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Show No. 438, Hour 2, Part 1: Remembering Julie Adams, The Lucky Southern Star
Original Airdates: Feb. 15-17, 2019
From January 2012: Ed welcomes actress and author Julie Adams (The Creature from The Black Lagoon, Man from the Alamo, The Jimmy Stewart Show, Murder She Wrote) and Emmy Award-winning film editor Mitchell Danton (Survivor, The Path to 9/11), co-authors of Julie’s memoir, The Lucky Southern Star.

Show 438, Hour 2, Part 2: Flying High with The Legendary Ella Fitzgerald
Original Airdates
: Feb. 15-17, 2019
Geoffrey Mark shares the backstory of Ella Fitzgerald’s renditions of “Flying High,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “How High the Moon” and “Mack the Knife.” Geoff’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, is now available in paperback. The paperback edition includes the two-CD set featuring thirty-nine studio/live tracks of Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, all personally selected by Geoff himself.

Show No. 438, Hour 1, Part 1: Geoffrey Mark Remembers Carol Channing and Kaye Ballard
Original Airdates: Feb. 15-17, 2019
Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, Lucille Ball historian and Ella Fitzgerald biographer Geoffrey Mark pays tribute to Carol Channing and Kaye Ballard. Geoff’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, is now available in paperback.

Show No. 439, Hour 1, Part 2: This is It: Why One Day at a Time on Netflix is a Reimagining That Works:
Original Airdates: Feb. 15-17, 2019
Greg Ehrbar joins Ed to discuss both the complete series DVD release of the original One Day at a Time starring Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington, Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, and the highly successful reimaging of One Day at a Time starring Justina Machado and Rita Moreno. Season Three of One Day at a Time premiered earlier this month on Netflix.

Show No. 437, Hour 2 with guest David Frankham
Original Airdates: Feb. 8-10, 2019
A return appearance by actor and author David Frankham (Which One Was David?). David provides the voice of The Storyteller in the stop-motion puppet animation adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables that was written, produced and directed by Ben Wickey. Actor Jonathan David Dixon co-hosts this segment, along with Greg Ehrbar. Also in this hour: Part 2 of our tribute to the life and career of Kaye Ballard.

Show No. 437, Hour 1 with guest Anson Williams
Original Airdates: Feb. 8-10, 2019
Actor and entrepreneur Anson Williams talks to Ed, Tony and Donna about the 45th anniversary of the premiere of Happy Days; the launch of his latest entrepreneurial venture, BOGO List; and the impact that Alert Drops, the product that Anson created, based on the knowledge of Dr. Henry Heimlich, has had on saving lives, curtailing drowsy driving, and increasing traffic safety. BOGO List is a new service that offers consumers the very best in fashion, shoes, accessories and many other brand-name products—all at Buy One, Get One (BOGO) deals. Register right now at BOGOList.com and you’ll also receive information about GAB, a host of offers for other brand products, at prices that are as Good as Bogo (GAB). Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar remembers singer, actress and Broadway star Kaye Ballard. Topics include Ballard’s co-starring role on The Mothers-in-Law; the upcoming documentary Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On, the completion of which she lived to see; and how Ballard was the first actress to play Lucy van Pelt from the Peanuts comic strip.

Anson Williams is scheduled to appear at the annual Beverly Hills Theatre Guild luncheon on Sunday, Mar. 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The theme of this year’s luncheon will be “The Hollywood Renaissance,” while the highlight of the program will be a tribute to the films and television series of Garry Marshall. Proceeds from the luncheon will help the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild fund their annual national playwriting competitions. For more information, call (310) 765-1605 go to BeverlyHillsTheatreGuild.com.

Show No. 436, Hour 2 with guest Loretta Swit
Original Airdates: Feb. 1-3, 2019
Ed, Tony and Donna accompany Emmy Award-winning actress, artist and animal rights activist Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H, SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit) on a walk through Central Park as she discusses her efforts on behalf of all animals; her support of our veterans; how she keeps herself in shape; and why she will never retire. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart will be donated to Loretta’s endless campaign to end animal suffering and cruelty. Loretta Swit will be one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars party held in the Paladium in Hollywood on Sunday, February 24, the night of the Academy Awards. Also in this hour: Television historian Steve Beverly talks about his friendships with such game show legends as Bob Barker and Monty Hall. Steve hosts Steve Beverly’s TV Classics, a weekly three-hour TCM-like festival of classic TV shows from the 1950s and ‘60s that streams every week from EPlusTV Channel 6 in Jackson, TN.

