TV Guidance Counselor Podcast
Ken Reid and his guests explore the tough television watching decisions of our past.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 530: Anne-Marie Johnson 06/27/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 530: Anne-Marie Johnson This week Ken welcomes actor, producer, director and form VP of the Screen Actors Guild, Anne-Marie Johnson to the show. Ken and Anne-Marie discuss L.A. rain, droughts, growing up in L.A., being a second generation Angelino, landlines, covenants, helping others, how things are better now, Boston's weird racism and unfriendlyness, Spenser for Hire, Roots, teamster shake downs, A Man Called Hawk, In the Heat of the Night, having supportive parents, Carol Burnett, I Love Lucy, musical theater, sitcoms, Diff'rent Strokes, Double Trouble, first encounters with Scientology, High School USA, movie actors vs TV actors, social media, Robert Townsend, Hollywood Shuffle, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, What's Happening Now?, The Decline of the American Empire, representation, NBC, the era of true broadcasting, cross over stars, The Fresh Prince of Bell Air, the horror of "paint down", diversity, Good Times, The Jeffersons, Room 222, the magic of multi-cam sitcoms in front of live audiences, dating a comic, seeing yourself on TCM, watching them film Knight Rider, lying so you can interview Carol Burnett in high school, going to John Marshall High School the high school from EVERYTHING, the difficulty of being a background actor, stand ins, Dream Date, the other side of the Potsie/Paul Shore incident, being called by your character name, enjoying the anonymity of wearing masks, The Comedy Act Theater, Shriley Hemphill's advice, standing up for yourself, being a Sparkle Girl, getting fired as a tour guide at Universal Studios, Tommy Davidson, In Living Color, loving working with Jim Carrey, the brutality of the SNL model, not supporting meanness, how the problems of America are not new, access to information, being particularly proud of T.E.A.R.S: The Event Against Racism and Stereotyping, exploring the relationship between the African American Community and the LAPD as the daughter of an LAPD officer, the quality of network TV and the pathetic amounts on residual checks.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 529: Damon Blake 06/20/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 529: Damon Blake January 15-21, 1994 This week Ken welcomes Try Channel All-Star and all around fine Irish humor machine Damon Blake to the show. Ken and Damon discuss Ken and Damon's terrorization by Ed Sheeran, moving around a lot, whatever the Hell the deal is with Boston, living in Texas, how nobody in Ireland actually wears crosses, how social media is like homework, not watching your friends Social Media, how Ken is a fraud, being the Mind Hunter of Heterosexuality, FTD playing Dr with a Cock mug, Avery Brooks, Star Trek, being sponsored by Vaseline, Ken's punk rock days, getting in fights with neo-Nazis, Japanese shows, Documental, the kung fu of comedy, Bruce Campbell, Briscoe County Jr, Jack of All Trades, having a stack of things to watch, TekWar, the nature of fame today, sex cults, misdirection, Patrick Stewart's Days of Future Past PRE-X-MEN, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Tom Arnold, the Tom vs Roseanne public battles, The "Who's Jackie?" story, Joss Whedon, Comic Relief (USA), the aversion to violence young people have, how right wingers are not funny, awful audiences, Baywatch, The George Carlin Show, being in debt to mobsters, VR Ken Reid, Sam Raimi, staying up all night, Late Night talk shows, Spock, Irish TV, The John Laroquette Show, Dan Harmon, State Run TV, Irish people doing impressions of other Irish people, Bonecrushers, Voyager, Ken's New England Patriots connection to Putin, how all shows should end either in a time loop or a snow globe, Dellamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man), Rescue 911, severe burns, the Fraiser 9-11 conspiracy, Rolling Thunder, Tommy Lee Jones, Grace Under Fire, Sex Killers using Sex as a Weapon, The X-Files, Irish guilt, Rawhead Rex, use of the word "suck" on TV, Ken's mother's favorite swear, sending the podcast into space, Shatz PA, and getting a dick cut off.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 528: Mary Kate Wiles 06/13/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 528: Mary Kate Wiles April 13-19, 2009 This week Ken welcomes actor (The Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder on Paramount+, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Shipwrecked Comedy member, producer, writer and natural blonde Mary Kate Wiles to the show. Ken and Mary Kate discuss growing up in Arkansas, being in the closet, living in Los Angeles, second choices, being engaged to somebody from Marblehead, how 2009 feels like yesterday, Amy Poehler, Parks and Rec, living in the sticks, when cool stuff comes to your hometown after you leave, culture shock, how small the world is now, watching stuff with your Mom growing up, being a PBS only kid by edict, missing Nicktoons, Sex and the City, Bones, faking it with novelizations, from blonde to redhead to blonde, all the weddings on TV, Scrubs, things Ken has never seen, The Office, American Idol, TV Guide's Sexiest Stars Party, celebrity weight loss, Surviving Suburbia with Bob Saget, Model Behavior, cooking shows, America's Next Top Model, weird reality show challenges, Hell's Kitchen, Gordon Ramsey, Will and Grace, Lost, Ken's constant and annoying recommendations of Fringe, The Middle, how Lord of the Rings inspired Mary Kate to act, having your body scanned to be in Grand Theft Auto V, Halloweentown, super weird creepy Prayer Crosses, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Just the Ten of Us, Ken's thoughts on Wandavision, the MCU, Toy Biz, Forgotten Silver, not recommending Meet the Feebles to a LOTR Peter Jackson Fan, pageants, and how bizarre TV Land's "The Cougar" was.