Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Joel Eisenberg, Mitchel Musso and The Secret to Happiness: Next on TVC

Film and TV producer Joel Eisenberg, filmmaker Adam Shell and actor Mitchel Musso will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Sept. 2-5 at the following times and venues:

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Marion, IN
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KSCO-AM 1080
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
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La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 9/4
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Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 9/4
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Monday 9/5
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RadioSlot.com
San Francisco, CA
Monday 9/5
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PWRNetwork
Ann Arbor, MI
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork.com
and the PWR channel on TuneIn


This week’s guests will include documentary filmmaker Adam Shell. At a time when millions of Americans spend billions of dollars a year hoping to find the secret to happiness, Adam and his producer, Nicholas Kraft, spent two years of their lives traveling across the United States in search of the most positive people in America. They spoke to artists, public servants, parents, and dreamers who radiate genuine happiness (even when faced with tragedy or debilitating illness), and how that happiness has a remarkable impact on the people and communities that surround them. Adam and Nicholas also interviewed many experts in the fields of psychology, art, sociology, religion, finance, and cultural studies, as well as such luminaries as Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Richard Sherman. Among their findings: While money may not buy happiness, the amount of money you have can lead to a happy life ― up to a certain point.

Adam chronicled his findings in a film called Pursuing Happiness, which we’ll discuss when he joins us in our first hour. Pursuing Happiness is now available on many On Demand and streaming services.

Joel Eisenberg, author, screenwriter, producer and former head of EMO Films@Paramount Studios, will join us in our second hour. Joel has written or developed programming for Cinemax, TNT and FOX Studios. His latest projects include an upcoming biopic on legendary heavyweight champion Joe Louis that will particularly focus on Louis’ two historic bouts with German heavyweight Max Schmeling, and The Chronicles of Ara, an eight-hour miniseries that will air in 2017 on Ovation TV. The Chronicles of Ara is based on the epic eight-volume fantasy saga that Joel co-wrote with Steve Hillard.


Also joining us this week will be actor, musician and voice artist Mitchel Musso (Hannah Montana, Prank Stars, Phineas and Ferb). Mitchel plays an aspiring animator in CharacterZ, a full length family comedy that our friend Greg Ehrbar describes as a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and My World and Welcome to It. CharacterZ is available right now on Video on Demand on iTunes, Vudu, Uverse and other VOD platforms. The movie also features such classic TV stalwarts as Ken Osmond (Leave It to Beaver) and Felix Silla (The Addams Family), plus the music of Justin Hayward and The Moody Blues. Mitchel Musso will join us in our first hour.

Plus: We’ll revisit how network and cable news covered the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as part of This Week in TV History.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Gene Wilder

I'm not so funny. Gilda was funny.
I'm funny on camera sometimes.
In life, once in a while.
Once in a while.
But she was funny.
She spent more time worrying about being liked than anything else.
- Gene Wilder
Jerome Silberman AKA Gene Wilder
June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder died at the age of 83 at home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer's disease. HWilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in the TV series Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1962. Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder's first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor


This was the first in a series of collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974's Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, which Wilder co-wrote, garnering the pair an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilder is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and for his four films with Richard PryorSilver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991).[1] Wilder directed and wrote several of his own films, including The Woman in Red (1984).

"From what was once an inarticulate mass of lifeless tissues, may I now present a cultured, sophisticated, man about town!"

His third wife was actress Gilda Radner, with whom he starred in three films. Her death from ovarian cancer led to his active involvement in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club.

After his last contribution to acting in 2003, Wilder turned his attention to writing. He produced a memoir in 2005,Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art; a collection of stories, What Is This Thing Called Love?(2010); and the novels My French Whore (2007), The Woman Who Wouldn't (2008) and Something to Remember You By (2013).


Good Night  Mr. Wilder

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

This Week in Television History: August 2016 PART V

As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history,
the more that fact and legend become intertwined.
It's hard to say where the truth really lies.

August 29, 1966
Mia Farrow withdrew from the cast of the ABC-TV's Peyton Place.
Farrow left the series in 1966 at the urging of Frank Sinatra whom she married on July 19, 1966.

August 31, 1946
Foghorn J. Leghorn first appeared. 

"Walky Talky Hawky" from Foghorn Leghorn Quotes on Vimeo.
The character of Foghorn Leghorn was directly inspired by the popular character of Senator Claghorn, a blustery Southern politician played by Kenny Delmar who was a regular character onThe Fred Allen Show, a popular radio show of the 1940s. The rooster adopted many of Claghorn's catch phrases, such as "That's a joke, ah say, that's a joke, son." Delmar had based the character of Claghorn upon a Texas rancher who was fond of saying this.


