PASADENA, Calif. -- WNED-TV got a big name -- Donald Faison of "Scrubs" -- to host a national program about financial literacy, "Your Life, Your Money," and as a result got a place in the PBS portion of the Television Critics Association press tour here.
Unfortunately, an hour before the Saturday session for the Sept. 9 program, Faison was called away for a family emergency and had to cancel his appearance.
The session went on with executive producer John Grant, producer Tom Simon and financial expert Beth Kobliner but attendance suffered. About 50 critics were in attendance, far below the number that likely would have been there if Faison had appeared.
"It was disappointing, but there was nothing you can do about it," said Grant afterward. "But I was pleased with the turnout and it would have been bigger if Donald had been there."
Faison's agent told Grant that his client felt badly about canceling and would do phone interviews for the program at a later date.
Fortunately, I interviewed Faison over coffee hours before he was called away. In Tuesday's Buffalo News, I will give a full report on why Faison agreed to host Channel 17's program. Faison also talked about the future of his character, Dr. Chris Turk, on the new edition of "Scrubs." It is set at a hospital on a college campus where Turk teaches surgery. Faison said he and John C. McGinley (Dr. Perry Cox) will appear in all episodes of the new show and Zach Braff (Dr. John Dorian or J.D.) will appear in six episodes.
What do you think about ABC's decision to continue "Scrubs" with a new cast in a new setting?
-- Alan Pergament