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Scrubs goes back to school

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jun 22nd 2009 11:45AM
As it's been speculated in the last months, Scrubs will not be the same when entering its ninth season. We know that Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke have both inked deals to appear in only six episodes and that, since Donald Faison's pilot wasn't picked up, rumors were going around that Scrubs 2.0 could revolve around Turk and medical school.

Confirmation has finally arrived and the show will indeed go through an extreme makeover that will take the action from the hospital to medical school.

Slight spoilers coming up!

Series creator Bill Lawrence confirmed a few days ago to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello that the ninth season of the show would center around med school where Dr. Cox, played by John C. McGinley, and Turk would be professors.

Fans, be advised that the the ninth season will almost be a different show. "It'll still be life-and-death stakes, but if the show is just Scrubs again in the hospital with a different person's voiceover, it would be a disaster and people would be mad," Lawrence told Ausiello in interview.

Fear not, Sacred Heart is not a place of the past. Students will have to make their way to the hospital on occasions as Med students in their first three years must spend some time in a hospital. This means that we will see some Scrubs familiar faces. As mentioned before Braff and Chalke agreed to appear in a few episodes. Other familiar faces will be Judy Reyes and Ken Jenkins, who both agreed to make guest appearances. Since Neil Flynn has a lead role in a new ABC sitcom, don't expect the Janitor to be seen cleaning the Sacred Heart halls nor the classrooms. No word yet on if the other supporting characters will pop up once in a while.

The main cast of the ninth season will be comprised of McGinley and Faison along with newcomers who'll mostly play the students.

Now that details of next season have been confirmed, do you think you'll watch this Scrubs 2.0? Why? Why not? Also, a "named" actor is set to be cast in one of the new roles. Which actor/actress would you like to see join the show and in what type of role? Let your voice be heard in comments below and in our poll.

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As they said in Family Guy Scrubs is the best show you aren't watching. I don't think Scrubs ever got the respect it deserved moving fron slot to slot. I will watch every Scrubs I can PERRY COX Rules!

August 31 2009 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think this sounds pretty good, I liked the competitive relationship between Turk and Perry in Scrubs, so seeing them working together as teachers would be pretty cool. I don't think it would be the same without JD's monologues and funny daydreams leading the way, though.
I hope it rules!

August 18 2009 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

With Earl being cancelled, I maybe Ethan Suplee could join them?

June 27 2009 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


I thought they wrapped up the show well enough in May that I don't need to watch anymore. Unfortunately, this attempt to "revitalize" the series just smells like offal, an obvious attempt to cash in on a series with an established fan base, much like M*A*S*H and After M*A*S*H.

June 23 2009 at 2:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Premise sounds exactly like Saved By The Bell - The New Class.

Cox = Mr. Belding
Faison = Screech

not interested.

June 22 2009 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


June 22 2009 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm wondering how they'll make the transition away from SH.

Given that Dr. Cox recently became Chief of Medicine there & Turk became Chief of Surgery like 2 episodes b/f the end.

Are they going to transplant a few years into the future? or will Cox & Turk still have their other jobs in addition to their teaching duties?

June 22 2009 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to philly_phenom's comment

that was my question too - these guys just landed the top jobs at the hospital, so are they going to still be active doctors or "just" teachers? Is this technically a demotion or, since Sacred Heart was always a teaching hospital, is it just in addition to their Chief duties?

June 22 2009 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex K.

I loved the show.
But this is making me tired already.

June 22 2009 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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