Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rod Serling and The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Next on TVC

Authors Anne Serling and Jennifer Armstrong will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing May 15-21 at the following times and venues:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 5/15
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 5/19
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at MediaCritic.net

Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Wednesday 5/15
11pm ET, 8pm PT
with replays at various times throughout the week
Click on the player at IndianaTalks.com
or use the Live365 app on your smartphone and type in Indiana Talks

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 5/17
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at KSAV.org
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSAV

Talktainment Radio
Columbus, OH
Thursday 5/16
2am ET, 11pm PT
Friday 5/10
3am ET, Midnight PT
Noon ET, 9am PT
Click on the Listen Live button at TalktainmentRadio.com

The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM
Ridgecrest, CA
Sunday 5/19
9pm PT
Monday 5/20
Midnight ET
Click on the Listen Live button at Coyote395.com
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KKYT

The Radio Slot Network
San Francisco, CA
Monday 5/20
9pm ET, 6pm PT
Click on the Talk Slot button at RadioSlot.com

Passionate World Radio
Ann Arbor, MI
Tuesday 5/21
9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT
Click on the Listen Now button at PWRTalk.com

Most conversations about Rod Serling focus on Serling as an icon — an entity, if you will — not only because of his work as the writer, creator and/or producer of The Twilight Zone, Patterns, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Night Gallery, and other TV productions, but also because he was one of the few writers who regularly appeared on television. Rarely do we think of Rod Serling as a person: a real live, flesh and blood human being who played on the floor with his dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family, liked to watch The Flintstones, and had a laugh that was as infectious as his zest for life itself.

That image of Serling is the one evoked by his daughter Anne Serling in As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling, an intimate portrait of the Emmy Award-winning television pioneer that is also a moving testament to the love between fathers and daughters. Very close to her father, Anne was devastated by his death in 1975. But eventually she overcame her grief, partially with the help of The Twilight Zone. We will discuss this, and more, when Anne Serling joins us in first hour.













Also joining us this week will be pop culture commentator and entertainment journalist Jennifer Armstrong. Jennifer’s latest book, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, is the story of the people who gave us The Mary Tyler Moore Show, one of the most beloved and admired television series of all time, and a show whose influence can still be seen today in such shows as 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, and HBO’s Girls.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show revived Mary Tyler Moore’s career while also helping to pave the way for the modern TV sitcom. But it also made unlikely stars out of several journeymen actors, changed the fates of a dozen female TV writers, helped usher in a more woman-friendly era in the television industry, and famously killed a clown. Yet before any of that became possible, The Mary Tyler Moore Show faced a number of obstacles (mostly from the decision-makers at CBS) just to get on the air. We’ll talk about how the show overcame these hurdles when Jennifer Armstrong joins us in our second hour.







Plus: Phil Gries with Part 3 of the Sounds of Lost Television tribute to New York Mets announcer Ralph Kiner, featuring highlights from two historic moments from the inaugural year of baseball at Shea Stadium, 1964.
TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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