Sunday, April 26, 2015

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Show No. 272 and 273


Show No. 272 with guests Morgan Woodward and Sylvia Resnick
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 8-13, 2015
First hour: Longtime entertainment journalist Sylvia Resnick discusses her new book, The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob, a fascinating look at Old Hollywood and New Hollywood that also profiles some of the greatest male heartthrobs in film and TV history. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of Nightlineand Truth or ConsequencesSecond hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome actor Morgan Woodward (DallasCool Hand LukeStar TrekThe Waltons. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of Gilligan’s Planet andThundercats.

Show No. 273 with guest James Wilder
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 15-20, 2015
First hour: Highlights from our June 2010 conversation with actor James Best (The Dukes of Hazzard). Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Starsky and Hutch (the pilot of which originally aired in April 1975), while Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of Paddington BearSecond hour: Ed welcomes award-winning independent film actor James Wilder. James’ latest film, Three Holes and A Smoking Gun, is now available through many Video on Demand services. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our August 2013 salute to comedian and satirist Stan Freberg.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Your Mental Sorbet: Friends: Rebooted

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. 
Friends is now streaming on Netflix, but imagine if you will what that sitcom would like if it were released today. Nerdist Presents Friends: Rebooted!

Stay Tuned 

Tony Figueroa

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate: Next on TVC

Author, journalist and screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Apr. 22-27 at the following times and venues:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 4/22
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 4/26
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 4/24
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at
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 4/25
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 4/26
6pm ET, 3pm PT
Click on the player at
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Indiana Talks

Pittsburgh Talks
Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday 4/25
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 4/26
6pm ET, 3pm PT
Click on the player at
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 4/26
10am ET, 7am PT
Also streaming at

Boost Radio Network
Paramus, NJ
Sunday 4/26
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Click on the On the Air button at

Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 4/26
9pm PT
Monday 4/27
Midnight ET
Click on the Listen Live button at
or use the Live365 app on your smartphone and type in KHMB
San Francisco, CA
Monday 4/27
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Talk Slot button at

Ann Arbor, MI
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel at

Marvin J. Wolf is the author or co-author of seventeen books, includingBeating the Odds (the memoirs of ABC founding president Leonard Goldenson), Fallen Angels (an inside look at famous crimes that took place in Hollywood),  and the Rabbi Ben mystery novel series, while his credits as a screenwriter include the made-for-TV movie Ladies Night.

Marv’s latest book, Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate, is a gripping account of a bloody five-day battle in the central highlands of Vietnam that was led by a young captain named William Albracht. It is a very cinematic story that speaks to the transformational power of individual heroism. It is also a story that, until recently, very few people knew about. Marvin J. Wolf will join us in our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM 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 10am ET, 7am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 10am ET, 7am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT Boost Radio Network
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
Tape us now, listen to us later, using
Also available as a podcast via iTunesFeedBurner
and now on your mobile phone via
Follow us online at
Follow us now on Twitter:
Like our Fan Page at

Monday, April 20, 2015

This Week in Television History: April 2015 PART III

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.

April 22, 1978
The Blues Brothers make their world premiere on Saturday Night Live
The characters and the band that Belushi and Aykroyd unveiled that night took more than two years to evolve. The first incarnation came during SNL's first season, in a January 17, 1976, appearance singing "I'm a King Bee" as "Howard Shore and his All-Bee Band." There were no dark suits, skinny ties or Ray-Bans at that point, but the appearance did feature Aykroyd on the harmonica and Belushi on vocals belting out a blues classic very much in the style of the future Elwood and "Joliet" Jake Blues, albeit while wearing bee costumes. 

The Blues Brothers' look—and much of their repertoire—would come together after Belushi's trip to Eugene, Oregon, during the hiatus between SNL seasons two and three to film Animal House. It was there that Belushi, a committed rock-and-roll fan, met a 25-year-old bluesman named Curtis Salgado, future harmonica player for Robert Cray, frontman for Roomful of Blues and a major figure on the burgeoning Pacific Northwest blues scene of the 1970s. Belushi became a regular visitor to the Eugene Hotel to catch Salgado's act during the filming of Animal House, and it was from that act and from Salgado himself that he picked up a passion for the blues as well as the inspiration for the Blues Brothers' sound and look .
Back in New York for the third season of SNL, Belushi and Aykroyd honed their concept for the Blues Brothers Band and recruited an incredible roster of backing instrumentalists drawn from among the finest blues and R&B session musicians in the country. Even if their debut performance on this night in 1978 hadn't been a huge hit, the band was far too good to break up after a single gig. Indeed, the closing portion of Paul Shaffer's introduction that night—"Today they are no longer an authentic blues act, but have managed to become a viable commercial product"—ended up being borne out in real life, with the Blues Brothers earning three top-40 hits ("Soul Man," "Rubber Biscuit" and "Gimme Some Lovin'"), a #1 pop album (Briefcase Full of Blues) and a piece of screen immortality via their 1980 film, The Blues Brothers.

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

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa