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TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television brings you lively conversations every week with 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: A radio talk show about television brings you lively conversations every week with 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

Rabbi Ben: A Modern-Day “Traveling Angel”

2/19/2024
From November 2018: A return appearance from author, journalist, screenwriter, raconteur, and novelist Marvin J. Wolf (For Whom the Shofar Blows, A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn). Marv’s latest effort, A Tale of Two Rabbis, is the third in a series of mystery novels featuring Rabbi Ben, a crime-solving rabbi who was inspired, in part, by Paladin, the “traveling angel” who was the protagonist of the long-running CBS television series and radio drama Have Gun, Will Travel. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:23:24

Rabbi Ben and “The Reluctant Hero”

2/19/2024
From November 2018: Screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf, creator of the Rabbi Ben mystery novel series, talks some more with Ed about the development of the Rabbi Ben character, including how Ben shares attributes of such television characters as Dr. Richard Kimble (The Fugitive), Buz Murdock and Tod Stiles (Route 66), and, in one important respect, Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files). Marv’s latest Rabbi Ben novel, A Tale of Two Rabbis, is available wherever books are sold. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:20:35

Rabbi Ben: The “Jewish 007”

2/19/2024
From November 2018: Our final segment with Marvin J. Wolf, screenwriter, journalist, and the creator of a series of mystery novels featuring Rabbi Ben, a master of the Torah, Talmud and Tae Kwon Do that one reader once described as a “Jewish 007.” In the latest Rabbi Ben novel, A Tale of Two Rabbis, Ben reluctantly probes the disappearance of a rabbi in the Temple Hill area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—only to find himself under suspicion of the murder of another man. A Tale of Two Rabbis is available wherever books are sold. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:17:26

The Evolution of "Beatlemania"

2/12/2024
TVC 637.1: From February 2014: Phil Gries of Archival Television Audio brings us a special edition of The Sounds of Television that looks back at The Beatles’ historic first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, and the evolution of “Beatlemania” in the months that followed. This segment includes clips from Beatlemania, an ABC News special hosted by Bill Beutel and legendary New York disc jockey Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow that originally aired on Sept. 18, 1964, and The Beatles in America, a documentary hosted by Carol Burnett that originally aired on Nov. 12, 1964 and which tells the story of the Beatles’ tour of the United States in 1964, as seen and experienced by The Fab Four themselves. Audio courtesy ATVAudio.com. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:26:26

Simon Napier-Bell, Vicki Wickham, and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"

2/12/2024
TVC 637.2: Legendary record producer, music manager, author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Simon Napier-Bell joins Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter for Part 2 of a conversation that began last week about the music scene in London during the Swinging Sixties. Simon’s books on the music industry include Black Vinyl, White Powder, Sour Mouth, Sweet Bottom, I’m Coming to Take You to Lunch, and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, a rollicking look at Simon’s early career in the music industry that also bears the title of the international hit record that Simon and Vicki Wyckham wrote together in 1966 for Dusty Springfield. Topics this segment include how Simon became a music manager almost by accident; how he and Wickham came to adapt “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” from an Italian love song; and how Elvis Presley reinvented “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” when he performed it in 1970. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:22:17

Simon Napier-Bell, Burt Bacharach, and Tom Jones

2/12/2024
TVC 637.3: Legendary record producer, music manager, author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Simon Napier-Bell talks to Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter about how Tom Jones came to record the title song for What’s New Pussycat (1965) and how Simon convinced Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni to cast The Yardbirds in Blow-Up (1966). You can read Simon’s Substack column for free at Substack.com/@simonnapierbell 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:18:03

Simon Napier-Bell on what the music industry is really about

2/12/2024
TVC 637.4: Legendary record producer, music manager, author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Simon Napier-Bell talks to Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter about The Scotch at St. James, one of the most elite clubs in London in the Swinging Sixties. Simon’s books on the music industry include Black Vinyl, White Powder, Sour Mouth, Sweet Bottom, I’m Coming to Take You to Lunch, and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. Simon’s latest film, The Real George Michael, is available now for viewing on demand on Amazon Prime and other platforms across the U.S. and Canada. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:22:27

