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'Scrubs' - 'Our Thanks' Recap (Season Finale)

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 18th 2010 11:10AM
'Scrubs' - 'Our Thanks'(S09E13) Considering ABC decided to burn off the last two episodes of 'Scrubs' largely unannounced, and especially because they decided to lead off a night of reruns with the season finale, there isn't much hope that we're going to see another season.

That's too bad, since this new ensemble has come together quite nicely. Is 'Scrubs Med School' as gut-grabbing funny as the original series? Absolutely not. But what we ended up with are a group of likable characters and storylines that left viewers anxious to see more from. There still needed to be adjustments made, but the season (and probably series) finale showed me that they were on the way to addressing most of the issues.

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One Man Does a Duet of TV's Greatest Themes

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 17th 2010 7:15PM
One man bands have always creeped me out. They never brought joy or happiness to my life. Even as a very, very small (in height, not width) child, they always looked like steampunk jukeboxes trapped inside some kind of twisted mechanical music machine that mocked their every step with annoying oompah-pah tunes.

One man, or rather two of him, have changed my perception on that phobia forever. Musician Fredrik Larsson has put together a beautiful rendition of TVs greatest tunes using nothing but a keyboard, an acoustic guitar and a DNA perfect clone of himself.

Trust me when I tell you this: the 'Charles in Charge' theme never sounded this, well, listenable.


[via Buzzfeed]

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Best 'Scrubs' Moments (VIDEO)

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 17th 2010 1:30PM

Yeah, yeah, we know: The season 8 finale should have been the show's series finale. But, as 'Scrubs' closes out its ninth season tonight (8PM ET, ABC) -- amidst rumors that it's likely the series finale, as well -- we're taking a look back at the moments that made us love the former NBC hospital sitcom and its cast, filled with the quirkiest medical personnel this side of the 'M*A*S*H' 4077th. Warning for those inclined to procrastinate: There be lots of video clips ahead!

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What's On Tonight: 'American Idol,' 'Law and Order: SVU,' 'Ugly Americans'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2010 12:07PM
South ParkHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, ABC has a new 'Scrubs.'
  • NBC has a new 'Mercy' at 8.
  • FOX has new episodes of 'Human Target' and 'American Idol.'
  • The CW has a new 'America's Next Top Model' at 8, followed by a new 'High Society.'
  • Cartoon Network has a new 'Dude, What What Would Happen' at 8, then a new 'Destroy Build Destroy.'
  • G4 has a new 'Web Soup' at 8.
  • At 9, Syfy has a new 'Ghost Hunters,' then a new 'Destination Truth.'
  • Food Network has a new 'Throwdown with Bobby Flay' at 9.
  • History Channel has a new 'MonsterQuest' at 9.
  • Travel Channel has a new 'Man vs. Food Presents Carnivore.'
  • At 10, ABC has a new 'Ugly Betty.'
  • There's a new 'Law and Order: SVU' on NBC at 10.
  • TBS has two new episodes of 'Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns' at 10.
  • Comedy Central has the season premiere of 'South Park' at 10, followed by the series premiere of 'Ugly Americans.'
  • A&E has a new 'Dog The Bounty Hunter' at 10.
  • MTV has a new episode of 'The Real World' at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new 'Shear Genius.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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'Scrubs' - 'Our Driving Issues' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 11th 2010 11:01AM
John C. McGinley & Eliza Coupe, 'Scrubs'
(S09E12)
With our illustrious leader away on a covert mission for the state (you didn't hear that from me), I agreed to step in for this penultimate episode of 'Scrubs.' Hopefully, he'll be back in time for next week's finale as it may be his last chance. Still no word on the fate of 'Scrubs' 2.0 beyond these two episodes; I suspect ABC is holding out just in case ratings go up with the show as part of their successful "ABC Comedy Wednesday" block.

The episode itself was a bit of a mixed bag. I'm still just not able to get into Cole as a character. He's far too cartoonish for my tastes. At least J.D.'s antics were tempered by the sense that he was a person we could believe in, while Cox showed a vulnerable side underneath all his venom. I'm still struggling to believe in Cole as a sympathetic character.

