Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges will join us, along with his daughter, Emily Bridges, plus we’ll welcome Susan Silver, one of the original writers of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, while Steve Beverly will share a few stories about his sports broadcasting career. All this on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Aug. 27-29 at the following times and venues:
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Our guests this week will include two members of one of the most prestigious acting families in the history of entertainment: three-time Emmy Award-winner Beau Bridges and his daughter, Emily Bridges. Beau, of course, has starred in more than fifty motion pictures (including The Fabulous Baker Boys, Norma Rae, Two-Minute Warning, and Jerry Maguire), while his TV credits span everything from major miniseries to top-rated TV-movies and such popular shows as Homeland, The Agency, My Name is Earl, Stargate SG-1, The Outer Limits, Masters of Sex, and Sea Hunt (the groundbreaking series starring Beau’s dad, Lloyd Bridges). Emily Bridges’ film and TV credits include The Public Domain, Code Black, The Flower Shop Mysteries, Masters of Sex, and the award-winning short film Grooming.
Beau and Emily are the co-playwrights of Acting: The First Six Lessons, an adaptation of a book by Richard Boleslawski about a dedicated acting teacher who not only teaches an aspiring young actress the craft of acting, but dispels invaluable life lessons to her as well. Originally published in 1933, Acting: The First Six Lessons has held a special place in the Bridges family for three generations. Lloyd Bridges shared the book with both Beau and his brother, Jeff Bridges, when they first became serious about acting, while Beau has since passed it on to Emily and her siblings as well. We’ll talk to Beau and Emily about the importance of the book to the Bridges family, as well as how they approached adapting the source material into a play (and, later, a film). We’ll also ask Beau a few questions about his movie and TV career. Beau Bridges and Emily Bridges will join us in our second hour.
For our listeners in Southern California, Beau Bridges and Emily Bridges will perform a staged reading of Acting: The First Six Lessons on Friday, Sept. 17 at 8pm at Theatricum Botanicum, the outdoor amphitheatre in Topanga Canyon, founded by actor Will Geer, that Buzz magazine named one of the coolest places in Los Angeles. The performance of Acting: The First Six Lessons begins at 8pm. Seating will be socially distanced; masks will be required as recommended by the CDC and L.A. County on the day of the performance. See Theatricum.com for tickets and more information.
Emily Bridges also directed the film version of Acting: The First Six Lessons, which features Beau, her, and other members of the Bridges family discussing the importance of Boleslawski’s book. A screening of Acting: The First Six Lessons will take place on Sunday, Sept. 12 as part of the Burbank Film Festival. Beau and Emily will take part in a Q & A session after the screening. See BurbankFilmFest.org for more information on that event.
Also joining us this week will be Susan Silver, one of the original writers for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and one of the very first female writers to break the glass ceiling in the world of TV comedy. In many respects, Susan’s personal story arc is similar to Mary Richards: She grew up in the Midwest, worked behind the scenes at a local TV station early in her career (and, later, as a casting director for Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In) before “making it on her own,” so to speak, as a writer for television (and, later, print and radio). Besides The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Susan’s writing credits include episodes of Maude, The Bob Newhart Show, The Partridge Family, Square Pegs, and That Girl, as well as the top-rated made-for-TV movies The Girl Who Came Gift Wrapped and The Couple Takes a Wife.
Susan’s memoir, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets and Sitcoms, is a hilarious, poignant and honest account of her years in television (including the story of how farting nearly ended her writing career before it began); her encounters with the likes of Steve McQueen, Lenny Bruce, Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Tom Jones, and James Garner; and how she has reinvented herself more than once in the course of her life and career. Susan Silver will join us in our first hour.
Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets and Sitcoms is available as a print edition through Amazon.com and as an audiobook through Audible.com. Susan’s radio commentary, Susan Says with Susan Silver, is heard on RobinHoodRadio.com and on Apple Podcasts.
Last, but not least, we will play Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with Steve Beverly, recently retired professor of broadcast journalism at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. As you know from Steve’s previous visits to our show, Steve spent many years in TV news began embarking on his teaching career. What you may not know is that he also has twenty-five years experience doing play-by-play for men’s and women’s college basketball on television, including thirteen years on a national level. We’ll ask Steve about what it takes to make a big call on television, plus we’ll talk about some of the announcers who inspired him, which include Dick Enberg and Ray Scott.
Steve Beverly also hosts Steve Beverly’s TV Classics, a weekly TCM-like festival of classic TV shows that streams every week at EPlusTV6.com. We’ll ask Steve what’s on tap in August and September when he joins us in our first hour.
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