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TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television

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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.

Location:

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.

Language:

English

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6266398698


Episodes

The Twilight Years of Groucho Marx

2/24/2020
TVC 481.1: Part 1 of a two-part conversation with author, screenwriter, and voice artist Steve Stoliar. Steve’s book Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House is a memoir of his experience as the personal secretary and archivist of the one, the only Groucho Marx during the last three years of Groucho’s life—a period of time in which Steve went from being a starry-eyed fan to becoming Groucho’s protector. Raised Eyebrows is available in hardcover, paperback, as an eBook and as an...

Duration:00:23:43

Abbott and Costello Meet Blu-ray

2/24/2020
TVC 481.2: Greg and Ed discuss the Shout! Factory Blu-ray release of Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection, as well as the Warner Archive releases of Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, Lost in a Harem, Rio Rita, and Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd. Topics include how Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was one of the inspirations for the Scooby-Doo franchise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:37

Abbott and Costello Meet Television

2/24/2020
TVC 481.3: Greg and Ed discuss the various configurations of The Abbott and Costello Show (CBS, 1952-1954) available for home entertainment and how the series itself influenced Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David when they went on to develop Seinfeld. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:09

Stacy Keach Meets Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

2/24/2020
TVC 481.4: Ed welcomes back stage and TV actor Stacy Keach (Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Titus, Man with a Plan). Topics include how Stacy’s love of radio dramas helped inspire him to become an actor; why humor is the best way to approach the humanity of a character; and why the works of Mary Shelley, Rod Serling, and Bob Kane have all stood the test of time. Stacy Keach will be starring as The Creature in an original adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, produced by L.A. Theater...

Duration:00:34:10

The Brilliance of Gracie Allen

2/24/2020
A special edition of This Week in TV History in which Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss what a brilliant comedienne Gracie Allen was and the influence that The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show had on many other sitcoms, including It's Garry Shandling's Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:18:27

Abraham Lincoln and Project Twenty

2/24/2020
Ed and Phil close out this week's program with an encore presentation of The Sounds of Lost Television that includes a clip from Meet Mr. Lincoln, a short film about the life of Abraham Lincoln that originally aired on Project Twenty (NBC, 1954-1970), the documentary series that, in many respects, was a precursor to the type of documentaries that Ken Burns has produced over the past three decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:09:14

Why Chico Marx was a great straight man for Groucho and Harpo

2/21/2020
From October 2014: Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx, talks to Ed about how all four Marx Brothers were good athletes as well as gifted comedians; how the Brothers "trained" every week for twenty years, honing their act in vaudeville and on Broadway before they made movies; and why Chico was such a great straight man for both Harpo and Groucho. An accomplished musician in his own right, Bill Marx is also executive producer of The Marx Brothers TV Collection, a DVD configuration featuring some of...

Duration:00:14:52

How Kirk Douglas Helped End the Blacklist

2/17/2020
TVC 480.1: TV Confidential marks the passing of screen legend Kirk Douglas with an encore presentation of our December 2016 centennial tribute to the Academy Award-winning actor featuring audio highlights from some of Douglas’ appearances on television throughout the 1960s and ’70s. This segment includes a clip of Douglas on The Tonight Show in April 1962 in which he discusses the film Lonely Are the Brave, plus an excerpt from TV Confidential’s interview with William Schallert from July...

Duration:00:24:01

Kirk Douglas on the life of an actor

2/17/2020
TVC 480.2: Phil Gries of Archival Television Audio plays highlights of a May 1963 radio interview with Kirk Douglas in which the actor discusses, among other topics, his often hectic daily schedule as an actor while in New York City. Kirk Douglas passed away on Feb. 5, 2020 at age 103. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:13

Tell Us More About Kirk Douglas

2/17/2020
TVC 480.3: Phil Gries of Archival Television Audio plays a clip from the Oct. 28, 1963 of Tell Us More, a precursor to Biography that aired on WNBC-TV in New York in the early 1960s. In this segment, actress and Tell Us More correspondent Muriel Davidson shares a few anecdotes about her friendship with Kirk Douglas during the late 1940s, around the time of the actor’s first marriage. Kirk Douglas passed away on Feb. 5, 2020 at age 103. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:14:57