Luckily, some moves were made to correct that as the episode wound down. Words of wisdom from one Bob Kelso making the difference in that one; what an interesting progression Kelso's character has had over the seasons.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love 'Cougar Town'

by Patricia Chui, posted Mar 10th 2010 12:30PM
Cougar TownConfession: There is a half-hour ABC comedy, airing on Wednesdays, that I look forward to watching all week. It's smart, funny, quirky, one of the happy surprises of this past season -- and it isn't 'Modern Family.'

Well, all right, it is 'Modern Family.' But there's a second comedy in that same neck of the woods, sharing the 9PM hour like some overeager neighbor or a puppy begging you to pick it up. And though I gave it the brush-off at first, I am now, somewhat to my chagrin, forced to admit it. I caved. Yes, I love [whisper] 'Cougar Town.'

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Aziz Ansari: The ODB of 'Parks and Recreation'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 24th 2010 7:02PM
Aziz AnsariAziz Ansari has had the kind of career you'd expect to see from a guy who's 35 or so, not from someone who's only four years out of business school.

The 26-year-old comedian's profile has risen quickly over the last couple of years. From being an up-and-coming stand-up star playing the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, the last three years have seen him do two seasons of MTV's 'Human Giant,' a half-season as lazy intern Ed on the eighth season of 'Scrubs,' a big role as awful stand-up comic Randy in Judd Apatow's 'Funny People,' a one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, and a season and a half as Tom Haverford on 'Parks and Recreation.'

I caught up with Ansari at NBC's all-star press party last month and asked him about how his character, who plays the scheming right-hand man of the earnest Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), has developed since the show started, and what's next for a guy who's done a lot in such a short period of time.

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Will the Last of 'Scrubs' Be Burned Off in March?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 17th 2010 6:02PM
ScrubsIt has been an odd season for 'Scrubs.' Lots of new cast members, debate on whether another season was even needed, and now we're in the middle of a six week hiatus for the show. Now comes word from The Futon Critic that ABC will pretty much burn off the last two episodes of this season next month. The two episodes are titled "Our Driving Issues" (March 10) and "Our Thanks" (March 17).

ABC still hasn't said anything about the show coming back. Would you like to see another season?

Would you like to see another season of Scrubs?
Yes. Even with the new cast the show is great.2162 (30.5%)
Only if they bring the old cast back full-time.2006 (28.3%)
No, the show should have been canceled last season.2917 (41.2%)

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What Shows are On the Bubble?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 15th 2010 3:00PM
Fringe_fox_castIf you read Brad's take on The Hollywood Reporter list of endangered TV shows, you might be surprised that the 'experts' have some weak rated shows coming back for another season.

THR puts 'Community' in the safe category, giving it a 90% chance of renewal. It also put 'Chuck' in the 90% category.

Joe Adalian wrote about bubble shows on The Wrap, and he has 'Chuck' slam-dunking another renewal out of NBC. The surprises on his list was a death blow for 'Gary Unmarried' and 'Rules of Engagement.'

Really? That's not a certainty considering that 'Rules' hasn't even aired yet. It did well in the ratings last spring, enough to be a midseason renewal. And 'Gary' has performed on par with 'The New Adventures of Old Christine,' which has a good shot at being renewed.

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'Cougar Town' - 'When a Kid Goes Bad' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 11th 2010 11:40AM
Dan Byrd, Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, and Busy Philipps in 'Cougar Town' - 'When a Kid Goes Bad'
(S01E15)
If you want to see evidence of how much a show can change in its first season, look no further than this week's guest star, Barry Bostwick.

He's been among the Bill Lawrence Players for almost fifteen years now, since he was cast as Mayor Randall Winston on 'Spin City.' As Lawrence has said, that show so completely changed focus during its first season, from a romantic comedy to a workplace/government comedy, that the part of one of its stars, Carla Gugino, was cut halfway through that year.

