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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).

Show No. 404 with guests Neil Sandilands, Lili Bordán and Lisa Hackett
Original Airdate
: May 11-14, 2018
First hour: Actress Lili Bordán (Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, The River, Max’s Midnight Movies) talks to Ed about filming the crime thriller Live or Die in La Honda on location in the historic town of La Honda, California; playing iconic Warner Bros. story editor Irene Lee in the upcoming biopic Curtiz (which depicts the events behind the scenes of the production of Casablanca); and what music she listens to when dancing in her car. Lili also appears with Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen and Diane Keaton in the romantic comedy Book Club, which opens in movie theaters nationwide on Friday, May 18; Live or Die in La Honda is available for streaming on demand through Amazon and other platforms. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Lisa Hackett, one of the daughters of legendary comedian and actor Buddy Hackett, and the executive in charge of licensing and distribution requests for Hackett Entertainment. Topics include Buddy’s short-lived series, Stanley (NBC, 1956-1957), one of the last live sitcoms from the Golden Age of Television, and the first television series role for Carol Burnett; and how Buddy revolutionized how comedy concerts were filmed for cable television. All nineteen episodes of Stanley are available as a DVD set, while two of Buddy’s live comedy specials for HBO, Buddy Hackett: Live and Uncensored 1 and Buddy Hackett: Live and Uncensored 2 are available for streaming on demand through Google Play, iTunes and Amazon.com. Second hour: Ed welcomes Neil Sandilands, the actor who currently stars as arch villain Clifford Devoe, The Thinker, on Season Four of The Flash. Topics include finding the humanity in characters such as Devoe; Neil’s interest in all aspects of film production, including directing, editing, and cinematography; and why he thinks of himself more as an “interpreter” than an actor. The season finale of The Flash airs Tuesday, May 22 on The CW. Neil can also be seen as Academy Award-winning director Fred Zinnemann in the forthcoming biopic Frank and Ava.

Show No. 403 with guests Leonard Maltin and Joseph Lyle Taylor
Original Airdate: 
May 4-7, 2018
First hour: Ed and Greg welcome esteemed film critic and film historian Leonard Maltin (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide). The Los Angeles City Council recently honored Leonard by declaring this past Tuesday, April 24 as Leonard Maltin Day in Los Angeles. Topics include the origins of his annual Movie Guide, plus some memories of Leonard’s friend Chuck McCann, why the term “instant classic” is an oxymoron, and how he still gets excited when talking to movie stars for his weekly podcast, Maltin on Movies. Also in this hour: Tony, Donna and Ed remember the iconic “Puppy Episode” of Ellen, which originally aired during This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes character actor Joseph Lyle Taylor (Justified, Sneaky Pete, The Glamour of It All). Topics include Joe’s approach to playing heavies such as Frank Hooper on Sneaky Pete, his work with Spike Lee and Prince, and how Joe’s experience as a writer often helps him as an actor. Also this week: An encore edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that includes a 1963 interview with baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays.

Show No. 402 with guests Joyce Bulifant and Geoffrey Mark
Original Airdate:
Apr. 20-23, 2018
First hour: Author, singer, and show business raconteur Geoffrey Mark helps Ed celebrate the centennial birthday of vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Geoffey’s latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald, is a comprehensive biography and discography of the First Lady of Song. For our listeners on the East Coast, Geoffrey will be performing some of the music of Ella Fitzgerald on Wednesday, April 25 at Germano’s in Baltimore, Maryland, and on Sunday, April 29 at the Triad Theater in New York City. For our listeners 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. Both the hardcover edition and the Deluxe Edition of Ella are available at Amazon.com and UltimateSymbol.com/Ella. (There is also an Ella Legend Bundle Edition that includes the book, the two bonus CDs, plus a third CD, Ella at Zardi’s. The Ella Legend Bundle is available exclusively at UltimateSymbol.com/EllaLegendBundle.) Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with Part 2 of our look at the 40th anniversary of the birth of The Blues Brothers, with a particular focus on the many great musicians that Dan Ackroyd introduced to a new generation by way of The Blues Brothers. Second hour: Ed welcomes back actress, author and philanthropist Joyce Bulifant. Joyce’s book, My Four Hollywood Husbands, has become incredibly timely since Joyce’s last visit to our program, vis a vis the #MeToo movement, the Bill Cosby trial, the Thomas Fire and the Montecito flood. Joyce talks to Ed about how her faith helped her deal with the loss of two homes during her lifetime, plus she shares a few memories about her experience on Match Game, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Thy Neighbor, The Happiest Millionaire, Airplane! and working with her son director John Asher.