Show No. 436, Hour 1  with guest Steve Beverly
Original Airdates: Feb. 1-3, 2019
Ed welcomes Steve Beverly, television historian and professor of communications arts at Union University (Jackson, TN). Topics include how Jackson 24/7, the daily student-produced newscast that Steve supervises at Union University, teaches students “triage” in the broadcast journalism sense of word, and how the death of Robin Williams inspired Steve to become an advocate for mental health, particularly among TV news professionals. A member of the National Association on Mental Illness, Steve Beverly is ready, willing and able to speak to any television news operation in America about depression, as well as recognizing and coping with surviving vulnerabilities to mental illness in one of the most rewarding but highest-stress professions: TV news. Contact Steve directly for more information about the seminars he provides.

Show No. 435, Hour 2 with guest Titus Welliver
Original Airdates: Jan. 25-27, 2019
Ed welcomes Titus Welliver, the actor who stars as LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch on the Amazon Prime series Bosch. Topics include Titus’ background as an artist; his remedies for fighting colds brought on at the end of each season; what he learned from Mark Harmon when they worked together on NCIS; and how Titus sometimes unwinds by reading Marvel comics and binge-watching sixties TV shows. Season Five of Bosch will premiere later in 2019 on Amazon Prime, while the series has already been renewed for a sixth season. Also in this hour: The final segment of our conversation with Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls.

Show No. 435, Hour 1 with guests Michael Learned, Douglas Howard and David Bianculli
Original Airdates: Jan. 25-27, 2019
Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned (The Waltons, Nurse) talks to Ed about how she approaches every performance as Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy as a clean slate, no matter how many times she has played the character. Michael recently reprised the role in the Laguna Playhouse production of Driving Miss Daisy. She can also be seen in the short film Second Acts, plus she will be one of the three recipients of this year’s Icon Award at the annual Oscars party on Sunday, February 24. Also in this hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, co-editors of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls. Topics include the controversial endings of St. Elsewhere, Seinfeld, and The Sopranos and the landmark final episode of M*A*S*H. Plus: Greg Ehrbar discusses the DVD releases of Seasons 4 through 9 of SuperFriends.

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

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

Show No. 433 with guests David Steinberg and David Bianculli
Original Airdates: Jan. 11-13, 2019
First hour: Ed welcomes David Steinberg, Robin Williams’ manager for more than forty years, and the executive producer of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, the critically acclaimed HBO documentary from 2018 that is just one part of Robin Williams: Comic Genius, an astonishing new collection of vintage Robin Williams material that is now available on DVD. Also in this hour: David Bianculli, author of Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and co-editor of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, discusses the recent passing of Emmy Award-winner comedy writer and actor Bob Einstein. Plus: Chris Korman shares a few thoughts on the passing of his friend Ken Berry. Second hour: An encore presentation of our January 2018 interview with Ken Berry. Topics include Ken’s early years with the Billy Barnes Revue, his friendship with Buster Keaton, the important roles that Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Leonard Nimoy all played at various points of Ken’s career, and, of course, his successful runs on F Troop, Mayberry, R.F.D., and Mama’s Family

Show No. 432 with guests Kirk Bovill, Steve Randisi and Meggie Jones
Original Airdates: Jan. 4-6, 2019
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Phil Gries and Steve Randisi about the legacy of Merv Griffin. Steve’s latest book, The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, is a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television. Topics this week include how Merv’s success in first-run syndication prompted CBS to bring The Merv Griffin Show to late night in 1969, where it competed against Johnny Carson and Joey Bishop for the first three-way late night competition in network TV history—and how circumstances beyond Merv’s control handicapped the show throughout its entire three-year tenure on CBS. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the DVD releases of the Filmation animated version of Flash Gordon and the revivals of He-Man. Second hour: Film and television actor Kirk Bovill talks to Ed about his decision to pursue acting while he was in his forties—and the role that Robin Williams, Kevin Hart, Dick Van Dyke and Kirk’s own house all played in helping him make that transition. Kirk Bovill currently appears as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, opposite Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, in the Golden Globe Award-winning satirical biopic, Vice. Vice is playing in theaters everywhere. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Meggie Jones, creator of Nutrient Touch, a Vegan product that keeps horses, dogs, and cats of all ages healthy and strong. Meggie is also co-founder of Nutrient BodySculpt, a product that people can use to tighten and tone their body, refresh nutrients, and hydrate the skin. Among the many loyal users of Nutrient BodySculpt are celebrities Loretta Swit, Ben Vereen, Dawn Wells and Lindsay Wagner.

