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TV CONFIDENTIAL (www.televisionconfidential.com) talks to the stars, writers, directors and other creative people behind the scenes of some of America's most popular shows. An engaging blend of talk and entertainment, TV Confidential often compares today’s programs with those of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
 
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TVC 564.4: Adam Sharp, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (aka the Daytime Emmys), discusses the recent collaboration between the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Prime Time Emmys regarding two major changes that will go into effect in 2022, including the creation of the Children’s and Family Emmy Awards as a standalone fr…
 
TVC 564.5: Adam Sharp, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (aka the Daytime Emmys), shares a few thoughts on the recent passing of Betty White and John Madden. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle advertising/sponsorship requests for the podcast edition of our p…
 
TVC 564.6: From the floor of the Hollywood Museum’s recent Celebrity Authors Forum: Ed welcomes Geoffrey Mark, host of Geoffrey Mark Plays Ella, a new radio show that celebrates the music of the First Lady of Song, and the author of the forthcoming The New Lucy Book, a comprehensive look at the career of Lucille Ball on television, radio, stage, an…
 
TVC 564.7: From the floor of the Hollywood Museum’s recent Celebrity Authors Forum: Ed welcomes Michael Stern, author of I Had a Ball: My Friendship with Lucille Ball. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle advertising/sponsorship requests for the podcast edition of our program. They’re great …
 
TVC 563.1: Playwright and author Jordan Young joins Ed for a look at the television career of Spike Jones, the legendary bandleader and musical satirist whose influence in comedy and satire paved the way for the likes of Monty Python, Jimmy Buffett, George Carlin, Peter Sellers, and, arguably most notably, Weird Al Yankovic. Jordan Young’s many boo…
 
TVC 563.2: Jordan Young, author of Spike Jones, Off the Record: The Man Who Murdered Music, talks to Ed about the many ideas that Jones for television programming (even though TV itself never quite figured out how to put his talents to use); Jones’ skill for marketing himself and his band; and how Dr. Demento helped create two new generations of Sp…
 
TVC 563.3: From the floor of the Hollywood Museum’s recent Celebrity Authors Forum: Ed welcomes Kelly Conway, the eldest of Tim Conway’s six children (and his only daughter), and the author of My Dad’s Funnier Than Your Dad: Growing Up with Tim Conway in the Funniest House in America, a poignant look at who Tim Conway was, as a father and as a pers…
 
TVC 563.4: From the floor of the Hollywood Museum’s recent Celebrity Authors Forum: Ed welcomes Carol Hoenig, author of The Greatest Reviews I’ve Ever Read, a collaboration with Emmy Award winner John Barbour that not only features some of John’s many film reviews for Los Angeles magazine, but discusses how those movies impacted Carol’s life. Want …
 
TVC 563.5: Ed welcomes Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, the legendary stars of NBC’s Days of Our Lives and daytime TV’s first supercouple. Bill and Susan recently launched SoapOperaSecrets.com, a free website that not only reveals some of their many secrets for a happy, fulfilling, long lasting, and loving relationship, but features clips of Bi…
 
TVC 563.6: Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Days of Our Lives) discuss some of their other work in television. For Bill, that includes starring on Your Show of Shows and appearing with Florence Henderson in a series of popular musical commercials for Oldsmobile automobiles; for Susan, that includes appearances in such popular series as Perry Ma…
 
TVC 563.7: From May 2021: New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Armstrong talks to Ed about the early television career of Betty White, including how, in many ways, White lived the life of Mary Richards long before The Mary Tyler Moore Show came into existence. Jennifer’s book When Women Invented Television traces the history of the first deca…
 
TVC 563.8: From December 2017: Jim Colucci, deputy editor of CBS Watch magazine and author of Golden Girls Forever, talks to Ed and Greg Ehrbar about the circumstances that led Betty White to being cast as Rose on The Golden Girls after she had already been cast as Blanche. We are putting together a formal program-length tribute to Betty White that…
 
From December 2010: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the network premiere of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the very first Peanuts animated special, which aired on CBS on Dec. 9, 1965. Topics include why CBS was nervous about audience and sponsor reaction to the scene in which Linus explains the true meaning of Christmas by telling the Nativity story. Want…
 
From December 2018: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the new DVD release of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town; how the various mythologies that screenwriter Romeo Muller created specifically for Santa Claus is Comin' to Town has since become part of the lore of Santa; and why the casting of Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire and Keenan Wynn were all inspired choice…
 
From December 2010: Tony, Donna, and remember the premiere of the Rankin-Bass animated special Frosty the Snowman (CBS, 1969). Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle advertising/sponsorship requests for the podcast edition of our program. They’re great to work with and will help you advertise …
 
TVC 562.1: Ed welcomes James and Rebekah Ganiere, the husband-and-wife creative team behind Rekindling Christmas, the Emmy Award-nominated family romance movie about relationships, mistakes, miscommunications, pain of loss, assumptions, perceptions, and what really matters in life. A true family effort, Rekindling Christmas stars Ashley Atwood, Mic…
 
