Another Quiz, No Cheating Allowed

For those of you who like to play our quizzes (see here and here and here and here), here’s a new one. But there are a couple of caveats/rule changes. First I’ll give the quiz, and then I’ll explain the rules.

The quiz: I will soon be appearing on a TV show that, if you think about it, fits pretty nicely with Freakonomics. Guess the show and you can win an autographed copy of the book. Hints: the show is in prime time and it’s taped, not live.

The rules:

1. Unfortunately, it is possible to figure out the answer to this quiz by some simple Googling. So if you want to play the quiz, please don’t cheat by trying to look it up. Just make your best guess. You all know how good Levitt is at finding cheaters; don’t make me sic him on you.

2. Some of you have written to say that our quizzes are biased against people in certain time zones because we give the prize to the first person with the correct answer. So this time we’ll give away two books: one to the person with the first correct answer and, if others later guess correctly, we’ll select one of those people randomly to receive another book.

Good luck, and Happy New Year.

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  1. Bongopondit says:

    Deal or no deal….

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  2. Bongopondit says:

    Deal or no deal….

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  3. prithwishpal says:

    My guess is: MythBusters

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  4. prithwishpal says:

    My guess is: MythBusters

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  5. johnnyd says:

    My guess – Numb3rs

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  6. johnnyd says:

    My guess – Numb3rs

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  7. m g says:

    John Stossel’s show.

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  8. m g says:

    John Stossel’s show.

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  9. mgroves says:

    Is it that new show that Penn from Penn & Teller hosts?

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  10. mgroves says:

    Is it that new show that Penn from Penn & Teller hosts?

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  11. cosmo says:

    60 Minutes?

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  12. cosmo says:

    60 Minutes?

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  13. gt1329a says:

    Dateline

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  14. gt1329a says:

    Dateline

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  15. egretman says:

    You are being spoofed by South Park? That’s a real honor.

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  16. egretman says:

    You are being spoofed by South Park? That’s a real honor.

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  17. tasinquefield says:

    Jeopardy

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  18. tasinquefield says:

    Jeopardy

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  19. cakeeating says:

    My guess is Beauty and the Geek. Isn’t that starting soon? And Geek rhymes with Freak, right?

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  20. cakeeating says:

    My guess is Beauty and the Geek. Isn’t that starting soon? And Geek rhymes with Freak, right?

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  21. Taed says:

    Numbers!

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  22. Taed says:

    Numbers!

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  23. agrainofNaCl says:

    Oh! Taed beat me too it. Numb3rs is great guess…

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  24. agrainofNaCl says:

    Oh! Taed beat me too it. Numb3rs is great guess…

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  25. SpaceDog says:

    Argh, all my ideas are gone. Of course this is still slightly US biased as I’m not sure what’s on primetime over there at the moment.

    But, presuming you’re appearing as yourself (and not as a cameo in a drama) then it’s probably Deal or No Deal.

    (Although I would have said Beauty and the Geek if it would have meant I was first to say it, but it thinks it’s less likely then DoND. Mythbusteres is a good guess too).

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  26. SpaceDog says:

    Argh, all my ideas are gone. Of course this is still slightly US biased as I’m not sure what’s on primetime over there at the moment.

    But, presuming you’re appearing as yourself (and not as a cameo in a drama) then it’s probably Deal or No Deal.

    (Although I would have said Beauty and the Geek if it would have meant I was first to say it, but it thinks it’s less likely then DoND. Mythbusteres is a good guess too).

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  27. MikeDL says:

    1 vs. 100

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  28. MikeDL says:

    1 vs. 100

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  29. Orphie says:

    20/20?

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  30. Orphie says:

    20/20?

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  31. oddTodd says:

    Identity.

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  32. oddTodd says:

    Identity.

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  33. kentavos says:

    CSI New York. I would guess it’s being filmed in New York if it’s Dubner.

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  34. kentavos says:

    CSI New York. I would guess it’s being filmed in New York if it’s Dubner.

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  35. saulweiner says:

    Feels like Mythbusters.

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  36. saulweiner says:

    Feels like Mythbusters.

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  37. keysley1 says:

    I think Identity makes the most sense

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  38. keysley1 says:

    I think Identity makes the most sense

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  39. greenbirds says:

    Freak Show, maybe? I doubt it, but nobody guessed it yet.