Show No. 401 with guests Judy Norton and Chuck Harter
Original Airdate:
Apr. 13-16, 2018
First hour: Documentary writer Chuck Harter (Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees) joins Ed, Tony and Donna for Part 2 of our look at the history of The Monkees and their impact on music and television. Topics include the songs written by Boyce and Hart, Neil Diamond and Mike Nesmith (and particularly how Mike’s songs each have a distinct signature of their own); how the Monkees world tour of 1967 changed the dynamics of The Monkees television series (both seasons of which are now available on Blu-ray) while also revolutionizing sound systems for live concerts; the Monkees feature motion picture Head; and how the ill-fated NBC special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee marked the beginning of the end of the group. An accomplished musician himself, Chuck also performs two Monkees tunes. Second hour: Ed welcomes Judy Norton, the actress known around the world as Mary Ellen Walton on The Waltons. Judy recently wrote, produced and stars in Inclusion Criteria, a psychological thriller that is now available for streaming on demand on Amazon. Topics include how Judy came to write Inclusion Criteria; her offbeat web series Disorganized Zone; the decade she spent as a writer, director and performer in Canada; and working with Broadway star Tammy Grimes on The Tammy Grimes Show.

Show No. 400 with guests Marion Ross and Chuck Harter
Original Airdate: 
Apr. 6-9, 2018
First hour:
Chuck Harter joins Ed, Tony and Donna for Part 1 of a two-part look at the legacy of The Monkees and their impact on music and television. Chuck wrote Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees, the acclaimed documentary that originally aired on The Disney Channel, and for which Chuck interviewed Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and other key people behind the Monkees phenomenon. An accomplished musician in his right, Chuck also performs “I Wanna Be Free” live in the studio. Also in this hour: A look at the 40th anniversary of The Blues Brothers, and how Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi kept the rights to the characters separate and apart from Saturday Night Live. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome back Marion Ross, the actress known around the world as “Mrs. C” on Happy Days. Marion’s memoir, My Days: Happy and Otherwise, is an inspiring story about how a young girl from Albert Lea, Minnesota dreamed at a young age that she would be an actress—and how Marion set about making that dream come true, never losing sight of that goal, despite facing such real life challenges as a dysfunctional marriage, her first husband’s alcoholism, going through the pain of divorce, overcoming financial struggles and raising two children on her own as a working mom. My Days: Happy and Otherwise also includes great stories about Marion’s work alongside Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis and her idol, Noel Coward, plus memories from her Happy Days cast mates—including the very last interviews ever given by Garry Marshall and Erin Moran.

For our listeners in Southern California, Marion Ross will be appearing at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, April 14 beginning at 3pm.

On behalf of everyone at TV Confidential, our heartfelt thanks to all of our guests, affiliates, sponsors, patrons and, above all, our listeners for all of your feedback and support over the past 400 shows. We look forward to bringing you more great programs in the weeks and months to come.

Show No. 399 with guest Wesley Hyatt
Original Airdate: 
Mar. 23-26, 2018
First hour:
Greg Ehrbar reviews the complete series DVD release of Coach, along with Shout! Factory’s DVD release of Take a Good Look, the offbeat comedy game show hosted by Ernie Kovacs. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember “A House Divided,” the episode of Dallas that triggered the “Who Shot J.R.” phenomenon in the summer of 1980. Second hour: Author and pop culture historian Wesley Hyatt joins Ed for a look at the network TV career of legendary comedian Bob Hope. Wes’ latest book, Bob Hope on TV: Thanks for the Video Memories, is a decade-by-decade encyclopedic look at nearly 1,000 hours of Hope’s appearances on television from 1950 through 1996, including Hope’s annual Christmas specials, his fourteen appearances as host of the Academy Awards, his numerous guest appearances on variety shows and daytime and late night talk shows, his weekly anthology series, his acting roles on such shows as I Love Lucy, Get Smart, The Odd Couple and The Simpsons and, of course, the nearly 200 comedy variety spectaculars that Hope hosted on NBC for more than forty-five years.

Show No. 398: How Would You Define a Classic TV Show?
Original Airdate: 
Mar. 16-19, 2018
First hour:
What exactly are the markers of a classic TV series: Is it the era in which the show originally aired, such as the Golden Age of Television? Does it have to do with the show’s impact on television, then and now, regardless of when it aired? Can a show that premiered over the past decade be considered a classic? Tony, Donna and Ed explore these questions and more as part of a special roundtable discussion. Second hour: An encore presentation of our April 2013 tribute to singer/actress Annette Funicello, featuring Greg Ehrbar (Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records) and Jennifer Armstrong (Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of The Mickey Mouse Club).

