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?