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  40. greenbirds says:

    Freak Show, maybe? I doubt it, but nobody guessed it yet.

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  41. jeancf says:

    I am from Europe and I am not sure about primetime shows in the US but I’d go for Mythbusters.

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  42. jeancf says:

    I am from Europe and I am not sure about primetime shows in the US but I’d go for Mythbusters.

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  43. gabofr says:

    I bet it’s the ’1 vs. 100′ show. They’ve had particular geniuses who don’t fit on other groups like teachers, accountants or other.

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  44. gabofr says:

    I bet it’s the ’1 vs. 100′ show. They’ve had particular geniuses who don’t fit on other groups like teachers, accountants or other.

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  45. greenbirds says:

    i agree that mythbusters is probably the show that fits most closely with freakonomics…i wonder if there’s an economics version out there.

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  46. greenbirds says:

    i agree that mythbusters is probably the show that fits most closely with freakonomics…i wonder if there’s an economics version out there.

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  47. greenbirds says:

    could you at least let us know if it’s a gameshow or not?

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  48. greenbirds says:

    could you at least let us know if it’s a gameshow or not?

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  49. melloyello9838 says:

    i say beauty and the geek. :-)

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  50. melloyello9838 says:

    i say beauty and the geek. :-)

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  51. prosa says:

    I go along with the prior comments that suggested Identity (the show with Penn Jillette).

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  52. prosa says:

    I go along with the prior comments that suggested Identity (the show with Penn Jillette).

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  53. Dignan says:

    Numbers

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  54. Dignan says:

    Numbers

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  55. Beauty and the Geek. This is also biased against college students on winter vacation who sleep until 10 and read their blog feeds from the comfort of bed. Fortunately I read the Los Angeles Dog Trainer’s RSS feed too…

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  56. Beauty and the Geek. This is also biased against college students on winter vacation who sleep until 10 and read their blog feeds from the comfort of bed. Fortunately I read the Los Angeles Dog Trainer’s RSS feed too…

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  57. JoeKeeley says:

    Two and a Half Men? ;)

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  58. JoeKeeley says:

    Two and a Half Men? ;)

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  59. trey says:

    Mad Money!

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  60. trey says:

    Mad Money!

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  61. kramsauer says:

    Deal or No deal (I know it was the first reply, but it was the thing that instantly popped into my head).

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  62. kramsauer says:

    Deal or No deal (I know it was the first reply, but it was the thing that instantly popped into my head).

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  63. mitchgroup says:

    The Apprentice. Please send me by book. :)

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  64. mitchgroup says:

    The Apprentice. Please send me by book. :)

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  65. mr winston says:

    Dirty Jobs? Real World Denver?

    no j/k, my guess would be Celebrity Poker? is that even on the air still?

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  66. mr winston says:

    Dirty Jobs? Real World Denver?

    no j/k, my guess would be Celebrity Poker? is that even on the air still?

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  67. mrupert says:

    My guess…. I’ll go with The View.

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  68. mrupert says:

    My guess…. I’ll go with The View.

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  69. jmcaskey says:

    Got to be The Apprentice.

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  70. jmcaskey says:

    Got to be The Apprentice.

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  71. Doug Karr says:

    Taxi Cab Confessions? hehe.

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  72. Doug Karr says:

    Taxi Cab Confessions? hehe.

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  73. prftex says:

    Identity, for sure-

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  74. prftex says:

    Identity, for sure-

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  75. rworman says:

    I must repeat that vote for 1vs100.

    Mythbusters is a tempting choice but I think not, as I think it’s seems too immediately obvious. (“with a little thought” implies to me that it’s not quite a blatant Freakonomics link…)

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  76. rworman says:

    I must repeat that vote for 1vs100.

    Mythbusters is a tempting choice but I think not, as I think it’s seems too immediately obvious. (“with a little thought” implies to me that it’s not quite a blatant Freakonomics link…)

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  77. dgoodyman says:

    probably Identity, just because of the whole “nothing is what it seems” nature of that show and Freakonomics

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  78. dgoodyman says:

    probably Identity, just because of the whole “nothing is what it seems” nature of that show and Freakonomics

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  79. draconsis says:

    House M.D.

