Is Scrubs on the way to ABC?
But the network hemmed and hawed about making those wrap-up episodes. So now ABC Studios is finally talking about making the long-threatened move of moving the show to its parent network, ABC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two Disney-owned companies are in negotiation to bring 18 episodes to the alphabet network, likely starting next fall.
The THR article also goes on to mention that NBC was caught off-guard by these negotiations; they were reluctant to pick up new episodes of Scrubs for the fall, given that they had a number of episodes already shot. But Lawrence was adamant about giving his seven-year-old series some closure, hinting that he might even have the final episodes go straight to DVD. The headline of the story says the Peacock folks are "irked," but who knows... they might only be slightly perturbed (UPDATE: NBC is more than "irked;" they're still in negotiations to keep the show, according to Variety).
Network switches are rare but not new. Taxi spent its final season on NBC after being on ABC after four years. Diff'rent Strokes did the reverse, gasping its last breath on ABC after a long NBC run. JAG started on NBC and moved to CBS after one season. Then, of course, there's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which moved from The WB to UPN.
I'm torn about this. Normally, hearing that one of my favorite shows might get more episodes would make me happy. But Scrubs has been so uneven during the last season-and-a-half, I'm not sure I want more episodes. I was completely ready to see the show end this season, with the frustrating J.D. / Elliot storyline, among others, finally wrapped up. To get to the goal line, only to see that it's been moved further away, can be disheartening. But, for all we know, a switch in networks might give Lawrence and his crew a creative boost. All I really want to see is some sort of conclusion; that's not much to ask, is it?[thanks to Segsig, Tim Hess, and Jeff Stiefer for the tip!]