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Monday, June 25, 2012

Retroality's "Reimagine That!" podcast, episode 13! ............................................................ Chris Mann's special guests: Greg Lott (Part 3 of 3), remembers his longtime secret love, Farrah Fawcett; and "Retired at 35" star Johnathan McClain on his Funny or Die videos, his "Happy Days" connection and conjuring his "inner Leather"

Greg Lott, Pt 3; "Retired at 35" star Johnathan McClain ... It's a "Reimagine That!" double matinee, featuring lively interviews with TV Land's "Retired at 35" star Johnathan McClain and, in part three of his three-part Retroality.TV exclusive, Farrah Fawcett's longtime secret lover, Greg Lott.

First, McClain spills on the second season of "Retired at 35," premiering June 26 on TV Land. The 42-year-old actor explains how "35" is evolving into more of an ensemble family sitcom (cough cough, “Happy Days”?!?) with the addition of Marissa Jaret Winokur ("Hairspray") as his sister—a heretofore largely MIA character who may indeed be the love child of Chuck Cunningham and Jenny Piccolo. Watching and learning from his TV parents—Hollywood legends George Segal (“Just Shoot Me!,” “The Longest Day”) and Jessica Walter (“Arrested Development,” “Play Misty for Me”)—McClain tells how he reimagined his life at 35 and beyond while merging his realities of being a New York stage actor and a Los Angeles sitcom star. Among his small-screen experiences: Being cast in Jessica Simpson’s ABC sitcom pilot and surviving Jenny McCarthy’s failed UPN sitcom “The Bad Girl’s Guide." (The latter of which taped on the same Paramount soundstage where Fonzie loved Pinky, where a pre- and post-spun-off Joanie loved Chachi—and where, 20 years later, McClain would find his “inner Leather.”) Finally, McClain talks about his buzzed-about Funny or Die political satire videos featuring “Lost” star Michael Emerson, “Eight is Enough” references and more!

Next … on a more serious note commemorating the third anniversary of her tragic death from cancer on June 25, 2009, Farrah Fawcett’s longtime secret lover, Greg Lott, opens up about Farrah’s struggles with Ryan O’Neal and son Redmond’s heavily publicized drug problems. In this final installment of his in-depth three-part Retroality.TV interview, Lott reveals how he—not the cancer-stricken Ryan O’Neal—was Farrah’s true love in the final 11 years of her life. He also offers additional thoughts on Alana Stewart and explains why he’s had such a difficult time getting the U.S. media to allow him to tell his story.

Also, in the show monologue I give a shout out to my friend, TV historian/author David Hofstede, who just launched his own blog, "Comfort TV" (

Finally … in the conclusion of her two-part “coming to America” story, dream analyst Yvonne Ryba tells how her nocturnal subconscious paved the way for her own spiritual reinvention once she moved from England to Texas in the “Dallas”-rich 1980s.

Host: Chris Mann

Announcer: Linda Kay

Created by: Chris Mann

Producers: Linda Kay, Chris Mann

Copyright 2012 by Chris Mann/Retroality.TV (http://Retroality.TV)

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