    … It would be cool. *shrugs*

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  80. draconsis says:

    House M.D.

    … It would be cool. *shrugs*

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  81. miraclebaby says:

    Dateline: To Catch a Predator

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  82. miraclebaby says:

    Dateline: To Catch a Predator

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  83. bm says:

    1 vs 100.

    If guests on TV shows were randomly selected, the show with the mosts guests would seem to have the best chance of containing a specified guest.

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  84. bm says:

    1 vs 100.

    If guests on TV shows were randomly selected, the show with the mosts guests would seem to have the best chance of containing a specified guest.

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  85. wesleyb41 says:

    Maybe Criminal Minds?

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  86. wesleyb41 says:

    Maybe Criminal Minds?

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  87. mmum says:

    Wired Science on PBS.

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  88. mmum says:

    Wired Science on PBS.

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  89. moneybroker says:

    I am pretty sure it is not Dancing with the Stars, so I am guessing 1 vs. 100.

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  90. moneybroker says:

    I am pretty sure it is not Dancing with the Stars, so I am guessing 1 vs. 100.

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  91. CollegeCat says:

    Identity.

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  92. CollegeCat says:

    Identity.

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  93. guyentin says:

    I would have said 1 vs. 100 if a number of people had not beaten me to it, so my guess is for The OC. Why, you ask. Why not.

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  94. guyentin says:

    I would have said 1 vs. 100 if a number of people had not beaten me to it, so my guess is for The OC. Why, you ask. Why not.

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  95. BernieLam says:

    Heroes. Mutants and economists go hand in hand.

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  96. BernieLam says:

    Heroes. Mutants and economists go hand in hand.

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  97. toddwedwards says:

    Just to be different, House M.D.

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  98. toddwedwards says:

    Just to be different, House M.D.

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  99. johnnyd says:

    20/20 – because no one’s said it yet!

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  100. johnnyd says:

    20/20 – because no one’s said it yet!

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  101. donaldo says:

    I say Identity. Pretty easy. But unfortunately, I’m not first.

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  102. donaldo says:

    I say Identity. Pretty easy. But unfortunately, I’m not first.

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  103. rgst82 says:

    I have to go with Deal or No Deal.

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  104. rgst82 says:

    I have to go with Deal or No Deal.

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  105. RandyP says:

    Identity

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  106. RandyP says:

    Identity

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  107. Cuttooth says:

    Identity

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  108. Cuttooth says:

    Identity

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  109. egretman says:

    South Park or The Simpsons. As a guest star. Only question is if it’s South Park whether you get skewered or honored.

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  110. egretman says:

    South Park or The Simpsons. As a guest star. Only question is if it’s South Park whether you get skewered or honored.

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  111. KWarner04 says:

    Definitely not Identity because everyone knows who you are now. I was gonna say NUMB3RS, but they’ve already got a math dude on there that knows everything. My guess would have to be Beauty and the Geek (only thought about it after someone else posted) because I can just see them making the girls read the book and explain it. So, my final answer:

    Beauty and the Geek

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  112. KWarner04 says:

    Definitely not Identity because everyone knows who you are now. I was gonna say NUMB3RS, but they’ve already got a math dude on there that knows everything. My guess would have to be Beauty and the Geek (only thought about it after someone else posted) because I can just see them making the girls read the book and explain it. So, my final answer:

    Beauty and the Geek

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  113. ahanks1 says:

    My Guess is “Show Me the Money” with William Shatner. I love that show!

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  114. ahanks1 says:

    My Guess is “Show Me the Money” with William Shatner. I love that show!

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  115. lpennock says:

    The Daily Show

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  116. lpennock says:

    The Daily Show

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  117. davethecfre says:

    Law and Order – Special Economics Unit

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  118. davethecfre says:

    Law and Order – Special Economics Unit

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  119. M.B. says:

    Like many above, my first guess would be Numb3rs or Beauty and the Geek, but I’ll go with something different on the off chance that I might hit it…

    Heroes

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  120. M.B. says:

    Like many above, my first guess would be Numb3rs or Beauty and the Geek, but I’ll go with something different on the off chance that I might hit it…

    Heroes

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  121. davethecfre says:

    NBC’s to Catch a Predator.