September 3, 1966
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet airs its last episode. 

The sitcom focused on the comic antics of a young family based on the real-life family of show founders and stars Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. The show premiered as a radio comedy in 1944 and ran for 10 years. Even before the radio show ended, a TV version launched in 1952; the television show ran until 1966. The Nelson's two sons, Ricky and David, played themselves on the TV version.

September 3, 1991

It’s a Wonderful Life director Capra dies. 

On this day in 1991, Frank Capra, a leading Hollywood director in the 1930s and 1940s whose movies include the now-classic You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life, dies at the age of 94 at his home in La Quinta, California. According to his obituary in the New York Times: “Capra movies were idealistic, sentimental and patriotic. His major films embodied his flair for improvisation and spontaneity, buoyant humor and sympathy for the populist beliefs of the 1930s.”

Capra was born in Sicily, on May 18, 1897, and as a young boy sailed to America in steerage with his family, who settled in Los Angeles. After graduating from the California Institute of Technology and serving in the U.S. Army, Capra worked his way up through the movie industry; he had his first big success as a director with 1933’s Lady for a Day, which received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. The following year, Capra helmed the comedy It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The film took home Oscars in five categories: Best Director, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor and Actress. Capra won a second Best Director Oscar for Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), which starred Gary Cooper as a man who inherits a large fortune and wants to use it to help Depression-era families. Capra received a third Best Director Oscar for You Can’t Take It With You (1938), a movie about an eccentric family that starred James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Lionel Barrymore and was based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play of the same name by Moss Hart and George Kaufman.
In 1940, Capra took home a fourth Best Director Oscar for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), which featured Stewart as an incorruptible U.S. senator. 

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Capra joined the Army again and during his time in the service made several well-received propaganda films, including Prelude to War (1943), which earned an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Capra went on to co-write and direct 1946’s It’s a Wonderful Life, perhaps his best-known work. The film again starred Stewart, this time as George Bailey, a small-town man who is saved from suicide by a guardian angel. Although the film was considered a box-office disappointment when it was first released, it garnered five Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, and eventually gained widespread appeal when it was broadcast annually on TV around Christmastime, starting in the 1970s.
Capra’s final film was Pocketful of Miracles (1961), a remake of Lady for a Day starring Bette Davis as a street vendor who needs to remake herself into a society dame in order not to disappoint her daughter.

September 4, 1966
The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon was an annual telethon held each Labor Day in the United States to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The show was founded and hosted by actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, who hosted the broadcast from its 1966 inception until 2010.  The history of MDA's telethon dated back to the 1950s, when the Jerry Lewis Thanksgiving Party for MDA raised funds for the organization's New York City area operations. The telethon was held annually on Labor Day weekend beginning in 1966, and would raise $2.45 billion for MDA from its inception through 2009.
The telethon aired up to 21½ hours, starting on the Sunday evening preceding Labor Day and continuing until late Monday afternoon on the holiday itself. MDA called its network of participating stations the "Love Network". The show originated from Las Vegas for 28 of the years it was broadcast.
Beginning in 2011, coinciding with Lewis's controversial departure, MDA radically reformatted and shortened the telethon's format into that of a benefit concert, shortening the length of the special each successive year. The 2011 edition was seen exclusively on the Sunday evening before Labor Day for six hours; This edition, syndicated to approximately 160 television stations throughout the United States on September 4, 2011, Nigel LythgoeJann CarlAlison Sweeney and Nancy O'Dell were brought on as co-hosts. shared hosting duties for the 2011 edition.
Successive telethons from 2012 to 2014 renamed the show as the MDA Show of Strength and further cut its airtime. The 2012 edition aired on Sunday, September 2, 2012; the job of renaming the new show was given to MDA's advertising agency E.B. Lane (now LaneTerralever). Mark Itkowitz, their Exec. Creative Director came up with the name MDA Show of Strength and it quickly gained internal approval. The 2012 edition was reduced to three hours as a primetime-only broadcast. The telethon aired at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time, and was seen live in the Eastern and Central time zones.
The 2012 edition did not refer itself as a "telethon". The 2013 Show of Strength discontinued the long-standing format of being syndicated to individual stations of varying network affiliation and aired on a major national network instead of being syndicated to individual stations, airing on ABC on Sunday, September 1, 2013, and being reduced to two hours. While the 2012 edition did not refer itself as a "telethon", it referred itself as such for the 2013 edition.
The final edition, for 2014, aired on ABC on August 31, again as a two-hour special beginning at 9PM ET/PT. This was the final edition for the telethon, as it was announced on May 1, 2015 that the MDA would be discontinuing the annual event.

