Ken Reid and Cathy Podewell

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October 27 – November 2, 1979

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Today Ken welcomes actress Cathy Podewell (Dallas, Growing Pains, Night of the Demons) to the show.

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Ken and Cathy discuss her pre-work, Studs Terkel, Riverdale, growing up in Chicago, the coolest artifact ever brought on the show, TV Forecast, Kukla, Fran & Ollie, golden age of live TV, legacy acting families, Lady Blue, why everyone should wait tables for two weeks, the importance of empathy, Halloween, Nightmares, The Beverly Center, Eight is Enough, Charlie’s Angels, Saturday Night Live, CHiPs, Earth Angel, Erik Estrada, Made for-TV Movies, Love Boat, Cindy Williams, Mark Hamill, getting to work with amazing people, being surprised by your own experiences, Spenser for Hire, Dallas, Growing Pains, being famous for TV, doing stand up for Jennifer Garner, Justine Bateman, Nielson families, Ken’s dream guests, being on Oprah, Paul Reubens, still having your wedding dress from marrying J.R., kissing Brad Pitt on tape, famous hunks who are bad kissers, Night of the Demons, shared experience, return to Dallas, staying at The Biltmore while they were shooting Mad Men, The White Shadow, The Bradys, Dramas spun off from comedies, Steve Johnson, the comfort of clunky dials, The Waltons, Johnny Depp, John Malkovic stories, people who become movie stars, Christine McCormick in Night of the Demons 2, Shelley Long, being afraid of Paul Williams, the horrors of Phantom of the Paradise, how far TV goes today, getting back into acting but hating the business of the business, Chuck Jones, the Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile, The Great Pumpkin, Real People, Salem MA, and the wonders of water skiing squirrels.

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and here’s the award Cathy brought with her

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About Ken Reid

I’m Ken Reid, a stand up comedian from Boston, MA and a life long television fan. I’ve been twice nominated as the Best Stand up in Boston and I have been featured on Comedy Central, NPR, Nerdist, and MSN. I own every issue of TV Guide. Each week a guest chooses an issue at random, picks their viewing choices from that week and the show is our discussion of the tough viewing choices of our past. We get into stories about growing up, people’s relationship with television, some cultural/media studies dissection and I spit out a lot of trivia.

Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and may contain mild language.