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. 276 with guests Joan Benedict Steiger, Cheryl and Ismail Tsieprati and Mike Pingel||First hour: Actress Joan Benedict Steiger talks to Ed about her upcoming book, Brooklyn Baby, in which she writes about overcoming the deaths of the three great loves in her life (actors John Myhers, Jeremy Slate and Rod Steiger). Also in this hour: Ed w||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 275 with guest Mary Ann Anderson||First hour: An encore presentation of Phil Gries’ look at Jackie Gleason, the short-lived prime time talk show that the Great One hosted on CBS in 1961. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD releases of Super Six, The Herculoids and oth||5/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 274 with guest Marvin J. Wolf||Author, journalist and screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf is our guest this week. Marv’s books include Beating the Odds (the memoirs of ABC founding president Leonard Goldenson), while his credits as a screenwriter include the made-for-TV movie Ladies Night.||4/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 273 with guest James Wilder||First hour: Highlights from our June 2010 conversation with actor James Best (The Dukes of Hazzard). Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Starsky and Hutch (the pilot of which originally aired in April 1975), while Greg Ehrbar discus||4/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 272 with guests Morgan Woodward and Sylvia Resnick||First hour: Longtime entertainment journalist Sylvia Resnick discusses her new book, The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob, a fascinating look at Old Hollywood and New Hollywood that also profiles some of the greatest male heartthrobs in film and TV||4/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 271 with guests George Maharis and James Rosin||First hour: Ed welcomes James Rosin, author of Route 66: The Television Series, which Jim recently updated with new information about the classic TV series starring Martin Milner and George Maharis. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen rememb||3/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 270 with guests June Lockhart and H.M. Wynant||First hour: Ed welcomes actress June Lockhart (Lost in Space, Lassie, Petticoat Junction, General Hospital). June will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at the Hollywood Chamber’s 94th Annual Installation and||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 270: Tribute to Leonard Nimoy||A two-hour tribute to the life and career of Leonard Nimoy, featuring comments and remembrances not only about the actor’s work on Star Trek, but his other contributions to television, as well as his accomplishments as a motion picture director, his de||3/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 268 with guest James Sheldon||First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen say Happy Birthday to Howard Hesseman, who was born during This Week in TV History, as well as remember the impact of the U.S. Hockey Team’s epic win in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar||3/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 267 with guest Michael St. John||First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen say Happy Birthday to actor George Kennedy while also remembering the pilot of The Andy Griffith Show, which originally aired during This Week in TV History as an episode of Make Room for Daddy. Second hour: Mich||2/24/2015||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.