An Encore with Charlotte Rae: Next on TVC

We’ll go back in time this weekend with replays of our conversations with actress Charlotte Rae and television producer/director Ron Satlof on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Aug. 17-20 at the following times and venues:

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 8/17
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 8/18
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 8/19
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 8/19
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 8/19
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 8/19
9pm PT
Monday 8/20
Midnight ET
Click on the Listen Live button at KHMBRadio.com

RadioSlot.com
San Francisco, CA
Monday 8/20
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

Photo courtesy Harlan Boll Public Relations

We’ll remember Charlotte Rae this week with an encore presentation of a conversation that originally aired in October 2015. Known to audiences around the world as Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes, and as well as Schnauser’s wife on Car 54, Where Are You?, the stage and television actress passed away on Sunday, Aug. 5 at the age of 92.

Charlotte Rae made so many of us laugh throughout her career, which is all the more remarkable when you realize that she often did so while overcoming great personal trauma—including the uncertainty of raising a son with autism at a time when very few medical experts knew much about that condition. We’ll replay our conversation with Charlotte Rae in our second hour.

Also this week: A replay of a conversation from October 2010 with Ron Satlof, the prolific television director who passed away on Monday, July 2 at the age of 79. Early in his career Ron received an Oscar nomination for Frog Story, an animated short that he produced and directed. After moving into network television, Ron directed episodes of Hawaii Five-O, Charlie’s Angels, The A Team, Dynasty, The Amazing Spider-Man and other popular shows, plus he helmed eight of the popular Perry Mason reunion movies that aired on NBC in the mid to late 1980s—including the one that launched the franchise, Perry Mason Returns.

Prior to his career in television, Ron also worked as a second assistant director with Don Siegel on Charley Varrick and with Martin Scorsese and Mean Streets. Ron said that Scorsese’s meticulous preparation had an enormous influence on his career as a director.
We’ll replay our conversation with Ron Satlof in our first hour.

Plus: This being Elvis week, we’ll salute the King with replays of our conversations from August 2017 with actor Michael Dante, who co-starred with Presley in Kid Galahad, and sixties film historian Tom Lisanti. Tom’s book Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies includes a detailed look at the evolution of “The Elvis Movie.”

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
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The King is coming to the big screen: Fathom Events celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Elvis 1968 Comeback Special by showing the iconic TV program in select theaters across the country on Thursday 8/16 and Monday 8/20. Event an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from director/producer Steve Binder and others



https://www.fathomevents.com/events/elvis-68-comeback-special

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via Roberson PR: Sherilyn Fenn to play silent film legend Alla Nazimova in Silent Life, an upcoming fantasy biopic about Rudolph Valentino that also features Isabella Rossellini, Franco Nero and Terry Moore

Hollywood, CA (August 10, 2018) – Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart) will star as a silent film star and producer Alla Nazimova in director Vladislav Kozlov’s Rudolph Valentino fantasy biopic Silent Life. Paul Rodriguez and Dalton Cyr join the cast as an older gigolo (Rodriguez) who teaches young Italian immigrant Rodolfo Guglielmi (Cyr) how to seduce women. Also joining the cast are Paul Louis Harrell as Norman Kerry (Valentino’s real-life friend), and Ksenia Jarova, who will star as Natacha Rambova (the true love of Rudolph Valentino).

  

Sherilyn Fenn as Nazimova in Silent Life

An ode to the classic era of silent films and the world’s first male sex symbol, Silent Life also stars Isabella Rossellini as Valentino’s mother, Franco Nero as Rudolph Valentino’s spirit, Terry Moore as the Valentino’s mysterious mourning fan “Lady in Black”, and Director Vladislav Kozlov as Rudolph Valentino.

