I have to start paying more attention to those doctors milling about in the background on Scrubs, because for the life of me I don't ever recall seeing actress Elizabeth Banks (Slither, 40 Year Old Virgin). But on May 9, not only will we learn that she's been there the whole time (wink, wink), but we'll discover that she's got a crush on J.D. (Zach Braff). Banks' arc will continue into the season finale on May 16 and, assuming the show will return for a sixth season (NBC, don't make me come over there!), she'll likely be back in the fall.
BTW, not to sound like a broken record or anything, but Scrubs is seriously enjoying its best season creatively to date. No show right now makes me laugh harder or with more consistency. And don't even get me started on the cast. Oh, go ahead and get me started. Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison and Judy Reyes are da bomb diggity. Funniest TV quartet since Seinfeld's fears
Question: I saw in the Biz column that NBC has not yet decided if they will renew Scrubs. So this leads to a series of questions: Why would a network that has a limited number of quality shows even think about letting one of them go off the air? If the show is struggling, why does NBC refuse to put it on Thursday, where it could become part of a great comedy lineup? Finally, if it isn't renewed by NBC, could it be picked up by ABC? I think I read that someone at ABC was part of the team that developed it for NBC. I really do hope it survives, because it is a shame to see shows go off the air that have some sense of originality and can actually make you laugh. Thanks for the time.
Answer: All are legitimate questions, and most have been asked repeatedly during a season when NBC often treated Scrubs, despite its Emmy nominations and general acclaim, as if it were toxic and contagious. We've speculated before that if NBC dropped Scrubs at this point, ABC might jump at it, given that the
Question: Admit it: You have a man-crush on Josh Holloway.
Answer: Not so much, actually. Matthew Fox? Sure. Donald Faison? Definitely. Wentworth Miller? Um, duh. But Josh? I don't see it.
Question: Couldn't agree more with your comment about Scrubs' Donald Faison doing some of the best comedic work on TV. His rendition of "Poison" was perfection. That episode will never leave my TiVo.
Answer: Yeah, I've got that one saved on my FauxVo, right next to the final four Arrested Developments (talk about perfection) and the last six episodes of Battlestar Galactica, which I haven't seen yet. (I'm planning a marathon this weekend.)
Take heart, Love Monkey fans. There's a silver lining to the show's untimely demise — it freed Tom Cavanagh up to return to Scrubs! Sources say Mr. C. returned to the set this week to reprise his role as Zach Braff's older bro. In the episode, slated to air in April, Dan comes to town to avoid a job interview his mother has set up for him.
Speaking of Scrubs, is it just me, or is the show on freakin' fire this season? And let's give a big round of applause to Donald Faison, who, IMHO, is doing the best comedic work on the tube right now. Just when I thought he couldn't top that brilliant kung-fu sequence, he goes and fronts Sacred Heart's first all-boy air band. Genius I tell you, genius!
Scrubs Hold on a sec — let me make sure I fully understand what's going on here. Not only do we get an entire episode celebrating the honor and glory of the great American air band, but we also get air versions of Loverboy, Boston, Fountains of Wayne and Bel Biv DeVoe? Somebody pinch me. And for those of you who adored Turk's "Kung Fu Fighting" sequence last month, I submit for your approval the sheer magic that is his performance of BBD's "Poison." (Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that Donald Faison has had that choreography in his back pocket since junior high? Three words: aged to perfection.) Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I suppose I'm ready to move on to our relevant bit of sweeps-related stunt casting. Get it? Beca
Alfre Woodard in Something New
In the romantic comedy Something New, in theaters today, Sanaa Lathan plays an upwardly mobile African American who, despite cries of foul from friends and family, finds herself falling in love with Simon Baker's hunky landscaper. Helping the conflicted miss sort through her feelings is Desperate Housewives' Alfre Woodard, playing mom to Lathan — as she did in Love & Basketball. TVGuide.com spoke with Woodard about Something New's important message, the certain something she brings to the table, and, of course, life on Wisteria Lane.
TVGuide.com: Just recently, I interviewed your Something New
Donald Faison, Scrubs
Tonight at 9 pm/ET, NBC's Scrubs presents its 100th episode, featuring — no, not the death of someone close to Clark Kent — a humorous homage to The Wizard of Oz. This week's second helping guest-stars Jason Bateman and a whole lotta angry ostriches. Is this show officially off the hook? TVGuide.com spoke with Donald Faison, aka Turk, about crafting Scrubs' weekly remedy for the prime-time blahs.
TVGuide.com: Donald Faison, pardon my French, but you are on one damn funny show.Donald Faison: Thanks, but where did you speak French in that?
TVGuide.com: Um, when I said "Faison"? So do you get that a lot, people telling you that Scrubs
Scrubs doc Donald Faison has been tapped to host Spike TV's The Playbook, a half-hour series that is being billed as the "ultimate guide for guys." Via a series of comedic vignettes, the show — debuting Dec. 3 — will address such guy-centric topics as sex, gambling and car-buying. And if there's time, the impact of today's empowered woman on the global workplace. — Additional reporting by Ben Katner and Matt Webb Mitovich
Question: I agree with you that Keri Russell is a total goddess. Anything in store for other cast members from the show? I know Keri has MI3, Scott Speedman is doing Underworld 2 and Donald Faison is on Scrubs, but what about the others?
Answer: Let's see… Amy Jo Johnson has a recurring role in ABC's midseason dramedy What About Brian?, which counts J.J. Abrams among its exec producers. And Amanda Foreman is the only reason to watch the Sept. 23 premiere of NBC's still-born fertility-clinic drama Inconceivable. She plays a brash surrogate mother to two gay dads and she's in full-tilt Meghan mode. God, I miss that show.