Sunday, June 19, 2016

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Show No. 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, and 321.

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Show No. 321 with guest Jimmy Weldon
Original Airdate: Week of June 8-13, 2016
First hour: Part 5 of our tribute to Joey Bishop features audio highlights from Bishop’s ABC late night talk show, including a rarely heard interview with Mutual radio journalist Andrew West in which West recounts his first-person coverage of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar pays tribute to Alan Young. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor and motivational speaker Jimmy Weldon, the voice of Yakky Doodle on Yogi Bear, and the author of Go Get ’Em Tiger, a part autobiographical, part motivational book that shows that the real definition of success is becoming the person you want to be and doing what you really want to do.

Show No. 320 with guests Vicki Lawrence and James Zeruk
Original Airdate: Week of June 1-6, 2016
First hour: Ed welcomes Emmy Award-winning singer/actress Vicki Lawrence (The Carol Burnett Show, Mama’s Family). Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches premieres this month on PBS stations. Also in this hour: Phil Gries with Part 4 of our tribute to Joey Bishop, including a look at some of the comedian’s many appearances on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. Second hour: Ed welcomes James Zeruk, author of Peg Entwistle and The Hollywood Sign Suicide, a fascinating biography about the actress who has been inextricably linked to Hollywood history because of her fatal fall from the Hollywoodland sign on September 16, 1932.

Show No. 319 with guests Carl Amari and Kevin Glynn
Original Airdate: Week of May 25-30, 2016
First hour: Ed welcomes Kevin Glynn, author of Tyrannosaurus Sex, a coming of age novel set in the 1970s that some have described as 50 Shades of Grey, “but from a male perspective.” Also in this hour: Phil Gries with Part 3 of our tribute to Joey Bishop, including audio highlights from some of Bishop’s record 177 appearances as guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonSecond hour: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome Carl Amari, host of Hollywood 360 and the founder of Radio Spirits, the world’s largest marketer and distributor of classic radio programs, and the producer of the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, a series of fully dramatized radio plays adapted from episodes of the classic TV series created by Rod Serling. Also in this hour: Greg reviews the first season DVD release of SuperFriends.

Show No. 318 with guest Kathy Garver
Original Airdate: Week of May 11-16, 2016
First hour: Part 2 of our tribute to Joey Bishop as part of The Sounds of Lost Television, including audio highlights of Bishop emceeing the January 1961 gala honoring President John F. Kennedy, plus Bishop’s 1961 interview with Helen O’Connell on Here’s Hollywood on which he discusses The Joey Bishop Show. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD releases of Cheers: The Complete Series and the 1949 version of The Life of Riley starring Jackie Gleason. Second hour: Actress and author Kathy Garver (Family Affair) discusses her latest book, X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?, an inside look at the lives of more than 200 former child stars from your favorite TV shows of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Autographed editions are available through Kathy Garver herself at

Show No. 317 with guest Wesley Hyatt
Original Airdate: Week of May 4-9, 2016
First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed for the first in a series of Sounds of Lost Television editions that will spotlight the career of actor, comedian and late night TV talk show host Joey Bishop. Though Bishop did not grant many interviews during the last few years of his life, he did speak to Phil on several occasions between 2002 and 2003. We’ll play highlights of those conversations during this hour, including segments in which Bishop discusses his birth at Fordham Hospital (for decades he was the smallest baby born there, weighing only two pounds), as well as the origins of the Dean Martin/Frank Sinatra Rat Pack. Second hour: Wesley Hyatt joins Ed for Part 2 of our behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Carol Burnett Show. Wes’ book The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time tells you everything you wanted to know about the landmark CBS variety series. Topics this hour include the contributions of Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner; the circumstances that led Tim Conway to become a series regular (after many memorable guest appearances); the ill-fated experiment with Dick Van Dyke in what proved to be the show’s final season; and the backstory behind such classic moments as “Went with the Wind” and the infamous “elephant story” segment of “The Family.”
Show No. 316 with guests Wesley Hyatt and Chris Korman
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 27-May 2, 2016
First hourWesley Hyatt joins Ed for the first of a two-part discussion about the making of The Carol Burnett Show. Wes’ latest book, The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time, takes a comprehensive look at all eleven seasons of the Burnett show, including interviews with almost every key writer, as well as many notable guest stars. Among other topics, this hour discusses the unusual circumstances that led to the premiere of the Burnett show in 1967, plus the backstory as to why many episodes from the first five seasons were withheld from the public until recent months. Also in this hour: Wes’ thoughts on the passing of Prince, plus highlights from our June 2011 conversation with Jason Draper, author of Prince: Chaos, Disruption and RevolutionSecond hour: Part 1 of a two-part conversation with Chris Korman, son of Harvey Korman. While most people think of Harvey Korman as one of TV’s great second bananas (both on The Carol Burnett Show, as well as The Danny Kaye Show), he was also a gifted teacher, a dedicated actor, a mentor to many young writers and comedians, and a loving father who instilled a lot of wisdom and life lessons that Chris still lives by today.

Show No. 315 with guests Budd Moss and David Michaels
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 20-25, 2016
This week’s program includes Part 2 of our conversation with longtime Hollywood agent and manager Budd Burton Moss, whose career spans the Golden Age of Hollywood and Golden Age of Television right on through the digital age. Budd shares many stories about his adventures in film and TV in a two-volume memoir: All I Got Was 10 Percent: What It’s Like to Be a (Famous) Hollywood Agent, which covers his early career in Hollywood (including his efforts as an actor and bullfighter, his lifelong friendship with Sidney Poitier, and the circumstances that led him to become an agent under the legendary Martin Baum); and Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality is Better Than the Dream, the story of Budd’s later career, and particularly his efforts on behalf of Rita Hayworth, Tom Bosley, John James, Hunter Tylo and former MPAA president Jack Valenti. (The interview with Budd runs eighty minutes and begins about fifteen minutes into the first hour.) Also on this week’s show: David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Emmy Awards Broadcast, gives Ed a preview of The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, May 1 in Los Angeles, while Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD release of The New Loretta Young Show..

Show No. 314 with guests Toni Tennille and Budd Burton Moss
Original Airdate: Week of Apr. 13-18, 2016
First hour: Ed welcomes Budd Burton Moss, legendary Hollywood agent and manager, and the author of All I Got Was 10 Percent: What It’s Like to Be a (Famous) Hollywood Agent and Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality is Better Than the Dream, a two-volume memoir of his life and career in the entertainment industry. Not only has Budd represented some of the brightest stars in film, television and sports, he had a hand in casting in many of the most iconic comedy and dramatic series in TV history. Budd will be appearing at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 4pm. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen spotlight the career of actor/producer William Conrad and the original broadcast of Return to Mayberry as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Ed welcomes Grammy Award-winning singer/actress, composer and pianist  Toni Tennille. Toni’s new book, Toni Tennille: A Memoir, discusses her life and career before, during and after Captain and Tennille, including her childhood years growing up in the segregated South, her roots as a singer with the Auburn Knights Orchestra, the backstory of such popular songs as “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Circles” and “Muskrat Love,” and the reason why The Captain and Tennille variety series only lasted one season, despite being a huge hit for ABC. Toni Tennille will be presenting the Music Categories at this year’s Daytime Emmys Creative Arts ceremony, which will be held April 29 in Los Angeles. She’ll also be appearing at the Barnes and Noble at The Grove at Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 2pm.
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