Zach Braff Tells Facebook Fans That 'Scrubs' is Done
by Joel Keller, posted Mar 24th 2010 12:27PM
If you're a fan of 'Scrubs' and were holding out hope that the show was going to return... well, you weren't paying attention to the signs. ABC burned off the final two episodes unannounced this month; the season finale aired before a night of Wednesday comedy reruns. Then a number of show writers and producers took to their Twitter and Facebook feeds to mention that last week's episode was the "series finale" and not the season finale.
But if you need to find an "official" word that the show is done, you pretty much can't get any more official than Zach Braff himself. He told his Facebook fans that "it appears that "New Scrubs", "Scrubs 2.0", "Scrubs with new kids", "Scrubbier", "Scrubs without JD" is no more. It was worth a try, but alas... it didn't work."
The Hollywood Reporter went to ABC for confirmation, and the Alphabet Net said that a decision on the show's fate hasn't been made yet. But, believe me, you don't have to hear it from the network, or even Bill Lawrence for that matter, to know that the show is a goner.
As anyone who's read my reviews of the show this season knows, Lawrence and company did a good job creating a new show under trying circumstances. First, they were saddled with the burden of making the medical school-set show, which was essentially a spin-off, the ninth season of 'Scrubs' instead of the first season of a new show under a new name.
Then, ABC insisted that Braff stay on board for the first six episodes; even Lawrence himself admitted that having Zach around was too tempting to the writers, and they revolved storylines around his character of J.D. instead of making him a more secondary character. This allowed little time for the new characters, played by Kerry Bishe, Dave Franco and Michael Mosely, a chance to grow. Only after Braff left did we see the potential in those characters and in the med school setting. But by then, it was too late.
Was the J.D.-free version of 'Scrubs Med School' as funny as the original? No. But, by the time it had reached its season finale, the characters were strong enough and the chemistry was good enough to make me want to see more. Even John C. McGinley, Donald Faison, Eliza Coupe and the other holdovers from the original were starting to settle in and find their places in the ensemble. I especially liked how Ken Jenkins was used, as we saw Bob Kelso deal with getting older, lonelier, and more dependent on people.
Not sure if this show would be able to have another life on another network. But at least Lawrence and his writers can be proud that, by the time the season ended, they had a show that could sustain itself without the help of its biggest star. On the now-cliched spectrum of spin-offs, 'Scrubs Med' was a whole lot closer to 'Frasier' than it was to 'AfterMASH.'