Question: With all of the media attention surrounding the death of the legendary Katharine Hepburn, I learned that she also had an Emmy. What was this TV-movie and when was it made? Caroline, Memphis, Tenn.
Televisionary: The late Ms. Hepburn was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program for ABC's 1975 production of Love Among the Ruins. She co-starred with Laurence Olivier (the only time she did so) in the Victorian London-based love story, which was directed by film legend George Cukor.
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
Question: This may be more complicated (okay, boring) a question than you normally answer, but I was wondering about Hee Haw. I forget which one, but I seem to remember it being a network show. So how come it was on my local UHF station for all those years? I know UHF reveals my age here. Thank you, oh wise one. Rick G., Tullahoma, Tenn.
Televisionary: I reckon that's the first time I've seen "complicated" and "Hee Haw" in the same sentence, Rick. But then, that show was full of surprises.
As opposed to the syndicated reruns of network shows you see on your local stations (and yes, I grew up watching UHF, too way back in the days when you needed two dials and two kinds of antennae to watch the tube), Hee Haw was a first-run syndicated show for most of its 24-year lifespan. But it did indeed debut on CBS in June 1969, and quickly became a surprise hit for the network.
Now, the term "surprise" really comes into play here becaus
Question: Martin Short was in an '80s TV show in which he had black, gelled-up hair, a yellow-plaid shirt with black pants, and said "ya might say" a lot. It was a kids show, and he turned into a cartoon. Help! Jaime M.
Televisionary: You're thinking of the funnyman's wacky Ed Grimley, the dweeby guy with the slicked-up 'do who was initially seen on SCTV. When Short moved to Saturday Night Live for the 1984-85 season, Ed became a staple of that show, too.
But the version you're thinking of was a mostly animated Saturday-morning version that aired for a year on NBC beginning in September 1988. (I say "mostly" because the "Count Floyd" segments were live-action.) SCTV vets Andrea Martin and
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
You've heard lots about kids like Jack Osbourne and Nicole Richie. They're the spoiled scions of celebrities, who end up in drug rehab and police stations, not to mention embarrassing themselves on reality TV shows. Despite their cash, it's hard to envy these laughingstocks. But what about the lesser known trust fund babies of gazillionaire industrialists? This fall, HBO's documentary Born Rich peeks into the private, privileged lives of kids too rich (and not quite dumb enough) to bother living The Simple Life.
Born Rich producer Jamie Johnson, 20, is an heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. As he told reporters at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour in Hollywood, getting his wealthy peers to agree to interviews wasn't easy. Sure, Ivanka Trump daughter of Donald and Ivan
In NBC's fall drama, The Lyon's Den, Rob Lowe plays good guy attorney Jack Turner, a senator's son who works at a shady Washington, D.C., law firm. One of Jack's first lines in the pilot "I don't like politics" suggests that star/executive producer Lowe is taking a crack at his ex-employer, The West Wing. Is he?
"Not a crack against it at all," Lowe, 39, insisted at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour in Hollywood. "That was an amazing, wonderful chapter that I'm really, really proud of. It was more of a knowing wink to the audience that there's a new sheriff in town."
For an actor who claimed to "love Aaron Sorkin," calling him "a genius" during the TCA session, Lowe sure did lots of moaning about the former WW head writer's scripts. Specifical