Friday, April 18, 2014

Your Mental Sorbet: Game of Thrones Parody of Frozen's "Let It Go"

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

Written/Directed/Edited by Julian Higgins (@julianhiggins)
Music Produced, Arranged and Recorded by Colin Thomson (
Parody of Frozen's "Let it Go," composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez 
Katie Wilson as Daenerys Targaryen (
Kevin Brooks as Jon Snow (
Amy Vorpahl as King Joffrey ( & @vorpahlsword)

Matt Kessler - Littlefinger (
Brianna Hurley - Margaery Tyrell (
Lila Roux - Cersei Lannister (

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Tony Figueroa

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shirley Jones, Hugh Hefner, plus Lucille Ball FAQ: Next on TVC

Actress Shirley Jones and authors Barry Monush and James Sheridan will join us as part of a “Best of” edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Apr. 16-21 at the following times and stations:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 4/16
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 4/19
8pm ET, 5pm PT
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WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Vero Beach, FL
Wednesday 4/19
9pm ET, 6pm PT
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Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 4/18
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Weekends, various times
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KSCO-AM 1080
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY-AM 1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 4/20
11am ET, 8am PT
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Boost Radio Network
Paramus, NJ
Sunday 4/20
8pm ET, 5pm PT
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KHMB-AM 1710
Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 4/20
9pm PT
Monday 4/14
Midnight ET
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The Radio Slot Network
San Francisco, CA
Monday 4/21
10pm ET, 7pm PT
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This week’s program will feature encore presentations of segments about people who were recently in the news, including Shirley Jones and Hugh Hefner — both of whom celebrated birthdays earlier this month.

Long before she began playing Mrs. Partridge, Shirley Jones was not only one of the top musical stars in film and on Broadway (includingOklahomaCarousel and The Music Man), but an accomplished dramatic actress in such films as Silent Night, Lonely NightThe Happy Ending and, of course, her Academy Award-winning turn as Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry. But because she left such a lasting impression as an ingĂ©nue in the ’60s, and as the beloved mom on The Partridge Family in the 1970s, many people tend to assume that Shirley Jones is as squeaky clean in real life as the fictional characters she’s played.

Shirley debunks that myth in a very candid new book, Shirley Jones: A Memoir, that not only discusses her life and career on stage, film and television, but reveals for the first time the story of her often tumultuous marriage with the love of her life, actor Jack Cassidy. In fact, in many ways Shirley’s book is much a biography of Jack Cassidy as it is the story of her own life. We’ll talk about that, as well as ask her aboutThe Partridge Family and some of her other famous film and TV roles when Shirley Jones joins in our second hour.

Our first hour will include a look back at April 25, 1989 — the day on which television icon Lucille Ball passed away — as part of This Week in TV History. Although known by three generations for her comic genius, Lucille Ball was also the first woman to head a major production company, Desilu Productions, during which time she gave the greenlight to some of the most popular and profitable TV shows of all time, including Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. We’ll then round out the hour with a replay of our October 2011 conversation with James Sheridan and Barry Monush, co-authors ofLucille Ball FAQ, a full portrait of Lucy from her life growing up, her love interests, her various inspirations, and, of course, tons of information about her films and TV series.

Also this week: An encore presentation of a July 2011 edition of The Sounds of Lost Television in which Phil Gries remembers some of the early television ventures of Playboy magazine Hugh Hefner, includingPlayboy’s Penthouse (a precursor to Playboy After Dark) and 1962 profile on Keyhole, a documentary series produced by Ziv.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

This Week in Television History: Aprily 2014 PART III

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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 16, 1949
Garroway at Large debuts. 
Radio personality Dave Garroway moves to TV, as the host of one of television's earliest musical-variety shows. Garroway at Large was one of the two most important series to be made in Chicago, along with Kukla, Fran & Ollie, during the city's brief period in the late 1940s as an important production center for network programs. Garroway at Large ran until 1951.
Dave Garroway started out as a page at NBC and worked his way up to the position of radio announcer for various NBC programs. From 1944 to 1948, he announced for the NBC radio series The World's Great Novels. The show featured dramatic readings of classic novels and later evolved into NBC University of the Air, which offered accredited radio-assisted degrees in literature. Garroway also hosted his own radio talk show with music, which aired under various names from 1946 to 1955.
Starting in 1952, Garroway became the longtime host of NBC's Today show. He continued some prime-time work, though, and when Garroway at Large ended, he tried another show, called The Dave Garroway Show, in 1953. The second show, however, didn't take off, partly because of stiff competition from the other networks, which were airing popular programs Mama and Ozzie and Harriet.

April 18, 1929
First Our Gang film with sound debuts.

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Small Talk, the first "Our Gang" picture with sound, debuts on this day in 1929. Producer Hal Roach had started producing the Our Gang short comedies in 1922. The series' mischievous band of kids, later known as the "Little Rascals," quickly caught on with the public, especially after characters Spanky, Alfalfa, and Darla were added in the early 1930s. In 1938, Roach sold the Our Gang rights to MGM, which produced the shorts until 1944. In total, more than 100 Our Gang films were made.
April 18, 1979
Real People premiered. 

Real People had the format of a comedy talk show taped in front of a large studio audience. Each segment featured a news report consisting of visits to people with unique occupations or hobbies, occasionally bringing some of them in-studio to interact with the audience. In its early seasons, Real People was NBC's most popular series, often scoring at the top of the ratings, and was a rare hit for the network at a time when NBC was a distant third in the ratings and struggling with numerous flops. Segments included "funny pictures" and funny newspaper errors sent in by viewers, who were awarded a Real People T-shirt. According to a 2008 interview with producer George Schlatter, who also co-created Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In for NBC, the show had covered serious topics like war heroes.

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

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Tony Figueroa