The Truth They Hide from TV Guide



From the megaselling author of Flesh & Fantasy—a photo-filled phantasmagoria of TV tattle

Get the dirt behind the dial, the buzz behind the box, the stuff they hide from TV Guide. Forbidden Channels blows the lid off the rumors, the scandals, and the deepest, darkest secrets of your favorite small-screen stars—from Howdy Doody’s double life to those lurid headlines about Vanna. It traces the four-star feuds from Lucy and Desi to Bruce and Cybill; it uncovers the truth about TV cleavage from Annette Funicello to Farrah Fawcett; and it plots the trajectory of your favorite stars through the movie and TV roles of their early careers: Grace Kelly on Suspense, James Dean on The Schlitz Playhouse, Leonard Nimoy in Zombies of the Stratosphere, Stephanie Beacham in Inseminoid, Joan Van Ark in Frogs, and Michael Landon in I Was A Teenage Werewolf.

Forbidden Channels answers the important questions: Was Superman murdered? Did Flipper commit suicide? What do Mr. Ed and Clint Eastwood have in common? You’ll go behind the camera with hundreds of rare photographs, many never before published: Woody Allen as a young writer on Your Show Of Shows, Farrah getting fluffed, Kate being powdered, the unretouched Lucy, Beaver Cleaver off duty, Warren Beatty on Suspicion. Forbidden Channels is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at our favorite pastime (next to sleeping)—from Sunrise Semester to Sermonette.

PENNY STALLINGS is a pop-culture essayist on the The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, author of Flesh & Fantasy and Rock and Roll Confidential, and managing editor of Titters: The First Anthology of Humor by Women. Boy, does she have some stories to tell.