Variety Magazine

Variety Magazine
November 16, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: As featured in VARIETY, Wed., Nov. 16, 2016


DECADES TV GREENLIGHTS
THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO

11/16/16:   Los Angeles, CA - Decades Network, the TV network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, has ordered six monthly episodes of “Then Again with Herbie J Pilato,” a 30-minute talkfest dedicated to classic television and TV stars. Host and author Pilato, and his Television, Ink. shingle, along with Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard ("The Chronicles of Ara"), under their “Mirkwood Partners” banner, will be Executive Producing. Program will be directed by former actor Steve Akahoshi (“Tour of Duty”). Akahoshi’s “Unstructured Plans” will produce the segments, along with Lorie Girsh Eisenberg and Len McLeod.
Gilbert Adler (producer of features "Valkyrie" and "Superman Returns," and television's "Tales from the Crypt") is also an executive producer on the project.

"I know of no one in this industry more connected to, or passionate about, the world of classic television than Herbie J Pilato," says Adler. "We want this program to become a historically important document in the world of both art and culture."

Geek Nation’s Brian Keathley and Clare Kramer (“Glory” in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) round the creative team as Production Executives.
Pilato is a prolific author, who has written 11 pop-culture-themed books including "Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door," "Twitch Upon A Star," "The Bionic Book" and “Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV’s Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s and 70s.” Pilato, also the Founder of the 501(c)3 Classic TV Preservation Society, will host the monthly specials and interview pop-culture subjects from the world of classic TV in each episode. The format will closely mirror Pilato's successful weekly "Throwback Thursday" live events in the Los Angeles area.

Says executive producer Joel Eisenberg: "Steve and I are thrilled to be in business with Herbie J. The interests of Mirkwood Partners, as always, lie primarily with the artistic journey. While celebrating classic TV, we want to know what a television personality, who may no longer be working within a regular forum, does today as an artist. We want to understand the reality of the business, and we aim for this program to speak to everyone who aspires to make a living in the arts, as well as classic TV fans, everywhere."

Adds Herbie J: "Our team is comprised of amazing talents and visionaries. We all cherish the classic TV wheelhouse, and to partner with them on a project that will resonate with so many fans of classic TV and beyond, is nothing less than an honor. We are very pleased the show will be presented on the Decades Network and appreciate the opportunity to share the show with their audience.”

Project will begin airing on Decades Network multiple times weekly, beginning in January, 2017. The broadcast network presently maintains 55% clearance in the U.S., and currently has 50 affiliates, including many major market stations owned by the CBS Television Stations. Decades is a network with a unique “time capsule” programming focus on news, history, pop culture and entertainment. Then Again is a show that promises to take viewers back and reconnect them with actors and series from decades past.

Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard, and Mirkwood Partners, are repped by CAA. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

The most recent reviews/press links for Herbie J Pilato

DASHING’s link to Star Trek


DASHING REVIEW by AMOS


NEWSDAY review of DASHING


DASHING excerpt in TVWRITER.com


DASHING excerpt in Senior City


THE HOLLYWOOD TIMES digs DASHING


FOX News interviews Herbie J Pilato about Bewitched


TWITCH is still getting reviews four years after its pub-date!

file:///C:/Users/herbie/Downloads/AsSeen-TwitchUponAStar.pdf



Full-Scale Fran Lewis “Twitch Upon A Star” Review

What Up Hollywood – with Cindy Williams and Herbie J Pilato

VIDEO:  Cindy Williams/Larry Edmunds Book Signing – hosted by Herbie J Pilato

Herbie J Pilato on “By the Book” radio show

VIDEO:  Herbie J Pilato on “Reel Hollywood – with Ben & Reba” (cue @25:57)

Profile about Herbie J Pilato at “The Story Reading Ape” Blog

Herbie J Pilato on “The Price of Business” – with Kevin Price

VIDEO:  30-Minute TV Interview with Herbie J Pilato

TV Grapevine’s Sammi Turano names “Twitch”/”Essential” as “Favorites”

“Twitch” in the “Spotlight”!

