Friday, October 7, 2011


This is something that I could have saved for next August, when we celebrate the TV Western here at Toobworld Central, but it's just bothering me to keep seeing it infecting my "Mail To Be Sent" folder....

One of my friends from the Idiot's Delight Digest, Cousin Steve, sent me a trivia question about a month ago from the website Cynopsis Media:

Today's Trivia Question: What actor portrayed the same character on NBC in 1957, ABC in 1979, and on CBS in 1981?
 The only answer that came to me was James Garner as Bret Maverick, but what didn't jibe was the proper alignment of the networks.

Garner originated the character on 'Maverick' beginning in September of 1957, so they got that right. But it was part of the ABC stable of TV Westerns, not NBC.

In 1979, he did indeed play the role again, as a guest star, in the spin-off series "Young Maverick" (after joining in on the pilot movie, "The New Maverick". But it wasn't on ABC - that show was a CBS entry.

Finally, Garner came back to the role full-time for one season of 'Bret Maverick'. And that was on NBC, not CBS as that Cynopsis writer claimed.

With the answer posted the following day, there was never a mention of the error, only of who came up with the correct answer. But because the parameters of the question were wrong, then the answer of Garner as Maverick has to be considered wrong as well.

Pretty shoddy work on that one, folks....


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