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Remembering Rod Serling’s Night Gallery

Set in a shadowy museum of the outré, Night Gallery (NBC, 1970-1973) was a highly diverse anthology television series featuring tales in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction vein—all of which were introduced by a dark and disturbing collection of canvases unveiled by the museum’s “curator,” series host and creator Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone). The show blended thoughtful original dramas written by Serling himself with adaptations of classic genre material, including short stories by the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber, Conrad Aiken and Richard Matheson. The variety of material in Night Gallery brought with it a variety of tone, from the deadly serious to the tongue-in-cheek, stretching the television anthology concept to its very limits. Like The Twilight Zone, each segment of Night Gallery featured a dazzling array of guest stars from the worlds of film and television, as well as contributions from such promising young directors as John Badham and Steven Spielberg. Unlike Twilight Zone, the series was fraught with tension behind the scenes, including an ongoing conflict between creator Serling and producer Jack Laird over the direction of Night Gallery that would ultimately find Serling on the outside looking in.

Frankie and I paid tribute to Night Gallery along with Jim Benson, co-author of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, a comprehensive look at this classic series that also serves as an abject reminder of how network television sometimes works. Jim was also a consultant on the upcoming Night Gallery: Season Two DVD package, which features commentary by Oscar nominated director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labrynth). If you’re a fan of Rod Serling, but missed our conversation, we invite you to listen to our archive, which is now available on our archives page at www.tvconfidential.net.

 

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at
10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net

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TV CONFIDENTIAL: Premiering Tuesday, Aug. 12 on Share-a-Vision Radio

In case you missed it, last week we announced that Dave White has officially handed over the reins of Talking Television, and that Frankie Montiforte and I will be taking over as hosts of the program beginning Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio. As we also announced last week, the program will now be called TV CONFIDENTIAL, and will be broadcast every other Tuesday at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT (instead of weekly, as before).

Other than those two changes, TV CONFIDENTIAL will be the same program you know as Talking Television, only with different hosts. We’ll have many of the same features, such as our DVD report and David Krell’s commentary, plus we’ll continue to take you behind the scenes of your favorite shows and pay tribute to your favorite TV personalities. In fact, on our Tuesday, Aug. 12 program, we’ll look back at the career of William Conrad—from his early days as the radio voice of Matt Dillon to his memorable work as the narrator on Rocky & Bullwinkle and, of course, The Fugitive, from his behind-the-scenes work as a TV producer to his starring roles in Cannon and Jake and The Fatman.

Paul Robert Coyle, who worked with Bill on Jake and The Fatman, will be joining us on Tuesday, Aug. 12… we hope you’ll join us, too.

In the meantime, if you would to be on our email list for future announcements, or if you have an idea for a future program, please email us at our website, www.tvconfidential.net. As a matter of fact, the idea for our tribute to William Conrad originated from a regular listener—so we definitely want to hear from you!

Finally, as we also announced last week, the reason Dave is stepping aside is that he will be launching a new program, DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio. DAVE WHITE PRESENTS will then alternate with TV CONFIDENTIAL in the Tuesday, 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT time slot. You can learn more about Dave’s new show by going to www.audioentertainment.org.

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Television Historian
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10:3opm ET, 7:30pm PT
beginning Aug. 12 on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.edrobertson.com
www.tvconfidential.net

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Batman, A to Z

With The Dark Knight setting all kinds of box office records this weekend, I thought I’d post a link to “Batman, A to Z,” a brief look at the five actors who have played Batman for the big screen, which I wrote last week as a Spotlight feature for The Wave Magazine.  

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Entertainment Journalist
www.edrobertson.com
www.doctorrerun.com
www.talkingtelevision.org

Please tune in to our tribute to Dick Martin on Tuesday, July 29 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

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Tribute to Barry Morse: TODAY on Share-a-Vision Radio

Talking Television with Dave White celebrates the life and career of Barry Morse on a special live edition airing today, Sunday, April 27, beginning at 2pm ET, 11am PT on the Share-a-Vision Radio Select Channel. I will co-host the program, along with Dave White; our guests will include stage and TV actress Jacqueline Scott, Barry’s co-star on The Fugitive; veteran DGA member Bob Rubin, who worked with Barry on The Fugitive, The Invaders and other shows for QM Productions; Anthony Wynn and Robert Wood, who collaborated with Barry on many projects, including his memoir, Remember with Advantages, and the 2007 radio production Rogues and Vagabonds; and Barry’s son, actor/director Hayward Morse, who co-starred with his father in such productions as Bernard and Bosie, the acclaimed play based on the unlikely friendship between playwright George Bernard Shaw and poet Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas.


Though best known to American audiences for his roles on The Fugitive and Space: 1999, Barry was an incredibly versatile performer whose vast body of work covered everything from Shakespeare and Shaw to Gore Vidal and A.R. Gurney, to his own critically acclaimed one-man show, Merely Players. If you’ve enjoyed his work in stage, film and television, we invite you to join our conversation by logging on to the special KSAV Select Channel stream, located at http://stream.ksav.org5555/live, beginning at
2pm ET, 11am PT. Listeners in the United States can phone in by calling (800) 407-KSAV (5728). Listeners from any part of the world can email us at talk@ksav.org.

 

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Television Historian
Author,
The Fugitive Recaptured and other books on television
Co-Host, Talking Television with Dave White
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.edrobertson.com
www.doctorrerun.com
www.talkingtelevision.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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