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Question: What color blood ...

Question: What color blood did Dr. Spock have? Also, how much money did Jack Benny win on The $64,000 Question? — Glenda D., Harrisburg, Pa.

Televisionary: Administering random testing now, are we, Glenda? Don't give the rest any ideas, please. And to any of you getting 'em, I'm just answering these because I feel like it.

First off, I wonder if you meant this to be a trick question. Famed pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock had red blood like the rest of us. But I'm betting you meant Star Trek's Mr. Spock (this is a TV-oriented column, after all). Because Spock (Leonard Nimoy) had a human mom and a vulcan dad, his blood was green (although it had some human characteristics, apparently — I'll let the Trek purists read more

Recurring Dreams? Sweet!

In case you nodded off the first time we told you, we'll repeat ourselves: Not only is American Dreams the rare family drama that you can actually watch with your family, but the 1960s-set sleeper hit is the only show on TV that leads you onto the dance floor by tugging at your heartstrings. Now you have no excuse not to tune in, either: Beginning Sunday, Aug. 3, NBC is replaying pivotal episodes from the first season, during which high school hoofers Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow) and Roxanne Bojarksi (Vanessa Lengies) tried out for American Bandstand.

Besides, if you don't get acquainted with the golden girls this summer — and trust us, to know them is to love them — you won't have any idea how funny executive producer Jonathan Prince's plans really are for boisterous, boy-crazy Roxanne. "I think what we want t read more


Several new faces will be clocking in on 24 this season. Film thesp Wendy Crewson (What Lies Beneath) has signed on for eight episodes, playing a possible love interest for one of the show's leading men. (I'd tell you which one, but then I'd get in big trouble.) Newcomer James Badgedale, meanwhile, has been cast as a young CTU agent partnered with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). read more


NBC may give actor-crooner-Will & Grace star Harry Connick Jr. his own sitcom, Variety reports. Word is the show would not be a spinoff of his W&G character, which is good because that so wouldn't be funny. read more


The fairytale romance between Liza Minnelli and David Gest is over. After 18 months of marriage, the couple have separated. No word on what caused the split, although rumor has it the last straw came when Minnelli started thinking for herself. read more


Rolling Stones icon Mick Jagger rang in his 60th birthday Saturday with a private bash in Prague. Didn't get an invitation. read more


Legendary entertainer Bob Hope — whose remarkable career spanned seven decades and encompassed vaudeville, radio, stage, television and film — died Sunday night of pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, Calif., two months after his 100th birthday. In a statement, President Bush said Monday that "the nation lost a great citizen" with Hope's passing. "Bob Hope served our nation when he went to battlefields to entertain thousands of troops from different generations. We extend our prayers to his family. God bless his soul." A&E, meanwhile, will air a two-hour Biography on Hope tonight at 8 pm/ET. For a tribute to Hope, penned by one of the comedian's former writers, click here. read more


Aaron Spelling is developing an hourlong drama series for the WB starring Full House grad Lori Loughlin. "It's called Summerland," Spelling tells TV Guide magazine in the current issue, on sale now. "It's about a single girl (Loughlin) whose sister and brother-in-law are killed in a fire, and [she ends up having] to raise their three kids." The show, which Loughlin pitched to Spelling herself, could air as early as midseason. read more


Never underestimate the power of cheap, disposable 3-D glasses, folks Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over claimed the top spot at the box office over the weekend, grossing a better-than-expected $32.5 million. That's nearly double what Spy Kids 2 earned during its opening weekend last summer. Also looking strong out of the gate: the Tobey Maguire Depression-era racehorse drama Seabiscuit, which debuted at No. 5 with $21.5 million. That's particularly impressive when you consider the film opened on half as many screens as Spy Kids 2. The news wasn't so good for Angelina Jolie. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life ranked fourth with $21.8 million, about half of what the first read more


Is there another scandal brewing in The West Wing? According to Variety, four of the show's stars — Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and John Spencer — are once again hitting up their bosses for a raise. The actors are allegedly seeking to double their per-episode take, which currently stands at a measly $80,000. Two years ago, the quartet threatened to skip work if Warner Bros. TV didn't meet their salary demands. Such a drama isn't expected to play out this time around. read more

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