Wednesday, October 05, 2011

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Sept. 30, 2011

Show No. 106
Sept. 30, 2011
First hour: Ed welcomes Christine Devine, Emmy Award-winning news anchor for KTTV, FOX 11, and the spokesperson for Wednesday's Child, a national program that helps children from the foster care system find permanent families. The Wednesday's Child feature is seen every week on FOX affiliates in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Christine's book, Finding a Forever Family: A News Anchor's Notebook on Adoption Within the Foster Care System, is a very touching story of how the Wednesday’s Child program changed not only her life, but also the lives of more than 500 foster children and foster parents across the country. Also in this hour: independent film director Brendan Moriarty discusses his film The Road to Freedom, which is based on the true story of photojournalist Sean Flynn, who disappeared in Cambodia while on assignment for TIME magazine during the Vietnam War. The Road to Freedom opens in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities across the country during the week of Oct. 3. Plus: Phil Gries with Part 2 of our look at Jackie Gleason, the short-lived CBS prime talk show hosted by the Great One in early 1961, following the demise of You're in the Picture.
Second hour: Television historian Paul Green (Pete Duel: A Biography, Jennifer Jones: The Life and Films) and writer/producer Dan Farren (Story Salon) join Ed and Tony Figueroa for a wide-ranging conversation about American adaptations of popular British series over the past four decades, including The Office, All in the Family, Three's Company, Fawlty Towers, Absolutely Fabulous and Couplings. Topics include a look at how the American approach to episodic television differs from that of the British.
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