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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 08/29/2006

Celebritology 101: Pop Quiz

By Liz Kelly

Who is the smartest celeb of them all... today?

a. Eric McCormack, who has handily prevented any chance of future TV mediocrity by actually choosing to avoid sitcom work now that his eight-season (syndicated) run with "Will & Grace" has come to an end.

b. Meredith Vieira, who recently called "The View" a "joke" and says she no longer watches now that she is moving on to co-host the "Today" show.

c. Every D-list celebrity and rusty musician who chose NOT to participate in "Celebrity Duets."

d. Paris Hilton, just because.

Your answer: ________________

(Answer key after the jump)

Eric McCormack. (AP)

Correct Answer: a, Eric McCormack. Despite some encouraging progress made by Julia-Louis Dreyfus, McCormack learned a valuable lesson from other recent must-see-TV sitcom alums who can't seem to get past their earlier success to build a new audience (See Alexander, Jason; Kudrow, Lisa; LeBlanc, Matt).

Why not b, Meredith Vieira? Because the rest of us knew "The View" was a joke quite some time ago. Star Jones Reynolds-gate and soon-to-be-"Viewer" Rosie O'Donnell's Web whining only make the punchline that much sadder.

Why not c, D-list celebs and rusty singers? Because option c was merely filler and it doesn't take much of an IQ to run screaming from any show that would dare to possibly pair Alfonso Ribiero with Kenny Loggins (And yes, I'm already sickeningly fascinated with this show).

Why not d, Paris Hilton? Surely, you jest.

By Liz Kelly  | August 29, 2006; 10:39 AM ET
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I can't believe "The View" is even still on. Watching these ladies talk over each other and delight in their fool opinions on anything and everything is embarrassing for articulate --nay, all-- women. Morons.

Posted by: R | August 29, 2006 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I do believe that Eric MCormack made the right decision. While I love him as an actor and enjoyed the show for eight years, I do believe that if a spin-off were created or even an entirely different show, as a fan, I'd be living for cameos from Debra (Grace); Megan (Karen); and my fav, Sean (Jack)! The repeats are enough for me right now!!!

Posted by: Kyla S. | August 29, 2006 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone think it's odd that Meredith Viera in essence is saying she watched the show before she left?

Posted by: MD | August 29, 2006 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It's quaint that you actually believe McCormack won't do sitcom work anymore...

I'll bet he's drinking from that trough in under 3 years when he starts to miss the prestige and $$$ that's sorely lacking in the theater biz.

Posted by: Frank | August 29, 2006 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree with M. Vieira, The View jumped the shark a while back. Having Rosie O'Donnell show up is like hiring Ted McGinley to save a sitcom.

Posted by: mart | August 29, 2006 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Unintended truth in PR department:

Jessica Simpson has throat troubles and has been ordered to pipe down.

According to her publicist Rob Shuter: "She sounds a little off, but, you know, she can't sing."

*raised eyebrow*

Posted by: byoolin | August 29, 2006 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I believe Eric McCormack DID already have a tv show post W&G - it was short-lived on Lifetime, something about the ins and outs of a dating service. Might have been slightly improv. He was definately on it at least once and a producer.

Posted by: citymouse | August 29, 2006 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey, let's stop the McGinley-bashing. While he is associated with the jumping and the sharking and the glavin, when he was called in to pinch-hit on Married with Children, his involvement didn't doom the franchise. And say what you will about MWC's low-brow appeal, but that show, along with the Simpsons, was responsible for keeping the Fox afloat long enough not be become the CW.

Posted by: Party of One | August 29, 2006 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope you are running away from answer C because of Loggins and not Ribiero. I saw Ribiero in New York a couple of years ago starring in a concert version of the old Sammy Davis Jr. show "Golden Boy," and he was excellent. He also starred on Broadway decades ago in "The Tap Dance Kid." He has the vocal chops.

Posted by: Theater Fan | August 29, 2006 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Lucy Lawless also has the chops; like Catherine Zeta-Jones she trained for musical theater.

Posted by: dwarf planet | August 29, 2006 4:23 PM | Report abuse

And let's face it -- some of us are still so obsessively fascinated by a certain warrior princess that we'll try to get a Xena-high off the fumes on Duets.

Xena trivia of the day: Did you know LL sung for herself in Xena's two musical episodes?

Posted by: Rita | August 29, 2006 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't McCormack just complaining that he can't get hired because he's now typecast for playing a gay man? That's a much more logical explanation than that he's suddenly developed taste or judgement in choosing roles.

Posted by: BCM | August 29, 2006 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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