Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 414 with guests Adrienne Barbeau, Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger is now available online for listening on demand

Show No. 414 with guests Adrienne Barbeau, Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger
Original Airdates: Aug. 10-13, 2018
Listen to “TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 414: Tenth Anniversary Edition with guests Adrienne Barbeau, Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger” on Spreaker.

First hour: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger. Will is the star, along with Nick Santa Maria, and Mike is the writer, producer and director, of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster—a collection of 1930s-style comedies that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams from the Golden Era of Hollywood. Though filmed within the last five years, the sets, camera shots, attention to detail, and, above all, the performances of everyone involved in in the Biffle and Shooster films are all so convincing, they look and sound as if they really were unearthed from the 1930s. The DVD release The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster includes five comedy shorts—“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein,” and “It’s a Frame Up,” all but one of which was filmed in black and white—plus a ton of bonus features, including an additional short (“First Things Last”), more than an hour of bloopers and outtakes, and a 1962-style “reunion” interview that Will and Nick perform in character as Biffle and Shooster. (In addition, “The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” and “Bride of Finklestein” are available for viewing on demand on Amazon, Vudu and other streaming platforms, under the umbrella title The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster.) Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa devotes This Week in TV History to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the final episode of Cheers, which NBC rebroadcast in August 1993. Second hour: Singer, actress and author Adrienne Barbeau (Maude, The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, Carnivale) talks to Ed about working with Beatrice Arthur; adapting her novel Love Bites as a screenplay; the interesting path that led to Adrienne’s writing career; and the secret to performing the song “No Time at All” while hanging upside down on a trapeze, which Adrienne did when she played Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, in the national tour of Pippin. Adrienne’s memoir, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, and her novels Vampyres of Hollywood, Love Bites and Make Me Dead are now all available as eBooks through BooksBNimble.com.

This week’s program also marks the tenth anniversary of the premiere of TV Confidential. On behalf of Tony, Donna, Phil, Greg, Chris and everyone else who has helped us behind the scenes over the past ten years, our heartfelt thanks to you, our audience—not only for listening to us, but making us part of your life. We will be introducing new elements to our program in the weeks and months ahead. We look forward to sharing them with you and spending more time together.

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via Greg Ehrbar: Actor Johnny Whitaker provides a special sneak peek at some of the items on display at The Hollywood Museum

Actor Johnny Whitaker (Family Affair, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters) shows you the “Heavenly Tunic” he wore in the holiday TV classic The Littlest Angel in this sneak peek into the Hollywood Museum displays, including the recent “Annette: America’s Girl Next Door & The Queen of Teen” exhibit. (Video by Greg Ehrbar)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdu0dh37BkU

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Barbeau, Biffle and Shooster: Next on TVC

Singer/actress and author Adrienne Barbeau, actor and voice artist Will Ryan, and writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger will join us this weekend on the tenth anniversary edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Aug. 10-13 at the following times and venues:

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 8/10
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at KSAV.org
Use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSAV
Hear us on the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil
Hear us on your cell phone or landline number by dialing 712-432-4235

Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Saturday 8/11
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 8/12
10am ET, 7am PT
Click on the player at IndianaTalks.com
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Indiana Talks

WON 920 The Apple
Brooklyn, NY
Saturday 8/11
10pm ET, 7pm PT
Streaming at Live365.com

KSCO AM-1080 and FM-104.1
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY AM-1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 8/12
9am ET, 6am PT
Also streaming at KSCO.com
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSCO

CROC Radio
Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada
Sunday 8/12
1pm ET, 10am PT
Streaming at CROCRadio.com
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in CROC

KHMB AM-1710
KHMV-LP 100.9 FM

Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 8/12
9pm PT
Monday 8/13
Midnight ET
Click on the Listen Live button at KHMBRadio.com

RadioSlot.com
San Francisco, CA
Monday 8/13
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Talk Slot button at RadioSlot.com

PWRNetwork
A member of the Truli Media Group
Ann Arbor, MI ~ Boston, MA ~ Chicago, IL ~ Melrose, FL ~ Los Angeles, CA
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel on PWRNetwork.com
and the PWR channel on TuneIn

Most of you know Adrienne Barbeau as Beatrice Arthur’s daughter, Carol Findlay, on the long-running Norman Lear series Maude, while horror movie fans know her best for her performances in The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Swamp Thing and other popular motion pictures. Adrienne also starred as Ruthie, the Snake Dancer, on HBO’sCarnivale, plus she played Oswald’s mom on The Drew Carey Show, Victoria Grayson’s mom on Revenge, Venus’ mom on Sons of Anarchy, and the voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series, while her stage career includes more than twenty-five theatrical productions in the U.S. and Canada, including the original Broadway production of Grease (where she played Rizzo), Tevye’s daughter in Fiddler on the Roof, and, more recently, Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, in the national tour of Pippin—a role that required Adrienne to perform the song “No Time at All” while hanging upside down on a trapeze.

