'Scrubs' set in real hospital

Part 2 of 2

Standout sequences

On the day of my visit, the cast had been rehearsing an elaborate- but brief West Side Story musical number with 10 professional dancers and a choreographer.

Laughter is the best medicine, and Mr. Lawrence knows it must be delivered in distinctive packaging.

"It's so hard to get an audience in today's (TV) landscape... Nowadays, you have to do anything you possibly can to separate yourself from the pack,"Mr. Lawrence says.

The fantasy sequences "pay off for us now. I don't know if we're going to be able to keep it up forever. But it's certainly fun right now," he says.

Scrubs writers have benefited from consultations with top medical experts from coast to coast.

"We've got a hundred different doctors that call us and tell us stories, and let us pick their brains, all with the unwritten promise that we'll never mention their name," Mr. Lawrence says.

Ken Jenkins, the Dayton native who plays strict chief of staff Dr. Bob Kelso, also gets plenty of free medical advice. Doctors greet him with "Hey, sport,"Dr. Kelso's favorite phrase, then "they tell me that their chief of medicine was much tougher than I am. I've heard maybe 150 chief-of-medicine stories," says the 1958 Wilbur Wright High School graduate, who performed at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park Shelterhouse Theater while attending Antioch College.

As we toured the floors, Ms. Reyes points out how all the signage was changed to Sacred Heart Hospital. Patient medical records, blood test results and other forms were created by the art department. So were the posters, personnel announcements, job vacancies and lists of staff pager numbers.

By: John Kiesewetter TV/Radio Critic


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Aug 16, 2008 7:39PM EDT

That's actually very interesting to know.

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