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Casting Roundup: Sarah Chalke on 'Cougar Town,' Plus 'Community,' 'Glee' & More

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 10th 2011 5:30PM
'Scrubs star' Sarah Chalke is headed to 'Cougar Town.' TVLine reports that Chalke will be joining the wine-soaked ABC comedy in a recurring role as Bobby's photography professor and love interest.

It's a reunion for Chalke and Bill Lawrence, the co-creator of both 'Scrubs' and 'Cougar Town.' Lawrence has steadily been recruiting 'Scrubs' actors for his new show -- so far he's nabbed Ken Jenkins, Sam Lloyd, Robert Clendenin, Zach Braff and Scott Foley to serve double-duty.

In other TV casting news, we're about to meet the parents on 'Community', 'Glee' and 'Nikita.' Check out the details after the jump.

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Happy International Nurses Day! Saluting Our TV Favorites

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 12th 2011 9:00AM
Nurse's Appreciation DayHappy International Nurse's Day! It's the end of International Nurses Week, so what better way to celebrate the great nurses of TV?

For years, these great characters have helped shed a light on the hard work these caregivers actually do.

So, while you're honoring real-life nurses -- give your favorite a hug for us -- AOL TV wanted to pay tribute to our favorite TV nurses.

Whether they've held a county hospital together by sheer will -- we're looking at you, Abby! -- or pulled weird stuff out of somebody's butt at least once -- Ann Perkins, we have your number too! -- let's hear it for TV nurses.

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11 Great '[TV Show] in 60 Seconds' Videos

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 29th 2011 2:00PM
Watching Landline TV's 'Dexter' in 60 Seconds' video reminded us how much we enjoy the 'In 60 Seconds' format.

The phenomenon really took off on YouTube with a number of movie plots edited down to one minute. Full television series aren't as simple to cut down with so many characters and story arcs each season. However, there are some excellent ones out there and we unearthed 11 of the best.

The tone of the videos vary greatly -- some are meant to be informative, others humorous. They are created from actual clips, or re-enactments, or animation, or even feline theatre. A few focus on a specific character, or season, and some portray the show's broader themes. You'll enjoy all of them, and leave a little more educated.

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'Scrubs' Cast: Where Are They Now? Plus, a Whole Lot of Crazy on DVD

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 27th 2010 5:00PM
Scrubs cast
It's a very 'Scrubs'-y night on ABC tonight: Neil Flynn is one of the best, least-cliché dads on the tube in the sitcom 'The Middle' (8PM ET), and at 9:30PM, 'Scrubs' creator Bill Lawrence's newest creation, 'Cougar Town,' hits the air with a Halloween-themed episode which includes 'Scrubs' alum (and Lawrence's real-life wife) Christa Miller, 'Scrubs' guest star Courteney Cox and, in a special guest appearance, 'Scrubs' star Ken "Dr. Kelso" Jenkins as the Halloween-lovin' father of Cox's Jules.

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'Scrubs' The Complete Series DVD Giveaway

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 29th 2010 5:30PM
The complete 'Scrubs' series has officially hit DVD stands everywhere. This is pretty huge considering that no (funny) group of medical students/doctors have captured fans quite like those of this smash hit series.

Snarky, hysterical and an all-around good time, 'Scrubs,' starring Zach Braff and Donald Faison, may no longer be on the air, but the fan base is still just as rabid as when it was.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ken Jenkins of 'Scrubs' to Play Courteney Cox's Dad on 'Cougar Town'

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 3rd 2010 5:10PM
Ken Jenkins as Dr. Kelso on 'Scrubs'Fans of 'Cougar Town' haven't seen much of the family of Courteney Cox's character of Jules Cobb, outside of her son Travis and always-there ex-husband Bobby. But that will change during the show's second season, according to creator Bill Lawrence... and fans of 'Scrubs' will see a familiar face in the role.

"I hired Ken Jenkins this morning to play Courteney's father," Lawrence told me earlier today. "Because I only work with the same 20 actors, Joel, you know that."

Jenkins played crusty hospital administrator Dr. Bob Kelso on 'Scrubs' for nine seasons, the last two of which showed Kelso having to deal with a forced retirement. Lawrence hopes that Jenkins will stick around the ensemble for a while.

"To me what was fun was casting somebody that hopefully will be in the world too and poke his head around. He's such a great actor... the guy's funny as sin."

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'Futurama' and 9 Other Shows That Beat Cancellation

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2010 5:00PM

It's a miracle! 'Futurama' is back from the dead. Or maybe it's just been thawed out of its cryogenic freeze? Whatever the case, it's back -- with the original voice cast -- on Comedy Central (Thu., June 24 at 10PM ET) and fans are happy.

Canceled in 2003, 'Futurama' got four straight-to-DVD flicks, the last one came out in early 2009. Fan interest was renewed and Comedy Central aired the films as episodes before green lighting the series for new episodes. Yes, Matt Groening is bringing Fry, Leela, Bender and the rest of the bang for new adventures in space. The cast is signed for 26 episodes. In the one hour premiere, the Professor attempts to resuscitate the crew with his birth machine after a devastating crash.

While 'Futurama' fans are celebrating this victory, it's important to point out that this sci-fi cartoon is not the only show to survive cancellation. What other shows have defied the orders of studio executives? Well, read on to find out!

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Neil Flynn on 'The Middle,' 'Scrubs' and Why He Never Wants His Own Show

by Piet Levy, posted Jun 20th 2010 12:00PM
Neil Flynn"Hey this is Neil," Neil Flynn's answering machine said. "Leave me a message and I'll call you back in two days."