If you have your thoughts on what makes a classic TV show “classic,” feel free to join the conversation by emailing us, talk@tvconfidential.net, or posting a comment on our Facebook page or via Twitter. We will work your comments into a future edition of TV Confidential.

Show No. 397 with guests Lou Antonio and Geoffrey Mark
Original Airdate: 
Mar. 9-12, 2018
First hour:
Part 2 of our conversation with Geoffrey Mark, author of Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Birthday Edition, a comprehensive biography, discography and videography of the legendary First Lady of Song. Topics include Ella’s remarkable ability to sing virtually any song, from any era (and still make it sound like her own), her numerous appearances on television all over the world (including her famous Memorex commercials), and how she first learned what it meant to be a star with the help of Marilyn Monroe. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen devote This Week in TV History to the career of late night TV talk show Dick Cavett. Second hour: Part 2 of our conversation with actor, director and screenwriter Lou Antonio. Topics include Lou’s work with David Janssen, James Arness, Elia Kazan, Wayne Rogers, Lee Remick, Ralph Waite and Jaclyn Smith, plus the role Lou played in discovering such talents as Henry Thomas and Renee Zellweger. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD releases of The Roman Holidays and Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle.

Lou Antonio’s recently released memoir, Cool Hand Lou: My Fifty Years in Hollywood and on Broadway, is available in softcover and as an eBook through McFarland Books. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187. If you’d like an autographed edition of Cool Hand Lou from Lou Antonio himself, you can contact Lou through his website, LouAntonio.com.

Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Edition is available in hardcover through Ultimate Symbol. There is also a deluxe edition of the book that includes a bonus two-CD set with more than forty studio/live tracks of Ella in her prime. All forty tracks in the CD set were personally selected by Geoffrey Mark himself from all four of Ella’s major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo. The bonus two-CD set is exclusive to the book and can only be purchased directly at UltimateSymbol.com/ella. Proceeds from the sale of the deluxe edition will be donated to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation to further Ella’s desire to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.

Show No. 396 with guests Beverly Gray and Geoffrey Mark
Original Airdate: Mar. 2-5, 2018
First hour:
Beverly Gray, author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation and onetime story editor for Roger Corman, joins Ed for a look at both this year’s nine Best Picture nominations and the Academy Awards broadcast of April 1968—a ceremony that was postponed because of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the thirty-fifth anniversary of the final episode of M*A*S*H and the series’ impact on television. Second hour: Ed welcomes Geoffrey Mark, author of Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Birthday Edition, a comprehensive biography, discography and videography of the legendary First Lady of Song.

Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Edition is available in hardcover through Ultimate Symbol. There is also a deluxe edition of the book that includes a bonus two-CD set with more than forty studio/live tracks of Ella in her prime. All forty tracks in the CD set were personally selected by Geoffrey Mark himself from all four of Ella’s major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo. The bonus two-CD set is exclusive to the book and can only be purchased directly at UltimateSymbol.com/ella. Proceeds from the sale of the deluxe edition will be donated to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation to further Ella’s desire to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.

Show No. 395 with guest Lou Antonio
Original Airdate: Feb. 23-26, 2018
First hour:
An expanded edition of This Week in TV History that includes a tribute to Fred Rogers and MisterRogers’ Neighborhood, plus a look at the 30th anniversary of the premiere of The Wonder Years, the 45th anniversary of the debut of The Midnight Special and the dawn of network late night television as we know it today. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor, director and screenwriter Lou Antonio. Lou’s many credits in front and behind the camera include Cool Hand Luke, Splendor in the Grass, America America, The Phynx, Star Trek, Mission: Batangas, The Snoop Sisters, Dog and Cat, Makin’ It, Something for Joey, C.S.I., The Guardian and The Rockford Files. Lou’s recently released memoir, Cool Hand Lou: My Fifty Years in Hollywood and on Broadway, not only provides a window into the ups and downs of an artist’s life, but shares many great stories of his work alongside some of the biggest names in stage, film and television, including Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Eli Wallach, Julie Andrews, Julie Harris, Edward Albee, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett, George C. Scott, Michael J. Fox, Dennis Weaver, Jaclyn Smith, Elizabeth Montgomery, Heath Ledger, Louis Gossett Jr., Candice Bergen, Renee Zellweger, Lee Remick, Richard Burton, Peter Ustinov, Laurence Olivier, David Janssen and James Garner.

Cool Hand Lou is available in softcover and as an eBook through McFarland Books. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187. If you’d like an autographed edition of Cool Hand Lou from Lou Antonio himself.

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