Michelle Danner, Norma Maldonado, plus 50 Years of The Waltons: Next on TVC

Actress and filmmaker Michelle Danner and actress Norma Maldonado will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Dec. 9-12 at the following times and venues:

WBRT 97.1 FM and 1320 AM (Bardstown, KY) Fri 9am ET 6am PT
KSAV: Share-a-Vision Radio (San Francisco Bay Area) Fri 7pm ET and PT
RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA) Fri 10pm ET 7pm PT and Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT
Third Eye Radio (Bainbridge, GA) Sat 5am ET 2am PT and Wed 7pm ET 4pm PT
WTCA AM 1050 and FM 106.1 (South Bend/Plymouth, IN) Sat 6am ET, 3am PT
WKXO AM 1500 and FM 103.5 (Lexington-Fayette/Richmond/Berea, KY) Sat 8am ET, 5am PT
KZFX HD-3 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest/California City, CA) Sat Noon ET 9am PT
WHBL AM 1330 and FM 101.5 (Sheboygan/Milwaukee/Green Bay, WI) Sat 2pm CT Noon PT
KSCJ AM 1360 and FM 94.9 (Sioux City, IA) Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT
America One Radio (Atlanta, GA) Sat 7pm ET, 4pm PT
Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN) Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT
Biz Talk Radio AM/FM (Paducah, KY) Sat 8pm CT, 6pm PT
KFMO AM 1240 (Park Hills/Farmington/St. Louis, MO) Sat 9pm CT, 7pm PT
920 WON The Apple (Brooklyn, NY) Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Bull 99.1 FM and KIKO AM 1340 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ) Sat 8pm MT, Sun 7pm MT
WLAD AM 800 and FM 94.1 (Danbury, CT) Sun 5am ET, 2am PT
STP Radio (Fort Wayne, IN) Sun 6am ET, 3am PT
KSCO AM 1080 and FM 104.1 (San Jose/Santa Cruz/Salinas, CA) Sun 9am ET, 6am PT
KOMY AM 1340 (La Selva Beach/Watsonville, CA) Sun 9am ET, 6am PT
Rattler 97.3 FM and KBSZ AM 1260 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ) Sun 7am MT 6am PT
Stay Tuned America (Dodge Center, MN) Sun 5pm CT, 3pm PT
CROC Radio (Kimberley, BC, Canada) Sun 7pm ET, 4pm PT
KLTF AM 960 (St. Cloud/Little Falls, MN) Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT
KPLT AM 1490 and FM 96.3 (Paris, TX) Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT
WDIG AM 1450 (Dothan, AL) Sun 10pm ET, 7pm PT
KHMB AM 1710 / KHMV-LP 100.9 FM (Half Moon Bay, CA) Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET
United as 1 Radio (Bakersfield, CA) Mon 11am ET, 8am PT

The founder of the Creative Center for the Arts and the Los Angeles Acting Conservatory, Michelle Danner is one of the most successful women working in the entertainment industry today, and certainly among its most versatile.

Paul Sorvino in Bad Impulse, one of two films directed by Michelle Danner that featured Sorvino

Besides being a successful actress, teacher, and entrepreneur, Michelle is an accomplished director. She has two films out right now, plus another in development: Miranda’s Victim, a courtroom drama that tells the backstory of the Miranda rights, from the perspective of the woman who was kidnapped and brutally raped by Ernesto Miranda. Michelle is also working on a stage production with Anne Archer that is set to premiere in January. We’ll ask her about these projects, plus she’ll share a few memories of actor Paul Sorvino, whom Michelle directed on two occasions. Michelle Danner will join us in our second hour.

Norma Maldonado. Photo by Emily Sandifer Photography

Our second hour will also feature Part 1 of a two-part conversation with Norma Maldonado, the actress that most of you know for her recurring role as the telenovela director on Jane the Virgin, as well as her appearances on such top shows as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Good Doctor, Superior Donuts, The Librarians, Modern Family, The Closer, and Amazon’s Mad Dogs.

Norma is one of the stars, along with Mark Hapka and Camila Banus, of Sweet Navidad, a new holiday movie from Lifetime TV about a pastry chef who must partner with a rival chef to create a menu for a grand event in time for Christmas. Sweet Navidad also captures the essence of a Puerto Rican family during the holidays. Sweet Navidad is scheduled to air on Sunday, Dec. 11 and Tuesday, Dec. 13 on Lifetime TV, plus it is available for viewing on demand on Peacock.

