TV Guidance Counselor Podcast
Ken Reid and his guests explore the tough television watching decisions of our past.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 369: Billy Wayne Davis 08/19/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 369: Billy Wayne Davis February 14-20, 1981 This week Ken welcomes comedian and find Southern Gentleman Billy Wayne Davis to the show. Ken and Billy Wayne discuss Ken's great stories, donuts, smoking pot, being born late, waterbed sex, Nashville vs. Memphis, poor people, Mystery Train, letting go on the ridiculous pop culture opinions of your youth, being a Dad, being an early reader, having the spark, being the child of teachers, learning vs memorization, putting together a late night set, bikers, patronizing liberalism, racism, trying to take it all with you, skipping the weekend, Valentine's Day with the Mandrell Sisters, black boxes, Dad porn, Real People vs. That's Incredible!, the birth of clinically extreme close ups, and early love of quality comedy, Diff'rent Strokes, Very Special Episodes, Stranger Danger, being fueled by spite, manipulating statistics, coke fueled hedonism, D.A.R.E. officers, John Candy's food repairman sketch on Lorne Michaels The New Show, Laverne and Shirley, The Truth Game, Burt Reynolds hosting SNL, OJ Simpson's "If I Did It", the strange American fascination with Princess Di, earning wealth, Teacher/Student relations, Ronald Reagan, McCarthy blacklists, Davis Rules, the darkness of Jonathan Winters, the mistake directors made with Robin Williams, Randy Quaid, the "bravest people on earth", Buck Rogers, co-eds, the CIA's secret wetworks programs, Night Court, Andy Griffith, Fridays, The Brady Brides, murder at sea, oil rigs and the mediocrity necessary for large scale success.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 368: DJ Hazard 08/12/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 368: DJ Hazard March 18-24, 1978 This week Ken welcomes old friend and Boston Comedy institution DJ Hazard to the show. Ken and DJ discuss making DJs bucket list obsolete, The Weekly Week, time travel, TV Guide Boys, The Boston Phoenix vs The Real Paper, Heavy Metal magazine, Gun Molls, Omni, Analog, Petticoat Junction, Hooterville, subversion, Green Acres, ASMR brainwashing, Conspiracy Theorists, Spanish, puking, how it's all one tube, Ken's awful early stand up bits, a self guided education through magazines, short stories, Jack Kirby, string theory, allegory, V, Star Trek, Fringe, confusing Lindsay Wagner with Peggy Lipton, PBS, Alex Rocco, Biograph Studios, growing up in The Bronx, Car 54, Where Are You?, Lawrence Welk, Termites, Orson Wells, descriptive tracks for the blind, God's Smuggler, the people that gave you "Head", meeting the Pope, who you are in the dark, Project UFO, Easter, celebrity suicides, dramas spun off from comedy, Lou Grant, Zacherly, Frank Hennoletter's Brain Damage, Jerry Lewis, SCTV, The Babys, John Waite, Penny Marshall, Patrick Wayne, Rustler's Rhapsody, Andy Griffith, Jim Thompson, just acting, Great Performances, Beatles clones, Elliot Gould in Who?, Barney Miller, The Love God, Inspector Luger, The Incredible Hulk, Bill Bixby's magic skills, Sam Jones, Loni Anderson, zombie cover girls, and social life delivery services.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 367: Ariane Sherine 08/05/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 367: Ariane Sherine June 2-8, 1990 This week Ken talks with writer, comedian and musician Ariane Sherine on his recent trip to London. Ken and Ariane discuss England vs. America, writing for UK sitcoms in the US writer's room style, not being allowed to watch TV as a kid and sneaking, MacGuyver, Baywatch, The Cosby Show, writing on a sugar rush, hating the competition of jokes, Fraiser, UK vs US comedy, Connie Booth's psychotherapy, Fawlty Towers, Friends, The Good Wife, courtroom dramas, being banned on the BBC, atheism, how religious people often wish you death, god shows, death threats, being too old to be President, Ken's dislike of Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbin, trash TV, serial killers, outing nerdo-nazis, arguing all women are gay or bisexual, arousica, Baywatch, educational TV, how fame can make you lose your mind, USA's Saturday Nightmares, Tom Selleck, Season vs. Series, when US prime time action shows become UK kid's shows, the weirdness of Mormons, Stalin, The Wonder Years, music rights, getting expelled from school, befriending Duran Duran, asking members of the public random questions, Prime Minsters' Questions, the UK's history with race, Janet Jackson, Nasty Boys, Oprah's "In the Name of Self Esteem", Screen Wipe, allegory, and the rise and fall of MTV's Real World.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 366: Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 Day 3 08/01/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 366: Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 Day 3 It's BONUS! episode time. Here are two chats Ken had on Day 3 of Denver Pop Culture Con 2019. First up is Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who, Sabrina). Ken and Michelle discuss The Book Group, being surprised that you're funny, working in the trenches of acting, Green Wing, pretending to work in a hospital while you are in a real hospital, how public service jobs can drive you mad, playing Scottish, conjuring an American accent, moral ambiguity, Doctor Who, being The Master, ADR, playing the roles you're cast, Satanic elements, dealing with the Supernatural, being in The Tardis, Scottish snacks, the freedom of horror, Pride Month, Big Finish books, and embracing your well earned success. Next up Ken chats to former guest of the show Jim Beaver (Deadwood, Supernatural). Ken and Jim discuss idjits, have an unending series of goodbye death scenes, Deadwood, Supernatural, ditch digging pranks, taking some time for yourself, writing, The George Reeves Book, why Life is Better When You're Alive, Dr. Pepper, the evolution of Bobby Singer, pranks vs. goofing around on the set of Supernatural, Psych, Longmire, knowing how to get shot, "Balls", re-visiting Laramine Wyoming, getting a phone call from Guillermo Del Toro, how emotional scenes can really drain you, Jim's favorite episode of Supernatural and why it's all about him.