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Fictional Journalists

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On Sunday night, HBO premiered the second season of The Newsroom, the fictional story of the behind-the-scenes events at a cable news channel. Like Murphy Brown before it, The Newsroom gives the average viewer a glimpse into the lives of journalists. Here, six of our favorite fictional journalists.

Murphy Brown

This famous investigative journalist and news anchor shattered the glass ceiling in the late '80s.

Kent Brockman

The Simpsons' newsman is grumpy, self-centered and opinionated.

Will McAvoy

The Newsroom's Will McAvoy is known for "not bothering anyone."

The Newsman

This ancillary Muppet character shares news flashes. Here's a collection of some of his funniest.

Lois Lane

This hard-hitting reporter worked alongside Clark Kent.

Ted Baxter

The Mary Tyler Moore Show took place in the newsroom of a Minneapolis TV news show.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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