Adrienne Barbeau has also launched a successful writing career over the past ten years, including her best-selling memoir, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, the comedic thriller Vampyres of Hollywood, and its comedy romance sequels, Love Bites and Make Me Dead. Adrienne recently adapted Love Bites for the big screen. We will ask her about that, plus we’ll talk about the interesting path that led to her writing career, plus ask a few questions about Maude and her other acting roles. Adrienne Barbeau will join us in our second hour.

This week’s show, which marks the tenth anniversary of the debut of TV Confidential, will also feature Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger. Will is the star, along with Nick Santa Maria, and Mike is the writer, producer and director, of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster—a collection of 1930s-style comedies that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams from the Golden Era of Hollywood. Mike, Will and Nick made the Biffle and Shooster films over the last five years—yet the sets, the camera shots, the attention to detail, and, above all, the performances of everyone involved are all so convincing, they look and sound as if they really were unearthed from the 1930s. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Will and Mike join us in our first hour.

The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is a collection of five comedy shorts (all but one of which was filmed in black and white), including “The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat,” “Bride of Finklestein,” and “It’s a Frame Up,” while guests stars include H.M. Wynant, Dick Miller, Andrew Parks, Robert Forster and Robert Picardo. The DVD also includes a ton of bonus features, including an additional short (“First Things Last”), more than an hour of bloopers and outtakes, and a 1962-style “reunion” interview that Will and Nick perform in character as Biffle and Shooster. (“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat” and “Bride of Finklestein” are also available for viewing on demand on Amazon, Vudu and other streaming platforms, under the umbrella title The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster.)

Speaking on behalf of Tony, Donna, Phil, Greg, Chris and everyone else who has helped us put together TV Confidential over the past ten years, our heartfelt thanks to you, our audience—not only for listening to us, but making us part of your life. We have some exciting new elements that we will introduce to TV Confidential in the weeks and months ahead. We look forward to sharing them with you and spending more time together.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
Also available as a podcast via iTunes, Spreaker, FeedBurner, SoundCloud, Stitcher, YouTube and other platforms
Follow us online at https://www.televisionconfidential.com
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Please visit our new website, www.televisionconfidential.com. There, you can keep up with news of upcoming guests, as well as access the last few archived episodes of the program, for free, via the Archives page, or the Listen Now page.

TV Confidential has its own YouTube channel, YouTube.com/tvconfidential. There, you can also listen to recent episodes, on demand, and for free. If you visit our YouTube channel, please take a moment and hit the Subscribe button… and thanks!

If you listen to TV Confidential, and like what you hear, please consider supporting our efforts by becoming a patron of our show through Patreon. It’s easy to do, it will not cost you much, plus you’ll receive some cool rewards every month. To find out more, please visit https://www.patreon.com/tvconfidential (where you can also listen to the last few shows on demand, for free)… and thank you!

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Actor Ali Agirnas on talking surfing with Jeff Daniels in between filming scenes of the Netflix series Godless; the path that led Ali to acting after a successful career as an entrepreneur; and how proud he was to speak his father’s native language when he played a Turkish detective on The Brave

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via Jonas PR: National Comedy Center Celebrates Its Grand Opening in Lucille Ball’s Hometown of Jamestown, New York

August 6, 2018 — Jamestown, NY — About thirty years ago, just before Lucille Ball passed away, she told her hometown of Jamestown, NY that rather than a museum celebrating her life, there should be a place that celebrates all comedy. This past weekend, that vision was realized with the grand opening of the National Comedy Center, the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy.  This new 37,000 square foot, $50 million facility tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present, with more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits and rare comedy artifacts.

