Big changes are ahead for the Little Show that Cannot Die, Scrubs!
Next season - the show's 9th - which save for a few episodes will no longer star Zach Braff (and Sarah Chalke as of now is gone entirely) - will not be set primarily at Sacred Heart.
Instead - returning regulars John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox) and Donald Faison (Turk) will be playing med school professors. Says creator Bill Lawrence:
"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."
However, Sacred Heart will not be totally absent. Explains Lawrence:
"Med students in their first three years have to spend anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of their time at a hospital. 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."
So what do you think? Will this new format work? I think it sounds like an interesting idea. For me, the hardest thing to accept will be Turk choosing to teach, which I don't think fits so well with his character (Dr. Cox, however, makes perfect sense).
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