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 527: Drew McWeeny 06/06/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 527: Drew McWeeny August 28 - September 3, 1993 This week Ken welcomes film critic, screen writer and all around movie oracle Drew McWeeny to the show. Ken and Drew discuss Ken's shock that people listen to the show, 1993, the Late Night Wars, moving to LA, going to an Arsenio taping, loving Letterman, the beauty of late night TV, Tom Snyder, being terrified by the Son of Sam, watching TV late at night, SVHS, getting a snapshot of a time and place, being heavily into laserdiscs, Ken Crane, what The Grimace's Second Wife watches, 227, spin offs, the beauty of YouTube, Dick Cavett, Ken's dislike of Leno, Mike Nesmith's Television Parts, It's Gary Shandling's Show, the shock of Letterman not getting The Tonight Show, Leno screwing over Conan, the magic of panels, closed captioning, how bad they still are, the writer's strike, The "New" Mission Impossible, developing an MST3k Habit, rent-a-friend, Dream On, Tales from the Crypt, Body Bags, John Carpenter, Mick Garris, Ken's love of The Real World, SNL, loving late night pay cable in the 80s and 90s, USA Up All Night, The Creature Feature Movie Guide, TV Guide 2 star movies, the debut of Nickelodeon's SNICK, why animators were the best kinds of nerds, Ren & Stimpy, Bruce Campbell, Briscoe County Jr., 120 Minutes, The MTV Music Video Awards, The MTV Movie Awards, getting fired from being a tour guide at Universal Studios, MTV Week in Rock, Roseanne, the sad decline of Tobe Hooper, Invaders from Mars, Stephen King's Sleepwalkers, The Larry Sanders Show, Tall Hopes, The John Larroquette Show, loving The X-Files even though it's not on yet, Bonnie Hunt's The Building, Bob, Eye Witness Video, how important music videos were, knowing the directors, and how much the world has changed.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 526: Jono Zalay 05/30/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 526: Jono Zalay May 15-21, 1982 This week Ken welcomes old friend, and man behind the new comedy album "Midnight Oil", Jono Zalay. Ken and Jono discuss when Jono lives in Boston, his PhD, surfboards, how Jono is a California guy, Marco Polo, hair, An American Family, TV the week Jono was born, Divorced Dad technology circa 1982, how much video recorders were, projection TVs, the fourth branch of government, how politics becoming entertainment is bad for us all, The Diceman, Gerri Jewell, our first stand up shows as an audience member, self deprecating roast jokes, Jono's heavy drinking, Marsha Warfield, Starship Trooper, Rollerball, Harold and Maude, Love Boat, mini-series, television events, Alice, Spaghetti Westerns, TV budgets, getting hooked on soaps, Puff the Magic Dragon, Australian Rules Football, the horror of submarines, depressing TV movies, Country Emotions, immediate gratification, Nick Nolte, the plague of hypnosis, the Red Chinese, Hawaii, getting Japanese history wrong, Aliens, Ken recommending Fringe again, Barney Miller, sitcom books, James Garner, Lilly Tomlin specials, punk rock scare media, Jodie Foster, teen pimps, Captain Kirk the other one, the world's most incredible Maxipad ad, and the magic that is David Horowitz's FIGHT BACK!
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 525: Dave Thomas 05/23/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 525: Dave Thomas After more than 8 years of doing the show Ken finally speaks to a beloved member of the SCTV cast as he welcomes, writer, producer, actor, and director, Dave Thomas to the show. Ken and Dave discuss growing up in Durham, NC in the 1950s despite being Canadian, Tex and Edna Boyle's Organ Emporium, giving away free pets with purchases, buying cowboy guns and becoming an arms dealer in the eyes of the Canadian government, working in Radio, Rick Moranis, Westerns, TV theme songs, the explosion of advertising jingles, working for the college newspaper, the Godspell production that changed comedy forever, running the Coca-Cola account, King of Kensington, Second City, SCTV, going to college with Doug Henning, CBC Radio, Tim Conway, writing jingles, leaving a high paying job for a career in the arts, working in ads, selling TV shows, Harvey K-Tel, SCTV Network 90, being the head writer, careers from match books, Brandon Tartikof, the birth of Bob and Doug McKenzie, three minute segments, anonymous writers, John Candy, producing your own wrap arounds, realizing what people can do and encouraging it, the secret of SCTV's parodies, impressions of Spielberg, getting a letter from Spielberg, getting pushed by Richard Harris, directing "The Experts", B-Men, unkillable bikers, stunts, his new book The Many Lives of Jimmy Leighton and how everything is bullshit in the best way.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 524: Greg Stevens 05/16/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 524: Greg Stevens March 31- April 6, 1979 This week Ken welcomes the man behind the Pop Arena YouTube Channel and the force behind Nick Knacks, Greg Stevens to the show. Ken and Greg discuss Idaho, the I states, growing up in CA but moving to the midwest, the birth of Nickelodeon, MTV, the cutthroat nature of the cable business in the 1970s, cigarettes, shared experience, the 80s and 90s boom of VCR driven television preservation, the lost media of the 21st Century, prescient and haunting articles about Robin Williams on Mork and Mindy, the news, After School Specials, The Baby with Four Fathers, Filmation Live Action, Roller Derby, Saturday Mornings, Hollywood Teen, how the Bad News Bears TV series is the best Bad News Bears, LA's Channel 18 KSCI owned by The transcendental Medication Movement, positive programming, Dynaman, Night Flight, hatred of 80s teen comedies, Delta House, love boat, Easter programming, Kraft Food Hints, demon fruit plates, Space Junk Yard Men looking for scrap, Andy Griffith, Conversations with Charlie Lutes, WKRP, the mystery of "Slim Skins", Cliffhangers, Dracula, offensive pulp images, Taxi, Disney Cartoons, Lucha Libre, Police Woman, Night Gallery, Dear Detective and how Mr. Wizard shows you how to make giant turtles attack people.