“Essential” reading for “Bewitched fans

“Forces of Geek” website excerpts THE ESSENTIAL ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY

“SharaLee Reads” profiles TWITCH UPON A STAR, ESSENTIAL ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY & GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

Herbie J Pilato’s Tribute to Elizabeth Montgomery (on LinkedIn)

Fran Lewis’s profile of Elizabeth Montgomery – featuring Herbie J Pilato’s books

Herbie J Pilato’s 6-Minute TWITCH/Montgomery TV Interview

CCN Sunrise and The Hollywood Times Interviewed Herbie J Pilato

General Classic “Twitch” & “Gidgets” Article

Who Is Herbie J Pilato?

I am Caine – Herbie J Pilato: The Interview

The Industrious Light and Magic of Herbie J Pilato

An Interview with Herbie J Pilato

Indie Wire - Celebrating the Charms of Bewitched – 50 Years Later

Yahoo!  - How Samantha Got Her Nose Twitch

Author Profiles Bewitched Star in New "Be-Twitched" Biography

Book Pleasures interview with Herbie J Pilato

Herbie J Pilato Forms New Nonprofit about Classic TV

Herbie J Pilato’s New “Gidgets” Book Celebrates Classic TV Women

It’s Been 20 Years Since Beloved “Bewitched” Star Died





Friday, September 9, 2016

Nice new DASHING review by Midwest Book Review



 "Dashing, Daring, and Debonair....is an impressive compendium of information on actors, comedians, singers, dancers, or talk show hosts and personalities...Inherently fascinating, informed and informative, Dashing, Daring, and Debonair will prove to be an endearingly popular addition to community and academic library Theater/Cinema/TV collections."  -  Midwest Book Review



Monday, September 5, 2016

The Story of My Car

I purchased what I thought was my dream car in the spring of 2013.

But after three days, I realized it was ridiculously priced, and a gas guzzler to boot, so after the three-day grace period, I returned it, and the dealer returned my down-payment.

A short time later, I purchased another vehicle, but after driving it an entire weekend, the dealer called me on Monday, and said they gave me a mistaken price, and that I needed to pay $100.00 more a month.   I then rejected their claim, and returned the car, and the dealer returned my down-payment.

A short-time after that, I chose a third vehicle, the one I'm driving now.  It's beautiful.  The price is right, and it's one of the safest vehicles on the road.  In fact, it's so safe, that at the beginning of the summer, when I was rear-ended in an accident that was not my fault, the vehicle saved my life.

While it was being repaired, the insurance company of the other drive paid for a rental car for me. This rental car happened to be an edition of the original "dream car" I had originally purchased; same color and everything...which is black on black.  All the cars mentioned here, in fact, were black and black.

Anyway, as I drove the rental of what I thought was my dream car, I realized how rough and hard it drove, nowhere near as smooth as the vehicle that I ended up purchasing and retaining and saving my life.

Funny how life works sometimes, uh?  


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Television, Ink.
“The written word on TV”

Contact:  Herbie J Pilato   *   (310) 480-0067   *   hjpilato@yahoo.com



PRESS RELEASE

Herbie J Pilato writes DASHING new book about Classic TV Male Icons!


DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR:
TV’s Top Male Icons from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s
By Herbie J Pilato
Foreword by Adam “Batman” West
Preface by Joel Eisenberg (“The Chronicles of Ara”)
(Taylor Trade Publishing/Rowman & Littlefield)

Be they actors, comedians, singers, dancers, or talk show hosts and personalities, or showrunners, everyone from Danny Thomas and Desi Arnaz to Dick Van Dyke and Robert Conrad to Alan Alda and Telly Savalas ignited their own particular brand.

DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR: TV’S TOP MALE ICONS FROM THE ‘50s, ‘60s AND ‘70s by Herbie J Pilato profiles them all.  With a foreword by Adam "Batman" West, this book celebrates the men who invented television machismo and became stars in the process, including: Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Max Baer, Jr. (“The Beverly Hillbillies”), Tony Dow (“Leave it to Beaver”), Larry Wilcox (“CHiPs”), Stanley Livingston (“My Three Sons”), Robert Wagner (“It Takes a Thief”) - all of whom (and more!) granted exclusive interviews for this book.

