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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).

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.

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