TV Guile We changed one letter in the title of a popular TV show and re-wrote the description based on the new name. Contestants buzz in to guess what it is.
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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Hey, Jonathan, today on ASK ME ANOTHER, we're going to play a game about original names of famous bands, so how about a speed round?

JONATHAN COULTON: Sure.

EISENBERG: Original name of Simon and Garfunkel.

COULTON: Tom and Jerry.

EISENBERG: Original name of Earth, Wind and Fire.

COULTON: The Salty Peppers.

EISENBERG: Yes. Original name of the movie "Moonlight."

COULTON: "La La Land."

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: From NPR and WNYC, coming to you from The Bell House in beautiful Brooklyn, N.Y., it's NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia, ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now, here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Thank you, Jonathan. We've got a great show for you. Four brilliant contestants are backstage waiting to play our nerdy games and endorsing each other on LinkedIn, but only one will be our big winner. And our special guest stars in the CBS show "Madam Secretary" and he's voiced the cartoon Superman.

I think the bar is a lot lower to be a hero these days. Like, if Superman were invented in 2017, he'd have different powers, like he reads the entire news story before retweeting it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: He votes in local elections. When he texts five more minutes, he shows up in five more minutes. He likes birds. He flies coach. He's Tim Daly.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Our first two contestants will play a word game where we twist up TV shows. Why watch "Game Of Thrones" when you can binge "Gams Of Thrones?" First up, Rebecca Gadzuk on buzzer number one.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: You work in financial systems for Spotify. Welcome.

REBECCA GADZUK: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Your opponent is Sam Keener on buzzer number two.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: You are a middle school math teacher. Welcome.

SAM KEENER: Thank you.

EISENBERG: So the first of you who wins two of our games will move on to the final round at the end of the show. We'll start with a word game. In each clue, we've changed one letter in the title of a popular television show and then rewrote the show's description based on the new title. OK, so let's go to our puzzle guru Art Chung for an example.

ART CHUNG: If I said celebrities quickstep and tango while displaying marks left from surgery and stabbings, you'd answer "Dancing With The Scars," changing one letter in "Dancing With The Stars."

EISENBERG: So we're looking for the new title with one letter changed. Here we go. Steve Urkel helps his neighbors make fedoras and sombreros.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sam.

KEENER: "Family Hatters?"

EISENBERG: That's right. Yeah, "Family Hatters" with the famous catchphrase, did I do hat?

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Terrible.

EISENBERG: Yeah? Boo?

COULTON: One star. One star.

EISENBERG: Boo, boo. Lena Dunham and her HBO pals develop the ability to talk about their millennial problems while breathing underwater.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sam.

KEENER: "Gills?"

EISENBERG: "Gills" is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Famously criticized for featuring mostly whitefish...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: ...Because they spend their 20s floundering around?

COULTON: These are all better than the other one.

EISENBERG: Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum help judge who in the United States grows the best marijuana.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rebecca.

GADZUK: I just buzzed in because I was trying to get into the games.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

GADZUK: So let me just think about this for - pot judges (laughter)?

EISENBERG: One of my favorite television shows.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: "Pot Judges" - good guess, not what we're looking for. Sam, can you steal?

KEENER: "America's Pot Talent."

EISENBERG: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Intercourse researchers in the 1960s squander opportunities to get it on.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rebecca.

GADZUK: "Sex Spenders (ph)."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That is incorrect. Sam, can you steal?

KEENER: "Wasters Of Sex."

EISENBERG: Yeah, "Wasters Of Sex." That's right. Masters - "Masters Of Sex" to "Wasters Of Sex." This is fantastic. All right. In this reality show, Mr. Saget (ph), Mr. Costas (ph) and Mr. The Builder (ph) wear disguises to spy on their employees.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rebecca.

GADZUK: OK, the show is like "Undercover Boss," right?

EISENBERG: OK, yeah.

GADZUK: OK, OK, so...

EISENBERG: I mean, I'm just being positive. I can't tell you if that's the answer.

GADZUK: And it's Bobs - "Undercover Bobs."

EISENBERG: "Undercover Bobs."

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I loved watching you add oil to the pan and then turn on the fire.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That was great. Correct. Life in a women's prison gets hilarious when prisoners fill in the last word of statements in the style of the game show "Match Game." You can talk it out.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rebecca.

GADZUK: "Who's In Jail."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yeah. The original show is "Who's On Jail."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK. Again, high points for creativity. Sam, can you steal?

KEENER: "Orange Is The New Blank."

EISENBERG: That is correct, yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: OK. This is your last clue. On this Comedy Central series, Alanna and Abby are two 20-something women enjoying all the sourdough and pumpernickel New York City has to offer.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GADZUK: "Bread City."

EISENBERG: Rebecca, that is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: I wish we could award some style points to Rebecca, but Sam congratulations. You are one step closer to the final round.

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