Friday, October 31, 2014

Your Mental Sorbet: The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

Here is another "Mental Sorbet" little spark of madness that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is a Halloween-themed television special starring Paul Lynde broadcast October 29, 1976 onABC. It featured guest stars Margaret Hamilton in her first reprisal of her role as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Also guest starring are Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo from H.R. PufnstufTim ConwayRoz KellyFlorence Henderson, rock bandKissBilly Barty as Gallows the Butler, Betty White and, in an unbilled surprise appearance, Donny and Marie Osmond.

Happy Halloween
Tony Figueroa

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

David Susskind, A Televised Life: Next on TVC

Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide, will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Oct. 29-Nov. 3 at the following times and stations:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 10/29
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 11/2
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
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Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 10/31
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSAV
or hear us on the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil

Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Saturday 11/1
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 11/2
6pm ET, 3pm PT
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or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Indiana Talks

Pittsburgh Talks
Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday 11/1
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 11/2
6pm ET, 3pm PT
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or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Pittsburgh Talks

KSCO-AM 1080
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY-AM 1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 11/2
11am ET, 8am PT
Also streaming at

Boost Radio Network
Paramus, NJ
Sunday 11/2
8pm ET, 5pm PT
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KHMB-AM 1710
Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 11/2
9pm PT
Monday 11/3
Midnight ET
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or use the Live365 app on your smartphone and type in KHMB
San Francisco, CA
Monday 11/3
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Ann Arbor, MI
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel at
David Susskind took risks, broke rules and, in many ways, shaped television programming as we currently know it today. After beginning his career as a publicist and agent, and establishing his own agency, Talent Associates, Susskind went from behind the desk to behind the scenes, establishing himself as a producer of such live television productions as Armstrong Circle Theatre, where he battled network practices of blacklisting, exposed TV audiences to provocative subject matter and introduced such actors as Sir Laurence Olivier to American television. But it was his groundbreaking weekly talk show, Open End, that made Susskind a household name. Open End ran for 25 years and featured movers and shakers could speak their minds about a wide range of topics literally without restrictions.

Joining us this week as we remember David Susskind will beStephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide and the author of David Susskind: A Televised Life, an excellent biography of Susskind that not only covers every aspect of the life and career of the legendary producer, talk show host and impresario, but in many ways is also a capsule history of the first four decades of television.
TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Pittsburgh Talks
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT Boost Radio Network
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Show No. 252 with guests Bill Marx and Herbie J Pilato

TV CONFIDENTIALShow No. 252 with guests Bill Marx and Herbie J Pilato

Original Airdate: Week of Oct. 15-20, 2014

First hour: Ed welcomes Herbie J Pilato, author of Glamour, Gidgets and The Girl Next Door, a new book that celebrates the accomplishments of more than four dozen TV actresses from the Golden Age of Television who shattered expectations, one way or another, while paving the way for successive generations. Herbie will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble at 731 N. San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank, CA on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7pm. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss the careers of Scott Bakula and Marie Osmond, both of whom were born during This Week in TV History.

Second hour: Ed welcomes author, musician, arranger and composer Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx and the executive producer of The Marx Brothers TV Collection, a new DVD box set that features some of the earliest appearances of Groucho, Harpo and Chico on television, many of which have not been seen in years.

Monday, October 27, 2014

This Week in Television History: October 2014 PART IV

Listen to me on TV CONFIDENTIAL:

As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history, the more that fact and legend become intertwined. It's hard to say where the truth really lies.

October 27, 1954
Disneyland, Walt Disney's first television series, premieres on ABC. 

The one-hour show, introduced by Tinkerbell, presented a rotating selection of cartoons, dramas, movies, and other entertainment. The show ran for 34 years under various names, including Walt Disney Presents and The Wonderful World of Disney. The program was the longest-running prime-time series on network TV.

To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa