Joyce Bulifant, Ella Fitzgerald’s Birthday, and The Birth of The Blues Brothers: Next on TVC

We’ll welcome back actress and author Joyce Bulifant and author and showbiz historian Geoffrey Mark on this weekend’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing April 20-23 at the following times and venues:

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Sunday 4/22
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Most people know Joyce Bulifant from her many appearances on such popular game shows as Password, Crosswits, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, $25,000 Pyramid, Name That Tune, and, of course, the CBS Match Game, not to mention her roles on such film, TV and stage productions as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, The Bill Cosby Show, Perry Mason, Alcoa Presents, Big John, Little John, the Tom, Dick and Mary edition of 90 Bristol Court, The Paisley Convertible, Auntie Mame, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire and, of course, Airplane! Joyce Bulifant is also known for her effervescent personality and smile. Those were difficult for Joyce to maintain sometimes, in the face of her real-life struggle with dyslexia and feelings of self worth, and a series of tumultuous marriages characterized by alcoholism, co-dependency and addictive behavior.

A story of eternal love that is woven through the fabric of the entertainment world, Joyce’s book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, is a memoir of her life and career, interwoven through the story of her marriages to James McArthur, Edward Mallory, William Asher and Roger Perry. A beacon of hope for anyone who finds themselves caught in the web of addiction, the book also reminds us that, as Joyce herself puts it, “If you’re not afraid to learn and to keep trying, there can be a happy ending.”

My Four Hollywood Husbands has become incredibly timely since Joyce’s last visit to our program, in more ways that anyone could imagine. We’ll tell why when Joyce Bulifant joins us in our second hour.

This week being the birthday week of Ella Fitzgerald, and this year being the centennial year of Ella’s birth, we will say Happy Birthday to the First Lady of Song in our first hour when we welcome back singer, comedian and show business raconteur Geoffrey Mark. Geoffey’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, is a comprehensive biography and discography of the greatest female singer in history—a true pioneer whose personal life was one of the best-kept secrets in show business.

The Deluxe Edition of Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald includes a two-CD set with more than forty studio/live tracks of Ella in her prime, as well as the hardcover book. All forty tracks in the CD set were personally selected by Geoffrey Mark himself from all four of her major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo. Both the hardcover edition and the Deluxe Edition of Ella are available at and (There is also an Ella Legend Bundle Edition that includes the book, the two bonus CDs, plus a third CD, Ella at Zardi’s. The Ella Legend Bundle is available exclusively at

For our listeners on the East Coast, Geoffrey will be performing some of the music of Ella Fitzgerald on Wednesday, April 25 at Germano’s in Baltimore, Maryland, and on Sunday, April 29 at the Triad Theater in New York City. Geoffrey Mark will join us in our first hour.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will bring us Part 2 of our look at the 40th anniversary of the birth of The Blues Brothers as part of This Week in TV History. This week’s segment will focus particularly on the many great musicians that Dan Ackroyd introduced to a new generation by way of The Blues Brothers.

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Available from Time-Life, beginning Tuesday 4/24: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert (both on Blu-ray and DVD), plus five Rock Hall: In Concert digital album collections, available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers

FAIRFAX, VA (March 13, 2018) –Each year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music’s pioneering figures during a prestigious, black-tie ceremony. As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it’s these singular induction ceremonies — featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s – that have become nearly as iconic as the artists they celebrate. This April, Time Life and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame give home audiences front row seats to the four most recent incredible induction ceremonies with ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: IN CONCERT.
Never before available at retail on any format, these four memorable live concert events are filled with the kind of collaborations and jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary. With egos set aside — in many cases original band lineups perform together for the first time in years — inductees and friends take the stage to deliver once-in-a-lifetime performances, often with a truly mind-blowing combination of talent.
“From the first induction ceremony in 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has sought to honor the top names in all genres of rock ‘n’ roll,” says Joel Peresman, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “These ceremonies have provided unique once-in-a-lifetime moments as the inductees and presenters come together to celebrate the legacy of these artists and it’s a privilege to produce this important part of music history and to share it with you!”
This ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT, 2014-2017 set – a must-have for every music lover — features poignant reunions, moving and often hilarious induction speeches, and 53 iconic performances.
Among the unforgettable highlights on the DVD and Blu-ray sets:
  • Bruce Springsteen joining inductees E Street Band for the deep cut classic “E Street Shuffle” from the Boss’s second album, from 1973.
  • Legendary grunge-rock group Pearl Jam delivering thundering performances of “Alive,” “Given to Fly” and “Better Man.”
  • The two surviving members of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett for emotional renderings of the group’s biggest hits.
  • Cat Stevens performing a spine-tingling version of “Father & Son” that turned the massive Barclay Center quiet as a church.
  • Journey performs three classics: “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Lights” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
  • Ringo Starr being welcomed into the Rock Hall with a little help from Paul McCartney.
  • Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos joining the band for the first time in 6 years tearing through their early hits including “Surrender” and “Dream Police.”
  • Five of the original members of Chicago performing on stage for the first time in 25 years.
  • Features complete Hall of Fame Induction speeches including Coldplay’s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich inducting Deep Purple. 
Day-and-date, Time Life will also release the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT Digital Album Collection. Comprised of five digital releases respectively spanning the ceremonies from 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014, 2015 and 2016-7 (each priced at $9.99), they will contain the same groundbreaking live performances from the home entertainment sets, with bonus performances from Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, The Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, Small Faces/Faces, The Stooges, Tom Waits and others. The digital releases will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital retailers.
About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll – through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. For more information, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625), visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@rock_hall) and Instagram (@rockhall).
Type: DVD (4 Discs)/Blu-ray (2 Discs)
Running Time: 674 mins.
Genre: Music
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (16 x 9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/Stereo 2.0
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Coming up in May on TV CONFIDENTIAL: Actor, writer, painter and artist Peter Mark Richman on The Actors Studio, The Method, and what made Lee Strasberg stand alone among all other acting teachers; working with Gary Cooper, William Wyler and other legends; how his introduction to the spiritual movement Subud changed the course of his life; his passions for writing, charcoal sketch drawing, and painting; and the approach he took whenever he played a villain

