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A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.


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Thursday, January 24, 2008

TV Trivia Thursday #10

Hello and welcome to this week's TV Trivia Thursday! To acknowledge Tuesday's announcement of the Academy Award nominees, the first few questions today relate to the topics of awards and movies.

1) This sitcom, first airing in the mid-70s, was based on a movie whose lead had won the "Best Actress" Oscar for the role two years earlier, but with a different actress playing the character on TV.

2) Conversely, a TV series debuting in the late 60s followed a movie of that name from over 20 years earlier, but while the movie version was snubbed by the Academy, the co-star of the TV version earned two lead actress Emmys.

3) Finally, this actress, who in the 1950s became the first ever to win both a Tony and an Oscar for playing the same role, went on to add several Emmys to her portfolio, for playing a different title character on this early-60s TV series.

4) After four previous nominations, this actor finally won his Best Lead Actor Emmy for the final season of this sitcom. The award actually took place after the show had been cancelled, prompting the recipient's quip: "Thank you for the Emmy - now I just wish I had a job!"

5) Which of the following TV series is the only one (thus far) to not have been followed by one or more theatrical or made-for-TV movie versions:
a) Gilligan's Island
b) I Dream of Jeannie
c) Bonanza
d) Happy Days
e) My Favorite Martian
f) The Brady Bunch
g) Bewitched
h) Get Smart
i) The Odd Couple
j) The Munsters

6) Television producers - and their advertisers - usually love it when a show gets lots of fan mail. But name a case in which the network aired a special announcement after an episode of a classic 60s series, begging its fervent fans to stop sending letters in!

7) Decades before reality TV came into its own, whose real-life wedding took place on a late-night talk show?

8) And finally, a submission from my friend Soccer Dad:
The following characters appearing in "24" have something else in common. Name the actor/actress and the relevant character each starred as in that other context.
a) Mike Novick (Season 1, 2, 4, 5)
b) Phillip Bauer (Season 6)
c) Lynne Kresge (Season 2)
d) Roger Stanton (Season 2)
e) Sherry Palmer (Season 1,2,3)
f) Hamri Al-Assad (Season 6)

13 Comments:

At 1/24/08, 3:52 PM, Blogger Elder of Ziyon said...

The only one I know is #7, Tiny Tim on The Tonight Show.

 
At 1/24/08, 5:14 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

And what was Mrs. Tiny Tim's name?

:-)

1) Alice. (Alice doesn't live here anymore) Ellen Burstyn in the movie; Linda Lavin on TV.

4) Ted Danson - Cheers

 
At 1/24/08, 6:31 PM, Blogger Elder of Ziyon said...

Miss Vicki, if memory serves.

 
At 1/24/08, 9:26 PM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

1)Alice (doesn't live here anymore)
Ellen Burstyn/Linda Lavin
3)Rita Moreno
4)this is driving me crazy, I remember watching it...Ted Danson?, Jerry Seinfeld possibly, or Michael J. Fox
5)Bonanza
7)Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki on Johnny Carson's Tonight show
8)have never watched 24 (I know, I know, I'm the only one on earth)

 
At 1/24/08, 9:29 PM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

by the way, I don't google, or look at anyone's answers...am I the only one who is this ridiculously honest?!!

 
At 1/24/08, 9:40 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Very good, Elder.

 
At 1/25/08, 8:45 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Good guesses on #4, but the actor is from an earlier show than any of those. Keep trying! Small hint: The fact that he had exactly four previous nominations is significant.

 
At 1/25/08, 9:24 AM, Blogger trn said...

I'll add a question:

What program won an Emmy for best series after having aired only six episodes?

 
At 1/25/08, 12:39 PM, Blogger LEL said...

5.Happy Days
7.Tiny Tim on the Tonight Show

 
At 1/25/08, 9:15 PM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

Okay, I'm going to guess Dick van Dyke or Carl Reiner for #4

 
At 1/26/08, 1:24 AM, Blogger LEL said...

4.Alan Alda, Bob Newhart?

 
At 1/31/08, 2:22 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Nice job, EoZ, Soccer Dad, Cruisin-Mom, TRN and, LEL! Been really busy - probably won't get out a new TTT today - but here are the answers for this one:

1) SD and CM both got it – Alice!

2) The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The 1947 movie version, starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison, won no Oscars. Two decades later, Hope Lange won a Best Lead Actress Emmy for both seasons of the 1968-69 TV version.

3) The actress was Shirley Booth, who won both a (movie) Oscar and a (Broadway) Tony for the lead role in "Come Back Little Sheba", then went on to win two Emmys as the title character in the TV series "Hazel". Quite an accomplished gal, considering that she was 54 when she made her first movie!

4) Great guesses all, but it was Tony Randall, who was nominated, along with co-star Jack Klugman, for best Lead Actor in a Comedy during each of the five seasons of "The Odd Couple". Klugman won twice, in 1971 and 1973, and Randall was finally honored in 1975, after the show had gone off the air.

5) LEL got it right - Happy Days is the answer. This one was a bit tricky, because HD did have a couple of reunion specials (1992 and 2005). But these were clip/interview shows with the actors, not movies in which those actors returned to playing their characters.

6) Nobody else remembers this? It happened on The Bullwinkle/Rocky Show, with the irrepressible Jay Ward the culprit.

7) Correct, EoZ/CM/LEL! Did anyone see this live?

8) Answer from SD: They all played Star Trek characters:
a) Mike Novick (Season 1, 2, 4, 5)
Jude Ciccolella - Commander Suran - ST10: Nemesis
b) Phillip Bauer (Season 6)
James Cromwell - Zeffrem Cochrane - ST8:First Contact
c) Lynne Kresge (Season 2)
Michelle Forbes - Ro Laren - multiple episodes TNG
I see from IMDB that she also played the daughter in Half a Life
d) Roger Stanton (Season 2)
Harris Yulin - Aamin Marritza - "Duet" DS9
e) Sherry Palmer (Season 1,2,3)
Penny Johnson (Jerald) - Kasidy Yates - multiple episodes DS9
f) Hamri Al-Assad (Season 6)
Alexander Siddig - Dr. Bashir - DS9

Hey TRN, let's have the answer to yours: "What program won an Emmy for best series after having aired only six episodes?"

 
At 2/1/08, 4:00 PM, Blogger trn said...

I like the way you phrased that, Elie!

It was The Wonder Years that won an Emmy for best comedy series after having aired only six nostalgic episodes in 1988.

I hope you have a restful Shabbat.

 

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