Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Author, journalist and screenwriter Robert Crane on interviewing Bruce Dern, Traci Lords, John Wayne, John Candy, Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Joan Rivers, Phil Hartman, Roseanne Barr, Koko the Gorilla and other creatives at a time when industry people spoke their minds freely without self and organizational censorship. Bob’s new book, Hollywood Plateau, is available now in softcover and as an eBook

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 410 with guests Steve Bluestein and Donelle Dadigan is now available online for listening on demand

Show No. 410 with guests Steve Bluestein and Donelle Dadigan
Original Airdate: July 6-9, 2018
Listen to “TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 410 with guests Steve Bluestein and Donelle Dadigan” on Spreaker.
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.

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via Time-Life: Sock It to Me! Season Five of Laugh-In becomes available at retail for the very first time beginning Tuesday 7/10. Six-DVD set includes the show’s landmark 100th episode, plus new cast members Richard Dawson along with such guest stars as Gene Hackman and Raquel Welch

Political correctness met its match with Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, NBC-TV’s groundbreaking variety series that became a cultural touchstone and part of the fabric of ’60s-’70s era America. Every Monday night at 8pm from 1968-1973, straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin led a supremely talented comic ensemble through a gut-busting assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs that left viewers in hysterics and disbelief. ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON, from the award-winning TV DVD archivists at Time Life, makes its retail debut on July 10 in an uproarious set featuring all 24 re-mastered episodes from the fifth season (September 13,1971-March 20, 1972).
 
In THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON, after years of shameless name dropping, Dick finally gets his wish when bombshell Raquel Welch kicks off the new season with her first and only appearance on the show. Former Hogan’s Heroes POWs Richard Dawson and Larry Hovis escaped CBS to join the cast. And, along with alumni Judy Carne, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and Teresa Graves, they help to celebrate Laugh-In‘s landmark 100th episode (September 1, 1971). THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON also trots out many of the 20th century’s greatest talents, including Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Johnny Cash, Carol Channing, Charo, Petula Clark, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Henry Gibson, Gene Hackman, Rita Hayworth, Hugh Hefner, Bob Hope, Arte Johnson, Paul Lynde, Liza Minnelli, Agnes Moorehead, Joe Namath, Carroll O’Connor, Vincent Price, Carl Reiner, Debbie Reynolds, Sugar Ray Robinson, Bill Russell, Vin Scully, Doc Severinsen, Jacqueline Susann, Tiny Tim, John Wayne, Raquel Welch, Henny Youngman, and more!
THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON also includes such classic features as “Cocktail Party,” “Fickle Finger of Fate,” “Joke Wall,” “Gladys and Tyrone,” “General Bull Right,” “Big Al,” Lily Tomlin’s legendary “Ernestine” and “Edith Ann,” “Tasteful Lady,” and “Ruth Buzzi’s Hollywood Report”. Additionally, Mod, Mod World takes on sports, toys and games, families, politics, nutrition, leisure, year’s end, Manhattan, television, small towns, crazy people, and the theater, Robert Goulet, Charo, and Three Dog Night perform the Laugh-In news song and there’s a hilarious “Salute to Santa” and a very modern Christmas Carol.
CAST
  • Dan Rowan
  • Dick Martin
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Ruth Buzzi
  • Arte Johnson
  • Gary Owens
  • Alan Sues
  • Ann Elder
  • Dennis Allen
  • Barbara Sharma
  • Johnny Brown
  • Larry Hovis
  • Richard Dawson 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
 
Format: DVD/6 Discs
Running Time: 1239 minutes
Genre: TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo
 
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via USA Today: Netflix’s new higher-priced premium service, Ultra, which it is testing out in Europe, prompts fears that the streaming service will also raise subscription costs to U.S. subscribers

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/07/05/netflix-testing-higher-priced-ultra-plan-hdr-video-europe/759073002/

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via Washington Times: Onetime MSNBC host Ed Schultz dies at age 64

Ed Schultz (AP Photo/MSNBC) **FILE**
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/5/ed-schultz-former-msnbc-host-dead-64/

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Steve Bluestein and Donelle Dadigan: Next on TVC

Stand-up comedian, comedy writer and playwright Steve Bluestein and Hollywood Museum founder and president Donelle Dadigan will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing July 6-9 at the following times and venues:

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 7/6
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at KSAV.org
Use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSAV
Hear us on the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil
Hear us on your cell phone or landline number by dialing 712-432-4235

Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Saturday 7/7
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 7/8
10am ET, 7am PT
Click on the player at IndianaTalks.com
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Indiana Talks

