TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 580 with guests Joseph Dougherty, David Koenig, Andrew Erish, and Dan Farren is now available for listening on demand as a free podcast

America’s First Great Motion Picture Studio
Original Airdates: June 10-12, 2022
TVC 580.1: Ed welcomes film historian Andrew Erish, author of Vitagraph: America’s First Great Motion Picture Studio, a comprehensive history of The Vitagraph Company, the first major motion picture studio in the United States, yet a company that is virtually forgotten, despite establishing many of the norms of movie making as we know it today. Vitagraph: America’s First Great Motion Picture Studio is available wherever books are sold.

Vitagraph Studios, “Pop” Rock, and Thomas Edison
Original Airdates: June 10-12, 2022
TVC 580.2: Film historian Andrew Erish, author of Vitagraph: America’s First Great Motion Picture Studio, discusses the vital role that businessman William T. “Pop” Rock played in stabilizing the fortunes of The Vitagraph Company, as well as the studio’s often contentious relationship with inventor Thomas Edison. Vitagraph: America’s First Great Motion Picture Studio is available wherever books are sold.

Vitagraph Studios, Sonny Jim, and Moe Howard
Original Airdates: June 10-12, 2022
TVC 580.3: Film historian Andrew Erish, author of Vitagraph: America’s First Great Motion Picture Studio, talks to Ed about how The Vitagraph Company not only made movies that appealed to every aspect of society, but was one of the first to make “socially responsible” films (such as An Easter Lily, an entry in the popular Sonny Jim comedy series that addressed racial prejudice). Other topics include how Moe Howard got his start by appearing in several Vitagraph movies before becoming a star with The Three Stooges. Vitagraph: America’s First Great Motion Picture Studio is available wherever books are sold.


The Texture of Columbo

Original Airdates: June 10-12, 2022
TVC 580.4: A special roundtable discussion devoted to Columbo, including the original NBC series (1971-1978); Prescription: Murder, the play by Richard Levinson and William Link that begat Columbo (and which eventually led to the two Columbo pilots, Prescription: Murder and Ransom for a Dead Man); and how the ABC revival (1989-2003) holds up, compared to the original series. Joining us on the panel are Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, director, playwright, and author Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething, Pretty Little Liars, Saving Grace, Chester Bailey); David Koenig, author of Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective; writer/producer Dan Farren (Story Salon); and Tony Figueroa of This Week in TV History.

Jackson Gillis and the Mount Rushmore of Columbo Writers
Original Airdates: June 10-12, 2022
TVC 580.5: Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething, Pretty Little Liars), author David Koenig (Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective), writer/producer Dan Farren (Story Salon), and Tony Figueroa of This Week in TV History discuss the often unheralded contributions of mystery writer Jackson Gillis to Columbo; why the episodes shepherded by Richard Alan Simmons and Patrick McGoohan were more character-driven than mystery-driven; and why shoes were important to Columbo. Shooting Columbo is available through Amazon.com. Joseph Dougherty’s latest book, A Screenwriter’s Companion, is available for pre-order through Fayetteville Mafia Press.

Columbo: The Inverted Barney Miller
Original Airdates: June 10-12, 2022
TVC 580.6: Our special roundtable discussion devoted to Columbo, featuring Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething, Pretty Little Liars, Saving Grace, Chester Bailey), David Koenig, author of Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective, writer/producer Dan Farren (Story Salon), and Tony Figueroa of This Week in TV History continues. Joseph Dougherty’s latest book, A Screenwriter’s Companion, is available for pre-order through Fayetteville Mafia Press.

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