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A new season of Scrubs would get half a dozen Chalkes and Braffs

by Jason Hughes, posted May 15th 2009 9:02AM
Sarah Chalke and Zach BraffIt looks like we're creeping closer and closer to ABC bringing Scrubs back for a ninth season. Now comes word that Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke have both inked deals to appear in six episodes, most likely at the beginning of the season to help set up the new J.D.-less Sacred Heart. Creator Bill Lawrence said that he responded well to Eliza Coupe's crotchety Denise (the intern with no bedside manner). He didn't seem to say much about the rest of the cast, but I think this could work.

Imagine transitioning Scrubs fully into a teaching hospital show. Instead of following one batch of interns, you can bring in a new batch every year or so. We can keep some of the good ones from prior classes, like Denise, but other than that it's new interns and we focus on the "teaching" staff, which would now include Turk. Donald Faison, Neil Flynn and John C. McGinley are on board for a full season, so that direction could definitely work. It would be a different kind of show, but if Lawrence stays involved it can still be a very funny show.

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what actor is new black surgeon? i remember he had a show on disney channel yearsss ago but i can tfind any information on him

June 16 2009 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vincent J. Murphy

The first 9th season ep should be named "Sunny Day is here again!"

May 15 2009 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is the extra syndication episodes worth that much for a revamped show? Is ABC just not thrilled about their new pilots? Could it be that they are bringing it back at a much lower cost?

Scrubs averaged a 1.9 in 18-49 this past season which is not the stuff of renewal for a mature show. Heck, it's demo ratings was lower than Life on Mars and equal to Dirty Sexy Money.

May 15 2009 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great interview. Thanks for the lynq.

May 15 2009 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You didn't mention the possibility of the format change. They are considering changing to a multi-camera format (think How I Met Your Mother). This would be an incredible waste of the hospital "set" that they are currently using (they may even move production to a studio as a cost-saving measure). If they insist on going forward with a (mostly) new cast and the format change, this new "Scrubs" really should have a new title.

May 15 2009 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Things may have changed since this interview, but I got the impression from a few interviews I read that he gave season 9 his blessing, but wasn't planning on being involved. Maybe I just have old information.

May 15 2009 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Read this interview


That's new information from 10 days ago. A really really great interview.

May 15 2009 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Didn't Lawrence already announce that if Scrubs continues, he wouldn't be involved? I thought he was now focusing on Cougar Town.

May 15 2009 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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