Zach Braff, Scrubs
Question: I know that you have finally given The Office the credit it is due, but there is still an argument that Scrubs should be paired with My Name Is Earl. Why does it have to be one or the other? I grew up with two full hours of NBC comedy hits on Thursday nights. Why can't NBC put together another Thursday-night powerhouse and have all three of the shows on Thursday?
Answer: You would think, wouldn't you? (And more than a few weighed in with this very thought.) So let this be my latest (by no means my first) cry for NBC to have some common sense and decency and put Scrubs back where it belongs, on Thursdays, if not to close this season out — that seems too much to ask — then to jumpstart next season. The idea of Scrubs leading into an Earl-Office combo, with some unknown comedy filling the first half hour, is my idea of comedy heaven. Unfortunately, NBC has always had a tin ear for this sort of thing, and even in the best of days (the Cheers/Seinfeld/Frasier eras), there was
Clockwise from top left: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Seinfeld
Question: Please help settle a bet between my brother and myself. The loser has to buy tickets to a Braves game. I say Larry David showed up on Seinfeld a few times, but my brother says he didn't. What do you say? Who's right?
Answer: Assuming your brother has to buy a ticket for you, Phil, I say enjoy the game. Your brother may not have recognized him, but David did pop up on the show during its eight-year run, which started in May 1990.
Most fans know that Seinfeld cocreator David (Fridays, Curb Your Enthusiasm) provided the voice of George Steinbrenner on the show. That alone, I'm thinking, wouldn't settle your bet since your bro might try to
Question: My husband says that Karen of Will & Grace appeared in a Seinfeld episode as one of George's girlfriends. I don't think so. Can you verify this? Thanks.
Answer: Get ready to change that line of thinking then, Lili. Hubby's right on this one.
Megan Mullally, who picked up an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2000 for her work as Karen Walker, snotty socialite and assistant to Grace (Debra Messing) on the hit comedy, did indeed lend her talent to the Seinfeld crew in a Season 4 episode. As hubby says, she played Betsy, one of George Costanza's (Jason Alexander) brief love interests (if the word "love" ever applied to him) in the episode "The Implant."
If you recall, the main story was that Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) dumped a girlfriend (Teri Hatcher
Perhaps to save us from Jason Alexander's take on "Relax," NBC has pulled the plug on its I'm a Celebrity But I Wanna Be a Pop Star competition, which had already begun casting and was being hyped with on-air promos. The surprise decision appears to stem from disagreements between NBC and the production company, Granada America, on production costs, says Variety. NBC's move clears the field for Fox's planned celebrity version of American Idol and Rick Schroder's take on "Relax."
As Thanksgiving approaches, so do those warm, fuzzy holiday TV-movies. This year, NBC gives us former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Nov. 28 at 9 pm/ET, in case you're TiVoing whilst out gift shopping). This musical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale costars Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, Ally McBeal's Jane Krakowksi and ex-Neutrogena hawker Jennifer Love Hewitt. Now there's a helluva cast!
Grammer, who's a hammy delight in Carol, says it was heartening to play ol' Scrooge, "a man redeemed by love." Here's how he sums up his miser-makes-good gig: "In playing Scrooge," the 49-year-old actor says, "I discovered something extraordinary. That Tiny Tim character represents all the hopes of childhood. It was Scrooge's childhood that was robbed from him. I think it is our childhoods for which we mourn as we grow older — the dreams that didn't pay off or c