(L-R) Laraine Newman, Alan Zweibel and Dan Ackroyd Photo by Steve Neilans, courtesy Jonas Public Relations

The Grand Opening week-long celebration featured Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, a tribute to the original Saturday Night Live cast with Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and writer Alan Zweibel, Fran Drescher, Lucie Arnaz, Laugh-In producer George Schlatter, comedians Lewis Black, W. Kamau Bell, Judy Gold, and more.  In total, the opening celebration featured more than 50 events and 40 artists that included the innovators, creators, and legends of comedy with thousands of visitors in attendance from across the country.

The celebration kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, and was highlighted by Dan Aykroyd riding his motorcycle to the front door of the National Comedy Center, and then donating it to museum.

Family members and representatives of legendary figures in comedy were in attendance, including Shelley Berman, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Ernie Kovacs, Andy Kaufman, Rose Marie, Harold Ramis, Allan Sherman, Jonathan Winters and Rusty Warren.

Journey Gunderson, Executive Director for the National Comedy Center, stated, “What we saw this week was that the National Comedy Center experience managed to garner extraordinary praise from comedians and ‘civilians’ alike. From Lily Tomlin, Amy Schumer, Dan Aykroyd and George Schlatter raving about it, to droves of visitors from all 50 states remarking they could spend days inside, the consistent response has been that this is much, much more than anyone ever imagined. Lucille Ball understood the power of comedy and had the vision for her hometown to become a destination that would educate, foster and inspire. To say it feels good is an understatement.”

Lily Tomlin, posing by the Laugh-In display at the National Comedy Center. Photo by Steve Neilans, courtesy Jonas Public Relations

“It’s incredible,” expressed Lily Tomlin, who toured the Center at midnight after her sold-out performance.

Amy Schumer remarked, “When I got into the National Comedy Center I got really overwhelmed and really emotional.   It was just really moving and it was really meaningful that we have a place now for our heroes.  It’s so important to share the legacies of the comedians before us, because you look at Lenny Bruce and these comedians that would fight for their right to say what they wanted and express themselves and make jokes about things that maybe they weren’t supposed to.”

“I’m really grateful to the women who have come before me. It was a different time and because they got up there is why I have the luxury of even being able to do stand-up and say any of the things I want to on stage.”

“I’m really grateful that the National Comedy Center exists.  It felt good to believe that our legacies will be remembered,” concluded Schumer.

George Schlatter, creator and producer of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, posing with his wife, actress Jolene Brand (a longtime member of Ernie Kovacs’ troop of performers). Photo by Steve Neilans, courtesy Jonas Public Relations

George Schlatter boasted, “This is the best thing that ever happened to comedy.”

Manager/Producer George Shapiro remarked, “I never thought I could fall more in love with comedy, but I just did by spending four days at the National Comedy Center. The laughs keep coming!” Shapiro further tweeted, “THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER RULES!”

George Carlin’s daughter, Kelly, noted, “I always knew that it would be fantastic, but it blew me away. When I walked out I suddenly had renewed hope for America. I thought, ‘The world needs to laugh, and most importantly, we need to learn to laugh together again.’ The National Comedy Center makes that happen in every moment.”

Lewis Black, a member of the center’s advisory board said, “There is an art in this craft of comedy.  “It’s timeless. Therefore, it needs a dedicated home.  And now, we have a place where somebody who really wants to be a student of comedy can go and study the history of it. Or if somebody is just looking for a laugh, the National Comedy Center is the place where laughter dwells.”

Photo by Steve Neilans, courtesy Jonas Public Relations

Kamau Bell simply stated, “This is the House where the First Amendment lives.”

“So proud and grateful to be a part of the National Comedy Center.  The entire museum is fantastic.  Come to Jamestown and check it out,” remarked Harold Ramis’ daughter Violet Ramis Stiel.

Writer/Producer Alan Zweibel put it succinctly: “The art of comedy finally has a home. And a spectacular home at that.”

Lucie Arnaz, raising a glass to the grand opening of the National Comedy Center. Photo by Steve Neilans, courtesy Jonas Public Relations

Lucie Arnaz said, “My mother would be over the moon with joy that her hometown decided to follow her advice and, instead of erecting some passive monument to her, pay homage to the healing power of love and laughter, the remarkable, life-saving tonic that is humor. Celebrate it. Study it. And find out how to make sure there is always more of it. The National Comedy Center will do just that in her memory.”

“From now on, when anybody says they want to get into comedy, I’ll tell them that the first thing they should do is come here,” said Dan Aykroyd.

