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The cast is complete for the new and improved(?) Scrubs

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 20th 2009 4:24PM
Kerry BisheIn Bill Lawrence's interview with our own Joel Keller, he said: "There's going to be a new young lady with a voice over and she's either going to be funny and talented and great, or the show's gonna crater."

Well, now we know who that young lady is and I'm sure Kerry Bishe (Virtuality) will be thrilled to find out that Lawrence is hinging the entire success of Scrubs 2.0 on her. No pressure! She joins Dave Franco, cast earlier this week, and Michael Mosley to complete the new faces of Scrubs (Med School?).

Besides being the new narrative voice for the show, and presumably the lead, Bishe will be a 22-year old first-year med student. She's the first in her family of fisherman to go to college. Mosley, the other new cast member signed today, is ten years older than the rest of the students, the result of a major meltdown a decade earlier when he was at Harvard. So this is his second chance.

It's also the second chance for Scrubs, as it tries to re-brand itself as a medical school comedy rather than a hospital comedy. With a largely new cast, and largely new classroom sets, even Bill Lawrence isn't thrilled that ABC wants to continue calling it Scrubs (you did read that interview, right?). It's not like this is ER, where they're just shifting out cast members and bringing in new ones. They're changing the whole tone and focus of the series.

I don't see why a subtitle like Scrubs: Med School would be such a big deal; I've got my fingers crossed that Lawrence can at least pull that off. The new show's going to find a much better chance of success if potential new viewers aren't seeing at the ninth season of a show they already didn't watch, but rather the first season of something spinning out of something they've always heard about. Curiosity would at least be a little higher.

Unfortunately, Lawrence is right about one thing. In order for this to work, Eliza Coupe, Bishe and the rest of the newcomers are going to have to step up and carry this show. Here's hoping they can pull it off.

[via IGN]

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Last season was pretty good, the two before that were bad, the rest were great.

In the history of television though, how many shows have survived a overhaul of their cast?

August 21 2009 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

of course the janitor won't be there the new show takes place at a medical school not the hospital the janitor works at the hospital it would not make sense for him to be there

August 21 2009 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She's incredibly cute, but she looks 16.

August 21 2009 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Scrubs. At first I was kind of bummed it was continuing, but I've read some interviews with Bill Lawrence and if I think of it as a completely new show, I guess I can get over it.

Also, I'm kind of super disappointed that they didn't take this opportunity to include a bit more diversity on the show, though. There's Carla (who's no longer a regular) and Turk, and then two new interns from last year, but that's about it. Besides them, it's just a cast full of white folks. It gets frustrating.

August 21 2009 at 3:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does Lawrence really need the money this badly? Scrubs was already 2-3 seasons too late to be able to leave while it was still ahead. But a whole new show just to keep on milking the "scrubs" name is really lame and it just sounds horrible. Is the Janitor even gonna still be there?

August 20 2009 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to bruce's comment

Kerry Bishe IS a clone hybrid of Lyla from FNL and Blair from Gossip Girl. After watching Virtuality, of this fact, more than any other, I am sure.

August 20 2009 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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