Tribute to Robert Conrad

2/17/2020
TVC 480.4: TV Confidential pays tribute to TV icon Robert Conrad by playing highlights from our October 2013 conversation with Bob Herron, one of the five core stuntmen who worked with Conrad every week on The Wild, Wild West, and Susan Kesler, author of The Wild, Wild West: The Series. Robert Conrad passed away on Feb. 8, 2020 at age 84. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:01

Michelle Danner: Actress, director, and acting coach to the stars

2/17/2020
TVC 480.5: Ed welcomes back Michelle Danner, the legendary Hollywood acting coach whose students include such A-list actors as Jason Alexander, Chris Rock, Marcia Cross, Seth MacFarlane, Christian Slater, Selma Hayek, Gerald Butler, Norman Reedus, Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, and Penelope Cruz. Also an accomplished actress and director, Michelle recently completed principal filming of The Runner, an action thriller that marks her sixth effort as a director; The Runner stars Cameron...

Duration:00:20:24

The Night of the Chandelier Mishap

2/17/2020
TVC 480.6: From October 2013: Actor/stuntman Bob Herron (The Wild, Wild West) and author Susan Kesler (The Wild, Wild West: The Series) talk about the fight sequences that Robert Conrad choreographed each week on The Wild, Wild West, and how Conrad did his own stunts every week until early 1968, when CBS required him to have a double after the actor suffered a serious injury that shut down production of the series. Robert Conrad passed away on Feb. 8, 2020 at age 84. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:15:16

Coda to Robert Conrad

2/17/2020
TVC 480.7: A few final thoughts on the passing of Robert Conrad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:03:04

Kirk Douglas Sings!

2/13/2020
This special minisode edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL includes a bonus segment from our December 2016 tribute to Kirk Douglas. Phil Gries plays audio highlights of Douglas' February 1970 appearance on The Johnny Cash Show (ABC, 1969-1971) and the actor's musical duet with singer Tom Jones from the Special London Bridge Special (NBC, 1972). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:18:46

The Wonder Years: A Prime Time Network Show with a Cable TV Sensibility

2/10/2020
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember The Wonder Years (ABC, 1988-1993), the coming of age dramedy that premiered on Jan. 31, 1988. Topics included how the series was an early example of a prime time network series with a cable TV sensibility. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:16:16

How The Midnight Special Changed the Late Night TV Landscape

2/10/2020
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the premiere of The Midnight Special (NBC, 1972-1981) and how the series paved the way for "late late" night TV programming as we know it today, both on a network level as well as on cable TV and local stations. Also in this segment: The premiere of Project UFO, the last network TV series produced by Jack Webb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:33

Lou Antonio, James Garner, and the "Hoover Dam" episode of The Rockford Files

2/10/2020
From February 2018: Ed welcomes actor, director and screenwriter Lou Antonio (Cool Hand Luke, Splendor in the Grass, Star Trek, The Snoop Sisters, Dog and Cat, Makin’ It, Something for Joey). Topics this segment include "Roundabout," one of five episodes of The Rockford Files that Lou directed, and a show that includes an offbeat foot chase filmed on location at the Hoover Dam in Las Vegas. Lou’s memoir, Cool Hand Lou: My Fifty Years in Hollywood and on Broadway, not only provides a window...

Duration:00:17:25

Wild, Wild West stuntman Bob Herron on working with Robert Conrad and Ross Martin

2/8/2020
In light of the passing of Robert Conrad earlier today, we are posting an bonus minisode featuring an excerpt from our October 2013 conversation with actor and stuntman Bob Herron, Ross Martin's stunt double on The Wild, Wild West, and author Sue Kesler (The Wild, Wild West Book). In this clip, Bob talks about his early background in movie and TV Westerns at Warner Bros. (including a brief time working as Robert Conrad's stunt double on Hawaiian Eye) and how it was Conrad who recommended...

Duration:00:05:45

Lew Wasserman and the Evolution of the Made-for-TV Movie

2/8/2020
From March 2013: Kathleen Sharp, author of Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood: Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire, discusses the instrumental role that Universal Television, under Lew Wasserman's leadership, played in developing original full-length two-hour movies made expressly for television—and how the studio would've cornered the market by developing the 90-minute "Movie of the Week" format were if not for a strategic mistake. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:08:04