Author VINCE WALDRON continues his discussion on the history of "The Dick Van Dyke Show", as we cover Seasons 2-5 in depth and up close, including behind-the-scenes stories of famous episodes, network interference, and the decision to end the show after year 5. (Running time: 164 minutes)
Actor BART BRAVERMAN discusses his long career, including his immortal part as Guiseppe the shoeshine boy in the classic "I Love Lucy" episode, his role as Binzer on the Robert Urich series "Vega$", and his many game show appearances as a guest celebrity.
Former "Adam-12" Producer TOM WILLIAMS and Director DENNIS DONNELLY return to conclude a discussion on the history/aesthetics of the series, and then Dennis shares stories of directing other action series such as "Charlie's Angels", "The A-Team", "Simon and Simon", "Hawaii Five-0", and "Emergency!". (Running time: 157 minutes)
Actor/Young Performer Advocate PAUL PETERSEN talks about "The Donna Reed Show" Seasons 4 and 5 on DVD, his new Australian CD, and his views on reality TV shows including "Celebrity Rehab" and "Dr. Phil". Plus, we have a candid and frank discussion on the Jerry Sandusky trial and the ramifications it's had on exposing pedophiles working as agents and managers in Hollywood. (Running time: 137 minutes)
Cartoonist SCOTT SHAW! returns to talk more about his long career, including writing and drawing comic books, working at Hanna-Barbera in the early 1980s, storyboarding "Muppet Babies", producing "The Misadventures of Ed Grimley" with Martin Short and "Camp Candy" with John Candy. (Running time: 162 minutes)
Veteran TV sitcom writers AUSTIN (ROCKY) and IRMA KALISH discuss their work on "The Colgate Comedy Hour", "My Favorite Martian", "Gilligan's Island", "My Three Sons", "Family Affair", and "All in the Family". (Running time: 149 minutes)
Celebrating the release of "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" on DVD with TV historian/producer JIM BENSON and special in-studio guest MARTY INGELS (Fenster himself)! Jim discusses the long road getting the show cleared for DVD release, as well as how creator Leonard Stern originally sold it to ABC. Marty talks about how he was cast and the problems he had handling the fame during the run of the show. (Running time: 146 minutes)
Actress JANE KEAN shares memories of her role as Trixie Norton on "The Honeymooners" during the 1960s and 1970s, as well as her lifelong friendship with Lucille Ball, her stage work on Broadway, and her years in nightclubs performing with her sister Betty.
Author STEVE STOLIAR ("Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House") talks about working for the comedy legend during the last three years of Groucho's life, including having to deal with the erratic behavior of Erin Fleming, Groucho's "manager". Also: a tribute to Monkees member Davy Jones. (Running time: 181 minutes)
Judy Garland's son JOEY LUFT does his first in-depth public interview in over 35 years. Joey talks candidly about his mom's career, her marriage to his dad Sid Luft, her addictions, and her final days before her untimely death in 1969. MGM superstar MARGARET O'BRIEN and film star RANDAL MALONE offer their own observations on Joey's parents as well. (Running time: 129 minutes)
Legendary actor ED ASNER returns to the show to continue talking about his long career. Topics include his work on "Lou Grant" and his controversial political stance that led to the series' cancellation, his tenure as SAG President that caused a rivalry with Charlton Heston, plus his Emmy-winning roles on "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "Roots".
Animation author/historian JERRY BECK returns with the latest news in print media, feature films, and DVD box set releases. Highlights include movie reviews of "The Lorax", "John Carter", a book review of "When Magoo Flew", plus DVD reviews of "Noveltoons", "Tennessee Tuxedo", "Underdog", "UPA Jolly Frolics" and various Looney Tunes discs. (Running time: 137 minutes)
Legendary Disney artist FLOYD NORMAN discusses his life and career, including working on "The Mickey Mouse Club", "Sleeping Beauty", "101 Dalmations", "Sword in the Stone", "Mary Poppins", and "The Jungle Book". Cartoonist SCOTT SHAW! co-hosts. (Running time: 181 minutes)
Actress/stand-up comic GERI JEWELL reflects on her life and career from starting out at The Comedy Store to playing Cousin Geri (the first recurring character with a disability on a sitcom) on "The Facts of Life" and Jewel in "Deadwood", as well as her memoirs in her autobiography, "I'm Walking as Straight as I Can". (Running time: 186 minutes)
Actors/comics HANK GARRETT and GRACE FRAGA discuss their years doing standup, and Hank talks about playing Officer Ed Nicholson on "Car 54, Where are You?".
