During the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour panel for ABC's new Patricia Heaton comedy pilot The Middle, series star Neil Flynn talked briefly about his chances for returning to Scrubs, as the show moves into its unexpected 9th season and changes locales and core cast [Click here to read about Dr. Cox and Turk teaching at Medical School next season on Scrubs!]
So what's the fate of Flynn's beloved Janitor? Well, he's "moved to Indiana and has 3 nice children," joked Flynn, tying the character into his new fatherly character on The Middle. "Yeah, there's a good chance I'll pop up on Scrubs," confessed Flynn. Flynn then laughed about the situation. "We were done," he noted. "The show ended and were free to go and find other employment, but then it started up again."
Flynn stated that he was focused and excited about his new show, but that he'd show up on Scrubs just to put a little close-out on his character, especially since other original cast members like Zach Braff ("J.D."), Sarah Chalke ("Elliot"), Judy Reyes ("Carla") and Ken Jenkins ("Kelso") will most likely pop up during the season.
"I'm done with Scrubs," Flynn smiled, "but I'll probably show up one more time."
UPDATE: Later in the day, IGN TV asked ABC's President Steve McPherson about the changes to Scrubs. A few weeks ago, we'd heard there would likely be some alteration/addition to the title, to differentiate it from what's come before, but McPherson said, "We're not changing the title." McPherson noted it would be "a different show in the construct," with more focus on teaching, but added, "It will have the same character dynamics that you saw before."
McPherson noted there would be a bigger roles for some peripheral characters in Season 9 (we know Eliza Coupe's "Denise" AKA "Jo" is now a regular) and said there would also be new characters as well. As for Zach Braff, who has agreed to do six episodes this year, McPherson said, "We'll try to convince him to do more" while stressing the show would have "The same tone and same comedy that you're used to."