Last night's episode really brought home the fact that in quick order 'Cougar Town' has become much more than what the show was supposed to be about when it debuted. The world surrounding Jules Cobb has now expanded to the point where we see where Andy works, we know Laurie's last name (Keller? Hope she's not related... ) and see enough mixing of characters to make us want to see more.

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Sarah Chalke Cast as ABC's 'Freshman'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2010 7:09PM
Sarah ChalkeI had no idea that Arianna Huffington was also producing TV shows along with being in charge of a giant blogging empire. But she's one of the people behind the new ABC series 'Freshman,' along with Greg Malins ('How I Met Your Mother'). The comedy will be set in Washington, D.C. and will be about three young politicians. I guess Huffington is going to produce a show about something she's familiar with, politics and Washington, D.C.

One of those three young politicians will be Sarah Chalke, formerly of 'Scrubs.' Can I tell you how embarrassed I was when 'Scrubs' started that I didn't realize that Chalke was the girl who took over in the role of Becky Conner (from Lecy Goranson, now called Alicia Goranson) on 'Roseanne' for a few seasons? Looking back now it's insanely obvious but I didn't make the connection until a few years after 'Scrubs' started.

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ABC Greenlights Comedy from 'Scrubs' Writers

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 1st 2010 9:35AM
ABC logoABC really loves dealing with Bill Lawrence and his crew, don't they? 'Scrubs' has been on far longer than anyone expected, and 'Cougar Town' is now on its way to a second season. It seems like Steve McPherson and company haven't been deterred by the poor ratings of 'Scrubs,' since he's ordered a pilot from two of the show's writers.

'How to Be a Better American' is about a middle-aged man who goes on a journey to be a better man, dragging his unwilling family along with him. It's a single-camera comedy that will be run by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, longtime members of Team Lawrence; they will also be writing the pilot.

No casting news yet, so the show is more of a concept than anything else. But it sounds kind of like 'The Middle' in an RV, which actually wouldn't be so bad. As long as they don't have a kid who whispers to himself, they'll be OK.

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Review: Scrubs - Our Dear Leaders

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 27th 2010 9:25AM
Michael Mosley and John C. McGinley in Scrubs: Our Dear Leaders(S09E11) Just like with Better Off Ted, there doesn't seem to be any sign that the final two episodes of Scrubs are going to air any time soon. One was supposed to air tonight, but got yanked. One might air next Wednesday, but evidence is conflicting.

If this is the last episode we see, then, that'll be a shame, because this was the best one of the season. We saw a lot of growth by all the characters, even the ones that we've seen on our screens for nine years. But mostly, we saw exactly what the new Scrubs could be if given time: a great ensemble comedy that brings the funny on a consistent basis.

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What's On Tonight: American Idol, Better Off Ted, NCIS: Los Angeles

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 26th 2010 12:13PM
White Collar
  • TBS has a marathon of The Office all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Scrubs, followed by a new Better Off Ted.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then a new NCIS: Los Angeles.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Human Target.
  • At 9, ESPN2 has more coverage of The Australian Open.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9.
  • A&E has a new Psychic Kids at 9, then new episodes of Paranormal State and Paranormal Cops.
  • History Channel has a new How The Earth Was Made at 9, followed by a new Life After People.
  • There's a new Last Restaurant Standing on BBC America at 9.
  • At 10, USA has a new White Collar.
  • Food Network has a new Chopped at 10.
  • Also at 10: Syfy has a new ECW.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Review: Scrubs - Our True Lies

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:25PM
Kerry Bishe as Lucy in Scrubs(S09E10) After last week's seemingly out-of-order interlude with J.D. and Elliot, we're back to the purity of following the med students around, and I have to say, this was the best of those episodes to date.

Given the proper elbow room, you can see even some of the more one-note characters, like Lucy and Drew Cole, grow and change. And, given the fact that even Bill Lawrence thinks it's a 70/30 shot against renewal, it's a bit of a shame; episodes like this make me want to get to know these characters a little more and follow them through their med school trials and tribulations.

Again, the pacing of the episode was slower, and we didn't see as many flashbacks and fantasy sequences. Which is fine with me; I want to get to know these characters with regards to how they interact with each other, not how they fantasize.

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