TV Confidential with Ed Robertson

TV Confidential with Ed Robertson

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television brings you lively conversations every week with the stars, writers, directors and other creative people behind the scenes of some of America's most popular shows. An engaging blend of talk and entertainment, TV Confidential often compares today’s programs with those of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

Episodes

June 15, 2024 22 mins
TVC 650.1: Ed welcomes award-winning screenwriter, director, producer, and documentary maker Marc Cushman, author of These Are the Voyages, a three-volume history of Star Trek: The Original Series. Marc’s latest book, Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues is a two-volume, total-immersion experience in the six-decade career of The Moody Blues, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group that was the first rock group to champ...
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TVC 650.2: From June 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed look back at June 17, 1994, the night of the famous low-speed white Bronco police chase that captivated television audiences, and how TV news coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder case continues to impact us today Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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June 15, 2024 26 mins
TVC 650.4: Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with trailblazing actress, author, and designed Irene Tsu (Flower Drum Song, Paradise Hawaiian Style, Take Her She’s Mine, The Green Berets, Caprice, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Down and Out in Beverly Hills). Topics this segment include how Irene got her independent spirit from her mother; why faith has always been central to Irene’s life; and the story of the pilgrimage tha...
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TVC 650.2: From June 2014: Tony, Donna, and Ed look back at June 17, 1994, the night of the famous low-speed white Bronco police chase that captivated television audiences, and how TV news coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder case continues to impact us today Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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TVC 650.5: Actress and author Irene Tsu shares a few memories of working with Raymond Burr on both Perry Mason and Ironside and with James Garner on “Irving the Explainer,” the famous episode of The Rockford Files that was also directed by James Colburn. Irene’s memoir, A Walter Color Dream: The Many Lives of Irene Tsu, is available now through Bear Manor Media, Amazon.com, and IreneTsu-Entertainment.com Learn more about your ad ch...
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TVC 650.6: Marc Cushman, author of Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, talks to Ed about the emergence of FM radio circa 1972 helped the Moody Blues surge in popularity (and, particularly, the success of “Nights in White Satin,” four years after its original release in 1968. Volumes 1 and 2 of Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues are available now wherever books are sold through Jacobs Brown Media ...
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June 10, 2024 16 mins
TVC 649.1: From November 2011: Greg Ehrbar discusses the Sherman Brothers’ many contributions to Walt Disney Records (above and beyond their Oscar-winning music for Mary Poppins), including how they helped composer Tutti Camarata develop “the Annette sound” for Annette Funicello, the back story behind “It’s a Small World,” and, later, their work on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Charlotte’s Web. Richard Sherman passed away on Saturday...
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June 10, 2024 18 mins
TVC 649.2: Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent Kino Lorber Blu-ray release of Flower Drum Song, the 1961 film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein starring Nancy Kwan, Jack Soo, Miyoshi Umeki, James Shigeta, Juanita Hall, Benson Fong, Reiko Sato, Patrick Adiarte, Kam Tong, Victor Sen Yung, and Irene Tsu. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle ad...
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June 10, 2024 26 mins
TVC 649.3: Ed welcomes trailblazing actress, author, and designed Irene Tsu (Flower Drum Song, Paradise Hawaiian Style, Take Her She’s Mine, The Green Berets, Caprice, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Down and Out in Beverly Hills). Irene not only worked steadily in movies and television for more than four decades, but in many instances broke ground for other Asian-American by playing characters that were originally written for other et...
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TVC 649.4: Actress and author Irene Tsu talks to Ed about how composer Oscar-winning Bronislaw Kaper (Lili, The FBI) became a lifelong father figure when she first came to Hollywood; what she uses for inspiration when she creates a new water color painting; and why Frank Sinatra was always a much better host than he was a guest. Irene’s memoir, A Walter Color Dream: The Many Lives of Irene Tsu, is available now through Bear Manor M...
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TVC 649.5: From January 2012: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the life and career of film and television icon Dabney Coleman (9 to 5, Tootsie, Buffalo Bill, The “Slap” Maxwell Story, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Dabney Coleman passed away on Friday, May 17 at age ninety-two. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle advertising/sponsorship r...
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May 20, 2024 27 mins
TVC 648.1: May 1939 marks the eighty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Issue 27 of Detective Comics, the issue that marked the debut appearance of the Batman character. TV Confidential marks this occasion by playing highlights of some of our conversation with actors who appeared in the Batman television series from 1966. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle advertising...
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TVC 648.2: Nick Santa Maria, co-author of The Annotated Abbott and Costello: A Complete Viewer’s Guide to the Comedy Team and Their 38 Films, joins Greg and Ed for a look at the ClassicFlix.com Blu-ray release of The Abbott and Costello Show, Season 2. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle advertising/sponsorship requests for the podcast edition of our program. They’re great ...
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TVC 648.3: Nick Santa Maria, co-author of The Annotated Abbott and Costello: A Complete Viewer’s Guide to the Comedy Team and Their 38 Films, talks to Greg and Ed about some of the many famous character actors who appear in the second season of The Abbott and Costello Show, including Phyllis Coates, Joan Shawlee, Hillary Brooke, Adele Jurgens, Percy Helton, Karen Sharpe, and Gloria Henry. The Abbott and Costello Show, Season 2 is n...
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TVC 648.4: Ed welcomes back actress, author, and teacher Dee Wallace (E.T: The Extraterrestrial, The Howling, Born: Giving Birth to a New You). Topics this segment include what led Dee on the path of self-creation, and how the challenge we all face is creating ourselves consciously, versus by default. Dee’s latest book, Born: Giving Birth to a New You, is available wherever books are sold online. Want to advertise/sponsor our show...
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TVC 648.5: Actress and author Dee Wallace (E.T: The Extraterrestrial, The Howling, Born: Giving Birth to a New You) talks to Ed about some of her acting mentors, which include Charles Conrad, Uta Hagen, and Jeff Corey, and how the acting method taught by Conrad differed from most other approaches to “The Method.” Also in this segment: Dee shares some memories of working with Dudley Moore in 10 and with her husband, Christopher Ston...
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TVC 648.6: Nick Santa Maria, co-author of The Annotated Abbott and Costello: A Complete Viewer’s Guide to the Comedy Team and Their 38 Films, talks to Greg and Ed about how the Abbott and Costello cartoon series in 1965 was a boon for Bud Abbott, given his failing health at the time. The Abbott and Costello Show, Season 2 is now available on Blu-ray through ClassicFlix.com. Nick’s podcast, Abbott and Costello Meet the Podcast, is a...
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TVC 647.1: Ed welcomes back sixties movie historian Tom Lisanti (Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies, Dueling Harlows: The Race to Bring the Actress’s Life to the Silver Screen, Trippin’ with Terry Southern: What I Think I Remember, Ryan’s Hope: An Oral History of Daytime’s Groundbreaking Soap). Tom’s latest book, Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy and Suspense, takes a deep dive into the film and television caree...
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TVC 647.2: Sixties movie historian Tom Lisanti (Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy and Suspense, Ryan’s Hope: An Oral History of Daytime’s Groundbreaking Soap) talks to Ed about how Carol Lynley always brought a depth to her characters that resonated with audiences; how Lynley did a lot of her own stunt work in The Poseidon Adventure, despite her fear of heights; why the character she played in the Night Stalk...
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May 13, 2024 23 mins
TVC 647.5: Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with Johnny Whitaker, the actor known around the world as Jody Davis on Family Affair, Johnny Stuart on Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and Tom Sawyer in Disney’s musical adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1973).Topics this segment include the role that John’s family played in helping him overcome his drug addiction; the work John does through his nonprofit organizatio...
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