Saturday, October 01, 2016

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Show No. 328 - 335.

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Show No. 335 with guests Vince Waldron and Kevin Martin
Original Airdate: Sept. 23-26, 2016
First hour: Ed welcomes Kevin Martin, owner and CEO of Piece of the Past, and author of An Insider’s Guide to Autograph Collecting, an A to Z look at the world of autograph collecting that features useful tips to ensure that the autographed celebrity item that you’re thinking of purchasing online and from an outside source is, in fact, authentic. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the He-Man first season DVD release, while Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 50th anniversary of the premiere of That Girl. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Vince Waldron, author of The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book, Deluxe Expanded Archive Edition: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy Series, everything you wanted to know about the most acclaimed comedy series of TV’s golden age, as seen through the eyes of the cast and crew, including Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews, and, of course, Dick Van Dyke himself.

Show No. 334 with guest Ken Levine
Original Airdate: Sept. 16-19, 2016
First hour: Excerpts from our January 2015 conversation with actor, author and philanthropist Hugh O’Brian (The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The Shootist, Hugh O’Brian… or What’s Left of Him), plus an encore presentation of our September 2015 tribute to the early career of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, including highlights from Scully’s work from 1957, the final season of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Second hour: Ed welcomes back Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, director and playwright Ken Levine (M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons and Everybody Loves Raymond). Ken’s latest play, Going Going Gone, explores our need to be remembered in a world that focuses on celebrating milestones. Going Going Gone will be performed weekends at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles beginning Oct. 1 and continuing through Nov. 6. For tickets and more information, call (323) 960-5521 or go to

Show No. 333 with guest Rita Lakin
Original Airdate: Sept. 9-12, 2016
First hour: An expanded edition of This Week of TV History that discusses the golden anniversary of the premiere of the original Star Trek, and the various ways in which the Star Trek franchise continues to influence our culture. Second hour: A return visit from pioneering writer/producer Rita Lakin (Peyton PlaceThe Mod Squad, The Rookies, Women in ChainsThe Only Woman in the Room: Episodes from My Life and Career as a Television Writer). One of the first solo female writers in network television, Rita helped pave the way for many women behind the scenes in film and TV today. Rita Lakin will be appearing at the Sperber Community Library at American Jewish University on Thursday, September 15 at 7:30pm. Admission is $11. For tickets and more information, call (310) 440-1572 or go to Rita will also be appearing at the Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium on Sunday, September 18 at 2pm. Admission for that event is free. For more information, call (310) 288-2200. For news on other upcoming events, go to

Show No. 332 with guests Joel Eisenberg, Adam Shell and Mitchel Musso
Original Airdate: Sept. 2-5, 2016
First hour: Ed welcomes Adam Shell, director of the documentary Pursuing Happiness, a crash course on how to live a genuinely happy life, no matter who you are, what you do, where you live or where life has taken you. Pursuing Happiness is now available on many On Demand and streaming services. Also in this hour: Ed and Greg Ehrbar welcome actor, musician and voice artist Mitchel Musso (Hannah Montana, Prank Stars, Phineas and Ferb). Mitchel’s latest film, CharacterZ, is a full length family comedy that Greg describes as a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and My World and Welcome to ItCharacterZ is also available on Demand on iTunes, Vudu, Uverse and other VOD platforms. Second hour: Ed welcomes Joel Eisenberg, screenwriter, producer and co-author of The Chronicles of Ara, an epic eight-volume fantasy saga that will be adapted as a miniseries for Ovation TV in 2017. Also in this hour: A look at how network and cable TV news covered the events and aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.

Show No. 331 with guests Steve Binder and James Rosin
Original Airdate: Aug. 26-29, 2016
First hour: Actor and author James Rosin talks to Ed about his recent return to acting, how the audition process has changed, and some of the actors from whom he’s learned over the years. Jim will be appearing at the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 15-17 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to actress Doris Roberts. Second hour: Ed welcomes Steve Binder, Emmy Award-winning producer and director (Diana Ross: Live in Central ParkElvis Comeback SpecialThe T.A.M.I. Show), and the co-author (along with Mary Beth Liebman) of Fade Up 26: The Movers and Shakers of Variety Television, an oral history of variety television, as told through the voices of the men and women who were and are responsible for bringing these shows into our homes for the past sixty-five years.

Show No. 330 with guests David Misch, Bob Leszczak and Donelle Dadigan
Original Airdate: Aug. 19-22, 2016
First hour: Ed welcomes television writer/producer and author David Misch (Police Squad!Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, DuckmanMork and MindyFUNNY: The Book). David’s new book, A Beginner’s Guide to Corruption, is a satirical look at politics, finance and romance that shows how corruption can lead to wealth and happiness (except when it doesn’t work). Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum and The Jose Iturbi Foundation. The Museum’s newest exhibit, Child Stars: Then and Now, is open to the public through the end of the Christmas holidays and features items on display from the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Golden Age of Television, as well as such recent shows as Modern Family. For tickets and more information, call (323) 467-7776 or go to Plus: This Week in TV History pays tribute to Joe Garagiola. Second hour: Ed welcomes music and TV historian Bob Leszczak. Bob’s latest book, Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s: A Complete Guide, takes a close look at more than 200 shows that originally aired on network and cable television between 1980 and 1989.

Show No. 329 with guests Toni Tennille and Dawn Lyn
Original Airdate: Aug. 12-15, 2016
First hour: Actress and motivational speaker Dawn Lyn (Dodie Douglas on My Three Sons) shares some memories of working with such legends as Gregory Peck, David Janssen, Lynda Carter and Robert Young. Also in this hour: Ed, Tony and Donna pay tribute to Abe Vigoda and Garry Shandling. Second hour: Grammy Award winner Toni Tennille joins Ed for a conversation about the appeal of The Great American Songbook, her collaborations with Gordon Jenkins and Dinah Shore, and how Smokey Robinson endorsed Captain and Tennille’s cover version of his iconic song, “Shop Around.” Toni’s performance in the audiobook version of her new book, Toni Tennille: A Memoir, was recently accepted for Grammy consideration in the Spoken Word category.

Show No. 328 with guests Paul Petersen, Alison Arngrim and Vince Waldron
Original Airdate: Aug. 5-8, 2016
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome Paul Petersen, Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show, and the founder of A Minor Consideration, a non-profit support and assistance foundation that is dedicated to helping child stars past, present and future make the often difficult transition from child acting to adult life. Also in this hour: Emmy Award-winning writer, playwright and author Vince Waldron, Emmy Award-winning writer, playwright and author of The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History of Television’s Most Enduring Comedy, helps Ed, Tony and Donna pay tribute to iconic writer, producer and director Garry Marshall. Second hourAlison Arngrim, Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie, joins Ed to discuss her work on behalf of A Minor Consideration, her upcoming web series, The Mephisto Box, and her newfound skill for making movie blood.
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