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Hollywood & Levine looks at the world of entertainment, pop culture, screenwriting, and life, and takes none of it seriously. The point is to make you laugh, although useful information might accidentally slip through. Hosted by Emmy-winning writer/baseball announcer/talk show host, Ken Levine, Hollywood & Levine will feature commentary, war stories on Ken’s career (MASH, Cheers, Frasier, Simpsons), interviews, writing advice, movie reviews, snarky award show recaps, tall tales from his baseball and radio career, segments from old broadcasts, improv sketches, answering listener questions, and more. It’s a fun, fast-paced hour of humor, nonsense, and God knows what.

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    • 4.9 • 374 Ratings

Hollywood & Levine looks at the world of entertainment, pop culture, screenwriting, and life, and takes none of it seriously. The point is to make you laugh, although useful information might accidentally slip through. Hosted by Emmy-winning writer/baseball announcer/talk show host, Ken Levine, Hollywood & Levine will feature commentary, war stories on Ken’s career (MASH, Cheers, Frasier, Simpsons), interviews, writing advice, movie reviews, snarky award show recaps, tall tales from his baseball and radio career, segments from old broadcasts, improv sketches, answering listener questions, and more. It’s a fun, fast-paced hour of humor, nonsense, and God knows what.

    Meet writer Rob Long Part One

    Meet writer Rob Long Part One

    Rob Long broke into TV writing by getting on staff of CHEERS when he was 24.  He and Ken have a freewheeling discussion of television comedy, advice on breaking in, theories, the business, the craziness, the fun. 
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    • 39 min
    The Voice of God and Eyewitness News

    The Voice of God and Eyewitness News

    Charlie Van Dyke has one of the most recognizable voices in America although you might not know the name.  From big-time DJ at KHJ, WLS, KFRC, CKLW, WRKO, KRTH, KLIF, and more he transitioned into voice over, and I guarantee he’s the voice of one of your local TV stations and radio stations.  It’s a fascinating journey.  Meet “Oh, THAT guy,” Charlie Van Dyke. 
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    • 26 min
    EP194: The First Night of CHEERS

    EP194: The First Night of CHEERS

    September 30th marked the 38th anniversary of the debut of CHEERS.  Join Ken for the first night party and more inside scuttlebutt on the show that is now iconic but finished last in the ratings the night it premiered. 
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    • 23 min
    The Man who Saved Batman Part Two

    The Man who Saved Batman Part Two

    Ken talks with Michael Uslan, the originator and executive producer of the Batman movie franchise.  This week we discuss the various Batman reboots, Christopher Nolan’s vision, the upcoming reboot, and why I hate what Zach Snyder has done to Superman. 
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    • 27 min
    The Man who Saved Batman Part One

    The Man who Saved Batman Part One

    Ken talks with Michael Uslan, the originator and executive producer of the Batman movie franchise. We’ll talk the origin of Batman, his revered place in popular culture, the co-creator who didn’t get credit for 70 years, the TV show, and first Tim Burton Batman movie.   It’s comic-con for the ears!  
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    • 38 min
    Cheers trivia you might not know

    Cheers trivia you might not know

    On this week's Hollywood & Levine, Ken takes you behind-the-scenes with insider stories about the hit sitcom Cheers. If you thought you knew a lot about Cheers, think again! This is a must listen for sitcom fans. 

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

Huggy7782 ,

LOVE THIS PODCAST!

I’m a sucker for “behind the curtain” kinds of podcasts and Ken Levine never fails to deliver with wide ranging stories, tales, anecdotes etc… from the entertainment world. Give it a listen - you won’t be disappointed!

color pencil cliff ,

Great piece of Tv and Radio history!

I love this podcast! There's lots to learn and the history of Radio and Televison. I Especially love listening to all things Frasier!

Ron Havens ,

Listened To Them All

In January 2020, I was lucky enough talk to Ken Levine when he was a guest on the Sirius XM talk show, "The Diner with Lou Simon". It was during that broadcast I found out about his podcast. I have been a fan of M*A*S*H since the 1970s. I've seen every episode mutliple times. So I was very famiiar with the name "Ken Levine" but didn't know who he was or anything about his career in the time before or "After M*A*S*H".
I started listening to this podcast in January 2020 and finished listening to all of the 178 episodes released up to that point that June.
The scope of the talent, knowledge, and experience that Ken Levine has had in his career is so much more than just as a TV writer.
In this podcast's archives you will meet and learn about the people Ken has come in contact with during his multi-faceted career as a: Radio DJ, TV Writer, TV Director, Screen Writer, Baseball Announcer, Sports Talk Show Host, Playwrite, and Author. His interview episodes are treasures woven into the fabric of this fantastic podcast.
I learned more about how the entertainment business works than I ever have from one source. I have also picked up some behind the scenes info about shows like Cheers, The Odd Couple, and Fraiser that I didn't know.
This podcast has broadened my horizons when it comes to watching any type of entertainment. I know longer watch in a pedestrian way. I now look to peek behind the curtain and find out more about the show, actors, production staff, and history of anything I watch
I highly recommend listening to this podcast and all its episodes. You will be educated and inspired by all of them.
BTW, If you email Ken, as he promises at the end of every episode, he will write you back.
Now, don't hesitate, get listening. And get a pen and paper, you will want to take notes.

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