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1. Despite promoting a spring series heavily, ABC rather famously cancelled it after only one episode. Who was the star of the show?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Rena Sofer
Candice Bergen
Heather Graham
2. Singer Usher joined the cast of what musical?
42nd Street
The King and I
3. At the 2006 Golden Globes, Scarlett Johansson was groped on the red carpet by which fashion designer?
Todd Oldham
Vera Wang
Isaac Mizrahi
Karl Lagerfeld
4. Shaun White took America by storm in February when he won an Olympic Gold Medal in the Men's Halfpipe. What was his unique nickname?
Hero on the Halfpipe
The Flying Tomato
5. Which actress starred in a music video for a group, in which she played the lead singer for an earlier, fictitious incarnation of the band?
Paris Hilton
Mandy Moore
Hayden Panettiere
Elisha Cuthbert
6. Which show held the coveted broadcast slot immediately following the Super Bowl in February?
Grey's Anatomy
Desperate Housewives
7. Which fall addition to the network schedule contained episodes with the titles "Collision," "Seven Minutes to Midnight" and "Six Months Ago"?
Friday Night Lights
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
8. Which star athlete was treated for an overdose of hydrocodone, forcing his publicist to claim, "he has 25 million reasons why he should be alive today"?
Barry Bonds
Terrell Owens
Tony Stewart
Mike Tyson
9. What did Slash, John Mayer and Nigel Tufnel have in common in 2006?
The all performed during the 7th inning stretch at World Series games
Each was arrested for drug possession
They all appeared in commercials for VW
Each was a guest judge on American Idol
10. This summer, Oprah Winfrey made a rather big deal in making sure that everyone knew that her relationship with a certain woman was just friendship, nothing more, no siree bob.... even though few people seemed to be suggesting otherwise. What was the woman's name?
Gayle King
Roberta Stewart
Gloria Johnson-Barr
Violeta Smulders
11. Which band that broke out in 2006 is associated with this hair?
Snow Patrol
The Decemberists
Gnarls Barkley
12. A group known as El Chupacabra won:
Best Duo or Group at the Latin Grammys
Canadian Idol
The World Series of Pop Culture
Treasure Hunters
13. Despite an announcement in the spring that the 2005-06 season would be its last, this series survived the WB/UPN merger to appear on the CW fall schedule:
Everybody Hates Chris
America's Next Top Model
Veronica Mars
7th Heaven
14. In December, this figure of pop culture infamy graduated from the London School of Economics:
Monica Lewinsky
Rob "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle
Boy George
Kato Kaelin
15. Innertube:
Was the name of Tommy Lee's band searching for a lead singer in the summer edition of Rock Star
Was an album released by Nickelback in 2006
Is the CBS online broadband video channel
Was the nickname for one of the characters on The Unit
16. Which unheralded cyclist captured the world's attention by winning the Tour de France, only to have his title contested in the wake of a failed drug test?
Ivan Basso
Thor Hushovd
Floyd Landis
Jan Ullrich
17. Football fans were sufficiently puzzled at NBC's choice of singer to perform the opening song for the network's NFL broadcast. The artist in question was born with the name:
Alecia Moore
Dana Elaine Owens
Clayton Holmes Grissom
Cheryl Sarkisian LaPiere
18. Saturday Night Live surprised viewers when it aired a recording of its host performing a profanity-riddled rap. Who was the host?
Gwyneth Paltrow
Natalie Portman
Matt Damon
Alanis Morissette
19. Who was on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine's The Hot List issue?
Johnny Depp
Mariah Carey
Stephen Colbert
20. Michael Richards suffered a career meltdown when he launched into a racial tirade while onstage at what Los Angeles comedy club?
The Improv
The Laugh Factory
The Comedy Store
The Ice House
21. The Pam Anderson/Kid Rock marriage didn't last long, but their union got off to a fabulous start. Over the summer, they held wedding ceremonies in four different cities. Which of the following was not one of the locations?
22. After a protracted battle to keep it open, this legendary New York City music club finally closed in October:
The 9:30 Club
The Apollo Theatre
Paradise Garage
23. Which top-selling video game had an advertising campaign featuring Gary Jules' cover of the Tears for Fears song "Mad World"?
Final Fantasy XII
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Gears of War
24. This group surprised many by winning Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards held in New York:
Dixie Chicks
Panic! At the Disco
Black Eyed Peas
25. According to Book Sense, the year's bestselling hardcover fiction book had which animal in the title?
St. Bernard
26. It was announced that which female novelist would take over writing duties for the Wonder Woman comic?
Kim Edwards
Annie Proulx
Jodi Picoult
Audrey Niffenegger
27. Thomas Pynchon leaped to the defense of which British author after the man was accused of plagarizing portions of a 2003 novel?
John Banville
Julian Barnes
Ian McEwan
David Mitchell
28. Which soccer legend was ejected from his final match at the 2006 World Cup final due to the head butt heard round the world?
David Beckham
Marco Materazzi
Jackie Pascoe
Zinedine Zidane
29. Which TV/Internet personality and BOP fave set off a massive missing persons search when his/her family became snowbound in Oregon over the Thanksgiving holiday?
Amanda Congdon
James Kim
Gabe Tycho
30. Which does not correctly match the reality show to its winner(s)?
Big Brother All-Stars: Mike Boogie
Survivor Panama: Aras
Amazing Race 9: Eric & Jeremy
American Idol 5: Taylor Hicks

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