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 523: Michael C. Maronna 05/09/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 523: Michael C. Maronna June 13-19, 1992 This week Ken welcomes the "Mike" of the Adventures of Danny and Mike and the "Big" of The Adventures of Pete and Pete himself, Michael C. Maronna. Ken and Mike discuss Italian foods, mutual love of seltzer, Galco's Soda Pop Stop, Yelp Reviews, adult businesses, assimilation, movies with popular soundtracks and eh movies, Judgement Night, The Bodyguard, The Bill Chill, SFW, SLC Punk, Frankenguitars, a love of solder, Nebraska, Los Punks: The Documentary, the music on Pete and Pete, Boston, MTV, Nickelodeon, Katherine Dieckmann, Kate Peirson, LL Cool J, Iggy Pop, King Kongs made of Legos, Hawaiian Punch, toilet paper commercials, being IN the TV Guide you picked, Bob Saget, single Dads, divorced Dads, Wayne's World, Repo Man, our punk rock awakening, What Reba watches, the name "Narvel", creepy LA Gear commercials, British Knights, Space Camp, Double Dare, how John Madden would be the pitch man for just about anything, Dream On, Lorenzo Lamas hosting Evening at the Improv, Quantum Leap, reality TV, Morton Downey Jr, The A-Team, the Gilmore Girls spin off that never happened, the Pete and Pete finale, Mickey Rooney, The Hollywood Museum, correcting people on the name of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Ed O'Neil, The French Connection, To Live and Die in LA, The Choice Hotels International Special Presentation of Batman Returns: The Bat, The Cat and the Penguin hosted by Robert Urich, Jason Priestly, "Teen Priest", the weirdest episode ever of Drexel's Class, The Driver, how weird Bruce Dern can be, The Home Alone reunion, the secret origins of Snow Day, Chris Koch, the Sony Watchman, Swamp Thing, roller skating parties, not ever roller blading despite your character being fingered for a murder due to roller blading, the helmet panic, what to show your kids, moving from in front of the camera to behind it and vice versa, and paying Thundercats forward.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 522: Rob Stone 05/02/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 522: Rob Stone This week Ken welcomes writer, director and former Mr. Belvedere actor Rob Stone to the show. Ken and Rob discuss how Ken has now had all THREE actors who played the kids on Mr. Belvedere on the show, Rob growing up in Dallas Texas, loving movies growing up, feeling a million miles away from the Entertainment industry, working in theater, not growing up in the business, wanting to be a stunt man, directing part I of the Mr. Belvedere finale, the family atmosphere on set, Bob Uker, the strange origins of Mr. Belvedere, Noam Pitlik, writing and directing short films, being fascinated with the behind the scenes. documentary films, The Blue Angels, going to USC, Very Special Episodes, doing a play every week, Facts of Life, 21 Jump Street, meeting guest stars, mid-season replacements, Jason Priestly, realizing later how important very special episodes were to the culture, having communal experiences, how the internet allows your kids to watch your most embarrassing moments, The Revenge of the Nerds pilot, Robbie Rist, Kay Lenz, The Infinity War of Sitcoms- Crash Course, BD Wong, one of the few things Rob didn't have to audition for, loving Family Ties, IMAX, the improving technology of filmmaking, how documentaries have become very mainstream, Filmmakers Journey, George Stevens, The Who in concert, being a drummer, Midnight Movies, The Sidewalk Motel, Max Weinberg, getting Bruce Springsteen to donate a song to you, filming in the same studio as It's Gary Shandling's Show!, Dolly Parton's variety show, loving Henry Winkler, THE urban legend or not Mr. Belvedere question, having Doug Benson as a roommate and beating Lorenzo Lamas during the Battle of the Network Stars.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 521: Caitlin McGurk 04/25/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 521: Caitlin McGurk April 5-11, 1997 This week Ken welcomes , Curator of Comics and Cartoon Art, and Associate Professor, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and co-host of the Found Footage Festival's Shaterday Morning Cartoons, Caitlin McGurk. Ken and Caitlin discuss being a transplanted New Yorker, calling from Ohio, living in a small town, Ken's near death experience in Vermont, growing up on Long Island, never going into "the city", the danger of the big city, Commack LI, Rosie O'Donnell and Bob Costas being famous alum of your High School, The Muppets, going to a taping of Rosie's talk show, Another Stakeout, losing your mom at a young age, the importance of representation, next door neighbors having an amusement park in their back yard, childhood injuries, Jon Stewart's ill fated talk show, SNICK, Kablam!, Nickelodeon magazine, underground cartoonists, Liquid Television, Southern Fried Fugitives, collecting comic book cards as a kid, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, The Tick, black boxes, watching alien pornography by accident, The X-Files, Killer Garage Doors, Unsolved Mysteries, Ticketmaster, Ken's hot inside tip for buying concert tickets in the 1990s, cable access teaching Ken the difference between hardcore and softcore sex, Unsolved Mysteries Haunted Bunk Bed, Cropsey, urban legends, Biodome, Pauly Shore, the hidden evil behind Biosphere II, Dana Carvey and how his comedy special was EVERYTHING, loving Mimi on Drew Carey, the tragic loss of Phil Hartman, newsradio, when John Lovitz was a jerk to Ken, learning from ER, generational obsession with Topanga, TGIF, TV Guide's vocabulary, the Hunchback lawsuit, sad kids telling Oprah sad stories about being sad, and how The Adventures of Pete and Pete is the greatest TV show of all time.