Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Loyola Law School professor Stanley A. Goldman, longtime journalist and TV news commentator and the founding director of the Loyola Center for the Study of Law and Genocide, on the remarkable and true story of his mother, Malka Repstein, a Holocaust survivor whose life was spared in 1945, along with one thousand other Jewish women, by Nazi interior minister Heimrich Himmler—and how the saving of those lives ultimately led to the demise of Adolf Hitler. Stan’s book, LEFT TO THE MERCY OF A RUDE STREAM, is available now in hardcover and for the Kindle through Potomac Books, and as an audiobook through Tantor Audio. If you only have time to read one book about the history of the Holocaust, make it this one

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Hour 2 of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 434 with guest Constance Towers is now available online for listening on demand

Show No. 434, Hour 2 with guest Constance Towers
Original Airdates: Jan. 18-20, 2019

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Ed welcomes singer/actress Constance Towers (General Hospital, The Horse Soldiers, Sergeant Rutledge, Shock Corridor, Perry Mason, The King and I). The American Cinematheque will honor Constance Towers at the Eqyptian Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, January 27 as part of a special evening that will include a screening of The Naked Kiss, the iconic film by Samuel Fuller that sparked controversy when it was originally released in 1964, but which has grown in stature ever since—in large part due to Connie’s performance. Connie will be interviewed that night by film historian Foster Hirsch following the screening. For more information, go to AmericanCinemathequeCalendar.com. Constance Towers will also appear at the annual Beverly Hills Theater Guild luncheon, which will take place on Sunday, March 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Honorees at this year’s luncheon will include Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint and her late husband, television director Jeffrey Hayden; longtime television writer/director Howard Storm; and legendary Hollywood agent Budd Burton Moss. The program will also include a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 or go to BeverlyHillsTheaterGuild.com.

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Hour 1 of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 434, featuring Josh Mills, David Bianculli and Douglas Howard, is now available online for listening on demand

Show No. 434, Hour 1 with guests Josh Mills, David Bianculli and Douglas Howard
Original Airdates: Jan. 18-20, 2019

Listen to “Show No. 434, Hour 1: Ernie Kovacs Centennial plus Famous TV Series Finales” on Spreaker.

Josh Mills, director of the estates of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, joins Ed, Tony and Donna in the studio to talk about some of the many events scheduled throughout 2019 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ernie Kovacs, Television’s Original Genius, including the recent two-night event at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the special mini marathon of Kovacs programming that Turner Classic Movies will air on Wednesday, January 23 (Ernie’s actual 100th birthday), and Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition, a newly released nine-DVD configuration from Shout! Factory. Also in this hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, a new book that explores seventy-one of the most notable series finales over the past five decades: why they are important (to critics and viewers alike) and what they mean to the audience.

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Michael Learned on how she approaches every performance as Daisy Werthan as a clean slate, no matter how many times she has played the character. Michael co-stars with Lance Nichols in the Laguna Playhouse production of Driving Miss Daisy, which runs thru Sunday, January 27 in Laguna Beach, California. Michael also stars, along with John Wesley, in the short film Second Acts. She is also one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars Party, held at the Paladium in Hollywood on Sunday 2/24, the night of the Academy Awards

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Constance Towers, Television Finales, and A Century of Kovacs: Next on TVC

Singer/actress Constance Towers, Ernie Kovacs estate director Josh Mills, and authors Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Jan. 18-20 at the following times and venues:

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Viewers of daytime television know Constance Towers as Helena Cassadine, the charismatic villainess that she has played on ABC’s General Hospital on a recurring basis since 1997. Prior to General Hospital, of course, Connie appeared in such films and TV series as The Horse Soldiers, Sergeant Rutledge, Shock Corridor, Perry Mason, Designing Women, L.A. Law, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, A Perfect Murder, 1600 Penn and 11.22.63, while her musical credits include the national tour of The King and I as well as productions as The Sound of Music, Carousel, Oklahoma, Camelot and Mame.

The American Cinematheque will honor Constance Towers at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, January 27 as part of a special evening that will include a screening of The Naked Kiss, the iconic film by Samuel Fuller that sparked controversy when it was originally released in 1964, but which has grown in stature ever since—in large part due to the performance of Constance Towers. Constance Towers will join us in our second hour.

