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Show No. 352 with guests Dan Castellaneta, Vince Waldron and Jennifer Armstrong
Original Airdate: Feb. 10-13, 2017
We devote most of this week’s program to Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic actress and producer who passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the age of 80. Whether you think of her as Laura Petrie, Mary Richards, or one of the guiding forces behind MTM Enterprises, Mary Tyler Moore helped three generations of women see alternatives for themselves beyond traditional roles on television and in the real world. Jennifer Armstrong joins us by phone in our first hour, while Vince Waldron joins us in the studio during our second hour. Jennifer’s books include Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted and All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Television Classic, while Vince’s books include The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy.
This week’s show also includes the first of a two-part interview with Emmy Award-winning actor, writer and voice artist Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson. Not only is Dan a big fan of The Dick Van Dyke Show, he wrote the foreword for the deluxe expanded archive edition of The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book. Dan mentions some of his favorite Laura Petrie episodes, but we also discuss his new play, For Piano and Harpo, a brand new play (which Dan also wrote) about Oscar Levant, the renowned pianist, composer, humorist and bon vivant who was known as much for his biting wit as for his musical compositions. For Piano and Harpo is playing at the Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank, CA through Sunday, March 5. For tickets and more information, call 818-955-8101 or go to FalconTheatre.com..
Show No. 351 with guests Arthur Marks and Chris Korman
Original Airdate: Feb. 3-6, 2017
First hour: Arthur Marks, producer and director of the original Perry Mason television series, shares a few memories of his friends Barbara Hale and Mike Connors. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our May 2014 conversation with Mike Connors and David Breckman, producer and director of Monk, in which Mike discusses Mannix, Tightrope, his work with William Wellman and John Wayne, and more. Second hour: A replay of our March 2014 conversation with Barbara Hale in which she talked about Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, and her long motion picture career, which included films with James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, James Arness, Frank Sinatra and James Cagney. Also in this hour: Chris Korman discusses his upcoming appearance at the 54th annual Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) conference, Feb. 16-19 in Baltimore, Maryland. Chris’ father, actor Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show), was once national spokesman of the LDA.
Show No. 350 with guests Tippi Hedren and Rich Little
Original Airdate: Jan. 20-27, 2017
First hour: Rich Little, America’s Master Mimic, talks to Ed about the difference between an impressionist and an impersonator, how Rich takes an actor’s approach to mastering voices, and how he nearly made his national TV debut on The Judy Garland Show without any pants. Rich recently completed principal photography on Futurama: The Movie. His new book, Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been, features stories and anecdotes about thirty of the most famous people that Rich has impersonated over the years (including George Burns, Jack Benny, Ed Sullivan, James Stewart, Dean Martin, Robert Goulet, Richard Nixon, Orson Welles, John Huston and John Wayne), plus charcoal sketches of each celebrity that Rich discusses in the book, all done by Rich Little himself. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join Ed for our annual look at some of the major stories that helped shape 2016: The Year in Television, including the cancellation of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and how TV covered the 2016 presidential election. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress, author and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie). Tippi’s memoir, Tippi, not only reveals never-before-told stories about the complicated relationship between Tippi and Alfred Hitchcock, but shows the strength and spirit that has defined Tippi throughout her life—and how that strength was put to the test time and again during the making of Roar, the ambitious independent film that also fueled a passion for wildlife preservation that continues to this day.
Show No. 349 with guest Rick Lenz
Original Airdate: Jan. 13-16, 2017
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember actor Robert Vaughn and PBS news journalist Gwen Ifill, while Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of Adventures of Superman and Challenge of the SuperFriends. Second hour: Ed welcomes award-winning actor, author and playwright Rick Lenz (Cactus Flower, The Shootist, Hec Ramsey). Rick’s new novel, The Alexandrite, is a work of “time travel” noir best described as Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day meets The Twilight Zone meets Old Hollywood.
Show No. 348 with guest Loretta Swit
Original Airdate: Jan. 6-9, 2017
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember “the Lovely Lady,” Florence Henderson, not only her experience on The Brady Bunch, but her Broadway career, her early television work on The Today Show, plus her recent appearances on Dancing with the Stars. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar looks at the various Norman Lear shows that will be reimagined this year (including One Day at a Time, which premieres this month on Netflix), and whether the topical nature of Lear’s work will resonate with contemporary audiences. Plus: a review of Maude on DVD. Second hour: Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Swit joins Ed for a conversation about her interest in watercolor painting, her “proprietary relationship” with wildlife, her vast stage career (including her recent portrayal of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt), and, of course, a few questions about M*A*S*H.
