Nurse Espinosa removing Scrubs

The long-running medical comedy Scrubs normally leaves near-death experiences to its dramatic counterparts, but behind the scenes, it's seen the light and been revived plenty of times.

For several years the show has been considered "on the bubble" when networks make their decisions to cut or keep programming, and each year it escapes the axe late in the game. After seven successful years at NBC, Scrubs begins its eighth season on a new network--ABC--this season. However, that relationship could be one-and-done.

Many have suspected that this season could be the show's last, and comments made by actress Judy Reyes, who plays nurse Carla Espinosa, certainly add fuel to that fire.

According to news service Bloomberg, Reyes said she would be leaving the sitcom after this season, and that others from the team were likely to follow. In addition to her departure, she thinks lead Zach Braff and creator Bill Lawrence will split as well.

"Their salaries exceed the budget of ABC and, I think, so do their ambitions," Reyes told Bloomberg. "Mine do, too."

Braff all but sealed his future a month ago at this year's Television Critics Association press tour when he told the media, "My sense is this is my last year."

ABC execs fired back that they wanted to continue the show beyond this next season, possibly with new cast members, but without Lawrence and Braff, the show would definitely lose much of its pizazz.

Post Scrubs, Reyes hopes to work in feature films and on Broadway.

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Mar 09, 2009
i love scrubs i own all the seasons on dvd and watch them over and over...but honestly its one of them shows that needs all the characters it just wont work without them especially zach i mean look at this trainwreck that is season 8 you barely ever have all the cast in the same episodes anymore which is half the reason it sux. Not to mention these new interns i mean my god who would watch a show that focuses on them!! I hope and pray they end it with all the characters this season. Bow out gracefully. I love scrubs and will miss it but c'mon realistically its not gonna be able to continue after this all the charactersare just phoning it in this season even the lighting is diffrent..farewell scrubs!
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Dec 01, 2008
I think its note taking social science time. They as in ABC? need to sit down with Braff, the rest of the main cast and Bill Lawrence ad take notes on what they've done and what they think they've done to keep the show going so long. What works and what they think works. They also need to sit down and rewatch all of the seasons leading up to the upcoming final season, take notes on what was done jokewise each season, derive statistical facts (that can help them craft jokes for the upcoming season) from that, and note what the reception of the humor from past seasons was like derive statistical facts from that. They dont know their audience and its virtually impossible for them to get to know them on a person to person basis...However that doesn't mean you cant social science your way into the know... They then need to scout out some good standup comics and have them spend sometime in an actual hospital for research purposes, afterall most humor is derived from truth. Then have them collaborate with the new writer I mean if Bill's leaving they're going to need one.



The combination of their personal experience,the statistics that have been derived from ABC's laborious research, the facts they've derived from their statistical research regaring humor, and their overall collaboration with the new writer should be enough to breathe new heart into the show. Who knows it might work shouldn't hurt it can only make it fresh. Oh and the occasional fartjoke wont hurt either...
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Dec 01, 2008
I think its note taking social science time. They as in ABC? need to sit down with Braff, the rest of the main cast and Bill Lawrence ad take notes on what they've done and what they think they've done to keep the show going so long. What works and what they think works.

They also need to sit down and rewatch all of the seasons leading up to the upcoming final season, take notes on what was done jokewise each season, derive statistical facts (that can help them craft jokes for the upcoming season) from that, and note what the reception of the humor from past seasons was like derive statistical facts from that.

They dont know their audience and its virtually impossible for them to get to know them on a person to person basis...However that doesn't mean you cant social science your way into the know... They then need to scout out some good standup comics and have them spend sometime in an actual or, for research purposes, afterall most humor is derived from truth. Then have them collaborate with the new writer I mean if Bill's leaving they're going to need one.

