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Friday, November 11, 2011

Retroality's "Reimagine That!" podcast, episode 3! ............................................................ Chris Mann's special guest, actress-writer Dianne Kay, remembers "Eight is Enough" joy and tragedy ALSO: Nasty Nellie and Erin Walton go tête-à-tête, & Chris shares his "Family Feud" home game strife

Retro pop meets forward thought as "Eight is Enough" star Dianne Kay -- in part one of her exclusive, in-depth interview -- opens her heart about her TV dramedy co-stars, including Dick Van Patten, Susan Richardson, Adam Rich, Grant Goodeve, Betty Buckley, Connie Needham-Newton and the late Lani O'Grady and Diana Hyland. The upbeat and funny blonde beauty also talks about surviving kidney cancer last year as well as surviving the pitfalls of Hollywood. And for the first time ever, she talks about being suspended from an episode of "Eight is Enough" after standing her ground when show writers decided to make her character, Nancy, pose nude for an art gallery and then receive self-esteem talk from the Bradfords after they see the exhibit. (One word: Ewwww!)

ALSO: Chris discusses the upcoming literary event (tour?!?) titled "Good Girl vs. Bad Gir: Mary McDonough in conversation with Alison Arngrim," in which the respective authors of "Lessons from the Mountain: What I Learned from Erin Walton" and "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" offer behind-the-scenes dish while discussing the events and issues that shaped them as women and as advocates.

Chris also reveals how the "Family Feud" home game brought strife to his house in the late '70s/early '80s, shares his cinammon bun-enhanced fascination with actress-author Carrie Fisher (who once followed him on Twitter -- come back, Carrie, come back!), talks about Showtime's hit new dramedy "Shameless," exposes his true feeling about having bowl-resistant hair in the Adam-Rich-bowl-a-riffic '70s, and previews his plans for an updated edition of his book "Come and Knock on Door" for the 35th anniversary of "Three's Company" in 2012. (James Franco, can we borrow your "Chrissy" wig?)

Finally, in the third installment of a recurring "dream weaver" segment, Chris encourages listeners reimagine their own reality with dream interpreter Yvonne Ryba (

Host: Chris Mann 

Announcer: Linda Kay 

Created by: Chris Mann 

Producers: Linda Kay, Chris Mann 

Copyright 2011 by Chris Mann/Retroality.TV (http://Retroality.TV)


DENo1MatchGameFan's Blog said...

It's kind of funny that you had the story about "Eight Is Enough" on around the same time you posted the "Growing Pains" clip Chris, as you might remember that Dick Van Patten was on an episode of "Growing Pains" as a racist manager of a convenience store that Mike Seaver worked at, and Mike caught Dick in the act, and Dick's character called Mike 'a smart-ass' of all things (not said that much in the late 80's!)

I also remember Susan Richardson being on "Match Game" frequently in the late 70's and early 80's, as she was on the panel the first week in 1978 when the new set was shown for the first time on the show, as well as when she was pregnant with her first child. She was also on "One Day At A Time" in the early 80's, playing one of Mark Royer's roommates that he and Barbara lived with for a short time after they got married (after she dyed her hair blonde.)

It was interesting hearing Dianne talking about the show and such, and it was Lorimar's second successful show (at that time) right after "The Waltons", and right before "Dallas", so they really had a huge streak of shows going on during that time.

As for "Family Feud", my brother still has one of the box games to that show that Richard used to toss to the stage hands right after he told each family that they would be receiving one. I know Gene Rayburn did likewise with the "Match Game" home game, as the G/T hosts didn't seem too fond of them! One time, Richard cut an apple on top of one of them (which was on top of announcer Gene Wood at the time!)

Keep up the great work Chris - sounds like you're making a lot of friends with shows from the past!

Kimberly said...

I had a huge crush on Willie Ames in this show.

CHRIS MANN said...

Thanks so much, Duane for your informative post and supportive words!