Friday, March 30, 2012

Your Mental Sorbet: Zou Bisou Bisou

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

Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) sings Zou Bisou Bisou during Don's (Jon Hamm) 'surprise' birthday party.

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Tony Figueroa

Thursday, March 29, 2012

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Mar. 21, 2012

Show No. 131
Mar. 21, 2012
First hour: Ed welcomes nationally renowned female tribute artist Peter Mac. Peter has captured the essence of Judy Garland in not only his critically acclaimed stage show, Judy and Me, but also in a series of live cabaret shows that are currently playing every Friday and Saturday night at the historic French Quarter Restaurant in West Hollywood. Also in this history: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember "A House Divided," the episode of Dallas that originally aired This Week in TV History, and whose cliffhanger ending launched the "Who Shot J.R.?" phenomenon that dominated entertainment headlines throughout 1980.
Second hour: Ed welcomes author, photojournalist and television writer Marvin J. Wolf (Fallen Angels, Perfect Crimes, Beating the Odds: The Untold Story of the Rise of ABC). Marv's first novel, The Tattooed Rabbi, introduces readers to crime-solving Rabbi Ben Maimon, a master of the Torah, the Talmud and Tae Kwon Do who is also a discerning student of human nature. Topics include the inspiration for the Rabbi Ben character, as well as Marv's early career as a combat photographer during the Vietnam War, his collaborations with Roy Huggins and ABC founding president Leonard Goldenson, and his encounters with John Wayne, Peter Jennings, David Janssen, George Takei and Barbara Walters.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tributes to Robert Hegyes and The Munsters: Next on TVC

Tributes to Robert Hegyes and The Munsters: Next on TVC

Join us along with our guests Bill Funt and Stephen Cox on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Mar. 28-Apr. 3 at
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esday 3/28
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Thursday 3/29
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Friday 3/30
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Sunday 4/1
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Tuesday 4/3
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Musician and DVD producer Bill Funt will join us in our first hour as we pay tribute to Robert Hegyes, the actor known to many of us for playing Juan Epstein on the long-running ABC series Welcome Back, Kotter.

Robert Hegyes passed away on Jan. 26, 2012 at the age of 60, and Bill became close friends with Bob over the last few years of his life.

We’ll ask Bill to share some memories with us, plus we’ll look back at Welcome Back, Kotter in general and its impact on Bob’s life and career.

Then in our second hour, we’ll stop by 1313 Mockingbird Lane along with television historian and author Stephen Cox. Steve has written more than twenty books on film and television, including The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane. We’ll not only talk about the original Munsters series starring Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis and Yvonne de Carlo, but we’ll also ask Steve for his thoughts on 1313 Mockingbird Lane, the reimagining of The Munsters that is currently in development by NBC. Steve also has some great stories about his friendship with Al Lewis, as well as his experiences working alongside Buddy Ebsen and Paul Henning.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

This Week in Television History: March 2012 PART IV

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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.

March 30, 1962

Jack Paar films his final episode of The Tonight Show.

Paar had hosted the show since July 1957, six months after Steve Allen stepped down. Paar was known for his emotional outbursts, which included walking off the set of The Tonight Show on February 11, 1960, to protest network censorship of his jokes.

The unflappable Johnny Carson took over as host starting in October 1962.

March 31, 1992

Dateline NBC premieres. NBC had long attempted to catch up with popular newsmagazines on CBS and ABC, which consistently drew top ratings, but failed until the debut of Dateline NBC.

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

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Tony Figueroa