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
Comic legend Bob Hope died Sunday with a smile on his face but uttered no final words, his daughter Linda told reporters Monday. "Dad had an amazing send-off," she said. "I think all the good vibes he put out during his lifetime came back to take him up." Hope who died at his home in Toluca Lake, Calif. was surrounded by his family, including wife Dolores and their children, as well as his personal physician, several nurses and a priest. "It was a quiet and lovely evening," Linda added. "I can't tell you how beautiful and peaceful it was. The fact that there was a little audience gathered around, even though it was family, warmed dad's heart." President Bush, meanwhile, has ordered flags be flown at half-staff on Wednesday for Hope's private burial. A public memorial is slated for Aug. 27.
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
Unfaithful actress Diane Lane is suing a production company for nearly $3 million, claiming it failed to finance a film she was slated to appear in opposite Bruce Willis. Lane alleges that Intermedia Film Equities USA agreed to pay her $3.5 million to star in Me Again regardless of whether the movie ever got made. To date, Lane claims she has received just $833,000 for doing absolutely nothing.
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.