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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.

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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South Pasadena, CA

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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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English

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Episodes

Stanley Livingston and The Actors Journey

7/7/2020
An encore presentation of our December 2014 conversation with actor, producer, and director Stanley Livingston. Known around the world as Chip Douglas on My Three Sons (ABC/CBS, 1960-1972), Stan is also the founder and CEO of The Actors Journey Project, a teaching program for both aspiring actors and working actors that helps fill a crucial gap in an actor’s education. While many colleges, universities and acting academies teach the craft of acting, very few programs teach students about the...

Duration:00:24:11

Stanley Livingston on Ozzie Nelson's Eye for Talent

7/7/2020
From December 2014: Actor, director, and producer Stanley Livingston talks to Ed about working with Ozzie Nelson and Jackie Cooper in the years before he was cast as Chip Douglas on My Three Sons, and how Nelson was particularly instrumental in the launch of Stan’s acting career. Stan is also the founder and CEO of The Actors Journey Project, a teaching program for both aspiring actors and working actors that helps fill a crucial gap in an actor’s education. The Actors Journey Project has...

Duration:00:18:20

Part 3 with Stanley Livingston

7/7/2020
From December 2104: Actor, director, and producer Stanley Livingston talks to Ed about the many parallels between working actors and working writers, as well as some of his other upcoming projects. Stan is also the founder and CEO of The Actors Journey Project, a teaching program that connects the dots of the business side of the acting industry for working actors, aspiring actors, and parents of aspiring child actors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:31

Hugh Downs, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar and Jack Benny

7/6/2020
From September 2013: Broadcast legend Hugh Downs talks to Ed and Phil Gries about the events that first brought him to NBC; his appearances on The Jack Benny Program (including one that also featured Rock Hudson); working with Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, and Carl Reiner on the short-lived variety series Sid Caesar Invites You (ABC, 1958); and which interview, among the many that Hugh conducted throughout his career, that he is most proud of. This segment includes audio highlights of the Feb....

Duration:00:15:51

Hugh Downs, Merv Griffin, and Music Composition

7/5/2020
From September 2013: Hugh Downs talks to Ed and Phil Gries about the day he conducted the NBC orchestra when it played his original composition "Sandwriting" on The Merv Griffin Show; why composers aren't always the best conductors of their own work; and the brief time when Hugh wore three different hats on NBC-TV at the same time: host of The Today Show, host of Concentration, and sidekick to Jack Paar on The Tonight Show. Also during this segment: Phil plays a clip from the Jan. 14, 1963...

Duration:00:10:01

The Many Talents of Hugh Downs

7/4/2020
From September 2013: Ed and Phil Gries welcome broadcast legend Hugh Downs. In a career that spanned seven decades, Hugh left his mark on three of the most iconic shows in television history (The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and ABC’s 20/20). plus he hosted Over Easy and Live from Lincoln Center for PBS, the syndicated talk show Not for Women Only (with Barbara Walters), and the long-running NBC game show Concentration. Certified by The Guinness Books of World Records for logging more hours...

Duration:00:13:56

Why Carl Reiner Cast Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie

7/3/2020
From September 2016: Award-winning writer Vince Waldron, author of The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book, joins Tony, Donna, and Ed for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Dick Van Dyke Show, the most acclaimed comedy series of TV's golden age. Vince’s book tells you everything you wanted to know about the iconic sitcom, as seen through the eyes of the cast and crew, including Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews, and, of course, Dick Van Dyke...

Duration:00:07:07

How Carl Reiner Came to Create The Dick Van Dyke Show

7/2/2020
From September 2016: Television historian and Emmy Award-winning writer Vince Waldron joins Tony, Donna, and Ed for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Dick Van Dyke Show, the most acclaimed comedy series of TV's golden age. Vince’s book The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book, Deluxe Expanded Archive Edition tells you everything you wanted to know about the iconic sitcom, as seen through the eyes of the cast and crew, including Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey...

Duration:00:18:55

Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, and Uncle Goopy

7/1/2020
From September 2018: Ed, Greg Ehrbar and Greg's son, Colin, discuss the "Uncle Goopy" sketch featuring Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, and Howard Morris, the famous parody of This is Your Life from Your Show of Shows that continues to find new audiences today because it is timeless and funny. Carl Reiner passed away on Monday, June 29 at age 98. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:07:37

Billy Crystal, Carl Reiner and Uncle Goopy

7/1/2020
From September 2018: Greg Ehrbar talks to Ed about how the "Uncle Goopy" sketch from Your Show of Shows, featuring Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, and Howard Morris, continues to resonate with all kinds of audiences, including comedian Billy Crystal and even Greg's dog. Carl Reiner passed away on Monday, June 29 at age 98. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:03:11

How Bob Crane Left His Mark in Radio

6/29/2020
TVC 499.1: Ed plays Part 2 of a three-part conversation with 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 whose accomplishments in television and radio are often overshadowed by the brutal nature of his unsolved murder on June 29, 1978 and the tabloid-like coverage of his addiction to sex and porn once that became public...