Lee Goldberg, author of Malibu Burning and Dream Town

2/12/2024
TVC 637.5: Ed welcomes back New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award-nominated writer and producer Lee Goldberg (Spenser: For Hire, Monk, Sliders, Diagnosis Murder). Lee’s latest crime novels include Dream Town, the latest edition of the Eve Ronin mystery series, and Malibu Burning, a “dual track” novel about a con artist who uses a massive fire to masquerade an audacious heist and the arson investigators who stumble onto that heist. Topics this segment include how Walter Sharpe, one of the heroes in Malibu Burning, is a cross between Walter Matthau and Lieutenant Columbo; why research and authenticity are very important to all of Lee’s books; and the need to have emotional stakes when creating villains for novels and TV shows. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:21:31

Lee Goldberg, Mike Connors, and Dick Van Dyke

2/12/2024
TVC 637.6: New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award-nominated writer and producer Lee Goldberg (Spenser: For Hire, Monk, Sliders, Diagnosis Murder) shares the back story of “Hard Boiled Murder,” the famous episode of Diagnosis Murder that brought legendary TV detective Joe Mannix into the Mark Sloan universe (and vice versa). Lee’s three new crime novels, Dream Town, Malibu Burning, and Calico, are all available wherever books are sold. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:23:55

How Network TV News Covered the Arrival of The Beatles in February 1964

2/5/2024
TVC 636.1: From January 2014: Phil Gries of Archival Television Audio brings us a special edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that looks back at the build-up to The Beatles' historic first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, including rarely heard audio highlights of network TV news coverage from November1963 on The Fab Four's impact on music both in England and in America. This segment includes a clip from a report by Edwin Newman of NBC News that was originally broadcast of the Nov. 18, 1963 edition of The Huntley-Brinkley Report, plus a clip from the Nov. 21, 1963 edition of The CBS Evening News that included a candid interview with John, Paul, George, and Ringo before a concert they gave in London. Audio courtesy ATVAudio.com. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:25:05

How TV News Covered the Arrival of The Beatles, Part 2

2/5/2024
TVC 636.2: From January 2014: Phil Gries of Archival Television Audio plays rarely heard audio highlights of how network TV news covered the arrival of The Beatles in the music scene, both in London and in America, in the months prior to The Fab Four’s historic first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964. This segment includes a clip from Mike Wallace’s report on the Feb. 7, 1964 edition of The CBS Morning News that covered the group’s arrival at JFK International Airport; Eric Severeid’s commentary on the Feb. 9, 1964 edition of The CBS Sunday Night Late News with Harry Reasoner; and a clip from WNPA Radio host Barry Gray that was originally broadcast on Feb. 10, 1964. The last two clips particularly illustrated the Generation Gap in terms of public reception of The Beatles at the time. Audio courtesy ATVAudio.com. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:22:11

Simon Napier-Bell: The Guv'nor

2/5/2024
TVC 636.3: Legendary record producer, music manager, author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Simon Napier-Bell joins Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter for a look back at the music scene in London during the Swinging Sixties. Simon’s books on the music industry include Black Vinyl, White Powder, Sour Mouth, Sweet Bottom, I’m Coming to Take You to Lunch, and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, a rollicking look at Simon’s early career in the music industry that also bears the title of the international hit record that Simon and Vicki Wyckham wrote together in 1966 for Dusty Springfield. Simon’s latest film, The Real George Michael, is available now for viewing on demand on Amazon Prime and other platforms across the U.S. and Canada. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:16:28

Simon Napier-Bell on Diane & Nicky and Wham!'s Historic Tour of China

2/5/2024
TVC 636.4: Legendary record producer, music manager, author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Simon Napier-Bell talks to Ed and guest co-host Chuck Harter about his years managing Diane & Nicky (the first interracial pop duo in music history) and John’s Children and the events that led to Wham!’s historic 10-day visit to China in 1985. You can read Simon’s Substack column for free at Substack.com/@simonnapierbell 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:26:55

