Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A few good reasons to love Samantha

There are many reasons to love Samantha as played to perfection by Elizabeth Montgomery on "Bewitched." But what I especially love is her integrity. Firstly, she loved Darrin for who he was (and not for what he could buy her, because she could have material possessions at the twitch her nose, if she wanted them). Secondly, it was HER choice to live the mortal life. No one forced her to remain a home engineer. In fact, she embraced and respected and defined that part of the mortal life as pertinent to her very being. Thirdly, her integrity had to do with the way her character and the series was created: there were what I like to call "logic-within-the-illogic" rules that were sustained on the show. Namely, that witches couldn't interfere with certain human laws of life, including poverty. However, Samantha's heart was so eternally massive that she reached out and helped mortals in need as best she could....utilizing her truly most "magical" traits: her love and compassion. As is so very evident in countless episodes (if not the entire series), especially those involving charity work (i.e. "Samantha Twitches for UNICEF," from the show's fifth season)...a segment inspired by Elizabeth Montgomery's very real and generous heart and charitable efforts off-screen.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Televison, Ink., a pop-culture brand founded and owned by producer-author Herbie J Pilato ("Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door," "Twitch Upon A Star," "The Bionic Book") has signed with Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard's Mirkwood Partners ("The Chronicles of Ara" for Ovation TV) to produce a 30-minute talk fest devoted to classic television, titled "Herbie J Pilato's Now & Then."

Pilato, Founder of the 501 (c) 3 Classic TV Preservation Society, will host the proposed weekly, and interview a single pop-culture subject from the world of classic TV in each episode. The format will closely mirror Pilato's successful weekly "Throwback Thursday" live events, an in-person interview program hosted at Burbank's Barnes and Noble since early 2015.

Gilbert Adler (producer of features "Valkyrie" and "Superman Returns," and television's "Tales from the Crypt") is an executive producer on the project, along with Lorie Girsh Eisenberg. "I know of no one in this industry more connected in, or passionate about, the world of classic television than Herbie J Pilato," says Adler. "We want this program to become a historically important document in the world of both art and culture."

Herbie's most recent Throwback Thursday event was holiday-themed, and featured on-stage interviews with over 30 notables from classic television. Guests from this event, as well as past guests, have included Cindy Williams of "Laverne and Shirley," Anson Williams of "Happy Days," Ed Spielman (creator of "Kung Fu"), Dawn Wells ("Gilligan's Island"), Ron Dante ("The Archies"), Gloria Loring ("Days of Our Lives"), writer Sam Bobrick ("Saved by the Bell," "The Andy Griffith Show"), Lydia Cornell ("Too Close for Comfort"), Kathy Garver of "Family Affair" and more.

Says executive producer Joel Eisenberg:  "Steve and I are thrilled to be in business with Herbie. The interests of Mirkwood Partners, as always, lie primarily with the artistic journey. While celebrating classic TV, we want to know what a television personality, who may no longer be working within a regular forum, does today as an artist. We want to understand the reality of the business, and we aim for this program to speak to everyone who aspires to make a living in the arts, as well as classic TV fans, everywhere."

Adds Herbie:  "Our team is comprised of amazing talents and visionaries. We all cherish the classic TV wheelhouse, and to partner on a project that will resonate with so many fans of classic TV…and beyond…is nothing less than an honor.”

Herbie J Pilato’s Now & Then” will be pitched to specialized outlets in early 2016.

Herbie J Pilato and Television, Ink. is repped by Diane Nine of Nine Speakers. Executive Producers Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard, and Mirkwood Partners, is repped by CAA.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Happy Birthday to PATTY DUKE!

Happy Birthday to immortal PATTY DUKE, one of the over 45 classic TV female icons profiled in GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR - and who has written the Foreword to SURVIVING CISSY!

Monday, December 07, 2015

"A Very Merry Classic TV Holiday Event" was a success!

Above in a main pic of just a few of the happy smiles from last week's "VERY MERRY CLASSIC TV HOLIDAY EVENT."

More images will soon be posted, but for now....

In the Front Row (from Left):  Special event coordinators Steve Reeser and Virginia Reeser, writer/producer Joel Eisenberg ("Chronicles of Ara"/Joe Lewis biopic), Pierre Patrick (author of "The Doris Day Companion"), Caryn Richman ("The New Gidget"), Stanley Livingston ("My Three Sons")

Back Row (from left):  Writer/producer Lawrence H. Levy ("Seinfeld"/mystery novelist), Larry Wilcox ("CHiPs"), supermodel Patricia Kara ("Deal or No Deal"), Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding from "Saved by the Bell"), Herbie J Pilato, Lydia Cornell ("Too Close For Comfort"/"Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Katharine "Kat" Kramer" ("Child of the '70s" TV show), Karen Sharpe Kramer, Michael Stern (Lucille Ball's knighted "Number 1 Fan"), William Wellman, Jr. (author of "Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel," the biography of his iconic father.

And so many more (not pictured).

