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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

Contact:

6266398698


Episodes

James Garner, John Frankenheimer, and The Making of Grand Prix

4/7/2020
Today being April 7 (James Garner’s birthday), we’ll mark the occasion with this minisode edition featuring our April 2012 conversation with Jon Winokur. Jon is the co-author, along with James Garner, of The Garner Files, the story of Jim’s life and career in the motion picture industry. Among other topics, Jon and Ed talk about Jim’s passion for auto racing, including the lengths he took while working with John Frankenheimer during the filming of Grand Prix. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:22:20

Jim Rockford's Firebird and other "star cars"

4/7/2020
From January 2011: We continue our celebration of James Garner's birthday with a replay of our conversation with "star car" researcher Jim Suva. Jim not only contributed to the "Crime Drama" segment of Pioneers of Television (PBS, 2011), but provided an authentic replica of Jim Rockford's famous Pontiac Firebird that was featured on the program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:03

Tribute to Lyle Waggoner

4/6/2020
TVC 487.1: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember actor and entrepreneur Lyle Waggoner (The Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman) as part of This Week in TV History. Waggoner passed away Tuesday, March 17 at age 84. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:36

Lyle Waggoner, Steve Trevor, and Star Waggons

4/6/2020
TVC 487.2: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the indelible imprint that Lyle Waggoner left on the film and television industry since the launch of his company, Star Waggons, in 1979. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:08

Ralph Kiner and The Say Hey Kid

4/6/2020
From April 2013: Phil Gries plays a clip from a 1963 interview between New York Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner and Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants. Mays' memoir, 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid, is scheduled for release later in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:49

Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar, co-authors of The Imperfect Storm

4/6/2020
TVC 487.4: Ed welcomes back actor, comedian, director and raconteur Howard Storm. After beginning his showbiz career when he was a teenager, performing in nightclubs in New York in the 1950s, Howard worked steadily as an actor and improvisational performer in the late ’60s and early 1970s before becoming one of the most sought-after directors in television, including such popular shows as Laverne & Shirley, Everybody Loves Raymond, Kenan and Kel, Fish, Daddy Dearest, Rhoda, ALF, Angie, and...

Duration:00:23:31

Why Pam Dawber was the Unsung Hero of Mork & Mindy

4/6/2020
TVC 487.5: Actor, comedian, and director Howard Storm reveals how he won the confidence of a skeptical Beatrice Arthur during production of Amanda’s (ABC, 1983) and why Pam Dawber’s efforts as the Abbott to Robin Williams’ Costello on Mork & Mindy often go unappreciated. Howard’s memoir, The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood, is available through Bear Manor Media. Co-hosting the hour is Steve Stoliar, author of Raised Eyebrows and Howard’s collaborator on The Imperfect Storm....

Duration:00:21:43

Phil Gries, Kiner, and The Duke

4/6/2020
From April 2013: Phil Gries plays audio highlights of a 1963 interview between Emmy Award-winning announcer Ralph Kiner and fellow baseball Hall of Famer Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers. A member of the New York Mets broadcast team for more than fifty years, Kiner passed away in 2014. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:17:10

CBS Fires Tom and Dick Smothers on Apr. 4, 1969

4/4/2020
From April 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the events that led CBS-TV to fire Tom and Dick Smothers on Apr. 4, 1969. Also in this segment: A look at Happy Pappy, the first TV variety series featuring an all-African American cast, which premiered on Chicago station WENR on Apr. 1, 1949. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:10:04

The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on All of Our Lives

3/30/2020
TVC 486.1: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen join Ed via Skype for a special edition of This Week in TV History that looks at how the corona virus pandemic continues to affect not just the television industry, but all walks of our daily lives around the world, including the postponement of several upcoming primaries in the 2020 presidential campaign. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:49

Keeping Up Appearances on DVD

3/30/2020
TVC 486.2: Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of Keeping Up Appearances (BBC1, 1990-1995), the British sitcom starring Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:47

40 Years of Eric Braeden as Victor Newman

3/30/2020
TVC 486.3: Ed welcomes back Eric Braeden, the Emmy Award-winning actor who earlier this year celebrated his fortieth anniversary playing complex self-made billionaire Victor Newman on the popular CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless. Topics include how Victor has evolved as a character over the past four decades; the chemistry Eric has enjoyed with Melody Thomas Scott and other Y and R cast members; and Eric’s admiration for L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his relentless pursuit of...

