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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

Phil Gries on the making of Harlem School 1970

2/26/2024
TVC 638.1: From February 2018: Phil Gries joins us to discuss Harlem School 1970, an original documentary that provides an inside look at a typical day at Community School No. 30M in Harlem, New York, where Phil taught for three years before embarking on his long career as an award-winning cinematographer for film and television. Filmed, produced and directed by Phil Gries, Harlem School 1970 is an early example of “direct cinema,” a form of documentary storytelling that allows viewers to watch the narrative unfold and shape their own meaning without narration or outside interviews. For our listeners on the East Coast, Harlem School 1970 will be shown at the Maysles Documentary Center in New York City on Thursday, Mar. 14 beginning at 7pm. For tickets and more information, go to Maysles.org 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

Phil Gries on the importance of Harlem School 1970

2/26/2024
TVC 638.2: From February 2018: Phil Gries and Ed continue their discussion about Harlem School 1970, Phil’s acclaimed “direct cinema” documentary that is also the only known feature-length documentary that was filmed inside an actual inner city public elementary school in the U.S. during the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s. For our listeners on the East Coast, Harlem School 1970 will be shown at the Maysles Documentary Center in New York City on Thursday, Mar. 14 beginning at 7pm. For tickets and more information, go to Maysles.org 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:00:21:55

Scarlet Street and The Edge of the World on Blu-ray

2/26/2024
TVC 638.3: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the recent Kino Lorber Blu-ray releases of The Edge of the World (1937) and Scarlet Street (1945). 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:00:19:29

Entertainment legend Pat Boone

2/26/2024
TVC 638.4: Ed welcomes Pat Boone, the trailblazing singer, entertainer, humanitarian, and philanthropist who recently marked his seventieth year in show business and who will celebrate his ninetieth birthday this coming June 1. One of the first white artists to record rhythm and blues songs to mainstream audiences, Pat discusses his longstanding activism in support of African-American singers and songwriters (including featuring and performing with many black artists on his ABC variety series, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, during the Civil Rights Movement) and the praise that Pat once received from the Reverend Jesse Jackson in recognition of his efforts. Pat’s new single, “My Stupid Tattoo,” a humorous ode to those who got a tattoo (and later came to regret it), is available as a digital release through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and wherever else music is 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:00:25:15

Pat Boone, Elvis Presley, and Harry Belafonte

2/26/2024
TVC 638.5: Legendary entertainer Pat Boone shares a few memories from his career, including early encounters with Elvis Presley; the stance that Pat took against the government of South Africa in 1960 that resulted in South Africa suspending apartheid during the ten days that Pat performed in that country that year; and Pat’s efforts to book Harry Belafonte as a guest on The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom in 1960. Pat’s new single, “My Stupid Tattoo,” is available as a digital release through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and wherever else music is 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:00:27:11

Dan Curtis: Master of Dark Shadows

2/26/2024
TVC 638.6: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the recent MPI Home Video release of Master of Dark Shadows (2019), a comprehensive documentary about the life and career of Emmy Award-winning producer and director Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker, Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Trilogy of Terror). Master of Dark Shadows is available on DVD and Blu-ray through MPI Home Video. It is also available for viewing on demand on Tubi and other streaming platforms. 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:00:18:50

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