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Scrubs Season 9: Sticking with It or Breaking Up? - Featured

In case you haven't yet heard, Scrubs is returning to ABC for a whopping 9th season Tuesday night at 9PM.



As has been mentioned previously at length - the show is taking a new setting - medical school - with Drs. Cox and Turk front and center as professors - and the only 2 returning series regulars. A crop of new medical students (in addition to Denise, to whom were introduced last season) - seen here - are joining the cast. Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke will appear in some episodes, though they are not committed to the full season (Braff is slated for about half; Chalke...less). Ken Jenkins (Dr. Kelso), Robert Maschio (The Todd) and Sam Lloyd (Ted) will also be making periodic appearances, though Judy Reyes (Carla) will not be returning at all (this is one of my biggest concerns...how will they account for this if Turk is a main character).


I really wanted to hate this overall idea and after last season's very conclusive-feeling finale (apropos, titled "My Finale") felt as though I could happily stop watching the show and pretend that this Scrubs: The New Class business did not even exist.


But...now that the show is returning, I've realized that I cannot bear to break-up with one of my favorites comedies of all time. At least not yet. There's enough familiar faces in this poster that I think I would remain too curious as to what was happening to my favorite characters to stop watching (as opposed to ER - which I no longer cared about at the point where no original castmembers remained). It's a bold move to "reinvent" a long running show like Scrubs, but especially since Braff is going to appear in more episodes than was initiated anticipated, perhaps it can work after all? I think the big test will be how well episodes work in which Braff does not appear. Will we care? Will any of the new interns/students steal out hearts?


Therefore, against my better judgment, I am sticking with Scrubs for now, and giving Season 9 a chance. How about you?

Comments

| 01:10 EST, 04 Dec, 2009
I liked the 2 eps, it left me wanting more. Scrubs has a simple formula. 1. Immaturity 2. Angry Cox 3. Daydream 4. Decision making 5. lesson learned...I'm gonna miss The janitor and "guy love" (as much as i want that song outa my head). But instead of thinking of this show as season 9 of scrubs, its more like Season 1 of Scrubs: Med School In short i hope they can keep it up. also i hope the bring in someone to take the janitors place, although he brings nothing to the plots, he was the king of the supporting cast
| 19:04 EST, 03 Dec, 2009
They should have more elliot. she and turk were funnier together than jd. I mean how long can you run the whole bert and ernie guy love thing...and geez the med student that is supposed to be the female version of JD..is more butch than JD...
| 00:22 EST, 02 Dec, 2009
I'm sorry. No Janitor, no Scrubs.
| 22:39 EST, 01 Dec, 2009
I didn't read he other comments, but during 'guy love' i love the new season
| 16:23 EST, 01 Dec, 2009
Yeah, that totally sucks that this show is coming back because the finale was great and it ended on a great note. As mentioned before, I too am going to treat this like a new show on tv. But it will definitely be weird. Although another reason I will tune in for the series premiere is because I know Dave Franco and went to high school with him, so it'll be interesting to see him starring in an already successful show like Scrubs.
| 15:09 EST, 01 Dec, 2009
I'm in two minds.On one hand it feels wrong to have Scrubs without it being SCRUBS, you know? Without Carla, or with a different actress it just wouldn't be the same. I cant help feeling I'll, miss the old Scrubs too much to appreciate the new. On the other hand, Scrubs has been more than a little stagnant for a while now - maybe this is what the show needs. A huge, major, fan-splitting change could end with a funny enjoyable TV show, not Scrubs as it once was, but new Scrubs. Im going to have to agree with the people above - This is a new show - Its not Scrubs, but maybe thats not a bad thing?
| 14:36 EST, 01 Dec, 2009
I love this show, but it feels like a pro athlete that doesn't want to retire. I love the athlete and will always cheer for him, but each strike out will kill me and the legacy of the player. And the legacy of of a great show. The last show went out with a homerun of and ending. Dont hang on to JD for ratings for half a season.
| 14:29 EST, 01 Dec, 2009
Bill has essentially given a great show a bit of a death sentence. This show could have even ended at the end of series 6 on a cliffhanger. Series 7 & 8 were ok, they gave a lot of character development however they did take the focus of what Scrubs was mainly about, J.D, his best friend, his mentor, his dreamgirl, his boss, his enemy and his best friends girlfriend. Instead they introduced interns and episodes without some of the character! So no - My Finale was a good enough ending for me, if one day I get bored with the newer comedies I may watch JD/Elliot and JD/Turk scenes on youtube, but that's just about it.
| 10:18 EST, 01 Dec, 2009
this show has sucked for a long time, this new move is just laughable. Also, They went way overboard in photoshop with that image
| 06:10 EST, 01 Dec, 2009
sometimes they just don't know when to stop. And they continue to make more and more seasons altough the concept of the show has become boring and repeats itself over and over again. Just because a show used to be successfull doesn't mean that they have to keep making episodes... why not stop at the top when people still love the show and it didn't jump the shark yet. same with two and a half men..... give it a rest already! anywho I won't watch the "new" scrubs. It ended being funny for me a long long time ago. just makes me sad that they have to do this with a good show, instead of just cancel itl
| 22:31 EST, 30 Nov, 2009
I'm seeing it as a sequel- an all new show, too.
| 21:52 EST, 30 Nov, 2009
I'll watch it, but I'm pretending its a whole new and different show altogether.As far as I'm concerned, Scrubs ended last season.But Scrubs 2.0 could still be good. I guess we'll see!
| 21:47 EST, 30 Nov, 2009
I have a feeling they are replacing Judy Reyes as Carla. Turk would just not work without her. Especially not as a main character. Scrubs might be changing but I can't picture any Bill Lawrence show not showing the main characters' home lives as well. If that happens I'm not gonna be too happy but since it is Scrubs I'll watch it faithfully no matter what. Might not watch it on tv depending on the airing times but I'll catch it online at least.
| 21:40 EST, 30 Nov, 2009
I'm sticking with it, at least going to try it out. But to avoid disappointment I'm going to try to think of it as an entirely different show, like a spin off.
| 21:04 EST, 30 Nov, 2009
why no carla?? :( that'll b weird cos her an turk are inseperable. hmmmmmmmm i was all set for it bein over , the ending cud not hav been any better and satisfying, but now i no the new season is hours away i'm excited!!!Can't give it up just yet so........Season 9 here i come :)

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