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 365: Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 Day 1 08/01/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 365: Denver Pop Culture Con 2019 Day 1 BONUS EPISODE TIME! It's Day 1 of Denver Pop Culture Con 2019. First up Ken talks with voice acting dynamo and all around amazing human being Tara Strong. Ken and Tara discuss relating to Ponies, Teen Titans, Fairly Odd Parents, collaborative jobs, your kids watching your stuff, the voices that are the most difficult on your voice, Melody from The Little Mermaid 2, aside from your personal favorite what your personal favorite is, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Powerpuff Girls, breaking hearts over the phone, Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Ben 10, Raven, Rick & Morty, the emotion of getting your wings, Drawn Together, making out with Cree Summer, Rugrats, and the sadness of when things end. Next up it is a Back to the Future panel with Christopher Lloyd and Tom Wilson. Ken, Tom and Christopher discuss Back to the Future, Taxi, being an icon on The Facts of Life, being iconic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, dealing with the massive success of Back to the Future, Things to do in Denver When You're Dead, playing an unlikable character, improv and comedy, The Civil War, Andersonville, Jack Nicholson, not meetin gyour heroes, performing at Jimmy Stewart's 80th Birthday, being on a "very special" Facts of Life, having Doc Brown's cowboy shirt from Back to the Future Part 3, reshooting scenes, string theory, being in Batman series, what their characters would be doing today, free snacks, Angels in the Outfield vs. Anastasia, Live Aid, getting cast as a bully, getting back into Rev. Jim's head, reshooting your own death scene in Back to the Future, recasting Marty McFly, chemistry, and how Ken isn't funny.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 364: Jake Mattera 07/28/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 364: Jake Mattera FALL PREVIEW ALERT! September 12-18, 1998 This week Ken welcomes Philly Comedian Jake Mattera to the show. Ken and Jake discuss the longest they've driven for a gig, growing up in Philly, Rohobeth Beach, Rhode Island, comedy festivals, weird regional foods, Coffee Milk, buying weapons in Chinatown, old Jade, swords, Ghostbusters, WWF, USA Network, being assaulted by your sister, TGIF stitches, Karate's Beast from the East, Dawson's Creek, Fantasy Island reboots, Jacinda Barrett, Wind on Water, Martial Law, Kelly Hu, Ken confusing Sammo Hung with Chow Yun Fat, Cupid, The Army Show, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, John Diresta in Not King of Queens, when E.R. meets Deep Space Nine, Charmed, being a big Irish Catholic year, when everything was set in Boston, Buddy Farrow, The Net: The Series, COPS, The Brady House, visiting filming locations, Blobfest, ranting about M. Night Shamalan, Neon Maniacs, Midnight Caller, A League of their Own, Le Femme Nikita, Wrestling, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Happy Days, Hogan, Guinness Book of World Records, news bloopers, awful NYC meathead comedy, racist stand up, turning Japanese, Brunch Patrol, being in punk rock bands, Ken's obsession with generic store brand Dr. Pepper rip offs, WaWa, Conan O'Brien, Drew Carey, Jackie Chan, WCW, Kate & Allie, Millennium, Gargoyles, Buger King vs. McDonald's, the best Cheesesteaks in Philly, and getting rich on the backs of the Amish.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 363: Jeff MacKinnon 07/22/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 363: Jeff MacKinnon July 24-30, 1999 This week Ken welcomes comedian, entrepreneur and Woodstock '99 redeemer Jeff MacKinnon to the show. Ken and Jeff discuss Ken's gift shop, trading card Ken Reid, Bradley Cooper's plastic surgery, eyebrows, Ken's fortress, never leaving your house, New Bedford, hippies, CBD oil, The Illuminati at Dallas International Airport, being a sugar kid, addiction, cherry pie, overeating, giving people wedgies as an adult, "shouties", TV Urban Legends, Paul Pfeiffer is not Marilyn Manson, The Newlywed Game "in the butt" incident, Catholic Guilt, naked comedy, The All That Festival, Amanda Bynes, Greg Proops, mental illness, how 1999 was a garbage year for music, Woodstock '94, Kid Rock, MTV, Sha-na-na, The Omega Man, the invention and cycles of nostalgia, The Golden Girls, George Clooney's doodles, teenagers, the invention of rock n roll, evolution, DIY Punk rock culture, The Real World Hawaii, ICP, not getting the joke, why Pulp Comics was Comedy Central's best ever stand up show, The View, how live music performance presentation has changed, the evolution of The Warped Tour, how failure leads to innovation, not pre-ordaining the outcome, being on The Price is Right, Plinko, how Hollywood executives never want to go out on a limb, starting over, finding your creative voice, the world having enough stand up comedians, Set List with Paul Provenza, interactive media, being present in live media, favorite porn stars, sucking dicks, Ally McBeal, The Hundred Greatest Women of Rock n Roll, hatred of I-talians, anti-heroes, maple syrup urine disease, Baby Boom, the new game "Sex, Marry, Adopt", The Original Kings of Comedy and revisiting Home Improvement.