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes singer/actress Laura Pursell. Laura’s latest album, The Very Last Dance Hall Left in L.A., is a collaboration with her father, legendary Nashville pianist Bill Pursell. Also in this hour: Part 2 of our conversation with stage and television actor James Sutorius (The Andros Targets, The Bob Crane Show). Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Hogan’s Heroes. Second hour: Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director Dean Hargrove (Columbo, The Name of the Game, Matlock, Diagnosis Murder, Perry Mason). Dean is also the director and executive producer of Tap World, a critically acclaimed documentary that provides a window into the world of tap dancing. Tap World will be screened at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on Sunday, Oct. 18, while the film will become available on demand via Netflix beginning Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Show No. 291 with guest James Sutorius
Original Airdate: Week of Sept. 16-21, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Green Acres, Xena: Warrior Princess and The Dean Martin Show, all of which originally premiered during This Week in TV History. Also in this hour: An excerpt from our December 2011 conversation with the Alberici Sisters (Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg), co-authors of Beyond Our Wildest Dreams, a memoir of their two decades performing with Dean Martin as members of the Dean Martin Golddiggers that particularly focuses on the years 1973 through 1978, one of the last great eras of entertainment. Second hour: Ed welcomes James Sutorius, the accomplished actor whose many television credits include Matlock, Columbo, Murder, She Wrote, Family Ties, The X Files, Southland, Perry Mason and CSI, as well as his own series, The Andros Targets.
Show No. 290 with guests Herbie J Pilato and Caseen Gaines
Original Airdate: Week of Sept. 9-14, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes Herbie J Pilato, whose books on television include The Bionic Book Reconstructed, Glamour, Gidgets and The Girl Next Door, Twitch Upon a Star and The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances. Herbie is also the host of Throwback Thursdays, a live panel discussion featuring icons from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s that takes place every Thursday night at the Barnes and Noble in Burbank, CA. Also in this hour: Phil Gries with Part 3 of our look at the early broadcast career of Vin Scully, plus Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen on the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Lost in Space. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Caseen Gaines, author of Inside Pee Wee’s Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Culture Phenomenon and A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic. Caseen’s latest book, We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, tells you everything you wanted to know about the classic motion picture franchise that marks its thirtieth anniversary in 2015.
Show No. 289 with guests Alison Arngrim, Richard Sherman and Milt Larsen
Original Airdate: Week of Aug. 26-31, 2015
First hour: Award-winning composer Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Milt Larsen, founder of the Magic Castle, discuss their many collaborations writing comedy songs, including the albums Smash Flops and Bad Barber Shop Ballads, both of which features songs that are remarkably timely today. Also in this hour: Phil Gries with Part 2 of our three-part tribute to the early broadcast career of Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully. Second hour: Actress, author and activist Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch) discusses her work with A Minor Consideration, the excellent organization founded by Paul Peterson that provides guidance and support to young performers, past, present and future.
Show No. 288 with guests Lee Goldberg and Wesley Hyatt
Original Airdate: Week of Aug. 19-24, 2015
First hour: Wesley Hyatt joins Ed for a remembrance of at the broadcast career of Frank Gifford, the Hall of Fame halfback for the New York Giants who was a mainstay on ABC’s Monday Night Football for more than twenty-five years. Wes’ books on music, film and television include Kicking Off the Week: A History of ABC’s Monday Night Football, 1970-2005 and Television’s Top 100: The Most Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar on the DVD releases of Season Four of Once Upon a Time and the original Disney Channel movie Descendants. Second hour: Ed welcomes Edgar Award and Shamus Award nominated TV writer/producer Lee Goldberg (Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Psych, Spenser: For Hire). Lee has written more than forty books, including the internationally best-selling Fox & O’Hare series that he co-authors with Janet Evanovich (the latest of which, The Scam, will be released on Sept. 15), plus he is co-founder of Brash Books, which recently re-released Poor, Poor Ophelia, the 1970 novel by Carolyn Weston that served as the basis for The Streets of San Francisco. Lee has recently updated and re-released two other books: Television Fast Forward, a look at every TV series revival, sequel or remake that was made from the 1950s through the 1990s, and Unsold Television Pilots: 1955-1989, a TV reference book that became a national media sensation, in part because of Johnny Carson.