Loretta’s new book, SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit, is a collection of sixty-four full-color paintings and drawings, all done by Loretta herself, and all accompanied by anecdotes and stories about Loretta’s life, career and work on behalf of animals. SwitHeart is available, both in print and digital editions, through SwitHeart.com and Ultimatesymbol.com/SwitHeart. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart will be donated to Loretta’s endless campaign to end animal suffering and cruelty. In addition, a set of greeting cards featuring some of Loretta’s animal paintings and drawings, and a select number of posters based on Loretta’s artwork, are also available for purchase through SwitHeart.com. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart greeting cards and posters will also support various animal rights organizations.
For our listeners in Southern California, Loretta Swit will also be appearing, along with David Engel, in the stage production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, which will run Feb. 3 thru Feb. 12 at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, CA.
Show No. 347 with guest Don Most
Original Airdate: Dec. 23-26, 2016
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome singer/actor Don Most (Happy Days, D Most: Mostly Swinging). Don’s new single, “C’est Si Bon,” is not only available as a digital single through iTunes, but is part of Don’s new Christmas album, Swinging Down the Chimney Tonight, which includes a heartfelt rendition of “The Christmas Song,” the Yuletide classic originally made famous by Nat King Cole. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our roundtable discussion about favorite Christmas specials and holidays TV specials featuring Joanna Wilson, author of The Christmas TV Companion and Tis the Season TV. Second hour: Phil Gries pays tribute to bandleader Guy Lombardo as part of The Sounds of Lost Television, with audio highlights of early TV coverage of the ball drop at Times Square, including a rarely heard clip from New Year’s Eve 1965 featuring Howard Cosell.
Show No. 346: Celebrating the Centennial Birthday of Screen Legend Kirk Douglas
Original Airdate: Dec. 16-19, 2016
Phil Gries joins Ed for a special program-length edition of The Sounds of Lost Television honoring Kirk Douglas, the legendary motion picture star who turned 100 years old on Friday, Dec. 9, featuring rarely heard audio clips that reveal Douglas’ humanitarianism, his desire for social justice, his sense of humor and his love of singing. Plus: An excerpt from our July 2013 conversation with William Schallert, one of Douglas’s co-stars in Lonely Are the Brave, in which Bill discusses the role Douglas played in ending the Hollywood Blacklist; and a clip from our November 2011 conversation with author Jim Rosin (The Streets of San Francisco: A Quinn Martin Television Series) about the relationship between Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and Karl Malden.
Show No. 345 with guest Gloria Loring
Original Airdate: Dec. 9-12, 2016
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the life and film career of Gene Wilder. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the complete series DVD release of Taxi, plus an encore presentation of our December 2011 birthday tribute to Dick Van Dyke. Second hour: Ed welcomes singer, actress, songwriter and author Gloria Loring (Days of Our Lives, “Friends and Lovers”). Topics include Gloria’s upcoming new CD, her songwriting process, and her early TV appearances on The Merv Griffin Show and The Carol Burnett Show.
Show No. 344 with guest Gary Lockwood
Original Airdate: Dec. 2-5, 2016
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to political pundit and TV host John McLaughlin (The McLaughlin Group), while Greg Ehrbar reviews the various DVD configurations of The Judy Garland Show. Also in this hour: An excerpt from our August 2010 conversation with TV variety show producer/director Bob Wynn (The Judy Garland Show, NBC Follies, Real People). Second hour: Ed welcomes actor Gary Lockwood (2001: A Space Odyssey, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” The Lieutenant).
Show No. 343 with guest Ray Starman
Original Airdate: Nov. 18-21, 2016
First hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews recent DVD releases of I Married Joan, The New Adventures of Gilligan and Shirt Tales. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of Phil Gries’ look at early network TV coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Second hour: Ed welcomes Ray Starman, author of Sitcom Class Wars: The 20th Century, a look at the portrayals of class and status in sixty popular sitcoms from the first five decades of television, and how those portrayals changed as the medium of television changed.
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