Duration:00:23:45

Eric Braeden on the joy he felt on the set of Den of Thieves

3/30/2020
TVC 486.4: Actor and author Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless, The Rat Patrol, Colossus: The Forbin Project, I’ll Be Damned) talks to Ed about some of his other movie and TV roles, including learning how to downhill ski when making the film The Ultimate Thrill, and the joy he felt when he first stepped onto the set of Den of Thieves, the feature-length crime thriller written and directed by his son, Christian Gudegast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:49

Susan Kesler and the Amazing Get Smart DVD Box Set

3/30/2020
TVC 486.5: From March 2014: Susan Kesler, producer of the award-winning Get Smart Complete Series Box Set from 2007, talks to Ed about the lengths she went to locate and secure the many extra features that are part of that amazing DVD collection. Also the author of The Wild, Wild West: The Series, as well as one of the top editors in network television over the past three decades, Sue passed away on Thursday, March 19 after a brief bout with cancer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:20:26

The Birth of The Rockford Files

3/27/2020
From March 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the 40th anniversary of The Rockford Files, the pilot of which originally aired on Mar. 27, 1974 during This Week in TV History. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:18:19

Geoffrey Mark on the brilliance of Jack Sheldon

3/23/2020
TVC 485.1: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, singer, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark shares a few memories of his friend Jack Sheldon, the virtuoso jazz trumpeter and comedian whom some of you may remember as Merv Griffin’s sidekick throughout the 1970s. Also one of the many contributors to Schoolhouse Rock, including the songs “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill,” Jack Sheldon passed away Monday, Dec. 30 at age 88. Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:22:13

James DuMont of Spenser: Confidential, The Righteous Gemstones, and Apple TV's The Banker

3/23/2020
TVC 485.2: A return appearance by James DuMont, one of the busiest character actors in film and TV today. Currently seen as Danny McBride’s right-hand man on The Righteous Gemstones (which HBO recently renewed for a second season), James has prominent roles as Senator McClellan in The Banker, the first feature film produced by Apple TV (now available for streaming on demand on Apple TV+), and as “Tracksuit Charlie” in Spenser: Confidential, available now for on-demand viewing on Netflix....

Duration:00:23:49

Actor James DuMont (Spenser: Confidential, The Banker) on the various approaches he takes to playing a character

3/23/2020
TVC 485.3: James DuMont (Spenser: Confidential, The Righteous Gemstones) talks to Ed about how he often looks for the Achilles heel of a character whenever he takes on a part, and how he approaches playing historical characters such as Senator McClellan in The Banker. Both The Banker and Spenser: Confidential are available now for streaming on demand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:01

Actor Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brain, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) on the many Voice Lessons that helped him in his fight against throat cancer

3/23/2020
TVC 485.4: Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning actor Rob Paulsen, the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Yakko Warner from Animaniacs, and both Raphael and Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rob’s voice was nearly silenced in 2016 when he learned that he had throat cancer. Rob’s memoir, Voice Lessons: How a Couple of Ninja Turtles, Pinky, and an Animaniac Saved My Life, is the story of how his two-year fight with cancer gave him a new lease on life and an even greater appreciation...

Duration:00:22:35

Rob Paulsen (Pinky & the Brain, Animaniacs) on his approach to directing voice actors

3/23/2020
TVC 485.5: Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Talkin’ Toons), talks to Ed about working with such voice actors as Jack Riley; his approach to directing voice actors; and the degree to which he and his cast mates on Animaniacs are allowed to ad-lib. Rob’s memoir, Voice Lessons: How a Couple of Ninja Turtles, Pinky, and an Animaniac Saved My Life, is the story of how his two-year fight with cancer gave him a new lease on life and an even greater...

Duration:00:20:36