TV Trivia Thursday #11
Can't miss TTT two weeks in a row, so busy or not, here are a few new TV Trivia questions to brighten your Thursday:
1) What long-running show lost much of its early history when the master tapes for several seasons' worth of episodes were erased by a careless technician?
2) Which two hugely popular prime time shows, airing several decades apart, both had their origins in a series of shorts on a variety show before being spun off as a series?
3) We all know Mel Brooks from the dozens of hilarious movies that he produced, directed, and/or starred in. But he made at least a minor mark in the television world as well. Name two TV series and one classic animated special that Mel created and/or wrote.
4) Besides Seinfeld, what earlier sitcom also started and ended each episode with the title character telling a joke?
5) True or Urban Legend: Musician Frank Zappa's father played Captain Kangaroo supporting character "Mr. Greenjeans"?
6) What show came in dead last in the ratings its first season, but was kept alive by a network executive who perceived its quality and hit potential? The series went on to success that exceeded his wildest expectations.
7) Finally, here's another "24" question from my friend Soccer Dad: Season 6 of 24 features Jack Bauer's father and brother. The actors who play Phillip and Graham Bauer appeared in two other series together. In the first series - a long running one - one actor was a regular the other a guest star who appeared over a number of episodes. The other series was short-lived with one actor playing the title character and the other his chief of staff.
Also, I need to correct one of the solutions for TTT #10. Question #6 was:
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!To which I accidently cut-and-pasted a response from a previous week's question! The correct answer is: Star Trek. When the network planned to cancel the show after its 2nd season, fans organized a letter-writing campaign which resulted in an estimated one million letters being sent to NBC pleading for the show's renewal - an amazing feat in those pre-internet days! Finally, a special announcement was aired after one episode confirming that the show had been renewed, and asking fans to please stop sending in letters! Of course, Trekkies being the nice bunch of folks that they (we!) are, they turned right around and flooded NBC with thank you notes!