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 362: Denver Pop Culture Con Day 2 07/15/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 362: Denver Pop Culture Con Day 2 In this extra special episode of TV Guidance Counselor Ken presents three chats from this year's Denver Pop Culture Con. First up is Ken's chat with the stars of Flash Gordon - Sam Jones and Melody Anderson. Ken, Sam and Melody discuss early success, how you can never be spoiled, when a job is a job, being overwhelmed, staying in shape, getting the part last minute, playing an iconic character, throwing out the script, being a giant spider, Buster Crabbe, the football scene, smacking Timothy Dalton around, bullwhips, shaved heads, wigs, generations of fans, cardboard boxes, Dino, and Life After Flash. Next up Ken talks to actor Michael Rosenbaum. Ken and Michael discuss Smallville, songs, being in a band, The Crash Test Dummies, mic jokes, Michael's podcast "Inside of You", chewing gum, horror movies, Lex Luthor, cold fathers, shaving your head, auditioning for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, not reading scripts, needing love and validation,Grease, being unpopular in school, first kisses, the Billy Madison "kill list" scene with Steve Buscemi, holding grudges, Superman, hating Rotten Tomatoes, Siskel & Ebert, and Michael's band Left on Laurel, Finally Ken talks to Claudia Christen. Ken and Claudia discuss actor vs. actress, running out of headshots, Babylon 5, Blacke's Magic, Columbo, The Hidden, New Year's eve at Charlton Heston's House, being a writer, giving back, The C3 Foundation, being a drug and alcohol counselor, the early days of CGI, blogging Babylon 5, watching yourself, how phones have ruined on set connections, being the Cute Commander, LGBT storylines, cooking for gamers, making friends with penpals, crying scenes, and Freaks and Geeks.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 361: Mathew Klickstein 07/08/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 361: Mathew Klickstein May 20-26, 1978 Today Ken welcomes writer and fellow pop culture enthusiast/victim Mathew Klickstein to the show. Ken and Mat discuss why you should never let get do the ordering when going out to eat, growing up in Orange County, Sk8TV, pop punk, Blink 182, Nickelodeon, Pinwheel, Teenie Little Super Guy, how TV killed Vaudeville, stand up on TV, Jackass, getting introduced to new worlds via mix tapes, Fugazi, Riot Grrl, Spaced, Red Dwarf, UK TV, College, being invested in media, trying to get viewers/readers hooked right away, why you need rules to make good stuff sometimes, David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, Three's Company, Mary Tyler Moore, Gong Show,Theater of Blood, Vincent Price, Witchfinder General, The Wicker Man, All in the Family, orange juice ad campaigns, religion on TV, Mott the Hoople, PBS Documentaries, Louise Lasser as writer/director/star, Charles Grodin playing Charles Grodin, The Bastard, Don Knotts, the endless supply of John Ritter movies, Monty Python, Steve McQueen week, sexual stereotypes, deaf musicals, burning off pilots, The Incredible Hulk, Prince's Revolution, outsider art, and the wonders of The Kids of Widney High.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 360: Chip Chantry 07/01/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 360: Chip Chantry This week Ken welcomes Philly based comedian Chip Chantry to the show. Ken and Chip discuss Ken's studio, how Paul Chantry III became "Chip", fancy names, Garbage Pail Kids, Candy Castle, homes for the ugly, rejected Saturday Morning Cartoons, deleted scenes from The Goonies, Philly punk rock, classic kids' lies, playing Sonny Crockett's son, Herbie vs. Hermie, Hollywood Teen Hunks, People's Court, Rusty, Spencer Gifts, animals on COPS, scumbag lore, The Cosby Show's Flubberoos, Golden Girls, being on the red carpet for the Batman '89 movie premier, winning a Nickelodeon Contest, attending the 1989 Kids Choice Awards, Will Wheaton, Nicole Eggert, Bobby The Brain Heenan, 80s Coke fueled stand up, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Alphy's Soda Shop, You Can't Do That on Television, Chris Gethard Show, Married...with Children, Hersey's Hollywood, Brian Austin Green is THE BAG, Ken's absolute love of Body Building Champs and Twin Brothers - The Barbarian Brothers, Roseanne, dwarf mongooses, Head of the Class, San Francisco, Get a Life, Zoo Animals on Wheels, The Midnight Hour, loving "Moving Violations", Jesse Jackson's guest spot on A Different World, Cheers, Mr. Belvedere, Just the Ten of Us, pink leopard skin, and getting cranberries to kiss your grits.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 359: Joanna Cassidy 06/24/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 359: Joanna Cassidy Today Ken welcomes legendary actress Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead) to the show. Ken and Joanna discuss airplanes, growing up in Haddonfield, being from a family of artists, Eleanor Parker, working with everybody, Joan Crawford, made for TV plays, coming to California, San Francisco, being a young Mother, modeling and acting, fashions by Mary Mako, falling into a career, having a scientific mind, Dick Shawn, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, pet monkeys, Love Boat, the glamour of old Hollywood, Burt Lancaster, Buffalo Bill, MGM, Roller Derby Girls, the state of the world, insects, Eagle Eyes, comedy, Call Me Fitz, managing your energy levels on a set, the art of communication, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, being uncomfortable on set, watching dailies, the issues that arise when a director lacks confidence, Phil Silvers, Live from Death Row, acting without blinking, actors who bring a life lived to their work, auditioning to play the part of yourself, beautiful people, being lost in visuals, willing things into existence, child actors, the strangeness of a life in the spotlight, the golden age of television, having a commitment to watching a show, After Life, Carry On films, Vanessa Redgrave, Terry Thomas, Italian films, Steven Weber, staying on an actor's face, Nicolas Refn, ballet, Cher, The Intruder, William Shatner, Will Farrell, Jackie Gleason, silly comedy, Melissa McCarthy, making something you know isn't great, editing TVGC, remaking Joan of Arc and how movies are youth.