WON 920 The Apple
Brooklyn, NY
Saturday 7/7
10pm ET, 7pm PT
Streaming at Live365.com

KSCO AM-1080 and FM-104.1
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY AM-1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 7/8
9am ET, 6am PT
Also streaming at KSCO.com
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSCO

CROC Radio
Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada
Sunday 7/8
1pm ET, 10am PT
Streaming at CROCRadio.com
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in CROC

KHMB AM-1710
KHMV-LP 100.9 FM

Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 7/8
9pm PT
Monday 7/9
Midnight ET
Click on the Listen Live button at KHMBRadio.com

RadioSlot.com
San Francisco, CA
Monday 7/9
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Talk Slot button at RadioSlot.com

PWRNetwork
A member of the Truli Media Group
Ann Arbor, MI ~ Boston, MA ~ Chicago, IL ~ Melrose, FL ~ Los Angeles, CA
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel on PWRNetwork.com
and the PWR channel on TuneIn

His name may not jump out at you immediately, but Steve Bluestein has left his mark on comedy, television, movies and the stage for more than four decades. As a stand-up comedian Steve has performed in venues all over the country, opening for the likes of Barry Manilow, Phyllis Diller, Laurie Kazan and others, while he has appeared on just about every major comedy show and cable channel, including Showtime, HBO, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Evening at the Improv and Caroline’s Comedy Hour. Working behind the scenes, Steve has written for the likes of Norman Lear, Joan Rivers and Liz Torres, as well as such shows as 13 East, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour and the ABC special Playboy’s Playmate Party. He also produced segments for FOX’s Totally Hidden Video and The New Candid Camera for Universal, while audiences saw Steve’s design skills on display when his home was featured on HGTV’s You’re Home. Steve’s first play, Rest, In Pieces, has been optioned for Broadway and is scheduled to be produced in the fall of 2018; his other plays include Alzheimer: A Black Comedy, which had its first staged reading earlier this summer at the Waco Theater in North Hollywood.

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. In many respects, Memoir of a Nobody is also very timely. We’ll tell you why when Steve Bluestein joins us in our second hour.

Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, will join us in our first hour. Among the exhibits on displays this summer are Annette Funicello: America’s Girl Next Door and the Queen of Teen, featuring many personal items of Annette’s, including personal letters, awards, jewelry, wardrobe, dolls, games, props, original movie posters, and a signed pair of Mouseketeer ears; REAL TO REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQs in Hollywood, which returns this summer for its fifth consecutive year; and 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. We’ll cover all of that, and more, with Donelle, including a look at the recently unveiled lobby exhibit honoring the career of Rich Little.

Donelle Dadigan is also the founder of The Jose Iturbi Foundation, which is dedicated to making classical music accessible and enjoyable to people of all ages and walks of life, and to fulfill Iturbi’s desire of bringing emerging talents and prize-winning musicians to the attention of the public. On Thursday, July 12, The Jose Iturbi Foundation will host a concert at The Hollywood Bowl 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.

This week’s show will also remember the passing of Harlan Ellison, the iconoclastic and often cantankerous novelist and screenwriter whose credits for television include “Demon with a Glass Hand,” one of the most famous episodes of the original Outer Limits, and “City on the Edge of Forever,” arguably the most famous episode of the original Star Trek. Our friend Mark Dawidziak, a longtime friend of Ellison’s, will share some memories during our second hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 409 with guests Jerry Houser, Paul Robert Coyle and Dan Davidson is now available online for listening on demand

Show No. 409 with guests Jerry Houser, Paul Robert Coyle and Dan Davidson
Original Airdate: June 29-July 2, 2018
Listen to “TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 409 with guests Jerry Houser, Paul Robert Coyle and Dan Davidson” on Spreaker.
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.

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Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, with a personal remembrance of his friend Harlan Ellison. We’ll replay our conversation with Mark about Ellison from May 2017 next weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL


https://www.cleveland.com/tv-blog/index.ssf/2018/07/remembering_harlan_ellison_the_writer_and_friend.html#incart_river_index

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Pop culture historian Chuck Harter returns with a look at the era of Pop Music TV Shows of the mid to late 1960s, from Shindig and Hullabaloo to Hollywood a Go Go, Shebang! and everything in between

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via KSAV and Susan McCray: Kent McCray, producer of Little House on the Prairie, dies at age 89. Also the husband of network TV casting director (and, later, KSAV Radio personality) Susan McCray, Kent McCray also partnered with Michael Landon on Bonanza, Highway to Heaven and Father Murphy

Kent McCray, a producer and production manager who collaborated with the late Michael Landon on the NBC dramas BonanzaLittle House on the PrairieHighway to Heaven and Father Murphy, has died. He was 89.