Just listen to some of the DASHING praise:


"Well, here we all are!  We got lucky, worked hard and did what we loved, and in return we found our places in the story – a story that Herbie J Pilato tells so well."  -  Richard Thomas (actor, John-Boy from "The Waltons")

“My friend Herbie J Pilato’s own personal panache shines like a diamond stick-pin in his new book Dashing, Daring and Debonair - a perfectly fun and extremely addictive read.”  -  Cindy Williams (actress)

"Is there anything Herbie J Pilato doesn't know about pop culture, most specifically classic television? I love all his books and he's got the creds to write them because he personally knows many of these icons and can ferret out all the juicy, little known, behind-the-scenes anecdotes that make these tomes such gems. Great reading!"  -  Kathryn Leigh Scott (publisher, author, actress; "Dark Shadows")

"No one is more passionate or informed about classic television than Herbie J Pilato, who is at it again with this truly exhaustive survey of the most influential male stars and producers over three decades.  With profiles from the sublime (Rod Serling) to the ridiculous (Red Skelton), and a slew of other icons in between, Dashing, Daring, and Debonair is comprehensive, enlightening, and a blast to read."  -  David Bushman (Curator of Television, Paley Center for Media)

“Herbie J Pilato gives a true voice to classic television in the same way historians give voice to classical music, poets, writers, filmmakers and creators of masterpieces in museums all over the world.  Herbie J places television history as defining America where it needs to be, side by side with the greatest artists of all time.”  -  Pierre Patrick (talent agent, author of “The Doris Day Companion”)

“Herbie J Pilato had me at Dashing, Daring and Debonair…a delicious, guilty pleasure written by one of today’s brightest chroniclers of yesterday.  Herbie J is a gifted and talented man, whose love, respect, passion, and vast knowledge of classic TV shines through on every page of this fun, fabulous can't-put-it-down guide to TV’s finest male icons.  I adore this book - and I adore Herbie J!  Bravo to both!”  -  Caryn Richman (actress, “The New Gidget”)

“What an informative tribute to the male icons whose talents helped shape classic television!  The gang's all here: everyone from Desi Arnaz and Rod Serling to James Garner and William Shatner, from Ricky Nelson and Donny Osmond to Johnny Carson and Andy Griffith - and literally dozens of others! Herbie J, take a bow!”  -  Thomas J. Watson (author, producer, TV historian, former personal assistant to Lucille Ball)

"Herbie J Pilato has given us an encyclopedia of television’s iconic male stars. What a grand and impressive trip down memory lane!”  -  Gloria Loring (singer/songwriter, actress, author)

“Herbie J Pilato writes about classic television not only with a deep knowledge of his subject, but with an equally deep love and respect.  If you know nothing about television and its greatest stars, read one of Herbie J's books.  If you think you know everything about television and its greatest stars, read one of Herbie J's books.  Either way, you will learn something new, fun, and fascinating. Dashing, Daring, and Debonair is a brilliant addition to his canon. It belongs in your collection!”  -  Melissa Byers (Digital Content Producer, Television Academy)


“There is no one more knowledgeable or more passionate than Herbie J Pilato where classic TV is concerned.  Dashing, Daring, and Debonair not only demonstrates his vast expertise in this realm, but also gives the reader a fresh perspective on the many pop culture icons profiled in this book.  Great scholarship married to great fun!"  -  Bill Royce (Emmy Award-winning co-producer of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno")

“I've encountered the word 'scholar' more than once when associated with Mr. Pilato...first in print and recently spoken in front of me by Kung Fu's creator Ed Spielman.  In this and others writings by Herbie J, one gets the distinct sense they are not reading an historian’s words about television, but those by one who deeply cares for and understands the entire milieu and the real people who inhabit that very special world.”  -  Radames Pera (actor, director)

“I first went to the section about my Dad, and loved it.  Then I jumped to Gene Roddenberry because I’m a Trekker – and then on to Christopher Knight and Barry Williams because we’re friends on Facebook.  After that…I was just plain hooked.  I read it from cover to cover, enjoying every minute of this enlightening, entertaining, and revealing look at television’s glory days.”  -  Chris York (son of actor Dick York, “Bewitched”)

“Herbie J Pilato, Golden Age TV Expert Extraordinaire, has a new book for us to glom onto.  Dashing, Daring and Debonair…[is] chock full of all that full-bodied, full-steam-ahead Herbie J flavor.” -  Larry Brody, TVWriter.com.

