Listen Free – Here’s The 10 Most Recent Shows
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Show No. 414 with guests Adrienne Barbeau, Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger
Original Airdates: Aug. 10-13, 2018
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.
Show No. 413 with guests Barbara van Orden, Sam Medina and Geoffrey Mark
Original Airdate: Aug. 3-6, 2018
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.
Show No. 412 with guests Robert Crane and Audrey Walters
Original Airdate: July 27-30, 2018
First hour: Actress, teacher and entrepreneur Audrey Walters talks to Ed about Talk to the Camera, the Denver, Colorado-based youth workshop that helps elementary and middle school children develop their social communication skills through exercises and activities that require them to make eye contact with other people. Talk to the Camera has recently expanded to two other states, while franchising opportunities remain available. Audrey also has upcoming roles in Big Kill and Arizona, both of which will be released theatrically later this year, as well as on Video on Demand. Also in this hour: With a stage production of Green Acres now in the works, Greg Ehrbar revisits the long-running CBS series from the mid 1960s that, in many respects, was the closest thing American television came to capturing the genius and absurdity of Monty Python. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome back freelance journalist, screenwriter and author Robert Crane. Bob’s latest book, Hollywood Plateau, is a collection of candid interviews with such newsmakers as Jimmy Kimmel, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, Spinal Tap, Bruce Dern, John Wayne, John Candy, Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, Jamie Foxx, Cheech and Chong, the cast of SCTV, Oscar de la Hoya, and Jan Stephenson. All of these interviews were originally conducted over a forty-year period (circa 1974 to 2013), prior to the era of political correctness—a time when industry people spoke their minds without self and organizational censorship. In many cases, Bob interviewed these celebrities when they were just coming onto the scene. Also in this hour: Part 1 of a special TV trivia quiz in which every question relates to the career of Bob’s dad, Bob Crane.
Show No. 411 with guests Peter Mark Richman and Chuck Harter
Original Airdate: July 20-23, 2018
First hour: Chuck Harter joins Ed for a look at Shindig, Hullabaloo, Where the Action Is and other national and syndicated pop music TV shows of the mid to late 1960s—a genre that not only showcased such popular groups as The Kinks, The Righteous Brothers, Herman’s Hermits, Darlene Love, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and Ike and Tina Turner, but broke ground in that many of these shows were produced specifically for young viewers. Second hour: Ed welcomes back actor, author, painter and artist Peter Mark Richman (Cain’s Hundred, Longstreet, Santa Barbara, Dynasty, Three’s Company). Peter Mark’s latest book, I Saw a Molten White Light: An Autobiography of My Artistic and Spiritual Journey, includes many stories about his work on stage, film and television, including the pivotal role that the Actors Studio has played throughout his life; insight into “The Method” and what made Lee Strasberg singular among acting teachers; his experience working with the likes of William Wyler, Gary Cooper, Jack Klugman, Dorothy Dandridge and Rod Serling; and how a vision Peter Mark once saw as a young boy became clear to him many years later, with the help of a spiritual exercise known as Subud. Also in this hour: A replay of our conversation from November 2017 with actor, songwriter and composer Roger Perry.
Show No. 410 with guests Steve Bluestein and Donelle Dadigan
Original Airdate: July 6-9, 2018
First hour: Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, gives Ed a preview of some of the notable exhibits on display this summer, including REAL TO REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQs in Hollywood, which returns to the Museum for its fifth consecutive year; Holy Hollywood History! Batman 1966, the tribute to the classic TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward that has not only been extended due to popular demand, but will be expanded to include new items, including the costume worn by Victor Buono when he played King Tut; and the recently unveiled lobby exhibit honoring the career of Rich Little. Donelle also discusses the upcoming Hollywood Bowl concert, sponsored by The Jose Iturbi Foundation, featuring soloist Khatia Buniatishvili, who will bring Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto to life with precision and power. For tickets and information, go to https://hollywoodbowl.com. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen commemorate the anniversaries of the death of Michael Jackson and the murder of Bob Crane. Second hour: Ed welcomes stand-up comedian, comedy writer, television writer and playwright Steve Bluestein. Steve’s new book, Memoir of a Nobody, is a funny and poignant look at life, love, comedy, show business and overcoming such obstacles as a difficult childhood and bouts of depression. Also in this hour: A remembrance of Harlan Ellison featuring Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and a longtime Ellison friend.
Show No. 409 with guests Jerry Houser, Paul Robert Coyle and Dan Davidson
Original Airdate: June 29-July 2, 2018
First hour: Actor/comedian Dan Davidson discusses how he puts together a stand-up routine and how watching Charlie Callas on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson first inspired him to become a comedian. Dan has a supporting role opposite Josh Brolin in the action crime thriller Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which is now playing in theaters nationwide. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar and Ed talk about the various configurations of Match Game that are available both on DVD and streaming on demand, as well as how the ABC Match Game compares to the classic CBS show. Second hour: Ed welcomes back actor, producer, voice artist and teacher Jerry Houser (Summer of ’42, Slap Shot, The Brady Brides). Topics include Jerry’s experience working with Robert Reed, Buddy Ebsen, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Zalman King, and Paul Newman; how he was cast in Summer of ’42; the workshops for beginning voice artists that Jerry offers; and what casting directors are looking for in voiceover today. Television writer Paul Robert Coyle co-hosts the hour.
