I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Friday, April 06, 2018
Marion Ross, The Monkees and Show No. 400: Next on TVC
Actress and author Marion Ross and author, musician and Monkees historian Chuck Harter will join us this weekend for the landmark 400th edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing April 6-9 at the following times and venues:
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Everyone who has ever watched Happy Daysknows that, in many respects, “Mrs. C” (the character played by Marion Ross) was the one who held everything together. Everyone was drawn to her, including—and especially—The Fonz. What you may not know is that, for many years, off camera, Marion Ross always felt invisible—a Hollywood outsider—despite the fact that she had appeared in just about every major TV series in the two decades prior to Happy Days, as well as such films as Operation Petticoat, Teacher’s Pet, The Glenn Miller Story, The Proud and Profane and Airport, and despite the fact that Happy Days itself was the No. 1 show on television.
Marion talks about her struggle with invisibility, and how she overcame that, in My Days: Happy and Otherwise, an inspiring new memoir that includes great stories about Marion’s work alongside Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis and her idol, Noel Coward, plus memories from her Happy Days cast mates—including the very last interviews ever given by Garry Marshall and Erin Moran. Marion Ross will join us in our second hour.
For our listeners in Southern California, Marion Ross will be appearing at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, April 14 beginning at 3pm. My Days: Happy and Otherwiseis available wherever books are sold through Kensington Publishing.
Calendar year 1968 marks the 50th anniversary of the final season of The Monkees (NBC, 1966-1968), the groundbreaking series starring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith that not only won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series of 1966, but continues to attract viewers worldwide, spanning three generations. Though some still question the authenticity of the group (criticizing it for being “made for television”), time has shown that all four Monkees were indeed talented musicians in their own right, leaving their mark in the world of music as well as television.
Our friend Chuck Harterwill join us this week to discuss the legacy of The Monkees, from their origins in 1965 (and how the series nearly never made it on the air) to the height of Monkee-mania in 1967, to the pivotal role that MTV and Rhino Records played in the group’s comeback in 1986, to the death of Davy Jones in 2012 and the ongoing live tours of today. Chuck wrote Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees, the acclaimed documentary that originally aired on The Disney Channel, and for which Chuck interviewed just about key person behind the Monkees phenomenon (including all four Monkees themselves). An accomplished musician himself, Chuck Harter will also perform a few Monkees tunes when he joins us in our first hour.
This being the 400th edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL—and speaking on behalf of Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen, Phil Gries, Greg Ehrbar and producer Chris Korman—I want to thank you, our listeners, for tuning in each week over the past ten years. We appreciate your support and your feedback, and we look forward to bringing you more TV CONFIDENTIAL in the future.