Thursday, March 19, 2015

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Show No. 266, 267, 268 and 269.


Show No. 269: Tribute to Leonard Nimoy with guests Walter Koenig, Ralph Senensky, Arthur Marks and Mark Dawidziak
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 11-16, 2015
A two-hour tribute to the life and career of Leonard Nimoy, featuring comments and remembrances not only about the actor’s work on Star Trek, but his other contributions to television, as well as his accomplishments as a motion picture director, his dedication to science, art and the humanities, and his various philanthropic interests. Our guests include actor Walter Koenig (Nimoy’s longtime co-star on both the original Star Trek and the first six Star Trek movies), television director Ralph Senensky, who directed Nimoy on seven occasions on the original Star Trek (including the classic episode“This Side of Paradise”), Perry Mason producer/director Arthur Marks (a longtime friend of Nimoy who also directed him in“The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe”), and television critic and author Mark Dawidziak (The Columbo Phile).

Show No. 268 with guest James Sheldon
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 25-Mar. 2, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen say Happy Birthday to Howard Hesseman, who was born during This Week in TV History, as well as remember the impact of the U.S. Hockey Team’s epic win in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD release of the 1965 musical adaptation of Cinderella. Second hour: Ed welcomes James Sheldon, author of Before I Forget: Directing Television, 1948-1988, a memoir of his career as a director in network television, which includes anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information of Jim’s work on such shows as Naked City, The Twilight Zone, Route 66, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, My Three Sons, Family Affair, Batman, Ironside, Ellery Queen, Cagney and Lacey, Dallas, M*A*S*H, Sanford and Son, Room 222 and The Waltons.

Show No. 267 with guest Michael St. John
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 18-23, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen say Happy Birthday to actor George Kennedy while also remembering the pilot for The Andy Griffith Show, which originally aired during This Week in TV History as an episode of Make Room for Daddy. Second hourMichael St. John, the first African-American man hired as a director for NBC television, remembers his friend and colleague Gary Owens (with whom he worked on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In), plus provides Ed, Tony and Donna with an update on the pre-production of his play, I Feel Sin Comin’ On, which is based on early events in his life that are depicted in Michael's book, Hollywood Through the Back Door.

Show No. 266 with guests Mary Ann Anderson and Bob Leszczak
Original Airdate: Week of Feb. 11-16, 2015
First hour: Ed welcomes Bob Leszczak, whose books on music and television include Single Season Sitcoms: 1948-1979,Who Did It First: Great Rock 'n' Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, and The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look back at the broadcast history of the classic TV game showWhat’s My Line? Second hour: Ed welcomes author Mary Ann Anderson (Ida Lupino: Beyond the CameraThe Making of The Hitch-Hiker: Illustrated). Mary shares a few audio highlights from a 1991 interview between Ida Lupino and authorA.M. Sperber in which Ida talks about her dear friend Humphrey Bogart. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the DVD release of Series One of Broadchurch.
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