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.