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). Read more from EW: 'Scrubs' shocker: School's in, hospital's out!
From E!Online: "Is the quirky and adorable Dr. Elliot Reid scrubbing back in for the ninth season of the hit ABC series? The short answer? She's still not sure. But the long answer is more fun anyway, right? The lovely Sarah Chalke is one busy lady. She's making the rounds promoting her new Lifetime miniseries, Maneater . She's still a shoo-in to drop by CBS's How I Met Your Mother . And, unfortunately, she's also still up in the air about that offer to return to ABC's just-renewed Scrubs. Read why here: Scrubs: Is Sarah Chalke Returning?
ABC's Scrubs might be scrubbing much of its original cast and setting, as series creator Bill Lawrence ponders ways to bring back the renewed series. At a press conference announcing the network's lineup for the 2009-10 season, ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson could only confirm that Zach Braff would be back - and only for a half-dozen episodes, to be sprinkled across the new season's first 13. Sarah Chalke had yet to ink a deal when TVGuide.com spoke to her on Friday, and Neil Flynn (aka The Janitor) just saw his new sitcom The Middle (where he plays husband to Patricia Heaton) picked up by ABC. The participation of other Scrubs originals is up in the air as well. But Scrubs' Season 9 might look different in ways besides its cast. McPherson said that Lawrence is considering two scenarios for what he calls the series "next generation," one of which is "a complete rethink" that would move the setting away from Sacred Heart Hospital. McPherson, though, shot down talk that Scrubs would switch from being a single-camera comedy to a more traditional multi-camera series as being not true. Source Here
Scrubs We have followed the adventures of JD and his fellow interns-turned-residents at Sacred Heart Hospital for 8 years. We've laughed, we've cried...and now we're done. At least we thought we were done. The show aired a perfect series finale last week - giving JD and the gang the poignant sendoff they deserved - only to ultimately decide to bring back the show next Fall (after having already rescued the show once following NBC's unceremonious dumping of it last Spring) with a mish-mash of old and new characters. ABC, it was time to Scrub out. One Tree Hill Here's another show that fans have followed through ups and downs for years . To be quite honest, Tree Hill survived longer than I ever imagined it would - and while I frequently criticized it - I have generally enjoyed it (or I wouldn't have kept on watching). But, as we all know, both Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton were unable to work out contacts with The CW and will not be returning next season. While they were by no means my favorite characters...One Tree Hill without Lucas and Peyton is kind of like Half Tree Hill. What's more, spoiler alert, beyond Peyton not dying (and birthing a healthy baby), Nathan's basketball dreams were finally realized and Brooke seemingly finally found love in last night's season finale. It would have been a perfect way to say goodbye. Desperate Housewives I'm pretty sure there's a finite number of problems that our favorite ladies of Wisteria Lane can convincingly experience in a lifetime, and we passed that mark sometime ago. I initially praised the series for skipping ahead 5 years at the end of last season, as it breathed new life into the show. However, as this season played out, everything returned to the status quo, which suggests to me that the writers are desperate for new ideas. If the best they can do is give Lynette more children, break up/bring together Susan/Mike again , give Gaby another obnoxious houseguest and Bree another failed marriage...I just think it's time to say goodbye. 24 I will be the first to admit that Jack Bauer is one of the all time best, most badass characters to ever grace our TV screens. The first few (heck, the first 5) seasons of 24 were exhilerating television that was a thrill to watch. But, Jack can only save the country so many times before things get a little repetitive. Why won't Jack's employer ever just trust him? How many moles can they manage to hire? Much like Kiefer Sutherland's hairline, you can't argue that the show has deteriorated in quality over the last 2 seasons. You can't keep the thrill ride going forever, and it's time for Jack to retire. Grey's Anatomy When a show's season ends with multiple major characters' lives hanging in the balance and you find yourself not particularly caring about their fates...that's a problem. Grey's Anatomy has always been more about Meredith Grey and the lives of her friends than anatomy itself. Much like Desperate Housewives , I just think there's a personal-drama-quota, and Meredith Grey (and all of her friends) have surpassed it. Will they/won't they is only entertaining for so long before it morphs into...like the poster here says..."frustration". Furthermore, with all of the offscreen drama that we've witnessed re: Grey's, it seems that the actors (or many of them) are as sick of the show as we are. Which shows that have finished their seasons do you wish were over for good?