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 358: Tracy Wells (Tofte) 06/17/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 358: Tracy Wells (Tofte) This week Ken welcomes Tracy Tofte (formerly Wells) of Mr. Belvedere to the show. Ken and Tracy discuss real estate, loving the San Fernando Valley, traffic, acting with your sister, The Bad Seed, stage moms, being in a Pepsi Commercial with Michael Jackson, Pennies from Heaven, being a dancer, ABC, Growing Pains, guest starring, After School Specials, No Means No, if things are better or worse now, Very Special episodes, difficult discussions, ton shifts, being in Gremlins, getting cut out of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the tough lessons learned while acting as a kid, keeping mementos, being famous and not knowing it, the fizzle out cancellation of Belvedere, being cast as the best friend, navigating the loss of a parent, strangers being at your birthday for publicity, losing a role to Hilary Swank, guesting on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, how there's enough business for everybody, saying goodbye, having Belvedere reunions, missing out on the social aspect of actually going to High School, shooting in front of live audiences, building a show around Bob Uecker, warm up comics, movie actors vs. TV actors, movie stars, having trouble watching yourself, cooking shows, Good Eats, Julia Child, being a chef, shared experiences, James at 15, acting horror stories, going back to civilian life, Hollywood History, murder houses, Ben and Matt and Ken's strange relationship with the Wahlbergs.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 357: Paul Haynes 06/10/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 357: Paul Haynes Ken and Paul discuss illegal Burbank tattoos, jaywalking, Unsolved Mysteries, growing up in Orlando, being scared of the dark, Gremlins, being into astronomy, The Discovery Center, Ernest Saves Christmas, pizzeria arson, second run cinemas, Polyester, 3M Stage blood, Beetlejuice, the 80s Gross Out fads, Garbage Pail Kids, stumble upon culture, how access was taste, Nick Drake, having Bugs Bunny as your mom, mix tapes, Twin Peaks, binge culture vs. week to week viewing, The Wacker Family, haunted bunk beds, the gift of fear, ghosts, Updates, People's Court, Divorce Court, Forensic Files, the Van Dykes, Diagnosis Murder, the Millennial re-discovery of 80s murder mysteries, how autopsy TV changed the world of media, House of Games, TV's Bloopers and Practical jokes, second hand oral R-Rated movies, Len Cella's Silly Cinemas, musicals, Hull High, Ken's crush on Nancy Valen, The Flash, the terrifying "Max Headroom" incident, Golden Girls, Barbara Crampton, soaps, Family Feud, aspiration, the change in marketing, Roseanne, infomercials, little people real estate moguls, Dead of Night/Deathdream, anthology shows, Tales from the Darkside, Monsters, Glim Glim, Retribution, the weird late 80s early 90s horror aesthetic, The Willies, Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie, living in a department store, Today's Special, having a crush on Muffy, Christopher Lee, Faerie Tale Theater, Nick at Nite, SCTV, Love Connection, Serial Killers on dating shows, Blind Date, Manuunter, Tom Noonan, Peeping Tom, haunting images, Police Sketch artists, why Victor Salva shouldn't be allowed to work again and is human garbage, Woody Allen's transgressions, people being forced to confess to murders they didn't do so cops could close cases, why it's not the grue that haunts you with a dead body, You Can't Do That on Television, David Bowie's acting career, Highway to Heaven, confusing Lean on Me and Stand and Deliver, and the lasting influence of Blackboard Jungle. Paul is a writer and researcher who contributed to and helped finish his friend Michelle McNamara's book "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" after her tragic and untimely death. The book is now an upcoming HBO docuseries on which Paul is co-executive producer and will be appearing,
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 356: Charlotte Stein 06/03/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 356: Charlotte Stein November 2-9, 2001 This week Ken welcomes producer, director and all around coolest person Charlotte Stein to the show. Ken and Charlotte discuss Harry Potter, Charlotte's TV Guide shoplifting, X-Files, cryptic spines, helping teach in Summers, Jeri Ryan, Star Trek, Philosophers vs. Sorcerers, King of the Hill, Sightings, Luke Wilson, Roshomon, Halloween, Butterfinger, The Simpsons, elaborate Trick or Treating rituals, costume changes, John Steed, The Avengers, inappropriate Catwoman costumes, The Faculty, USA vs. TBS, Friday the 13th Part 5, Savage Streets, New York Sleaze, cartoon C.O.P.S vs Cops, feeling mature, Jennifer Love Hewitt's "Let's Go Bang", Denise Richards, Wild Things, Kevin Bacon's bacon, Josh Hartnet's bedhead, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Kiefer Sutherland in Dark City, The Blair Witch Project, Hammer vs. Tigon vs. Amicus, why Templars are for dorks, Eddie Furlong as Tracy Gold's husband, the Dog Soldiers formula, "Greeking", Blast from the Past vs. Pleasantville, Dave Foley, Millenium, Allie McBeal, Boston Public, David E. Kelly, when Ken ruined Crossing Jordan, Mad TV, Queer Eye, disliking Frank Sinatra, Eagleheart, everyone's favorite Nightmare on Elm St movie, candy based super powers, Greg Nicotero, not being into Mr. Boogedy, The Monroevill Mall, visiting your favorite filming locations, Hidden Camera comedy, Argento cuts, and the tv turmoil immediately after 9/11.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 355: Tim O'Donnell 05/27/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 355: Tim O'Donnell This week Ken welcomes writer, producer, showrunner and childhood hero Tim O'Donnell (Growing Pains, Clueless, Uncle Buck, Just the Ten of Us) to the show. Ken and Tim discuss The Mommies, being on the #1 show and the #100 show, Gloria, working in TV News, adapting movies into TV shows, basing a show around a stand up comedian, the Sandy episode of Growing Pains, Matthew Perry, Very Special Episodes, Valerie/The Hogan Family, working in radio, P.A. ing on The Carol Burnett Show, working on The Glenn Campbell Show, the pitfalls of multi-cam shot on video shows, how film look took over, Newhart, Cheers, Clueless, Paul Rodriguez, warm up comics, the writers' room system, watching actors learn to be writers, pitching jokes, Dog Weddings, being an ex-Seminarian, Just the Ten of Us, Catholic Jokes, breaking the 4th Wall, Rich Reinhart, Rock N Roll Fantasy, The Lubbock Babes, Mr. Belvedere, Ken's college age anthrax shield job, Dick Van Patton as a bigot on Growing Pains, Heather Graham, The Dewy High Hooters, Dance Fever Part 1, clip shows, Free Spirit, busted pilots, high concept shows, Brad Pitt, I Married Dora, Exporting Raymond, translating American sitcoms into Russian sitcoms, how Growing Pains became the first American sitcom to air in China, being mistaken for Alan Thicke, John Candy being the greatest guy ever, Clueless, James at 15, how great "Action" with Jay Mohr was, being told "there's nobody in America who wants to be Latino who currently isn't", stand up comedy showcases, network notes, why stand up comics are pre-disposed to not be great actors in an ensemble, being a showrunner, an alternate universe where Joss Whedon writes for Growing Pains, and the long discussed definitive origin of clip shows.