Fenn will portray silent film diva Madame Alla Nazimova, a Russian Jewish émigré from Crimea, during the years she was in Valentino’s orbit, from 1919 through his death in 1926. Nazimova was an extremely popular Broadway actress thanks to her fierce feminist image in the pacifist drama War Brides, before she moved to Hollywood to explore her talents in movie productions. A silent film star for Metro Pictures (which became MGM), Nazimova produced her own movies from 1917-1926 and was the first female actor to exercise control over her own image. One of her most famous works includes the 1921 Art Deco adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ Camille opposite Rudolph Valentino, and Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, her 1923 Art Nouveau masterpiece.
“Sherilyn as Nazimova is spellbinding.  Sherilyn is a chameleon and when she put on the Nazimova wardrobe, costume, hair and makeup, she BECAME Nazimova,” said Kozlov.
“The character of Nazimova is crucial in telling Valentino’s life story.  She played a huge part in his life, having introduced Valentino into Hollywood circles and launching the Hollywood careers of his future wife, Winifred Hudnut AKA Natacha Rambova,” added Kozlov.
According to Hollywood legend, Nazimova was the inspiration for Gloria Swanson’s character in the movie Sunset Boulevard.

Vladislav Kozlov as Rudolph Valentino in Silent Life

Silent Life resumed filming in July and continues through August in such famous Hollywood locations such as Valentino’s grave in the Cathedral Mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Micele’s Italian Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd, and the private Rudolph Valentino museum in North Hollywood owned by Tracy Terhune (private collector and author of many books about Rudolph Valentino).

“Silent Life is a love letter to Old Hollywood and classic cinema. It is a movie within a movie, told through two narratives. One half is the present day story told by Valentino’s mysterious fan “Lady in Black” (Moore), who has been visiting his grave for several decades, and her point of view. The other half is the story is told by Valentino’s spirit (Nero). I call this movie a fantasy biopic because there is an element of intrigue in this juxtaposition and we don’t know until the very end what the truth was” said Kozlov.

Terry Moore as “The Lady in Black” in Silent Life

The film tells the story of Rudolph Valentino, the first Hollywood superstar and male sex symbol, as he ponders the most important philosophical questions of human existence from his deathbed. In the film, Valentino sits in an imaginary empty movie theatre as he, and the audience watches his life flicker like a silent movie on the screen. After Valentino’s unexpected death in 1926, a mysterious Lady in Black continued to visit his grave on the anniversary of his death with a single red rose, her identity hidden by a black veil.

In Silent Life, a group of young filmmakers encounter a mysterious elderly woman clad in all black, hiding her face and her secrets behind a veil, at Rudolph Valentino’s annual memorial service. She is the legendary Lady in Black, who has been coming annually to Valentino’s grave for untold decades, always bringing a single red rose. The team attempts to convince this solemn mourner to reveal her secret: was she really the last love of “The Great Lover” as the legend has it?

Isabella Rossellini as Marie Berthe Gabrielle Barbin, Valentino’s mother

Silent Life is being produced by Kozlov and Natalia Dar under their Dreamer Pictures banner, with Yury Ponomarev, and was written by Kozlov, Dar, and Ksenia Jarova.

About Silent Life‘s Journey
Silent Life writer/director/actor Vladislav Kozlov has taken the road less traveled in his journey to bring his bio-picture about the life and death and post-death of the first Hollywood male sex symbol Rudolph Valentino to audiences.  In 2006 with the support of Hollywood Forever cemetery, Kozlov made a 17-minute silent short film, Daydreams of Rudolph Valentino, where he played the lead on his own terms, inspired by his eerie likeness to the silent screen Italian star, and his passionate love of classic Hollywood cinema.
In 2011 Kozlov decided to revisit the subject of his short film, Valentino, in a period feature film, and his work on Silent Life started. The ambitious project attracted top acting talents like Isabella Rossellini and Franco Nero, accomplished composer Robert Folk, editor Michael J. Duthie and producer Paul Maslansky.
A shorter artistic vision of the film (aka Death of the Sheik) was shown at Moscow International Film festival as a special screening in summer 2017 and received positive reviews of the critics.
 “I think of my journey as a typical American Dream story come true. I came to this country with just a few dollars in my pocket, and went through the regular immigrant drill – washed dishes, cleaned motel rooms, etc before I set my foot on a movie set. No matter what, I never stopped dreaming big. I am very thankful to all the people who appreciated my passion for cinema and helped me on my way. I think what helped me most was that I never got discouraged by failures. I am an optimist. Even if they turned me down 500 times, I just kept on believing that the next time was going to be the charm,” said Kozlov.
Rudolph Valentino was a superstar of the Golden Era.  2017 marked the 90th anniversary of Valentino’s infamous funeral, attended by over 100,000 devoted fans. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery honors Valentino’s life every year with a memorial service, on August 23, every year. The public is invited to pay their respects.
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via TimeLife: The sixth and final season of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In becomes available on DVD for the first time at retail on Tuesday 9/4. Six-disc includes all twenty-six episodes, complete and remastered, with guest stars including Steve Allen, Jack Benny, Carol Burnett, James Caan, Johnny Carson, Howard Cosell, Sammy Davis Jr., Dom DeLuise, Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Jack Klugman, Michael Landon, Rich Little, Don Rickles, Vin Scully, Mark Spitz and Sally Struthers 