TVC 562.2: Part 2 of our conversation with David Koenig, author of Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective, a “behind the raincoat” look at the production of the Columbo television series, both on NBC and on ABC, and the development of the Lieutenant Columbo character. Topics this week include some of the various people beh…
 
TVC 562.3: Greg Ehrbar discusses the DVD releases of Yogi’s First Christmas (available through Warner Archive) and Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (available through Warner Home Entertainment). Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle advertising/sponsorship requests for the podcast …
 
TVC 562.4: Ed welcomes Colleen Foy, the actress who plays Inara on ABC’s Station 19. Colleen will soon be seen opposite Ana de Armas, Bobby Cannavale, and Adrien Brody in Blonde, the highly anticipated biopic of Marilyn Monroe that is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2022. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with Ad…
 
TVC 562.5: Actress and voice artist Colleen Foy talks to Ed about how her experience with the National Theatre of the Deaf led to her television debut on Sesame Street. Colleen will soon be seen in Blonde, the highly anticipated biopic of Marilyn Monroe that is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2022. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confide…
 
TVC 562.6: Ed remembers Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and music video pioneer Michael Nesmith by playing highlights from our April 2018 tribute to The Monkees featuring Chuck Harter. Chuck interviewed Michael Nesmith—along with Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Davy Jones—as part of Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees, the excellent documentary on the h…
 
TVC 562.7: From April 2018: Ed, Tony, Donna and Chuck Harter (writer of the Disney Channel documentary Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees) discuss the success of the various Monkees reunion tours after their 1986 comeback and how the death of Davy Jones in 2012 changed the dynamics of the group. Chuck interviewed Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Micha…
 
TVC 562.8: From April 2018: Chuck Harter performs two Monkees tunes, “Sunny Girlfriend” (written by Michael Nesmith) and “Daydream Believer.” Michael Nesmith passed away on Friday, Dec. 10 at the age of 78. Click here for news and updates about Chuck’s latest book. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast…
 
TVC 561.1: Ed welcomes back David Koenig, author of Mouse Tales: A Behind the Ears Look at Disneyland, Danny Kaye: King of Jesters, and other pop culture titles. David’s latest book, Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective, takes us behind the scenes of the production of Columbo, the groundbreaking mystery series starring P…
 
TVC 561.2: David Koenig, author of Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective, discusses how Prescription: Murder (the original pilot for Columbo) evolved from the original TV production that Richard Levinson and William Link wrote in 1960 to a full-length stage production starring Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, and Thomas Mi…
 
TVC 561.3: Greg Ehrbar and Ed pay tribute to Will Ryan, the actor, voice artist, songwriter, singer, and musician who passed away on Friday, Nov. 19 at age 72. Topics this segment include Will’s many contributions to Disney Entertainment and Walt Disney Records, plus his long association with the audio drama Adventures in Odyssey. Want to advertise…
 
TVC 561.4: Ed welcomes back actress, author, teacher, speaker, radio host, and legendary “scream queen” Dee Wallace. Dee’s latest book, Born: Giving Birth to a New You, is a hands-on, reader-friendly guide to the principles of self-creation that Dee has taught and lived by for most of her life. Born not only shows how spirituality, brain science, a…
 
TVC 561.5: Dee Wallace talks to Ed about the fortieth anniversary of the release of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; how the tremendous success of E.T. not only changed the course of Dee’s life as an actress, but allowed her to change and expand how she saw herself as a person; and how we can all learn the principles of creation by following the exampl…
 
TVC 561.6: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss Will Ryan’s voice acting career, which spanned many film and TV productions for all major studios; his performing career with The Saguaro Sisters as part of Will Ryan and the Cactus County Cowboys; and the renaissance he enjoyed with actor Nick Santa Maria as faux comedy team Benny Biffle and Sammy Shooster in …
 
TVC 458.1: Actors Nick Santa Maria and Will Ryan (The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster) appear in character as Benny Biffle and Sammy Shooster as we take a look at Biffle and Shooster’s often overlooked, but nonetheless significant TV career of the 1960s. The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster is available now on DVD. In addition, The Biffle …
 
TVC 533.2: Ed plays Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with George Chakiris, the Academy Award-winning actor known around the world as Bernardo, the leader of The Sharks, in the iconic 1961 screen adaptation of West Side Story. In this segment, George shares memories of working with John Astin and Simon Oakland in West Side Story, and wi…
 
TVC 533.3: Oscar winner George Chakiris discusses the approach he took to playing Frederic Chopin in the acclaimed PBS miniseries Notorious Woman, plus he shares a few memories of starring opposite Barbara Carrera in the “dream season” of Dallas. My West Side Story: A Memoir by George Chakiris is available in hardcover and as an eBook from Lyons Pr…
 
TVC 533.4: Ed welcomes back entertainment legend Ruta Lee. Ruta’s new memoir, Consider Your Ass Kissed, not only is the story of how a young girl—the daughter of Lithuanian immigrants—became one of the most legendary entertainers in Hollywood history through hard work and determination, but includes a treasure trove of authentic memories about the …
 
