Thursday, December 13, 2012

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Dec. 5-11, 2012

Show No. 163
Dec. 5-11, 2012
First hour: TV Confidential remembers the life and career of Larry Hagman along with actor Bill Daily, who co-starred with Hagman and Barbara Eden for five years on I Dream of Jeannie. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide, a behind-the-scenes look at notable shows from the first three decades of television that ran for only one season or less. Among the shows Bob discusses in his book are the two comedy series that Larry Hagman starred in after Jeannie, but before Dallas: The Good Life (NBC, 1971) and Here We Go Again (ABC, 1973). Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look at how both Dallas and Jeannie reflected our culture in their own way.
Second hour: Television director Michael Preece joins Ed this hour as TV Confidential continues its tribute to Larry Hagman. Michael not only directed more episodes of the original Dallas than any director, but had a hand in just about every major cliffhanger of Dallas, going back to Who Shot J.R.? Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at some of Hagman's other notable film and TV work; an excerpt from a November 2004 interview with author Barbara Curran (25 Years of Dallas) about Larry Hagman that Ed conducted jointly with talk show host Ronn Owens on The Ronn Owens Program; and a discussion about how the new Dallas on TNT might proceed in the wake of Hagman's death.
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