Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden called in to discuss her new memoir, “The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers,” which celebrates her mom, Beverly, who battles Alzheimer’s Disease. We discussed her journey in writing the book, the relationship of Japanese flower arranging to her own story as well as her mother’s, and the potentials and pitfalls of genetic testing for Alzheimer’s.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Gary Valentine is currently featured on “Kevin Can Wait” on CBS. We discussed working with his brother (Kevin James) once again, how it feels to be on another successful sitcom (spoiler alert: it’s great), and prepping material for another hour-long stand-up special.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Eric Braeden has been playing eccentric billionaire Victor Newman on “The Young and the Restless” for more than 35 years. His new book is “I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama. We discussed his childhood in war-torn Germany, coming to America with $50 in his pocket and getting a job cutting up cadavers, to winning a scholarship as a world-class athlete, and finally landing the role of a lifetime. Plus: meeting Chicago Bears legends and being a mustache inspiration.
Matthew Moy is one of the stars of the CBS hit comedy “2 Broke Girls” as Han Lee and also voices Lars on “Steven Universe.” We talked about how “2 Broke Girls” cast might have a slight case of senior-itis as they keep cracking each other up on the set and what it’s like to see yourself on television (and billboards & bus signs) 10 times a week as the show is now in syndication.Follow @bigwakeupcall
The last time Dean Cain called into the show, we somehow got sidetracked talking about bacon, so this time we made sure to promote new episodes of his VH-1 series “Hit the Floor” and also his appearance on Monday’s new episode of “Supergirl” on CBS. In an EXCLUSIVE (‘sclusie) for The Big Wakeup Call, Dean mentioned that his character (Jeremiah Danvers, Supergirl’s dad) just might meet Martian Manhunter.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Action star Jon Foo is coming to your TV screens on March 31st when “Rush Hour” premieres on CBS. Jon steps into the role made famous in the film series by Jackie Chan. We talked about stepping into such an iconic role, how he developed his on-screen chemistry with Justin Hires (playing the Chris Tucker part), and the challenges of delivering a perfectly-timed comedic line after performing a sophisticated martial arts-type stunt.Follow @bigwakeupcall
A.J. Cook plays agent Jennifer “JJ” Jareau in the popular CBS series “Criminal Minds.” A.J. (and JJ) return to the show this week following maternity leave! We discussed writing her pregnancy into the series (again), how this adds new dimensions to the character, and how the writers on the show continually rise to meet all challenges.
“Criminal Minds” airs Wednesday night at 9/8c on CBS.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jay Thomas called in to talk about his guest-starring appearance on “NCIS: New Orleans,” which will air tomorrow night at 9/8c on CBS-2 Chicago. We also discussed why comedy seems to be getting dumber, how we may be seeing him once again throw a football at a meatball, and the unathletic nature of the current crop of late-night hosts.
Jonathan Mangum is the announcer & Wayne Brady’s sidekick on “Let’s Make a Deal” and has also been seen on several improv TV shows. He’s currently on a comedy tour opening for Wayne. We talked about his improv background, how he handles the guy in the audience who thinks he’s funnier than everyone else, and our mutual love for Chicago’s Italian Beef sandwiches.Follow @bigwakeupcall