TVC 533.5: Ruta Lee shares the amazing but true story of how she convinced Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to release her 92-year-old Lithuanian grandmother from the Soviet Union in 1964 so that she could live her remaining years in America—and be reunited with her daughter, Ruta’s mother, for the first time in thirty-six years. Ruta’s memoir, Cons…
 
TVC 458.2: Will Ryan, Nick Santa Maria, and Michael Schlesinger (The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster) appear in character as Greg and Ed continue their look at the faux television career of Biffle and Shooster, including their short-lived Saturday morning cartoon series and their celebrated appearance on Batman. The Misadventures of Biffle and…
 
TVC 560.1: Ed welcomes back Mark Shaw, investigative reporter, former criminal defense attorney and cable TV legal analyst, and the author of more than twenty-five books, including The Reporter Who Knew Too Much, a biography of Dorothy Kilgallen, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated newspaper columnist and panelist on What’s My Line? whose mysterious death…
 
TVC 560.2: Mark Shaw, author of Collateral Damage: The Mysterious Deaths of Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Kilgallen and The Ties That Bind Them to Robert Kennedy and the JFK Assassination, discusses a few of the fifty remarkable similarities between the lives and deaths of Pulitzer Prize-nominated newspaper columnist Dorothy Kilgallen and film legend …
 
TVC 560.3: From November 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the anniversary of the premiere of Bosom Buddies (ABC, 1980-1982), as well as the onscreen chemistry and off-camera friendship between series stars Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. Peter Scolari passed away on Oct. 22, 2021 at age sixty-six. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential h…
 
TVC 560.4: Television critic, columnist, and entertainment journalist Ray Richmond joins Ed for an early 100th birthday salute to entertainment legend Betty White. Ray’s latest book, Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life, provides a visual salute to the eighty-year performing career of the First Lady of Television, including …
 
TVC 560.5: Ray Richmond, author of Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life, talks to Ed about Allen Ludden’s year-long effort to woo Betty White; why they proved to be the perfect mates for each other; and the many ways in which their marriage bucked the odds. Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life becomes…
 
TVC 560.6: Ray Richmond, author of Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life, talks to Ed about the numerous ways in which Betty White has left her mark on television. A visual salute to White’s eighty-year performing, Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life not only includes tributes from such friends and co…
 
TVC 559.1: A return appearance by Emmy Award winner Ron Bacon, a true pioneer of television who wore many hats throughout his thirty-five year career in TV production, including stage manager, associate director, writer, producer, and director on more than 12,500 network TV broadcasts, covering just about every type of programming available, includ…
 
TVC 559.2: Emmy Award winner Ron Bacon talks to Ed about his many years of working with Dick Clark, including Clark’s knack for recognizing talent and his willingness to listen to others; how Ron was approached to play Meathead in Those Were the Days, the second pilot for All in the Family; and his work on other scripted series, including the short…
 
TVC 559.3: Ed welcomes Ebin Antony, an actor and voice artist who recently made his Hollywood film debut in the horror thriller Spoken. Spoken is now available for viewing on demand through Amazon Prime. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle advertising/sponsorship requests for the podcast ed…
 
TVC 559.4: Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning art director and set decorator Ray Klausen. Ray’s memoirs, Behind the Scenes: From Hollywood to Broadway, not only is a history of theatre and variety television in its heyday, but pays homage to the many teachers who made a difference in Ray’s life—both the teachers in his formative years in high school an…
 
TVC 559.5: Emmy Award-winning art director and set decorator Ray Klausen shares a few stories about his career as the set designer of more than 400 productions for television, Broadway, and Las Vegas showrooms, including working with such stars as Carol Burnett, Lynda Carter, and Bernadette Peters, and producers Allan Carr and Dick Clark. Ray’s mem…
 
TVC 559.6: Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with multi-award-winning actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, voice artist, and radio host Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, This is Spinal Tap, Le Show). Topics include Harry’s career as a voice artist, including when he first discovered his gift for mimicry, why he considers the voices he cr…
 
TVC 558.1: Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with James Rosin, author of the novellas Butterfly and Belle Garden Beat and the publisher of The Many Faces of Nehemiah, the memoirs of his cousin Nehemiah Persoff, one of the greatest and most versatile character actors of the twentieth century. Topics this segment include Persoff’s long as…
 
TVC 558.2: Greg Ehrbar discusses When We’re Singin’: The Partridge Family and Their Music, a new book by Johnny Ray Miller that provides a comprehensive history of Partridge Family music and the Partridge Family television series. Topics this segment include what the producers of The Partridge Family learned from The Monkees when incorporating the …
 
TVC 558.3: Greg and Ed discuss When We’re Singin’: The Partridge Family and Their Music, a new book by Johnny Ray Miller that provides a comprehensive history of Partridge Family music and the Partridge Family television series, including the back story of some of the group’s most popular and iconic songs. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Con…
 
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