Barbara Feldon, David McCallum, and Dick Van Dyke

2/5/2024
TVC 636.5: Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with Barbara Feldon, the actress known around the world as Agent 99 on Get Smart. Barbara’s new book, Getting Smarter: A Memoir, is an intimate look at her life and her romance with Lucien Feldon Verdeaux, the charming European to whom she was married at the time she began filming Get Smart, but who turned out to be not quite the man he had claimed to be. Among other topics in this segment: Barbara answers email questions from listeners about her appearances on Cheers, Mad About You, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the motion picture Fitzwilly. Both Getting Smarter: A Memoir and Barbara’s first book, Living Alone and Loving It, are available at BarbaraFeldon.com and at Amazon.com. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:22:43

Barbara Feldon, Don Adams, and Get Smart

2/5/2024
TVC 636.6: Actress and author Barbara Feldon (Get Smart, Getting Smarter: A Memoir, Living Alone and Loving It) shares a few memories of her years co-starring with Don Adams on Get Smart. Also in this segment: A clip from our January 2013 conversation with Barbara in which she discusses her many appearances on the various Pyramid game shows and her friendship with Pyramid creator and producer Bob Stewart. Both Getting Smarter: A Memoir and Living Alone and Loving It are available at BarbaraFeldon.com and at Amazon.com. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:16:51

Remembering Russell Johnson

1/29/2024
TVC 635.1: From January 2014: A special edition of This Week in TV History that was originally recorded on Jan. 16, 2014, a day that marked the passing of two television icons: Dave Madden (Reuben Kinkaid on The Partridge Family) and Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan’s Island). In this segment, Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Russell Johnson, including a look at some of his other notable TV roles, such as his appearances on The Twilight Zone. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:23:56

Remembering Dave Madden

1/29/2024
TVC 635.2: From January 2014: Tony and Donna join Ed for a fond remembrance of actor Dave Madden (Reuben Kinkaid on The Partridge Family), including a look at his voiceover career and his other contributions to television, such as his appearances on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and The Hollywood Palace. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:23:39

Get Smart on Home Entertainment

1/29/2024
TVC 635.3: Greg Ehrbar joins Ed for a look at Get Smart (NBC/CBS, 1965-1970), the long-running spy satire starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon and co-created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, including the excellent complete series DVD box set, produced by Paul Brownstein and Susan Kesler for Time-Life, that was designed specifically with Get Smart fans in mind. Greg describes the box set as “Barbara Feldon Presents Get Smart,” not only because she introduces every episode of every season (and provides many audio commentaries throughout), but because it makes you feel as if Barbara is watching the entire series with you. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:19:55

Don Adams, Before and After Get Smart

1/29/2024
TVC 635.4: Greg and Ed continue their look at the various home entertainment releases of Get Smart (NBC/CBS, 1965-1970), including the made-for-TV reunion movie Get Smart, Again! (ABC, 1989, available on Amazon Prime), the 2008 reimagining starring Steve Carell, and the ill-fated 1979 feature motion picture The Nude Bomb. Other topics this segment include a look at some of Don Adams’ television work before and after Get Smart, including his appearances on The Bill Dana Show, his starring roles in the animated series Inspector Gadget and Tennessee Tuxedo, his short-lived series The Partners (NBC, 1971), and his special A Couple of Dons (also starring Don Rickles). Each season of the original Get Smart is available both on both DVD and streaming on demand, while the excellent complete series DVD box set is available at Amazon. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:23:21

Barbara Feldon: Getting Smarter

1/29/2024
TVC 635.5: Ed welcomes back Barbara Feldon, the actress known around the world as Agent 99 on Get Smart. Barbara’s new book, Getting Smarter: A Memoir, is an intimate look at her life and her romance with Lucien Feldon Verdeaux, the charming European to whom she was married at the time she began filming Get Smart, but who turned out to be not quite the man he had claimed to be. Topics this segment include what first sparked Barbara’s attraction to Lucien, and how her relationship with Lucien paved the way for her appearances on The $64,000 Question. Both Getting Smarter: A Memoir and Barbara’s first book, Living Alone and Loving It, are available at BarbaraFeldon.com and at Amazon.com. 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 on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:21:56