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 354: Emma Dumont 05/19/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 354: Emma Dumont Today Ken welcomes actor Emma Dumont (The Gifted) to the show. Ken and Emma discuss Emma's Golden Girls fandom, The Facts of Life, being a Jo, The Facts of Life reunion, loving private school uniforms, roller skates, RollerReid, Roller Derby, Whip It!, being very tall, getting good at something through sheer will and hard work, Ken's failure at practice, Magic, learning Mandarin, doing ballet in Russia, regional oddities, "bubblahs", Seattle, underground cities, being Shanghai'd, vintage airplanes, Brownie uniforms, James at 15, virginity loss on TV, NYC vs. LA, why Americans dress badly now, learning empathy, Eastland Academy, presenting disabilities on TV, Lisa Whelchel's christian dance pop album, sitcom tone, Very Special Episodes, the teenage prostitute FoL, Rose Red, Rock n Rollergames, American Gladiators, G.L.O.W., which FoL girl Ken is, weirdness about Jo's boyfriend, failed backdoor pilots, Pam Adlon, Nurses, spin off of spin offs, Jocko, America's obsession with Australia, Ken's crush on Sherrie (Austin) Krenn, Ten Little Indians, Maurice LaMarce as Rod Serling, tough girls, McKenzie Astin, "Sexy Lingerie", Lisa Whelchel's ventriloquism skills, bunheads, Poison Ivy, Alex Rocco, Jo's Dad, Betty White, TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, cool Summer jobs, Ken's job history, martial arts, Emma's quest for mystery robots at the end of an off brand Pinocchio tape, Will Wonka, being a diehard iPod owner, and the horrors of made for TV movies in the 90s.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 353: Caissie St. Onge 05/13/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 353: Caissie St. Onge Today Ken welcomes fellow Massachusetts escapee and until very recently the showrunner of the excellent and criminally non-renewed "Busy Tonight", the great Caissie St. Onge. Ken and Caissie discuss Busy Tonight, leaving Massachusetts, New England rage, why "it must be nice", Fitchburg state college, being David Letterman's assistant, 30 Rock, writing letters, being in the trenches of the Late Night Wars, mid 80s TV, WLVI TV56, WSBK TV38, growing up on a farm, how reception drove your viewing habits, Creature Double Feature, watching MTV at your grandparent's house, double featuring Jaws and the Exorcist on HBO, Ken's grandfather, The Outsiders, Red Dawn's dirty joke...maybe?, The Day After, how reading leads to drug addiction, Wacky Races, diverting from the course, Tennessee Tuxedo, Ben McKenzie, having your children discover The OC on their own, Best Week Ever, discovering the world via TV, New York City and all it's separate neighborhoods, Rosie O'Donnell, making googly eyes at Frank Oz, working with the Sesame St Muppets, Wonder Pets, Judy Gold, playing in the school band, gorging on fund raiser chocolate, soda machines in the teacher's lounge, surviving embarrassing school incidents, being an only child, Bonnie Hunt, women in television, Tina Fey, Carol Burnett, why women don't get to be eccentric, Laverne and Shirley, Gilmore Girls, Townies, watching things that just look nice, Boardwalk Empire, The Chevy Chase Show, shared experience, Big Mouth, hope for the future, how difficult it is to plug things in the time shift future, Saturday Morning cartoon previews, the pleasure of not binge watching, investing in things, how too much choice can be overwhelming, Pizzeria Uno, and Ken and Caissie's pact to re-unite in 20 years and do a Part II.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 352: Maylin Pavletic 05/06/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 352: Maylin Pavletic March 15-21, 1997 Today Ken welcomes comedian Maylin Pavletic to the show. Ken and Maylin discuss condemned properties, neighborhood politics, Somerville, drug fronts, pee pee/poo poo vs. poo poo/pee pee houses, uncomfortable sexual situations at work, veterinarians, dogs, Matt Smith, prostitute loving soccer players, bad statues, monkey jesus, brunch, Lord of the Flies businesses, Ren & Stimpy, Frank Zappa: Pope, The Head, MTV Oddities, Oddville, Nicktoons, The Maxx, Goosebumps, Strangers with Candy, Wishbone, Strip Mall, Julie Brown, PBS, Ghostwriter, Clarissa Explains It All erotica, Second Civil War, That Reagan Woman, Taxi, X-Files, The Real World, Jenny McCartney, Larry: Thief, news bloopers, Weather with Al, things that wasn't not funny, the scratch tickets of alcohol, sneaking booze in, Ken's creepy comforts, WWF, surprising wrestling writers, Baywatch, Mark Paul Gossler in Mad for TV movies, hurtful garbage pseudo-science, weird kids, docudramas, Carmen Elektra, Singled Out, Dennis Rodman, town liars, bikini girls, propaganda, Greg Louganis and his love of Mario Lopez, Silk Stalkings, "I'm Dangerous Tonight", the world's greatest movie that never was "Rub Down", sports on the silver screen, North Dallas 40, Blue Chips, water polo, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Tyson v. Hollyfield, having a big dump in your pants, Not of This Earth, Blind Date, Roger Lodge, Traci Lords, Studs, Blind Date, Ken's hatred of lionization of serial killers, American Psycho, sleazy Sweeps Stunts, and Chevy Chase getting destroyed by Steven Bochco.