Thank you one and all for attending - and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 03, 2015

TONIGHT (Thursday, December 3rd): "A VERY MERRY CLASSIC TV HOLIDAY" - at the Burbank Barnes & Noble!

TONIGHT - over 25 classic TV celebrities - at the Burbank Barnes & Noble - starting at 6 PM!
You don't want to miss this "Holiday-Christmas List"...of classic TV stars, including:
* Julie Adams (countless classic TV appearances)
* Dean Butler (“Little House on the Prairie”)
* Katherine Cannon (“Father Murphy”)
Randall Carver (“Taxi”)
Kathy Coleman (“Land of the Lost”)
Joel Eisenberg (writer/author/producer – Chronicles of Ara/Joe Lewis biopic)
Jimmy Garrett (“The Lucy Show”)
* Frank Gorey (Lucy’s close friend)
Jerry Houser (“The Bradys”)
Geri Jewell (“The Facts of Life”)
* Patricia Kara (supermodel)
Bruce Kimmel (actor, author, screenwriter, director, “Tabatha”)
* Karen Sharpe Kramer (actress and wife of director Stanley Kramer)
Katharine Kramer ("Kat") (actress and daughter of Stanley Kramer)
* Lawrence H. Levy (TV writer/mystery author)
Stanley Livingston (“My Three Sons”)
Gloria Loring (“Days of Our Lives”)
* Pierre Patrick (author, The Doris Day Companion)
* Thaao Penghlis (“Days of Our Lives”)
Caryn Richman (“The New Gidget”)
Eric Scott (“The Waltons”)
Thomas J Watson (producer/author)
Michael Stern (Lucille Ball’s knighted “No. 1 Fan” and author of I Had A Ball)
* William Wellman, Jr. (actor, son of famed director, author of Wild Bill Wellman)
Eileen Wesson (actress and daughter of producer/director Dick Wesson)
Larry Wilcox (“CHiPs”)....
and more.....
TONIGHT - at the Burbank Barnes & Noble....731 N. San Fernando Blvd. (kitty-korner to IKEA)

Friday, November 20, 2015

"Lucy" Night is super success!

What an amazing LUCY night - last night at the Burbank Barnes & Noble.
Thank you to Thomas J WatsonMichael Stern, Frank Gorey, and Jimmy Garrett, who delighted us with a surprise guest appearance!
Each of these gentlemen played and continue to play such an important part in the beloved legacy of the one and only Lucille Ball.
I and all who attended the festivities last night were honored to be in their presence.
Mr. Watson, with his precise and encyclopedic knowledge, wisdom, and insight into all of Ms. Ball's television productions, films and stage productions (along with this technical expertise in producing so many pristine "Lucy" DVDs, as well as his astounding contributions to the CBS prime-time color specials of "I Love Lucy") ...Mr. Stern's near-life-long dedication to Ms. Ball's entire life and career...Mr. Gorey's loyal and trusted service as one of Ms. Ball's closest colleagues...and Mr. Garrett's talented and amiable presence on "The Lucy Show" (on which he played Lucy's young son with such likable precision)....each of them brought to the evening their own unique contributions that will remain cherished and appreciated forever by way of Lucille Ball and beyond.
A very special thank you as well to:
Rick Carl for loaning to the event his amazing portraits of Lucille Ball (representing "I Love Lucy, "The Lucy Show," and "Here's Lucy")
* Media historian, and top-level Lucy fan, Rob Ray, who is on the Board of Directors for the Classic TV Preservation Society
* The dedicated and loyal Elaine Ballace and Oreo, whose beautiful and shining presence and enthusiasm for the "Throwback Thursdays" events always adds the perfect balance of sparkle and intelligence
Diane Sands Brooks, Community Relations Manager for the Burbank Barnes & Noble, and without whom LUCY Night - or any "Throwback Thursday" would not be possible.
Blessings and deepest gratitude to you all.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CTVPS salutes the one & only LUCILLE BALL

The Classic TV Preservation Society and Barnes & Noble present…
The “Lucy” Show - Thursday, November 19th – from 7 to 9 PM
A special “Throwback Thursday” night – hosted by Herbie J Pilato

With special guests:  Thomas Watson and Michael Stern

731 N. San Fernando Blvd.  Burbank, CA  

Beautiful message from Barry Livingston about Charlie Sheen

The Classic TV Preservation Society salutes actor Barry Livingston, best known as little Ernie from the classic TV show, "My Three Sons," who posted on his Facebook page this compassionate message about Charlie Sheen

"People always hear about Charlie's destructive behavior. What hasn't got a lot of press is the help he's given to friends: paying med bills, buying cars for those without, paying for college for kids of crew. To be clear, my praise of Charlie's generosity is not meant to exonerate his reckless behavior. Please do not to confuse the two or rush to judgement with all kinds of 'what-ifs.' Only trying to send out some positivity, folks. Peace and Prayers for a friend." 

 - Barry Livingston