Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Trivia Tuesday: Television Edition

Season 69 of the Learned League ended last week, and I dominated questions related to television where I got 9 of 10 correct. Unfortunately, I went 0 for 17 on science questions, 1 for 13 in world history questions, and 3 of 12 in geography questions. With the season over, I thought I would share some of the television questions for a rare edition of Trivia Tuesday.

1. Sasha Alexander has appeared in regular roles on the television series Shameless, NCIS, and most prominently as one-half (with Angie Harmon) of the titular crime-solving duo on what show?

2. A current unconventional television sitcom's optimistic title character, rescued after fifteen years of captivity under Indiana cult leader Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, moves into a basement apartment in NYC with an outlandish roommate and a nutty landlady to start a new life. What is the name of this character?

3. While New Jersey was the iconic setting for The Sopranos, what other HBO TV series, which ran from 2010 to 2014, was also set in the state?

4. In October 1986, the nascent Fox Broadcasting Company network broadcast its first television series, The Late Show, which was hosted by what former "permanent guest host" of NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson?

5. Psych, Monk, Suits, Dig, and Smush are all television series that were first broadcast on what network?

6. What was the name of the artificially intelligent computer module, featured throughout a popular TV series of the 1980s, which was conceived and designed by fictional eccentric billionaire genius Wilton Knight to control his super high-tech Knight 2000 automobile? (Note: name the computer, not the show.)

7. The two-hour syndicated primetime television special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults was broadcast live on April 21, 1986, in hopes of finding the gangster's guns, money, or dead bodies, but it resulted in the discovery of nothing but debris (and huge television ratings). Who hosted this special?

8. What three-word phrase (which is the same word uttered three times) forms part of the chorus of the Sesame Street tune "Monster in the Mirror" and was also the catchphrase of Club MTV host Downtown Julie Brown?

9. Name the actress who has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in nine of the last ten years, after being nominated in the Supporting category for seven straight years from 1992 to 1998.

10. Although Arnold Schwarzenegger is slated to take over the franchise in the 2016—17 television season, to date, every season of all American versions of the NBC reality series The Apprentice (including spinoffs/variations) was hosted by Donald Trump, with one exception. Who hosted this non-Trump Apprentice, which aired in the fall of 2005?

Please leave your answers in the comments section below and don't cheat. Good luck!

Questions courtesy of the Learned League.


Amy said...

1) Rizzoli & Isles
2) Kimmie Schmidt
3) ?
4) Arsenio Hall
5) USA
7) Geraldo Rivera (my relative!)
8) Wubba wubba wubba
9) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
10) Martha Stewart

Sean said...

Nice job, Amy! 8 out of 10. (Arsenio is incorrect.) So how are you related to Geraldo? (You don't have to tell me here.)

Amy said...

For the record, Arsenio did host the Fox Late Show at one point! But now after googling I know who you were looking for.