First hour: Ed welcomes renowned animation guru Jerry Beck, founder and editor of Cartoon Research and the author of more than fifteen books on animation history, including Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat, The 50 Greatest Cartoons, Pink Panther: The Ultimate Visual Guide and The Art of Dreamworks’ Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Jerry recently contributed an essay that appears in the companion booklet for Shout Select’s Blu-ray release of the six Pink Panther movies starring Peter Sellers. Also in this hour: This Week in History remembers variety show writer/producer Chris Bearde and actress Elena Verdugo. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome back actress, author and producer Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island, What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life). Dawn has two new web series out right now — one of which, She’s Still on That Freakin Island, asks the question “What would what happen if MaryAnn were still on Gilligan’s Island today?” while her other series, Life Interrupted, is an award-winning ensemble show in which she plays the wise cracking mother-in-law of Mason Reese.
Dawn Wells will be appearing at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, MD on Sept. 15-17; The Com Erie Con in Erie, PA, on Sept. 22-24; and the Rainbows For Kids Charity Fundraiser in St. Louis, MO on Nov. 17, 2017. For more information on these and other events on Dawn’s calendar, go to DawnWells.com.