Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 419 with guests Cy Chermak, Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger is now available online for listening on demand

Show No. 419 with guests Cy Chermak, Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger
Original Airdates:
Sept. 14-17, 2018

First hour: Greg Ehrbar joins Ed for Part 2 of our conversation with Will Ryan and Michael Schlesinger. Will is the star, along with Nick Santa Maria, and Michael is the writer, producer and director, of The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster, a collection of five 1930s-style comedies that pay homage to The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other vintage comedy teams. The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster also includes a ton of bonus features, including an additional short (“First Things Last”), more than an hour of bloopers and outtakes, and a 1962-style “reunion” interview that Will and Nick perform in character as Biffle and Shooster. (Four of the five shorts, (“The Biffle Murder Case,” “Imitation of Wife,” “Schmo Boat” and “Bride of Finklestein,” are also available for viewing on demand on Amazon, Vudu and other streaming platforms, under the umbrella title The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster.) The hour also includes a surprise appearance by Emmy Award-winning writer and producer and former Disney Records producer Jymn Magon. Second hour: Ed welcomes award-winning television producer Cy Chermak (The Virginian, Ironside, CHiPs, Kolchak: The Night Stalker). Cy’s book, The Show Runner: An Insider’s Guide to Successful TV Production, tells you everything you need to know to succeed as a producer in television today, from the importance of a good concept, keeping it believable, and staying on top of the writing, to staying within budget and knowing when to delegate responsibilities while still maintaining control. The Show Runner also addresses such topical issues as the #MeToo movement (and, specifically, how to avoid the pitfalls of the casting couch), how to deal with the media, and how to protect your stars, plus insight into the likes of James Drury, Doug McClure, David Hartman, Darren McGavin, and David Chase.

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