Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Fred de Cordova and The Inside Story of Soap: Next on TVC

Authors Mark Bennett and A.S. Berman will join us on a special encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing May 6-11 at the following times and venues:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 5/6
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 5/10
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at WROMRadio.net

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 5/8
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at KSAV.org
Use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSAV
or hear us on the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil

Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Saturday 5/9
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 5/10
6pm ET, 3pm PT
Click on the player at IndianaTalks.com
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Indiana Talks

KSCO-AM 1080
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY-AM 1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 5/10
10am ET, 7am PT
Also streaming at KSCO.com

Boost Radio Network
Paramus, NJ
Sunday 5/3
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Click on the On the Air button at BoostRadioNetwork.com

Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 5/10
9pm PT
Monday 5/11
Midnight ET
Click on the Listen Live button at KHMBRadio.com
or use the Live365 app on your smartphone and type in KHMB

San Francisco, CA
Monday 5/11
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Talk Slot button at RadioSlot.com

Ann Arbor, MI
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork.com

In the early 1990s, Fred de Cordova— the legendary producer and director of such classic television series as The Jack Benny Program, Burns and Allen, The George Gobel Show, My Three Sons, The Bob Cummings Show and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson — was more or less winding down his career when he happened to meet Mark Bennett, a young actor and producer who at the time had recently relocated to Los Angeles from his native Colorado. In an unlikely twist, Fred not only became Mark’s friend and mentor, but would lead Mark on a journey that would change both their lives.

That story is at the heart of The Big Show, a memoir of Mark’s years working with Fred de Cordova. Though set in the world of set business, The Big Show is, at its heart, a story about mentorship that readers will enjoy no matter what their profession. The book includes a very heartfelt foreword by comedian Bob Newhart. Mark Bennett will join us in our first hour.

This week’s program will also include a replay of our conversation from May 2014 about Soap, the long-running ABC comedy series that was as passionate and controversial as the era in which it was made (1977-1981). Though often dismissed as a mere parody of daytime soap operas, Soap tackled sex, death, depression, infidelity, homosexuality, transsexuality and other taboo subjects with a wit and gentleness that had never been seen on American television. It was also a show that both ad-hoc groups and the mainstream media universally hated ― albeit for different reasons ― long before a single episode ever actually aired. But Soap not only survived all the controversy, it thrived, launching the careers of Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume, and Katherine Helmond, while also establishing Susan Harris as one of television’s premier writer/producers.

Soap is also the subject of Soap: The Unauthorized Inside Story of the Sitcom That Broke ALL Th..., an excellent book by A.S. Berman that includes a foreword by Soap actor Jay Johnson. A.S. Berman will join us for an extended conversation that will begin near the end of our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sun 10am ET, 7am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 10am ET, 7am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT Boost Radio Network
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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