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Thursday, November 29, 2007

TV Trivia Thursday #4

Welcome to another edition of TV Trivia Thursday, rarin' to go after taking last week off for Thanksgiving:

1) What was the offficial/original name of the long-running variety show hosted by Ed Sullivan?

2) In the swingin' 60s, the Dynamic Duo were also the "Kings of Camp", and numerous celebrities jumped at the chance to guest-star as villains on their show, even in non-recurring roles. So put aside the "Big Four" (Riddler, Joker, Penguin, and Catwoman), and name the actors who played these 2nd-string Batman baddies:
a) King Tut
b) Egghead
c) Mr Freeze (3)
d) Louie the Lilac
e) Chandell
f) Ma Parker
g) The Archer
h) The Bookworm
i) Colonel Gumm
j) The Siren

3) This Star Trek episode was also the pilot for a new series, which was to star a then-unknown actress who went on to achieve (moderate) fame in the movies. Name the episode and actress.

4) What British shows were credited for inspiring the following American TV hits:
a) All In The Family
b) Sanford and Son
c) Three's Company

5) Which one of the following 60s TV series did not have seasons in both black-and-white and color:
a) Gilligan's Island
b) I Dream of Jeannie
c) The Beverly Hillbillies
d) Green Acres
e) Hogan's Heroes
f) My Favorite Martian

6) Which regular guest celebrity on the original (60s-70s) Hollywood Squares show always appeared as one of his characters, rather than under his own name?

7) On what children's show did mega-star Morgan Freeman get his start? Name at least one regular character he played on that program.

8) Besides Alan Alda, who is the only other M*A*S*H cast member to receive opening-credit star billing for all eleven seasons?

20 Comments:

At 11/29/07, 9:26 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

2)
a) Victor Buono
b) Vincent Price
c)
d) Milton Berle
e) Liberace
f) Shirly Winter
g)
h) Roddy McDowell
i) Harcourt Fenton Mudd (sorry, I forgot the actor's name)
j)

3) Assignment Earth and Teri Garr who was the real star of "Tootsie."

6) Charlie Weaver

 
At 11/29/07, 12:44 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

8) I'm pretty sure that it's Loretta Swit.
Trapper, Radar, Frank, Henry started.
They were replaced (except for Radar) by BJ, Charles, and Potter (not Harry).
Father Mulcahey (I forget the actor's name) was a bit character at the beginning. And I think that Klinger was too.
So even though Hot Lips "grew" over the course of the series (and not very convincingly) I think that it was her.

 
At 11/29/07, 4:34 PM, Blogger LEL said...

1.Ed Sullivan's Variety Hour? Just a guess

2.b.egghead-Vincent Price

d.Louie the Lilac-Milton Berle

h.Bookworm-Roddy McDowell

j.The Siren-Joan Collins

5.Hogan's Heroes

7.Sesame Street

8.Loretta Swit

 
At 11/29/07, 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the star trek episode "City on the Edge of Forever" which starred Joan Collins?

 
At 11/29/07, 10:18 PM, Blogger trn said...

Louie the Lilac? What a funny villain name.

The great Morgan Freeman got his start on The Electric Company. Easy Reader, that's his name! What a fantastic program that was.

It must have been Loretta Swit who was the other cast member with an opening credit for every season of M*A*S*H besides Alan Alda.

 
At 12/1/07, 2:34 PM, Blogger Baila said...

I believe Chandell was played by Liberace.

And it had to have been Loretta Swit, Hot Lips Hooligan. How I loved that show...

 
At 12/1/07, 6:49 PM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

1) Toast of the Town
2) F) Shelley Winters?
5) Green Acres?
6) Cliff Arguette
8) Loretta Swit or Henry Morgan
wow, that was tough...and I love t.v. (and trivia)
And, it was tough to resist googling the answers!

 
At 12/4/07, 7:53 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Nice job all! Here are the full set of answers, most of which were at least partially supplied:

1) Cruisin' Mom is correct. In fact the title was never "officially" changed, but after a while, only "The Ed Sullivan Show" name was used, even on air.

2) Y'all got most of them, here are the rest:
c) Mr. Freeze: George Sanders, Otto Preminger, and Eli Wallach.
f) Ma Parker: Close SD, it's Shelley Winters
g) The Archer: Art Carney (!)
i) Roger C. Carmel played "Colonel Gumm" as well as Star Trek's "Harry Mudd". Musta' had a thing for names with duplicate last letters.

3) SD is correct. Ironically, not only didn't the new series sell, but following that episode, the last of the 2nd season, NBC canceled Star Trek itself! After a massive letter-writing campaign, it was renewed for a 3rd season.

4) The original BBC versions, as acknowledged in each show's closing credits, were:
a) All In The Family: "Till Death Do Us Part"
b) Sanford and Son: "Steptoe and Son"
c) Three's Company: "Man About the House" (I remember seeing an episode of this when I was in England on vacation in 1977!)

5) CM is correct - "Green Acres" debuted in color.

6) Correct, SD and CM with the character and actor name, respectively. I never knew this until recently; always thought that was his name! Either way, a very funny guy.

7) TRN got it! I loved that show.

8) And nearly everyone got this one. Thought at least someone would guess Klinger.

 
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