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 520: Marly Halpern-Graser II 04/18/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 520: Marly Halpern-Graser II July 23 - August 5, 2007 This week Ken welcomes old friend, animation writer Marly Halpern-Graser back to the show. Ken and Marly discuss the last time he was on the show, SEVEN years ago, Marly's new MCU podcast with his brother, Thai food, Ken and Marly's tradition of getting Italian food in L.A., the influence of Sleeping Beauty on Italian Horror films, Aquaman, how much people get paid in Hollywood, pitching shows, when Marly first moved to L.A., Heroes, Lost, the 2007 Sci-Fi TV boom, I Hate My 30s, VH1's original programming, BBC America showing Star Trek, Doctor Who, getting into Tom Baker, how Ken was the "put together" stand up in the 00s, Zebro, Chocolate Cake City, making online content in the early days of the internet, Shark Week, Snakes on a Plane, Back to the Future/Brokeback Mountain mashups, San Diego Comic Con, Emerson College, Kevin Bright, Hulu, how much it costs to set somebody on fire, making Nazis the heroes, The Gifted, watch parties, the weird sad end of Stan Lee, the mystery of why Ken has never been on the Warner Bros lot, Loonatics, Legion of Superheroes, The Batman, living in an apartment building for child actors, being more open minded about TV, Ken re-writing the New Mutants movie, Siskel & Ebert, confusing Batman '89 and Batman '66, Ken never watching the Jon Stewart era of The Daily Show, Steven Segal movies, when Jeremy Piven got punched in the dick at a comedy club in Boston, why videos of bad people getting hurt are always funny, the grape stomping news blooper, when Superboy fought Spider-Man, The Greatest Open Mic in the History of the World, Right Now Kapow, feeling thrilled and then instantly embarrassed when Graham Linehan gave you a compliment, Buckaroo Banzai, how there are five new Spongebobs this week, Code Monkeys, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, The Naked Brothers Band, real life superheroes, The Simpsons, MoreMAX, HBO II, Entourage, Flight of the Conchords, how hard Joey failed, and how Ken is probably responsible for The Mighty Boosh airing on Adult Swim.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 519: Jeff May 04/11/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 519: Jeff May January 20-26, 1996 This week Ken welcomes former Boston, now L.A., based comic and fellow comic book lover Jeff May to the show. Ken and Jeff discuss technology, selling your soul, Wizard of Bard, long sleeve vs. short sleeve shirts, sweat shirts, weird bodies, Blast from the Past, comic book stores, buying TV Guides, Burbank, That's Entertainment, Sci-Fi Issues, sports and fantasy, Shatner as Michael Meyers mask, Arizona, the weirdness of time zones, Mountain Time, space station astronauts doing Tim Allen's grunt, Galaxy Quest, Tony Robbins, Leeza Gibbons fake infomercial, Robocop, not believing in ghosts, Celebrity Horroscope, giant soda, Diet Rite Chocolate Soda, Delta Burke, Polar Seltzer, Worcester MA, SNICK, Mary Tona-Cocaine, Table Talk Pies, Frozen Pizza, The Golden Globes, Weird Science the TV series, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, hating Dean Caine, The Adventures of Lois and Clark, bootleg grandma VHS, Renaissance Man being two stars, The Babysitter's Seduction, Collector's Plates, Dr. Crusher slapping your ass, BMG mail fraud, The Drew Carey Show, Montell Williams, Nowhere Man, It Could Happen to You, The Valley, Mario Van Peebles, hating friends, how offensive Ferengi are, Star Trek, appreciating Data, Tank Girl, pre-2000s Comic Book movies, the Punish with Dolph Lundgren bootleg, Judge Dredd, Demolition Man, Lucy Lawless vs Kevin Sorbo, terrible comics in Boston who continue to get booked, transphobia, Ken writing for Richard Roundtree, the Cheers Robots, using antennas, TBS, network TV, The Jeff Has Cool Friends Podcast, California Dreams, Thomas Dolby, cell phone ring tones, Nokia, and the mystery of Huey Lewis and The News.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 518: Dan Larson 04/04/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 518: Dan Larson January 18 - 24, 1986 This week Ken welcomes the man behind the Toy Galaxy YouTube empire and fellow pop culture obsessed New Englander Dan Larson to the show. Ken and Dan discuss how you can never leave New England, Night Court, NBC, Ken's broken Toaster Oven/TV Week theory, original artwork, Hulked out Teletubbies, How TV doesn't rot children's minds, the pitfalls and negatives of The Internet, IS IT CANON!?, Jim Henson, finding out that Piggy and Kermit are not actually married, A Muppet Family Christmas, Cigarette Ads, how Sprocket's owner is different in every country, The Temptations and sort of the Temptations, treating her like a lady, Bill Buckner, Red Sox Mascots, The San Diego Chicken, Gimme a Break, The Facts of Life, Stand Up Comedy, talent scouts, why America is too young to die, The Twilight Zone, Love Boat, Cherie being trapped in the refrigerator, not knowing CPT, teen pregnancies on Silver Spoons, pretending to be married in High School, Erin Grey, Amazing Stories, Tron with a gun, David Horowitz FIGHT BACK!, being held at gunpoint live on TV, The Prince of Bel-Air, short shorts, Mark Harmon, Club Med: The Movie, taping things, The Muppets A Celebration of 30 Years, A-Team, Moonlighting, Spenser for Hire, Amish people, MacGuyver, being a fan of old airplanes, avoiding Hot Air Balloons, Stewart Pankin, Not Necessarily The News, Rescue 911, Divorce Court, Cosby Show, why Cheers and the Cheers-verse is the greatest ever, Wesley's Friend, AIDS on TV, kidnapping Danny Cooksey on Diff'rent Strokes, Simon LeBon in the deep blue sea and why all magicians are EVIL.