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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Joan Van Ark, Howard Duff, John Dehner, Steve Landesberg, and Jack Riley star in “There’s One in Every Port,” airing Jan. 7, 1977. This was the second of three Rockfords that borrowed the premise of the classic Maverick episode “Shady Deal at Sunny Acres”

THERE’S ONE IN EVERY PORT Original Air Date: January 7, 1977 Synopsis. Another con artist acquaintance plays Rockford for a chump. Jim is told that Eddie Marks could die of a kidney disorder unless he’s treated with a $50,000 dialysis … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Joan Van Ark stars in “Resurrection in Black and White,” airing Nov. 7, 1975

RESURRECTION IN BLACK AND WHITE Original Air Date: November 7, 1975 Synopsis. Investigative reporter Susan Alexander (played by Joan Van Ark) believes that Dave Krueger was wrongfully convicted of the brutal murder of his girlfriend Cheryl Wilson six years before. … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Joan Van Ark and Paul Michael Glaser star in “Find Me If You Can,” airing Nov. 1, 1974

FIND ME IF YOU CAN Original Air Date: November 1, 1974 Synopsis. Barbara Kelbaker (played by Joan Van Ark) approaches Rockford with an unusual request: she wants to hire him to find out if she can be “found.” But Barbara … Continue reading

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 482 with guest Joan Van Ark is now available online for listening on demand

Joan Van Ark on the character arc of Valene Ewing Original Airdates: Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2020 TVC 482.5: Ed welcomes actress and voice artist Joan Van Ark (Knots Landing, Dallas, Spider-Woman). Topics include Joan’s background as a stage actress; the … Continue reading

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Joan Van Ark: Next on TVC

Actress and voice artist Joan Van Ark (Knots Landing) will join us, plus we’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with author and screenwriter Steve Stoliar (Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House). All this weekend on a brand new … Continue reading

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Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Joan Van Ark on her stage background and the “bag of voices” that she draws on as a voice artist (including the voice of Spider-Woman); how the costumes of Joan’s on display at the Hollywood Museum are, in a way, an example of how Valene Ewing evolved as a character on KNOTS LANDING; and the advice that James Garner gave Joan early in her career. Both KNOTS LANDING and SPIDER-WOMAN celebrate their 40th anniversaries on television this season. The KNOTS LANDING lobby exhibit at the Hollywood Museum continues thru Wednesday 4/1. SPIDER-WOMAN is now streaming on demand on Disney+

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