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Show No. 387 with guest Chuck Harter
Original Airdate: Dec. 8-11, 2017
First hour: Phil Gries with Part 5 of our Sounds of Lost Television tribute to actor, comedian and impressionist Will Jordan. Greg Ehrbar pays tribute to Jim Nabors as part of our look at the complete series DVD release of The Andy Griffith Show. Second hour: Ed welcomes author, producer and musician Chuck Harter. Chuck’s latest book, Mr. Novak: An Acclaimed Television Series, tells you everything you wanted to know about the NBC series starring James Franciscus and Dean Jagger that won acclaim for its realistic portrayal of high school life and the work of high school teachers. The first network TV series to explore such topical issues as sex education, alcoholism, racial prejudice, computers in the classroom, and venereal disease, Mr. Novak also featured a host of popular guest stars, many of whom made their dramatic acting debuts on the series, including Sherry Jackson, Beau Bridges, Tony Dow, Frankie Avalon and Walter Koenig.
Show No. 386 with guest Kathryn Leigh Scott
Original Airdate: Dec. 1-4, 2017
First hour: Phil Gries with Part 4 of our tribute to Will Jordan as part of The Sounds of Lost Television. Topics include Jordan’s appearances on the three prime time network specials that paved the way for the short-lived ABC series The Kopykats. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss the life and career of actor Richard Anderson as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes back actress and author Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Shadows). Kathryn’s latest book, Now with You, Now Without: My Journey Through Life and Loss, is a memoir of the challenges that she and her husband Geoff Miller faced after he was diagnosed with progressive supernuclear palsy (PSP), one of five progressive prime-of-life diseases for which there is no treatment or cure. While the book does deal with the difficult subject of coping with the inevitable, it is foremost a celebration of life, a story of cherishing memories and making the most out of your life, no matter how long it is, and a reminder to find the courage to move forward.
Show No. 385 with guests Beverly Gray, Wesley Hyatt and Chris Korman
Original Airdate: Nov. 17-20, 2017
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Wesley Hyatt, author of The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time, and Chris Korman, son of Harvey Korman, as we commemorate the golden anniversary of the premiere of The Carol Burnett Show. Topics include the ill-fated decision to replace Korman with Dick Van Dyke after Harvey left the Burnett show in 1977. Second hour: Ed welcomes author, journalist and screenwriter Beverly Gray. Beverly’s latest book, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became a Touchstone for a Generation, not only provides the backstory of the making of The Graduate, but examines the various critical reactions to the film, and why it particularly struck a nerve with moviegoers who came of age in 1967. December 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of The Graduate.
Beverly Gray has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months and ahead, including Sunday, Dec. 3 at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, beginning at 3pm; The Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Arizona on Mar. 10 and 11; and Thursday, Apr. 12 at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon.
Show No. 384 with guests Anson Williams and Josh Mills
Original Airdate: Nov. 10-13, 2017
First hour: An encore presentation of our conversation from June 2017 with actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams. Anson recently developed a product called Alert Drops to combat the increasing problem of drowsy driving, which has supplanted drunk driving as a major cause of thousands of fatal car accidents around the world and billions of dollars in damages. The idea for Alert Drops came to Anson indirectly through his uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich, the man behind the Heimlich Maneuver. Nov. 6-10, 2017 was National Drowsy Driver Awareness Week. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to comedian Shelley Berman and game show impresario Monty Hall as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome back Josh Mills, son of singer/actress Edie Adams, curator of the estate of Edie Adams and the estate of Ernie Kovacs, and the executive producer of Take a Good Look: The Definitive Collection, an excellent new DVD package that reintroduces viewers to the comedy game show hosted by Kovacs that has been largely unseen by the public for nearly sixty years. Topics include the origins of Take a Good Look, why Kovacs was originally reluctant to do the show, and the direct line between Take a Good Look and the now iconic specials that Ernie Kovacs did for ABC in 1961-1962.
