Actually, big is an understatement; it’s more like obsessed. The 1960s supernatural soap opera has played a huge role in my life since I first discovered the series in syndicated reruns in 1982, so I’m thrilled to announce that Kathryn Leigh Scott will be joining host Alicia Mayer and me on tonight’s live broadcast of Hollywood Time Machine on LA Talk Radio.
As Josette DuPres, the doomed bride of anti-heroic vampire Barnabas Collins, and her reincarnation Maggie Evans, Kathryn was the female lead on the undyingly popular ABC-TV series for four years. She also recreated her television role in MGM’s 1970 feature film adaptation HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (which I wrote about here). And she continues to play her characters in newly produced audio dramas nearly half a century later.
Kathryn is also the founder of Pomegranate Press, a specialty imprint that has published more than 50 books, many written by Kathryn herself. Pomegranate has published a number of Dark Shadows related books, including Return to Collinwood, a 2012 volume tied to the release of Tim Burton’s feature film reboot of the TV series, starring Johnny Depp in the role made famous by Jonathan Frid.
Contemporary TV viewers will also recognize Kathryn as George Segal’s girlfriend Miriam on the popular ABC sitcom The Goldbergs.
Keeping with the Halloween Weekend theme, we’ll also have Miguel Rodriquez on tonight’s show. Miguel is the creator and host of the Monster Island Resort Podcast, which discusses horror in history, art, literature, film, and beyond. He’s also the director of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, San Diego’s first film festival dedicated to macabre art and cinema. His background in classic literature and education have helped make him San Diego’s premiere cult cinema curator, hosting at least three screenings monthly for various venues and learning institutions, including UCSD, The Natural History Museum, and the public library system.
I’ve spent lots of time with Miguel at the TCM Classic Film Festival, and been a guest on his show, so it will be a real treat to chat with him tonight.
Mary Mallory, silent film historian and the author of Hollywoodland, will also join us to to discuss the German Expressionism exhibit at LACMA and The Silent Treatment series at Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles.
We’ll close the show with a discussion of one of the most notorious murders in Hollywood history. In his new book Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, author William J. Mann opens the cold case of actor and director William Desmond Taylor, a mystery that has remained unsolved for more than 90 years.
Mann is also the author of Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand (2012), How to be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood (2009), Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn (2007), Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger (2006), and Wise Cracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star (1999)
You can listen live to Hollywood Time Machine on LA Talk Radio Channel 2 tonight (and every Saturday night) at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific. And if you feel so inclined you can support the show’s Indiegogo campaign by clicking here.
Happy Halloween Hangover!