The combination of their personal experience,the statistics that have been derived from ABC's laborious research, the facs they've derived from their statistical research regaring humor, and their overall collaboration with the new writer should be enough to breathe new heart into the show. Who knows it might work shouldn't hurt it can only make it fresh. Oh and the occasional fartjoke wont hurt either...
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Nov 15, 2008
I really hope they end it properly instead of dragging it on. It should have ended with season seven, if the writer's strike hadn't got in the way.
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Nov 12, 2008
I love scrubs but why such a long wait for the new season?
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Sep 12, 2008
Nurse espinoza is great!
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Aug 28, 2008
Awww, this is one of my favourite shows, it would not be the same whitout zach braff or anyone else
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Aug 23, 2008
What most of them don't realise - including Zach - is that they need Scrubs as much as Scrubs needs them.
After Scrubs, maybe Zach will do one (maybe two if he's lucky) movies with some recognition. After that he'll drop from already 2nd tier to lower in the rank.
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Aug 21, 2008
I hope they will finish this show with a great ending like they did with "Friends" or "ED".
Without Zach Braff this show won't last.
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Aug 18, 2008
Won't work without them, especially Braff.
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Aug 18, 2008
I think that as long as they have a beautiful ending, It should be over..
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Aug 18, 2008
This is one of my favorite sitcoms, Why do all these stars on successful show leave thinking thay are going to be major movie stars, I mean only about 10% become long lasting stars, and I am sure the ones who don't regret leaving, I mean for every Will Smith and Jen Garner there are dozens of Shelly Long's, Topher Grace's etc.
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Aug 17, 2008
Never mind the network or the cast, the important part is this: Has the show jumped the shark? And if so, when? I haven't watched it on network TV in a while because they kept switching the date & time (an almost sure way to get a show cancelled, btw, great fanbase or not). To me, "Scrubs" is like a 21st-century "M*A*S*H" (and many folks have their own ideas about when that show jumped the shark!); in fact, I've often wished that any or all of the surviving cast members would get cameos on "Scrubs". I don't think killing Carla off would do it (she had a KID not long ago, fer cryin' out loud!); and a spin-off wouldn't either (anyone remember "AfterM*A*S*H"?). So either just raze the four "main" characters - Dorian, Reid, and the Turks - and replace them, or cancel the show on a high note. Nothing really good lasts forever - but fortunately, nothing really bad does, either!
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Aug 17, 2008
I don't see how Scrubs would work without Braff there but I can definately see no Reyes
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Aug 17, 2008
Scrubs without JD??? Forget it.
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Aug 17, 2008
This show can last without her, EASILY.



Just have her die and give Turk a new love interest.