Show No. 408 with guests Adam Tsekhman and Alan Rode
Original Airdate: June 22-25, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes film historian Alan Rode. Alan’s latest book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, is a comprehensive biography and filmography of the Oscar-winning director of such classic movies as Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mildred Pierce, The Adventures of Robin Hood and White Christmas. Topics include Curtiz’s frequent clashes with actors such as Errol Flynn and James Cagney; his brief foray into television with John Frankenheimer; Curtiz’s versatility as a director while at Warner Bros., including how he came to direct the best feature film adaptation of the Perry Mason novels that Warners produced in the 1930s; and how Curtiz served as a mentor to John Garfield, Doris Day, Elvis Presley and other pop culture icons. Alan has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months ahead, including a presentation at the Los Angeles Breakfast Club on June 27; a book signing at the Bryant Park Reading Room in New York City on July 2; and The Noir City Film Noir Festival in Chicago from Aug. 19-23. Visit Alan’s website for more information. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor and writer Adam Tsekhman (Gary Green on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Yuri Petrov on Six). Adam will also be seen in the upcoming action feature Dragged Across Concrete, which is slated for release later this year. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember The Lawrence Welk Show, both its original network TV run throughout the 1950s and ’60s, as well as how Welk broke ground by forming his own syndicated network of affiliates, which continued to air first-run episodes of the series during the 1970s.
Show No. 407 with guests Michele Lee and Jennifer Armstrong
Original Airdate: June 8-11, 2018
First hour: Television historian Jennifer Armstrong helps Ed mark the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Sex and the City. Jennifer’s latest book, Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live and Love, traces the evolution of the iconic HBO series that reshaped the cultural perception of single women, sex, dating and marriage for all kinds of viewers, while also redefining fashion, shoes, cocktails and even cupcakes for an entire generation. It also features interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, series creator Darren Star, executive producer Michael Patrick King and just about every writer who contributed to the series. Jennifer has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months ahead. Visit her website for more information on dates and venues. Second hour: Ed welcomes Tony Award-nominated and Emmy Award-nominated singer/actress Michele Lee (Knots Landing, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Love Bug, The Comic, Seesaw, Bud and Lou, Vintage ’60, Bravo Giovanni). Michele shares a funny anecdote about the twenty-fifth anniversary of the series finale of Knots Landing, plus she talks about her approach to playing Madame Morrible on Broadway in Wicked; her acclaimed performance as country music superstar Dottie West in Big Hearts and Broken Dreams; and the back story of “I’m Way Ahead,” the rousing finale of Seesaw. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the legacy of Roger Ebert, the premiere of The Ed Sullivan Show and David Letterman’s final appearance as host of Late Night on NBC.
Show No. 406 with guests Peter Marshall and Shane Stanley
Original Airdate: June 1-4, 2018
First hour: Multi-Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Shane Stanley shares a few Dos and Don’ts of independent filmmaking while also discussing the pivotal role that producer/director Zalman King has played throughout his career. Shane’s new book, What You Don’t Learn in Film School, is a candid look at the film business that offers ambitious young filmmakers important information on how to navigate every aspect of making movies today. Shane’s upcoming What You Don’t Learn in Film School summer sessions begin Saturday, June 23 at Los Angeles City College and are free to the public. Also in this hour: Phil Gries commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as part of an encore edition of The Sounds of Lost Television featuring highlights of Joey Bishop’s interview with Associated Press reporter Andrew West on June 5, 1968. Second hour: Ed welcomes back singer, actor and radio host Peter Marshall. Peter is co-host, along with Nick Clooney, of Perry Como Classics: ‘Till the End of Time, a brand new special featuring highlights from long-lost and newly-restored episodes from Perry Como’s TV series and popular TV specials. Peter and Ed discuss why Como was such a perfect fit for TV, and pay tribute to Peter’s dear friend Rose Marie. Perry Como Classics: ‘Till the End of Time airs on PBS stations nationwide during the weekend of June 2; for our listeners in the Garden City, New York area, WLIW will air it during the weekend of June 9. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the tenth anniversary of the death of comedian George Carlin as part of This Week in TV History.
Show No. 405 with guests Neil Sandilands, Georgiana Noopy Rodrigues and William J. Jankowski
Original Airdate: May 18-21, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes William J. Jankowski, co-author of In the Presence of Greatness: My Sixty-Year Journey as an Actress, the final book by actress/activist Patty Duke, and her final gift to her fans. The book not only shares many stories about Duke’s show business career, but gives you a honest glimpse of the Anna Pearce that Bill got to know over the last two decades of her life. The story of Bill’s friendship with Anna is amazing in and of itself. Second hour: Ed welcomes Georgiana Noopy Rodrigues, daughter of legendary singer, actress and comedienne Rose Marie. The topic of this hour is identity theft, an issue that affects thousands of families across the United States—including the family of Rose Marie. According to law enforcement officials, obituaries are a top source of information for identity thieves. Perpetrators know that when families lose a loved one, they can be so overwhelmed with grief, and attending to the details of the funeral and burial, that they may not pay as close attention to their checking account or credit card usage in the days immediately following the death as they normally would. That is what happened to Noopy: Ten days after Rose Marie’s death, she discovered that her mother’s identity had been stolen—and though she and her family have recouped their loss, the perpetrator remains at large. By sharing her story, and discussing what she has learned, Noopy hopes to raise awareness of this important issue for other families. Wait For Your Laugh, the acclaimed documentary about the life and career of Rose Marie will air Sunday, May 27 on MeTV. Also in this hour: Part 2 of our conversation with actor Neil Sandilands (The Flash, The 100, Hap and Leonard, Frank and Ava).