Duration:00:23:34

Why Bob Crane's Radio Show was Really a Spectator Sport

6/29/2020
TVC 499.2: Ed, Carol Ford, and Linda Groundwater play a few audio clips from some of Bob Crane’s celebrity interviews on his top-rated morning show on KNX Radio in Los Angeles (1956-1965), including a memorable appearance by Jonathan Winters that marked one of the few times when Crane found himself bested on the air. Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography includes first-hand insight from more than two hundred people who knew Bob Crane personally and better than most: family members; his friends...

Duration:00:11:13

The Other Bob Crane Show

6/29/2020
TVC 499.3: Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater, two of the co-authors of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, discuss the convoluted history of The Bob Crane Show (NBC, 1975), the ill-fated sitcom that failed to last beyond its thirteen-episode order partly for reasons beyond Crane’s control (and partly because of his own undoing), and how Crane was just beginning to grow as an actor at the time of his murder on June 29, 1978. Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography includes first-hand insight from...

Duration:00:15:24

Divorce and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

6/29/2020
TVC 499.4: From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the finalization of Sonny & Cher’s divorce on June 27, 1975, and how the couple’s separation impacted not only The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (CBS, 1971-1974), but their respective solo variety hours during the 1974-1975 television season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:16:29

John Barbour and the Power of the Real People T-shirt

6/29/2020
TVC 499.5: Part 4 of Ed’s four-part conversation with five-time Emmy Award-winning talk show host, comedian, critic at large, and documentary film maker John Barbour, creator, producer, principal writer, and one of the original co-hosts of Real People (NBC, 1979-1984). Topics this segment include what a valuable commodity Real People T-shirts were during the show’s original network run. John Barbour’s memoir, Your Mother’s Not a Virgin: The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout Who...

Duration:00:21:48

Barbour, Kovacs, Knuckles and Nash

6/29/2020
TVC 499.6: John Barbour provides Ed with the back story of his guest appearance opposite Tim Conway in the “Take My Life, Please” episode of the original CSI, and the events that led John to write and produce Ernie Kovacs: Television’s Original Genius, the 1982 Showtime documentary that is still considered the definitive look at Kovacs’ life and career. John Barbour’s memoir, Your Mother’s Not a Virgin: The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout Who Changed the Face of American TV, is...

Duration:00:19:51

Remembering The CBS Bicentennial Minutes

6/29/2020
TVC 499.7: From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember The Bicentennial Minutes (CBS, 1974-1976), a series of one-minute educational television segments, produced by CBS News, that aired in prime time (usually at the end of the 8pm hour) to commemorate the bicentennial of the American Revolution. The series premiered on July 4, 1974 and was originally scheduled to end on July 4, 1976, but continued until Dec. 31, 1976. First Lady Betty Ford delivered the Minute on July 4, 1976, while...

Duration:00:08:52

The First Televised Commercial

6/29/2020
TVC 499.8: From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the first TV commercial to be sanctioned by the FCC—a ten-second spot for Bulova watches (“America runs on Bulova time”), which NBC affiliate WNBT (now WNBC) aired on July 1, 1941 before the start of the broadcast of a Major League Baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies. The price of the ad was nine dollars—four dollars for the air time, five dollars for station charges, according to Advertising Age...

Duration:00:07:53

How Rod Serling Menaced the Public's Conscience

6/28/2020
From November 2015: Part 3 of our roundtable discussion with Anne Serling (As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling), Joseph Dougherty (Pretty Little Liars), Dan Farren (Story Salon), and Tony Figueroa about the legacy of Rod Serling and episodes of The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery that continue to resonate with us. Topics this segment include Anne's thoughts on what particularly makes a good Twilight Zone story. A poignant memoir of growing up with Rod Serling that also humanizes the man whom...

Duration:00:16:18

Tribute to Rod Serling, Part 2

6/27/2020
From November 2015: Part 2 of our roundtable discussion on the legacy of Rod Serling featuring Anne Serling, Rod's daughter, and the author of As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling. Topics this segment include the Night Gallery episode "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" (one of the best scripts Serling ever wrote), and the sheer number of people who became writers because of Serling, despite Serling's fear that his body of work would not stand the test of time. Joining Anne, Ed, and Tony...

Duration:00:13:28