Fortunately for a writer on deadline, this was a lie, and Flynn called back in less than five minutes. It's also a joke, a pretty simple and silly one on paper. But thanks to Flynn's delicious, deadpan delivery, it made me laugh out loud.

Flynn tells a lot of jokes, makes a living of it, as Mike Heck on 'The Middle,' ABC's popular 'Malcolm in the Middle'-esque comedy about a sweet-natured, blue collar family living in small town Indiana that was picked up for a second season. Flynn's character's the quiet patriarch, a blue collar dad who works as a manager of a quarry, and often the straight man to wife Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and three misfit kids. It's a step up to a bigger role for the 49-year-old actor who first found a national audience playing the sarcastic, nameless janitor on 'Scrubs' for eight seasons.

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'V' Renewed; 'FlashForward,' 'Scrubs,' 'Better Off Ted,' 'Romantically Challenged' Axed

by Andrew Scott, posted May 13th 2010 11:54PM
VMore news coming from the ABC upfronts: The Live Feed is reporting that the network has officially renewed the alien-invasion series 'V' for a second season. The show, which co-stars Scott Wolf and 'Lost''s Elizabeth Mitchell, among others, is expected to be picked up for 13 episodes. (For more on ABC's pick-ups, click here.)

But it wasn't all good news. According to the Ausiello Files, ABC also pulled the plug on four series, including 'Scrubs,' confirming a Facebook message that star Zach Braff posted in March. 'Scrubs' ends after 9 seasons on the air, seven of which were spent on NBC.

Also getting the boot tonight: the Alyssa Milano comedy 'Romantically Challenged,' which got off to a sluggish start after its premiere in April and never really seemed to catch on, despite airing after ratings juggernaut 'Dancing With the Stars.'

(UPDATE: According to Milano's Twitter, ABC hasn't made an official decision on 'Challenged''s fate.)

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Top 10 Musical Episodes: 'Buffy,' 'Scrubs,' 'The Simpsons' and More!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 26th 2010 7:00PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once More With Feeling
If 'Glee' has you yearning for more song-and-dance routines on TV, hold onto your (top) hats! From April 29 to May 5, Fox is turning several of its shows into musicals, including 'Bones,' 'House,' 'The Simpsons,' even 'Fringe.' On May 2, 'Family Guy' will celebrate its 150th episode with an extended episode featuring new and familiar musical numbers. Suffice to say the shows should be a blast, for both us and the actors.

Of course, TV aficionados know this is nothing new. Shows like 'Ally McBeal,' 'Eli Stone,' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants' have featured musical numbers regularly, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention 'Viva Laughlin' and 'Cop Rock' (even though the latter was declared by TV Guide to be one of the worst shows ever, ouch!). In fact, we can trace the trend back to classic episodes like Bugs Bunny's 'The Rabbit of Seville' and 'What's Opera, Doc?'

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'24' Finale Will Include Eriq La Salle

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 29th 2010 12:06PM
eriq_la_salle_smiling_blueThe news that '24' is coming to an end with the finale of this season wasn't as big a shock as some might have thought a few years back. After all, the ratings were down and some folks wondered if '24' had jumped the you-know-what. Still, when a great show calls it a day, it's a sad time for television.

At least in the finale, '24' will be bringing on some big names to gussy up the finish. 'ER's' Eriq La Salle will appear in the last two '24' episodes, for instance. Eriq will not be playing a surgeon asked to stitch together the remaining limbs of Jack Bauer before shipping him off to Kim in California. In fact, he won't be in scrubs at all.

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The TV Squad Podcast: Tom Papa of 'The Marriage Ref,' 'DWTS,' March Madness, and More!

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 25th 2010 5:11PM
Tom Papa of 'The Marriage Ref'After a few stops and starts, we finally managed to get Tom Papa, host of NBC's 'The Marriage Ref,' to join us on the podcast. He talks with Jason Hughes, Danny Gallagher and me about the new show, who his favorite couple has been so far, managing a panel with Larry David, Ricky Gervais and Madonna, and exactly what he thought of the Leno-Conan debacle that gave his show that Thursday at 10PM ET opening.

Tom joins us about 18 minutes into the podcast and stays with us for about 25 minutes. Before and after, Jason, Danny and I talk about:
  • How March Madness messes with our DVRs and why networks can't send out live DVR updates,
  • The new cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' and the importance of Pam Anderson's breasts this season,
  • Two shows that are finally getting killed off: one good ('Scrubs') one not so good (''Til Death'). We also talk about what shows have been on the "Can't Kill 'Em" list in recent years.
  • Picks of the week, and more.

Run time is 1:13:08.

You can listen to the podcast below, or download from here or by subscribing to our RSS podcast feed. It is also available via iTunes. Feel free to leave us feedback in the comments or drop us a line at tvsquadpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com.

As always, the music at the beginning and end of the podcast is "Life" by Justin Trawick.

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Zach Braff Tells Facebook Fans That 'Scrubs' is Done

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 24th 2010 12:27PM
'Scrubs' season nine cast
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."

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Zach Braff Claims 'Scrubs' Is Over via Facebook

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 23rd 2010 7:08PM
ScrubsAfter nine seasons on the air, is 'Scrubs' checking out of Sacred Heart? According to Zach Braff's Facebook page, yes.

"Many of you have asked, so here it is: 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. zb," he posted today.

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