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TV Confidential Archives May 17, 2010

TV CONFIDENTIAL with Ed Robertson and Frankie Montiforte: A radio talk show about television

May 17, 2010
First hour: Actor and author James Best (Best in Hollywood: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful) joins Ed, Frankie and guest co-host Tony Figueroa for a conversation about The Dukes of Hazzard, his work with James Stewart, Burt Reynolds, and other motion picture legends, his experience teaching young actors camera technique in Hollywood and at the University of Mississippi, and his early days as a contract player at Universal Studios.

Second hour: Mark Dawidziak, television critic for The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, joins Ed and Frankie for a look at some of the top stories coming out of the annual network TV upfronts, including the cancellation of the original Law and Order after 20 years on television, the future of American Idol post-Simon Cowell, and NBC's widely publicized failed pilot of the remake of Rockford Files, as well as CBS' upcoming remake of Hawaii Five-O. Mark's latest book, The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Dracula, is an engaging look at the Dracula phenomenon, from the publication of the Bram Stoker novel in 1897 to the many film and television adaptations, including the classic 1931 film with Bela Lugosi, the 1974 television Dracula starring Jack Palance and produced by Dan Curtis, and the 1979 theatrical release starring Frank Langella.
Also in this hour: David Krell remembers the legacy of Saturday Night Live on late night and prime time television, while Ed and Frankie pay tribute to actress Adele Mara.
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