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via THR: The Motion Picture Academy announces major changes to the 2019 Oscarcast regarding presentation of lower profile awards (borrowing a page from the playbook of Tony Awards telecast) while also announcing a new award for Best Popular or “popcorn” movie. The Oscars hope these strategies will retain the viewers it has while drawing new ones to the fold

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/academy-plans-three-hour-oscars-telecast-adds-popular-film-category-1133138

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 413 with guests Barbara van Orden, Sam Medina and Geoffrey Mark is now available online for listening on demand

Show No. 413 with guests Barbara van Orden, Sam Medina and Geoffrey Mark
Original Airdate: Aug. 3-6, 2018
Listen to “TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 413 with guests Barbara van Orden, Sam Medina and Geoffrey Mark” on Spreaker.

First hour: Actor, writer and director Sam Medina (Preacher, From Dusk to Dawn: The Series, Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kickboxer: Retaliation) talks to Ed about working alongside Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg in the new action thriller Mile 22 (including shooting part of the film on location in Bogota); his roots in New Orleans and the role he played to help rebuild the city after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina; his upcoming directorial debut later this year in Code Name: The Dragon, an action movie starring MMA superstar Cung Le; and how he approaches playing villains, even when the character requires him to go to a dark place. Mile 22 opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, Aug 17. (Sam will also be seen the new Marvel adventure Venom, which opens in theaters on Friday, Oct. 5.) Also in this hour: Music and TV historian Geoffrey Mark offers his thoughts on the subject of How Would You Define a Classic TV Show?, plus he shares a story about the word of advice that Rip Taylor once gave that changed the course of Geoff’s career. Geoff will perform some of the songs of Ella Fitzgerald on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Springs, CA. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Santa Monica Public Library in Santa Monica, CA. Geoff’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald is available, both in hardcover and as an eBook, at Amazon.com, UltimateSymbol.com/Ella and online bestsellers everywhere. 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 Geoff himself from all four of her major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo. Second hour: Singer/actress Barbara van Orden takes Ed behind the scenes of this year’s LA’s Next Great Stage Star Competition, the only musical theatre competition of its kind on the West Coast, and a showcase for undiscovered performers between the ages of eighteen and thirty-two with “triple threat” talent (acting, voice and dance). Barbara also shares a few stories of working with the likes of Soupy Sales, Morey Amsterdam and Frank Sinatra. (Sinatra not only took Barbara under his wing early in her career, but encouraged her to help other young artists down the road, just as he had helped her.) For our listeners in Los Angeles, LA’s Next Great Stage Star competition takes place every Monday evening through Aug. 27 on the Debbie Reynolds Main Stage of the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

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Our tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of “The Judgment,” the standard-bearing final episode of The Fugitive, is available online for listening on demand on our YouTube channel

From August 2017: Remembering the fiftieth anniversary of “The Judgment,” the climactic two-part episode of The Fugitive, and the show that, in many respects, set the standard for series finales in television. The program includes highlights from Ed’s interviews with actors Barry Morse (Lt. Gerard), Jacqueline Scott (Donna Kimble Taft) and Diane Baker (Jean Carlisle), frequent QM Productions director Ralph Senensky, television writer Paul Robert Coyle, and pop culture commentator Wesley Hyatt:
https://youtu.be/Tv_yOF7QwKE 

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via The Atlantic: Monday 8/6 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of the motion picture adaptation of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. A character-driven action movie made for adults, The Fugitive remains a cultural touchstone because action movies like it are rarely made today

Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/08/the-fugitive-harrison-ford-25-years-later/566729/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_term=2018-08-06T13%3A25%3A12&utm_campaign=the-atlantic

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Actress Charlotte Rae passed away earlier today at the age of 92. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading her book, The Facts of My Life (which she co-authored with her son Larry Strauss), not only all of the great stories she shared about her stage career in New York, but especially learning about the quiet strength she exhibited throughout her life while overcoming great personal trauma. Our conversation with Charlotte from October 2015 is available online for listening on demand on our YouTube channel

Photo courtesy Harlan Boll Public Relations

From October 2015: Actress Charlotte Rae talks to Ed about her memoirs, The Facts of My Life, the story of how she rose from humble beginnings to great heights on stage, screen and, of course, television, while often in the face of great personal trauma:
https://youtu.be/pLcJpMbi5hg

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