A fun and informational look at past television, movies and other media from those who have covered it and helped create some of the most memorable moments. Do you enjoy sitting around with pals and discussing why Felix and Oscar met six different ways? What happened to Chuck Cunningham? and the best lines from Goodfellas? This is your show. Also look for my new upcoming book, Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness and Donald Trump Are Destroying News: And How We Can Save It.
The recent Bohemian Rhapsody film, which chronicles the rise and fame of Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, also contains some historic inaccuracies (When he was diagnosed with AIDS, for example). Many non-fiction bio-pics fall into this same trap. Why and how does it happen? And does it really matter? I spoke with veteran movie critic Stephen Whitty about the issue and examples from many past films.
We traveled to the semi-annual autograph and celebrity show, Chiller Theater, in Northern New Jersey this week and spoke with some great vintage stars, from Gavin Macleod to Richard Thomas to The Sopranos' Johnny Sack, and even the boy who played Jaws' victim Alex Kittner. Hear how they got their roles, what it was like and who still gets residual checks.
The TV reboots are becoming more common than ever with new versions of everything from Will and Grace to Murphy Brown and, of course, Roseanne (now The Connors). We discussed those and many others with Mr. Television Marc Berman, editor of The Programming Insider and a long time television expert. Hear how and why they are happening, and what works and doesn't.
It's been 40 years since Michael Myers first scared Jamie Lee Curtis. and he is back in yet another sequel. I spoke with New York Times TV and film writer Bruce Fretts about how the original film came about, why it worked and continues today, and some behind the scenes stories. But how did William Shatner get involved?
The first episode of the Retro Room includes an interview with veteran Entertainment Weekly writer and author Jennifer Armstrong, who has written three books on three classic American TV shows - Mary Tyler Moore, Seinfeld and Sex and the City. We chatted with her about what made them great and must-see TV for many.