Voiceover great JOE ALASKEY returns to the program with more wonderful stories from his long career, including working on camera in "Out of This World" and "Night Court", on game shows ("Couch Potatoes", "Match Game", "Super Password"), and of course, providing the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Plucky Duck, Grandpa Lou Pickles, and many others. (Running time: 142 minutes)
TV historian/author VINCE WALDRON gives an in-depth overview of the Danny Thomas/Sheldon Leonard empire, including the history of "Make Room For Daddy", "The Real McCoys", "The Andy Griffith Show", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The Joey Bishop Show", "The Bill Dana Show", and "Gomer Pyle, USMC". (Running time: 158 minutes)
Legendary animation producers JOE RUBY and KEN SPEARS discuss their long association, which began at Hanna-Barbera in 1959 when they were film and sound editors and eventually led to the formation of their own company in 1977, and writer MARK EVANIER talks about the differences between working for H-B as opposed to R-S. (Running time: 135 minutes)
Actress SHERRY JACKSON returns and continues to talk about her long career - in guest roles on "Star Trek", "Twilight Zone", "Batman", "Charlie's Angels", and "The Incredible Hulk", as well as her features including "Wild on the Beach", "The Mini Skirt Mob", and "Gunn", in which she also did a photo shoot for Playboy magazine. (Running time: 133 minutes)
TV critics/historians STEVE BEVERLY and WESLEY HYATT discuss the latest news in prime time (including the networks' new fall schedules), daytime, late night, and game shows, plus tributes to Dick Clark (with comedy writer MARK EVANIER) and game show producer BOB STEWART (featuring legendary announcer JOHNNY GILBERT). (Running time: 172 minutes)
Producers/Directors JEFF SHERMAN and GREGG SHERMAN ("The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story") discuss their talented songwriter fathers (Robert B. and Richard M.) and recall the process in making their excellent documentary - from concept to pitch to shooting and editing. They also share memories of growing up when their dads were an important part of the Disney studio family. (Running time: 144 minutes)
Actress FRANCINE YORK talks about working first as a model, then moving to Hollywood and working on all the classic shows - "Bewitched", "Gomer Pyle", "The Odd Couple", "Lost in Space", "Batman", and "Adam-12", plus in the movies with Jerry Lewis, Marlon Brando, and Elvis Presley. (Running time: 146 minutes)
Actor DAVID HEDISON talks about his work in the theater, as well as his unforgettable roles as Andre Delambre in "The Fly", and as Captain Lee Crane on the classic Irwin Allen TV series, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea". He also discusses playing Felix Leiter in two James Bond movies, and some of his many parts in episodic television.
Emmy-winning sitcom writer KEN LEVINE discusses his life and career, including working on "M*A*S*H", "Cheers", "Frasier", and many others, as well as his new book, "The ME Generation by ME - Growing Up in the 1960s". (Running time 150 minutes)
Author STEVE STOLIAR ("Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House") returns with more stories of working for the legendary comedian during the last years of his life as well as getting to know Zeppo, Gummo, and Groucho's children and grandson Andy. Plus comedy writers MARK EVANIER and BOB ILLES share their brushes with "Groucho Greatness". (Running time: 187 minutes)
Animation author/historian JERRY BECK provides a complete history of the Terrytoons cartoon studio, from its early days of silent animation through the purchase of the company by CBS for television and beyond. Also - voiceover legend JUNE FORAY talks about winning her first Emmy award at age 94. (Running time: 161 minutes)
A look back at the Goodson/Todman game show "Match Game" (both the CBS and ABC versions) with ROGER DOBKOWITZ (former PA on the 70s show), writer DICK DE BARTOLO, contestant coordinator LAURA CHAMBERS, contestant CHRISTOPHER BAY, and TV announcer/game show historian RANDY WEST. (Running time: 174 minutes)
Comedy writer/producer ARNIE KOGEN talks about writing gags for "Candid Camera", as well as monologue jokes and sketches for "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", and skits for "The Dean Martin Show", "The Carol Burnett Show", and "The Mary Tyler Moore Variety Hour". He also discusses his ongoing work for MAD magazine. (Running time: 150 minutes)
Legendary Disney artist FLOYD NORMAN returns to discuss his career from 1966-1982, when he left Disney the first time to form his own company, then later having stints back at Disney and at Hanna-Barbera. Co-host SCOTT SHAW! (another animation great) shares his memories of working with Floyd at H-B. (Running time: 169 minutes)
Author/TV Historian VINCE WALDRON provides an in-depth look at a sitcom classic - "All in the Family", from Norman Lear's US acquisition of the British version in 1968 to its sad ending as "Archie Bunker's Place", after Carroll O'Connor took full control. JERRY JACOBIUS, who worked on the show during its 7th season, offers observations of interacting with the cast and the writers. (Running time: 223 minutes)
Animation author/historian JERRY BECK returns with the latest news in feature animation, print media, plus recent and new DVD/Blu Ray releases. Topics include Jerry's upcoming appearance on TCM, the Dreamworks acquisition of Classic Media, and details on the Looney Tunes Platinum 2 Collection. (Running time: 144 minutes)
TV critics/historians STEVE BEVERLY and WESLEY HYATT return with the latest news in prime time, late night, daytime, syndication, and game shows. Former "Concentration" show runner NORM BLUMENTHAL remembers his most-winning contestant Ruth Horowitz on her passing, and Wes rants about NBC's Olympics coverage, among other topics. (Running time: 244 minutes)
The legendary JONATHAN WINTERS kicks off season seven with stories of his childhood and his early years in show business, including his 1950s TV variety series, appearing with Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, and his immortal portrayal of Lennie Pike in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".
