Television: What's My Online?

MTV opens a new quiz show to surfers at home

No element of the social contract is more fundamental to our way of life than the sacred covenant between the TV set and our butts. We secure the latter firmly to the couch; the former vouchsafes to deliver a stream of car chases and oh-no-they-locked-themselves-in-the-walk-in-freezer episodes. This arrangement has seen us through the cold war, presidential scandals, even the final season of Roseanne. But this week a new interactive music-trivia show on MTV aims to upset that tradition by introducing a third party: the keyboard.

webRIOT (weekdays, 5 p.m. E.T./P.T.) is, frankly, a fairly unremarkable quiz show: four contestants watch videos...

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