One of my favorite things to do when I am in Louisville is play team trivia. Now, when I mention team trivia to Owensboro residents, they remind me about the electronic trivia games that several restaurants in town host. While I enjoy those games, team trivia is different — at least the team trivia I have played at a pizza joint in Louisville.
Team trivia pits teams of friends (often as many friends as you can fit around a table) against each other. A moderator asks the question, and teams have the length of a song to answer the question. The Louisville Courier-Journal recently published a story about team trivia. To check out that story, click here. The writer also listed 10 sample questions from trivia nights she attended, which can be read here. I’m too ashamed to admit how poorly I did. I need a chance to brush up my trivia knowledge. If something like this is going on in Owensboro — or starts up — let me know.
Apparently the fine fans of “The Colbert Report” might help send the talk show host’s name into space. CNN is reporting that NASA hosted a contest to name a new wing of the International Space Station, and “Colbert” is the leading name. It received 230,539 of the more than 1.1 million submissions, according to the article. NASA reserves the right to pick the name, so Colbert fans won’t know if the wing will be named for the host until next month. Check out the CNN story here.
Heath Ledger, who recently won a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, is best known for his career in movies. Before he died in Jan. 2008, he had directed a few music videos. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that two of those videos are set to be released later this year: Modest Mouse’s “King Rat” and Grace Woodroofe’s cover of David Bowie’s “Quicksand.”
Ledger also directed the video for Ben Harper’s “Morning Yearning,” which was on his 2006 album, “Both Sides of the Gun.” Click here to read more about Ledger’s upcoming music videos plus an anecdote from Harper.
George Clooney and several former cast members of “ER” have returned as part of the final season of the television show. The Los Angeles Times compiled a list called “Best and Worst: TV Comebacks.” TV shows such as “Growing Pains,” “The X-Files” and “Seventh Heaven” all had stars leave and return for a multitude of reasons. Check it out here.
If you’re near a TV in the Owensboro area this afternoon, tune into WEHT (channel 25 if you don’t have cable like me) at 4 p.m. and catch the syndicated version of “Deal or No Deal.” Owensboro resident Teresa Cook is the contestant on today’s episode, where she will compete for $500,000. Check out today’s Messenger-Inquirer to read more about Cook’s experience.
It seems like a television feud pops up every few months. The latest has been between “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart and “Mad Money’s” Jim Cramer. I don’t have cable, so I’ve not seen much of either show. From what I’ve been reading, Stewart has really been taking financial journalists — especially ones at CNBC — to task for not being more forthcoming in regards to the economic collapse. Stewart had Cramer on “The Daily Show” Wednesday night, and according to CNN, Stewart won the round. Check out its take here.
Just more than a week after ABC aired Jason Mesnick dumping Melissa Rycroft, the woman he had proposed to on “The Bachelor,” the show’s creator and executive producer Mike Fleiss spoke with Time magazine about the season.
“More than any other Bachelor in history, he was committed to love and to truly following his heart even though he knew he was going to have to go through hell to do it,” Fleiss told the magazine. “It’s really a romantic notion, that he sacrificed chunks of his popularity to at least try to be with the woman he loved.”
Rycroft has also turned her stint on “The Bachelor” into another opportunity to be on TV. She was a last minute addition to “Dancing With the Stars” after singer Jewel and TV host Nancy O’Dell had to back out of the competition because of injuries. Holly Madison, Playboy model and former Hugh Hefner girlfriend, is the other new dancer.