“What an exciting book!  A must-have for any fan of television.  Everyone from the baby boomer generation and all ages will remember these stars.  Now the renowned television historian and author Herbie J Pilato has a present for us all:  this amazing book.  From Fonzie to Barbarino to Batman, Mr. Pilato gives us in-depth glimpses at our favorite male stars of the golden age of television.  Kudos!”  -     Rick Lertzman, author, entertainment historian.



About the Author

In addition to Dashing, Daring and Debonair, writer/producer Herbie J Pilato’s critically-acclaimed books include: Glamour Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, Twitch Upon A Star, The Bionic Book, among others.  In 2010, Pilato founded the nonprofit Classic TV Preservation Society (which helps to close the gap between pop-culture and education), presides over Television, Ink. (a family-oriented TV, film, and literary production company), serves as contributing editor to Larry Brody’s heralded www.TVWriter.net, writes frequently about classic television for www.emmys.org, and has worked on several classic TV broadcast and DVD documentaries for Bravo, E!, A&E, TLC, Warner Bros., Sony, and NBCUniversal. He lives in Los Angeles.  

To schedule an author interview or receive a review copy of Dashing, Daring and Debonair, please CONTACT:

Herbie J Pilato
Television, Ink.
(310) 480-0067

Saturday, July 23, 2016

One of the nicest compliments I've ever received...

The following few sentences combined into one of the nicest compliments I have ever received - and I share it with both permission and pride:

"Herbie...I've worked in and around professional publishing for more years than I care to admit. And it is without doubt that you are one of the most courteous and gracious people I have had the pleasure of getting to know. You do your industry and life a great service. Wishing continued good health, luck and success!"

- Pete Doubleu

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Angels Were With Me Last Wednesday Night

I was in a car accident last week.

But I walked away unscathed, as did all of those who were involved.

My car was damaged  in the back, and the other vehicle was pretty much destroyed.

And all that transpired around the incident, in protection of myself and everyone involved, was a blessing.

Here's what happened:

It was Wednesday evening, June 23rd.

I was on my way from Cerritos to Beverly Hills for a special reading of a new play.

I stopped for gas on Artesia Blvd, a few blocks from where I live, and began to make my way to the 91 Freeway West.

In a few moments, I noticed an accident to the side of the road, at an intersection/cross-street.

It was a dreadful.  Two vehicles were involved, and both were intermingled with one another.

I wasn't sure if there was any casualties.

I kept moving, and the traffic started to slow before the Freeway entrance.

Unfortunately, the driver behind me did not notice the slowing traffic, as he was distracted by the other accident.

In seconds, that driver slammed into me, going normal speed, approximately 20-25 miles per hour.

I stopped my car, walked out to see if everyone was okay, and then looked at the back of my car, and the front of his.  There was significant damage to the back of my vehicle, but nothing compared to the other car, the front end of which was destroyed.

Police who were covering the other accident, had already called for back-up.

Within minutes, additional police officers, along with fireman came to the aid of myself and others in this second accident.

The other party admitted it was his fault, and both he and I, thank God, were not harmed in the incident.  I was more concerned about his Mom, who was sitting in the front seat next to him.  She was very emotionally upset, and kept grabbing heart.

We exchanged contact information.  His insurance company would be paying for everything...the damage to my car...the rental car I would be attaining the next day, and all damages.

We all walked away physically unscathed, thank Heaven.

I never made it to my writer's event that night.

But Heaven had another plan, and the Angels were with me, and each of us.

I remain grateful to be alive.....and how I was protected each step of the way.

My faith kept me strong, physically, emotionally, and psychologically throughout the entire ordeal.

I was calm and collected throughout it all.

And I simply don't know what people without faith do in such circumstances.

I'm just glad I have faith, and that the Angels responded to that faith with graceful protection for all concerned.