Listen Free – Here’s The 10 Most Recent Shows
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Show No. 420 with guest Michael Learned
Original Airdates: Sept. 21-24, 2018
First hour: A tribute to film and television actor Burt Reynolds featuring highlights from previously broadcast conversations with people who knew and worked with him, including actors Richard Anderson and James Best and director Ralph Senensky. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews Sid Caesar: The Works, the five-DVD tribute set from Shout! Factory that includes such previously unreleased-to-DVD material as Ten from Your Show of Shows, The Chevy Show, the Emmy Award-winning CBS reunion special from 1967, and Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner in conversation with Billy Crystal at the Paley Center from 2014. If you order Sid Caesar: The Works directly through ShoutFactory.com, you will receive a bonus disc, Sid Caesar: Extra Portion, which features more than two hours of additional material. Second hour: Four-time Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned (The Waltons, Nurse, Life Interrupted) talks to Ed about the genuine love that Waltons creator Earl Hamner had for his mother and his family, and how grateful she is for her experience on The Waltons because it gave her a second family. Michael will be honored by the Family Film Awards with their annual Legend Award on Thursday, Sept. 27, plus she recently completed production on the short film Second Acts. She will also reprise the role of Miss Daisy in a stage production of Driving Miss Daisy in January 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our conversation from June 2014 with actor/comedian Bill Daily (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show).
Show No. 419 with guests Cy Chermak, Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger
Original Airdates: Sept. 14-17, 2018
First hour: Greg Ehrbar joins Ed for Part 2 of our conversation with Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger. Will is the star, along with Nick Santa Maria, and Michael is the writer, producer and director, of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster, a collection of five 1930s-style comedies that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams. The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster also includes 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. (Four of the five shorts, (“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat” and “Bride of Finklestein,” are also available for viewing on demand on Amazon, Vudu and other streaming platforms, under the umbrella title The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster.) The hour also includes a surprise appearance by Emmy Award-winning writer and producer and former Disney Records producer Jymn Magon. Second hour: Ed welcomes award-winning television producer Cy Chermak (The Virginian, Ironside, CHiPs, Kolchak: The Night Stalker). Cy’s book, The Show Runner: An Insider’s Guide to Successful TV Production, tells you everything you need to know to succeed as a producer in television today, from the importance of a good concept, keeping it believable, and staying on top of the writing, to staying within budget and knowing when to delegate responsibilities while still maintaining control. The Show Runner also addresses such topical issues as the #MeToo movement (and, specifically, how to avoid the pitfalls of the casting couch), how to deal with the media, and how to protect your stars, plus insight into the likes of James Drury, Doug McClure, David Hartman, Darren McGavin, and David Chase.
Show No. 418 with guests Bob Bergen, Lili Bordán and Geoffrey Mark
Original Airdates: Sept. 7-10, 2018
First hour: Actress Lili Bordán (The Nun, Book Club, Curtiz) talks to Ed about having “good nun experiences” while attending Catholic school growing up; meeting one of her idols, Diane Keaton, as a result of making Book Club; and the upcoming premiere of the biopic Curtiz at the Montreal World Film Festival. The Nun is now playing in theaters everywhere. Also in this hour: Geoffrey Mark shares the back stories of “Miss Otis Regrets,” “Basin Street Blues” and other songs featured on the long-awaited two-CD set that is part of the Deluxe Edition of his latest book, Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald. Geoff will perform some of the songs of Ella Fitzgerald on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Santa Monica Public Library. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Emmy Award-nominated actor Bob Bergen, the voice of Porky Pig since March 1990, and a living breathing reminder that, with hard work, determination and a little luck here and there, you really can make your childhood dreams come true. Topics include the generosity of the voice artist community, Bob’s friendship with voice legend June Foray, how he came to meet his idol, Mel Blanc, and why performing voice work in animated shows and movies requires great physical stamina.
