Producer-author Herbie J Pilato (Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, Twitch Upon A Star, The Bionic Book) has teamed with Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard's Mirkwood Partners (The Chronicles of Ara for Ovation TV) to produce a 30-minute talk fest about classic television, titled Herbie J Pilato's Now and Then.
The show’s first taping took place February 17, 2016 with first special guest star Cindy Williams, of the legendary TV series, Laverne & Shirley. Director Steve Akahoshi, along with production company, Unstructured Plans, shot the interview. Pilato, Founder of the 501(c)3 Classic TV Preservation Society, serves as host of the show – which focuses on a single subject from the world of classic TV in each episode.
Further tapings are scheduled for February 22 and February 29 with the following celebrities (in alphabetical order): Kathy Coleman (Land of the Lost), Lydia Cornell (Too Close For Comfort), Ron Dante (The Archies), Bill Duke (actor/director), Kathy Garver (Family Affair), Kat Kramer (Child of the ‘70s), Stanley Livingston (My Three Sons), Gloria Loring (Days of Our Lives), Radames Pera (Kung Fu), Caryn Richman (The New Gidget/The Bradys), Phil Rosenthal (creator of Everybody Loves Raymond), Karen Sharpe-Kramer (I Dream of Jeannie), Ed Spielman (creator of Kung Fu), Larry Thomas (“The Soup Nazi” from Seinfeld), Larry Wilcox (CHiPs), and more.
Gilbert Adler (producer of features Valkyrie and Superman Returns, and television’s Tales from the Crypt) is an executive producer on the project, along with Lorie Girsh Eisenberg. "I know of no one in this industry more connected in, or passionate about, the world of classic TV than Herbie J Pilato," says Adler. "We want this program to become a historically important document in the world of both art and culture."
Says executive producer Joel Eisenberg: "We’re thrilled to be in business with Herbie J. The interests of Mirkwood Partners is primarily with the artistic journey. While celebrating classic TV, we want to know what a television personality does today as an artist…to understand the reality of the business, and 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.”
Project will be pitched to specialized outlets in March 2016. Herbie J Pilato and Television, Ink. is repped by Diane Nine of Nine Speakers. Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard, and Mirkwood Partners, is repped by CAA.