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  122. davethecfre says:

    NBC’s to Catch a Predator.

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  123. pheiticeira says:

    my first response was 1 vs 100

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  124. pheiticeira says:

    my first response was 1 vs 100

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  125. Veda says:

    I’ll guess that it’s Mad Money, since the signed book would be a real treat and you said you’d pick randomly the second book sent out to a later, correct answer. (fingers crossed)

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  126. Veda says:

    I’ll guess that it’s Mad Money, since the signed book would be a real treat and you said you’d pick randomly the second book sent out to a later, correct answer. (fingers crossed)

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  127. wesleyb41 says:

    I wish it were Studio 60 -

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  128. wesleyb41 says:

    I wish it were Studio 60 -

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  129. mjohnson says:

    Colbert Report?

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  130. mjohnson says:

    Colbert Report?

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  131. =ISODD(3) says:

    Good Eats.

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  132. =ISODD(3) says:

    Good Eats.

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  133. marketingmatthew says:

    Scrubs

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  134. marketingmatthew says:

    Scrubs

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  135. saturninesylph26 says:

    I am going to say NCIS because no one has guessed it yet and it is a top rated show trying to attract a new crop of viewers.

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  136. saturninesylph26 says:

    I am going to say NCIS because no one has guessed it yet and it is a top rated show trying to attract a new crop of viewers.

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  137. buckymarauder says:

    If people are saying House, I’m guessing Heroes. Come on, it would be neat.

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  138. buckymarauder says:

    If people are saying House, I’m guessing Heroes. Come on, it would be neat.

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  139. buckymarauder says:

    I didn’t realize M.B. already said Heroes, so, um . . . American Idol? No? Okay.

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  140. buckymarauder says:

    I didn’t realize M.B. already said Heroes, so, um . . . American Idol? No? Okay.

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  141. Bman1983 says:

    1 vs. 100

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  142. Bman1983 says:

    1 vs. 100

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  143. Jun Okumura says:

    I say the Freak Show too.

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  144. Jun Okumura says:

    I say the Freak Show too.

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  145. axe1982 says:

    I vote “Beauty and the Geek,” maybe I will get to be the random winner :-)

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  146. axe1982 says:

    I vote “Beauty and the Geek,” maybe I will get to be the random winner :-)

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  147. W says:

    Numbers (aka Numb3rs)

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  148. W says:

    Numbers (aka Numb3rs)

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  149. ginquiry says:

    You will be a judge on Iron Chef America! That will be so cool! Say it’s true!

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  150. ginquiry says:

    You will be a judge on Iron Chef America! That will be so cool! Say it’s true!

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  151. Bob says:

    My vote is for Beauty and Geek.

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  152. Bob says:

    My vote is for Beauty and Geek.

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  153. BRKelley says:

    Identity. God help you.

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  154. BRKelley says:

    Identity. God help you.

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  155. wafonso says:

    Jon Stewart?

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  156. wafonso says:

    Jon Stewart?

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  157. Kent says:

    I like cats.

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  158. Kent says:

    I like cats.

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  159. DevineCombien says:

    Project Runway!

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  160. DevineCombien says:

    Project Runway!

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  161. Razela says:

    Actually, after a little more thought, I don’t think that’s right. There haven’t been new episodes in awhile and who knows when the new season starts. How far in advance do they tape?

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  162. Razela says:

    Actually, after a little more thought, I don’t think that’s right. There haven’t been new episodes in awhile and who knows when the new season starts. How far in advance do they tape?

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  163. gaszer says:

    Beauty and the Geek

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  164. gaszer says:

    Beauty and the Geek

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  165. tonygurney says:

    And even worse these competitions take no account of those of use who don’t live in the USA and have no idea what’s on TV there.

    So, from Scotland, here’s my guess: is it “I Love Lucy”? Or maybe “The Phil Silvers Show”?

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  166. tonygurney says:

    And even worse these competitions take no account of those of use who don’t live in the USA and have no idea what’s on TV there.

    So, from Scotland, here’s my guess: is it “I Love Lucy”? Or maybe “The Phil Silvers Show”?

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  167. Andi says:

    Identity

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  168. Andi says:

    Identity

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