By the time Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In signed off the air on March 12, 1973 after six seasons and 140 episodes, the show had become a cultural touchstone. Winner of the 1969 Golden Globe® for Best Television Show and the most watched program on television during its first two seasons, “Laugh-In” was an integral part of the fabric of ’60-’70s America. ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON, the final single season installment of the series from the TV DVD archivists at Time Life, will be released on September 4 in a set featuring all twenty-four re-mastered episodes from the sixth season (Sept. 11, 1972-March 12, 1973).

Broadcast from beautiful downtown Burbank, “Laugh-In” was hosted by straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin, who led a gaggle of goofballs through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs that left viewers in hysterics and disbelief. Anything and anyone in the public eye was a target. Political correctness? Forget it! The series received a makeover in its final season with a new cast members including comedian Patti Deutsch, folksy singer-comedian Jud Strunk, ventriloquist act Willie Tyler & Lester and giddy Goldie Hawn look-alike Sarah Kennedy, a new set, a bevy of new Downtown Beauties, and the show’s musical director Ian Bernard and His Band playing live during some of the party scenes.
In THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON, Carol Burnett signs the Laugh-In autograph book and takes one on the chin. Phyllis Diller tickles the funny bone and the ivories with a little Bach. With their always critical and humorous eye, the “Laugh-In” crew saluted guns, law and order, adult books, morality, the circus, Thanksgiving, beautiful people, sports, commercials, California, the family, airlines, actors, the ’50s, and the Summer of ’72. And, as always, the Sixth Season includes such classic features as “Cocktail Party,” “Fickle Finger of Fate,” “Here Comes the Judge,” “The Joke Wall,” “General Bull Right,” “Big Al,” “Ernestine” and “Edith Ann,” “The Swizzles,” and “Robot Theater.”
A stellar constellation of celebrities lined up to be part of the final season, and TV audiences thrilled to appearances by Steve Allen, Jack Benny, Carol Burnett, James Caan, Johnny Carson, William Conrad, Howard Cosell, Sammy Davis Jr., Dom DeLuise, Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Sandy Duncan, Nanette Fabray, James Farentino, Robert Goulet, Jack Klugman, Michael Landon, Steve Lawrence, Rich Little, Don Rickles, Vin Scully, Mark Spitz, Sally Struthers, John Wayne, Henny Youngman, and many more! And by the time Ruth Buzzi and the daffy firewomen utter the last “Goodnight, Dick,” ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN had solidified its standing as one of the most groundbreakling TV Variety shows ever.
 
CAST
  • Dan Rowan
  • Dick Martin
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Ruth Buzzi
  • Arte Johnson
  • Gary Owens
  • Ann Elder
  • Dennis Allen
  • Richard Dawson
  • Moosie Drier
  • Tod Bass
  • Brian Bressler
  • Patti Deutsch
  • Sarah Kennedy
  • Jod Strunk
  • Willie Tyler & Lester
  • Donna Jean Young 
ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: 
THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON
 
Street Date: September 4, 2018
DVD SRP: $39.95
 
Format: DVD/6 Discs
Running Time: 1234 minutes
Genre: TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo
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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
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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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