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via Disney Parks Blog: As long as we’re Monkee-ing around, our colleague Greg Ehrbar thought you’d enjoy his interview with Micky Dolenz from May 2012, when Micky performed at the annual Epcot Center Flower Power Concert, carrying on the tradition of Davy Jones

As long as we’ve been Monkee-ing around the past two weeks along with Chuck Harter, our colleague Greg Ehrbar was kind enough to share this article he wrote in May 2012 for the Disney Parks Blog, and for which Greg interviewed Micky Dolenz on the eve of Micky’s performance that year at the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival’s Flower Power Concert Series. As some of you may know, for many years Davy Jones performed as part of the Flower Power series; his concerts were a highlight each year. When Davy died suddenly on Feb. 29, 2012, just a few weeks before that year’s Epcot concert, Micky was kind enough to step in for Davy and carry on the tradition. Micky performed that year, along with his sister Coco. As Greg recalls, “It was an emotional experience for everyone.”

Micky not only shared a few memories about Davy during his conversation with Greg, but talked about his voice work in animated series (including The Tick and The Funky Phantom), his many other Disney connections, and how he was once considered to become the new voice of Mickey Mouse:…/sights-sounds-at-disne…/

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Actress Lili Bordan on filming Live or Die in La Honda on location in La Honda, California; working with Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen in the soon-to-be-released feature comedy Book Club; playing Warner Bros. story editor Irene Lee, the woman who convinced Hal Wallis to develop the play “Everybody Comes to Rick’s” into the movie Casablanca, in the upcoming biopic Curtiz; and how learning to dance can be empowering

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 401 with guests Judy Norton and Chuck Harter is now available online for listening on demand

Show No. 401 with guests Judy Norton and Chuck Harter
Original Airdate:
Apr. 13-16, 2018

Monkees Rhino Documentary VHSFirst hour: Documentary writer Chuck Harter (Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees) joins Ed, Tony and Donna for Part 2 of our look at the history of The Monkees and their impact on music and television. Topics include the songs written by Boyce and Hart, Neil Diamond and Mike Nesmith (and particularly how Mike’s songs each have a distinct signature of their own); how the Monkees world tour of 1967 changed the dynamics of The Monkees television series (both seasons of which are now available on Blu-ray) while also revolutionizing sound systems for live concerts; the Monkees feature motion picture Head; and how the ill-fated NBC special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee marked the beginning of the end of the group. An accomplished musician himself, Chuck also performs two Monkees tunes. Second hour: Image may contain: 1 person, closeupEd welcomes Judy Norton, the actress known around the world as Mary Ellen Walton on The Waltons. Judy recently wrote, produced and stars in Inclusion Criteria, a psychological thriller that is now available for streaming on demand on Amazon. Topics include how Judy came to write Inclusion Criteria; her offbeat web series Disorganized Zone; the decade she spent as a writer, director and performer in Canada; and working with Broadway star Tammy Grimes on The Tammy Grimes Show.

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via Actor, comedian and magician Harry Anderson dies at age 65

Harry Anderson

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Joseph Lyle Taylor, the actor who plays Frank Hooper on the Amazon Prime series Sneaky Pete, on the approach he takes to playing heavies and how his experience as a writer also helps him as an actor

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via THR: Golden Globe nominated actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74

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via THR: Kirk Simon, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker and the brother of Paley Center for Media television and radio curator Ron Simon, dies at age 63

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