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To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".

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Tony Figueroa

Friday, August 26, 2016

Marvin Kaplan

"I recognize that I’m a very lopsided human being! 

I’m very committed to my craft: writing, acting, theater, and film. 

I have a good life, but I made it for myself. You gotta make it for yourself." 

Marvin Kaplan
Marvin Kaplan 
January 24, 1927 – August 25, 2016
Marvin Kaplan died yesterday in his sleep of natural causes. 
Marvin Kaplan, Beth Howland, Linda Lavin and Polly Holliday
Marvin Kaplan was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927. He is probably best known for his recurring role on the sitcom Alice where he portrayed a phone lineman named Henry Beesmeyer who frequented Mel's diner. He was a part of the cast from 1977 to the series end in 1985. His first film role was as the court reporter in Adam's Rib(1949). 
Kaplan also served as AFTRA Los Angeles Local President for eight years and Performers’ Governor on the Television Academy. He is a member of the California Artists Radio Theatre, Motion Picture Academy, Theatre West, and Academy of New Musical Theatre.

Kaplan had a regular role in the radio sitcom and later television version of Meet Millie as Alfred Prinzmetal, an aspiring poet-composer. The program ran from 1951 to 1954 on radio and continued on television from 1952 to 1956. In addition, the actor was the voice of Choo-Choo on the 1960s cartoon series Top Cat and had a small role in the 1963 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World playing a gas station attendant; in both roles he was featured alongside actor Arnold Stang (the voice of Top Cat). Among other roles, Kaplan co-starred in the 1965 Blake Edwards comedy The Great Race. In 1969, he appeared as Stanley on Petticoat Junction in the episode: "The Other Woman". He also made a brief appearance as a carpet cleaner in the 1976 film Freaky Friday.
In 1987, he reprised his role of Choo-Choo for Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats. At the same time, he actively returned to voice-over acting, playing roles in shows such as Garfield and FriendsAaahh!!! Real Monsters,Johnny Bravo, and most recently, The Garfield Show in 2011.
Kaplan was the commercial spokesperson for the American cologne Eau de Love. In addition to his role on Alice, Kaplan also played Mr. Gordon on Becker alongside Ted Danson.
A dedicated theatre person, for many decades Kaplan was a member of Theatre West, the oldest continually-operating theatre company in Los Angeles. He performed in many plays there and elsewhere. He was also an accomplished playwright and screenwriter.
Kaplan created the Kaplan-Loring Foundation to assist individuals in show business and, in particular, comedians, songwriters, composers, lyricists, and book writers who develop new material for musical productions.
Established as a not-for-profit organization in 2008, the foundation may fund scholarships and pay for tuition and books at Brooklyn College in New York for a promising comedian, as selected by the college. In addition, funds may be used to establish the Richard Loring musical workshop for songwriters, composers, lyricists, and book writers to help them develop material for new musical productions.





Good Night  Mr. Kaplan

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

Your Mental Sorbet: BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS Trailer


Here is another "Mental Sorbet"
that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.
It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. This time, the four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!"



Stay Tuned


Tony Figueroa

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

David Susskind, A Televised Life: Next on TVC

Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide, will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Oct. 29-Nov. 3 at the following times and stations:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 10/29
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 11/2
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
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Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 10/31
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10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Saturday 11/1
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 11/2
6pm ET, 3pm PT
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Pittsburgh Talks
Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday 11/1
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 11/2
6pm ET, 3pm PT
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KSCO-AM 1080
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY-AM 1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 11/2
11am ET, 8am PT
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Boost Radio Network
Paramus, NJ
Sunday 11/2
8pm ET, 5pm PT
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KHMB-AM 1710
Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 11/2
9pm PT
Monday 11/3
Midnight ET
Click on the Listen Live button at KHMBRadio.com
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RadioSlot.com
San Francisco, CA
Monday 11/3
10pm ET, 7pm PT
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PWRNetwork
Ann Arbor, MI
Various times throughout the week
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David Susskind took risks, broke rules and, in many ways, shaped television programming as we currently know it today. After beginning his career as a publicist and agent, and establishing his own agency, Talent Associates, Susskind went from behind the desk to behind the scenes, establishing himself as a producer of such live television productions as Armstrong Circle Theatre, where he battled network practices of blacklisting, exposed TV audiences to provocative subject matter and introduced such actors as Sir Laurence Olivier to American television. But it was his groundbreaking weekly talk show, Open End, that made Susskind a household name. Open End ran for 25 years and featured movers and shakers could speak their minds about a wide range of topics literally without restrictions.