Also an accomplished voice teacher, Bob Bergen is in his thirty-first year teaching his animation voice workshop in Los Angeles. He also travels the U.S. and Canada teaching weekend voiceover workshops, plus he offers private sessions. For more information, contact Bob through his website.
Show No. 417 with guests Trine Christensen, Adam Sharp, Ali Agirnas and Chuck Harter
Original Airdate: Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018
First hour: Trine Christensen, the actress who plays Jacob Gustavson’s wife on Godless and The Saint of Killers’ wife on Preacher, talks to Ed about the challenges of playing a character who does not have a first name, and how she recently “found her game” while learning comedy improvisation skills with the Upright Citizens Brigade. Also in this hour: Music and TV historian Chuck Harter remembers the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul. Second hour: Ed welcomes Adam Sharp, interim president of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (aka The Daytime Emmy Awards) and former Head of News, Government and Elections at Twitter. Topics include how the Daytime Emmy Awards more than doubled its viewership from last year’s telecast—without being televised on a traditional network; why daytime TV in its many formats remains viable today; the difference between false news and fake news, and what to look for so that you don’t fall for either. Also in this hour: Ali Agirnas, the actor who plays Nicholas Gustavson on Godless, talks to Ed about becoming an actor after a successful career as an entrepreneur, his passion for surfing, and how proud he was to speak his father’s native language when he played a Turkish detective on the NBC series The Brave.
Show No. 416 with guests David Arnoff and Chuck Harter
Original Airdates: Aug. 24-27, 2018
First hour: Chuck Harter joins Ed for Part 2 of our look at the era of pop music TV shows from the mid to late 1960s. This week we focus on such syndicated shows as The Lloyd Thaxton Show, Shebang (with Casey Kasem), Hollywood a Go Go (aka Ninth Street West), Shivaree, and Groovy. Second hour: Ed welcomes iconic rock photographer David Arnoff. Known among followers of punk rock and underground music, David’s interest in music—and, particularly, the music of British bands—was shaped by such shows as Shindig, Hullabaloo, The Lloyd Thaxton Show and other pop music shows that he watched as a teenager in the 1960s. Topics include the Beatles concert at Dodger Stadium in 1966 (which David attended, along with Robert Crane); meeting Boyce and Hart and Davy Jones of The Monkees by accident; and how a lot of punk artists, such as Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, were fans of such shows as The Honeymooners and The Untouchables. David’s book, Shot in the Dark: The Collected Photography of David Arnoff, is a collection of more than 150 black and white photographs, circa 1976 to 1985, of such punk rock performers as Patti Smith, The Clash, Blondie, Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch, X, The Damned, Ian Dury, Misfits, The Ramones, The Cramps, Lux Interior, Poison Ivy, David Johansen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joan Jett, and Elvis Costello—all in their prime and, in many cases, before they become well known to the public. Shot in the Dark also includes personal insights and eyewitness accounts from many of the artists photographed in the book, including Motorhead, Nick Cave, X, Jayne/Wayne County, Walter Lure, and The Dead Boys.
Show No. 415: Remembering Charlotte Rae and Ron Satlof
Original Airdate: Aug. 17-20, 2018
First hour: From October 2010: Television producer and director Ron Satlof (McCloud, Misconceptions, Perry Mason Returns) talks to Ed about working with Martin Scorsese early in his career as a second A.D. on Mean Streets and how Scorsese’s meticulous preparation had an enormous influence on Ron’s later career as a director and independent filmmaker. Also in this hour: This being Elvis week, we salute the King with a replay of our August 2017 conversation with actor Michael Dante about working with Elvis in Kid Galahad and their friendship that lasted until Presley’s death. Second hour: From October 2015: Ed welcomes actress Charlotte Rae (The Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes, Car 54, Where Are You?). Also in this hour: Sixties film historian Tom Lisanti, author of Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies, talks to Ed about the evolution of “The Elvis Movie.”
Show No. 414 with guests Adrienne Barbeau, Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger
Original Airdate: 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.