By Ed Robertson
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TV Confidential is a two-hour radio talk show about all aspects of television that directs itself to the Baby Boomer, Generation X and senior markets. Each edition features lively interviews with special guests on topics related to popular network TV shows and the state of the medium in general. Listeners can participate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our audience encompasses listeners from all parts of the world, including many who work in the film, radio and television industries. The common bond is their unbridled passion for the past, present and future of television programming. Regular features of TV Confidential include an interactive look back at “This Week in Television History,” The Sounds of Lost Television and commentary on items related to television. But the hallmark of the show is the in-depth interviews with the many well-known actors, writers, producers, directors, journalists, authors and other entertainment industry professionals who appear as guests. We strive to take listeners behind the scenes of a wide range of television programs past and present. We often compare contemporary programs with those of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. This allows a very broad audience to not only relate to our show, but participate with their imagination and memories. Previous guests include such film and TV icons as Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), Barbara Feldon (Get Smart), Charles Grodin (Midnight Run), Lee Meriwether (Barnaby Jones), Julie Newmar (Batman), Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne, The L Word), Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Tony Denison (Crime Story, The Closer), John O’Hurley (Seinfeld, Dancing with the Stars), Michael Learned (The Waltons), Shirley Jones (Partridge Family), Barbara Hale (Perry Mason), Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory), Monty Hall (Let’s Make a Deal), George Maharis (Route 66), Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda), Pat Harrington (One Day at a Time), Walter Koenig (Star Trek), Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer), William Schallert (Get Smart, Dobie Gillis, The Patty Duke Show), James Best (The Dukes of Hazzard), Richard Anderson (The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man), Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H), Larry Manetti (Magnum, p.i.), Dee Wallace (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Cujo), Hank Garrett (Three Days of the Condor, Car 54: Where Are You?), Mary McDonough (The Waltons), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Shadows) and Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch), as well as NPR television critic David Bianculli, HBO programming executive Andrew Goldman, Emmy-winning writer/producer Joseph Dougherty (Saving Grace, thirtysomething, Pretty Little Liars), former CBS programming executive Mike Dann and broadcast pioneer Loreen Arbus.
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 298 with guests Anne Serling, Joseph Dougherty and Dan Farren||Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling, joins Joseph Dougherty, Dan Farren, Tony Figueroa and Ed for a special roundtable discussion on the legacy of Rod Serling, his impact on three generations of television writers, and episodes of Twilight Zone and Nig||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 297 with guests Kate Linder, Mary Ann Anderson and Bob Leszczak||First hour: Music and TV historian Bob Leszczak discusses his latest book, From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950-2000, an encyclopedic look at hundreds of stars who performed double duty as TV performers and recor||11/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 296 with guests Charlotte Rae and Deborah Norville||First hour: Ed welcomes Deborah Norville, Emmy Award-winning host of Inside Edition, and the co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible, an inspiring collection of stories written by people who achieved success, overcame disabilities and loss||11/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 295 with guest Fredd Wayne||First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 60th anniversary of the premiere of Captain Kangaroo and its impact on children’s television. Second hour: Ed welcomes Fredd Wayne, the longtime stage, film and television actor whose many credits||10/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 294 with guests Kathy Garver and Rita Lakin||First hour: Ed welcomes back Rita Lakin, author of The Only Woman in the Room, a memoir of her twenty-five-year career as one of the first solo female writer/producers in network television—at a time (mid 1960s through the late 1980s) when the industry||10/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 293 with guests Susan Kesler, Bob Herron and Stacey Adams||First hour: A look back at the history of The Wild, Wild West, which originally premiered on CBS in September 1965, followed by a replay of our October 2013 conversation with Susan Kesler (author of The Wild, Wild West: The Series) and longtime movie and||10/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 292 with guests Dean Hargrove, James Sutorius and Laura Pursell||First hour: Ed welcomes singer/actress Laura Pursell. Laura’s latest album, The Very Last Dance Hall Left in L.A., is a collaboration with her father, legendary Nashville pianist Bill Pursell. Also in this hour: Part 2 of our conversation with stage an||9/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 291 with guest James Sutorius||First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Figueroa remember Green Acres, Xena: Warrior Princess and The Dean Martin Show, all of which originally premiered during This Week in TV History. Also in this hour: An excerpt from our December 2011 conversation with t||9/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 290 with guests Herbie J Pilato and Caseen Gaines||First hour: Ed welcomes Herbie J Pilato, whose books on television include The Bionic Book Reconstructed, Glamour, Gidgets and The Girl Next Door, Twitch Upon a Star and The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances. Herbie is a||9/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 289 with guests Alison Arngrim, Richard Sherman and Milt Larsen||First hour: Award-winning composer Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Milt Larsen, founder of the Magic Castle, discuss their many collaborations writing comedy songs, including the albums Smash Flops and Bad Barber Shop Ballads,||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Made for fans of classic and current television!
This show is always very entertaining and informative. If you like television history, you'll like this show.