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 517: Brian Salisbury 03/28/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 517: Brian Salisbury October 2-8, 1999 This week Ken welcomes BACK to the show, one half of the Junkfood Cinema and Replay Per View podcasts Brian Salisbury. Ken and Brian discuss doing it backwards, going remote, selling shows, Videodrome becoming TV, The Red Sox, Pedro Martinez, growing up in Indiana and being regional free agent, growing up in Boston not a Boston Sports fan, the 1986 World Series, how Ken sometimes doesn't care, Dan Duquette, Mitt Romney's bathroom habits, sexing up Melissa Joan Hart, Melissa Ethridge's Glamor Shots, Shasta McNasty, Homeboys in Outer Space, UPN, people who secretly have more than one family, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, Dark Horse Comics, Double Dragon, Halloween H20, Pay Per View movies, the weird era of the internet, Ken's love of Ruby Wax, Cops, Relic Hunter, 1:30 am advertising, The Outer Limits, The Simpsons, Futurama, Celebrity Death Match, H..E..Double Hockey Sticks!, how annoying it is to hear Ken drop names of former guests, WWE, the worst era of graphic design ever, Ladies Man, CBS Monday Night Comedy, Canadian shot Sci-Fi series, Cindy Margolis, Vern Troyer, Red Dwarf, Ken listening to WMFO 91.5 for the Industrial music show "Goddamn Governed by Electronics", Doctor Who, Scream, Kevin Williamson, Dirty Work, Norm, funny adult film titles, Drew Carey, Dark Skies, Roswell, WHERE'S ROSWELL?, Who's Line Is It Anyway?, Tourette's, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, MaxX (Maximum Exposure), Mission Hill, Dinner and a Movie, a full Cheers about Emmy's, Jeers within Jeers and Brian's personal Jeer to Ken for making him remember MTV's Say What Karaoke.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor: NECC March 2022 Part II: Candy Clark, Tara Reid, Vernon Wells 03/25/2022
TV Guidance Counselor: NECC March 2022 Part II: Candy Clark, Tara Reid, Vernon Wells
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 516: Bridget Tyler 03/21/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 516: Bridget Tyler February 20-26, 1993 This week Ken welcomes novelist, screen writer and all around cool human being Bridget Tyler to the show. Ken and Bridget discuss being safe at home, the boring Apocalypses, going on vacation with children, parenting in the age of streaming, the later seasons of sitcoms and how weird they get, if it's better or worse to be a parent now, telling time via TV, dopamine hits, object permanence, not caring about your parents' jobs, the greatness of Jane Seymour, awful visual puns, Hollywood's continued underestimation of Women, how much the job of critics has changed, cigarettes, what is sexy in 1993, the issues with period pieces, going to school in London, bombed out buildings, NYU, how having no rules can make things uninteresting, drinking a lot in the 1930s, Dr. Quinn, All Creatures Great and Small, Mad About You, having a good reason to do a sequel series, growing up in Orchard Country, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, getting cable, Berkeley CA, banned 1980s cartoons, Jonathan Frakes, Deep Space Nine, Blossom, The Fresh Prince, writing on Burn Notice, Star Wars, being in Miami, being a novelist, writing novels vs screenplays, how an actor sometimes knows their character better than anyone else, The Jackie Thomas Show, when TV was an art form, Lost vs Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, watching a show wind down when it knows its ending, X-Files, Lore vs Monster of the Week, Seinfeld, Matt Nix, having a "NO" person, cringe comedy, In Living Color, Men on Film, Fox's early identity, hating Dinosaurs, Paul Riser as an actor, Aliens, all Cindy all the time, Dennis Leary, 1995's Fair Game, knowing your limitations, the horrors of 24/7 news cycles, and Barbara Walters' "We're in Touch and so You're in Touch" sign off.
info_outline BONUS! NECC 2022 John Wesley Shipp and Nicole Kang 03/18/2022
BONUS! NECC 2022 John Wesley Shipp and Nicole Kang I left the house! I talked to some people in person last weekend at North East Comic Con! Here's a great chat I had with John Wesley Shipp (Flash(s), Dawson's Creek) and Nicole Kang (Batwoman, You) Enjoy!
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 515: Amy Shiels 03/15/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 515: Amy Shiels This week Ken welcomes Twin Peaks actor Amy Shiels to the show. Ken and Amy discuss how Ken is hanging in there the best he can, how Ken and Amy like wearing masks, how the Irish dress inappropriately for weather, living in L.A., rain gear, people who wear shorts in the Winter, how Amy is old fashioned romantically, never watching Fair City despite all your friends being in it, how so many thing shoot in Ireland now, Scandy Noir, recognizing Stately Homes on TV, loving acting for the work itself, the National Treasure that is the Late Late Toy Show, scoring tickets to the Late Late Toy Show, living the Pretty Woman life, having three American breakfasts every day, how NY is a cruel place, going to the wrong kind of premiere, Father Ted, Air Lingus pilots, Pop Culture Black Holes, Friends, Dawson's Creek, forgetting your headshots, auditions, how Ken has good luck, absolutely loving Korean television, My Mr, Amy's dog Sonny Jim, Mexican Narcos dramas, The Dark Crystal, loving the Muppets, "Kermie", Fraggle Rock, Twin Peaks, David Lynch, hating having to wait for a show every week, getting used to binging, Gone With the Wind, Yellowjackets, Yellowstone, how Highlander is the reason Amy became an actor, making your own edged weapons, Dynasty, working with your heroes, being the kind of person who always asks questions, doing voices for video games, violence on TV, people personally oversharing about a genre and the future.