If you are among the first 1,000 people to order Take a Good Look: The Definitive Collection directly through Shout! Factory, you will also receive an exclusive bonus disc containing Private Eye, Private Eye, a parody of TV detective shows starring Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams and Hans Conried that has also remained unseen since it is originally aired in 1961.
Show No. 383 with guests Joyce Bulifant, Roger Perry and A.S. Berman
Original Airdate: Nov. 3-6, 2017
First hour: A return appearance by A.S. Berman, author of Soap: The Unauthorized Inside Story of the Sitcom That Broke All the Rules, plus Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a special tribute to Robert Guilluame. Second hour: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome actress, author, philanthropist and children’s rights advocate Joyce Bulifant (Match Game, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, The Happiest Millionaire, Airplane!). Joyce’s book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, tells the story of her life and career, interwoven through the story of her marriages to James MacArthur, Edward Mallory, William Asher and Roger Perry, as well as her relationships with Helen Hayes, "The First Lady of the American Theater" (and the grandmother of two of Joyce’s children), Lillian Gish (whom Joyce considers her "Fairy Godmother"), Jack Weston, Jack Warden, and many others. It is also a story about eternal love that serves as a reminder of the hurtful actions that alcoholism and addictive behavior can have on others, ourselves, and most important, our children. Also in this hour: Actor, playwright and composer Roger Perry, aka “Hollywood Husband No. 4,” makes a surprise visit and talks about his work on The FBI, Star Trek and other shows. Plus: Phil Gries with Part 3 of our tribute to Will Jordan as part of The Sounds of Lost Television, including audio highlights of Jordan’s appearance on The Red Skelton Hour.
Joyce Bulifant also has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months ahead, including a benefit performance with Lesley Ann Warren, her co-star from The Happiest Millionaire, on Dec. 3 in New York, as well as events in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida and Rancho Mirage, California. For more information on these and other upcoming appearances on Joyce’s calendar, go to the events page at JoyceBulifant.com.
Show No. 382 with guest Ed Asner
Original Airdate: Oct. 27-30, 2017
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for Part 2 of our tribute to legendary comedian, actor and impressionist Will Jordan, including audio highlights from some of Jordan’s notable appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to iconic television writer Bob Schiller (I Love Lucy, All in the Family) as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Actor, author and activist Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant) talks to Ed about his new book, The Grouchy Historian: An Old Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs, an earnest and engaging attempt at providing the back story of the U.S. Constitution. Co-authored by Ed’s longtime friend and fellow Mary Tyler Moore Show collaborator Ed. Weinberger, the book reminds us that it is impossible for anyone to insist on knowing the "original meaning" of the Constitution when the men who wrote the document more than 200 years ago could not agree on what it meant.
For our listeners in the Pacific Northwest, Ed Asner will be performing A Man and His Prostate—the critically acclaimed one-man show written by Ed. Weinberger—in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 11. For more information on this performance, as well as other upcoming dates in 2017 and 2018, go to AManandHisProstate.com.
Show No. 381 with guests Aki Aleong and Tom Lisanti
Original Airdate: Oct. 20-23, 2017
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for Part 1 of a multi-week tribute to actor, comedian, and impressionist Will Jordan. Best known for his uncanny impression of Ed Sullivan, Jordan didn’t just master the voices of the people he mimicked, he contorted his face so that he actually looked like them. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the DVD releases of Bozo: The World’s Most Famous Clown Collection, Vol. 1 and the animated King Kong series produced by Rankin-Bass. Second hour: Part 2 of our conversation with actor, singer, producer and screenwriter Aki Aleong (Babylon 5, V: The Series, Farewell to the King, Missing in Action, Part 3). Aki’s career as an actor dates back to the early days of live television, plus he has extensive experience in the record industry, both as a performer and as a producer. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes back sixties film historian Tom Lisanti. Tom’s latest book, Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies, is a collection of profiles, interviews and tributes about actors and films that were particularly popular among drive-in movie goers during the 1960s.
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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