Also this week: We’ll play Part 2 of a two-part conversation that began just before Thanksgiving with Randy West, the longtime television announcer, voice artist, and raconteur latest whose latest book, TV Inside Out: Flukes, Flakes, Feuds and Felonies provides a backstage pass to the truest form of reality TV: both the outrageous behavior that many stars exhibit in their pursuit of success, and the inspiring stories of television performers who beat the odds and enjoy their success while still living by The Golden Rule.

Among other topics this week, Randy will tell us the three components that a good game show host must have (as relayed to him by game show impresario Mark Goodson), plus we’ll talk about the controversy that swirled behind the scenes of The Untouchables, prior to production of that show’s two-hour pilot, that included mob threats against the life of executive producer Desi Arnaz. Randy West will join us in our first hour.

(L to R) Kami Cotler, Eric Scott, Richard Thomas, Hollywood Museum founder and president Donelle Dadigan, Leonard Maltin, Michael Learned, Judy Norton. Photo courtesy B. Harlan Boll Public Relations

Plus: With the holidays upon us, many families will be getting together over the coming weeks (in some cases, for the first time since COVID). To get us ready for the season, The Hollywood Museum has put together The Waltons Exhibit, a fabulous new exhibit that celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of the Waltons television series. Featuring original costumes, props from the set, landmark scripts, the typewriter that Waltons creator Earl Hamner used when he wrote scripts for the series, cast-loaned collectables (including the Emmy Awards that Michael Learned won for her performance as Olivia Walton and the dress that Mary McDonough wore in the episode in which Erin Walton got married), and more, The Waltons Exhibit is now on display at The Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA, in the historic Max Factor building.

(L to R) Leonard Maltin, Jon Walmsley (via Zoom), Eric Scott, Richard Thomas, Michael Learned, Judy Norton, and Kami Cotler in conversation at the Hollywood Museum. Photo courtesy B. Harlan Boll Public Relations

Seven of the original cast members of The Waltons—Michael Learned, Richard Thomas, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley, Mary McDonough, Eric Scott, and Kami Cotler—helped celebrate the launch of the Waltons Exhibit by participating in a special roundtable discussion moderated by film critic Leonard Maltin. TV Confidential was also there that day, and we’ll bring you audio highlights of that discussion as part of our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 9am ET, 6am PT on WBRT AM 1320/FM 97.1 (Bardstown, KY)
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat 5am ET, 2am PT and Wed 7pm ET, 4pm PT on Third Eye Radio Network (Bainbridge, GA)
Sat 6am ET, 3am PT on WTCA 1050 AM and 106.1 FM (South Bend/Plymouth, IN)
Sat 8am ET, 5am PT on WKXO 1500 AM and 103.5 FM (Lexington-Fayette/Richmond/Berea, KY)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KZFX FM (Ridgecrest/California City, CA)
Sat 2pm CT, Noon PT on WHBL AM 1330 and FM 101.5 (Sheboygan/Milwaukee/Green Bay, WI)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT on KSCJ 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 7pm ET, 4pm PT on America One Radio (Atlanta, GA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 9pm CT, 7pm pm PT on KFMO-AM 1240 (Park Hills/Farmington/St. Louis, MO)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on 920 WON The Apple  (Brooklyn, NY)
Sat 8pm MT 7pm PT and Sun 6pm MT 5pm PT on Bull 99.1 FM and KIKO AM 1340 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ)
Sun 5am ET, 2am PT on WLAD-AM 800 and FM 94.1 (Danbury, CT)
Sun 6am ET, 3am PT on WSTP Radio (Fort Wayne, IN)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose/Santa Cruz/Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach/Watsonville, CA)
Sun 8pm MT 7pm PT on Rattler 97.3 FM and KBSZ AM 1260 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ)
Sun 5pm CT, 3pm PT on Stay Tuned America (Dodge Center, MN)
Sun 7pm ET, 4pm PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT on KLTF-AM 960 (St. Cloud/Little Falls, MN)
Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT on KPLT AM and FM (Paris, TX)
Sun 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WDIG AM (Dothan, AL)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 11am ET, 8am PT on United as 1 Radio (Bakersfield, CA)

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