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 514: Laura Leigh Abby 03/07/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 514: Laura Leigh Abby March 30-April 5, 2002 This week Ken welcomes writer and host of the new Seventeen podcast Laura Leigh Abby to the show. Ken and Laura discuss The Hudson Valley, growing up just outside of a major city, Manhattan, before the CW Revolution, the weird early '00s gross out teen sexy comedy film cycle, Reality TV, growing out of the Real World, Celine Dion, how Las Vegas isn't a family place, The Got Milk ads, Hanson, posters on your wall, Andre Agassi, the grossness of the Olson Twins "countdown", how former child stars with money always become "fashion designers", low rise and beige, the awful fashion and design of the early '00s, when Ken was too cool for Varsity Blues, The Program, how horribly embarrassing being a teenager is, carrying cards with numbers, awful catch phrases, The Weakest Link, The Osbournes, Jack Osbourne, Paris HIlton, sex tapes, The World's Greatest Tortellini, Ken eating whole pies, The Bodyguard, Whitney Houston, That '70s Show, the UK version of That '70s Show, 9/11 movies, ripped from the headlines, Patriot's Day, Ken's beef with Marky Mark, Robinhood Men in Tights, Felicity, Emerson College, The Combat Zone, The W Hotel, wanting to hate somebody who is nice, The Office, Behind the Music, Family Feud, made up surveys, Kens stealing beer and selling it back to kids scam, Ken's detailed recount of Daisy Fuentes' current life, Six Feet Under, Tom Arnold, and revisiting suppressed memories.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 513: Justin Hart 02/28/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 513: Justin Hart December 15-21, 1984 Ken and Justin discuss his nerves, the Catskills, Yarnel Nicholas, tape trading, worth ethic, TellyHell, before the pandemic, working from home, commuting by bus to NYC, watching Netflix on your tablet during a commute, Apple TV, Big Mouth, the best made for TV swear replacements, Mellon Farmers, The Sopranos on A&E, Mr. Show, working in radio, CW/WB, Channel 11, WPIX, Channel 9, the loss of indie TV stations, how ratings have changed, the insane people who work in radio, The Ten Most Beautiful Women in Television, Dallas, Morgan Fairchild, The Muppets, Mike Hammer, men out of time, George Bush vs. The Simpsons, remembering the year you were born, Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis the Christmas Dream, The Equalizer, A Christmas Carol, the original Lifetime "Television for Women" concept, when pop becomes oldies, A&E, Remember WENN, 1984, sad Christmas, Three's a Crowd, Perfect Strangers, slapstick and physical comedy, being against reboots, E.R vs ER, The Organic Theater Group, Re-Animator, Magnum PI, NBC's new line up, Battle of the Network Stars, Benson, It's a Wonderful Life, V: The Series, The Man with Two Brains, series finales, revisiting Dallas, tying up loose ends, how nostalgia can taint a show, and what premium cable channels are what fast food restaurants.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 512: Rob Lind Part 1 02/21/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 512: Rob Lind Part 1 This week Ken welcomes old friend and current host of the Nodcast, "White trash" Rob Lind (Blood for Blood, Ramallah, Sinners & Saints) to the show. Ken and Rob discuss how long it has been since they've been able to sit down and chat, getting sober, needing to anesthetize yourself to deal with 90% of the people you used to deal with, Rob's memory of Ken's "Dilemma", Nebraska, the regional variations of TV Guide, WWF/WWE, if certain businessmen have ever murdered anyone, Harlan Ellison, The Gods Hate, boxing, the mafia, Gorgeous George, Brando, Muhammad Ali, Valerie Bertinelli, Van Halen, MTV's Lost Weekend with Van Halen, One Day at a Time, Mackenzie Phillips, David Lee Roth, Mike Tyson, Hurricane Peter McNeeley, V, Amerika, The Incredible Hulk, The Day After, Threads, Discharge, When the Wind Blows, David Bowie, Mutually Assured Destruction, Romero vs. Argento, Dawn of the Dead, The The, the wish fulfillment of apocalypses/zombie media in the 21st Century, The Twilight Zone, how the Lucky People die first, The Business, Ministry, Richard Chamberlain, Cassanova, The Thornebirds, being mid-century old, Shogun, Night Court's syndication history, Golden Girls, Hunter, Fred Dryer, sleaze, murder for hire, sickos, Robert Cray, SNL, George C. Scott and Don Amechie in Pals, Death Wish, Charles Bronson, Never Cry Wolf, Hong Kong stunts, martial arts, Hong Kong Opera, Spahn Ranch, Charles Manson getting slapped around by shorty, stunt guys, Jet Li, The One, Dungeons and Dragons, Donnie Yen, and previews of part 2.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor 8th Anniversary Special with Josh Gondelman 02/16/2022