Show No. 431 with guest Josh Mills
Original Airdates: Dec. 28-30, 2018
First hour: Part 2 of our November 2017 interview with Josh Mills, curator of the estates of Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs, and the executive producer of Take a Good Look: The Definitive Collection. Topics include a preview of some of the events and items that are in store to celebrate the centennial birthday of Ernie Kovacs in January 2019. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the recent DVD releases of Huckleberry Hound, The Yogi Bear Show and Kwicky Koala. Second hour: From December 2011: An encore presentation of our New Year’s Eve edition of the Sounds of Lost Television with audio highlights of vintage TV New Year’s Eve celebrations featuring Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians that originally aired on CBS, ABC, and local television, including rarely heard audio of Howard Cosell covering the iconic ball drop at midnight from Times Square, New York.

Show No. 430 with guests Wink Martindale and Marc Cushman
Original Airdates: Dec. 14-17, 2018
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Marc Cushman, author of Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, Volume 1: 1965-1979, an in-depth biography and discography that covers the first fifteen years of the group’s history. Topics this week include the origins of the band, the longstanding relationship between The Moody Blues and The Beatles, and how the Moodies changed the way in which music artists released albums. Chuck Harter co-hosts this segment. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the new DVD release of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and how the casting of Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire and Keenan Wynn were all inspired choices. Greg not only provides audio commentary for Santa Claus, but appears in The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass, the excellent documentary that is part of the DVD package. Second hour: Ed welcomes longtime radio host, author, and game show legend Wink Martindale (Gambit, Debt, Tic Tac Dough, Winking at Life, “Deck of Cards”). Wink’s new spoken word recording, “Heavenly Child,” which pays tribute to Elvis Presley, is now available through iTunes. Wink also hosts and produces the 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time, the annual countdown that will be heard on hundreds of radio stations across the country on Christmas Day. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of The Perry Como Show on Christmas Eve night, 1948.

Show No. 429 with guests Carole Wells and Steve Randisi
Original Airdates: Dec. 7-10, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes Steve Randisi, author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, a comprehensive history of The Merv Griffin Show on television that also provides insight into Merv Griffin the performer, Merv the producer, and Merv the human being. Phil Gries co-hosts the segment. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the new DVD releases of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Among the extra features included in each package is The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass, an excellent documentary that examines the impact that animators Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass had on television in the 1960s and 1970s, and how they have continued to influence the makers of holiday films and holiday TV programs today. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress and author Carole Wells. Carole’s latest book, Hijacked: An Eyewitness Account of Evil, relives the events of Sept. 27, 1977, when she, along with 155 other passengers and fourteen crew members, found their flight to Bangkok hijacked by members of the terrorist group The Japanese Red Army. The ordeal lasted five days, but it left a scar on Carole that did not begin to heal until forty years later.

Show No. 428 with guests Marty Krofft and Marc Cushman
Original Airdates: Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes award-winning screenwriter, director, and music and television historian Marc Cushman (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, Diagnosis Murder, Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, An Evening with the Golddiggers, These Are The Voyages). Marc’s latest book, Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, Volume 1: 1965-1979 is an in-depth biography and discography that covers the first fifteen years of the group’s history (roughly coinciding with the Mike Pinder era). Long Distance Voyagers includes original interviews with founding members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, plus thousands of vintage interviews, reviews, record chart statistics, and more. Chuck Harter co-hosts this segment. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar takes a look at the various DVD configurations of All in the Family. Second hour: Iconic television producer Marty Krofft talks to Ed about how both The Banana Splits and the musical puppet show Les Poupées de Paris helped launch the careers of he and his brother, Sid; the Krofft brothers’ many collaborations with Charles Fox, including H.R. Pufnstuf and Lidsville; the appeal of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters; and their upcoming science series starring Mayim Bialik.