Former Production Supervisor for Danny Thomas-Sheldon Leonard Productions - RONALD JACOBS - discusses working on "The Real McCoys", "The Danny Thomas Show", "The Andy Griffith Show", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The Joey Bishop Show", "The Bill Dana Show" and "Gomer Pyle, USMC". Author/TV Historian VINCE WALDRON co-hosts. (Running time: 166 minutes)
Emmy-winning comedy writer/producer/director KEN LEVINE returns and provides an in-depth look at his years working on "M*A*S*H", including replacing Larry Linville with David Ogden Steirs, and the departure of Gary Burghoff. He also discusses his most favorite and least favorite episodes, and why he left the series after three years. (Running time: 131 minutes)
Actor ROBERT COLBERT talks about his role as Dr. Doug Phillips on Irwin Allen's "The Time Tunnel", as well as working with the Three Stooges in "Have Rocket Will Travel" and as a contract player at Warner Brothers on such shows as "Cheyenne", "Bronco", "77 Sunset Strip", "Hawaiian Eye" and taking over for James Garner on "Maverick". (Running time: 150 minutes)
Actor JOHNNY WHITAKER talks openly and candidly about his battle with substance abuse (and his eventual conquering of it), along with memories of getting into show business at age 3 and winning the role of Jody on "Family Affair". (Running time: 193 minutes)
Actor PETER MARK RICHMAN and his wife HELEN talk about their years working in local theater, in live dramatic anthology TV in the 1950s, and Peter's work as a prolific character actor in tons of series including "Outer Limits", "Bonanza", "Twilight Zone", "Three's Company", and his own series "Cain's Hundred". (Running time: 170 minutes)
Hollywood casting director MARVIN PAIGE talks about his long career, including working on "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", "General Hospital", and Woody Allen's "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex". Pop singer MIKE CLIFFORD talks about how Marvin also guided his career through the years.
Iconic NY TV kid show host SONNY FOX recalls his eight years at the helm of "Wonderama", and also talks about working on "The Tomorrow Show", "The Movie Game", and "Way Out Games". (Running time: 166 minutes)
Media critics/historians STEVE BEVERLY and WESLEY HYATT discuss the latest in daytime TV, game shows, prime time, late night, and syndication news. Topics include GSN's new "Pyramid" show, the impending cancellations of both "Jeff Probst" and "Ricki Lake" talk shows, and Kevin Clash's resignation from "Sesame Street". (Running time: 195 minutes)
A retrospective featuring clips from the past six years of broadcasts. Included are highlights from conversations with Ed Asner, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Berman, Bonnie Franklin and Pat Harrington, Rose Marie, Sherry Jackson, Michael Cole, Stan Freberg, and many others. (Running time: 176 minutes)
Animation author/historian JERRY BECK provides reviews of current animation features including "Frankenweenie" and "Wreck It Ralph", and covers the latest cartoon news in books, TV programs, and DVD releases. (Running time: 137 minutes)
"Christmas Gifts for Baby Boomers" is the subject of this program. Guests: Authors ED ROBERTSON ("Maverick: Legend of the West") and TIM HOLLIS ("Part of a Complete Breakfast"), voiceover actor FRED FREES, who talks about his musical comedy CD, "Fred Frees Presents", and the Giz Wiz - DICK DE BARTOLO - with the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos for 2012. (Running time: 154 minutes)
Actress/author GERI JEWELL ("I'm Walking as Straight as I Can") returns to discuss her career, including appearing on "The Phil Donahue Show" and on Howard Stern's radio program in the 1980s, as well as the reasons she feels she was eventually let go from "The Facts of Life". There is also a candid and frank discussion about understanding both physical and mental disabilities, in light of recent tragedies in the news. (Running time: 161 minutes)