TV Guidance Counselor 8th Anniversary Special with Josh Gondelman To celebrate 8 long, strange years of TV Guidance Counselor Ken welcomes back the VERY first guest to ever record an episode of TV Guidance Counselor, the now very successful and beloved Josh Gondelman. Ken and Josh catch up and look at THIS week (February 14, 2022)'s edition of TV Guide.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 511: Valerie Tosi The Return! 02/14/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 511: Valerie Tosi The Return! This week Ken welcomes back to the show comedian, and haver of new album "Beach Trash", Valerie Tosi to the show. Ken and Val discuss the last time they recorded, the green room of Laugh Boston, Ken's Fried Fluffenutter Sundae, carbo loading, being in the marching band, pasta shapes, trashy American-Ethnic foods, UMASS Amherst, Friday Night Party, songs called "Valerie", Reel Big Fish, people who don't know you did comedy, The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, opening for Bob Saget, descramblers, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, The Bachelor, The US remake of the UK rip off of the US show Friends "Coupling", how there will never ben a successful US remake of The Office, Missy Elliot, Veruca Salt getting bumped from their second SNL song by Sting, The Craft, Charmed, getting fingered at the movies, being one of those Hocus Pocus people, loving Las Vegas, Kidssongs, Ken's loud cat, why all videos should be on hayrides, strings in Toxic, Dwayne Barry on the X-Files, being WB Hot, feeling old, 8 Simple Rules, the old Queer Eye vs the new Queer Eye, Hoarders, cats that shit everywhere, not going to the third floor, carpet squares, King of Queens, Angel, being presented in a letterbox format, sexy Broadway, sexy ads, US Weekly, Tru Calling, Will and Grace, how great Eric McCormick is, Free Enterprise, time travel movies, lost Comedy Central presents stand up specials and killing Conan.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 510: Carly Pope 02/07/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 510: Carly Pope This week Ken welcomes actor Carly Pope to the show. Ken and Carly discuss The Great White North, chasing Winter, being in the wrong place at the right time, Vancouver, Canadian indie film, Toronto, Canadian Content, Dave Thomas in White Coats, 1980s Nickelodon's massive amount of Canadian content, Read All About It, Mr. Dressup, The Beachcombers, Danger Bay, Molly Parker, how Ken is nobody to take life advice from, Disturbing Behavior, shooting in Romania, David Nutter, Popular, how nobody walks in LA, Bob's Big Boy, cigarette ads telling you to avoid inhaling, Larry's barks, The Polka Dot Door, not coming from an acting background, How 1987 is an amazing year for movies, Harry and the Hendersons, The Lost Boys, ALF, puppets, thinking of it before ET, being spooned by the Yeti, loving genre movies but avoiding being in them, wondering if the addition of cell phones would kill the plot of a movie, Better Off Dead, Die Hard, crossword puzzles, being on Family Feud against the cast of Freaks & Geeks, Double Dare, Funhouse, I'm Telling, Finders Keepers, going to a TV taping of Kids' Street, winning a Cleo award, an actual funny commercial, The California Raisins, Johnny Harris in Still Standing, Friday Night Lights, rewatching Pulp Fiction for comfort, Return to Oz, Watcher in the Woods, how it's almost always The Peanut Butter Solution, and being emotionally scarred by The Hugga Bunch.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 509: Robin Ince Part II 02/02/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 509: Robin Ince Part II Ken continues his chat with UK writer, podcast host, TV presenter, radio personality and reformed stand up comedian Robin Ince. ...Robin and Ken discuss the amazing hair pieces in Poor Devil, Sammy Davis Jr, Christopher Lee's bragging, SCTV, Jackie Rogers Jr, grime, Dragnet, being transgressive, The Prisoner, Pink Flamingos, Lon Chaney Jr's alcohol problem, Elvira, Elvis, The Boys in the Band, the devastation of AIDS, Santa Claus, The Twilight Zone, Burgess Meredith, Rocky, boxing, The League of Gentlemen, The Monster Club, Blood on Satan's Claw, fandom, portmantos, good tributes, Vikings, Norsemen, Orgy of the Dead, Red Skelton, Frederick Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, stars coming out, Rob Halford, Iggy Pop, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, the power of the stage, Mavis Staples, Honey West, Monty Python, The Three Stooges, Lawrence Olivier, David Lynch's On the Air, the film Lucky, Harry Dean Stanton, Harlan Ellison, Inga Stevens, the power of watching things together alone, The Hitchhiker, Carnival of Souls, and Jacob's Ladder.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 508: Robin Ince Part I 01/31/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 508: Robin Ince Part I This week Ken welcomes UK writer, podcast host, TV presenter, radio personality and reformed stand up comedian Robin Ince to the show. Ken and Robin discuss 1960, Richard Nixon's moral ethics, raiding your grandparents' houses for old magazines, Alan Moore, Robert Aikman, promo monster movie stills from Monster Magazines, Steptoe & Son, the post war booms in the US vs the UK, how people in the 20th Century looked so much older than you when they were younger than you, Harry & Tonto, Death Wish, shooting things in London set in New York, gritty crime drama, great NYC stage actors appearing in TV dramas, UK Radio vs US Radio, panel shows, Bela Lugosi, Lenny Bruce's later years, stand up comedians' obsession with conspiracy theories, how Carlin and Pryor were made for television, vaudeville, Burlesque, how Friends is all about sex, Seinfeld, Bride of Frankenstein, Ernest Thesiger, Jerry Lewis, Poor Devil, Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams, Jackie Gleason, Rockford Files, Young Maverick, Spaghetti Westerns, 1940s British Movie stars you could never quite trust, Leslie Howard, Colonel March, Targets, evil magicians, WGBH, Arts, Johnny Staccato, Anthony Newley, Dark Shadows, Dan Curtis, Reece Shearsmith, Dana Gould, Birdie, Robert Mitchum, Vincent Price, Raymond Burr, John Carpenter, Something Wild, Jonathan Demme, John Waters, Pink Flamingos, and a Viking tease for Part II...