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 351: Misti Dawn 04/29/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 351: Misti Dawn April 19-25, 1997 Today Ken welcomes make up artist, cosplayer and podcaster Misti Dawn to the show. Ken and Misti discuss Glendale, Hollywood's creepy underbelly, red light districts, the combat zone, JFK losing his mind, Kentucky, not wanting to leave the house, angry letters, being in Good Will Hunting, Catholic Schools, staring at a dead body as punishment, a cultural removal from the physics of death, Return of the Living Dead, growing up in a video store, Mormons, crushing on Jim Carrey, Once Bitten, the early days of the internet opening the world to you, Video Power, Johnny Arcade vs. Stivvy Poninski, Mel Gibson, having your first Halloween costume be before you were born, cosplay, Comic Conventions, Vamp, DTLA, Grace Jones, hating Dr. Phil, Jenny McCartney, Baywatch, big hair, Popeye, Xena, Lucy Lawless, Robert Altman's Gun, TV Version jackets, Linnea Quigly's Barbie Doll piece, Night of the Demons, pet psychics, sleeping to crime reenactments, Unsolved Mysteries, Ghoulies, movie tag lines, Angry Beavers, Nicktoons, visiting the Halloween shooting locations, magic shows, David Copperfield, ghosts, Misti calming Ken's issues with the new "It", representation in media, Castle Ghosts of England, Weekend at Bernie's, The Frighteners, Tales from the Crypt, Billy Zane, Quantum Leap, Full Moon Pictures, The Rocky Horror fan club, JTT, Hellraiser, Flash Drive Head, Waxwork, Valley Girl, being confused by the Marquis de Sade, smelling David Bowie, NIN, Blue Velvet, Loveline, the magic being gone, loving Danny DeVito, Leprechaun making you sad, Wishmaster, Netherworld, New Orleans, Halloween in Salem, pizza, and being committed to the Walking Dead despite everything.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 350: Tom Arnold 04/20/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 350: Tom Arnold Today Ken welcomes actor/comedian/involuntary investigational journalist Tom Arnold to the show. Ken and Tom discuss Hirshfeld's of yourself, The Honeymooners, Jackie Gleason, getting paid $1 million to not be in the Honeymooners, The June Taylor Dancers, how sexy Florence Henderson was, autograph shows, peeing next to "Sophia Loren", growing up without a Mother, Loni Anderson, The Partridge Family, David Cassidy, Bill Cosby, the Me Too Era, Roseanne, context and intent, The Break, the horrors of Steve Bannon, supporting trans gender people, always learning, trying to be a good person, trying not to hurt people, why regrets can make you a better person, Barney Miller, playing poker with Alex Trebek, life lessons from Hal Linden, Judd Apatow asking for a raise, Norman Lear, Jane Fonda, being harassed by the Secret Service, being in physical fear, Iowa, small towns, the encouragement of teachers, WPIX, Festus from Gunsmoke, wanting to be on TV just once, working on a kill floor, meeting Andy Kaufman, loose meat sandwiches, Happy Joe's Pizza, how kids are the worst, fighting, blue collar shows, gallows humor, Joss Whedon, Spago, punching paparazzi, writing for yourself, True Lies, being for and against, Ken's beautiful Superman head, not ending on a suicide, meeting Gregory Peck, and finding an excuse not to drink that Frank Sinatra will buy.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 349: Dr. Rebecca Housel 04/15/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 349: Dr. Rebecca Housel December 20 - 26, 2003 This week Ken welcomes Pop Culture Professor Dr. Rebecca Housel to the show. Ken and Rebecca discuss cheesecake, bar pizza,being an outdoor kid, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Golden Girls, entertainment dynasties, Roseanne, Wonder Woman, anti-antisemitism, Gal Godot, the weird sexual history of Wonder Woman, Donna Reed, variety shows, cutting out commercials from your life, on demand, Alice, Charlie's Angels, Bionic Woman, 50 Shades of Grey, Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire, Twilight, Comic Con, Baby Boomers vs. Gen X, Millennials, fascination with monsters and rules, trophy culture, video games, open worlds and their disturbing nature, Fallout 4, Poltergeists, odd coincidences, selfish lack of consequences, Gary Shteyngart, cyborgs, I Am Legend, magic words, saying it outloud, male oriented thinking, business as sociopaths, accomplishment, allegory, The Twilight Zone, honesty in art, David Cronenberg, spirit animals, having a boner for the Creature from the Black Lagoon, pornography, She-Devil, Smallville, Charmed, mixed families, Rome, Christmas, why there are not a ton of great Hanukkah specials, Lauren Holly, Power Rangers, James Marsters, meeting Stan Lee, Nickel Nips, poor people "juice", Say Anything, A Christmas Story, Sex in the City, 8 Crazy Night, While You Were Sleeping, Queen of the Damned, Cruel Intentions, and watching anything with Sarah Michelle Gellar.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 348: Shawn Carter 04/08/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 348: Shawn Carter This week Ken welcomes Boston comedian Shawn Carter to the show. Ken and Shawn discuss visiting Ken's house every two years, getting hugged by TV, assuming everyone is older than you, losing your hair, Shawn watching sports, getting off the Patriot's wagon, Ken's hatred of Gronk, Rockland MA, Plymouth Rock, clubbin', Skinemax Comedy, Boobs vs. Boobs after Midnight, HBO, running schoolyard gags, Mr. Walls, Mr. Enis, white suburban hip hop, Roseanne, Star Jones, ads with attitude, Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer battling man eating lions, Baywatch, Good Riddance(Time of Your Life), Limp Bizkit, college radio, getting into fights, TVGC guests Ken has turned down, Al Pacino, yelling as acting, Nicholas Cage, confusing Suddenly Susan and Veronica's Closet, people Ken has on his "to punch" list, PR firms, Mad About You, Diner, Joe Rogan, Newsradio, Body Builders, Home Improvement, Fraiser, strip clubs, bachelor parties, divorce, Wishbone, Dharma and Greg, Ken not looking like Thomas Gibson, Townies, Drew Carey, NBC, video games, working at Market Basket supermarket, Friday Night sadness, the KenCade, X-Files, Millennium, Summer School, Joe Torrie Curveballs Along the Way, The Bruins, Boston Comedy Softball, John Larroquette, why Ken will never be asked to perform in the Montreal Just for Laughs festival, the first re-runs of the year, and Ken's desire to see actual Dolphins play football.