Special Sub-Topic: Super TV Trivia V
|Who played Adelaide Brubaker, the Drummonds' second housekeeper, on "Diff'rent Strokes"?|
Nedra Volz. A veteran character actress, Nedra Volz's also had a recurring role as Miss Emma Tisdale, the efficient motorcycle-riding postmistress of Hazzard County on "The Dukes of Hazzard".
|Who provided the voice for Rocky the Flying Squirrel on "The Adventurers of Rocky and Bullwinkle"?|
June Foray. The most notable voice from "Rocky and Bullwinkle" is that of the narrator, William Conrad. In addition to playing private eye Frank Cannon on TV, he also did "The Lone Ranger" on radio.
|Which author created the fictional detective Philip Marlowe?|
Raymond Chandler. Philip Carey first portrayed the private eye on ABC (1959-60). Powers Boothe played him next on two HBO miniseries in 1983 and 1986.
|Where was the spinoff series "Phyllis" set?|
San Francisco. After the death of her husband Lars, Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) and her teenage daughter Tess (Lisa Gerritson) moved out west to live with Lars's mother and her second husband. This "Mary Tyler Moore" spinoff lasted two seasons on CBS.
|True or False: In the short-lived TV version of "Serpico", Al Pacino reprised his role from the motion picture as the title character.|
False. David Birney, one of the stars of "Bridget Loves Bernie" and former husband of Meredith Baxter, played the hard-nosed New York cop. Both the motion picture (1974) and the TV series (1976-77 on NBC) were inspired by Frank Serpico's biography, written by the late Peter Maas.
|The TV series "Too Close For Comfort" holds what unusual distinction?|
Going from network first-run to syndicated first-run.. "Too Close for Comfort" helped set a precedent by becoming one of the first TV series to go from first-run on a network (ABC) to first-run in syndication. The 63 half-hour episodes of the original series were not deemed enough to make a viable syndicated product, so an additional 42 half-hour episodes were run in synidcation. Twenty-two more episodes, under the title "The Ted Knight Show", rounded out the package.
|What was the name of the airport on the series "Wings"?|
Tom Nevers Field. "Wings" starred Tim Daly (the brother of "Cagney and Lacey" star Tyne Daly) and Steven Weber as brothers reunited in business after the death of their father.
|What former pro football player played Julia Baker's love interest, widower Steve Bruce, on the series "Julia"?|
Fred Williamson. A former defensive player for the Kansas City Chiefs who turned to acting after his career was over, Williamson joined the "Julia" cast during the show's third and final season (1970-71).
|What was the primary cause of death of actress Amanda Blake (Miss Kitty on "Gunsmoke")?|
AIDS. Born Beverly Louise Neill on February 20, 1929, Amanda Blake was on "Gunsmoke" for 19 of the 20 years of its run. A heavy smoker, she survived tongue cancer in 1977 and went on to become a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. But Blake contracted HIV in 1987 from her fifth husband, a real-estate developer and city councilman in Austin, Texas. She died of complications of AIDS, which aggravated her case of throat cancer, on August 16, 1989, at age 60.
|Who played Dr. Janet Craig on the TV series "Petticoat Junction"?|
June Lockhart. Lockhart joined the cast of "Petticoat Junction" in 1968, after the death of Bea Benaderet.
|How did the first season of the crime sitcom "Sledge Hammer!" end?|
Sledge Hammer gets blown up.. While trying to defuse a bomb and save the city, renegade cop Sledge Hammer (David Rasche) ends up setting off a nuclear explosion. This is how the producers planned to send the series off into the sunset. However, ABC picked it up for a second season. The producers made that second season a prequel of sorts, showing a milder mannered Sledge.
|What American comedian provided the comic relief on the short-lived variety series "Pink Lady"?|
Jeff Altman. The singing duo of Mitsuyo Nemoto and Keko Masuda was a popular rock-and-roll act in Japan. But their Saturday night variety show on NBC didn't catch on with American audiences, mainly because neither of them could speak any English.
|Which of the following children's toys was never turned into a TV cartoon in the 20th Century?|
Crash Bandicoot. Sony's answer to Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog and Nintendo's Mario, Crash Bandicoot has starred in a number of PlayStation games, but he wasn't able to cash in on the toys-gone-cartoon craze of the 20th Century.
|Who was the first African-American ever honored with an Emmy?|
Harry Belafonte. Cosby won three Emmys for his work on "I Spy", but it was Belafonte who was first honored for his variety series "Tonight With Belafonte".
|True or false: Actor Peter Duel, star of the series "Alias Smith and Jones", took his own life.|
True. Though he worked regularly in television on such series as "Gidget" and "Ironside", Duel (whose real last name was spelled Deuel) considered himself a serious actor. Starring on "Alias Smith and Jones", a Western-themed buddy comedy, pushed him into a spiral of heavy drinking and despondency. Duel took his own life, ironically after watching an episode of his series, on the night of December 30, 1971.
|Before becoming a US Senator, Jesse Helms earned notoriety in what other profession?|
Political commentary. Hard to believe, but Jesse Helms cut his teeth doing political commentary for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. In fact, he delivered a scathing commentary on the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1960 and the man who would eventually work for him, James Meredith.
|What early Fox TV series starred Jonathan Ward as a teenaged super-spy?|
"The New Adventures of Beans Baxter". Beans Baxter's father, a top-secret intelligence courier, had been kidnapped by the sinister group U.G.L.I. Beans himself became a spy in order to rescue him.
|True or False: "Turn-On", ABC's clone of the popular NBC show "Laugh-In", lasted just one season.|
False. "Turn-On" was turned down by both CBS and NBC before ABC picked it up. The show's first and only episode aired on February 5, 1969, and comedian Tim Conway was the guest star. "Turn-On" proved to be a bit too racy for the network, which cancelled the show before the end of that week. Oddly enough, the show was produced by "Laugh-In" producers George Schlatter and Ed Friendly.
|Who was the first co-host of "NBA Inside Stuff" with Ahmad Rashad?|
Julie Moran. Julie Moran left "Inside Stuff" after its first year (1990-91) to join ABC Sports and later served for several years as an anchor on "Entertainment Tonight". Willow Bay, the second co-host, was on "Inside Stuff" from 1991 until 1998, when she left to join CNN. Summer Sanders, an Olympic champion swimmer, took over for Bay.
|In what year did Chet Huntley retire?|
1970. A native of Montana and a graduate of the University of Washington, Chet Huntley teamed up with North Carolina-born David Brinkley on October 29, 1956 to deliver a fifteen-minute news report during the weekdays. Huntley was on the air in New York, while Brinkley reported from Washington. Their newscast became a nightly fixture, expanding to thirty minutes in 1963 and running until July 31, 1970.
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