As for JD, well that will suck. Hopefully we can get a new likeable guy to fill his role.
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Aug 16, 2008
Maybe they can spin off from it... And call it something like "Janitor"? LOL...
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Aug 16, 2008
Frankly, Scrubs wouldn't work without her, Braff, or Lawrence. If any of them left, the show's bubble would pop. It's like That 70's Show without Topher(Failed in one season) or the Simpsons without even one of their regulars(hopefully the show will wnd before that happens). Scrubs could never become ER because ER was refreshing its cast early and often, making it something that was expected. Scrubs draws on the dinamic of the relationships between the coworkers. So if one goes, the show goes, much like That 70's Show.
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Aug 15, 2008
TV Guide ran an article about a month ago saying the producers plan to keep going past this year with a new younger cast and that was always their intention. Which seems odd because I honestly don't see where they ever set it up that way. When one character is doing the narrating you kinda set yourself up for failure when that person leaves.
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Aug 15, 2008
If both J.D and carla is leaving there no point to keep the show alive, better to let the show end, and not distroy it.
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Aug 15, 2008
Better to end the show on a good note than attempt to drag it out too long
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Aug 15, 2008
I like watching the show, even though I have formed little sense of story in my mind, so it will be too bad to see it go.
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Aug 15, 2008
After everything tht Zach Braff has been saying, about wanting to leave soon and now this with Judy Reyes I really do think that this season will be the last. I believe that Bill and all the actors, Zach and Judy included, were more then happy to return to the show when it made the move to ABC out of loyalty to the show and the fans. Not to say that they didn't want to continue working but I do believe that this is the last year and I think that's the way it should be, the show can go on forever and shouldn't be dragged out simply because it is on a new network. Better to go out when it is still good, popular, and with it's main cast intact rather then lose some great characters (Zach, the lead included) and ruin the show when it was given such a great reprieve by ABC.
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Aug 15, 2008
Scrubs has no future beyond this season; let's just enjoy the ride of this last.
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Aug 15, 2008
I think they should call it quits after S8
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Aug 15, 2008
Why would ABC buy a show without securing at least options from the creative and acting teams? Oh wait a minute, I forgot, it's a major network not a normal business we're talking about. Never mind.
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Aug 15, 2008
A spin off wont work without Bill Lawrence. And without the major cast, all the comic timing that makes the show successful would be lost. Better it die on its feet that need to be shot.
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Aug 15, 2008
I love Scrubs. I would rather have it end with season 8, with all the regulars than have it continue without them. Look, they gave 8 good years imo, its understandable that they want to try other things. I just hope they end it the way Bill Lawrence wants to, and not drag it out without the characters we know and love. We dont need another Smallville.....no offense.
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Aug 15, 2008
Stupid budget of ABC, if this gets canceled I will have to look at some other show that gives really corny remarks all the time
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Aug 15, 2008
It sucks and all but you guys seem to not understand that ABC wouldnt let scrubs die after only one seaason after going through the trouble of poaching it.
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Aug 15, 2008
Scrubs is turning DOA very quickly :(
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Aug 15, 2008
This is something that would put Scrubs in danger of ending its run.
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Aug 15, 2008
I thought it should have ended last season if it werent for the horrible series finale, so I think one final season to wrap everything up would be a good idea
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Aug 15, 2008
with her leaving that definitely means that we wont be having Donald Faison because we can't have the perfect couple breaking up
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Aug 15, 2008
Darn it. I was hoping the show could live on without Braff, but now since the creator and two of the main characters are planning on leaving, it appears I don't have much hope. Plus a Turk spin-off is out of the question if his wife won't be on it!
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Aug 14, 2008
Just make a spinoff!
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Aug 14, 2008
Scrubs, while still good, has got less funny with each passing season. Maybe some new blood will revitalise it. That said, would it still be Scrubs without more than one of the main peeps??
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Aug 14, 2008
Scrubs without any of the main four isn't scrubs at all and that being the case it should be ended.
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Aug 14, 2008
I think the show is becoming less and less in terms of quality.. Maybe now they'll give the show a proper ending
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Aug 14, 2008
All good things must come to an end... I guess?
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Aug 14, 2008
Have fun making Lifetime movies...don't get beaten up too much.
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Aug 14, 2008
I can't imagine Scrubs without Braff, maybe it'll work but I just can't see it!
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Aug 14, 2008
its gonna be the last season!?!
awe.
i likd scrubs.
its light comedy.

sad thats its gonna end so soon
it shud'v had like atleast 10 seasons..like friends.

all of them r reli gud actors..but scrubs is a veri popular series n i wudnt walk out so soon after this much success.
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Aug 14, 2008
For the life of me I will never understand why people WANT to leave a good gig. Especially if you're not the major character on the show. I give Zach Braff credit for staying with the show as long as he has because post-Garden State he easily could have gone off and done bigger things. But what has Reyes done outside of Scrubs that would make her feel she will do bigger things? If Lawrence stayed on as showrunner this show could survive with a new cast as long as John C. McGinley stays, as he IS what makes the show so great. But I think Scrubs has run its course and I'm hoping this last season will be a great one to go out on.
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Aug 14, 2008
well when it rains it pours. Seriously, this is like a sick joke.



first they go through all the trouble of saving it from the long delayed season release SD broadcast NBC hell, only for first Braff to consider jumping ship after only ONE season of it on ABC, then for her and even Bill Lawrence to do it as well?



I mean they were planning on running it longer than one season anyway with newer cast members, but that doesnt seem fair that they only have 1 season with the good people.



And Bill Lawrence leaving was clearly not in their plans. This seems to be all falling apart for ABC, aftr they went through all that trouble to get only one season out of the main cast, even the creator himself, whome they kind of need.
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Aug 14, 2008
It most likely will be the end of the show, but who knows, they could revitalize the show!
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Aug 14, 2008
the show will suck without braff
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