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 347: Ben Seidman 04/01/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 347: Ben Seidman June 20 -26, 2004 Today Ken welcomes magician, comedian and master pickpocket Ben Seidman to the show. Ken and Ben discuss dogs, weird relationships with TV, learning magic, what TV Guide has in common with Playboy, Ken's time in the UK, growing up in Milwaukee, Mid-west eyes, Butter Burgers, being an only child, central time, being an indoor kid, Prince, how practice makes friendless, martial arts, Making Believe, Krystyn Lambert, Boston bullies, Myq Kaplan, David Blaine, David Williamson, Penn & Teller, The Pendragons, Ricky Jay, David Copperfield, magic on TV, math, prank shows, developing original content, Charmed, being engaged, Paula Dean getting hit in the face with a frozen ham, Fabio's bird killing face, meat slap, Eggs and Well Being, French Bread Fencing, Survivor, Colleen Haskell, Fear Factor, twins, the 2004 Salem's Lot, The Sandlot, TV movies, The Prestige vs. The Illusionist, Doug Henning, Totally Hidden Extreme Magic, Scare Tactics, Ken's hatred of Pulp Fiction, Guy Pierce's Ultimate Guide to Tigers, This Old House, Scrubs, Graham Norton, Jacob's Ladder, Seinfeld, Joan of Arcadia, Comedy Central Presents, Mario Caontone, selling out, actors in commercials, Ken's old man complaints, Penn & Teller's Magical Mystery Tour, expecting better from Charlie Sheen and limp vasectomy themes.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 346: Fee Waybill 03/24/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 346: Fee Waybill This week Ken welcomes Tubes' frontman Fee Waybill to the show. Ken and Fee discuss tax free New Hampshire, moving from Omaha to Arizona, horses, small town theaters, Westerns, Frances the Talking Mule, serials, Commando Cody, The Lone Ranger, Cisco Kid, James Garner Maverick, The Rifleman, Chuck Connors, Branded, Wanted Dead or Alive, Steve McQueen, SCTV, the Serious Moonlight Tour with David Bowie, Canada, Edmonton, Wayne Gretzky, Big Bucks Bob, John Candy, The Fishing Musician, sushi, Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains, real coke dealers, The Sex Pistols, Diane Lane, improv, San Francisco, living in a ghost town, being a real cowboy, playing logs, The Red White and Blues Band, Steve Miller's equipment, Wallace and Ladmo, playing vegetables, Tom Snyder, turning down SNL, Alice Cooper, playing in the UK, golf lessons, theme songs, Have Gun Will Travel, singing mentors in High School, musicals, having long hair, meeting Rod Stewart, gameshows, and the ins and outs of polo.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 345: Erin MaGuire 03/18/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 345: Erin MaGuire This week Ken welcomes BACK to the show (after appearing on a live edition at last year's Women in Comedy festival) comedian Erin Maguire. Ken and Erin discuss Ken's odd carnival prizes, East Coast anxiety, Psychic Storefronts, Arlington mobs, lottery studio, accents, nicknames, The Winter Hill Gang, SATs, five and dime stores, Boston's WHDH kid's show "Ready to Go", New Kids on the Block, Heathcliff, The Three Stooges, Roof Kids, Scott Grimes, two gingers, Night Life, Joey McIntire, Spenser Gifts, The Meadow Glen Mall, airbrushed sweatshirts, Wild Cards, Orange Julius, citrus cankers, Papa Gino's, dangerous childhood birthday parties, carving stations, ODing on Horse Radish, make up mirrors, California Games, the KenCade, surfing, Kathy Griffin's haircut, Matthew Broderick, Bay Coven, Halloween, Space Camp, aliases, day drinking, bars, no Irish food, The Storyteller, Jim Henson, Pam Dobber, Newhart, Maddie Grimes, Moonlighting, The 'burbs, Cheers, Night Court, the best episode of Highway to Heaven, Stoogemania, Ken's African Grey, the Curly Shuffle, anxiety, exercise, cultural movements, latex, tribute acts, Zima, dropping Jolly Ranchers, Disney Monster Hits, circuses, Emma Samms' unfolding flower, and how Ken's dog Larry is a NARC for kisses.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 344: Storm Large 03/10/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 344: Storm Large This week Ken welcomes fellow former Boston Punk Rock kid, the fantastic musician, writer and all around entertainer Storm Large. Ken and Storm discuss being North Shore, Framingham, being shocked that Massachusetts is a Democratic state, Boston's racism and segregation, bring back "fine", 90s lingo, Bad Brains, wanting somebody to sing to you from jail, going to an all boys school, sausage forests, growing up as a punk rock kid, San Francisco, drag queens beating frat boys with platform shoes, #MeToo, depictions of rape on television, Barney Miller, Welcome Back Kotter, Mr. Belvedere, AIDS, the tonal whiplash of very special episodes, Benson, the shallow unbelievable characters of real life, The Twilight Zone, The Electric Company, being star struck by Kevin Seconds and Rita Moreno, Jabberwocky, Captain Bob, Big Black's Songs About Fucking, Stolen '68 Blue Mustang's vs. Truckers, Hubba Hubba, Vinyl, why we haven't had a great scripted show about being in a band, Dreams, California Dreams, the Freaks and Geeks Black Flag episode, Hardcore Logo, X, realizing at 23 you should be in a band, meeting Henry Rollins, fanning out at celebrities, Dennis Rodman, stumble on culture, The Damned, The Young Ones, stand up comedy, late night bookers changing your comedy set, being forced to be somebody else by industry, the power of social media and DIY culture, affectation, Rock Star Supernova, Tommy Lee, Motley Crue, Dave Navaro, being a big mouth, Mark Burnett, singing the national anthem, Jenny Jones, boxing, school shootings, Brazil, Monty Python, puppet masters, faith in humanity, the importance of empathy, Toast of London, Clem Fandango, live experiences, Bill Cosby, loving Richard Pryor's comedy albums, bloopers records, Pam Grier, the privilege we experienced not being shot by cops, the great social awakening, Hail Hail Rock n Roll, David Cronenberg's The Brood, looking within, being bummed out by Taxi, how many licks it actually takes to get the center of a Tootsie Pop and becoming the Queen of Frogger.