'Scrubs' on ABC next season -- a done deal?

Alomawhite_l Scrubs star Aloma Wright (Nurse Laverne/Shirley, pictured) tells EW the NBC comedy will jump to ABC for season 8. “As far as I know, it’s set,” she says. (Without a deal in place, NBC and ABC wouldn’t comment.) “After he killed me off, producer [Bill Lawrence] promised me that if they got picked up for a seventh season he’d bring me back as my twin sister. I’m assuming he’ll continue to do the same.”

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  • Ceballos

    I gotta say, I love “Scrubs” as much as everyone else. I’ve watched the show through its entire run, own all the seasons on DVD and watch on Comedy Central several times a week whenever I catch it…
    …but I’m kinda ready for the show to be over. They’ve had seven (or six and a quarter) mostly strong seasons, which is kind of a blessing considering how the show was never really a blockbuster. I just think it’s time to wrap it up.
    In recent seasons, the show has even started poking fun at its own tendencies (Dr. Cox’s rants, etc) and there’s only so many times you can have JD and Elliot break up and hook up.
    I kinda hope that this ABC season will be the last and that Bill Lawrence has a chance to end the show properly (just put Elliot and JD together already, and tell us what the Janitor’s name is) and not with some weak, strike-shortened season.

  • Ceballos

    I meant to say, I love the show as much as “anyone else”, not “everyone else”…it’s a bit presumptuous of me to assume everyone loves the show. :)

  • M

    I agree, Ceballos . . . my wife and I watch “Scrubs” with the dedication of an air traffic controller monitoring a radar, and I agree Season 8 should be it. Newer episodes do rely more on self-reflective humor (w/ tweaks on Cox rants, J.D. daydreaming). That kind of signifies to me too that it’s nearing the end of its creative cycle . . .

  • Scrubs 4 eva

    I disagree – I think Scrubs has been bounced around so much on NBC, that on a new network, it may attract new fans and give it new energy and life.
    FYI – Scrubs has a huge international cult type following.

  • paige

    once again i agree with the legenday ceballos… i am an absolute die-hard scrubs fan but i fear the show will start to outstay its welcome. the last season was ok at best and the episodes from this season were nothing memorable. its wonderful that its on syndication though…

  • Mike

    I agree too, season 8 should definitely be it. But you forgot one big thing that needs to happen before the show is over. The inevitable JD/COX hug! Of course, I could see them touching on that subject in a series finale, but then still not actually letting the HUG happen lol

  • KelDC

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show! I thought Zach Braff only signed on for the 7th season, which has been abbreviated by the writer’s strike?
    It is time for the show to wrap up after this, I agree. I would be sick if they tried to extend it without JD, though. It just wouldn’t be true to the show.

  • Ceballos

    Paige…I’m pretty sure I’m only a legend in my own mind.
    Mike…good call on the JD/Cox hug, as far as things I’d like to see before the show ends. I’d also throw in just a quick scene or moment where Dr. Kelso (who’s on his way out) show’s Ted even a modicum of respect or, at least affection. Sure, Ted is completely inept, but those two seem like they’re pretty close (for better or worse) and I enjoy the moments when Dr. Kelso unexpectedly shows some heart.

  • cRAIG

    i totally agree with you, Ceballos. the first four or five seasons were
    brilliant, but it’s almost become a cartoon version of itself. it seemed to be setting itself up for a satisfactory goodbye before the writer’s strike. continuing on could be a mistake. if fans like us feel this way, what chance does it have?

  • Homerox

    I’m with you, Ceballos…I actually thought the episodes from this season were a big step up from the last one where it seemed the idea well was really running dry (the episode told from Ted, Jordan, and “The Todd”‘s POV was probably the worst ever). That said, the only reason a 7th season made sense to me was because it was only supposed to run 18 episodes. Now that they’ve shown 6 or 7 of those, it makes no sense to me to try to stretch out for a whole other season. And why would ABC want it now, with just one year left on it? Let it wrap up gracefully now so we can remember the good!

  • dbldn11

    Scrubs is one of if not the best show on TV. The fact that we get to see such creative, intelligent and hysterical comedy every week with these characters continue on is a gift and a blessing. Ready for the show to be over? Thats a croc.

  • Ceballos

    dbldn11…
    I hear you, but, in my opinion, while the show is still very funny and certainly funnier than a lot of shows on TV, it’s not nearly as good as it was during the first four seasons. It’s nobody’s fault. There are just so many stories that can be told before you start repeating yourself and becoming gimmicky (which the show has). It’s like in sports, when an athlete hangs on for too long.
    Eight years is a very good run and I can understand that you’re not ready for the show to leave. But when you’re ready to say goodbye, I’ll be there for you the same way Dr. Cox’s friends were there for him when he was ready to say goodbye to Brendan Fraser’s character. I’ll even throw in a hug.

  • Anonymous

    Scrubs is my absolute favorite show and I’ve been watching it since it premiered when I was like 12. It’s one of those shows I grew up with and it was genious at the top of it’s game but I agree with Ceballos. Over the last 2 seasons in particular the show has just begun to sort of lose it’s spark. I thought that this season would be a good time for it too end.

  • leviaron

    That is great, althought why can’t it happen for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT!!!!!!

  • Amy

    This show has always struggled and been threatened with cancellation, so I must give a lot of kudos to NBC. So many shows get axed too early, and I’m impressed two networks have been willing to keep it running for so long. So even though I mourn the loss of some brilliant shows (arrested development, eg), I’m glad this one has fought through 7 sesons.

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