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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, August 21, 2008

TV Trivia Thursday #16

Hello and welcome to today's edition of TV Trivia Thursday. Let's keep last week's great success rate going! We'll start with a trio of "Saturday Night Live" questions:

1) Which set of brothers have not both appeared on SNL?
a) John and Jim Belushi
b) Damon and Marlon Wayans
c) Bill and Bryan-Doyle Murray
d) Dan and Peter Ackroyd

2) What SNL producer, who only held the job for a year, nevertheless made a lasting impression on the show - and on entertainment in general - by hiring Eddie Murphy?

3) Which of the following TV legends never hosted SNL:
a) Desi Arnaz
b) Milton Berle
c) Lucille Ball
d) Norman Lear
e) Mary Tyler Moore

4) And which of the following Science Fiction legends never scripted an episode of the original Star Trek?
a) Robert Bloch
b) Harlan Ellison
c) Theodore Sturgeon
d) Isaac Asimov
e) Richard Matheson

5) Which two series were, respectively, the Fox Network's first prime-time show, and its first to win an Emmy?

6) What music star repeatedly used the dreaded "f-word" on a 1994 broadcast of "The David Letterman Show"?

7) A horse is a horse, of course - so what was the real name of the horse who starred as "Mr. Ed"?

And with the 2008 Democratic Convention starting on Monday, here's a timely one:

8) Name at least one of the two network television journalists who were roughed up by security guards at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

That's it for today! Next Thursday, I'll be on vacation and TTT will as well, so look for the next edition on Sept 4th.


At 8/21/08, 8:31 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

4) d
5) Tracey Ullman Show (first prime time show) and I'll guess that the Tracey Ullman spinoff, the Simpsons was the first to win an Emmy.
8) I think that Mike Wallace was one.

At 8/21/08, 9:27 AM, Blogger trn said...

1) The Ackroyd brothers? I seem to recall the others.

5) Married with Children and The Simpsons?

6) Madonna! Oy.

8) Dan Rather was one.

At 8/21/08, 9:33 AM, Blogger trn said...

Oh, Soccer Dad's answer pairing The Tracey Ullman Show and The Simpsons makes so much more sense. It didn't occur to me to consider a relationship between the two shows being referenced. And I think Tracey Ullman aired on Sunday evenings, which would be a likely time to launch a network.

At 8/21/08, 10:20 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Thanks TRN. I think Tracey Ullman came first and then was paired with 21 Jump Street. I could be wrong.

Of course the Simpsons wasn't called the Simpsons on the Tracey Ullman show.

And I realize that both my answers may well be wrong.

At 8/21/08, 12:04 PM, Blogger trn said...

It's fun working together on this, Soccer Dad.

Hmm, I'm not sure about 21 Jump Street, only because I recall watching the whole Tracey Ullman block early on, and I never saw Jump Street at all until a few years later at someone else's home. I too may be wrong.

Those shorts were great. Perhaps it was the simplicity I liked? I enjoyed the format of The Tracey Ullman Show. I remember, however, not caring for The Simpsons when it first began as a series, but I think that was due to the complete oversaturation.

Let's all go out for some frosty chocolate milkshakes!

At 8/21/08, 7:31 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

2. Jean Doumanian

At 8/25/08, 12:19 PM, Blogger LEL said...

3.Milton Berle
8.Dan Rather

At 8/29/08, 4:41 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Nice job all! Here is the complete set of answers, many of which were already at least partially supplied:

1) Good guess, Laura and TRN, but the correct answer is b, Damon and Marlon Wayans. Original "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, and almost-original NRFPTP Bill Murray all had brothers who were at least semi-regulars later on. Damon Wayans - but not brother Marlon - was a cast member for the 85-86 season, before being fired by producer Lorne Michaels over "creative differences". A few years later, the Wayans launched their own groundbreaking sketch comedy show, In Living Color.

2) Ral315 is correct, it was Jean Doumanian, who in 1979 presided over the show's first complete reboot when both producer Michaels and all remaining original cast members departed.

3) The answer is c) Lucille Ball. Lear hosted in November 1976, Berle in 1979, and Moore in 1989. Desi Arnaz hosted during the show's first season, and though Lucille Ball did not - understandably - appear with her then ex-husband, he sent her his love during the show's curtain call.

4) Soccer Dad is correct - Asimov never wrote a TOS episode. However, he was referenced in a TNG episode when they stated that "Asimov's dream of a Positronic robot" was realized in Data.

5) Between TRN and Soccer Dad you almost got this 100%. To be exact, Married With Children was Fox's first original Prime Time series, and The Tracy Ullman Show, their second overall series, was their first to win an Emmy, which they received in 1989 and again in 1990 for Outstanding Variety/Musical/Comedy program.

6) TRN got it! That episode has the dubious distinction of being the most censored in talk show history. Madonna also refused to leave the set, and had to be forcibly escorted out during a commercial break.

7) I didn't think anyone would get this one: Ed was played by an American Saddlebred named Bamboo Harvester (and not, contrary to the persistent Urban Legend, by a zebra painted to look like a horse!)

8) Soccer Dad got one, and TRN and Laura the other. Too bad no such fun at this week's convention - it could have used it.

At 9/4/08, 1:28 AM, Blogger trn said...

So it was Married with Children after all. Hmm.


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