As we move into the heart of the summer, test your knowledge on some of the TV shows offered this season.
Note that the answers are listed with the questions, so no cheating!
Which of these new series is based on a trilogy of vampire novels co-written by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro?
A. Seed, July 14 on The CW
B. The Strain, July 13 on FX
C. Vicious, July 6 on PBS
D. Legends, Aug. 13 on TNT
Which former sitcom from ABC’s 1990s TGIF comedy block is getting a follow-up series on Disney Channel debuting Friday?
A. Step By Step
B. Family Matters
C. Boy Meets World
D. Perfect Strangers
Answer: C. Girl Meets World is centered on Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga’s (Danielle Fishel) daughter. Savage and Fishel will return as regulars in the new series, with a number of former Boy stars dropping by for guest roles.
The sophomore Netflix series Hemlock Grove (July 11) stars which member of the Skarsgård family?
A. Father Stellan Skarsgård
B. Son Alexander Skarsgård
C. Son Gustaf Skarsgård
D. Son Bill Skarsgård
Answer: D. Bill Skarsgård stars in Hemlock Grove while brothers Alexander and Gustaf star in True Blood and Vikings, respectively.
Franklin & Bash, which returns to TNT Aug. 13, stars Breckin Meyer and what former teen TV star in the titular roles?
A. Joey Lawrence
B. John Francis Daley
C. Fred Savage
D. Mark-Paul Gosselaar
NBC’s new comedy Welcome to Sweden (July 10) features the sibling of which Saturday Night Live alum?
A. Amy Poehler
B. Tina Fey
C. Seth Meyers
D. Darrell Hammond
Answer: A. Greg Poehler and sister Amy Poehler created the series based on his life in Sweden.
#CandidlyNicole, premiering July 17 on VH1, is centered on what famous Nicole?
A. Nicole Snooki Polizzi
B. Nicole Richie
C. Nicole Kidman
D. Nicole Scherzinger
Answer: B. The reality show is based on Richie’s AOL Web series.
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle returns Aug. 18 on VH1. What is rapper T.I.’s real name?
A. Randy Ryan Clifford III
B. Harris Anderson Randolph
C. Curtis Joseph Williams
D. Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.
Syfy’s Wizard Wars, which premieres Aug. 19, is what?
A. Reality series challenging magicians to create illusions
B. Drama series about a secret branch of the U.S. military during WWII
C. Reality series about guys that grow really long white beards
D. Mystery-thriller series featuring a family of dragon-riders protecting their homeland from an evil sorcerer
Answer: A. Penn & Teller headline the competition series.
Which of these series debuted in the summer?
A. Northern Exposure
B. The Wire
D. All of the above
Answer: D. Northern Exposure premiered July 12, 1990, on CBS; The Wire debuted June 2, 2002, on HBO; Seinfeld premiered May 31, 1990, on NBC.
Last summer’s kitsch movie Sharknado became an instant hit on social media. Syfy is following it up July 30 with a sequel titled what?
A. Sharknado: Here We Blow Again
C. Sharknado: The Second One
D. Teeth on the Wind
Answer: C. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid star again.