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TV CONFIDENTIAL (www.televisionconfidential.com) talks to 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.

TV Confidential ed robertson

    • TV & Film
    • 4.5, 10 Ratings

TV CONFIDENTIAL (www.televisionconfidential.com) talks to 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.

    Bob Hope, Topical Monologist

    Bob Hope, Topical Monologist

    From June 2013: Bob Mills, longtime writer for comedian Bob Hope and author of The Laugh Makers, joins Ed in the studio for a conversation that was recorded on May 29, 2013, the day that would have marked Bob Hope's 110th birthday. Topics this segment include how Bob wrote for Hope's stage act as well as for his TV specials, and how Hope managed to joke about political figures without ever identifying himself as left or right. 
    The Laugh Makers not only provides great insight into Bob Hope (the comic and the person), but takes you behind the series of the final decade of the network TV variety show, while also paying tribute to the “gag men” and “gag women” who made it happen.
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    • 13 min
    Happy Birthday, Bob Hope

    Happy Birthday, Bob Hope

    From June 2013: Bob Mills, former staff writer for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and longtime writer for comedian Bob Hope, joins Ed in the studio for a conversation that originally aired on June 26, 2013---but which was actually recorded on May 29, 2013, the day that would have marked Bob Hope's 110th birthday. Topics this segment include why Hope particularly thrived during the era of variety television.
    Bob Mills' book, The Laugh Makers, not only provides great insight into Bob Hope (the comic and the person), but takes you behind the series of the final decade of the network TV variety show, while also paying tribute to the “gag men” and “gag women” who made it happen..
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    • 14 min
    Steven Taibbi and The Importance of Being Grateful

    Steven Taibbi and The Importance of Being Grateful

    TVC 495.1: A return appearance by author Steven Taibbi (Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart). Born with a cyanotic heart and three birth defects, Steven has spent much of his life in and out of hospitals receiving treatment for these and other medical conditions, including two open heart surgeries and two heart transplants.
    Since his last visit to our program, Steven had a chance to meet the family of the man whose heart he received in his second heart transplant procedure. Statistically, only 3 percent of donor families answer any correspondence from recipients, let alone meet them. This segment was recorded in February 2020, prior to the national lockdown.
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    • 15 min
    Steven Taibbi on Living with Complex Trauma

    Steven Taibbi on Living with Complex Trauma

    TVC 495.2: Part 2 of our conversation with Steven Taibbi, author of Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart. Born with a cyanotic heart and three birth defects, Steven has spent much of his life in and out of hospitals receiving treatment for these and other medical conditions, including two open heart surgeries and two heart transplants. In this segment Steven talks about the difference between complex trauma and PTSD.
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    • 11 min
    Steven Taibbi on the Personal Power of Dr. Ruth

    Steven Taibbi on the Personal Power of Dr. Ruth

    TVC 495.3: Steven Taibbi, author of Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart, talks to Ed about his experience working in television, which includes producing daytime talk shows hosted Joan Lunden and Dr. Ruth Westheimer and the personal power exhibited by both Dr. Ruth and former President Richard Nixon. Other topics in this segment include coping strategies for living with serious illness. 
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    • 27 min
    Superman: The First Cartoon Series Produced by Filmation

    Superman: The First Cartoon Series Produced by Filmation

    TVC 495.4: Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of The New Adventures of Superman (CBS, 1966-1967), the first animated series produced by Filmation Associates. Topics include the voice work of Bud Collier, the contemporary theme music by John Gart, and the long relationship between Ted Knight and Filmation before The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

krstrain ,

Great podcast

I love listening to TV Confidential - always informative, and love to remanence about tv programs/movies from yesteryear . Ed is an excellent interviewer who asks great questions.

mdstudio ,

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.

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