News for Nov. 17, 1999
Tolkien on HOLLYWOOD SQUARES...
11/17/99, 11:22 pm EST - Quickbeam
Greetings, Quickbeam here--
On tonight's (Wednesday) broadcast of HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, the following Tolkien-inspired dialogue occurred during a $2,000 dollar game near the end of the show:
Tom Bergeron (host): In J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," what is the name of the little mushroom-loving creatures in the story?
Mark McGrath (from Sugar Ray): Uh, that would be Grateful Dead fans...
[close-up of Whoopi Goldberg laughing at Bruce Vilanch]
Mark: No, seriously, the answer is "Lilliputians."
Contestant Mr. X: I disagree.
Tom: HOBBITS! It was Hobbits, X gets the square!
I thought this whole exchange was amusing, and obviously Mark McGrath was reading a "bluff answer" the producers gave him. Actually, it sounded like one of Bruce Vilanch's jokes (he writes for the show). Anyway, just thought I'd share with you....
Much too hasty,