We reported earlier in the week that ABC was leaning towards bringing back Scrubs for a 9th season. While judging by everyone's comments, the majority of you were also ready to say goodbye to the show, ABC seems to disagree. Yesterday, they greenlit the show for a 9th season. As reported earlier, Braff will return for 6 episodes, though Sarah Chalke has not yet secured a similar deal. John C. McGinley, Donald Faison and Neil Flynn will return as regulars, assuming the various pilots to which they are attached do not get picked up. The network has also renewed midseason shows Castle and surprisingly, the low-rated Better Off Ted . Which series are you most happy will be returning? Sources: THR and Variety
Scrubs is like the little show that just won't die. It's looking like, though last week's finale would have served as a perfect series finale, the show will indeed return for a 9th season. Both Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke have signed contracts for 6 episodes apiece to help ease in the transition and set up the new storylines (and it's sounding like "Denise" is a frontrunner to be one of the new main characters). Furthermore, though all attached to pilots, if Scrubs gets renewed, John C. McGinley, Donald Faison and Neil Flynn would all return as regulars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judy Reyes has not been approached for a deal ( but how could there be Turk with no Carla?!?!?! ), but might instead return as a guest star. What do you think? Is this a bad decision on ABC's part? Frankly, I had already said my goodbyes and don't know if I will find a need to return. Sources: E!Online and THR
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* Scrubs (8 pm/ET ABC) Scrubs wraps up its eighth season tonight as J.D. prepares to leave Sacred Heart and fantasizes about finally landing a hug from Dr. Cox and learning the Janitor's real name. But leaving the hospital isn't the only change in store for J.D. as Elliot slowly begins moving her things into his place, a clear sign that she's changing the course of their relationship. More than 50 past guest stars turn out for tonight's finale, a fitting tribute to this quirky and heartfelt show. * American Idol (9 pm/ET Fox) The final four singers are between a rock song and a hard place in tonight's results show. Last night, the remaining quartet - Kris Allen, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert - blasted through rock-and-roll tunes, putting some edge in the show while being mentored by Guns n' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitar master Slash. Sadly, one of our singers will be slashed from the contest before night's end. There's little doubt that rockers No Doubt will perform. And Daughtry, fronted by Season 5 contestant Chris Daughtry, are on hand to perform "No Surprise." * Lost (9 pm/ET ABC) Now we know exactly why the crash of Flight 815 happened. And we know about Faraday's theories for making it unhappen. What would happen then? We'll have a better idea next week, after "The Incident" happens to wrap up this season. But for now (1977, actually) Jack and Kate are at odds about what to do next, and the jig is up for Sawyer and Juliet at Dharma. And in 2007, Locke is fully in charge of the Others. What does that mean for Richard Alpert (not to mention Ben)? * Lie to Me (8 pm/ET Fox) Cal is going to jail tonight, but not for anything that he did: He's posing as a cop killer so he can get into the skull of a serial rapist ( Rescue Me 's Daniel Sunjata) whose MO - come on like a nice guy, then blind the victims before raping them - is being copycatted. This approach could yield clues for catching the copycat, but it won't be easy because the guy is both smart and a pathological liar. Mekhi Phifer guest stars as the skeptical FBI agent on the case. * America's Next Top Model (8 pm/ET The CW ) Teyona strengthened her front-runner position with last week's double wins in the go-see competition and the photo shoot. Slight-of-height Fo wasn't so lucky and got the short end of the elimination stick, while golden oldie Celia narrowly escaped ouster (she bombed the beach photo shoot), due to her strong past pictures. But if she doesn't soon remove the "old-looking" label from her back, Celia is history. Fortunately, Tyra directs a jungle-themed photo shoot tonight that requires the final four models to resemble exotic birds. Maybe Celia can hide behind the distracting makeup and feathers. Source Here