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 507: Dr. Molly Miller 01/24/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 507: Dr. Molly Miller This week Ken welcomes guitar virtuosos and literal DOCTOR of music Molly Miller (https://www.mollymillermusic.com/) to the show. Ken and Molly discuss loving L.A. and being born and raised there, beach cities, LA punk, loving Seventh Heaven, Molly's tenth birthday, L.A. Industrial Waste, the nature of reality TV and LIVE! television events, Molly playing in a Bachelor spin off band, remembering "before", Ken's old man soapbox, listening to the radio, struggling to be inspired, vinyl, The WB, being one of five kids, Dawson's Creek, how weird it was to get two new networks in the 1990s, how Friends has become the Brady Bunch of the current generation, Will & Grace, how by 1999 prescription drug ads replaced cigarette ads, Lunchables, fighting with your siblings, The Wedding Singer vs. Billy Madison, loving Adam Sandler, The Real World, Alec Baldwin, hating shows where every character speaks the same, The Simpsons, Anna Nicole Smith, Howard Stern on E!, Ally McBeal, Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, going back and not revisiting shows, Seth Green, werewolves, the theme to Dawson's Creek, apologizing too much, The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, how great John Stewart is, Hebrew School, playing guitar since you were 7, video rental stores, how Friday was Movie and Pizza Night, Ken and Molly going on a pizza tour of L.A. when the world stops ending, snow days, and exploding cars.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 506: Tommy Hardy 01/17/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 506: Tommy Hardy This week Ken welcomes long time friend, current host of the UncleBoi Show on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSdtI-YDimtM3MJ2ew62ETA) and former Tommy Somerville, Tommy Hardy to the show. Ken and Tommy discuss the great Northern exodus of the 90s Boston Punk scene to Salem, MA, selling punk records, The Smiths, how everyone craves love and attention, Ken's informal war with Glen Danzig, seltzers, Amerika!, Sweeps Week, being a reformed Republican, WWF LJN Figures, cigarette ads, Kraft, Cheese just CHEESE, having a babysitter, having cable in your room, Headbangers' Ball, Sidekicks, the 80s Martial Arts boom, how odd having Animotion's Obsession as the theme song for Saturday Night's Main Event was, cheap wrestling magazines, Killer Kowalski, The Boston Garden, Roddy Piper's status as a favored nation, Ravishing Rick Rude, Young Blood, Blue Collar Boston, internet trolls, 1947, Candid Camera, porno drive-in theaters, Medford, mobbed up Boston, Cheers, how perfect Cliff Clavin is, The Wizard, David Rapaport, Ken's dream of 1970s set Ghost Rider, how the fact that The Incredible Hulk TV series somehow worked gave us awful Marvel media for decades, Dr. Strange, Captain America, Reb Brown's Captain America, Wizard Magazine, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics, the alternative universe where David Lynch makes Return of the Jedi and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Dr. Fate, Mike Nesmith's television parts, DC Cab, TV56, Swamp Thing, It's Gary Shandling's Show, Alex Rocco, and the terrible way Johnny Carson treated the great Joan Rivers.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 505: Hattie Hayes 01/10/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 505: Hattie Hayes This week Ken welcomes writer, performer and reformed stand up comedian Hattie Hayes to the show. Ken and Hattie discuss John Stamos, Ken's odd reactions, George Clooney, ER, never wanting to lose a partner to any cast member of Stand By Me, Jerry O'Connell, The National, being very badly injured on stage, how George Clooney may be a real super hero, satellites, falling down the Clooney Pit(t), Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou, watching every episode of ER with your mom from birth, NO! A Wiley!, Noah Wiley, loving Burn Notice, the dangers of helicopters, twice, losing an arm, feeling bad for angry assholes, real life ER experiences, being traumatized by wrist trauma on ER, Dancing with the Stars, Hotmail Spoilers, Tom Bergeron, the wonders of live TV, Demolition Man, Happy Gilmore, being honest with yourself, The Royal Tenanbaums, America's Funniest Home Videos, House Hunters, avoiding dog death in media, ordering from old lady catalogs, how despite their age difference Ken and Hattie's frames of references are oddly similar, avoiding late night shows, Colbert, Ken's love of Strangers with Candy, One Tree Hill, Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, having a medical emergency in the middle of a New York City Whole Foods, Supernatural, extra Hell for gays, Batman, Young Frankenstein, spin offs, Happy Days, Nanny 911/Supernanny, giving Dads their life back, butt pies, iCarly, the creepy factor of Nickelodeon, Dollhouse, the creepy factor of Joss Whedon, memory wipes, The Kids Choice Awards, TCM, why a younger sibling is a great excuse to watch stuff you'd be embarrassed by otherwise, how Hattie needs to go to TCM fest, The Rock hosting SNL, Nikki Taylor, being confused by Treme and Ken's hatred of Rescue Me for personal reasons.
info_outline TV Guidance Counselor Episode 504: Frankie Frain 01/03/2022
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 504: Frankie Frain This week Ken welcomes writer/director/Box Mac co-host and Red Cow Entertainment Head Honcho Frankie Frain. Ken and Frankie discuss how much Ken loves everything Frankie does, the shock that Ken and Frankie don't already know each other, Emerson College, making niche content, The Angry Video Game Nerd/Cinemassacre controversy, making feature films, getting interest in the content you make, growing up with strict parents, the first R Rated movie Frankie every saw, how Frankie's dad experiences films differently, getting hid hard by F Bombs, quality films you never want to see again, the shift of sitcoms to reality TV, The American Underdog experience, wanting to see the rich and famous fail, Barney Miller, Car 54, Where Are You?, Kate & Alley, Mad About You, Boys Meets World, TV38, how M*A*S*H was old man TV, surviving under the smelliest conditions, TV tapings, Kelsey Grammer's return to television, Ken's early days at MMTV Melrose Mass cable access TV, how Ken is Forrest Gump, meeting Fred Willard, how awful having viral Tweets is, Ricky Gervais, the power of not giving a damn, the weird pivot of the famous and infamous to try stand up comedy, how Children put your life in tatters, body horror, Box Mac Holiday parodies, MST3K, the power of the right font, how the identification of Tweens as a consumer group ruined multi-cam sitcoms, Children's TV, Bluey, dogs, the infamous AIDS episode of Mr. Belvedere "Wesley's Friend", the long strange fascinating journey of Alvin and Chipmonks, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Adventure Time, Frankie's daughter throwing up in his face, encouraging children's interests, asking questions about production, how people react to being filmed now vs in the 1980s, All in the Family, younger generations lack of historical knowledge of TV, why Friends is the Brady Bunch of Millennials/Gen Z, how great Molly Hagan is, the greatness of Frankie's muse John Hunt, the importance of sincerity, trying too hard, and the comfort we can provide with the content we make.