Show No. 287 with guests Richard Anderson and Alan Doshna
Original Airdate: Week of Aug. 12-17, 2015
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for Part 1 of a special tribute to Hall of Fame sportscaster Vin Scully, the legendary voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers who is celebrating his 66th year as a broadcaster this year. Highlights include rarely heard clips from Scully’s early career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Second hour: Richard Anderson joins Ed for Part 2 of our conversation about his career in film and television, including his work on The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Seconds, Forbidden Planet and the final season of Perry Mason. Alan Doshna, the collaborator on Richard Anderson: At Last… A Memoir, co-hosts the hour. Richard Anderson will be appearing with Lindsay Wagner and Lee Majors as part of the Bionic Cast Reunion at this year’s MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 17 thru Sept. 19 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, MD.
Show No. 286 with guests Sherry Alberoni and Douglas Brode
Original Airdate: Week of Aug. 5-10, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes Douglas Brode, author of Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n' Roll: The Evolution of an American Youth Culture, a close look at the cultural, political, and social revolution that took place in the United States between 1955 and 1970. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look at the 75th anniversary of Bugs Bunny. Second hour: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome actress, voice artist and former Mouseketeer Sherry Alberoni (The Mickey Mouse Club, Josie and the Pussycats, SuperFriends). Sherry will be appearing at the D-23 expo, Aug. 14-Aug. 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the premiere of The Mickey Mouse Club. She’ll also be at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.
Show No. 285: Remembering Theodore Bikel
Original Airdate: Week of July 29-Aug. 3, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Til Death Do Us Part, the 1965 British series that Norman Lear adapted for American television as All in the Family, and the evolution of AIDS awareness following the announcement in 1985 that Rock Hudson had the condition. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar on the recent DVD release of the Francis, the Talking Mule movie series. Second hour: A replay of our two conversations from 2014 with actor, singer, songwriter, and stage actor Theodore Bikel.
Show No. 284 with Kathy Coleman and Jymn Magon
Original Airdate: Week of July 22-27, 2015
First hour: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Jymn Magon, the creator, story editor and writer of such shows as Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Goof Troop, and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and a giant in the animation and recording industries. Jymn will be appearing at D-23 Expo 2015, Aug. 14 thru Aug. 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 30th anniversary of the Live Aid concert and its impact on the history of MTV. Plus: Highlights from our December 2012 conversation with music journalist and Freddie Mercury biographer Lesley-Ann Jones. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress Kathy Coleman, author of LOST GIRL: The Truth and Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Kathleen, the story of her life before, during and after Land of the Lost. Kathy will be appearing at Galacticon 4 in Seattle, Washington from July 31 thru Aug. 2, and at this year’s official Star Trek convention, Aug. 6 thru Aug. 9.
Show No. 283 with Dale Launer and Lori Rassas
Original Airdate: Week of July 15-20, 2015
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Lori Rassas, employment attorney, teacher, onetime staff counsel for AFTRA, and author of The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace. Also in this hour: Remembering Hugh Grant’s appearance on The Tonight Show in 1995, and how that impacted the network late night talk show wars. Second hour: Ed welcomes screenwriter, producer and director Dale Launer (Ruthless People, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, My Cousin Vinny, Tom’s Nu Heaven).
Show No. 282 with Lindsay Wagner, Robert Colbert and Donelle Dadigan
Original Airdate: Week of July 8-13, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman, The Paper Chase, Warehouse 13). Lindsay will be appearing at the historic Tudor House Theater in Lake Arrowhead, CA on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 in a special show called More Than a Bionic Woman: An Evening with Lindsay Wagner. For tickets and more information, go to LindsayWagnerInternational.com. Also in this hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of the world famous Hollywood Museum. Among the exhibits this summer at the Hollywood Museum are MARILYN: The Exhibit, an intimate look at the life and legacy of Marilyn Monroe, and REEL to REAL: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood. MARILYN: The Exhibit runs through Monday, Sept. 6, while REEL to REAL runs through the end of September. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor Robert Colbert (The Time Tunnel, The Young and the Restless, Maverick). Bob will be appearing at the next Hollywood Show, July 31 to Aug. 2 at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 West Century Blvd. in Los Angeles. For more information, go to HollywoodShow.com. Also on this week’s program: Tony and Donna remember the premiere of Pantomine Quiz and the birthday of Merv Griffin as part of This Week in TV History. Plus: We announce the winner of our Hogan’s Heroes book giveaway.
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.