Actor, author, and activist Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Son of a Junkman, Briarpatch, The Grouchy Historian) and authors Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater (Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography) will join us this weekend on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Mar. 6-8 at the following times and venues:
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Eight-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner earned five of those Emmys for playing Lou Grant (three for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, two for his own hour-long spinoff, Lou Grant), making him the only actor to win a Prime Time Emmy for playing the same role in both a comedy series and a drama. Also renowned for his performances as Santa Claus in Elf and as the voice of Carl Frederickson in Disney Pixar’s UP, Ed can currently be seen as town boss James Staghorne Sr. in the USA Network series Briarpatch. New episodes of Briarpatch air Monday nights on USA Network.
Ed’s new memoir, SON OF A JUNKMAN: My Life from the West Bottoms of Kansas City to the Bright Lights of Hollywood, is a charming, funny, and often very poignant look at his life and career, from his colorful childhood as the son of a junkman in Kansas City to his spectacular acting career. Ed shares stories about his work alongside such legends as Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Maureen Stapleton, Anne Bancroft, Lily Tomlin, Mike Nichols, Rod Serling, David Janssen, and James Garner; pays tribute to his cast members on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant; and reveals the person on whom he based his portrayal of Grant when he did the hour-long series. He also discusses the challenges he faced during his tenure as president of the Screen Actors Guild; the backlash he faced from the El Salvador controversy in 1982, and the effect that had not only on Lou Grant, but his acting career in general; and the influence that Ed’s father continues to have on his life today. Ed Asner will join us during our second hour.
Ed Asner plays God Almighty in God Help Us, a political comedy written by Samuel Warren Joseph that provides hope for the future, provided we all listen to each other. Samuel Warren Joseph was one of Ed’s collaborators on Son of a Junkman. Ed will be performing God Help Us
April 5, 2020 – Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton, MI
April 10, 2020 – Brewer PAC, 92 Pendleton St, Brewer, ME
April 18, 2020 – Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr, Three Oaks, MI
April 25 & 26, 2020 – Hampton Arts, Virginia
May 2, 2020 – Solvang Theater Festival, 420 2nd St, Solvang, CA
June 11, 2020 – HEAR Now Festival, Bragg Auditorium, 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111
To find out how to book God Help Us at a playhouse near you, go to GodHelpUs.net.
Ed Asner will also bring his critically acclaimed one-man show A Man and His Prostate to the following venues this spring:
Saturday, March 14 – The Hoytt Theater | 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA
Tuesday, April 28 – The Temple Theatre | 120 Carthage St., Sanford, NC
Saturday, June 20 – The Astra Theater | 517 Main St, Jasper, IN
Once described as “The Vagina Monologues for men,” A Man and His Prostate was written by Ed. Weinberger, Ed’s longtime friend and fellow Mary Tyler Moore Show collaborator, and the co-author of Ed’s book The Grouchy Historian. For more information, go to AManandHisProstate.com.
Also joining us this week will be Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater, two of the co-authors (along with Dee Young) of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, a comprehensive, cradle-to-grave look at the life and career of the beloved Hogan’s Heroes star who was also one of the biggest stars in radio for more than a decade.
Hogan’s Heroes aside, it has become nearly impossible to talk about Bob Crane without also referencing either the brutal nature of his unsolved murder on June 29, 1978, or his addiction to sex and porn that became public knowledge after his death. Indeed, the tabloid-like coverage of those two stories has overshadowed the rest of Crane’s life and all that he accomplished. Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography attempts to set the record straight by providing readers with a full and complete history of Crane was—and, just as important, who he wasn’t. The book includes first-hand insight from more than two hundred people who knew Bob Crane personally and better than most: family members; his friends from Connecticut, including many who knew him as far back as grade school; his colleagues from TV, the theatre, the movies, and, above all, radio; and the addiction counselor whose help Crane sought in an effort to overcome his addiction, in the weeks before he was killed. Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater will join us in our first hour.
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