- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 17, 2007

‘Scrubs’ off Broadway

NBC’s “Scrubs” often has used music to creative effect, but the medical sitcom is taking that to a new level with tonight’s episode.

“Scrubs: My Musical,” airing at 9, features songs written by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, the Tony Award-winning composers of Broadway’s “Avenue Q” — often called the adult version of “Sesame Street.”

One “Q” star, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, even joins in the fun in a guest-starring role. “Scrubs” writers have come up with a clever plot device for her character to check into the fictional Sacred Heart Hospital for help when everything she hears turns into a song. Even her doctors sing: “Sometimes you’re better off not knowing / But this isn’t one of those times. / Your world’s become a musical /And your doctors speak in rhymes.”

Some songs click; others don’t — and another song, “Everything Comes Down to Poo,” falls in the latter category. Still, the episode is a fun romp that showcases the undiscovered musical talents of several “Scrubs” regulars. Show stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison have fun explaining “guy love” in one tune, but Judy Reyes (Nurse Carla) shows she really has the singing chops as she debates whether to return to work or stay home with her new baby.

K-Fed the pitchman

Britney Spears no longer wants him as her husband, and audiences haven’t embraced his rap music career, but Kevin Federline has Nationwide on his side.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., known for its “On Your Side” slogan, plans to run a national ad during the Super Bowl, and K-Fed has been tapped to star, the Columbus, Ohio-based company announced yesterday. Super Bowl XLI airs Feb. 4 on CBS.

The 30-second spot, set to air in the game’s third quarter, will be the latest installment in Nationwide’s “Life Comes at You Fast” ad campaign. Previous celebrity ads in the series have featured Fabio and MC Hammer.

In the new commercial, Mr. Federline, 28, goes from starring in a rap video surrounded by beauties and bling to working at a fast-food joint.

Miss Spears, 25, filed for divorce from Mr. Federline in November after two years of marriage. The couple have two sons.

Mr. Federline’s debut rap album, “Playing With Fire,” sold a dismal 6,500 copies in its first week of release last fall.

Fox rules the roost

Football helped the Fox network to a ratings win last week, Nielsen Media Research reports — a winning streak that likely will continue in the weeks ahead with the return of the network’s “American Idol,” which attracted 37.3 million viewers to its sixth season opener Tuesday night.

Overall, Fox averaged 15.2 million viewers. In second place, CBS averaged 12.8 million viewers. ABC had 8.7 million viewers and NBC had 8.4 million. Following were the CW with 2.8 million and the I network with 790,000. viewers.

For the week of Jan. 8 through 14, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1. BCS Championship Football — Ohio State vs. Florida, Fox, 28.8 million; 2. NFC Playoffs — Philadelphia at New Orleans, Fox, 27.4 million; 3. AFC Playoffs Post-game — New England at San Diego, CBS, 24.64 million; 4. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 23 million; and 5. “House,” Fox, 17.7 million.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Kelly Jane Torrance from staff and wire reports.

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