Wednesday, June 09, 2010

TV Confidential Archives May 31, 2010

First hour: Ed, Frankie and guest co-host Tony Figueroa welcome animator Gene Hamm (The Dream Hat, Hell Toupee) as they pay tribute to Gumby creator and stop-motion animation pioneer Art Clokey. Also in this hour: comments on the recent passings of Art Linkletter, Dennis Hopper and Gary Coleman, plus David Krell remembers television programs inspired by the "space craze" of the 1960s.

Second hour: NPR television critic David Bianculli joins Ed, Frankie and Tony for a discussion of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, its impact on prime time television in the late 1960s and the turbulent battles with CBS executives over censorship issues that led to the abrupt end of the program in April 1969. David is the author of the author of Dangerously Funny, a comprehensive look at the careers of Tom and Dick Smothers and the legacy of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
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