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 343: Nellie McKay 03/04/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 343: Nellie McKay This week Ken welcomes singer/songwriter Nellie McKay to the show. Ken and Nellie discuss dogs, growing up in Harlem, warming yourself by the TV when the heating is turned off, David Letterman, subversive art, Conan O'Brien, Ferguson, the cutting edge on the internet, The Jimmy Dore Show, when comedy becomes the gatekeeper of the status quo, corporate overlords, Jimmy Fallon: Comedy Eunuch, Joan Rivers, leaning into viral content, cool music on TV, COPS, not watching TV shows about New York when you are actually IN New York, Catwoman, Batman '66, Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar's cheese, your music being used in television, representation on TV, how money can corrupt, morality and humanity in art, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, State TV, fake news, commercials, reflective TV vs. aspiration TV, Roseanne, the conflict of entertaining and informing, Malcolm X's friendship with Red Foxx, the DIY Dream come to life, the comfort of money, lottery winners, accents, culture wars, Cheers, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, sports culture, Up the Down Staircase, homelessness, poverty, the wonder of old movies, William Shatner's music career, contrived popstars, Margaret Thatcher's self loathing, and everyone's grandmother's love of TV Guide crosswords.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 342: Guinevere Turner 02/25/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 342: Guinevere Turner Today Ken welcomes screenwriter, director and actor Guinevere Turner to the show. Ken and Guinevere discuss growing up in the Lyman Family, Ryan Walsh's Astral Weeks, Mel Lyman's Lords List of movies, not being allowed to watch TV, being obsessed with Dallas, The Twilight Zone, being the keeper of the commercial clicker, The Three Stooges, M*A*S*H, refusing to acknowledge Daylight Savings, getting TV Guide, Go Fish, making a movie for lesbians, falling in love with Kermit the Frog, Charles Manson, Bettie Paige, the 90s obsession with serial killer before it went mainstream, American Psycho, watching things wrong, watching E.T. every day, Hellzapoppin, how there's no context on Twitter, being scared of scary things, My Bloody Valentine, Dragnet, The Findlay's movie "Snuff", Killing Eve, Danse Macabre, On Writing, partying with Leo and ending up with his vacation photos, hating people touching you without permission on a set, sucking so much that people think you are sick, Dick Cheney's heart, finding the humanity in a monster, why "Stone Cold" is the single greatest action movie of all time, short actors, Preaching to the Perverted, being in pain due to wardrobe, getting mistaken for Parker Posey, MTV, screenplays, and being the queen of darkness.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 341: Toy Newkirk 02/18/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 341: Toy Newkirk Today Ken welcomes actor, producer, director and all around talent Toy Newkirk to the show. Ken and Toy discuss the Hollywood Hills, growing up a tomboy, donut families, Fonzie's swimming hole, the 1970s, the golden age of porn valley, not being allowed to watch TV, growing up with the Zappas, from Maryland to California, being an engineer, being a kid on sets, curiosity, throwing dirt at a commercial director, riding horses, ice skating, going on vacation with Kim Fields, auditioning for everything, the Hollywood African american support circle, being a tech geek, learning all the jobs on a set, MeToo moments, being a P.A., working your way up through the business, standing up for yourself, building your reputation, being a supervising producer, working for MTV, Room Raiders, working on the Howard Stern show on E!, having to deal with Trump producing a beauty pageant, seeing Obama speak, dealing with siblings who have passed away, feeling obligated to be the keeper of somebody's legacy, Nightmare on Elm St 4, representing the under-represented on screen, doing conventions, 227, celebrating fandom, having to be "on" all weekend, having a diverse crew, people helping people who remind them of themselves, moving to New York the week of 9/11, the feeling of community, finding the heart in a character, how great Michael Chiklis is, how great the current generation of crew is, breaking the norms, Hulu, loving movies, and having "Friends".
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 340: Jackie Kashian 02/11/2019
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 340: Jackie Kashian January 22-29, 1977 Today Ken welcomes comedian, podcaster and dork forest ranger Jackie Kashian to the show. Ken and Jackie discuss welcoming yourself to you, SCTV, Roots, having a liberal stepmother, bedtimes, Wonder Woman, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, decoding the Hallmark Christmas movies, Marvel Team-Up, Spider-Man, reading weird Australian biker books, Spenser for Hire, Wisconsin, Fonzie Statues, Happy Days, weird Milwaukee-isms, WI Gangsters, Laverne and Shirley, Starksy and Hutch< Carol Burnett, Mr. Rico, feeling uncomfortable with sketch comedy, roasts, Ellen, Barney Miller, civil rights, fear of Orson Wells, Jeffersons, variety shows, Bustin' Loose, Little House, The Waltons, the weird regional pre-sellout legend of Ed Gein, Pinky Tuscadero, M*A*S*H, the lost reveal of Hogan's Heroes, Dungeons and Dragons, Kojak, One Day at a Time, why it's not ok to just burst into single mother's apartments, debating if you could do a sincere Six Million Dollar Man today, Captain America, Nazi Gold, Baretta, Welcome Back Kotter, JFK, the "Road to" movies, Bob Hope's thievery and cheating heart, hating Milton Berle and Donny & Marie.