McCray died Sunday June 3rd in Los Angeles of natural causes,  four days before his 90th birthday, publicist Jeff Sanderson announced.

While serving as a production manager on Bonanza (he worked on the legendary NBC drama from 1962 until its conclusion in 1973), McCray became friends with Landon, who played Joe Cartwright on the show.

In 1974, McCray was named associate producer of the two-hour pilot for Little House on the Prairie, based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder about a family living on a Minnesota farm in the 1870s. Landon executive produced and starred as Charles Ingalls alongside Karen Grassle (as his wife) and Melissa Gilbert (one of their daughters), then 9 years old.

After the pilot was picked up, McCray produced Little House on the Prairie for its entire nine-season run.

McCray teamed with Landon to produce Father Murphy, starring Merlin Olsen. That show aired two seasons, from 1981-83. He also became a partner in Michael Landon Productions in 1983 and produced Highway to Heaven, which ran from 1984-89 and starred Landon as an angel.

“Because of my personal and working relationship with Michael, I had the freedom to run a production as I saw fit,” the producer wrote in his 2017 memoir, Kent McCray: The Man Behind the Most Beloved Television Shows. “I have always believed that to get the best show, you must have the very best crew and then allow them to do their job without intruding on their expertise.

“There’s nothing more wonderful than looking forward to going to work every day. Because of the mutual respect and love Michael and I felt for each other and our crew family, that dream came true for me.”

In 1991, following the death of Landon (he died of pancreatic cancer at age 54), McCray produced the NBC tribute special Michael Landon: Memories With Laughter and Love.

“I am so blessed to have spent my formative years both personally and professionally under the tutelage of Kent McCray,” Gilbert said in a statement. “Kent was a masterful producer. His job was enormous and difficult, and he carried it out with effortless grace.

“Kent created an environment that allowed all of us who worked with him to grow, thrive and stretch beyond ourselves. He never viewed us as cast or crew, he saw us family. He was fiercely loyal and deeply caring. He was also incredibly funny. His legacy will live on in me and all of us who were lucky enough to have known him.”

Kent Baldwin McCray was born on June 7, 1928, in Hartford, Connecticut. His father, Thomas, was an executive at NBC Radio, and his mother, Dorothy, was a singer and musician.

He attended prep school at the Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire and then earned a full scholarship to study theater arts under Dr. Elemer Nagy at the University of Hartford (formally the Hartt School of Music).

In 1948, McCray spent a summer managing the Central City Opera Association in Colorado, then began his career at NBC in Los Angeles three years later as a production coordinator on the All-Star Revue and The Colgate Comedy Hour. He also worked on such programs as The Red Skelton ShowThis Is Your Life and Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life.

McCray in 1953 was named unit manager on The Buick-Berle Show, starring Milton Berle, and began his association with Bob Hope, which included management of The Bob Hope Show and eventually the comedian’s iconic USO Christmas specials.

Under McCray’s logistical leadership, Hope and his all-star casts traveled to Alaska, Korea, Japan and Europe to entertain the troops.

While working on Bonanza, McCray also served as production manager/producer on NBC’s The High Chaparral.

McCray also produced Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie specials; several telefilms, including the Emmy-winning The Miracle Worker; and the 1984 feature Sam’s Son, starring Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson.

In 1995, McCray became a regent at the University of Hartford, endowed the Kent McCray Television Studio and dedicated The Kent McCray Theatre in the memory of his parents.

Survivors include his wife, casting director Susan McCray, whom he married in 1984; his children Deborah, Scott, Kristen and Carolyn; his grandchildren Jon, Kirsten, Tim, Connor, William, Erienne, Alyssa and Spencer; and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The University of Hartford/Hartt Theatre Division at University of Hartford, Office of Institutional Advancement, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.

“There should be a saying: ‘behind every successful man is Kent McCray.’ Kent was not only my Dad?s best friend and like a brother that he never had, but he also helped build the foundation to my Dad?s success. Kent knew my father inside and out, and they always had a friendship that was built on love, mutual respect and admiration for each other. Kent?s storytelling and sense of humor was brilliant, and you will understand why he had such success as head of production for so many years in television entertainment. There are so many great stories from this man in his book Kent McCray The Man Behind The Mose Beloved Television Shows?
I only wish there could have been a second book.

Leslie Landon Matthews, Michael Landon’s daughter

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