I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Monday, May 12, 2014
Mike Connors: Next on TVC
Actor Mike Connors, television writer/producer David Breckman and author JoAnn Paul will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing May 14-19 at the following times and stations:
WROM Radio Detroit, MI Wednesday 5/14 8pm ET, 5pm PT 2am ET, 11pm PT Sunday 5/18 8pm ET, 5pm PT 2am ET, 11pm PT Click on the Listen Live button at WROMRadio.net
Mike Connors, of course, is known to three generations of viewers as the star of Mannix, the the long-running private eye series from the late ’60s and early 1970s that was as much known for its cinematic style, iconic theme music by Lalo Schifrin, signature sports jackets and the famous Mannix dune buggy roll as it was for the character of Joe Mannix himself. Still popular today around the world, Mannix paved the way for the wave of private detective shows that dominated network television throughout the 1970s and ’80s, while Connors brought a humanity and vulnerability to Joe Mannix that has rarely been matched among TV protagonists. Mike Connors will join us in our second hour.
Mike Connors also wrote the foreword to And Now, Back to Mannix, a new book by JoAnn M. Paul that not only explores the depth of the Mannix character in great detail, but makes the case that Joe Mannix has all the traits of a classic literary hero. JoAnn Paul will join us in our first hour.
Also joining us will be David Breckman, writer, director and co-executive producer for the long-running private eye series Monk. David wrote the introduction to And Now, Back to Mannix, plus he was instrumental in arranging for Mike Connors’ appearance on our show.
This week’s program will also include an extended edition of This Week in TV History that will include a remembrance of actress Jackie Lynn Taylor, as well as a discussion of both the first Our Gang comedy to be filmed with sound, and the last Our Gang ever to be produced.