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Question: I've heard there will be a new daytime serial on NBC called "Passions." When will it start and what is the general storyline? -- J.H., Austin, TexasAnswer: The new daytime drama has been described by producers as " 'Peyton Place' meets 'The X-Files.' " Passion will follow the lives and loves of four families in the picture-perfect New England town of Harmony. Watch for its premiere on July 5.

Question: My 4-year-old daughter loved the show "Two of a Kind" with the Olsen twins, but lately it hasn't been on. Has it been canceled? -- J.C., Rocklin, Calif.

Answer: Since you wrote in, ABC has put "Two of Kind" back in the Friday night lineup temporarily. The Olsen sitcom has been officially canceled. Your daughter can, however, celebrate Mary-Kate and Ashley's 13th birthday with an Olsen marathon June 13 from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. ET on Fox Family Channel.

Question: I'm trying to get information about a movie I saw on TV several years ago. It was the life story of Rosemary Clooney played by Sondra Locke. Can you tell me the title and if it's available on video? -- R.H., Arnold, Calif.

Answer: The 1982 TV bio was titled "Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story." It featured the singing voice of Clooney and was based on her autobiography "This For Remembrance." The CBS movie was released on home video at one time, but you may have a hard time finding it on the shelf today. I checked two online video services, amazon.com and reel.com, and neither had the title available. Your best bet may be to keep watching the TV schedules for a replay of "Rosie."

Question: We have a bet going about how long "NYPD Blue" has been on the air. The guesses so far are 12, 9 and 6 years. -- L.C., Hamburg, N.Y.

Answer: Producer Steven Bochco's hard-edged police drama debuted on Sept. 21, 1993, but advance word of the show's salty language and nude scenes prompted stations in some TV markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth, to refuse to air it. "NYPD Blue" begins its seventh season in the fall.

Question: What has happened to "That '70s Show"? We haven't seen it for weeks. Has it been canceled? -- J.J., Renton, Wash.

Answer: The disco-era sitcom ended its first season March 14 with a "Star Trek" episode. Fox has ordered 25 new shows for the 1999-2000 season, which begins in June.

Question: Eddie Murphy's new show "The PJs" is one of the funniest and most clever cartoon series to come down the pike in a long, long time. The characters are just too wonderful, as is the humor. How is the show made? Is it Claymation, puppets or a combination of both? -- T.F., Wagoner, Okla.

Answer: The Fox series is animated by the Will Vinton Studios, creators of the Claymation process used in the California Raisins commercials and cartoon series and the Toys TV ad for Nissan. "The PJs," a collaboration of Will Vinton Studios, Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment, Eddie Murphy and Touchstone Television, uses a stop-motion dimensional animation technique called foamation.

Question: At the end of the April 19 "Ally McBeal" episode, a singer made a surprise appearance at the the club and sang a special song. Who was he and what was the name of the song? -- Ally Fan, Dallas

Answer: That was deep-voiced soul artist Barry White singing "You're the First, the Last, My Everything." The 1970s hit is available on his "Greatest Hits" album.

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