''Gilmore Girls'' phone number links to charity -- Luke's cell phone number on the show connects to a real-life message from his portrayer.
Not all phone numbers on TV are five-five-five fake.
The season 5 premiere of Gilmore Girls saw Luke get a new cell phone number (860-294-1986 - since disconnected) that actually worked (at the time), connecting callers to a very enthusiastic, very un-Luke-like message from actor Scott Patterson asking for donations to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore.
Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino confesses the real-live digits satisfy more than altruistic urges.
"If I hear someone say ‘555’ on television, I’m going to put my own head through a wall,” she laughs.
Her loathing of fake TV phone numbers led to the purchase of an actual one.
Knowing fans would call, Sherman-Palladino left it up to Patterson, who has been involved with various charities, to choose the message.
"It’s kind of nice," she says, "anytime you can be associated with something a little bit hopeful."
Following Amy Sherman-Palladino's generosity - for a limited time a portion of the proceeds from the All Things Gilmore Mug Club, & the All Things Gilmore Collection will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Support sick children and get some awesome swag at the same time. All thanks to the brilliant ASP.