Constance Towers will appear at the Eqyptian Theater in Hollywood, California on Sunday, January 27. Connie will be interviewed that night by film historian Foster Hirsch following a special screening of The Naked Kiss. The evening begins at 5:30pm. For more information, go to AmericanCinemathequeCalendar.com. Constance Towers will also appear at the annual Beverly Hills Theater Guild luncheon, which will take place on Sunday, March 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Honorees at this year’s luncheon will include Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint and her late husband, television director Jeffrey Hayden; longtime television writer/director Howard Storm; and legendary Hollywood agent Budd Burton Moss. The program will also include a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 or go to BeverlyHillsTheaterGuild.com.

Josh Mills joins us in the studio this week as we mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ernie KovacsTelevision’s Original Genius, and a man whose utterly unique sensibility influenced two generations of comedians and comedy institutions, including Saturday Night Live, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Monty Python, David Letterman, Harry Shearer, Mr. Bean and many others too numerous to mention. The son of singer/actress Edie Adams, and the director of the estates of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, Josh will talk about some of the many events on tap throughout 2019 that will commemorate the Kovacs centennial, including the upcoming two-night event at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the special mini marathon of Kovacs programming that Turner Classic Movies will air on Wednesday, January 23 (Ernie’s actual 100th birthday). Josh Mills joins us in our first hour.

Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition, a newly released nine-DVD configuration, features twenty-two hours of the very best of Kovacs, including episodes from Ernie’s NBC prime time show, five of his iconic specials for ABC, the rarely seen color version of his legendary silent show, Eugene (originally broadcast on NBC), and the only existing filmed solo interview of Ernie Kovacs, which aired on Canadian television just a few weeks before Ernie’s untimely death in January 1962. Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition is available through Shout! Factory.

Also this week: We’ll take a look at notable TV series finales along with Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen. A phenomenon pioneered, in many respects, by the final episodes of The Fugitive and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, series finales have since become a cultural touchstone that has fed water cooler fodder and, more recently, Twitter memes for three generations of TV viewers.

Joining Tony and Donna will be Douglas Howard, editor of such books as Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television, and David Bianculli, longtime television critic and contributor to NPR’s Fresh Air, and the author of such books as Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Doug and David are the co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, a new book that explores seventy-one of the most notable series finales over the past five decades: why they are important (to critics and viewers alike) and what they mean to the audience. Douglas Howard and David Bianculli will join us in our first hour.

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Anson Williams on the 45th anniversary of Happy Days and his latest entrepreneurial venture

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Marion Ross on working with Cary Grant in Operation: Petticoat, Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale on Perry Mason, Jean Stapleton and Larry Storch in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Joel Grey on Brooklyn Bridge; dancing the tango with The Fonz on Happy Days; and how the simple act of fixing a broken tile on her kitchen floor changed the course of her life. Marion’s book, MY DAYS: HAPPY AND OTHERWISE, is the inspiring story of how a young girl from Albert Lea, Minnesota dreamed that she would become an actress and overcame many life challenges to make that dream come true

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Actress, artist and animal rights champion Loretta Swit on what drives her advocacy for our furry and feathered friends. Loretta’s book, SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit, is a collection of sixty-five full-color paintings and drawings of rescue animals and wildlife, all done by Loretta herself. All proceeds from the sales of SwitHeart will be donated to Loretta’s endless campaign to end animal suffering and cruelty. Loretta is also one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars Party, held at the Paladium in Hollywood on Sunday 2/24, the night of the Academy Awards

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via It’s Alive Media: The Ernie Kovacs Centennial, a year-long celebration of the life’s work of Television’s Original Genius, kicks off this month with Kovacsland Forever, a two-night live event at the UCLA Film and Television Archive on Friday 1/18 and Saturday 1/19. Then, on Wednesday 1/23 (Ernie’s actual 100th birthday), Turner Classic Movies will air a special mini Kovacs marathon beginning at 8pm ET 5pm PT that will include three iconic Kovacs TV episodes and four of his best-known movies. The two events in January are the first of several Kovacs celebrations that are scheduled to take place in the U.S., Canada and Europe over the course of 2019. Details on these additional Kovacs venues will be announced shortly

LOS ANGELES, CA. (Monday, Jan. 14, 2019) – Ediad Productions announced today that the celebration of legendary comedian Ernie Kovacs’ centennial year kicks into high gear this month with two high-profile events around the birthday of Television’s Original Genius.