ABC is in talks to renew the veteran comedy " Scrubs " for a ninth season with some or all of the original cast members coming back full- or part-time. The network is going over the proposed budget for next season with series producer ABC Studios. "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, busy editing his ABC comedy pilot "Cougar Town," is said to be deeply involved in the renewal talks as well as in the discussions with the cast, who don't have deals beyond the show's current eighth season. Last summer, Lawrence and ABC chief Stephen McPherson indicated that they were looking into a way to keep "Scrubs" going with new cast members, a la NBC's revolving-door medical drama " ER ." This season, the show integrated a new crop of interns. Talks are under way with the original cast members -- including Zach Braff, Donald Faison, John C. McGinley and Neil Flynn -- regarding ways to bring them back, possibly as recurring characters rather than regulars, as in the case of , who are co-starring on pilots. In its debut season on ABC after seven years on NBC, "Scrubs" has been a modest performer at 8 p.m. Wednesday. But it has helped launch the new comedy " Better Off Ted ," with both series enjoying critical praise, strong support at the network and talk about extending the pairing into next season. Source here
Every year at this time, your favorite shows pull out all the stops to wrap up some big stories, steer others in new directions, and launch brand-new sagas to unspool come fall. Which Hero will power down, and for good? Who on Lost will lose their life? What unexpected news awaits a Desperate Housewife? We've got your guide to those season-ending twists and many, many more. Heroes (April 27, NBC) Not content to merely impersonate Sen. Nathan Petrelli, Sylar shape-shifts his way ever-closer to the president as the heroes -- including the Petrelli brothers and their mother -- work together to take him down. At least one person dies -- sort of -- and we find out whether the rumors are true that Volume 5 is indeed called "Redemption." One thing we do know: Season 3 went a long ways toward redeeming the series -- and the finale holds many of its finest moments. Private Practice (April 30, ABC) As the Grey's spin-off sews up its second season, Addison's professional and personal worlds collide at the worst possible moment, Violet chooses between Pete and Sheldon, a confession steers Sam and Naomi in a new direction, and an Oceanside faithful betrays their buds. It's the finale's final scene, though, that is sure to have the watercooler bubbling the next morning. Josh Hopkins, who plays Noah, tells us that when he first read the script for it, "I was like, 'What?! Holy....' I simply couldn't believe it." Scrubs (May 6, ABC) ABC intel seems to indicate that this episode will in fact be the series finale. It's J.D.'s last day at Sacred Heart. As Zach Braff makes his long-announced departure from the show, will J.D. get a hug from Dr. Cox or learn The Janitor's name? Signs point to no, but get this -- more than 50 former guest stars are checking in to send him off, including Colin Hay, Amy Smart, Tom Cavanagh, guest-star extraordinaire Kathryn Joosten and MadTV alums Nicole Sullivan and Michael McDonald. Lost (May 13, ABC) Charles Widmore told John Locke that a war would take place on the island, and that if John didn't return, the wrong side was going to win. We're still a little unclear on who -- and when -- the sides will be (Hostiles vs. Dharma; Oceanic 6 vs. creepy Ajira survivors; Smokey vs. everyone), but it's clear that tensions are mounting all over, and will probably culminate in at least one shocking season-ending death. Other intriguing tidbits: The finale will introduce us to Jacob, the island's spiritual leader, and we'll see a wedding that takes place off-island. Thump! CSI (May 14, CBS) Det. Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne) has to use deadly force for the first time in his CSI career while investigating a series of murders tied to a scam involving poker chips from a dearly departed casino. Lost's Cynthia Watros and Jericho's Gerald McRaney guest star. Wallace Langham (Hodges) promises "no major changes to the team" -- a relief to fans still grieving the loss of Grissom. And after two season-ending cliff-hangers in a row, fans won't have to bite their nails all summer: "It actually is self-contained," Langham adds, "a really good standalone episode." Grey's Anatomy (May 14, ABC) Series creator Shonda Rhimes reportedly told her cast that "life-changing things" are in store for every major Seattle Gracer. Now, Shonda being Shonda, details are scarce. What we do know is that the two-hour finale's guest-star roster includes Debra Mooney (Everwood) and Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls), respectively playing Owen's mother and a cancer patient who bonds with Izzie. Read More: Finale Fever: Our Guide to 16 Super Season-Enders Photo courtesy of TVGuide.com