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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Retroality's "Reimagine That!" podcast, episode 4! ............................................................ Chris Mann's special guest, actress-writer Dianne Kay, on her in-the-works TV comedy "Seconds" and her life-saving psychic vision ALSO: Chris pleads to Oprah/Gayle: reimagine Agnes Nixon's "soaprahs"!



Retro pop meets forward thought as ebullient and enlightening "Eight is Enough" star Dianne Kay -- in part two of her exclusive, in-depth interview -- opens her heart about loving her TV siblings (including her "secret marriage" with Adam "Munch" Rich), working with Steven Spielberg on the set of his feature "1941" (and auditioning at her apartment with Mickey Rourke!!!), dealing with her garage sale addiction (hey, who stole her "8 is Enough" jigsaw puzzle?!?), being mistaken for a faux Betty Crocker, being overwhelmed by ugly reality TV (editor's note: "Kate Plus Eight is Enough!"), raising a teenage son in a hormonal household and developing her new half-hour, one-camera comedy series, "Seconds." In addition, Dianne shares with us her psychic vision that alerted her to her kidney cancer last fall and, in doing so, saved her life.

ALSO: Chris discusses changing media and changing times -- and beseeches Oprah to reimagine the "soaprah" and infuse her O brand of "retroality" drama and personal empowerment in half-hour versions of ABC's sadly-dumped "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Fellow daytime icon/pioneer Agnes Nixon needs your help, Oprah -- please save all her children!

Chris also talks about the rapidly evolving book publishing world, the rules of which are shifting thanks to Amazon.com Inc. signing deals to publish high-dollar tomes with high-profile celebs ranging from "Laverne & Shirley" star (and fellow cancer survivor) Penny Marshall to New Age guru Deepak Chopra. Then Chris shares his short-lived book "negotiations" with late, legendary Hollywood press agent-business manager Jay Bernstein, who this fall celebrates the posthumous publication of his memoir, "Starmaker."

Offering insight about his "Come and Knock on Our" tell-all and his equally long-in-the-works "Price is Right" tell-all, Chris explains how journalistic, in-depth, "unofficial"/"unauthorized" TV books have become far and few between as the publishing industry, since the late '90s, has moved toward studio/network-commissioned, licensed (and therefore often "fluff-piece") TV books while television has taken over telling these boob-tube biographies. Hmmmm ... can you say, "multimedia e-book"?

Also: the return of Facebook's controversial group "Farrah Fawcett: We Want the Truth 2," a few parting thoughts about ABC's reimagined "Charlie's Angels" turducken, er, turkey, and what '80s TV icon ABC will likely "retool" next. (Goodbye, "Hot Bosley" ... hello, "Hot Belvedere"?)

Finally, in the fourth installment of a recurring "dream weaver" segment, dream interpreter/intuitive life coach Yvonne Ryba (http://YvonneRyba.com) shares two of her compelling, prophetic "death dreams" while encouraging listeners to reimagine their own reality by understanding the creative power of the mind.

For more on Dianne Kay, check out her new web site: http://DianneKayProductions.com and see Chris's site, http://Retroality.TV

Host: Chris Mann

Announcer/"Lassie" whistler: Linda Kay

Created by: Chris Mann

Producers: Linda Kay, Chris Mann

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

4 comments:

DENo1MatchGameFan's Blog said...

Great interview as usual Chris, and way to go with calling out ABC on the way they handled the cancellations of "All My Children" and "One Life To Live!" You're right in the fact that they should have knocked both shows to a half hour - after all, "The Bold & The Beautiful" has been on CBS in that format since 1987, and it's still on the air! My grandma was a HUGE CBS soaps fan, in that she watched "The Bold & The Beautiful", along with "The Young & The Restless", "As The World Turns", and "Guiding Light", and when the last two were canceled in 2009 and 2010, a HUGE part of my memories of my grandma were canceled with them, as even though I wasn't a regular viewer after she passed, knowing they were on made it feel like she was still here to an extent. Shame on CBS for putting out a clone of "The View" with "The Talk" in which the CEO of CBS's wife Julie Chen is in charge of getting rid of the talent that helped it to be more successful in the first place, and as far as the remake of "Let's Make A Deal" is concerned, we didn't really need it - Fremantle was just looking for something to cash on to lick the wounds that Bob Barker caused them when all of their money was used to settle lawsuits on "The Price Is Right" over the past 17 years!

I sure hope that a publisher out there is willing to go against Barker, Fremantle, and the powers that be on "The Price Is Right", as the truth on 'modelgate' NEEDS to come out, and hopefully before Barker croaks, as his BS book of "Priceless Memories" and the 'Barker approved' book by Stan Blits doesn't do the show, Mark Goodson, the former models, or the staff fired by Barker any good in sharing what really happened on that show since 1986 when Barker was promoted to EP. I know that the Curling case is still on appeal, but hopefully once it is resolved, any problems with getting your book published will be as well, and the truth can FINALLY be told about this viper and the harm that he caused the game show world while others were kissing his ass and giving him awards while it all went down!

Also, keep up the good interviews with people like Dianne Kay - you are making a lot of friends and fans with your work, and I'm sure you're gonna get national exposure one of these days (and not in the vein of Harvey Levin and the idiots of "TMZ" either!)

Well done!

CHRIS MANN said...

Thanks so much, Duane, for your ongoing support. Thrilled to hear you're enjoying the podcast, and I always enjoy reading your posts!

Dan said...

Great interview! You are a natural, and Ms. Kay is just delightful and inspiring.

CHRIS MANN said...

Thanks so much, Dan. I agree about Dianne. So glad to hear you enjoyed the show!