On Wednesday, January 23 – Kovacs’s actual birth date –Turner Classic Movies will bring three of Kovacs’s iconic television episodes back to the small screen for one night only, along with four of his best films as part of their Ernie Kovacs Centennial programming. Beginning at 8pm EST, TCM will broadcast three of his iconic ABC Specials from 1961 & 1962 along with films starring Kovacs including Operation Mad Ball (1957); Wake Me When It’s Over (1960); Bell, Book and Candle (1958) and Five Golden Hours (1960).

A few days prior, the UCLA Film and Television Archive in Los Angeles has confirmed the program Kovacsland Forever: Ernie Kovacs Centennial live events over two days, which will screen Kovacs’s television and film work at the Billy Wilder Theater. On January 18, UCLA will screen classic clips and complete episodes of Kovacs’s pioneering television career as well as unseen-in-decades curios, plus a discussion and Q& A with Moderator Susan King and guests. On January 19, UCLA will screen perhaps Kovacs’s best-known film Our Man in Havana (1959) directed by Carol Reed and co-starring Alec Guinness, Maureen O’Hara and Burl Ives.

Additional live Ernie Kovacs events in the United States, Canada and Europe will be announced shortly.

The Ernie Kovacs centennial will be commemorated in a variety of formats throughout 2019. Included will be a new coffee table book of unseen personal items and unpublished writings, as well as an archival album reissue alongside Shout! Factory’s previously released career-spanning nine-disc Ernie Kovacs : The Centennial Edition DVD set and a limited edition set of hand-numbered Ernie Kovacs “Illustrated Profuselies” lithographs for the first time.

A pioneer in early television whose inventive use of the medium inspired countless performers, directors, and video artists, Ernie Kovacs created indelible characters such as Percy Dovetonsils, Matzoh Hepplewhite, and Uncle Gruesome. Kovacs invented a distinctly modern form of comedy that playfully subverted the television medium. Edie Adams was his on-screen partner as well as his wife. After his death in 1962, Adams was instrumental in not only saving, but also preserving Kovacs’s body of work during the 1960s when she bought all existing Kovacs materials, including the masters that the television networks were planning to destroy because of cost and storage issues.

Since 2010, Ediad Productions has released new video and audio material from the collection, most of which has never been seen or heard in more than 50 years. This includes Kovacs’s DVD packages from Shout! Factory, a four-disc Edie Adams DVD box set from MVD titled Here’s Edie and new LP, CD and digital releases  from Omnivore Recordings.

Retrospectives on Ernie Kovacs and his work have also been feted at such prestigious institutions as The Paley Center for Media, Museum of the Moving Image, the National Gallery, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, American Cinematheque, Long Beach Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain.

About Ediad Productions

Formed and based in Los Angeles by the late entertainer and Muriel Cigar girl Edie Adams, and currently run by her son Joshua Mills, Ediad Productions is home to what is one of the largest independent archives of early American television. The archives include more than 150 half-hours of visual content from legendary comedian Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, as well as more than 100 hours of rare Kovacs and Adams audio content. Titles include The Ernie Kovacs Show, Ernie in Kovacsland, Take A Good Look, the Kovacs ABC specials, The Edie Adams Show, Here’s Edie! and much more.

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Titus Welliver on playing Harry Bosch on the Amazon Prime series Bosch, and some of the “Easter eggs” that viewers of the show can look for this season; the influence that Mark Harmon had on Titus while working together on NCIS, and how he tries to bring that same sensibility to the set of Bosch; his love of sixties television and which classic shows Titus has recently binge-watched with his kids. Season Five of Bosch premieres later in 2019 on Amazon Prime, while Seasons One thru Four of Bosch are available now for streaming on demand

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