'Scrubs' shocker: School's in, hospital's out!

Scrubs_l Scrubs boss Bill Lawrence said his cancellation-defying comedy would undergo an extreme makeover in its ninth season, and, man, he wasn’t kidding. When the show returns next winter, the action will shift from the hospital to the classroom and make med-school professors of John C. McGinley’s Dr. Cox and Donald Faison’s Turk.

“It’ll be a lot like Paper Chase as a comedy,” Lawrence tells me. “It’s going to be a different show. It’ll still be life-and-death stakes, but if the show is just Scrubs again in the hospital with a different person’s voiceover, it would be a disaster and people would be mad.”

Of course, Sacred Heart won’t go away altogether. Although J.D.’s old stomping ground no longer will serve as the show’s base of operations, the students will occasionally rotate through its halls — and bump into many of its familiar faces. In addition to McGinley and Faison, both of whom are expected to be full-time regulars alongside a quartet of newbies (most of them playing students), Scrubs vets Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes and Ken Jenkins have agreed to make guest appearances. (Neil Flynn has a costarring role as Patricia Heaton’s husband in the new ABC sitcom The Middle, so his name-challenged Janitor will be MIA.)

“Med students in their first three years have to spend anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of their time at a hospital,” Lawrence explains. “And that’s when you’ll see some of the [original cast members]. Continuity-wise, Sacred Heart will still exist with those people still working there.”

But Lawrence insists “half the cast, if not 60 percent of it,” will be comprised of freshmen, one of which will be more recognizable than the rest. “[ABC] is really after us to hire a big name,” he reveals. “So one of them will be fairly famous.”

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  • Cara

    it sounds good!! here’s hoping it works to bring new life despite other cast departures

  • CandyMaize

    If they can do it “right” .. this could add a few more seasons to the show :-)

  • ally

    i dunno….i think that the last episode they had wouldve been a perfect end to the series altogether. this new Scrubs better not be crap

  • sosgemini

    shark jumper!!!

  • Goldfoot

    Stumping ground?

  • Ryan

    Summer Glau!!!
    Summer Glau!!!
    Summer Glau!!!

  • Sean

    Will any of the interns still be around? Like ‘Jo,’ perhaps?

  • yoursTruly

    I really wish network tv execs knew how to let shows die with dignity…

  • Micah

    Hope it fares better than “After MASH” did. I LOVE this show – the ending was the best. This new direction should be pretty good. I’ve got faith in Lawrence.

  • Emma

    I love the sound of this! Can’t wait to watch!

  • Pedro

    to be honest it will be better than I have thought!
    i’m a med student and it will be interesting to watch a show about med school from a different perspective…
    though it should not be named Scrubs. I think Scrubs ended in the last episode of season 8

  • NewOrleans

    This show has been on 8 seasons too long.

  • Peng9803

    Then what was the point of Turk trying to become the Chief of Surgery and putting Cox as Chief of Medicine??? Did they forget those storylines? What about the interaction of Turk and his wife Carla at work? Will she suddenly also be teaching? So far, I vote: blach.

    • elliot a

      wats wrong at least scrubs still exsist its the best show be optimistic i will miss the relationship between jd and elliot

      • elliot a

        i wana be an actor so if bill lawrence sees this write back pleeeeese and im a boy

      • elliot a

        ispoke to donald faison from my aunt rita hazan

  • Jake

    This sounds like the best course of action so that it is essentially a spinoff of the old show, albeit still under the old title. That works. I’ll watch.

  • jerry

    Agree with below, don’t call it “Scrubs” anymore, change the name. Hell, there’s a possible title in this story – “Meds”. Get on it, ABC!

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