Joining us this week as we remember David Susskind will be Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide and the author of David Susskind: A Televised Life, an excellent biography of Susskind that not only covers every aspect of the life and career of the legendary producer, talk show host and impresario, but in many ways is also a capsule history of the first four decades of television.
TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Pittsburgh Talks
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 11am ET, 8am 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 1710 (Half Moon Bay, CA)
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Monday, August 22, 2016

This Week in Television History: August 2016 PART IV

As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history,
the more that fact and legend become intertwined.
It's hard to say where the truth really lies.

August 25, 1931
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin is born. 

Media personality and occasional actor, known for fronting various talk and game shows. Appearing on television since the late 1950s. Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera

His trademarks include his excited manner, his New York Bronx accent, his wit, and irreverent ad-libs. He is most widely known for Live with Regis and Kelly

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, and for hosting the first season of America's Got Talent. He is the cousin of singer-songwriter and American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.
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To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jack Riley

John A. "Jack" Riley Jr.
December 30, 1935 - August 19, 2016
Jack Riley, died of pneumonia and infection today in Los Angeles. He was 80. 
Riley became a popular radio personality in Cleveland, along with his radio partner and "straight man" Jeff Baxter; The Baxter and Riley Show on WERE (1300 AM) featured not only music but comedy sketches and a slew of offbeat characters which Riley and Baxter voiced.
The show expanded for a time to local television on WEWS.
Riley gave up the radio show in the mid 1960s and moved to Los Angeles, where his friend Tim Conway helped him receive work writing comedy sketches, which later led to acting opportunities.


On May 18, 1975, he married Ginger Lawrence. They have two children.Riley was first a semi-regular in the cast of the 1960s sitcom Occasional Wife, a short-lived show on NBC in which he played Wally Frick, although, and perhaps, his greatest fame came in the character of Elliot Carlin, the neurotic, sour and selfish patient on The Bob Newhart Show.

He soon became one of the busiest guest stars on television in the 1970s and '80s.
Among his other TV credits are multiple appearances on such shows as Barney MillerHogan's HeroesThe Mary Tyler Moore ShowOne Day at a Time,Gomer PyleDiff'rent Strokes and Night Court.
In 1973, he was cast as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family Fun-House, then in 1979, he starred in ABC's holiday telefilm The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (aka The Night Dracula Saved The World) as Warren the Werewolf (Wolf Man) of Budapest.
Riley appeared in a little-known HBO comedy special in 1980 called The Wild Wacky Wonderful World of Winter.
He was a regular cast member in The Tim Conway Show, a comedy-variety show that aired on CBS from March 1980 through the late Summer of 1981, acting in sketch comedy in each episode.
Riley was also a favorite of Mel Brooks, appearing in several of his films: High AnxietyHistory of the World: Part ITo Be or Not to Be, and (cameo only) Spaceballs.
In 1985, he reprised his Bob Newhart Show role of Elliot Carlin on St. Elsewhere.
Riley has also been a ubiquitous voice in television and radio commercials, most notably in spots for Country Crock margarine. He also voiced the character "P.C. Modem, the computer genius" in radio commercials for CompUSA which aired in the 1990s, and the character Stu Pickles in Rugrats and All Grown Up!.
He continued to make guest appearances during the 1990s in popular sitcoms, showing up in episodes of SeinfeldSon of the BeachFriendsCoachThe Drew Carey ShowThat '70s Show and, in a gag appearance, as an unnamed but obvious Mr. Carlin in an episode of Newhart.
He made a cameo appearance on the November 23, 2013, episode of Saturday Night Live, as a subway passenger during the skit "Matchbox 3". One camera angle lingered for an extra moment on Riley.


Good Night  Mr. Riley

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

Your Mental Sorbet: Ralph Williams Bay Shore Chrysler-Plymouth


Here is another "Mental Sorbet"
that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

WARNING: Some profanity on this clip.


Circa 1969
Ralph Williams Bayshore Chrysler-Plymouth - San Bruno.
This commercial aired on San Francisco television.
Chick Lambert (and his dog "Storm") did the commercials. Chick was apparently replaced by a younger man and was upset, so made his final commercial for the dealer. This is just as it was on late-night TV on his final ad.




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Tony Figueroa