We’ll welcome back television writer and New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg and actor, author, and comedian Nick Santa Maria, plus we’ll bring you an encore presentation of our Veterans Day 2014 conversation with actor James McEachin. All this on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Nov. 11-14 at the following times and venues:
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This week’s program will include a return visit by Lee Goldberg, the New York Times bestselling novelist whose many credits as a television writer and producer include such shows as Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Psych, Hunter, Nero Wolfe, Sliders, and Spenser: For Hire. Lee is also the author / creator of the Eve Ronin novels, a page-turning series of murder mysteries, set in the otherwise sleepy community of Calabasas, California, that centers around the exploits of detective Eve Ronin, the youngest robbery homicide detective in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In the latest entry, Movieland, Eve’s investigation of an apparently minor crime quickly embroils her into a much bigger case—a series of unreported sniper attacks in Malibu Creek State Park, the historic state park in the San Fernando Valley—and the efforts of state officials to keep the matter quiet, even after one of the shootings results in murder.
Malibu State Creek Park has also served as the backdrop for many movies and TV shows. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Lee Goldberg joins us in our first hour.
Also in our first hour: Nick Santa Maria will join Greg Ehrbar for the second of two DVD/streaming reports that focus on Abbott and Costello. This week, we’ll talk about the recently restored Blu-ray release of The Abbott and Costello Show: Season One, the season that, among other things, featured Joe Besser as Stinky, the man-child who often got the best of Costello. We’ll also talk about how the rhythm of The Abbott and Costello Show, in many respects, inspired Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David many years later when they developed Seinfeld.
Nick Santa Maria is the co-author of The Annotated Abbott and Costello: A Complete Viewer’s Guide to the Comedy Team and Their 38 Films, a new book that becomes available in December from McFarland Books.
Our second hour will include an encore presentation of a conversation with actor James McEachin that originally aired during Veterans Day weekend in 2014.
Known for his many film and television roles, including Lt. Brock on The Perry Mason Mysteries and the starring role in the NBC private-eye series Tenafly, James McEachin is also an accomplished novelist (The Heroin Factor, Farewell to the Mockingbirds, Tell Me a Tale) and playwright (Beyond the Call, Above the Duty), not to mention a decorated U.S. Army veteran with seven medals of valor.
When we spoke to James in 2014, he was developing The Purple Heart, a screen project based on the true story of the discovery of a lost Purple Heart medal that belonged to Lt. Henry Schenk, James’ patrol leader in the Korean War — and the role James played in helping restore that medal to Schenk’s family. The film also discusses the history of the Purple Heart itself, plus issues such as survivors guilt, the right and wrongs of war, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We talked to James about The Purple Heart, plus we asked him about his work with the likes of Sidney Poitier, John Wayne and Raymond Burr.
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